PA Meeting – May 2, 2018

Alissa Peck, PA President, opened the meeting at 6:13pm.
  1. Treasurer’s report:
    1. Contribution drive goal for 2017-2018 school year is $20,000. We are at $6,181 which is about 30% of our goal. 
    2. About 50% of meeting attendees had heard about the contribution drive.
    3. We will be sending out further communications about the Contribution Drive – particularly given half the parents attending this meeting did not know about the fund drive this year. Alissa noted we solicited less this year due to the move discussions. Now that we have more clarity about next year and some of our needs next year, we will be reminding the community about the Contribution Drive. Even though it technically ends at the close of school year, we will gladly accept donations during the summer:
    4. Overall PA budget 2017-2018: we anticipated that we would dip $20,000 into reserves this year; but actually will dip $12,000.
    5. Discussion about the reserves: Alissa mentioned that while we are on budget by dipping into reserves as that had been our planning – this is largely due to a decrease in programming expenses (such as garden) and a decrease in revenue (we are $14k below goal for our fund drive).
    6. Discussion about other (“passive”) sources of income: Fairway cards and Amazon. Fairway has brought in $1,120 so far this year. Two people did not know about the Fairway cards. Elaine Cunningham-Gross took their names and agreed to get them cards. Parents who shop at Fairway just need to ask the cashier to scan their card and CPE II gets 3% of sales. 
    7. Amazon also continues to be a strong source of passive income. We budgeted $2,000 in income and have received $2,200 so far. Several parents did not know how to use the affiliate link so that the school receives the funds. Alissa explained: Overview: go to website and click the affiliate link anytime before you buy the items in your cart (up to 24 hours before you submit your cart). CPE II will get approx. 6% of the proceeds of your order. 
      1. Go to our website:
      2. Click on the link at the top right or bookmark this link:
      3. Shop on Amazon for the next 24 hours. You need to click the link each time you shop. Once you click the link and shop within 24 hours, CPE II will earn a % of the purchase.


    1. I Heart Community (Silent Auction) brought in almost $5,000 net.
    2. We would like to spend more on professional development & training for teachers.
    3. PA would like to support a gymnastics program (announced as one of the fundraising goals for Spring Fair).
    4. Ice skating & tennis is free for everyone.
    5. Discussion on how to solicit parents’ suggestions on additional enrichment programs, like new arts & sports initiatives.
    6. Next year’s budget: we have one month (approximately) to complete this exercise. We invite the community to participate in the formulation of this budget. Voting on the budget for next year will take place in a special meeting before the end of school.
  1. Parents’ Association Executive Board elections.
    1. Elections will be held the evening of May 31st at the Spring concert at the middle school.
    2. We are looking for parents/guardians to fill open positions.
    3. Discussion that all parents are welcome to run, both from elementary and middle school.
    4. Open positions are: President, Treasurer, Secretary, VP of Parent Services, VP of Middle School, VP of Communications. The positions we must fill to have a functioning PA are: President, Secretary and Treasurer. All positions can be run as a “co” to help share the work.
    5. Interested parents/guardians are encouraged to email Liz Simmons ( & LaShanda Dandrich ( on the Nominating Committee.
  1. Spring Fair and Health & Wellness update.
    1. The revenue was at $1,560. Net profit (after vendor payments etc.) – to be determined.
    2. The next monthly Health & Wellness meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 16th, at 8:30am at Mount Sinai cafeteria. The meeting had to be moved due to 2nd grade publishing parties.
  1. CPE II move.
    1. Questions to Naomi from meeting attendees included: Bus schedule; School start time; Afterschool; Volunteer needs to prepare the new building.
    2. Several hundred families responded in the survey that they are staying at CPEII; only 5 responded “No”; 20 responded that they were not sure.
    3. Kindergarten admission accommodated both siblings and PS50 students.
    4. We are not planning to expand to more than 2 classes on a grade. This coming year we will have a 2nd 8th grade, and add a PreK-3 class for 3 year olds.
    5. Next year’s 3K and PreK will have one class.
    6. Naomi believes two classes per grade is the right size. The building is big enough for this size.
    7. We’ve never had an issue with filling our classes.
    8. PS50 families will be accommodated to the extent that we have room.
    9. Naomi working with the Superintendent to make sure class size is not larger than the target. Target – 28 kids in grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
    10. Autism charter school has 43 students and its’ own facilities, using school-wide facilities on a very limited basis.
    11. Dream charter school has two classrooms and an office.
    12. Children’s Aid Society has five classrooms and an office.
    13. The new building includes a library, gym, cafeteria and dance studio.
    14. There’s a large space on the top floor. A team has been preparing it for use next year.
    15. Several parent volunteers have already helped clean up some rooms in the new building, e.g. the science room.
    16. Bus schedule:
      1. Adding bus stops: We are in discussion with Office of Pupil Transportation to add stops in East Harlem, West Harlem and Washington Heights.
      2. A parent asked when we will know about additional buses for sure. Naomi is collecting families’ data to address our transportation needs.
      3. We will definitely keep the existing stops.
      4. Adding new stops is easy in East Harlem, but harder in other areas.
    17. Afterschool:
      1. Free on-site after school program run by Children’s Aid Society.
      2. CPE II school community will define what the after school program will look like: there is no pre-determined format.
      3. Existing programs run by Children’s Aid Society include Cooking and Gardening in the hydroponic garden.
      4. We can do a survey asking parents what programs they want as part of the after school.
    18. Start time:
      1. Starting later may mean heavier traffic and parents having to leave home even earlier.
      2. Earlier arrival: may consider paid childcare for earlier arrival.
    19. Parents are encouraged to volunteer and help prepare the new school for the move.
    20. The DOE pays to move everything including boxes and furniture.
    21. Naomi discussed the need to cover some required expenses associated with the move. These include clear plastic bins so teachers are able to identify and separate the must-open boxes to start their classrooms. The PA is providing financial support in several ways, including purchasing these plastic bins, as well as covering the cost of securing special boxes for moving the library (The 400 boxes are to be donated by Follett; we only need to pay the shipping $159.50).
    22. Everything will be moved in mid-August. Naomi will be soliciting parent volunteers to assist with packing in May and June, working in the new building on Saturdays in May and June, the first week of July and the last two weeks of August.
    23. A parent asked about security. Every school has security, including the new school.
The meeting adjourned at 7:15pm

PA Minutes – April 13, 2018

  1. We need to prepare for PA executive board elections.  We need to find parents willing to run.  Positions needed to fill include President, possible co-President, Treasurer, Secretary, VP of Parent Services, VP of Communications, VP of Middle School.  Descriptions of the positions are posted on the school’s website:
  2. The School Leadership Team (SLT) needs three new parents to participate. Batia and Liz’s terms are ending. Carlotta will vacate her position as her son is leaving. Parents members need to meet once a month with the group (usually at 4pm on a Friday). SLT includes equal number of members of admin/teachers/staff and parents.
  3. We are seeking someone to chair the Fall Fair for fall 2018.  No work needs to happen now, but it would be best for someone to step forward now, to help with planning.
  4. We should approve a PA budget for 2018-19 before the end of this school year.
  5. Treasurer’s report:
    1. The school fund drive is now at 28 percent of our goal.  Families are encouraged to donate at this link: The PA will consult with the school administration and teachers to help identify what we might fund for improvements and innovations at the new school location. Art? Sports? Science? Theater? Programs?
    2. This year our T-shirts purchase went over budget. We will investigate what happened.
  6. Where will our fall back to school picnic happen? Central Park? Randall’s Island?  We should decide this.
  7. The Spring Fair will be on Saturday, April 28.  Volunteers are needed for fun run, recycling, arts and crafts, food, rummage, etc. The Health and Wellness committee members will confer to determine pricing and how to securely handle payments.
  8. Technology Committee: The PA feels that we would benefit from a technology committee to handle our website as well as other ideas regarding technology at the school going forward.  We request parent volunteers.
    1. Our idea is that this might be similar to the Health and Wellness committee.
    2. The website needs include (1) someone to write content, (2) someone to collect photos, etc., (3) one or more people to post materials to the site.
  9. Meeting adjourned at 9:05am.

PA Minutes – March 23, 2018

-Annual Fund Drive: A reminder needs to be sent that we are continuing to accept contributions
through our DAG site.

-Amazon and Fairway contributions have been coming in steadily. Keep shopping as a percentage of
your purchases are given to our school. We need to inquire how to set-up a similar arrangement with

-It would be helpful in our fundraising efforts to identify tangible projects such as murals or garden
improvement that we need to raise money for in order to make the new school feel like CPE2. Parents
could offer their ideas via the Suggestion Box.

-Gift for Rob after his surgery: It was discussed that it would be a nice gesture to raise funds to purchase
a gift card from Fresh Direct, Pea Pod , or a meal delivery service while Rob recuperates in April. Ask
Yhane if she could assist in sending a school-wide email to parents.


Theresa and Yhane are in charge of packing/moving. Teachers are in the process of identifying
items that they want to keep and those that they will discard. Items that are worth recycling will be
made available as giveaways at the Spring fair. Volunteers will be needed.

Recruitment for the 2018-19 PA Executive Board

Nominating Committee is looking for members to identify interested candidates for various positions. Please contact LaShanda Dandrich.


Remind parents that there are two different surveys.

  • First is the time-sensitive green survey from the DOE that need to be filled out. We need to increase the percentage of returns.
  • Second is from Naomi asking parents for input/feedback on topics related to our upcoming move.

Spring Fair 2018:

Health & Wellness Committee is organizing/hosting a Spring Fair on Saturday, April
28th from 12-4pm. Activities include:

  • a fun run
  • African dance
  • yoga
  • Bike NY learn how to ride a bike
  • archery
  • rummage.

Volunteers are needed especially for the food table, assist with
running the activities, and set-up/clean-up. To volunteer, please email

Talent Show:

It is slated for this coming Saturday, 3/24 from 12-4. Volunteers needed to help with setup/clean-up
and to donate baked goods/fruits/water to sell.

Visit  our new school site

Naomi is working on finding a date when parents/caregivers can see our new

Meeting adjourned at 9:10 am.

PA Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes February 3, 2018

  1. The public hearings on possible re-location of our school are coming up. It is important that parents and other supportive people attend.  There will be two dates for hearings.  Pleas attend.  The school will provide child care and pizza both nights.
  2. Discussion about the potential move and preparations for the public hearings.  Naomi urged all parents to attend on one of the two hearing dates.  Theresa mentioned idea of a flyer to remind people.  Naomi suggested that parents act as ambassadors to ask other parents to attend.  we could have signup sheets at each of the parent-teacher conferences. The hearings are about relocating our school, not about closing of PS 50. We sympathize with PS 50 but at hearings we should focus on the situation for CPE 2.
  3. Discussion of transportation issues, with parents’ thoughts on the possible relocation and what possible options and solutions might be possible, especially for families who live uptown and on the west side. Parents raised issues of transportation, playground space, how we would have space for fall fair, air quality, possible noise pollution, strengthening identity of the middle school, sharing space with the other schools in the building, after school programs, including Children’s Aid Society program already located in the building.  Is there an income limit for participation in their free programs?
  4. PA may need to do additional fundraising to redecorate the interior of the school to help imbue it with a CPE 2 vibe.
  5. Idea arose that we should clarify plans for after school as soon as possible after move is approved, because parents need to register for programs in the spring. We will need help with planning and organizing after March first.  The SLT and PA board will not be able to manage it alone.
  6. Auction tonight!  tickets available until 5:30pm.  About 80 sold so far.  Additional items are available that are not on website.
  7. Spring fair, April 28.  this is healthy, exercise version of fall fair. we will need help with food, etc., as with the fall fair.  Help will be needed from parents to make some phone calls to get possible help from police, wellness centers, and to get services to come to the fair.  If you can help, please email We will also have electronics recycling happening. If you have a large item to recycle, email in advance, like if you want to turn in a big, old TV.
  8. Treasurer’s report: Fund drive is in motion.  Any size donation is great.  It will look good for other fundraising to show high percentage of participation.  Fundraising letter will come out soon.
  9. Meeting adjourned at 9:17am.

PA Minutes January 17, 2018

Central Park East II Parents’ Association Meeting
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 6pm


Note: Naomi, Theresa, and representatives from the DOE including the District 4 Superintendent, Alex Estrella, attended this PA meeting to help explain the potential move of CPE II and new co-location in the Vito Marcantonio Educational Complex at 101st Street and 1st Avenue.
1. Naomi and the DOE representatives explained benefits of proposed move:
• The Vito Marcantonio Educational Complex has just the right amount of space to house all of CPE2, from pre-K through 8th grade at its current size. This means keeping CPE II at the 2 class on a grade model.
• The top floor of the building was once performing arts middle school for district four. It has a large space to hold art, music, and dance/movement classes
•  The building has 2 more classrooms than we currently have, plus many half and quarter sized rooms that could be used to house services that currently work out of closets, hallways and shared spaces such as OT, PT, Speech and guidance 
• More flexibility/time to use cafeteria as it hardly used by the other schools in that building (whereas now our elementary students need to all finish lunch by 11:45am)
• Auditorium and Dance rooms are used on occasion by Dream pre-K and NYC Autism Charter School .
• Spacious library.  It is newly renovated, with a big tree in middle.  
• More flexibility/time to use the gym as it is rarely used by the other schools in the building
• Two-level hydrophonic green house
• Many more bathrooms (Pre K & K have bathrooms inside classrooms)
• Several alcoves have sinks and could be our kitchen.  The autism school has a kitchen and might share use of it.
• Teachers lounge has a full kitchen
• Meeting room for CPE2 parents
• Children’s Aid Society offers after-school programing
• There is a full-time nurse on site at the building.  We hope that Children’s Aid Society or Mt. Sinai might open a full clinic there, but there is a population requirement.  The space is there.
•  Children’s Aid Society has a Parent Resource Program which offers resume writing, job preparation, job search services for parents
• CPE2 principal will have more autonomy in decision making (over food services, custodial services, etc.)
• We have opportunity to get a full-time librarian.  Might be possible to get children’s aid or us to keep library open for additional hours.
• Art room is large and has smaller rooms around main space.  One could be dark room.
• Children’s aid society may offer services and after school programs to CPE2.  They will continue to be in building to serve the school, plus their services to birth to two-year-olds in neighborhood.



2. CPE II and DOE administrators answered questions posed by parents/caregivers/staff:
Q: Is there any plan to expand the size of CPE 2? 
A: There is not a plan to increase enrollment numbers of CPE2. Parents of PS 50 would be able to apply for any open seats in CPE 2, but there are other zoned schools within blocks of the building which could accommodate students from PS 50 as well. The new building is the right size for two classes per grade.  No plan to expand size of CPE2, class sizes would not change.    


QWhat will happen to current programs?  
A: Current programs will continue if the school community feels that they should continue (i.e. Asphalt Green sports, Randalls Island environmental projects, ice skating, etc.Children’s aid society is in the building. They may offer additional programs.  Wprobably could do more partnerships with Randall’s island.  They have an obligation to work with district 4 schools.  We can leverage that.


Q: How is the air quality at the new location?  
A: Someone raised concern around the air quality and pollution in this area.  Need to explore further. Nina lives nearby.  She says that no one in her family has gotten sick. No one has any allergies.


Q: Will current school buses be able to accommodate the potential increase in ridership? 
A: School bus routes will be based on who is qualified for busing. Probably won’t be known until summer. K-6 students will get busing or full fare passes. Grade 7 and 8 will get full fare metrocard if they live far enough away.  It is easy to add bus stops in district 4. Not so easy farther away.


Q: Could we explore the possibility of a later school start time to accommodate the longer commute?  
A: School start time is flexible, within guidelines.  As early as 8 am and as late as 9 am start time is possible.  This should be discussed, since many parents need to be at work by 9 am.


Q: What about the cafeteria offerings? Can we offer healthier lunches?
A: We will be able to choose our own school menu.  Veggie menu, alternative menu, etc.


Q: Was this building was affected by hurricane Sandy? 
A: No.  In fact, it was a rescue site/shelter.


Q: Could this building be tested for lead, so that kids don’t need to carry drinking water to school?  
A: All buildings have been upgraded, and water has been tested and remediation taking place before it is turned on.  We will investigate the situation at PS 50.


Q: When will the scaffolding be removed from the building? 
A: Construction on the PS 50 building is likely to continue for about two years.  Construction is happening because facade was peeling in some locations.  Now they have covered the facade to protect people until work is done.  They will repair and replace facades  The small children play yard will not be accessible until construction is finished.  But there is a side yard that we could use in addition to the large play yard.


Q: What about crossing guards? 
A: The number of crossing guards will stay the same. Currently there are three of them.


Q: What can we do to move this proposal forward?
A: Attend one of the upcoming February Joint Public Hearings:  
– Friday, February 9th @ 6:00pm at the middle school (PS 108 building)1615 Madison Avenue.  
– Tuesday, February 13th @ 6:00 pm, at the elementary school building19 East 103rd Street.  
Please let us know if you are going to attend or wish to speak at the event
NOTE: It is only necessary to attend one of these.

PA Minutes – December 8, 2017

 Meeting came to order 8:35 am.

1.     Secretary report – The PA voted on and passed updated bylaws. The method of executive board succession and titles of exec board members were slightly altered.
2.     Fundraising:
a.     Families have until December 10 to shop Barnes and Noble online with a discount. 10 percent.  Code is on CPE 2 website.
b.     Book culture is having 20 percent off sale this weekend.  If you mention CPE 2 at checkout we get a donation.
c.     Mariama reported on the  “I Heart Community” fundraiser. More items to auction are needed, at any price point.  Could be a free service, if you are a hair cutter, massage therapist, etc.  We are also still looking for restaurants to donate food.  It will probably cost $15 to attend the event, which will include food and appetizers (drinks extra).
3.     Please take a look at the bar for scooter lockup outside the school building.  Everyone must bring their own lock.  A bike rack will hopefully to come later.  Please let us know how it is working for you.  Email PA with your comments.  PA suggestion box on the CPE 2 website.
4.     Budget report:
a.     It is proper that the PA spend at least as much as we raise each year.  It is our role to help enrich the school experience.  Spending for these things is valuable.
b.     We have a budget item for water stations, but we need a parent to take on that project.
c.     We made a little less money on the fall fair than anticipated, but we brought in enough from supply fees that our income level is about what was planned.
d.     The Health and Wellness committee has requested an additional $200 for their budget.  This was approved.
e.     We may want to add funds for the auction in budget.  The PA already voted to allocate funds for it at an earlier meeting this fall.
5.     Fund drive: An email was sent on giving Tuesday. $2,100 of our $20,000 goal has been reached so far.  This is an annual drive, and thus is would be ok to give at any point during the year, including in installments.

Meeting adjourned at 9:05 am.

PA Meeting Minutes – November 1, 2017

CPE II Parents’ Association meeting November 1, 2017
Meeting Notes
  1. Meeting commenced at 6:10 pm. Alissa Peck, President, greeted parents and introduced the PA Executive board.
  2. Parents’ introductions. Both elementary and middle school parents were present.
  3. Announcements
    1. Alissa Peck stated that the Vice President of Communications role will be filled by Nina Zmanovskaya who is currently Co-VP of Parent Services. Jen McKenna will continue in the role of VP of Parent Services. By-laws will be amended to reflect this change. If anyone would like to see the current by-laws, please consult the website.
    2. Co-President and Vice President positions will remain vacant and the board will proceed this year without them. Any necessary amendments to our by laws will be shared and approved at our next meeting.
  4. Update on 2 PA projects:
    1. The installation of a sensor-activated water cooler is a major line item in the PA budget. However, more time is needed to research its feasibility. Elaine Cunningham will help with this effort. If there are other parents who can help, please reach out to her. A middle school parent will ask CPE High School about their experience in installing one at their school.
    2. The PA is no longer funding a garden educator for RECESS gardening. However, recess gardening will continue with help from parents volunteers. More education based garden programming is being discussed with the Science teacher.
  5. Teacher & Staff Class Gift-giving
    1. Each class with help from class parents is encouraged to express their appreciation the best way they see fit. The DOE has a specific policy around staff gift-giving including a limit on monetary value. It was discussed that the PA is not involved in this project.
    2. End of the year staff appreciation luncheon is organized and paid by the PA.
  6. Fundraising Initiatives:
    1. Elaine Cunningham gave an update on our December fundraising event, the Barnes & Noble Book Fair. More details to follow.
    2. Nina Zmanovskaya gave an update on our February fundraising event, the first CPE evening gathering with a dinner/drinks and auction component. More details to follow. Mariama Duncan is spearheading this effort. She is looking for more parent involvement.
    3. The Annual Fund Drive will take place soon. A letter will be sent out to each family.
  7. Meeting adjourned at 7:15 pm.

PA Meeting Minutes -October 13,2017

CPE II Parents’ Association meeting 

Naomi Smith spoke about CPE II being a Title One school

  • Title One  is largest federal program that gives funds to schools.  As with many federal programs, it has stipulations.  We were certified as Title One fifteen years ago, with 60 percent or more families that qualified for free lunch.
  • Title One provides additional funds to use in our school. We are a School Wide Project (SWP) school, so extra funds can be used for all students.
  • Part of the stipulations of Title I is that parents have a voice in what happens in schools. Our School Leadership Team (SLT) created an annual Hopes & Dreams meeting as a place where parents can come together to express their wishes: the garden and after school program came out of this program.  Our first Hopes & Dreams working group meeting of the year will be on November 10.

PA Treasurer’s report & budget

  • The PA is a 501-C3 charity.  We are separate from the school in terms of budget.
  • Currently about $80k in reserves. Projected income of about $50k this year and projected expenses of about $63k.  Approximately $13k of reserves will be used. This is intentional. See budget report document for budget details.
  • Garden educator: PA is proposing a new weekly number of hours, rate, and work to be done. Since her expertise is in curriculum, we hope that she would work with faculty to develop connections between CPE II curriculum and the garden.
  • A new scooter rack will be installed next Monday, in the yard.  Kids will need to provide locks. We may want to discuss getting another one for bikes. This one will not work well for bikes.
  • PA has requested $3,000 to run a silent auction as a fundraiser. Money will be spent to secure vendors for the event.  PA members voted YES on this spending.

Open PA board positions

  • Executive board: Co-President, Vice President, and VP of Communications positions are open.  Please contact Doug Geers if you are interested

Fall Fair

  • Thanks to David, (Kylie’s dad in the second grade) for designing our Fall Fair flyer!
  • We wish for people to buy wristbands in advance online.  Those who buy online will get extra tickets to buy other things.  Body art, food, photo opportunity, and pumpkins will cost extra & not be covered by wristband.
  • Please send the link to the site for purchasing wristbands to all of your social media accounts.
  • Please bring your rummage beginning on Thursday for the Fall Fair rummage sale.  There will be space in back of the cafeteria to store it.
  • Please use online signup to choose what food you bring.  Please bring food as early as possible on Saturday.  If you cannot make it, contact Batia and she will make arrangements for someone to pick up food from you.

Meeting adjourned, 9:20am.

PA Minutes – September 2017

CPE 2 Parents’ Association meeting

September 15, 2017

Meeting Minutes




  • Our evening PA Meetings will take place at the CPEII middle school
  • Meet your class/curriculum night on September 18-19th.  
  • Batia reported on the CPE 2 Fall fair, October 21st  from noon to 5pm.  The event is largely planned.  Now we need volunteers to staff booths and help with PR. Last year fair raised $13k net. We hope to improve on that this year.
    • We will have a rock wall, bouncy house, obstacle course.  
    • Wrist band will be $25.  This will allow kids to participate in many games and crafts.
    • We will decorate the garden and kids can pick up pumpkins there.  
    • Hot 97 will be there with truck and prizes and will help promote event.  
    • Carnival games will happen.  We need prizes for them.  
    • We need gifts for raffles.
    • We need access to color printer to print some posters for event                      
    • We need volunteers to bring food, help set up, and help clean up.
    • Vendors are welcome.  If you know any, please let Batia Eyob-Serrette know ( Vendors will give school a portion of their sales.
    • Rummage – please  Bring clothes, toys, books to school the day before the fair.
  • Alex Donn reported on the PA bylaws. They are available for everyone to read. He passed out some hard copies.
  • Mariama reported on the health and wellness committee.  
    • There are grants that require healthy snacks.  We would like to apply for them, but we need to have healthy food policy. She described healthy snack policy, in particular for birthday parties.
    • Let’s have a conversation about snacks. We need to improve language in our parents’ handbook.  
    • Please communicate with your teacher about your wish for healthy snacks.
  • Other PA funding sources:
  1. Requests for donations, sales of items.  
  2. NOTE that Amazon Smile does not work for CPE2.  Instead Amazon has given us a link that gives us six percent of sales!  Please use this link: It is also on the CPE 2 website (top right corner on home page).  You can bookmark it!
  3. Fairway club cards will give us 2 percent of sales. Elaine is running our Fairway relationship. It is possible to scan a card to an app?  We will investigate.
  4. A parent suggested that we survey how many parents are members of stores like Costco, etc., to help us request support from them.
  • An explanation of the IEP process will happen at a district meeting on September 27. Interested parents/guardians are encouraged to attend.
  • We have a listserv (an email distribution list that parents can sign up for) for news and opportunities.  We will ensure all parents receive an email about it and offer them a means to sign up.
  • We have no place to store scooters currently, or strollers. We will work on a solution to this.
  • There was a request that we have Spanish translation at future PA meetings. We also should translate the PA bylaws and PA meeting minutes.
  • Meeting adjourned, 9:40am.


CPEII Parents’ Association meeting

September 27, 2017

Meeting Notes


  • Several positions on the PA Executive Board are currently open, including a co-President, Vice President and VP of Communications. If parents are interested in running, please email PA Executive Board co-secretaries Doug Geers or Rosalie Sanchez

Interested parents/guardians can also talk to Alissa or any member of the PA Executive Board directly.

  • Evening PA meetings will happen at the middle school to encourage more middle school parents to attend.
  • Nina Zmanovskaya provided a Fall Fair update. A parent artist volunteered to help with designing banners/flyers for the fair.
  • Nina spoke about the mission of the CPEII Health & Wellness Committee. The Committee’s annual flagship event is Spring Fair. It also organizes other events for parents to support emotional well-being in the CPEII community.
  • On Thursday, October 26, there will be a middle school movie night based on “The Mask You Live In” – a documentary about society’s stereotypes about masculinity and how they are affecting young boys. There will be a parent discussion afterwards. The Committee is hoping for more middle school involvement, e.g. is thinking of organizing a workshop on coping with changes that early adolescence brings. Also, the Committee is working on organizing CPEII first Silent Auction in order to fundraise to support its work. Health & Wellness Committee is working with the Garden Committee very closely. The Committee has a regular monthly meeting at 8:30AM every 2nd Wednesday of the month at Mount Sinai cafeteria @ 1470 Madison Ave between 101st & 102nd St. Two elementary and one middle school parent would like to get involved with the H&W Committee.
  • A preK parent brought up an issue her child has been having at breakfast in the cafeteria. The child needs help picking her breakfast items but parents are not allowed to stand in the line. Alissa suggested talking to 5th-graders who get breakfast at CPEII to volunteer to help the little kids. Jen McKenna volunteered to get in touch with with the preK parent.
  • A new middle school parent asked who was class parent in his daughter’s 6th grade class. Nina to follow up.
  • A parent asked how to enroll in Opus 118 music education programs (violin, piano).


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)


Meeting adjourned, 7:05pm.


May PA Meeting Minutes


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.

  • Naomi mentioned that she would like the PA to purchase risers
  • The PA had allocated $1,000 for music, and Naomi would like this money to be spent on risers in the middle school.
  • Naomi shared some background on the budget generally: the school looks to the PA for supportive funding towards the end of the year, after the D.O.E. money has been used.
  • She discussed class groupings for next year in general terms, saying that students usually stay together for 2 years in a row, but occasionally there are changes. For instance, this year’s 4th grade, the population was uneven between the two classes and there was an increase in IEPs, so there will be some movement in the rising 5th grade classes,  there will be 2 ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes in 5th grade.
  • From a staffing perspective,  “we’re just adding to the team, not taking”


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.

  • We talked about the possibility of funding a “floating paraprofessional”  but we would need to increase our fundraising to do this.
  • The Spring Fair: we grossed $2,000 and netted $1,000.
  • We should begin the final phase of our fundraising campaign.


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:

  • It was suggested that we could re-floor the ground of the small yard.
  • Middle school art: a parent noted that there is no art or music at the middle school.
  • Teachers need supplies at the middle school.
  •  Long discussion of projects the PA could fund: debate club, theatre, chess club.


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.

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