PTA & SLT

 P.S. 150Q Sunnyside PTA Logo 

Parent Association (PTA)

ps150qpta@gmail.com
ps150qpta.com

Samir Mahmoud (Co-President)
Giuseppe Spoletini (Co-President)
Kasey Powers (Treasurer)
Sara Hunt Munoz (Secretary)

School Leadership Team (SLT)

ps150qslt@gmail.com

2021-2022 Parents on SLT:

  • Erin Lisowski
  • Barney Burgess
  • Anna Boksenbaum
  • Ursula Gutierrez
  • Yelitza Castanos
  • Nicole McDonnell

2021-2022 Teachers on SLT:

  • E. Anne Wine (UTF Chapter Leader, SLT co-chair)
  • Jeanine Bradley
  • Marnie Geltman
  • Amy Kline
  • Nicole Kroski
  • Kennen McManus

News Archives

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

In attendance:
Samir Mahmoud, co-president
Giuseppe Spoletini, co-president
Kasey Powers, treasurer
Sara Hunt Munoz, secretary
Ms. Parache, principal
Genesis Rodriguez, parent coordinator

General PTA members:
See screenshot attached

Agenda:

Welcome and Introductions
Approval of meeting minutes
President’s Report

Treasurer’s Report
Principal’s Report


President’s Report

  • Parents’ Night Out was a success
    • About 60 people attended
    • Raised over $2,200 for the school
  • PTA sold concessions at the Art Showcase
  • PTA funded the bus for the 6th grade trip to Rye Playland
  • PTA sponsored a DJ and photo booth for 5th and 6th grade celebrations
  • PTA helped decorate for stepping up ceremonies and graduation
  • Fifth Grade Play is coming up. PTA sold ads for the program and purchased tee shirts for the cast and crew
  • Ice cream social will be held on 6/23 at the Annex and the Main Building
  • PTA hopes to have more in-person events next year and will need volunteers to pitch in and/or lead some of the activities. We will circle back in early September.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

In attendance:
Samir Mahmoud, co-president
Giuseppe Spoletini, co-president
Kasey Powers, treasurer
Sara Hunt Munoz, secretary
Ms. Parache, principal
Genesis Rodriguez, parent coordinator

General PTA members:
Betty Yung
Erin Lisowsi
Johnathan Hagen
Tosh Sheridan
Isabel Romero-Essay
Ross Riley
Anna
Lauren T.
Rebecca Smolen
Mark Lilakos
Pallavi Gupte
WD
Michelle Arvin
Jennifer Maloney

 

Agenda:

Welcome and Introductions
Approval of December meeting minutes
Principal’s Report
President’s Report

Treasurer’s Report
Election of new board members



  • Principal’s Report
    • Third-floor girls bathroom has been vandalized
      • Trying to identify person using handwriting analysis
      • Guidance is aware
      • May need to enlist teachers as bathroom monitors
    • Increase of COVID cases in NYC
      • Encouraging students to wear masks indoors
      • Parents attending end-of-year events must be vaccinated even if only outdoors
      • Limited number of guests for events (2 per student)
    • Entering the building
      • Parents still need to show proof of vaccination and a photo id (physical, not on a phone)
        • Agent Green has been getting some resistance
    • Students should still be keeping up with i-Ready
    • School will provide students with many of the supplies needed for the fall
  • President’s Report
    • Parents’ Night Out is coming up on May 23rd
      • Encourage family, friends, teachers, and staff to attend
      • Great local raffle prizes
    • Teacher Appreciation luncheon was a tremendous success
    • Baby supply collection went well
    • Lots of June events that we need volunteers to help with
  • Treasurer’s Report
    • Current budget is $36,428.91
    • Need to approve $10,000 increase in expenses to cover end-of year activities (field trips, graduation, ice cream social, 5th grade dance parties, etc.)
      • Passed with 71% of the vote
  • Elections
    • Samir Mahmoud voted in as President
    • Sara Hunt Munoz voted in as Vice President
    • Kasey Powers voted in as co-Treasurer
    • Betty Yung voted in as co-Treasure
      • We still need a Secretary and can hold another election at the June meeting. 




Wednesday, March 16, 2022

In attendance:
Samir Mahmoud, co-president
Giuseppe Spoletini, co-president
Kasey Powers, treasurer
Sara Hunt Munoz, secretary
General PTA members (screenshot attached)

 

Agenda:

Welcome and Introductions
Approval of December meeting minutes
President’s Report

Treasurer’s Report
Principal’s Report
SLT Report



  • President’s Report
    • In February the PTA funded Valentine treat boxes for the teachers and school staff
    • The PTA identified and funded Indoor Recess, inviting local movement teachers to the school to keep the students occupied and moving during recess
    • Over two dozen students performed in the virtual talent show
    • The PTA supported the March PBIS rewards and has been asked to contribute to future ones
    • Fundraising
      • Donation envelopes will be sent home with the students. The PTA is looking to raise money to support some additional spring activities. Every little bit helps.
      • Story Pirates--performers incorporate student suggestions into plays and skits
      • Additional PBIS rewards
      • Ice cream social
      • Graduation festivities
    • Parents’ Night Out event
      • Night at a local restaurant with food and drinks
      • Silent auction fundraiser
      • Need volunteers to chair this event
    • Food and baby supply drive for MOSAIC food pantry (school will collect). Additional gently used childrens’ clothes can be brought directly to MOSAIC.
  • Treasurer’s Report
    • Current budget is $31,758.14
    • We’ve met our original budget goals
    • Would like to raise funds to contribute to the cost of the auditorium chair refurbishment project ($500,000)
    • Opportunities to see concessions at some of the upcoming events
    • In the past Parents Night Out raised $3000, concession sales brought in $1,600 and parents contributed $6,000 through the envelope drive
  • Principal’s Report
    • 5th grade play
      • Drama teacher has left the school
      • Mr. Postel and Ms. Goodman have stepped in to facilitate a spring musical review
      • Rehearsals will be after school two days a week
      • There may be an opportunity for the students to turn their skits into movies and show them at the end of the year
    • Planner design contest is underway
      • Next year’s students will receive a planner to keep track of their homework and teach them organizational skills
    • Still collecting school surveys
    • Enrichment classes starting in the spring
    • Specials teachers are back in their classrooms
    • Title I funding was used for virtual parent workshops
  • SLT Report
    • Discussion of mask-optional protocols. Students can decide what they are comfortable doing. 
    • Drama teacher’s departure/5th grade show

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

In attendance:
Samir Mahmoud, co-president
Giuseppe Spoletini, co-president
Kasey Powers, treasurer
Sara Hunt Munoz, secretary
General PTA members (screenshot attached)

Agenda:

Welcome and Introductions
Approval of December meeting minutes
President’s Report

Treasurer’s Report
Principal’s Report
SLT Report

  • President’s Report
    • Photo retakes and graduation photos were taken on 1/18 in the main building and the Annex
      • Next year Picture Day will be the week of October 17th
    • Virtual Talent Show
      • Our second annual virtual talent show will take place the evening of February 11th
      • Students are encouraged to sign up to perform
      • Students and parents are encouraged to tune it to cheer on their classmates
      • More info and sign up form will be on Dojo
    • Indoor Recess
      • PTA is partnering with local businesses to bring movement/exercise to the students during the winter months
      • Looking to roll this out in February
      • A few parents mentioned they were interested
      • Additional parents will be needed to oversee
    • Coat Drive
      • The school coat drive has been a tremendous success
      • PTA was able to help Miss Genesis bring 6 bags to the MOSAIC food pantry
      • Coat drive continues until 1/31
    • PTA will sponsor a pizza party for teachers and staff at the end of the month
  • PTA Treasurer’s Report 
    • Updates on what was spent so far and what donation money has come in
    • Spirited discussion on fundraising
  • Principal’s Report (AP Scott Postel) 
    • On cold days students are walking/running around the track to get a bit of exercise before they go inside for recess
    • Both vaccinated and unvaccinated students are being tested for COVID
    • Health screener is being updated again by the DOE
    • Anyone out because of COVID who keeps up with assignments on Google Classroom will not be marked absent
    • New information can be added to the blue cards but new cards need to be requested and filled out 
  • School Leadership Team Report 
    • The most recent meeting focused on answering COVID-19 questions

NO FEBRUARY MEETING. NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, March 16th at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom (connection details will be shared on ClassDojo)

 

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

In attendance:
Samir Mahmoud, co-president
Giuseppe Spoletini, co-president
Kasey Powers, treasurer
Sara Hunt Munoz, secretary
General PTA members (screenshot attached)

 

Agenda:

Welcome and Introductions
Approval of October meeting minutes
President’s Report

Treasurer’s Report
Principal’s Report
SLT Report

 

  • President’s Report
    • Recap of Halloween community service project - candy goody bags for the Sunnyside Mosaic Food Pantry
    • Reminder about Thanksgiving food drive for the Sunnyside Mosaic Food Pantry
    • Picture day was a success
    • Call for volunteers, ideas, and suggestions
    • Call for parents with a skill to teach (yoga, Zumba, etc.) to participate in indoor recess
    • Author’s month--PTA to purchase local author’s book for each classroom and will provide a video from the author for teachers to share
  • Treasurer’s Report
    • Donations continue to come in in honor of former P.S. 150Q student Fred Klein. Will be used toward a spring ice cream social.
    • Encouraged parents to take advantage of the NYC vaccine bonus where an additional $100 for a child’s first dose goes to the PTA
  • Principal’s Report
    • School building repairs and construction could last up to 2 years
    • School will be offering extra support in reading comprehension and phonics
    • December themes are critical thinking and growth mindset
    • School will be partnering with Toys For Tots on a December toy drive
    • Pop-up vaccination only had enough for 50 people
    • Hydroponics lab is almost completely and will hopefully open this year
    • There’s a possibility of a 5th grade play in the spring
    • Because of COVID we can’t yet have Chorus or Band yet. Chess club will be starting soon. 
    • Response to meeting participants’ questions:
      • A couple of teachers are currently on leave and have substitutes
      • Will follow up with YMCA about after-school
      • Students are not allowed on the playground equipment for safety, equity, and COVID reasons

SLT Report

  • Nothing to report until next month.

 

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, December 15th at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom (connection details will be shared on ClassDojo)

 

 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

In attendance:
Samir Mahmoud, co-president
Giuseppe Spoletini, co-president
Kasey Powers, treasurer
Sara Hunt Munoz, secretary
General PTA members (screenshot attached)

 

Agenda:

Welcome and Introductions
Approval of June meeting minutes
President’s Report

Treasurer’s Report
SLT Report
Principal’s Report

 

President’s Report

  • New executive board members introduced themselves
    • Discussed what the PTA does and the role of the parents
    • There are still open PTA executive board positions. Please email ps150qpta@gmail.com if interested. 
  • Current priorities discussed
    • Providing school supplies for classrooms
    • Strengthening relationships between the PTA and the teachers
    • Identifying community service opportunities for the students
    • Encouraging environmental sustainability in events (less waste)

Treasurer’s Report

  • Budget update
    • Current PTA budget is approximately $31,000
    • PTA General Meeting participants (one vote per person) will vote on budget next meeting after new Treasurer has all of the necessary paperwork
    • Encouraged parents to use smile.amazon.com to generate fundraising dollars for the school (choose Ps 150 Queens)
    • Looking into activities like Story Pirates and indoor recess activities for inclement weather days. 

 

SLT Report

  • School Leadership Team meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 a.m. on Zoom (connection details are shared on ClassDojo before each meeting)
  • If you have school issues you can contact ps150qslt@gmail.com to raise them or to be added to a meeting agenda
  • If you’d like to present at a meeting, please make arrangements in advance so they can accommodate you as part of the agenda
  • The SLT has already assembled once to meet one another and set expectations for the year

 

Principal’s Report

  • Priority is mitigating the spread of COVID-19
  • Hoping to host Fun Fridays to connect with social/emotional themes
  • Reminded members that the SLT reviews the Comprehensive Education Plan, looks at data, sets goals, and ensures that the school is aligned with the budget
  • The school wifi has been upgraded but students using Windows 7 now need to upgrade to Windows 10 on the devices they bring to class
  • Construction projects
    • The hydroponics lab in Room 209 is coming along 
    • There is work being done on the auditorium
    • There will be some construction happening in the upper yard that will require scaffolding
  • Focusing on Respect, Reflect, and Revise across the school
  • Focusing on social/emotional wellbeing
    • Positive reinforcement
    • Reflection sheets
    • Adding a calming room, sensory walks, and other sensory equipment
  • School yard is opening earlier to accommodate sibling dropoff
  • Every moment counts so trying to get student to their classrooms as soon as possible
  • Assessments are currently taking place and lessons will be adjusted accordingly
  • Monthly themes
    • October is anti-bullying month
      • Wear orange on October 1st 
      • Poster contest
      • Service project: making candy bags for kids (MOSAIC food pantry)
    • Focus on Diversity and Inclusion
    • Book of the Month will deal with social/emotional issues
    • Stanford Harmony lessons
    • Parent workshops lead by guidance office
    • Monthly assemblies
    • Visit Q150.org website for calendar of activities and additional information
  • ClassDojo is the school’s primary method of communication
  • After school programs are coming back but each organization needs to submit paperwork and be approved by the DOE to return to the building

 

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