Parent Association

All Hopkins parents are members of the
Hopkins Parent Association (HPA). 
The HPA, which operates through a Board and parent grade representatives, promotes a strong sense of community among parents and encourages parent involvement in all aspects of Hopkins School, through events, volunteer opportunities, and communication. The HPA: 

  • Encourages and promotes volunteerism in all appropriate aspects of school life;
  • Provides information and guidance to parents on issues related to school, adolescence, and parenting;
  • Provides support for students, faculty, and parents;
  • Conducts outreach to prospective students and parents;
  • Promotes communication among and between parents, students, and the school, and provides input to the school on issues of concern to parents; and
  • Raises and allocates funds to help meet the needs of the school.

This year, we are re-imagining the HPA with pandemic-safe events and meetings, all of which are open to all members of the Hopkins community. Below you will find links to events that we have sponsored in past years. 

Annual Parent Events

List of 9 items.

  • Parent Association Speaker

    Educational get-togethers featuring guest speakers on a range of topics of interest to parents. 
  • Parent Community Events

    Social events for parents that take place in the New Haven area. Past outings have featured visits to art galleries and local restaurants, among other attractions. Attendance is open to all current parents. Look out for announcements in @Hop regarding details for the gatherings. They fill up fast!
  • Welcome Receptions for New Families

    Returning families host regional receptions for new Hopkins students and their families in their homes prior to the first day of school. For more information or to RSVP, click here.
  • Autumn Parent Social

    Parents from all grades meet and socialize on the Hill while enjoying delicious wood-fired pizza, artisan gelato, drinks, and games. All are welcome, and there is no charge!
  • Admission Open House

    Volunteers welcome prospective Hopkins students and their parents to the Hill as they learn about our school and tour the campus.
  • Junior School Dinner Dance

    The Parent Association hosts our 7th and 8th grade students for dinner prior to the annual Junior School Dance.
  • Celebrate Hopkins! Auction

    This event is a wonderful opportunity for Hopkins parents, friends, faculty, and staff to gather in a social setting to raise important funds for our school. As the largest parent social gathering and the only fundraising event of the year, you won't want to miss it! The festive evening will feature a wide array of silent auction items with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, as well as entertainment from Hopkins’ own student groups. Last year, the funds raised supported and sponsored many school funds and activities, including: the class activity funds, the Junior School dance, Homecoming, Prom, refurbishment of Stone Lounge in Hopkins House, the Chemical Dependency Program, and the Student Needs Fund.
  • Junior School Ice Cream Social

    Our 7th and 8th graders enjoy frozen treats to celebrate the Junior School's annual drama production.
  • Faculty Appreciation Luncheon

    A great opportunity to thank our outstanding faculty and staff for all they do. Parents donate and prepare delectable treats for this outdoor luncheon, which has become a highlight of the year for our teachers.
    As the spring approaches, be on the lookout in @HOP for more information and ways to volunteer.

Parent Association Board 2023–2024

Roopa Gottumukkala

Vice President
Karla DeMaio

Samantha Whitney

Jacqueline Kim Blechinger
Junior School Representative
Katie Behr

Upper School Representative
Susan Foushee


Eliza Halsey
Khalilah Brown-Dean
Miriam Gohara

Parent Outing
Steve Testa
Hilary Tanner

Winter Parent Social
Shelly Li
Marianna Erenhouse

Ashley Pressler
Laura Brennan
Elisa Billings

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon 
Mary Rinaldi
Mamta Agarwal

Parent Community Service
Marissa Latshaw
Kavita Joshi
Ann Zipkin

7th Grade Representatives

Karen Phipps
Anna Fusscas

8th Grade Representatives
Maria Coffey
Mary O'Connell

9th Grade Representatives
Tracy Porosoff
Nicole Gerber

10th Grade Representatives
Denise Dumas

11th Grade Representatives
Meg Rydell
Alysa Wakin

12th Grade Representatives
Alison Roberts
Kisha Rodriguez

Trustee Representative
Lisa Takoudes

Alumni Representative
Karla DeMaio ‘98

Staff Liaison
Lauren Reichart

Past President
Joan Panagos
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