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PA General Meeting Minutes
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
Ayishah Irvin/Laura Blake
Saralinda Lugohart/Laura Konate
Ji Young Lee
Demetria Robinson/Chimene Lewis
former treasurer Francine Lane voted in by 5 parents and nomination was accepted
RUNNING FOR SLT
Sarah Saragin (Jones)
2019-2020 EXECUTIVE PA BOARD WINNERS
Ayishah Irving/Laura Blake
Ji Young Lee
Demetria Robinson/Chimene Lewis
2019-2021 NEW SLT MEMBERS
DONATION ITEMS NEEDED: 8th Annual TCCS Parent Social & Silent Auction Friday, May 3, 2019
April 5th is the deadline for donation items
Please contact Marianne Soohoo (mariannesoohoo@gmail), Ji Young Lee (email@example.com) or the TCCS PA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PA General Meeting Minutes
Intro given by PA Co-President, L. Blake
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
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.
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
plan all activities of the school