Committees

Many of our committees have had great successes over the past few years, and many of their leaders thinking about moving on. Please come to our PTO General Meeting to learn more about committees to join (and maybe even lead) this school year!

Unless otherwise indicated, all email prefixes end @ps9brooklyn.org


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 Greg Nofi: PTO-Budget

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 Abby Clarence, Jordan Feigenbaum, Maggie O’Neill: PTO-Communications

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

PS9 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 PS9.

Contact Jocelyn Burgos, Melissa de Leon, Nia Hooper-Mason: EDI

Fundraising

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 Direct Appeal and increasing support from beyond the immediate PS9 community of families.

Led by the PTO President and Vice President for Fundraising, along with Suyin So: PTO-President-Fundraising, PTO-VP-Fundraising, and PTO-Fundraising

Garden

You don’t have to have a “green thumb” to join this committee! We work together to connect the PS9 community to the school garden by maintaining the space, obtaining grants, supporting our Garden Educator and PS Teachers, organizing weekend work days, and hosting the annual October Pumpkin Patch and May Plant Sale events.

Contact Elizabeth Matthews, Leah Vickers: Garden

Grant Writing

The Grant Writing Committee works on grants/capital funding in coordination with the administration. The committee helps secure, manage and execute grants/capital funding. We keep all the information in one place, put forward proposals, track the status of projects and help manage them through to completion. We interact with the principal, city officials, the SCA (School Construction Authority) and the DSF (Division of School Facilities).

Contact David Lee: PTO-Grant-Writing

Parent Advocacy Committee

Add your voice to advocate for the resources PS9 needs so that our children — who come from all walks of life — will succeed. Help write letters to local elected officials, make calls, distribute petitions and more.

[Position Open]

Spanish

[Position Open]

Web Team

Help design and update the website to improve communication at PS9. Explore social media, mobile, and other means of improving the way information reaches families.

Contact Julia Daunis and Elizabeth Matthews: WebTeam

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 on Movie Nights.

Contact Carina Schmid and Laylah Waters: Wellness