TGS Family Association

March 21, 2016

February 11, 2016 General Membership Meeting Minutes

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Family Association of The Gregory School

General Membership Meeting February 11, 2016

In attendance: Paula Allen, Mary Babbitt, Cathy Chavez, Katie Belk-Arenas, Kimberlyn Drew, Julie Grounds, Christine Harland, Ginger Hunt, Anne Jie, Cathryn Ramus, David Schindel, Julie Sherrill, Laura Swenson, Sarajane Trier, Patti Wisnom

 

Welcome and Announcements

The meeting was called to order at 8:50 a.m. by FA Vice-President Laura Swenson. She was filling in for FA Co-President Christina Maher who was out of town.   She introduced herself and began introductions around the room.   Minutes from the January 2016 meeting were available for those in attendance to review. A motion was made and passed to approve the minutes from the January meeting.

Treasurer’s Report

Laura Swenson gave the Treasurer’s report on behalf of Valerie Deitch.   The Winter Formal brought in $2395.00 income and cost $3248.12. Shop N’ Give brought in $516.71.

Committee Reports

Staff Appreciation-10th grade hosted a successful soup lunch after the FA meeting in January. 5th and 6th grade hosted a Valentine Indian lunch after the meeting, largely due to the generosity of Saffron Indian Bistro. Thank you to Reema Jaggi for coordinating.

Sip-Sarajane Trier reported on behalf of Chair Andrea Mainman that tickets are on sale and can be purchased on-line. Parents are encouraged to attend and those in attendance were asked to encourage others to attend. The Sip will take place in El Mirador Gymnasium on March 2nd, 2016 from 5-8 p.m. and will include wine tastings with specialty food pairings and a silent Auction to benefit The Gregory School Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $30 for Alumni. Jon Rogers, owner of ‘Wines Without the Mystery’ chose some excellent wines and the committee enjoyed tasting them a few weeks ago. Auction items are still being accepted. Services and ‘experiences’ are always popular.

Upper School Parent Reps- The Senior parents are working hard on planning Grad Night. They are looking for volunteers for both the dinner and Grad Night. Senior parents themselves do not chaperone. They are also working on a time capsule. 9th grade reps are planning a coffee and bagel get together.

Middle School Parent Reps-5th grade Parent Rep, Ginger Hunt, reported that 5th grade math planned a Valentine day party for the 5th grade within a budget and then went shopping to purchase items. They also performed a puppet show as part of drama in 5th grade. The Middle School dance was well attended and several 6th and 7th parents got together at Harvest during the dance.

Winter Formal-Laura Swenson reported on behalf of chair Christina Maher the Winter Formal was a hit. The committee planned down to the very last detail to make it special for the students attending. They even had star-shaped ice cubes and changed water bottle labels to say ‘melted snow’. Dr. Sherrill shared that most students danced in groups and that the Student Council President invited a new, younger upper school student to join him. This encouraged others to welcome this student to join their friends. She is proud that our students are welcoming and friendly.

Fine Arts-There will be Middle School plays during Rotation 3 on Friday, February 12th. Students will also be reciting poetry from English classes. The entire middle school will attend to support each other. The Spring Musical, Jesus Christ, Superstar, will have three performances starting on Friday, April 15th and ending with a matinee on Sunday, April 17th.

Hawk Walk-The Hawk Walk will take place on Sunday, February 14th. 8-10 volunteers are still needed. Pancakes will be served afterwards. There will be a prizes that were designed and created in the Fab Lab.

Board Report

Board of Trustees member, Patti Wisnom, reported that the Board of Trustees is working on strategic planning. They are working to help support the exciting programs already around school like the Fab Lab and the Writing Center.

Head of School Report

Dr. Sherrill announced that the next Board of Trustees meeting will be on Science Night. This enables Board Members to circulate and enjoy the Science Night with Climatologist and Noble Peace Prize Winner, Jonathan Overpeck, Ph.D.  She announced that a team of 11th and 12th grade students will be participating in an International Physics Competition at the Weizmann Institute in Israel in April. Before being selected, using safe components, the team had to create an unbreakable safe and try to break into the safes created by other teams. The Gregory School team is one of only 5 teams from the United States attending.   In order to join the team, students had to submit a request. This is a wonderful example of student engagement.  Students are creating knowledge rather than just regurgitating knowledge.   She also stated that currently, the faculty is looking at research to engage girls’ interest in STEM and the Fab Lab. Finally, she explained that Spring Interim Week has been organized by grade level in the Middle School and by interest (cross-grade levels) in the High School. She also introduced guest speaker, Dave Schindel, Director of College Counseling.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 a.m. for guest speaker, Dave Schindel.

NEXT FA MEETING: THURSDAY, MARCH 24th at 8:50 a.m

In El Mirador Boardroom

 

 

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