Beacon School Parent Association
January 16, 2018 PA General Meeting
6-7:30pm in Library
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer, Jacqueline Deval, gave report on income and expenses.
Income: Jacqueline Deval reported $228K raised at the end of December, with December revenue of $51,734 exceeding our goal of $50K for that month. Merchandise sales reached $13K thus far this year, thanks to new merchandise and excellent sales during November parent-teacher conferences. Miriam Davidson’s bake sale during the weekends that prospective students were interviewing were also highly successful with bake sales bringing in $3,600 to date. The Soul Cycle fundraiser was a great success and a lot of fun. Jacqueline noted that $71K of funds raised so far were from families giving $1000 or more.
Expenses: The PA received a request for $2250 for science equipment for AP labs. The additional expense was APPROVED by vote, pending review by the Executive Board at its next meeting. The PA distributed $25 holiday gifts to teachers and staff in the last week of December as a token of appreciation for all of their hard work on behalf of our students.
Auction Report: Auction co-Chair Melissa Gerstein provided an update on the preparations for the Auction, and co-chair Lisa Jaffe had provided information earlier.
* There is now a team in place for donations registry and tracking. The next priority is soliciting donations. Thus far we have about 120 donations, but we need many more. We don’t necessarily need to reach the 700+ donations that we got last year (well done last year’s auction team!), they will focus on high value donations. Most donations come from Manhattan/Brooklyn, so will also target outer boroughs to donate.
* Plan to do some “buy it now” blasts on seasonal items such as summer camps, and an online auction when we have enough items.
* Lisa Jaffe will work on food and beverage donations, and she has volunteers for helping out on the day of the event.
* Lisa Jaffe is working with Tracy Hattem on invitations to the Gala and those should go out in the next few weeks.
Report from Grade Representatives: 11th grade parents held their potluck on January 10, with a panel of 4 senior parents talking about the college application process. The event was a huge success with 70 11th grade parents in attendance. There are plans to organize some kind of fun event for 12th grade parents.
Summary of EB Meeting: The PA Executive Board held it’s meeting on January 9th at 8am in Ms. Lacey’s office. Ms. Lacey provided the following information:
* Each school gets DOE funding based on previous year’s student numbers. This year she received funding based on last year’s students numbers despite significant increase in 9th grade students. However, adjusted funds become available in February so the school budget will be in better shape then.
* School clubs are doing well, there is a new Crypto-currency Club with 18 kids starting in January (BitCoins).
* The ICT (integrated co-teaching) program is developing well, where kids with learning disabilities are taking small group instruction from general ed teachers (more instruction, pre-instruction, follow-up). She has gotten a lot of support from the UFT (United Federation of Teachers) for this. There is a District 75 (special ed) program housed on the 2nd floor of the school building. Their kids are in our classes, and Beacon has access to their facilities and staff.
* The incident at Port Authority was difficult. After receiving hundreds of calls from parents asking whether their students had made it to school, she decided to implement the card-swiping system starting in the new year.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Sari Locker spoke on “Teenage Sexuality” and answered questions from parents.
Meeting adjourned at 7:30pm.