Dear PS 107 families,
The end of the school year is upon us, and I hope this letter finds you and your families healthy and looking forward to summer break. I also hope you all got to see the amazing video that Micheal and Vanessa Neithardt produced for “Last Day of School Eve.” Seeing all the kids talk about their favorite things about PS 107, and their hopes for the future was heartwarming to say the least. If you missed tonight’s viewing, another link will be sent out via Konstella.
We have finished an unprecedented and very tough school year where as a country, community and school, we faced challenges that we couldn’t have imagined in February. Our children proved to be resilient and adaptable.
I want to thank all the teachers for pivoting to a whole new way of teaching on very short notice. I also want to thank all the parents who found themselves suddenly managing their children’s school day at home, many times juggling kids and a work day.
While several of our staple events did not happen, specifically the Auction, Spring Fling, and an in-person 5th grade graduation, we wanted to reflect on not only the past few months but the year in general.
First, The Diversity Committee has been working so hard to provide educational resources for us to talk to our kids about racism and social justice along with information on community action.
The end of our fifth graders’ PS107 career is not what we could have ever imagined. However, parents, teachers and the administration have worked so hard to make graduating special, including a zoom talent show, the car parade, and a beautiful virtual graduation. A huge thank you to Pamela Rosenberg, as well as the 5th grade committee, Joanna Lambang, Sarah Ladner-Gomez, Bari Kartowski, and Terri Desai for making our graduates feel so honored.
As a community, you all banded together to support our sister school PS 169. Thank you, Emily Hager and Adrianna Duffay, Co-Chairs of the Community Outreach Committee for their efforts to coordinate support for PS 169.
Afterschool continued to provide classes for our kids and you supported Afterschool in kind.
You have all been so generous this year. From donating your time, talents and baked goods, to organizing events and fundraisers, to record attendance at Fall Festival, Art and STEM days and finally, contributing to our Annual Fund.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for all of it.
Looking to next year, we know there is continued uncertainty about what school will be like.
Ms. Eve, Ms. Rinah and our teachers are already hard at work planning for next year to ensure a safe environment for kids and adults and the educational rigor and social/emotional support our school is known for. There are many factors to consider. One thing we know for sure is that school will continue to operate differently than we are used to. Our administrators are looking at what worked this year, what didn’t, and listening to parent feedback in order to make next year the best it can be.
The PTA is working to acquire hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and other supplies for next year to be ready when our kids go back to school. Thank you, Erin Sheth, School Supplies Committee Chair, for spearheading this effort.
I will be ending my two year term as PTA President. It’s been an honor and a pleasure to work with our amazing board and community. Our bylaws state a current PTA board member can fill the role and Jennifer Jerutis has generously volunteered to step up.
Our slate of officers for next year is as follows:
2020/2021 PTA BOARD
President: Jennifer Jerutis
VP of Development : Elizabeth de Velasco
Co-Treasurer: Anna Zhuravitsky
Co-Treasurer: Kelly Durkin Mirian
Director of Fundraising Committees: Alyson Kupferberg
Co-Communications Director: Ted McCagg
Co-Communications Director: Anne Miller
Lower Grade Representative: Diana Gatschet
Recording Secretary: Carey Dalton
New roles will begin in July. We will hold a vote in September via video conference as per new DOE guidelines in running a PTA virtually. We are always looking for additional volunteers so please reach out to Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
We also have two openings up on our School Leadership Team (SLT). Should more than two people be interested, we will have an election at the first PTA meeting of the year. Please email Jennifer@ps107.org if you would like to be on the SLT.
Finally, I want to thank all the additional departing members of our executive board for their hard work over the past two (or in Bobby’s case, three!) years.
Kerry Dalton, Recording Secretary
Angie Gattie, Director of Community Events
Bobby Markowitz, Director of Community Partnerships
Michael Neitherdt, Auction Chair
Kate Papacosma, Co-Communications Director
Laurence Krulik, Co-Treasurer
I wish you all a safe, happy summer and look forward to seeing you all in September. The challenges are not over, but we will face them as a community. Together, WE ARE 107!
PTA President 2018-2020