PTA Minutes for Nov. 13, 2008

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PTA General Membership Meeting, November 13, 2008

Bonnie Song opened meeting at 7:25 pm

-Minutes
of last meeting were accepted with the following correction –

  In the bylaws, the VP of Fundraising is
revised from 2 to 3 people

 

Guest Speakers Officers Heffernan and Schmidt from
the local precinct spoke on graffiti

         
 Graffiti is defined as writing on a public
space

         
“Tagging” is
writing a nickname

         
Correlation
between tagging and smoking marijuana

         
Tagging usually
begins in 6th grade

         
Prevention
twofold – watch out for the purchase of spray paint and use of a previously
unknown nickname

         
Laws exist
against the youth purchase of spray paint

         
Remove graffiti
immediately as a deterrent

         
Liability for
parents

         
Marta noted an
increase in neighborhood graffiti

Presidents’ Report

         
PTA room inside
the guidance office with file cabinets, safe, papers. . .

         
Executive Board
meets in this room

         
Bonnie noted
FYIs on agenda  and dates of future
meetings

 

Principals’ Report

 Mr. Surrett,  8th Grade Assistant Principal

         
High school
applications due 12/2 but accepted early so that they may be reviewed upon
receipt

         
Washington D.C.  Senior Trip
will have an assembly kick-off (students who don’t go have regular school days)

         
No incidents on
this particular trip in the past 5 years

         
Mr. Balija and
Mr. Lampoutis responsible for Science Olympiad

         
Champs Sports
Program currently consists of flag football and basketball  (Latecomers can speak with Mr. Williams)

 

Mr. Chambers, 7th Grade Assistant
Principal

         
 Parents can access information about  students’ math assessment for NYS standards

         
Mr. Boyt
responsible for Math Team (1st in Bronx Invitational and 4th
in NYS for the 8th Grade)

         
Teachers attend
a differentiated math workshop once a month.

Ms. Choit, 6th Grade Assistant Principal

         
Trip to Wintuk
on 11/14 (300+ with 14= staff attending)

         
Students’
assessment for ELA will be available early December

         
Book Fair is
12/1 – 12/8 (volunteers needed and signup sheet distributed)

         
PTA ELA Workshop
on 1/8 at 9am and 11am

         
ELA Open
House  for students on 1/10 and 1/17 (
8-10am and 10am – noon)

         
 Teachers will review exam with students

Mrs. McGrath, Principal

              
Champs Sports Program in fall and spring (spring will be tennis and
volleyball)

              
Report cards distributed today

          
    Inaugural Dance for S.O. on
11/24 from 3 – 5:30pm

              
Open School Week – visit classrooms in action

              
Safety Workshop on 11/25 at 9am and on 12/4 at 7:00pm

              
Creating Good Writers Workshop on 12/12 at 9:00am

              
Budget cuts create a $93,830 loss for school

              
All programs to be cut except Champs (production of Wiz suspended,
basketball games impacted,  Math Olympiad
affected. . .)

               
$200,000+ cuts projected for school next year

                 Student Organization is for members only
and future events are dances and movie

                  Problems with phone call system
possibly due to “cable” –someone to address issue soon

                  Bonnie suggested a website for parent
notices

                  Marta pointed out low parental support
for prevention of budget cuts (more petitions, letters to legislators, rallies.
. .)

               
Bonnie mentioned that 10 years ago there were 37+ kids in each class and
that 4 or 5 teachers will be let go next year if proposed budget cuts happen,
resulting in larger class size

Treasurer’s Report

  Maria noted that since 10/17 there has been 1
deposit of $620


She also mentioned that 3  checks were
written (1 to Presidents’ Council, one for reimbursement of refreshments and
one was a check printing fee)


Account balance was $9096.73 and there was $870 more in membership dues


Parent Handbook replaces  “newsletter”
line in budget (motion passed)

 

School Leadership Team


Greg Mitchell noted that there was a revision of bylaws – a DC 37 person was
added (if he/she wished to attend)


Bathroom issue was discussed – “emergencies” are allowed to use the facilities

 

Safety Committee

-According
to Arlene, Mr. Lupino noted that there was an improvement in behavior and tone
in school due to the restriction of bathroom in the first and eighth periods

-On
Halloween, there was “rapid dismissal” which was a Fire Drill (students were
dismissed 10 minutes early)

 

Fundraising

-Cindy
Yoon stated that reminders of pledge letter received additional money

-Marta
mentioned that the pledge letter is key fundraiser for P.T.A.

 

Respectfully
submitted by

Suzanne
Berkowitz and Doris Iskaros