Community is the heart of Rowland Hall, and the incoming presidents of the Home & School Association see the 2022–2023 school year as an exciting time to continue building on that community—in classrooms, among families, by honoring faculty and staff.
Amy Damico will lead the Lincoln Street Campus Home & School Association, while Pam Hanlon and Aimee Nussbaum will serve as co-presidents for the McCarthey Campus. Amy has three children: Daniel ’22; Will, a rising sophomore; and Henry, a rising eighth grader. Aimee has two children: Daniel, a rising eighth grader, and Emily, a rising third grader. Pam has twins: Elle and Will, rising fifth graders.
Why did you choose Rowland Hall for your kids? What do you (and your family) love most about the school?
We have never been more proud to be part of the Rowland Hall community.—Amy Damico, 2022–2023 Lincoln Street Campus Home & School president
Amy: In 2006, when he was just 18 months old, we enrolled Daniel in the Beginning School’s 2PreK program. His younger brothers followed shortly after. We felt strongly about the importance of early childhood education, but we didn't anticipate the crucial role Rowland Hall would come to play in our lives. Today, as we celebrate Danny’s graduation from the Upper School, we're deeply grateful for Rowland Hall's inclusive community, high academic expectations, individualized support, parent education, college counseling, beloved coaches, the occasional discipline, and most of all the extraordinary faculty who saw in Daniel the athlete, ceramicist, and dedicated learner he is today. We are thrilled that Will and Henry have a few years left to benefit from the recently announced strategic vision and have never been more proud to be part of the Rowland Hall community.
Pam: We chose Rowland Hall first and foremost because of its reputation for academic excellence. We appreciate the faculty and staff's sincere passion for education, and we feel they genuinely care about every student's well-being.
Aimee: We moved to Salt Lake City from Boston at the end of 2014, halfway through Daniel’s kindergarten year. While we didn’t know much about any of the schools in the area, we had heard some very positive things about Rowland Hall. Once here, we were very happy with the school and with how easily Rowland Hall made it for Daniel to transition mid-year. One of the things we love about Rowland Hall is the sense of community we feel with other families. We have made some very close friends here.
How did you first get involved in Home & School?
Amy: It’s been years since I was involved in Home & School on the McCarthey Campus, so I was both delighted, and surprised, when [previous Home & School President] Gina Miller asked me to join her Lincoln Street executive committee. After witnessing the courageous efforts of our faculty and administration over the past few years, and missing my connection to school, I was eager to help Gina as she worked to facilitate a supportive community of parents and caregivers.
Pam: My initial involvement with Home & School began in the kindergarten classroom as a room representative. It really got me hooked on volunteering. I've continued on as room rep over the years while taking on other larger roles with Home & School, culminating with the co-presidency.
Aimee: I first became involved in Home & School as a classroom representative when my oldest, Daniel, was in third grade. I really enjoyed it and continued this role throughout the remainder of his time in the Lower School. I also started volunteering as a classroom representative once Emily started Rowland Hall in 4PreK. I found that it was a great way to meet other parents and interact with students in the classroom.
What are your goals for the next school year?
Amy: Gina and her Lincoln Street volunteers did a fantastic job adapting to the challenges presented by distance learning and new safety protocols in order to provide continuous support to our community when it was needed most. I’ll take to heart their example of innovation and flexibility, while working to persuade new families to become involved in Home & School. Meantime, Will and Henry have established their own goals for me: increase availability of doughnuts and remain unseen on campus.
Pam: I think every Home & School president's main goal is to continue to show appreciation for our amazing faculty and staff, who work tirelessly throughout the year to provide the best education possible for our children, which is my goal for this upcoming school year. I would also like to continue to grow our strong-knit committee of families.
Aimee: Home & School did a wonderful job this past year reconnecting families as a community after COVID and supporting our amazing teachers in the classroom. My goals for the coming year are to continue to build on this accomplishment while continuing to increase the number of volunteers, from both our new families as well as established ones, who may not have considered volunteering before.
As a committed school volunteer, what do you want other families in our community to know about Home & School and getting involved?
Amy: I’ve really enjoyed all of my volunteer roles—from serving as a room rep, and Annual Fund class liaison, to working on the Auction—but Home & School is closest to where the magic happens. I hope every parent and caregiver will feel welcome and encouraged to get involved, whether it's coordinating one of Rowland Hall’s treasured traditions like Candle & Carol, supporting and celebrating our educators, or facilitating communication between the administration and families—any time you spend truly enriches our community.
It truly is a rewarding experience knowing we're helping out, in some small way, where our children spend the majority of their time.—Pam Hanlon, 2022–2023 McCarthey Campus Home & School co-president
Pam: You are automatically a member of Home & School when your child attends Rowland Hall. We are a fun, easygoing group of volunteers that works together to support our faculty and staff, as well as hosts events for our family community. Home & School has many volunteering opportunities and we're always looking for help. It truly is a rewarding experience knowing we're helping out, in some small way, where our children spend the majority of their time. We have board meetings once a month and they are open to everyone.
Aimee: It is important to know that there are so many opportunities to volunteer for Home & School throughout the year, and there is a huge range of time commitments. Some opportunities are very small and one time only, while some can definitely be more involved. Volunteer opportunities are open to all Rowland Hall parents/caregivers, and no prior experience is necessary. Please know that Home & School is extremely grateful for any amount of time you can spend volunteering.
What is one thing about you that might surprise people?
Amy: Did I mention my son Daniel, who was just yesterday in 2PreK, is now a college-bound high school graduate—I find this endlessly surprising!
Pam: Some people may not know I have a pretty funny sense of humor and try never to take myself too seriously!
Aimee: I absolutely love to bake and have made my childrens’ birthday cakes every year since they turned one. During COVID, I taught baking classes for my friends’ kids over Zoom. We had a blast!
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