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. (preferred) 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


  • December 3 @ 9am (in person)
  • December 8 @ 9am (in person)
  • December 15 @ 9am (in person)

Note: you must be vaccinated to enter our building and you must fill out a health screen questionnaire.


  • January 7th @ 9am (virtual tour)
  • January 12th @ 9am (virtual  tour)

Note: virtual tours will be conducted via ZOOM and require a smartphone or computer with internet access to attend.


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 2nd Tuesday of every month. 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:

We also have a “pop-up” PTA table the Wed morning after a meeting for people who missed the meeting, have questions, just want to say ‘hi’, etc.

All TUE meetings are from 6:00-7:00pm.
All WED pop-ups are from 8:30-9:30am.

  • SEPT
    Tue Sept 14th 2021 (General PTA Meeting)

    Wed Sept 15th 2021 (PTA Pop-up Table)
    (Meeting Recording)
  • OCT
    Tue Oct 12th 2021 (General PTA Meeting)

    Wed Oct 13th 2021 (PTA Pop-up Table)
  • NOV
    Tue Nov 9th 2021 (General PTA Meeting)

    Wed Sept 10th 2021 (PTA Pop-up Table)
  • DEC
    Tue Dec 14th 2021 (General PTA Meeting)

    Wed Dec 15th 2021 (PTA Pop-up Table)
  • JAN
    Tue Jan 11th 2022 (General PTA Meeting)

    Wed Jan 12th 2022 (PTA Pop-up Table)
  • FEB
    Tue Feb 8th 2022 (General PTA Meeting)

    Wed Feb 9th 2022 (PTA Pop-up Table)
  • MAR
    Tue Mar 8th 2022 (General PTA Meeting)

    Wed Mar 9th 2022 (PTA Pop-up Table)
  • APR
    Tue Apr 12th 2022 (General PTA Meeting)

    Wed Apr 13th 2022 (PTA Pop-up Table)
  • MAY
    Tue Feb 10th 2022 (General PTA Meeting)

    Wed Feb 11th 2022 (PTA Pop-up Table)
  • JUN (Both meetings held Tue in June)
    Tue Jun 15th 2022 (General PTA Meeting)

    Tue Jun 15th 2022 (PTA Pop-up Table)


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 2nd 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
Kirsten Williams – Secretary
Grace Pai – 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

Under normal conditions, the PTA maintains a working lounge with computers, tables and supplies for parents. During the pandemic, the parent room is closed for the safety of the community. We will re-open once it is safe to do so.

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 parent members this year?
Jason Stewart (PTA Rep)
May Ling Wong (Chair)
Kirsten Williams
Shaqwanna Mayers
Balin Brandt
Sue Hubbard
Agueda Conccepcion
Who are the staff members this year?

Sarah Pinto (Principal)
William Hawkins (UFT Rep)
Christine Drago (Teacher)
Inna Djaniants (Teacher)
Jackie Benitiz (Parraprofessional)
Isabel Reyna-Torres (Teacher)
Vacant (Teacher)
Vacant (Teacher)

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

September 28th, 2021 – First SLT Meeting of the school year.

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 November 19th, 2021

Greetings,  Our morning program is up and running.  This past week, many students have come each day at 7:30am to get additional targeted academic support in literacy.  We have also begun to invite students after school on Wed, Thur, and Friday from 3-4pm for academic...

Principals Letter November 12th, 2021

Greetings,  PS 20 offers many services to families.  This month’s PTA meeting featured members of the school based mental health clinic that works with families and students.  In addition, we have 2 social workers, 2 guidance counselors, a fully stocked food pantry,...

Principals Letter November 5th, 2021

Greetings,  On Monday starting at 7am to 11am, PS 20 will be hosting a Vaccination Pop Up for students ages 5-11 years old.  An adult must accompany students into the building and wear a mask at all times.  If you are asking  a family member, who is not the legal...

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Location: ​166 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

Telephone: (212) 254-9577


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

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