Eastside Middle School Parent Teacher Association

The PTA at East Side Middle School is an engaged network of parents & guardians working to support the administration, teachers and staff in providing one of the best middle school experiences in New York City. If you are a parent or guardian at ESMS, you are automatically a member of the PTA! The parent community elected the Board members below to represent you for this school year. We welcome your input, and we hope to see you at our monthly General PTA meetings. 

Our goal is to involve and engage every family at ESMS. We encourage you to attend events and to volunteer as your time allows. We hope you will donate what you can to Annual Fund - Click Here to Donate Now; the support of our generous ESMS community has allowed the PTA to ensure activity access to all students and to continually support many of the programs that create an excellent artistic, athletic, and globally-rich environment that supplements rigorous learning. 

In addition to maintaining the school website, the PTA communicates via a weekly newsletter, sent to all families and staff on Sunday evenings. If you are not receiving PTA emails, please let us know at Reach out any time if you would like to get involved, share a suggestion, or have any questions.  

PTA Meetings - 2023-2024

October 2023

  • Executive Board (EB): Wednesday, October 11th, 8 am
  • General: Tuesday, October 17th, 9:15 am

November 2023

  • EB: Wednesday, November 1st, 8 am
  • General: Wednesday, November 15th, 8 am

December 2023

  • EB: Wednesday, December 6th, 8 am (Virtual)
  • General: Wednesday, December 13th, 7 pm (Virtual)

January 2024

  • EB: Wednesday, January 10th, 8 am (Virtual)
  • General: Wednesday, January 17th, 9:15 am

February 2024

  • EB: Wednesday, February 7th, 7 pm (Virtual)
  • General: Wednesday, February 28th, 7 pm (Virtual)

March 2024

  • EB: Wednesday, March 6th, 8 am
  • General: Wednesday, March 13th, 9:15 am

April 2024

  • EB: Thursday, April 4th, 8 am (Virtual)
  • General: Tuesday, April 9th, 7 pm (Virtual)

May 2024

  • EB: Thursday, May 9th, 8 am
  • General: Wednesday, May 15th, 9:15 am

June 2024

  • EB: Thursday, June 13th, evening TBD
  • General (Voting Session, In Person): Wednesday, June 12th, 9:15 am


The EB meets monthly, and all are welcome to sit in and observe.


Rhena Lipps

Co-VPs of Fundraising

Di Johnston


Jane Moseley


Kate Lawson


Julie Sommerville

Co-VP of Communications

Cecilia Darmandrail


Kristin McCarthy


Robin Reiter


Karl Feng

Co-VP of Compliance and Community Relations

Elizabeth Herzog

Co-Assistant Treasurers

Bill Gould


April Quinn


Lawrence Thaler

8th Grade Representatives

Desmond Arias
Co-Recording Secretary

Aimee Bartol


Michelle Bissell

Tara Bronstein


Sonime Crawford

Co-VPs of Technology

Paul Ashley

 7th Grade Representatives

Inga Mikhasiuta


Lucia Corral


Jenny Siklas

Co-VPs of Internal Affairs

Alina Denberg

 6th Grade Representatives

Susie Gould


Allison Zysman


Liz Lazarus




Margo Crespin Rosenbaum

The SLT is a group of parents, teachers and administration that meets monthly to discuss school goals and community priorities. Monthly SLT meetings are open to all.

2023-2024 School Leadership Team Members

Elected Parents Elected Teachers Automatic Members

Paul Ashley

Kristin McCarthy

Jenny Siklas

Eleanor Walsh

Alicia Duchatelier

Lilian Grippo




United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Representative

PTA (Co-)President