Dobbs Ferry PTSA - News and Information

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School starts September 2nd.

PTSA committee positions - 2014-2015

To our wonderful DFSD parent community,
As I continue efforts to finalize volunteers to fill PTSA committee positions next year, I am sending out another list of open positions that I hope you will consider. Once September rolls around, we want to hit the ground running and begin doing what we do best - supporting our schools. Plus we publish our beloved calendar over the summer with the names of committee members.

I WANT YOU TO FIND A WAY TO BE INVOLVED THAT FITS YOUR INTERESTS AND SCHEDULE! There are oh so many ways to make a difference at many different levels of time commitment.

I have listed below all our committees and executive board positions yet to be filled for the 2014-15 school year. If you want to continue on a committee which you currently serve or want to put yourself forward for the first time - we have room for all!

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BEING INVOLVED WITH ANY OF THE FOLLOWING TEAMS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW BY THIS FRIDAY AT PRESIDENT.DFPTSA@GMAIL.COM. And if you have questions or need clarification on any of the committees, let me know. If we receive an overwhelming response for any single position or committee, you might be asked to find another way to make a contribution. The bottom line is - we want your commitment, dedication and skills. There is room for everyone to be involved.
Here are our amazing PTSA opportunities:

  • High School Academic Enrichment - working with principals and teachers to spend PTSA funds to enhance academics including field trips, speakers, etc.
  • Health and Safety Middle and High School
  • Preschool Liaison
  • Middle School Trip Liaisons
  • Spirit Wear Coordinator
  • Used Book Fair Fundraisier
  • Springhurst Photos
  • Middle School Photos
  • Box Tops for Education Program
  • Help with newsletter writing
  • Square One Art Fundraiser (Springhurst)

Thank you in advance for being that type of person that steps up and takes care of business! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Shannon Johnson, DFPTSA President

PTSA Executive Committee Positions Open

It’s that time of year again when we look to fill Executive Committee positions for the PTSA for next year. Our nominating committee is hard at work finding the best people to fill these open positions. But we need your help too!

Please take a moment to look at the positions below and consider whether you would be interested in giving your time and energy to the PTSA. Positions are ideally a two-year commitment. Also, please find attached a form that you can fill out and send to our nominating committee chair to suggest potential candidates – a friend or neighbor that you feel would be perfect for a particular position.

Listed below are the open positions for next year, as well as a brief description. To nominate yourself (or someone else!) or for further information on the responsibilities of each position, please email Sandra Rosas, Chair of the Nominating Committee at or fill out the this form [CLICK TO OPEN] and mail to Sandra. Nominations should be received by April 18th.

The nominating committee will review all candidates and recommend a full slate to the PTSA Membership for vote, at the General Meeting on Monday, May 12th.

President Elect

This position has been newly created in order to reduce the time commitment of the office of President and enable “on the job training”. The president-elect will serve as an aide to and shadow the seated president for one year and assume the office of president at the end of the term as president-elect. The second year this person would be the seated President and groom the next President-Elect. It is a co-president type structure with one person always training the other.

This position assists the President in his/her duties including having general charge and supervision of the business and affairs of the association. Is responsible for presiding at all meetings of the association, appointing committee chairmen and filling vacancies in chairmen of all committees, and coordinating the work of the officers and committees of the association.

General Vice-President

Responsible for overseeing all PTSA fundraising activities events as well as creating and implementing new fundraising ideas. This person does not actively manage all fundraisers but does oversee committee volunteers that manage the programs.


Responsible for maintaining the DFPTSA budget including: monthly bank reconciliation, preparing income statements and balance sheets each month for the Executive Committee, making payments to vendors, managing expense reports, making bank deposits, preparing cash boxes for fundraising events, and helping executive committee prepare the annual budget. This job is flexible and can be done on your own time!

Springhurst Vice President

Serve as a DFPTSA representative for Springhurst Elementary School. Works closely with school principal, teachers and committees related to the elementary school to develop academic enrichment programs, oversee class coordinators, and attend DFPTSA sponsored events at the school.

Recording Secretary

Is responsible for attending monthly Executive Committee meetings (evenings), taking and publishing minutes of each meeting, maintaining hard copies of all meeting minutes, and creating agenda for monthly meetings that are emailed to committee members.

About the PTSA

The primary goal of the Dobbs Ferry PTSA is to be an advocate for the children. The best way to attain this goal is for you to get involved and join our organization. We're sure you will feel a great sense of accomplishment after participating in an event or on a committee.
  • Come and learn about issues and topics of interest at the General Membership meetings
  • Meet new people and make new friends
No matter how much or how little time you have to offer your help is always needed and appreciated.


Our newsletters communicate from the PTSA to parents. But the best way for the entire community to communicate amongst ourselves and back to the PTSA is through our Facebook group. Please join, please invite your friends, and together we can ask the questions that concern us and share the insights we all need to support our kids' education. Visit us at

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Check the Committees and Contacts for phone numbers of officers and committee heads. If you have any ideas, concerns or opinions give us a call or email to

National PTA Website 

The National PTA website is filled with valuable information and resources for parents and educators. The main page is However, if you'd like access to the "Members Only" Section of the National PTA's website, you need to register in order to receive a username and password. It's simple, and takes only a few minutes. Go to Our National Unit ID is 030430. Take a minute to fill our the survey -- it will customize the information you can receive from National via email notification. Finally, remember to save your username and password to your computer's "password list" so you won't need to enter the information each time.  


One of the (many) programs the PTSA provides to each of our district schools centers around academic enrichment. In the past we’ve called this ‘Cultural Arts’ but have included social studies and science enrichment activities as well. At the elementary level, it’s not too difficult to find programs that fit into the curriculum. The difficulty comes up in the middle and high school years when state requirements are high and time available for field trips is reduced.

We’d like to reach out to our community members to see if anyone has a skill, an interest, or an experience that they might be willing to share with some of our students. Someone who has traveled to unique destinations may be able to speak to a Global History class. A laboratory scientist might be able to address a high school chemistry class. A middle school math class might enjoy listening to a CPA. A professional musician would always be welcome to speak to our band students.

Our students pride themselves on their community service. It’s nice to show them by our own actions. Will you let us know any areas in which you might be interested in sharing your talents with our students?

Send us an email at and tell us what you can do for our students. We’ll get back to you on coordinating things.