Introductions by the PA Leadership Team: Emily McHose (President), Beth Hollinger (Vice President), Alison Dorsey (Secretary), Amber King (Upper School Class Parent Coordinator) and Lauren Lipani (ECD/Lower School CP Coordinator).
Emily announced the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Chairs: Regina Mullen, Laura Spina and Julia Limongello
Harvest Festival Chair: Suzanne O’Brien
Auction Chair: Brittney Katsoff
Scholastic Book Fair Chairs: Jodi Lokoff and Janet Reynolds
Emily discussed the PA forming a mission statement which will be introduced at the next meeting. Goals include increased communication, community engagement and service, and some fundraising for PA events and Faculty and Staff Appreciation..
Emily discussed the survey results and what families are interested in
Suzanne O’Brien spoke about the Harvest Festival on 10/15
Covid: It will be limited to SPS families; all outside help will be vaccinated
Staffing: Short amount of time to pull it together; Suzanne will email all those who expressed interest in helping; Need volunteers to run crafts, sell tickets, help with breakdown; Suzanne will send wordage to CPs to send to families to encourage signups for 40 minute shifts
The baking contest is a highlight of the festival so please consider a contribution
Suzanne is looking for a successor after 8 years as Chair
Brittney Katsoff spoke about the Auction on May 13
It will be in person at the Museum of the American Revolution
It is the school’s largest fundraiser and a parent-led event
Looking for another person to help chair, and preferably able to make a 2 year commitment
The more hands on deck the more fun it will be so please get involved in this community celebration
Drop offs of winter uniforms from October 18 – 20; Free shopping from October 26 – 28
Family Business Directory will be compiled again this year so we can support SPS families with their own business. Information to go out asking for business name, contact info, and type of service provided to share with families
Admissions Open House will be October 23 via Zoom. Please spread the word, as word of mouth is the most effective way to let people know about the school. Sandy Trezza has window signs available at pickup. Consider posting a review online.
Anthony Valente from Yay Lunch was available to answer questions
Order deadline is midnight on Saturday each week but orders can be placed far in advance
There is no minimum requirement, no contract, a flexible cancelation policy and your credit card is not charged until the end of the week
Options are currently rotated quarterly, but they are looking at ways to mix it up more often once they have a better idea of what is most popular
Nutrition information is available through each vendor’s website.
Yay Lunch is the delivery platform for each vendor. All food is prepared the morning of delivery.
All purchases are shipped directly to your home address
Hoodie sweatshirts are part of the school uniform this year
Check the newsletter for more details
Matt Evans wrapped up the meeting
Great start to the school year. We have weathered the storm of getting into a new routine. We need to continue to be diligent and careful.
Faculty morale is high; faculty is eligible for booster shots soon and they are monitoring the eligibility of children ages 5-12
St. Peter’s Church construction update: Administration is working on a new traffic and walking pattern. Tentative plan is to have something more definitive at the end of the month. We don’t know when construction will start or if it will continue to face delays, but Matt will keep everyone posted.
City curriculum is going well. Administration is looking for ways for ‘Grandparents & Special Friends’ to be engaged in November, and planning for the Celebration of Light in December.
Upcoming Board of Trustees retreat will include strategic planning. The school is coming out of the pandemic in good standing. Finances and budget are in good shape. Reach out to Liz Isanuk or Sarah Evans with questions about the SPS Fund. Parental support is essential and appreciated.
After school activities: Stay tuned for more programming for the upper school and after school activities for the school community. Info to come from REACH coordinator Mikhi Woods and in the newsletter.
It’s been a great start to the school year and thanks to everyone for their time
Matt, Emily and Beth stayed on to answer any questions
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