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


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October 2013

September 20, 2005 In attendance: Pat Holliday, Tara Nachman, Craig Botnick, Vivek Deshmukh, Rupa Deshmukh, Leah Carson, Gail Magid, Judy Walters, Usha Chatty, Shanthi Ramayanapu, Trupti Desai, Julie Johnson, Ellen Gordon, Ann Sisko, Heidi Rone, B. Ramapapa, Raja M, Bindu Patel, Gayatri Mehta, Joanne Trautwein, Barbara Dehrer, Michele Krebs.

The meeting began with a welcome from Tara and Pat. Introductions were stated around the room. Pat then defined School Site Council as a parent teacher goal setting group. In her eyes, this group is an advisory group to the principal. SSC takes the goals set by the federal government and local district and build upon them and make suggestions. Our group gives suggestions to Pat who, in turn, meets with the teachers to create an action plan based on those suggestions. We must take into consideration all children, special education, economically disadvantaged, ethnic subgroups and create events for everyone. Our events should be fun, energetic, dynamic and exciting.

Pat gave an overview of the new configuration. She explained that the school opened on time set up well enough to get started. There are still things to do and we are working through them.

Pat will be leaving for surgery at the beginning of October. Gwen Waxman will be taking over all of her duties in her absence.

Goals/Initiatives: No Child Left Behind Act mandates that the goal for EVERY child at the end of 4th grade in 2006 is to pass 75% Literacy/Language Arts and 63% in Math.

The committees we are looking to form this year and their initiatives are:

Gator Gazette to promote Literacy. This is a literary journal published two times per year. Children volunteer their work to be published. Parents and a Faculty Volunteer are needed to coordinate and publish this journal.

Authors Night to promote Literacy. This is an evening where children voluntarily sign up to come in and read some of their writing to a small group of students and their families. This has been met with much excitement and participation over the years. Parents are needed to plan this event.

Greenbrook Showcase to promote Math and Science. This is a take-off of our former Math, Science and Technology Nite. We would have children’s work showcased throughout the school. One night will be designed for the parents and children to visit the school and see all of the wonderful work. The showcase will feature math and science type work. Parents and a Faculty Volunteer are needed to plan this evening.

Teacher/Parent Workshops for Primary Literacy, Primary Math, Upper Literacy and Upper Math. Pat and the teachers will work out the timing of these WONDERFUL workshops. Parents will be needed to prepare and distribute flyers and coordinate the evenings.

5th Grade Mother Daughter Book Club to promote Literacy. This book club was done for the first time last year with much success. Mrs. Ann Sisko has offered to be the Faculty Advisor for this year. We will need parents to coordinate with Mrs. Sisko in planning the meetings and books to be read.

A Fantasy Book Club was mentioned to promote literacy without excluding anyone. This is something new that we might try. We will need Parent volunteers and a Faculty Advisor to pull this together.

Ellen Gordon discussed Operation Bookworm. Operation Bookworm is a parent volunteer literacy group established in South Brunswick and has been running in Greenbrook for 12 years (this is our 13th year!). Operation Bookworm Faculty Members will train parents to assist children with their reading skills. Parents offer a minimum of 1 hour per week to come in and read and play literacy games with children. The training is on October 18 and October 25 from 12pm – 2:30 pm at the Monmouth Junction Fire House. Ellen runs this program at Greenbrook.

Ellen Gordon and Julie Johnson mentioned a parent book discussion group based on the book “The 7 Keys to Comprehension”. Anyone interested in this group should contact Joanne or Tara.

It was requested to have a workshop for New Parents to Greenbrook School. This would be in addition to the overview given at Back to School Night.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30pm in the Faculty Lounge.

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