WHAT IS A PTA?
Welcome to J.V.B Wicoff Elementary School Parent Teacher Association! We are a nonprofit, volunteer organization, and our mission aligns with the State and National PTA. Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality. We speak with one voice for every child!
The PTA is an enriching engagement between our parents/ grandparents/ guardians and educators to support our children’s learning and strengthen our social fabric. It is a forum for Wicoff families to obtain knowledge and voice their thoughts and concerns about what is happening in the school.
The Wicoff PTA’s continuous effort is to build the connection between home, school, community; to organize events that help school students and their families as well as fundraise that provide resources to our school children, families, and school staff.
PTA takes a more active role in developing programs, advocacy and training. PTA operates at the school building, district, state and national levels and works on policy to better support children. Local PTA units set their own goals, but they also join together to advocate and partner as a larger group. PTA is membership based and uses money from dues to offer staff support and grants, and to develop national programs, such as their Reflections arts in education program and their Standards for Family-School Partnerships implementation guide. ( Source: Wikipedia)
WHY THE PTA?
In his 2001 book, Bowling Alone, the political scientist Robert Putnam argues that PTAs and similar voluntary associations serve as essential building blocks of democratic governance Many research study indicates that students relatively have a higher achievement growth in school with active PTAs in comparison to their peers in schools without active PTAs.
At Wicoff Elementary School, PTA is an integral part of school. It is an ever involving team effort of a parent – teacher association to be able to provide the best possible learning and enrichment program for our children. The Wicoff PTA has been a part of Wicoff School since …….
A member of Wicoff Parent Teacher Association, becomes a member of New Jersey State and National PTA, too. The National PTA founded in 1897 is an umbrella organization that continues to create a platform for collective action in contemporary public shools. The National PTA was central to the implementation of school lunches which is an integral aspect of school. Membership number counts when lobbying for the betterment of our children at local, state and national level.
When you become a member of school PTA, you help fund many events such as school wide assemblies, bingo night, staff appreciation week and many more. When you become a member of Wicoff PTA, you voice your thoughts at the PTA general meeting with school administrators.
WHO ARE THE PTA?
Parent Teacher Association comprises of passionate, dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers who want to support the school by dedicating time, money and or skills. Every volunteer who pays the membership fees is a PTA member. Over the years hundred of parents serve the school in different ways. This year in the leadership role are -
2023 – 24 Wicoff PTA Executive Board Members
Ms. Maureen Cook, Board Director
Shreya Dasgupta, President
Tej Pratap Singh, Treasurer
Ajanta Shah, Secretary
Sangeeta Vinoth, Vice President
Cara Lee, Vice President
Andrea Muscato, Vice President
Chaitali Deshpande, Vice President
Sailu Rachapudi, Vice President
2023 – 24 Event Chairperson
Stage a story – Cara Lee
Book Fair Fall and Spring– Ajanta Shah/Cara Lee
Reflections - Sailu Rachapudi
Bingo Night - Sailu Rachapudi
Memberships Chair- Registrations, Memberhub updates - Chaitali Deshpande
Year Book - Sangeeta Vinoth
Publicity Chair- Newsletters, Whatsapp groups and social media - Andrea Muscato
Website Management - Sailu Rachapudi
Merchandise Management - Shreya Dasgupta
HOW TO HELP THE PTA?
We are ALWAYS striving hard to keep our PTA in good standing. It can only happen when each and every family join the PTA membership. To become a member, click here.
We are ALWAYS looking for help with PTA organized events. To volunteer please click https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4AADA922A2FA7-committee4#/
We are ALWAYS looking for families to buy Wicoff Sprit wear for children, themselves and their loved ones. Please click here
We are ALWAYS appreciative of volunteers keen to share ideas and thoughts. Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are ALWAYS open to donations and help us fundraise.To donate please click here
Please Note: Wicoff PTA is a 501c3 Organization that does not endorse or advertise for any political candidate or institution. We welcome all volunteers and ask who are in such position to not post voluntarily any school events to their platform, as it can appear as an endorsement.