PA General Meeting Minutes - May 21, 2019

PA General Meeting Minutes


Principal’s Update

  • Middle School Dance happening on June 7th for 5th - 7th Grade students. The dance is sponsored by our Student Council

    • DJ’ed by DJ Blake of Lectro Raiders Entertainment and our 4th grade student DJ Kyla J

    • Movie Days will be hosted for our K to 4th grade students.

  • Would like to help 2nd graders make a smooth transition from lower school to 3rd grade in upper building.

    • Will have them publish pieces of writing “what I look forward to in 3rd grade…”, sometime in June

  • Studio in the school pieces will be displayed at the District 5 offices

  • Executive Superintendent (reports directly to the Chancellor) will be visiting the school some time this week along with Superintendent Rux

  • Proposing professional development session times to implement into the school curriculum

    • 2 days will be allotted for professional development

    • Would mean early dismissal or ½ days for children and it would require parents to get childcare

    • Have discussed this option for the last 2 years and would like to implement in the next year or so

    • Teachers would not be in classes and substitutes would teach on days those days

  • Tap Water campaign has started and has already received generous donations.

    • Spread the word

    • would like to replace all 3 water fountains

  • Thank you to current PA Executive Board, appreciate every one that has served this year

  • Next years after-school programming will remain the same

    • Noel Pointer, which is received through a Grant, will be re-evaluated

    • RTS will return

    • TC Clubs info should be available end of June

Upcoming Events (PA President)

  • SPRING FLING! Saturday, June 15th 11am-5pm

    • $25 donation(family) will receive a free beach bag

    • Everyone will receive a wristband with donation to access all amenities

    • Bouncy house , sand art, rock climbing, popcorn/cotton candy. There will be an additional cost for slime, kids books and food.

    • Will have attendants at the bouncy houses, rock climbing this year, but will still need volunteers

    • Need volunteers for set-up/tear-down and assist children. Will send out a volunteer sheet. 2 hour intervals

*parent request that music not be so loud for children with sensory issues

  • We as a PA would like to make our teachers be more involved in the decision making of our school. Discussed becoming a PTA.

    • We will need to vote on this at next meeting or have an additional meeting in June

    • May help with teacher restriction, they can help make decisions

*can students sit in and be a part of PA/PTA to voice concerns

-according to regulations they can not

   -maybe they can sit separate w/PA or rep to discuss issues that can be brought to                the discussion

  • The teachers involved will not be on the PA Executive board, but will have the ability to be included on votes

*should consider teachers scheduling and how they will be included with consideration to times of meetings etc.

  • ELECTIONS (5th grade parent, Shaqua Randle to run election process)

    • Available positions for PA are, President, Secretary and Treasurer

    • TCCS also has Vice President positions and offer “co” positions in each role

      • President will be the one on the forefront and in for all

      • Vice President backs up the President if they can not be present

      • Secretary does all the recording for meetings, getting out communications and keeping you informed

      • Treasurer works with all of the PA Budget, money & finances. So if you think you’re good with numbers and figures and can do it you should try

    • As you think about running, think about what it would take to be on the board.   Having your voice heard. What it would take if you would like to see changes in your school.

    • Bylaws state that we can run for “co” positions or single in the roles

    • Next year it should be considered to have parents submit ballots/bio at least 30 days prior to election so that the election can go smoothly and parents will know who they would like to vote for ahead of time.

      • add to Bylaws

    • Also need to vote on 2 new SLT members for next year.

      • SLT meets once a month with Principal, community leaders (CEC, Community Board 9), Nancy Streim of TC/TC Shareholders

      • Meet time is usually 3rd Thursday of the month at 3:15PM

      • 2 year term

      • Reviews budget, vote on enrichment/curriculum

      • You will be an “insider” and involved in what happens in your childs school

      • The rule is if you miss 2 meetings you can be voted out

      • Training available through district

        • Over 30 hours of training, you can receive a Stipend

  • RUNNING FOR PA EXECUTIVE BOARD

    • PRESIDENT/CO-PRESIDENT

      • Ayishah Irvin/Laura Blake

      • Saralinda Lugohart/Laura Konate

    • VICE PRESIDENT/CO-PRESIDENT

      • Ji Young Lee

      • Shavon Glover

      • Hyacinth Myers

    • SECRETARY/CO-SECRETARY

      • Demetria Robinson/Chimene Lewis

    • TREASURER/CO-TREASURER

      • former treasurer Francine Lane voted in by 5 parents and nomination was accepted

  • RUNNING FOR SLT

    • Sarah Saragin (Jones)

    • Jessica Bennett

    • Christine Kovich

    • Demetria Davidson


  • 2019-2020 EXECUTIVE PA BOARD WINNERS

    • CO-PRESIDENT’S

      • Ayishah Irving/Laura Blake

    • VICE PRESIDENT

      • Ji Young Lee

    • CO-SECRETARY’S

      • Demetria Robinson/Chimene Lewis

    • TREASURER

      • Francine Lane

  • 2019-2021 NEW SLT MEMBERS

    • Sarah Saragin

    • Christine Kovich




PA General Meeting Minutes - March 19, 2019

PA General Meeting Minutes

Welcome

  • Intro given by PA Co-President, L. Blake

Principal’s Update

  • Quality Review is coming up this week and will take place over the course of two days

  • Please remember to complete parent surveys. Codes will be distributed during Student Led Conferences.

    • Already distributed at Lower School

    • Upper School will be distributed next week during conferences

    • If you need help with codes, contact Ms. Bermudez

  • Studio in the school has started for other grades

    • Upper School grades have already picked themes

    • Lower School sessions went well, the school was visited by TC leaders and they were impressed. Will be sending a photography back to take photos of the display so it can be used as a promo photo on postcards

    • Danza Espana starting back at the end of the month in the lower grades.

      • This is our free (they have funding) dance partnership that started after the Spanish Heritage month presentation

      • Hoping to add additional grades next year

  • Lower School led conferences were successful, 83 families were in attendance

  • Cell Phone policy being discussed and revisited with SLT

    • New rules have to be discussed

    • Send suggestions to PA executive board or Ms. Bermudez

    • Parent suggests Magnetic Pouches as used in her school through a pilot program (will find out cost).

  • Construction work concerns near Upper School

    • Principal have spoken with the construction workers

    • suggested to call 311 for complaints

  • Summer in the City (STEM) programming is something you sign up for on your own and is different than the Summer School program.

  • School Supplies in Lower School should not be requested by parents, (Principal) have spoken with teachers.

    • Supplies are ordered through a database online once a month for items needed

  • After-school math enrichment went to selected students

    • Small Group

    • Based on a criteria

    • Would teachers be open to test prep during lunch, some teachers work with students during lunch for a number of reasons. That would be up to them, but they also need their breaks.

  • NYS ELA workshop

    • next Tuesday, 3/26

    • really encourage 3rd grade parents to attend since they are new to testing

    • Also 4th grade and 7th grade parents should attend to be reintroduced to the test, as those are grades looked at for (MS, HS) - attendance is also very important

  • TC will be visiting the school on Tuesday to review practices of the school (a part of the quality review)

The Contribution Campaign for Students- TCCS

  • This was previously called PA Dues

  • Name changed so parents can see exactly where there money is used in schools to help our children - suggested by F. Lane (Co-Treasurer)

  • $50 is suggested, but 100% participation is the goal. So give what you can!

  • This is not the same as the school supplies drive

  • Can parents make payments PA dues can only be collected once a year by DOE regulations, so payments can’t be made. Just pay what you can.

  • May suggest to collect money based on grade (necessity) going forward.

Upcoming Events

  • TCCS GOT TALENT- THIS SATURDAY, March 23rd 1-3pm!

    • Held at Urban Assembly School, 509 WEST 129TH STREET

    • 2nd Annual show

    • Lots of talent this year

    • Suggest $20 per family at door

    • Will be selling T-shirts ($12 child size/ $15 adults), Food (snacks at concession).

    • Will be videotaped to possible sale at a later date.

  • TCCS Parent Social & Silent Auction- May 3rd 6-9pm

    • Havana Nights Theme

    • Marianne Soohoo spoke briefly at our last PA meeting to give details

    • Items will be available during pre-bidding and items left over will be available after.

    • Most auctioned off items are donated.

    • Items are still being collected, April 5th is deadline

  • SPRING FLING! Save the Date- June 15th 11am-5pm

    • Will be in the street on Morningside Avenue in front of the school as in previous years.

    • Lots of activities, Food

    • Will have attendants at the bouncy houses this year

    • Need volunteers for set-up/tear-down

2019-2020 Parent Association Nominations

  • Try to get parents from both the Lower School and Upper School to run

  • SLT will have 2 or 3 spots as well, have to confirm

    • set commitment, different from PA

    • help make decisions for the school functions (security for example)

  • Nominate some you know

    • time commitment

    • plan all activities of the school

    • fundraise