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PTA meeting TONIGHT @ 7:30pm

Title: PTA meeting TONIGHT @ 7:30pm
Location: on Zoom
Description: Please join us for our November Zoom PTA Meeting. County Executive George Latimer will be joining us.
Barnard PTA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: November PTA Meeting
Time: Nov 12, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Date: 2020-11-12

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PTA minutes September Meeting

PTA Meeting (via ZOOM) September 30, 2020- Notes 

President Kate Mercado called the meeting to order. Treasurer Rebecca Kramer, Secretary Morgan de Rham and Vice President Caterina Bonelli were also present. Barnard Principal Dr. Cracco and Assistant Principal Lee were both in attendance. There was a very large turn out on Zoom, with over 55 parents logging onto the meeting. 

The principal’s update: 

Due to a water main repair, the school would not be open the following week. Special education classes would be coming back to the school in person because they are small groups, possibly returning prior to October 19. Two distinct cohorts will be created, the “a” cohort will attend on Monday and Tuesday and the “b” cohort will attend on Thursday and Friday—there will be a virtual Barnard program on Wednesdays for all students. 

An on-line survey went out to the parents to determine what the responses are two every day virtual learning versus hybrid learning. Based on those numbers, they may be reassigning groups to a new teacher. Barnard will look different due to social distancing and spacing requirements. 

The president’s update by Kate Mercado: 

New members are signing up and we will be hosting virtual events after speaking with the other PTAs in our district. 

The treasurer’s report by Rebecca Kramer: 

We received a $100 donation from a former administrator to Amy’s Greenhouse. We have very healthy balances in our checking and savings accounts, totaling more than $21,000. We have paid up our PTA Council dues and we encourage all new members to join our PTA through the online sign-up. We placed a merchandise order with a local New Rochelle business for T-shirts and sweatshirts and masks. We have renewed our website until October 2021. The PTA spends money on the faculty and staff luncheon, field trips, the second grade graduation, the carnival, issuing teacher grants, and the source of our funds are the events we host, picture day, the book fair, and memberships. 

The secretary’s report by Morgan de Rham 

Meeting notes are up on our website. We are requesting ideas for virtual events for our students. 

Question and answer session with the parents and Dr. Cracco: 

Q-What will lunch look like? 

A- In the classroom, but maintaining outdoor recess by using a spread out playground and keeping the classes together so that the students can still get fresh air and a mask break.

Q-What happens to the students who are learning from home when the other students are in the classroom? 

A-when the Monday and Tuesday group is in school the other group will be streaming from home. 

Q-What happens if there is an increase in COVID-19? 

A- Dr. Cracco was on the health committee and conveyed that the New Rochelle school district doctor will lead decision making on medical matters. 

Q-Will the students have art, music and physical education and library during their in person attendance? 

A- We will be following a “push in” model, so that Italian will be brought into the classroom, art will be brought into the classroom, but physical education will be using the gym and be spaced 12 feet apart or will be going outside. 

Q- will there be cleaning after shared use of the facility by the students? 

A- Yes. 

Q- Will face masks be required? 

A- Yes, all students will be required to wear facemasks but there will be mask breaks and students will increase their “mask stamina” over time. 

Q-What about school supplies? 

A- The list that was sent out to parents is not as extensive as in prior years but each teacher will be alerting parents as to the needs for in-person supplies. Contact the school if there are any problems with school materials not received. 

Q-What types of COVID-19 precautions are in place? 

A-There is a temperature device and hand sanitizing station inside the school, the school will follow all the directives from the superintendent and all protocols regarding contact tracing and being symptom-free prior to entering the school. 

Q-How will drop off and pick up work on days when the students are in person? A- It will be similar to prior years, for example the morning pre-K will drop off on the sidewalk. 

Q: will there be bus transportation? 

A: yes, it will start on October 19th. 

Next Meeting- on Zoom – October 15th @7:30pm.

June 2020- Meeting Minutes

June 11, 2020 Barnard Early Childhood Center PTA Meeting MINUTES via ZOOM

The Meeting was called to order by Kate Mercado, co-president. Attendance was taken and all participants are listed below:

Kate Mercado

Bryan Grossbauer

Rebecca Kramer

Morgan de Rham

Caterina Bonelli

Dr. Nicholas Cracco, Principal

Candice Lee, Assistant Principal

The meeting agenda was shared prior to the meeting and re-posted during the Zoom meeting.

First, Dr. Cracco presented the Principal’s update

-Robo-calls were going out about 2nd grade stepping-up/graduation.

There will be a video of Barnard staff, including the principal and vice principal, sent to the students with a farewell and songs.

-Virtual Visits to the local elementary schools (after Barnard graduation) are sent to the families via Zoom and each school principal will connect virtually to the in-coming Barnard student.

-Arrangements have been made for each student to come to the school to pick-up personal items, classwork, art, projects, left-over items. The schedule for pick-up, arranged by the classroom teacher, is posted on the Barnard website. 

-Students can also drop off books to Mrs. Silverman at the same time. There will be a staff member outside of the school ready to hand out the student’s items to each family.

There was a question about families having students in different classes and hw pick-up would work. Dr. Cracco said that contacting the school, via the front desk, would be best and staff would package all work together to limit the number of trips made to the school.

-The School District will be having a vote on the budget and for open Board member positions. The vote will be by absentee ballot.

-Discussions about re-opening the school in September and the various options for re-opening. The school district and the Superintendent have solicited community feedback and members for various committees. 

-Dr. Cracco will be on a committee working to re-open the school and noted that our schools are full, so there will be capacity-based decisions related to re-opening.

Kate Mercado (Co-president) opened the meeting to nominations for the PTA Board 2020-2021:

Morgan de Rham nominated Kate Mercado for President

Rebecca Kramer nominated Kate Mercado for President

Caterina Bonelli was nominated and accepted the position as the SEPTA Chair and Co-President

Kate Mercado nominated Rebecca Kramer for Treasurer

Morgan de Rham was nominated for and accepted the position as Secretary

There was a quorum established and there was a unanimous vote for the nominees.

The Treasurer’s Report (Bryan Grossbauer):

-The t-shirt mock-up was approved, the t-shirts were going to be delivered on  Friday and set to graduating families. 

-Because of the coronavirus restrictions, there may not be field trips or assemblies next year and our activities/fundraising/school events will be guided by CDC regulations.   There will be socially distant events, possibly more outdoor events.

-Bryan will attend the final school year PTAC meeting and will be a representative for Ward to PTAC during the 2020-2021 year. 

A Motion was made by Morgan de Rham to recognize Bryan Grossbauer’s 6 years of dedication to Barnard and the Barnard PTA.  There will be a ‘celebration/thank-you’ in the fall to recognize his irreplaceable contributions.  

Meeting adjourned.

December 2019 Minutes

PTA December Meeting

Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center

PTA meeting Minutes

Dec. 12,. 2019

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

Welcome and Introduction

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

Principal’s Update

Dr. Cracco informed everyone our special needs students attended the Sensory Circus which the PTA sponsored. It was an absolute success and the students and enjoyed the special experience very much. Kindergarteners attended to Bruce Museum another successful field trip that the PTA sponsored. Dr. Cracco explained that their will be a school spirit day in DEcember and this will consist of a school wide assembly on Art. January’s school spirit day students can wear their school gear or school colors. 

Co-President update

Rebecca Kramer explained the details of the PEnguin Patch Holiday Shop that was set up by co-president Kate MERacado and organized by treasurer Brian Grossbauer. The PTA will get a percentage of the sales from the penguin patch. Students can purchase 25 cents to 12 dollar gifts for friends and family. It will take place De. 10-13 sometime during their school day. She explained that originally the PTA has a book fair at this time but the book fair will still take place but in March. She also mentioned that parents can place orders to receive Barnard Gear. Kramer also said in January we will be having a PTA meeting with the superintendent.

Membership Update

REbecca KRamer reiterated in this meeting that Parents should inform their teaches that if their child’s teacher joins the PTA they will have access PTA grants for their classroom which is an incentive and a win win for everyone. So please encourage your teacher to join. 

Upcoming Events

DEc. 10-13 PTA Holiday PEnguin Shop

Jan. 23, 2020 PTA meeting with Superintendent 6pm

Jan 31, 2020 Movie Night 6:30 pm

Feb. 9, 2020 Breakfast with dads (changed to Feb. 8th at 9 am)

FEb. 13, 2020 PTA meeting 7 pm