Portledge Parents Association

Dearest Portledge Families,

It’s incredible to find ourselves here in the second half of the school year with spring on the horizon (hopefully sooner rather than later).  The idea of warmer days, blooming flowers, and the gorgeous cherry trees beginning to blossom on campus is uplifting and motivating.  Springtime signifies a time of growth and opportunity and for me personally, just the thought of the change in season helps make the last weeks of winter a bit easier to get through.  As you may know, a Portledge tradition that also marks the beginning of spring is the annual Portledge Benefit, which will be held virtually this year on Thursday, March 11th, at 7:00 p.m.  This year, the Benefit will honor the amazing Portledge Faculty, and I cannot think of any recipients that are more deserving.  These are the people who have focused on the students of Portledge throughout this challenging year, who have provided uninterrupted instruction both online and in-person, and who have supported our children unconditionally.  They have been examples of strength, perseverance, and have provided predictability and a sense of normalcy in a time where our children have needed it most.  There are many ways that you can show your support of our outstanding faculty, whether it be taking out an ad in the virtual journal, donating an item or service for auction, or by purchasing a Patron Package or individual ticket to join us for the evening to celebrate.  I am sincerely looking forward to this opportunity for the entire Portledge community to come together to honor this special group of people!

Another incredibly important way that we can show our support of Portledge and its students is by donating to the Portledge Fund.  Any donations made to The Portledge Fund directly support the operating budget of the school and serve to further enhance the exceptional educational experiences of our children.  I am confident that the strength and dedication of the Portledge community will shine through as always, and will allow our school to continue to be the extraordinary place that we have all come to love.

My best,

Tiffany Terranova
President, Portledge Parents Association
Tanner ’24, Remy ’27

A Message from Traci Douglas, Executive VP & VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

Click here to view a message from Traci Douglas, Parents Association Executive VP and VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Parents Association Interest Circles

Fitness:
Peloton Rides
Be #PortledgeStrong and join us for a bi-weekly Peloton Ride! Add the #PortledgeStrong Pelton group to your groups and ride with other parents and community members. Also, sign up and you will receive an email from Jessica Chitty, LS VP, with the weekly schedule.   

1,000 Minute Fitness Challenge
Accumulate 1,000 workout minutes (challenge began on 9/11), screenshot proof (via an app, your fitness track out, etc.) and email it to Kelly Walles at kwalles@portledge.org and receive a FREE #PortledgeStrong water bottle. The perfect addition to your workout! 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Join Olga Florentino on April 16 at 9 am for an hour of honest and meaningful dialogue in the area of DEI. We welcome you to dive into April’s Book Club selections that will truly ignite authentic and transparent discussions on race and racism that will empower us all in best serving our students and the entire Portledge School community. The diverse selections allow you to choose and explore as you learn about the goal and expectation for the workshop. Read, watch, analyze, and enjoy these selections; they are all information resources that facilitate authentic and productive conversations about race and racism with respect and grounded on good intentions. 

Parents Association Leadership

List of 4 items.

  • Leadership

    PA PresidentTiffany Terranova
    Executive Vice-President &
    VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  (Lower/Middle School)
    Traci Douglas
    VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  (Upper School)
    Ayesha Brantley
    International Family LiaisonKim Guo
     
  • Lower School Class Parents

    Lower School VPJessica Chitty
    NurseryJennifer Cave
    Pre-KVanessa Cruz
    KindergartenAngelica Van Pelt '06
    1st GradeJenni Lynn
    2nd GradeJessica Chitty
    3rd GradeAllison Soltani
    4th GradeSharon Cleary
    Claudia Quiroz-Marcos
    5th GradeTiffany Palagonia
    Christine Pata
  • Middle School Class Parents

    Middle School VP
    / ISE Chair
    Maria Zografos
    6th Grade Andrea Carlsen
    Tara Fitzpatrick
    7th Grade Paula Ligotti
    Aimee Bartolomeo-Cody
    8th GradeMichelle Ort
  • Upper School Class Parents

    Upper School VP          Becky Schamis
    9th Grade Marie Bahnik
    Kim Leonard
    10th Grade Michele Bahnik Mercier ‘93
    Cindy Neugebauer
    11th Grade Chris Koundourakis
    Melissa Worth
    12th Grade Toni Bardong
    Kathleen Katzmann