TGS Family Association

April 10, 2017

January 12, 2017 General Membership Meeting Minutes

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Family Association of The Gregory School

General Membership Meeting January 12, 2017

In attendance:   Paula Allen, JR Bergantino, Tamar Bergantino,  Sonja Darcangelo, Valerie Deitch,  Kimberlyn Drew, Lisa Gardner,  Angie Goorman, Peter Gruenstein, Marketa Jansky, Anne Jie,  Christina Maher, Andy Moore, Darcy Nagle-O’Brien,  Linda Naifeh, Belinda Oden, Sonja Petersen,  Ilene Quander, Troy Quander, Sri Ramakumar,  Jen Richardson, Alicia Saposnik, Rose Schneider,  Julie Sherrill, David Sprayberry, Laura Swenson, Sarajane Trier,  Patti Wisnom

Welcome and Introductions

The meeting was called to order at 6:04 p.m. by FA Co-President Christina Maher.   She welcomed all and stated that the meeting was being conducted in the evening to try to give working parents another option for attend.   Minutes from the November 2016 meeting were available for those in attendance to review.  A motion was made and passed to approve the minutes from the November meeting.

Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer, Valerie Deitch, gave the treasurer’s report.   New income included Shop and Give income of $224.80 and Staff Appreciation donation income of $2490.00.  Expenses included 12th grade class reps of$1000, team support expenses of $100, fine arts expenses of $366.45, Winter Formal expenses of $537.50, and Staff Appreciation expenses of $2200.00.

Committee Reports

Homecoming-Homecoming is set for October 13th, 2017.

 Staff Appreciation– The next Teacher Appreciation event is a luncheon hosted by 7th and 10th parents on February 16th.  The reps are beginning planning.

Middle School Parent Reps– Co-chairs Darcy Nagle O’Brien reported on behalf of Co-chair Elisabeth Contreras.   6th grade class reps have scheduled their end of year party for April 29th at the Tucson Racquet Club.

Upper School Parent Reps- No report was given.

Hawk’s Pride- Co-chair Angie Goorman reported that there will be a raffle for those wearing Holiday garb to the last home game prior to break.  The basketball program will debut on January 19th.  Good luck tokens for Upper School will be presented on Tuesday, January 17th for the away game against St. David Tigers.  Middle School soccer will be presented with good luck soon.  Upper School Spring Sports begins February 6th.  They include boys’ volleyball, track, tennis and golf.  Middle School boys’ and girls’ basketball begins February 9th.   The Upper School Athletic Banquet will be April 18th.  For the Hawk Walk, thus far, only 24 were registered and they are hoping for 300.  So far, there are 7 volunteers and they need 37.  The Hawk Walk is a fun experience and raises a lot of money for Athletics.

Fine Arts-It was reported that Co-chairs Leslie Heros and Marie Maloney will be supporting the Middle School play, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, on February 17th, by obtaining a chocolate fountain.  The school musical, Pirates of Penzance, will take place March 24-26th.

Welcome Committee-No report was given.

Winter Formal-It was reported that the Winter Formal will take place Saturday, January 21st from 8-11p.m. at Tohono Chul Park.  Students are excited to go because it will be totally fun with great music, delicious desserts, a beautiful setting, and time to be with friends, as no ‘dates’ are necessary.  Tickets will be on sale Friday, January 13th.  Look for the ‘dance and donuts’ table outside the dining hall.  Tickets cost $40 and will also be available at the front desk.

Shop and Give- Shop and give is a way to donate a percent of sales towards the Family Association for purchases you normally make.  There was discussion about how beneficial Basha’s/AJ’s program is for Shop and Give.   They donate 6% to the Family Association.  $5 re-loadable gift cards are still available for purchase.  You can ask any FA Executive Committee member for one.

Senior Night-The Seniors will be having a tailgating party on February 2nd.   There will be footballs, basketballs, easy food, ice cream and a taco bar.

Family Association Executive Committee-The FA is looking for new Executive Committee members for 2017.  If anyone is interested, it is a great way to become involved in the school.

Board Report

Board of Trustees President, Patti Wisnom, reported that the BOT is there to support the school and the team that runs it.  The BOT is excited about the increased enrollment.  She thanked the FA for how it supports students and staff in so many ways.

Head of School Update

Dr. Sherrill encouraged parents to join the Family Association as an Executive Committee member.  She feels they are an extension of the staff.  She reported that the BOT gave her the #1 priority of increasing enrollment.  Students are provided with more opportunity with a larger roll.  This year, there are 272 students.  The Administration is anticipating a much higher new and re-enrollment than in the past, for next year.  She is meeting with every 8th grade family herself.  They are projecting a 90-92% retention rate of 8th graders for high school and 10-15 new students.  Dr. Sherrill encouraged all to come to the Hawk Walk and to read The Gregorian Chant for insight into the school happeningsShe is proud to report that the BOT and staff have 100% participation in the Annual Fund.  The school would still like to raise another $25,000 for the Annual Fund.  She thanked all those who came tonight, as it was nice to see so many new faces.  She announced that the Poetry Out Loud competition is coming up and it is an exciting event.  The Farmyard expansion is nearing completion and this was all done through the Annual Fund.  She mentioned that the seniors are completing 60 hours of a Senior Internship in during the year.  She said to look out for a survey about Interim Week.  There are choices for each grade, as well as various costs outlined.  Students will be placed on a first come, first serve basis for this week.  Finally, she discussed the lunch program.  Currently, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chips and fruit are available for $3.  The administration is looking at options for next year.  It is challenging for an outside service to run a full service cafeteria and profit with a school of our size and current numbers who purchase lunch at school.  Dr. Sherrill visited Phoenix Country Day.  Their full lunch service includes a salad bar, a deli and 2 hot choices every day.  This is part of tuition, and therefore, lunch is included for every student.  She asked parents to give feedback if they are interested in this type of lunch program.


-The Executive Committee is looking for new members for 2017/2018.  Anyone interested in a leadership position contributing towards the school community, please let any FA Executive Member know.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:45 p.m.


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