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February 11, 2015

January 15, 2015 General Membership Meeting Minutes

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Family Association of The Gregory School

General Membership Meeting

January 15, 2015

In attendance: Guilherme Bastos Alvanenga, Paula Allen, Mary Babbitt, Judy Berman, Jennifer Cassius, Suzan Costich, Valerie Deitch, Stephanie Evic, Abbey Glaze, Monika Gloesslein, Gabrielle Gonzales, Karen Lesser, Andrea Mainman, Patty Nolen, Sharon Norman, Sri Ramakumar, Becky Rebenstorf, Julie Sherrill, Laura Swenson, Monica Walker, Patti Wisnom


Welcome and Announcements

F.A. President Andrea Mainman welcomed parents and staff and called the meeting to order at 7:53 AM. Introductions then continued around the room. A motion was made and passed to approve the December meeting minutes.


Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer Valerie Deitch reported that we received $350 in donations for the Farmers Market staff appreciation event. The middle school flag football team incurred expenses for their team party. Other miscellaneous staff appreciation expenditures occurred. $614.79 in income was received through the Shop ‘n Give program. Our annual budget is still off due to the approximately 25% of families who have yet not paid their $75 FA dues for the school year. A plea was made for those families to do so as soon as possible.


Committee Reports

Winter Formal – Andrea played a (very impressive) sound bite for the event. Winter Formal is on January 18th at the Stillwell House. The theme is “winter masquerade.” Tickets are $45 each.

Staff Appreciation – Monika Gloesslein informed us that she and Leslie Heroes bought two movie theater tickets for each of the teachers. The 9th grade families will host an event tomorrow. The 5th and 6th grades are planning a valentines event. Andrea passed around several thank you notes written by teachers.

Parent Reps – Andrea spoke on behalf of Elizabeth Goodwin, who was in Kenya. The 5th graders had a Christmas party on the last day of school, which included a photo booth, winter games, a hot chocolate bar and cookies. The 7th grade reps are meeting soon to plan spring events. Eighth grade reps are planning a parent get-together and the Armstrong family has volunteered to host a “moving up” party at their home on May 21st.

Shop and Give – Suzan Costich told us that money is starting to trickle in. She reminded parents to sign up for AmazonSmile and designate The Gregory School as the beneficiary. There is no extra cost to us as shoppers, so please don’t pass up on this opportunity to support the school! The Gregory School receives 0.5% of purchases made, which can be a sizable amount, collectively. Grant submissions will be available to student groups once enough money is in the pot.

Grad Night – Andrea explained that plans are underway for Grad Night 2015. Parents wanting to attend the committee meeting should contact the FA. Athletic Committee – Gabrielle Gonzales reminded parents to be sure to plan end of the year parties for sports teams. FA funds are available for this purpose.


Development Report

Becky Rebenstorf reported that the alumni events were a big success. About 70 attendees participated between the basketball game and the reunion mixer at North restaurant. Abbey Glaze told us that the North event was held out on the patio, by the fireplace and heaters. Andrea added that we’ve received very positive feedback. The alumni database is being updated now. So far, we’ve raised approximatelyl $80,000 for the annual fund. The tax credit dollars are currently at $435,000. Our goal is $500,000. To date, 85 families have participated and others can still take advantage of this tax credit until April 15th. At 1:00 PM on Tuesday, March 25th, there will be a “Write a Will” seminar, to aid parents with estate planning needs.


Head of School Report

Dr. Sherrill was especially pleased that there were so many alumni returns from classes in the ’80’s and ’90’s. Several have offered to host a Gregory School reunion on the east coast. Compilation of an east coast list is currently underway. Rebuilding relationships with these graduates and seeing what they’re doing, changing the world in a positive way has been very exciting. Administrators are scheduling meetings with every eighth grade family, to get feedback on their experiences and hear about what plans they are considering for next year. A private donor will be helping to create a “fab lab.” This is to be modeled after a media lab at M.I.T. and will give opportunities for tech innovation to students. Work is underway to structure effective learning environments, helping students to create, innovate, apply academics to produce products, create business plans, learn about intellectual property rights, etc. Mary Babbitt added that the tentative calendar for next year is available and an open house for grades 5-11 will be held on Sunday, January 25th at 1:00 PM.


New Business

Andrea reported that the staff lounge remodel is moving forward. The Tuller family is donating a plaque dedicating the lounge in Karen O’Brien’s name. A new refrigerator, dishwasher, cabinets and artwork are planned to replace the items in disrepair. She is hoping that this will be finished over winter break. Upcoming events include final exams, December 16th-19th. School hours will be 9 am to 2 pm on those days. Winter Formal on January 18th.


The meeting was adjourned for Dr. Michelle Berry to speak about professional development.

NEXT FA MEETING: Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7:50 AM

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