PA General Meeting Minutes - April 17, 2018

PA General Meeting Minutes


Principal’s Report

  • Mr. Hill, our counselor, is no longer at TCCS. He was supposed to be here for the remainder of school year but was pulled by DOE to cover a maternity leave.
  • We still have school based mental health program here 20 hours per week and next year they will be here full-time.
  • We also continue to have access to TC’s school based mental health partnership
  • Amy Harowley is our current TC Liason (temporarily replacing Ms. Cox until full time replacement is found). Ms. Sarabia is also assisting with TC clubs/afterschool at this time.
  • ELA 3-6 is complete. It went smoothly, fairly low anxiety for students, and children were working productively. Principal Verdiner is very proud of all of our studetns. 
  • Studio in a School for grades 2/3 has begun and will run for 6 weeks. 
  • Grade 4/5 will participate in Studio in a School after Math exams
  • TC is hosing a parenting workshop on bullying, taking place on 4/18/2018 @ 5:30pm in MPR
  • Coming up in May, there will be another TC Parent Workshop on Internet usage/safety.
  • Next week is SPIRIT WEEK!-Participate and support our student council.
  • TCCS Raised $1019.33 from the book fair

New School Update: 

  • Construction is moving along, everything is currently on schedule, classrooms already assigned, necessary improvements should be complete by July/August.
  • The kitchen will need a full 2 years to be completely renovated
  • There will be no construction going on during school hours, only outside of school hours.
  • Principal Verdiner will reach out to Superintendent/SEA to see if a meeting can be held for parents to ask additional questions about construction/timelines, etc.

Treasurer’s Report

  • Money continues to be raised in various fundraisers
  • Budget continues to be adjusted as these new funds come in

President's Report

Membership Drive:

  • Membership drive CONTINUES!
  • All proceeds go toward funding enrichment for our TCCS children
  • Studio in a school was funded to fill in the arts for all grades this year at TCCS.
  • April 16thto 22ndis MATCH WEEK! An anonymous donor will match all donations made this week at 100%

Square1 Art

  • Online orders extended to May 1st
  • Don’t forget to order your legacy tile!-We will be starting a legacy wall at the new location


  • Upcoming Yoga classes to take place at St. Joseph’s Church basement. 
  • If you would like a FREE Yoga Mat, see Saralinda!

Committee Reports

TCCS Got Talent: 

  • Show takes place 4/21
  • Our TCCS children have been working hard and are ready to showcase their talent

Silent Auction:

  • TCCS’ 7thAnnual Parent Social/Silent Auction is just around the corner: 5/4, 6-9pm
  • Get your tickets online OR in person during some a.m. drop offs
  • Online bidding begins Friday April 20th…Share Share Share the online auction link with friends and family, anyone can bid!

PA Executive Board Elections:

  • Get involved, run for office! 
  • Elections take place the evening of 5/15
  • If you have questions, please speak with any PA Board Member!

PA General Meeting Minutes - March 20, 2018

PA General Meeting Minutes


Principal’s Report

  • Introduction of new RTS coordinator - Kam!
  • School Updates:
    • 4/18/18 @ 5:30pm - TC Workshops:  Topics are Bullying, Aggression & Violence; additional topics needed
    • School Safety Agent (SSA Parker) transferred; new agent SSA Benoit
    • 3/28/18 - Safety Town Hall meeting
    • Parent volunteers needed for morning dropoff

New School Update: 

  • Phase I has begun - SCA has been in constant communication w/Principal Verdiner; Principal Verdiner will share pertinent information with SLT;
  • Possible walking trip for younger grades to new building;
  • K classrooms have sink and bathroom;
  • Budget is unknown at this time;
  • Art enrichment will be included in the curriculum.
  • There will be equitable distribution of resources between lower and upper schools.

Upcoming Events:

TCCS Got Talent Show  

April 21, 2018

  • Permission slips went out; students will be judged on content;
  • Grades 3 & up will participate;
  • K-2 RTS may have a group participate;
  • TCCS Student Council will previews;
  • Committees:
  • Stage - Laurie
  • Fundraising
  • PR Crew
  • Merchandise - Shavon
  • Refreshments
  • Venue Crew - Shavon

Spring Silent Auction

  • “Harlem Nights” - Flyers created and distributed; donations
  • needed for auction; auction goes live on 4/20/18

Membership Drive

Contribution Campaign for Students (TCCS) throughout theMonth of March

Square 1 Art

Order sheets backpacked

Guest Speaker

Director, Lessons for My Daughter, an 8 week program that promotes female self-love; Director left flyers for distribution.

TCCS Got Talent - Looking for Videographer to record event

TCCS Got Talent - Looking for Videographer to record event

We are looking for a videographer for TCCS Got Talent on Saturday, April 21 from 1-3.   We want to produce a professional-quality video of TCCS Got Talent 2018!  If you or someone you know is an experienced videographer interested in recording the event for us, reach out to Laura Blake, or Francine Lane by email at  

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TCCS Got Talent - UPDATED Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018

TCCS Got Talent - UPDATED Date:  Saturday, April 21, 2018

TCCS Got Talent 2018 is coming on Saturday, April 21 from 1-3!  This is a time for our kids to show off their singing, dancing, juggling, magic, drama, or whatever talent they have! TCCS Got Talent is a fun and non-competitive talent show open to TCCS students.  Grades 3 and above are invited to perform solo or as a group, and younger grades are invited to participate as a group (such as a class or after-school group).  Families and the TCCS Community are invited to enjoy the show!  

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PA General Meeting Minutes - February 27, 2018

PA General Meeting Minutes


Principal’s Report

  • New Drop-off Procedure
  • There has been an ongoing situation with safety for several years
  • Principal met with Safety Committee, but not SLT or PA Board yet
  • Some parents are addressing kids in a confrontational way
  • Not enough staff between 8:20-3:35 – there are a maximum of 2 staff available for all the kids
  • Does not want to wait for something to happen – wants to be proactive
  • Principal would like to have the morning interactions, but student and staff safety comes first
  • Work in progress to figure out a way to make it safer
  • School is having a soft lock-down drill
  • Sargent Bailey joined the meeting
    • In charge of safety
    • Looking to be proactive rather than reactive
    • Available to answer questions when we need her to
  • Questions and answers
    • Question:  Can DOE provide additional staff because of safety?
      • Answer:  Safety is allocated per student.  Our school does things differently, and the DOE generally supports, so they won’t provide additional staff unless we become an unsafe school
    • Question:  What can we as parents do to help?
      • Answer:  PA Board will draft email about acceptable parent behavior and share; there are ways to help as a parent philosophy; PA will discuss with Principal ways we can help and will reach out to parents for additional ideas
    • Question:  Can the teachers help out in the morning?
      • Answer:  No, contractually, their day starts at 8:35
    • Question:  How long will this be in place, especially as the weather gets nicer?
      • Answer:  It is uncertain how long it will be in place.  Principal is open to discussion, and she agrees that we want to have children play together in the morning.
    • Question:  What is the student population required to get another safety officer?
      • Answer:  Around 400 more students.  We will have a safety officer in both school locations.
    • Comment:  Don’t minimize the interactions on the playground for parents as well as kids – it helps us all connect

Ms. Cox is getting a promotion and moving to DOE as an arts coordinator.  Friday will be her last day.

Young Eisner Scholars (YES)

  • Principal is meeting with YES Scholars today
  • Adopting a school; opportunities for 5th and 6th graders
  • Selects 50 students from whole district
  • Private tutoring to get into choice high schools

President’s Report

Membership Drive

  • The Contribution Campaign for Students (TCCS) - throughout month of March Different than the School Supplies Drive (this supports purchases of school supplies)
  • Membership Drives supports activities of the Parent Association such as arts programming, community events, etc.

Looking to develop a jazz band alternative for after school with Phillip Harper

Treasure’s Report

  • Current financials shared
  • Budget Committee - process needs to start in March – think of programs/items that the PA should consider funding
  • Audit Committee needs to be started soon to review our financial transactions and provide a report by end of the school year.  NOTE:  We need to have 2-3 non-PA Board members to audit the records; Peter and Francine (as co-Treasurers) cannot conduct the audit
  • If you are interested in joining either the Budget or Audit committees, please email the PA Board at

Committee Reports

Black History Month

  • Jazz performance on Wednesday, February 28

TCCS Got Talent Show

  • Date change due to March for Our Lives scheduled for March 24. 
  • Proposed April 21 as the new date
  • Will need volunteers the day of our event

Spring Silent Auction - “Harlem Nights”

  •  Date:  May 4th
  • Looking for auction donations
  • Donations due by April 10th
  • Find out more on the website

SLT Reports

Assessment for 3rd – 6th grades

  • Results on school net
  • Email Ms. Leona ( if you need your credentials
  • You can see actual results; an opportunity to discuss wrong answers with your kids
  • Info session for common core testing
  • Overall improvements from Fall to now

PreK Applications Open February 5th

PreK Applications Open February 5th

The preK application period will begin on February 5, 2018. All children born in 2013 who live in New York City are eligible to apply for placement for preK in the 2018-19 school year. Families can submit the application online, over the phone at 718-935-2009, or in person at a Family Welcome Center.

Visit the PreK Admissions webpage, email us at, or call us at 718-935-2009 if you have any questions.

Visit the Kindergarten Admissions webpage, email us at, or call us at 718-935-2009 if you have any questions.

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