PTA Leadership

President: Laura Wise

Vice President: Krisen Gryglas

Vice President, Communications:  Laura Yates

Vice President, Ways & Means: Bridget Draz

Vice President, Social: Kate Melzer

Secretary: Mary Beth Iveljic

Treasurer: Erin Marani

Committee Overview

There are so many ways for Emerson moms and dads to get involved throughout the school year. With more 25 committees, there’s one that’s right for you. Some require only a small commitment of time. Others are active throughout the year.

Assemblies - Chairperson: Robyn Tsacoumangos
Work with the principal to plan and organize school assemblies. There are generally 4 or 5 assemblies held each year for the entire school.

Audit - Chairperson: Jennifer Witts
In late July/August a review of the PTA books occurs. Income and expense transactions for the year are reviewed together with supporting documentation consisting of invoices, expense vouchers, deposit slips and supporting income documentation.  A verification occurs of balances, bank statements,  the checkbook and approvals.

Bald Eagles: Jason Judicki, Justin Steinecker
Emerson Dad's Club


Book Fair - Co-Chairs: Jenni Nelson, Marcie Schmidt
Committee members will be asked to help promote the event, organize the Book Fair Preview for students, set up the Book Fair, work during the Fair as a cashier OR help pack up.  This is a great fundraiser for the Emerson and gets kids excited about reading!

Charitable Outreach - Co-Chairs: Michelle Pinedo, Andrea Tahlier
Committee members will be asked to help promote and/or organize activities and projects throughout the year to teach Emerson students the value of charitable outreach locally, nationally and globally.

Chess Club - Chairperson:  
NO CHESS KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED!  Committee members will be asked to help supervise kids while they play chess during their lunch period.  Volunteers will also be asked to help with the chess tournament in the Spring.

Directory - Chairperson: Vanessa Krietsch 
Populate online directory with student/parent information and work with VP of Communications to publicize the directory to all parents. 

Emerson Spirit Wear - Co-Chairs: Kate Melzer, Laura Wise
Help promote ordering of Emerson Wear to show school spirit, process orders and deliver gear to students.

Fall Fest - Co-Chairs: Vanitha Lanoue, Lisa Wormer
Committee members will be asked to help plan, set up Fall Fest, clean up after the event OR help staff a game for a 1/2 hour period. 

Field Day Coordinators: Jana Kalkowski, Sandra Putnam
Committee members will help run a series of outside games during this all-school event held one morning during the last week of school.

Fifth Grade Farewell - Co-Chairs: Anne Marie Gustafson, Vanessa Lesniak
This committee plans the annual end of the year pool party for the outgoing fifth grade class and helps to coordinate the DARE graduation.  The Fifth Grade Farewell is the larger of the two events and is held in May at the York Aquatic Center.  The DARE graduation is scheduled for the end of school.

Fine Arts - Chairperson: Open
Volunteer to lead art appreciation sessions in your child’s classroom.  No experience is necessary nor is special knowledge required. All materials are provided.  Multiple volunteers welcome for each classroom.

Go Green! - Chairperson: Open
Committee members will help plan and coordinate programs and events to build environmental awareness and promote conservation among Emerson students and their families.

Holiday Boutique: Anna Russo

Ice Cream Social - Chairperson: Vanessa Lesniak
Committee members will help plan, set up and serve ice cream for students one afternoon in August before the start of school.

Junior Great Books - Chairperson: Zahra Suratwala
Committee members will lead small groups of 2nd and 3rd grade students through discussions about classic stories in the Jr. Book Club Series once a week for 8 weeks during their lunch hour. All lead facilitators receive training and materials from the Great Books Foundation. 

Lounge Project: Holly Bland

LRC Volunteer Coordinator - Chairperson: Sarah Porterfield
Volunteer in the library to shelve books, help children check out and other small duties. Volunteers sign up at their convenience, in the library, as often as they like.

Math Night - Chairperson: Kerri Matusek

Committee members will coordinate, set up and run Emerson’s annual Math Night, which offers exciting math games for each grade level.

Multicultural Family Night - Chairperson: Robyn Tsacoumangos

New Family Welcome - Co-Chairs: Michelle Pinedo, Katie Eberspacher
Committee members are asked to be available to give tours to incoming kindergarten parents, answer questions and help with registration paperwork at a Kindergarten Orientation.  They will also help organize playdates for incoming Kindergarteners and distribute signs to new students in August 2019.

Nominating Committee - Chairperson: Katie Eberspacher
This position is crucial in helping find qualified and willing PTA board members and committee chairs for the following school year.

Opening Day Coffee - Co-Chairs: Sandra Formento
Committee members will be asked to help plan, set up and serve coffee and snacks during this reception for parents on the first day of school. 

Outdoor Beautification - Chairperson: Emily Hiett, Tyler Porterfield
Share your appreciation for the outdoors and join our effort to improve the Emerson school campus by creating and maintaining planting areas and seasonal containers for the enjoyment of Emerson’s staff, students and families.  Our efforts will include collaboration with Earth Ambassadors on development and maintenance of the Outdoor Classroom in addition to other areas around the school.

PTA Council Scholarship Fundraising: Carrie Lombardi
Oversee fundraising for the PTA's scholarship.

Publicity - Chairperson: Lisa Wormer
Help spread the word around our community about goings on at Emerson School. Publicize monthly PTA meetings by putting up signage, manage Emerson social media and liase with local news outlets.

REACH Representative -  Carrie Kaufmann

Our School Rep will attend REACH meetings and relay information back to the Emerson PTA and School community.  

Read to Succeed - Chairperson: Karen Smith
Volunteers will coordinate this program which features the Six Flag Six Hour Reading Club.  This club encourages kids to complete 6 hours of recreational reading and rewards them with a free admission ticket for participating.

Rec Nights - Co-Chairs: Marci Schmidt, Tina Jordanof
Committee members will help with an evening of games.  Each grade level gathers during one evening to play partner games with a parent/older sibling. Volunteers will run the games.  You will not be asked to help on a night when your child will be participating in the games.

Reflections - Chairperson: Cyndi Choi, Erin Bruno
Oversee the Reflections program in which students select an art category and submit an entry to a school, district and national competition

Room Parent Coordinator - Dina Bradford
Coordinate and serve as point of contact for all room parents.

Running Club - Chairperson: Kai Mac Nicol, Jen Fiocca
Volunteers will help supervise running club members and keep track of running logs during lunch hour sessions.

Safe Routes to School: Karen Smith
The committee works to encourage kids to safely walk or bike to Emerson by handing out incentives on Walk-To-School Fridays.  They also organize a walking school bus for International Walk to School Day in the fall and promote International Bike to School Day in the spring.

School Board Representative: Robin Boling
Represent Emerson to the Distict 205 school board.

School Supply Boxes - Chairperson: Beth Ruscitti, Sarah Judycki, Sandra Formento
Committee members will be contacted in August 2018 (usually the week before school starts) to help unpack and distribute the tool boxes for the 2015-2016 school year.  This is a one-time commitment of 1-3 hours during the day at Emerson.  Some manual lifting is involved (up to 30 lbs.).

Science Olympiad - Chairperson: Matt Lanoue, Marjorie and Jon Bottari
Committee members will coordinate, set up and run Emerson’s annual Science Olympiad Fun Night, which offers exciting science experiments for each grade level.

Shopping Incentives - Chairperson: Kristie Szejner
Help promote several programs that benefits Emerson!  Committee members will be asked to help promote, track and organize incentives such as Box Tops, Target and Tysons!  Also responsible for organizing Dine Out events at local restaurants.

Spring Event / Talent Show - Chairperson: Marisa Costa
Committee Members will be asked to help organize and run the Emerson Talent Show or a Spring Event (rotate every other year).  For the talent show, they will work with the committee chair to sign up acts, secure permission slips, set up sound and arrange the line-up at the show. For the spring event, they will plan and organize a school event.

Teacher Appreciation - Co-Chairs: Marsha Neven, Nikki Slowinski
Committee members are asked to supply food and set up luncheon/dinner for Parent/Teacher Conferences in November.  This committee also helps to assemble and distribute crafts or gifts and host a luncheon during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10, 2019).

Yearbook - Co-Chairs/Photographer:  Dana Steinecker, Sheri Stycen
Yearbook is a club that invites 5th grade students to participate in the design and production of our school yearbook.  Parent volunteers will be needed to provide supervision and direction during lunchtime meetings.  No experience necessary nor do you need to have a 5th grader to help! Informational meetings with interested 5th graders will be offered 2 or 3 times before winter break. Formal meetings will be held every Tuesday from 1105-1135am January-April.  Distribution will be during the final week of school.