PTA Committees

Questions/suggestions about the committees? Email the committee chairperson by clicking on their name below. (A new window will open to generate an email to them.)​


Want to join a committee? Look for next year's committee interest sheet at the end of this school year.

John P. McKenna PTA

AIDSCommittee members meet with Council representative and work to enhance our children's and parents' knowledge of AIDS.Lauren Degen
ARTS IN EDUCATIONBring educational and entertaining programs to the children of McKenna. Committee members preview shows, meet with the Council committee to discuss findings, and make necessary arrangements with the principal of programs at McKenna.
Jen Bernstein 
BINGO (MINGO)Coordinate a family fun night. Request date, time & facility, work with committee to get donations for the night.Kimberly Chernick
BLOOD DRIVEOrganize blood drive with a representative from the L.I. Blood Center. Work with class parents to secure recruitment of donors.   
Lauren Degen​
BOOK FAIRMake the necessary arrangements for the Book Fair, including negotiating with the book company and  Kim DeMaio
BOX TOP$  FOR EDUCATION
Responsible for collecting and bundling box tops and mailing to General Mills for reimbursement.Alison Morris
BOYS BASHSchedule an event, send out fliers, get head count. Coordinate catering and setup.
Melissa McSherry-Kelly
BULLETIN BOARD
Create monthly displays of the bulletin board with an educational or seasonal theme.
Barbara Potucek
BYLAWS AND PROCEDURES
Revising and updating bylaws and procedures as needed.Regina Rodriguez
COUNCIL DELEGATEAttend Council Meetings one evening-meeting per month with other District-wide delegates, PTA Presidents and committee chairs. Report at monthly McKenna PTA meetings on topics that are relevant.

Andrea Ferrarri

CURRICULUMMeet with Council representative and administration to keep abreast of changes in curriculum and State mandates. Make suggestions for changes to curriculum.
Christina Tavella
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
Advise and organize McKenna families to help at the Massapequa Park environmental cleanup on Earth Day. Provide information to the Incorporated Village so they may accommodate. Send out literature on local issues and provide educational information to the students during Earth Week.
Dawn Marciano
FIELD DAYOrganize classes for a fun day of events. Order all t-shirts, schedule activities, book DJ, buy snacks and juice.

Regina Carlson
Tracy Pignetti

GENERAL HELPING HANDS
Volunteers will be called upon by Committee chairpeople to assist with events, fundraisers, etc. on an 'as needed' basis.
 
GIFTEDMeet with Council representative to assist in communicating parent information and other services aimed at supporting the gifted child.Kimberly Chernick
HARVEST FAIR
Arrange a date in Sept/Oct to sell fall plants and decorations for McKenna families to come and shop.

Kimberly Wheaton
Beth Weinschreider

HEALTH, WELLNESS & SAFETYMeet with Council representatives and coordinate District programs on the following topics: Health & Nutrition, Substance Abuse, Juvenile Protection and Safety. Plan and coordinate activities related to health and nutrition in district and at McKenna. Arrange activities based on programs such as Red Ribbon Week and Substance Abuse Week. Address safety issues at McKenna and on the District level. Plan safety programs for students and parents. Increase public awareness of child abuse and protection services, Internet safety and bicycle safety.Alison Morris
HISTORIAN/PUBLICITY
Responsible for photographing and publicizing McKenna activities and special events. Keep permanent records on all information or publicity about the McKenna PTA.
Devin Nuzzi
HOLIDAY FAIRPlan the annual Holiday Fair shopping week in December. Meet with vendors to select items for purchase by students. Organize and set up volunteer schedule.Jennifer Laudisio
HOSPITALITYResponsibilities include maintaining hospitality supplies in PTA closet, setting up schedule for refreshments for monthly meetings and providing refreshments for periodic events such as Council Meeting.
Dina Guido
JR./SR. REPRESENTATIVEAttend Junior/Senior PTSA meetings and report back to unit at monthly PTA meetings. Lori Verdone
KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATIONPrepare welcome packet for kindergarten registration, cinch sack for kindergarten orientation, distribution of welcome to kindergarten signs and Boo Hoo/Yahoo breakfast on first day of kindergarten.
Alison Elliott
LEGISLATIONMeet with Council representatives and work to review and recommend legislative resolutions that could eventually become part of New York State PTA’s legal stand on a particular issue. Write letters to State Senators, Governor, etc. on issues concerning our children and school.
Jennifer Riley
LITTLE LADIES DANCE
Arrange a date in the spring for McKenna's little ladies to bring their special man (Dad, uncle, brother, grandpa) for a night of dancing and fun.  Book DJ and photographer for night. Purchase finger snacks and dessert as well as decorations. Decorate gym and cafeteria before the event.
Tara Messina
McKENNA SCHOOL NEWSProduce monthly calendar focusing on District and School events.Kelly Della Camera
MEMBERSHIPResponsible for membership notification material, collection of annual dues, maintaining accurate membership lists and promoting membership.Regina Rodriguez
PARENTING & FAMILY LIFE
Meet with Council representative and coordinate activities set forth on family life topics. Organize the 6th Grade Directory with Council representative.
Regina Rodriguez
PARP (PICK A READING PARTNER)
This committee encourages children and their families to read, read, read! Coordinate theme with Book Fair Committee, run a three week competition, keep logs of the team totals and order prizes for winners.
Amy O'Hara 
REFLECTIONSMeet with Council representatives and coordinate Reflections Program at McKenna. This includes displaying entries and arranging judging and awards ceremony.
 Anne Geiger
ROOM & GRADE
Select class parents and grade representatives. Arrange a meeting between teachers and newly chosen representatives in early September to go over the annual agenda. Maintain current class list. Meet with Grade representatives to review year-end Field Day procedures.
 Dina Guido
SCHOOL BOARD REP.Represent McKenna PTA at regular School Board meetings and report back to unit at monthly PTA meetings.
Erik Gustafson
SCHOOL BUDGETCommittee members meet with Business Administration and Council Representatives to review School District Budget. Inform parents of the budget process and publicize dates regarding the budget and voter registration.
Jennifer Fauci
SCHOOL PICTURESInterview and select photographer. Organize “Picture Day” volunteers. Distribute photo packets upon arrival. Organize make-up day for re-taking of pictures.
 Dina Guido
SCHOOL SIGNResponsible for changing messages monthly and keeping school signs information current.Kristi  L'Esperance
SCHOOL SUPPLY BOXES
Select a school supply company. Obtain supply lists from administration. Make a flyer and distribute. Set up delivery (date and time), send out flier for pickup dates and times to parents. Coordinate with Committee (email members) for set up and distribution of supply boxes.
Francesca deVito
SENIOR AWARDSReview and arrange for the administration of the two scholarships sponsored by McKenna PTA that are awarded to high school seniors.
Jen Bernstein
SEPTA LIAISONAttend SEPTA meetings and report back to unit at monthly PTA meetings. Coordinate SEPTA activities at McKenna.
Regina Rodriguez
SHARED DECISION MAKING
SDM is to improve the quality of decisions, increase a decision's acceptance and implementation; strengthen staff morale, commitment and teamwork; build trust; help staff and Administrators acquire new skills; and increase school effectiveness. Ensuring that the school is more responsive to the needs of their students and community.
Regina Rodriguez
SPELLING BEERegister our school in spelling bee and organize the 4th and 5th grades for dates and times for spelling bee to take place. Order trophies and ribbons.
Barbara Potucek
SPIRIT & PRIDE
Organize sale of McKenna clothing once or twice a year. Also keep track of winning class monthly for participation of blue and gold day and award the class each month with prize.
Marisa Tarantino
SPRING PLANT SALE
Order plants and coordinate volunteers for Plant Sale.
Shanon Tranchina
STAFF APPRECIATION
Organize the annual luncheon during Teacher Appreciation Week.
Kristy Gomez
WAYS & MEANS (Fundraising)This committee is responsible for the major fund raising for the unit. Select a vendor and deal with all aspects of fund raising. Coordinate orders and organize distribution of merchandise.  

Francesca DeVito

Alison Elliott

WEBSITEMaintain McKenna PTA website with current information regarding the PTA and school activitiesJen Bernstein
WELCOME BACK BBQArrange date in Sept. for BBQ. Sell tickets for the event. Book DJ and caterer for food, drink etc.
Melissa McSherry-Kelly