TGS Family Association

November 5, 2015

October 22, 2015 General Membership Meeting Minutes

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Family Association of The Gregory School

General Membership Meeting October 22, 2015

In attendance: Bonnie Aaronson, Paula Allen, Mary Babbitt, Tamar Bergantino, Stephanie Evic, Monika Gloesslein, Elizabeth Goodwin, Christine Harland, Stan Kissinger, Brian Lorimer, Christina Maher, Cynthia McDaniel, Sharon Norman, Jeniifer Ollman, Ilene Ovander, Sonja Petersen, Cathryn Ramus, Catherine Sharp, Laura Swenson, Julie Sherrill, Sarajane Trier, Patti Wisnom

 

Welcome and Announcements

The meeting was called to order at 8:50 a.m. by FA Co-President Christina Maher. She began with a welcome and announced it was wonderful to see so many faces in the room. She introduced herself and began introductions around the room.   Minutes from the September 2015 meeting were available for those in attendance to review. A motion was made and passed to approve the minutes from the September meeting.

Treasurer’s Report

The 2015/16 Family Association budget was made available and explained. Expenses this month included the 5th, 6th and 9th grade welcome parties, 7th grade dinner, and minor expenses for Homecoming, the School Pot Luck, and administration. Staff Appreciation has also had some expenses. Shop N’ Give has brought in some income. The Family Association is still in the process to working to obtain FA dues from another 40 families.

Committee Reports

Upper School Parent Reps- Paula Allen reported on behalf of Chair Elizabeth Goodwin. 9th grade hosted a Staff Appreciation breakfast catered by Beyond Bread. They raffled a beaded flamingo from Kenya (won by Andrei Henriksan) and a vase of fresh Sunflowers (won by Elaine Kornfield). 10th grade reps are still working on putting together a Fall event. 12th grade reps hosted college events during Interim Week.

Middle School Parent Reps- Paula Allen reported on behalf of Chair Burcak Tolan. 5th grade had their pool party and an overnight at the zoo during Interim Week. They are planning a Halloween Party on October 28th from 2-3 p.m. in the 5th grade classroom. 7th grade had a party at Saffron Indian restaurant and most attended. They are having a Potluck Halloween Party on October 30th at Rachael’s house. 8th grade is hosting a Halloween Party on October 23rd at 7 p.m. at the Belk-Arenas Family home with Vero Amore food truck catering. They also had their Staff Appreciation Breakfast at the end of September.

Staff Appreciation-Christina Maher reported on behalf on Chairs Andrea Mainman and Lisa Wiedebush. There will be a meeting on October 23, 2015 to plan the Farmer’s Market on November 24, 2015. The Farmer’s market is an event that takes place before Thanksgiving that gives faculty and staff the opportunity to ‘shop’ for their Thanksgiving celebration. All the items are donated by Gregory School families and are beautifully set up like a traditional Farmer’s market by the Committee. Items available include vegetables, breads, pies, fruits, cheeses, soaps and much more. The committee will be sending out a Doodle Poll in November to solicit donations of items and cash contributions.

Homecoming- Homecoming was a huge success despite the weather and the wind, as many attended. All gave a HUGE thank you to Chair Gabrielle Gonzales and Decorations Chair Christina Maher for all their hard work, organization and enthusiastic efforts to make Homecoming amazing.

Athletics/Hawks Pride Committee-Fall sports season is wrapping up. Every team gets $100 (teams of 14 or less) to $125 (teams larger than 14) for parties funded by the FA. These are often a home parties or pizza parties. Please collect receipts and submit them to the FA for reimbursement.

Fine Arts-Christina Maher congratulated Chair Cathy Rosenberg for her big encouragement to attend the Upper School play, The Superhero Ultraferno. Cathy reported that the committee will dress up as super heroes and hand out goodie bags during the week at drop off before the play. Soup and chili will be served at the Friday, October 23rd performance and 2 raffles will be held at the Saturday, October 24th performance. Sarajane Trier and Ron will be performing on bagpipes before the performances. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. The Committee is already planning for the Upper School Arts Festival on November 13th and the Middle School Expo on December 10th.

Sip-Paula Allen gave a report on behalf of Chair Andrea Mainman.  Tickets are on sale and one was made available for all to view. It 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 and live Auction to benefit The Gregory School Scholarship Fund. It will be a more casual event than recent years. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $30 for Alumni. Entertainment will be provided by Band and Choir. It should be a fun evening for all! The committee is looking for auction items of a minimum of $150 value. Catherine Sharp reported that the committee is happy to accept quality donations of lesser value that can be combined with other donations. An example would be smaller denomination gift cards for movies, restaurants, retailers, etc.

Winter Formal-Chair Christina Maher announced that the Winter Formal is January 17th. This is an Upper School event and the location has been decided, but it is kept a secret from students.

Board Report

Board of Trustees member, Stan Kissinger, reported that the Board is current evaluating all the information they have from various branding projects, community profiles, and student and parent feedback in order to create a vision for the future of the school. The vision for the school includes academic programs, how to market/brand the school to get the word out, increasing enrollment and recruiting effectively, and maintaining the school’s financial well-being. He discussed the screening of “Beyond Measure” and the notion of ‘what counts can’t be counted’ and The Gregory School’s mission to provide a full, well-rounded education that gives students long-term life success skills and how to do this. Many faculty members attended the screening at The Loft and shared lots of enthusiastic ideas with Dr. Sherrill.

Head of School Report

Dr. Sherrill reported that “Beyond Measure” would also be shown to students on Monday, October 26th. The Faculty thought it would be educational for them, after viewing it and the movie was available for the school’s use for about a week. After some discussion, she decided to offer another showing out of school hours for parents unable to attend The Loft screening or the daytime screening on Monday. She expressed her gratitude to Stan Kissinger and his wife for financially supporting this initiative.

Dr. Sherrill also reported that she has been working on a three year plan since taking over as Head of School. In January 2014, she has the opportunity to visit The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas to get insight into their strategy. The three year work plan for The Gregory School included enhancing the academic program, improving the financial well-being of the school, and re-connecting with alumni and making connections within the community to increase the school’s profile. The school now has a writing center, the Fab Lab, and the Rotation schedule that has greatly enhanced the academic program. The budget is now balanced. As part of the three year plan and also as part of the recommendation during reaccreditation, she has created the position of Director of School Advancement and hired Sarajane Trier for this position. Sarajane is a former independent school student and parent. She has extensive business experience and was formerly a teacher. Her skills and experience bring a huge amount of knowledge to this position. Besides increasing our community profile, she will be working on marketing and increasing the school roll. Dr. Sherrill welcomed Sarajane Trier as the guest speaker.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 a.m. for an Interim Week video and presentation from Sarajane Trier, the guest speaker.

NEXT FA MEETING: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH at 8:50 a.m

In El Mirador Boardroom

 

 

September 28, 2015

September 17, 2015 General Membership Meeting Minutes

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Family Association of The Gregory School

General Membership Meeting September 17, 2015

 

In attendance: Bonnie Aaronson, Kerry Adams, Paula Allen, Mary Babbitt, Nancy Bargamian, Elizabeth Goodwin, Ginger Hunt, Christina Maher, Andrea Mainman, John McColgin, Jennifer Ollman, Becky Rebenstorf, Cathy Rosenberg, Reema Sawhney, Julie Sherrill, Laura Swenson, Sarajane Trier, Patti Wisnom

 

Welcome and Announcements

The meeting was called to order at 8:54 a.m. by FA Co-President Christina Maher. She welcomed all and introductions were made around the room. Minutes from the August 2015 meeting were made available for those in attendance to review. A motion was made and passed to approve the minutes from the August meeting.

Treasurer’s Report

Christina Maher gave a report of behalf of Treasurer, Valerie Deitch. There was a small, additional expense from the Ice Cream Social and there have been some class welcome party expenses. The Family Association sent flowers and a gift card to Holly Ainza for all her hard work on student schedules. The annual FA budget was made available. Christina reminded families to please pay their FA dues of $75. FA dues have not been included in tuition for two years. A lot of parents did not attend Registration days. Dr. Sherrill sent an e-mail to all families and included a reminder about FA dues. Valerie Deitch will be sending a reminder e-mail specifically to families that have not yet paid FA dues.

Board of Trustees Report

Andrea Mainman gave a report on behalf of the Board of Trustees. The Board has several new members and just had a retreat.

SIP Report

Chair Andrea Mainman gave a report about the SIP which will be held on March 2nd. This is a fundraiser for TGS Scholarships. Sales will begin at Homecoming. Tickets are $40 and $30 for Alumni. Tickets include wine tastings and food pairings and the event will take place at The Gregory School. There will also be a silent auction. Ticket sales are limited to 400 guests. The evening should be fun for parents and members of the community.

Development Report

Sarajane Trier reported that The Gregory School has the opportunity to be a part of a special report in Biz Tucson Magazine. The school would be in the main magazine as well as a special, separate pull-out that will be actively distributed in the community.   $24,000 worth of advertising is needed in order for this to happen. However, if someone wants to contribute, but does not want to advertise a business, they may support content instead. Ads run for the following prices: ¼ page is $844, ½ page is $1420 and a full page is $2057. Biz Tucson reaches an estimated 44,000 readers including many top executives in the region, so it is an opportunity for potential advertisers. This will have a two year shelf life for The Gregory School.

Committee Reports

Upper School Parent Reps-Chair Elizabeth Goodwin reported that 9th grade had their Welcome Party after school on August 21, 2015, an early dismissal day and it was well attended and fun, until sports practices at 3:45. 10th Grade reps are looking at a Fall Gathering. 11th grade is continuing to obtain enough parent reps to begin planning. 12th grade parent reps have been busy. They are beginning to work on Grad Night plans and are hosting events during Interim Week. Seniors are spending Interim Week focused on college admissions and applications. Events include brunches and lunches with David Schindel, visiting college admissions reps and presentations and work with TGS faculty. They are also putting together ideas for social gatherings. Elizabeth has been successful obtaining reps for various grades by sending out e-mails to the entire grade requesting help.

Middle School Parent Reps-Paula Allen gave a report of behalf of Chair Burcak Tolan. 5th grade moved their Welcome Party to September 27th due to not having enough attendance for an August party. 6th grade had their Welcome Party on August 22nd at the Tucson Racquet Club and it was a great success, despite the nearby thunder. 7th grade is having a meet and greet party at Saffron Restaurant on September 27th. They are thinking of a Halloween Party too. 8th grade is going to have a Halloween party at Katie Belk-Arenas’ home. The date is TBA, as the weekend of October 23rd conflicts with the Upper School Fall Play and FA Fine Arts Committee aim of encouraging attendance.

Staff Appreciation- Thank you to Lisa Wiedebush and Andrea Mainman for Co-chairing this Committee. Andrea Mainman reported that 8th grade will be hosting a Bagel Breakfast on September 22nd. 9th grade will be hosting a Beyond Bread breakfast on October 14th. The Farmer’s Market will be November 24th. They need volunteers and will have a meeting soon.   They are planning a cookie exchange and holiday gift for December 10th. 10th grade will host a soup lunch on January 14th. The rest of the events will be lunches and will take place in the El Mirador Boardroom on the same day as FA meetings: February 11th, March 24th and April 21st. 5th and 6th will host on February 11th. 7th and 11th grade need to decide between the last 2 dates. In May, the committee is planning a thank you lunch and end of year gifts.

Homecoming-Christina Maher reported on behalf of Gabrielle Gonzales that Homecoming, sponsored by the FA and Student Council will take place Friday, October 9th from 4-9 p.m. It is a fun, festive school-wide event for all students, families, relatives and friends! There will be games, a carnival, and food. It serves as the biggest fundraiser for many student clubs and relies on parent volunteers to make it a success. Volunteering is fun and a great way to meet families. Look for volunteer signs ups and more information in e-mails next week. The next Homecoming meeting is Friday, September 18th at 11:50 in the band room. Christina Maher is planning all the decorations and is going to begin decorating the Sunday, October 4th, prior to Homecoming.

Athletics/Hawk’s Pride-Laura Swenson gave a report of behalf of Chair Toni Zlaket. In order to encourage attendance at games, the committee is going to send text reminders through Remind.com. Families can choose to sign up for this service. The committee is working to see if the band can come to games. Some students are both in band and on teams, but this is still a possibility. They are also working on making vinyl signs with individual athlete photos for the Upper School and team photos for the Middle School.

Fine Arts-Chair Cathy Rosenberg reported that the first Fine Arts Event is the Upper School Fall Play. The play is The Superhero Ultraferno and it is a World Premier! It will take place Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24th, at 7 p.m. each night. On Wednesday, October 21st, the committee will be serving coffee at drop off and they will all be dressed as superheros, promoting the play. A student is creating handmade invitations for performers to give to some of their favorite teachers. On Friday, the committee will be serving chili, soup and breads before the show. The committee will make and bring these in. On Saturday, they will be having a raffle of item(s) students will enjoy. Students will have to be present to win. They are also thinking of inviting talented staff to perform. The goal is to entice and increase attendance at these wonderful performances. November 13th is the Upper School Fall Arts Festival and December 10th is the 5th/Middle School Exposition and Arts Festival.

Shop and Give-Christina reported on behalf of Catherine Sharp that flyers were available. These could be given to family and friends to support the school.

Non-Committee Volunteer Opportunities

Christina Maher reported that FA Co-president Alicia Saposnik sent out an e-mail inviting parents to become involved in The Gregory School in alternative ways. She received a good response. Some ways to become involved include sharing your skills as part of a Friday rotation, assist with a student club, help beautify the campus, referee at a game, offer volunteer opportunities or internships for students, and help with drama production costumes.

Announcements

There will be a screening of the documentary Beyond Measure at The Loft on October 20th from 7-9 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:35 a.m. for Fab Lab tour with Dr. Sherrill and Mr. Conner.

NEXT FA MEETING: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22ND AT 8:50 a.m.

In El Mirador Boardroom

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September 3, 2015

August 20, 2015 General Membership Meeting Minutes

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Family Association of The Gregory School

General Membership Meeting August 20, 2015

In attendance: Bonnie Aaronson, Paula Allen, Mary Babbitt, Nancy Bargamian, Tamar Bergantino, Cathy Chavez, Joy de Lara, Randi Dorman, Kimberlyn Drew, Toni Esquibel, Stephanie Evic, Monika Gloesslein, Gabrielle Gonzales, Elizabeth Goodwin, Ginger Hunt, Karen Lesser, Roberta Lockaby, Christina Maher, Cynthia McDaniel, Debra Meyer, Peter Nichols, Ilene Ovander, Bert Oxnam, Eugene Panrudkevich, Feenix Panrudkevich, Sonja Petersen, Anne Pollack, Becky Rebenstorf, Laura Swenson, Julie Sherril, Sarajane Trier, Irvi Turner, Patti Wisnom

 

Welcome and Announcements

The meeting was called to order at 8:58 a.m. by FA Co-President Christina Maher. She began with a big welcome to new families and wonderful welcome back to returning families. She announced that she is excited about the upcoming year and introduced the Family Association Officers and began introductions around the room. She also announced that Shop and Give information and sign ups were available for various FA committees at this meeting. Minutes from the May 2015 meeting were available for those in attendance to review. A motion was made and passed to approve the minutes from the May meeting.

Treasurer’s Report

The 2015/16 Family Association budget was made available and explained. Expenses this month incurred over Registration days for the Ice Cream Social and All-school Pot Luck dinner.

Committee Reports

Upper School Parent Reps- Chair Elizabeth Goodwin encouraged attendees to become a parent rep. It is a fun way to be involved. Upper school reps will plan back-to-school and end-of-year parties. The 9th Grade Welcome Party is scheduled for Friday, August 21st at school.

Middle School Parent Reps- Paula Allen reported on behalf of Chair Burcak Tolan that there will be a Middle School Parent Rep meeting at her house on August 24, 2015 at 9 a.m. They will discuss and begin planning events for Fall and possibly Spring. The 6th Grade Welcome Party is scheduled for August 22, 2015 at the Tucson Racquet Club from 3:30-6 p.m. 87 people were planning on attending. Ginger Hunt and Mary Littlehorn, 5th grade parent reps, announced that the 5th Grade Welcome Party is scheduled for August 29, 2015 at Mary Littlehorn’s home.

Staff Appreciation-Christina Maher announced that the FA was looking for someone to chair this committee. In the meanwhile, the FA Exec has coordinated with 8th and 9th grade parent reps and committee members to begin planning events for September and October, respectively.

Homecoming- Chair Gabrielle Gonzales reported that Homecoming is Friday, October 9th from 4-9 p.m. It is a team effort with the FA and Student Council. It is an all-school event , very much suited to middle school students. Over 300 attend and it is a great volunteer opportunity which serves as a nice way to meet other parents. Middle school sports take place in the afternoon. High school soccer is played at 7 p.m. There is a meeting on September 4th at 11:30 a.m. It is not a FA fundraiser, but clubs and Student Council can raise money at their various booths.

Athletics Committee-Every team gets $100 to $125 for parties. These are often a home parties or pizza parties. If you want to help with these parties, let the team coach know.

Athletics/Hawk’s Pride-Toni Zlaket is chair of this new committee. Her report was read. The purpose of this committee is to improve attendance at all sporting events and recognize student athletes. Her ideas include reminders for upcoming events, reciprocation with other groups on campus, locker decoration, signage, and Hawk’s ‘swag’. All Gregory school students and families may attend home games for free.

Fine Arts-Cathy Rosenberg is chair of this committee. The purpose is to support all the Arts in the school. The committee would like to increase attendance at events and bring in revenue for the Arts through Bake Sales, etc.   Fine Arts events include the Upper School play in Fall, the Arts Festival, the Fall and Spring Middle School Exposition nights, Band performances and other productions.

Sip-Becky Rebenstorf reported that the Sip will take place Wednesday, March 2nd. The next SIP meeting is September 9th at 8:50 a.m. The purpose of the Sip is to raise money for TGS scholarships. It will take place on campus and include wine tasting and food trucks. It will be a more casual event than recent years with a cost of about $40 per adult. There will also be a silent auction and music/entertainment. No students are allowed.

Shop and Give-Paula Allen gave a report on behalf of Chair Catherine Sharp. Shop and Give is a way to support the school through shopping with various vendors that donate back. We are now collecting Box Tops. Pink collection containers are now in the Middle School office and Zeskind Hall office.

Winter Formal-Chair Christina Maher announced that the Winter Formal is in January. This is an Upper School event and the location has been decided, but it is kept a secret from students.

Board Report

Patti Wisnom, a new Board member, reported that the Board supports the school and will have their first meeting of the school year next week.

Head of School Report and Guest Speaker, Dr. Sherrill

Dr. Sherrill explained Board of Trustee members serve 3-year terms. They are chosen for their varied talents and expertise, including skills such as having a legal background or marketing expertise.

She thanked attendees for sending their children to the Gregory School. She is delighted to hear that children are happy here and is she receiving lots of positive feedback. She also notices how happy students are. She has seen Middle School students playing a variety of outdoor games or reading at lunch.

Dr. Sherrill discussed the new schedule at length. The Friday rotation is a way to provide students with more creative opportunities to spend more time in subjects of interest and talent. It also gives the school a more regular and protected schedule otherwise. After feedback last Spring, AP lab time has been built in, over the concern that these classes would not quite have enough class time otherwise. The Friday rotation is dropped when there is a holiday, in order to protect the regular schedule. Andrei Henriksan has built a customized Friday scheduling program using his technical ability. Making choices with the Friday rotation develops students’ abilities to manage and prioritize their time. It assists them with self-assessment, planning and monitoring skills. Advisors are assisting students develop these skills when making choices for these days. Individual students will not have the expectation to be in two rotations at once by teachers. Staff is working together proactively, so that this does not happen.

Dr. Sherrill introduced Sarajane Trier as the Director of School Advancement. The decision to create the position was based on the school’s need and the accreditation report recommendation. As part of the celebration of The Gregory School’s 35th Anniversary, the Administration and Director of School Advancement are working to continue relationships with Alumni, share student accomplishments with the community, increase enrollment, and assure that TGS is not ‘Tucson’s best kept secret’.

Finally, Dr. Sherrill announced that with Holly Ainza’s hard work, over 90% of schedule requests were met for this school year. She also outlined the Fall Intermin Week Schedule. Details for individual grade levels will be provided soon.

Announcements

Homecoming Meeting is Friday, September 4th at 11:30 a.m. in El Mirador Boardroom. Library help is still needed. Please contact the school if you can volunteer some time.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 a.m.

NEXT FA MEETING: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH at 8:50 a.m

In El Mirador Boardroom

 

May 13, 2015 General Membership Meeting Minutes

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Family Association of The Gregory School

Annual Membership Meeting

May 13, 2015

Welcome and Announcements

The meeting was called to order by FA President Andrea Mainman.  She thanked the executive officers and committee chairs and co-chairs.  Gifts of appreciation were distributed.  The minutes from our last meeting were available for those in attendance to review.  A motion was made and passed to approve the minutes from the April FA meeting.  Notes of thanks from Susan Warren and Elizabeth Young were read to the attendees.

The slate of officers for the 2015=2016 school year was submitted to the membership, voted upon and approved as such:

President: Andrea Mainman

Vice President: Laura Swenson

Secretary: Paula Allen

Treasurer: Valerie Deitch

Nominating Chair: Gabrielle Gonzales

Treasurer’s Report

Andrea discussed the status of the current budget. New expenses and income included a few class parties, student events such as the middle school dance, the fine arts dinner and bake sale.  Rome Day expenses have not yet been submitted for reimbursement.  There are ongoing receipts coming in for athletic parties.

The 2015-2016 budget was submitted and passed.  Changes include:

  • A reduction in discretionary funds
  • Grad night will no longer be an FA-funded event
  • Individual class funds were increased
  • A Hawks Pride Committee was added, to support and recognize accomplishments on campus, including academic achievement, athletic achievement, etc.
  • The homecoming budget was increased to $1000, since it’s a big event for the school

Head of School Report

Dr. Sherrill began by thanking the executive team and Mary Babbitt for their efforts this year.

Parent information sessions have generated a lot of conversation.  A change to the weekly schedule beginning in the fall includes “Flexible Fridays,” which are designed to be structured and heavily planned, not  open, free days.  Examples include: an AP rotation, a FabLab project, a math or writing center visit, college planning time, or inter-discipline, collaborative projects.

For middle school, the extended day concept is still being discussed, with possible short-term, hands on classes.  Parents may receive communication over the summer regarding this.

New school hours will be confirmed before the end of the school year.  As of now, it looks as if the zero period will begin at 7:30 and the last period will end a little after three.  Classes will be 75 minutes.

New Business

Gabrielle Gonzales informed parents that the Homecoming Committee could use help with decorations.  Please get in touch with her if you are interested in being a part of this wonderful school-wide event.

August 8, 2015

2015-2016 Family Association Welcome!

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August 7, 2015

Dear Gregory School Families,

The Family Association would like to welcome all of you to the 2015-16 school year at The Gregory School!

The Family Association (“FA”) has been assisting the students and faculty of the school for many years, and you as families attending The Gregory School are automatic members of this great association.  Each family at The Gregory School contributes $75 annually to support our many efforts throughout the year.  With your annual contribution, the FA is able to take on the following activities and events that benefit the entire student body:

Back to school events and spring family BBQ

Parties and community building activities for each grade

Athletic support through the Hawks nest, Homecoming and end of season team parties

Fine arts support for concerts, plays, musicals, art and photography shows

Staff appreciation luncheons and happenings throughout year

Fundraiser events, Annual Fund and Tax Credit support

School recruitment and retention events

Student events such as MS Rome Day, birthday celebrations, and US Winter Formal

Helping on campus with the  library and special academic events

We are looking forward to meeting new families and getting re-acquainted with returning families.  Stop by the FA table during Registration days on August 10 (8am-noon) and August 11 (1pm-5pm) to sign up for a committee or ask questions about upcoming events.  If you are unable to stop by during Registration Days, feel free to e-mail questions, or volunteer interest, to any of the Executive Committee members listed below.   You will find being involved with the FA, in any capacity, is a rewarding experience.  Working with our great TGS students, parents and faculty in new and meaningful ways creates a well-rounded community that is not only an important factor of the entire TGS experience, but so appreciated by the students and faculty.  Our students and faculty work hard throughout the year, and some of the fun events, for which the FA is responsible, are a refreshing break from the daily routine.

Our first event of the new school year will be an ice cream social featuring Isabella’s delicious homemade ice cream!  The social takes place on August 11, 5-7pm, by the theatre.  Join us!

Also, mark your calendars for the first FA meeting of the year on Thursday, August 20, at 8:50 in the El Mirador Boardroom, located on campus.  Coffee and baked goods will be served and Dr. Sherrill will be passing along some details about the upcoming school year.

2015-2016 FA Executive Committee and e-mail addresses:

Co-President – Christina Maher (acamaher@q.com)

Co-President – Alicia Saposnik (aas517@msn.com)

Vice President – Laura Swenson (swensurfers@aol.com)

Treasurer – Valerie Deitch (ValerieDeitch@aol.com)

Secretary – Paula Allen (pcallen4@gmail.com)

Nominating Chair – Gabrielle Gonzales (gonzalesclan@comcast.net)

Visit the Family Association web pages at www.gregoryschool.org for information about the association, meeting minutes and correspondence.

Check out shopandgive@gregoryschool.org for reward programs that benefit our school.  Office Depot gives TGS a generous 5% on in-store and on-line purchases when you use The Gregory School ID# 70005110.

Thank you for your anticipated support….it is going to be a great year at The Gregory School!

Go Hawks!

May 6, 2015

April 9, 2015 General Membership Meeting Minutes

Filed under: Meeting Minutes — Family Association @ 7:45 pm

Family Association of The Gregory School

General Membership Meeting April 9, 2015

In attendance: Paula Allen, Mary Babbitt, Nancy Bargamian, Jaine Bennette, Jennifer Cassius, Valerie Deitch, Monika Gloesslein, Gabrielle Gonzales, Angie Goorman, Merle Henkel, Karen Lesser, Andrea Mainman, John McColgin, Cindy McDaniel, Patty Nolen, Sharon Norman, Becky Rebenstorf, Julie Sherrill, Laura Swenson, Patti Wisnom

Welcome and Announcements

The meeting was called to order at 7:50 AM by FA President Andrea Mainman. She began introductions around the room. The minutes from our last minute were available for those in attendance to look over. A motion was made and passed to approve the minutes from the March meeting.

Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer Valerie went over the expenses incurred by various committees this month, including Staff Appreciation and dinner before the spring musical. She also reported on “Shop & Give” income.

Committee Reports

Staff Appreciation – Gabrielle reported that the 8th grade event, spearheaded by Leslie Heroes, resulted in a wonderful breakfast for staff on March 30th, from Beyond Bread.
A Friday lunch has been scheduled by the 10th grade parents for April 24th, to be catered by Dakota Cafe.

Fine Arts – Andrea raved about last night’s music concert and one-act play. She informed parents that they will have another chance to enjoy the band as it will play at the graduation ceremony.

Parent Reps – The eighth grader reps are planning a big post-”move-up” party at the pool at Skyline Country Club. Patti Wisnom reported that plans for a 5th grade end-of- year party are in the works. Junior will have a lunch party at Finnesterra to celebrate the conclusion of the school year. Senior activities include alumni meetings with students to begin networking. Andrea went over the senior timeline. The Silverman family will be hosting an event for the 12th graders as well.

Grad Night – Plans for the big Grad Night surprise are in the works and moving along.

Homecoming – The Homecoming date has been set for next year. It will take place on Friday, October 9th, which should give us cooler weather. Gabrielle made a pitch for committee members. She needs help with decorations, etc. It should be an easy committee, with only one or two meetings.

Development Report

Becky reminded parents that April 15th is the AZ state, dollar-for-dollar, tax credit deadline. With regard to the annual fund, we’ve raised over $100,000 to date. We’re hoping to double this amount. These funds give administrators and teachers the ability to be a better school. The hope is that every family will participate in some way. Funders find this kind of investment by parents to be important on many levels.

TGS is working with “Movers for Moms” to collect hygiene supplies, non-perishable food and household products. This effort supports mothers who have fallen on hard times, living in temporary conditions. There will be a collection box in the office until Friday, May 8th.

Board Report

Andrea reported that the Development Committee has been meeting and will be sharing some of those ideas at our next FA meeting.

Head of School Report

Dr. Sherrill was pleased to inform the membership that The Gregory School was unanimously approved for re-accreditation. We were given a very positive report.

As previously mentioned, a FabLab will be created using a generous $75,000 anonymous donation. Helpful input has compiled from wonderful contacts at MIT and Olin College of Engineering. Other planned projects underway include a Writing Center through the English department, which should open in August. Juniors and seniors will be trained to help under-classmen writing assignments. The hope is that time can be built into teachers’ days to spend a class period in the writing center as well.

It looks like we’ll be receiving funding for electronic leadership modules and leadershiop integration. There will be two interim weeks – in fall and spring. These are not vacation. The goal is to front-load value-added experiences to alleviate fear of missing out because of going on leadership excursions. This will preserve instructional time while allowing for these leadership retreats.

An Academic Committee, with all departments represented, upper school and middle school, has revamped the course offering list. This will be explained to students at the all-school meeting tomorrow. They will then receive more details during advisory on Tuesday. In the fall, the school-day will be lengthened to accommodate different schedules and administrators are collecting information from student athletes to structure things appropriately. There will be a consistent weekly schedule, with days 1 and two alternating with block scheduling and a “flexible Friday.” There will be an “encore period” with choices for middle school students. This will allow them a place to go between 3:00 and 5:00 at no extra cost to families. This could include extra languages, extra fine arts, etc.

The schedule is close to being solidified. Classes will be lengthened to 75-80 minutes each, to maximize time with faculty. On Fridays, there will be interdisciplinary learning. This will provide opportunities for community-based problem-solving, service opportunities, writing center usage, leadership building and so forth. During weeks with a holiday, things will shift around to eliminate the Friday activities, to preserve academic time. The lunch/tutorial block will still occur at mid-day. The new schedule will be distributed by the last week of school. Fifth grade classes will still be self-contained.

New Business

Andrea read through a list of upcoming activities, including the April 11th choir combined concert at the Lutheran Church at Campbell and Speedway, the May 13th FA Annual Meeting at El Charro at 11:30 PM, with a thank-you lunch provided by the TGS Family Association, and the May 15th FA Spring BBQ in the science courtyard, with band entertainment and art show, followed by the middle school play.

The meeting was dismissed at 8:40 AM for a FabLab presentation.

NEXT FA MEETING: WEDNESDAY MAY 13, 2015 at 11:30 AM

at El Charro on Sunrise and Kolb, sponsored by the Family Association.

April 4, 2015

March 12, 2015 General Membership Meeting Minutes

Filed under: Meeting Minutes — Family Association @ 10:52 pm

Family Association of The Gregory School

General Membership Meeting

March 12, 2015

In attendance: Paula Allen, Suzan Costich, Valerie Deitch, Stephanie Evic, Abbey Glaze, Gabrielle Gonzales, Herman Gordon, Merle Henkel, Stan Kissinger, Andrea Mainman, Debra Meyer, Sharon Norman, Darcy Nagle O’Brian, Lori Patton, Becky Rebenstorf, Julie Sherrill, Laura Swenson, Monica Walker

 

Welcome and Announcements

The meeting was called to order at 7:51 AM by FA President Andrea Mainman.  She began introductions around the room.  The minutes from our last minute were available for those in attendance to look over.  A motion was made and passed to approve the minutes from the February meeting.

 

Treasurer’s Report

We received more money in the Shop N’Give account.  No expenditures were recorded for classes this month.

 

Committee Reports

Staff Appreciation – The 6th grader class did a great job last month with the Valentine’s Day theme.   This month’s is being hosted by the 8th grade class and will take place on the 30th – a late start day – and will be catered by Beyond Bread.

Fine Arts – The Spring Musical, The Putnam County Spelling Bee, will be presented on March 27th & 28th. On the Friday before the show, there will be a 5th grade spelling bee and on Saturday there will be an alumni spelling bee, just prior to the show. Music will be provided all by The Gregory School students, with the exception of the cello.   A cafeteria-style dinner will be served at $5 per person.  Dinner will be provided for the students involved on the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday prior to the show.

Grad Night – Plans for the big Grad Night surprise are in the works and moving along.

 

Development Report

A class contest is in the works.  The class with the highest participation (percentage wise, not dollar amount) will will a prize. The Middle School winner will have a pizza party and the Upper School winner will receive a late pass good for 10 min.  Abbey spoke about the posters she is making that will go up in the dining hall for each class which will have pie charts/thermometers on them to show the percentage of participation.  So far, the 9th grade is winning.  They want the kids to encourage their parents to participate.  Students are not being asked to contribute.  Dr.  Sherrill will talk about the importance of this at the next All School Meeting.  Right now we have $100,000 and our goal is $310,000.  Stanley Kissinger said the Board of Trustees is happy to report 100% participation.  Currently the school is at 13%. Last year we had about 30% participation.  This percentage impacts the school in its ability to acquire grants and funds.  It is tax deductible.  There is also still time to take advantage of the tax credit before the 4/15 deadline.

 

Head of School Report

Dr. Sherrill just returned from California where she visited with Dr. Menke who taught at The Gregory School for many years and was well liked by the students.  His legacy was making learning adventuresome through field study and school trips.  She would love for the students to take a trip out there and have him teach them about the ecology in the area of Central California. She also spoke about the Fab Lab concept which is based on MIT’s Media and Fab Lab.  There are two types:  East Coast which is more engineering based and West Coast which is more collaborative; inventing new things.  There is an investor/private donor who has given $75,000 for the Fab Lab and she wants to see the two concepts come together and for it to be connected to MIT.  Capt. Mark Kelly is putting his name to the project and will be personally connected to it.   The English Writing Center is also exciting news.  It will be for grades 5-12.  Upper School students will be available to help out younger students and earn service hour credits for doing so.   She also discussed and gave us a preview of the schedule for next year.  There may be a “zero” hour/period 7:15-8:25 AM.  The regular school day would start 8:30 AM.  There will be more encore options.  She is looking into getting more students involved in athletics by encouraging them to play a sport or intramural activity, encouraging a healthy body/mind mentality.  For example, a student spending 15-20 hours of equestrian time each week could receive credit for that.  There is a goal to improve the El Mirador Gym for more strength training/working out options.  These are all still in discussion and nothing is final at this point. Administrators and staff will be discussing these concepts through April. More information is yet to come.

 

New Business

Andrea read through a list of upcoming activities.

 

The meeting was dismissed for Lori Patton to speak about the 6th grade skills course, revamping the program and teaching the students how to plan better by using a planner, color coding, google calendar and all of the online resources available in our library including how to cite sources/references.

 

NEXT FA MEETING: THURSDAY APRIL 9, 2015 at 7:50 AM

March 8, 2015

February 12, 2015 General Membership Meeting Minutes

Filed under: Meeting Minutes — Family Association @ 3:25 pm

Family Association of The Gregory School

General Membership Meeting

February 12, 2015

In attendance: Paula Allen, Mary Babbitt, Nancy Bargamian, Jennifer Cassius, Suzan Costich, Valerie Deitch, Abby Glaze, Elizabeth Goodwin, David Hazan, Monika Gloesslein, Christina Maher, Debra Meyer, Becky Rebenstorf, Julie Sherrill, Laura Swenson, Patti Wisnom

 

Welcome and Announcements

F. A. Vice President Suzan Costich welcomed parents and staff and called the meeting to order at 7:57 AM. Introductions then continued around the room. A motion was made and passed to approve the January meeting minutes.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer Valerie Deitch reported that we our financial status still significantly off-budget for the school year due to the lack of dues collected from some TGS families. Efforts to rectify this are ongoing, however. We were slightly over-budget for Winter Formal but this was attributed to low attendance.

 

Committee Reports

Staff Appreciation – Monika Gloesslein informed us that yesterday’s staff appreciation event, a Valentine’s lunch spearheaded by 5th and 6th grade parent reps Paula Allen and Stephanie Evic, went really well. They served heart-shaped pizzas, salads, and desserts. Becky Rebenstorf added that it was greatly appreciated by faculty and staff. The next Staff Appreciation event scheduled will be a breakfast on March 30th, sponsored by the 8th grade families.

Fine Arts – Suzan reported for Marta Silva, letting parents know that the 5th grade play will occur during the Spotlight on Science night, Wednesday February 18th. The all-school musical will be performed on March 27th and 28th.

Parent Reps – Suzan spoke on behalf of Elizabeth Goodwin. Yesterday, 7th grade parents met recently to organize spring events. On the 5th of March, 8th grade parents will be meeting to plan the March Staff Appreciation event, a possible parents’ gathering and an end-of-the-year party scheduled to take place at the Armstrong home. In the Upper School, the 12th grade reps are working on Grad Night. Debra Meyer briefed us on the 11th grade March 25th pasta dinner/social to talk about senior year. This will take place at 6:00 PM in the TGS dining hall. She is hoping to have Dr. Sherrill speak and Malika do a college-related presentation.

Grad Night – Debra made a plea for parent chaperones. Any parent can volunteer except for parents of seniors. This is a great way to see what Grad Night is all about.

Winter Formal – Christina Maher was exuberant in reporting the great success of the evening, although a bigger turnout would have been preferable. It was an upbeat, fun night, with 68 kids in attendance with a nice mix of grade levels. Overall, kids were reported to be well-behaved – “a chaperone’s dream.” The Stillwell House was positively received by all as a venue. Photos are available via a “gallery link.” Prom is in the planning stages by student council.

 

Development Report

Becky Rebenstorf discussed the educational tax credit program and explained that parents can still take an Arizona tax credit for 2014 through April 15th, 3015. To date we’ve raised approximately $87,000 for the annual appeal. Our goal is to hit $310,000.

From 1:00 to 2:00 PM on Tuesday, March 25th, parents are invited to attend a “Leave a Legacy” seminar.

 

Head of School Report

Dr Sherrill spoke about the Middle School Spotlight on Science night. Commander Mark Kelly will be our keynote speaker and tickets will be required for entry into that session. Parents should see Elaine at the front desk to pick those up. On February 24th, there will be a Technology Roundtable, discussing the risks associated with technology. Donor driven programmatic initiatives are being developed for the coming year, including a “Fab Lab” creative space and a writing center. Also being discussed are physical fitness or intramural types of programs, as well as a leadership/experiential education program. An interim week is being built into the calendar for the purposes of leadership/experiential education time so that these important activities don’t compete with classroom time.

Mary added that the admissions office has sent out re-enrollment contracts. A robust incoming 6th grade class is anticipated, reaching 30 to 40 students. She feels good about the incoming 9th grade class, too. There are currently 46 students attending TGS. Administrators are meeting individually with every family and are hoping to maintain the 40-50 student level for this incoming class.

Dr. Sherrill assured parents that internships for upcoming seniors will continue next year and there is an effort to provide more opportunities for juniors as well, to enable students to use this experience on college applications. She feels strongly that middle school students need to explore and experiment with as many career options as possible early on and wants the curriculum to be flexible to accommodate this.

 

New Business

Suzan reminded parents that today is an early dismissal day and that there will be no school tomorrow, due to conferences. On February 18th at 5:30 we will have the Spotlight on Science night with science fair boards displayed in the science classrooms. On February 20th at 6:00 PM student council will be showing the Pink Panther movie. A K-9 chess tournament, open to the public, will take place in the TGS dining hall from 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Sunday, February 22nd. There is a $6 entry fee. Please RSVP to (520) 742-0555 if interested. The 5th grade Parent Technology Conference will take place at 5:30 PM on February 24th. Monday March 2nd will be a late start day, immediately following the two days of Rodeo Break on February 25th and 26th. Lastly, please save the date for the all-school musical on March 27th and 28th.

NEXT FA MEETING: THURSDAY March 12, 2015 at 7:50 AM

February 11, 2015

January 15, 2015 General Membership Meeting Minutes

Filed under: Meeting Minutes — Family Association @ 2:58 am

 

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

January 8, 2015

December 2014 General Membership Meeting Minutes

Filed under: Meeting Minutes — Family Association @ 4:57 am

Family Association of The Gregory School

General Membership Meeting

December 11, 2014

In attendance: Mary Babbitt, Nancy Bargamian, Ellen Bublick, Jennifer Cassius, Suzan Costich, Valerie Deitch, Abbey Glaze, Monika Gloesslein, Leslie Heros, Christina Maher, Andrea Mainman, Cindy McDaniel, Sharon Norman, Becky Rebenstorf, Julie Sherrill, Marta Silva, Laura Swenson, Monica Walker, Lisa Wiedenbush, Patti Wisnom

 

Welcome and Announcements

F.A. President Andrea Mainman welcomed parents and staff and called the meeting to order at 7:55 AM. Introductions then continued around the room. Andrea explained that Dr. Michelle Berry was ill and her presentation would be postponed to a later meeting date.

A motion was made and passed to approve the the November meeting minutes.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer Valerie Deitch reported that things were fairly slow this month. $300 was allocated for the “Farmer’s Market” staff appreciation event. Donation income will be incorporated into that. The 9th grade class party incurred nominal expenses.

 

Committee Reports

Staff Appreciation – Andrea read a note from Elizabeth Young thanking families for the wonderful Farmer’s Market. Co-chairs Monika Gloesslein and Leslie Heroes were recognized and thanked for their hard work on this event.

Fine Arts – Andrea recapped the recent Winter Festival, which included middle school art projects displayed in the gym, music played by our school band, student artwork for sale and fabulous student performances in the theater. Dr. Sherrill recognized the hard work of the faculty involved in putting this event together.

Parent Reps – Andrea explained that many classes are waiting until the spring to plan events, due to the busy calendar surrounding the holiday time.

Shop and Give – Suzan Costich reminded parents to sign up for AmazonSmiles as they shop for gifts. There is no extra cost to us, 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. Mightynest.com – carrying an array of eco-friendly products – also has a rewards program, currently giving us 20% of each purchase. Don’t forget to think of The Gregory School when shopping at Bashas and Safeway, too. We earmark these funds for the student grant process, allocating the funds to proposed school-related needs.

Winter Formal – Christina Maher updated attendees on Winter Formal planning progress. Students will receive save-the-date magnets on lockers the Monday before winter break. Tickets will go on sale when school resumes in January. The cost per ticket will be $40 during the first week and go up to $45 during the second. The DJ is doing a radio clip. We’re hoping for a minimum of 100 students for this masquerade- themed event.

 

Development Report

Becky Rebenstorf spoke about the Annual Fund, which supports the critical needs of the school, special programming, etc. While most gifts are undesignated, there are other options this year, enabling donors to channel funds into several different categories. Suzan Costich added that the school has fixed and variable costs and those are divided among the number of students we serve. In spite of the fact that costs and student numbers vary each year, the school keeps tuition relatively consistent, counting on Annual Fund dollars to make up the difference. The benefit to donors in paying a lower tuition plus making an Annual Fund pledge is that donations can be written off at tax time. Becky reminded parents that donating any amount – even a small one – helps the school. In addition to the funds that go into the pot, it makes the school look good when applying for grants, etc. THE PERCENTAGE OF PARENTS DONATING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE INDIVIDUAL AMOUNTS. Volunteers are needed to help make calls. Please contact Becky if you’d like to help with this.

She also reiterated that tax credit donations come completely off donor taxes. You are giving to the school instead of the state. Development goals for this year: $300,000 for the Annual Fund and $500,000 for the Tax Credit.

Alumi have been invited to the winter break party at North. Invitations were sent with class photos, matching students to each of their individual classes.

 

Head of School Report

Dr. Sherrill told us that the ISAS visiting team has completed a “draft report.” In the area of development, the recommendation was to focus attention on building and maintaining alumni relationships. Abbey Glaze, a recently hired Gregory School employee, will be taking on this responsibility.

A new second semester schedule was distributed, reflecting slight modifications. This was done based on student and faculty feedback. Monday meetings were slated to focus on what will be happening in the week ahead. A mixed division tutorial time was set for Wednesdays to help with cross-over between middle school and upper school courses. To wrap up the week, an all-school meeting will take place on Fridays. School-day start and end times will not be affected.

Overall, administration was pleased with the draft report. It is consistent with strategic planning that has been occurring at the board level. The report should be finalized by next spring.

Dr. Sherrill thanked Monika, Leslie and all of the parent volunteers who participated in the Farmer’s Market. She commented that these kinds of events make a world of difference about how people feel about the community at The Gregory School.

 

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 at 8:49 AM.

 

NEXT FA MEETING: THURSDAY JANUARY 15, 2015 at 7:50 AM

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