Please join us for the Parent Association meeting!
Date: Tuesday, January 15
Location: Upper School MPR Room
Childcare will be provided!Read More
Opening remarks from Principal Verdiner and Parent Coordinator Bermudez
Success of school fundraiser, Scholastic was more successful than ever before.
Studio in the School has begun across all grades
Partnership with Danza Espana is going well
Our TCCS orchestra performed at Harlem School of the Arts for a 125th celebration. Many have impressed and have sent many thanks for the performance.
Senator Brian Benjamin visited with our school. His platform is education and plans to help with his connections since he cannot financially at this time.
An anonymous donation has been received in the amount of $10,000.
Gave a grant to the school of $11,000. Parents donated $8,180 back which is a net loss of $2,820
Square 1 Art & Prestige Fundraisers went great!
Both Square 1 and Prestige were successful
Square 1 made profit of over $1,316.50
Prestige made profit of close to $2,000
Parents voice concerns over communication between student/home & teacher in regards to classwork and homework help
PLP is a way to see in the class and know what work is being done
Can use afternoon meeting w/teacher for one-on-one
Principal will address the way teachers communicate with home
Parents/PA offer that math help can be found on YouTube, Khan Academy, Math apps.
PA will be working on a resource page to offer help
If something consistent can be used across all the teachers to communicate with home like classroom Dojo
Can class parents advocate for teachers to use
PC Bermudez addresses that the recent help offered by district 5 resource center is not open to students outside middle school and high school grades. An exception will not be made for 5th graders. However, the district is working on something for elementary school grades.
We do not have a full-time counselor, yet
To address behavioral, social/emotional issues we have the School Based Mental Health Center through TC with class room consultants who visit the classroom twice a week and work in conjunction with teachers. May work with small group or children in need one-on-one to offer in school or outside help.
Lead by Dr. Karen Rosenfeld
Tier 1 and Tier 2 cases
Tier 1= Redirection required, use of behavior charts (or other) to stay on task etc.
Tier 2= May need to get pulled out for individualized help
Tier 3 = May need to be pulled out on a high frequency. Benefit from small group.
Follow 2nd Step Social/Emotional curriculum
We do offer/have more resources than other schools in the district as far as social/emotional support
PA has had extensive conversations with Principal Verdiner and Ms. Barr about ongoing behaviors in school
Help can be offered by administration, but cannot be forced upon families
Administration has been working as best they can to help by making outreach to those parents in need
Children in crisis also need protection
If something major happens, a call is made home
An issue can only be addressed when the administration is made aware of it
Community have to have trust in the administration that the right thing will be done when an issue arises.
PA to repost Chancellor's Regulations with steps Administration will take when dealing with behavior issues.
Principal Verdiner acknowledges that every Monday she gives a morning address to the students
Grades 3 thru 7 in the MPR
Go over schedule for the week
Would love student council to lead, but they are not ready yet
Wednesday Night 5PM RTS Showcase
Black History Month Assembly- date TBD - Last week of February. Looking to have it at IS 286 so both schools can come together. (Pre-k thru 7th grade)
TCCS GOT TALENT- March 30th @ IS 286.
Students can perform as an individual or in a small group.
Francine: Request parents to go online to review the PA Bylaw for 501(c)(3) in order to vote on non- for- profit status/ tax exempt to receive unlimited contribution from individual, applying for educational grants and corporations etc. Bylaws were drafted by lawyers specializing in tax exempt law.
Shaqua Randle fellow TCCS parent lead voting for new SLT member. Discussed role of SLT with input and description from parent who served previously.
Position is available due to middle school parent leaving the school
Position is for 2 years
Meetings are open to public/school community, you can sit in but not ask questions
Parents provided with SLT handouts with description & overview SLT purpose.
Nomination / Vote
Voted in : Mr. Achisimach Yisrael
In attendance 21 Parents
7 TCCS PA representatives
Nicola addressed as TCCS Community Service Efforts
Start Date 11/27/2018 to 12/18/2018
Coats (new/gently used) will be collected and taken to precinct drop off
Hats/Scarves can also be collected
Bins for each school locations will be available soon
Keep and collect perishables to be donated.
Boxes will be at both school locations soon to start collection efforts.
Dustin addressed and encourage parents extended timeline last chance to order student’s art works.
Urge parents to order so TCCS can receive 20% back to invest back into art programs. Just $55 away from receiving 33%. Parents can order previous art works just need to know the code or have setup a profile on website.
Shavon welcomed new SLT member
Superintendent is pushing for TCCS PA/SLT to become more involved with surrounding school communities and will urge outside parents to attend meetings to see how we run our meetings.
PE concerns taking away from students due to misbehavior.
Lower grades should have movement everyday/Upper grades 90 min. a week
Informed parents NYC/ DOE has a national program called SPARK provided curriculum, training to teachers to implement movement in classroom
Dustin addressed PE is limited in LS due to space and playground area not padded etc however on good weather days students use imaginary play equipment. Playground SCA Phase II construction will start in Spring SY 18-19. Nicloa shared Danza Espana residency dance company will provide dance/movement for LS.
PE/Recess taken away as form of punishment
Transportation for families in both schools
RTS after school program high cost
TC should provide assistance ( subsidy )for after school program/ care with RTS
TC Clubs only provided for ⅔ days
Reading / Math extra help for all students and not limited seats
TC / TCCS receiving additional student teachers/ work study
PE for LS/ US
It’s time to vote on the new Bylaws.
As announced in the October PA meeting (minutes here) we have DRAFT bylaws that need to be approved. We will be taking a vote on these bylaws during the December 18th PA Meeting.
These bylaws represent an update drafted by our legal counsel needed to pursue our non-profit 501(c)3 status.Read More
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one” - Mother Teresa
Did you know:
(Statistics from the Food Bank for New York City)Read More
Share with grandparents and other extended family, or order gifts of your own! Please consider ordering from the gift catalog that is being backpacked with your kids! The Parent Association can earn up to 50% of the order profit! Share with everyone!Read More
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!Read More
ORDERS ARE IN and will be ready for pickup on Friday, 12/14. Please see instructions on how to receive your order.
Teachers College Community School (TCCS) was established in 2011 through a partnership of Teachers College (TC), Columbia University and the New York City Department of Education. It is a non-selective, choice public elementary school that gives priority to families residing in Community School Districts 5 and 6. The school adds a grade level each year and at full capacity TCCS will serve students in grades Pre-K through 8.