Thursday, September 17, 8am – First HBSPA Meeting of the 2015-16 School Year

HBS Cafeteria

Please submit agenda items via email to HBSPA Secretary, Carolyn Beal at by Tuesday, 9/15
Any questions, contact HBSPA President, Karen Ng at

Next few meeting dates: 10/15, 11/19, 12/17 so mark your calendars!


HBSPA Meeting MinutesJune 11, 2015

Present: Andrea Wool, Sophia Grimes, Karen Ng, Rachael Caiati, Cilla Donatelli, Lori Fernandes, Ann Durham, James Mangrum, Jennifer Cox, Susan Lillesebbas, Elizabeth Zimmermann, Jessica Hewitt, Carolyn Beal, Joe Hoefferle, Bill Overbay, Iris Tong, Principal Magliocco, Ms Adair, Ms Borges

HBSPA Tree Plaque- To honor and thank the departing parents who have served as HBSPA Board Member or Committee Chairs: Susan Scollins Lillesebbas, Kate Bosch, Lindsey Reilly, Esther Choo and Elizabeth Zimmermann!!
Principal updates:

– 5th grade celebration on Wednesday

– Grandparents Day will be added next year

– Field Day was a success regarding weather and sportsmanship. Thanks to parents who helped out; kids showed great school spirit

– Fun Day was also a success, with improved communication so that many parents were able to arrive early and watch the Dance Party before the family picnic

– Technology at HBS

Walk A Thon money will be used to purchase 2 iPads and one MacBook Air for each classroom, as well as improving the building’s wireless access

RIC’s Feinstein School of Ed received a $10,000 donation which will be used to purchase a Chrome Book laptop cart for HBS

3 external drives will be available for teachers to sign out

maintenance on classroom Smart Boards and projectors

upgrading to a hallway intercom system (needed for safety during lockdowns)

– what a great year, thanks for all parents’ help, you’ve been wonderful!
President update:

– Providence Children’s Film Festival: Ms. Nagib has requested $200 to fund a visit from the PCFF’s Director of Programming to show some film shorts and lead discussion with students this coming Tuesday. Approved.

– Fall Festival Committee volunteers needed. It will be a fun HBS family event. Plan to hold a few committee meetings over the summer. If interested contact O’rya Hyde-Keller:

– Saturday’s family BBQ: we can use the gym as an indoor space as a rain option

– also on Saturday: American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Smithfield High School. HBS teachers will be walking in honor of Miss Kelly from 10 am to 1 pm. 

Families can still donate on-line: Donate to support Kelly’s Krusaders
2015-16 HBSPA President: Karen Ng

– a big thank you to Rachael for her hard work and dedication as HBSPA President this year. Some Board/Committee positions remain open (see below)

– Calendar of next year’s HBSPA events (see below)

– note that every long weekend except Labor Day has a half day on the Friday before. (Principal Magliocco reports that these teacher enrichment afternoons have been invaluable for the teachers.)

– will improve communication that financial assistance is available to attend HBS family events through the principal

– HBSPA will send a Welcome Letter to new families in the summer 

– an introduction email at the beginning of the year will explain things like fundraising for scholarships vs HBSPA activities, what is the Parents’ Drawer? and the RIC Foundation? etc
– RIC did not receive the funding it requested from the governor/state budget, but RIC has committed to keeping HBS open and promised that tuition will be raised in a manageable way

– Principal Magliocco will ask RIC to continue to provide the next year’s tuition information to parents before April/May.
– 5th grade community project: red and green safety windows are completed and patented by Mr. Arango!
Have a great summer!!

BBQ Saturday – rain or shine!


this Saturday

join the HBS community 

for the

HBS Family BBQ 
from 11 am to 2 pm 

at Henry Barnard School 

and Gymnasium

contact O’rya Hyde-Keller at



Support HBS teachers and the American Cancer Society

Join the HBS Teachers this Saturday for the 

American Cancer Society’s 
Relay for Life 
with Kelly’s Krusaders
Ms Paul, Ms Meehan, Ms Orton, Ms Schwab, Ms Adair, Ms Adler, Ms Capraro and Ms Richardson
June 13, 2015

from 10 am to 1 pm 

at Smithfield High School 

donate to Kelly’s Krusaders:

HBSPA Meeting Minutes5/14/15

Principal Magliocco’s Updates
Thank you HBSPA for Teacher Appreciation Week, funding for Tech Expo and the Lower School Garden improvements, and another very successful Walk-A-Thon organized by the Health and Wellness Committee.

Upcoming Kindergarten Meet & Greet is May 24; incoming students are also invited to Celebrate the Arts Night, 

School Improvement Team (Chair Meg Adair, parent representatives Rebecca Sparks and Rupayan Gupta) announces that the Parents’ Survey is on it’s way, awaiting possible IRB approval. It will be distributed through Survey Gizmo and includes 39 questions on retention and growth, safety, curriculum, communication, and school choice

HBS Fund Scholarship agreement on President Carriuolo’s desk

Thanks to Joe Hoefferle, Book Fair Chair, for organizing the upcoming Scholastic BoGo Book Fair

Upcoming: Field Day and Fun Day, Fifth Grade Celebration

New HBS promotional materials and brochure, funded by the HBSPA

Enrollment for 2015-16 is increased 20 students from this year

Title 1 Federal Funding is new for next year- provides resources for struggling students who live in Providence, based on enrollment in the Free & Reduced Lunch Program. Requires evidence for math and literacy needs, provides funding for materials and personnel 

HBS has routinely received Title 2 Funding for professional development

In the face of increasing enrollment, how does HBS get student teachers? School of Ed students request placement, then Principal Magliocco looks at the school’s need based on class size, teacher interest, etc. Example- the MAT co-teaching model requires placement with an HBS teacher who has experience with that model. Parent request that HBS teachers explain which teaching model is being used for each co-teacher when introducing that student teacher to class parents.

Can each class have a student-teacher? School of Ed students choose type of co-teaching placement- HBS vs other school environments. HBS teachers supported 9 student teachers in 2014-15. While it is desirable to increase placement at HBS, student teachers are also limited by individual certification areas.

Ms. Borges- consider offering co-teachers a paid internship with stipend in the Spring after they complete their in-classroom placement at HBS in the fall
Partnerships and Placement Committee- looking at growing the models, bringing more benefit to the school

Bill Hogan, head of student placement at PC — will mention to him possibility of having PC Ed students rotate through HBS

– will inquire similar personnel here at RIC to promote student teacher placement at HBS

Teacher Updates

Teacher Appreciation Week- Meg Adair expressed appreciation for all activities during Teacher Appreciation week. Thank you to parent Carolyn Beal for organizing the week.  

Thank you to parents who volunteered time and resources to improve the Lower School Gardens.
President and Board Updates


voting items:

HBSPA slate for 2015-16 – Cilla Donatelli

 – Karen Ng, President

 – Frank Steever, Vice President

 – Bill Overbay,Treasurer

 – Carolyn Beal, secretary 

 – O’rya Hyde-Keller + Susan Aaron, Family Activities

 – Jessica Hewitt, Children Activities

 – Cilla Donatelli, Parent Volunteer Coordinator

 – Iris Tong, Global Activities

 – Sophia Grice, Media Chair (Spencer DIckinson – online $ collection)

 – Bethany Sutton + Lori Fernandes, Fundraising

 – Michelle Steever, Art to Remember

 – Joe Hoefferle + Carolyn Beal, Book Fair co-chairs

 – Amy Kessler, Pawsox, 

 – Ilyssa Grant, 4th grade pasta night

 – Rachael Caiati, 6th grade open house

 – Kristin McBride, Teacher Appreciation 

HBS BBQ additional cost for rain date June 13 — O’rya Hyde-Keller – $193 (50 cents per person), approved by HBSPA. Increased cost related to off-season nature of the event.

 -currently planned for 5/16, **rain date 6/13

– 3rd anniversary of Little Free Library; Ms. Downes requesting that families bring a used book donation for the Library to celebrate

 – 10-11:30am, Donovan Dining Center 5/16 : RI STEM grant awarded to RI: 2 middle schools skyping with NASA astronaut and were assigned engineering projects by NASA. Presenting their work; NASA astronaut will be there
Tech Expo night additional funds $357.06 (approved by board for total of $1257.06)

 – parents expressed that families enjoyed event

 – special event so that parents can see what children are doing in Tech Ed class, similar to Celebrate the Arts Night

 – Funds from Walkathon, Tech Expo Night fundraising and GoFundMe campaign, going towards Tech Ed 3d printer

 – Discussion re: going over-budget with funding requests from HBSPA

 – some input from HSPBA members re: why HBSPA is funding core elements of HBSPA curriculum 

 – need to clarify what events and materials will be funded by HBS/RIC and what will be subsidized by HBSPA

 – Principal Magliocco plans to look at overall fundraising for HBS events and set budget in Fall

 – Request to add Tech Expo Night to HBS calendar for next year
    APPROVED – 1. Overage of $357.06

                           2. Need strategic clarity re: HBS budget for core curriculum activities

                           3. Principal Magliocco to discuss with HBS teachers re: plan for sustainabiity of class/projects/events 
Field Day and Fun Day– Karen Ng, Jess Hewitt 

 – Field Day – Friday 5/29 (weather delay June 1)

      – Medical tent by Sara Blessing

      – Mr. Janaway has sent information and volunteer request to parents

      – Christina Messina coordinating food for event

 – Fun Day – for lower grades

      – Small snack funded by HBSPA

      – Request from parents to announce activities ahead of time (i.e., performance usually done in gym by kids), will request that Mr. Janaway add to parent information handout
Treasurer’s report/Capital requests

– approx $55K in budget

Celebrate the Arts Night – 5/27; 5-8 pm:

 – Ms. Downes requests $$ for food and supplies 

 – Last year HBSPA approved $215 for light refreshments

 – Request for extra water and to not have refreshments only at front entrance

 – $ collected from the Art Machine will be donated for HBS scholarship fund in memory of Kelly Mullaly

 – in future, will plan to fundraise for the HBS scholarship fund and donors can indicate in memory of a specific person (Kelly Mullaly, Haven Starr, etc)

 – APPROVED: $400 for light refreshments and supplies
Pawsox – Amy Kessler

– Saturday, May 30


Fifth Grade Celebration – planning committee established and Third and Fourth Grade parent volunteers set
Fall Festival — O’rya Hyde-Keller

 – planning a larger event in the fall
Tuition Committee: RIC administration has not asked parents specifically to lobby for the RIC budget at the RI State House

 — Principal Magliocco is coordinating a social event with RIC president and Dean Pitt this Spring with parents