Welcome – Merideth – PTA Co-President

  • Introduction of Executive Board of PTA
  • Roles of PTA
    • Community Building
    • Fundraising
      • Supplement curriculum
        • Special activities & programs for students
          • Classroom libraries
          • One School, One Book Project
          • Opera curriculum with Mr. Danny (PreK, K & 1st)
          • Chess, Mark Morris, and Architecture curriculum (2nd)
          • China, Egypt, and South Africa study (3rd)
          • Popera, Thunderbird Indian Dancers, Jazz at Lincoln Center (4th)
          • Jazz at Lincoln Center, Ballroom Dancing (5th)
          • Lunch Clubs (3rd, 4th, 5th)
          • Studios such as Lego Robotics, yearbook, sewing, movie animation, etc.
        • Mini-grants for every teacher and therapist
      • School improvements
        • Curtains for Gym, screens in Cafeteria, sound system in Gym, upgraded water fountains, etc.
      • Major fundraisers
        • Annual Appeal – largest fundraiser each year
        • Pizza Friday
        • Gala/Auction – PTA’s only Adults Only event
        • Readathon, Book Fair, etc.


Principal’s Notes – Rosa Amato

  • Introduction of School Adminstration/Staff
    • Assistant Principals
      • Bridget Nash – Special Education
      • Rosa PL (Perez-Leonetti) – General Education
    • Barbara Clark – IEP Coordinator
    • Cassandra Baptiste – Instructional Coach
    • Maura O’Grady – Dean of Students (handles bussing too)
    • Lots of new staff this year: new Librarian, new Dramatic Arts Specialist, etc.
    • Curriculum meetings taking place next week (24th-28th)
    • New Arrival Procedures – seem to be working well, classes able to start on time.
    • New PA and Fire system is 30 days from completion –
    • New Playground funds
      • Reaching out to Borough Pres. to get funds delivered
      • In the planning stages, but really need more money to make significant changes, so reaching out to other sources for additional funds


Parent Coordinator’s Messages – Yvette Agas-Bautz – yvette.agasbautz@ps372.net

  • Introduction & Schedule
    • Her role is helping parents and making sure our concerns are addressed
    • At ICT site 4 days/week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday – Rm. 101
    • At ASD site on Thursdays
  • Lunch forms – please fill out – they are a major determiner of school funding
    • Online or paper copies available
    • Our school code is 15K418
  • Middle Schools are starting Open Houses
    • Some schools have stopped tours as being too disruptive to classes
    • She will be helping to coordinate information and schedules


KING – Kids In the Game – After-School Program – Cara & Wilson – PS372K@kidsinthegame.com

  • Third year at The Children’s School
  • Registration this year will be through KING’s website
  • Flyers sent home in backpacks, contact them with any questions
  • Schedule – snack provided everyday
    • First hour (M-Th) – Homework Help – staffed by PS372 teachers
    • M – Th 4-6pm & Fridays – Activities: sports, creative movement, team building, etc.
  • 10% sibling discount and ask about scholarships
  • Drop-ins available – Register to create an account & schedule as needed
  • Organized transition from Enrichment classes into KING program
    • Refund of extra KING payment if enrolled in Enrichment


Enrichment Classes – Janine DiLorenzo – enrichmentps372@gmail.com

  • Three sessions per year – Fall, Winter, & Spring
  • Selection of Classes each day of the week
  • Runs from 3:10 – 4:40pm daily
  • Includes snack – bring a water bottle for sporty activities
  • Music Program with Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
    • 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades
    • Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, & Percussion
    • Letter sent home in backpacks
  • Classes start October 1st


Treasurer’s Report – Peter Strong

  • We had good fundraising last year, so we’re starting out in a good postition
  • We’ve estimated our typical expenses and fundraising goals for the year
  • Peter has recruited a replacement, as his availability has changed
  • Voting for new Co-Treasurer – nominated Shashin Gandhii
    • Meeting voted to approve
    • Welcomed Shashin to Exec. Board


Communications Committee – Sarah Graham

  • Recruitment for Communications and all committees
  • If you are experienced with social media, come lend a hand
  • Please get everyone to sign-up on Konstella
    • Major communications hub for school, private online community
    • Committee sign-ups, school community events and contacts
    • Contact PTA if you need help signing up


Class Parent Liaison – Michelle Dobson & Claudia Gonson

  • Role of Class Parents
    • Important communications link between teachers and parents
    • Coordinate class activities & participation for school events
    • Create class contacts books – especially for lower grades
    • Coordinate class gifts for teaching staff in December & June
  • Sign up on sheets being circulated at meeting or on Konstella


One School, One Book – Scotte Hardin

  • Schoolwide diversity project
  • Monthly book selections to be read by teachers and discussed in classes
  • Often two books picked – one for lower grades and another for upper grades


Lice Check  

  • Fully funded by PTA this year
  • Three dates each year – first one on October 12th
  • Professional scheduled to perform all the examinations
  • Need volunteers to help with organizing kids (no inspections!)


Pizza Friday

  • Flyer coming home soon – major fundraiser for PTA
  • First day is October 12th – runs for 15 weeks, then 2nd session starts
  • Volunteers needed to help distribute pizza to kids – sign up online


Roots & Community – Saturday, November 3rd  – Free!

  • Fun family event to explore the many different cultural sources of our families
  • Gymnasium is filled with tables of food and activities from around the world and NYC too, and includes a Pot Luck Dinner and music performances
    • Previous tables have included African Roots, Bangladesh, Brooklyn, China/Taiwan, Dominican Republic, France, GLBTQ, Japan, Ireland, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, and UK
    • Create a table for your family’s heritage
  • More information will be coming soon via Konstella to sign-up


Next PTA Meeting – October 10th in Cafeteria at 8:30am


Movie Night & Clothing Swap – October 12th

  • Organizing a clothing and costume swap in the gymnasium
  • Planning to show a G-rated movie – TBA
  • Pizza slices for sale by PTA


Picture Day – school photos by Stomping Ground – new this year

  • October 30th at ICT site


Book Fair – November 14-15 at ICT site – Nov. 19th at Ft. Greene site

  • Volunteers needed for set up, sales, and clean up


Brooklyn Nets – Sunday, December 16th

  • Grouped game tickets for school community night out
  • More details closer to the event via flyers in backpacks


Get Involved! – Rafael Gomez-Luna

  • We are all the PTA
  • Our events and programs rely on volunteers and donations from our school community
  • Help out where you can, it’s a great way to meet other families, make friends, and be included in our children’s activities


Attendees: 60


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