Parent Teacher Association

Questions/Concerns: Email the PTA at


The P.S. 65 PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) is a volunteer parent group that helps P.S. 65 parents stay involved and support our school.

Operating under the guide of Chancellor's Regulation A-660, Parent Associations and schools meet monthly to develop ways to foster parent involvement, to keep parents informed, and address their concerns about the school.

Our fundraisers and special community events help fund all enrichment programs at P.S. 65.

The P.S. 65 PTA has a long history of active involvement in our school and in the community.  Our parents work hard to support the school's efforts through fundraising and community events, big and small.

Our community-building events provide a great way to interact with families at P.S. 65 in a fun, connected, and positive way.

At P.S. 65, getting involved is not only the right thing to do; it is also a lot of fun and rewarding!

What is the PTA?
​We have an elected Executive Board for the PTA.  The Co-Presidents run all PTA meetings and oversee the Executive Board, with support from Mrs. Scamardella (our principal).  Elections for the Executive Board take place each June and elected board members to take their place in September.

All NYC public schools' PTAs are governed by by-laws (see link below) that we have written and filed with the Department of Education.

How can I find out what PTA fundraisers and events are going on at school?

  • The P.S. 65 PTA communicates with families via OPEROO and their social media account on Instagram
  • Come to PTA meetings.  We hold monthly meetings, typically in the evenings.  We encourage you to attend as many meetings as possible.  At these meetings, you'll hear about upcoming events, current expenses, and budget concerns, and have an opportunity to meet other parents.  Meetings are always announced via eBlasts, robocalls, and posted on the school's website and on our social media page on Instagram.  Come and get involved.  We need you and want your voice, support and involvement!


2021-2022 Executive Board

Kathryn Barber

Elaine O'Keeffe

Lauren Donohue
Recording Secretary

Kimberly Taverna
Corresponding Secretary

PTA Resources

Dates and Minutes for 2021-2020







PTA Officer Descriptions and Responsibilities
(pages 3, 4 & 5 of the PTA Bylaws)


$1 Dress Down Days - Save the Date

Bring in $1 and you can dress down on PTA Meeting days!  Your Donation supports your PTA.

Dress Down Days
February 10
March 10
April 14
May 12
June 16

Help Raise Money for PS 65 thru Amazon Smile!

Amazon Smile and PS 65 

Did you know your purchases can benefit PS65 PTA, without any extra cost or hassle for you?

Do your regular Amazon shopping via and everything happens automatically after that.  Same shopping experience as always except our students will benefit.

How it Works

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping.  Your selection is remembered, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.

When at lookup:

Click on Education & Youth

Hover over the selection, it will say Academy of Innovative Learning PS 65 PTA and you'll be easily linked into your account.

No need to think about it when you are ordering!



School Leadership Team

The School Leadership Team (SLT) is a collaborative group of parents, teachers, staff and our Principal that is mandated by State Law to represent all the various constituencies of the school.

The SLT meets monthly to discuss issues that affect our community, such as instruction matters, communications issues, how well our community is functioning, and other school-wide questions.

The SLT works with the principal to write our annual Comprehensive Education Plan.  The SLT also serves as a meeting ground for teachers, parents, staff and the principal to sit together and wrestle as a group with that year's key concerns in education and other school-wide policy issues.

The SLT has a box in the lobby for suggestions, comments and questions.

2021-2022 SLT Members

Staff Members
Sophie Scamardella, Principal
Elizabeth Rodriguez, Guidance Counselor
Norma Santaliz, Parent Coordinator
Sara Irizarry, Paraprofessional
Kelly Newman, Teacher
Leigh Milazzo, UFT Rep and 5th Grade Teacher
Russell Fox, Gym Teacher

Parent Members
Katherine Barber
​Lauren Donohue
Keisha Hambric
Nawal Kramer
Jaclyn Massa
Julie Thompson

Minutes 2021-2022

Role Assignments:
Facilitator - Mrs. Scamardella
Financial Liaison- Mrs. Rodriguez
Secretary - Mrs. Irizarry
Timekeeper - Ms. Newman




Meeting Dates and Minutes:

Thursday, September 30, 2021/Minutes