Join a committee
Our PTO boasts a robust roster of events and programs that take place throughout the year. People who make it possible are the amazingly wonderful parents and volunteers just like you!
It takes a PS/IS187 village and we invite you to join the community. Take a look at the existing committees below and reach out if you are interested in getting involved. A few new and existing committees are also looking to fill the leadership role. Will you be the one to do it? The PTO team is here to help!
HAVE AN IDEA FOR A NEW COMMITTEE? WE WANT TO HEAR FORM YOU! CONTACT US.
Please note, due to current health and safety regulations, some of the committees maybe not be as active as usual or on hold. Please do reach out if you are interested to learn more.
A school garden is a powerful environmental education tool. Through gardening, students become responsible caretakers, get closer to nature, and learn first-hand how food is grown. Caring for plants together and waiting for them to grow also teaches kids about cooperation, responsibility, and patience. The School Garden Committee leads the Kinder Garden Project, provides in-class gardening programming for grades 1&2, and lead the stewardship of the school garden and koi pond. Whether you have gardening experience or not, The School Garden is a great opportunity for parents to get involved!
Co-Chairs: Lori Bridenstine and Camila Otero
Are you someone with a knack for grants finding and/or writing? Or, is that something that you might want to try your hand at? We are currently looking for volunteers to help us take advantage of many grants available to schools. This is a great flexible opportunity to get involved! You can work at your own pace and treasure hunt for grants from the comfort of your very own home (or coffee shop, or outdoors, or the secret superhero cave, or...you get the idea). Let us know if you'd like to give it a shot!
Film Festival Committee
187 Film Festival Committee
The mission of the 187 Film Festival is to provide a forum for students and their families to create amazingly original short films, while also raising record amounts of money for our children and school's needs. Parent involvement is essential to producing this amazing evening and we are always looking for new and eager parental assistance. Visit the Film Festival website to learn more about the event.
Co-Chairs: Michael Bridenstine and Steve Mallorca
Movie Night Committee
Movie Night Committee
Join in the fun of planning and hosting a movie night! Every school year the PTO hosts anywhere from 2 to 3 movie nights. The fall movie night is usually geared towards the elementary school students and the spring movie night to the middle-school kids. Members of the Movie Night team help with decorations, organize volunteers, coordinate the snack shop, and pop real popcorn in our very own machine!
We are looking for help with (and will definitely offer guidance along the way):
- Concessions Guru
- Popcorn Queen
The mission of the STEM Committee is to cultivate curiosity and develop critical thinking. We aim to increase our kids' engagement on hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math during the school day. We are looking for parents working in a STEM field to share their experiences with the kids, as well as for parents interested to take part in fundraising efforts for this important matter.
Co-Chairs: Hila Milo Rasouly and Florencia Marcucci
The mission of School-A-Palooza is to create and produce the greatest Parent-Teacher Talent Show in the known Universe, while also raising record amounts of money for our children and school's needs. Parent involvement is essential to producing this amazing evening and we are always looking for new and eager parental assistance. Visit the School-a-palooza website to learn more about the event.
Co-Chairs: Michael Bridenstine and Jay Douglas
Staff Appreciation Committee
How would you like to bring joy and warm thanks to the hard-working administrative, teaching, and support staff at our school? Well, this is your chance! The Staff Appreciation Committee primary PTO-funded annual events are the Thank You Lunch for the teachers and both the holiday and end of school-year thank you campaigns (cards & cookies are always well received). But, we are always open to ideas! Please reach out if you would be interested in spearheading the efforts.
Our goal is to encourage kids and grown ups to embrace healthier habits, and to gain tools to do so in a fun and engaging way. There are many ways to get involved including exploring ways to develop wellness in our school, organizing after-school sports, and promoting activities such as KidFit (a free health and fitness community event).
PTO Election Committee
Serving on the Nominating Committee is a short, but impactful, time commitment and a great way to get involved! The group is responsible for organizing end-of-year PTO elections (usually taking place in May/June). The general responsibilities involve: putting out a call for nominees, collecting application forms, lead the "Meet the Candidates" introduction at one of the PTO General Meetings, and tallying votes (if more than one person volunteers for a position). Don't worry, helpful guides will be provided. We are looking for 3-5 volunteers to help.