The PS8/MS8 Parents & Teachers Association (PTA) is an organization for our community run by our community. As an organization, PTA activities are coordinated largely by PS8/MS8 parents who decide to help PS8/MS8 by volunteering their time to serve on the PTA executive board.
The PTA has as its objectives:
- to provide support and resources to the school for the benefit and educational growth of the children,
- to develop a cooperative working relationship between the parents and staff of our school,
- to develop parent leadership and build capacity for greater involvement,
- to foster and encourage parent participation on all levels, and
- to provide opportunities and training for parents to participate in school governance and decision-making.
The PTA is led by an executive board, which provides families with the leadership necessary to be active and effective partners with the school. It disseminates information, raises issues and concerns, anchors the school in the community, and represents parent interests on School Leadership Team and regional committees. Executive board positions are the only PTA roles that involve elections. Parents who would like to volunteer in this way nominate themselves when the elections happen in the spring of each year.
While the PTA is run by the executive board, every parent is welcome to attend and participate fully in virtually all executive board meetings, and nearly every action by the PTA executive board involves consultation and information sharing with parents and guardians at the PTA general membership meetings. We want to make sure there are ample ways for every parent to discuss things with the board members and help collaborate on big decisions.
All PTA meetings are open to the public and families are encouraged to attend. For a schedule of this year’s meetings please download the draft schedule of meetings (TBA in September) or check our online calendar, available at http://ps8brooklyn.org/calendar/.
Michelle Brindley firstname.lastname@example.org
Ansley Samson email@example.com
Co-Vice Presidents of Community Events
Rebecca Leighton firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President of Fundraising
Kim Glickman email@example.com
Co-Vice Presidents of Communications
Andrée Desmarais Scanlon firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristin Yorke email@example.com
Co-Vice Presidents of Technology
Matt Holford firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Geismar email@example.com
Lisa Balfe firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Beglin email@example.com
Fundraising Committee firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Chairs: Kim Glickman and Tara Sparks
Communications Committee email@example.com
Co-Chairs: Andrée Desmarais Scanlon and Kristin Yorke
Technology Committee firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Chairs: Matt Holford and Bill Massie
Other Committees and Groups