Portledge Parents Association

On behalf of the Parents Association, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year and to our wonderful Portledge community!  We are looking forward to a great year filled with exciting events, community building activities and, most importantly, supporting our children and faculty so they will continue to attain excellence in education!   

The primary way to make this the best year for your family and our community is to attend our PA meetings and to consider volunteering to serve on a committee.  It has been proven that a child whose parent(s) is involved in his/her education and school experience is a more successful student. By getting involved at school, our children do better - grades are higher, test scores rise, self-esteem grows, and our school improves overall.  There is simply no better way to get connected. Please join us for the first PA meeting of the year, September 12th.  I hope to see and meet everyone there! 

Another great way to meet people is to attend the events during Spirit Week.  You won’t want to miss the new and improved activities that our team is offering this year!  Stay tuned for more information about Spirit Week events.

Portledge has many traditions over the course of the school year — from Founders Day to the Portledge Benefit.  If you don’t know how amazing Founders Day is, you must come and see the action for yourself on September 21st!  This year promises serious excitement with new food offerings, music, rides and games like never before!  We are always in need of volunteers to lend a helping hand with this fantastic event, and we would love your support in planning the Portledge Benefit coming up in April 2020.

I am honored to be your Parents Association President this year.  I am a solid believer that one can never have too many friends. I genuinely enjoy meeting new people and making connections.  It is my goal to strengthen and grow our community. To that end, I would like to offer my support and friendship. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and introduce yourself! 


Melissa “Missy” Halpern
Parents Association President
Max ‘24

Parents Association Leadership

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  • Leadership

    PA PresidentMelissa Halpern
    Executive VPTiffany Terranova
    VP of CommunicationsShari Staiano
    VP of Equity,
    Diversity & Inclusion
    Ayesha Brantley
  • Lower School Class Parents

    Lower School VPJami Friedman
    Angelica Van Pelt
    NurseryZoë Schwam
    Pre-KJessica Chitty
    KindergartenJenni Lynn
    1st GradeVanessa Cruz
    Javier Cruz
    2nd GradeDeena Mehta
    3rd GradeKate Meier
    4th GradePaula Ligotti
    5th GradeAndrea Carlsen
    Tiffany Palagonia
  • Middle School Class Parents

    Middle School VPMaria Zografos
    6th Grade Marie Bahnik
    7th Grade Pattianne Schnabel
    8th GradeSima Carnevale
    Kim Leonard
  • Upper School Class Parents

    Upper School VP          Becky Schamis
    9th Grade Halley Bodian
    Cindy Neugebauer
    10th Grade Gwen Kugler
    Rey Mostafavi
    11th Grade Toni Bardong
    Kathleen Katzmann
    12th Grade Michelle Ort
  • Committee Chairs

    Auction ChairTBD
    Founders Day ChairsSharon Cleary
    Maria Gray
    Champions For Charity ChairMona Sanveren
    Dads' Den ChairCarl Huber '99
    Interschool Exchange ChairMaria Zografos

Volunteer Opportunities

Parent Association Events

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