Committees, Events & How You Can Get Involved

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Welcome to P.S. 40 and the P.S. 40 PTA! The P.S. 40 PTA supports the school through a variety of ongoing projects, fundraisers, and family events. We need and welcome your involvement to make these events happen for our children whether it is taking a shift at one of our evening events, working a couple of hours a week at the school library or chairing an entire event. There are so many ways to participate and we encourage you to explore this section of the website to discover what volunteer opportunities best meet your interests and availability.

Being involved in your child’s school is a great way to contribute to their educational experience and have fun! You’ll meet other parents, strengthen our community, and use your talents and resources to maintain the high level of enrichment every P.S. 40 student enjoys.

This section of the website will give you an idea of the many ways that parents contribute to the well-being of our school. You will also find contact information for committee and event chairs. Please feel free to reach out to these chairs. If you have general questions or have skills that you think might be useful to the school community, please contact your PTA Co-Presidents: Sara Steinberg or Tricia Ryan.

Fright Night – Halloween Party
Volunteers are needed immediately to work at our annual Halloween bash, which will be held the evening of Saturday, October 29. We need people to help with set-up, ticket and refreshment sales, activities and games, and our haunted house. It is a fantastic event and we need your help to make it happen! Please contact Florie Huppert or Carla O’Connor.

Class Parent
This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in your child’s class, meet other parents, become familiar with school activities, and help out your teacher. As a class parent, you will help organize events for your teacher, disseminate information regarding school functions, organize the class auction project, set up an art class volunteer schedule (K-2) and coordinate parent participation. There can be an unlimited number of class parents per class. To be a class parent, please contact Dara Cohen or Hillary Perlman.

Grade Liaison
Grade Liaisons serve as important point persons for the Class Parents and help disseminate information. Grade Liaisons meet virtually as a group. There are 1-2 Grade Liaisons per grade. To be a grade liaison, please contact Dara Cohen or Hillary Perlman.

Scholastic Book Fair
The Scholastic Book Fairs (Fall: November 29-December 2; Winter: February 27-March 3) provide a great opportunity to buy books for your children while supporting the school. Run completely by parents, help is needed for set up and staffing during each fair, which runs during the school days in the cafeteria; short work shifts are available. Please contact Anne Marie Winter, Jen Proudman or Laura Fuller to volunteer.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair
Partnering with P.S. 40, Barnes & Noble will give a percentage of purchases made by friends and family from October 15-21 to our school. The event kicks off on Saturday, October 15 at the Union Square store with a fun P.S. 40 planned, in-store event, and encourages customers to use our school’s code when making purchases. Please contact Dara Cohen or Steve Bricker to volunteer.

Schoola Clothing Drives
Clean your closet and earn money for P.S. 40 at the same time by donating gently used women’s, children’s and baby clothing and shoes during our fall and spring three-day drives. Schoola sells the clothing online and the PTA receives 40% of the proceeds.  Volunteers are needed to help sort and box clothing. Contact Sara Steinberg or Tricia Ryan to help.

Parents as Reading Partners
The Parents as Reading Partners Program (PARP) needs parent volunteers who can make a once a week half-hour committment to read to a kindergartener or first grader and share your joy of reading. Please contact Jacqueline Tepper.

Student Concerts
All students in grades K-5 sing in P.S. 40’s popular music concerts, which also include the 4th and 5th grade band! The concerts feature songs learned under the instruction of P.S. 40’s music teacher. Volunteers are needed to assist at rehearsals, set up risers, and to help with the students the night of the performance. Concerts are held traditionally in February, March, and May.  Please contact Wayne Walters or Buffy Barton.

Bake Sales & Healthy Snack Sales
Throughout the school year, the PTA holds various daytime bake sales and healthy snack sales. Committee members solicit food donations, sell throughout the day, and assist in set-up and clean-up. Please contact Dara Cohen or Lori Capon.

Parents Night Out/Soulcycle
Warm up with us this winter with a P.S. 40-only evening Soulcycle class, followed by drinks at a local bar. A portion of the proceeds goes to P.S. 40.  To help with this event, please contact Dara Cohen.

Volunteer in K-2nd Grade Art Class
Parents of children in grades K-2 are needed on a regular basis during the year to assist Art teacher Craig Kane in the art studio – handing out materials, washing brushes and helping with set-up and clean-up, both during your child’s class and between classes. No experience necessary! Please contact your Class Parents to volunteer.

Sports Night
Sports Night is one of the most popular family events of the year. It is traditionally held in late January across the street at MS 104 and features fun activities organized by P.S. 40’s Physical Education teacher, Andrew Bieber, and run by teachers, alumni, and staff. There are games, food, and prizes for all the children. Volunteers are needed to decorate, clean-up, sell tickets and refreshments, and run the prize booth. Parents are also needed for the big Parent-Teacher Volleyball game at the end of the evening. It is a great time for all! Please contact Benjy Kile or Jen Proudman to volunteer.

Annual Auction
The Annual Auction, planned for Thursday, March 30 at Slate, is P.S. 40’s largest fundraiser of the year and an exceptionally fun night out for parents and faculty. The Auction features a number of different elements including an online camp auction, an online auction, a live auction, as well as a raffle for outings with your child’s favorite teacher. Some auction items are lovingly created by our children (Class Art Projects) under the direction of parents. All other auction items are donated – from tickets to sporting events, Broadway shows and music concerts, restaurant and store gift certificates, gym and museum memberships, to one-of-a-kind opportunities such as attending the Tony Awards and your child becoming “P.S. 40’s Principal for a Day.”

To make this event a success, we need as many parents as possible who can draw on their contacts and experience to solicit wonderful auction items. In addition, we need parents volunteers in these areas: Auction Catalog (writing, editing, and layout), Event Promotion (flyers, posters, ticket sales, online promotion), Donation Solicitation, Donation Intake and Management, Class Art Projects, Set-up, and Clean-up. Please contact Auction Co-Chairs Amy SaivetzHillary Perlman or Florie Huppert.

Taste of Gramercy
Do you want to spend a day outside, eating great food and raise money for the P.S. 40 PTA? You are in luck! The annual Taste of Gramercy, held this year on Saturday, September 24., gives you a chance to do just that. Contact Jen Oaks to volunteer.

Eco Committee
The P.S. 40 student Eco-Team won Manhattan’s Best Elementary School in Recycling in 2008 & the New York City-wide Best Elementary School in Reducing and Reusing in 2009. In 2010, they captured the prized city-wide award in the TEAM UP TO CLEAN UP Competition! In 2012, we were the first public school to start a composting program in our cafeteria. The parent Eco Committee works in tandem with the student Eco-Team to get involved in school-wide eco-efforts. Please contact Carla O’Connor or Nora Levine

Arts Committee
The Arts Committee helps decorate the Auditorium with student art for Music Concerts and other events throughout the year. In May, P.S. 40 celebrates the visual arts at our annual Student Art Exhibition. The cafeteria is transformed into a must-see gallery, showcasing over 650 pieces of artwork, one from every student — drawings, paintings, and sculptures — produced under the guidance of our art teacher, Craig Kane. Volunteers from each grade are needed to help prepare and hang artwork. Please contact Carla O’Connor or Anne Marie Winter.

Road Crew
Join the crew and be a P.S. 40 Roadie! Help set up audio and visual equipment for our Concerts and other school events. Training will be provided, no experience necessary. No traveling required! For more information, please contact Greg Rickens.

Food Committee
Do you own a catering company or have access to restaurant food or supplies at cost? We need people who can provide food for our big events like Fright Night and Sports Night, and teacher appreciation meals at Parent-Teacher conferences.  Please contact Carla O’Connor or Lori Capon.

Community Outreach and Service
At P.S. 40, we believe community service is an important and vital part of education. In past years we have held successful Food Drives and Toy Drives. Help us teach the gift of giving.  Please contact Carla O’Connor and Steven Bricker.

The Library
The P.S. 40 Library provides a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, including re-shelving, repairing, covering, and processing books. The hours are flexible, no commitment is required, and the library is a beautiful and quiet place to do your part. No experience necessary. Please contact Thomasina Forbes or Judy Young

Visiting Authors Series
This PTA-sponsored program brings published children’s book authors to P.S. 40 for readings and book discussions. Visiting authors to P.S. 40 have included: Peter Brown, author of You Will Be My Friend and The Curious Garden; Dan Yaccarino, author of All the Way to America and Doug Unplugged; Dan Gutman, author of the My Weird School and other popular series. Volunteers are needed on the day of each Author Visit to host “Author Brunches” and help coordinate the day. Prior to each event, volunteers help with book ordering and publicity. Please contact Carla O’Connor.

The Yearbook Committee
Parents of P.S. 40 students in all grades are welcome to join the yearbook committee. Layout designers, editors, copywriters, photographers, and organizers are needed. Please contact Charlene Goggin to join this committee and create a yearbook to remember!

Kids Art/Original Works
This annual fundraiser turns our students’ art into beautiful mugs, t-shirts, tiles, mouse pads, and much more. Volunteers are needed in October to collect orders and organize the projects, and then again in early December to distribute the items to families. Contact Jen Oakes and Jill Bregenzer.

Fund For 40 Annual Appeal
The Fund For 40 helps the PTA raise critical funds for instruction, activities and supplies that enrich the educational experience for our children at P.S. 40. Unlike other school fundraisers, this annual campaign is a direct outreach to all P.S. 40 families to contribute financially to the school in a way that is most comfortable to each family. Last year we raised more than $140,000 and this year we hope to meet, or surpass that goal. Donations come in all sizes and we are hoping for 100% participation.  

We need help with administration, fund-raising and creative talent to help communicate how these critical funds are needed and being expended each year. If you are interested in helping, please contact Kerry GreeneBenjy Kile or Jen Oakes.

The P.S. 40 School Store
Our School Store, located in the cafeteria, is where you can buy our beautiful P.S. 40 T-shirts.  Volunteers are needed for occasional shifts and especially during events. We are also looking for volunteers to help with pre-sales. Please contact Florie Huppert or Jen Sabal.

Potluck Dinners
At the beginning of the school year, the PTA plans lower and upper grade potluck dinners for families. They are a great way to meet other parents and to get to know your child’s new friends. Held in the P.S. 40 cafeteria, everyone brings a dish and spends a few hours enjoying good food, good company and fun activities. Volunteers are needed for set-up, serving and clean-up. 

  • To help with the Lower Grade Potluck (grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2) on Friday, November 18 please contact Benjy Kile or Jackie Fine.
  • For the Upper Grade Potluck (grades 3, 4, 5) on Friday, October 21 please contact Judy Young  or Wayne Walters.

Reading Olympics
The Reading Olympics is a 2-week fundraising event that rewards students for reading books. It’s a great way to make reading fun while getting our kids to read more! Parent volunteers will help solicit donated prizes, and organize the distribution of student certificates and prizes. Most of the information is given via email, so record keeping can be done at home or work, during the day or evening. Please contact Chetna Bansal or Anne Marie Winter.

Photo Day
P.S. 40’s School Picture Day is Friday, October 5.  Volunteers are needed to organize and deliver order packets, both before and after the event, and to help with children on the day pictures are taken. Please contact Reni Matsushita or Thomasina Forbes.

Photocopies/Printing
Do you have access to a photocopier at work or at home? Can you make specialty items like posters and tickets on card stock? Can you have color posters printed? Please contact Sara Steinberg or Tricia Ryan.

Life@40 Newsletter
Help wanted: Writers/Reporters, Designers, Issue Editors, and Copy Editors for Life @ 40, our top-notch school newsletter. Availability during the day to cover school events is a plus but not a requirement. Life@40 is distributed to all students as well as prospective families in the community.  

For the 2016-17 school year, four issues will be published: September 2016, November 2016, March 2017 and June 2017. If you’re interested in becoming a member of the newsletter team, please contact Laura Lee (Editor-in-Chief).

Lost and Found
Volunteers are needed to keep the Lost and Found organized. A small amount of time once a week is all that is needed! Please contact Judy Young.

Wellness Committee
P.S. 40 parents are committed to keeping the school a healthy place. The Wellness Committee works on improving school lunch and raising awareness of healthy eating and exercise habits. For more information please contact Amy Saivetz or Lori Capon.

Fairway Gift Cards
The P.S. 40 Fairway Community Outreach Cards have been delivered! Each time you have your card scanned before you pay at any Fairway location, Fairway will donate 3% of your purchase to our PTA. Note: (1) Cards must be scanned prior to payment; (2) Cards must be used at least once in a 6-month period to remain active; (3) Cards work at all Fairway locations; (4) there will be double points day once each quarter; (5) No personal/financial information is collected by the PTA or Fairway; (6) Fairway makes this donation at no additional cost to the shopper. Cards are available for pick up in the main office or by contacting Jen Proudman. Feel free to take a second card if you have a friend, neighbor, or relative who can help support our PTA in this no-cost, easy way.

Web Expertise, Graphics, and Illustrators
We need Website Support, Designers, Illustrators, Photographers! Help design our yearbook, newsletter, website, posters for events, and other graphics. Skills needed: Quark, Photoshop, and/or HTML and Illustrator. Please contact Sara Steinberg or Tricia Ryan.

Hidden Talent?
Do you have a skill that you’d like to share with the P.S. 40 community? Are you a chef, magician, musician, author, artist, or have another talent that you think would help the school but are not sure how to let us know? Please contact Sara Steinberg or Tricia Ryan.

Want To Help But Not Sure How?
If you’d like to be involved in the PTA but are not sure what to sign up for, let us know. Do you want to help but are nervous about committing to something and not having the time to follow through? Let us know and we will keep you informed when we need extra hands. Don’t worry — you can always say “no” if the timing isn’t right! Please contact Sara Steinberg or Tricia Ryan.