PA General Meeting Minutes - December 18, 2018

PA General Meeting Minutes


  • Opening remarks from Principal Verdiner and Parent Coordinator Bermudez

Principal’s Update

  • 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.

Treasurer Update

  • 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

    • Pep Talk

    • Would love student council to lead, but they are not ready yet

Upcoming Events-

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.

PA General Meeting Minutes - November 26, 2018

PA General Meeting Minutes

Welcome/Treasurer Update

  • 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.

School Leadership Team New Member Vote

  • 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

NY Cares Coat Drive

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

Food Drive Canned Goods

  • Keep and collect perishables to be donated.

  • Boxes will be at both school locations soon to start collection efforts.

Square 1st Arts - Last Chance!

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.

Other Topics Discussed

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.

Parent Concerns/Discuss with Principal

  • 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

Please review DRAFT Parent Association Bylaws - Vote on Tuesday, December 18

Please review DRAFT Parent Association Bylaws - Vote on Tuesday, December 18

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.

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“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one” - Mother Teresa  

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  • 1 out of every 4 NYC children is at risk of experiencing hunger  
  • 1 out of every 5 NYC seniors requires help from a charity to feed themselves  

(Statistics from the Food Bank for New York City) 

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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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