PA General Meeting Minutes - September 17, 2019

PA General Meeting Minutes

  • Welcome

  • 2019/2020 PA Executive Board Introductions

  • Principal’s Updates

    • Parent Newsletter will go out soon.

    • No longer using the SchoolCXNT system for communication

    • If you are not signed up for the newsletter, please share your email address

    • Hopefully by the time student lead conferences, new system will be in place

    • Curriculum night at the Lower School was successful, 60 families visited.

      • They were given a tour of the new space      

      • Hoping for a good turnout at the Upper School as well

      • We currently need 1 seat filled on SLT

      • This is a very special year with a full pre-k to 8th grade

      • We are a recognized school

      • Things are looking great with the addition of the new pre-k section

      • It’s a good start to the school year, with walk around class visits being done by Ms. Barr and Ms. Diaz as well. The kids seem happy and the energy amazing so far.

      • Still trying to raise funds for the updated water stations at the upper school. We need $6,000 and have raised about $1,500 so far. Would like to get 3, but right now may be able to get one.

    • Zero Waste program will match fundraising efforts, but we did not raise enough.

    • Continue to share the link with co-workers, family

  • Cell phone policy did come about due to misuse by students last year. There were issues with the phones being used at the wrong times and it became an issue.

    • DOE does give a general contract that are more disciplinary

    •   Any parent suggestions on how the issues should be further addressed can be sent to the PA who will communicate the message

  • Dad’s Bring Your Kids to school event was cancelled for a couple of reasons. Some parents complained that their children feel excluded; there are some dads that bring their kids every day.

    • Last year it was cancelled district wide due to the weather

    • Also scheduling this year didn’t make it possible

    • Will maybe plan for activities next year

    • Maybe change the name of the event, “Care Giver Day”

  •  Guest Speaker- Shatema Williams- Figure Skating in Harlem

    o   Afterschool program for girls only and offers academic support, financial literacy, public speaking skills, STEM, travel/sisterhood

    o   Program runs from October – March

    o   Info left with school

    o   Some TCCS students currently attend, a couple are newly signed up

    o   Does not provide transportation from the school to the program


  • Vote on TCCS PA becoming a PTA

    • Becoming a PTA is a way we can connect more to the needs and support of Teachers and vice-versa. Will help to make teachers feel included in some decisions, may be a way to help with retention.

    • PA executive board would meet with teacher every other month

    • Teacher would only meet with PA executive board

    •    Will effect by-laws and would have to be amended

    • In the process of changing by-laws now for 5013-C status as well, can do at the same time.

    • *Majority voted to make PA a PTA! PASSED

  •  Consider running for SLT- School Leadership Team Vote will be at the October PA Meeting- 10/15 @8:45AM at the LS

    o   Need one seat filled

    o   Meetings are usually the 3rd Thursday of the month, however meeting will be September 26th this month only due to curriculum night

    o   Consider running for SLT, vote will be at the next PA meeting – Oct. 15 at Lower School


  • Treasurer’s Updates

    o   Parents will receive copy of budgets each meeting

    o   (Francine) using a new system and it may look a little different than before

    o   School supplies drive, PA ask for donations to pay towards granted given to the school. Goal is $11,000

    • Participation is just as important, give what you can that can count toward the participation goal of 100%

    •   Can request am audited list of supplies ordered for teachers from the Principal

    • Parent suggest more may participate if given a specific list of what supplies are given

    • Looking into system with the ability to accept monthly payments.

    • Supply Drive (grant) was started by previous PA President who suggested the grant, that started at $4,000, to make it easier to receive supplies directly to the school. Parents were given the chance of not having to go out shopping and toting tons of supplies on the first days of school.

  •  Lower School lunch & art help

    o   Lead by Ji (PA, VP) along with the help of donated parents time/supplies

    o   During lower school lunchtime, twice a week

    o   Rotate with outside play so all kids have a choice to participate

  •  PA email subscription & closed Facebook group

  • Additional Topics

     o   Parent has applied for a bike rack at the Lower School location through 311. How long does it take?

    o   PA waiting on approve of event dates from the Principal and will share a list of events and dates. Will post and share with class parents to communicate as well.

    o   Will PA help with 8th grade activities this year? Is it a consideration i.e. graduation dues, prom, trip, party etc.

    • There is a 8th grade committee who will be working with parents, Ms. Shen and 8th grade homeroom teacher to get info. out.