Beacon School Parent Association
General PA Meeting on November 14, 207 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Meet & Greet Parents in your grade – Tables were set up by grade and parents had the
opportunity to connect for the first 15 minutes of the meeting.
Welcome & Introduction (Bonnie Scarborough)
Parents in attendance introduced themselves. Motion to waive reading of minutes and approve the minutes from 10/17/17. Motion approved.
Treasurer’s report (Jacqueline Deval)
Summary and Highlights of Treasurers report. Motion was made to approve the budget reallocations. Motion approved.
Updates from Grade & Neighborhood Representatives
9th grade – The 9th grade parent potluck had a great turnout. There was a multicultural theme and terrific food. 9th grade planning to organize second potluck to include students. Ms. Weissglass spoke about expectations for freshman year.
10th grade – Good turnout for the 10th grade potluck, where Mr. Traglio spoke on community service requirements.
11th and 12th Grade – Upcoming combined pot luck is planned.
Senior parents brought up several issues with regards to senior portraits, including remarks made by one photographer that made girls uncomfortable; pressure to remove religious head wear; lack of gender neutral clothing requirements; and lack of ability to wear original clothing. The Parent Association will look into it and report back.
Neighborhood Reps – Neighborhood get togethers are scheduled in a variety of zip codes and boroughs, including Brooklyn, Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Tribeca.
Summary of November 8 2017 EB Meeting (Committee Updates)
Auction – Registrar and solicitation positions available
Communications – Update website and replace. Getting data from the school is challenging. Parent Association is working to get calender on PA website working so that we can use that for scheduling and announcements. Suggestion made to have students help with this task. Community – Working on booking get togethers in neighborhoods.
Diversity – looking for more ways to integrate and address families of color
Events – working on several house parties, Comedy Night, Atlantic Theater
Fundraising – soul cycle event, body/mind, book events, walking tour of the highline Hospitality – provided Faculty Welcome Breakfast at beginning of school year, as well as dinner during curriculum night and parent teacher conferences
Merchandise – Sales of the new merchandise have been great, students seem to really like the items.
Summary of November 1 2017 School Leadership Team (SLT) Meeting
The SLT includes representatives from the school administration, faculty, teachers union representative, parents and students. Parent members for 2017-18 are Lewis Wendell, Michelle Lin Guitierrez, Inci Ulger and Marie Nachsin, in addition to the PA Co-Presidents. Discussion of what the SLT wanted to have as its goals for the year. Ideas included discussion of senior class program, initiatives to make students of color to feel more welcome, adequate science classes for all juniors and seniors, more formalized role of the SLT, and aligning budget and school priorities.
Junior/Senior Science Classes
The PA reported back on discussions with the school administration on why some juniors/seniors had a hard time scheduling science classes for 2017-18. First, the incoming 9th grade was the largest ever, with over 400 students. Because of this, science resources had to be pulled from higher grades to cover required freshman science. Second, juniors have preference in getting science because they need a 3rd year of science to fulfill minimum graduation requirements, so seniors were last in priority, although creative solutions were found. In addition, the school had switched to a new system of asking students for their preferences (from Microsoft to Google) and not all students understood the new system, so not all preferences were recorded.
Alimamy Kamara, Assistant Director of Admissions, Macaulay Honors Program, CUNY
Mr. Kamara gave a presentation on the advantages of the free-college-tuition CUNY honors program.
November 2017 Beacon Parent Association General Meeting minutes prepared by Co- Recording secretaries Tracy Hattem and Lisa Shatz
Please join Beacon friends & faculty for a wonderful evening.
EAT, DRINK & BID!!!
Silent & live auctions, raffles and more all support the Beacon School!
MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2018
122 WEST 26TH STREET
Dear Friend(s) of Beacon,
The Beacon School is one of NYC’s most sought-after public high schools. The Beacon School attracts students from all five boroughs because of its outstanding academics, exceptional performing and fine arts program, award-winning sports teams and a concentrated focus on community service. Students are encouraged to become active and engaged citizens.
HOWEVER, WE NEED YOUR HELP! These are just a few reasons The Beacon School is so special. To maintain this dynamic environment, the Beacon Parents Association (PA) needs to raise funds that will help close the gap between what the Department of Education provides and what our students need to succeed.
DONATE TO OUR AUCTION! Every year, The Beacon PA holds auctions including a Spring Gala and online auctions to raise these needed funds. Please consider supporting our fundraising efforts by donating to our auction. Every donation helps make the event more exciting and raises much-needed funds! This year our gala is on March 26, 2018. Your donation will be used as an item either at our Gala’s silent/live auction or in our online auctions.
DONATING IS EASY! Please submit all donations by March 1, 2018.
- Donate through our online form!
- Complete the attached form and email or mail to the school
–> Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
–> Mail with item or certificate via post to:
Attn: Beacon PA Auction
The Beacon School
522 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
By donating to our school, your business will receive valuable exposure and visibility through our online auction, which has bidders from around the world, as well as our silent/live gala on March 26, 2018, which is attended by hundreds of Beacon families.
On behalf of our students, teachers, administration and families, we thank you in advance for your generous support!
General questions? Contact email@example.com
For Tax Purposes:
The Beacon School is a NYC Public School. All proceeds will directly benefit Beacon students. The Beacon PA is a 501(c)(3) organization. Tax ID # 13-3749712
Donated items are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Beacon School Parent Association General Meeting
October 17, 2017, 6:00pm / Library
A. Meet and Greet Parents in your grade.
- Tables were set up by grade. Parents had the opportunity to connect. Worked exceptionally well.
- Welcome and Introductions: Bonnie Scarborough, PA Co-President
B. PA Business
- June 2017 and September 2017 Approval of Minutes. Approved.
- Expedited election of additional board members. Slate identified and Proposed. Approved, no opposition.
C. News from Grade Reps and Neighborhood Reps
- 9th Grade Potluck 10/26/17. Exceptional Evening, even though switched to Library at last minute due to SNAFU with cafeteria rental. Parents outdid themselves with fantastic ethnic dishes and camaraderie. Two Speakers: Elysha Weissglass and Maylin Fernandez re: Freshmen stuff.
- 10th Grade Potluck 10/25/17. Not too dreary assortment of cheese crackers, fruit bowls and crudités. Obviously not their first rodeo. Speaker was Kevin Jacobson, history teacher and co-director of the Sophomore grade’s Community Service Advisory class requirement. Outlined optimal service positions (non-religious or selective group), such as council person’s offices, soup kitchens, annual community events such as fun runs or medical awareness fitness efforts, etc. Sophs cannot use summer work to meet 50 hour requirement, and must create resume to submit to organization, must secure formal retention letter, and must have supervisor tracking of hours served.
- 10th Grade Reps bought up discussion about Beacon clubs: Parents want to see a master list of clubs available to students. Thoughts that the PA could get this posted to the website. Inconsistent information with regards to Sports teams. Concern for safety of the kids for some of the sports activities. Parents unaware of where the meets or game are. Looking for a parent coordinator to facilitate this information. Disseminating information of game and meet whereabouts would lead to more school spirit.
- 11th Grade Reps had nothing to report.
- 12th Grade Reps reported STRESS (college applications). 98% of Beacon Seniors going to college. Concern expressed that with increased class size (405 incoming Freshmen in 2017) that College Office will be stretched even more that it is now.
D. PA Budget Discussion
- Needed to approve the PA Budget – budget approved with modifications (see #3).
- “How does the PA come up with the budget?” What are the current PA expenses?.
- Discussion of supplying paper by the pallet to the faculty. Approved $1500 expense out of budget for this item (to be added to modified budget).
- Discussed Principals Discretionary Fund (paying procession, extra staff, paying for part time AP (Mitchell), specific rules on what the DOE does and does not allow PA to pay
- $ 35,000 cost to Beacon to interview 8th graders.
- Students with IEP – currently 11% (Doe looking to increase to 16%). Services for IEP students mandated by DOE.
- Fundraising ideas: Virtual auction through PA website via giving tree.
- Beacon 25th Anniversary in 2018 – need parent volunteers.
- Establishment of Alumni Association/ Foundation – need parent volunteers. Looking to get alums together as well as getting them to donate
- STEM/ Academics Discussion – making sure that the academics are covered as well as the arts.
- November 14th – PA General Meeting 6 – 7:30pm
- December 19th – PA General Meeting 6 – 7:30pm
- Sign In Sheet passed around
- Meeting Adjourned
October 2017 Beacon Parent Association General Meeting minutes prepared by
Co-Recording Secretary Tracy Hattem, some detail added by Co-President Daniel Power
What a fantastic turnout! Principal Lacey, AP William Stroud, PC Erdene Greene, B’DAT coordinator and theater teacher Jo Ann Cimato, music teacher Brian Leteicq, and history teacher Bob Van Pelt all gave compelling testimonials to what our Parent Association’s support means for our kids and the clubs, activities, sports, and supplies it makes possible. If you haven’t already, please DONATE HERE. We’re 14% there, so let’s put it on!
Minutes for the September 13 meeting can be found here.
Support Beacon High, Principal Lacey, and all the wonderful teachers and programs this amazing school offers!
Your vital contributions to the Beacon Parent Association are used to underwrite 50+ after school clubs, sports teams, tournament trips, equipment, supplies and the backbone of it all, teachers! Yes, teachers are paid to teach and lead our kids in these programs. They aren’t cheap, but they are worth every penny. The Beacon PA also pays for ongoing class art, music, drama, and science supplies, technology, class trips, materials, and many curriculum enhancements our valued teachers need to do the amazing work they do.
We’re out of the starting gate this 2017-2018 school year with an incredible 14% target reached on our very first PA meeting night! Thanks all for a tremendous turnout. WE NEED TO KEEP POURING IT ON.
Your generous donation goes to:
- Award-winning sports teams: field and umpire fees, equipment, travel expenses, and coaches for non-PSAL teams;
- Extraordinary arts instruction and extracurriculars: guest artist teachers, equipment, performance space rentals, music and performance licenses, B’DAT drama, school musicals, choir, art, dance, and photography supplies;
- Teacher stipends: modest $150 grants to every classroom teacher;
- Dedicated college guidance: Naviance (transcript transmission) service, conferences, guest lectures, and workshops;
- Tremendous clubs catering to every student’s passion: Model UN, Beacon Ink, Debate, Girls Who Code, Engineering, Math, Writer’s Workshop, BeMEDS, Yarns & Crafts are but a few—new ones pop up every semester!
So take a moment now and donate online now. Let’s make 2017-2018 the. Best. EVER.
Ways to contribute to the Beacon PA
–> Donate online now!
–> Send a check to the Beacon School Parent Association, and send to:
Treasurer / Beacon School PA / 522 West 44th Street / New York, NY 10036
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Contributing by hosting a house party
Contributing by chairing and/or working at a fundraising event
Contributing items for the Beacon PA Auction
CONTACT the Beacon PA for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s so easy…
Setting up for the first time
What if I already have a charity setup?
What do I do the next time I want to shop?
How do I make sure any teacher wish-list items I purchase get credited to Beacon?
Help is always needed for the many events that support our kids and our school. Want to work the auction, help sell Beacon Wear, or get involved with events or fundraisers? Please let us know at volunteer.coordinator@
Not sure how you want to help? That’s fine too. Get in touch and we will find you the perfect place!