TGS Family Association

December 3, 2012

October 2, 2012 General Membership Meeting Minutes

Filed under: Meeting Minutes — troessler @ 1:17 pm

In attendance: Pam Bass, Cathy Chavez, Suzan Costich, Teri Cotter, Rudy Dabdoub, Valerie Deitch, Donna Dennis, Delia Franco, Nancy Goodman, Susan Heinz, Joe Herrick, Malika Johnson, Stan Kissinger, Margaret Larsen, Mary Catherine Leighou, Andy MacLeod, Lorna MacQuarrie, Ali Madani, Andrea Mainman, Lou Norman, Sharon Norman, Kathy Ross, Nancy Strong, Malissa Thum, Tamir Weiner, Karen Zimmerman.

President Kathy Ross called the meeting to order @ 7:02 p.m.

The meeting minutes from the September 4, 2012 FA meeting were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: The updated budget was passed around.  Financial information from the Homecoming festivities should be available at the next meeting. Overall, the event was well attended and successful!

Committee Reports:

Staff Appreciation: Kathy Ross reported that last month, the 12th grade parents and the Staff Appreciation committee hosted a great soup and salad event for teachers.  On October 31st, 6th grade parents will assist the committee with a snack event.  November will be a pie exchange. A holiday luncheon is planned in December.

Fine Arts:  Cathy Chavez announced that the November 9/10 Fine Arts event is the play, “The Dining Room”.   In order to raise funds for Fine Arts, baked goods will be sold during intermission. The Winter Fine Arts festival is planned for November 14th, where the Bands and Choir will perform in addition to a showcase of art work from both the middle and upper school campuses.

Shop & Give: Nancy Strong explained that the money we raise from eScrip goes to fund grants for advisories. If you have not registered, you can still do so at Safeway customers need to renew their eScrip connection every 2 years in order for the school to get credit for qualified purchases.  As an example, we receive approximately $1700 annually from Safeway.  Other retailers that will give a percentage back to our school include Target (with use of their credit card) and Office Depot, where you simply mention the name of the school at checkout. Kathy Ross reminded parents that this information, along with links to various participating retailers, can be found on the St. Gregory website.  Please email Nancy Strong should you have further questions.

Grad Night: Stan Kissinger remarked that this year’s Grad Night will be the 4th event if it’s kind at St. Gregory. The goal is to provide a safe and enjoyable celebration for the Graduating Seniors.  The committee is weighing options for a venue, where they will in effect “lock the graduates away” with entertainment to keep them active.  The evening provides a chance for students to celebrate in camaraderie before scattering to different colleges and locations.  Grad night is still in the planning phase and planners are meeting at Dakota Cafe on Thursday, October 4th to discuss options.  As graduation nears, volunteers will be solicited for shifts as chaperones.  It is a great opportunity for parents of juniors or younger students to learn what goes on that evening.  Volunteers will also be needed for decorating.

Sip for St. Gregory: Pam Bass proclaimed that this year’s SIP will be a blast! Scheduled for November 3rd at Ventana Canyon, the evening will feature a martini bar, highlighting a St. Gregory signature martini. Invitations are being sent out within the week and we expect approximately 300 in attendance.  Other highlights are a fully automated auction, where you will be able to bid from your phone, tablet or IPad.  Those not in attendance are able to bid as well, from anywhere in the world. International tapas will be served instead of a sit down dinner.  With live entertainment, the event promises fun for all who attend!

Board of Trustees Report: Margaret Larsen gave an overview of the search for Head of School, led by Board of Trustee members.  Ten diverse members are on the search committee, including alum parents and current parents. After interviewing 6 different search firms, the committee hired Stephen DiCicco as a consultant.  Mr. DiCicco has personally hired over 110 school heads and is very experienced. In a community survey, parents rated academic excellence as a number 1 goal, followed by a leader in retention of quality faculty and effective communicator, in describing importance in our search for head of school. (Results described more in detail on the St. Gregory website.) The committee then developed a position description for use in identifying the right candidate.  The top 15 candidates have been identified.  These individuals are from 11 states, 7 are former heads of schools, and 3 are women.  The search committee will narrow this list to 8 semifinalists, who will make site visits to campus on or around October 22nd/23rd.  From there, the committee will narrow the selection to 2-4 finalists, who will each return with their spouse to spend 2 ½ days in meetings with students, faculty and parents.  There will 2 opportunities to meet each finalist in parent or community forums.  A survey will be circulated afterwards and additional parent help may be solicited.  The goal is to hire a new Head of School in December, make an offer, and negotiate contract so that he/she may begin July 1, 2013.

Unfinished Business: Kathy Ross conducted the raffle drawing & awarded Sharon Norman with a prize.

New Business: No new business was brought to the floor.

The meeting was adjourned @ 7:35 p.m.

Presentation: The formal meeting was followed by a special presentation by College Counselor Malika Johnson, who spoke on supporting our children in the college planning process.


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