Committees play an important role in the successful operation of the PTA, and they offer a great way for parents to get involved at PS 199 in a way that is personally meaningful based on interests and expertise.
Chairs: Gayle Slonim and Jenn MacFarlane
The most exciting event of the school year, the PS 199 annual auction is held in the spring. Committee members participate in all aspects of the event planning and execution. Volunteer opportunities available at varying levels of commitment. Click here to sign up.
Chair: Jeffrey Alton
The audit committee is responsible for reviewing the accounting and financial reporting processes of the PTA on an annual basis. Click here to sign up.
Chair: Jessica Alton, Co-Chair Needed
Do you like to bake? Do you enjoy encouraging others (or yourself) to buy delicious home baked goods? If so, please join the bake sale committee. It’s a great way to get to know other parents and to help our school.
Chair: Charlotte Cohn
An evening of show-stopping Broadway hits featuring professional performers from the PS 199 community and beyond. We need assistance identifying performers and planning event logistics, handling day-of setup and coordination, and marketing and promoting. Click here to sign up.
Chair: Corrine Glass
This committee plans events and drives to serve the community beyond our school. Past endeavors have included City Harvest, NY Cares Coat Drive, Toys for Tots, Back to School Supply Drive, and many more. Click here to sign up.
Chair: Prashanthi Reddy
The Diversity Committee’s mission is to celebrate diversity, nurture respect and acceptance, and challenge assumptions—in our school community and in the world. We broadly define diversity to encompass differences in culture, race, religion, language, learning styles, physical and mental abilities, political beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomics, among others. We aim to reach out to the entire school community, and promote awareness, discussion, and positive actions, through programs for adults, families, and children. Click here to sign up.
Recent Diversity Committee programs have included international festivals with food, performing arts, interactive workshops, fashion and other cultural highlights of different regions around the world; roundtable discussions on books, films and topics of relevance to our school community; an annual holiday celebration for students in the self-contained classrooms; and dance and music performances with on-stage workshops for students and parents. The committee also participates in events like the annual school holiday party and has produced an online, student-created book on kindness. Click HERE to visit the Diversity Committee Page.
Chair: Victoria Kopper
This committee organizes several fun evenings of fitness to benefit PS PS199. Click here to sign up.
Planning and planting the area around the school for a beautiful environment for our children. Click here to sign up.
Healthy Child, Healthy Planet
Chair: Charlotte Gordon
The focus of this committee is to further educate our children and community on how to care for themselves and the planet by raising awareness of health and environmental issues. Initiatives include; media and our children’s education; conservation; improving cafeteria food and nutrition; Reducing, Reusing and Recycling in the classroom, cafeteria, building and at home. Click here to visit the Green Committee Page, and here to sign up.
Holiday Boutique Fair
Chair: Denise Fink
Here is your opportunity to get all your holiday shopping done while supporting 199. We are looking for vendors to participate and volunteers to assist with advertising and day of coordination. Click here to sign up.
Chair: Victoria Micalizzi
A holiday party for our children in the school on a Saturday afternoon each December with games, crafts, music and a shopping area where the children can buy gifts for family and friends. Click here to sign up.
Chairs: Betsy Hart, Rebecca Krein
PS 199 students are checked for lice several times during the school year by an independent company paid for by your PTA. Parent volunteers (along with the teachers) organize the day(s) and help escort classes to the checking location which is set up within the school. Parents are notified privately if there is a problem.
Nominating and Election Committee
Chair: Angeline Huang
Elections are run by parents and the ballots are created and counted by parents. PTA Executive Board officers and School Leadership Team (“SLT”) members are nominated from the parent body and elected in May. Executive Board Parent at Large (“PAL”) positions are nominated from the parent body and are elected in October. Click here to sign up.
Scholastic Book Fair
Chairs: Jenni Wolf, Victoria Kopper
The Scholastic Book Fair is held in the lobby of our school. Your child’s class will have a specified time to shop at the Book Fair. Come and help out during your child’s shop day or volunteer to assist customers. Click here to sign up to be involved in the committee.
Chairs: Leslie Caldron, Melissa Price, Shannon Lombardi
The School Store needs volunteers to stock the cart (store), “work” the cart at events, process and fulfill orders, and help explore and suggest new items to sell. Click here to sign up.
Chair: April Darrow
We need volunteers to take prospective kindergarten parents on tours of our building. Dates to be announced. Join this committee to show your enthusiasm about the school to perspective parents.
Science Center – Greenhouse Project
Chair: Karen Cape
The PS 199 Science Center is a greenhouse laboratory that will be built at PS 199. The vision of the science center is to encourage grade school children to embrace science while making educated choices about their impact on the environment. The laboratory will be able to accommodate a small urban farm and environmental science laboratory to further STEM education in New York City. Click here to learn more about our vision for this project. Click HERE to visit the Science Center website.
Chair: Shaazma Husain
The signs that are up around the school notifying the school body of up and coming events are made by the parents. If you are artistic and would like to help this is a great committee to join.
Stars on Stage
Chairs: Karen Cape, Veronika Surla
Stars on Stage is a school-wide talent show for 4th and 5th graders. It takes place in the spring. It is a kid driven and parent run event. Parents are needed to assist with backstage efforts and with the overall organization of the event. It is a wonderful community builder and great fun to work on! Click here to sign up.
Chair: Stephanie Torres
Help organize an evening of community, crafts, food, fun and giving thanks! Click here to sign up.
Chairs: Geraldine Artaud, Elizabeth Nunez
The annual Walkathon and carnival is a great opportunity to build school spirit, catch up with old friends, make new friends, get fit and raise much needed funds for our school. Click here to sign up.
Chairs: Jennifer Ligouri, Michelle Gere
Volunteer to be a welcome buddy to a new family. All it takes is maybe one or two phone calls or some emails. This is a great way to make a new friend and make someone feel welcome into the PS199 community. Click here to sign up.