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Parents and Teachers Association

PS29 prides itself on a dynamic PTA, powered by a strong connection between our hard-working and creative parent community and our dedicated staff members. 

All parents and guardians of children attending PS29 are automatically members of the The Parents and Teachers Association of PS29 (PTA), as are all teachers in the school. The PTA’s mission is to:

  1. Build a vibrant and welcoming community both within PS29 and with the greater neighborhood community.

  2. Facilitate an effective relationship and two-way communication between families, school administration, school staff, and community officials.

  3. Raise funds to provide a wide variety of educational and cultural programs and materials to support school initiatives for the students of PS29.

 

PTA meetings are held once a month. Dates are listed below and posted on the PS 29 website calendar.

DONATE. VOLUNTEER. PARTICIPATE. Your involvement is more important now than ever. Consider attending PTA meetings, being a class parent, volunteering to help with events, helping to raise and/or contribute money, or volunteering your skills and talents within a Committee.

2023-2024 PTA Board of Directors
What the PTA funds
How we raise funds

PTA Meetings

PTA Meeting Minutes

 

2023-2024 PTA Board of Directors

  • Co-Presidents: Lianna Durney (1st grader) and Mary Gallagher (1st grader and pre-K)

  • Co-Treasurers: Raul Vidal (3rd grader) & Mariam Farmanau (2nd grader)

  • Co-VPs Class Parents & Volunteers: Kimberly Isserlis (2nd and 5th graders) & Janet Cavanagh (2nd & 5th graders)

  • Co-VPs Communications: Yadu Kalia (4th & 2nd graders) and Anna Janash (2nd & 4th graders)

  • Co-Secretaries: Miriam Williams (1st grader) and Dana Crowley (two 2nd graders)

  • Co- VPs Fundraising & Events: Meagan Westgarth (1st & 2nd graders), Chana Rosenthal (1st grader)

The team members can be reached at ps29pta@gmail.com.

Please read this attachment to learn more about positions on the PTA Executive Board.

 

What the PTA funds

The PTA is an active and vital part of the school. Through our fundraising, we are able to provide additional resources and programs for every student within our school. The PTA works closely with the PS29 Administration to support school initiatives, programs, and services that are not covered by the DOE. The PTA funds:

  • PROGRAM SUPPORT for math and the arts. This line item looks one year ahead and is paid out in June for the next fiscal year.

  • ARTS, MUSIC & THEATER ENRICHMENT through collaborations with partners like Brooklyn Acting Lab and Freestyle Repertory Theatre and grade-wide enrichments, such as yoga and mindfulness, ballroom dancing, and chess, and opportunities for our students to experience real world applications such as our newspaper, running club, and green team. 

  • LITERACY, MATH & SCIENCE ENRICHMENT such as school-wide read alouds, program support for science, including STEM lab, the garden, and the wellness and greening of our school.

  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT to ensure our teachers have the best knowledge and latest teaching techniques to provide our kids with great learning experiences.

  • SUPPLIES, ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT, & CAPITAL MAINTENANCE for essential supplies, building maintenance, workshops and seminars for families, and funding to help support related services.

 

How we raise funds

Only a portion of our funds come from direct donations - the balance is generated through activities and events that incur expenses and require thousands of volunteer hours. 

Our school is home to a diverse group of students and families. Contributions of time and money can be large or small, often or once in a while. Every dollar and every volunteer hour helps protect the programs our children currently enjoy. Please do what you can!

  1. ANNUAL GIVING & DONATIONS are the most effective way to raise money. 100% of direct donations go to supporting our programs! Every dollar counts, and no contribution is too small. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible. It’s really easy to Donate Online.

  2. AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM provides a safe, fun environment for our kids, a service for our families, and a modest profit to help fund programs. To keep costs low, it is overseen by a steering committee of parent volunteers who research best practices, identify future enhancements, guide policy and staffing decisions, and assist with operations. To find out more, Visit Our Homepage or send us an email

  3. ACTIVITIES & EVENTS include community-building events like Movie Night, Eat Pie Shop, Super Science Saturday and the PS 29 Block Party & fundraising events like the Annual Benefit & Auction, as well as merchandise sales. Volunteers are always needed. See our Event Schedule and contact us here to volunteer with one of these exciting activities. 

 

PTA Meetings

PS 29 PTA meets monthly throughout the school year.

 

Here's the schedule of PTA meetings for 2023-24. Mark your calendars! 

Friday, September 15, 2023  @ 8:45 am pm in the PS 29 auditorium
Thursday, October 19, 2023  @ 6:30 pm on Zoom
Friday, November 17, 2023  @ 8:45 am in the PS 29 auditorium
Thursday, December 14, 2023  @ 6:30 pm on Zoom
Friday, January 19, 2024 @ 8:45 am in the PS 29 auditorium 
Thursday, February 15, 2024  @ 6:30 pm on Zoom 
Friday, March 15, 2024  @ 8:45 am in the PS 29 auditorium 
Thursday, April 18, 2024 @ 6:30 pm on Zoom
Friday, May 17, 2024 @ 8:45 am in the PS 29 auditorium 
Thursday, June 13, 2024  @ 6:30 pm on Zoom 

The PTA also meets monthly as an Executive Board. If you are interested in attending one of these meetings, please contact us.

PTA Meeting Minutes

Click below to read notes from our recent PTA meetings.

September 2023 PTA Meeting Minutes

October 2023 PTA Meeting Minutes

November 2023 PTA Meeting Minutes

December 2023 PTA Meeting Minutes

January 2024 PTA Meeting MInutes

February 2024 PTA Meeting Minutes

March 2024 PTA Meeting Minutes

April 2024 PTA Meeting Minutes

About the PTA

The PTA was incorporated in 1985 and gained recognition as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code in 1987. The formal name of the PTA is the Parents and Teachers Association of P.S. 29, Inc.

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