About PS 281 PTA

If your child attends PS 281, then you are part of the PS 281 PTA! The PTA’s main responsibilities are to build community in the school and provide supplementary resources necessary to ensure our children’s success. To build community, the PTA organizes many events such as the Thanksgiving Potluck, Valentine’s Dance, Spring Benefit, and International Night. The PTA also provides in-class enrichment programs for every child to supplement the school curriculum.

Your participation in the general PTA meetings and volunteer efforts are crucial to foster a strong school community. PS 281 is a family and we invite all family members to get involved!

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You can read the PS281 PTA Bylaws here.

PTA Executive Board

Every family member and teacher (and the principal!) is part of the PTA. But we have a dedicated team of parents/guardians who have been elected to handle the legal, financial, and administrative duties. You can reach the Executive Board anytime by emailing pta@ps281.org, or just stop by the PTA office in the mornings after drop-off (there’s usually one of us there!)

  Andrea Levitt
Co-President
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  Adeline Jurecka
Co-President
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  Cynthia Finkelman
Co-First Vice President
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  Jennifer Stein
Co-First Vice President
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  Jason DeJongh
Co-Second Vice President
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Gregory Weiss
Co-Second Vice President
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Jenny Fuller
Co-Secretary
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Angela Gianforcaro
Co-Secretary
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  David Silva
Co-Treasurer
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  Lin Wang
Co-Treasurer
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Nitu Bachani
Co-Vice President of the Treasury
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Blanca Blenman
Co-Vice President of the Treasury
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Oran Ebel
Member-At-Large
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Lane Kukar
Member-at-Large
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Dominic Onyema
Member-At-Large
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Patrick Yurgosky
Member-at-Large
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PTA Meetings

The PTA holds General meetings on the third Wednesday of every month (with some exceptions for holidays, etc.), alternating between evening and morning meetings. Please see the Calendar for up-to-date meeting information.  At these general meetings, we discuss school business, upcoming events and activities, as well as hear from the Principal. All parents and staff members are welcome.

The PTA also holds Executive Board meetings on the first Wednesday of every month to set the agenda, discuss fundraisers and expenditures, as well as other administrative issues for the general meetings. These Executive Board meetings are open to the public. All parents and staff members are welcome, but please note that voting is limited to Executive Board members.

PTA Elections

Every year, the PTA must hold an election for new Executive Board members for the coming year (2019-20).

The Executive Board of the PS 281 PTA takes a leadership role in planning community events, making recommendations about in-class enrichment and afterschool programming, and serving as a liaison between parents and the school. If you would like to join us in helping to shape the River School experience, please consider running for a seat on the Executive Board for the 2019-20 school year! Descriptions of each position can be found here. We will be holding a special expedited election at our June general meeting, where we take nominations from the floor and then vote.

If you are interested in serving on the Executive Board, please email us at pta@ps281.org.

PTA Budget

Every year, the general membership of the PTA must vote to approve its budget for the next school year. Please review the  PS281 Proposed Budget 2019-20 as presented at the May general meeting. We will be voting on whether or not to approve this budget at the June general meeting.

If you have any questions about the budget, please email us at pta@ps281.org.