Portledge Parents Association

Happy New Year from the Parents Association! I’m sure everyone had a great time ringing in 2020, and launching into a new decade! We have a lot of great events and community building opportunities on the horizon at Portledge.

I hope to see everyone at the Diversity Week Parent Program on January 23rd, which will be led by John Gentile. Mr. Gentile currently serves as the Co-Director of the Office for Identity, Culture and Institutional Equity at the Horace Mann School. He is a nationally recognized equity and inclusion practitioner specializing in whiteness, white identity development, and white privilege. He currently serves on the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) Diversity Committee.

Over the next few months, you will be hearing lots of buzz about our most exciting adult night event of the year, The Portledge Benefit! So save the date for April 3rd as this event promises to impress and dazzle! The theme has been collectively conceived by this year’s talented and artistic benefit committee. This is the first time our gala is being executed by a cohesive team of parents working together to create a unique, entertaining and spectacular night out.

How can you help? You can donate items to the auctions, purchase a journal ad and volunteer to help set up on the day of the event. Our 2020 benefit is the PLACE TO BE and will not be forgotten anytime soon!
So when the time comes, purchase those tickets, bid on items and carve some time for yourself to make new connections and continue to build our sense of community at our incredible school.

Other events to look forward to are Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day on May 1st, the Book Fair from May 6-8th, and our last Parents Association meeting of the year on May 12th. And as a final reminder, you have until May 31st to donate to The Portledge Fund! I hope everyone will make a donation to our wonderful school. Parent participation is crucial and tells Portledge that you believe in our mission.

Your participation in school events leaves a lasting impression on you, your child and our wonderful school. In 2020 and beyond, may Portledge flourish with this positive energy that we all have a role in creating, nurturing and sustaining!

Melissa 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