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.

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March 15, 2005 Attendance: Leah Carson, Joanne Trautwein, Ann Sisko, Shari Rothstein, , Pat Holliday, Thea Dahlberg, Judy Walters, Tara Nachman, Myra Gildenberg, Julie Johnson, Ellen Gordon, Matthew Speesler, Anna Tupe, Bindu Ganesh, Padma Vellanki, Barbara Derer

Board of Education Report: Matthew Speesler and Anna Tupe discussed the proposed school budget, a total of $119, 201, 038 (a 7 % increase). The proposal includes:

Three main factors influenced this proposed budget:

The group discussed that busing for extended-day field trips has been cut and needs to be restored. Also mentioned was the need for extended-day busing for academic assistance programs at elementary schools. Staff members emphasized how ìstretchedî the basic skills staff is and how additional funding for basic skills is needed. A hearing on the budget is scheduled for March 22nd.

Principalís Report: Pat said that 3rd and 4th graders are taking the NJ ASK test this week. After testing is completed, PTO will provide treats to test takers. The group then discussed providing students with treats other than candy, given that childhood obesity has become an issue.

Based on a question from Joanne regarding picture prompts, Pat said that the prompt is designed to provide equality in assessment statewide. Pat said that despite it being only March, the districtís curriculum is designed as a ìspiralî so that concepts are addressed on different grade levels. As a result, no topic should be completely unfamiliar.

Pat also mentioned that the School Report Card is available and contains data that compares Greenbrook to itself and other schools. Results continue to be good. The issue is that as the bar is raised, the school must continue to reach academic goals.

Math Workshop: Janet Gill has created a workshop and Mona Reisman is available to offer it to parents of 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders. Handouts have been prepared.

Singer/Songwriter: Lui Collins, the singer/songwriter, will be presenting two assemblies and four class workshops on April 7-8. On Thursday evening (April 7), she will give a concert at 7 p.m.

Authorís Night: is scheduled for May 19th. When spring break is over, Shari said that she will ask teachers to be facilitators. She is also looking for donations to give to students, such as bookmarks or notepads.

Building Expo: The K-2 part of the building showcase was successful with about 40 students making projects for the lobby display on Friday, March 11. Students in grades 3-5 will bring in their projects on Friday, March 18.

Gator Gazette: Padma indicated that planning has begun for the next edition of the school literary journal. The topic students will write on is ìfriendship.î

Perfect Attendance Awards: Barbara said these awards appear to be in conflict with the recent note sent home by school nurse Lydia Slayback and Pat concerning keeping children home when they are sick. Pat distributed the districtís attendance policy and said the award is intended to help develop good habits. She pointed out that since awards are given out by marking period, children still receive recognition.

Collaborative Learning Community: Thea discussed this professional development program, which puts together teachers to solve problems and make school better for children. District administration has indicated that CLC, which meets for a half-day once a month, should minimize its use of substitutes. Several options, including using parent volunteers or scheduling special events on CLC meeting days were discussed. Shari suggested that a smaller subcommittee could be formed to further examine how School Site Council can help.

Next Meeting: School Site Councilís next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 12th.

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