Welcome

 
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Welcome to PS 527 and the PS 527 Parent Teacher Association!

Our mission is to build our community among families, staff, and students and to raise money to support the educational and social goals of our school. We promote an environment where our dedicated teachers and administrators can do their best work and our students can do their best learning.

Since our school was founded in 2012, the PTA Executive Board has helped to build a strong community between families and school staff and teachers. This year, we warmly welcome Principal Michelle, and look forward to further developing our community with her leadership. To continue the PTA’s work, we are prioritizing the following goals:

  • Create tools and improve outreach to increase parent volunteerism, while continuing to build parent participation in General PTA meetings, in order to increase awareness of important information, developments, activities and events, and to foster communication and relationships amongst the executive board, parents, teachers and staff.

  • Develop and implement ways to make communications more efficient and effective.

  • Increase Direct Appeal participation to fund vital school-wide initiatives, and boost the Annual Benefit’s Paddle Raise to support specific goals like The Harry Gandel Library and Technology Hub. Parent contributions like these play a critical role in enhancing our children's educational experience.

  • Leverage third party sponsorships and company-match donations to further our fundraising goals.

Additionally, the PTA will continue to place our efforts on providing engaging opportunities for the PS 527 community, as reflected in our school calendar. This year, we are excited to have the calendar feature pictures of many places from around the globe from which PS 527 families have traveled from (or to), and include the treasure of holidays we celebrate, as understanding our unique backgrounds enriches the learning environment for all of us.

Please refer to the calendar for dates of the General PTA meetings and many of the PTA sponsored activities and events throughout the school year, including the Spring Benefit, Winter Festival, Book Fairs, Merchandise Sale Dates, Kids Movie Nights, and Popcorn Fridays. We hope that you will find time to volunteer at one of them! These help to build our community and help raise funds to support Principal Michelle and all the PS 527 teachers and staff.

PTA fundraising pays for most of the enrichment activities for our children so that the school is able to use its budget to appropriately staff classrooms. Here is a snapshot of some of the many programs, items and activities that would not be available to our kids without PTA support:

  • Individual Instructors and dedicated, equipped classrooms for our Music Program, Art Program, Science Lab, and Physical Education program, and direct monetary support to all teachers for classroom needs.

  • Funding of Enrichment Programs, such as 92Y Music Classes/Programs, Friday Enrichment Clubs, Mathletics, Raz Kids, Art Farm, Story Pirates, Ballet Tales, and the Asphalt Green Recess Program.

  • Funding a Math Intervention Specialist for those kids who need extra support, as well as Assistant Teachers so that all classes in grades K-2 have at least two full time teachers.

  • The addition of a comprehensive Technology and Library Program, including a dedicated teacher, through the funds raised from your contributions at our Annual Spring Benefit.

To continue to meet our fundraising and community building goals we are looking for volunteers like you. It takes each of us to make a difference for all of us! We encourage you to get involved and we hope to see you at the first General PTA meeting of the year on Friday, September 20, 2018, at 8:30 am.

If you are a parent or guardian of a child enrolled at PS 527, you are automatically a PTA member, and are entitled to participate and vote at our monthly PTA meetings. No membership fees are required.

Together, we can continue to build the remarkable PS 527 Community and ensure that our children’s educational experience will help them to thrive as students and prepare them to be global citizens and leaders. Please call or email if you have any questions or suggestions, and if you see us around, please introduce yourself.

Sincerely,

Ann Eberle Thomas and Laurie Haliva
PTA Co-Presidents
ptapresidents@ps527.org