September 2017 Meeting Notes

Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center

PTA Meeting Minutes

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Start time: 7:33 p.m. / End Time: 8:30 p.m.

Welcome and Introductions 

Our newly elected PTA President, Bryan Grossbauer, commenced the meeting by providing a description of the PTA and various tiers involved in it.  Then each committee member of the PTA Board introduced themselves and informed everyone the position they hold.  Bryan then went on to thank our former PTA President, Mary DePaolo, for all her hard work in organizing and making the Barnard PTA a great success.

Principal’s Message

Dr. Cracco gave a presentation on a new mathematical program that will be introduced to the Barnard students called quick image mathematical. He gave a demonstration to the parents on how the program works and how it will encourage critical thinking on the child’s behalf in order to help solve mathematical problems.

Dr. Cracco also shared the new Barnard mission statement and would like feedback from the parents on theirs thoughts of the mission statement at the next PTA meeting, scheduled on Thursday, October 12, 2017. which is:

  “Henry Barnard School, an Early Childhood Center, nurtures the development of the whole child and cultivate a passion for learning”

Dr. Cracco advised the committee that Barnard’s main focus this year is ELA and Mathematics.

Dr. Pisani then spoke to the committee on the areas that she was concentrating on in the beginning of the school year.

1. Busing – she informed everyone that transportation was going through a transition with their personal causing some clerical errors. She encouraged the parents to reach out to her if there are any issues with transportation or any other issues that they need assist with.

2. Lunch – Dr. Pisani also shared with the parents the steps she was taking with teaching the kindergartens the appropriate volume to be used in the small cafeteria and encouraging them to eat their meals. She also announced that Barnard was the only school in the school district that had only 1 pound of garage last year vs prior years which was around 80 lbs, This accomplishment was due to great efforts of the recycling initiative at the school.

Vote Approval for: 

PTA President presented the proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year, which was unanimously approved.

Treasurer update 

The Treasurer informed the committee that the PTA accounts were good standing.

VP Update 

None at this time.

Secretary update 

None at this time.

After School Update

YMCA – is the after school program that is being offered this school year. Details regarding the program is posted on the Barnard PTA website. Additional questions should be directed to the YMCA.

Membership Update 

Kemesha Salmon, the Membership chair advised that membership was coming along very well.

Upcoming events 

-Movie Night – 10/6 , 6:30 p.m. (Movie to be determine)

-Pumpkin Patch  – 10/14, 10:00 a.m.

-Halloween Party – 10/27, 6:00 p.m.

Positions open- 

  -The PTA Committee is in need of volunteers for the following positions:  Event Chairs, Merchandise Chair, Box Tops,  Scholastic Book & Apple Press. 

Questions/Concerns?

Next PTA Meeting: Thursday, October 12th @ 7:30 pm We look forward to see you!