October 24, 2013 Leave a Comment
Attendance: Michelle Millett, Rachael Caiati, Frank Steever, Lindsey Reilly, Ilyssa Grant, Karen Ng, Erin Hogan, Kate Bosch, Bethany Sutton, Tamara Gruber, Beth Ryder, Jessica Borges, Meg Adair, Lori Jaiswal, Cilla Donatelli, Joanna Schatz, Laura Stroud, Kara DiSandro, Janette Todaro, Michele Meek, Susan Lillsebbas, Lou Lloyd-Zannini
- Busses are finally at a point of resolution. We will NOW have busses even on the days that Providence has no school.
- Field Trip season is underway with the preschoolers visiting Jaswell Farm, 4th grade traveling to Sachuest Point and 5th grade visiting Sturbridge Village.
- After school music classes with John Sutherland are a go and may require two classes.
- Mary Beth Cannon will be taking over the care and maintenance of the Marty Roberts Memorial garden at carport.
- HBS hosted some visitors from Israel this month thanks to a partnership with schools . The relationship has been ongoing via email and Skype. They loved our spacious campus!
- It appears that the RIC Preschool Coop will be coming to HBS. Architects have been evaluating the space and it currently serves 18 families. The Preschool Coop is a Bright Star Program and DCYF certified. Potential negatives for the HBS community include parking, security, access and loss of space. Please feel free to write a letter to Dr. Lou if you have concerns about this change.
- NECAP testing finished and the results will be available in February 2014. Next year PARCC testing www.parcconline.org will commence and be based on common core curriculum. PARCC is a computer based evaluation tool.
- The math curriculum for grades 1-3 is being reviewed with assistance from Karen McDermott-Fasy, School of Education. New math curriculum materials are being evaluated to supplement the current program and text books are being reviewed. All HBS students are assessed in math, reading and language arts three times a year – Fall/January and end of year.
10/18 Picture Day
10/23 Flu Clinic
10/25 Halloween concert and 5th Grade Fundraiser
11/5 Election Day – HBS is open
11/11 Veterans Day – HBS is closed
Art to Remember projects are being created. More information on ordering to follow.
Help raise money to benefit HBS! Link your Stop and Shop www.stopandshop.com and Target Red Card www.target.com to benefit our school. Internet purchases made through Good Search will also benefit HBS.
Talks are ongoing with Nanci Martin, Interim VP Advancement and College Relations for creation of an Alumni Committee. Tentative plans for an adult only Spring event.
- Teacher Stipends: All eligible teachers and staff submitted requests for HBSPA stipends. Total stipends granted $6,300. Jessica Borges extended sincere thanks from the faculty for the stipends granted.
- Plans to structure HBSPA meetings for efficiency, keeping meeting time to 1.5 hours or less. Thoughts for streamlining meetings include timed discussion, votes pre-stated on agenda, separating Lou out/interspersed throughout the year, encouraging direct emails to Lou.
- Dues Update: Approximately $5,000 in dues have been received thus far. Fifty-seven families out of 223 have participated for this year.
Preliminary budget has been created and will be voted on at November meeting. Capital expenditures committee has yet to meet. Currently HBSPA provides bottled water to Faculty and Staff, costing approximately $500/year. Information is being gathered for a machine that would filter water. A credit card reader is being considered for payments made to HBSPA.
- Book Fair generated approximately $1300 for HBSPA
- Family Activities updates were given by Tamara Gruber. Pizza Night was ran as a community building event and yielded approximately $200.Family activities has created a calendar of events and proposed events.
- Facebook Group creation was discussed as part of the HBSPA Facebook page. This project is ongoing and moderators would be needed.
- Dance: Tamara Gruber is chairing the dance this year. Those interested in working on this committee should contact Tamara at email@example.com
- 5th Grade Fundraiser was presented by Bethany Sutton. A night of Halloween fun is planned after the Concert and will include costume parade, raffles, concessions and bingo! Money raised will go toward the 5th Grade trip to NYC in the spring. Watch for a flyer with all the details coming out soon.
October 10, 2013 Leave a Comment
We are again working with Art to Remember, a company with the mission of supporting and promoting art education. Art to Remember transfers children’s artwork onto keepsake items. This is a unique way for you to enjoy your child’s artwork, and for your children to see you appreciate their accomplishments.
Your child’s artwork can be featured on over 30 gifts and affordable keepsakes, many under $15. In the next few days, your child will bring home a packet that contains a custom-made order form and a brochure that previews all of the items available for purchase that displays your child’s artwork. Instructions for placing an order will also be included. If you participated in the program before, you will notice a difference in that it is a custom-made order form and your child’s artwork is not in the packet. This means that there is one less item to misplace at home!
All items will arrive in time for the winter holidays, so you will be able to order additional keepsakes as gifts for other family members. You may want to think ahead to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day as well! Order forms with payment are due back to the school by Wednesday, October 23. Checks can be made payable to Rhode Island College Foundation.
If you would like to see all the different products Art to Remember offers, please visit their website at www.arttoremember.com If you have any questions about Art to Remember, please contact Michelle Steever at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401.258.7468.
September 30, 2013 Leave a Comment
Attendance: Erin Hogan, Ilyssa Grant, Tamara Gruber, Bethany Sutton, Mandy Kerr, Danisa Bonacic, Kristen King, Lisa McCrystal, Anya Davis, Jannette Todaro, Lori Jaiswal, Frank Steever, Brenda Shannon, Rema Tomka, Suzanne Salomon, Brandon Salomon, David Levellee, Amy Kessler, Cilla Donatelli, Mach Millett, Michelle Millett, Carolyn Beal, Susan Lillsebbas, Rupayan Gupta, Vani Gupta, Rachel Caiati, Molly Mazer, Joe Hoeferle, Joanna Schatz, Sara DeMille, Kara DiSandro, Olivia Milonas, Meenakshi Narain, Ulrich Heintz, Lorraine Downes, Lou Lloyd-Zannini
Lorraine Downes, Teacher Associate and Steward of the HBS Little Free Library, made a presentation about this community building program. Ms. Downes spearheaded this addition to HBS earlier this year. More information about this program can be found at http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/ Feel free to take a book or add a book to the HBS Little Free Library, located at the carport. Special thanks to Steven Beattie, master carpenter/contractor specializing in historic renovation. Steven owns Pie in the Sky 225 Thayer St, Providence with his wife, Ann Dusseault (an art school colleague of Ms. Downes) Steven created the library from scratch and donated all of the materials. Ms. Downes painted the the library in collaboration with Mrs. Capraro’s class. Many thanks to all involved in the creation of this great addition to HBS!
- Dr. Lou welcomed parents and students back for another school year.
- Several bumps in the start of this year were discussed. Students using Providence school bus services have had to deal with a variety of issues including late pick up and drop off, changing routes and a lack of information about changes and delays. (I am looking for name/number of the Providence bus yard to insert here or was the consensus that it was better to call the mayors’ office with complaints) It is anticipated that bus routes will be finalized by next week.
- Parents wanting to use the RIC D lot (faculty and staff) during morning drop off need to obtain a green parking pass through the HBS office. This pass allows families to park until 8:10 a.m. Campus Police begin aggressive ticketing of unauthorized cars after this time. A number of parking spots have been lost to the new traffic pattern as well as campus construction. Families who visit HBS during the day need to use the carport parking spots or visitor parking in lots A and K.
- Campus concerns, including parking issues, should be sent to Mach Millett email@example.com and they will be forwarded to Dr. Lou and addressed with RIC administration.
- The Grievance Procedure and Behavioral Policies were briefly discussed. Details can be accessed via the Family Handbook http://www.ric.edu/hbs/files/familyhandbook201314.pdf
- Please feel free to contact Dr. Lou firstname.lastname@example.org with comments and concerns.
- The future of the Providence/Barnard Plan was discussed. The Providence Plan was instituted in the 1960’s to address racial inequity and representation at HBS. Kindergarten admission is the sole entry point for Providence Plan students. Normally 10 students are enrolled under this plan. This fall, due to uncertainty about continued funding of this program, 5 students are enrolled. The Providence Plan continues to help provide diversity in our school community.
- Math Curriculum adjustments are currently underway. NECAP scores for 2012 indicated a hole in the second grade math curriculum involving subtraction skills. Changes to the second grade math program are being made that address these concerns.
- A discussion of Parent Contracts took place, trying to address parent questions about photography, cooperation between parents and school and control over children during the school day. Please contact Dr. Lou with questions or for clarification of the Parent Contract.
- An election for Faculty Liaison to HBSPA will take place next week. There will be one or two faculty representatives appointed.
- An inventory of equipment and safety protocols is being formulated by John Arango, Tech Ed, to address some parent concerns about activities taking place during this class. This information can be accessed via Mr. Arango’s blog at: http://technologyeducation-hbs.blogspot.com
- Tentative plans are underway to move the RIC Cooperative http://www.ric.edu/cooperativepreschool/ to the HBS physical plant. If the Coop move does occur, rejuvenated spaces and changes to playground equipment will need to occur. HBS families are still waiting for upgrades to the restrooms that were promised several years ago. A tuition increase has been in effect during this time to cover the cost of these renovations, which have yet to occur. Additional concerns regarding security, space utilization and costs to update spaces will be drafted by Mach Millett.
- Brief discussion took place regarding the possibility of an HBS middle school. Dr. Lou projects that each grade added to HBS will generate a $70-90K surplus each year. Parents raised questions regarding the mission and curriculum of the HBS Middle School. Dr. Lou will try to arrange a meeting for parents to meet with administrators regarding this proposed expansion.
Mach Millett opened with a discussion of the capital expenditures process and teacher stipends, voicing the need for more control over financial requests. Currently HBSPA has allocated a $225 stipend per teacher (this is the largest item in the budget, approximately $5000) for classroom related expenses. Starting in 2012, teachers were asked what they planned to use the funds for as a requirement for receiving the stipend. A proposal was made to have stipend requests voted on the way that capital expenditures are requested and voted upon. A poll of the meeting attendees elected to offer the stipend to teachers who disclosed what their plans were for the stipend, rather than voting on each request. A motion was also made and passed to allow the teachers to forego their stipend funds and allocate them for the upper grade field playground. An email from Mach Millett will go out to faculty, staff and HBS families inviting them to make a Capital Expenditures request this fall. These requests will be prioritized by the CE committee and presented at the October meeting.
Vice President Update:
An HBSPA dues letter was drafted by Rachael Caiati and sent to HBS families this week. Suggested dues are $75. Dues collection is the primary source of funds raised by the HBSPA and allows a variety of programs to be offered to the children as well as supporting faculty and staff.
Michelle Millett, fundraising chairperson, questioned what our goals for fundraising were this year. Suggestions from HBS staff and families include playground improvements to upper wing play area, tables and chairs for dining room, replacing carpeting in school with tile and scholarship fund. Discussion included the best way to come to a consensus on goals for the year – fundraising meeting/survey/email or regular mail communication.
Iris Tong is the Volunteer chairperson. Volunteers willing to chair the Write Place and the Family Dance are still needed! Please contact Iris if you can help – email@example.com
Rema Tomka is chairing the HBS apparel for this year and is hoping to revamp items offered, including new items for adults.
Updates were provided by Jannette Todaro, chair of the Book Fair committee. This year Scholastic has offered a number of new promotional products to school book fairs and there will be several prizes given via free raffles on Pizza Night. The book fair will run from September 24-26.
- Tamara Gruber provided updates for this committee. Along with co-chair Susan Gunter, Tamara stated that the committee will be soliciting ideas from the HBS community. Please email ideas to either Tamara (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Susan (email@example.com)
- The first HBS Family Activity will be Pizza Night, Tuesday September 24th in conjunction with the Fall Scholastic Book Fair. The price for supper at Pizza Night is $4/person and includes Twins Pizza and salad. A few volunteers are still needed to help! Please contact Tamara or Susan if interested.
- Kara DiSandro offered a brief statement about the goals of the Global Awareness committee, including encouraging cultural awareness in our community. On Pizza Night, GA will be participating by offering flags of various nations, coloring and map activities.
- The RIC Performing Arts Series, offers each HBS student access to 2 discounted tickets to their performances. More information is available at http://ric.edu/pfa/pas.php
Health & Wellness:
- Erin Hogan presented dates for the spring Walkathon fundraiser – put April 4th with a rain date of April 11th on your calendar!
- Other plans for H&W include healthy food tastings in the cafeteria and a basketball event TBA.