TGS Family Association

April 5, 2016

March 24, 2016 General Membership Meeting Minutes

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Family Association of The Gregory School

General Membership Meeting March 24, 2016

In attendance: Paula Allen, Mary Babbitt, Katie Belk-Arenas, Kimberlyn Drew, Monika Gloesslein, Gabrielle Gonzales, Christine Harland, David Hazan, Ginger Hunt, Christina Maher, Cindy McDaniel, Sharon Norman, Catherine Rosenberg, Julie Sherrill, Lori Sumberg, Laura Swenson, Sarajane Trier, Lisa Wiedebush, Patti Wisnom

 

Welcome and Introductions

The meeting was called to order at 8:54 a.m. by FA Co-President Christina Maher. She welcomed all, introduced herself, and began introductions around the room.   Minutes from the February 2016 meeting were available for those in attendance to review. A motion was made and passed to approve the minutes from the February meeting.

Treasurer’s Report

Christina Maher gave the Treasurer’s report on behalf of Valerie Deitch. New income included $255 in donations for Staff Appreciation. Shop N’ Give brought in $480.07, including $310.42 from Target, $127.65 from Amazon, and $42 from Basha’s. New expenses included $28.39 for checks for the FA account, $1500 for the Headmaster Discretionary Fund, and $767.34 for January and February Staff Appreciation events.

Committee Reports

Staff Appreciation- 5th and 6th grade hosted a Valentine Indian lunch in February, largely due to the generosity of Saffron Indian Bistro and parent contributions. 7th grade hosted an International luncheon after the meeting and 11th grade will host in April.

Sip-Sarajane Trier reported that the SIP netted about $25,000. The evening was fun and she has received lots of positive feedback. Attendees loved the duet with Dr. Sherrill and Daniel Rosenberg. They also loved that the event was on campus.

Upper School Parent Reps- Laura Swenson reported on behalf of Elizabeth Goodwin who wanted to thank the parent representatives who made phone calls about the SIP. It was a huge help and made a difference in attendance. 9th grade reps have planned a coffee and bagel get together for Friday, March 25th. 9th and 10th grade reps will begin planning an end of year party. The Senior reps are working hard on planning post-Graduation activities. Please refer to Grad Night (below) for more information.

Middle School Parent Reps-5th grade Parent Rep, Ginger Hunt, reported that 5th grade is visiting the Materials Recovery Facility to learn about recycling today. They spent interim week with 6th grade learning about challenges with water. Several 5th graders won awards at SARSEF and special thanks to Amie Bergersen for working so hard on these projects with the students at school. 6th grade is hosting an end-of-year gathering at the Belk-Arenas family home on April 23 from 1-4. 7th grade will also host a class party in April at the home of Ann McColgin. 8th grade will have a Spring party at the Jaggi family home. 8th graders enjoyed their L.A. interim week trip. Reps thanked the school for the opportunity they provide for our students.

Winter Formal-Chair Christina Maher reported that although the Winter Formal was over budget, it was very successful.   It is difficult to budget when ticket sales cannot be predicted. It is the best one she has chaired. The students who were there, thoroughly enjoyed the evening. This was evident as they gave it great reviews on the front page of The Gregorian Chant. She hopes attendance will continue to grow from this reception. She wants to carefully choose the day next year, as girls’ volleyball also had a tournament. Having it on a Sunday had its advantages, as the outstanding DJ even spent time up lighting the outside of MOCA. Students also enjoyed the snowball fight.

Fine Arts-The Spring Musical, Jesus Christ, Superstar, will have three performances starting on Friday, April 15th and ending with a matinee on Sunday, April 17th. There will be food trucks on the Friday and Saturday night and musical entertainment too. There will be cast and crew dinners during rehearsal the week before. There will be a Spring Music Concert and One Act play on April 27th and the Family Association BBQ and Middle School Production on May 12th. Many FA members acknowledged the fabulous and creative job Cathy Rosenberg and her committee has done celebrating and increasing attendance at Fine Art events this year.

Homecoming/Athletics-Homecoming 2016 will be Friday, September 23rd from 4-9 p.m. It is a fun event for all students and families and a wonderful volunteer opportunity for parents. There will be meetings beforehand for those who would like to help. The committee will continue the Middle School hide-a-Hawk tradition, but are looking for other ideas and would love some input. Some suggestions included a poster contest and/or making posters during a Friday rotation. Gabrielle reminded parents that the FA has money for team parties. Please contact the team coach if you are able to help plan for Spring team parties. It is a great help to coaches. The Hawk’s Pride committee is re-tooling for next year to increase game attendance. Next Fall, there will be a traditional Sport’s Night right after registration. This will give students and parents information about all the sports available and the general expectations, season dates, etc. The purpose is to increase communication about sports at TGS and increase participation. Game schedules for the various sports cannot be distributed then, as this requires co-ordination with many other schools and they have not been created.

Grad Night- Grad Night will be on May 20th. Planning a safe and fun evening for graduates has been a six year tradition at The Gregory School. This year, there will be a post-ceremony catered dinner at $12 per person, so that graduates may spend some time with guests before heading off to Grad Night. There will be a photo opportunity in front of The Gregory School banner and graduates will seal their time capsule. Senior parents are looking for volunteers for both the dinner and Grad Night. Senior parents themselves do not chaperone grad Night, so that students may enjoy the evening without their own parents present.  Parents of younger students and alumni often volunteer to help. Numerous shifts are available from 6:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. If you can help in any way, please contact Sharon Norman at 241-6648.

Board Report

Board of Trustees member, Patti Wisnom, reported that the Board of Trustees thanks parents who contributed to the SIP in any way. They very much appreciate anyone who planned, sponsored, donated, attended, purchased items, or helped. There is still time to donate to the Annual Fund which ends June 1st and use tax credits for The Gregory School tuition assistance program. The Board is continuing strategic planning.

Head of School Report

Dr. Sherrill reported that Interim Week was a great success. A video and blog will be released, sharing the experience with The Gregory School community. She thanked parents for the opportunity to teach our children and share these unique experiences with them during interim week. She announced that right now we have a lot of student successes to celebrate at The Gregory School, including the successes of the Mock Trial team, the Science Olympiad team, the Robotics team, the Physics team headed to Israel, award-winning students at SARSEF and Poetry Out Loud, and the Arizona State Middle School Chess Champion. She is continuing to meet with every student for lunchtime dessert to discuss their thoughts, experiences and ideas for The Gregory School. On April 15th from 4-5:30 p.m., The Gregory School is hosting a panel, The College Process:  Mythbusters, featuring admission office representatives from a number of colleges in a Q and A session.  There will be a number of food trucks to be on campus from 5 -7 that evening in anticipation of the 7 p.m. performance of Jesus Christ Superstar, so families can participate in both events. On April 16th, the Rocky Mountain Association of College Admission Counselors will be hosting a college fair with over 75 colleges at The Gregory School at 1 p.m. This event is open to the public. The Gregory School would like to become the college information center of Tucson.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:52 a.m. for guest speaker, David Hazan, who created Down for the Count, a mobile app that rewards distraction-free driving.

NEXT FA MEETING: THURSDAY, APRIL 21th at 8:50 a.m

In El Mirador Boardroom

 

March 21, 2016

February 11, 2016 General Membership Meeting Minutes

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Family Association of The Gregory School

General Membership Meeting February 11, 2016

In attendance: Paula Allen, Mary Babbitt, Cathy Chavez, Katie Belk-Arenas, Kimberlyn Drew, Julie Grounds, Christine Harland, Ginger Hunt, Anne Jie, Cathryn Ramus, David Schindel, Julie Sherrill, Laura Swenson, Sarajane Trier, Patti Wisnom

 

Welcome and Announcements

The meeting was called to order at 8:50 a.m. by FA Vice-President Laura Swenson. She was filling in for FA Co-President Christina Maher who was out of town.   She introduced herself and began introductions around the room.   Minutes from the January 2016 meeting were available for those in attendance to review. A motion was made and passed to approve the minutes from the January meeting.

Treasurer’s Report

Laura Swenson gave the Treasurer’s report on behalf of Valerie Deitch.   The Winter Formal brought in $2395.00 income and cost $3248.12. Shop N’ Give brought in $516.71.

Committee Reports

Staff Appreciation-10th grade hosted a successful soup lunch after the FA meeting in January. 5th and 6th grade hosted a Valentine Indian lunch after the meeting, largely due to the generosity of Saffron Indian Bistro. Thank you to Reema Jaggi for coordinating.

Sip-Sarajane Trier reported on behalf of Chair Andrea Mainman that tickets are on sale and can be purchased on-line. Parents are encouraged to attend and those in attendance were asked to encourage others to attend. The Sip 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 Auction to benefit The Gregory School Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $30 for Alumni. Jon Rogers, owner of ‘Wines Without the Mystery’ chose some excellent wines and the committee enjoyed tasting them a few weeks ago. Auction items are still being accepted. Services and ‘experiences’ are always popular.

Upper School Parent Reps- The Senior parents are working hard on planning Grad Night. They are looking for volunteers for both the dinner and Grad Night. Senior parents themselves do not chaperone. They are also working on a time capsule. 9th grade reps are planning a coffee and bagel get together.

Middle School Parent Reps-5th grade Parent Rep, Ginger Hunt, reported that 5th grade math planned a Valentine day party for the 5th grade within a budget and then went shopping to purchase items. They also performed a puppet show as part of drama in 5th grade. The Middle School dance was well attended and several 6th and 7th parents got together at Harvest during the dance.

Winter Formal-Laura Swenson reported on behalf of chair Christina Maher the Winter Formal was a hit. The committee planned down to the very last detail to make it special for the students attending. They even had star-shaped ice cubes and changed water bottle labels to say ‘melted snow’. Dr. Sherrill shared that most students danced in groups and that the Student Council President invited a new, younger upper school student to join him. This encouraged others to welcome this student to join their friends. She is proud that our students are welcoming and friendly.

Fine Arts-There will be Middle School plays during Rotation 3 on Friday, February 12th. Students will also be reciting poetry from English classes. The entire middle school will attend to support each other. The Spring Musical, Jesus Christ, Superstar, will have three performances starting on Friday, April 15th and ending with a matinee on Sunday, April 17th.

Hawk Walk-The Hawk Walk will take place on Sunday, February 14th. 8-10 volunteers are still needed. Pancakes will be served afterwards. There will be a prizes that were designed and created in the Fab Lab.

Board Report

Board of Trustees member, Patti Wisnom, reported that the Board of Trustees is working on strategic planning. They are working to help support the exciting programs already around school like the Fab Lab and the Writing Center.

Head of School Report

Dr. Sherrill announced that the next Board of Trustees meeting will be on Science Night. This enables Board Members to circulate and enjoy the Science Night with Climatologist and Noble Peace Prize Winner, Jonathan Overpeck, Ph.D.  She announced that a team of 11th and 12th grade students will be participating in an International Physics Competition at the Weizmann Institute in Israel in April. Before being selected, using safe components, the team had to create an unbreakable safe and try to break into the safes created by other teams. The Gregory School team is one of only 5 teams from the United States attending.   In order to join the team, students had to submit a request. This is a wonderful example of student engagement.  Students are creating knowledge rather than just regurgitating knowledge.   She also stated that currently, the faculty is looking at research to engage girls’ interest in STEM and the Fab Lab. Finally, she explained that Spring Interim Week has been organized by grade level in the Middle School and by interest (cross-grade levels) in the High School. She also introduced guest speaker, Dave Schindel, Director of College Counseling.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 a.m. for guest speaker, Dave Schindel.

NEXT FA MEETING: THURSDAY, MARCH 24th at 8:50 a.m

In El Mirador Boardroom

 

 

January 24, 2016

January 14, 2016 General Membership Meeting Minutes

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Family Association of The Gregory School

General Membership Meeting January 14, 2016

In attendance: Paula Allen, Mary Babbitt, Cathy Chavez, Monika Gloesslein, Gabrielle Gonzales, Christine Harland, Ginger Hunt, Christina Maher, Andrea Mainman, Bonnie Morf, Cathy Rosenberg, Julie Sherrill, Lori Sumberg, Laura Swenson, Sarajane Trier, Nicole Westmoreland, Patti Wisnom, Angela Vande Mheen

 

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 said she hoped all had great holidays with two weeks off of school. She introduced herself and began introductions around the room.   Minutes from November 2015 meeting were available digitally for those in attendance to review. A motion was made and passed to approve the minutes from the November meeting.

Treasurer’s Report

Christina Maher gave the Treasurer’s report on behalf of Valerie Deitch. Another $75 was collected in dues, Fine Arts donated $240, and $3674.74 was collected for Staff Appreciation Holiday Gifting. The Executive Committee gave Student Council $750 for Gregory Day. Fine Arts had expenses of $311.40 and Staff Appreciation had expenses of $3654.74.

Committee Reports

Staff Appreciation-Co-chair Andrea Mainman reported that for December, the committee hosted an Oregano’s lunch and gave every staff member a crisp $50 dollar bill. The money was solicited via e-mail from parents. It was decided that this would be more appreciated than a cookie exchange. The staff has sent the committee many thanks. 10th grade hosted a soup lunch after the meeting. 5th and 6th grade will host a lunch on February 11th, largely due to the generosity of Saffron Indian Bistro. Thank you to Reema Jaggi for coordinating.

Sip-Chair Andrea Mainman reported that tickets are on sale and can be purchased on-line. Sponsorships packs and auction donation forms are also available on the website. Everyone can also register with Give Smart to bid on Auction Items. The committee is well into planning. There was a meeting January 15th. The committee is looking for someone to be in charge of decorations. This would entail researching and coordinating with party company to professionally decorate.   The Sip 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 Auction to benefit The Gregory School Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $30 for Alumni. A question arose over the origins of the naming of the SIP. Dr. Sherrill said it is steeped in school tradition and at a recent conference she attended, there was discussion about how private schools are becoming the center of families’ community. Community events at school are important to host. There was some discussion of re-naming it in the future.

Upper School Parent Reps- The Senior Grad Night 4th Avenue Street Fair Car Parking Fundraiser made about $1300. The Saturday was incredibly cold, but the Sunday was successful. The parent reps did not do the Senior Countdown and are currently working on Grad Night plans. Other grades are planning events.

Middle School Parent Reps-5th grade Parent Rep, Ginger Hunt, reported that 5th grade had a snow-themed holiday party with games, treats, and a white elephant book exchange. She gave a special thanks to Illene Quander for stepping in and organizing such a wonderful holiday party. 5th grade also had a read-in with winter themed science experiments that week. They harvested from the garden plot and made homemade soup and are working on science projects in class for the science fair. Other grade are planning events for the Spring. Planning for the 5th/6th Teacher Appreciation Luncheon on Feb. 11th is underway. If you would like to help, please e-mail Paula Allen at pcallen4@gmail.com. An on-line sign-up will be sent out in the next couple of weeks.

Winter Formal-Chair Christina Maher announced that the Winter Formal theme is the Snowball. It is taking place at MOCA on January 17th and there will be chaperones and 2 security guards. Tickets are $45 each. Some students are going with dates, but most are going with friends. Satire Entertainment will provide the music/entertainment.   To encourage students, the committee hosted a hot chocolate, marshmallows and powdered donut stand at lunch. This was well received and enjoyed by all students. There was a special raffle for the students who bought tickets first.

Fine Arts-Chair Cathy Rosenberg reported that there will be a Middle School play during Rotation 3 on Friday, February 12th. The Spring Musical, Jesus Christ, Superstar, will have three performances starting on Friday, April 15th and ending with a matinee on Sunday, April 17th. Although it is a whole school musical, it is mostly regarded as an Upper School musical with opportunities to participate for middle school students. Middle school students will have opportunities to be involved through Friday Rotations, if their schedules do not allow them to attend after school rehearsals. The Upper School Arts Festival will be on April 27th. There will be entertainment and baked goods. So far this school year, the committee has realized it is best to try to involve parents whose children will be involved,to plan events. The pre-show entertainment and professionally catered food have been the biggest hits. The cookie contest at the Middle School Expo night was also a huge success.

Athletics- Gabrielle Gonzales reminded everyone that every team gets $100 (teams of 14 or less) to $125 (teams larger than 14) for end-of-season parties. These funds come from the Family Association.  It is a good time to start planning for Winter sports parties. It is helpful for parents to plan these parties on behalf of busy coaches.  Please collect receipts and submit them to the FA for reimbursement.

Board Report

Board of Trustees member, Andrea Mainman, reported that the Board of Trustees will be meeting next week to discuss strategy.

Head of School Report

Dr. Sherrill acknowledged and celebrated the accomplishments of Sarjane Trier, Director of School Advancement. She has created a new Viewbook and published TGS Matters which will be distributed twice a year in both hard copy and electronic formats. She also helped assure we were part of the Winter Edition of Biz Tucson. This includes 2000 copies of a pull out that The Gregory School can use in the community and recruitment. Dr. Sherrill, once again, thanked Gabrielle Gonzales for introducing this opportunity.   Finally, Ms. Trier is connecting with Alumni and telling their stories.

 

Guest Speaker- Ms. Angela Vande Mheen, Director of Athletics and Physical Education

Dr. Sherrill introduced Ms. Angela Vande Mheen and introduced a new physical fitness/well-being program that is going to begin next school year. Currently, 10th-12th graders have no P.E. requirement. This new program would entail all 10th -12th graders developing a plan with their Advisors on how to incorporate some physical activity. This does not necessarily mean adding P.E. into their schedule. It could be met outside school too. It could be also met through a school sport or met through a new intermural program that will be offered.   Students could also develop individual, rather than team, sports skills or work on physical conditioning to meet this requirement. It could also be met through Friday Rotations, as more physical programs will be offered. Fit at the River is currently doing a Friday Rotation now. Overall, the expectation will be about a trimester worth of physical fitness/activity over the course of the school year. This plan was well-received by parents, particularly parents whose older high students do not engage in any physical activity. They also discussed the Spring Sports Banquet set for April 21st. This will reconnect with an old tradition and will celebrate the athletes who dedicate so much time to playing sports at The Gregory School. Finally, Ms. Vande Mheen explained the Hawk Walk. It will take place Sunday, February 14th. This is a fundraiser for the Athletic Department. There will be a 5K race along the river and a 1-mile fun run on campus. Entry fees are $25 for 5K and $20 for 1-mile per person. It includes a T-shirt (if entered by February 4th) and a pancake breakfast. Help is needed on race day and beforehand. Some volunteers are needed for pack pick up on Friday, February 12th from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m.   There will be a meeting with pizza on Friday, February 12th from 6-7 p.m. for race day volunteers. Check-in will start at 7:30 a.m on race day. Volunteers will also be needed to stuff goodie bags, prior to race day.   Information will be e-mailed to families about the race and volunteer opportunities.

Announcements

-Mary Babbitt distributed to those in attendance a 2016-17 Calendar preview.

-Amie Bergersen announced that Science Night is Wednesday, February 17th from 5-8:30. The keynote speaker is Climatologist and Noble Peace Prize Winner, Jonathan Overpeck, Ph.D. There will also be breakout sessions with scientists, over 100 student science exhibits, stargazing and Food Trucks for dinner. This evening is open to the public

-Open House is Sunday, January 31st for prospective 5th -11th grade students and families.

-High School Boys Basketball is playing at McKale Stadium on Monday, January 18th.   Tickets are $6 per person. Please come and support the Hawks!

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

NEXT FA MEETING: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH at 8:50 a.m

In El Mirador Boardroom

 

 

 

November 29, 2015

November 19, 2015 General Membership Meeting Minutes

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Family Association of The Gregory School

General Membership Meeting November 19, 2015

In attendance: Paula Allen, Mary Babbitt, Tamar Bergantino, Cathy Chavez, Gabrielle Gonzales, Christina Maher, Jeniifer Ollman, Ilene Ovander, Lori Patton, Cathryn Ramus, Catherine Sharp, Laura Swenson, Julie Sherrill, Sarajane Trier, Patti Wisnom

 

Welcome and Announcements

The meeting was called to order at 8:55 a.m. by FA Co-President Christina Maher. She began with a welcome and said she was happy to see all here today. She introduced herself and began introductions around the room.   Minutes from the October 2015 meeting were available for those in attendance to review. A motion was made and passed to approve the minutes from the October meeting.

Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer’s report was not available due to illness. When it is ready, Christina Maher will make it available via e-mail.

Committee Reports

Upper School Parent Reps- Paula Allen reported on behalf of Chair Elizabeth Goodwin. 10th grade is looking to February to hold a 10th grade gathering. The Seniors went to California, including Disneyland, the beach, and the Getty Museum for their Senior trip. The reps prepared them a sweet treat to mark 200 days until Graduation. Reps are working on treats for finals and Grad Night plans.   They will have their Grad Night Fundraiser December 10-12. An alumni parent kindly offers his parking lot during the 4th Avenue Street Fair. Cars can park for $5. Proceeds go towards Grad Night. A sign up will be sent out school wide for student and parent volunteers. Last year, this made $3500 for Grad Night. Hawk hats are still available for $20. They might make a great teacher gift.

Middle School Parent Reps- Paula Allen reported on behalf of Chair Burcak Tolan. 5th grade had a successful Halloween Party in the 5th grade classroom. 6th grade is considering hosting a Winter family event. 7th grade had a successful Halloween Party on October 30th at Rachael’s house. 8th grade had a wonderful Halloween Party at the Belk-Arenas Family home with Vero Amore food truck catering. Thank you to the Belk-Arenas family for hosting.

Staff Appreciation-Co-chair Andrea Mainman reported that the Farmer’s Market will take place Tuesday, 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 re-sending out the Doodle Poll to solicit donations of items and cash contributions, as many more items are still needed. Reusable bags for the staff have been provided by Nova Home Loans. Thank you to Judy Berman who is providing specialty cheeses to the entire staff, Burcak Tolan who is providing specialty breads to the entire staff, Christine Harland who is creating a silk floral arrangement centerpiece that will be raffled off. The committee will host a holiday cookie exchange on December 10th. They will need cookie donations from families. Staff will be able to choose holiday cookies to bring home from a decorated cookie buffet.

Athletics/Hawks Pride –Christina Maher reported on behalf of Toni Zlaket. The committee is working on ways of recognizing athletes in the school. Homecoming did a wonderful job of that for the Fall. They had been waiting for the new design/logo before purchasing ‘swag’. They hope to purchase spirit/rally towels to use for all sports soon. Remind.com has not been very successful thus far. The committee will resend the information. It might have gone to some people’s spam. There were lots of great Fall Sports parties. Every team gets $100 (teams of 14 or less) to $125 (teams larger than 14) for parties funded by the FA. It is helpful for parents to plan these parties on behalf of busy coaches.  Please collect receipts and submit them to the FA for reimbursement.

Fine Arts-Cathy Chavez reported on behalf of Chair Cathy Rosenberg that the Upper School Arts Festival was a wonderful evening. The pre-performance festivities were lots of fun and it was a great community building event. The 5th grade and Middle School Expo will be on December 10th. Many events are planned for the evening by the teachers. The Fine Arts Committee will provide refreshments and sponsor a student/parent cookie contest with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes. Middle School teachers will be judges.

Sip-Chair Andrea Mainman reported that tickets are on sale and can be purchased on-line. Sponsorships packs and auction donation forms are also available on the website. Everyone can also register with Give Smart to bid on Auction Items. Jon Rogers, an alumni uncle, and owner of Wines Without the Mystery will pair and bring in all the wine through Plaza Liquors. He has numerous contacts within the community of wine purveyors that he will be inviting to the Sip. Gabrielle Gonzales suggested listing the Sip on a website that lists wine/food events. Catherine Sharp reported that she has compiled a list of previous Auction donors from several old lists and they will begin contacting them. If anyone knows of a potential donor and do not want make contact yourself, you can let Catherine know via the website e-mail. Also, if anyone knows a previous donor and would like to be the one to make contact, also let them know. Anyone can solicit donations.   The committee has already received donations. The Sip 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. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $30 for Alumni.

Shop and Give-Chair Catherine Sharp has worked to streamline the entire Shop and Give program. Business cards with needed information are now available for Office Max and Office Depot. These were distributed during the meeting. She reminded everyone to sign up for Amazon Smile before holiday shopping. Basha’s/AJ’s gives 6% back to the school. Participants have to purchase a reloadable card from the store and then reload and use before shopping. It is a bit complicated, but hugely beneficial to the school.

Winter Formal-Chair Christina Maher announced that the Winter Formal is January 17th. Ticket sales will kick off on January 4th.

Board Report

Board of Trustees member, Andrea Mainman, reported that the Board is grateful for the talents of Merle Henkel. The school is now looking at Finances proactively.

Sarajane Trier also announced that Annual Fund information and Scholarship Tax Credit information will be coming arriving in the mail soon. Both are essential to bettering the school.

Guest Speaker-Ms. Lori Patton, Director of Middle School Student Services

Dr. Sherrill introduced Lori Patton as someone who has been pivotal in bringing the Middle School and Upper School together. She is wonderful at working and collaborating with the entire Faculty.   Lori Patton discussed some key features to the current Middle School Program. She gave examples of Friday Rotations including a field trip with LEAD Athletics, sewing with Ms. Heald, trust ‘falls’ in the Middle School, and Rotations with students as teachers, such as learning magic tricks. Advisory lunches on Wednesday are popular with students and give Advisories and Advisors a chance to get to know each other better. Clubs in the Middle School are driven by student interest and continue to be popular. Chess is hosting their 3rd tournament on Saturday. Hosting gives others a chance to see our campus. She also shared Middle School experiences from Interim Week. Finally, Middle School students enjoyed Homecoming Spirit Week, Upper School Game Night and the Middle School Fall Dance this year.

Head of School Report

Dr. Sherrill reported Faculty is in the midst of planning second semester Friday Rotations and Spring Interim Week. Friday Rotations are continuing to evolve. They have been successful at turning kids on to certain topics of interest. An example would be the development of Chemistry Innovations, based on the Upper School Science Department acknowledging that students wished they had more innovative Chemistry Lab time. Spring Interim Week information will be available soon, so that families will know what to financially plan for. Dr. Sherrill announced that The Gregory School will be featured in the Winter edition of Biz Tucson. She thanked Gabrielle Gonzales for introducing this opportunity.   There is still a last minute chance to advertise in this well-distributed quarterly publication.

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

NEXT FA MEETING: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10TH at 8:50 a.m

In El Mirador Boardroom

 

November 5, 2015

October 22, 2015 General Membership Meeting Minutes

Filed under: Meeting Minutes — Family Association @ 5:30 pm

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

Filed under: Meeting Minutes — Family Association @ 8:09 pm

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

.

 

 

September 3, 2015

August 20, 2015 General Membership Meeting Minutes

Filed under: Meeting Minutes — Family Association @ 9:05 pm

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

Filed under: Meeting Minutes — Family Association @ 8:59 pm

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!

Filed under: FA Updates — Family Association @ 3:35 pm

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.

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