May 25th PTA Meeting Review

Thanks parents, Ms. Ortiz, Ms. Pate, guest speakers Judy Zangwill, Matthew Wallace and Ms. Mirelys for attending Thursday morning’s meeting. Many passionate topics were covered, but first, congratulations to Beatrice, Rebecca, and Sean to their elected position of President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

The meeting’s review is as follows:

*) The Treasurer’s Report praised the efforts of the “Box Tops 4 Education” campaign for raising a record amount of three-hundred-twenty-nine dollars. Also, last-minute contributions for the “Read-A-Thon” set the profit at over one thousand percent, bringing in over six-thousand dollars. Cheers to the outstanding readers and their supporters that made this happen! The Spring Carnival is expected to break even. We’ve heard a number of suggestions, complaints and cheers through the grapevine about it. Future prospects for this event will be open for discussion at a later meeting. Stay tuned.

*) The vote for having June 25th and 26th as non-attendance days for “Professional Development” was unanimous in favor. Detailed information, including your choice to “opt out” will be sent home. While the inconvenience for working parents and the untimeliness of having two days off before the last half-day of school are understood, remember that these DOE suggested dates are crucially needed time for teachers to prepare next year’s curriculum.

*) City wide budget cuts are threatening our After School Programs again. As always, our “Knight in shining armour,” Jimmy Van Bramer has promised to fight for restoration. Sunnyside Community Center’s Executive Director, Judy Zangwill as well as Ms. Mirelys with the support of Councilman Van Bramer’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Matthew Wallace – urged the parents and the community to voice out. Currently, Councilman Van Bramer is faced with losing seven out of nine After School programs – your help is urgently needed. Regardless of whether or not your child attends after-school, having these programs intact ensures the safety of all children in our community. The presence of a stable after school program enriches development, nurtures interest and instills accountability in those that would otherwise be left to their own devices. Please take action and keep our community safe. For details on how you can help, please click here.

*) Title One funds have successfully educated parents in technology with computer classes conducted by Mr. Espinoza. In light of that success, future workshops are being considered to cultivate parents in proper nutrition. Providing a balanced diet is critical to your child’s success in school – it affects their performance physically and mentally. It has been noted that students are packing soda, chips and other junk food for lunch. While these snacks may be affordable and conveniently non-perishable, they do not provide the needed nutrients to sustain them through a school day. Guidance of practical nutrition that is informative and convenient would be a great benefit. In the meantime, please be conscious of supplying your child with nutritious lunches and snacks.

*) School Leadership Team (SLT) will be sending periodic reminders about the school’s dress code. While uniforms are no longer a requirement, a respectful dress code is – short-shorts, spaghetti straps, open mid-riffs and graphic tees are not allowed.

The meeting concluded with the New Business election of Beatrice Gomez for PTA President, Sean O’Connell for PTA Treasurer and Rebecca Wilkins for PTA Secretary.

The next PTA Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 14th at 08:30 am. Please check the school calendar as it will be updated periodically. In addition, bookmark the NYC DOE calendar for future events and important dates concerning all public schools.

Vote For Professional Development Days

For Thursday, May 24th PTA Meeting, parents will be asked to vote for Professional Development days – these are non-attendance days. The Board of Education is suggesting that schools assign June 25th and 26th as non-attendance days, which would have been the last two days of school.

The Principal’s Report segment of our meeting will explain the details involved but you are urged to attend to cast your vote.

The meeting will commence tomorrow (May 24) at 08:30 am. We’re looking forward to your support.

April 19th’s PTA Meeting Review

At the PTA meeting held on Thursday, April 19th, the following topics were covered.

  • Spring Carnival is scheduled for Saturday, May 19th. Ticket prices are anticipated to be at $12.00 per person. Children will enjoy games, bouncy rides, a petting zoo and refreshments – details on the activities that are included with admission will be announced. Volunteers are wanted and welcome to assist with the attractions, concession stands and maintaining general order. Please call (718) 784-2252 ext. 1551 or email ps150Qpta@gmail.com.
  • PS 150Q is among many schools in New York City facing crippling budget cuts. This year funds to secure substitute teachers have already depleted. An agreement with the PTA secured funds for the remainder of the school year through June. Principal Ms. Parache has vowed that the funds will not be used unless strictly necessary but it is to avoid having to disperse students to other classes should their teacher call out sick.
  • The budget cut crisis sparked attention to be active in protesting them and demanding accountability of funds that are spent. Please stay tuned for further developments.
  • Oumih Francis, our dedicated, responsible and kind hearted Secretary for the PTA, had announced her resignation from the position. We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation for her efforts and commend her for her time. Following her tenure, Rebecca Wilkins has been nominated for the Secretary position. Beatrice Gomez and Shawn O’Connell will be running to maintain their positions as Vice President and Treasurer respectively.
  • In the Treasurer’s Report, we were pleasantly surprised to learn a few last minute envelopes were submitted for the Read-A-Thon. The total books read is at approximately 2,500 books. Great job everyone!
  • The Title One report stated the remainder of its budget has been used to purchase two more computers, which will be available for parents to use.
  • Guest Speaker, Sharon Smith from Sunnyside Community Center presented an opportunity for training as a “Homecare Worker.” Once certified, Home Health Aides are eligible for wages, health insurance and other attractive benefits. You are invited to attend their Open House, scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information, please contact Sharon Smith at 718-784-6160 extension 345.

January 19 PTA Meeting Review

Thank you parents, guest speakers, Ms. Pate and Principal Ms. Parache for making the January 19th PTA meeting. The meeting commenced with the President’s report and delved into issues that touched on tardiness, state assessment standards and Title One SES tutoring to name a few. The summary is as follows:

  • President’s report: Winter Carnival is cancelled. A “Movie/Game Night” is currently an idea being considered to replace the event.
  • Read-A-Thon document packages have been distributed. You can download and print the Read-A-Thon documents with the exclusion of a collection envelope. You may use a standard letter envelope. Please state the student’s name and class on the front.
  • Tardiness procedures are revised to address the large number of late students. Parents are responsible for promptness. If arrival exceeds the five-minute grace period – after 8:10 am, the parent/guardian must accompany the child to sign in the late arrival log. Please, be considerate – be punctual.
  • Recess Committee explored the idea of Play-Well TEKnologies program for creative development during recess. For information on the organization, please visit http://play-well.org/
  • Treasurer Report disclosed the profit margin from “Holiday Boutiqe” sales and detailed expenses for the drama production. The Holiday Boutique sales were greater than expected, however, the amount which the PTA keeps is only a percentage of it. Whereas the funds raised from the Read-A-Thon is almost entirely our profit. So please, Support the Read-A-Thon!
  • Principal’s Report: At the last PTA meeting, Principal Ms. Parache addressed our school’s assessment rank with the city and state. While our position reverberates concern, Ms. Parache strongly believes our students are well on track and the school’s curriculum strives to progress beyond expected standards. Still, many parents and teachers are frustrated, perturbed and generally confused with the state and city’s assessment tests that evaluate our students and school. You can speak out. Write to the NYSED Board of Regents at http://www.regents.nysed.gov/members/.
  • Group Tutoring is coming to P.S. 150Q: A package will be sent home with each student to apply for after-school tutoring at P.S. 150Q. Please submit the application, whether or not you feel your child requires it. The DOE office determines eligibility and selects those students that will most benefit from the program. Mr. Wimmer of BiNet, the elected tutoring agency, spoke at the meeting and advised two available opportunities. Group tutoring at the school, approximately two days a week at two hours and private tutoring for hire at home, through a selection of BiNet affiliates.
  • Q&A session addressed an inquiry on collecting Boxtops 4 Education coupons. Some classrooms have been set up with containers for students to drop in their coupons. But parents are welcome to drop off coupons in an envelope at the PTA Office in the main building. Separately, an inquiry was made about anonymous sponsorship for the Read-A-Thon. Our underlying goal to promote reading should be encouraged for every student, even those with less advantage. If you’d like to sponsor a student, please e-mail the PTA at ps150Qpta@gmail.com with your pledge. Thank you!

 

Breakfast With The Principal and PTA Meeting Dec. 15th

Our next PTA meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 15th at 08:30 am. It will be preceded by “Holiday Breakfast With The Principal” at 08:15 am. You are invited to address questions for the principal at that time.

Last week, the Agenda for the next PTA Meeting was sent home in your child’s backpack. For your reference, the agenda is as follows:

  • Call to order
  • Reading and approval of last meetings minutes
  • President’s report
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Principal’s report
  • Title One report
  • School Leadership Team report
  • New business
  • Committee reports
    • Fundraising: Read-a-thon
    • Recess
  • Adjournment

And you can review the post of our last PTA meeting held November 17th, by clicking here.

As a preview, the Recess Committee has been focused on the pressing matter of indoor recess activities. Now that the colder weather restricts students from going outside, the committee would like to present some ideas inspired through the Manhattan New Music Project and CDEC 30 parent workshop conducted in early December.

The activities were “engagement through the arts” with the idea of playing games while subliminally memorizing academics. The games are fun, free of pressure and given the right topic can be a catalyst for making any free time an enjoyable time for learning.

Please join us and lend us your feedback.

PTA Meeting Summary: Nov. 17th

Thanks to all the parents, committee members and Assistant Principal Ismael Perez for joining the PTA meeting on November 17th.

Details on each topic discussed during our meeting can be found on the area’s corresponding page but the summary is as follows:

*) Volunteers are wanted for Bake Sale event on December 3rd and Chess event on December 10th. In addition, if you can offer technical assistance for website building, stage construction, costume production, please contact us via Volunteer Opportunities page.

*) Title 1 department is requesting feedback on what programs parents are looking for to assist their kids with homework. Currently, the focus is on familiarizing parents with the computers the students are working on at school.

*) School Leadership Team (SLT) is addressing the issue of second grader’s lunch interval. Go to article.

*) Email contacts have been recorded and employed for notifications, such as the last PTA meeting. If you have not received notification, please check you spam filter or contact us via Volunteer Opportunities page so we can correct any misspellings.

*) Fundraising committee is open for enrollment. Our goal is to implement more positive and effective programs that not only raise money for our school but also support our children’s development. Our key idea this term is a “Read-a-thon.” Go to article.

*) The Recess Committee is working on scheduling a presentation from Playworks organization for our December PTA meeting. Playworks specializes in utilizing school recess breaks with active methods to engage our kids. Go to article.

*) The Box Tops 4 Education program holds great potential to raise serious funds for P.S. 150Q. We would like to make the program more visible by involving students, parents and our community. Go to article.