BUA Parents Network
The Boston University Academy Parents Network (BUAPN) is a group comprised of all parents of current BUA students. There are no joining fees or annual dues associated with the BUAPN. The mission of the BUAPN is to facilitate connections between BUA families and enhance and enrich the BUA parent experience through monthly meetings, online forums, social events, and educational programs.
The BUAPN provides volunteer support to school events and student activities including admission open houses, Fall Festival, and Lock-In. There are many opportunities for families to be active members of the Boston University Academy community: attend monthly BUAPN meetings, host a class potluck, or volunteer your time throughout the year.
The BUAPN liaises with Margo Cox, Assistant Director of Institutional Advancement.
BUAPN Leadership Roles
|Co-Chairs||Lynne Chuang, P’22, P’21
Diane Gwin, P’22
|2020 Class Reps||Karen Gratiano, P’20
Sue Reason, P’20, P’23
|2021 Class Reps||Gina Mourtzinou, P’21, P’17
Natalie Liu, P’21
|2022 Class Reps||Esmeralda Swartz, P’22
Hongmei Wang, P’22, P’20
|2023 Class Reps||Vanessa Holroyd, P’23
Venky Ganesan, P’23
|Communication Coordinator||Ann McCarthy, P’firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Volunteer Coordinator||Barbi Woolf, P’22, P’email@example.com|
BUAPN Leadership Liaisons
|PIN Reps||Myriam Cyr, P’21, P’20, P’18
Rebecca Lamkin, P’20
|Multicultural Events||Esmeralda Swartz, P’22
Barbi Woolf, P’22, P’19
|Parent Book Club||Jenny Brown, P’firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Parent Running Club||Lynne Chuang, P’22, P’21
Hongmei Wang, P’22, P’20
Fiona Wang, P’23
|WeChat Liaisons||Halle Zhang, P’22, P’19
Natalie Liu, P’21
|Webinar Secretary||Lakshmi Janardhanan, P’email@example.com|
|Faculty Appreciation||Jill Becker, P’23
Fiona Wang, P’23
The BUAPN holds periodic meetings in which a faculty or staff member are invited to speak on a topic of interest to parents. These meetings are an opportunity to learn more about BUA and to make connections with other parents. Those who cannot attend in person may participate via live stream.
The BUAPN also hosts regular webinars to discuss school events and opportunities to get involved.
Future webinar dates and topics will be posted here, the BUA Families Google Group, and on the BUAPN Facebook page.
Parent Running & Walking Club - Ongoing - Fridays @ 8:00 a.m. meeting @ BUA
All parents are welcome to join the BUAPN Running & Walking Club! The group meets every Friday at 8:00 a.m. in the BUA parking lot and then parents run, walk, and chat along the Charles River. Dogs are welcome and you can run/walk however long at your own pace. The group meets at the GSU Starbucks afterwards at 9:00 a.m. to continue the conversation over coffee – feel free to just join for coffee. To join the Parent Running & Walking Club email list, please email Lynne Chuang.
Upcoming Events Webinar - Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 7:30 p.m.
Faculty Parent Lecture: Brett Abigana on Music - Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 7:30 p.m.
BUA Budget Webinar for Parents - Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 7:30 p.m.
Canceled: Faculty Parent Lecture: Jim Davis on Mindfulness - Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 8:00 a.m.
Canceled: Multicultural Dinner - Friday, April 3, 2020 @ 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Canceled: Faculty Parent Lecture: Jennifer Formichelli leading Conversations @ BUA - Wednesday, April 29, 2020 @ 8:00 a.m.
Canceled: Grandparents Day - Monday, April 13, 2020 @ 8:30 a.m.
BUAPN Book Club Meeting - Tuesday, May 5, 2020 @ 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The BUAPN book club will be based on each year’s all-school learning experience theme; this year’s theme is “Building an Inclusive Community.” Jenny Brown, P’21, has generously volunteered to help facilitate the book club meetings. Join us in person or online by Zoom meeting.
The spring book will be Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land.
Canceled: Faculty Appreciation Lunch - Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 11:30 a.m.
Parents’ Independent School Network
The Parents’ Independent School Network, Inc. (PIN) is a volunteer group of parents with children who are students at New England area independent elementary and secondary schools. PIN was formed to help parents share ideas and promote worthy programs at these independent schools. BUA belongs to the Upper School division representing grades 9-12. The group typically meets every other month to share information about topics relating to non-academic issues, listen to relevant guest speakers, and participate in discussion groups. A representative from BUA attends these meetings.
Do You Want Them to Watch That? (and what to do about it if you don't): Kids and Modern Media - Friday, November 15, 2019 @ 9:00-11:00 a.m. @ GSU Conference Auditorium
Steven Schlozman, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Co-Director of Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, Massachusetts General Hospital
This talk will center on the ever-growing number of ways that kids can entertain themselves in an increasingly diverse media landscape. We will focus on the changes to child and adolescent entertainment that are now present with the digital age, how these changes alter older recommendations about media exposure, and how you can talk to your children about how they (and you!) can remain media savvy and at the same maintain your child’s sense of independence and your family’s core values. We will utilize current literature and data regarding children and the media, current examples of available media, and fictionalized cases to demonstrate how best to engage your children in a thoughtful and (hopefully) respectful discussion of these issues. The core theme of this presentation is that there is no single correct approach. Every parent and every child and every teacher will have different opinions. We’ll uncover common ground and at the end of the presentation open up the floor for an active and mindful discussion.
PIN Annual Meeting: Panel on Innovations in Global Education - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m. @ British International School of Boston
The PIN Annual Meeting will feature panel discussion on “Innovations in Global Education“ with the following heads of school:
- Darren Nicholas, British International School of Boston
- Rob Gustavson, Fay School
- Cathy Hall, Noble and Greenough School
- Dan Scheibe, Lawrence Academy
All BUA parents/guardians are welcome to attend; parking details are forthcoming