PTA Meeting Review June 14th

The final PTA Meeting for the school year 2011 – 2012 was held on Thursday, June 14th. Thank you, Scott Grodesky and Oumih Francis for your dedication, effort and upstanding service – you have been an inspiration to parents and teachers. With the camaraderie you’ve instilled, we can look forward to the 2012 – 2013 school year in great spirit.

The review is as follows:

* The treasurer’s report detailed expenses which included the 5th Grade trip, a floor A/C unit for the school’s copier room and Field day equipment expenses. Carnival showed a profit of over $286 dollars, after all. For Spring Carnival 2013, we hope to close off 41 street to set up booths for vendors – the potential income generated from that will help offset the costs for the rides, extending the event for the community as well as the school.

* Parents’ votes were necessary to move on expenditures over five-hundred dollars. Those items were: new flutes for the music band, instruments for the Annex, a cash reserve for the Recess committee and a cash reserve for “Micro Grants” for special projects a teacher may wish to implement. All proposals were approved by the parents who attended the meeting.

* The allocated emergency fund for a substitute teacher stipend was not needed and returned to the cash balance.

* With a flat screen TV donated by a parent, PS 150 has experimented with an information terminal. The idea is to have terminals throughout the school, in the lobby, cafeteria and annex to provide information on upcoming events. If you have a flat screen TV that you would like to donate to the PTA, please contact us at (718) 784-2252 Ext. 1551 or email: ps150Qpta@gmail.com.

* Principal Ms. Parache stressed the importance of parents to keep up the reading and writing during the summer break. She also announced that the proposal for the 25th and 26th as non-attendance days was NOT approved by the Board of Education – P.S. 150Q will be open regular attendance hours.

* Please visit the newly revamped PS 150Q website. Mr. Espinoza has done a fantastic job of making the site easy to navigate, highly informative and useful. Links and downloads are available and a school supply list is expected to post as well – check it out. https://sites.google.com/site/ps150queens/

* The School Leadership Team (SLT) will be enclosing a letter with advice on healthy eating. While the summer break means plenty of outdoor activity and exercise, be sure to enhance their growth with a healthy, balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and protein. Also, remember to hydrate with plenty of water!

* The proposal for a cot in the nurses station at the annex was thwarted with many concerns. From regulations to hygiene to space, providing a cot in the annex is too complicated to fulfill. Instead, we are looking into the possibility of a comfortable chair that an ill child can rest in until pickup.

* Committees for recess and fundraising will be replaced with having a key person in charge of a particular project. If you have ideas, opinions and would like to be involved, please contact us – your help would be tremendously appreciated.

* We recognize and celebrate the diversity of our community and try to make every effort to reach and involve parents of all cultures. Our greatest challenge is communication. Our plea is to call on parents who will interpret in their native language and otherwise represent their fellow nationals. We urgently need Spanish and all Asian language speakers. You do not need to be fluent in English yourself, just willing to make a difference in your child’s education.

* The Q & A session brought up a request for parents to sit in on SLT meetings. The SLT meeting schedule is posted on their board, which is located next to the office. While parents are welcome to sit in, they are technically not be permitted to enter the discussion.

* The SES Tutoring through Title One is expected to continue in 2013, however, whether BiNet will remain as the service provider is not confirmed.

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.

Snack Time And School Photo Update

SNACK TIME for 2nd and 3rd graders are still in effect. The snack, however, can no longer be provided by the school due to DOE regulations. The student must bring in their own provisions.

Recommended snacks are fruits, yogurt, pretzels, crackers or granola bars. The supply should be light, easy to consume and healthy to be effective energy food. Please avoid candy, cookies, soda, chips and popcorn – hot food and sandwiches are not permitted.

Snack time is five to ten minutes during sixth or seventh period.

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

SCHOOL PHOTO ISSUES that are still unresolved should be directed to Lifetouch, the photography company.

Their telephone number is 1-877-551-6832: Please state you are calling for “P.S. 150 in Queens” or say, “one-five-zero-Q for Queens”

Or you may go to their website : http://www.lifetouch.com/

Click “Ask A Question” under the (I Want To) tab. You will be directed to a form to fill in your name, contact information and inquiry.

 

Free Trade Fundraising

At an SLT (School Leadership Team) meeting, guest speaker Linda Villa-Passione introduced the idea of fundraising with Free Trade market items.

Free Trade offers high quality, organic items such as coffee, teas and chocolate. In supporting their textiles, we support the local family farmers and women who receive a fair price for the products they make.

The consideration of Free Trade Fundraising for P.S. 150Q is to offer products that are unique, competitive and higher quality. At the same time, there is the opportunity to raise our children’s awareness of the origins the items came from and hopefully enlighten the sponsors they solicit.

Detailed information about the mission and the products are available from Deans Beans, Equal Exchange and Mayan Hands in PDF format.

Download them here:

Deans Beans

Equal Exchange

Mayan Hands

December 15th PTA Meeting & Breakfast With The Principal

Thank you, parents for a great turnout at our December 15th PTA meeting. Our breakfast discussion with the Principal, Ms. Parache was productive and heartfelt – an encouraging affirmation to lead us into 2012. Details on each agenda are in progress. It will be posted on its corresponding page, but the summary is as follows:

  • The administration is available and open to help: If you have any issues concerning the school, please contact the school’s administration rather than rely on a public forum to discuss an issue.
  • Treasurer’s report regarding the sales and profits from the “Chess Tournament” and “Holiday Boutique.”
  • Title One will send notices regarding the “Computer Classes” which will resume in January 2012
  • SLT (School Leadership Team) managed for some 2nd and 3rd grade classes to bring in a snack that is convenient and quick enough to consume during a five minute water break. Notices will be sent home with all 2nd and 3rd grade students regarding a snack break, including the start time and regulations.
  • Safety belt enforcement is an issue that can be addressed by the Pupil Transportation Team. Their Telephone number is (718) 392-8855 or email contact at pupiltransportationteam@schools.nyc.gov.
  • Fundraising ideas from Guest Speaker Linda Villa-Passione incorporating Fair Trade Market items. Click Here For Article
  • Read-a-thon is expected to take place in early 2012. It will replace the “Miss Chocolate” event. Click Here For Article
  • Recess Committee is dedicating the January 2012 PTA meeting to focus on indoor recess. A presentation by Playworks is secured for the February 2012 meeting. (Details to come)
  • Ms. Parache addressed the school’s categorization issue, bed bug control procedure and promoted a boost in reading non-fiction. (Details to come)
  • Box Tops Goal: We are asking parents to commit to bringing in two (2) box tops before our next PTA meeting. Box Tops placed in an envelope may be dropped off at the PTA office in the main building. For the classroom, we are seeking permission to place a small container (tissue box or clear soup container) for the students to drop in their Box Tops. (Details to come)

To receive information by email, please contact us with your name, email and child’s class to ps150Qpta@gmail.com.

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.

Second Graders Lunch

The SLT (School Leadership Team) is addressing the Second grader’s early lunch options. Our Principle Mrs. Parache, is working on a solution to the concerns raised by parents. We are hoping a healthy, afternoon snack can be provided to give the students much needed energy to go on with their day. Please stay tuned for further developments.