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September 20th 2018 PTA Meeting Notes

PTA Minutes

September 20th, 2018 / 7:00 pm /Barnard Library

Meeting Adjourned 7:52

Attendees

Executive Board

Principle- Dr. Cracco

Staff- Kathleen Connolly

Parents

Agenda

Welcome and Introductions

Co-president Bryan Grossbauer began meeting promptly at 7:05. He introduced himself and welcomed everyone. Co- president- Alvard Mayilyan, Vice president- Rebecca Kramer, Treasurer- Senada Omeroric and Secretary – Yesenia Flores all introduced themselves and welcomed all attendees. Parents present, introduced themselves as well. Principle Dr. Cracco, was present and introduced himself to parents along with Pre-K teacher and Amy’s Greenhouse Chair, Kathleen Connolly.

 

Principles Update

Dr. Cracco stated that he usually will have a topic to talk about during each PTA meeting. Being that school just started there was no specific topic.  He is very enthusiastic about this school year! He also mentioned that for the first time ever, Pre-K classes began on the same day as K-2nd grade classes.

PTA is trying to go Green the whole year during all events. Trying to reduce garbage and make a difference in the environment.

Bryan, also invited and encouraged parents not on board to to become PTA-C reps. PTA council is a group that meets in the high school with all the PTA’s from the district. They advocate for all children in the district.

Amy’s Greenhouse-  Bryan began conversation about Amy’s greenhouse needing parent Reps. Kathleen Connolly followed to say she has been working very hard (along with other staff) to prepare and maintain the greenhouse as an outside classroom. There are many projects she has up-cycled in the greenhouse and currently has a caterpillar/Monarch butterfly exhibit. The 911 ceremony in Amy’s honor was attended by Amy’s mother and community leaders. Second grade students also performed.  Kathleen mentioned that she has received seed donations and start up materials (planting pots) from generous companies. She would like parents to help and become involved in the greenhouse. More information to follow.

Fundraisers such as Charleston Wrap is a major fundraiser for the school. We also rely on Box Tops, Merchandise sale, Book Fair , and Movie Night. Bryan asked for volunteers to Chair fundraisers and events. Fundraisers are need to support field trips and teacher grants. Last year PTA paid for the entire Italian field trip and gave the largest teacher grants.   

 

Vote for Budget 2018-2019

Budget was proposed and voted on.

Final decision- Approved

All in favor

Treasurer Update

Approved Budget

 

VP Update

Rebecca Kramer asked parents to make suggestions for new ideas, to give us feedback and for Pre-K parents to be involved. She also suggested that teachers work more closely with PTA.

 

Secretary Update

Yesenia Flores encouraged Hispanic speaking families to participate. She is willing to translate and would like to see more involvement from families.

Parent posed question as to why Hispanic families are not volunteering.

Factors may include location, language barrier, among others.

After school update

YMCA after school care  was cancelled due to low enrollment

Membership Chair Update

Carla Vanerio is the new membership chair. Membership is low. Dr. Cracco said that Barnard represents all the demographics of the New Rochelle School system (socio-economic). How can we break down barriers? All have equal access? Barnard PTA wants all backgrounds to be represented and PTA fights and advocates for all our children to get the best!

 

Upcoming Events

  1. Movie Night- 09/28/18 Coco @6:30
  2. Pumpkin Patch- 10/13/18  10:00-2:00

We need volunteers to unload donated pumpkins

during event and for the costume parade, pumpkin painting,

and  snack sale.

Sign up! www.tinyurl.com/pumpkinpatch2018

       3) Halloween Party-10/26/18 6:00-8:00

       

Open Positions

PTA-C, Event Chairs, Book Fair & Apple Press

 

May 10th 2018 PTA Minutes

PTA Meeting Minutes, Thursday, May 10, 2018

Prior meeting minutes approved.

The meeting began at 7:30 pm with a welcome from Barnard PTA President Bryan Grossbauer.

An introduction and presentation was made by the candidates present who had been nominated to the various positions.  The election was held after a quorum was met for the 2018-2019 Barnard PTA Executive Board. The following individuals were elected by the membership:

Bryan Grossbauer/Alvard Mayilan: Co-Presidents

Rebecca Kramer: Vice President

Senada Kocan: Treasurer

Yesenia Flores: Secretary

Bryan Grossbauer provided a summary of upcoming PTA and Barnard events including Grandparents Day, Movie Night, Amy’s Greenhouse Mother’s Day Plant Sale.  

A call for volunteers/chairpersons was made for Field Day, June Carnival, Second Grade Picnic and Second Grade Graduation.  

Upcoming Events/Dates to Remember:

May 12: Amy’s Greenhouse Mother’s Day Plant Sale

May 18: Movie Night – Ferdinand 6:30 to 8:30 pm

May 24: Field Day

June 3: Carnival

June 7: PTA Meeting

June 15: Second Grade Picnic

June 19: Second Grade Graduation

 

April 26, 2018 PTA Minutes

PTA Meeting Minutes, Thursday, April 26, 2018

Prior meeting minutes approved.

The meeting began at 7:30 pm with a welcome from Barnard PTA Vice President Alvard Mayilan.  Dr. Cracco presented the members in attendance with a discussion of the prosed budget and a schedule for the upcoming public hearings prior to the vote scheduled for May 15, 2018.   

The discussion included an explanation of the 3.89% tax levy increase and the proposed areas where the money will be allocated which includes social emotional supports, school safety, professional development, infrastructure repairs, 4 additional counselors, psychologist and social worker positions.  

Alvard Mayilan provided a summary of the recent success of the Spring Dance.  In addition upcoming PTA and Barnard events were discussed including Sports Night, Grandparents Day, Movie Night, Amy’s Greenhouse Mother’s Day Plant Sale.  Member and teacher, Kathleen Connolly, provided information regarding Amy’s Greenhouse, student projects and the installation of a pollinator garden.

A proposal was made for a future outdoor Movie Night on the front lawn/amphitheater outside Amy’s Greenhouse, which was taken under consideration.  

Elizabeth Villano provided an update regarding the Nomination Committee’s progress on prospects for next year’s 2018-2019 PTA Board.  The committee includes herself, Rebecca Kramer and Yesenia Flores.

A call for volunteers/chairpersons was made for the June Carnival, Second Grade Picnic and Second Grade Graduation.  

Upcoming Events/Dates to Remember:

May 10: PTA Meeting, 7:30 pm

May 12: Amy’s Greenhouse Mother’s Day Plant Sale

May 18: Movie Night – Ferdinand 6:30 to 8:30 pm

May 24: Field Day

June 3: Carnival

June 7: PTA Meeting

June 15: Second Grade Picnic

June 19: Second Grade Graduation

 

Election Results!

2018-2019 Barnard Early Childhood Center PTA

Bryan Grossbauer, Co-President

Alvard Mayilyan, Co-President

Senada Kocan, Treasurer

Rebecca Kramer, Vice-President

Yesenia Flores, Secretary

March PTA Meeting 3/15/18

PTA Meeting Minutes, Thursday, March 15, 2018 Prior meeting minutes approved.

The meeting began at 7:30 pm with a welcome from Barnard PTA President Bryan Grossbauer and an open discussion with New Rochelle Board of Education President Rachel Relkin and Board Member Todd Kern. Mr. Kern advised that there are two (2) positions presently available to be filed in the upcoming May 2018 election. Mr. Kern explained the terms of the board members and the positions held presently.

Both Mr. Kern and Ms. Relkin updated our PTA members of the Appointment of the Task Force and the initiation of the District wide Audit. The goals of these endeavors are for improvement of safety and security as well as improved communication between the different City, School Administrators, Students and Parents. The Audit will span 6 weeks and will include all schools in the district to see where improvement is needed as well as implementation. Many individual questions regarding high school data, resources for students with repetitive in house suspensions and the Board of Education Mission Station and Strategic Roadmap were answered. Additionally, between the hours of 1-5 pm, Youth Bureau personnel will be present on North Avenue interacting with students and providing information about resources available.

Dr. Cracco was also present and provided an update as to Barnard’s security personnel which includes Tony and a new additional security agent, Tommy who is present during the busy morning hours. Dr. Cracco further provided an update on the World Language Committee’s current undertaking to propose and implement a consistent and equitable foreign language program among all the New Rochelle Elementary Schools. A presentation was made by Dr. Cracco outlining and explaining the 3 different potential options under consideration and their implications specifically to Barnard and its FLES Program.

Bryan Grossbauer updated all on recent programs and upcoming events. A call for volunteers/chairpersons was made for the June Carnival, Bingo Night, Second Grade Picnic and Nominating Committee for next year’s PTA Board members.

Upcoming Events/Dates to Remember:

Bingo Night – March 23, 2018
Staff Appreciation Luncheon – March 19, 2018 Spring Dance – April 13, 2018
Spring Cleanup Amy’s Greenhouse – April 22, 2018 PTA Meeting – April 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Spring Dance – April 13, 2018
Sports Night – April 27, 2018

PTA needs committed volunteers to make it a great experience for our children and a successful year at Barnard.

February 8th PTA Meeting Minutes

PTA Meeting Summary, Thursday, February 8, 2018

Prior meeting minutes approved.

The meeting began at 7:30 pm with a welcome from Barnard PTA President Bryan Grossbauer and an open discussion with Principal Dr. Cracco where he answered parent questions, which included the building’s policy on disinfecting, cleaning and children’s illnesses.  Dr. Cracco informed all present that the classrooms and bathrooms are cleaned multiple times per day including all school surfaces and places where hands touch.  Additionally, frequent hand washing is required of the children.   Dr. Cracco provided flyers on Bullying, Code of Conduct and Primary Project which is a grant for Kindergarteners and First Graders at Barnard where children identified by staff as qualifying learn through play therapy to model behavior, and to create stronger peer relationships.  There was a discussion regarding the transition of Pre-K students and 2nd Grade students to their neighborhood school.  Second Graders will visit their future school and receive a tour.  Lastly, there was a discussion of the outdoor recess policy, which is generally a temperature of greater than 32 degrees will permit outdoor recess.  When indoor recess occurs, children rotate between the library, gym, and auditorium.   

Bryan Grossbauer updated all on recent programs and events including the approval of additional PTA grants to classrooms involved in Black History month enrichment projects.

A call for volunteers/chairpersons was made for the June Carnival, Bingo Night, Second Grade Picnic and Nominating Committee for next year’s PTA Board members.  

Upcoming Events/Dates to Remember:

Staff Appreciation Luncheon – March 5, 2018

PTA Meeting – March 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Bingo Night – March 23, 2018

Spring Dance – April 13, 2018

PTA needs committed volunteers to make it a great experience for our children and a successful year at Barnard.   

Hello from the Barnard BATS PBIS Team!

February is all about KINDNESS. Throughout the entire school, students are learning many different ways they can show how kind they are. Students are earning BAT tickets when they are seen performing an act of KINDNESS. “Kevin the KIND Kangaroo” signs are hanging in the hallways reminding them about being KIND. Kindness is EVERYWHERE!!!!  

At home, please talk with your child about what it means to be kind and ways they can show it to family members, friends and even a random passersby.

In grades K-2, you might have noticed your child coming home with a certificate from PBIS…

CONGRATULATIONS! Your child earned the most tally’s for displaying the previous months focus. They will also be wearing a Student of the Month lanyard in school so that they are recognized by all!

In Pre-K, students are filling up a large BAT with their BAT tickets earned!!! They also have monthly musical celebrations based on the months theme!

Look here next month for more information on the monthly theme!

 

January 11th PTA Meeting Minutes

BARNARD PTA MINUTES: JANUARY 2018

PTA Meeting Summary, Thursday, January 11, 2018

Prior meeting minutes approved.

The meeting began at 7:30 pm with a welcome from Barnard PTA President Bryan Grossbauer and a update on recent programs and events including the successful Scholastic Book Fair, Charleston Wrap Fall Fundraiser, Merchandise Sales, the Hope Services Food Drive, Barnard READS, and Teacher Grants for Kindergarten and First Grade Classes.  In addition, the recent tragedy involving a High School Student was discussed and questions were presented by the attendees for submission to PTAC to be included as questions to Superintendent Brian Osbourne.

Next, Principal Dr. Cracco provided a presentation to the members in attendance of the success with the Barnard School writing program in grades Kindergarten through Second Grade.  Dr. Cracco demonstrated the growth and development of our young writers and the curriculum/units followed at Barnard known as the Teachers College of Reading and Writing.  Dr. Cracco further suggested that parents encourage their children to write at home.  

The YMCA After Care Program at Barnard was cancelled at the end of December due to lack of sufficient enrollment.   

A Valentine’s Dance will not be held this year.  Instead, a Spring Fling Formal will be scheduled in March or April.  Kemisha and Yesenia volunteered to chair the event.  

A call for volunteers/chairpersons was made for the June Carnival and the Second Grade Picnic.  

The YMCA After Care Program at Barnard was cancelled at the end of December due to lack of sufficient enrollment.   

A Valentine’s Dance will not be held this year.  Instead, a Spring Fling Formal will be scheduled in March or April.  Kemisha and Yesenia volunteered to chair the event.  

A call for volunteers/chairpersons was made for the June Carnival and the Second Grade Picnic.  

Upcoming Events/Dates to Remember:

Movie Night: Lion King, January 19, 2018 at 6:30 pm.  Sign up to donate snacks and water at

www.tinyurl.com/moviepta1

Dads/Special Guardians Pot Luck Breakfast: Saturday February 10, 2018 9:00 am to 10:30 am.  Pot Luck Breakfast in Cafeteria followed by gym activities.  Sign up to bring food/drinks/paper goods and to volunteer at

www.tinyurl.com/ptadadsbrunch

Spirit Day – Wear Your Favorite Pajamas, January 26, 2018

PTA needs committed volunteers to make it a great experience for our children and a successful year at Barnard.   

Next PTA Meeting February 8, 2018 at 7:30 pm

December 7th 2017 PTA Minutes

Barnard School PTA Meeting December 7th, 2017

In attendece was President Bryan Grossbauer, Principle Nicolas Cracco, Treasurer Senada Kocan, and Parents.

The meeting began at 7:35 with a short welcome by Barnard PTA President Bryan Grossbauer and an introduction of Executive Director of Hope Community Services,  Carol Troum who provided a presentation on Volunteer opportunities at the New Rochelle soup kitchen.  They are open 365 days a year and feed those who need it.  http://www.hopecommunityservices.org.

Principle Cracco shared his vision statement for our school that he hopes will reflect the input of all members of the Barnard Community.  He was seeking our input.  “Henry Barnard School an Early Childhood Center Nurtures the development of the whole child and cultivates a passion for learning.”

The meeting continued with Mr. Grossbauer discussing the Book Fair that was happening the week of December 12-15.  Volunteers were still being taken and several parents signed up to help.  The Book Fair ends on December 15th with Family Night from 5-8 in room 105 and the library.

The After school Program that YMCA was providing has been cancelled due to lack of enrollment.  We hope to work with them again in the future.

Charleston Wrap delivery date was 12/8.  Orders are ready for pick up on the gym stage.  Please sign out all packages with security.

The Barnard Dry Goods Food Drive  is in our lobby and will be donated to Hope Community Service Thursday, December 21st.   Please turn in your donations now!

Merchandise orders will be sent home once they are fulfilled.

-BOX TOPS!- Keep collecting- all are due MARCH 1st, 2018!

Barnard PTA 2018 Upcoming Events

1/11/18 January PTA Meeting 7:30-8:30pm

1/19/18 Movie Night 6:30- 8:00pm

2/8/18 February PTA Meeting 7:30-8:30pm

2/10/18 Breakfast with Dads & Guardians 9:00- 10:30am

Questions/Comments/Concerns?                 Next Meeting, January 11th 2018 7:30

 

November 2017 PTA Meeting Minutes

BARNARD PTA MINUTES: NOVEMBER 2017

PTA Meeting Summary, Thursday, November 14, 2017

The meeting began at 7:00 pm with a welcome from Barnard PTA President Bryan Grossbauer and an introduction of Barnard School Psychologist Dr. Diana Planells-Bloom and Vice Principal Dr. Lori Pisani who both provided a presentation about DASA – New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act, which seeks to provide the State’s public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment and bullying on school property, including school buses and school functions.  Dr. Pisani and Dr. Bloom’s presentation provided an explanation of the school’s policy and associated procedures as reflective of the State law.  The presentation also provided an understanding of how the school recognizes the difference between developmental behaviors versus actual violations of DASA.  Additionally, it was discussed how we as parents can help our children in such a situation, understanding the effects of bullying and the practice at Barnard which includes “Hurt a friend, help a friend”.  Our administrators encouraged parents to contact Barnard’s Principal and Vice Principal with any concerns, questions, or to report any incidents that occur at school, on buses or on the playground.  

The meeting then continued with an update that the positions of Treasurer and Secretary became vacated and these positions have now been filled by Senada Kocan, as Treasurer and Elizabeth Villano, as Secretary.  

The YMCA After Care Program at Barnard is in jeopardy of being cancelled due to lack of enrollment.  The program takes place right at Barnard from dismissal time to 6:00 pm, and the children are being cared for by Barnard teachers.  Cost for the program is very affordable.  For more information contact csullivan@nrymca.org

Upcoming Events/Dates to Remember:

December 6, 2017 – Half day of school

December 13, 2017 – Half day of school

Book fair week December 12 -15, 2017

Book fair family night December 15, 2017 6-8

 

Book fair needs committed volunteers to make it a great experience for our children and a success in sparking our children’s love of reading.  PLEASE complete the volunteer sign up forms and join us! You may also contact Bryan Grossbauer at presidentbarnardpta@gmail.com.  

 

Next PTA Meeting December 7, 2017- 7:30