Get Involved

Parent Engagement

Get Involved!

We are always looking for people to help out. We have a lot of ways for your and your family to pitch in: volunteer, donate money, come to PTA meetings, etc.

Volunteer Your Time

Just 10 minutes here and there makes a huge difference. Can you help us with cook labs, selling books, fundraising, or grant writing? Are you tech-savvy or would like to do a little web design? Not sure how to help? The PTA will work with the school and the volunteers to match you up with tasks.

Email us if you’d like to help out or have an idea for a project:

Donate Money

There are two easy ways to donate money:

  1. To donate by check or money order, please make a check payable to “PS20M PTA Inc” and drop it in the Main Office.
  2. To donate online, simply click on the button below which will take you to our online donation page.

School Tours

School tours will be given by Principal Pinto at various times throughout the year. Feel free to ask questions during the tour or at the Q&A session following the tour.

Schedule Your Visit


  • Oct 26 (Wed) @ 9am (in person)
  • Nov 16 (Wed) @ 9am (in person)
  • Nov 30 (Wed) @ 9am (in person)
  • Dec 14 (Wed) @ 9am (in person)
  • Jan 11 (Wed) @ 9am (in person)
  • Jan 25 (Wed) @ 9am (in person)


Feel free to call us (212-254-9577) to schedule a tour directly, or you can also send us an email ( We look forward to seeing you!

Our Parent Leaders

Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

The PTA officers are a diverse and committed group of parents and who work directly with class parents, teachers, administrators, and staff to improve the learning environment at PS20. We oversee subcommittees and hold family events and raise money to enrich the student experience and to engage our families and school community. We are the collective voice of our parents and teachers. We maintain the parent room and parent resources and much much more.

If you’re interested in helping out, or would like to learn more, email us at, call us at 212.254.9577 (ext 114), or visit us in the Parent Room (112).

Next PTA Meeting

MEETINGS: Our PTA meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month – unless there is a holiday conlfict.

To increase safety, all meetings will be held remotely via video call. Please watch for the Parent Coordinator & Class Parent emails for details & agenda.

Meeting ZOOM link:

All TUE meetings are from 6:00-7:00pm.

  • SEPT 20, 2022 
  • OCT 18, 2022
  • NOV 15, 2022
  • DEC 13, 2022
  • JAN 17, 2023
  • FEB 14, 2023
  • MAR 21, 2023
  • APR 18, 2023
  • MAY 16, 2023
  • JUN 13, 2023


Come to a PTA Meeting

You’ll be surprised about how much is going on: policies, events and news that could impact your child’s education. PTA General Meetings will be held remotely via video call every 3rd Tue of the month from 6:00-7:0pm. All parents and teachers are welcome. Translation is provided. Meeting link and agenda will be emailed out to families prior to the meeting.

Who is on PTA this year?

PTA Executive Board
Jason Stewart – President
Balin Brandt – Vice President
Shantel Brooks– Secretary
Michael Thoms – Treasurer

A general election for officers is held each year at the end of the school year for the upcoming year. All parents and teachers are eligible to run for office. Contact a current officer for details and what’s involved.

Join the PTA

Be heard! We need your involvement. The PTA is only as strong as it’s members. Please consider joining us in making PS 20 the school we all want it to be.

There are no dues, only your time and voice once per month.

I want to join the PTA


Just 10 minutes here and there makes a huge difference. Email us if you’d like to help out or have an idea for a project. Or come to a meeting and raise your hand.


Visit the Parent Room 112

The PTA maintains a working lounge with computers, tables and supplies for parents. Please come by and make use of the facilities.

Our Parent Leaders

School Leadership Team (SLT)

The School Leadership Team (SLT) is a group of people who develop educational policies for our school. They make sure there are resources to support those policies and provide ongoing evaluations of a school’s educational programs and their impact on student achievement. They play an important role in school-based decision-making, helping to make the school’s culture more collaborative.

Who's on the SLT?

There are three members of the school community who must be members of the SLT:

School Principal, Parent Association/Parent-Teacher Association President, and United Federation of Teachers Chapter Leader

The other members are elected parents and staff members. The SLT must have an equal number of parents and staff.

Who are the SLT members this year?

Jackie Benitez

Inna Djaniants

Janet Colon 

William Hawkins

Sue Yee Hubbard

Anina Laroche

Sarah Pinto

Isabel Reyna Torres

Sharon Stapel

Jason Stewart

May-Ling Wong


Can I come to an SLT meeting?
Parents are welcome to attend SLT meetings as observers. If you wish to speak or ask questions, please fill out a card to be addressed at the end of the meeting.
Next SLT Meeting & Agenda

NEXT MEETING: Nov 29, 2022 at 5:45 p.m.


  • UFT: Staff lounge check in
    • Discussion topics:

      • Equity in SDL and MDL

        • Conversation with Spanish and Mandarin teachers

    • CEP goals – attendance and enrollment 

      • Subcommittee report backs

        • Attendance: May-Ling, Sarah, Janet

        • Enrollment: Isabel, Sharon, Sarah, Inna

What is Title 1 funding?

PS 20 is currently a Title 1 funded school. Title 1 provides for additional funding to schools and districts to help address the needs of students from low-income families and bridge the gap between them and other students.

Title I parents are also required to be involved in the school’s planning and evaluation of the Title I program and budget through the Title I Parent Committee (PAC).

More Info on Title 1 Funding & PAC

A Message

From Principal Pinto

"At PS 20, diversity is our strength. We are an un-zoned, multilingual school that is proud to offer Dual Language Mandarin and Dual Language Spanish programs, language enrichment schoolwide, and language classes for parents. Biliteracy, paired with cultural intelligence, is a valuable skill set that will prepare our students to achieve their goals both locally and globally.”"

- Sarah Pinto


Our Blog

School News

This is where you’ll find The Principal’s Letter and other events, announcements, or general happenings at our school.

Principals Letter

Next week is a short week with no school on Thursday and Friday. PS 20 wishes you all a Happy & Healthy Thanksgiving. Please test your child on Sunday, November 27th before returning to school on Monday November 28th for COVID. The school has distributed at home...

Principals Letter

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Next week we will have no school on Tuesday (Election Day) or Friday (Veterans Day). Don't forget to get out and vote. Our local & state politicians make important decisions around school budgets for New York City schools. If you don't know where to vote, use this...

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Telephone: (212) 254-9577


School Hours: M-F: 8:20am - 2:40pm

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