Parents

CFS encourages parents to be fully engaged in the education of their children.
Building a community of active and engaged parents and guardians is critical to the mission of Cambridge Friends School. Faculty and staff communicate about students, programs, and the school on a regular basis. Parents and guardians provide helpful insights into their children as well as critical support of school programs and events. Engagement manifests itself in a variety of ways and is coordinated by the CFS Family Association.

Family Association


The Cambridge Friends School Family Association includes all CFS parents and guardians. The Family Association’s goals are to support the school’s philosophy, programs, and activities for the benefit of its students. Within the Family Association, committee and family groups provide a structure for parent and guardian participation and support. Specific objectives include:
  • working to involve parents and guardians in the life of the school,
  • sponsoring social, cultural, educational and fund-raising activities and events to benefit the parent/guardian community and the school,
  • representing the perspective of parents and guardians throughout the community,
  • keeping parents and guardians apprised of current issues and events,
  • partnering with faculty and administration on issues of community concern, and
  • maintaining contact with the administration, faculty, and Board of Trustees and to offer help when appropriate.
Browse through the CFS Volunteer Opportunities list to learn more about the many ways parents and guardians can become involved at CFS.

Click here to read the Family Association bylaws. 

Family Association Steering Committee Clerks

List of 4 members.

  • Cathy "Cathy" Pacheco 

    Interior Designer
  • Sarah Chapman 

    Resident Ceramics Studio Artist/Board of Directors
  • Deborah "Deb" Ashman 

  • Sara Suchman 

    Director of Implementation Assistance

Volunteer at CFS

List of 16 items.

  • Let your life speak. Volunteer!

    There are many ways to volunteer at Cambridge Friends School, no matter what your talents, interests, or availability. Please contact the CFS Volunteer Coordinator for more information on any of the opportunities listed.
  • Family Fun Afternoon

    Family Fun Afternoon traditionally takes place the first Sunday after school begins. The Family Association organizes and runs this outdoor, back-to-school event. Volunteers assist with games, activities, refreshments, set-up, and clean-up.
  • Back to School Community Dinners

    The Back-To-School Community Dinners are important evening gatherings to celebrate the start of a new school year and to learn what lies ahead. Grouped by grade clusters, the Community Dinners are intended to welcome everyone to the start of a new school year, to provide a forum to learn about new initiatives, and to help everyone to plan ahead. This enjoyable evening program is filled with story sharing, good food, heartfelt welcomes, and get-to-know-each-other activities. Childcare and dinner are provided at the Community Dinner.
  • Open House

    CFS Open House takes place annually on the first Saturday in November. Current parents and guardians tour and talk with visiting families, who also have the opportunity to meet informally the classroom teachers. Volunteering for this event is a great way to share with the larger community the value of a CFS education.
  • Annual Used Book Sale

    The Annual Used Book Sale is organized by the CFS librarians and takes place in November. Volunteering at the book sale is a great way to get to know other parents, students, teachers, and staff. Many volunteers are needed to sort and price books as they arrive at school. During the sale week itself, volunteers re-stock and sell books. After the sale ends, volunteers help the librarians pack up the leftover books and send them to schools, shelters, community organizations, and prisons. Flexible hours
  • Spring Development Event

  • Super Sleepover and Super Stayover

    The annual spring Super Sleepover is wonderful way for both children (Grades 1-5) and parents to share a special time together. Imagine your child in pajamas watching an exciting movie with his/her friends, or creating a beautiful picture, or baking delicious cookies and then curling up to go to sleep besides his/her buddies. The same evening, pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten children participate in the Super Stayover, but go home at 9:30 p.m.
  • Significant Elders Day

    Significant Elders Day is a community building event that takes place the Friday before Mothers' Day in May. Volunteers help set up, welcome and escort guests, and assist in classrooms. Volunteering at this event is a wonderful way to get to know and appreciate the extended CFS community. 2 - 4 hours
  • Middle School Dance Party

    Middle School students (grades 6-8) celebrate at this parent/faculty/student-run event with refreshments, music, and dancing with a D.J. Faculty chaperones supervise the students, but also give them the space to enjoy themselves.
  • Seminar Series

    The CFS Seminar Series is an annual event that is open to the public free of charge. Click here to read about the Seminar Series.
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  • Admission Events and Marketing Support

    Admission Events and Marketing Support helps with community outreach and promoting the mission of the school. The Director of Admission and the Director of Secondary School Placement and Outreach determine needs and provide training. Flexible hours and possible evening hours.
  • Alumni Affinity Campaign

    Alumni Affinity Campaign is reaches out to CFS alumni throughout the year. Volunteers interested in furthering alumni relations with CFS support the alumni relations coordinator by gathering and updating contact information, speaking personally with alumni about reunions and school events, and bringing alumni up–to-date with what is going on in the classrooms today. Volunteers also are needed to scan alumni photographs for the digital archive and website. Hours are flexible and could also be done at home.
  • Class Giving Agents

    Class Giving Agents work with the Advancement Office to attain the goal of 100% Annual Fund participation. Class Giving Agents contact parents in their child's grade via letter and e-mail and during our phonathon in support of the Annual Fund. Logistical and technical support is provided by the Advancement Office. Typically two guardians or parents per class year share these responsibilities. 10 – 20 hrs.
  • Library Support

    Library Support assists the librarians in the CFS library, during flexible, daytime hours.
  • Office Support

    Office Support assists with CFS mailings, copying, and special projects on an as needed basis. Flexible hours
  • Phonathon Callers

    Phonathon Callers make scripted calls to members of the CFS community, who have received the Annual Fund solicitation mailing but have not yet made a gift. Calls can be made from home or at CFS. Friendly, eager volunteers with good telephone skills are needed for this important volunteer opportunity. 5 – 10 hrs.
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