Congratulations, New PTA Board!

PPAS PTA 2021-22 Executive Board:


Harley Abrevaya & Michael Grassotti

Vice President of Membership

Cassandra Callazo

Vice President of Fundraising

Pamela Nolasco


Zhang Yi (Sherry) Fan Grand

Corresponding Secretary

Ann Marie Menna Pascarella

Recording Secretary

Lisa Duke

Dance Co-Delegates

Dawn Bowen & Jasmine Battiste

Drama Co-Delegates

Julie Wheeler & Leslie Hendricks

Musical Theatre Co-Delegates

Shannon Burkett & Jacqueline Lucid-Cusick

Vocal Delegate

Hellen Steward

Middle School Co-Delegates

Jamie Campagnola

School Leadership Team (SLT) Members:

Cynthia Vacca

Heidi Saltalamacchia

Natasha Israel

Middle School Musical

Please RSVP to ‘Once Upon A Pandemic’ — the MS Musical. Rehearsals have been going really well and there is so much creativity coming out of this project. The students had a lot of fun with this show! It will be streamed for three nights on Vimeo.

Once Upon A Pandemic
Directed by Christina Franklin
Stage Managed by Maggie Manzano
Music Direction by Marissa Davis

Show Dates:
Thursday, June 17th @ 7pm
Friday, June 18th @ 7pm 
Saturday, June 19th @ 7pm


Bid in the Auction!

Thank you to all of the parents and staff who came out on Friday night in support of our PPAS community to celebrate the

31st Anniversary Gala! 

A huge thank you to Watson Adventures, the Gala planning team, the Duncan Family, Teri Gindi, and the PTA for making this event happen and for dedicating so much time and energy to our school!  We had an amazing kick off event to our virtual auction, which will remain open through Friday, June 4th

Check out all of our remaining items:
Bid and Buy Now

30(+1)th Anniversary Gala

As we near the end of this school year we have a lot to celebrate,
especially PPAS’s 31st Anniversary!

Because 2020 was not a time for festivities …we PROMISE to make this year’s celebration one to remember!

The night begins at 7:00 pm with a virtual AROUND THE WORLD SCAVENGER HUNT from WATSON ADVENTURES

Game followed by kick off of AUCTION!!!
tickets $31p/p

The Gala Committee asks all PTA members (that’s all of us…parents
of PPAS students) to help with contributing items to the PPAS AUCTION, which will take place on Bidding for Good .  Please ask your neighborhood businesses, friends, family, after-school classes or workplace for a donation item or service we can auction at the GALA. 

We’ll send an email following this one explaining in greater detail all the different types of items that make great auction items. 

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE… the celebration is around the corner so we ask that we all reach out to at least 1 friend, neighborhood business, family member TODAY…that’s just 1. If each one does so we will secure funding for our students and expand further on opportunities to come!

1. Donation form
2. QR Code to download so you don’t have to carry anything with you.
The QR Code links directly to the donation form (place phone’s camera on the bar code image below).
3. Sample solicitation letters (emailed to you separately), which you’re welcome to use or give ideas to compose your own.

Free Leadership Academy

PowerPlay NYC advances the lives of girls through sports, helping them grow physically, emotionally and academically stronger.

The SuperSTARS Leadership Academy is a high-impact, year-long, FREE leadership development program that prepares high school young women in NYC for college and the workforce through a structured, girl-centered approach focused on three key areas: sports/physical fitness, college access, and career/life skills development. 

The Academy kicks off with a six-week intensive summer session where girls participate in a variety of sports, develop workplace and life skills and learn about the college process. During the school year, girls gain access to activities to build their life and leadership skills through attending monthly workshops. Our other school year commitments include the opportunity to grow as mentors and leaders by participating in our peer coach program working with our younger after-school participants or to benefit from having a mentor who will help guide them in areas of networking, resume building, college application requirements, and more. 

We’re looking to accept students that will be entering 9th to 12th grade in the Fall of 2021. 

Summer Program Dates: July 6-August 13, 2021
Time: M-Th 9am-4pm, F 9am-1pm

Program will be hybrid with some sessions will be in person and others virtual. In person sessions will follow current local guidelines for safety. 
School Year Dates: September 2021-June 2022 

Monthly after school workshops
Please apply here

College Office Events

The College Office wants to remind you of some important upcoming dates of events we are hosting. 

College Financing (geared towards 11th grade families, others are welcome)
Tuesday May, 4th 6:30pm 

Navigating College Opportunity Programs for First Generation and Low Income Students (geared towards 11th grade families)
Tuesday May, 11th 6:30pm

Introduction to the College Process (what to expect: for 9th and 10th grade families)
Wednesday May, 19th 6:30 pm 

Virtual College Fair (all are welcome) 
Tuesday June 8th, 6:00pm

Watch your email for Zoom links!

Talent Show

Please join us
Friday, April 30th – 7:00PM

All school talent show and fundraiser

Live streamed on YouTube:

Instead of selling individual tickets
this year, we’re asking our PPAS families to Please Participate by:

1. Watching the show.
Everyone involved has worked hard to make it special & would love to entertain you!

2.  Donating to the school.  
Any amount will help towards reaching our funding goals for this year. Your contribution will make a big difference in our students’ success! 

Invite your relatives and friends!

You can donate now, right before, or during the SLAM performance.

*Participating donors will be recognized during the show “telethon style”. 

Please go to this link: