May 13, 2016 Meeting

May 13, 2016 Meeting


Jacki Geoghegan

Angel Rafter

Paul Pirozzi

Tara Schatzel

Mitch Sylves-Berry

Leah Mc Vey

Amada Reimundez

Elia Londono

Dancy Balestrieri

Maribel Palacios-Perez

David Neilsen

Fiona Galloway

Kelley Anniccherico

Nitasha Kumar

Jennifer Povman


-Welcome and Get Out the Vote:

Our meeting was called to order at 8:35 A.M. by Jacki and Angel. Jacki reminded class VP’s to get the class list from school offices and send the class parents a backpack note with the class list, asking class parents to call and remind households that May 17th is the day to get out and vote on our school budget.

-Event Dates for Next Year

Tuesday, September 27th there is a successful study presentation being offered by “Succesful Study Schools S4”.  The seminar will be free for community parents, but will cost $475, and Jacki is asking the PTA board if we should book this event.  PTA agreed that we should consider it, especially if there is some flexibility regarding the cost.  Jacki agreed to go back and try to negotiate the price.  Jen Povman suggested advertising this event at back to school nights early next year.  Jen also mentioned that she is looking into the cost of the “screenagers” documentary and if the licensing fee of $650 will be spread out across districts.

Middle School movie night will be Friday November 4th, WI movie night will be May 5th, and both dates will be put on the district calendar.

-PTA Planning Update

David Neilsen will be stepping down as the PTA Membership Chair, a new person is needed. Jacki asked the board to try and think of someone new to fill this position.  Nitasha Kumar has agreed to be the Square 1 Art Chairperson. Amada Reimundez will co-chair.  PTA still needs a Photo Day chairperson.  A class parent coordinator for Kindergarten and Pre-K are positions that still need to be filled.

Jacki advised the board that she received notice from the state, and our name has officially been changed to Horsemen PTA.

-Staff Appreciation Luncheon

The luncheons will be held the week of May 22nd.  W.I. will be the 23rd, middle school the 25th, Morse the 26th and JP the 27th.  Wraps are being bought from C-town and will come out of the PTA budget.

-Volunteer Brunch

The brunch is being held Monday, June 13th from 8:30-10:30 at Pierson Park (weather permitting), otherwise in the Administration Bldg.  Jacki sent an email to the PTA board asking for a list of emails of any volunteers/helpers/coordinators to be sent to her by May 25th so that she can send out the invitation for the brunch.

-Rivertown Parents

Jen Povman addressed the board, asking for another volunteer to help her represent our district. The commitment would be for 1 Wednesday a month.  Upcoming events are May 24th “The Hunting Ground” a sex abuse/date rape on college campuses, the movie and discussion will be held at Mercy College from 6:15-9PM.  October 25th “Anxious kids, Anxious Parents” is being held, time and place to be advised.  Jen also suggested checking Leslie Josel’s website for her seminar on tools of organization.  Mitch Sylves-Berry has said she would like to participate.

-School Updates

Jacki reminded Middle School VP’s to create line items for the middle school budget. Jacki and Mitch will be meeting after the luncheons to work on this.  Angel and Mitch asked the board for volunteers to help steam gowns for the 8th grade formal dance.

Ms. Susan Bretti has been selected as the W.I. principal for next year. Square 1 Art was successfully completed at WI.

The box-top pizza party at Morse was a big success. Morse received a check for $749 for the box-top campaign and it looks like their goal of $1,000 for the year will be achieved.  The 1st class field trip around the community was also a success.  The traffic pattern issues at Morse seem to be under control, and Mr. Holland seems satisfied with drop-off and pick-up.

Tara advised the board that the staff luncheon plans at Morse are moving smoothly and that they are working on organizing field day.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:15 A.M. our next and final meeting for this school year will be Friday, June 17th.