Lunch Volunteers
Assist the PS 9 staff and help our younger students learn to navigate the busy lunchroom and play safely on the playground. Kindergarten and 1st grade students especially benefit from family involvement during this part of their school day.

Contact Charmaine Derrell-Jacob, CDerrell@schools.nyc.gov, 347-563-5324; Lexy Casano-Antonellis, lexycasano@gmail.com, or Jennifer Donnolo, jenniferdonnololcsw@yahoo.com.

Communications
Are you interested in coming up with strategies for getting the word out about PS 9 and all of its wonderful events? Maybe you know of a printer who might give us a good deal? Could you donate white or colored paper for flyers? Take photographs, make videos, help with writing, editing, web technology, graphic design, illustration – Help us communicate!

Contact Kate Sheldon, katesheldon88@gmail.com, or Susanna Flores, susannacf@gmail.com.

Fundraising Committee
Provide strategic support in order to maximize the success of existing fundraising initiatives, including developing communications, increasing volunteerism, and establishing comprehensive calendar. Focus on Annual Appeal and increasing support from beyond the immediate PS 9 community of families.

Contact Krystal Linton: ms.linton24@yahoo.com.

Gardening
Construct plant beds, plant with the children, work on landscape design, research grants, and maintain a garden in the space around PS 9. Want to pitch in to make the school a greener place?

Contact Vivian Epstein, vivian.epstein@gmail.com.

Grant-writing
Research sources of funding, write grant applications, and reach out to teachers. This committee has successfully procured grants for The Whole Child Network Program, soundproofing for the cafeteria and various technology and gardening grants. We want to get more arts funding and enhance our educational programs.

Contact Ivana Espinet, ivanaespinet@yahoo.com, or Alicia Nosenzo, alilounos@me.com.

Web Team
Help design and update the website to improve communication at PS 9. Explore social media, mobile, and other means of improving the way information reaches families.

Contact Dianne Darbouze, dahalr66@yahoo.com, or Cynthia Yahia, cynthiayahia@gmail.com.

Wellness/Whole Child Network (Joint PS 9 /PTO Working Group)
Make sure that our children eat nutritious food at school, get enough exercise during the day, and that our school environment is a healthy one in every respect. We now have a salad bar for the cafeteria and more funding for exercise. We also provide healthy snacks on Movie Nights.

Contact Elizabeth Solomon, elizsolo@gmail.com.

Budget
Help with PTO budgeting process on a detailed and strategic level, to assist with tracking donations and expenditures and ensure that PTO programs and priorities are funded.

Contact Krystal Linton, ms.linton24@yahoo.com, or Krista Olsen, kristakamala@gmail.com.

Diversity (Joint SLT/PTO Committee)
PS 9 has a reputation as being one of the most economically and racially diverse schools in Brooklyn that is considered a success. We agree, but what does this mean? Who are we, what does this success mean, and how can we build on the strength of our diversity? Please join a few of us who are having a conversation about difference and diversity at PS 9.

Contact: Carolina Munoz, carolinabm75@gmail.com.

Sustainability
Are you interested in helping PS 9 become more environmentally conscious and sustainable? Are you interested in helping to educate our children in sustainability? The Sustainability Committee (a.k.a. PS 9 “Green Team”) is currently working on grants and presentations to help educate our children about sustainability, and help our school discover and enact best practices in terms reducing waste and encouraging recycling. Come check us out!

Contact Carol Clouse, ccenroute@yahoo.com.

Transportation Team (Informal Committee)

Safety in and around PS 9 is a priority, and is one of the core pillars of our Whole Child Network approach. If you witness an unsafe traffic situation near the school (as a driver, cyclist, or pedestrian), it’s important to report it. And, you can join our Transportation Team to help develop approaches to keep the sidewalks and streets around our school safe.

Contact Jesse Hendrich, rev.smada@gmail.com.