Welcome to the American School of Warsaw's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)!

We are privileged to have immensely dedicated parent volunteers, who help to bring together faculty, staff and families to enhance our children’s educational experience.

The active Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) organizes regular school events - from the Spring and Fall BBQs to the Halloween Zombie Run - and invites all members of the community to attend.

The PTO also helps new parents integrate into our community through regular adult-only events such as the Welcome Back Mixer or the 'Learn Polish' club.

Read on for a letter from the PTO President.


Welcome message from the PTO President

Dear American School of Warsaw Families,

My name is Elena Pellizzari and I am the President of the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) for 2018-19.

Our family is from Italy. We have been living in Warsaw for many years after several different postings for work in Europe and Asia. All three of our children attended the ASW; two have already graduated and are now studying in Italy and Spain, and our youngest is in the 11th grade.

Our children have been very happy at this school and we, as parents, have been involved with the school in various capacities over the years - from volunteering on the board to being grade representatives. I believe that parents play an important role in the life of the school. By creating a vibrant community around the school, we enrich the lives of our children beyond the classroom. The ASW is home to many different nationalities and cultures and we all can learn from each other.

The aim of the PTO is to provide a crucial link between the the teaching faculty, the administrative staff, the parents and the students. This is made possible by organizing different events throughout the year. The PTO is a volunteer organization, and we encourage all of you to participate.

Our meetings will be monthly coffee mornings held in the MPR at the school. These meetings are to share ideas and to learn more about each others’ cultures, be it Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Chinese New Year or Italian Carnevale. Please check the school calendar for details.

Every week, you will get e-Notes from the school and please look for the PTO's section at the end of the email. I am at the school most mornings if you need to talk to me or you can reach me via email (ptopresident@aswarsaw.org)

We also post regular updates, photos and reminders on our Facebook page - please feel free to 'like' us.

Whether you are new to the school and to Warsaw or have been resident for some time, we are here to welcome you and to offer you different avenues to make the most of your time here. We are open to new ideas for events or activities. Please do not hesitate to communicate with us.

Elena Pellizzari, PTO President

Meet the PTO Board

Hello! I am Liz Bata hailing from the USA. I have been in Warsaw nearly 4 years now.  I am originally from Boston, Massachusetts, from where we relocated. I grew up in Denver, Colorado and have lived many places in the states. I was an interior designer before I had my children, and now I am a full- time domestic engineer. I reside here with my husband Pete, two energetic high schoolers and my Golden Retriever, Cooper. My daughter Taylor is in 12th grade, and my son Sam is in 9th grade. This is our first time living abroad and we enjoy traveling and boating every chance we get.

I am Italian born, raised close to Genova, in a beautiful village in front of the sea. I spent 12 years in Milano working in sales and marketing. In 2013, my life changed as I followed my husband, Alessandro, to enjoy my new "expat life” in London. After 3 years we moved to Bucharest, and in 2018 arrived in Warsaw. My beautiful kids, Vittoria and Leonardo started a new adventure in ASW in 2nd grade and Pre K4. I love any kind of colorful handicraft and my new passion is photography. My camera is always with me!! I love taking pictures of kids and making colorful family albums.

I am married to Mariyana, and we have two kids, Nikola (3rd Grade) and Laura (Pre-K 5). I'm originally from Croatia, but I have spent most of my life in Austria. I went to college in the US. My family moved to Warsaw in 2017 due to my wife's job with the European Union. If you see somebody ducking to get through the doors at school, it's probably me!

I am Polish, born and raised in Warsaw. If you need a local connection I’m probably the right person to talk to. I spent some time in Japan (work) and US (MBA). I have three kids, 2 at ASW. Stanisław (grade 9), Natalia (grade 8) and Helena (grade 6) and my oldest daughter is a doctor in Exeter, UK. Professionally, I deal with real estate rentals, investment and management. At school, I am the manager for the Warrior Wear-House, so I will be the person nagging you about volunteering for the shop shifts. I love reading and hiking. 

Hi, I am Banu from Istanbul. I am a journalist, traveler and writer. I have 12 years of experience in an advertising business. After I had my kids I became the sub franchisee of Gymboree Play and Music and managed 2 centers with my business partner. I lived in England, Germany, Romania and now Poland. I have two kids and a cat. My son Berk is already in university and my daughter Kayla is a 12th grader. My first novel was published last year now writing the second. I am passionate about sculpturing and spiritual world. 

I am married to Nick and we have two daughters in ASW, Nino in 2nd grade and Zoe in 6th grade. Together, with our dog Whiskey, we arrived in Warsaw in 2018 and since then I have been an active member of our school’s community. I have a background in journalism and international relations. Besides my PTO commitment, I enjoy my yoga classes, my passion for painting and I am also preparing my new blog on women in their fabulous 40s! I have lived in Italy, England and Bulgaria and have always enjoyed the great gift of international friendships!!! My life moto is Use your Dreams to make your reality!

I am Dublin born and bred. Husband to Ciara, stay-at-home Dad to Charlie (Grade 6) and Olivia (Grade 5). We moved to Warsaw in February 2015. Full time lover of music, beer and football, at my happiest combining all three. 

Downloadable resource

PTO Newcomers Booklet

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