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