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.

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


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

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  


Next PTA Meeting December 7, 2017- 7:30

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. 


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

October 2017 Minutes

Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center
PTA Meeting Minutes
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Start time: 7:33 p.m. / End Time: 8:17 p.m.
Welcome and Introductions
The PTA President, Bryan Grossbauer, commenced the meeting by welcoming the
attendees and thanking them for their attendance. He also informed everyone that
Barnard PTA’s by-laws were present and available for those interested in reviewing it.
He then welcomed our special guests, Susan Moorhead and Ed Roddy, from the New
Rochelle Public Library.
Community Presentation
Ms. Moorhead and Mr. Roddy gave a presentation to the committee sharing with the
group all the great events, programs and free services that the New Rochelle Public
Library (“NRPL”) offers; such as: free passes to various museums, homework assistance
by Monroe College students at the main library, arts program every Monday at Huguenot
Children’s library by the high school honors students. They also discussed the upgraded
NRPL website which provides access to all the events, calendars and services being
offered at the libraries. They also informed the committee that eBooks are available to
use on tablets at home and that students and adults have access to computer stations as
well at the library. They encouraged parents to register for a free library card which will
allow them access to all the library services. The PTA President then thanked the invited
guests for such a wonderful and informative presentation.
President’s Update
Mr. Grossbauer, then gave a recap to the committee on the PTA’s Movie Night, which
was held the prior week, Friday, October 6, 2017. He shared with the committee that it
was a great turnout and the childrern enjoyed watching Smurfs, The Lost Village. He
also encouraged parents to sign up and volunteer as a Committee Chair for the various
events coming up this school year. | Also Follow us on Henry Barnard School PTA Facebook Page
Treasurer update
Mr. Grossbauer gave an update on the Treasurer’s behalf and informed the committee
that the PTA accounts were in good standing.
VP Update
Ms. Mayilyan greeted the members and also encouraged everyone to sign up and
volunteer for the various PTA events.
Secretary update
Ms. Mateus also greeted the committee members and encouraged them to volunteer for
the PTA events. She went on to explain to the committee the importance of their
involvement to ensure that all the children at Barnard have a wonderful and enriched
school year.
Afterschool Update
Mr. Grossbauer reminded the committee members that the YMCA – is the after
school program that is being offered this school year to Barnard Parents. Details
regarding the program are posted on the Barnard PTA website. Additional questions
regarding the afterschool program should be directed to the YMCA.
Membership Update
Mr. Grossbauer was delighted to inform the committee that there were 73 members that
registered with the PTA, thus far. He encouraged parents to join the PTA if they had not
done so already by signing up at the end of the meeting with a Board member or via
internet at
Upcoming events
-Pumpkin Patch – 10/14, 10:00 a.m.
-Halloween Party – 10/27, 6:00 p.m.
-PTA Bake Sale – 11/ 7, 7-9am
-PTA Meeting – 11/16, 7pm (EARLIER START TIME) | Also Follow us on Facebook

Halloween Party

Title: Halloween Party
Location: Barnard School
Description: DJ, Pizza, Drinks, Halloween treats & crafts

Entrance fees: $5 PTA or $6 non-PTA
Start Date: 2017-10-27
Start Time: 06:00
End Date: 8:00

Barnard After School Programming

Barnard PTA is proud announce that we will be teaming up with New Rochelle YMCA and offering after school programming at Barnard! The program will run five days a week (school days) from 3-6pm.

Fee Schedule & Registration Information
$80 annual New Rochelle YMCA non-refundable youth membership is required to enroll each child and is due at registration. Payments received after the 5th of the month will be charged a $20.00 late fee.
Monthly Fee per child:
5 day program – $255.00

All payments, either credit card or EFT, are processed on the 1st of the month.
During New Rochelle school system half days, children enrolled in the Afterschool Program may attend from 11:30am to 6:30pm for an additional fee. Cost is $30 per 1/2 day per child.
Please have all paperwork filled out prior to enrolling children in the program. Paperwork is available by visiting the New Rochelle YMCA or emailing

***Do not contact Barnard School directly, please contact New Rochelle YMCA with questions, comments, or concerns.

*** Must have a copy of the most recent medical form signed by the child’s doctor.

The YMCA does not provide transportation; this must be arranged through the school district.

The specific activities associated with the various curriculum categories generally take place in one or several of the following contexts, each of which is balanced throughout the day or week:

Free Choice
The child or youth has the option of choosing from among several activities, some relatively unstructured and others that are staff-designed learning centers.

Small Group or Individual Activities
The activities available can be done either in small groups or alone. They may be initiated by the counselors with the expectation that all children will work on the activity (e.g. homework or silent reading), or initiated by the children themselves.

Project Time
Time is set aside in the schedule for children or youth to begin or return to a long term project needing certain space, materials, tools, or leadership.

Large Group
Activities designed for large group, led by Y staff include group games to promote physical activity.

Indoors or Outdoors
All of the contexts and activities above are presented or done in both outdoor and indoor environment.

A nutritious snack, which is planned to meet a child’s nutritional requirement, is served each day.

Half Day Programs
Half Day Programs are available throughout the year for an additional $30 per day. These programs must be pre-registered one week in advance.

Holiday and Vacation Day programs are available.

Holiday Vacation Camp
$60 per day; 8am-6pm
Advanced registration required

Half-Days Schedule
$30 per ½ day (11:30-6:30pm)

For Information
Please contact Cheryl Sullivan, 914-632-1818, extension 20.

Dear Barnard Families,

As the 2016-17 school comes to an end we the PTA Executive Board would like to thank all of you for your support and volunteering in our events.

Here are just some of the things we were able to accomplish with your help and contributions:

Funding toward all school field trips

Fun family events such as our Halloween party, 3 Movie Nights, Bingo Night, Dad’s/Guardians Breakfast, Sports Night, Valentine’s Day Party, Book Fair, and Carnival…to name a few!

Contributing funds to two new wonderful Barnard Programs: Barnard READS and the Barnard Lending Library

Successfully organizing three new donation drives: a Coat drive, a Book Drive and a Craft/Art Supplies Drive.

Donating bag to all Barnard students for the 1st Annual Ken Levy Read-A-Thon at Barnard

Available merchandise such as bows, sweatshirts, snack bags and water bottles to show our BATS Spirit!

Watermelon slices available to all Barnard students, staff and families during Field Day

A Staff Breakfast showing our appreciation to our hard-working teachers ,staff and administration

A sit-down Staff luncheon catered by Posto 22 during Staff Appreciation Week

Graduation Shirts and Yearbooks provided to every graduating student

Funding for the 2nd Grade picnic

Graduation dessert for each student in the 2nd grade

Our own Barnard Apple Cidering Press to enhance school curriculum and further utilize our wonderful Amy’s Greenhouse

Providing a sense of community within our school !


Please visit our website for upcoming news and events. To all of our graduating students and their families, we wish you congratulations and good luck in all of your future endeavors. To our entire Barnard Family we wish you a wonderful summer!

Your PTA Board,
Mary, Bryan, Liz and Cristy

Nominations /Elections for 2017-18 PTA Board
Attendees unanimously voted the slated nominees for the 2017-18 PTA exec board.
They are: Bryan Grossbauer- President
Alvard Mayilyan- President-Elect
Danah Smart- Treasurer
Michelle Mateus-Secretary



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