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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

November PTA Meeting 2019

PTA November Meeting

Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center

PTA meeting Minutes

Nov. 2019

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

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. 

Principal’s Update

Dr. Cracco informed everyone of Friday’s assembly supporting P.B.IS. (Positive Behavior initiative Supports. The assembly focused on teaching students the importance of kindness and respect. 

Letters to families will go out for any family t Barnard that need food or warm clothing over the holidays. The administration will be reaching out to families soon.

American Education Week is November 22, 2019. Dr. Cracco mentioned to check with teachers about the event happening in your child’s classroom. More information will be provided.

Next FRiday is Barnard school spirit day. Students should wear their Barnard gear of blue and white colors.

Cracco thanked the The Election Day bake sale volunteers. The Bake sale was a success and the donations of food were well received.

Co-President update

Rebecca Kramer participated in the NYS PTA convention. There were various workshops and lectures she attended to learn about communication with schools and parents and generally empowering and educating parents through utilization of your local PTA. Rebecca Kramer also explained possible field trip resources for our teachers and how to enhance our PTA program through teacher involvement. 

Treasurer Update

We raised $1,057 from the Halloween party, $358 from the Election day bake sale, $1402 from Amy’s Greenhouse, Merchandise sales of about $800. We have in savings $14,000

Membership Update

We still need to Improve membership. Suggestions from the group on how to do this included dropping membership fee for a week so families could sign up for free and an emphasis on if a parents pays their 10 dues there is no pressure to volunteer for events. Also, in order to improve teacher membership teachers can receive grants for their classes only is they are part of the PTA. 

Upcoming Events

Friday Nov, 22: Movie night Toy Story 4 is and donations are needed such as nut free snacks and water. Use sign up genius to volunteer.

Tuesday Dec. 10-13Penguin PAtch Holiday Shop. Envelopes will be sent home and students can [lan what gifts they will need for friends and family members. More information is to come and volunteers wil be needed to help run the shop. 

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.

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.