Get involved, join the PTA

Looking to get more involved in Pashley’s PTA but not sure what to do? Learn about our committees and PTA programs below to find the right fit for you.

After you’ve selected the committee, or committees, that sound right for you, sign up to help with one of the wonderful PTA programs offered at Pashley. Contact the PTA to obtain a Volunteer Participation Form. Once it is filled in please return it to the Pashley Main Office by mail, fax, pdf email or drop it off at the main office.

President: Danielle Lanigan, 518.879.1163

Co-Vice Presidents: Jessica Fraioli, 518.421.0044 and Sean Doyle, 516.852.9163

Treasurer: Lakshmi Vilics, 203.979.0021

Secretary: Erin Delnick, 518.366.4902

Committees and Chairs

1000 Books Program

Danielle Lanigan, 518-879-1163

Arts in Education

Lakshmi Vilics, 203.979.0021
Artists, storytellers, magicians, musicians, dancers, museum programs, etc. are brought into Pashley for special programs for students. BHBL District PTA Council supported. Program selections made by Chairperson(s).


Amanda North, 518-928-9595
Volunteers check the PTA financial records to ensure proper checks and balances procedures are observed, according to PTA guidelines. Instructions are provided.


Gisele Sum, 518.383.4715
Volunteers are needed to open student savings accounts and process deposits on Thursdays during lunchtime throughout the year. Training will be provided.

Book Fair

Karen DeSorbo, 518.384.2230 & Lia Despres, 518.470.5992
Scholastic books are sold during after school hours. Volunteers help keep books organized, set-up, clean-up, and process transactions.

Booster-thon Fun Run

Jessica Fraioli, 518.421.0044

Building Council

Parent Rep, Amy Holmes, 518.399.1330
Volunteers work with staff and other parents on issues such as health, safety and character education.

Bulletin Board

Michele Koivula, 518.429.5949
Chairperson coordinates with PTA committees to post notices and information about upcoming events on the PTA bulletin board every month.

Carnation Sales

Volunteers are needed to help bundle flowers and deliver to classrooms for student orders. Chairperson collects initial orders from student, places order with florist and picks up flowers.


Volunteers help with cleanup and planting of the Pashley courtyard.

Creative Arts (SilverGraphics)

Karen DeSorbo, 518.373.1329
Your child’s artwork is used to create gifts and memorabilia (mouse pads, coffee mugs, magnets, tote bags). Volunteers are needed to collect orders and money, and with the distribution of products. Program runs in the spring.

Cub Scout Liaison

Melissa Sargent, 518.727.5650
Relay information about activities of Pack 20.

Curiosity Shop

Danielle Lanigan, 518.879.1163 & Jessica Fraioli, 518.421.0044
After-school program held Fridays for one month 3-4 weeks. A variety of educational and fun mini-courses are offered. Volunteers are needed to assist with at-home prep-work, registration, teaching courses, providing younger-child care, etc.


Karen Sudduth, 518.227.6790
The Pashley student directory is printed by classroom with each child’s name, contact information and parent’s names. (Parental permission is required for inclusion in the directory.) Volunteers are needed to collect this information and make additions/corrections to the directory.

Fall Family Festival

This event offers games and activities for the whole family and is held in October. Many volunteers are needed to assist with admission, collect raffles, advance planning, run activities/games/concessions, set up and clean up, etc.

Family Movie Nights

Sarah Adams, 518.491.0803
Volunteers are needed to help pop and distribute popcorn on Family Movie Nights.

Field Day for 4th and 5th graders

Chair TBD
Parents are needed to assist the Physical Education staff with judging and recording winners at the 4th and 5th grade Field Day held in late-May.

Fifth Grade Class Day

Jenn Bradt, 518.727.3378 & Lia Despres, 518.470.5992
Volunteers help plan and work on the activities (yearbook, festivities, games and food) for this day of recognition for the 5th graders, held in June.

Flapjack Breakfast

Flapjack Breakfast: Danielle Lanigan, 518.879.1163

Founders Day

Stephanie Frederick, 518.935.8510


Jessica Fraioli, 518.421.0044 & Sean Doyle, 516.852.9163
Volunteers are needed to help tally orders and distribute products from our fall fundraising campaign, as well as assist with coordination and planning of any other fundraisers held throughout the year.

Girl Scouts Liaison

Melissa Sargent, 518.727.5650
Relay information about the activities of the Girl Scouts in Service Unit 206.

Golf Tournament

Sean Doyle, 516.852.9163

Holiday Shop

Melissa Owen, 401.829.6828
This early December evening event is an opportunity for the children to shop for gift items or make handmade crafts for family and friends for low cost. Many volunteers are needed for ideas, prep work on crafts (which can be done a home with supplies provided by the PTA), running craft tables and making sales.

Homeroom Parents

Parents are needed to coordinate with their class teacher to provide support such as organizing classroom parties, field trips, computer and classroom help for your child’s class, as well as assisting the PTA with teacher/staff appreciation, Back to School Night and collecting PTA dues.

Kindergarten Orientation

Lakshmi Vilics, 203-979-0021
Volunteers are needed to assist with a program for incoming Kindergarteners and parents in their adaptation to school life. Takes place at Pashley two mornings in May.

Lego League

John Jewell, 518.322.5843 & Emily Hart


Lakshmi Vilics, 203.979.0021 & Erin Delnick, 518.366.4902
This committee gathers PTA dues collected by homeroom parents at the Back to School nights during September. Volunteers are needed to help write out membership cards.


Lakshmi Vilics, 203.979.0021
Chairperson updates the PTA Newsletter on a monthly basis with important dates, articles and notices from committee chairs. Responsible for designing, publishing, and distributing the PTA Newsletter.

Nominating Committee

Five volunteers are needed in the spring to nominate people to fill vacant officer positions.

Odyssey of the Mind (OotM)

Liz Royer, 518.534.1612
International program for students using divergent and creative thinking where teams of students work with a coach on problem solving. BHBL District PTA Council supported. Coaches are needed to work with groups throughout the year and judges are needed for competition in March. [Will be offered if there is interest.]

Parents As Reading Partners (PARP)

Amy Holmes, 518.399.1330
PARP is a National PTA sponsored program that promotes reading at the elementary level. Volunteers are needed to implement the theme and promote reading during PARP month (usually March).

Pashley Pasta Party

Lakshmi Vilics, 203.979.0021
This event is held in February to raise money for large items needed at the school. Volunteers are needed to plan food and supplies, collect raffle items, sell tickets, set-up, and clean-up.

Polar Bear Express

Laura Jewell, 518.322.5843
Volunteers are needed to type stories written by students (done on your home computer), make book covers and assemble the books. Help children create their own library and develop a love of writing.

Popcorn Days

Lia Despres, 518.470.5992
Volunteers are needed to pop, bag and sell popcorn during lunchtime. Usually held once a month.

Price Chopper Tools for Schools

Danielle Lanigan, 518.879.1163
Chairperson encourages families of students to enroll in this program at their local Price Chopper store and acts as a liaison with Price Chopper to track and redeem points accrued by shopping.


A National PTA sponsored program focusing on creative arts relating to a specific theme. Entries are submitted by students at all grade levels usually in November. Volunteers are needed for categorizing, preparing entries for judging and displaying entries for Walkabout in May.


Danielle Lanigan, 518.879.1163
Awarded to a graduating senior who attended Pashley. Volunteers are needed to review applications, conduct interviews and assist with selection of the recipient.

School Pictures

Lia Despres, 518.470.5992
Student pictures are taken in October and assistance is needed on that day and re-take day.

Spirit Shop

Danielle Lanigan, 518.879.1163
Volunteers are needed to help organize, sell and distribute orders for a variety of Pashley-themed products on offer each year (t-shirts, magnets, etc).


Jessica Fraioli, 518.421.0044

Staff Appreciation

Sherry Tomasky, 518.414.2570
This program allows us to show our thanks to all of the staff members who help our children grow and learn every day. The Staff Appreciation date is in May. Volunteers are needed to help organize a luncheon, food prep, set up & clean up. Volunteers can donate their time during school hours, as well as after school hours.

Summer Kick-off Carnival

Danielle Lanigan 518.879.1163


Danielle Lanigan 518.879.1163
Chairperson sends cards and small gifts on behalf of the PTA to members of the Pashley community for congratulations, thank you, sympathy, etc. as appropriate.

Talent Show

This early June evening event is an opportunity for the children to show their talents to friends and family. Volunteers are needed to help collect permission slips, organize the show order, attend and help with the audition.

Three Wishes

Danielle Lanigan, 518.879.1163
Volunteers review and process requests for field trip assistance, large purchases, and other special PTA projects.

Transportation Appreciation

Stephanie Frederick, 518.935.8510

Wellness & Nutrition

Danielle Blesi, 518.347.2059
Volunteers are needed to work with staff to facilitate programs that promote our children’s good health and fitness.


Erin Delnick, 518.366.4902
Volunteers are needed from all grade levels to submit photos and help plan, gather and organize picture placement.

Youngest/Only (YO) List

Chairperson coordinates with Pashley administrative staff to ensure the list of youngest and only students is kept up-to-date and distributed to committee chairs for minimizing copying costs of PTA notices and materials sent home to families.