TGS Family Association

December 14, 2010

October Meeting Minutes

Filed under: FA Updates — troessler @ 4:44 pm

St. Gregory’s School
Family Association
Meeting Minutes
October 5, 2010

In attendance: Kathy Stern, Kathy Ross, Nancy Strong, Amy Jobst, Maria Grainger, Andrea Mainman, Cathy Chavez, Cynthia Feig, Nancy Goodman, Lydia Purdom, Elaine Sosnowski, Nina Klinkenberg, Susan McGinnis, Jonathan Martin

Meeting was called to order @ 8:10 a.m.

The minutes from the September 14, 2010 St. Gregory FA meeting were approved.

Headmaster Report: Jonathan Martin reviewed some of the books that teachers were assigned to read over the summer: Teaching for Tomorrow and Reinventing Project Based Learning. Jonathan also reviewed the results from the College Readiness tests wherein St. Gregory students achieved a grade of 97%. The purpose of the test is to establish more accountability amongst students in terms of college readiness.
The middle school will be taking the MAP test to measure adaptability.
Jonathan also discussed the Annual Fund and encouraged all families to make their donation. Jonathan also encouraged everyone to contribute his or her tax credit to St. Gregory.

Treasurer’s report: Nancy Strong explained why the FA needs to raise $ for the FA events, because their seems to be some confusion about the various requests for monetary donations to the school. All funds generated through FA fundraising go to a program that benefits St. Gregory students.

Class Reps: Susan McGinnis reported that all the middle school events are done as of October 2. There was a low turnout @ the 6th grade event, however there was very positive feedback from those that attended. The 7th grade pool party was 9/17/10 and was a big success. The 8th grade party was the biggest turnout ever.
Kathy Stern reported for Susie Ward that the 9th grade party that was held on 9/26/10 had 75 people in attendance and there was a lot of positive feedback from parents and new students. The 10th grade party was held 9/24/10 and had approximately 75 people in attendance.

Athletics: Elaine Sosnowski reported that Homecoming will be this week, and events will be held all week long during lunch or after school. Friday, 10/8/10 there will be a pep rally and it will be spirit day. The Booster Club still needs some parental organization. Please contact Kathy Stern if you know of anyone who may be interested.

Fine Arts: Pam Bass announced the fall play will be “The 12th Night” and will be performed November 12 – 13, 2010. The fall concert will be held on November 19, 2010. There will be a request for snacks for the students during the performances and there will be a need for volunteers to help.

Community Building: Nancy Goodman announced they will be meeting @ the River Park on Tuesday, 10/12/10 @ 8:15a.m. for anyone who would like to walk the Rillito path. Following the walk they will be meeting for coffee @ “Spill the Beans” coffee shop. They will be trying to plan an event one time a month on Tuesdays. They also hope to do an event in the spring at the end of the school year.

Staff Appreciation: Kathy Stern reported that next week (Wed) there will be a chili luncheon for the teachers/ staff. In November there will be a Farmers Market for the teachers.

Grad Night: Gabrielle Gonzales reported there has been a meeting with parents. They will be doing some fundraising for Grad Night and would like to do a 50/50 raffle and would like to sell St. Gregory blankets @ Homecoming.
Gabrielle made a motion to sell blankets @ Homecoming and Paula Babis second the motion. There was a vote taken and the motion passed.
Blankets can be book-billled.

Development: Kathy Ross discussed E-Scrip and the shop and give program and that it seems to be expanding. Please let Kathy know of any other ideas to help encourage people to sign-up for the shop and give program. Kathy Stern suggested arranging a prize for the class that has the most sign-ups.

Kathy Ross also announced that anyone needing St. Gregory merchandise should be communicated to her and they plan on ordering a lot of various St. Gregory apparel, etc.

Pam Bass was recognized for heading up the Annual Fund Drive. She discussed where the donated funds go and how the Arizona tax credit works.

Communications: (Tina Roesler) Kathy Stern reported that Tina is doing a great job facilitating all communications from the FA. It was reiterated that the FA need to first approve any planned FA activities.

Technology: No Report. Andrea Waters will be stepping down as the Technology committee liaison. It has not been determined as to whether the committee needs to continue.

Parent Ambassadors: Cathy Rosenberg reported that the second Parent Ambassador meeting will be held 10/6/10. They are currently working with admissions and recruitment for the next school year. Adult Spanish classes will be starting Wed; 10/6/10 and French classes will soon be available as well.

Old Business: Kathy Stern mentioned there were no donations for the college gift bags so the FA spent $127.00 for items to be put in the bags for visiting college reps. Dinner was provided by St. Gregory for the reps prior to their departure for the Tucson Convention Center. The reps really appreciated the dinner and hospitality.

Meeting was adjourned @ 9:15 a.m.

Next FA meeting is scheduled for November 9, 2010 @ 8:00 a.m.

Minutes approved by majority vote at General Meeting on ____________________

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Amy Jobst, St. Gregory FA Secretary Kathy Stern, St. Gregory FA President

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