Committees play an important role in the successful operation of the PTA, and they offer a great way for parents to get involved at PS199 in a way that is personally meaningful based on interests and expertise.
Click on the committee names below to sign up for committees through our new communication and volunteering system, Konstella. Alternatively, click here to see all Committee sign-up opportunities in Konstella at once. (Note, you must be logged in to Konstella to view.)
Chair: 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.
Chair: Jeffrey Alton
The audit committee is responsible for reviewing the accounting and financial reporting processes of the PTA on an annual basis.
Chair: Jessica Alton, Abigail Schlaff
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: Melissa Dye, co-chair needed!
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.
Chair: Lainie Kernis & Marianna Crespi
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.
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.
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.
This committee organizes several fun evenings of fitness to benefit PS PS199.
Chair: Raeka Delong and Rebecca Zimba
Help cultivate the school gardens and environmental, ecological and botanical learning opportunities for our children. Work closely with the STEAM Team and our science specialist, Ms. Schuleman, in presenting garden-related and hands-on events for the PS 199 community.
The focus of this committee is to further educate our children and community on how to care for the planet by raising awareness of environmental issues. Initiatives include: children’s education; conservation; supporting initiatives to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in the classroom, cafeteria, building, and school events. Click here to visit the Green Committee Page.
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.
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.
Scholastic Book Fair
Chairs: Rebecca Zimba and Victoria Kopper
The Scholastic Book Fair is like a book store right in PS199. At each fair, every class has a specified time to shop. Parents are welcome to come and help out during your child’s shop day or volunteer to assist customers.
Chairs: Leslie Cawdron, Melissa Price, Shannon Lombardi
Help design, market, sell, and distribute PS199 merchandise at key events throughout the year. On Spirit Day, usually the first week in June, students are encouraged to wear their PS199 gear, either bought or home-made.
Chair: Geraldine Artaud and Cathy Vichaidith
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.
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
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!
Chair: Elisa Konofagou
The goal of the STEAM Team is to help integrate STEAM-related (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) educational activities into the lives of PS199 students on a periodic or ongoing basis through events like Earth Day, and offerings like during- or after-school coding classes. The STEAM Team has been instrumental in the development of the PS199 Science Center greenhouse classroom and will continue to participate in its progress. The STEAM Team works closely with the Garden Committee and other PS199 “green” committees and the student “Green Team” run by PS199 teacher and sustainability coordinator Rachael Patalano.
Chair: Stephanie Torres, co-chair needed!
Help organize an evening of community, crafts, food, fun and giving thanks!
Chairs: Victoria Micalizzi and Moe Bardach
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.
Chairs: Geraldine Artaud & Cathy Vichaidith
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.