PA General Meeting Minutes - October 16, 2018

PA General Meeting Minutes


Welcome

  • Welcome address given by PA President

New Holiday Fundraising

  • Presented by PA Co-President, Nicola M.

    • Prestige Fundraising opportunity, will be back packed in time for holiday ordering

    • 40% - 50% in fundraising opportunity for school when place orders placed online or mail-in orders (funds to be collected in school, payable to TCCS PA)

Dr. Nancy Streim of TC College Address

 Along with TC Colleague/TCCS Liaison - Amy Hawley

  • What is TC’s Role in TCCS

    • Curriculum Development

      • TC Reading/Writing Project

        • Also used in other schools, but schools may use in a different way

      • Middle School, Social Studies and Science Support

      • School Based Mental Health

        • 2nd year with this collaboration

        • Provided by phycologist student in training in all classrooms with teachers

        • 4 in total provided to the school on a whole, time is divided to be able to visit all classes

        • Work with students and help to plan strategies for children with behavioral/emotional issues

        • Social/Emotional support

        • PBIS reward system

    • Academic Support/Services

      • Music

        • All grades receive music instruction

        • 3rd graders are introduced to violin

          • PA will try provide a “cheat” sheet for those who may want to continue violin after 3rd grade of programs in the area

        • 4th thru 7th receive various music instruction (choir, orchestra, digital music, musical arrangement)

      • Reading Rescue (lower grades)

        • Grad students trained to work with children specifically in this area

      • Math Intervention

      • Digital Literacy

      • Environmental Sustainability (first year) -Started by 2 fellow Grad Students

        • 2 TCCS parents attended as well, notes shared with community

      • After School Clubs

        • TC Clubs, 163 Students currently enrolled.

        • Kindergarten thru 7th

          • Grades 6 & 7 are in orchestra only

          • 6th thru 8th grade after school provided by Noel Pointer Foundation - free through a grant

*How can more afterschool be provided and supported by TC

(Funding/fundraising/donations (either by TC or parent body)

*Our school does not qualify as Title 1 or for free services offered to Title 1 schools.

-Title 1 has to be 61% of school community, TCCS is at approximately 40%

(Parents are reminded that even though we all qualify for free lunch, lunch questionnaires should still be filled out. As this is how funding opportunities are provided.)

    • Professional Development

      • Consists of teachers going to TC for various training throughout the year

      • Teachers may rotate to take part in these development classes, subs are provided by TC usually

      • Weekend/Summer institutions that they can opt out of

      • Co-teaching with teachers in Science/Social Studies

        • A Parent component to the reading/writing project (workshops) may be possible

    • School Planning/Governance & Operations

      • TC/TCCS Liaison

      • Lunch/Recess assistance

      • Lower School program assistance

      • TC Administrative Services

    • Partnership/Fundraising

      • We’ve received a couple of grants as a school community

      • one for $10,000, another for $100,000

      • Investors continue to have an interest in TCCS

Calculating the Value of TC Contributions

  • Annual report on cash versus in-kind contributions

  • Still remains a debate (tension)  as to where money should go

    • Parents want more after school support

    • Administration want other things

  • Where contributions should go

    • Expertise

      • TC Staff/Faculty time toward school/Curriculum/Staff Development

      • TC Reading/Writing Project

    • Services

      • School day/After school instruction

      • Classroom Curriculum/Administrative Assistance

      • After school group leaders

    • Other Services

      • Books/Materials for classrooms & clubs etc. Musical instruments

      • Principal Discretionary funds

      • Special events, students/staff recruitment

      • Use of TC facilities

Thank you to all Square One Arts Volunteers

Character Day - Halloween October 31st

Giving Thanks Social

  • To be held at Upper School at November 20th from 3:15PM - 4:05PM

  • Will include ALL FAMILIES from both schools

SLT new member

  • Vote in November

PA Bylaws

Miscellaneous

  • Busing still an issue

  • More sports in school, may require additional gym teacher, more funding,etc.

    • Maybe something to forward to SLT

    • Reach out to community based sports programs (PAL, etc.)

Hispanic Heritage Month Performance

Hispanic Heritage Month Performance

National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the group's heritage and culture.

El Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana es el período del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre en los Estados Unidos, cuando las personas reconocen las contribuciones de los hispanos y latinoamericanos al patrimonio y la cultura del grupo.

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Square 1 Art

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 VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED!!!!!

It’s that time of year for our Square 1 Art fundraising campaign and our students/teachers could use some more help. 

Volunteers still needed for PK, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th Grade classes!!

Details below..

WHAT: Square 1 Art Fundraising project where ALL students create art!

WHEN: Thursday October 11th

  • UPPER SCHOOL - 1:22PM - 2:30PM (last two periods of the day)
  • LOWER SCHOOL - 1:02PM - 2:20PM (last two periods of the day)

 WHY:To raise money for our school - Families can purchase products (mugs, tote bags, etc) with their child’s art on it!

Please email the PA if you haven’t already and let us know if you can help at,  pa@tccsps517.org.

AND because ART IS AWESOME!

https://www.square1art.com

 

Reminder: Don't Forget to Contribute for School Supplies! / La escuela comienza el miércoles ¡No olvide contribuir con útiles escolares!

Reminder: Don't Forget to Contribute for School Supplies! / La escuela comienza el miércoles  ¡No olvide contribuir con útiles escolares!

Don't forget to contribute for your child's school supplies!  New electronic payment methods available including Venmo, PayPal, Cash App!

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Don't Forget to Contribute for School Supplies! / La escuela comienza el miércoles ¡No olvide contribuir con útiles escolares!

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Don't forget to contribute for your child's school supplies!  New electronic payment methods available including Venmo, PayPal, Cash App!

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PA General Meeting Minutes - September 18, 2018

PA General Meeting Minutes


Welcome 

Principal’s Updates

  • Introduction of TCCS new Parent Coordinator, Elizabeth Bermudez

Curriculum Night:

  • Comparison to last year, 146 families were in attendance

  • Higher attendance at the “upper school” than the “lower school”

  • Need a count of how many families we have in total

Lower School Updates:

  • The space is beautiful, but some work still has to be done

  • No designated full time nurse, which has been addressed. Principal has asked since April about the nurse issue and admits to dropping ball with communication with parents or reaching out for parental support.

  • The plan for a space for a full time nurse was not included to be complete until Phase 2 of construction

  • Parents have voiced major concern over this and with the help of PA Co-President, Laura, reaching out to Superintendent Rux, things began to happen to get things going

 Nurse Update:

  • A temporary room has been identified for a nurse

  • Teachers will need to be trained to administer medicine/epi-pen. Training will be given to all staff and has started this week.

  • 3 week turnaround time for placement of permanent nurse, permanent room to be brought up to code and running

  • Issue of no space for a nurse has gone all the up to the deputy school’s chancellor  of schools          

Other Lower School issues/updates:

  • A.C. unit sits too far out to window and will be pushed in or removed

  • Hot MPR addressed, temporary solution for PA to purchase industrial fans, delivery scheduled for Thursday

  • School play area, need softer play space and will look into leftover grant money received.

  • Recess - Parents should volunteer to support low staff, sign up available

  • Mosquitoes, have been addressed to the DOE, DOE has plan for spraying. Parents advised to treat kids with repellant before school. Issue also at Upper School.

  • Physical Education, children receive in conjunction with movement (i.e. dance) and recess play. Recess has stations set up by Mr. C.

  • Imagination playground will be moved to lower school space. Principal will schedule move.

School Supplies:

  • Supplies have been purchased and received

  • Will be divided up between schools

  • Classes were supplied with the basics for now (i.e. pencils, folders, markers, crayons)

  • Monday, new boards in lower school will be set-up and teachers trained

  • Grant received by Mark Levine’s office to be able to also supply the Upper School with new boards and additional Macbooks

 Other:

  • Art will begin as soon as a schedule is worked out for Upper and Lower schools, est by Nov/Dec. Art provided for all grades by Studio in a School. 

  • Grant of $100k received will be used for upgrades/updates (i.e. towards padding for play area in Lower School)

  • New communication platform provided by District 5 office, CNXT coming soon

  • TC will hire an assistant to help provide support to the administration

  • Will try to plan a way for Upper School students to visit with the Lower School students -- hopefully soon

New PA Introductions

Treasurer’s Update

School Supplies Drive:

  • Only at ½ of what the PA gave grant for ($11,000)

  • Received 25% participation so far

  • New and more ways to pay

  • Can not give names of those who have not participated 

  • Class parents will be urged to push for participation

President’s Update

SLT:

  • SLT Opening, will need someone to fill  the seat

Class Parent:

  • Class Parent needed for each grade, PA co-Secretary, Demetria will help facilitate 

Welcome Back Picnic:

  • May have to set a rain-date due to weather for upcoming weekend

  • Will alert parents by Friday

 Hispanic Heritage Celebration:

  • Will plan for an assembly of some sort for both school locations

  • Sponsored and organized by the PA co-Pres, Nicola

  • Possible celebration may include Ballet Hispanico, if anyone knows of a connection we can use

  • PA would like to hang flags in acknowledgement of Hispanic Heritage that our school community may represent. (Brasil, México, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Panamá, Nicaragua etc.)

Picture Day:

  • Need to confirm dates for Upper and Lower schools

  • No parent volunteers as to control crowding around on the day of

  • Sibling pictures may not happen, would have to work out logistics and may not be able to

Square 1 Art:

  • Will be lead by PA co-President, Dustin Vye this year

  • Earlier program date for delivery by the holidays

  • Will use some of the same projects as in past years to be able to use of remaining overage of supplies. 7th grade will have new project

  • Volunteers will be needed

  • Dates TBD, aiming for Mid-October

  • Tiles from prior sessions (for lower school grades) will be going over to the lower school soon

Don't Forget to Contribute for School Supplies! / La escuela comienza el miércoles ¡No olvide contribuir con útiles escolares!

Don't Forget to Contribute for School Supplies! / La escuela comienza el miércoles  ¡No olvide contribuir con útiles escolares!

Don't forget to contribute for your child's school supplies!  New electronic payment methods available including Venmo, PayPal, Cash App!

¡No olvide contribuir por los útiles escolares de su hijo! ¡Nuevos métodos de pago electrónico disponibles incluyendo Venmo, PayPal, Cash App!

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