School Site Council PTA meeting The Greenbrook School School Site Council is a group of teachers, parents and community members entrusted with the task of academic goal setting. This school based management group gives the entire school community a voice in making important decisions which directly affect the quality of education in our school. The School Site Council acts as a liaison between parents, teachers, administrators and Board of Education members. It consists of six parents, five teachers and two school administrators. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month. Some projects which have been developed by the Council are Author's Night, K-2 Bedtime Story Hour, and Math, Science, and Technology Night.

Chair for 2014-2015


Heather DeLollis-Fitzgerald


February 2015


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December 2013


October 2013

October 19, 2004 Attendance: Tara Nachman, Judy Walters, Pat Holliday, Kalyani Thayalan, Myra Gildenberg, Thea Dahlberg, Leah Carson, Padma Vellanki, Grace Lee, Julie Johnson, Ann Sisko, Shari Rothstein, Barbara Derer, Anna Tupe, Gwen Waxman.

Welcome: Judy and Tara welcomed everyone and thanked everyone for bringing a friend last month. There was a returning ìfriendî and one new face to welcome. They urged that bring a friend is a constant theme of our meetings.

Principalís Report: The contractors work trailers are on site and there will be a fence around the perimeter of the work space in approximately 10 days time. We will loose some playground space but keep in mind that this is a short term inconvenience. Once the new addition is completed, the work on the core building will begin. There may be some change to the walking/driving procedures. Parent teacher conferences are on November 1,2,3 and 8. Teachers are looking forward to meeting with parents.

Board Report: Construction has begun. The budget process has begun. Principals will be submitting their special requests. Bill 1701 has been an ongoing challenge with the current process. This bill was passed and states that the State forces the boards of education to drop the ìSurplusî from 4% to 3% this budget and ultimately to 2%. There are also numerous restrictions on money movement between accounts. There has to be more care in the allotment of funds to each account. The Superintendant presented the annual Quality Assurance Report, we will have 100% proficiency in literacy by 2014.

K-1 Literacy Workshop: There are 40 people signed up for this workshop on Thursday 10/21. There will be childcare available.

Mother/Daughter Book Club: Judy reported that the first meeting will be held on Wednesday 10/27 at 7pm. There are currently 14 mothers and 15 daughters signed up. They will read together a Russian Folktale and follow with discussion. Mrs. Sisko is very excited about this group and has been receiving positive feedback thus far.

Subcommittees: Tara reported that an e-mail was sent out based on our last meeting asking if anyone would want to chair a number of subcommittees. One of these committees was ìhow is school different than when we attendedî. There was discussion surrounding how Greenbrook/South Brunswick does not use the textbooks that we are all used to using. There are many other resources these days available to teachers. It was discussed that the middle school will introduce textbooks to the children. Discussion ensued on how we are all more alike than different in our cultures. Forming the committee(s) is still in process.

Literacy Journal: Padma and Barbara reported that the Spirit and Pride committee is working on a name for the Journal. It should take a few weeks to determine the name. Once this is completed, a flyer will go out and there will be approximately 1 month for students to submit their work. Each child will have a limit of one submission. It is hoped that there will be 2 publications this year.

Math Night: Open discussion that there may be a math night in January. Committee members have not been established. Some ideas were:

Greenbrook Parking: Pat suggested to the board members in presence that there has to be a way to improve our parking facilities. Mrs. Tupe also serves on the Facilities Committee. Our parking lot is also a township thoroughfare. The school is going from 350 students to 660 will make the situation even worse. Parking is a universal problem in neighborhood schools. Our lot is unsafe for children, there were accidents both this week and last week. Mrs. Tupe suggested having a separate meeting to expand this conversation, where parents can bring forth solutions, since they are the most familiar with the situation.

Greenbrook Voting: Mrs. Sisko told us how the 5th grade classes have been ìregistering votersî in school. They built a voting booth and everyone who has registered will have the chance to vote on election day. Absentee ballots will be available.

Next Meeting: School Site Councilís next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 16th.

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