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General PTA Meeting


  1. Call to Order

  2. . Principal’s Report

  3. Special Guest: Russ Makofsky and Angel Lopez

  4. PTA President’s Report

    *Grants and Participatory Budgeting

    *Enrichment Programs and Costs

  5. TA Fund Updates

  6. Treasurer’s Report

  7. Vote to approve monthly fundraiser

  8. Reminder: Movie Night tonight!

  9. Approval of minutes


October 5, 2018

 Call to order

Hanne announcement:  Learn with your child is from 9:30- 10:00 am. Please leave building at 10:00.

Make sure to get tickets to vote

SPECIAL GUEST- Assistant Principal Grace How

14 years experience- corporate world, advertising and education.

Background with students with disabilities

Mantra: It takes time for change to happen,  some days are smooth and some days are hard. We want to make sure we are nurturing the whole child.  


  • Principal Cindy narrated a personal story about preschool age daughter. She was having problems with a classmate and how Cindy discussed how she resolved it. Things happen between kids. Conflicts arise. That’s why Socio-Emotional Learning (SEL) is critical. It's all about relationships: how to navigate our relationships and to handle conflict. Principal Cindy wants to encourage parents to have conversations and to help at home.

  • Since last year PS33 implemented a SEL curriculum that is now embedded in our leaning.

  • On October 25 PS33 is hosting the first SEL family event of the school year from 3-4 PM. Principal Cindy will be sending a letter to invite parents and kids to this event to learn about kindness.

  • Good things happening: Starting October there will be a series of enrichment starting: Salvadori, New Program for 4th grade, Cooking lab 1-5 and Chess enrichments for grade 4 and 5.

  • Today is the first day for learn with your child. There will be a feedback form, please fill it out.

  • Opening ceremony for playground is next Wednesday Oct 10. It looks great! The ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 11:30 am.

  • Having the playground open  will change arrival and dismissal procedures- it will be smoother now. – More info to come soon.

  • Q: Will recess be longer now? C: Yes, technically, still 50 min period but since the children will no longer be walking to Chelsea field, recess time will be longer- more time to play.

FUNDRAISING REPORT (Lisa Frank, and Madeline Lloyd)

Annual Fund:

55% to enrichments

32%  others- such as wellness lunch

13% recess coches

  • If you haven’t please consider giving  to the Annual Fund. Whatever you can give! We need 100% participation.

  • Participation Matters! When we apply for grants they want to know how much participation we have- Participation makes it easier for our school to get the grants.  So it does not matter how much you give but that you give!

Teacher Assistant Fund-

  • Goal is to raise 200K to maintain two TAs per grade from K-3.

  • TAs  will be there during learn with your child for you to meet them.

  • The PTA is supporting the TA fund 100%, so when the money runs out the TAs have to go.

  • TAs are important and benefit the children. Please make sure you donate to the TA Fund.


SLT (2 open positions)

  • Kieran Foley nominate for SLT

  • Hetal Shah  Nominate for SLT--- WINNER

  • Milan Shah Nominate for SLT--- WINNER

  • Maryam Steinbar nominate for SLT

PTA Open Position

Membership Secretary- Amrah Dagra – UNCONTESTED


  • Elyse Buxbaum--- WINNER

  • Maryam Steinbar

  • Richa Bhargava --- WINNER


Square 1 Art Fundraiser: proposed and approved


Cash Balance Oct 3: 398K


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Hetal Shah , SLT

Milan Shah, SLT

Amrah Dagra, Membership Secretary

Richa Bhargava, Member-At-Large

Elyse Buxbaum, Member-At-Large


Earlier Event: October 31
Halloween Parade PK-1st Grade
Later Event: November 2
Crafts and Movie Night "Coco"