The PS 87 Parents Association supports and assists the administration and faculty in the development and implementation of the school’s philosophy, policies and practices, including the school’s mission: to build a stimulating environment in which every student can experience success and enjoy learning; to advocate for a quality public education; to provide a forum for the expression and advocacy of parents’ concerns.
As a PS 87 parent, you are automatically a member of the Parents Association. No dues are required. We are a not-for-profit organization that supports virtually every facet of our children’s lives at our school by funding key programs and coordinating communications, volunteer, and supplemental enrichment efforts. The PA hosts regular meetings for the general community. At these meetings, parents can hear the latest school news, discuss what’s on their minds, and listen to invited speakers.
PA General Meetings are held once a month during the school year. In addition to the general meetings, PA officers and committee chairs meet once a month at an Executive Board meeting. All parents are welcome to attend the Exec Board meetings, whether or not they are involved with any of the committees. Meetings are held in the early evening in the school library (Officers and Committee Chairs are elected each spring. For meeting schedules, consult the school calendar, available online at www.ps87.info.
The PA is responsible for the school’s fundraising, and relies on your donations to fund things that the Department of Education budget does not. We’re often in conversation with the school administration to figure out what is needed. Financial contributions from parents have helped build and maintain the Kindergarten playground, pay for professional development and assistant classroom teachers, and purchase the furniture in our new science lab, to mention just a few items. There are many opportunities throughout the year to donate, including during specific fund-raising drives and at special events such as our fall Harvest Festival and spring Auction. You’ll receive a Pledge Drive letter shortly after school begins; receipts from the drive account for a nearly one half of the PA’s annual budget, and we make sure your donations go a long way. Even if you can only give a few dollars, remember that a high rate of community participation increases our school’s chances of receiving grants, so please support the PA at whatever level is comfortable for your family.
Click here to indicate that you are interested in volunteering for a committee.
Please click here for the Bylaws of PS 87 Parents Association, Inc. – Updated April 20, 2017.
2018-2019 Executive Board
PA Co-Presidents – Cheryl Bennett Davidowitz, Jenny Licht
Co-Treasurers – Doug Creps, Kim Hausmann
Co-Secretaries – Melissa Tezanos, Sejal Shah
Administration VP – Jen Hoke
Community Affairs VP – Polly Lagana, Jill Rackmill
Communications VP – Gillian Mollod, Angie Arlia
Enrichment Officer – Megan Hoffman, Jessica Stanco
Membership and Events officer – Melissa Donovan
Family Giving – Lisa Procopio, Nisha Lima
Fundraising Officer – Amber Entenberg (Events), Lora Martinez (Corporate)
Afterschool officer – Stacy Cousino
Auction – Michelle Brophy-Campbell, Leila Barhimi
Wellness officer – Natalya Murakhver
Kindergarten Rep – Amy August
5th Grade Rep – Jackie Dolson-Shewchuk