Class parents are an integral part in helping our school function more effectively by ensuring that every family is aware of all goings-on at P.S. 116, from important academic information to class parties to school-wide community events. We thank you for volunteering your time and resources!
The primary goal of class parents is to make sure every family is connected to the P.S. 116 community. The role of the class parent is to support and build community within the classroom, as well as to serve as a communication liaison between the classroom families, the classroom teacher, the Parent and Teacher Association (PTA) and the School Leadership Team (SLT). Serving as a class parent is an excellent opportunity to connect to your child’s class and to be involved in both the classroom and student/family community.
Typical Responsibilities of the Class Parent Include:
Internal Class Directory: The purpose of this internal class directory, which usually includes email and/or phone contact information for all class families, is to facilitate communications between the teacher and/or PTA and/or SLT and class families. This internal directory is separate from the P.S. 116 Directory. All class families should be asked to provide some form of contact information for the internal directory. If you have a non-English speaking family, let Parent Coordinator Vicky Ritter know, as translation services may be available.
PTA Meetings: Class parents should attend the PTA meetings to stay informed on school/grade/class happenings so that they can relay such information to class families.
PTA and SLT communications: Class parents should forward emails from the PTA and SLT representatives to your class families to keep them informed.
Classroom Events/Communications: Class parents will need to coordinate with the classroom teacher(s) to determine the need for specific in-classroom activities and/or communications, including:
Assisting with classroom/curriculum-driven events, such as publishing celebrations (e.g. coordinating food) and holiday celebrations;
Publicizing/assisting with grade specific projects, events, and trips, such as class trip and special PTA-driven projects
How to Handle Money:
Please be aware that the solicitation or collection of any class dues or suggested donations is strictly prohibited. Monetary collections for specific items and/or events such as class trips, parties, or a teacher gift, must be collected at that specific time.
read the NYC Department of Education Gift-Giving Guidelines (Chancellor’s Regulation C-110). It is important that we do not put our teachers in a compromised situation by gifting them more than they are allowed to receive. Regarding holiday and end-of-the year gifts, the NYC DOE’s Conflict of Interest guidelines is as follows: If contributions are collected from an entire class to put toward a gift, the names of all children must be acknowledged in an accompanying card, whether or not the family contributed; additionally, no family may be made to feel excluded because they chose not to participate. Finally, parents/guardians may not be asked to contribute more than a small amount of money toward a class gift (up to $10).
If you have any questions, please contact your PTA liaison:
Grades PK-1: Kristen Donnino, Parent-at-Large
Grades 2-5: Chriscelyn Tussey, Parent-at-Large
You may also direct any questions about the role and expectations of class parents to Parent Coordinator Vicky Ritter.