June Meeting Minutes

Attendance:  Karen Ng, Tamara Gruber, Kristen Libutti, Kristen Garabedian, Susan Lillsebbas, Mach Millett, Frank Steever, Lori Jaiswal, Sandeep Jaiswal, Kathleen Hughes, Rema Tomka, Kate Bosch, Jannette Todaro, Jessica Borges, Lou Lloyd- Zanini

Introductions and Opening Comments

Mach Millett, HBSPA President for the 2012-2013 school year, opened the meeting by thanking volunteers and previous Board members for their service.  Michelle Millett, outgoing President, was also recognized for her leadership and for increasing the accessibility and transparency of the HBSPA.

Faculty Liason’s Update

Jessica Borges thanked the HBSPA for their efforts and support throughout the school year.  She also spoke about faculty interest in developing presentations for HBSPA night meetings that would highlight their research and other scholarly work.

The process for teachers requesting funding from the HBSPA was reviewed.  These requests are typically made and decided upon in early November each year.  Faculty was also encouraged to utilize Scholastic Dollars that are earned as a benefit of the book fairs.

Principal’s Update

Lou Lloyd Zanini began his remarks with news of the 10% tuition hike for the 2012-2013 school year, which was approved by the Board of Governors.  The BOG is looking for a 10-15 year plan for HBS and will cap future increases at 7%.

Highlighting the importance of HBS to the RIC community, Dr. Lou gave the following figures for this school year:

  •  140 RIC education students came for observations
  • 13 co-teachers and student teachers worked with HBS faculty
  • 229 practicum students
  • 58 mentors worked one on one with HBS students

Talks are underway between Dr. Lou, Paul Forte, Sasha Sidorkin and Susan Lusi regarding Providence Plan reimbursement.

There are a number of open positions at HBS:

Ms. Jenny Schwab will be filling the 3rd grade opening.  She her background is in computer marketing and technology.  Ms. Schwab has nine years teaching experience in both public and private schools.

Ms. Karen Bucci has been permanently hired into her 4th grade tenure track position.

Decisions regarding both the 5th grade opening and the guidance counselor position are being formalized soon.

There will not be a third 4th grade class for this fall.

Dr. Lou also stated that the class and supply lists should be mailed to parents in early August.  Plans are underway to better organize Curriculum Night.

President’s Updates

Mach first spoke about calendar planning.  The first day of school will be Friday August 24th and will be a full day for all students.  The final day of school will be Tuesday June 11th and there are 2 storm days built in to this calendar.  Dr. Lou offered that families will be surveyed on their calendar preferences this fall.  Discussion about spreading both fundraising and HBS community events throughout the year occurred.  Every effort is being made to alleviate undue financial and social stress for our families.

HBSPA Meetings will occur at 8 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month.  Several evening meetings will be offered and those dates are TBA.  The first meeting of the 2012-2013 school year will be held Thursday 13th September at 8 a.m. in the Faculty Lounge.

Open HBSPA positions were discussed.  Kate Bosch will take over the EastSide Market receipt program.  We are looking for volunteers to organize the Box Tops remittance and also to work in the Write Place.  If you are interested in learning more about these positions, please contact Iris Tong: iris_tong@brown.edu.

Have you visited the new website of the HBSPA yet?  You can stay up to the minute with HBSPA news and events by subscribing to the RSS feed at www.hbspa.org

Protocols for posting to the site were discussed.  The website is limited to HBSPA news, minutes of the HBSPA meetings and RIC community events.

Discussions regarding several other technology related issues took place, including the possibility for creating a PayPal account to aid in fundraising and dues collection. Creation of a FaceBook page for HBSPA also took place.

Celebration of the Arts was once again a popular and well attended event.  Thank you to parents who helped by hanging artwork and making food and drink contributions.

Discussion regarding how to balance Community Building with Fundraising and what the focus of the HBSPA will be for the future took place and will be ongoing.

Committee Updates

Thank you to Health and Wellness for the recent e-publication of Healthy Henry.  The publication will continue, with some changes, for the coming school year, reported Kathleen Hughes.  Ideas for change include cycling responsibility for the publication throughout the grades, working in conjunction with The Write Place and creating an after school club that focuses on Healthy Henry.  Plans are also underway for an HBS cookbook.

The HBS PawSox event sold out at 125 tickets.  Kristen King will be organizing this event for 2013.

Other Business

The group discussed various ways of welcoming new families and generating enthusiasm for HBSPA activities.

A drop in coffee hour is being planned for the first day of school, Friday August 24th at 8 a.m.

An information table for new families will be available during the first week of school to help with questions that arise.

All new families will receive a welcome letter from the HBSPA.

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