We are extremely proud to be parents of P.S. 40 students and are happy
that your family has chosen to join our community. The PS40 PTA offers
support to the school through a variety of ongoing projects,
fund-raisers, and family events. It takes a lot of helping hands to make
things happen. This brochure will give you an idea of the many ways that
parents contribute to the well-being of our school
You will find a list of 2012-2013 contact information below. If you have general
questions, need to contact someone, or have skills that you think might
be useful for the school community, please contact your PTA
Co-Presidents: and .
Halloween Party - Fright Night
Volunteers are needed immediately to work
at PS40's annual Halloween bash, which will be held the evening of
Saturday, October 27, 2012. We need people to help with set-up, ticket and
refreshment sales, and to organize and run activity booths. There is a
lot to be done but it's a wonderful party! Please contact
Become a Class Parent
Become a "Class Parent" for your child's class and
get involved in being a liaison with the rest of the parents. This is a
wonderful opportunity to meet the parents in your child's class and to
help coordinate events for your teacher as well as some of the events in
this handbook. By signing the list, you become a class parent; there is
no further selection process. Please sign up on School Hub or contact
to get involved.
The Fall and Spring Book Fairs provide a terrific opportunity
to buy books for your children while also supporting the school. Run
completely by parents, help is needed for setup and staffing during the
fair, which runs for four school days and includes one evening; short
work shifts available. Contact .
Throughout the school year, P.S. 40 and the PTA hold various
daytime bake sales. Committee members obtain paper goods and food,
assist in set-up and clean up. These events are also an opportunity to
meet new people and get to know the parents in PTA. Please contact
Wrapping Paper/Candy Sales
Volunteers are needed to help coordinate the
gift wrap/candy sale fundraiser that begins in September and ends in
November with the order delivery. Volunteers help coordinate orders and
pickup. Please contact either .
Parents as Reading Partners
PS40's Parents as Reading Partners Program
needs parent volunteers who can make a once a week, half hour commitment
to read to a kindergartner or first grader and share your joy of
reading. Please contact .
Winter & Spring Concerts
All students in grades K-5 sing in P.S. 40's
popular music concerts, which also includes the 4th and 5th grade band!
The concerts feature songs learned under the instruction of our music
teacher, Warren Churchill. Help is needed with the design and printing
of the program, tickets and posters, decorating the stage, assisting at
rehearsals and helping backstage with the students. Concerts are
typically held in December and May. Please contact .
Sports Night is one of the most popular family events of
the year. It is held at the end of January and features activities
organized by P.S. 40's Physical Education teacher, Andrew Bieber. There
are games, food, and prizes for all the children. Volunteers are needed
to sell tickets and refreshments and to organize and run sports activity
booths. Parents are also needed for the big Parent-Teacher Volleyball
game at the end of the evening- a guaranteed good time for all! Email
The Annual Benefit Auction is P.S. 40's largest
fundraiser and an exceptionally fun night out for parents and faculty.
This catered event will take place on May 7, 2010 at the Players on
Gramercy Park South. The Benefit features a silent and live auction, as
well as a raffle for much-coveted outings with your child's favorite
teacher. Some auction items are lovingly created by our children (Class
Art Projects) under the direction of parents who are generous with their
time, skills and ideas.
All other auction items are donated - from restaurant and store gift
certificates, gym and museum memberships, tickets to sporting events,
Broadway shows and music concerts, to one of 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 parent volunteers in these
areas: Auction Catalog (writing and layout), Event Promotion (flyers,
posters, ticket sales, on-line promotion), Class Art Projects, Set-up,
Event Check-out, and Clean-up. For more information, please contact the
event co-chairs or .
The Reading Olympics is a 4-week fundraising event that
rewards students for reading books. It's a great way to get the kids
reading more! Parent volunteers will help organize the distribution of
student certificates and prizes, as well as keep track of student
reading times. Most of the information is given via email, so record
keeping can be done at home or work, during the day or evening. Email
The award-winning Eco-Team's TEAM UP TO CLEAN UP Committee
The P.S. 40 student Eco-Team won the Manhattan's Best Elementary School in Recycling
in 2008 & the New York City-wide Best Elementary school in Reducing and
Reusing in 2009. Join us in helping PS40 win the TEAM UP TO CLEAN UP
Competition 2010! To get involved in school-wide eco-efforts, please
Art Committee and Art Exhibition
P.S. 40 celebrates the visual arts at our annual student
Art Exhibition. Held in May, the Art Exhibition transforms the P.S. 40
cafe into a must-see gallery, showcasing over 500 pieces of student
artwork --drawings, paintings, and sculptures -- produced under the
guidance of art teacher Craig Kane. Volunteers from each grade are
needed to help prepare and hang artwork and help staff the opening
reception. Help is needed to decorate for school concerts and other events.
Volunteers are also needed on a regular basis during the
year to assist Craig in the art studio -- washing brushes, helping with
set-up and clean-up between classes. No experience necessary! Contact
Community Outreach and Service
P.S. 40 believes community service is an
important and vital part of education and we would like to convey this
idea to our children. In past years we have held extremely successful
Food Drives and Toy Drives, and last year we added a Shoe Drive. We
also hold special bake sales to raise money for a variety of causes.
Help us teach the gift of giving. Contact .
The P.S. 40 Library provides a wide variety of rewarding
volunteer opportunities, including re-shelving books, and repairing,
covering and processing books. The hours are flexible, no commitment is
required, and the library is a beautiful place to do your part. No
experience necessary. Contact .
Visiting Authors Series
This PTA-sponsored program, named in honor of
past principal Ilene Friedman, brings published children's book authors
to P.S. 40 for readings and book discussions. Visiting authors to P.S.
40 have included: Johanna Hurwitz, author of Class Clown, Baseball
Fever, One Small Dog; Jeanne DuPrau, author of The City Of Ember, The
People of Sparks and The Prophet of Yonwood; David Getz, author of
Floating Home and many others. Volunteers are needed on the day of each
Author Visit to host "Author Breakfasts" and help coordinate the day.
Prior to each event, volunteers help with book ordering and publicity.
The Yearbook Committee
Parents of P.S. 40 students in all grades are
welcome to join the yearbook committee. Photographers, editors,
copywriters, organizers and conceptualizers are needed. Please contact
to join this committee and create a
yearbook to remember!
This annual fundraiser turns our students' art into beautiful
mugs, t-shirts, tiles, calendars and much, much more. Volunteers are
needed in late October to collect orders and organize the projects and
then again in early December to distribute the items to families.
Contact or .
Every year, through the Direct Appeal, the PTA raises
critical funds for instruction, activities and supplies that enrich the
educational experience for all children at P.S. 40. Unlike other annual
school fund-raisers, this campaign is a direct outreach to all P.S. 40
families to contribute financially to the school in any way that they
can. Last year we raised more than $75,000, and this year we hope to
meet, or, better yet, surpass that goal. To do so, we need people to
help organize Direct Appeal mailings to families, as well as write
personal notes and make follow-up phone calls. If you are interested in
helping, please contact .
At the beginning of the school year, the PTA plans upper
and lower grade potluck dinners for families. They are a great way to
meet other parents and get to know your child's new friends. Held in the
P.S. 40 cafeteria and courtyard, everyone brings a dish and spends a few
hours enjoying good food and good company. Volunteers are needed for
set-up, serving and clean-up. Please contact (grades 3,4,5) or (grades PK,K,1,2).
The P.S. 40 School Store
P.S. 40's School Store is located in the
cafeteria. Volunteers are needed to sell items. The school store will be
open depending on volunteers' schedules. You can buy school supplies,
kindergarten mats, P.S. 40 shirts and other P.S. 40 items at the store.
Can you make photocopies of PTA flyers? Contact .
Web Expertise, Graphics And Illustrators
We need Website Support, Designers, Illustrators, Photographers! Help design our newsletter, website,
posters for events, and other graphics. Skills Needed: Quark, Photoshop and/or HTML
and Illustrator. Contact .
Life at PS 40 Newsletter
Help wanted: Reporters for top-notch school newsletter. Availability during the day to cover school events a plus.
Also: designers proficient in Adobe InDesign or Quark X-Press, to offer
his/her talents to our publication twice a year. Life at P.S. 40 is
distributed monthly to all students as well as prospective families in
the community. Finally, we could use assistance selling ads to local
businesses. Please contact (editor) or (ad sales).
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? Sign the sheet and
tell us how you'd like to be involved! Contact .
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? Sign your name here 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! Contact .
Augustus Saint-Gaudens Elementary School | PS 40
320 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003
Main: 212-475-5500, PTA: 212-420-0170