Welcome to the Brooklyn New School PTA! Every parent/guardian of a child who attends BNS is a member of the BNS PTA. You don’t have to join because you’re already an essential part of it. 

Who are we?

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of Brooklyn New School (PS146) is a collaboration among parents, staff, and administration within our school community. 

What does the PTA do?
The PTA serves vital community-building and fund-raising roles in our school. Through our collective efforts, and in collaboration with the Friends of BNS (the Fundraising Branch) the PTA provides funding for various programs that enrich our students’ lives and help make our school what it is, including science, the farm, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and professional development for teachers and staff. We do this through scheduled events throughout the year that help raise money and strengthen our community. Additionally, the PTA strives to function as a home base for parents.
We consider BNS the center of our community, and the PTA is the centripetal force that draws families in. We look out for each other, noticing community needs, and doing our best to help solve problems. We keep ourselves informed of school and citywide policies, attend meetings with school and city administration, and help shape policy that aligns with our values. We acknowledge that one person’s values are not the same as another’s. We love our diverse BNS network of families, and the PTA is striving to represent our entire community. Please join us! 
How can you get involved?
Your active engagement (and your donations) make this large public school into a cohesive community. There are many ways to participate: become a class parent, bake pies for the pie sale, volunteer to help run movie night, join meetings and help us hash out policies, volunteer in the library, and more. Additionally, we ask each family to give what they can in support of Friends of BNS: our goal is 100% participation, and any amount is helpful. Learn more about how you can donate monetarily or by volunteering. 
To join the PTA (hint: it doesn’t take much because you are already a member), contact the PTA committee at pta2019@bns146.org.

Did you know? In 2019-2020, the PTA will spend $550/per child to support learning at Brooklyn New School. 

When does the PTA meet?

The PTA meets monthly and all parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. In addition, the executive committee of the PTA meets once a month to help facilitate all the work that needs to be done. Check the BNS calendar for a full list of PTA dates.

How can you find out what’s happening?

All you have to do to stay up to date with what’s going on with the PTA is to check the weekly newsletter. It’s sent out every Sunday, and it lists PTA meetings and lots of other ways you can get involved.

Not getting the weekly newsletter? Check your Promotions folder or subscribe here.

Building our community

Not only are our events an important part of the PTA’s fundraising activities, PTA events also bring our community together in fun ways so everyone associated with BNS can show their support for our children and their teachers and be a part of something bigger. Your participation helps our children and our community grow! 

Follow the PTA newsletter and school calendar to keep track of everything that’s going on.

Annual PTA Events

Read more on how to get involved on the Volunteer page

  • Applefest – BNS’ annual fall festival. This event kicks off our season of fundraising and community building by collaborating with BCS to throw a huge block party.
  • Movie Nights – Drop the kids off at school for dinner and a movie while you get a few hours of Friday night free time to yourself.
  • Makerfest – This annual event brings together parents and educators to create an afternoon of technology, crafting, creating, exploring and inventing for our students.
  • Spring Dance and Silent Auction (“BNS Bid Bash”) – Kick up your heels at our biggest fundraiser of the year, with dancing, dining and shopping, all in one place.
  • Monthly Bake Sales – Each grade will have an opportunity to raise additional funds for their projects by helping throw an after-school bake sale.

2019-2020 PTA Officers

AMY TATE, Co-President,  mom to Veda (3rd grade)

CHENDA FRUCHTER, Co-Treasurer, mom to Jack (BNS alum) & Benjy (2nd grade)

JOCELYN LEAVITT, Co-Treasurer, mom to Makua (1st grade)

JENNIFER ECK, Correspondence Secretary, mom to Desmond (3rd grade) & Cecelia (kindergarten)

ELYSE NEIMAN SEITER, Social Media Manager, mom of Lola (5th grade) & Aidan (2nd grade)

MC RUEDA-HILGENDORF, Web Coordinator, mom of Oli (3rd grade) & Inez (1st grade)

RADHIKA CHALASANI, Communications Chair, mom to Anila (1st grade)

CAROLYN McGOWN, Food Sales Chair, mom to Ophelia (5th grade) & Lorelei (3rd grade)

ANNA CATHERINE RUTLEDGE, Fundraising Chair, mom of Harry (5th grade) & Walsh (3rd grade)

HANNAH NUDELL, mom of Eliza (1st grade)

JAIME FRANKLIN, mom of Kennedy (2nd grade) & Atticus (kindergarten)

LISA CORTES, mom of Nia (1st grade)

MATTHEW HALL, dad to Lucia (4th grade)

MIKE VISCONTI, dad to Olivia (3rd grade) & Violet (kindergarten)

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