PS 102 PTA Meeting Minutes submitted by Rana Abu-Sbaih
Welcome and Pledge of Allegiance, previous minutes made available and reading waived.
Treasurer’s Report: ending balance for 2016/2017 school year $34,431. $31,255 is the current balance. Great response to the request for membership dues, all thanked for generosity.
Principal’s Report: Mrs. Fasanelle welcomed all and gave thanks for patience during the beginning of the year that was complicated by school construction. Project manager and a representative from School Construction Authority were invited by Mrs. Sichenze to address concerns of parents. The project is a huge undertaking of exterior masonry with a basis in parapet (small roof guard), window guard, and roof shingle replacement. All permits were acquired over the summer and scaffolding erected. It was pointed out that the space originally taken in the school yard has been minimized and scaled back to create more place for recess. It was also noted that no entrances or egresses are blocked and that all work is done after school hours and on days that class is not in session. The work is expected to last for 18 months with completion in the winter of 2019. Assurance that no heavy duty work will be done after 10pm but work permits are until midnight. There is a safety meeting scheduled every two weeks and regular inspections done to the work site. It was noted that there is still recess, that access to the playground and school garden are still available to classes, and that the construction has not increased traffic at arrival and dismissal due to their start times being after school hours. It was also stated that cluster teachers will build 6 week enrichment sessions into the school day in addition to all the services already offered.
President’s report: All encouraged to check website, back pack notices, facebook page and school messenger to stay informed. Sign up sheets were made available to secure volunteers and chair persons for committees. All encouraged to send in dues and participate in the fall fundraiser coming at the end of the month. Boxtops for education, and the Amazon Link on the website were discussed as easy fundraisers. Parents asked to label children’s belongings and the lost and found was pointed out. School spirit wear will be available for sale at Back to School night or by order form.
Parent Coordinator’s Report: Beach clean up this weekend. All questions about school construction can be addressed to Ms. Sheri and she will relay the concerns at safety meetings. Lunch is free to all students, but it was stressed that all must still fill out lunch forms to assess the possibility of our future qualification for Title One funding. Questions were raised about Dual Language instruction vs. Bilingual instruction and it was explained that parents could assert preference when signing ENL program documents in the coming weeks, but that foreign language classes are not offered. All families of upper grade students can access NYC schools account to check scores for state tests and may contact Ms. Sheri for assistance. Flushing bank made a brief presentation and meeting adjourned.