TGS Family Association

November 29, 2017

October 12, 2017 FA Meeting Minutes

Filed under: FA Updates — Family Association @ 12:35 am

NEXT FA MEETING: Thursday, Dec. 7, 8:50 am – 10:00 am, El Mirador Boardroom


Family Association
Meeting Minutes

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
El Mirador Boardroom


In Attendance: Becky Knope, Emeka Omeha; Cynthia McDaniel; Ilene Quander, Amber Adil, Darcy Nagle-O’Brien, Amy Bauland, Paula Allen, Monika Gloesslein, Patti Wisnom, Andrea Mainman, Mary Babbitt, Sarajane Trier, Lori Patton, Rose Schneider, Valerie Deitch, Anne Jie, Dinah Dabdoub, Julie Sherrill

  • Welcome and Introductions


FA President, Darcy Nagel-O’Brien, called the meeting to order at 8:56 a.m.


  • Guest Speaker                                                      Coach Angela Earnhart


Coach Earnhard introduced the Hawk Walk to be held by the Athletic Department on February 11, 2018. She said that Jimmy Johns would be the $1,500 title sponsor and the event needs more sponsors. Any sponsorship of $250-300 would be recognized on local iHeart Radio station. All sponsorships require paperwork in hard copy or online. Amber Adil generously offered to be the $400 pancake sponsor. Coach Earnhart said that since the race is before Valentine’s Day there will be a Crazy Cupid one-mile race on campus with other activities. She also encouraged promotion of the event outside the school community.


  • School Update                                                     Dr. Sherrill


Ms. Lori Patton made a presentation of the upcoming Interim Week and was well received. The same presentation was also made to the Board of Trustees. Ms. Patton also presented the Friday Exploration, which was designed to have flexibility and choices. Choices are made based on surveys of parents and students. For example, American sign language and Arabic were chosen by student. For upper school, the Friday Exploration also included internships for seniors and community service (e.g. Cyber Senior).


  • Treasurer Report                                                 Valerie Deitch

Valerie Deitch gave her Treasurer’s report. Although income is slightly below expectation, certain actual expense items were reasonable and within expectation. She encouraged the promotion of Barsha Cards left from last fiscal year.


  • Board of Trustees Report                                    Patti Wisnom


Patti Wisnom, Andrea Mainman, and Monika Gloesslein were three trustees present at the meeting. Before Patti spoke and upon Dr. Sherrill’s request, Sarajane Trier gave an update on enrollment. The school has received 11 applications for 5th grade and early admission is December 8th. If all current 8th graders advanced to 9th grade, there would only be six spots available for next year’s 9th grade. For the current school year, the retention rate is 92% and 96 students were new. Dr. Sherrill said that given the tuition had been kept the same for the past four year there would be a small tuition increase of $575 at each grade and the enrollment fee (creditable against tuition) would also be increased to $1500 from $500. Patti concurred that the Board has given its approval for the tuition and fee increases.


Committee Reports:

  • Homecoming                                                        Gabrielle Gonzales, Darlene Twiss

Gabrielle said that all preparation was going well and encouraged all to bring friends and relatives.

  • Hawks Pride                                                         Amber Adil

Amber said that one of her committee’s goals was to help out Hawk Walk. She hoped to secure prizes and raffle tickets. The committee also tried to find creative ways to recognize student athletes throughout the year.

  • Fine Arts                                                              Leslie Heros, Marie Maloney, Darlene Buhrow

Upper School plays are scheduled for Oct. 26 and 27. The committee will be selling dinner tickets for use before the Thursday night play.

  • Membership Committee                                     Ginger Hunt

Ginger was not present, but Darcy said that the committee still planned to meet for coffee between 7:30 and 8:45 the first Tuesday of the month starting November.


  • Staff Appreciation                                               Andrea Mainman, Tamar Bergantino

Farmer’s Market has been planned for November. The committee is working on two events next Spring.


  • Shop & Give                                                          Becky Knope

Becky planned to have Mr. Car Wash passes and Barsha cards for sale at Homecoming.


  • Winter Formal                                                      Lisa Wiedebush

The committee inspected the venue and was satisfied. The formal is on schedule for January 20th.


  • Middle School Rep                                               Paula Allen

The 5th grade welcome party in October went well with 18 out of 24 families attended. The reps met and had good discussion. Seventh grade had its fall decoration event. Middle school dance is planned for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on November 9th. Elizabeth Goodwin will host the parents gathering in her house.


  • Upper School Rep                                                  Elizabeth Goodwin

Elizabeth had reached out to all US reps. Not much activities have been planned other than Homecoming and Farmer’s Market. Given how busy high school students are, the key role for US Reps is to keep the students and families informed and keep the communication open.



The August minutes was approved with Becky Knope moved and Elizabeth Goodwin seconded.

The meeting was adjoined at 10:21 a.m.


Important Upcoming Dates:

Homecoming, Friday, October 13, 4 – 8:30 p.m.

US Homecoming Dance, Saturday, October 14, 8 – 10:30 pm

Interim Week, Oct 16 – 19/ Rotary Show – no classes on Friday, Oct. 20

US Art Show/Fall Play, Thursday, Oct. 26 & Friday, Oct. 27, 6:30 (art show) /7:30 (play)

Middle School Dance, Thursday, November 9, 6:00 pm        (should be 6:30)

Veteran’s Day Observed, no classes, Friday, November 10

FA-sponsored Staff Appreciation Farmer’s Market, Tuesday, November 21

Thanksgiving Holiday, November 22-24

All School Art Show/Music Program, Wednesday, November 29, 5:30 (art show)/6:30 (music)

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