About the PTA
What the NEST+m PTA Does
The PTA plans, organizes, and runs numerous community events to bring together NEST+m families and raise funds for all our programs. Each month brings events such as movie nights, ice-skating parties, theater trips, and international dinners; October's Fright Night is a favorite with students of all ages, and our festive Spring Gala & Auction helps us reach our budget goals.
The PTA raises funds for a wide array of expenditures, including:
- Teacher's Assistants in Lower Grades
- Per session rates for faculty members who offer after-school enrichment programs
- Teachers College Reading and Writing Project curriculum
- Singapore Math textbooks and workbooks
- Lease fees for faculty photocopiers
- Support fees for award-winning Chess Team, Math Teams and Academic Competitions (Spelling Bee and Geo Bee)
- 4th grade Alvin Ailey Dance residency
- 5th grade city-wide Ballroom Dance competition program
- Supplies for visual arts, music and science
- Support for many of our sport teams
- Math and literacy support and enrichment for our students
- Monthly parent/principal coffees for Lower, Middle, and Upper Grade parents
- and much, much more!
The PTA office is located on the Lower School floor, Room 253, near the Main Office, and is open every morning from 8:20 to 10am, and usually later throughout the day. Please stop by with any questions, to learn more about what we do, or to find out how you can help. Extra copies of the most recent flyers can be found in the PTA office, as well as designated mailboxes to return PTA event forms and RSVPs.
If you wish to contact us, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a note in their mailbox in the PTA office.
PTA General Meetings are held monthly (except December); meetings are open to all and are an excellent way to keep up with what’s happening at school. While we strive to communicate all critical information through emails, flyers, and the pages of this website, there is no way for us to replicate the benefit of in-person participation at PTA meetings. In order to have an ongoing and productive dialogue with our members, we need your in-person participation at our general meetings. We have scheduled a combination of morning and evening meetings (babysitting is offered at some meetings), in order to accommodate as many schedules as possible. If a parent has a specific issue that he or she would like discussed at a General Meeting, please inform the PTA Co-Presidents or Secretary before the meeting so that the issue may be placed on the agenda.
Each June, before the last PTA meeting of the academic year, the PTA Executive Board reviews the expenses of the previous school year, determines the anticipated expenses of the upcoming school year, and gets input from the Principal about upcoming expenses. The Principal asks the PTA to supplement costs that are not covered in the allotment given to the school by the Department of Education. Once approved by the Executive Board, the budget is presented to the general membership at the last general PTA meeting of the school year. A majority of those attending must approve the budget. Once the budget is approved, parents have made a commitment to raising the funds, whether by personal donations or fund-raising initiatives.
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Meet the PTA Executive Committee
The PTA Executive Committee is a group of parent volunteers, elected yearly in the Spring, who work with the NEST+m community to support the vision of the school through fundraising and the implementation of programs and initiatives. The PTA Executive Committee meets monthly.
PTA Executive Committee
Donna Kwong, Lower Grades
Francine Turone, Middle Grades
Ronni Siegel, Upper Grades
Co-VPs of Fundraising
Judy Lee, Lower Grades
Lisa Usdan, Middle Grades
Raffaella Palacardo, Upper Grades
Co-VPs of Lower School
Co-VPs of Middle Grades
Co-VPs of Upper Grades
Co-VPs of Communications
Co-VPs of Volunteers, Class Parents, & Committees
Co-VPs of Grants
Co-VPs of Athletics
Co-Secretaries of Data Management and Reporting
Lower Grades Member-at-Large
Sandhya Jain Patel
Middle Grades Member-at-Large
Upper Grades Member-at-Large