Meeting adjourned at 9:05 am.
CPE II Parents’ Association meeting
Naomi Smith spoke about CPE II being a Title One school
PA Treasurer’s report & budget
Open PA board positions
Meeting adjourned, 9:20am.
CPE 2 Parents’ Association meeting
September 15, 2017
CPEII Parents’ Association meeting
Interested parents/guardians can also talk to Alissa or any member of the PA Executive Board directly.
Opus 118 offers the After-School Program to students who wish to develop their musical talent. Registering for individual or partner lessons (violin, viola, cello, guitar, or piano) http://opus118.org/programs/after-school/registration/
Meeting adjourned, 7:05pm.
May 2017 General Membership Meeting Minutes
A general membership meeting of the CPE2 Parents Association was held on Friday, May 5, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. in the CPE2 Elementary School cafeteria. A quorum was present.
PA Exec. Board: Alissa Peck (President), Michelle Perry (Treasurer), Alex Donn (Secretary), Anat Grosfeld (Vice President).
Parents: Lashanda Dandrich, Yongsoo Park, Kelly Dell'Aquila, Rachel Hees, Meredith Lampert, Remeise Chandler, Batia Eyeb-Serrette, Samantha Velastegui, Jen McKenna, Maia Nuku, Doug Geers, Mort Lebigre, Elizabeth Simmons, Anand Raghuath, Rosalie Sanchez, Nicole Smith.
Administration: Naomi Smith (Principal).
Naomi introduces herself, greets everyone.
Regarding the PA budget for next year, Naomi said that she would like to see the proposed budget before it is voted on, so that she can provide her input at the beginning of the process and we aren’t in a position where we need/want to adjust an already-approved budget based on information we get from her, she also suggested having our spending categories be relatively general i.e. music, art, etc.
Michelle gave a Treasurer’s Report.
A parent expressed concern about alienating some parents with less money if our fundraising asks are too high.
A long conversation ensued regarding parent engagement and how we can better engage with parents who are not coming to PA meetings, going to school events, and participating in the life of the school.
The conversation turned to projects the PA could focus on for next year:
Nominating committee — looking good. We have multiple people interested in a few
positions and can amend the bylaws to do “co” positions. Rachel H. is a possible Treasurer.
Next PA meeting will be at the Middle School.
April 5, 2017 PA Meeting Minutes
A general meeting of the CPE II Parents Association was held in the CPE II Elementary School art room at 6:00 p.m. on April 5, 2017. A quorum was present.
PA Exec. Board: Alex Donn, Nina Zmanovskaya, Michelle Perry, Anat Grosfeld
Parents: Mary Ausman, Yongsoo Park, Batia Eyob-Serrette, Lilach Musman, Carlotta Ramos, Michael R Taylor, Elizabeth Simmons, Rosalie Sanchez, Rachel Hees, Steven Travis, Marielena Chacon Travis, Meridith Lampert, Doug Geers, Antonio Meo, Oriana Stracuzzi, Nicole Smith, Tim Creber, Ara-Zior Wilson, William Armstrong
A suggestion was raised on whether we should change the by-laws and increase the term for the PA Exec board to two years instead of one year. Further, another amendment was suggested that we should change the maximum term from two years to five years. This matter is to be discussed in more detail at the May PA meeting.
A suggestion was made for postcards or letters to be sent as “thank-you’s” instead of emails to increase the sense of appreciation.
CPE II General PA Meeting
March 3, 2017, 8:30 AM
A General Membership Meeting of the CPE2 Parents’ Association was held on March 3, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. in the CPE 2 cafeteria. A quorum was present.
Administration: Principal Naomi Smith
Exec. Board: Alissa Peck, Co-President; Alex Donn, Secretary; Michelle Perry, Treasurer; Elaine Cunningham-Gross, VP-Middle School.
Parents: Ruth Masterson Creber, Remeise Chandler, Cathy Ewald, Yongsoo Park, Ara-Zior Wilson, Monica Ponzini, Allison McDermott, Elizabeth Simmons, Mark J. H. Terry, Anand Raghunath, Adam Rzetelny, Nicole Smith, Rosalie Sanchez, Jeremy Fader, Doug Geers, Rachel Hees.
Alex Donn opened the meeting because Alissa was running a few minutes late.
Principal Naomi Smith stopped by to say hello and asked the parents if we had any questions for her. (There were few questions and then Naomi left.)
Parents: Yongsoo Park, Meredith Lampert, Lilach Musman, Maia Nuku, Oriana Stracuzzi, Maja Ceras, Miyonna Milton, Anna Soto, Megan Horton, Doug Geers, Rosalie Sanchez
PA Exec. Board: Alissa Peck, Nina Zmanouskaya, Alex Donn
A general membership meeting of the CPE2 Parents’ Association was held at 8:30 a.m. on January 6, 2017 in the CPE2 Elementary School Cafeteria. A quorum was present.
Alissa Peck, the PA President, opened the meeting. To be more consistent with the healthy foods policy, the meeting snacks were fruit, instead of Dunkin’ Donuts munchkins. (There was also coffee.)
There was an update regarding the January 20, 2017 tea with Principal Naomi Smith.
Treasurer Michelle Perry provided the Treasurer’s Report and an update on the Pledge Drive: we have raised $13,000 so far.
Update regarding the open position of VP-Communications: one parent is interested in taking the position, but parents were encouraged to spread the word that the position is still open.
Verbal notice was given that, at the next General PA meeting, we plan to hold an election to fill the open position of VP-Communications. Notice was also provided that to spread the word regarding the VP-Middle School Liaison position: Elaine Cunningham-Gross is currently performing the duties, but if there are other Middle School parents who would like to run for it, we will have an official election.
A parent asked if the bylaws require us to fill the open VP-Communications position. I (Alex) answered that I am pretty sure the Bylaws provide for a “succession” system and do not require us to fill it.
Regarding the need for improved communications, a kindergarten parent noted that he had not been aware of a recent half-day, and no one from his family was there to pick his son up when the bus arrived. It was suggested that for important notices like that, we should make sure that a hard copy goes home in the purple folders.
*A Fundraising Committee was formed. Different strategies were discussed.
*A New Parent Welcome Committee was formed. Starting program mid-year, assuming we have the volunteers, but goal is that incoming parents receive welcome packet upon registration and are contacted by a PA member right away.
Meridith Lampert provided a garden update. The garden has been put to bed for the winter. One focus of the update was on how we can ensure that Middle School students are able to participate in gardening. We should consider, both for the Elementary School and the Middle School, adopting tree beds to expand our garden footprint. Another was the possibility of having a mural painted on the cement on the side of the garden.
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