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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September 28, 2004 Attendance: Zebunnesa N. Belal; Julie Johnson, Ellen Gordon, Monica Gallagher, Shari Rothstein, Eileen Leach, Ann Sisko, Padma Vellanki, Trish Martin, Kalyani Thayalan, Pat Holliday, Heidi Rone, Usha Chatty, Alka Motwani, Tara Nachman, Judy Walters, Gwen Waxman, Barbara Derer, Matthew Speesler, Karen Griffith, Charlene Drost, Joanne Trautwein

Welcome/Bring a Friend: Judy and Tara welcome everyone. Because the meeting was designated as a ìBring a Friendî event, some new people were in attendance. Everyone made introductions.

Donation: Judy mentioned that the School Site Council plans to make a donation to the Patricia D. Holliday fund in memory of Umesh Shroff. There will also be a scholarship fund established to assist the Shroff children and a community effort to help with financial and other needs of the family.

Principalís Report: Pat said despite the last minute hiring another fourth-grade teacher, the opening of school went smoothly.

She added that this should be the last year of Greenbrook being so crowded, since that the contractor has been approved for the schoolís addition and renovation project. Ground breaking is slated for October.

Friday, October 1st is an early release day. Teachers will be working on school goals. October 11th is a staff development day. Fall poems will be read at the assembly October 1st.

Board of Education Report: Matthew Speesler said that Greenbrook and the high school are the only two schools with school site councils and pointed out that the councils can have a powerful role.

Speesler said he is excited about the construction and that the contractor is well known in education, citing a project in Old Bridge. The contractor is on a strict timetable and will try to work with minimal disruption. Interior work will be done in the summer.

The board will be rolling back the Kindergarten cutoff date over two years to October 31st. Speesler said that the date change will help Kindergarten teachers, who will be less concerned with psycho-social issues.

The board will also be updating 75 mandatory policies, including those on sexual harassment, smoking and weapons, in preparation for a state audit.

Halloween: Pat reminded the group that since Halloween falls on a Sunday, there will be no parade this year. Students will not wear costumes to school. There will be an assembly and class parties.

Death in Hindu Culture: Usha Chatty explained Hindu cultureís philosophy and practices concerning death, including cremation and mourning periods.

Early Childhood Workshop: Tara said that the K-1 literacy workshop is scheduled for October 21. Ellen and Lois Margolis will lead the workshop, which will include writing and how to work with children at home. In addition to being a School Site Council event, the workshop is sponsored by a New Jersey Reads grant. Next year, an early childhood math workshop is planned.

Operation Bookworm: The New Jersey Reads grant will also help fund the after school Operation Bookworm. High school students will work with first graders in the fall and with kindergartners in the spring. In addition, parents and community members also volunteer for Operation Bookworm during the day. Training for six elementary schools will be held on October 13th and October 21st at the Monmouth Junction firehouse on Ridge Road.

Mother/Daughter Book Club: October 27th is the first meeting and the group will read a folk tale and then discuss it, according to Ann. Then, they probably will work with novels. The first couple of times, meetings will be held at Greenbrook. Then, the club members may discuss moving to a more relaxed setting, such as a living room. Meetings will be held every six weeks and will begin at 7 p.m. A flyer will be distributed. Pat pointed out that this program is tied to Greenbrook literacy goals.

Writing Workshops for Grade 3-5 parents: These parent workshops were mentioned at the August meeting. They have not been discussed with the faculty yet. Ellen and Julie said they are prepared to present writing and Words Their Way workshops, once faculty discussion has taken place.

School Literary Journal: Padma presented an overview of the plan to publish student writing. Under the plan, students will submit different kinds of writing about the topic of kindness. The entries will then be published in a booklet and distributed to the Greenbrook community. The faculty will decide how the work will be edited. A contest was suggested to name the publication, perhaps handled by the Spirit and Pride Committee. To launch the program, Pat will read a book about kindness during an assembly.

Parent Nonfiction Book Club: Tara and Judy introduced the book, Strategies for Developing Capable Students, which gives parents and children strategies for handling issues. Tara, Pat and Judy will read the book. School Site Council may consider having a number of meetings about the same book. Council may also look into ordering the books. Although there is no timeframe, Judy would like to target January or February to begin the club.

Indian Culture Workshops: Usha Chatty, who has taught in India and works as a paraprofessional in South Brunswick, shared a presentation she has created providing cultural and academic information about Asian-Indians families. The presentation includes: general information about India; an overview of the education system in India; responsibilities of teachers; information about schools, classrooms and a studentís life; how families adapt to U.S. schools; an explanation of parental needs and suggested solutions. The presentation can be tailored to various groups.

The group discussed how the Greenbrook community has various immigrant nationalities in represented. However, it is significant that people are more the same than they are different. We can all unify around core beliefs, for example, the importance of being parents, and children learn about their individual cultures from each other.

Next Meeting: School Site Councilís next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 19th.

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