TGS Family Association

March 8, 2015

February 12, 2015 General Membership Meeting Minutes

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Family Association of The Gregory School

General Membership Meeting

February 12, 2015

In attendance: Paula Allen, Mary Babbitt, Nancy Bargamian, Jennifer Cassius, Suzan Costich, Valerie Deitch, Abby Glaze, Elizabeth Goodwin, David Hazan, Monika Gloesslein, Christina Maher, Debra Meyer, Becky Rebenstorf, Julie Sherrill, Laura Swenson, Patti Wisnom


Welcome and Announcements

F. A. Vice President Suzan Costich welcomed parents and staff and called the meeting to order at 7:57 AM. Introductions then continued around the room. A motion was made and passed to approve the January meeting minutes.


Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer Valerie Deitch reported that we our financial status still significantly off-budget for the school year due to the lack of dues collected from some TGS families. Efforts to rectify this are ongoing, however. We were slightly over-budget for Winter Formal but this was attributed to low attendance.


Committee Reports

Staff Appreciation – Monika Gloesslein informed us that yesterday’s staff appreciation event, a Valentine’s lunch spearheaded by 5th and 6th grade parent reps Paula Allen and Stephanie Evic, went really well. They served heart-shaped pizzas, salads, and desserts. Becky Rebenstorf added that it was greatly appreciated by faculty and staff. The next Staff Appreciation event scheduled will be a breakfast on March 30th, sponsored by the 8th grade families.

Fine Arts – Suzan reported for Marta Silva, letting parents know that the 5th grade play will occur during the Spotlight on Science night, Wednesday February 18th. The all-school musical will be performed on March 27th and 28th.

Parent Reps – Suzan spoke on behalf of Elizabeth Goodwin. Yesterday, 7th grade parents met recently to organize spring events. On the 5th of March, 8th grade parents will be meeting to plan the March Staff Appreciation event, a possible parents’ gathering and an end-of-the-year party scheduled to take place at the Armstrong home. In the Upper School, the 12th grade reps are working on Grad Night. Debra Meyer briefed us on the 11th grade March 25th pasta dinner/social to talk about senior year. This will take place at 6:00 PM in the TGS dining hall. She is hoping to have Dr. Sherrill speak and Malika do a college-related presentation.

Grad Night – Debra made a plea for parent chaperones. Any parent can volunteer except for parents of seniors. This is a great way to see what Grad Night is all about.

Winter Formal – Christina Maher was exuberant in reporting the great success of the evening, although a bigger turnout would have been preferable. It was an upbeat, fun night, with 68 kids in attendance with a nice mix of grade levels. Overall, kids were reported to be well-behaved – “a chaperone’s dream.” The Stillwell House was positively received by all as a venue. Photos are available via a “gallery link.” Prom is in the planning stages by student council.


Development Report

Becky Rebenstorf discussed the educational tax credit program and explained that parents can still take an Arizona tax credit for 2014 through April 15th, 3015. To date we’ve raised approximately $87,000 for the annual appeal. Our goal is to hit $310,000.

From 1:00 to 2:00 PM on Tuesday, March 25th, parents are invited to attend a “Leave a Legacy” seminar.


Head of School Report

Dr Sherrill spoke about the Middle School Spotlight on Science night. Commander Mark Kelly will be our keynote speaker and tickets will be required for entry into that session. Parents should see Elaine at the front desk to pick those up. On February 24th, there will be a Technology Roundtable, discussing the risks associated with technology. Donor driven programmatic initiatives are being developed for the coming year, including a “Fab Lab” creative space and a writing center. Also being discussed are physical fitness or intramural types of programs, as well as a leadership/experiential education program. An interim week is being built into the calendar for the purposes of leadership/experiential education time so that these important activities don’t compete with classroom time.

Mary added that the admissions office has sent out re-enrollment contracts. A robust incoming 6th grade class is anticipated, reaching 30 to 40 students. She feels good about the incoming 9th grade class, too. There are currently 46 students attending TGS. Administrators are meeting individually with every family and are hoping to maintain the 40-50 student level for this incoming class.

Dr. Sherrill assured parents that internships for upcoming seniors will continue next year and there is an effort to provide more opportunities for juniors as well, to enable students to use this experience on college applications. She feels strongly that middle school students need to explore and experiment with as many career options as possible early on and wants the curriculum to be flexible to accommodate this.


New Business

Suzan reminded parents that today is an early dismissal day and that there will be no school tomorrow, due to conferences. On February 18th at 5:30 we will have the Spotlight on Science night with science fair boards displayed in the science classrooms. On February 20th at 6:00 PM student council will be showing the Pink Panther movie. A K-9 chess tournament, open to the public, will take place in the TGS dining hall from 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Sunday, February 22nd. There is a $6 entry fee. Please RSVP to (520) 742-0555 if interested. The 5th grade Parent Technology Conference will take place at 5:30 PM on February 24th. Monday March 2nd will be a late start day, immediately following the two days of Rodeo Break on February 25th and 26th. Lastly, please save the date for the all-school musical on March 27th and 28th.

NEXT FA MEETING: THURSDAY March 12, 2015 at 7:50 AM

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