Parents

Parent Teacher Association (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

Co-President

Bhavna Pandit Ghia

bpandit@panditsc.com
Co-Community Liaison

Chinwe Unegbu

chinweajuba@gmail.com
Faculty Representative

Chloe Patterson

patterson.chloe@gmail.com
Co-Treasurer

Chuck Divine

charlieldivine@gmail.com
Faculty Representative

Emma Bailey

emma.bailey@k12.dc.gov
Co-Vice President

Jean Strich

jean.blackerby@gmail.com
Co-Vice President

Jon Werner-Allen

jon.werner.allen@gmail.com
​​Co-Treasurer

Laura Martinez

laura9@gmail.com
Co-President

Margaux Manley Lima

margauxmanleylima@gmail.com
Co-Secretary

Marni Coccaro

mscoccaro@gmail.com
​Past President

Neeraj Bhat

neeraj.bhat@gmail.com
Principal

Norah Lycknell

norah.lycknell@k12.dc.gov
Past President

Rebecca Saxton-Fox

nazanin.samari.ash@gmail.com
Co-Community Liaison

Tara Ramchandani

tramchandani@gmail.com

Info, Resources, and Records

Expense Reimbursement

The Brent PTA now uses Bill.com to process expenses.  If you are in need of reimbursement or requesting payment on behalf of the PTA, please send an email to laura9@gmail.com 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.

Volunteer

Fill out the online volunteer interest form or contact bpandit@panditsc.com or margauxmanleylima@gmail.com 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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