PTA Minutes for May 28, 2009

M.S. 67 P.T.A.

General Membership Meeting

May 28, 2009

The meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m.

Marta introduced our Parent Coordinator, Rhonda Bogaty, who gave a presentation on ARIS.  Letters to access this site were sent home with our students yesterday.

Marta asked the members to read the minutes from the April meeting.  A member made a motion to accept the minutes and another member seconded the motion.  A majority of the members present approved.

Bonnie spoke about the CDEC elections.  Six candidates have been selected, however there will be a runoff election for the remaining three positions.  Our selectors – Bonnie, Maria & Doris will be casting votes again for those 3 positions.

Volunteers are needed for the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon which will take place on 6/9.  Vendors needed to be called and help is needed to set-up for the luncheon.

Marta presented the quotes she has received for the PTA End-Term Dinner.  The members voted for the dinner at Giardino’s on Monday evening 6/22.  A flyer will be distributed to our members inviting them to our dinner.

The Arista induction will take place on June 12th at 8:30am.  Volunteers will be needed to set up for the gathering following the ceremony.

Marta suggested canceling our June meeting since our official business for 2008-2009 will be completed at tonight’s meeting.  A motion was made to cancel the June meeting;  the motion was seconded and then approved by the majority of members present.

Treasurer’s Report:

Maria presented the current income/expenses and present balance.

Bonnie asked the members to look at the projected budget for 2009-2010 and suggested that Line Item 16 now read as Student Clubs.  By doing so, the money will represent any afterschool activity to provide greater equity.   Mrs. McGrath further explained that some of our sports programs will still be supported by the DOE via the CHAMPS program.  This will now allow for the PTA monies to support additional activities such as the Science Olympiad, Chess Club, etc.  Bonnie asked if anyone had any questions.  None were raised.  A motion was made to change Line Item 16 to now read Student Club Programs.  A member made a motion to change the name of Line Item 16; it was seconded by another member and approved by the majority present.

At 8:00pm, Lori Butera, the Nominating Committee chairperson presented the new slate for the 2009-2010 MS 67 PTA Executive Board.  Lori thanked Karen Dinegar and Maria Mo for their assistance on the committee.  Lori opened the floor to any further nominations.

The recording secretary informed the members present that she had received Karen Dinegar’s resignation from the Nominating Committee.

Lori distributed a copy of the slate to the membership since no positions were being contested.  A motion was made to have the recording secretary cast the vote for the slate.  This motion was seconded and approved by a majority of those present.

The recording secretary cast a vote to accept the slate as presented.

Lori explained that there are 5 parent seats open for the upcoming SLT.  Three members have been nominated to the positions – Marta Agosti, Karen Dinegar, and Spencer Wu.  Lori explained what the SLT does and asked if any other members would like to nominate themselves for the position.  Sue Berkowitz and Ingrid Guapisaca nominated themselves for the SLT.

The new members of the SLT and Executive Board introduced themselves.

Spencer Wu is the parent of a 7th grader and incoming 6th grader.

Suzanne Berkowitz is the parent of a 6th grader.

Ingrid Guapisaca is the parent of a 6th and 7th grader.

Karen Dinegar is the parent of a 7th grader.

Marta Agosti is the parent of a graduating 8th grader and a 6th grader.

Bonnie Song is the parent of a 7th grader.

Laura Cocchiarella is the parent of a graduating 8th grader and 6th grader.

Cindy Yoon is the parent of a 10th grader and 7th grader.

After the introductions the nominations for SLT were closed and the recording secretary cast a vote for the slate that was presented.

Principal’s Report:

Mrs. McGrath thanked Marta and Maria for serving in their positions within the PTA.

Mrs. McGrath reported that there have been no documented cases of swine flu in our building.  Our attendance in the past week has seen 80-90 students absent each day with a low one day of 50 students.  She reiterated the advice of the DOE that if a child shows symptoms such as a cough or fever that the child remain at home.  The criterion to close a school is that 5 or more children, with a fever, are sent home in 1 day by the school nurse.

Our ELA scores have come in and our results for students in each grade meeting or exceeding standards are:  98% of our 6th graders; 96% of our 7th graders and 92% of our 8th graders.  Our math scores will be released on June 1st.  The number of 8th graders accepted into NYC specialized high schools is 117.  Many of these same students were also accepted into Townsend Harris HS, the Cardozo HS DaVinci and Law Mentoring Programs and the Bayside HS Arts program, to name a few.

Since Mrs. Choit and Mr. Surrett were unable to attend this meeting Mrs. McGrath presented their reports.

Four hundred students were inducted into the Service League on 5/18.  On 6/12 192 students will be inducted into Junior Arista.

There will be a car wash on 6/6 sponsored by the Sparks Club.

Letters will be sent home to parents to invite them to the 8th grade Awards Ceremony on 6/11.

The Student-Faculty Volleyball game will take place on 6/5 at 3pm and the Student-Faculty Basketball game will take place on 6/12 at 7pm.

The Night of the Arts will take place on 6/3 at 7pm.  The 8th grade prom will be on 6/17 at the Douglaston Manor from 6:30-10:30.  Graduation will be on 6/25 at Francis Lewis HS at 9am.

A question was raised regarding what time parents will be permitted to enter the auditorium for the Night of the Arts.  According to Mrs. McGrath the doors to the school will be opened at 6:30pm.  Parents and guests are invited to look at the artwork in the lobby at this time.  The doors to the auditorium will not be open until 7pm.

Asst. Principal’s Report – Mr. Chambers:

The 6th grade Greco Roman games took place on 5/20-22.

Articulation is currently underway for incoming 6th graders.

On 6/2 and 6/3 there will be a Social Studies test prep for our 8th graders.

The drama production of “The Wiz” sold out both nights and was very well received.  Mr. Chambers thanked all of the teachers who helped work on the production.

Marta thanked all of the parents who volunteered their time at the Spring Fair.

SLT Report

Greg Mitchell reported that at the last SLT meeting the ELA scores were discussed as well as ARIS.  Some CEP regulations that had been slightly changed were discussed.

VP Fundraising:

Cindy and Ingrid reported that

$248.00 was earned at the Ice Skating Event

$522.67 was earned at the Spring Fair

$581.84 was earned from candy sold at the Spring Fair

The above totaled $1104.51.

Audit Committee – has not met yet.

VP Membership & Sunshine Committee – nothing to report this evening.

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 8:55pm.  The motion was seconded and approved by a majority of the members present.

Respectfully submitted,

Doris Iskaros

Co-Recording Secretary