TGS Family Association

March 20, 2014

February 2014 General Membership Meeting Minutes

Filed under: Meeting Minutes — Family Association @ 7:37 pm

ST COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Family Association Meeting Minutes

February 5, 2014

In attendance:  Sarah Artzi, Paula Babis, Jennifer Cassius, Suzan Costich, Monika Gloesslein, Elizabeth Goodwin, Liz Grosskind, Margaret Larsen, Andrea Mainman, Jennifer Port, Becky Rebenstorf, Julie Sherrill, Laura Swenson, Burcak Tolan, Naomi Weiner.

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

President Andrea Mainman called the meeting to order at 2:38 PM and facilitated introductions around the room.  The minutes from the January 9, 2014 FA general membership meeting were submitted and approved.  In old business, she reported that the Winter Wonderland-themed winter formal had almost 100 students in attendance.  Kids (and chaperones) had a great time.

HEAD OF SCHOOL REPORT

Dr. Sherrill reported that over 60 families attended the January St Gregory open house, which included 5th grade families as well.  She is currently searching for two superstar teachers to facilitate the 5th grade, with one teaching math and science and the other teaching English and history.  Thus far, there have been 15 serious inquiries for the new 5th grade class, as well as 58 in other grades.  Students presented alongside faculty members, talking about independent study projects that they have partnered on.  They then self-selected where they wanted to visit – middle school, gym/athletics, etc.

A separate 5th grade open house will be held on Sunday, February, 16th at 1:00 PM. She asked that we share information about our experiences at St Gregory with prospective families.  The importance of positive word-of-mouth cannot be undervalued.  We will likely have another 5th grade open house in March as well.  More information on that to come.

Dr. Sherrill emphasized that the school is committed to customized learning experiences for each child, meeting each student’s individual needs, wherever possible.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT 

Treasurer Naomi Weiner reiterated that we are in the process of billing for FA annual dues ($75/per family, regardless of number of kids in the school), to eliminate the deficit shown in that budget line item.  This charge was originally due at the time of registration.  Much of these missing funds resulted from high schoolers who registered themselves over the summer and skipped that portion of registration.

We have made almost $90 from Bashas card fundraising, which will benefit Grad Night.  Escrip and Target have raised $1092.66, which falls into the Shop and Give fundraising category.  She also reminded class reps to use their designated funds for social, community-building purposes.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  1. STAFF APPRECIATION – President Andrea Mainman spoke on behalf of Tina Roseler, reporting that the 7th grade was planning to host an event at Creative Juice Art Bar on Sunday, February 16th.  (This was later canceled, due to low RSVP’s, and will be replaced with another staff appreciation event after Rodeo Break.) 
  1. PARENT REPS – MS Parent Rep chair, Elizabeth Goodwin, reported that a variety of social gatherings and staff appreciation events are currently underway, including discussion of an 8th grade family hike in Sabino Canyon.  Andrea added that there was a 9th grade potluck at the Feig home.
  1. GRAD NIGHT- Paula Babbis reminded the membership about the Zinburger Fundraiser on February 18th.  Fifteen percent of the sales will be donated to St Gregory for Grad Night underwriting.  This is at the River Road location only.
  1. FINE ARTS – Andrea spoke about the upcoming musical, Fiddler on the Roof, which will be showing on March 14th and 15th.  The kids are – and will continue to be -working hard, spending long hours on campus  to prepare.  Volunteers are needed to provide food for these fine arts students. A Doodle Poll will follow, for those who are interested in helping.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS REPORT

Board President Margaret Larsen spoke about the 5th grade class that will be added next year, with tuitions set at lower levels for both 5th and 6th grade students.  There will be no tuition increases for the remainder of the middle school or the high school.  Those will remain unchanged for the coming year.  She was extremely excited about the highly regarded consultant (previously working with Hockaday and SMU in Dallas) that was hired to assist in the school board’s strategic planning process.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

In addition to events already mentioned, Andrea reminded us about parent-teacher-student conferences on February 6th and 7th, the upper school Diversity Challenge Day and middle school dance on February 7th, The Admissions Game (Peter van Buskirk) will be speaking regarding college admissions on February 12th, middle school science night on February 26th, and the all-school musical, Fiddler on the Roof, on March 14th and 15th.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:05 PM for guest speaker, Becky Rebenstorf, to speak about her work in the development office.

 

NEXT FA MEETING WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5TH AT 2:30 PM.

March 2014 General Membership Meeting Minutes

Filed under: Meeting Minutes — Family Association @ 7:27 pm

ST COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Family Association Meeting Minutes March 5, 2014

In attendance:  Sarah Artzi, Jennifer Cassius, Cathy Chavez, Suzan Costich, Valerie Deitch, Monika Gloesslein, Gabrielle Gonzales, Elizabeth Goodwin, Angie Goorman, Dawn Kerwin, Julieanne Lamri, Margaret Larsen, Andrea Mainman, Sharon Norman, John W. Null, Becky Rebenstorf, Julie Sherrill, Marta Silva, Laura Swenson, A. Burcak Tolan, Naomi Weiner, Melinda Williams.

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

President Andrea Mainman called the meeting to order at 2:38 PM and facilitated introductions around the room.  The minutes from the February 5, 2014 FA general membership meeting were submitted and approved.

 

HEAD OF SCHOOL REPORT 

Dr. Sherrill held her comments until the she spoke as the guest speaker, after adjournment.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT  

Treasurer Naomi Weiner explained that it was fine to save grade level funds for an end of the year party as long as community-building activities were planned and executed throughout the year. She distributed the budget sheet and pointed out that the booster club numbers would be changing soon.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  1. STAFF APPRECIATION – President Andrea Mainman spoke on behalf of Tina Roseler, reporting that the 7th grade event at Creative Juice Art Bar had been canceled, due to low RSVP’s.  The 7th grade parents will plan a different staff appreciation event at a later date.

 

  1. FINE ARTS – Cathy Chavez reminded us to purchase tickets for the US musical, Fiddler on the Roof and asked for volunteers to help out those nights.  Marta Silva added that the students have been working extremely hard since November in rehearsals.

 

  1. PARENT REPS – MS Parent Rep chair, Elizabeth Goodwin, reported that the 6th grade has hosted a pot luck, 7th grade will have a parent coffee in a few weeks (later scheduled for Friday, March 21 at 9 am at her home) and the 8th grade has reserved a ramada and planned a hike in Sabino Canyon.

 

  1. GRAD NIGHT- Gabrielle Gonzales brought us up-to-date on Grad Night activities, following the recent fundraisers at Sweet Tomatoes and Zinburger.  On March 12th, a Grad Night parent meeting will take place at the Goodman home.

 

  1. ATHLETICS – Gabrielle also reminded us that parents are needed to organize team parties.  Budget is $100 for teams up to 14 players, $150 for over 14.  Please contact her if you are able to help with this and turn in receipts promptly for expense reimbursement.

 

  1. SHOP AND GIVE – Andrea reiterated that Sparkle Cleaner “loyalty” cards are available in the St Gregory front office.  We recently received a check for $108.96 from Bashas, with only a few families actually registered.  This is a debit card that you pay $5 to purchase, which is refunded the first time it is loaded.  We receive 6% back on all purchases using these cards, at any Bashas or AJ’s.

DEVELOPMENT REPORT Becky Rebenstorf spoke about her work on the annual campaign.  This pays for the extra things that makes our school unique.  Teachers and staff are giving at the highest rate in St Gregory history and participation of school board members is almost at 100%.  Our goal is to raise $230,000 and we are hoping to have 100% parent participation.  No amount is too small, although larger donations are certainly appreciated.  In addition to the direct financial result of increased availability of funds, a high fundraising participation level on the part of the parents makes our school more attractive when applying for grants.  The annual report will be released in a week or two.   BOARD OF DIRECTORS REPORT The president of the St Gregory Board of Trustees, Margaret Larsen, explained that the board is working on a change in employee benefits that will take place in a few years from now.  The first session of the strategic planning process is scheduled for this weekend.  A branding process will follow.   NEW BUSINESS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Jeff Clashman will be heading up Mission/Rome Days, on March 13th and 14th
  • Fiddler on the Roof, with an art show in the theater lobby, will take place on the nights of March 14th and 15th
  • A marionette performance of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” performed by our 6th grade students, will take place at 5:00 pm on March 24th, thanks to the generosity of the Modine family.
  • Spring break will take place March 31st through April 4th.
  • A school-wide dinner will be held on May 2nd. More information on that to follow.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:59 for guest speaker, Dr. Sherrill, to give us an overview of what she envisions as the future work of St. Gregory.

NEXT FA MEETING WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9TH AT 5:00 PM.

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