One of the greatest strengths of Putnam Indian Field School is its tradition of parent involvement. The many talents and contributions of our parents are essential to the school’s success in reaching its educational goals.




President, Magali Swanson

Erin Dodds

Demetrios Dounis

Danielle Earls

Abby Finnis

Amina Graham

Jon Hammack

Erica Lucas Jacoby

Virginia Lockhart

Joel Lusman

Whitney O’Connor

Candace Procaccini

Sarah Pribyl

Laura Sullivan



The Education Committee consists of school parents and the Head of School and is chaired by a member of the Board of Trustees. The Education Committee functions as a liaison between parents and faculty to ensure open communication on educational issues. To this end, a representative from the committee serves as a liaison to each class.

The committee meets monthly to discuss opportunities to explain or improve the curriculum and/or educational environment, and to reflect on the opportunities for positive change as reflected in the comments and assessments volunteered in the family and staff surveys.

In addition, the committee sponsors talks and workshops on educational topics and parenting issues of interest to the Putnam Indian Field School community.


The Green Committee supports the school’s efforts to make PIFS a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable learning environment.  The committee serves as a resource to administration, providing research and guidance for such initiatives as improving cleaning products and the quality of the food served. The Green Committee also hosts the annual Planting Day. This PIFS community event, in early spring, provides all students valuable experience in nurturing seedlings and planting a garden.


The mission of the Parents’ Activities Committee (PAC) is two-fold: to build and nurture a sense of community at Putnam Indian Field School by offering our children and their families educational, entertaining and enriching events; and to demonstrate our gratitude to Putnam’s talented and dedicated staff and teachers.

Throughout the year, PAC functions as the PIFS PTA. It sponsors events in support of the mission funded by a one-time Activities Fee included in the first semester tuition bill. These events fall into several categories: community-building, educational and entertaining, as well as staff appreciation events. Community Service falls under the domain of PAC and coordinates activities to support local organizations in need.

PAC relies on the energy and leadership of the parent body to help achieve its goals. Every PIFS parent is a member of PAC and parents have the option to be involved in various ways. Some enjoy leadership roles as event chairs and class parents while some pitch in for individual events as available.

PAC organizes the school’s Spirit Wear, with many options to show PIFS school pride available through Lands’ End here.