Congressional School is known for its vibrant community and family-like atmosphere, and parent involvement is an essential ingredient.  The mission of the Congressional School Parent Organization (CSPO) is to “Welcome Families and Build Community” and accomplishes this through planning and hosting various large, fun, social events and activities and by supporting teachers as Room Parents and volunteers.

In addition, the CSPO helps to facilitate proactive communication between the school and families.  All parents are CSPO members.


friends at pool party

“Our family loved the events that CSPO organized. We got to meet so many parents!" - Parent


Fall Festival

Fall Festival: Saturday, October 14, 2017
One of our biggest community events of the school year with numerous games, food and opportunities for fun. Learn More.


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International Night: Friday, May 11, 2018
A wonderful community celebration that invites families to share their traditions, customs and foods with one another.

teacher group

Faculty Appreciation
An annual opportunity to thank our faculty for their dedication to our students.

students at homecoming 2017

Homecoming: Friday, January 12, 2018
A great night of basketball games and school spirit, including a basketball game for alumni. Learn More.


bon fire family night

Family Nights
These nights are designed to be fun, social gatherings for children and their families.

Friday, September 15, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017
Friday, February 23, 2018

parents council

Parent’s Council of Washington
Organization of independent schools in the Washington, DC area, that aims to “foster better communication among students, parents and independent schools.”

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Cheryl Vance

Laura Michael
Vice President

Angie Howard
Early Childhood Division Coordinator

Mary Beth Testa
Primary School Division Coordinator

Heather Drevna
Lower School Division Coordinator

Nicole Guagenti
Middle School Division Coordinator

CSPO Staff Contact
Alyce Penn
Director of Communications and 
CSPO Staff Liaison

CSPO GOALS for 2017-2018

  • All first year families personally welcomed
  • At least five Dine Out nights
  • Increase Shop and Support engagement
  • Create and share a Frequently Asked Questions resource
  • Update the CSPO page on the Resource Board with helpful information and tools for parents


The mission of the Congressional School Parent Organization (CSPO) is to Welcome Families and Build Community. We accomplish our goal by sponsoring lots of fun events, and we fund those events through proceeds from the Shop and Support program. We encourage you to link your cards to Congressional School so that the shopping you already do benefits our community.

Register online by clicking the image below or take a moment to stop at the store's service desk next time you shop.

School Code: #3890

You need to re-register annually!

In the top left corner, please click “Supporting” and search for Congressional School Inc. Once it is confirmed, it will say, “Supporting: Congressional School Inc.”

Shopping must occur at www.smile.amazon.com to receive the benefit.

Whether you need to label your kids’ clothes or your kitchen canisters, Mabel’s Labels has all of your needs covered. A percentage of all proceeds support Congressional School.

School Code: #01915

You need to re-register annually!

box tops

Box Tops are commonly found on household items. Save them and drop them at the front desk in either the Little School or Big School.