Tampa Prep Parents Alliance (TPPA)

Tampa Prep Parents Alliance (TPPA)

Parents are an integral part of the Tampa Prep community. Through the Tampa Prep Parents Alliance (TPPA), parents partner with the school to volunteer and provide support for activities, events and programs. The partnership between Prep and our families is vital for student success.

We encourage you to engage in some of the committees and special interest groups on the following pages, and please feel free to reach out to your grade-level or division representatives if you have any questions or need guidance this first year!

Meetings

TPPA President Tiffany DeMarcayTo stay current on all TPPA events (and there are MANY throughout the year!) parents are welcome to attend monthly TPPA meetings held at the school at 9:00 a.m. (usually on a Wednesday). Dates can be found via the school calendar. Please note:  Due to limited access on campus, all TPPA events listed on the current 2020-2021 calendar are ON HOLD until further notice. Be sure to read the TPPA section of the Thursday newsletter, and visit the Parent Portal for additional details.

If you have questions about TPPA, email TPPA President Tiffany DeMarcay at tpdemarcay@gmail.com.

TPPA BOARD & COMMITTEE CHAIRS 2020-2021

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

President: Tiffany DeMarcay
Past President: Megan Feindt
Treasurer: Heather Curtis
Recording Secretary: Laurie Winters
Corresponding Secretary: Dee Dee Bland
Upper School Coordinator: Melissa Renninger
Middle School Coordinator: Amanda Clark

COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Hospitality Chairs

Dionna Doss
Tara Runkle

Faculty Appreciation

Sandi Santos
Katherine Cosmas

Parent Education Committee (PEC)

The PEC is responsible for bringing in outside guest speakers to educate parents on current topics relating to education, college guidance, parenting and more. Past topics include:

  • A Beginners Guide To Mindfulness: Helping You and Your Teenager Manage Stress and Anxiety
  • What Every Parent Should Know
  • Real World 101: What Colleges Want Your Kids To Know
  • How To Get a Job and Keep It (for students)
  • Teaching Teens How to Feed Themselves: Food Culture
  • When Your Good Kid Makes a Bad Choice

Tien Tien Shein
Jeannine Williams

Headmasters’ Challenge

Tampa Prep hosted the inaugural Headmasters’ Challenge on January 10, 2004. This annual tradition honors our rivalry with Berkeley Preparatory School. Winter sports teams from middle school, junior varsity and varsity all compete for the highly coveted Headmasters’ Cup. CHAIR: TBD

Family Festival / Fam Jam (Spring)

Jennifer Plummer
Christiana Thompson

Community Service

Kim Osborne
Kimberly Wilson

End-of-Year BBQ

Lisa Paquin
Kasey Kelly

Special Interest Groups

Book Club

Tampa Prep Book Club meets every other month on the second Tuesday of the month from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Location is TBD, but will likely be virtual. We like to read a wide variety of books and are open to new and exciting suggestions. Our discussions are always animated, particularly when we disagree about the merits of a book! And, as always, people are welcome to come even if they haven’t read the book.

CHAIR: Gina Fair and Molly Straus

International Parents

Join this informal group of international parents who meet monthly at a Prep family home for coffee. Get acquainted, share cultures and learn more about what goes on at Tampa Prep.

CHAIR: Veronique Lepine and Claudia Pires

Terrapin Dads

It’s great to be a Tampa Prep Terrapin Dad! Why let Terrapin Moms have all the fun? Here’s your opportunity to meet other Prep dads for socializing (not fundraising!) in casual, informal, no-strings-attached gatherings. We meet once per semester for social events, and we also organize tailgates from time to time to coincide with sporting events at Prep.

CHAIR: Bill Bland

Outings Group

Explore the cultural riches and natural beauty of the Tampa Bay area while making new friends. Outing destinations will vary and may include visiting a local museum, biking, kayaking, or exploring the Tampa River Walk. Suggestions for activities are always welcome. Outings often end by going out to lunch (optional, of course, if you only have limited time).

CHAIR: Lisha Harris and Alex Steppacher

Frequently Asked Questions

How will TPPA events take place this year?

Due to limited access on campus, all TPPA events listed on the current 2020-2021 calendar are ON HOLD until further notice.

What is a PEC Presentation?

The Parent Education Committee is a group within the TPPA responsible for hosting speakers about topics relevant to parents. You can access recordings of PEC sessions via our Vimeo account: http://vimeopro.com/tampaprep/pec.

What are the Grade Level Events?

Upper School students in each grade will enjoy a special lunch once per semester during the regular lunch hour, courtesy of TPPA. ALL upper school parents from that grade will be invited to participate in organizing these events.

Middle School students will enjoy a lunch and a treat each semester during the regular lunch hour, courtesy of TPPA. Parents are invited via email to come in to set up, serve and clean up.
Parent social gatherings for each grade level are planned periodically throughout the year. Attendees gather for lunch, coffee or evening gathering at a convenient location near school. Various days and times are selected to accommodate a variety of schedules. All parents in each grade receive an email invitation. Parent socials are also posted on the Tampa Prep website calendar for quick reference and are listed in the regular weekly electronic newsletter.

Besides Giving Money, How Can I Help?

SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT TAMPA PREP

Submit an online review of our school (on education review sites, Google or Facebook). Share one of our social media posts on your own account. Send us your story about why you love and support Tampa Prep. We feature the stories and quotes from our community members on our social media and in our parent and alumni newsletters. GO RED! GO GOLD!

WRITE A BLOG

If you’d like to share a story of an event you chaperoned or a teacher who inspired your child or a Tampa Prep tradition that has touched your life, contact Director of Strategic Marketing Heather Lambie to write a blog.

TPPA is going paperless!

Reimbursement Request Form

Vendor Direct Pay Form

Newsletter Event Form (Pre-Event)

Event Report Form (Post-Event)

Volunteer Interest Form

 

TPPA General Meeting Minutes
9.4.2020

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