Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

Dear Brent Supporters,

Tuesday, February 28 is the kickoff of the 2023 PTA Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is the largest fundraiser of the year, typically generating half of what the PTA spends to support Brent Elementary. Lasting 15 days, this drive will be the main way we raise money for our school.

What do Brent PTA funds pay for? Nearly 100% of Brent's non-personnel operating costs! That's over $266,000 per year - or over $600 per student - and includes building and grounds maintenance, teacher development, technology and school supplies, community engagement events, social-emotional support programs for the children, and more.

Since PTA money covers all these fundamental operating expenses, Brent can use allocated DCPS funds to add more teachers to the classroom. That means more focus teachers, better student-to-faculty ratios, and a direct impact on education.

Our goals for the 2023 campaign are $110,000 raised and 100% household participation. Please participate today at Donations are tax-deductible.

With gratitude,

The Brent PTA

How to Help

The mission of the PTA is to foster connections between parents, enable parents to be of service to the school and build a community of parents, staff and administration committed to ensuring that Brent Elementary is a high-achieving educational environment for addressing the learning challenges of all students. Your support will help us achieve our mission.

The PTA is involved in many different areas of school life, such as coordinating room parents, organizing the Annual Spring Gala, and faculty appreciation events. There are always opportunities to volunteer and get involved. As a Brent parent and member of the PTA, you make these things happen. Take a look at our PTA event calendar to see our programs and events.

The PTA Board is composed of elected officers, teacher liaisons and the school principal. All PTA Board meetings are open to the Brent community.  All PTA Board and school-wide meeting dates are posted on the calendar. PTA meetings are generally held on Wednesdays and start at 6:30 pm. All general meetings include childcare paid for by the PTA.

Executive Officers

Co-Presidents: Margaux Manley Lima & Bhavna Pandit Ghia

Co-Vice Presidents: Jean Strich & Jon Werner-Allen

Co-Secretaries: Marni Coccaro

Co-Treasurers: Laura Martinez & Chuck Divine

Co-Community Liaisons: Chinwe Unegbu & Tara Ramchandani

Past Presidents: Neeraj Bhat & Rebecca Saxton-Fox

PTA Board Members


Bhavna Pandit Ghia
Co-Community Liaison

Chinwe Unegbu
Faculty Representative

Chloe Patterson

Chuck Divine
Faculty Representative

Emma Bailey
Co-Vice President

Jean Strich
Co-Vice President

Jon Werner-Allen

Laura Martinez

Margaux Manley Lima

Marni Coccaro
​Past President

Neeraj Bhat

Norah Lycknell
Past President

Rebecca Saxton-Fox
Co-Community Liaison

Tara Ramchandani

Info, Resources, and Records

Expense Reimbursement

The Brent PTA now uses to process expenses.  If you are in need of reimbursement or requesting payment on behalf of the PTA, please send an email to with the following information: (1) Attached invoices, receipts, proof of payment, or other documentation clearly identifying the amount requested; (2) the full name, email address, and mailing address of the payee (to whom the check should be made payable); and (3) the purpose of the expense.  If there are multiple payments to be made, please send a separate email for each request.  If you have any questions, please contact a PTA Co-Treasurer.  Thank you.


Fill out the online volunteer interest form or contact or to learn more about Brent PTA volunteer opportunities!

Important Documents

For minutes and presentations from all PTA meetings, please click here or use the list below to select the relevant year.

Sponsored Events

  • Welcome Picnic
  • Holiday Sale
  • Spring Gala
  • Faculty Appreciation Events

Tax Exemption

The Brent Elementary PTA is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit tax-exempt organization.  As such it is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions in accordance with IRS Code section 170.  Our EIN is 16-1713470.

Please click here to download a copy of our IRS letter certifying our status. For more information of the PTA Bylaws click here.


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