Parents' Association

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Welcoming All Parents!

As the parent or guardian of a Nichols student, you are a valued member of the Nichols School Parents’ Association. Your voice is important, and as a leadership team, we are both honored and grateful to be representing you for the 2020-2021 school year. 
The Parents’ Association is led by our Parents’ Council, made up of elected representatives including our Executive Leadership Team, two to three Grade Representatives per class year, and a team of At-Large Members. 
Get involved! Whether you are a new or existing parent, our advice for the best experience possible is to get involved in whatever ways are most meaningful to you. Volunteering for a planned grade rep event, attending a parent coffee, listening in on a Zoom call, participating in Community Service Days, or donating a much-needed item for your class, are all ways to get to know one another, make new friendships and help to support the mission of the school. For more information about volunteering, please contact Stephanie Angelakos, Liaison to the Parents’ Association at or reach out to any member of our Executive Leadership Team!

The primary source of written communication for parents is through the Resources section of
MySchoolApp. Important health forms and all archived notices are also located in this section. If you have any challenges with your login, email Be sure that your email is up to date with the school so you are in receipt of important correspondences throughout the year. Other forms of communication include: 
  • Weekly newsletter for families and students (Friday afternoons from August-June)
  • This Parents’ Association webpage on the Nichols website
  • Emails from your Grade Rep and Leadership Team
  • Important, time-sensitive messages from the school via email
  • Social media updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
Thank you and we look forward to working together. We will make this a great year!

Carolyn Coppola P'22 and Dede Koeppen P'23,'26 - Co-Presidents
JJ and Priscilla Bennett P'23,'26 and Amat Fatimah P'28 - Vice Presidents
Erica West P’23,’26 - Correspondence & Records
Julie A. Gicewicz P'14,'15,'19,'21 - Ex-Officio
Danessia Scott-Warren P'19,'19,'22,'24 - Liaison to the Office of Inclusivity and Community Building
Our Parents’ Council Mission is “To help parents navigate and engage in the Nichols journey through communication, education and community building. We achieve this by providing opportunities for as many parents as possible to participate in different ways (forums, enrichment programs, education programs, coffees, service events, Zoom calls), supporting an inclusive culture, helping the transition from Middle to Upper School, strengthening communication, and team building; all using technology to help where possible.”

In support of our Mission, the foundational themes of the coming year are Leadership, Enrichment, Partnership, and Communication, with each area being supported and integrated into the broad parent community through the guidance of the Parents’ Council.

Parents' Association Council for 2021-2022


List of 5 items.

  • Co-Presidents

    Carolyn Coppola P'22 and Dede Koeppen P'23,'26
  • Vice Presidents

    JJ and Priscilla Bennett P'23,'26 and Amat Fatimah P'28
  • Correspondence & Records

    Erica West P'23,'26
  • Liaison to Office of Inclusivity & Community Building

    Danessia Scott-Warren P'19,'19,'22,'24
  • Ex-Officio

    Julie A. Gicewicz P'14,'15,'19,'21

List of 2 items.

  • Grade Representatives

    • 5th Grade (Class of 2029) - Leah Meyer, Julie Plata
    • 6th Grade (Class of 2028) - Jamie Kelly, Marianne Lagutaine
    • 7th Grade (Class of 2027) - Hillary Green, Tara Manteghi
    • 8th Grade (Class of 2026) - Monica Claringbould, Christine Fontaneda
    • 9th Grade (Class of 2025) - Jessica Baird '92, Carolyn Kiddy, Monica White
    • 10th Grade (Class of 2024) - Michelle DiTondo, Mary Flanigan
    • 11th Grade (Class of 2023) - Shannon Martin, Lisa Stapleton
    • 12th Grade (Class of 2022) - Terri Rich, Darcy Zacher '88
  • At-Large

    • Molly Boscarino P'23,'27
    • Cheri Carter P'24,'26
    • Carmen Fors '92 P'19,'22,'22,'25
    • Lisa Gelman-Koessler '93 P'26
    • Rima Khan P'21,'24,'26
    • Kirsten Maidment P'22,'24
    • Leah Mills P'28
    • Brenda Ricotta P'21,'24
    • Sharon Suchak P'25
    • Lillie Wiley-Upshaw P'21,'23
    • Danessia Scott-Warren P'19,'19,'22,'24
    • Sarah Draper-Washington '08 P'26
    • Dawn Ryan Zacher P'23

Interested in Volunteering?

There are many ways to get involved at Nichols. Parents serve:
  • on the Parents' Council - Executive Council, Grade Rep or At-Large member
  • on committees that help facilitate our events including our Nichols Night Auction
  • on the Parent Fund Leadership Team for the annual fund parent campaign
  • as a Parent Mentor for new families
  • as a Parent Ambassador for admissions events
  • chaperone field trips in the Middle School
  • host an international student
Contact Stephanie Angelakos or 716.332.5154.

Get Involved with the Nichols Community!

• Contact newly accepted/enrolled families to welcome them and answer any questions they may have.
• Be a Nichols Ambassador! Help with Admissions events throughout the year.
• Serve as a parent leader - Executive Council, Grade Rep, At-Large
• Help achieve Nichols Fund parent participation in your grade-level.
• Help organize our fun major fundraising event of the year!
• Help coordinate uniform sales throughout the school year in the Middle School.
• Volunteer for Faculty/Staff Appreciation events held on the Nichols campus.
• Open your home and heart to an international student for a long or short-term opportunity.

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Nichols School is a nationally recognized college preparatory coed independent school with a 130-year history.