December 11, 2014 PTA General Membership Meeting Minutes

December 11, 2014PTA general meeting – Minutes Themeeting was called to order by Roz Williams at 8:25am. The minutes were presented by Roz and accepted. Avote was held for Title 1 Representatives. 25 people voted and Fernando Pon was elected. Iris Springer is the otherparent to be elected for Title 1 but she did not attend the meeting. AnaCamacho gave the Treasurer’s report. $250 is needed for musicians for the Family Concert. Nancyannounced that we have a new expense with Rosie’s Kids. They have always been completely free to us,but they have asked us to contribute $500 for new tap shoes. The money wastaken from the Peer mediation budget. Nancygave the Principal’s report. Nancy announced that PS 51was recognized as an outstanding school by the Blackboard Awards. They are meeting with the chancellor to berecognized for our arts programs. Thereis also a school quality review on Friday the 12th. Nancylet everyone know that Ms. Meyers’ husband is not doing well and to please giveher a hug. Nancy announced thatattendance has been a problem. Familiestaking extended vacations are causing our absentee statistics to rise. An attendance reviewer will be meeting withthose families in January. Christmasbreak begins December 23rd and we are back to school January 5th. December 19th is the Christmasconcert. Nextwas the President’s Report. Roz andCraig thanked the Photo Day committee and volunteers for the Photo Day. It was a big challenge but we were able toschedule a 2nd day. Also theythanked the Book Fair Committee. BookFair Family Night was a great success. Nextwas the School Health and Safety Update. Vice Principal Myers is the chair ofthe committee and has been for 15 years! There have been drills forlockdown. Flu shots and Health updateare good. People are using the healthservice. This year pre-k students did not have to get the flu shot, but nextyear all pre-k students will have to have one or they cannot attend. Parentsmust carry IDs at all times. You may be asked to show id to enter the school.Parents expressed their concerns about the crossing guard’s absences. TheSchool Leadership team gave an update. They talked about the qualityreview. Our CEP goals are asfollows: 1. To improve math discussionamong students. 2.To increase parent engagement by 10%. There are many ways to feel welcome. Workshops are on Tuesdays. There are health chats, you can volunteer,participate in Family Fridays. Guidedreading workshop is one in particular. We will be able to see this in action in January. 3.1st through 3rd grade students who are reading on the 2level will increase 2 levels by June- common core. Nextwere committee reports. The Photo DayCap & Gown and retake date is January 30th. Therewill be a Go Fund Me campaign meeting with Nancy – “What do you love about PS51?” Nancy discussed community service. Thereis something called “The Golden Project”. Two students spoke to the group. They are collecting canned food andtaking the donations to the Food Pantry at St. Clements Church. Nancy wouldlike to send books and donations to a school in Mexico City. TheFamily Concert is on April 2nd. Ana Camacho updates that themusicians are already lined up. We needto get the word out. The concert is really to introduce the community to theschool – an artistic introduction to the community. T-shirtorder is due tomorrow. Starting nextweek the student council has announced every Friday will be Spirit Day. Roz played the video of Nancy’s speech from Blackboard Awards. Nancyintroduced students from the Golden Project. Whichever class raises the most money wins a prize. The project benefits the homeless. Themeeting was then adjourned.