What is the PA?
The Parent Association is an organization of volunteers striving to strengthen the community and serve the school. All parents and guardians of Wellan students are automatically considered part of the PA, because we believe they play an essential role in shaping the experience for each other, for staff, and most importantly, for kids. The PA’s two main priorities—organizing social and community-building events and demonstrating appreciation for Wellan’s talented staff—were chosen in response to parent feedback.

Community Building Events

The PA organizes many community building events throughout the year, including an all-school Thanksgiving Feast for students and staff, Spirit Week, a team for Bill's 5K, a Scholastic Book Fair, and more!

Each spring, we also organize a “Staff Appreciation Week,” transforming the Community Room with decor and delicious treats for teachers.

Community Service Events

The PA coordinates community service events on weekends throughout the year. In the past, we have partnered with Boston Health Care for the Homeless, Project Linus, the Kindness Rocks Project, and NewtonServes.

For more information on how to get involved in the PA, contact




   Kara Nemeth, President

   Lisa Gillette, Vice President


Committee Chairs

   Jessica Alfermann

   Chris Dumas

   Jill Dumas

   Tracy Goulding

   Joan Hanania

   Lela Jacobsohn

   Elizabeth Kane

   Sachié Karmacharya

   Durlov Khan

   Lisa Lappin Levine

   Meghan Murphy

   Catherine Peyton

   Sabeena Raskin

   Jaime Vines



​During the building closure in Spring of 2020 due to COVID-19, the PA event chairs got creative to move in-person events to virtual celebrations on social media. Our Spirit Week, Staff Appreciation, Walk for Hunger, Scholastic Book Fair, and Pride Parade all went online! Here are some video examples of our celebrations.

2020 Cyber Spirit Week Video:

2020 Staff Appreciation Video: