What is the Ampark Parents Association?
The objectives of the AmPark Parents Association are as follows:
- to provide support and resources to the school for the benefit and educational growth of the children
- to develop a cooperative working relationship between the parents and staff of our school
- to develop parent leadership and build capacity for greater involvement
- to foster and encourage parent participation on all levels
- to provide opportunities and training for parents to participate in school governance and decision-making
In order to accomplish these objectives, the PA runs programs to directly support our school, classrooms, students and families.
Some of the many school wide programs that the AmPark PA sponsors each year are:
- Scholastic Book Fair
- Teacher grants for the classroom
- Enrichment activities and programs for all classes
- Science Fair
- Structured recess enhancement program (co-sponsor with the school)
In addition, we also host parent and family events to build a strong sense of community and AmPark school pride.
- Family Teas (the first Friday of the month)
- Family events such as the back to school spaghetti social, family swap, movie night, talent shows, holiday festival of lights, game night, craft night, international dinner, poets café, spring fling dance, and the AmPark Olympics.
- Parent fundraising events to raise much-needed funds.
In short, we do all these things to enrich the school experience for our children, school staff, and extended AmPark family.
More generally (from the NYC DOE portal for Parents and Families)
Parent Associations (PAs) are the main way for parents to get involved in their childrens schools. Parent Associations are school-based organizations open to all parents, foster parents, and legally appointed guardians of children currently attending a New York City public school. If a PA decides to include teachers, parent members can elect to become a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA).
Every PA/PTA should be representative of the parents within its school. This includes parents of special education students and English language learners, as well as students who are eligible for Title I, gifted and talented services, and magnet programs.
PA/PTAs roles in schools:
The PA/PTA helps parents become involved in their childrens education, share ideas, and enrich their school communities. While the specific roles of PA/PTAs vary, among their responsibilities are electing parent members to serve on School Leadership Teams and Community Education Councils, conducting outreach to get other parents involved in school life, and supporting school activities like Parent-Teacher Conferences, open houses, curriculum nights and District Family Day events. Each PA develops its own bylaws, elects officers, and holds regular meetings.
How do I join my schools PA/PTA?
All parents are automatically members of their schools PA/PTA. For more specific information on how to get involved, ask your school principal.
Under State Education Law, Section 2590, every New York City public school is required to form a Parent Association. All PA/PTA bylaws must comply with the current Chancellors Regulation A-660 (available here.)