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The Byrd HSA is a terrific way to become more involved in your child’s elementary school experience and become part of the Byrd School Community. We have opportunities for people who want to be actively involved, at all levels of time commitment. 

Byrd HSA Presidents

Chair:   Melissa Strauss and Liz Tullo

The Co-Presidents oversee the HSA Board and ensure that HSA activities have the resources and tools necessary to run smoothly. They conduct monthly board meetings and several general meetings throughout the year. The Co-Presidents also meet with school administration on a regular basis to stay in touch with school happenings and needs. Each Co-President serves a two-year-term.

Honey Day Lunch
Chair:   tbd

Coordinate lunch Orders thru Honey Day


VP Administration/Community

Chair:   Suzanne Nathanson & Christa Folco

The 1st VP of Administration/Community oversees the following student enrichment committees & programs, listed below. Chairs and volunteers for each committee are listed individually.



Author Days

Chair:   Christa Folco & Mary Brennan

Assists media specialist with preparation and welcoming of notable authors who visit Byrd School.


Birthday Books

Chair:   Mary Brennan & Kristen Hochleutner

Board of Ed (BOE) Rep

Chair:   Rotates through HSA board

Attend B.O.E. meetings and reports back to the H.S.A.


Brick Fundraiser

Chair:   Samantha Neretich

Byrd Mascot Coordinator

Chair:   Kristen Ferrara

Caring & Sharing

Chair:   Mary Castenada & Megan Jolin

Activities include:

1) Distributing toys/books/needed items to local hospital for children in need

2) Collecting Halloween candy for donation

3) Coordinating and publicizing other charitable efforts

Time frame: 3-4 hours for each activity

Commitment: flexible, can be done after school hours


Communications & Webmaster

Chair:   Liz Tullo

Update Byrd HSA website with daily activities and events.  Generate reports for all committees.


Class Parent Coordinators

Chair:   Laura Beit-Zuri & Yoobin Yoon

Duties include:

1) Serving as the liaison between the HSA Board and the class parents

2) Coordinating class parent assignments and explaining responsibilities



DEI Committee

Chair:   Maggie Jacoby & Jackie DeVore

Environmental Committee

Chair:   Melissa Strauss & Manda Perrone

Multicultural Night

Chair:   open

Playground Committee

Chair:   Liz Tullo & Flor Giron

Duties include:

1) Researching and recommending new equipment Byrd School needs for the playground

2) Reporting on equipment and pricing for HSA Exec Board

3) As needed, purchasing supplies for playground

4) Communicating with parents/students about their wish lists


New Family Liason

Chair:   Rebecca McDonald & Linda Yoo

Organize a social event for new families in the summer before school starts


SEPAC Liason

Chair:   Kristen Hochleutner

Helps organize and attends S.E.P.A.C. (Special Education Parent Advisory Councils) meetings and reports back to the HSA.


Staff Appreciations Committee

Chair:   Pooja Dharia & Kristen Hochleutner

Teacher Appreciation Week

Chair:   Laura Beit-Zuri, Susan Lee, & Louise Kennan

Duties include:

1) Planning a catered luncheon for teachers and staff in early May

2) Coordinating donations from parents for small, needed teacher appreciation gifts during the teacher appreciation week

3) Implementing another teacher appreciation initiatives


School Wish List

Chair:   Melissa Strauss

Thank You Luncheon for Volunteers

Chair:   Linda Yoo & Jennifer Chiang


Chair:   Michele Keller

Wellness Committee

Chair:   Keara Kumler and Megan Jolin

Welcome Back Coffee

Chair:   Linda Yoo & Samantha Neretich

Set up a table outside on the lawn with coffee and donuts for parents to enjoy after drop-off the first day of school.


Welcome Back Staff Luncheon

Chair:   Keara Kumler

Plans a catered luncheon to welcome back the staff to school during the the first week of school.


100th day of School

Chair:   Mary Brennan & Jennifer Chiang

VP Activities

Chair:   Kristen Ferrara & Rebecca Molnar

The 2nd VP of Activities coordinates family activities of the Byrd HSA, as listed below.Chairs and volunteers for each committee are listed individually.


All School Pool Party

Chair:   Danielle Plant, Carlin Laginestra, Lynette Hare, Kara Cretsinger, Suzanne Nathanson, Mary Gray,& Nicole Spencer

The best way to celebrate the end of the year is at the Byrd Pool party at the Glen Rock Pool! There will be games, snacks, pizza, a DJ and of course, lots of swimming! This Chair will coordinate all the logistics behind the pool party and ensure enough volunteers for set up/clean up! This is a Byrd family event.


Art Show Coordinator

Chair:   Jackie DeVore, Rebecca Molnar, & Kristen Hochleutner

This team will work with Ms. Tahan to organize an event in the Spring to showcase Byrd students' artwork to be viewed by attendees after the Byrd Spring Concert.


Art to Remember

Chair:   Flor Giron

Art to Remember helps parents and schools preserve children’s artwork and support art education through custom-printed keepsakes. These Chairs will work with Ms. Tahan to help upload images of children’s art work that can be purchased as custom-printed keepsakes to treasure forever. Perfect gifts for Winter Holidays!


BINGO/Game Night

Chair:   Susan McNair

Bingo Night is a Byrd tradition when families come together to try to win prizes, see their teachers, and make some memories!


Byrd Broadway

Chair:   Jess Goldman

Byrd Dance

Chair:   Suzanne Nathan & Lynette Hare

57 years in the making and one of the biggest fundraisers at Byrd! Byrd Dance is a favorite among Byrd students and families alike. The program was initially created to offer affordable dance lessons for children to do after school and has been an ongoing success. This program starts in October and runs until the recital in May, and is available for the entire Glen Rock community. In order to run such a seamless program that our dancers love, we need volunteers to help the Chairs run the program and ending recital.


Curious Reader Night 

Chair:   Kate Greenberg & Emily Zicherman

Be on the lookout for when some of our favorite Byrd Teachers will be a special guest readers at Curious Reader in Glen Rock. Please mention our school at time of purchase and 10% of your total will go back to Byrd!


Fall Parent Social

Chair:   Monica Lauro, Liz McDermott & Mary Gray

During a progressive dinner, one Byrd family hosts drinks and appetizers at their home. When it's time for the main course, the group progresses to the next house. The night will finish with dessert at the last family's home. This is a great way to meet families at Byrd, plus a fun parent's night out!


Family Fun Day

Chair:   Samantha Neretich, Rebecca Molnar, & Susan McNair

This event is a great way to kick off the upcoming year at Byrd! It’s a day where families join together for some fun outdoor games and activities!


Field Day

Chair:   Susan McNair, Heather Bognar, Carlin Laginestra

This is a fun-filled day of sports and games.  Held outside at Faber Field in late spring, parents volunteer to help our P.E. teacher run a variety of activities including providing a cookout lunch for the school.Mr. Parsons and the HSA creates one of the best days of the year for everyone! Tons of water games, relays, teamwork drills and a DUNK TANK!


National Penguin Day

Chair:   Lisa Lynch & Anita Schwartz

Jan 20th, 2023 is National Penguin Day! Our Chairs will work to create a memorable day at Byrd School to learn about our school mascot, the PENGUIN! Usually includes a special fundraiser to help support penguins.  


Picture Day

Chair:   TBD

Poker Night Coordinator

Chair:   Manda Perrone, Levant Cennet, Sameer Kotak

Organize a social event for the Byrd guardians (one option Ten86 Cigar Lounge) to meet and get to know each other! These Chair positions will need to help organize an event as this is the first of its kind night for Byrd!



Chair:   Azucena Flores

These Chairs will organize a fall festival right at Byrd School with fall games, petting zoo (Farm Chicks), Halloween candy shoots, "Pick and Paint a Pumpkin," vote on your favorite scarecrow from Ghoul the School, and more!


Read Across America

Chair:   Liz Tullo & Gauravi

Parents, teachers, students, and members of society all come together to celebrate the joys of reading and to encourage it to become a habit for our children. These chairs will work to organize fun reading activities on this day and all week long!



Chair:   Laura Occhipinti

A fun, competitive fundraiser where all four Elementary Schools compete for the coveted "Read-A-Thon" trophy! All participants must log their hours read in a month's time (March-April)! The school with the most hours read, wins! Each individual can also get a special recognitions if they reach certain reading goals!


Science Fair

Chair:   Yoobin Yoon & Min Chang

A wonderful activity where our Byrd students will have the opportunity to participate with members of Science Honor Society from the Glen Rock High school and Middle School to create an educational science fair! Our students can be paired up to work on a specific science project/idea related to a chosen theme, create a tri-fold display board and demonstration for all guests to enjoy and learn!



Chair:   Johanna Sheldon & Rachel Shapiro

Fun afternoon of basketball for Byrd Students!  Students compete against other students in their grade to see who can make the most free throws. 



Chair:   Johanna Sheldon & Kristen Ferrara

Byrd School participants will have an opportunity to meet at Campgaw in Mahwah for a fun-filled night of snow tubing and winter festivities with town friends!


Spring Social

Chair:   Mary Gray & 2 Openings

A fun night out for the parents of Byrd School! The Spring Social is a themed party with lots of food, drinks and a live band (because bands make every party better!) This event will include a fundraising activity for any attendees who want to participate and give back to Byrd School?


5th Grade Chairs

Chair:   Sharon Tischo, Jess Goldman, & Silvia Snell

These parents are responsible for organizing the events for the 5th Grade including fundraising, service projects, pool Party, Graduation and the Memory Book.


VP Fundraising

Chair:   Elaine Wade & Caitlin Boudreau

The 3rd VP of Fundraising oversees the following fundraising activities for Byrd, listed below. Chairs and volunteers for each committee are listed individually.



Bagel Day

Chair:   Laura Haley and Mark Lemieux

Calendar Raffle

Chair:   Suzanne Nathanson

Back to School Night School Store 

Chair:   Kate Greeenberg

Book Fair

Chair:   Elaine Wade, Christa Folco, & Caitlin Boudreau

Byrd Cookie Company Sales Contest

Chair:   Open

Byrd Garage Sale

Chair:   open

Cards For a Cause

Chair:   Jeanne Albanese & Nitu Sawhney

First Day School Supply Boxes

Chair:   Keillie St. Laurent and Monica Lauro

Coordinate the sale of School Supply boxes in May and June.  Help distribute boxes to classrooms before school starts.


Ghoul the School

Chair:   Susan McNair, Rachel Finkelstein, & Caitlin Boudreau

Soft Pretzel Day

Chair:   Nikki Fuller & Jennifer Chiang

Harlem Wizards Fundraiser

Chair:   David Lauro & Andrew Nathanson

Holiday Shop

Chair:   Theresa Laurenzo & Jennifer Kim

This event gives students the chance to do their holiday shopping. Coordinators shop and inventory items to sell, coordinate volunteers, set up, and  clean up


Ice Cream

Chair:   Susan Lee, Jennifer Kim, Filomena Oliveri

Pizza Day

Chair:   Kara Cretsinger & Carlin Laginestra

The Pizza Day Coordinators keep track of customers, work with pizza vendor to make/deliver pizzas to school on proper days, organize parent volunteers to serve pizza, and maintain process month-to-month.  Pizza served 2x a month on Wednesdays.


Pasta Days

Chair:   Jen Chiang & Nikki Fuller

Spring Restaurant Week

Chair:   open

Spirit Wear

Chair:   Kellie St. Laurent, Monica Lauro, & Adelinda Bader

Plan and design Byrd School clothing and fun items that will be available for order and coordinate sales of these items.


Valentine's Day Fundraiser

Chair:   Kristen Hochleutner & Louise Kennan

Shop Local Week

Chair:   Kara Cretsinger


Chair:   Theresa Laurenzo

The Secretary attends all HSA general and Board meetings and keeps an accurate record of happenings at these meetings, including attendance records. She maintains all HSA records except for financial records, which are maintained by the Treasurer. In an effort to strengthen communication amongst the Byrd community, the secretary will provide HSA meeting highlights for class parents to distribute to their individual classes. 



Chair:   Su Kang

The Treasurer manages HSA bank deposits and checks monthly bank statements. She collects and deposits cash and checks for all school events and manages Paperless PTO deposits. The Treasurer also prepares budget reports for all HSA meetings.

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Important District Links

Glen Rock Public Schools Website

Glen Rock Public Schools Calendar 2023-24

Glen Rock Federated HSA Website

School lunches can be ordered online from the Pomptonian website
A monthly menu can be found here


Glen Rock Federated HSA Online Directory 



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