TGS Family Association

November 5, 2013

October 2013 General Membership Meeting Minutes

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Family Association Meeting Minutes

October 9, 2013

In attendance: Vic Acuna, Sarah Artzi, Carol Baranowski, Jennifer Cassius, Catherine Chavez, Suzan Costich, Valerie Deitch, Rich Fitzsimmons, Monika Gloesslein, Gabrielle Gonzales, Nancy Goodman, Elizabeth Goodwin, Debra Huffman, Jas Katariya, Monique Kornell, Julieanne Lamri, Andrea Mainman, Sandra Maltry, Sharon Norman, Melinda Rogers, Nancy Strong, Laura Swenson, Greg Williams, Melinda Williams.

Vic Acuna spoke before the meeting, about the athletic program and the self-study being done in conjunction with the accreditation process.



President Andrea Mainman officially called the meeting to order at 2:40 PM and facilitated introductions around the room.  The minutes from the September 11, 2013 FA general membership meeting were submitted and approved.



Andrea gave Dr. Sherrill’s report in her absence.

There is now a plan in place for the senior trip to Disneyland and the California coast.  A faculty meeting is scheduled to finalize a compromise regarding the senior project/internship dilemma.

Dr. Sherrill recently announced a game for students.  They will receive a free lunch if she cannot produce their first and last names.  She hopes to have every student committed to memory no later than winter break.

Overnight trips are being planned for freshman and sophomore classes in November and/or December.  Experiential learning experiences (ropes, challenge courses, etc) will be underway in December or just after returning from winter break.

The “Parent Ambassador” program is being reinstated, to help with campus tours, admissions events, etc.  Parents interested in helping with this effort should contact Mary Babbitt.

Dr. Sherrill continues to host afternoon receptions, to get to know and receiving first-hand feedback from new St Gregory families.  Throughout the remainder of the year, returning parents will be invited will be invited at random to join her for breakfast in a smaller group setting.



President Andrea Mainman gave the Treasurer’s report in Naomi Weiner’s absence.  At this point, even after the amount that was spent on Homecoming, we made a small profit.



  1. HOMECOMING – Gabrielle Gonzales wanted to thank all of the volunteers, staff and student council kids who participated in the planning and execution of the event.  We made about $110.  She hopes that the profit will cover additional lighting for next year.
  2. ATHLETIC COMMITTEE – Gabrielle Gonzales also brought us up to speed on the role of the Athletic Committee. The Family Association provides $100 to each sports team to cover the expense of an end-of-season party.  (Examples: pizza and Eegees or a party in a teammate’s home.) Parents are needed to spearhead these parties.
  3. THE SIP – Sharon Norman reminded us that the Sip will take place on Saturday, October 26, from 6 to 10 PM at Lowes Ventana Canyon.  It will be an adults-only evening with tickets sold for $100 per person.  For $900, reserved tables of eight are available.  There will be a teacher’s table and sponsoring teacher tickets is highly encouraged, especially since some faculty members are donating silent auction items.  A range of beers will be available for tasting.  Wine will be available as well.  Suzan Costich gave us a sneak peek of some of the fabulous auction items including a repilca of the space shuttle signed by Captain Mark Kelly, tickets to a taping of The Big Bang Theory and a personalized caricature by Dave Fitzsimmons. Volunteers will be needed before, during and after the event.  A sign-up (for parents and students) will go out shortly.  In the meantime, Sip chairs asked that we go online to purchase tickets, encourage other parents to do the same and send the auction link – which should go live about 10 days before the event – to family and friends who cannot join us but may want to bid.
  4. FINE ARTS – Cathy Chavez announced that the upper school fall production (“39 Steps”) and art show will take place at 7 PM on November 15th and 16th.  Bake sale items for intermission are needed.  A Doodle Poll will follow.  Wednesday, November 20th will be the upper school fall concert and one-act play with a bake sale then as well.
  5. STAFF APPRECIATION – On behalf of Tina Roessler, Andrea reported that the 6th grade parents hosted a beautiful breakfast for staff recently.  The committee is collecting Bookmans credits, to benefit the school, and reminded us that Bookmans takes games, movies and sports equipment in addition to books.
  6. PARENT REPS – Elizabeth explained that parent reps are making calls to remind parents about the Sip.  The 8th will be hosting a staff appreciation breakfast in October and the 7th grade will host a tailgate on October 24th, to help raise money for next year’s 8th grade trip. Andrea added that the Family Association purchased a beautiful potted plant for the front office.
  7. SHOP AND GIVE – On behalf of Marvis Sylvers, Andrea gave details to parents regarding the Sparkle Cleaners customer loyalty cards and distributed them to those present.  Sparkle will send a monthly check to the school equalling 5% of all St Greg “loyalty” purchases made.  These annual cards expire each at the end of May each year.  Card need to be presented at the first order only.  After that, St Greg customer purchases will be tracked in the system.  This deal is only available at the River and Craycroft location.
  8. GRAD NIGHT – Benefitting Grad Night, Gabrielle Gonzales presented samples of St Gregory logoed stadium cushions which are being sold for $10 each.  Seven logoed sports chairs ($25 each) are remaining.  Tickets the car show are available for $5, which enter the purchaser into a drawing for a Corvette.  Half of ticket proceeds go to Grad Night with the other half going to literacy programs.



Andrea reported that a strategic planning task force has been assembled for the purpose of looking at moving to a K-12 school.  The accreditation process is moving forward and committees have been formed to address individual areas within the school.


The meeting was adjourned at 3:12 PM.



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