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Who We Are

Liz Black

Liz Black


Jason Drakeford

Jason Drakeford


Chase Elliott

Chase Elliott

Elementary Campus Vice President

Rachel Ezzo

Rachel Ezzo

Former PTCA President (Ex-Officio)

Meeghan Fortson

Meeghan Fortson


Jenny Gunn

Jenny Gunn


Lenaisha Irizarry

Lenaisha Irizarry


Andrea Merrill-Smidt

Andrea Merrill-Smidt


Sinéad Quinn

Sinéad Quinn

Middle Campus Vice President

Chelsea Sommers

Chelsea Sommers


Jennifer Tomasino

Jennifer Tomasino


What We Do

The function of the ANCS Parent Teacher Community Association (PTCA) is to coordinate and promote parent, teacher and community involvement and communication within the school. All parents/guardians, teachers, staff and community members are encouraged to join our organization, to get involved with its committees and activities, and to attend quarterly general meetings. 

Ten Myths About the PTCA

PTCA meetings are an excellent opportunity to obtain information and engage in discussions about our school. The PTCA sponsors a variety of education enrichment activities for students throughout the year and hosts and funds various informative events, fundraisers, and social gatherings, and provides childcare for a number of ANCS-related meetings.

PTCA meetings are held quarterly in August, January, and May.

Check the calendar for dates.

PTCA Committees

  • Room Parents/Advisory
  • Boxtops and Loyalty Programs
  • Health and Wellness
  • Related Arts
  • School Store
  • Special Needs
  • Sustainability
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Yearbook

PTCA Committee Descriptions

Loyalty programs like these may seem like a little thing, but they raise thousands of dollars that the PTCA uses to fund programs at both campuses. Since their inception, the school has earned over $45,000 via loyalty programs! It’s a simple way to earn funds for ANCS using money you’ve already spent. Don’t forget to ask friends and family to link to these programs too!

Box Tops for Education

Put away those scissors – Box Tops are totally digital! Download the Box Tops for Education App and login or create a new account*. Search for “Neighborhood Charter School” or 30315. Once your account is connected, scan your receipt (within 14 days), and your contribution will be automatically received. ANCS receives 10 cents for each Box Top clipped/scanned!

*If you haven’t signed up before, use referral code “YGFS1IA0” or download the app using this referral link and the school earns 50 bonus Box Tops – that’s $5.00 – just for signing up!

Publix Partners

Sign up for a account and connect to ANCS by going to My Account > My Publix Partner and searching “Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School” or 30315. Every time you checkout either pay with the Publix app or enter the phone number associated with your account to log your purchase. ANCS receives a percentage of your purchase amount!

Kroger Community Rewards

Sign up for a account and connect to ANCS by going to My Account > Community Rewards and searching “Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School (ANCS) PTCA” or 15250. Every time you checkout use the Kroger Plus card associated with your account to log your purchase. ANCS receives a percentage of your purchase amount!

Amazon Smile

Log in to your Amazon account via and under Your Account > Your Amazon Smile designate “Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School” as your organization. Then every time you shop at Amazon start at ANCS earns 0.5% of your total purchase!

Coca-Cola Give

Sign up for a account and go to and click “Donate Now” under the Donate to Your Local School section. Search 30316 to find “ATLANTA NEIGHBORHD CS-MIDDLE” and enter the code from your Coca-Cola product or, if on your phone, scan your code. ANCS receives up to 38 cents (dependent upon the product) per code entered!

Questions? Reach out to program coordinator, Katie Varner, at

The Health and Wellness Committee’s goal is to provide resources, initiatives, and activities that help elementary and middle school families lead healthy lives and learn about life wellness practices. The main areas of focus include nutrition, allergy awareness and management, and overall physical, social, and emotional well being.

Art and music are integral components to the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School’s goal of shaping the whole child. And the Related Arts Committee is integral to fostering support for these programs, and establishing a connection between the parents of the school and the art and music curriculum. So what is the committee and how can parents get involved?

The Related Arts Committee is a PTCA committee led by a volunteer parent Chairperson and/or volunteer Co-Chair team. Annette Wawerna, the elementary campus music teacher, and Carol Keller, the elementary campus art teacher are members of the committee. The additional committee members are ANCS additional parents with a love, interest, or profession in the arts and a commitment to ensuring the success of these programs at our school. To get involved, please be on the lookout for upcoming volunteer opportunities soon!

Currently, the Related Arts Committee assists with the following programs/events:

Winterfest– The ANCS Holiday Program featuring grades K-5 where family and friends can see their performers sing songs of the season. Dates and times will be announced closer to the event. Usually held the first week of December.

Wonderball – The Wonderball is ANCS’ biggest annual fundraiser that features a silent and live auction, live music, catered buffet, and more and is not to be missed. The Related Arts committee assists with procuring the student made art from every grade level that is auctioned off at the annual event. Usually held early March but requires volunteers starting in February to assist Ms. Keller in both the creation and documentation of the class art projects.

Misc Projects – There are miscellaneous art and music projects throughout the year that need parent support. From decorating the school for the holidays to helping out in the art and music classrooms, members of the committee can help support these projects throughout the year as they pop up.

Room/Advisory Parents are the PTCA’s representative in the classroom. The main responsibility as a Room/Advisory Parent is to coordinate and facilitate classroom support for teachers and serve as a liaison between the teachers, the class parents, and the ANCS PTCA.

Teacher Gifts
Room Parents traditionally coordinate gifts to their classroom teacher(s) from the entire class using donations from class families. Because there is a broad spectrum of financial circumstances in our school community, this contribution could be a financial hardship for some families. Any donations towards this fund are strictly voluntary and choosing to contribute any amount, or none at all, is a personal decision.

The Special Needs Committee is going into its 6th year at ANCS. We strive to serve as an educational resource to parents whose children have an identified disability or are struggling academically or otherwise, foster communication between parents of Special Needs children so those parents do not feel overwhelmed and isolated, and support the Special Education Team through a variety of initiatives.

The Sustainability Committee helps the ANCS family keep our school green! New families might not know that ANCS was chosen as a Georgia Green Ribbon School in 2016 for our efforts in promoting health and reducing environmental impact, and we’re aiming to continue to go green any way we can.

Two of our main efforts are on reducing cafeteria waste and maintaining the garden beds on the ground.

Zero Waste Lunch Days

Join us on the last Wednesday of every month, when we try to see how much we can reduce the trash at lunchtime. Students who bring lunch from home are encouraged to pack their food in reusable containers and to use reusable utensils and cloth napkins. Chef Bradley is preparing a meal that can be eaten without utensils. We’ll even be composting fruit and vegetable scraps. We’ll measure the trash and compare it to a typical lunch day to see how well we’ve done. If you want to volunteer to have lunch with your student on Zero Waste Day and help with tracking our progress, let us know by emailing Jessica Harlan!

Gardening on the Grounds

Did you know each Elementary Campus class has its own garden bed? We’re looking for parents who are interested in helping restore, clear, plant, and maintain these beds, as well as our fruit tree orchard and other gardens on the grounds. No gardening experience necessary. If you’re interested in learning more, please email Harden Goldenberg.

Did You Know: The ANCS nutrition department has already taken strides to go green. Fryer oil is turned into biodiesel and food scraps from meal prep are fed to the school’s chickens or composted. Last year, the nutrition department used a PTCA minigrant to replace disposable Styrofoam bowls with reusable melamine bowls. The kitchen also recently purchased reusable cups for the students who drink alternate milk like soy milk, rather than using disposables.

The goal of the Teacher Appreciation Committee is show appreciation to the teachers and staff for their continual hard work and dedication to our children. This committee plans and organizes the Teacher Appreciation Week in the spring.

If you love photography and design, this might be the perfect volunteer job for you! The ANCS PTCA needs volunteers to help design and develop the ANCS Yearbook.

PTCA Sponsored Events

  • Grandparents and Special Friends Day
  • Fall Festival
  • Bingo Night
  • Run with the Wolves
  • New Family Social
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Kickball Tournament
  • Friday Coffees
  • New Student Social

PTCA Event Descriptions

The PTCA hosts Friday Coffee at the Elementary Campus every third Friday of the month. Spend some time enjoying coffee from Grant Park Park Coffee House while you get to know other ANCS parents. No RSVP necessary – just stop by on your way out of morning meeting. We look forward to seeing you!

BYOM – Bring Your Own Mug

*Friday morning is a perfect time to join the ANCS PTCA! You can pay by cash, check or credit card. Membership is just $25 for the entire family, for the entire year. You can also sponsor a membership for another family.

What is Bingo Night?
Bingo Night is a family game event hosted by the PTCA held in the elementary campus auditorium that is fun for the whole family! Students and families from both the Elementary and Middle Campuses are invited to attend.

When is Bingo Night this year?
Bingo Night will take place on Friday, January 28th, 2022 from 6-8:00pm. Doors open at 6pm and the first round of bingo will begin at 6:30pm.

How do I volunteer to help with the event?
We need lots of volunteers for this event. Volunteers get first dibs on tickets for themselves and their families!

What is the cost?
Cost is $5/person: includes one Bingo card/gameboard per round. (Children four and under can come for free, but will not receive bingo cards.) You can also buy additional Bingo Cards to increase your odds of winning!

How do I buy tickets?
Tickets will only be sold online. Due to space limitations and safety we can only sell a limited number of tickets. Tickets sell out every year.

What do I need to play?
By purchasing your admission, you will have everything you need to play. If you like, you may also pre-purchase pizza and drinks for your family, extra bingo cards and daubers.

What’s a ‘dauber’?
A dauber is something that you think you don’t need, but you do! And, regardless of what you feel, your child will surely feel that way. 🙂 Bingo daubers are used to mark numbers that have been called in the course of a Bingo game. They make a round, distinct circle that mimics the form of a Bingo chip. A Bingo dauber is far more efficient than marking your Bingo card with chips. Chips can be dislodged or knocked off, wasting your entire game, and making for sad Bingo players. Plus, they are oh-so-fun to use! We will have markers and crayons on the table to mark the numbers if you don’t want to buy a dauber.

What about FOOD?
You can pre-order a large cheese or pepperoni pizza and 4 drinks for $20. A concession stand will be available for snacks and beverages (all proceeds from concessions benefit the 8th Grade D.C. trip!)

When you say “whole family,” does that include babies and toddlers?
As long as they are being supervised at all times, sure! There is no babysitting service at the event and no drop-off is allowed. You know your children best, it can get very loud as the excitement builds!

Are there cash prizes?
No. All prizes are donated by generous parents or local businesses or purchased by the Bingo Night Committee.

What if two people get BINGO at the same time?
We use a “spotter” to see who raises their hand and says “BINGO” first, but in the rare event of a true tie, we can do a tie-breaker game.

How do I buy bingo cards and food at the event?
Bring your credit card or cash (small bills if you can, please) to buy additional bingo tickets and to purchase snacks.

What if I only want to play a few hands?
That is totally fine (but not recommended for a full Bingo Night experience)! Our only wish is for you and your family to have fun!

Do people get turned away?
We are preselling admissions online. In order to avoid going over capacity in the room, we will limit the number of tickets sold. If the event sells out, we will not be able to sell tickets that night.

Oops! What if I forget to bring cash?
It’s totally okay! We will be able to process credit cards for snacks and additional tickets!

The ANCS Fall Festival will take place on November 13,2021 at the ANCS Elementary Campus. The Fall Festival is a free PTCA event open to everyone in the community. It will feature games, food, and activities for all families to enjoy, as well as local performers.

Bring your blankets and chairs and spend the afternoon with your ANCS family hanging out and having fun. We would love to include the community outside of ANCS, so please invite your friends and neighbors from the neighborhood and other schools! Admission, food, and all activities are free!

Grandparents and Special Friends Day is an annual event providing an opportunity for students to showcase their school to their Grandparents and/or Special Friends.

During the online orientation process, we asked for contact information for Grandparents and Special Friends for each student. We will mail a postcard invitation to each of these contacts inviting them to the event. An online link to RSVP will be included.

Please note this is a popular event and gets very crowded. This is not intended for parents, as we have other opportunities to showcase the student’s work to them. If you are a parent and would like to get involved, please be on the lookout for volunteer opportunities. We need your help to make this even successful.

On the first Friday of each school year, the ANCS PTCA hosts a Back to School Ice Cream Social. All ANCS students (K-8) & families are welcome. Come join us for this free event to reconnect with old friends, make new ones, and enjoy some delicious ice cream!

In the fall of 2019, PTCA was excited to bring back the ANCS Kickball Tournament at the Maynard Jackson High School football field. This is all ages tournament with teams made up of a good a mix of parents, teachers, and students.

The ANCS PTCA hosts an informal gathering at the Elementary Campus playground for ALL kindergarteners and new incoming students (K-8) right before the beginning of each school year. This social provides a fun opportunity for new students & families to meet each other and other current school families. New families also get to learn more about the role of the PTCA and Governing Board at ANCS.

Each spring the ANCS PTCA organizes a 5K and 1 Mile walk/run to promote healthy lifestyle choices and fitness awareness through a fun and family-friendly event, Run with the Wolves. Not only does the race need race-day volunteers to help with registration and monitoring the course, but help is also needed with marketing, communications, pre-registration, sponsorships, race bags, and awards.

PTCA Grant Program

One of the initiatives the ANCS PTCA is proudest of is our Grant Program. Thanks to financial support from our donors and annual sponsors, PTCA is able to fund programs, activities, and materials that enhance students’ experiences at the school and help supplement teacher and classroom resources. We encourage all members of the community to apply for grants.


PTCA Bylaws

The PTCA Bylaws outline the purpose and structure of the ANCS PTCA.

Download the PTCA Bylaws