PTA Committees

Most of the larger projects at PS 261 are spearheaded from within a committee, which are always looking for new members! Below is a list of the PS261 PTA committees.



Erica Annunziato, Gary Eisenberg, Catherine Lindeman, Autumn Shepherd

The 5th Grade Committee organizes  the 5th grade activities and mementoes, which include a 5th grade trip, a class t-shirt, a yearbook, a party and the stepping up celebration. The committee holds fundraisers throughout the year to make sure all children are able to participate.


Committee Co Chairs: Aurelia Duke: and Sadie Ishee:

PS 261 has a unique, PTA-led After School Program that operates 5 days a week, from the end of the school day until 6 pm and provides high-quality, low-cost after school care to PS 261 students. We are able to do this because of the hard work and dedication of the After School Committee, a small team of parents that oversees the After School Program. The After School Committee functions essentially as a board of directors for the program, overseeing its budget, facilitating new ideas and initiatives for the Program, and otherwise supervising its operations.

The after school committee meets once per month in the evenings from 6 to 7pm.  Members may also take on the responsibilities of projects outside of the meeting times, as their schedules and interests permit. This committee provides a volunteer opportunity designed to accommodate the schedules of working parents like those most likely to depend on the after school program.



The PS261 Arts Committee is an advisory group of parents and teachers that support the integration of the arts into the fabric of the school community and curriculum. The committee works with teachers and the administration to support efforts in the classroom, provides resources for arts enrichment for the whole school, and opportunities to involve the greater school community in arts experiences!



Fundraising Chair;Alyssa Becker:

The fundraising committee oversees all fundraising activities of the PS261 PTA and works together with the administration, teachers and parents to make these efforts more inclusive, effective and fun. We brainstorm new ideas while making sure existing fundraisers meet the needs and expectations of the school. We are hoping to raise money to renovate our library, provide assistant teachers to each grade and to build a STE(A)M Lab.

The fundraising committee meets monthly at 8:30am for about an hour in Heather Weston’s office. You can be involved on an ongoing basis or to help out with a specific fundraising event/goal.


Heather Noto;, Kim Haden;, Rachel Porter;  and Jesse Ward; 

STEM is an acronym for the integration of the four disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Last year PS261 formed a STEM committee focused on educating, engaging, and enticing our children in these interdisciplinary areas. Some exciting activities planned so far for this year include: Big Apple Crunch promoting healthy eating, Engineering is Elementary projects integrated within the science curriculum, school-wide Science Fair, math nights and much more! We plan to meet monthly and could use your help.

Inquiry leads to innovation and success. Let’s get our kids asking “what if” and “why” more often!


Dawn Casale:

The Volunteer Committee strives to get all parents involved in some way. Whereas the Fundraising Committee focuses on monetary contributions, we focus on how parents can dedicate time (to work events, man tables for sign ups/ticket sales, etc.) or skills (ie: photography, web design, graphic design, etc.) towards helping PS261 become an even better place for our kids to grow and learn. We encourage involvement in a variety of ways and then manage the organization of the volunteer efforts by maintaining sign up sheets, partnering interested parents with appropriate committees/event organizers and forwarding necessary details.

The Volunteer Committee meets once a month at 8:30 AM. participation and contributing time and skills does not require serving on the committee and we welcome occasional as well as regular participation in committee meetings?