Every OTS parent is a member of the Old Trail School Parents’ Association (OTSPA).

The mission of OTSPA is to bring families together to build a strong OTS community and align resources with the vision and direction of the School with an emphasis on enhancing the dynamic educational experiences of our children.
On behalf of the Old Trail Parents’ Association, I welcome you to our Old Trail School community.  We believe that parent involvement is an integral part of the school community and that a strong and supportive partnership between parents and educators enriches the lives of all our children. We invite you to get involved in the life of our diverse community so together we may support the OTS mission to create a dynamic environment of academic excellence, service learning, and global sustainability.

Jen Caldwell
2019-20 Old Trail School Parents' Association President

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  • How We Support OTS

    The OTSPA implements the following programs in an effort to enhance and support the mission and core values of OTS.

    • The Buffalo Buddy Program supports the entry and transition of new families into the school community.
    • Parent Coordinators facilitate grade level communication and volunteerism.
    • OTS Connects Events are held throughout the year to encourage families to engage in our school, learn about our curriculum, and celebrate our beautiful campus. 
    • Volunteer Coordination helps connect parents with ways to get involved throughout the school.
    • Fundraising efforts include shopping/reward programs that benefit our school and an exciting new project for our centennial 2019-2020 school year to be announced soon.
    • Staff Appreciation Events are held throughout the year to honor and thank our beloved staff.
  • Get Connected

    The OTSPA welcomes and encourages all mothers, fathers, grandparents, guardians, and friends to engage in whatever way they can. Our community is stronger when everyone is involved!

    • Attend an OTSPA General Meeting. OTSPA General Meetings provide an opportunity to hear from the school leaders about curriculum and programmatic issues and connect with other parents. 
    • Come to an OTS Connects Event. OTS Connects Events bring families together to further learn about our school, celebrate our diversity, and deepen our connections.
                        Parents’ U with School Psychologist, Kathi Howard
                       ○ Family Farm Day and Hike
                       ○ Heritage Potluck
                       ○ Family Day at the Farmer’s Market
                       ○ MLK Day of Service
                       ○ Family Bingo Night

    • Share your ideas. OTSPA is always open to ideas from our parent community. Please email otspa@oldtrail.org to share your great ideas.
  • Get Involved

    Through the many OTSPA volunteer opportunities, parents can further support their children with their gift of time while getting to know the School environment, staff, and other families. There is something for everyone!
    Examples include:
    • Volunteering in your child’s classroom
    • Assisting in our library or on our farm
    • Caring for our gardens with our OTS Garden Club
    • Supporting our staff appreciation efforts throughout the year
    • Helping with School functions and events
    • Participating in fundraising initiatives such as shopping/reward programs including: Box Tops, Giant Eagle, Heinen’s, iGive, and Amazon Smile
    • Mentoring new families through our Buffalo Buddy Program
    • Participating in OTS Connects Events
    If you are interested in volunteering, please email the Parents’ Association at otspa@oldtrail.org.
  • Fundraising

    The OTSPA is involved in several strategic fundraising programs each year to support our School and students. Thanks to these efforts, the School has been the recipient of thousands of dollars in recent years, which have been used to assist in the following campus projects:

    • Marnie Carabell Library Courtyard including all new hardscape and plants many of which will be from books our students read in the library. 
    • Library renovation and update featuring nature-themed furniture connecting the library space to the outside world.
    • New playground equipment like our popular gaga pit that our intermediate students enjoy.
    • Water bottle filling stations throughout the school.
    • Updated classroom furniture including tables and flexible seating for a developmentally-appropriate learning environment.
    Parents are encouraged to support these simple fundraising programs that don’t require any out-of-pocket contributions. These include shopping (local and online) at Amazon, Giant Eagle, Heinen’s, Label Daddy, and iGive.
    Click here for instructions about how each of these programs works and how you can sign up today!
The Parents’ Association is led by an Executive Board of eight officers who serve two-year terms. The Executive Board is supported by Parent Coordinators at each grade level as well as “Buffalo Buddies” and Committee Leads.

President – Jen Caldwell
President-Elect – Erin Landers
Communications - Jessica Lane Rowan
Treasurer – Janice Bacak
Past President – Meredith Ondak
Community Engagement Liaison - Brenda Sweet
Parent Coordinator Liasion - Peggy Howard
New Parent Liaison – Holly Snyder

Click here to view our full board.
Click here to view our Operational Guidelines.
Old Trail School is an independent day school (toddler through grade eight) located in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.