A Welcome Letter from the 2019-2020 PTA Executive Board

Dear Parent/Guardian,

On behalf of the Executive Board of the PS/MS 71 PTA, welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! We look forward to seeing you at school, meetings, events, and fundraisers.

There are a few things we would like to remind returning families and introduce to new families.

Every parent and/or guardian of a PS/MS 71 student is automatically a member of the PS/MS 71. When you hear of the fantastic things the PTA does, it is you who is responsible. When you hear the gratitude of the teachers as we pay for school supplies, they are thanking you. When you see all of our kids having fun at events, parties and field trips, it is because of you. When the PTA needs to raise funds and recruit volunteers to make this all possible…we look to you to help.


Executive Board: The PTA is overseen by the Executive Board. You can read more about the 2019-2020 Executive Board members here. Feel free to say “hi” if you see us around the school. We would love to hear from you, but often, time is limited or our kids want our attention, too. If you have a suggestion or comment, we prefer that you email us. That way, we can respond more thoughtfully.

PTA Information: Meeting minutes, details on upcoming events, and governance documents (e.g. bylaws) will be updated regularly. Please check back often.

PTA Meetings: 

  • Executive Board Meetings Everyone is welcome, but voting can only be done by Executive Board members.
  • General Meetings We strongly urge you to attend these regularly. The meetings always provide the latest information, updates from the principal, latest budgets, etc. Your input is important at these meetings – you will be voting on PTA budgets and other key issues. Attending these meetings will help keep you involved and informed on issues related to your child’s education.

Many of the activities and programs that make PS/MS 71 so special would not be possible without the funding from the PTA. And with increasing cuts to the DOE budget, the PTA’s help is needed more than ever. It can only be done with your help. We will need your donations and your help soliciting from others. We have many unique fundraisers, including our Turkey Raffle, Holiday Gift Shop, Dances, and Spring Fair.

The most important thing you can do is to be involved:  Volunteer your time. Come to meetings.  Read the minutes. Give us your thoughts. Jump in and help. Ask questions. Donate what you can. Everyone is busy, but please find a little time to help contribute to your child’s educational experience. It’s a wonderful investment that will produce lasting benefits.

We wish you and your children a successful and happy school year.

PS/MS 71 PTA Executive Board