PTA Meeting

September 26, 2013, 6:30 pm

President’s Report, presented by Co­President Shawn O’Connel

  • ●  The Arts for Recess program was extremely successful last year, so we will continue it

    this year. Parents will have the opportunity to sponsor a day. We need parent volunteers

    to help facilitate the performances. We have allocated $5000 for the program this year.

  • ●  We have a host of fundraising possibilities. We need your support to help raise money. It

    is up to you, the parents, to choose which fundraisers you support. Direct donations, such as the fundraising envelopes and the Read­a­Thon, are the best ways to support the PTA. Due to the success of the Read­a­Thon, we were able to eliminate the spring Miss Chocolate sale. However, while the Read­a­Thon raised about $6000, only about 100 students participated. This is very low considering that our school has over 1200 students. We need your help and your support to make these fundraisers succeed.

  • ●  This year we will be reaching out to you, the parents, for more help. We understand that everyone is busy with work, family, and other responsibilities. If you can’t be here to help during a fundraiser, maybe you can help from home. Everyone has something to offer the PTA.
  • ●  We are open to your ideas. This is your PTA­­we are just the facilitators. We have achieved a lot over the past few years, and we have the administration’s support. Reach out to us. Help spread the word. You can have an impact on your child’s education! As parents, we can make a real difference in the day­to­day operations in the school. Keep in mind that the school is suffering from extraordinary budget cuts. Last year the school lost about $500,000. This comes directly out of our children’s classrooms. The PTA tries to make up for this loss as much as possible.

    Treasurer’s Report, presented by Shawn O’Connel for Treasurer Jean Libert

● The opening balance on September 1, 2013 was $9.244.29; our current balance as of September 26 is the same. We currently hold in reserve $5000 for the Arts for Recess program. So far this school year we have had a request to purchase $700 of supplies for the Art department, and to contribute $2500 towards the purchase of the school’s new comprehensive communication and grading system.

Principal’s Report, presented by Ms. Hernandez

  • ●  The school’s new curriculum is more rigorous.
  • ●  Students will still be using the iReady program.
  • ●  Go Math, the new math curriculum, has an online component.
  • ●  In the 2013 state tests, PS 150 did better than the city and state average. We scored in

    the top 5 schools in District 30.

  • ●  The school is planning some parent workshops. You will be advised as these are

    scheduled.

New Business

School Leadership Team

We had an expedited election for the SLT. The nominees, all elected unanimously, were Paul Cynamon, Monica Perez, Nami Russo, and Silek Secilmis. They will serve a two­year term.

Fundraising:

  • ●  Volunteers are needed for all of our fundraisers! Please help us.
  • ●  Donation envelopes have been distributed.
  • ●  The Miss Chocolate fundraiser goes from now until October 21st.
  • ●  The first Chess in the Schools event will be held on October 26th.
  • ●  Picture Day is October 22nd.
  • ●  Artsonia is an online art gallery and shop that we would like to set up for parents and students. We need parent volunteers to set up this great program.
  • ●  Arts for Recess

    Title 1

    Title 1 funds go directly to the school, except for 1% which is used for parent enrichment. There will be a Title 1 meeting in early October.

    Learning Leaders

    The Learning Leaders program is coming back to PS 150! In this program, parents receive training so that they can volunteer in the school. Parents will be kept updated as we find out more about this program.

    iReady and Go Math

    Mr. Lilakos, PS 150’s math coach, presented information about these two programs.

  • ●  iReady is continuing from last year. This program presents a test that diagnoses your

    child’s reading and math skills and then adjusts the lesson accordingly. It is imperative that you do not help your child during iReady assessments. Teachers saw lots of progress last year with students who were diligent with iReady. Encouraging your child to use iReady is a great way to support your child at home.

  • ●  Continental Math League is a weekly math program for students recommended by their teachers. It begins in mid­October for grades 4­6 and in December for earlier grades.
  • ●  Go Math is our new math curriculum. The thick book should be used in class, and the thin book is for homework. Each lesson has two homework pages. All parents will
    receive a letter with directions for logging onto the online Go Math program. Please follow the directions exactly. “My Library” has all the resources from the teacher, including a practice book, which contains printable versions of the homework pages. This is also available in Spanish. The “Animated Math Models” permit you to select a skill and do related lessons.

    Additional business

  • ●  Bring your concerns to the PTA. We can add your concerns to the agenda.
  • ●  The PTA assists financially challenged students with field trip assistance on a

    case­by­case basis. We also help the seniors with their class trips when possible. We

    try to spread our resources around so that all grades and classes are helped.

  • ●  Jennifer Harper, our CEC representative, discussed the issue of truncating and rezoning.

    No vote is set as yet. Parents can write letters to the CEC to show support, and can start

    a petition to try to get a middle school in Sunnyside.

  • ●  Please collect and bring in your Box Tops! Every Box Top is worth 10 cents. We have

    the potential to raise thousands of dollars with Box Tops. Your child can bring the Box

    Tops in to school, or you can drop them off at the PTA office.

  • ●  We are trying to get a PTA box for the Annex.

    The meeting was adjourned at 7:40.

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