PTA | Parent Teacher Association 

The Brooklyn New School (BNS) PTA is a collaboration among parents / guardians, staff and administration within our school community which serves vital community-building and fundraising 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 / guardians. We consider BNS the center of our community, and the PTA is the central force that draws families in. We look out for each other, noticing community needs and do 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!

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

PTA Meetings

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. See below for 2021 – 2022 meeting dates. To stay up-to-date with what’s going on with the PTA, be sure to check the weekly newsletter – out every Sunday on Konstella.Not getting the weekly newsletter? Join Konstella, find BNS in the drop down menu and choose your child’s class.

2021 – 2022 General PTA Meeting Dates

Meeting links or location information will be distributed prior to each meeting via Konstella.

Tue Sept 21 | 8:20 am – 9:30 am | in-person

Tue Oct 19 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | on zoom

Tue Nov 16 | 8:20 am -9:30 am | in-person

Tue Dec 14 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | on zoom

Tue Jan 11 | 7:00 pm – 8: 30 pm | on zoom

Tue Feb 15 | 8:20 am – 9:30 am | in-person

Tue Mar 8 | 8:20 am – 9:30 am | in-person

Tue Apr 12 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | on zoom

Tue May 10 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | on zoom 

Tue Jun 14 | 8:20 am – 9:30 am | in-person

2021 – 2022 Executive PTA Meeting Dates

Meetings are held in-person, on-campus at 610 Henry Street.

Tue Sept 14 | 8:20 am – 9:30 am

Tue Oct 12 | 8:20 am – 9:30 am

Tue Nov 9 | 8:20am – 9:30 am

Tue Dec 7 | 8:20 am – 9:30 am

Tue Jan 4 | 8:20 am – 9:30 am

Tue Feb 8 | 8:20 am – 9:30 am

Tue Mar 1 | 8:20 am-9:30 am

Tue Apr 5 | 8:20 am – 9:30 am 

Tue May 3 | 8:20 am – 9:30 am

Tue May 31 | 8:20 am – 9:30 am



  • Rich Ambler, parent of Elena (2nd grade, Andrew and Greta)
  • Mahshad Hall, parent of Ruby (Kindergarten, Mary Ann)


  • Laura Trevino, parent of Emilia (1st grade, Jessica B)
  • Krystina Athas, parent of Liam (1st grade, Valerie and Carrie) and Alexander (3rd grade, Claudia and Jennifer)

Co-Recording Secretaries:

  • Cherrelle Hall, parent of Dylan (pre-K, Tammy)
  • Jessica Smith, parent of Henry (Kindergarten, Kori and Jenn)

DEI Co-Chairs:

  • Jade Harris, parent of Miller (2nd grade, Penina and Amy)
  • Leslie King, parent of Frederica (5th grade, Nneka)

Fundraising Chair:

  • Sarah Gable, parent of Captain (Kindergarten, Kori and Jenn)

Correspondence Secretary:

  • Nicole Cohen, parent of George (3rd grade, Claudia and Jennifer P)

Communications Chairs:

  • Radhika Chalasani, parent of Anila (3rd grade, Nancy and Alex)
  • Hannah Nudell, parent of Eliza (3rd grade, Katherine) and Gideon (pre-K, Skye)

Website Administrators:

  • Sherri Powell, parent of Tekla (pre-K, Skye)
  • Corissa Trani, parent of Logan (pre-K, Skye)
  • Patty Lin, parent of Deren (Kindergarten, Doug)

Social Media Manager:

  • Elyse Neiman Seiter, parent of Aidan (4th grade, Kristen) and Lola (BNS grad)

Food Sales Chair:

  • Carolyn McGown, parent of Lorelai (5th grade, Laurie and Navika)

Class Parent Coordinator:

  • Margie Dotter, parent of Cliona (5th grade, Nancy and Rachael), Juniper (1st grade, Jessica B), and Abby (BNS grad)

Members at Large:

  • Candybelle Acevedo, parent of Emilia (4th grade, Zack and Kaelyn) and Isabelle (1st grade, Abby and Jennifer)
  • Maggie Ross Newville, parent of Magnus (5th grade, Laurie and Navika) and Axel (2nd grade, Amanda)
  • Linnea Veder, parent of Leo (pre-K, Jennifer G)

Annual PTA Events

  • Applefest – BNS / BCS 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.










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