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It’s that time of year again! The Parent Association (PA) Board has openings for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year and we need YOU to fill them! Please review our Parent Association 2018-2019 Position Descriptions, below.

Reasons why YOU should join the Parent Association:

IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR CHILD…when parents get plugged in at school their children do better.

IT’S IMPORTANT TO THE SCHOOL…we are responsible for most of the school’s fundraising and provide support to teachers and administrators.

YOU’LL GET CONNECTED…there’s no better way to know what’s going on in the school about important decisions and changes. 

YOU’LL BE PART OF A NETWORK…you will have an opportunity to meet other parents in similar situations, and share a common goal of improving the school for our children.

YOU’LL MAKE A DIFFERENCE…by volunteering, you’ll be able to use your skills, gifts and talents for an amazing cause.

IT’S FUN!!’ll connect with a great group of people who are concerned with creating the best environment for their children. You will help plan fun events that the entire family can attend!

YOU’LL BE A ROLE MODEL…you’ll show your children that not only are they important to you, but their education is also.

YOU’LL HELP RAISE NECESSARY FUNDS…fundraisers remain an important aspect to improving the quality of the school overall, the PA makes them possible.

IT’S FLEXIBLE…there are many small ways parents can help and be involved. Project responsibilities are flexible and can be adjusted to fit you schedule.

IT’S FOR EVERY PARENT…Your voice and opinion matter! You’ll get to see the smiles on our children’s faces and know that you’ve played a part in making East Side a little more cozy and fun.

If you are interested in serving, please contact one of the Nominating Committee Chair Members listed below by sending an email with the email subject PA 2018-2019 Nominations to:          

Involvement in the PA provides a unique understanding of and appreciation for our school, and is a very personally rewarding experience. We encourage everyone to reflect on their gifts and talents and consider what they have to offer. 

Elections will be held at the Parent Association General meeting on May 22, 2018


Thank you in advance for your willingness to serve.  Our children deserve the best educational experience we can provide them.  Teamwork makes the dream work!!!

Nominating Committee Members

Barbara Gordon, Chair

Tommy Rutkiewicz, Co-Chair


President: The president shall preside at all meetings of the association and shall be an ex-officio member of all committees except the nominating committee.  The president shall appoint chairpersons of association committees with the approval of the executive board.  The president shall delegate responsibilities to other association members and shall encourage meaningful participation in all parent and school activities.  The president shall attend all regular meetings of the presidents’ council and shall be a mandatory member of the school leadership team (“SLT”), however the president may appointment alternates from the executive board to attend the SLT meetings in his/her stead.  The president shall meet regularly with the executive board members in accordance with these bylaws to plan the agendas for the general membership meetings.  The president shall be one of the eligible signatories on checks.  The president shall assist with the June transfer of association records to the incoming executive board.  

Vice President: The vice-president/co-vice presidents shall assist the president or co-presidents and shall assume the president's or co-presidents’ duties in his/her or their absence or at the president’s request. The vice-president(s) shall be one of the signatories on all checks.  The vice-president(s) shall assist with the June transfer of association records to the incoming executive board.

Recording SecretaryThe recording secretary shall record minutes at all association meetings.  The recording secretary’s responsibilities shall include the preparation of notices, agendas, sign-in sheets and materials for distribution.  The recording secretary shall maintain custody of the association’s records on school premises. The recording secretary shall incorporate all amendments into the bylaws and shall ensure that signed copies of the bylaws with the latest amendments are on file in the principal’s office. The recording secretary shall assist with the June transfer of all association records to the incoming executive board.  

Treasurer:  The treasurer shall be responsible for all financial affairs and funds of the association.  The treasurer shall also be responsible for maintaining an updated record of all income and expenditures on school premises and shall be one of the signatories on checks. The treasurer shall adhere to and implement all financial procedures established by the association. The treasurer shall prepare and present a written report of all transactions at every executive board and make same available for review by the general membership when requested. This report must include income, refunds, reimbursements and other expenditures, and opening and closing balances for the reporting period.  The treasurer shall also prepare the association’s interim and annual financial reports.  The treasurer shall make available all books and financial records for viewing by members upon request and for audit.  The treasurer shall assist with the June transfer of all association records to the incoming executive board.

Title I Parent Representative: The Title I Parent Representative shall have a dual responsibility: (a) To ensure that information about Title I and other programs, policies and initiatives are shared with other Title I parents. (b) Through their representation, that the views of Title I parents are expressed on issues affecting their children’s education.

Community Service Chair:  The community service chair shall work with the Board and SLT to implement fun and meaningful community service projects.  The chair will serve as a resource for students, advisory groups, and faculty in providing information to them about for service projects, and seek the input of students and parents on community issues that are important to them.  The chair will also research “student friendly” community service agencies in New York City used as resources.

Special Education ChairThe special education committee shall work closely with school administrators and staff to make certain that the needs of those students with individualized education plans, and/or receiving other special education services, are being met.  The committee shall also be responsible for maintaining, circulating and communicating pertinent information and resources to the parents of children receiving special education services, act as a liaison between parents and the school administration when needed, assist parents and administrators with referrals for special services when needed, and communicate with the Committee on Special Education regarding issues affecting our children and relay same to the membership.

Fundraising ChairThe fundraising committee shall be responsible for organizing and implementing fundraising activities for both the school and association, identify private and corporate donors for solicitations, and solicit community donors in support of both the school and the association.  This includes facilitating the sale of East Side clothing and gear at select events and/or activities.

Events Committee Chair: The events committee shall be responsible for organizing events that either have a fundraising component or to promote community building.

Communications ChairThe communications committee shall be responsible for communicating with parents through whatever means are appropriate, including but not limited to newsletters, email and social media. 

General Board Member(s): The general board members (6) shall attend executive and general membership meetings, promote the school to prospective new families and encourage volunteerism for current families, Invites new families/students to the Back to School/Family Night and other events during the school year, informs the president of any information that needs to be communicated to the board or school administration, works closely with the executive board to coordinate social activities/events for the school, supports and promotes the school’s and Parents Association’s fundraisers, activities, and events, and provides input on how the Parents Association can use surplus funds.



As a parent/guardian of an East Side student, 
you are automatically a member of the 
Parent Association (The PA). You also have a
right to vote for activities, board members, and
the such. Let your voice be heard!



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