The PA enhances the mission of Barrow Street by organizing and implementing activities that bring the community together and by acting as a liaison between administrators and parents.
The PA meets monthly to organize various school events and to support our parents and teachers throughout the year. Coffee and bagels are served. All parents and guardians are welcome to attend.
The auction raises money for scholarships, professional development, and various school projects. It is the sole fundraising event for the school’s scholarship fund which enables Barrow Street to maintain an economically diverse student body. This committee organizes every aspect of the auction and there are many ways to show support. This is truly a community effort – the more people the better! Meetings are held on a monthly basis, typically after the PA meeting.
Vice-Chairs and Volunteers Needed for: donations (soliciting and organizing), video and art project (to be shown/sold at event), event & décor, marketing/social media/graphics, night of support, flexible organization work done remotely from a computer.
Funds raised by the bake sale support classroom needs as identified by the school as well as a local charity selected in conjunction with the Community Engagement Committee. Volunteer opportunities include: baking, buying, helping to organize the event, and working event shifts.
Barrow Street has a rich history in community service. The Community Engagement Committee is responsible for planning and executing 3 to 5 school-wide community projects each year. Past examples include: a zero waste initiative, a partnership with Hudson River Parks, and necessity drives for clothes, food, diapers, and more. The group works with Barrow Street’s Associate Education Director to support in-class community engagement initiatives.
The mission of this Committee is to support Barrow Street’s commitment to creating an inclusive community. The Committee promotes the value of diversity, particularly through the perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences represented in our children, teachers, and families. This Committee endeavors to support, celebrate, and embrace all of our families by hosting various events throughout the year. Events may include coffee chats with parents & faculty, book readings, and a speaker series, as well as collaboration with other committees.
This committee hosts a Parent/Teacher Cocktail Party and a Winter Brunch at the school. The brunch is an opportunity for parents and children to come together and enjoy a social event on a weekend. The Events committee organizes and plans all aspects of these events, and works directly with the parent body to determine the need for additional events.
The Parents’ Association takes pride in organizing an annual book fair in the fall and an author visit in the spring as well as providing organizational oversight for the library. This committee selects and orders new books, handles the pick-up/delivery from the vendor, organizes the set-up and breakdown, reconciles financial transactions, and runs the actual book fair.
This committee supports our admissions office by volunteering to help with Open Houses and Tours in the fall. The committee also welcomes our new families in the spring by organizing events and introducing newcomers to other parents, teachers, and staff. This committee organizes buddies for new families, Family Playdates, the New Parent Cocktail, and the Getting Ready for School Event.
This Committee hosts informal events where parents can connect. Past examples include: coffees, gallery tours, cocktail events, shopping events, parent volunteer opportunities and work-out events. This committee allows working parents and others with busy daytime demands to stay connected to the Barrow Street community.
BSNS produces a single school-wide yearbook featuring the children and documenting their activities. The Committee includes a representative from each class who will take and gather pictures of their students throughout the year. In late spring, the classroom representative will submit the best 10-15 photos to the yearbook organizer.
This committee is for parents who want to be engaged but have sporadic availability and are open to being contacted for last minute projects either at home, work or school. This committee will receive monthly requests with projects and volunteer opportunities that need to be done. Parents can opt to sign up on an as-needed basis. This committee is also a great way to explore which committees you may want to commit to more permanently.
1-2 hours per project
Each classroom has 2 class parents. These parents help facilitate communication between teachers and the other parents primarily through weekly emails. Class parents focus on building cohesiveness in the classroom, planning teacher appreciation, arranging class parties, and encouraging school-wide participation in these activities. At least one parent from each class should attend the monthly PA meetings.
3-4 hours per month
The Parents Association organizes a book fair annually during parent-teacher conferences. The book fair provides parents with the opportunity to purchase great books while at the same time raising funds for various school projects.
Each spring, the Parents Association organizes an auction to raise money for the scholarship fund, professional development for teachers, and other programming needs. This is the sole fundraising event for the school’s scholarship fund and enables Barrow Street to serve an economically diverse student body. As of now, approximately 15% of our students receive some type of financial support, but we hope to be able to increase that number for next year!
The Parents Association holds two bake sales (fall and spring) to raise funds for PA activities. It is organized and run by our community of parents. The bake sale is held on the corner of 7th Avenue and Barrow Street (weather permitting) and the whole community is welcome.
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