December 2016

December PTA minutes

PTA Meeting

Thursday December 8 2016 / 9:04-9:40

The Henry Barnard School, New Rochelle, NY

Welcome and Introductions

Present members were Mary DePaolo (President), Bryan Grossbauer (Vice President), Ken Levy (Acting Principal), and Kim Block (Faculty).

Principle Updates

Mr. Levy announced that the district had in fact chosen a Principal to run The Henry Barnard School.  The new Principal is Dr. Nicholas Cracco and Mr. Levy is looking forward to helping him with a smooth transition to his new position.

Issues Discussed

Afterschool programming was discussed and we Dr. Parvee is waiting for the budget for next year and must look to see if the funding is available.

Mrs. Block spoke about parent involvement and it’s huge dip in numbers.  She mentioned that the Barnard READS program was a great opportunity, yet many parents are not getting involved.  She mentioned applying for a large grant that would restart a program for families to come to meetings about child development and reading.  The program would then provide babysitting and even cab fare to those who most need it.

VP Update

Bryan Grossbauer spoke about Barnard READS and its first distribution.  All of the pre-k kids are now owners of brand new books!


PTA will be selling Barnard goods at all upcoming events.  Members receive discounts.


Upcoming events

  • Book Fair – December 12-16

         –       Book Fair Family Night Dec. 16th,     5-8pm.   PJ / Storytime at 6:30 pm with special guests.

  • Keep collecting Box Tops! Collection sheets will go out shortly
  • January Movie Night, January 20th -Finding Dory – donations needed!
  • Raffles ideas for movie night?