October 2019 Meeting Minutes

PTA October Meeting

Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center

PTA meeting Minutes

October 2019

Start time: 7:00/End time 8:04

Welcome and Introduction

The PTA co-presidents Kate Mercado and Rebecca Kramer commenced the meeting by welcoming the attendees and thanking them for their attendance. 

Dr Cracco’s Update

Dr. Cracco informed everyone about “Home Access Center”. New Rochelle is going digital and parents/guardians can now access their child’s report cards, attendance, and class schedules online. He explained directions and individual passwords were recently sent home explaining in detail the steps on how to access this new program. The program is also available in Spanish. Also, parents from separate or different households will each be able to have access.

Questions for Dr. Cracco

Dr. Cracco answered questions regarding Reading and Math Interventions for Children throughout the year. He also answered questions regarding Pre-K reports cards. They are given out twice a year which is different for K-2. K-2 students receive report cards three times a year.

New Rochelle School Board Update

School Board Rep. Paul ? answered parent questions regarding how to get answers they may have for various questions or how to reach the superintendent. Paul explained you can contact boe@nredlearn.org if you have any questions or suggestions for the superintendent. The new Superintendent will be starting November 1st. He added now that interim positions have been filled and the new Superintendent is in place New Rochelle School district is moving in a positive direction. He also answered a question regarding video and surveillance on school buses. NY State recently passed a bill that gives authority to schools to install cameras on buses. The funds though need to funded from each individual district. He ended that is there are programs that we would like to advocate for the best way to get an answer would be to use boe@nredlearn.org.

Co-Presidents Updates and Upcoming Events

October 19: Pumpkin Patch 

October 25 will be the Halloween Party at 6pm. Children can dress up in costumes. There will be Jemeli’s Pizzeria Pizza, DJ music and craft tables. It’s $5 per child or $10 per child at the door. On Nov. 5 there will be a PTA Bake Sale. A sign up sheet was passed around for volunteers to bring food to sale from 7am-9 am. 

On Nov. 14 is another PTA Meeting. Nov. 22 is Movie Night. WE discussed possible movies to show the children. DEc. 12 is a PTA Meeting. DEc 10-13 will be the PTA Holiday Shop. Gifts will be available for parents and students to purchase. More information will be available as we get closer to the date. Volunteers are still needed for various events. Presidents explained you can sign up on Henry Barnard facebook page sign up genius link to volunteer.

Membership Update and Treasury Update

Our goal is to Improve membership

The budget is 8,793 to fund events and savings 14,180. There are 74 members

Community PresentationUsing a smartboard a tutorial was given by Dr. Cracco and Rebecca Kramer on how to access and navigate the new Home Access Center. Parents must go to Barnard’s homepage at barnard.nred.org. Once there, click on Parents and Community. Then click on Home Access Center.There is also an app available on your smartphone. Select  A district Change to New Rochelle CSD. Enter your Username and password (which is located on the form sent home in your child’s folder.) Select Login. Follow the prompts and it will lead you to your child page where you can view a variety of information such as schedule and progress reports.