Chairs & Committees
Todd Chair: Kristen Dolzynski & Johanna Pensyl
While this year may be still be different than typical pre-pandemic school year, the PTA will continue to provide opportunities to get involved and share your talents throughout the school year.
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 via Signup Genius with many opportunities to volunteer your time.
Signup information will be included in the weekly PTA Newsletter, sent out every Sunday.
If you have any questions or ideas, please feel free to reach out to the Todd PTA chair, Kristen Dolzynski at [email protected]
Committees and Chairs:
- Assemblies and Trips
- Author Visits
- Book Fair
- Class Parent
- Community Outreach
- Garden Club
- Helping Hands
- Lost and Found
- Multicultural Awareness
- Pizza Day
- School Pictures
- School Store
- Special Events
- Financial Secretary
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.
Co-chairs: Deirdre Peveraro & Anne Marie Stoiber
The Todd PTA sponsors several 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 staff to organize these programs and activities that truly bolster appreciation of reading and writing. Volunteers will be asked to help on the day of the event including set-up and clean-up as well as assisting beforehand with event preparation.
Co-chairs: Allyson Brown Kenney, Karina Langurain & Angelica Federici
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. There is a separate signup for those interested in assisting each child’s class during the fair, available a few weeks prior.
Co-chairs: Cara Katz, Betsy Bondoni, Emma Markham, Agui McFadzen
Each cohort will have their own class parent. Class parents are chosen from a volunteer signup at the end of August once class lists are available, and notified shortly thereafter. If there are more than 2 volunteers per class, a lottery system will be used to select the class parent.
Co-chairs: Silvana Miller & Maria DiCostanzo
Coordinates service projects for the school such as the Pajama Program and Souper Bowl Food Drive, to name a few. Volunteers are needed to assist with collecting donations and will be needed to create advertising for school community service initiatives.
Co-chairs: Jerusha Beckerman & Janis Golubock
This committee provides hands-on workshops during recess to actively engage in fun while cultivating the earth, weeding, watering, planting, sowing and exploring nature. 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, Louise Brooks, & Sabrina Kilpatrick
Help the 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: Cara Katz
Help collect, catalog and distribute lost & found items throughout the year including donating unclaimed items.
Co-chairs: Genny Caltagirone & Jessica Heslin
One Friday per month, the PTA sponsors Pizza Day. This popular event focuses on the spirit of Todd Elementary School, encouraging students to dress up and show that spirit each month with a different seasonal theme. Students receive NY style pizza, a snack and a drink. Volunteers signup to attend one pizza day a year and help to decorate the lunchrooms, and distribute food and beverages.
Co-chairs: Agui McFadzen, Hanan Mussa, Marilia Sesti, Mary Shanly & Punita Thaker
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: Julie Lowry & Kristen Tagliaferri
School Store: The School Store is open one to two Tuesdays a month during recess. Students can purchase school 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.
The committee plans fun activities and events for the Todd School community such as the family picnic, holiday staff breakfast & staff appreciation lunch.
Back to School Picnic: Michelle Masucci
Teacher Holiday Breakfast:
Staff Appreciation Lunch: Melissa Mittler
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: Stephanie Conover, Marilia Sesti, Michelle Woerner, & Erica Ben Zvi
Unfortunately, due to the safety protocols in place at Todd Elementary, we are suspending Pizza Day for the 2021/22 school year until further notice. We are hopeful that we will be able to bring back this popular event later in the school year.