March 2023 General PTA Meeting Minutes


March 22, 2023,
Virtual Attendees:  32

ROSA AMATO, Principal

Just the highlights!

School Surveys

Please, parents, send in or complete online the DOE surveys that have gone out. Only 50 parents have responded this year, out of a 450-person student body. 

(Link to survey HERE)

Absenteeism and Lateness Are a Problem

Chronic absenteeism = missing 10% or more of the academic school year (2 or more days per month)

Severe Chronic Absenteeism = Missing 20% or more of the academic year (2 months of school)

Lateness: Arriving at 8:25 and beyond is our biggest challenge. Responsive Classroom and Reading Instruction occurs the first hour of the day.

(absent is absent; sick day is absent but coded “sick”)


Big Yard AND Little Yard will be redone, huge thanks to Jessie Childs and Stephanie Shaw


Our wonderful new social worker and school counselor was introduced, and introduced to us the practice of Restorative Circles, which Costa has already been putting into practice with 5-1!

Restorative Circles are a technique for proactively building the skills and relationships students will need when challenges arise.

  • Provides a space for students to express themselves 
  • To learn to listen 
  • To build a sense of community
  • To prevent conflicts before they arise
  • To better manage incidents in the moment

Please fill out THIS FORM if you have questions for Costa.

(Rosa notes that parents will not be informed of anything that comes up in Restorative Circles, which are level-setting and confidential spaces between teachers and students, unless harm or self-harm is raised)


Parents as Partners

No Parents as Partners in April. Last two for the year: May 5 and June 2

Responsive Classroom 

Monday, April 17, May 15 and June 12  PreK-2 and 5-3

Tuesday, April 18, May 16 and June 13  All Kindergarten Classes, 1-2 and 5-2

Wednesday, April 19, May 17 and June 14  1-3, 2-1 and 3-3

Thursday, April 20, May 18 and June 15  2-2, 3-1 and 5-1

Friday, March 24, April 28, May 19 and June 16 PreK-1, 1-1, 2-3, and all 4th grade classes

Upcoming Dates

Labels for kids’ belongings, etc, at Mabel’s Labels

Deadline for Field Day T-shirt design: Friday, March 24

Paraprofessional Appreciation Day is Wednesday, April 5

New Adelphi parent joining SLT: Yasel Seluktekin (we now have 2!)


Readathon was a huge success, 3 classes had 100% participation. We are hitting new heights on minutes-read badges, more information on Konstella


Camp auction just wrapped up – thanks to all parents who donated, asked their camps and bid on items. We raised more than $5,000!

The main event (with the party!) is scheduled for June 2. Adults-only party for parents and staff (who come for free). Super fun and one of our biggest fundraisers!  

We will be looking for auction items, AUCTION OFFER FORM HERE

  • Vacation homes, cool experiences, gift cards
  • Special skills, tours, sports and entertainment tickets
  • Also need help with the event – planning, set-up, cleanup
  • Committee is planning to meet next week after dropoff in cafeteria (Wed. 3/29)
  • Questions?


Green Initiatives Committee

We want to participate in Zero Waste Schools, so GIC needs parent volunteers once/week from 11am – 1:45pm to help kids sort their lunch waste 

  • 80% of cafeteria waste can be recycled or composted
  • Amy Telsey (2-1 parent) is ready to train a small team of parents to join the effort.


More info on Konstella


Class Parent Meeting

Friday AM (3/24) is coffee chat to say THANK YOU!!! to class parents and discuss some new/open positions. Details on Konstella!

Garden Committee

Costa is the head. March 24th, 3:30 – 6pm, is Tree Care Event. Garden at Denton Place will be open; there will be a composting tutorial, among other things. You can learn more THROUGH THIS GOOGLE LINK

Movie Night Returns!
Free Admission

Coco, Rated PG 

Bring a blanket or a chair

(No pets allowed)

Other Upcoming Dates

  • Autism Awareness Month kicks off Monday, April 3rd with Wear Blue and a book to raise awareness for Autism on Wednesday, April 26th for One School, One Book.
  • The next PTA Meeting is scheduled for April 19th, 2022 @ 6:45pm 


Thank you to Scotte Hardin and Michelle Dobson for an amazing Valentine’s Day Dance. Thank you to all the parents who came in and helped count & distribute the badges and prizes for Readathon. Huge thanks to Brad Eichmann, MVP of Readathon Team. Thank you to the staff and students at Adelphi Street for an incredible Disco Dance Show. Thank you to Katherine Hedge for selling 372 gear at the show.

A recording of the meeting is available to current school families here.