The Post Oak Parent Association (POPA)

Alison Wong & Stacey Martin,
2016–2017 POPA Chairs

The Post Oak School has an extremely talented and involved parent body. Parent volunteer activities are coordinated through the Post Oak Parents Association: POPA. The school depends on the support of these parent volunteers throughout the year. When you donate your time and talents to assist the school, you make a valuable contribution to the children and also get the opportunity to connect with other parents. Along with having a great deal of fun, POPA volunteers help to build a community spirit and give a tremendous boost to our faculty and staff.

Lands' End

See the Lands' End web page for information about clothing embroidered with the Post Oak or Bearkats logo.

Volunteer Possibilities

You can volunteer during the year in a variety of ways:

  • Lend a hand to staff and students for field trips, special events, plays, and other class projects.
  • Help with parent education, including planning programs, volunteering, and participating at events.
  • Work in the library or school office.
  • Assist with fundraising projects.
  • Participate in beautification projects around the school.
  • Introduce elements of your cultural heritage to your child's class (contact the teacher to discuss your ideas).
  • Serve as a room parent to provide direct support to the classroom teacher, or volunteer as a class captain for the Post Oak Fund Campaign.

As you can see, there is ample opportunity to become involved. As a parent at The Post Oak School, you are already a member of POPA. Please volunteer when and how you can. Sign up using our online form, or for more information, contact the POPA chairs, Room Parents (listed below), or teacher.

2016–2017 Room Parents

  • Blessman: Carlie Yoo
  • Brooks: Evy Pappas
  • Chetrit (PHE): Candace Day
    & Lori Ann Foertsch
  • Dickson: Quianta Moore
  • Guerrero: Pammy Umatiya
  • Hansen: Laura De Vera
  • Kimball: Allison Hamilton
  • Kluk: Ana Paula Lamuno
  • Middle School: Amy Kirchner
  • Mistretta: Sandhya Sabhnani
    & Daniela Sanchez
  • Nickerson: Kelly Davis
    & Daniela Sanchez
  • Olitzki:; Pragnya Patel
  • Parraguirre: Jennifer Brenckmann &
    Heather Bulk
  • Pinto, E.: Michelle Lu & Zeenath Selvakumar
  • Pinto, M.: Emily Weinstein
  • Sood: Mayuri Patel
  • Taj Mahmood: Shonali Agrawal & Kelly Davis
  • Townsend: Jessica Matos
  • 9th Grade: Emily Weinstein
  • 10th Grade: Marjaneh Azad
  • 11th Grade: Holly Crisp-Han & Greg Han
  • 12th Grade: Jennifer Chavis

POPA Events & Activities

POPA organizes the following events during the school year. The chairs for each event appear below: talk to them at school, give them a call, or email if you'd like to volunteer!


New Parent Welcome Coffee

Friday, September 2, 2016, 8:45 a.m. at the Bissonnet Campus in the gym

All new YCC, Primary, and Elementary parents are invited to gather in the Post Oak gym for a light breakfast and coffee. This is a great opportunity to meet Post Oak staff, room parents, and key volunteers, as well as hear the experiences of other Post Oak parents.


Dads' Club Kick-Off Event

Rick Evans, Blair Garrou & Aaron Thomas, chairs; Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Join the Dads' Club for this informal evening social and get to know a great group of dads! Watch your email for event details.


Annual POPA Dinner

Erin Busby & Jackie Pourciau, chairs; Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

We hope you will join us in celebrating the new school year as we welcome the parent body back to Post Oak. Just by being a Post Oak parent, you are already a POPA member! This event is a wonderful way to get acquainted with and build camaraderie among your fellow POPA members. This is not a fundraiser: ticket price covers the cost of the event, and underwriting pays for faculty attendance. Visit the POPA Dinner page for information and to RSVP.


POPA Coffee / Work Days

8:45 a.m. Wednesdays: Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, Mar. 1, Apr. 5
Volunteer Appreciation Event is Friday, May 13, 2016.

These volunteer gatherings, held each month in the Common Room after drop-off at 8:45 a.m., enable parents to socialize while helping prepare classroom materials and do other work in support of the teachers. Come by whenever you can. Coffee and good company provided. (Begins in October)


Family Fun Day

Kristen Katz & Sandhya Sabhnani, chairs; Saturday, October 15, 2016

Family Fun Day is an annual fall celebration for the whole family. Bring a picnic and enjoy classic games, crafts, inflatables, and activities galore. Look out for information about Mystery Boxes from your room parent, and join in the fun! Visit the Field Day page for updates and T-shirt ordering information.


Grandparents' Days

Monday and Tuesday, November 21 & 22, 2016, 9:00–11:00 a.m.

There is no easier way to explain our school to our beloved grandparents than by showing them. Invite your child's grandparents to hear about the Montessori philosophy and to observe or visit their grandchild's classroom.


Dads' Club Poker Night

Rick Evans, Blair Garrou & Aaron Thomas, chairs; TBD

This dads-only social event raises funds to cover the cost of the spring Family Movie Night event. Bring your poker face and be ready for a fun night out!


Family Movie Night Sponsored by the Dads' Club

Rick Evans, Blair Garrou & Aaron Thomas, chairs; Friday, April 7, 2017

It’s Friday Movie Night! Bring a picnic, lawn chairs, blankets and the whole family to enjoy a movie on the back field, eat popcorn, and get together with a great group of people!


Annual Book Fair - new venue!

Katie Padden & Nikayla Thomas, chairs; Sunday, April 2, 2017

Join us for this fun-filled event at Brazos Bookstore on Bissonnet. It’s the perfect opportunity to do some family shopping and to also purchase books for The Post Oak School Library or your child's classroom.


Biennial Gala

Jennifer Chavis & Stelli Parsapour, chairs; Friday, February 10, 2017

Every other year, POPA hosts a Gala celebration fundraiser. This school year's event, the Great Gatsby Gala, will be held at Hotel ZaZa and will include cocktails, dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and a live auction. This along with the Post Oak Fund make up our two major fundraisers of the year.