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 the PTO President of Community: PTO-President-Community
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (Joint SLT/PTO Committee)
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 Regina Miranda: EDI
Next Meeting: Friday, October 11 at 7:30 am. Location TBD
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 of Fundraising, along with Jessica Flores and Suyin So: PTO-President-Fundraising, PTO-VP-Fundraising, PTO-Fundraising-Events 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 Sara Epstein and Christine Brown: Garden
Next Meeting: Monday, October 7 right after morning drop-off, in the Bergen Street garden. Please join if you are interested in participating this year in any capacity!
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).

Items we will be addressing this year include:
-Auditorium renovation
-Hydroponic Lab
-A.C./electrical upgrades
-Marquis Studio Grant
-Transportation Grant
-Garden Grant
-Gym Acoustic funds
-Capital Funding tech upgrades
-New Participatory Budgeting Project
-Transitioning to new principal

Contact David Lee: PTO-Grant-Writing
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 Andrew Condell: LunchroomVolunteers; or Charmaine Derrell-Jacob, CDerrell@schools.nyc.gov, 347-563-5324
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]
Transportation Team (Informal Committee)
One of the core pillars of our Whole Child Network approach is safety in and around PS9. 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 Erica Nofi and Nick Sparks: PTO-Transportation
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/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.

[ Position Open ]
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