Parents are an integral part of the TCCS community. The following is a list of opportunities or ways in which parents can contribute to the development of TCCS. All parents are encouraged to play a role in the school’s success.
Parent Association (PA)
Parents and guardians of TCCS students are are automatically members of the TCCS Parent Association.
We value your involvement and your input!
School Leadership Team (SLT)
he School Leadership Team (SLT) is mandated for all New York City Schools. It is comprised of teachers, administrators, the school principal, a PTA representative, and elected parents. The SLT is responsible for developing the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) and ensuring that it is aligned with the school-based budget. SLTs play a significant role in creating a structure for school-based decision making and shaping the path to a collaborative school culture.
The School Leadership Team consists of the following individuals:
- Principal- Michelle Verdiner
- Teachers College representative - Nancy Streim
- Community Board 9 member - TBD
- United Federations of Teacher (UFT) representative - Marie Sarabia
- Three teachers – Alexandra Espinosa, Michael Cornell, Margaret Reveron
- PA President or Co-President - Michelle Kelly
- Four parents - Jennifer Silverman, Laurie Kindred, Shavon Glover, Kim Kefgin
The parent members of the SLT are elected for two-year terms. Elections are held in May on alternate years. The next scheduled election is May 2018. If a parent member leaves the SLT, a special election will be held.
Each class is expected to have two Class Parents. The role of the Class Parent is to support and build community within the classroom and serve as liaisons between classroom parents and the Parent Association (PA Board). Class parents assist with special events such as celebrations (publicize, coordinate food, decorate, solicit volunteers, etc.), are involved in (publicize and assist) grade-specific projects; replenish class supplies; and coordinate teacher-related activities.
Lunch / Recess Assistant(s)
Lunch and recess assistants help students with condiments, utensils and serving. Lunch and recess assistants encourage students to follow school cafeteria rules; circulate throughout the cafeteria to assist students; monitor bathroom usage during lunch/recess; assist staff with other activities as needed and indicated by school staff members. There is parent sign up sheet for lunch assistance. Parents will be able to select a specific area to assist to ensure that there is an equal distribution of adults to support our students during this time.
Field Trip Chaperone(s)
Each chaperone is assigned a small group of children. Each chaperone is responsible for the safety of all children assigned to his/her group at all times:
On the bus:
- Instruct the children to remain seated at all times
- Ensure that all children have working seat belts
During the trip:
- Inform the teacher of any emergencies (bathroom, illness, etc)
- No child is to be un-escorted
Chaperones must never leave their group unattended and must be willing to assist another parent with their group. They will remind students about appropriate behavior and language. If a student is having a challenging day with behavior and/or language, please inform the teacher in charge immediately.
After the trip:
- Ensure that ALL students are off the bus.
- Line them up in an orderly fashion and escort them into the school building.
Other details about field trips:
- Purpose: all field trips will have and educational purpose or support learning outcomes.
- Frequency: there is no required number of trips per school per year. The number of trips taking place in a given year is at the Principal's discretion.
- Lunch during field trips: students will be notified of the appropriate lunch to bring.
- Transportation: the Department of Education requires that all students Pre-K through 2nd grade use a yellow school bus for all trips that are not within walking distance.
Class teachers will request field trip chaperones as needed during the school year.
Parents as Learning Partners (PLP)
Parents as Learning Partners (PLP) is an opportunity provided to every TCCS parent. Our objective is to allow parents to interact with their child(ren) during classroom instruction. During visitation, following morning line-up, parents are invited to join the class until to work with their child on the morning’s lesson (reading, writing, math games, etc). Please note the protocol below for participating in this opportunity:
The first class visit is scheduled for Friday, October 27, 2017. Subsequent dates will be the last Friday of the month unless otherwise noted.
2017-2018 PLP Schedule
- October 27th
- November 17th
- December 22nd
- January 26th
- February 15th *100 Day
- March 23rd
- April 27th
- May 25th
On your visitation day, parents will visit classrooms immediately after arrival at 8:45 a.m. Parents of students having breakfast can meet their child at 8:35 in the multipurpose room.
Parents will participate in a culminating event: Publishing party, poetry reading, or investigation aligned to the unit of study to afford parents the opportunity to learn in collaboration with their child which will end at 9:25 a.m.
At the end of the activity, parents will be invited to have a coffee social with Principal Verdiner in the Library.