Todd PTA COMMITTEES AND ACTIVITIES 2019-2020

There are many opportunities to get involved, see your kids, and share your talents
through the Todd School PTA. Most committees host events that you can volunteer for as
they happen, or you can volunteer to be a committee member and be involved from the
planning stages. Committee volunteer signups will be available at the Welcome Back
picnic, via signup genius as well as at Back-to-School night(s). Sign-up information will
be included in the weekly PTA Newsletter which is sent out every Sunday during the
school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the PTA chairs,
Stephanie Conover and Cara Katz at toddschool@briarcliffpta.org.

Here is a list of the committees that are always in need of volunteers throughout the year.

Assemblies and Trips: Field trips and assemblies are an important part of our children’s
education. The PTA has 1-2 representatives per grade to work with the teachers and
coordinate all grade-specific assemblies and field trips. Teachers select the programs and
trips based on their curriculum. The PTA coordinator(s) will collect paperwork and invoices
from the teachers and submit them for payment. All grade level representatives will have
the opportunity to chaperone one class trip or assembly.
Co-chairs: Gissette Soffer, Deirdre Peveraro.

Author Visits: Each school year, the Todd PTA sponsors four or more author or illustrator
visits to the school. These renowned authors/illustrators speak with the children about
their writing/creative process as well as answer student questions and sign books.
Volunteers work with the Library Media Center staff to organize these programs and
activities that encourage students’ appreciation of reading and writing. Duties include
helping on the day of the event including set-up and clean-up as well as assisting
beforehand with event preparation.
Co-chairs: Charmaine Huang, Alexis Costanzo, Michelle Woerner

Book Fair: Every fall, the PTA holds a Scholastic Book Fair at Todd where students,
families and the community can purchase books while supporting the PTA and Todd
School. Committee members will help plan, advertise, set up, run, and break down the
Book Fair. If you are interested in assisting your child’s class during the fair, a separate
sign-up will be available a few weeks before the fair.
Co-chairs: Alyssa Apter, Cara Katz, Leah Kalm-Freeman, Emma Markham, Agui McFadzen

Class Parent: Each class has a head class parent and an assistant class parent. Class
parent assignments will be made in September once class lists are available. If there are
more than 2 volunteers per class, a lottery system will be used to select the class parent.
Those chosen as class parents will receive an email about a week into school.
Class parent responsibilities are located on the PTA website at
www.briarcliffpta.org/todd-school-ptaclass-parent-information.
Co-chairs: Lauren Lucht, Mary Macri

Community Outreach: This committee coordinates service projects for the school such
as the Pajama Program and Souper Bowl Food Drive just to name a few. Volunteers are
needed to assist with collecting donations and will be needed to work with 4th and 5th
graders during their lunch and recess periods to create advertising for school community
service initiatives.
Co-chairs: Cathy Labick, Michelle Torosian

Garden Club: This committee provides hands-on workshops during recess to actively
engage in fun while cultivating the earth, weeding, watering, planting, sowing and
exploring nature with the goal of supplementing Todd School’s experiential learning
opportunities. Volunteers help plan for and assist children with monthly garden projects in
the fall and spring for students in grades 2 through 5.
Co-chairs: Kathryn Davanzo, Michele Hulea

Helping Hands: Help various committee chairs when extra volunteers are needed. Your
name will be added to a list of people that will be called as the need arises.
Chair: Cari DeRose

Lost & Found: Help collect, catalog and distribute lost & found items throughout the year
including donating unclaimed items.
Co-chairs: Genny Caltragrione, Kat Saunders

Multicultural Awareness: Volunteers of this committee work together to plan events
promoting multicultural awareness such as the multicultural fair in March.
Co-chairs: Punita Thaker, Juliana Pereira

Pizza Day: One Friday a month the PTA sponsors Pizza Day. This popular event focuses
on the spirit of Todd Elementary School, encouraging students to dress up and show their
spirit each month with a different seasonal theme. Students receive NY style pizza, a
snack and a drink. Volunteers sign-up to attend one pizza day a year and help to decorate
the lunchrooms, and distribute food and beverage.
Co-chairs: Agui McFadzen, Marilia Sesti, Mary Shanly, Punita Thaker

School Pictures: Pictures are taken over a two-day period in the fall. Volunteers are
needed to work in 2-3 hour shifts during the time when their child’s class is photographed
to help the children, assist the photographers, arrange chairs. Volunteers are asked to
help keep the children orderly and the sessions moving along.
Co-chairs: Marzena Chioccola, Sojin Lee-Head, Christine Phillips

School Store: The School Store is open one to two Tuesdays a month during recess.
Students can purchase chool supplies and fun novelties. School store volunteers work at
the store assisting students in grades 1 through 5 select and purchase their merchandise
as well as escort them to and from the School Store.
Co-chairs: Betsy Lown, Marilia Sesti, Tomoko Uchino-Thomas

Spirit & Hospitality Committee: The committee plans fun activities and events for the
Todd School community such as a school family picnic, holiday staff breakfast and staff
appreciation luncheon. This committee will also pilot our Todd School Tour program this
year, welcoming interested families and providing guided tours.
Co-chairs: Stephanie Dunn, Jessica Kane, Kat Sudit

Wellness: Works with Todd families, staff and other PTA Committees to host topic talks
and smaller events throughout the year for parents and kids to get more information
about sleep, nutrition and anything else we think our community wants to learn more
about. We want the idea of wellness to be integrated into all aspects of life at Todd school
for a happier, healthier student body and community at large.
Chair: Jennifer Belber

Yearbook: Works with 5th Grade students to produce the Todd Yearbook. Volunteers
may be asked to help with content, layout, and editing. Volunteers are also needed at
each grade level to photograph grade-specific activities.
Co-chairs: Monica Burd, Seryong Pahk, Gissette Soffer