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December 21, 2023 (to be approved by the  membership on 1/18/2023)

# of Attendees: 16

  • Pledge of Allegiance 
    • Read by Ava Cautillo
    • Approve – Rachel Dennehy
    • Seconded – Terrence Howard
  • Treasurer’s Report – Theresa Cavinee
  • Treasurer’s Report – Theresa Cavinee
  • November prior balance – $25,677.58
          • New money this month: 
            • $3,680.75 – in Holiday Shoppe
  • $420.00 – in World’s Finest Chocolate
  • Total Income = $4,100.75
  • Expenses – 
  • $110.00 – Tips (cash) for Staff Holiday Luncheon
  • Total Expenses – $110.00

     Ending Balance $29,668.33

  • Total world’s finest sales as of 12/21 – $3,540.00 (does not include the cost of the chocolates)
  • Presidents’ Report – Fundraisers 
    • Holly Rock – happening on December 22nd 
    • Movie Night Ideas – other schools are doing this for a small fundraiser but more of a family day. Possibly at the end of January (Friday evening).  Anyone have any ideas on this?
      • People thought it was a nice idea. Sabrina De Santis stated she’d help. 
    • Card Party Updates – 
      • March 15th at Scavellos
      • $65 each 
        • Sit down dinner, beer, wine and soda. 
        • Valley parking included
      • We’ll send out an amazon wish list and will start accepting donations. 
      • Class baskets for the parents will be coming. 
      • Luck theme (St. Patrick’s day), Carnival & Casino were ideas for themes. 
        • Poll for vote – Casino won the poll (but missing votes so will continue to poll)
    • Holiday staff luncheon – December 21st and staff seemed very thankful and happy. The food came from Battaglia’s market and desserts from Conti’s. 
  • Principal Report – Ms. Porras
    • Thank you to the PTA for the holiday luncheon for staff today. 
    • Thanksgiving parade the kids enjoyed and they could showcase their floats.  
    • Native American Heritage activities went well (read alouds, discussed culture, crafts)
    • Our art teacher (Bronx Arts Grant) finally started the week of December 11th and she can come 2x a week so hopefully we can get all students to art regularly. 
    • Concert at the end of January. 
    • Movie night is great and we can think about splitting the nights. 
    • Town Hall safety meeting went well to share our protocols and structures.  We have a monthly building response team 
    • Oyster Rama event on Dec. 13th.  We invite the superintendent, the chancellor’s office, etc.  We showcased the partnerships we have with different agencies that support the environment. 
      • Our 8th graders showcased our oyster project   It showed how much they are learning about our environment on city island and they showed them the shoreline and how they are working out there to help the environment. 
      • The goal is to start it in Kindergarten in the future in order to become the city island marine ecology school. 
    • Attendance – it’s a tough week before the holidays.  We want our students here every day.  The latenesses are an issue and we will be monitoring that regularly. We have incentives in place but would love to hear more feedback from parents. 
    • Thank you to parents that support our food drive and toy drive. We collected about 100 gifts this year and we really appreciate it. 
    • Holiday shop was great and kids really enjoyed it. 
    • Candy bars everyone loved and the teachers love getting them. 
    • Polar express from K-3 today. 
    • Over holiday break – there is a zearn and iready challenge. There will be a pizza party for them. 
    • January we have academic walkthroughs. 
  • Old Business:   
  • World’s Finest 
        • We have 8 more boxes to sell. If you’d like another box, let us know and they will get it tomorrow. 
  • Holiday Shop
  • Went well and kids were organized this year. We made slightly less than last year.  This year we made about $732 (about 20% of $3680.75).
  • New Business:
    • SLT Election
      • We will have an open seat on the SLT.  We meet 1x a month (usually before PTA night).  
      • They are responsible for the CEP for the school and set goals for the school. 
      • The SLT members are a vital part of making decisions. It is made up of administration, teachers, parents
      • If you would like to run for a seat please let us know. 
        • Jeff Cuningham showed interest.
      • Nominations and vote will happen next meeting. 
  • Next meeting – January 18th 

 

 

November 16, 2023 (approved on 12.21.2023 by the membership)

# of attendees: 20

  • Pledge of Allegiance 
    • Read by H. Cavinee
  • Review of October Minutes
    • Approved by: Michelle Del Pozo
    • Seconded by: Rachel Dennehy
      • Question – Michelle Del Pozo stated we should look into emailing out minutes prior to PTA email to save time at the meeting. 
  • Treasurer’s Report – Theresa Cavinee
  • October prior balance – $27,630.54
        • New money this month: 
          • $490.00 – from the pop up shop Swag sale
  • $25.00 – in memberships
  • $6,472.00 – total money raised for Election Day including class donations and all donations received day of 
  • $840.00 – World’s Finest fundraiser
  • Total Income = $7,827.00
  • Expenses – 
  • $576.31 – Election Day Expenses
  • $25.00 – Website Hosting
  • $2,640.00 – World’s Finest Fundraiser
  • Total Expenses – $3,241.31
  • Balance as of 11/15 – $31,974.23
  • Presidents’ Report – Fundraisers 
    • World’s Finest Chocolate Fundraiser – this is the current fundraiser and when you order, you will get them the same day. Each case is $60 (60 bars) so you will make your money back after you sell all the bars. We have 20 boxes sold so far and we can always add more, if needed. If you have friends/family that own businesses that’s a great way as well to sell boxes.  
      • Suggested theme – Carnival
  • Card Party – not much to update as we were focusing on election day.  March 15th at Scavello’s is the date/place. We do need a theme. 
  • Holiday Shop – December 5th, 6th and 7th. Kids love this fundraiser and they shop for their family/friends for the holidays.  $0.50 to $12 range of items.  There is an option for kids to bring cash or you can fund the account (more information to come). 
  • Principal Report – Ms. Porras
    • Halloween events were a great day. They did science experiments, pumpkin patch, painting pumpkins.  We had visitors in the building and they felt it was a great way to bring kids together. 
    • This month is Native American heritage month and there will be activities at the end of the month. 
    • Next week is spirit week (Monday – mix/match, Tuesday – pajama day, Wednesday – flannel day). 
    • We have had a lot of visitors lately from the district and others and they have been positive and the feedback has been great. Central came on November 10th to see our reading program and it went well and more visitors are coming next Monday.  Kudos to everyone in our community for embracing new things and showcasing the learning that our students are doing. 
    • December 22nd is HollyRock.
    • Oyster Rama is December 13th.  The marine ecology school is my goal and to bring more opportunities for the younger grades.  We have partnered with Children’s environmental literacy program and Maritime college to bring more opportunities for students at PS 175. 
    • We got notice that the school yard renovation will start soon so we are working on using the park during recess and such while this renovation happens. 
    • Question from M. DelPozo… will we have cameras soon? 
      • No cameras yet but work is starting to prep for them.  It is about a 2 year project. 
    • Showcasing instagram posts of the latest events at the school. 
  • Old Business:   
    • Election Day – 
      • $122 in donations
      • $212 in food
      • $755 in class donations
      • Raised just over $5,000 on election day in total. 
        • Really appreciate all the help from everyone!!!
  • New Business:
    • Food Drive w PS 175

 

October 19th, 2023 ( approved by the membership on 11/16/2023)

Attendance = 20 

  • Approved by R. Dennehy 
  • Seconded by 
  • Treasurer’s Report – Theresa Cavinee
  • September prior balance – $26,062.26
        • New money this month: 
          • $898.00 – in swag sales 
  • $20.00 – in donations to Latin Night 
  • $95.00 – in membership
  • $200.00 – from City Island Rising toward Volleyball ( this money will be given directly to the school) *not technically income* 
  • $900.00 – moved 3 years of 3 – $100 scholarship acct money into general funds * (not technically income but will reflect in balance) 
  • Total Income = $1,893.00
  • Expenses – 
  • $249.00 -Raffle Item for Election Day
  • $99.00 – Website Renewal
  • $48.55 – Paypal Fees 
  • Total Expenses – $396.55


  • Ending Balance – $27,778.71

 

  • Melissa shared that the $900 for scholarship money was a separate account that is shared and is moved over to pay us back from previous years so not technically income.  
  • Presidents’ Report – Fundraisers 
    • World’s Finest Chocolate Fundraiser – pre-order the boxes and then you make the  money back. It’s $60 a box. The sale is in November
    • Election Day – November 7th raffle and sale is happening and we would welcome donations. There is a letter coming so be on the look out for that.  We need help for volunteers that day anywhere from 6am to 9pm. Refreshments and swag for sale on top of the raffles. 
    • Halloween Activities – pumpkins for middle schoolers, crafts for the lower grades
    • Card Party – It was our biggest event last year and we get lots of donated gifts.  It will be March 15th at Scavello’s. We will start asking for donations and volunteers after the holidays. We will need decorating, wrapping and set up/day of volunteers.  We hope to see you all there with your family and friends. We will set up an amazon wish list as well to help with the donations. 
    • Principal Report – Ms. Weihler
      • We appreciate all the efforts from the PTA and we are seeing a lot of happy kids lately. 
  • State test results came a bit later than usual this school year and all our hard work came to fruition.  We went up in ELA up over 9 points from last year.  In Math we went up over 20 points. We beat the average in both subject areas for the district. We appreciate the parent support for this. 
    • Tomorrow, the 20th, we are going to have 10 district representatives do a walk through with classes. The feedback is usually insightful and ways to improve. 
    • Celebrating hispanic heritage month with the book of the month, we had an assembly today and we provided lots of resources to the teachers to infuse hispanic culture throughout the school. 
    • Italian Heritage celebration was from Ms. Aramondo and students go to make their own pizzas. 
    • Halloween activities coming up.  K-3 will be organized together for arts and crafts.  4th and 5th will be science experiments and 6-8 will do pumpkin decorating. 

 

  • Old Business:   
    • Latin Night – Thank you to Melissa for hosting and teaching salsa. Shout out to the businesses that donated (Little Frida, Rays, Sea Breeze and Augies). There were over 40 people there and it was a great event. 
    • School Toolbox – We did better than last year ($444.65 profit). 
    • Pop Up Store – We haven’t gotten the totals yet and the orders should be arriving in about a week and a half. They will be delivered to the school. The hottest item was the zip up sweatshirt.  We plan on doing it a few times during the year and add items throughout the year.  We look forward to the kids wearing the swag to advertise. 

 

  • New Business:
    • No one had any questions or concerns shared.  We appreciate you coming. 

 

September 21, 2023 (approved by the membership on 10/19/2023)

# of attendees = 16

 

  • Pledge of Allegiance: Emma R. (6) , Chris C. (K), Elizabeth T. (1st)
  • Review of Minutes from May PTA meeting
    • Approved by: Rachel Denehy
    • Seconded by:  Cheryl Riordan  
  • Treasurer’s Report – Theresa Cavinee
  • June prior balance – $32,819.11
        • New money this month: 
  • Total Income – $610.80 – in swag sales
  • Expenses – Summer 2023
      • $300.00 – in scholarships to the graduating class of 2023* 
      • $454.60 – Club Choice Fundraising
      • $250.00  – donation to the Volleyball fundraiser 
      • $452.24 – Card Party prizes for 2024 card party 
      • $45.65 – in reimbursements for 2023 Career Day 
  • Total Expenses – $1,502.49
  • Ending Balance – $31,824.00
  • September prior balance – $31,824.00
      • New money this month: 
  • $ 3,344.00 – Swag sales 
  • $650.00 – 23-24 year PTA membership donation 
  • Total Income – $3,994.00
  • Expenses – Summer 2023
      • $1,800.00 – School start up fund 
      • $7,825.00 – Swag purchase from Diamondback sports 
      • $93.19 – refreshments for first PTA meeting 
  • Total Expenses – $9,718.19
  • Ending Balance – $26,083.71
  • Presidents’ Report – Fundraisers 
    • Membership – Explanation of membership, committees and the events they are needed for
    • Committees – (Card party, Election Day, Holiday Shop) 
    • Swag Sales & online store – PJ pants new this year 
    • Hispanic Heritage event – Latin Night – Free event at the Community Center planned for 10/12 from 7-8 pm
    • Title 1 forms – explained the importance of filling out these forms and the amount of money it can mean for our kids in the school 
    • Class Parents Sign up 
    • Picture day – September 27th
    • Card Party – March 15th; brief explanation of what a card party is and the need for help in many aspects including wrapping gifts, soliciting donations, help the night of, the weeks prior, etc. 
  • Principal Report – Ms. Porras/ Ms. Weihler
  • Thank you to PTA 
  • Thank you to the parents who showed up tonight 
  • Meet the Teacher – Getting people in the building 
  • Successful events last year with Latin Night and the Card Party
  • Bronx arts grant – Art and music Councilwoman Velázquez helped us to attain this grant
  • Planned hydroponics lab coming 24-25 
  • Continued work with CIOR and the living shore line 
  • 2 new staff – Michelle Shear (1st), Jeff Smith (7th)
  • District sends Reading Intervention Specialist several times throughout the year 
  • Congratulations to Ms. Doherty on her baby girl
  • More focus on data driven discussions with students about academic performance 
  • Upcoming Events –  DJ Cowan – Karaoke morning on Tuesday and Pajama Day 
  • Old Business:    
  • budget review 
  • New Business:

 

June 1, 2023 (approved by the membership on 9/21/2023)

# of attendees = 30

  • Pledge of Allegiance 
    • Liam McGarry – 
  • Review of Minutes from May PTA meeting
    • Approved by: Theresa Cavinee
    • Seconded by: Terrance Howard
  • Treasurer’s Report – Michelle Del Pozzo
  • May prior balance – $35,263.64
        • New money this month: 
          • SWAG – $295.00
          • 8th grade class donation $33.00
  •  Amazon Smile $141.42
  • Total Income – $469.42 
        • Expenses –
  •  Frank Bee’s – $250.00
          • 7th grade. Bus Trip Balance – $700.00
          • Teacher Appreciation Lunch – $568.00
          • Graduation Fees $1325.00
          • CVS $25.95
          • Retirement $45.00
  • Total Expenses – $2,913.95
  • Ending Balance – $32,819.11

 

  • Presidents’ Report – Fundraisers 
    • Swag Sale updates
      • This week we sold many of our swag items so there is limited sizes left of the different swag items. It is estimated that we made $635 this week and we hope to order soon for next school year.  We are looking to get pricing on pajama pants.
      • Next year we will look into a pop up store online which means we will have an online store that would be custom orders. These items would only be available during the time of pop up store. 

 

  • Principal Report – Ms. Porras/ Ms. Weihler
    • Thank you for supporting spring festival last night.  It was a great turnout and seemed like everyone had a great time. 
    • Last week we had our “teach-in” for climate justice and the green team presented to the whole school. The 6th-8th graders were able to go outside to share the experience with the oyster reef.  The superintendent was there that day and shared some more ideas for next school year. 
    • Robotics team(6th graders) presented last week.  They had a sustainability challenge.  They also got to present at today’s borough-wide science share with the 7th/8th graders who also did a science project around the city island oyster reef.  Sanitation came and is interested in coming to PS 175 to get more information and the 7th/8th graders got invited to present to the Hall of Science. 
    • There are a lot of field trips in the different classes. 
    • We have hired another school aid and her name is Saline (Ms. C). 
    • Thank you for all of the parent support and feedback!  Shout-out to the PTA 
  • Old Business:    
  • New Business:
    • Verified that all parents on the zoom call have children in PS 175. 
    • Career Day Status
      • We have over 30 speakers and the schedule is in process. If anyone still wants to volunteer let Denise know. 
    • Cookie Dough Delivery – June 7th or June 12th (because June 8th & 9th the students are not in session).
    • Budget Approval
      • Shared screen with projected budget for next school year. 
        • Approved – Denise McGarry
        • Seconded – Theresa Cavinee
    • PTA & SLT Elections (if necessary)
      • Review of the by-laws on elections. 
        • If there is only 1 candidate for an office, a member must make a motion for the recording secretary to case 1 vote to elect the candidate for office. A vote of the membership is required for approval of the motion. The result of the motion must be recorded in the minutes. 
        • PTA Board Elections:
          • Co-Presidents – Jo-Ann Cautillo and Melissa Rosado Taveras 
          • Treasurer – Theresa Cavinee 
            • Motion to cast 1 vote by recording secretary- Beverly Jones 
            • Motion is accepted 
          • Corresponding Secretary – Denise McGarry
            • Motion to cast 1 vote by recording secretary – Beverly Jones 
            • Motion is accepted 
        • SLT nominations:
          • Nomination one – Sabrina DeSantis
            • Motion to cast 1 vote by recording secretary – Beverly Jones
            • Motion is accepted
          • Nomination two – Kurstin Laue
            • Motion to cast 1 vote by recording secretary – Beverly Jones 
            • Motion is accepted
          • Nomination three – Kristi Redzepagic
            • Motion to cast 1 vote by recording secretary – Beverly Jones 
            • Motion is accepted 
        • Motion to close the election – Beverly Jones
  • Retirement celebration – Ms. Kaufman
  • Recognitions – parents, staff, business that supported us, and PS 175 administration
    • We look forward to an awesome year next year and we welcome our new board members and any feedback you have is always welcome!

 

May 18, 2023 ( approved by the membership on 6/1/2023)

# of attendees – 31

  • Pledge of Allegiance 
      • Child of Samantha Libal
  • Review of April Minutes
    • Approved by – Theresa Cavinee
    • Seconded by – Jason Wirtz
  • Treasurer’s Report – Michelle Del Pozzo
      • March prior balance – $39,553.73
        • New money this month:
          • Cookie Dough – $1,276.00
          • Amazon Smile – $69.52
          • SWAG – $55.00
  •  Donations – $35.00
  •  Box Tops – $19.70
        • Total Income – $1,455.22
        • Expenses –
  •  Teacher Appreciation Gifts – $905.00
          • 8th Gr. Bus Trip Balance – $4,809.00
  •  Bank Fees – $31.31
      • Total Expenses – $5,745.31
  • Ending Balance – $35,263.64
  • Presidents’ Report – Fundraisers 
    • Cookie Dough Review
      • We did about half the amount as last year so not great but not bad.  Right now we are thinking the profit will be about $819.00.  We should get a date of delivery soon. 
  • Principal Report – Ms. Porras/ Ms. Weihler
    • We have many events coming up this month and next. Hopefully a calendar will be sent out by early next week. 
    • We will have some fun activities next week for climate related things. 
      • May 31st is the Spring Fest. in the evening
      • Hip Hop Heels-  June 1st 
      • Science test for 8th graders is on June 5th 
      • Talent Show-  June 6th 
      • Career Day-  June 12th
      • Field Day – June 16th
      • Poetry Slam – June 20th 
    • State exams have finished and students did a great job. Data won’t come until end of summer likely.  Students seem to be able to articulate more about their learning this year than previously.
    • MAP growth testing is finishing up now and you should get progress reports by end of school year. 
    • Summer packets and learning packets will be going out end of school year. 
    • Summer Rising – we are not a location for it this year and the process was different.  Some of our parents have gotten a site and some have not.  Ms. Porras has spoken to the district office today but she is unaware if there will be seats in one of the locations that were put out there initially or a possible additional “gap site”.  When Ms. Porras gets more information she will share. 
    • Career day – Thank you Denise McGarry for all your help.  We are hoping all rooms will be able to have different professionals but possibly the younger grades will do a dress up and activities. 
    • Ms. Porras wanted to thank everyone for the card party as it was a huge success. 
    • Teacher appreciation week was wonderful last week and thank you for the luncheon and gifts. Our teachers were very touched and grateful and you made sure to include all the staff. 
  • Old Business:   
    • Swag –  The basketball shorts are back in season and we have them for $15.  T-shirts and other swag items are also in stock. Most sizes are in stock right now. 
  • New Business:
    • Career Day – 
      • We are in need of volunteers, especially older students.  It is on June 12th in the morning. Email either the guidance counselor or Denise McGarry. We have 19 confirmed volunteers and 5 maybes. Ideally we are looking for 45 but we would be good with 30ish. 
      • Can PTA give $100 to support refreshments for career day?
        • approved
  • PTA Nominations:
    • Descriptions of positions from bylaws shared by Jo-Ann
      • Jo-Ann & Melissa shared the appreciation that they have for our school community over these last two years as co-presidents. 
      • Theresa Cavinee shared her thank you for being able to accomplish so much over the last two years. We have such a great foundation and it would be a shame to lose you both. 
    • Co-presidents roles and duties shared out by Jo-Ann 
      • Opened up nominations to co-presidents.  No one shared interest.
    • Recording Secretary position is not up for nomination as Karen has 1 more year in her term. 
    • Treasurer’s roles and duties shared out by Jo-Ann
      • Nominations – 
        • Theresa Cavinee nominated by Kurstin Laue.  Theresa C. has accepted nomination
        • Motion to approve – Rachel Dennehy
        • Seconded by – Erica
    • Corresponding Secretary roles and duties shared by Jo-Ann
      • Nominations – 
        • Theresa Cavinee nominates Denise McGarry. Denise M. accepts nomination. 
        • Motion to approve – Rachel Dennehy
        • Seconded by – Kurstin Laue
    • Elections/Voting next meeting on June 1st.  A letter will be sent out to everyone. 
  • SLT Nominations:
    • Reviewed the roles and duties of the SLT members. 
      • The meeting is monthly at about 2:45 pm until about 4 – 4:30pm.  It is currently on zoom but uncertain what it will be next year. 
      • 3 positions available for next school year
        • Nomination – 
          • Rachel Dennehy nominates Kurstin Laue
          • Sabrina DeSantis self nominates
          • Theresa Cavinee self nominates but removes her running. 
          • Kristi Redzepagic self nominates 
        • Motion to approve – Jason Wirtz
        • Seconded by Rachel Dennehy
  • June 1st is next meeting
    • We need everyone there for elections and budget approvals and celebration of retiree. 
  • Adjournment

 

April 20, 2023 ( approved by membership on 5/18/2023)

# of attendees – 20

  • Pledge of Allegiance 
    • Ava Cautillo
  • Minutes from March PTA meeting
    • Approved – Theresa Cavinee
    • Seconded – Dawn Rosado
  • Principal Report – Ms. Weihler
    • The ELA test went very smoothly the last two days.  The kids did a fabulous job.  This year we did more test prep into the curriculum and we feel they did better because of it. Hopefully the results will reflect this. 
    • Ms. Maccarrone resigned from the DOE and took a job in Westchester. Currently she was teaching 4th grade ELA and Dr. G & Ms. Moricone will fill in for that.  We are currently looking to fill a social studies sub to fill in the vacancy. 
    • The card party was a huge success.  I have never seen something like this year’s event. 
  • Treasurer’s Report – Michelle Del Pozzo
  • March prior balance – $26,891.83
  • New money this month:
  • Card Party Tickets – $4,110.00 
  •  Card Party Cash – $21,019.00
  •  Resorts Payments – $3,325.00 
  •  World’s Finest Chocolates – $360.00
  • SWAG – $90.00
  • Donations – $155.00 
  •  Petty Cash Returned – $400.00
  • Total Income – $27,159.00

 

    • Expenses
  •  Morris Yacht Club – $11,715.00 
  • Cash tip $2,300 (Out of $21,019 CP Cash)
  • Card Party Ticket Returns – $260.00 
  • Petty Cash – $400.00
  • 8th Gr. Bus Trip Deposit – $2,000.00 
  • Card Party Items – $122.10
  • Total Expenses – $14,497.10
  • Ending Balance – $39,553.73


  • REVIEW CARD PARTY FINAL NUMBERS
    • $44,484 – total income for card party
    • $16,182.28 – expenses for card party
    • $28,301.72 – gross profit (largest amount in any fundraiser for PS 175’s history)
      • Thank you to everyone who helped to make this such a great success! The ticket prices covered the cost of food and location… the profit was from donated gifts, raffles, etc.  We couldn’t have run such a great event without all the help we got. 

 

  • Presidents’ Report – Fundraisers 
    • Cookie Dough Fundraiser – 
      • Flyer came home today and it will run for about two weeks.    
  • New Business:
    • Teacher appreciation week & luncheon 
      • The entire staff gets a lunch and gifts for the teachers. It is the week of May 8th
  • PTA & SLT Nominations – 
    • Treasurer
    • Corresponding Secretary
    • President 
      • At next month’s meeting will be nominations and June’s meeting will be elections.
  • Moving June meeting to June 1st at 6:30pm to allow enough time to transfer everything over if new board is elected. 
    • Approved by majority. 

March 16, 2023 (approved by membership on 4/20/2023)

# of attendees = 12

  • Pledge of Allegiance 
    • Gio Cerini
  • Minutes from February PTA meeting reviewed
    • Approved by – Erica 
    • Seconded by – Kurstin Laue
  • Treasurer’s Report – Michelle Del Pozzo

February prior balance – $23,896.78

New money this month:

  1.   Card Party Tickets – $5560.00
  2.   Grad Photo Cash – $120.00
  3.   SWAG – $70.00
  4.   Donations – $100.00

  Total Income – $5,850.00

Expenses –

  1.   Card Party Items – $614.95
  2.   Refund CP Tickets – $260.00
  3.   Philly Bus Trip Deposit – $1,500.00
  4.   PS 175/100 Day Cupcakes – $300.00
  5.   AMC Photo (Cash 8th Grade) – $180.00

  Total Expenses – $2,854.95 

Ending Balance – $26,891.83

  • Presidents’ Report – Upcoming Fundraisers 
    • Card Party Planning & Committee
      • We have a bit of money in the account right now for the Morris tickets but that money will be used to pay the Morris for the event. 
      • We have been wrapping gifts for quite a few days at the school and we have two days next week so if you have time to volunteer that would be greatly appreciated. 
      • Transportation committee will be super helpful the night before the card party. The more the merrier for that night. 
      • Tips for the night of the event:
        • It is a cash only event so be mindful. 
        • Address labels are also helpful for that night. 
        • Tony’s Pier is allowing us to park in their lot if it is needed. 
      • There will be a teacher auction that night
        • Teachers have donated time and an activity for a family that wins the auction. It is a silent auction style. The last family to have their name and amount on the board will win the prize. 
      • Birthday box – this is a 50/50 style of a raffle and you pick a specific date to put your name on.  Then one date gets pulled from the raffle for the winner. 
      • Raffle prizes are categorized and there will be 4 different color tickets.  You don’t put in for a specific prize… it’s for the category (by color).
        • Yellow tickets are $1 – prizes range from $1 – $49
        • Pink tickets are $2 – prizes range from $50 – $99
        • Green tickets are $5 – prizes range from $100 – $199
        • Orange tickets are $10 – prizes range from $200 or more.
      • Grand prize – Elite Trips- 7 certificates are offered for a raffle and they are resort style vacations in Antigua, Panama and more.  It is a discounted rate to a trip… more like a voucher to a trip. Ranges from 7 – 9 nights and it is an all inclusive trip (some are adult only and some are family). 
    • Cookie Dough Fundraiser – coming after spring break
    • Spring 5k run – we haven’t heard back from the company yet but hoping for May time frame. 
  • Principal Report – Ms. Wiehler
    • The card party is your busiest time and we appreciate all your efforts.  The kids are getting a lot of benefits from that. 
    • We have been doing lots of fun stuff and ela/math test preparation.
    • Parent workshop at the end of this month about the state tests coming up. 
    • Just finished a “Pie in the face” day for Pi day.  Everybody have a great day
    • Bartow-Pell Mansion trips started last week and we had 23 students participated. The students had a great time on their first trip so far. 
    • The Chess Kids started this week and we appreciate the efforts by Rachel Dennehy, a parent, and Congresswoman Marjorie worked together to get us the program for all students from 2 – 8th grade.
    • Bronx Arts program is going well. 
    • Spirit Days are starting on Mondays and Fridays. 
    • Parent/Teacher conferences were last week, there was a glitch with the report cards and we discussed about changing some things to make sure it doesn’t happen again. 
    • St. Patricks day is tomorrow and we have the irish dancers coming to our school to perform and fun activities after that. 
    • March 31st – Card party event
    • April 27th – soap box derby event and last year we did very well and got to go to Ohio for the championships. 
    • May 31st – Spring Fest
    • Parent question – Kindergarten graduation?
      • We have one the day after 8th grade graduation and it is a mini-graduation/moving up ceremony. 
  • Old Business:    
      • NYC DOE School Survey – 
        • Feedback is needed for our school to be able to make adjustments the following year based on opinions from parents. 
        • We need the surveys for funding purposes and central DOE wants to see a large percentage of parents to provide feedback.  The surveys are also used in the grade for the school report card.
        • March 31st is the deadline. 
        • There is a box in the main office to put the surveys in to be mailed back. 
  • New Business:
    • Wrapping on Monday and Thursday next week at 5:30pm

 

February 16, 2023 (approved by membership on 3/16/2023)

# of Attendees: 22

  • Pledge of Allegiance 
    • Emma Dennehy
  • Review of January PTA meeting minutes
    • Approved by – Rachel Dennehy
    • Seconded by – Terrance Howell
  • Treasurer’s Report – Michelle Del Pozzo
    • Mid-term Finance Report:
    • January prior balance – $23,152.53 (Corrected balance)
    • **$22,320.25 – $832.28 (these charges were pending and not fully removed from our balance by 1/7/23. The $832.28 is now incorporated in Card Party Items below) 
  • New money this month:
    • World’s Finest Chocolate – $240.00
    • Picture Day 8th Grade – $125.00
    • Card Party Tickets – $3,965.00
    • Returns (CP) – $231.29
    • Donation – $100
    • Amazon Smile – $170.74
  • Total Income – $4,832.03
  • Expenses –
        • Card Party Items – $1,251.33
        • World’s Finest Chocolate – $2,570.00
        • School Store Items – $266.45
  • Total Expenses – $4,087.78
  • Ending Balance – $23,896.78
  • Presidents’ Report – Upcoming Fundraisers 
  • Card Party Planning & Committee
        • Melissa and Joann met with parents on Monday for planning.  If anyone else can assist with more planning, donations and wrapping. 
        • All donations are welcomed.
        • “Amazon wish list” has been created to give you ideas for donations.  The items start at a $10 value and go up. 
        • Class parents are asking for $5 per child to create a class basket for the card party. Look out for the flier in your child’s folders. 
  • St. Patrick’s Day 5k 
      • We have to postpone the 5k this year because they committed to another organization.  Hopefully in the spring they will be able to have it. 
  • Principal Report – Ms. Porras
    • This week was Respect for All, Valentines, 100 day, Harlem Magic Assembly
    • Cupcakes for 100 day was appreciated and thank you to the PTA for that. 
    • The music concerts were supposed to happen in February so we are pushing them back to March 3rd (5th – 8th grade concert) and March 10th (K – 4th grade)
      • There are no more vaccination status restrictions anymore so anyone can come in person now. 
    • Mr. Sabbatello and Ms. Chi are both returning on February 27th. Ms. Espina has been covering and we are appreciative. 
    • Report cards will be coming out on March 9th for the parent teacher conferences. The conferences are virtual. 
    • Book Fair is coming up in March. 
    • ELA exam is April 19th and 20th and Math exam is May 2nd and 3rd.  More information will be coming.  Tutoring after school is currently happening. 
    • Science state exam is only for 8th graders this year. The new exam is coming out next year and will be for 5th and 8th graders. 
    • Art teacher and Bartow-Pell Mansion trips are happening again. 
    • Rachel Dennehy met with Marjorie Velazquez’s office and they are partnering us for a chess program for grades 2 – 8 will have access to.  We are looking into how to bring this into the classroom. 
    • Question from a parent – are state exams mandatory this year?  
      • Answer from Ms. Porras – We are asking all students to take them but if a parent wants to opt out they have that right.  In the past they were optional but now they are wanting all students to take them.
  • Old Business:    
    • Valentine’s and 100th day review 
      • The PTA helped with the funding for these activities for kids and we appreciate the help to make this happen. 
    • Card Party Donations and Volunteering will be greatly appreciated!
      • Amazon Wish List for donations and it is defaulted to ship to the school. 
      • Upper grade parents – Look out for the communication from class parents to donate to the class basket. Ideally, everyone can put in $5 for each student.  If you have friends with someone in the upper grades, please share this information. 
      • To sign up for the committee let a PTA member know. 
  • New Business:
    • How can we get more upper grade parents involved in fundraising and the PTA meetings?  If you look at our previous fundraisers, there isn’t many upper parents involved and we need them. 
    • Question – When will we know if PTA can be done at school?  Since they lifted the vaccine mandate recently, it is now up to the school and we can discuss it.  Right now we seem to get more people on zoom but maybe we can put this on the table in the future.