PS 118, the Maurice Sendak Community School opened its doors in September 2013 to two Pre-K classes and two Kindergarten classes. The school, which is named after children’s author-illustrator and Brooklyn native Maurice Sendak, will grow to full scale by 2019, adding a grade each year to ultimately include PK-5.
The PS 118 PTA works closely with Principal Elizabeth Garraway as she develops and implements her vision for the school. PS 118 PTA has been busy building relationships with local businesses, politicians and others who can help us work towards our goal of cultivating a great school, supported by a great school community. At the top of our agenda are issues such as fundraising, enriching the curriculum, and building a garden that the school can also use as an outdoor learning lab. We are extremely excited about the opportunities that PS 118 offers our kids: a large, well-equipped, and recently renovated facility, an inspiring leader from PS 321 who is receiving formal mentorship and training from one of the best principals in the city, and a close-knit school community with an active and dedicated group of families.
Our PTA Meetings
Our PTA meetings occur on every third Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm in the school cafeteria. All are encouraged to attend. Free childcare for school-aged kids and pizza is for sale.
The School Leadership Team (SLT) is comprised of 5 staff members, including Principal Garraway, and 6 parent representatives, including the two PTA co-Presidents. It is a unique forum where parent concerns can be voiced directly to the school’s administration and those concerns can be addressed and resolved under a consensus-based decision making framework. Some SLT duties of parent representatives include reviewing and developing the school’s annual Comprehensive Educational Plan, reviewing the school budget, and bringing concerns from parents to the attention of the school administration. The meetings are held monthly and usually last an hour. Parents/caregivers are welcome to attend any of the meetings; however, only SLT members can discuss the topics on the agenda during the “meeting time.” 15 minutes are reserved at the end of each meeting to address additional queries from visitors. Parents are invited to submit questions prior to the meetings via the SLT PTA representatives. Questions/topics of consideration can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org