PTA

If your child attends PS 281, then you are part of the PS 281 Parent-Teacher Association! 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 (parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and more) to get involved!

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 photoAndrea Levitt
Co-President
Adeline Jurecka photoAdeline Jurecka
Co-President
Greg Weiss photoGregory Weiss
Co-First Vice President
Jennifer Stein photoJennifer Stein
Co-First Vice President
Jason DeJongh photoJason DeJongh
Co-Second Vice President
Cynthia Finkelman photoCynthia Finkelman
Co-Second Vice President
Angela Gianforcaro photoAngela Gianforcaro
Co-Secretary
generic headshotTara Francia
Co-Secretary
David Silva photoDavid Silva
Co-Treasurer
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Co-Treasurer
Oran Ebel photoOran Ebel
Co-Vice President of the Treasury
generic headshotBlanca Blenman
Co-Vice President of the Treasury
generic headshotKatarina Tomas
Member-At-Large
Lane Kukar photoLane Kukar
Member-at-Large
Kelly Ganz photoKelly Ganz
Member-at-Large
generic headshotSowbagya Gokulram
Member-at-Large
generic headshotTracy Torre
Member-at-Large

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.