PA General Meeting Minutes - January 15, 2019

PA General Meeting Minutes


Welcome

In the absence of Principal Verdiner who is at open house at Lower School, PA Co-President Laura Blake welcomes parents

Principal’s Update

(delivered by PA Co-President Laura Blake)

  • Lower School Updates

    • Safety Agent Espinosa has left her position to pursue another position within the police department.

    • Safety Agent Green has been in place, for now, he is not sure if this will be his permanent assignment.

  • Low staff continues to be an issue.

  • Current budget is split between both school buildings and hiring additional staff is not in the budget.

  • A doorbell has been installed for times when the safety agent is not at the his post. Parents please ring bell if door is locked before leaving your children unattended.

    • Can teachers post in Class Dojo

    • Can Parent Coordinator blast in School Cnxt

    • Administration should be sure to alert parents to this

Spirit Week

  • Flyers came out from Student Council and will be backpacked

  • It’s a little earlier this year

  • Will run from January 28 - February 1

  • Will include both lower school and upper school

Care-A-Grams

  • Sponsored by our student council

  • Happening on Valentine's Day as in the past

  • Chocolate will be allowed again as per Principal Verdiner at the Upper School only because the older children complained about not having it as an option last year.

  • Student council is still determining how to spend the money they raise, including last years money.

Picture Re-take Day (Upper School)

  • Will take place this Friday, 1/18 at the Upper School and 1/31 at the Lower School.

  • Envelopes will go out for sibling pictures with a note on how to order.

  • Will be backpacked prior to the day of

  • Contact PA with issues other than retake issues so we can try to help resolve with Lifetouch

  • Default background only for sibling pics (gray)

Treasurer Update

  • 2018-2019 Budget vs Actuals info shared in handout

  • Square 1 Art gross income was $1,316

  • Next Box Tops collection will be March 1, will coordinate to make announcement. $$192 collect from last collection

  • Parent Dues will happen soon, deciding on a date in April or May

  • Fundraising efforts is the reason that the PA has been able to fully pay for ALL ART programming

By-Law Vote

  • Unanimous vote on updated By-Laws by all in attendance

  • We are a Non-profit in New York State

  • Waiting for information as to when we can start applying for grants

Black History Month Assembly

  • We will have a school wide celebration on February 28th or date we have to confirm

  • Will be held at Shavon Glover’s (PA Co-President) home school (where TCCS Got Talent was held)

  • Both Upper and Lower schools will attend

  • Parents will be able to attend

  • Performance based event, maybe a guest speaker-trying to confirm

  • HSA has committed to a dance presentation

  • Will start in the morning, approximately 9AM with speaker then performance

TCCS Got Talent

  • Will be held end of March. March 30th

  • Parent/SLT member, Laurie Kindred has signed up to assist with talent as well as Ms. Carter, possibly Ms. Kramer

  • Children will have to be able to practice routines, especially if performing in groups

  • Information will go out, for parental and student consent and sign-up soon

Other Topics

  • Would be great if parents had a list of all DOE sites to access children's information/grades

    • suggestion from fellow parent who is also a teacher, school uses Bloom. Similar to Facebook where all information, news,photos, etc. can be shared in one space.

  • Will we get the Math/ELA coaching as in past years?

    • Principal Verdiner is waiting to be notified if she has the budget to do so. Parents will be notified.

  • Notes from SLT member, Laurie Kindred, wanted to share in reference to not having a counselor

    • We do have the SBMHC program that is provided by Teachers College

    • Not a counselor but is more hands on throughout the grades up to 5th grade only

      • Program details:

        • One classroom consultant in each classroom twice a week

        • Up to 5th grade (6th and 7th doesn’t have)

        • Social/behavioral issues/ small groups

        • More classroom interaction than having a counselor

        • Work w/teachers to identify and deescalate

        • Lead by Dr. Karen Rosenfeld, who helps work one-on-one with high risk and high need kids

        • Consultants will like to continue to tackle issues in conjunction with parents

        • Some parents seemed unaware of the program.

        • If there is an issue you always contact your child’s teacher first, then the administration

        • Girls workshop information shared by Nicola Medrano (PA, Co-VP)

          • Happening February 3

          • Need up to 20 girls

          • Offsite space

          • Scholarship available

          • Girls 9 - 12 (will accept 8 year olds)

          • $40 which include lunch

          • Topics will be: Beautiful You and Love Yourself

          • Will post information to TCCS parent fb page, class parents or contact Nicola directly for information

  • Has there been any update on Physical Education issue

    • PA issue? SLT? will discuss with Principal Verdiner

    • Limited time of movement still an issue according to parents

    • Is there any resolve on more instruction time

    • Mr. C’s teaching style still a topic by many parents

    • With the cold weather and not being able to access outside space (at LS) what is in place/what’s the fix for now

Next Up…

Parent Social/Silent Auction will be May 3rd

  • Theme: Havana Nights

  • Parent organizer, Marianne Soohoo will need volunteers.

    • PA to vet soon

  • Will need to really push communication to all families, especially new families.

  • Working on childcare with RTS staff, would have to get permission

  • Considering some of the parents that were big donors/contributors have moved on from the school community, should other outreach efforts be made within the school neighborhood to solicit  donations

    • suggestion: parents who can gather and go door-to-door in the neighborhood to get donations

  • Online start will be earlier than event

  • An Alumni database would be helpful in this type of event

  • Raffle as a tie-in for fundraising

INSTRUCTIONS - Upper School Picture Retake Day & Sibling Picture Day/INSTRUCCIONES - Día de recuperación de fotos de la escuela superior y Día de fotos de hermanos

INSTRUCTIONS - Upper School Picture Retake Day & Sibling Picture Day/INSTRUCCIONES - Día de recuperación de fotos de la escuela superior y Día de fotos de hermanos

IINSTRUCTIONS - Upper School Picture Retake Day & Sibling Picture Day/INSTRUCCIONES - Día de recuperación de fotos de la escuela superior y Día de fotos de hermanos

  • FRIDAY, JANUARY 18TH 2018 (Upper School)/VIERNES 18 DE ENERO DE 2018 (Escuela Superior)

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Class Picture Retake Day & Sibling Photos on Friday 1/18 & Thursday 1/31 /Fotos de Día de Retomar de Fotos de Clase y Hermanos el viernes 1/18 y jueves 1/31

Class Picture Retake Day & Sibling Photos on Friday 1/18 & Thursday 1/31 /Fotos de Día de Retomar de Fotos de Clase y Hermanos el viernes 1/18 y jueves 1/31

Class Picture Retake Day & Sibling Photos on Thursday & Friday/Día de retomar fotos de clase y fotos de hermanos los jueves y viernes

  • Thursday, January 31, 2019 - Lower School / Jueves, 31 de enero de 2019 - Lower School

  • Friday, January 18, 2019 - Upper School / Viernes, 18 de enero de 2019 - Escuela superior

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PA General Meeting Minutes - December 18, 2018

PA General Meeting Minutes


Welcome

  • Opening remarks from Principal Verdiner and Parent Coordinator Bermudez

Principal’s Update

  • Success of school fundraiser, Scholastic was more successful than ever before.

  • Studio in the School has begun across all grades

  • Partnership with Danza Espana is going well

  • Our TCCS orchestra performed at Harlem School of the Arts for a 125th celebration. Many have impressed and have sent many thanks for the performance.

  • Senator Brian Benjamin visited with our school. His platform is education and plans to help with his connections since he cannot financially at this time.

  • An anonymous donation has been received in the amount of $10,000.

Treasurer Update

  • Gave a grant to the school of $11,000. Parents donated $8,180 back which is a net loss of $2,820

Square 1 Art & Prestige Fundraisers went great!

  • Both Square 1 and Prestige were successful

    • Square 1 made profit of over $1,316.50

    • Prestige made profit of close to $2,000

  • Parents voice concerns over communication between student/home & teacher in regards to classwork and homework help

    • PLP is a way to see in the class and know what work is being done

    • Can use afternoon meeting w/teacher for one-on-one

    • Principal will address the way teachers communicate with home

  • Parents/PA offer that math help can be found on YouTube, Khan Academy, Math apps.

    • PA will be working on a resource page to offer help

  • If something consistent can be used across all the teachers to communicate with home like classroom Dojo

    • Can class parents advocate for teachers to use

  • PC Bermudez addresses that the recent help offered by district 5 resource center is not open to students outside middle school and high school grades. An exception will not be made for 5th graders. However, the district is working on something for elementary school grades.

  • We do not have a full-time counselor, yet

    • To address behavioral, social/emotional issues we have the School Based Mental Health Center through TC with class room consultants who visit the classroom twice a week and work in conjunction with teachers. May work with small group or children in need one-on-one to offer in school or outside help.

    • Lead by Dr. Karen Rosenfeld

    • Tier 1 and Tier 2 cases

      • Tier 1= Redirection required, use of behavior charts (or other) to stay on task etc.

      • Tier 2= May need to get pulled out for individualized help

      • Tier 3 = May need to be pulled out on a high frequency. Benefit from small group.

    • Follow 2nd Step Social/Emotional curriculum

  • We do offer/have more resources than other schools in the district as far as social/emotional support

  • PA has had extensive conversations with Principal Verdiner and Ms. Barr about ongoing behaviors in school

  • Help can be offered by administration, but cannot be forced upon families

    • Administration has been working as best they can to help by making outreach to those parents in need

    • Children in crisis also need protection

    • If something major happens, a call is made home

    • An issue can only be addressed when the administration is made aware of it

    • Community have to have trust in the administration that the right thing will be done when an issue arises.

  • PA to repost Chancellor's Regulations with steps Administration will take when dealing with behavior issues.

  • Principal Verdiner acknowledges that every Monday she gives a morning address to the students

    • Grades 3 thru 7 in the MPR

    • Go over schedule for the week

    • Pep Talk

    • Would love student council to lead, but they are not ready yet

Upcoming Events-

Wednesday Night 5PM RTS Showcase

Black History Month Assembly- date TBD - Last week of February. Looking to have it at IS 286 so both schools can come together. (Pre-k thru 7th grade)

TCCS GOT TALENT- March 30th @ IS 286.

  • Students can perform as an individual or in a small group.

Class Picture Retake Day & Sibling Photos Friday 1/18 & Thursday 1/31 / Fotos de Día de Retomar de Fotos de Clase y Hermanos el viernes 1/18 y jueves 1/31

Class Picture Retake Day & Sibling Photos  Friday 1/18 & Thursday 1/31 / Fotos de Día de Retomar de Fotos de Clase y Hermanos el viernes 1/18 y jueves 1/31

Retake Dates & Sibling Photos / Fechas de retoma y fotos de hermanos

  • Thursday, January 17, 2019 - Lower School / Jueves, 17 de enero de 2019 - Lower School

  • Friday, January 18, 2019 - Upper School / Viernes, 18 de enero de 2019 - Escuela superior

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PA General Meeting Minutes - November 26, 2018

PA General Meeting Minutes


Welcome/Treasurer Update

  • Francine: Request parents to go online to review the PA Bylaw for 501(c)(3) in order to vote on non- for- profit status/ tax exempt to receive unlimited contribution from individual, applying for educational grants and corporations etc. Bylaws were drafted by lawyers specializing in tax exempt law.

School Leadership Team New Member Vote

  • Shaqua Randle fellow TCCS parent lead voting for new SLT member. Discussed role of SLT with input  and description from parent who served previously.

  • Position is available due to middle school parent leaving the school

  • Position is for 2 years

  • Meetings are open to public/school community, you can sit in but not ask questions

    • Parents provided with SLT handouts with description & overview SLT purpose.  

    • Nomination / Vote

    • Voted in : Mr. Achisimach Yisrael

    • In attendance 21 Parents

    • 7 TCCS PA representatives


NY Cares Coat Drive

Nicola addressed as TCCS Community Service Efforts

  • Start Date 11/27/2018 to 12/18/2018

  • Coats (new/gently used) will be collected and taken to precinct drop off

  • Hats/Scarves can also be collected

  • Bins for each school locations will be available soon

Food Drive Canned Goods

  • Keep and collect perishables to be donated.

  • Boxes will be at both school locations soon to start collection efforts.


Square 1st Arts - Last Chance!

Dustin addressed and encourage parents extended timeline last chance to order student’s art works.

  • Urge parents to order so TCCS can receive 20% back to invest back into art programs. Just $55 away from receiving 33%. Parents can order previous art works just need to know the code or have  setup a profile on website.

Other Topics Discussed

Shavon welcomed new SLT member

  • Superintendent is pushing for TCCS PA/SLT to become more involved with surrounding school communities and will urge outside parents to attend meetings to see how we run our meetings.

Parent Concerns/Discuss with Principal

  • PE concerns taking away from students due to misbehavior.

    • Lower grades should have movement everyday/Upper grades 90 min. a week

    • Informed  parents NYC/ DOE has a national program called  SPARK provided curriculum, training to teachers to implement movement in classroom

    • Dustin addressed PE is limited in LS due to  space and playground area not padded etc however on good weather days students use imaginary play equipment. Playground SCA Phase II construction will start in Spring SY 18-19. Nicloa shared Danza Espana residency dance company will provide dance/movement for LS.

  • PE/Recess taken away as form of punishment

  • Transportation for families in both schools

  • RTS after school program high cost

  • TC should provide assistance ( subsidy )for after school program/ care with RTS  

  • TC Clubs only provided for ⅔ days

  • Reading / Math extra help for all students and not limited seats

  • TC / TCCS receiving additional student teachers/ work study  

  • PE for LS/ US

Please review DRAFT Parent Association Bylaws - Vote on Tuesday, December 18

Please review DRAFT Parent Association Bylaws - Vote on Tuesday, December 18

It’s time to vote on the new Bylaws.

As announced in the October PA meeting (minutes here) we have DRAFT bylaws that need to be approved. We will be taking a vote on these bylaws during the December 18th PA Meeting.

These bylaws represent an update drafted by our legal counsel needed to pursue our non-profit 501(c)3 status.

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