• The 2020-2021 Elementary PTA

    • Co-Presidents Moriah Paredes and Mariah Karpavicius
    • Co-Vice Presidents Jeanne Laurita, Julie Afanasewicz, Ruth Henry, Lindsay Thorton, Marieclaire Hall, Alycia Blaeser
    • Recording Secretary Dana Aquafredda
    • Corresponding Secretary Norah Windhausen
    • Treasurer Mari Rella

    Email address: EPTA@Obenschools.org 

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    2020-21 PTA meetings (Meetings are being held virtually)

    October 8, 7:30 pm 

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    December 4, 9:30 am

    January 21, 9:30 am

    March 19, 9:30 am

    May 6, 7:30 pm

    June 11, 9:30 am



    What you should know about bullying

    How to make sure your child doesn't become bully

    What you can do about bullying

    Where you can go

    PTA Resolution Against Bullying

    Whereas, Bullying in schools is a pervasive problem that can have negative consequences for the school climate and for the right of students to learn in a safe environment without fear, and one that can have negative lifelong consequences, both for students who bully and for their targets; and

    Whereas, Bullying is comprised of direct behaviors such as teasing, taunting, threatening, hitting, and stealing that are initiated by one or more students against a target, as well as indirect behaviors such as spreading rumors and acting in other ways to cause a student to be socially isolated through intentional exclusion, with all such behaviors, direct or indirect, amounting to physical or psychological intimidation occurring repeatedly over time to create an ongoing pattern of harassment and abuse; and

    Whereas, Bullying other children and being the target of bullies are considered risk factors for youth violence by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and other relevant organizations, and bullies whose behavior goes unchallenged risk ending up as violent adults, engaging in domestic violence and child abuse; and

    Whereas, Bullying for too long has gone unchallenged, with parents, who are often unaware of the bullying problem, neglecting to talk about it with their children; with students feeling that adult intervention is infrequent and ineffective and will only bring more harassment from bullies; and with school personnel viewing bullying as a harmless rite of passage that is best ignored; and

    Whereas, Those who stand by passively watching or actively encouraging bullying are also affected by these hostile acts; they encourage bullying by creating an audience, they may become desensitized to cruelty, they may learn to imitate bullying behavior and become bullies themselves, and/or they may be fearful for their own safety, adding to their own insecurity; therefore be it

    Resolved, That National PTA and its constituent organizations support policies and programs that address the prevention, intervention, and elimination of bullying; and

    Resolved, That National PTA and its constituent organizations endeavor, via educational literature, programs, and projects for parents, students, and school personnel, to bring about an atmosphere of zero tolerance for bullying behavior, and an attitude that bullying behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in homes, schools, playgrounds, buses, school activities, or any place children congregate; and be it further

    Resolved, That National PTA and its constituent organizations work with the appropriate agencies and organizations in a national effort to inform the general public about the risks and cost of bullying for both the bully and the target, as well as those who witness bullying, and bring about a change in societal attitudes toward bullying


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    Standards, Testing, and the Whole Child 

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    Carbon Monoxide - The Silent Killer



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    PTA Board Positions & Responsibilites

     Co-Presidents – One representative from Roosevelt and one representative from Vernon will be elected.                            

    • Facilitate over all monthly association meetings, the executive board and committee(s).            
    • Sign and execute all contracts, agreements or other obligations.                                         
    • Collaborate with principals in monthly meeting.
    • Prepare monthly meeting agenda in conjunction with PTA board secretary.
    • Attend PTA Monthly meetings and BOE Meetings.
    • Work closely with Treasurer on Budgets and monthly reporting.
    • Responsible to address all PTA emails and mail correspondence
    • Attend PTA Council meetings and monthly PTA Board Meetings

    Vice-President(s) –           Six representatives will be elected.         

    • Act as aide to the president.                                                                                  
    • Perform the duties of the president in their absence.                                      
    • Oversee committees, and communicates with them throughout the year.
    • Communicate on behalf of committee chairs unable to attend meeting.
    • Attend Monthly PTA and PTA Board Meetings and BOE Meetings.

     Corresponding Secretary – One representative from Roosevelt and one representative from Vernon will be elected.     Please indicate school.                                     

    • Conduct the correspondence of the association under the direction of the president.                 
    • Maintain a file of all correspondence of the association.        
    • Send notices of meetings in either paper or email to members.
    • Attend Monthly PTA and PTA Board Meetings and BOE meetings.

    Recording Secretary – Two representatives will be elected.     There is a recording secretary for morning and one for night meetings.                      

    • Assist president to prepare monthly meeting agenda.                                     
    • Record and maintain a permanent file of the minutes of all meetings of the association.                       
    • Oversee committees, and communicates with them throughout the year.
    • Communicate on behalf of committee chairs unable to attend meeting.
    • Attend Monthly PTA and PTA Board meetings and BOE Meetings.

     Treasurer – One representative covering both schools.

    • Keep a full and accurate account of receipts and expenditures.
    • Make disbursements as authorized by board and budget adoption.
    • Present financial statements at every meeting and whenever requested by board members.
    • Complete budget, general ledger and treasurer's reports.
    • Inform committee chairs of budgets.
    • Fill all forms required by IRS and NYS agencies.
    • Have account examined annually by a professional auditor.
    • Attend Monthly PTA and PTA Board Meetings and BOE Meetings.