ABOUT THE PTA

Sunrise Parent Teacher Association

WHO WE ARE

Sunrise Elementary Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a 501 c (3) non-profit corporation which is State and Nationally affiliated.  We are separate from, but work in close partnership with, the school.  Our vision is to make every child's potential a reality. 

 

Our members are parents, grandparents, teachers, staff, and community members of Sunrise Elementary.

PTA is a powerful voice for children, a relevant resource for families, schools and communities, and a strong advocate for the well-being and education of every child.  

 

We encourage parent involvement and promote opportunities for positive outcomes for children. 

OUR MISSION

To maintain standards of affiliation with State and National PTA. 

To advocate for laws that promote the education, the physical and mental health, and the safety of children at Sunrise Elementary.  To advocate for fiscal responsibility around public spending in education.  

 

To promote collaboration and engagement between families, teachers and the community in the education and the welfare of children at Sunrise Elementary.  

WHAT WE DO

 We provide supplemental funds to teachers and specialists for classroom, library, PE, music, and playground materials.  We also provide emergency preparedness equipment to the school. 

We fully fund the science lab and the science teacher at Sunrise.  

 

We coordinate volunteer-led social events to grow a sense of community, build lasting friendships and create fun memories.

 

We host community service programs and discussions to help our kids better understand each other, and those outside of their immediate circle.  

We provide after school programs to enrich our children's learning experience at Sunrise

2021-2022 PTA BOARD MEMBERS

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CO-PRESIDENT

Megan Stephens  /   meganwassweeney@gmail.com

  • Organizes and facilitates the PTA board and general meetings throughout the year and

  • Represents Sunrise at the district and council PTA meetings

  • Is generally the ‘point’ person for communicating with the Principal and school office manager, and therefore has first-hand information regarding any changes or issues related to the school

  • Uses Robert’s Rules of Order to guide the board in making decisions

  • Is versed in the Standards of Affiliation to WSPTA and National PTA as well as the State’s Policies, By-laws, Mission, Values, etc. 

  • Reaches out to other local PTA’s to share ideas, and collaborates with the community

  • Addresses questions that Sunrise parents submit to sunriseparents@gmail.com or the website, directing them to the appropriate board member if necessary

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CO-PRESIDENT

Rajee Ramachandran/   rajee.nair@gmail.com

  • Organizes and facilitates the PTA board and general meetings throughout the year and

  • Represents Sunrise at the district and council PTA meetings

  • Is generally the ‘point’ person for communicating with the Principal and school office manager, and therefore has first-hand information regarding any changes or issues related to the school

  • Uses Robert’s Rules of Order to guide the board in making decisions

  • Is versed in the Standards of Affiliation to WSPTA and National PTA as well as the State’s Policies, By-laws, Mission, Values, etc. 

  • Reaches out to other local PTA’s to share ideas, and collaborates with the community

  • Addresses questions that Sunrise parents submit to sunriseparents@gmail.com or the website, directing them to the appropriate board member if necessary

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SECRETARY

Defne Crowe  /   decrowe@microsoft.com

  • Reminds board of upcoming meetings through email and collects agenda items

  • Prepares and photocopies agenda for meetings

  • Brings sign in sheet to meetings to record members present at meetings

  • Brings up previous months agendas at meetings for approval

  • Takes notes of important points at meetings and types them out in a set format and distributes them through email to board

  • Looks over bank statements to verify input/output of expenses

  • Keeps a print-out copy of all agendas and minutes in binder

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TREASURER

Polina Andreychuk  /   sunrise.treasurer@outlook.com

  • Performs all financial accounting of the PTA including its membership fees and program profits

  • Receives and deposits money and disburses it according to the approved yearly budget

  • Presents a proposed budget for approval at the May General Meeting and closes the books at the end of each year

  • Files tax returns and other government forms

  • The past Treasurer serves in an advisory capacity to the newly elected Treasurer when needed

  • Assists communications with payment options on the website, ie. Paypal and Venmo

SOCIAL | Co-Vice President

Shannyn Houtrouw  /   shannyn@outlook.com

  • Coordinates PTA events including the Back to School Coffee, Fall Festival, Scholastic Book Fair, School Dance, Multicultural Night, Picnic on the Playground and more...

  • Advertises events

  • Recruits volunteers for events

  • Recruits event committee chairs

  • Provides support for the Teacher Appreciation Committee

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SOCIAL | Co-Vice President

Kelsey Spofford  /  kelseyspofford@gmail.com

  • Coordinates PTA events including the Back to School Coffee, Fall Festival, Scholastic Book Fair, School Dance, Multicultural Night, Picnic on the Playground and more...

  • Advertises events

  • Recruits volunteers for events

  • Recruits event committee chairs

  • Provides support for the Teacher Appreciation Committee

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ENRICHMENT | Co-Vice President

Sonal Desai  /   desaisonal@gmail.com

  • Submits room reservation requests to the district

  • Recruits and provides support for committee chairs of programs to include the After School Enrichment Program, Art Docent/Art Night, Back to School Supplies, Disaster Preparedness, Library Volunteers, Book Fairs, Math Olympiad, Playground Volunteers, Reflections, School Play, and Community Service

  • Advertises and coordinates volunteers for After School Programs

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ENRICHMENT | Co-Vice President

Robyn Nazar  /   robynnazar@gmail.com

  • Submits room reservation requests to the district

  • Recruits and provides support for committee chairs of programs to include the After School Enrichment Program, Art Docent/Art Night, Back to School Supplies, Disaster Preparedness, Library Volunteers, Book Fairs, Math Olympiad, Playground Volunteers, Reflections, School Play, and Community Service

  • Advertises and coordinates volunteers for After School Programs

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MEMBERSHIP | Co-Vice President
  • Encourages teachers, individuals, and families to become members of PTA by raising awareness of the benefits of PTA membership

  • Has a presence at the Back to School Open House, Curriculum Night, and events whenever possible

  • Helps coordinate the publication and distribution of the school directory, which is available to all PTA members

  • Recruits and provides support for the directory chair

  • Inputs membership data to memberplanet 

  • Tracks membership data for social event discounts

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MEMBERSHIP | Co-Vice President
  • Encourages teachers, individuals, and families to become members of PTA by raising awareness of the benefits of PTA membership

  • Has a presence at the Back to School Open House, Curriculum Night, and events whenever possible

  • Helps coordinate the publication and distribution of the school directory, which is available to all PTA members

  • Recruits and provides support for the directory chair

  • Inputs membership data to memberplanet 

  • Tracks membership data for social event discounts

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FUNDRAISING | Co-Vice President

Jennifer Maki   /  jenniferannmaki@gmail.com

  • Recruits and coordinates with committee chairs who support fundraising -  Box Tops and Labels for Education

  • Manages fall fundraising campaign

  • Works with the Treasurer to track and validate Fundraising budget line items

  • Provides tax documentation to donors, where applicable, for charitable contributions made to the Sunrise PTA

  • Coordinates with the VP of Communications to update the Sunrise PTA website on all fundraising activities and affiliate promotions

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FUNDRAISING | Co-Vice President

Kathryn Cerratani  /  kathcerr@gmail.com

  • Recruits and coordinates with committee chairs who support fundraising -  Box Tops and Labels for Education

  • Manages fall fundraising campaign

  • Works with the Treasurer to track and validate Fundraising budget line items

  • Provides tax documentation to donors, where applicable, for charitable contributions made to the Sunrise PTA

  • Coordinates with the VP of Communications to update the Sunrise PTA website on all fundraising activities and affiliate promotions

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COMMUNICATIONS | Website & Social Media

Sara Jack  /  sarajack34@gmail.com

  • Communicates with Sunrise parents via the PTA website regarding PTA events, as well as general school and district information

  • Maintains Social Media account 

  • Maintains the PTA website and keeps content up to date

  • Addresses questions that Sunrise parents submit via the website, directing them to the appropriate board member if necessary

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COMMUNICATIONS | Email & Newsletter

Danielle Wagner  /  danielleb0501@gmail.com

  • Edits weekly PTA Sunriser submissions and forwards them to the Sunrise office

  • Assists in writing Sunriser submissions, kid-mail, and other parent communications when needed

Tessa Holmes

Danielle Wagner /   kimandtom@att.net

2020-2021 PTA COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Legislative Advocate

Sheri Chamberlain

Communicates current legislative issues to members. Collects political input from Sunrise PTA members and represents them at the PTA Legislative Convention. Networks with other local PTA Legislative Advocates

EAP Representative

Karishma Singh-Chowdry

N/A

Welcome Commmittee

Vacant

N/A

Contacts families new to our school, welcoming them and answering questions. Can be an integral point person at Back to School Social Events and Open House.

Box Tops/Labels for Educaiton

Noelle Dockstader

Coordinates the collection of soup labels from families to benefit our school.

Art Docent/Art Night Coordinator

Lisa Kramer & Stephanie Holmes

Recruits art docent parent volunteers for each classroom. Facilitates an educational meeting for art docents, provides them with access to materials and introduces them to the guidebook. Coordinates Art Night which includes ordering flats from the District.

Emergency Preparedness

Mayank Desal

Assists the School Nurse with inventorying and stocking the school disaster container, preparing a budget request with nurse for needed supplies, and attends NSPTA council Disaster Preparedness committee meetings for emergency protocols.

Book Fair

Rani Menon & Cathy Koskela

Works with librarian to recruit volunteers for the Scholastic Fall book fair. This week-long book fair raises money for the library.

Playground Volunteer Coordinator

Brooke Sebastian

Recruits parents and manages schedule for playground volunteers. These volunteers help out during recesses, keeping an eye on activities to ensure fair and safe play. Also coordinates training for recess volunteers with playground teachers.

Talent Show

Vacant

N/A

N/A

Multicultural Night

Vacant

N/A

Advertises event and recruits volunteers for cultural booths. Recruits and organizes volunteers to help with set-up, clean-up, decorating and photo booth.

Special Education Rep

Crystal Allison

N/A

EHMN Liaison

Liz Paruchuru

N/A

Volunteer Coordinator

Girija Antin

Recruits and maintains a pool of volunteers to help during various labor-intensive programs like Picture Day, Health Check-ups, etc.

Employer Match

Vacant

N/A

N/A

Back to School Supplies

Noelle Dockstader

Updates class school supply lists with teachers, coordinates supply kits with school supply company

Safety Committee

Updesh Mahal

N/A

Book Exchange

Brooke Sebastian

Advertises event. Recruits volunteers to help receive, sort, and set up, and “sell” books. Children bring gently used books from home. During the school day, children use credits to “buy” new-to-them books from the exchange. Sometimes books for older children will need to be purchased if not many are brought in for exchange. At the end, every child goes home with a “new” book.

Reflections

Stephanie Holmes

Coordinates the National PTA Reflections program in our school, distributing registration forms, promoting the program and annual theme, finding judges to select projects that go on to the District for further competition. Organizing recognition for the participants.

Back to School Coffee

Vacant

N/A

Works with the PTA Executive Board to plan the Back-to-School Coffee. This event is held the first day on which all students are present, and is a forum for parents to meet and mingle with other parents. Usually coffee and pastries are served in the Activity Rooms or in the outdoor corridor if it’s nice outside.

Dance

Vacant

N/A

Works with 5th graders to plan the event. Advertises event. Recruits and organizes volunteers to sell concessions, decorate, make a photo back-drop, sell tickets (in advance and at the event), and set-up and clean-up.

Northshore Foundation Rep

Vacant

N/A

N/A

Directory

Jenny Webb

Directory – Coordinates with the membership officers and the school’s front office to compile student and family contact information into a directory that is distributed to all PTA members (unless they have requested NO paper copy)

Spiritwear Sales

Gladhyst Chia

N/A

Reader Board

Vacant

N/A

Changes the reader board message once a month.

Community Service

Brooke Sebastian

Organizes Community Serve Day (which is usually held in late August) and donations to Hopelink and other various programs throughout the year. Supports the less advantaged outside of the school through such avenues as a toy drive during the holidays and a coin drive for the summer food bank. Usually a committee of 2 or 3 people.

Library Coordinator

Brooke S., Daylen T., Cathy K. & Noelle D.

Recruits library volunteers by classroom at open house and curriculum night. Provides training for volunteers at the beginning of the year. Coordinates with librarians to organize volunteer shifts, and distributes a calendar of shifts to volunteers on a monthly basis. Volunteers can work 1 time per week or less depending on how many people sign up to volunteer. They check in books, run reports, assist with crafts, check out books to students, and shelf books.

Math Olympiad

Petru Corciova

Coordinates teams in 5tth grade for math competitions, and organizes volunteers to hold practices before or after school for several months leading up to the competitions.

School Play

Denise Perkins & Brooke Frei

Coordinates the Studio East Play production at the school each Fall. Is the point of communication between parents and Studio East. Recruits volunteer chaperones for rehearsals, and provides a list of attendance for each rehearsal. Advertises the event.

Fall Festival

Vacant

N/A

Begins planning the Spring prior to the event. Recruits and organizes volunteers to help set-up, clean-up and oversee stations. Advertises event through email, Facebook, the Sunriser, posters and kid-mail if necessary. This event usually has a cake-walk. Cakes that children submit are judged in the morning and can become a prize for the cake-walk in the evening. This event is usually free. There can be food trucks and games coordinated by the Scouts or by middle school and high school volunteers.

Teacher Appreciation

Christina Hume & Sara Hume

Coordinates monthly luncheons for teachers and staff in the staff lounge hosted by parents of each grade level. Plans and coordinates the December cookie exchange. Plans and coordinates Teacher Appreciation week which is a national event typically held the first week of May. Keeps record of teacher’s favorites.