KES PTO Committees

There are several ways to get involved with the KES PTO! Listed below is a description of each PTO committee and their respective Chair(s). Please indicate on the reply card or email us at which committee you would like to join or even chair. Committees noted with ‘PT’ are recommended for moms and dads with toddlers and those with ‘PW’ are recommended for moms and dads that work during the day.

Beautification (PT, PW)
This committee works with administration and PTO Executive Board to identify areas to improve the KES building and surrounding grounds.
Chairs: Jessica Harris 2018-2019

Before/After School Activities (PT, PW)
BSA/ASA is a terrific after school enrichment program for our children. Volunteers are needed for selecting courses, hiring teachers/vendors, registering students, filing BOCES paperwork and making sure courses run smoothly. Volunteers are also needed to help the coordinator with attendance and dismissal. Chairs: Jen Lieberman, Meredith Black, Erika Glick 2018-2019

Book Fairs (PW)
The Book Fairs offer a wide variety of both adult and children’s titles for purchase. Chairs are needed to contact vendors (Scholastic & Main Street) to coordinate the delivery and pick up of books and other fair supplies (usually theme related). Chairs and additional volunteers work at the fairs to organize book selection, fill orders, fill orders and collect payments. Chairs may invite guest readers or have activities to entice fair attendance. Volunteers are also needed to set up and take down the fairs. Chairs: Geraldine Zikely, Tanya-Marie Sweeney, Gentian Fulstrom, Elizabeth Harris 2018-2019

Class Parents (PT, PW)
An invaluable resource for classroom teachers. Responsibilities of class parents include, organizing volunteers for classroom activities, attending all PTO meetings, managing the Halloween Fair class booth and securing chaperones for class field trips.
Chairs: Catharine Oestreicher, Marisa Lieberman 2018-2019

Class Pictures
Volunteers are needed to coordinate the day with the vendor and KES administration, help organize students for class and individual photos day of, distribute photos when delivered and coordinate make-ups. This is a fun day for volunteers with lots of interaction with the kids. 2 hour shifts are most helpful and we need parents from 8:30 to 3:00.
Chairs: Cheryl Roppa, Colleen Cerami-Segal, Precious Ruppenstein 2018-2019

Directory (PT, PW)
This committee is in charge of creating, proofreading and distributing the annual Student Directory. Volunteers are also needed to help sell directories and fill orders.
Chairs: Kathryn Campbell 2018-2019

Do the Write Thing (PW/PT)
Every two years, the 4th and 5th graders have a special opportunity to participate in a half day writing workshop guided by professional writers from our community. The committee is responsible for seeking out various professionals to volunteer their time and will work directly with the classroom teachers and Assistant Principal to schedule all the details for this event. The committee casts a wide net to include different kinds of writers (novelists, journalists, PR professionals, advertisers, radio/TV, Digital editors, Songwriters, etc) to show the children how writing can lead down different paths. Chairs: Pauline Guariento, Suzanne Yeager 2018-2019

Edible Garden Program and Henry Brooks Greenhouse (PW, PT)
The KES Edible Garden is an educational organic garden located outside the Dining Hall. The Butterfly Garden, surrounding the flagpole in front of KES, provides a habitat for the butterflies. The KES Greenhouse was built, and is funded and maintained using PTO funds. Volunteers are needed to work with our Garden/Greenhouse Coordinator and help children with planting and harvesting activities in the Greenhouse and Gardens and to maintain the Gardens throughout the year.
K Rep: Becky Ast
1st Grade Rep: Isabell Suckiel
2nd Grade Rep: Kristina Ruotolo

3rd Grade Rep: Kate Parker
4th Grade Rep: Elena Becker
5th Grade Rep: Lilly Innocenti

Enrichment Committee (PW/PT)
The Enrichment Committee works directly with the classroom teachers and Assistant Principal to explore and schedule field trips, classroom enrichment activities and assemblies.
2018-2019 Team: Chairs: Elena Becker
Authors: Rachel Izes, Miriam Dacey
Music: Nora Pollack
K Rep: Anne Foray
1st Grade Rep: Dana Davison
2nd Grade Rep: Doreen Parsons
3rd Grade Rep: Nichole Wilder
4th Grade Rep: Nora Pollack
5th Grade Rep: Nichole Wilder

Family Dance (PW/PT)
Volunteers needed to help the committee organize the event (DJ, concession, choose theme, etc) Additional volunteers needed at the event to set up and bake. A fun evening for the entire family!
Chairs: Dana Davidson 2018-2019

Field Day Volunteer Coordinator
Coordinates the volunteers that support the fun Field Day activities that are planned by the PE teachers. Chair: Sarah Becker 2018-2019

Fifth Grade Committee Chairs (PT, PW)
Coordinates fundraising programs and activities for fifth grade.
DVD: David Klagsburn
T-Shirt: Kathy Campbell
Variety Show: Catharine Oestricher, Lynette McHugh
Fundraising: Liz Hill, Jessica Inglis

Tiles: Sarah Gregoire

Halloween Fair (PT, PW) - Saturday before Halloween
One of the PTOs major fundraising events and fun for the entire family. Volunteers are encouraged to help the committee organize the event during September and October. Volunteers are needed to decorate the school on the Friday evening before the fair, staff the ticket, raffle, game and prize booths and concessions on the day of the fair and for clean up after the fair..
Chairs: Teryn Kendall, Julie Creech 2018-2019

Holiday Boutique (PT, PW)
Plan, invite vendors, organize and staff the annual Holiday Boutique. This includes outreach that begins as early as August which includes inviting past vendors and soliciting new ones. There is also extensive marketing for the event which includes posting signs around town, placing free ads in local papers and a consistent heavy social push beginning in September. On day of event, duties include helping vendors load-in and managing the run of show. There is also a Food Truck arrival, a large bake sale and entertainment portion (i.e LIVE holiday music) of this event which also involves coordination and prior planning. Chair: Leigh Suresky, Katie Buchanan 2018-2019

Holiday Caring and Sharing Drive (PW)
This committee organizes a food and gift drive over the Thanksgiving and December holidays for local families in need. Volunteers are needed to wrap gifts on the annual Wrap Night.
Chairs: Nicole Mata, Dana Cuiffo, Dana Yatsko 2018-2019

Hospitality (PT, PW)
Calling all bakers! Provide refreshments at PTO day and evening functions. Chairs: Susan Shaw 2018-2019

Library Volunteers
Volunteers work in the library for 1 hour every two or three weeks assisting the librarian with shelving, bulletin boards, library displays and special projects. A great way to get involved without committing a lot of time. Chair: Rachel Izes 2018-2019

Parenting Talks (PW, PT)
This committee presents a Parenting Talk focused on the Transition to Middle School for the outgoing 5th grade parents. Responsibilities include sourcing speakers, generating interest and coordinating the event. Chair: Robin DiNapoli 2018-2019

Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) (PT, PW)
PARP runs during March and is designed to encourage parents and children to read together. Volunteers are needed to help in planning the various events, to prepare student certificates and for coordinating the annual “Starry Story Night.” Chair: Enid Linden

Science Fair

This committee will organize and run the annual science fair. There are one to two meetings with the committee and KES teacher Paul Hughes. Three to six grade-specific info sessions are planned for December and January that are held after school. They organize stations ahead of time and secure guest scientists to participate. Before the event they order lanyards, stickers and boards and create flyers. They create a student project listing on spreadsheet, including partners and topic titles and do outreach to families for clarifications or if any questions/ concerns arise. Badges are created a few days before the Fair, a floor plan is done for the custodians, and food is ordered (and vegetables are cut). They collect money from students buying boards and t-shirts and maintain a balance sheet of expenses. The committee also coordinates volunteers for the night of the fair and is available that day and night of the fair to set up, help run the event, and oversee cleanup. Chairs: Leah Jacobson, Susan Williams 2018-2019

School Supply Packs (PT)
A great convenience for parents, this committee coordinates with the vendor and organizes the purchase and distribution of the School Supply Packs.
Chairs: Tanya-Marie Sweeney, Precious Knudsen Ruppenstein 2018-2019

Spring Dinner Dance (PW, PT)
This committee will organize and run an Adult Dinner Dance with music and dancing throughout the night at a local country club or restaurant. The event will be topped off with a silent auction.
Chairs: Nicole Mata, Carly Vaknin, Katie Buchanan 2018-2019

Staff Appreciation Luncheon (PT, PW)
Coordinates annual luncheon given by the PTO in the late spring. The luncheon is the PTO’s way of thanking faculty and staff for their efforts during the year. Volunteers are needed to prepare dishes, set up, serve and clean-up. Chairs: Becky Ast, Kris Weisleder, Nichole Wilder 2018-2019

Webmaster (PT, PW)
Update and maintain to ensure accurate and timely information is readily available.
Chairs: Janine LaFond 2018-2019

Welcoming (PW, PT)
This committee used to give tours to new families, but now has a different job starting in 2018. The committee welcomes new families to KES through summer correspondence, telephone calls and personal greetings at the Welcome Back Party in September. They also assist in getting volunteers for the Kindergarten screenings in May, the New Family Orientation in August and the Kindergarten Bus Run. New for 2019, they will be pairing all new families to KES with a veteran KES family. In 2018 they started an English as a Second Language Buddy Family program and will be responsible for overseeing that going forward and developing that initiative further into 2019. As new families join KES during the year, the committee also is responsible for reaching out to the new families and sharing their contact information with the class parents so that the other parents in the class can join them in welcoming them to KES. Chairs: Sarah Becker, Ericka Glick 2018-2019

Yearbook (PW/PT)
Committee Chairs manage the creation of the KES Yearbook, which includes: planning for photo opportunities, designing and creating layout, working with the vendor to manage deadlines, crafting communications, handling sales, and distribution. The Chairs also work with teachers, grade representatives, and administrators to take, edit, and submit pictures and verify content before production. Chairs: Precious Ruppenstein, Doreen Parsons Siciliano, and Sabrina MacGregor 2018-2019