Reminder: PS10 PTA E-board Elections 2020 - 2021
Fri, Oct 16 1:47pm

THE PS10 PTA NEEDS YOU!

Ever wonder how it is that PS10 is able to have additional aides in the classroom, author visits for every grade, recess coaches, a learning garden, gift certificates for teachers (all the more important with their budget line being cut this year!), chess education, scholarships for families in need and more? Our students have all of these amazing opportunities because the PTA gathers resources to make sure they happen, year after year. 

Those resources come from parent and community donations, and they come from fundraisers and community-building events like the International Potluck, Science Night, and Tenstock. And this year, more than ever, we need you — all of you — to get involved as active members of the PTA. We are hoping that every parent can bring time and talents so that we can harness our full potential as a PTA and truly reflect our student population.

The entire board will be up for election on October 22, 2020. Some people currently on the board will be running again and some are retiring from the board. Please see the list of PTA Executive Board Positions, below, for specific job descriptions. Imagine what role you might take on — our school needs you!

For more information, join our Info Session on Monday, Oct 19th @ 7 pm. Zoom login:

https://zoom.us/j/96857119011?pwd=SExJY2IxbXlFdkJaUWpJUlN6U1RzQT09

Meeting ID: 968 5711 9011

Passcode: Ah4Xe2

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What is the role of the PTA?

A school's Parent Teacher Association (PTA) supports the school by supporting parent and teacher priorities with volunteer and monetary resources. They assist in communications between the school and families, help with fundraising, and they take part in making the school a safe, exciting environment for learning.

What does it mean to be “on the PTA?”

All parents and teachers are members of the PTA. There are monthly meetings and all PTA members get to vote on issues relating to the budget, events, programs, and ideas presented by the Executive Board and associated PTA committees.  

What does it mean to be on the PTA Executive Board?

The PTA Executive Board is an all-volunteer group, elected yearly. Elected parents meet at least once a month to set the agenda & goals for the PTA. They organize and run parent and teacher volunteering, fundraising, and community outreach and have the first vote on all budget and programming initiatives. E-Board members are expected to attend the PTA General Meetings, as well as the E-Board meetings.  

What other ways can I help?

There are so many opportunities — everything from helping out with one-off volunteer tasks to starting a new initiative! Draft communications, call local organizations to inquire about donations, volunteer for an hour with your child(ren) at a bake sale, help collect coats and food as part of a drive, pick up a dish for teacher feast, help solve a problem with your coding skills, the list goes on and on. 

Volunteer your expertise by joining or starting a Committee!

Are you passionate about gardening? Join the Garden Committee! Do you want to see a new scooter/bike parking lot? Start a Scooter/Bike Parking committee. You get the idea! Think about what would enhance our school and take a moment to browse the Committees on Konstella. 

How do I run for a PTA Executive Board position?

There is an election every year. Put your name in and you will get to run! Simply fill in the nomination form here before Oct 22 at noon if possible. We will also take nominations in the first 10 minutes of the meeting. 

The Election will be held on Thursday, October 22nd at 6pm. Per the NYC DOE Chancellor's regulations, in order to attend and vote in the Election, you must be confirmed as a teacher or a parent / guardian of a child at PS10. 

To register, please fill out this registration form. The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 21st. Once the school confirms you have a child at PS10 you will be provided with the Zoom login. We only need one child’s information.

What are the PTA Executive Board Positions?

Co-Presidents

Lead the Executive Board in meeting the needs of and creating opportunities for the students, families, teachers, and administration of PS10 through volunteer and monetary donations, as well as working to ensure robust communication, advocacy, inclusion, and transparency. Represent the PTA to the public.

Co-Treasurers

Oversee the finances of the PTA. Maintain accurate records of all PTA income and expenses and ensure all spending is within the parameters of U.S. non-profit and NYC Chancellor regulations, support the backend of all fundraising activities and program spending, and report monthly on all fiscal activity.  Work with the Audit team and CPA financial reviewers annually. 

Co-Secretaries

Maintain and prepare official records of meetings, actions, and official correspondence. Support communications to the PTA general body.

Co-Vice Presidents

Assist the President and Treasurers in performing their duties, usually in communications, development, fundraising, or financial back-end support. Assume the duties of the President in her/his absence. Stepping-up position to possibly move into President role.

 

Co-Parent Liaisons (at least 2 per grade)

Outreach to the parent community, take the lead on community-building and fundraising initiatives, ensure parent and teacher voices are represented on the e-board. Encourage involvement with PTA activities.

Co-Kindergarten Parent Liaisons

Elected in the fall. Same activities as Co-Parent liaisons. 

Note: Full job descriptions are available in the PS10 PTA By-laws, which are available on the PS10 website.

SLT Parent Position

The parent representative is not an Eboard position and is a member of the School Leadership Team.  The meetings are twice a month, at 7 pm on a Thursday evening, with representatives of PS10 and K280's teachers, parents, the union representative, staff, and administration. See https://www.schools.nyc.gov/get-involved/families/school-leadership-team for more information.

Why do we have a PTA?

Every public school in NYC is required to have a Parent Association or Parent-Teacher Association, and all parents and guardians of PS10 students are automatically members.

Who can run for a position in the PS10 PTA Executive Board?

Any parent or guardian of a current student at PS10 can run. There are no other qualifications.

How do I nominate myself?

Simply fill in the nomination form before Oct 22 at noon if possible. Elections will be held on October 22 (see above for full details).  We will also take nominations in the first 10 minutes of the meeting. If you want to run for multiple roles fill out the form multiple times. If elected to multiple roles, you will need to choose which one you would like to serve in, as you can only fill one role. 

What are the term limits?

Due to the delay in the DOE Chancellor and FACE allowing schools to hold PTA elections remotely, the PTA E-board year for this election runs from November 1, 2020 - June 20, 2021. We ask all board members to commit to a minimum of one school year. Most positions have a 2-year term limit with limited exceptions. 

Can I share a position on the Executive Board? 

Yes! This is a great way of sharing the responsibilities and tasks of an office. Ideally, e-board members are staggered in their position appointments such that every year there is at least one trainee and one ‘expert’ in each position.

Do candidates need to make a speech?

No, candidates are not required to make a speech. If the position is being contested, on the night of the election, candidates are invited to give a 1-2 minute statement about why they want to serve in the position they are running for. They may also write it down and have it read into the record. 

Who can vote in the election?

Any parent or guardian of a current student at PS10, as well as PS10 teachers and staff members.

When will the election be held?

The Election will be held on Thursday, October 22nd at 6pm. Per the NYC DOE Chancellor's regulations, in order to attend and vote in the Election, you must be confirmed as a teacher or a parent / guardian of a child at PS10. 

To register, please fill out this registration form. The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 21st. Once the school confirms you have a child at PS10 you will be provided with the Zoom login. We only need one child’s information.