PTA Mission Statement
The PS41 PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is made up of every parent, every guardian and every teacher at PS41. The PTA Executive Board is a group
of parent volunteers, elected yearly in the spring, who work with the
PS41 community to support the vision of the school through fundraising
and the implementation of programs and initiatives.
Our goal is to foster a welcoming
community for all PS41 families and to support diverse enrichment
programs for our children throughout the school year. With the help of the PS41 community,
we are able to fund the arts and enrichment programs for which our
school is known.
Last year the PTA funded part or all of art, music,
dance, drama, chess, National Dance Institute, a nature garden, literacy
and math support and enrichment, professional development for our
teachers and much more. We organize many cherished annual
community events for both families and just for grown ups. These events
help us get to know each other as a community and raise the necessary
funds for these programs. Our Family Giving Fund and
Annual Auction & Gala are the two biggest fundraisers followed by many
events which include the ever-popular Monster Mash, Winter Wonderland,
Spring Fling, Family Photo Day, Book Fairs and more.
EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US CAN MAKE A
DIFFERENCE. Our collective participation enables the vibrant community
of PS41 to continue to grow and thrive. Every dollar we donate and collect
goes toward enriching every student's education. And every time we
volunteer our time or services at an event, in the PTA office, or
behind-the scenes, we ensure that our children experience the excellent
programs, resources and enrichment for which PS41 is known for.
PTA General Meetings are held 10
times a year, usually once a month, are open to all and are always an
excellent way to keep up with what’s happening. While we strive to
communicate all critical information through emails, flyers,
newsletters, website, etc., there is no way for us to replicate the
benefit of in-person participation at PTA meetings. In order to have an
ongoing and productive dialogue with our members, we need your in-person
participation at our general meetings.
Kelly Shannon, our principal,
typically speaks at every meeting and there is no better way to keep
informed about your child’s education than by hearing her speak.
If a parent has a specific issue
that he or she would like discussed at a General Meeting, please inform
the PTA Co-Presidents or Co-Recording Secretaries before the meeting, so
that, if appropriate, the issue may be placed on the agenda.
PTA General Meetings are announced on this website and in the weekly bulletins.
PTA Executive Board
The PTA Executive Board is a group
of parent volunteers, elected yearly in the Spring, who govern the PTA
according to its accepted bylaws. The PTA Exec Board works with the PS41
community to support the vision of the school through fundraising and
the implementation of programs and initiatives.
The PTA Executive Board
meets monthly usually on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
(Effective to July 1, 2016)
Stella Chang & Alexandra van Schie
Joanna Scott & Gillian Sowell
Alex Singal & Gina Wilcox
Lucy Green & Maria Zerafa
Co-First Vice Presidents
Susi Nichol & Laura Reilly
Co-Second Vice Presidents
Jessica Contrastano & Elise Wilks
Co-Vice Presidents of External Fundraising
Sarah Choi & Ereka Dunn
Co-Vice Presidents of Internal Fundraising
Jennifer Lemberg & Nikki Mejer
Co-Vice Presidents of Parent Relations & Hospitality
Maya Brewster & Erin Peter
Co-Vice Presidents of Publicity & Communications
Catherine Daly & Mar Fitzgerald
Elissa Hasson & Jessica Sevita
Each Spring, the PTA Executive Board
reviews the expenses of the current school year, determines the
anticipated expenses of the upcoming school year, and meets with the
Principal to establish a budget for the coming year. The Principal asks
the PTA to supplement costs that are not covered in the allotment given
to the school by the Department of Education. Once approved by the
Executive Board, the budget is presented to the general membership at
the June General PTA meeting. A majority of those
attending must approve the budget. Once the budget is approved, parents
have made a commitment to raising the funds, whether by personal
donations or fundraising initiatives. The budget may be amended by vote at any General PTA meeting.
The PTA Bylaws were revised and approved at the PTA Meeting on October 16, 2014.