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Leah Mc Vey
-Welcome and Intros:
Our meeting was called to order at 8:35 A.M. by Jacki.
Angel and Kelley were not in attendance; however, they have everything ready for our March meeting. Analysis of last year’s revenue and expenses show that we broke even. We won’t be looking to add new line items, and budget cuts should not be required if we keep expenses constant.
There will be a brunch preview on March 14th hosted by Miss Chocolate, a possible new fundraising vendor. The board discussed Innisbrook vs. Charleston vendor, although no decision was finalized. Andrea G. suggested a plant/bulb sale, just not the same time as the wrapping paper campaign. Christina Grillo will speak with a representative of the TASH farmers market about getting Horsemen PTA a table. Phyllis suggested a new idea; “Summer in a Box”, a fundraising event that packages the sale of summer items such as flip-flops, sunscreen, hats, creams, and bathing suits.
The calendar committee will be presenting to the Board of Education in March, to set up dates for next year’s school calendar. The options are similar to our current school year.
-Screenagers Recap and Finding Kind Trailer
Feedback was very positive from this well attended event. Parents and kids seemed to agree that it was a great conversation starter and everyone seemed to get a lot out of this very informative presentation. The same company that offered this event is now offering another video called “Finding Kind”. Two friends travel across the country and expose the truth behind girl against girl bullying. Jacki showed the PTA board a preview video. Viewing of this video would be free, due to our purchase of “Screenagers”. PTA suggested opening it to Rivertown Parents and marketing the event through Girl Scouts. Andrea G. agreed to speak to Ardsley district concerning their opinion, and see if they have viewed/hosted this. The board discussed if it should only be shown in the evening, and whether to show it only to girls, or the coed population as well.
The book fair was held in the library this year. We are awaiting the results of a survey that was sent out for feedback. We are hoping to hold this event in the auditorium next year, due to a lack of space in the MS library. There are more than 180 students attending the D.C. trip this year. The trip is fully funded for students who need financial assistance. The board discussed having basic guideline requirements in place for scholarship assistance in the future. The middle school dance went well, and was well attended. The variety show was last night and any funds raised there will be going to the arts dept.
The blood drive will be held at WI on Thursday, March 2nd from 11:30 to 7:30 PM. The jump rope and Kid Stuff Coupon book events are currently in progress. A gardening plan/design is still needed. The principal chat helped explain that when the temperature is 25 or below, kids are kept inside. There are strict guidelines in place about kids not allowed to touch the snow and must stay on the black top when there is snow. Indoor recess is still in need of adult volunteers.
Box tops challenge is currently underway, and the students are very involved as the competition heats up.
The principal chat was mostly concerning volunteers for the book fair. Juliana will submit her check for last year’s square 1 art to Kelley A.
The Mini-grant committee meeting will be rescheduled for Feb. 27th or March 1st.
Our meeting adjourned at 10:16 AM, our next meeting is scheduled for Friday March 17th at 8:30 AM.
and Amy Walsh, Social Worker for the Tarrytown Union Free School District.
Leah Mc Vey
Sheila Emery Murphy
Samantha Ford Godette
-Welcome and Intros:
Our meeting was called to order at 8:42 A.M. by Jacki and Angel.
Kelley distributed a hard copy of the budget. Kelley and Angel are working on a new budget format, to be presented at next month’s meeting. The new format will show the admin expenditures in addition to how much was spent (by school) for prior year, as well as where we are this year.
The book fairs at Morse and W.I. are finished. After netting, the results are very comparable to last year. Scholastic has provided feedback that much of the country is seeing a plateau in revenue from book fair fundraisers.
Square 1 program is in progress, and should be ready to have products in time for Mother’s Day.
Jacki and Angel asked the board to think about new fundraising ideas that might target a different audience/market. The board suggested targeting 3rd Friday with a booth that had kid activities, as well as a booth at the Farmers market in Patriot Park. The board suggested applying for a grant, as long as we choose a specific project. Lastly, a concession booth/bake sale at some town sporting events i.e.: TNT baseball, Tri-county basketball etc. These items will be added to our volunteer list for next season.
A 1 hour and 10 minute documentary dealing with social media, gaming and screen time management followed by a panel discussion moderated by Superintendent Borsari with a Q&A session will be held Tuesday, January 31, 2017 beginning at 7:00 PM in the SHHS auditorium with Spanish subtitles. The event is funded by Horsemen PTA and will be free for the district attendees. Kids are welcome as long as they are with a parent or guardian, and preregistration will be required for this event. This event will be open to the Rivertown Parents partner districts as well. Jacki and Angel asked the board to please try and get the word out.
-Mini Grant Update
Grant request forms went out to the school principals. February 15th is the deadline for grant requests. The Mini grant committee meeting will be held on Friday February 17th immediately following our PTA meeting. The middle school agreed to keep the $500 mini-grant separate from other projects to build a reserve. Andrea, Mitch and Tom will discuss this with the middle school parents. Lastly, Jacki noted that grant recipients need to know that purchases/receipts have to be submitted quickly.
Andrea advised that since there has been an increase in the number of 8th grade students who need funding for the Washington D.C. trip, there are a number of upcoming events to help raise the funds.
Indoor recess is in need of more volunteers. Children have complained that they don’t always get to go outside. VP’s agreed to discuss this, as well as the policies regarding outdoor recess rules at the next principal’s chat.
VP’s met with Mr. Holland last week. Safety seems to have improved, and the SH police have been randomly checking in. Box top challenge is ready to go next week. The children will be going on a trip to see Mary Poppins next week. The Morse Hi-5 program is changing to promote better behavior all the time, with all students receiving keychain reward to display on their backpacks, instead of Hi-5 bracelets as reminders. Flooding issues at Morse were caused by tree roots breaking some underground pipes. These issues will be remediated by the village.
VP’s haven’t had their meeting yet with the principal. Their meeting is scheduled for Monday January 23rd.
Our meeting adjourned at 9:48 AM, our next meeting is scheduled for Friday February 17th at 8:30 AM.
Now Rescheduled for Wednesday, 2/15
Horseman PTA in partnership with Rivertown Parents present:
Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age
Targeted to both parents & their children, this documentary dives deep into how technology impacts children’s development and the challenges of parenting in the digital world. Through poignant, & unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how much tech time impacts kids’ development & offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.
Wednesday, February 15th
@7pm in the HS Auditorium
210 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow
Panel Discussion Immediately Following the Screening:
Amber da Silva-Barron, LCSW, Irvington
Jean O’Brien, Technology Specialist – Tarrytown Union Free School District
Amy Walsh, Social Worker – Tarrytown Union Free School District
The Movie will have Spanish Subtitles. Panel Discussion after the screening will be translated.
Leah Mc Vey
-Welcome and Intros:
Our meeting was called to order at 8:41 A.M. by Jacki and Angel.
Kelley distributed a hard copy of the budget. Kelley reminded the board to have all their receipts submitted from the class parent teas; JP vice presidents advised that they will make sure to submit them. Angel advised the board to be more budget conscious this year.
-District Communications Survey
Jacki reminded everyone to please respond to the survey. Dancy and Karina are on the committee. Dancy advised that there are more than 750 responses and Mr. Borsari is hoping for more. Karen Kuhn will add a link on our site that will direct candidates to the survey.
A 1 hour and 10 minute documentary dealing with social media, gaming and screen time management followed by a panel discussion with Q&A session. This event will be held January 31, 2017 beginning at 7:00 in the SHHS auditorium with Spanish subtitles. The event is funded by Horsemen PTA and will be free for the district attendees. Kids are welcome as long as they are with a parent or guardian, and preregistration will be required for this event. This event will be open to the Rivertown Parents partner districts.
-Mini Grant Committee
This committee will meet at the end of January and is open to all to attend. The following list includes PTA board members interested; Katie Scully, Christina Grillo, Donna Gates, Jen Povman, Dancy Balestrieri, Pamela Louis, Amada Reimundez, Nitasha Kumar, Andrea Gotschall, Mitch Sylves-Berry, Angel Rafter, Leah McVey, and Jacki Geoghegan.
Andrea advised the board that ordering will resume at the end of January for spring delivery. They are considering including school (building) specific merchandise.
Mitch advised that the middle school is working to improve communications between the school and the parents.
The Washington DC trip is currently under funded, specifically for scholarships. They are hoping the two school dances will help close the gap. Donna mentioned that Principal Lopez is looking for fundraising ideas to help. The board suggested a walkathon, concessions at school plays, bake sales and possibly selling video footage of school concerts to the district parents. Donna will bring these ideas back to Ms. Lopez for discussion.
Katie mentioned that the BOE is discussing fundraising for the creation of a better surface to replace the hardpan behind the middle school.
Book fair was a success with many volunteers and over $13,400 in sales. Many books went to kids in need. Many positive comments came in from parents and teachers regarding better book variety this year.
Fiona noted that safety vests are now worn by staff at recess & dismissal.
Indoor recess will begin in January and there is a need for parent volunteers. Nitasha suggested creating an email asking for volunteers for a 10 week program to oversee crafts, board games etc. Karen Kuhn agreed to post this on the horsemen website.
“Hour of code” was a success at WI 2 weeks ago.
Photo re-take went well and the security guard seems to be working out nicely.
W.I.’s “Trudy Garden” needs a new coordinator to help design a landscaping plan. Katie mentioned a sponsorship from a local landscape business. Other board members suggested asking volunteers from Kendall to help with the garden.
Photo day went well, as they managed to stay ahead of schedule. Jacki advised VP’s to tell soliciting photographers that we are currently in a multi-year contract.
Nitasha and Juliana noted that the security desk has streamlined and organized their sign in system.
The wrapping paper fundraiser was a success. Unfortunately, backorders for all the schools went to JP. The VP’s agreed to work on better communication to avoid this happening in the future. Back orders should go directly to the parent/ordering party.
The JP Principal Fund was used to re-tune Ms. Garibaldi’s piano. The board denied increasing the Fund, but suggested that they apply for a mini grant. Additionally, the board suggested having all the district piano’s tuned for a volume discount in the future.
Our meeting adjourned at 10:27 AM, our next meeting is scheduled for Friday January 20th at 8:30 AM.
PTA Roundup November 2016 The Halloween Costume Drive was a success. Thanks to Pam for organizing and Leah & Samantha for helping sort and distribute (my apologies if I’ve forgotten anyone who helped!) We already have a box of costumes donated from Toys R Us for next year! MS sized costumes are going to be needed again. If you have one you can donate – please hang on to it, or you can turn it in to the MS. They will store for next year. Report from MS: The Monster Ball had a good turnout, especially with younger grades. Movie Night was a big success. It was our 2nd year with one specifically for the MS and the attendance more than doubled. The film was Ghostbusters. Pizza and snacks were sold before and after the movie. We covered the expenses of the license of the film. Thanks to Andrea for organizing. Career Day is coming up after Thanksgiving. This year’s chair, Yvonne Ibelli has been doing a great job and has 34 confirmed speakers for the day. Two volunteers are needed to help out during the morning. If you are able to volunteer, please let Mitch or Yvonne know. The Recess Redesign Committee is still working hard: Bulbs planted this fall daffodil and Scilla. Keep a look out in March Raising fence at 4-Square (game for the children) so they stop popping and losing balls! Waiting on Board Approval to work with grounds dept, superintendent & architect/engineers for plans to resurface the rocky, dusty, muddy ball area. Report from WI: Front Garden – For years, Retired teacher, Trudy Dunbar has cared for the garden up front and has worked with the fifth grade students to plant in the spring. Trudy has retired from caring for the WI garden. Leah is still brainstorming with Mrs. Bretti about this. Is it possible to create a garden club to keep it going? PTA has always funded the planting. Instead of limiting the club to just 5th grade, the club can be open school wide. Leah is seeking a long term sustainable course of action to ensure the garden’s success annually. Any ideas? Please share. Book Fair- The book fair set up is scheduled for Tuesday, November 22. The fair will run the week of November 28th, with an evening event on Monday, 11/28. Circus – There is an effort to fundraise for the Circus school-wide this year. There is a walkathon scheduled for the week after Thanksgiving. The children have collected pledges and will do laps of the gym. (Or outdoors weather permitting.) They will also be doing the coupon book fundraiser that was done at the MS last year. It will be done at WI only, but if you do not have a child at WI and want a book, please let Jacki know. Fundraising: Wrapping paper – All deliveries have been received and have been distributed at the schools. If you hear that a parent has an issue with their order, please tell them they need to contact the company (Charleston Wrap) directly. Thanks to Donna for organizing and to all of the volunteers at the schools – Juliana, Tara, Amada, Leah, Nitasha, Samantha (my apologies if I have forgotten anyone who has helped!) We hope that you and your families have a very Happy Thanksgiving! We look forward to meeting with everyone at our next meeting on 12/16!
Managing Anxiety – 7 Strategies to Interrupt the Worry Cycle
Lynn Lyons, LICSW Psychotherapist Licensed Social Worker Author
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 7:00-9:00 p.m. Irvington High School / Middle School
Campus Community Presentation Room (CPR) in the Campus Library 40 North Broadway, Irvington, New York
FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING Open to all parents, and to students 12 years & older. Registration requested by 10/26 due to limited space. www.rivertownparents.com