The Post Oak Parent Association (POPA)

Jennifer Chavis & Nicole Pedersen
2018–2019 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.

Spirit Wear

Visit the Spirit Wear web page for information about clothing embroidered with the Post Oak and Bearkats logos.

Volunteer Possibilities

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

  • Sign up to be part of the Done-in-a-Day team, which works on a variety of small projects throughout the year.
  • 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, art room, 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
  • 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.

2018–2019 Room Parents

  • Bagby: Jovan Jackson
    & Payal Chana
  • Blessman: Kristin Cogan
  • Chetrit (PHE): Marcel Bartolazzi
    & Jennifer Davidoff
  • Duran: Emily Emmett
  • Guerrero: Marilyn Somers
  • Hansen: Krisa Benskin
    & Niki Roberts
  • Kluk: Carlie Yoo
  • Nickerson: Pragnya Patel
  • Olitzki:; Allison Hamilton
    & Valerie Volpi
  • Pinto, E.: Mayuri Patel
    & Daniela Sanchez
  • Pinto, M.: Shonali Agrawal
  • Rebuffini: Evy Pappas
  • Smith, K.: Afshi Merchant
    & Shazia Nota
  • Smith, R.: Alefiya Akbarally
  • Sood: Erica Engle
  • Taj Mahmood: Pamela Griffin-Minnich
    & Rick Hess
  • Townsend: Sara Loperena
  • Middle School: Kim Yates
  • 9th Grade: Amy Kirchner
  • 10th Grade: Elizabeth Farish
  • 11th Grade: Emily Weinstein
  • 12th Grade: Morgan Shin


To contact room parents or event chairs, please access information through My BackPack or pick up a Family Directory at the front office.


POPA Helping High School Students

POPA also has a new way to volunteer, and it only takes a minute. We're creating two directories to support our High School students. The information will be kept by the High School college counselor and faculty.

  • The first will list the colleges and universities attended by parents or guardians so that students interested in attending those schools can reach out with questions.
  • The second will list parents and guardians who could accommodate a High School intern from Post Oak at their place of business.
Here's the easy form to fill out. We encourage the entire community to take part in this initiative. Having the opportunity to speak with an alum of a potential college or university or gain experience in an interesting industry can make a big difference in the life of a Post Oak student. —POPA Chairs Nicole Pedersen and 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, August 31, 2018, 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

David Hamilton and Jeffrey Tapick, chairs; Tuesday, September 4, 2018

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

Pamela Griffin-Minnich and Reena Jogi, chairs; Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

This year's POPA dinner will be held at Rice University's Cohen House Faculty Club. 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. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5, Jan. 9, Feb. 6, Mar. 6, Apr. 3
Volunteer Appreciation Event is in May (watch The Post for details)

These volunteer gatherings, held each month in the Bissonnet Campus 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

Sara Loperena and Jackie Stewart, chairs; Saturday, October 13, 2018

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! Watch The Post newsletter and Post Highlights weekly email for updates and T-shirt ordering information.


Grandparents' Days

Monday and Tuesday, November 19 & 20, 2018, 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

David Hamilton and Jeffrey Tapick, chairs; Date 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

David Hamilton and Jeffrey Tapick, chairs; April 12, 2019

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

Ana Maciel and Ana Sanchez, chairs; Sunday, April 7, 2019

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, as well as your child's classroom and home libraries.


Biennial Gala

Jessica Gregg and Jordan Seff, chairs; Saturday, March 2, 2019

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.