Closter PTO Committees

Please consider joining one or more of the below Closter PTO committees or signing up for our call as needed list.

We need your help to make these events and activites great for our kids, schools and community! 

To join a committee:

  • Log into your account on the Closter PTO website
  • Navigate to the "Volunteer" menu
  • Scroll through the committee list and check the boxes for the committees that you would like to participate in and submit your form
  • The committee chairs will reach out to you with next steps

For more information on any of the committees, free to contact the committee chairs directly at the emails listed. 

Thank you for your continued support!  

2017-2018 - CALL AS NEEDED
Chair:   Please contact any member of the PTO Board
Description:  

Not sure how you can help? No matter how little or how much time you have - WE ALWAYS NEED MORE PARENT VOLUNTEERS! Sign up for our volunteer opportunity list or reach out to any PTO board member to discuss any open roles!

 
Porch Light Studios
Chair:   Melissa Morrison- melissalindemorrison@gmail.com
Description:  

Porch Light and the Closter PTO present one yearly muscial production. Students have an opportunity to display their talents by acting, dancing, and singing or work behind the scene as a member of the tech crew.

If you would like to volunteer, please email Melisas Morrision at melissalindemorrison@gmail.com 

 
Annual Dinner Dance
Chair:   Felice Dhan
Description:  

Join fellow Closter parents, teachers, and community members for a fun evening of dinner and dancing while supporting our schools. A large number of volunteers are needed in various roles to make this event a success! Please contact Felice Dhan at felicecooper@aol.com for more information! 

 

 
Book Fairs - Hillside
Chair:   Sharon Perlman and Mor Gil-Hefetz
Description:  

Help support Fall and Spring book fairs by setting up, managing payments and organizing a diverse collection of Scholastic books for purchase for students, teachers, and parents alike! For more information or to volunteer please contact:

Mor Gil-Hefetz- morgilhefetz@gmail.com

 

 
Book Fairs - Tenakill
Chair:   Claudia Houck, Sue Argenziano and Teresa Davis
Description:  

Help support Fall and Spring book fairs by setting up, managing payments and organizing a diverse collection of Scholastic books for purchase for students, teachers, and parents alike! For more information or to volunteer please contact:

Claudia Houck- chouck@optonline.net

Sue Argenziano- sueargen@optonline.net

Teresa Davis- tmdavis314@verizon.net 

 
Daddy-Daughter Dance
Chair:   Venessa Bokser and Melissa Morrison
Description:  

Please join us for the Daddy-Daughter Dance - a special evening for girls to celebrate with their father or another special adult in their lives! For more information or to voluntter, please contact:

Venessa Bokser- venessabokser@hotmail.com

Melissa Morrison- melissalindemorrison@gmail.com

 

 
Fall Parent Social
Chair:   Michele Bhagat and Catherine Ro
Description:  

Please join us for an evening of fun and mingling with other Closter parents!  For more information or to volunteer contact:

Michele Bhagat-  michele.bhagat@gmail.com

Catherine Ro- ro.catherine@gmail.com

 

 

 
Family Portrait Night
Chair:   TBD
Description:  

Say cheese! Help organize our annual Family Portrait Night fundraiser. Support our schools by taking a nice family portrait, preserving great memories and getting a jump start on preparing your holiday card! If you are interested in chairing this committee or volunteering, please contact:

Angela Ferullo- angeladedonato@aol.com

Lukshmi Puttanniah- lputtanniah@gmail.com

 

 
Military Bridge Night
Chair:   Eileen Smith and Sue Argenziano
Description:  

An annual tradition and always a memorable night out filled with fun, laughter, fair play and wonderful raffle baskets to support our schools! For more information or to voluntter, please contact:

Eileen Smith- enesmith94@gmail.com

Sue Argenziano- sueargen@optonline.net 

 

 
Mother-Son Dance
Chair:   Joann Hildenbrand and Queenie Pae
Description:  

Please join us for our annual Mother-Son Dance - a special evening for boys to celebrate with their mothers or another special adult in thier lives! For more information or to volunteer, please contact:

Joann Hildenbrand- jmcniff@optonline.net 

Queenie Pae- queenielaiki@hotmail.com

 

 
Mothers Day Plant Sale
Chair:   Kristin Schwartz
Description:  

Mother’s Day wouldn’t be complete without flowers. We give the children the opportunity to purchase flowers to bring home to their mom! This is a wonderful event for all the children and parents to enjoy. For more information or to volunteer, please contact:

Kristen Schwartz-kschwanderson@hotmail.com

 

 
Art to Remember
Chair:   Katerina Nikolov, Freida Arias-Toplian, Jeanette Lee
Description:  

Look back at and treasure your child’s growth through artwork! Art to Remember gives you the opportunity to order wonderful memorabilia displaying your child’s original artwork. We also are always looking for volunteers to come into the Art classes to help students with their projects. Stay tuned for more information - and keep an eye out for order forms, which will be sent home late fall!

For more information or to volunteer, please contact:

Katerina Nikolov- cat7510@hotmail.com

Freida Arias- Topalian- freidarn@gmail.com

Jeanette Lee- jeanettelee429@gmail.com

 

 
Box Top Collection
Chair:   Vinni Sabnani and Bethanne Veras
Description:  

Get ready to cut those BoxTops! Go to www.boxtops4education.com for a list of your favorite foods which carry the Box Tops logo.  Remember, the classroom that collects the most wins a surprise gift! All proceeds from the collection go directly back to the Closter schools. For more information, please contact:

Vinni Sabnani- vinnisabnani@gmail.com

Bethanne Veras- bethyv@msn.com

 

 
CLO Magnets
Chair:   Amy Goldstein
Description:  

Show your Closter pride on your car (or any other metal or magnetic surface) with your very own CLO magnet! Please contact Amy Goldstein to purchase magnets:

Amy Goldstein- amynickgoldstein@gmail.com 

 
Spirit Clothing - Hillside
Chair:   Queenie Pae
Description:  

The Closter PTO also offers Spirit Clothing for Hillside School in the school colors RED & WHITE!   Look cool in school and show your HES school spirit!

For more information, contact:

Queenie Pae- queenielaiki@hotmail.com

 
School store and spirit clothing - Tenakill
Chair:   Stefani Greenspan, Judy Terner and Kara Yako
Description:  

Show your Tenakill Middle School pride with spirit clothing and items for sale in our new school store!  For more information, please contact:

Kara Yako (Tenakill school store)- karayako@gmail.com

Stefani Greenspan (Spirit clothing)- stefgreenspan@gmail.com

Judy Terner (Spirit clothing)- ternerj@verizon.net 

 

 
Coupon Books Fundraiser
Chair:   Debbi Kraner and Lauren Bottieri
Description:  

Raise money for Closter Schools while saving money on food, activities, clothing, shoes, and so much more at local merchants. Support-A-Circle Coupon Books are filled with great coupons to your favorite local merchants. You also receive a unique online access code to unlock more than 80+ digital coupons. For more information, please contact:

Debbi Kraner- debbi@manhattanliving.com

Lauren Bottieri- LBottieri914@hotmail.com

 

 
School Supply Kits
Chair:   Ellen Lutvak
Description:  

Make back-to-school shopping easier and more convenient by ordering one of our grade-specific school supply kits, with all items confirmed on the Hillside and Tenakill teacher lists! For questions regarding school supplies, please contact Ellen Lutvak- ellenlutvak@yahoo.com

 

 
After School Enrichment Program (ASEP)
Chair:   Erika Srinivasan Xia Yuan, and Inbar Yodfat
Description:  

The Closter PTO offers an After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) at Hillside Elementary School and at Tenakill Middle School in the Fall and Winter. ASEP is sponsored and administered by the Closter PTO. It is not a school program. We offer an incredible variety of classes and activities, including yoga, chess, mad science, magic, photography, art, nature, and sports. Classes will run from 3:20-4:20 PM at Hillside, for 2 8-week sessions (fall and winter). More information will be available online, including class descriptions and registration, in early September. For any questions, please contact the ASEP coordinators: 

Xia Yuan - yuanxia78@gmail.com

Erika Srinivasan - erikattt@yahoo.com

Inbar Yodfat- inbarr@gmail.com

 
Bicycle Safety Course
Chair:   Vinay Puttanniah and Erik Chu
Description:  

Join the Closter Police as they conduct a bicycle safety course for HES and TMS students. Kids will learn ways to ride safer and smarter. Be on the lookout for more details about this important event in the spring! For more information or to volunteer, please contact:

Vinay Puttanniah- vputtanniah@hotmail.com

Erik Chu- erikpchu@gmail.com

 
BINGO Night
Chair:   Angela Ferullo and Felice Dhan
Description:  

BINGO spells a night of Fun and Prizes for Hillside 1st through 4th graders! If you would like to volunteer, please contact: 

Felice Dhan- felicecooper@aol.com

Angela Ferullo- angeladedonato@aol.com

 
Class Parents -HES & TMS
Chair:   Venessa Bokser and Rosemary Tristani (Hillside), Maria Matos (Tenakill)
Description:  

Get involved in supporting your child's teacher in the classroom as a Class Parent! A wonderful opportunity to visit school and be involved in activities such as class parties, field trips, and other events. 

 

 
Halloween Costume Exchange
Chair:   TBD
Description:  

Get your trick or treaters ready for Halloween! Bring your old and outgrown costumes and exchange for tickets that can be used towards other "like new" costumes! 

If you are interested in chairing this committee or for more information, please contact:

Angela Ferullo- angeladedonato@aol.com

Lukshmi Puttanniah- lputtanniah@gmail.com

 

 
Halloween Fair
Chair:   Jennifer Stern
Description:  

It’s a spooky and spectacular Halloween Fair at the Tenakill Gym after the Closter Boro Halloween parade! For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Stern- jenniferhoehn@yahoo.com

 
Hillside and Tenakill Author Visits
Chair:   Pam Bern and Venessa Bokser
Description:  

An enriching educational experience for Hillside and Tenakill students which brings authors to school to read books and provide signed copies for purchase for students! For inquiries, please contact:

Pam Bern- pammibitt@gmail.com

Venessa Bokser- venessabokser@hotmail.com

 

 
Hillside Birthday Book Club
Chair:   Lukshmi Puttanniah
Description:  

The Birthday Book Club provides special opportunity to honor your child’s birthday with a book donation to the Hillside School Library. What a wonderful, memorable way to support our school library!!

For more information, contact

Lukshmi Puttanniah- lputtanniah@gmail.com

 
Cultural Arts - Hillside
Chair:   Jiah Park
Description:  

This committee helps to plan various cultural events and assemblies at Hillside School over the course of the school year. 

For more information, contact:

Jiah Park - jessicaparktalk@hotmail.com

 
Cultural Arts - Tenakill
Chair:   TBD - Please contact the board if you're interested in chairing
Description:  

This committee helps to plan various cultural activities and assemblies at Tenakill over the course of the school year. 

If you are interested in chairing this committee or for more information, please contact:

Angela Ferullo- angeladedonato@aol.com

Lukshmi Puttanniah- lputtanniah@gmail.com

 
Hillside Grade T-Shirts
Chair:   Queenie Pae and Michele Wong
Description:  

We are delighted to be offering you the opportunity to purchase Grade T-Shirts for the upcoming year. Each grade (K-4) has a unique color and has the Hillside logo on the front left and our PTO logo on the back. Wear these t-shirts throughout the year and during school activities, such as class trips. Adults sizes are also available. For inquiries, please contact:

Queenie Pae-queenielaiki@hotmail.com 

Michele Wong- pinkshade@gmail.com 

 
Movie Night
Chair:   Annmarie Colwell and Jeanette Watters
Description:  

A fun and entertaining evening, where kids bring their sleeping bags and pillows to watch a move with friends in the Hillside Gym. Popcorn and beverages served! For more information, please contact:

Ann Marie Colwell- annmariecolwell@verizon.net

Jeanette Watters-  jeanetteandtom@hotmail.com

 

 

 
Recess Equipment
Chair:   Shiran Slutzky
Description:  

This committee provides sporting and other outdoor activity equipment for our students to use during recess. 

For more information, please contact

Shiran Slutzky - shiran@slutzkys.com

 
Spelling Bee
Chair:   Pnina Socoletzky-Tal
Description:  

Join us for the Closter PTO's annual Spelling Bee. Please stay tuned for more details. 

For more information, please contact:

Pnina Socoletzky-Tal - pninga@gmail.com

 
Spring Fair
Chair:   Kristin Schwartz and Tamara Schwartz
Description:  

A day of family fun, which includes sporting activities, demonstrations, crafts, vendors, music, and food! This event requires many volunteers tobe a success! For more information, please contact:

Kristin Schwartz- kschwanderson@hotmail.com

Tamara Schwartz- tmcschwartz@verizon.net

 
Talent Show at Hillside
Chair:   Angela Ferullo, Alison Kenny, and Jeanette Watters
Description:  

Time for the children to show off one of their many hidden talents! A family evening of entertainment filled with performances by our own rising stars!

For more information, please contact:

Angela Ferullo - angeladedonato@aol.com

Alison Kenny - alisondkenny@gmail.com

Jeannette Watters - jeanetteandtom@hotmail.com

 
Talent Show at Tenakill
Chair:   Kristin Schwartz and Tamara Schwartz
Description:  

Time for the children to show off one of their many hidden talents! A family evening of entertainment filled with performances by our own rising stars!

For more information, contact:

Kristin Schwartz- kschwanderson@hotmail.com

Tamara Schwartz- tmcschwartz@verizon.net

 

 
Trivia Night
Chair:   Niti Agarwal and Rose Frasco
Description:  

Please join us for our Annual Trivia Night Ultimate Brain Challenge "Live" TV Game Show for grades 1-4. Prizes for everyone!

For more information, please contact:

Niti Agarwal - Niti_a@mindspring.com

Rose Frasco - eyeball2001@yahoo.com

 
Hillside Monday ASEP (After-School Enrichment Program)
Chair:   Xia Yuan, Erika Srinivasan, and Michele Wong
Description:  

ASEP is an after-school enrichment program for all elementary grades. We offer an incredible variety of classes including yoga, mad science, arts, cards games, nature and sports. We run two 8 week sessions, one in the Fall and one in the Winter. Classes run from 3:20 p.m to 4:20 p.m. at Hillside School. Class descriptions and registration forms will be online in early September. Priority placement is given to PTO Members.

 
Hillside Tuesday ASEP (After-School Enrichment Program)
Chair:   Xia Yuan, Erika Srinivasan, and Michele Wong
Description:  

ASEP is an after-school enrichment program for all elementary grades. We offer an incredible variety of classes including yoga, mad science, arts, cards games, nature and sports. We run two 8 week sessions, one in the Fall and one in the Winter. Classes run from 3:20 p.m to 4:20 p.m. at Hillside School. Class descriptions and registration forms will be online in early September. Priority placement is given to PTO Members.

 
Hillside Wednesday ASEP (After-School Enrichment Program)
Chair:   Xia Yuan, Erika Srinivasan, and Michele Wong
Description:  

ASEP is an after-school enrichment program for all elementary grades. We offer an incredible variety of classes including yoga, mad science, arts, cards games, nature and sports. We run two 8 week sessions, one in the Fall and one in the Winter. Classes run from 3:20 p.m to 4:20 p.m. at Hillside School. Class descriptions and registration forms will be online in early September. Priority placement is given to PTO Members.

 
Hillside Monday Lunches
Chair:   Alka Srinivasan and Liz Fanelli
Description:  

If you would like to volunteer to serve lunch on Mondays at Hillside, pleae contact:

Alka Srinivasan- alkasrinivasan@yahoo.com 

Liz Fanelli- elizabeth.fanelli@gmail.com

 

 
Hillside Tuesday Lunches
Chair:   Kara Yako and Sung Min Lee
Description:  

If you would like to volunteer to serve lunch on Tuesdays at Hillside, please contact:

Kara Yako- karayako@gmail.com 

Sung Min Lee- s_min78@hotmail.com

 

 
Hillside Wednesday Lunches
Chair:   George Yako and Annmarie Colwell
Description:  

If you would like to volunteer to serve lunch on Wednesdays at Hillside, please contact:

George Yako- georgeyako1@gmail.com 

Annmarie Colwell- annmariecolwell@gmail.com

 
Hillside Thursday Lunches
Chair:   Janice Yeoh and Queenie Pae
Description:  

If you would like to volunteer to serve lunch on Thursdays at Hillside, please contact:

Janice Yeoh- yeohjanice@gmail.com

Queenie Pae at queenielaiki@hotmail.com 

 
Hillside Friday Lunches
Chair:   Jera Randesi and Melody Finkelstein
Description:  

If you would like to volunteer to serve lunch on Fridays at Hillside, please contact:

Jera Randesi- jerande6@aol.com

Melody Finkelstein- mrsfink@gmail.com

 

 
Tenakill Monday Lunches
Chair:   Jeanette Watters
Description:  

Please contact Jeanette Watters at jeanetteandtom@hotmail.com if you would like to volunteer to serve lunch at Tenakill on Monday.

 
Tenakill Tuesday Lunches
Chair:   Sue Argenziano
Description:  

Please contact Sue Argenziano at sueargen@optonline.net if you would like to serve lunch at Tenakill on Tuesdays. 

 
Tenakill Wednesday Lunches
Chair:   Ellen Lutvak
Description:  

Please contact Ellen Lutvak at ellenlutvak@yahoo.com if you would like to volunteer to serve lunch at Tenakill on Wednesdays. 

 
Tenakill Thursday Lunches
Chair:   Kara Yako and Sue Argenziano
Description:  

Please contact Kara Yako at karayako@hotmail.com or Sue Argenziano at sueargen@optonline.net if you would like to volunteer to serve lunch at Tenakill on Thursdays. 

 
Tenakill Friday Lunches
Chair:   Jeannie Ross
Description:  

Please contact Jeannie Ross at jeannieross@optonline.net if you would like to volunteer to serve lunch on Friday at Tenakill.

 



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