PA General Meeting Minutes - October 15, 2019

PA General Meeting Minutes


Picture Day

  • Upper School November 1st- Makeup/Sibling day January 17th

  • Lower School November 15th-Makeup/Sibling Day January 24th

  • Sibling photos can only be accommodated if your children are in the same building due to the logistics of both buildings

  • The last few years only PA has assisted on picture day along with teachers and staff.  It makes it easier, less hectic and has worked well. In the past when we have had parents sign up it doesn’t always go so well.

  • Class pictures should be included with order. We are working with a new rep. 

  • Order online if possible

SLT- School Leadership Team Vote 

  • Requires a quorum of at least 2 of the 3 core representatives to be in attendance( UFT Rep, Principal  and PA President and then and remainder of the team, which includes teachers, administration and parents.

  • Major decisions are being voted on (CPE, How budget is used, curriculum, safety)

  • If you miss 3 consecutive meetings you can be voted out by consensus 

  • Currently we are not compliant because we need to fill one parent seat

  • SLT does not decide on the lunch menu, that is done by school Food

  • SLT minutes are posted to school website

  • One volunteer, one on the fence (due to scheduling)

  • Voted in Jamie Jones, Pre-k parent

Giving Thanks Social

  •  Both school buildings are invited to the Upper School

  • Held on Tuesday before Thanksgiving, 11/26

  • Starts after regular dismissal (4PM?)

  • Families are asked to bring a dish that is based around “harvest” (corn, apples, etc). Included with an ingredient card to alert to any allergies.

  • PA will provide drinks

  •  TCCS Canned Food Drive Kick-off!  Bring a canned food item for entry. Check dates, include kids when shopping for canned items, check dates if cleaning pantry at home.

  • Food will be donated to church near upper school (largest pantry in the city) St. Joseph

  • Cans will stop being collected before Christmas

Coat Drive

  • Will start in December, run through January

  • Former PA member Nicola, will help organize and distribute coats to local drop off

  • Donated items should include coats, gloves, layering items (sweaters, vest), only hats with tags (new) are accepted because of lice. 

Treasurer’s Updates

  • Proposing a change to the budget to include:

    • funding for 8th grade art

    • additional $675 needed

    • Studio in the School funding will go up from$16,400 to $17,075

    • will have to vote at next meeting

  • There has been a bump in Amazon sales 

    • additional $200 made from online sales

    • find code on our school site

  • School Supplies Drive

    • Will wrap by end of October

    • Would like to push participation through class parents

    • Currently at 29% participation only

    • Requested a list of itemized supplies that teachers ask for and what’s ordered 

Lower School lunch & art help

  • Wednesday 10:50 - 12:20

  • Starting in 2 weeks, 10/30 kick-off

  • Will need volunteers, email PA

Upper School Playground

  • Will need to revisit with SLT & PA

  • Not age appropriate, eyesore, taped off and broken

  • DOE not responsible to replace since it was received as a donation from (at time) Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer.

  • Can we get volunteer parents to break it down and remove

  • Once removed, SCA can step in for a solution for the space

    • Parents can use resources by contacting connections in construction, Janis Properties, Taystee Development

    • Can we go back to (current) Manhattan Borough President

  • Capital Expenditure grants being offered currently

Hispanic Heritage 

  • Danza Espana working on dates for performance and residency start

  • classes offered at lower school only (currently) 

  • last year only included 1st and 2nd grade

    • not sure if they will expand


  • Is sports being taught during class

  • Middle School is mandated to have gym twice a week

  • Only have budget for 1 gym teacher across both buildings

    • considered 1 school, even though we have 2 buildings

  • Can TC students (aides) be brought in for volunteering

  • Need more movement in lower grades

  • Can we utilize more TC/Columbia space and resources

    • Rock Climbing facility offered Community Program

    • Art gallery

Square One Art

  • Will be in Spring, March/April

  • Will need parent volunteers

  • Former PA rep will help lead again

  • 2 parents over 2 days

  • Projects differ by grade

Prestige Fundraising

  • Successful fundraising event 

  • Will receive catalogs soon

  • Can share with families and co-workers