TGS Family Association

February 29, 2012

February, 7, 2012 General Membership Meeting Minutes

Filed under: Meeting Minutes — troessler @ 4:47 pm

In attendance: Kathy Ross, Nancy Strong, Sandra Maltry, Liz Groskind, Darin Williams, Peter Hillman, Suzan Costich, Andrea Mainman, Sandra Brody, Heather Faircloth, Mike Naifeh, Linda Naifeh, Stan Kissinger, Saad Faruqi, Shelly Silverman, Jonathan Martin, Gabrielle Gonzales, Pam Bass, Heather Faircloth.

Kathy Ross called the meeting to order @ 8:08 a.m.

Introductions were made.

The FA meeting minutes were approved from the January 10, 2012 meeting.

Treasurer’s Report: Nancy Strong stated that the FA budget is going well and updated budgets were distributed.  The only new business shared was that there was revenue contributed in the amount of $918.36 from the success of the Winter Formal.

Development Committee: Plans are underway for this year’s  “The Sip for St. Gregory.” It is scheduled for March 3rd @ Skyline Country Club.  Tickets are $125.00 per person. The event will consist of a wine tasting, live and silent action, sit down dinner, dancing, and dessert bar. Table sponsorships are still available.  Suzan Costich, Chair, stated that volunteers are still needed to help out in many ways. She encouraged everyone to purchase their tickets and encourage friends to attend as well. Tickets can be purchased by calling the office or through the school website. Suzan also mentioned there is still time to participate in the AZ Tax Credit until April 15, 2012.   Thus far, $336,000 has been raised. Any contribution is encouraged. Please ask friends and neighbors to participate.  Also, do not forget about the corporate  “C Corporation” tax credit, in which companies with this designation can donate the full amount of their tax liability. If someone knows of a company that is eligible, please encourage them to contact the Development Office, or ask Rachel Villarreal for assistance. Kathy Ross reported that the Shop and Give program is still underway with Safeway loyalty cards and Target credit cards. Last year $1800.00 was raised which provided mini grants to advisory groups. Please contact Kathy Ross or go to the FA website for more information on how you can support this program.

Athletic Boosters: Chair Laurie Kassman reported that the top 1-day profit in the Hawks Nest was $300.00. Vic Acuna is looking at promoting and announcing the MS basketball games on the Marquee and online to get more MS students in the stands. Also, the Hawk’s Nest is a great way to get the kids to help and volunteer. So please encourage your student(s) to participate.

Athletics: Chair Gabrielle Gonzalez reported that in the past, the FA has given $100 to each team for an end of the season party. In the fall an ice cream social was held for all MS & US sports participants. Although it was fun, feedback was that they prefer the individual team parties. So for now, each team will will encourage a parent to plan an end of season celebration that is underwritten by the FA with the $100. Contribution. Gabrielle Gonzalez and Vic Acuna will be in discussion with the coaches to encourage this to happen consistently.

Parent Representatives: Each class grade is starting to prepare their “themed’ Sip baskets to be auctioned off. These baskets will be due Feb. 17, 2011. To date the 6th grade has donated $220.00 for a family night themed game basket, 7th grade has donated $300.00 plus 200.00 worth of spa gift cards for their SPA basket and 8th grade $200.00 for a Breakfast themed basket.  The 6th grade Parent representatives have 2 events coming up to promote community. They are having a parent only Mix & Mingle at Skybox on February 17 and an all class family picnic in April. The US is also planning their baskets and working on end of year activities as well.

Fine Arts: Chair Andrea Mainman reported that FOOTLOOSE will be March 16 and 17. They are looking for cowboy/girl boots and roller skates. If you have a pair they can use please contact Lisa Bodden.  On Friday, March 16 they are planning a pre-event picnic/cookout for all. Details to come.

On March 1, 2 and 3rd the band and choir will be traveling to LA to compete in the Music for the Parks program at Disneyland. They are having 2 fundraisers to cover the costs. On Tuesday, February 14 they will have a bake sale on both campuses. Students are also selling coupon books for $20.00 that includes discount offers to popular dining and recreation in Tucson.

Staff Appreciation: It was reported that many of the staff and teachers have expressed that they are so very grateful for the tremendous effort by this FA committee that plans monthly lunches, and provides prizes and gifts.  All efforts are appreciated by those who participate!

Grad Nite–  Chair Stan Kissinger reported that the MAIN event is now complete. The overnight event has not yet been determined. Plans are kept confidential so the students don’t know until the last minute how they are celebrating graduation.

Board of Trustees: Shelly Silverman, board chair, reported that board committees are still working hard on the school head search as well as new branding for the school.  She also updated us on the developments with Castlehill property owned by the school, located adjacent to the entrance of St. Gregory.  Castlehill has been notified that they will have 16 months to vacate the old Headmaster house and return the property to St. Gregory. Improvements to St. Gregory’s entrance and uses for the land/building on this site are being discussed by the board.

School Update: Jonathan Martin, head of school, reported that re-enrollment letters and forms have been mailed. Please return them in a timely matter.  The Open House held on February 4 experienced twice the attendance compared to last year.  Susan Warren, who currently holds the Assistant Director of Admissions position has now become Director of International Student Programs and Admissions. She will help expand international student enrollment next year with additional students from China, Mexico and elsewhere.

New Business: The FA has 3 executive board positions available for next year’s terms, including Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. If you are interested or have a nomination, please contact Nancy Goodman or Kathy Ross.

Meeting Adjourned at 8:46 a.m.

Next meeting: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 8 AM the  Mirador Board Room.

Speaker/Discussion Dr. Kate Oubre and Mr. Mann shared their scope, sequence, and quality of the 6-9th grade writing preparation program. Questions and a discussion were held afterwards.

February 2, 2012

January 10, 2012 General Membership Meeting Minutes

Filed under: Meeting Minutes — troessler @ 8:18 pm

In attendance: Kathy Ross, Nancy Strong, Sandra Maltry, Nancy Goodman, Liz Groskind, Karen Ray, Richard Baim, Christine Thornton, Stan Kissinger, Fred Roberts, Saad Faruqi, Shelly Silverman, Susan Heintz, Jonathan Martin, Gabrielle Gonzales, Pam Bass, Suzan Costich, Heather Faircloth, Maureen Selzer, Jeanne Hoover, John Maltry, Linda Naifeh, Rachel Villarreal, Heather Hiscox

Kathy Ross called the meeting to order @ 7:06 p.m.

Introductions were made.

The FA meeting minutes were approved from the December 6, 2011 meeting.

Treasurer’s Report:  Budget is going well at mid year point.  Nancy Strong stated that the FA budget is to be used for approved committee activities and to please continue to submit receipts for reimbursements.

Development Committee: Plans are underway for this year’s “The Sip for St. Gregory”. It is scheduled for March 3 @ Skyline Country Club.  The event will be a sit down dinner, with tables of 10. Table sponsorships are available.  Chair Suzan Costich stated that they are still in need of sponsors, donations and volunteers. Auction request and sponsorship forms were passed around and they can also be printed online from the school’s website. Please get your tickets early and encourage your friends to attend.

Suzan also mentioned there is still time to participate in the AZ Tax Credit on behalf of St. Gregory until April 15, 2012.   Thus far, they have raised $308,000. Please ask friends and neighbors to participate.  Also, do not forget about the corporate tax credit program in which “C” corporations can donate the full amount of their tax liability to the school.

Athletic Boosters: Laurie Kassman reported that they have collected $1,300.00 YTD at the Hawk’s Nest.  The Hawk’s Nest is a great way to get the kids to help and volunteer. So, please encourage your student(s) to participate.  She initiated a discussion on whether to charge  an entrance fee for the away team at home basketball games. Currently, St. Gregory is the only school in town that does not charge. This rate is  $3.00-$5.00 at other schools. The school has a history of charging entrance fees from time to time. Efforts will be made to start doing so when possible.

Vic Acuna is evaluating ways for the sports programs to use the money raised by the Boosters. Some suggestions so far have been a new weight room and possibly serving dinner to the kids while traveling to away games. If you have any suggestions or ideas, please talk to Laurie Kassman or Vic Acuna.  The Family Association will make a decision on the allocation of funds later this year.

Parent Representatives: The Upper School Winter Formal will be held at the Savoy Opera House. It is $25.00 per student to attend, $30 at the door. It is a safe and fun event for all the US students. Each class grade is starting to prepare their “themed’ Sip baskets to be auctioned off. These will be due Feb. 17, 2011.

Staff Appreciation: Many of  the faculty have sent notes of appreciation for all that the FA does to sponsor the monthly luncheons and show support.

Grad Night– No report

Board of Trustees: Shelly Silverman reported that a board search committee is still working hard on the school head search.  They have hired a consultant to help with the process. The St. Gregory parents will be receiving a timeline within the next week or so.

The board is also working on the branding of the school.  They are discussing ways to improve getting the image of the school to the public.

New Business: The Spring BBQ is going to be held Friday, April 20. It will be in conjunction with the Fine Arts Festival. They will have an art show as well as the school band and choir participate that evening.  The FA is looking for ideas on what other activities could bring more people into the event. Some suggestions were to have a DJ, use the Ropes Course, possibly an author, inflatables and get some alumni participation as well. If you have ideas or suggestions, please contact Rachel Villareal or Kathy Ross.

Book Club: Nancy Goodman stated that the next parent book club is going to be held on January 17 at 2:30pm in the library. She encouraged parents to attend each month. This is a great fun opportunity right before student pickup.

Meeting Adjourned at 7:45pm.

Next meeting: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 8:00 am in Mirador Board Room.  Speaker/Discussion at the next meeting: The English department will review the scope, sequence and quality of the 6 -9th grade writing preparation program.

Speaker/Discussion: Head of School, Jonathan Martin, spoke about the value of an independent school education. St. Gregory is proud to be accredited by the high standards of the Independent School Association of the Southwest and is the only Tucson member of the National Association of Independent Schools. Mr. Martin shared that our “School [can be seen] as an extended family, viewed as an alternative to the ‘factory school’: students, teachers, and school heads are expected to know one another and treat one another like family– like a nurturing and protective haven.” A copy of his presentation can be found here: JM: Valuing an Independent Education

Head of Upper School, Susan Heintz, and Dean of Students, Fred Roberts, followed updated families on our drug and alcohol abuse educational programs and policies.

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