Every PTA depends on it's parents to provide quality programs for
the students. Foster is fortunate to have many dedicated volunteer
Committee Chairs to oversee many fun, educational, and entertaining
events. Descriptions of our current committees are listed below. If you are
interested in chairing a committee, or even just assisting with an event,
contact a member of the Executive Board.

2019-2020 Committees and Chairs

2019-2020 Committee Chairs

Foster Elementary PTA 2019 - 2020
Committee Chairs
Executive Board
President Cara Wetzel 973-476-7160  
First Vice President Kelly Koslow 412-889-4006
Second Vice President           Jason Ramsey, Principal        412-344-2162   
Third Vice President           Joseph Murdy
Recording Secretary Katie Nicolotti 773-456-8535
Treasurer Priya Sukumaran 412-848-8720
Asst. Treasurer Jennifer Burgess
Historian                                          Danika Lagorio 412-667-9962
PTA Committee Chairs
Art Night Katie Switzer - Art Teacher
  Shikha Banka 412-708-0151
  Stephanie Hasselwander 412-298-1979
Arts in Education-Reflections    Courtney Montgomery 412-496-2670
Art to Remember  Meghan Reidy 814-558-8540
Audit Teresa Cameron 412-523-1484
  Tamara Keough                 323-876-7279     
  Kevin Meehan 412-580-7573
BFF / Olweus Cara Wetzel 973-476-7160  
  Courtney Montgomery 412-496-2670
Book Fair Mariruth Leftwich 614-602-9607
  Danika Lagoria 412-667-9962
Breakfast w/ Someone Special Kimberly Prete 412-401-8332
  Amanda Nzambi 412-916-5066
Butterfly Garden                                   Mariruth Leftwich 614-602-9607
By-Laws Kelly Koslow 412-889-4006
Coffee & Conversation Cara Wetzel 973-476-7160  
Coffee & Kleenex Katie Nicolotti 773-456-8535
  Kelly Koslow 412-889-4006
Community Service  Meghan Larsen - Reidy 814-558-8540
  Meredith Warhola 412-848-7971 
        Courtney Montgomery 412-496-2670
  Sarah Duncan 412-563-1852
Council Delegate Danika Longorio 412-667-9962
Corporate Rewards       Dovey Alexander 412-212-8688
Cultural Arts Sarah Everhart    412-445-7636
  Jason Ramsey 412-344-2162   
Spirit Sale Holly Thompson 832-229-8228 
  Grace Watson 443-758-6888  
Election Day Bake Sale Emily Chiappetta
  Meredith Warhola 412-848-7971 
Environmental Priya Sukumaran 412-848-8720
Family Picnic    Kimberly Prete 412-401-8332
  Angela Ferguson
  Kelly Koslow 412-889-4006
  Sara Vogt 412-298-9303
Field Day            Rebecca Matheus 412-343-3706
  Angela Ferguson
  Priya Sukumaran 412-848-8720
Fifth Grade Sendoff Cara Wetzel 973-476-7160  
  Priya Sukumaran 412-848-8720
  Rebecca Matheus 412-343-3706
  Michele Napierowski 404-556-7054 
Foster Forecast  Priya Sukumaran 412-848-8720
  Kelley Shell
  Lisa Keller
        Shikha Banka 412-708-0151
Foster Friend Emily Schmitt 412-341-1105
  Priya Sukumaran 412-848-8720
  Caroline Boisvert 9084773010  
Food Sales Meredith Warhola 412-848-7971 
  Emily Chiapetta  412-526-4247
Habitat       Volker Schmid 412-848-8720
Health & Safety    Melanie Driscoll 412-344-0178
Holiday Hut Trisha Kerstetter 412-818-8347
  Sarah Everhart    412-445-7636
  Shivika Asthana 617-905-4264
  Michele Napierkowski 404-556-7054
Homeroom Parents Meredith Warhola 412-848-7971 
Hospitality  Cara Wetzel 973-476-7160  
International Night Rebecca Matheus 412-343-3706
  Shivika Asthana 617-905-4264
  Gina Kilpela 412-563-0803
  Mrs, Conte
Jr. Great Books  Sarah Duncan 412-563-1852
Kids of Steel Rebecca Matheus 412-343-3706
Kindergarten Orientation Cara Wetzel 973-476-7160  
Lunchtime Clubs Priya Sukumaran 412-848-8720
Membership Anne Atwood  646-712-0633
Odyssey of the Mind   Michele Napierkowski 404-556-7054
Open House Lindy Becker 412-512-1799
Operation Sweet Emily Schmitt 412-341-1105
  Priya Sukumaran 412-848-8720
Read-a-Thon Gina Kilpela 412-370-0075
  Mariruth Leftwich 614-602-9607
  Stephanie Hasselwander 412-298-1979
School in the Park Dovey Alexander 412-212-8688
School Pictures  Heidi Walsh 412-344-4609
Science Fair Dovey Alexander 412-212-8688
                                                      Shikha Banka 412-708-0151
  Rebecca Matheus 412-343-3706
SHIM Collection Kimberly Prete 412-401-8332
  Cara Wetzel 973-476-7160  
  Priya Sukumaran 412-848-8720
Staff Appreciation  Meredith Warhola 412-848-7971 
  Priya Sukumaran 412-848-8720
  Amy Masilunas 412-417-2825
Traveling Art Gallery  Mariruth Leftwich 614-602-9607
  Katie Nicolotti 773-456-8535
Variety Show Sarah Everhart    412-445-7636
  Cathy Kaplan 
  Jo Anna Crago 
  Amanda Murdy    
  Jeff Schilling 412-387-7166
Veteran’s Day  Danika Lagorio 412-667-9962
  Kimberly Prete (Girl Scouts) 412-401-8332
Ways & Means  Kelly Koslow 412-889-4006  
Website (PTA)   Cara Wetzel 973-476-7160  
Yearbook    Cara Wetzel 973-476-7160  
  Kate Vallarta 574-386-9341
Yearbook Photographer Laura Mares 412-833-0504

Art Night

Coordinate with the art teacher to organize a one-night display of students’ work.

Arts in Education - Reflections

Publicize National Arts in Education (Reflections) contest in October and November. Instruct participating students on rules and hold creative workshops for students at conference time. Find volunteer judges and follow works through district and state contests, culminating in awards luncheon in the spring.


Book Fair

Coordinate with Scholastic Books and Librarian.

Breakfast with Someone Special

Butterfly Garden

Plant and maintain garden.


Responsible for revising and amending Bylaws according to the Guidelines provided by the State Office.

Coffee and Conversation

Host morning gathering for parents of grades 1-5 students on the first day of school. Current president to host.

Coffee and Kleenex

Host morning and afternoon gatherings for Kindergarten parents on their first day of school. Current Kindergarten parent to host.

Community Service

Shall provide character building and educational experiences under which students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences that meet actual community needs and are coordinated with district, school and community.

Corporate Rewards

Organize collected cell phones, ink cartridges, Campbell’s labels and box tops, and redeem. Monitor Target and Giant Eagle rewards. Keep track of income.

Cultural Arts

This committee, with at least 3 members, shall coordinate the scheduling of enrichment assemblies/programs. Shall meet with the principal and the PTA president.

Delegate to PTA Council

Delegate to PTA Council

Diane Rattay

This position is appointed by the current FES PTA President. (S)He attends all monthly PTA Council meetings, and reports any pertinent information back to the monthly meeting. Announcements and invitations are to be made in the newsletter, informing members of upcoming meetings and events.


Shall solicit each family to obtain name, address, phone number, and email information; obtain permission to publish the information; then publish and distribute directory once per year. N. Electronic

Election Day Bake Sale

Coordinate donated baked goods and staff table on Election Day.


Shall develop a channel of communication between the PTA and the school regarding environmental issues and policies, and initiate environmental programs.

Family Picnic

Plan games, music, and dancing for Foster families for the first available Friday evening in August or September.

Field Day

With Physical Education teacher, coordinate a whole day of activities in June.

Foster Forecast

Shall serve as co-editor of the online school newsletter, which includes school information, PTA news, and occasional articles. Also sends email blasts when necessary.

Foster Friend

Form committee to evaluate nominations. Make presentations at end-of-year ceremony. Committee of at least 3, in addition to a teacher representative.

Friday Food Sales

Purchase and coordinate selling of Friday after-school treats.


Maintain and develop habitat and trail.

Health and Safety

Chair shall coordinate and oversee committee to direct activities connected to annual Foster Health and Safety Week, including but not limited to: visit by Mt. Lebanon Police Officers to

Foster School to discuss walking safety/general child safety issues; showing or updating of Foster School Safety Video (work under guidance of Juvenile Protection Committee chair); distribution of traffic safety flyers to motorists dropping off/picking up in front of Foster School; respond to parent concerns on safety issues and pass on relevant issues to current Juvenile Protection Committee chair; and coordinate with physical education teacher on fitness/health challenge to take place during Health/Safety Week, (e.g., “The Count Your Miles Challenge”).

Holiday Hut

Purchase/Craft goods, price, and display for sale, staff tables, and total final payments.

Homeroom Parents

Chairperson(s) shall solicit volunteers to serve as homeroom parents and select one homeroom coordinator for each class. Chairperson(s) shall communicate to volunteers, information regarding class parties, field trips, projects, etc…usually in a meeting held during the Fall. The homeroom coordinators meet with classroom teacher to discuss specific class needs and communicate any necessary information to the homeroom parents for their class. Homeroom parents select parents to coordinate classroom parties.


Shall provide refreshments as needed at PTA functions throughout the year, with the help of volunteers.

Junior Great Books

Shall follow National Great Books Foundation Guidelines; organize program, train volunteers, and register students to conduct shared inquiry book discussion for grades 2-5.

Juvenile Protection

Shall coordinate PTA juvenile protection concerns with appropriate school district and municipal personnel.

Kindergarten Orientation

Provide packets and nametags for new kindergarten families in conjunction with the office. Assist teachers at morning and afternoon sessions.

Lunchtime Clubs

Find parent volunteers to host lunch hour activities. Activities begin in January and run for 6 consecutive weeks.


Shall coordinate the membership drive for the Stephen C. Foster PTA. Shall keep records of |PTA memberships and collect dues.

Mixed Bags Fundraiser

Coordinate and implement a fundraiser through the Mixed Bags vendor.

Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind – Organize teams for local and state competitions.

Open House

Organize donations of cookies and cider for reception and schedule volunteers.

Parent Education

The First Vice President shall chair and assist the PTA Council in establishing programs on parent education for the district as needed. Shall provide parents with information on issues affecting education or parenting.


Organize and implement a ReadAThon during which students set and attempt to reach individual and school-wide reading goals. Students may choose to collect donations and/or sponsorships as part of this annual fundraiser.

Sarris Candy Fundraiser

Coordinate and implement a fundraiser through the Sarris Candy vendor.

School in the Park

Find third grade parent volunteers and supervise day in Bird Park. Parents of next year’s 3rd graders to chair.

School Pictures

Contact photographer, set date, send and collect order forms. Coordinate with secretary for classes to go outside to be photographed.

Science Fair

Distribute information to children, hold introductory meeting and coordinate events, held one evening in March.

Staff Appreciation

Provide luncheon for teachers and coordinate student-generated appreciation activities.

Travelling Art Gallery

Coordinate parent volunteers to present artworks and artists to each class two times per year.

Variety Show

Schedule, secure facility reservation, organize and implement Variety Show

Veteran's Day

Plan with local Boy/Girl Scout troops for flag ceremony in November. Invite local veterans to be recognized. Coordinate with principal for band/choral interest.

Ways and Means

The First Vice President shall chair this committee and evaluate proposed fundraising activities for the support of the PTA’s programs and projects.

Website (PTA)

Update and maintain the Foster PTA website.


Supervise committee to acquire photos, design, sell and distribute yearbook.