PTA Meeting Notes
Meeting Date: 9/17/2020
Minutes Adopted 10/15/2020
MEMBERS PRESENT: Lisa Catanzaro, President; Karen Schofield, Vice President; Nancy Rosas, Treasurer; Raena Pastore, Corresponding Secretary; Lisa Kugler, Recording Secretary; Dr. Claudine DiMuzio, Principal; Teacher Representatives: Mrs. Picard-Smith and Mrs. Espinal
MEMBERS ABSENT: None
OTHERS PRESENT: Beata Carvajal; Gwen Bonn; Isabel Cabales; Jessica Zimmerman; Rachel Fisher; Kate Llanos; Stefani Sellito; Gwen Bonn; Jean Tremaroli; Diane Desantis; Christina Paniccia; Amanda Mangra; Carolyn Jakubowski; Christina O’Reilly; John Knecht
1. CALLING OF THE MEETING:
The meeting was called to order by Lisa Catanzaro at 7:32 pm
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. INTRODUCTION TO PTA BOARD MEMBERS
Board members introduced themselves, including the grades of their children.
4. TREASURER'S REPORT: NANCY ROSAS
Review of 2020/2021 budget presented by N. Rosas. Budget may need to be adjusted for events that may not occur this school year because of school reopening guidelines. Certain events may be postponed till the Spring, or money may be allocated to other virtual events and appropriately socially distanced activities.
The budget includes, amongst other items:
Four $250 scholarships available for eligible former Pines students
$2,500 for each grade level - teachers can spend on student programs; $1,000 each for music, art and gym teachers to spend on student programs
Motion to adopt by Raena Pastore, Lisa Kugler second, Nancy Rosas third. Motion passed.
5. TEACHERS REPORT: MRS. PICARD-SMITH AND MRS. ESPINAL
Teachers are so happy to be back in school. They are teaching live and online simultaneously. They ask if anyone has an issue to please come directly to them to work it out collaboratively. They thank everyone for their efforts to make this school year go smoothly. Teacher PTA membership dues will continue to be a payroll deduction and they will work to have secretaries and administration staff become members.
6. CORRESPONDENCE REPORT: RAENA PASTORE
No correspondence to report
7. BOARD OF EDUCATION REPORT: DR. DIMUZIO
Reopening Plan is on Hauppauge School District website and includes details of the Reopening Plan, videos and documents that staff and the community worked on throughout the summer. The Hauppauge district is very unique in that they are one of the very few districts that was able to provide five day in-house and remote learning for K-12. Teachers are teaching both the in-house class and remote learner simultaneously eliminating the need for dedicated remote learning teachers.
There are approximately 1 to 6 remote learners per grade.
With many opting out of bussing, new arrival and dismissal processes have been put into place and adjusted as needed.
There is a digital help desk in place with a link on the Hauppauge District website for families to submit a help desk ticket if they are experiencing technical issues with remote learning.
The Board will be sending out a survey at the end of October/beginning of November time frame to poll remote learners to see if they will continue to remote learn through June 2021 or return to in person school.