Parent Volunteers

The PS10 PTA is a community of parents who want to make the elementary school experience better for ALL of our students. The PTA consists of every single parent and guardian of current PS10 students—that means YOU. 

We know volunteering can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Spend an hour helping out at an event, sign up for a task that can be done from home. Have more time? Join a committee and help shape one of our fun PTA sponsored events. Any amount of time donated will be appreciated and it’s a great way to become part of the awesome PS10 community.

We offer a variety of ways to be involved so you can choose whatever fits best in your schedule. Some tasks require only an hour of your time and some require a bigger time commitment. Find what works for you and join in!

We frequently post requests for volunteers through “Sign Ups” on Konstella and on our weekly Newsflash. Or, you can find an event or committee that interests you and join on Konstella. We also welcome you to contact us at pta@ps10.org or stop by the PTA Office (just inside the cafeteria) to find out what’s going on and where we currently need help.

 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!   We are always on the lookout for event volunteers, parents with special technology and design skills, marketers, development specialties, lunch volunteers or anyone that has a few extra hours to help with event coordination.

Please email pta@ps10.org with your Name, Child’s Name & Classroom, and a little note about how you would like to volunteer.  This does not commit you to any task, it just gives us an idea of how you might like to help and allows us to pass your contact information on to the appropriate committee.

PTA Committee Descriptions 2018-2019

Auction Committee: This committee oversees one of the biggest PTA fundraising events of the year. The annual auction is an amazing adult-only evening for our parents and other community members who want to support our school while enjoying delicious food and drinks and bidding on fantastic donated items and experiences. This committee starts preparing in July, and the event is typically held in the late fall.

Audio Visual Committee: Helps with AV needs for events, including movie nights, music events (DJing), and more!

Bake Sale/Concessions Committee: Organizes bake sales throughout the year, especially during local elections (when the school is used as a polling place) and during Tenstock, on Valentine’s Day, during STEAM Fair, and at the school science fair. Members of this committee solicit donations of baked goods and run the sales at events.

Chess Committee: Assists the PS 10 Chess Club & Team in building the chess program at PS10, including in classroom teaching, hosting tournaments, and promoting chess at PTA events. The PS 10 Chess Club & Team is an afterschool program that meets every Wednesday to prepare for local city, state, and national competitions. With beginner, advanced, and team groupings, the goal of the team is for all PS 10 players to experience the joy and social/educational benefits of learning and playing chess. Those interested in the program can sign up at PS10chess.com.


Class Parent Committee: Each class has one or more parent volunteers who help teachers communicate with the other families in the class and help plan in-class events. The class parents act as liaisons between parents and the PTA, passing on important information, and help recruit volunteers to assist with Teacher Appreciation Feasts held on parent-teacher conference days.

Communications Committee: Produces the PTA’s email Newsflash, assists with marketing PS10 events in print and social media, and keeps the website up to date. We are looking for writers, graphic designers, web designers, and photographers. Graphic designers are especially needed!

Development, Grant Writing, and Fundraising Committee: Spearheads the PTA’s direct appeal efforts to raise funds from parents and from corporate sponsors in the community. Works with the administration to identify the school’s needs and to write grant applications.

Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Committee: Educates the PS10 Community about the rich cultural diversity that exists in our school and neighborhood. In addition, this committee oversees Community Service and Diversity Education activities and plans the annual International Potluck Dinner, which is usually held in January.

Facelab Committee: FaceLab trains parent volunteers in K–8 schools to help teachers lead hands-on robotics and technology activities. FaceLab’s goal is to create opportunities for teachers to work with parents to enrich students’ Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education. The program also gives parents an opportunity to develop new skills.

Fifth Grade Committee: Led by the PS10 administration, the Fifth Grade Committee helps raise funds for fifth grade events, including a dinner dance, moving up ceremony, a senior trip, graduation, and a yearbook.

Flower Sale Committee: Organizes the annual spring flower sale, where students can buy reasonably priced flowers and plants for the special people in their lives.

Grandparents Day Committee: Organizes an event in May when grandparents and other special adults are invited to join the PS10 family for breakfast, an art auction, music, and a visit to their grandchild’s classroom. Flowers are sold at drop off and pick up.

Health and Wellness Committee: Focuses on the health and wellness of the school community. This committee hosts yoga nights for families, supports the school health center (which offers free flu shots to all students), and helps organize the PTA Fun Run— a 5K in Prospect Park sponsored by city councilmember Brad Lander that benefits the schools in our community (a percentage of the proceeds raised come back to our school). A subcommittee runs the school mindfulness program, which in past years has included in-class mindfulness instruction for students and a weekly mindfulness meetup for parents.

Merchandise Committee: This committee sources and sells PS10-branded merchandise to the community at events throughout the school year. Items vary each year and have included sweatshirts, T-shirts, tote bags, hats, and water bottles.

Parent Action Committee: Organizes political actions related to education and PS 10.

Photography Committee: Documents the events, people, and adventures at PS10 through photography. This committee helps plan and run school photo day, a PTA fundraiser held in the early fall. Each student has an individual portrait and class photo taken. Volunteers are needed to help with readying the students for photos and keeping the classes organized.

Progressive Dinner Committee: Plans an adults-only progressive dinner in the homes of PS 10 families. The fun progresses throughout the night as guests move from appetizers to dinner to drinks and dessert! This fun event is a great way to meet other parents and raise money to support the school. This year’s dinner is being held at the end of September, so sign up today!


PS10 Community Safety
: This committee shares ideas that can help support initiatives in and around the PS 10 community, including those advocating for safer city streets.


PS10 Gives Back
: Plans a community building event celebrates the spirit of giving. This event coincides with a food and toy drive.

PS10’s Got Talent Committee: Plans the annual school talent show, where students in grades 3-5 have the opportunity to share their unique talents with their peers in a supportive environment. This is an all-inclusive showcase, not a competition. The event usually takes place in March.

PTA Extended Day Committee: This committee meets monthly to create classes and programming, set guidelines, and manage procedures and policies for the Extended Day program.

Raffle Auction Committee: Plans and builds beautiful, creative themed raffle gift baskets for various fundraising events such as the auction and holiday performances. Bring your glue gun and your creativity!

Recess Committee: This committee coordinates volunteers to help the school staff supervise students on the playground and in the cafeteria during lunchtime and recess. Please join if you’d like to help create solutions for student engagement during recess, especially during inclement weather.

Read-a-thon Committee: Works with the PS 10 administration and teachers to plan the school’s annual read-a-thon, a month-long PTA fundraiser that takes place in February. Students are asked to read daily at home, either with their families or on their own, and they are also encouraged to raise money to support the school. This committee also plans “Reading Under the Stars,” a fun, free community-building event for families that takes place during the read-a-thon.

STEAM Fair Committee: Plans PS 10’s annual S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Fair, a community event for exhibitors, makers, and inventors. Planning begins in the fall, and the event typically takes place in the spring. For more info, email ps10steam@gmail.com.

Sustainability Committee: Works closely with teachers, staff, and students to increase recycling at the school and to increase awareness of environmental issues in general.

Teacher Appreciation Feast Committee: On parent-teacher conference days, this committee organizes direct donations in the form of meals from each classroom. Volunteers decorate the teachers’ lounge and lunchroom and run an all-day feast. Conferences are such a long and hard day for the school, and the meals and treats offered go a long way and really show how much we value our amazing team of teachers, administrators, and staff.

Tenstock Committee: Plans and organizes Tenstock, PS10’s autumn celebration of community, crafts, food and music! Students, teachers, parents and neighborhood friends join together to celebrate the beginning of the year in the school yard. This fantastic, fun day is open to the neighborhood community. Committee members plan the event and recruit attendees and parent volunteers to help set up, oversee craft and activity tables, sell food, and clean up.


Visiting Author Committee
: Coordinates in-school visits by published authors for students in every grade. Last year’s authors included Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Joshua David Stein, Javaka Steptoe, Tracey Baptiste, Melissa Walker, George O’Connor, and R.J. Palacio. This committee also plans and hosts an annual weekend author event that is open to all and serves as a PTA fundraiser.