Please take a look at the current PTO committees and join one if you possibly can. PS 9 needs you! Most committees have tasks that need doing that don’t take much time, so don’t be intimidated. You can donate as much or as little time as you have to spare.

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 PS9 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 Jesse Hendrich, rev.smada@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 Alicia Nosenzo: alilounos@me.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, Theo Stewart-Stand, theostewartstand@gmail.com, or Jesse Hendrich, rev.smada@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 Matt Curinga, matt@curinga.com, or Dianne Darbouze, dahalr66@yahoo.com, Alicia Nosenzo, alilounos@me.com, or Jesse Hendrich, rev.smada@gmail.com

Wellness

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 for Movie Night.

Contact Elizabeth Solomon, elizsolo@gmail.com, or Jesse Hendrich, rev.smada@gmail.com

New Committees for 2015-2016:

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 Dominick Ryan, domryan@gmail.com, or Alicia Nosenzo, alilounos@me.com

Parent Advocacy

Ensure that the Department of Education is aware of parents’ positions on issues such as sharing our space with a charter school, upgrades to our facilities, and high-stakes testing. Members take turns representing PS 9 at Panel for Education Policy votes, as well as meetings of the District 13 Community Education Council and Community Board 8.

Contact Raul Rothblatt, rothblatt@gmail.com, Jonathan Westin, jwestin2@gmail.com, or Jesse Hendrich, rev.smada@gmail.com

Thanks for your help and please consider volunteering for upcoming PS9 events!