CFA Family Partnership

Save the Date for a Special Parent Event

An Evening with Michael G. Thompson, Pd.D.

Thursday, January 28 - 6:30 pm

Please join us for a virtual event via Zoom with Michael G. Thompson, Ph. D. He will be discussing parenting in these unprecedented times. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D is a consultant, best selling author and psychologist specializing in children and families. He has consulted to hundreds of independent schools, including dozens in the midst of crises of various kinds.

Co-sponsored by the Cape Fear Academy Family Partnership


Pictured: Casey Roden using the Beamnova 2 1/4” Button Machine requested by Bill Kanzinger

CFA Family Partnership funded $11,378.84 worth of Mini Grants in the 2020/21 year.

  1. Shelby Hollingsworth (LE 1 & 2, Kindergarten)

Moving Tunnels playground activity sets

  1. Gretchen Scoutlas (1st Grade)

STEM Bins filled with engineering manipulatives

  1. Alison Vliet (2nd Grade)

Books for 2nd Grade Lending Library, titles focused on diversity & inclusion themes

  1. Nicole Miller (4th Grade)

Books for Lending Library - supporting grades 3-6

  1. Lauren McLean (5th Grade)

Books for 5th Grade Lending Library

  1. Jenna Chervenic (6th Grade Science)

Chemical Interaction Science Kits

  1. Becky Mills (6th, 7th & 8th English)

Middle School Lending Libraries (phase 4)

  1. Jeff McAllister (10th-12th Science)

(9) Electronic Balances for science labs

  1. Maria Marquez (9th-12th Spanish)

Printing & Publishing of Spanish Storybooks (by US for LS & MS)

  1. Rachel Hatfield (9th-12th Spanish)

Recording Equipment

  1. Cheryl Kanzinger (US Theatre)

Tailornova - online fashion design program

  1. Bill Kanzinger (1st - 8th STEM)

Beamnova 2 1/4” Button Machine

  1. Jamison Fee (All Divisions)

Wilderness First Responders Certification Training (for 2 employees)

CFA Family Partnership

2020/21 Steering Committee


Allison Klein

VP of Finance & Operations:

Melissa Smith

VP of Communications:

Alisa Harris

VP of Development:

Michele Brouse

Admissions Liaison:

Beth Adams

Grounds Liaison:

Ava Trask

Arts Liaison:

Karin Mills

Athletics Liaison/s:

Alexa Revell

LS Division Liaison:

Paige Warshaw

MS Division Liaison:

Jeff Sorbel

US Division Liaison:

Jennifer Waldrop

CFAFP 2020/21 President:

Allison Klein

Hello and greetings to all of our Cape Fear Academy families, as we stand at the doorstep to the 2020-2021 school year!

On behalf of CFA’s Family Partnership, I’d like to welcome back all of our returning families and extend an especially warm welcome to our new parents and students who will be joining our community for the first time this fall semester. Returning to campus this year will certainly look different than in years past, but we no doubt will cherish the opportunity to continue to grow our connections with faculty, staff, students and parents. While we all must be mindful when it comes to social distancing, that doesn’t have to translate to being disconnected from our school community.

The Family Partnership has been, and will continue to be, our parents’ conduit for building connection to the broader Cape Fear Academy family through volunteerism and philanthropic opportunities. Our parent and family volunteers help make CFA a vibrant community and we value each and every individual’s energy and talents. With limited parent access to campus for the foreseeable future, our traditional volunteer roles will need to be reassessed. But rest assured, we will be providing our families with innovative ways to become engaged in life at Cape Fear Academy.

In order to stay informed about community events and volunteer opportunities, whether in person or virtual, you can keep an eye out for the weekly Hurricane Tracker email, as well as read monthly updates from your child’s Grade Parent, which will begin at the start of school. Family Partnership monthly meetings are open to parents and family members who would like to attend. Meeting dates and links can be found on the master calendar or the Family Partnership webpage under the Parents tab on the CFA homepage.

Your Family Partnership looks forward to a year of finding creative solutions that will help us grow as a connected community. Please do not hesitate to reach out and join in as we find new ways to host old traditions and create innovative platforms to grow our Hurricane spirit! Moving forward, we are stronger - together.


Allison Klein

President, Cape Fear Academy Family Partnership

Interested in Volunteering?

Haven't completed your CFA Volunteer Interest Form yet?

Here is the integrated online version that will get you started right away. Whether you can offer a lot of time or a little, we still want to hear from you.

Click here for 2020-2021 volunteer interests

Wear Your Hurricane Pride!

CFA Mask Available Now! Use the link below to order.

The CFA Spirit Store currently has a variety of inventory in stock and available for purchase. If you don't see what you are looking for you may also choose to order online through our temporary pre-order website.

Click here for more information on how to reserve your apparel today!

Funds raised from your Spirit Wear purchase support the Family Partnership, which is one of the main revenue generators for the organization.

Students are encouraged to wear any CFA logo’d apparel each week on Spirit Fridays, Blue and Gold Spirit Days throughout the year and fun community events like Homecoming. We hope you will support our Family Partnership and purchase your favorite CFA gear today!

All proceeds to benefit the CFA Family Partnership which funded items last school year such as:

  • $15,000 in mini-grants to faculty in all three divisions

  • Support for events such as LS Bingo and Homecoming

  • Teacher Appreciation events

  • Adopt-an-Athlete program

  • ...And much more!



CFA Family Partnership is sponsoring a uniform exchange for all clothing that fits in the LOWER SCHOOL dress code policy. Items that do not get exchanged will be donated appropriately. Details forthcoming for clothing drop-off and exchange information, and volunteer opportunities for this event.


Access Archived CFAFP Meeting Minutes & BY-LAWS Here

"My Favorite Things" Database teacher/staff favorite things

CFA Staff Gift Policy

Gifts for classroom teachers have always been and continue to be a wonderful way to show appreciation for the dedication, hard work, and caring our teachers demonstrate each day.

Though created with the best of intentions, “class gift” solicitations made through the Family Partnership or any of its representatives, including Classroom/Grade Parents, can unintentionally make families feel obligated to give. To alleviate this feeling, Classroom/Grade Parents should not seek out contributions to group gifts. Instead, families are welcome to express their thanks through words of encouragement, notes of appreciation, or gifts of their choice. If parents collaborate to create a combined gift, one that is not associated formally with the school, that is fine as well. This way, each family can join in or opt out as they see fit.

If a class is considering a gift to the school or a teacher that is intended to be placed on the school grounds, the Division of Advancement in conjunction with the Board’s Facilities Committee should be given the opportunity to review these plans to assure that they adhere with the overall campus plan.

2020/21 CFAFP Meetings

All meetings are virtual unless otherwise noted. Zoom meeting links can be found on the Master Calendar event link. Click here to access the Master Calendar, or contact Alisa Harris at for more information.

Meetings are open to all.

Tues 8/18/20-9:00am

Tues 9/15/20-9:00am

Tues 10/20/20-9:00 am

Tues 11/17/20-9:00 am

Tues 1/12/21-9:00 am

Tues 2/16/21-9:00 am

Tues 3/16/21-9:00am

Tues 4/13/21-9:00 am

Tues 5/1/21-9:00 am

Grade Parent List

Lower School Liaison:
Paige Warshaw

LE 1- Slovik:Gray Nunnelee

LE 2- Moya: Emily Beale

LE 2- Hollingsworth:Danielle Goulding

K - Newell: Lara McNeill

K - Connaughton: Bethany Fee

1st - Casson: Rebekah Barnhill

1st - Scoutelas: Sandra Langley

2nd - Mailey: Laura Hagy

2nd - Vliet: Kristin Tait

3rd: Stacy Borstad

4th: Natalie Kupinski

5th: Brandi Mason

Middle School Liaison:
Jeff Sorbel

6th: Holly Smith

7th: Amanda Baker

8th: Frances Wells

Upper School Liaison:
Jennifer Waldrop

9th: Jennifer Haslam

10th: Jen Dahl

11th: Wendy Mitchell/Marnie Bahner

12th: Loulie Scharf/Andrea Johnston