Parent Book Club Committee
The Book Club meets on a monthly basis and is open to all current and alumni parents. The committee will be responsible to lead, organize, and build awareness in the community for participation. In addition, the committee works with faculty member Dr. John Griffin to offer seminar-format discussion on parenting related topics. See the school calendar for dates. Participants vote on a new book each month and enjoy a variety of book selections.
Chairs: Ana Martin and Maggie Ricart
Staff and Teacher Appreciation Committee
This committee organizes parent volunteers to show how much we value and appreciate our faculty, staff and administrators for all the time and effort they dedicate to teaching and supporting our students. Activities include either monthly or week long celebrations and gifts of bread at Thanksgiving and gift cards for the holidays.
Chairs: Jessica Lopez, Daphne Martino, Helida Dodd
Falcon Spirit Club
This club supports the Athletic and Spirit programs at PTS. It's all about PTS pride and school spirit! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to get involved in the Spirit Club. Ways to help include serving as Team Parent, joining the Dad's Club, assisting with athletic events such as Homecoming, Spirit Days, Awards Banquets, BBQ's, Tailgate parties and working the Falcon's Nest concession stand.
Chairs: Beth Lazar and Angelica Lang
Fine Arts Committee
The role of the Fine Arts committee is to increase awareness of significant art, drama and music department activities within the school and parent community. Working in collaboration with the PTS Communications department and Fine Arts teachers, the committee will assist with volunteer development and coordination, publicity and public relations.
Chairs: Monique Befeler - Lead & Theater, Susan Trujillo - Theater, Diane Lary - Visual Arts, Maria Lombardo - Guitar, Amy de la Cruz - Chorus, Belkis Freedman - Band
Middle School Student Social Committee
This committee will be charged with working with the Middle School Head to plan, coordinate and execute social activities for Middle School students throughout the year. Events can include but are not limited to the following: Movie night, game night, school dances, lock-ins, and barbeques.
Chairs: Lisa Tannebaum, Bekki Haggard, Megan Kleber, Kelly Fullerton
Grade Level Coordinators
Grade Coordinators are responsible for building community in their class. One of the primary responsibilities of the GC’s is to act as a liaison between the PTPA and parents by relaying timely and accurate communications. GC’s will be responsible for welcoming and assisting with the transition of the new families into the community. GC’s may be asked to assist with the planning of social gatherings throughout the year and should be prepared to support and assist with the staff and teacher appreciation celebrations.
Coordinators: 6th Grade - Lani Drody, Priya Panjabi, Katie Petros. 7th Grade - Raquel Fernandez, Karen Wagshul, Rossana Cardoso. 8th Grade - Sara Fumagalli, Daiana Diez, Jessica Lopez. 9th Grade - Ilaria Barreto, Silvia Messmacher, Jenny Nader. 10th Grade - Maggie Ricart, Natasha Ludwig, Claudia Alegrett. 11th Grade - Alona Lebowitz, Lauren Sondon, Debbie Elwaw. 12th Grade - Ines Nicholls, Mimi Fernandez, Diane Lary
Helping Hands Committee
This committee is charged with working closely with the school Chaplain and administration as an outreach to the PTS community. Activities include, but are not limited to: acknowledging personal and team accomplishments, supporting members of the community facing crisis, and celebrating life events in the community. This committee will also provide other PTPA/Boosters committees with last minute assistance on their events. Members of this committee may also be asked to help PTS staff with office duties.
Chair: Monique Befeler
This committee is responsible for organizing the Holiday Party under the direction of the PTPA Executive Committee and the Director of Parents Relations.
Chairs: Alicia Llanos, Daphne Martino, Sara Fumagalli
International Festival Committee
Palmer Trinity School’s signature event, the International Festival, celebrates our vibrant multicultural community and highlights the school’s commitment to multiculturalism. This committee is responsible for planning, organizing, and orchestrating the Festival which showcases all that makes this community a dynamic international crossroad. The Festival is a daylong event that unites our Palmer Trinity family with the community at large. This is a day that celebrates our diversity with musical performances, art exhibits, food booths, a handicrafts bazaar, and various games and activities from around the world.
Chairs: Claudia Rey, Vivian Cortinas, Ines Nicholls, Maggie Porto, Elizabeth Bellande, Silvia Messmacher
The Parent Mentor committee will be charged with working closely with the admissions office, new families, and returning families that have new students with the transition to the PTS community. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: attending mentor training, contacting and meeting assigned families before the start of school and throughout the year, and personal invitations to attend grade and community events.
Chairs: Ines Nicholls, Claudia Rey, Vivian Cortinas, Belkis Freedman
Parent Education Committee
This committee brings parents together to inform, empower and support each other on topics related to the health and well-being of our students. Current programs include the monthly Parent-to- Parent coffees on parenting topics, and speaker forums.
Chair: Margie Shanti and Cecilia Waldman
PTS SERVING THE COMMUNITY
This committee provides an opportunity for parent volunteers to support PTS’s rich array of community service initiatives. In addition, the committee works closely with the school administration and the Director of Student Affairs, Susi Cetta, to support service projects throughout the school year.
Community Service Committee
Chair: Claudia Negron and Maggie Porto
Breakthrough Miami Committee
This committee provides assistance to Breakthrough Miami, a not-for-profit organization that partners with Palmer Trinity. Breakthrough Miami offers academic enrichment to motivated middle-school students from underserved communities. Committee responsibilities includes support for the on and off campus events, assistance in the classroom, and supplying snacks to the students of the program. The committee works under the guidance of Breakthrough Miami’s onsite Director and the Director of Student Affairs, Susi Cetta.
Chair: Mimi Fernandez and Lisa Tannebaum