PTA minutes

May 24, 2021

April 28, 2021

March 24, 2021

February 24, 2021

January 27, 2021

December 16, 2020

November 18, 2020

October 28, 2020

September 30, 2020

September 16, 2020

June 25, 2020

May 27, 2020

April 30, 2020

February 26, 2020

May 24 6:30 pm PTA General Meeting

Our yoga instructors Sylvia and Sherry started the meeting by doing a 2-minute breathing exercise. We thank them for leading our yoga program this year.

Carry Chan presented information with the district family support counselor Elvis Marte. The mayor announced today that there will be no remote option next school year. We discussed the positives and negatives of this school year.

Bonfire Fundraiser – We raised almost $700. Store is still open for the rest of the school year and into the summer if folks want to purchase more items.

We had Teacher Appreciation Lunch on Friday for the teachers. We thank Mary O for providing lunch and Pritsana, Nicole and Johana for their help in arranging as well as drinks and dessert.

Call for PTA Exec Board members for 2021/2022 school year – We have an open call for board members for next year. Open board positions that must be filled for the PTA to function next year are President, Treasurer and Secretary, we can also use more Vice Presidents. There are also 3 open SLT seats. Please reach out to if you know anyone who would be interested. The elections will be held at the last PTA meeting on June 24 at 6:30.

Teacher Update – Teachers are starting end of the year assessments. End of the year reports will be going out online thru the DOE system. We are providing in-person graduation for this year’s fifth grade as well as last year’s class. Both graduations will be held outside. The dates are June 18 for this year’s fifth grade class and June 22 for last year’s fifth grade class.

Parent Coordinator Update – There is still time to sign up for the Summer Rising program, which will be held at PS 20. Parents must sign up online. Watch for a Bloomz announcement about information sessions (Wednesday at 9 am and 6 pm). Campos gym will be used next year for our gym, Dorothy is reaching out to the DOE to see if they will still take care of the funding for that. District 1 is looking for a Parent Wellness Ambassador from each school to be involved in the family involvement program. The parent, who will receive a $500 stipend, will attend four summer training sessions and be responsible for sharing information with CWS parents in September about trauma informed resources. Please watch Bloomz this week for more details, an informational flier, or reach out to me. The PTA will be submitting the candidate.

Principal Update – We are so happy that so many kids are back at school. Covid testing continues on a weekly basis at school. Teacher planning sessions are scheduled for the 28, 29, and 30 of June.

 April 28 6:30 pm PTA General Meeting

Minutes from March General Meeting approved.

School Spirit day + chance to buy all school logo merchandise – Wear your CWS gear on June 11! Merchandise store will reopen soon with all past items from this year. Please reach out if you know someone in need of gear to ensure that everyone who would like to participate can!

Call for PTA Exec Board members for 2021/2022 school year – We have an open call for board members for next year. Open board positions that must be filled for the PTA to function next year are President and Treasurer. Please reach out to if you know anyone who would be interested.

Next month’s general PTA meeting will be on Monday, May 24. Carry Chan (Superintendent for District 1) will be joining us to speak with parents and give an update on what next school year will look like. She will answer parent questions and will be asking for feedback, both negative and positive.

 Chipotle Fundraiser – We are hosting a fundraiser night at Chipotle (1st Ave and 17th Street) on Tuesday, May 4 from 4 to 8 pm. Use code DKM8JF8 for any purchases made. We will receive 33% of sales. We held a raffle for a $25 Chipotle gift card during the meeting. The winner was Joyce!

Third Street Music – Open House for all students will be on June 5. Look for information on how your child can get free music lessons for one year. This hands-on event will be held outside. Your child does not have to attend the open house to receive free lessons. 

Treasurer Update – Opening balance is $53,406. We’ve raised about $13,000 year to date. School will be covering music, yoga and Starz program. Taxes have been filed for 2019-2020. We are putting together a budget committee to set a budget for next year. We are looking for one more person to be part of the budget committee, anyone in the school community is eligible.

Teacher Update – Fifth graders started STARZ program this week. We are working hard to provide graduation for this year’s fifth grade as well as last year’s class. Graduation will be held outside. Summer school information will be released soon.

Principal Update – We are so happy that our debt was cleared by the DOE, and our budget was restored. We have been able to provide tutoring to many kids who received a promotion in doubt letter. We were able to determine a schedule that could accommodate more kids coming in. We worked with the other schools in the building to make best use of all the shared space. We are concerned about the traffic during drop off and pick up, especially with the need for some kids to cross the street to enter the building. It is also important that parents do not park their car for a long duration during these times as major congestion in the area is creating an unsafe situation.

 Mar 24 6:30 pm PTA General Meeting

Minutes from February General Meeting approved.

CWS Guidance Counselor Jennifer Rios presented a talk entitled “How to Manage Overwhelming Feelings around Parenting During A Pandemic.” Jennifer touched on social-emotional learning, consistency, and self care. Information on caregiver support is posted in the Family Resource Center on your child’s Google classroom page. This website is a great resource for social emotional learning If you would like to reach out to Jenn, her email is PTA has a copy of the presentation available for all families, email .

Call for PTA Exec Board members for 2021/2022 school year – We have an open call for board members for next year. Open board positions that must be filled for the PTA to function next year are President and Treasurer. Please reach out to if you know anyone who would be interested.

Chipotle Fundraiser – We are hosting a fundraiser night at Chipotle (1st Ave and 17th Street) on Tuesday, May 4 from 4 to 8 pm. You will receive a code on Bloomz that should be used for any purchases made. We will receive 33% of sales.

Cookbook Update – The cookbook is currently being designed. Look for information about our live launch event.

Carry Chan message – The Superintendent for District 1 will be joining us in May or June to give an update on what next school year will look like.

Teacher Update – NY State is scheduled to participate in testing but has applied for a waiver. The test will be low stakes and only for in-person students. If your child is fully remote and would like to take the test, please reach out to your child’s teacher to schedule a day for them to come in to take the test. Tests will not be offered remotely. There are absolutely no repercussions if a child does not take a test. Testing will be one day for ELA, one day for Math, and one day for Science. Look for more information on specific dates. For in-person students, email your child’s teacher if you would like to opt out of testing. The fifth grade teachers will be reaching out to this year’s families to schedule a moving up ceremony. We will also hold a moving up ceremony for last year’s fifth graders. Spring Break is next week. Teachers ask everyone to check Bloomz and the school calendar.

Parent Coordinator Update – Middle School applications are in. We are working with tech team to update grants for technology. We are also putting in a grant for a hydroponic plant lab in the science classroom. Please see Dorothy if you have tech issues. We thank Mo for all of her tech support. Dorothy is asking for ideas of how to drive more parents to the website and would like parents to check website daily. Our website is totally compliant and is being used as a model for the rest of District 1.

Principal Update – Today was the first day to opt in to hybrid learning. The last day to opt in is April 7. There will be no additional opt-in opportunities after the April 7th deadline. We are eager to bring in as many kids as possible in a safe manner. The CDC approved distance between students is now 3 feet. We will need to reconfigure schedules and classrooms. Please be patient while we work through this new information. Our goal is to implement the new schedules by April 26. All school debt was cleared by the mayor. The DOE is currently working with schools for a plan for the next school year.

 Feb 24 6:30 pm PTA General Meeting

Minutes from the January General Meeting were posted and approved.

We thank our special guest CWS Special Ed Service Provider Michelle Mizrachi for her presentation: Struggling Students: From Identification to Special Education. This talk focused on the process of identifying and assisting struggling students. Here’s a list of our SIT team members: Kimberly-Kindergarten; Jeanette-1/2 Grades; Luis and Stephanie-5th Grade; Crystal-SETSS; Jenn-Counselor; Sarah-Occupational Therapist; Kiara-1/2 Grades; Tiffany-3rd Grade; Louise-4th Grade; Martha & Jacqueline-Speech Therapists; Noelle-Reading Recovery General Education Teacher. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Michelle at .

 Fundraiser updates:
Cookbook – We received many recipes thru the Google form. Cookbook is in the design phase. More information to follow. Launch is potentially scheduled for May.
Bonfire – We raised $350 from the recent Bonfire campaign.
Chipotle Fundraiser – More information to come.
Special Teacher Event – More information to come.
Schoolapalooza – This will not be held this year. Our deposit at PSNY will be transferred to next year’s event.

Treasury update – Beginning February balance is $52,715. We recently made payments for yoga.

Teacher update – Spring Family Conferences will be held next week. Look for notices coming from your child’s teacher. This are family conferences, so please make sure your child joins the discussion. We are loving the music program. Everyone also loves yoga.

Parent Coordinator update – PreK and K applications are on-going. We had a hydroponics grant that will be used to update technology at the school. The Tech team is facilitating. We are working with Borough President Gale Brewer to create a hydroponics classroom.

Principal update – Scott will take a childcare leave. We are working to find his replacement. Elyssa will be going on maternity leave soon. We have had a loss of students. We started with 347 students and currently have 244 students. This is happening across the district. We will be part of an early elementary school fair for the district. We encourage everyone to recommend new prospective students to our school. We continue to have COVID testing every week.

 Jan 27 6:30 pm PTA General Meeting

Review/approve last month’s minutes – Approved.                            

Vaccine Story and Q&A by CWS Parents Mo and Jeremy Coffey – A big thanks for this very informative talk about their experience with the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Trial. The links Mo shared are:
Hopkins Medicine COVID-19 Vaccine Myths
Mayo Clinic COVID-19 Vaccine Myths
CNN COVID-19 Vaccine Myths

Update on New Bonfire Campaign – Our last campaign made about $1200. We are running a new campaign with new products and designs. Upgraded masks, mugs, totes, onesies, and toddler shirts. Information coming soon.

Call for Cookbook Entries – An email will be sent out shortly requesting recipes. The deadline to submit recipes is Feb 12. For the cookbook launch, we will host a zoom where a recipe from the book is prepared by Chef Chris Scott from Top Chef.

Would you like to be on next year’s board? – Everyone should think about running to be a part of next year’s PTA board.

Treasury Report – Jan opening balance is $56,740.86. Forthcoming expenses include Music and Yoga. Donation letters from 2020 will be delivered by email soon. We encourage everyone to use Amazon Smile.

Teacher’s Report – Yoga started last week. Report cards will be available Feb 5 thru NYC Schools account ( If you need help accessing your account, please reach out to Dorothy. Teachers are organizing wellness check-ins. Teachers will reach out soon to coordinate. Monday, Feb 1 is a remote half-day. Dismissal is at 11:30 am.

Parent Coordinator Update – Children will be back in school starting tomorrow. Middle school applications are due soon. Anyone with questions about middle school should see Dorothy.

Principal Update – The staff has been working hard to offer more days for in-person learning. This will occur on a grade by grade basis. Music and yoga has started. Weekly COVID testing is on-going at school. Teachers and staff are working to get their vaccines. Daily food distribution is on-going at the school.

Dec 16 6:30 pm PTA General Meeting

Boon fundraiser – This was a successful event that ended last Thursday. We raised $2000 in total. There were no upfront costs to run this campaign.

Bonfire fundraiser – This campaign ends tomorrow. We have raised approx. $900 so far. We will have a new campaign in January. There were no upfront costs to run this campaign.

Music Program – PTA is funding Third Street Music Program. Schedule will be announced soon.

Yoga – This program has been approved. The program will begin in January.

Cookbook- We are still working on the cookbook. We need to standardize submissions. An email will be going out soon to request additional recipes.

Direct Appeal – The Direct Appeal letter was sent out to the community. We hope folks can share with friends and family.

Treasury report – December opening balance is $51,624.06. We expect to raise more with our on-going fundraisers. Our upcoming expenses include music and yoga.

Teachers’ Update – Teachers are trying to reach out to families who are having issues with technology. Teachers are very excited about the music program. Teachers are also trying to work out details about the MLK celebration.

Dorothy’s Parent Coordinator Update – Dorothy is in the lobby every morning. Please schedule an appointment with her if you have issues with your DOE-issued device. Middle school applications have opened. Any issues with the process, please see Dorothy. Kindergarten admissions have started. We give a huge thanks to the teachers and administrative team who have helped to put together lots of video resources for prospective families. This information is now on the website. Dorothy asks everyone to sign up for their NYSCA student account. The DOE uses it for communication.

Maria’s Principal Update – COVID testing happened yesterday. 57 students and staff were tested. They will be back for more testing next week. We are working on more exciting community meeting ideas and the MLK celebration.

Upcoming PTA Meetings – We want to boost attendance at upcoming PTA meetings, so we will invite guest speakers and perhaps host a happy hour. Be on the lookout for these exciting, upcoming events.

 Nov 18 6:30 pm PTA General Meeting

Boon Fundraiser – This fundraiser is active. We’ve earned about $650 to date. Please pass along to anyone you know! The campaign runs through December 7. 40% of all profits go to the PTA. 

New Merchandise Designs/Store– We will be selling special edition CWS merchandise online! There are 2 different graphics that can be printed on t-shirts, hoodies, sweat-shirts. There are 2 different graphics for hats, and 2 different graphics for masks. We will host 4 campaigns over the year. Michelle suggested the possibility of having a child design a logo. There is no upfront cost. We make more profit when folks by more product. Look out for more information soon.

Cookbook Submissions – Call for recipe submissions coming soon! Look out for more information!

Music Program Update – PTA presented information on music programs to SLT. Third Street Music School will be providing the music program this year. The SLT and administration are working out the logistics of scheduling.

Direct Ask Update – This email will be going out soon for schoolwide donations. Please share with your friends and family.

Treasurer’s Report – November beginning balance is $49,625.90. Tax date has been extended by the accountant. We are awaiting follow up on 2017-2018 tax fine. We have a $932 refund on Chromebooks that were not working.

Teacher Report – Schools are fully remote now. We do not know the duration of this shut down at the moment.

Parent Coordinator’s (Dorothy’s) Report – Dorothy will continue to meet with 5th grade parents about middle school. Dorothy will set up chat times for families. We are concerned about continued tech issues for hybrid families who won’t be getting support during school days.

Principal’s (Maria’s) Report – Schools have closed based on the COVID rate. We are setting up virtual tours. Dates will be announced soon. There will also be a video tour that will be available. Maria will continue to be in school to help with the distribution of any supplies. Food will be distributed in the building. Teachers have been planning for fully remote learning, so we feel ready for this pivot.

 Oct 28 6:30 pm PTA General Meeting

Holiday Fundraiser Update – Boon Supply Catalog fundraiser will start in early November. You will receive an email with the link, and we encourage you to pass along the link to at least 10 people. We receive 40% of the profits.

Spirit Wear Fundraiser Update – This online website will offer CWS t-shirts, hats, masks, etc. Information to follow. We will offer multiple campaigns for short periods of time throughout the year. This site will launch before the holidays.

Music Program Update – The 3rd Street will be presenting to SLT at the next meeting. Updates to follow.

Cookbook – We are currently seeking recipes and photos. The book should be ready in February. We will have a launch party as well.

Government Officials’ Email – Email sent out with information earlier this month. Please email PTA if you did not receive or if you have any questions.

Halloween Info from Commission on the Public Health System – Information for a safe Halloween can be found here:

Treasurer’s Report – October beginning balance is $49,341.42. We’ve spent $17,494 on Chromebooks in September. Quickbooks is currently being established for easier reporting.

Teacher’s Report – Teachers have been busy with curriculum nights this week. The DOE sent out update on opting in. Also, COVID testing is beginning at school. Everyone is urged to be patient as we all work through everything. Parents are also reminded that it is difficult for teachers to respond to parents while they are live teaching.

Parent Coordinator’s Report (Dorothy) – Library is now sending home books to hybrid children. Middle school application process will be delayed but still planned for this year. Please reach out to Dorothy with any questions. Application will be online. Dorothy will hold workshops in the future about various subject. These workshops will focus on middle school at first. Also, any questions about devices, please email Dorothy.

Maria’s Principal’s Report – Curriculum night meetings are going well. Teachers will be reaching out with conference schedules. Window for opting in is Nov 2 – 15. COVID testing occurred in school today. Several lockdown drills have occurred over the past weeks. Evacuation drills will also occur in the future. Coffee chats with Maria will begin soon. She urges everyone to check Bloomz regularly.

 Sept 30 6:30 pm PTA General Meeting

Board Member Introductions – Each member of the board introduced themselves to the community.

Budget Amendment – Approximately two weeks ago, the CWS PTA unanimously passes an emergency budget amendment for $40,000 for tech needs to support students and staff for remote learning. We have temporarily loaned out approximately 40 chromebooks to families in need of devices until the DOE provides these devices; these chromebooks are not school property and are on loan from parents to other parents until the DOE ships out ipads. We have only spent $18,000 to date. At present, we do not believe we will use more than $21,000 of this amount. A big thanks to Mo and William for all of the tech support.

The PTA Does That? – The PTA provides community support and resources. We also fundraise to provide a rich education experience for our children. We fund tech needs, school safety supplies, yoga, music program, STAR program (5th grade), Bridges Math program, classroom supplies, and library maintenance. We raise money through donations, fundraisers, school dress up days, Amazon smile, Schoolapalooza, grants, etc.

New Fundraiser vote – The fundraising committee proposed the following fundraisers that need to be voted on for the 2020-2021 school year. The proposed fundraisers include Chipotle Day, Spirit Wear Shop, CWS Cookbook, Raise Craze, and Catalog Sales. We called a vote for these fundraisers, and it passed unamiously.

Call for Volunteers – We always need volunteers to help with fundraising. If anyone is interested, please reach out to the PTA.

Treasury Update – Beginning balance is $65745.16 for 2020-2021 school year. Our current expenses encountered in September include math books, classroom supplies (fans, extension cords) and tech needs (chromebooks, cables, etc.) at approximately $21000.

Teacher Update – Teachers are really focused on building classroom communities despite online learning. We ask that everyone be patient as we adjust to the new learning environment. We encourage everyone to check Bloomz for updates. There is a family resource folder on Google classrooms that has useful community information. There is also a Tech folder that provides valuable information.

Dorothy Update – It is great to have the children back at school. If anyone has tech needs, please email to set up an appointment. Dorothy is hoping to restart early morning chats soon. Learning Bridges is happening at Campos Plaza. This organization will provide childcare to hybrid students.

 September 16 6:00 pm PTA Emergency Budget Amendment Meeting

Due to severe budget cuts and a lack of DOE-supplied computers, tablets and tech equipment (cords, etc.), the staff and administration of CWS have reached out to the PTA for help purchasing these necessities for this upcoming school year.  PTA beginning balance is $65,823.28. Some current expenses include math books and classroom fans. We will no longer need to cover 4th grade farm trip, 5th grade DC trip and band (approx. total is $48000). We will send a request for donations this week to help cover this request. We are requesting funds for loaner chromebooks, wireless keyboards for iPads, cameras, wires and cables. The immediate needs are approximately $20,000 (loaner chromebooks for students to use ASAP until the DOE ships out ipads; prices range from $100 to $250). However, we are budgeting for $40,000 in case additional devices/equipment are needed. We held a vote to approve this expenditure. The vote was unamiously approved.

 June 25 4:00 pm PTA General Meeting

PTA and SLT Board Elections:

Call from the floor for any additional nominations.

Candidates for School Leadership Team (SLT):
Moschell Coffey, Pritsana Kootint-Hadiatmodjo, Alexandra Ochs, Anna Virji
The four SLT members are approved by vote.

Allison Walsh introduces candidates for Vice President:
Shandi Alexander, Amy Arundell, Anthony Feliciano, Loyi Malu
The vice presidents are approved by vote.

Allison Walsh introduces candidates for Treasurer:
Brian Carroll and Maneka Grewal (Maneka was Treasurer 2019-2020.) Treasurers are approved by vote.

Allison Walsh introduces candidate for Secretary:
Nicole Doudican (she was previously on SLT and manages afterschool clubs).
Secretary is approved by vote.

Allison Walsh introduces candidate for President:
Heather Mihalic (she was Co-President 2019-2020.)
President is approved by vote.

Heather does thank-yous to outgoing Board officers. Toward the end of July, Heather will reach out to new Board officers to start onboarding. We will organize a fundraiser around that time. We might have a happy hour.

Principal’s report: Maria is here. She thanks past and new Board officers for stepping up. Maria reports on the meeting she had with the other two school administrators (EVCS and PS94M) about opening the schools in fall. They are waiting to hear from the Departent of Health about re-opening guidelines.
Maria will communicate with families via Bloomz every 2 weeks over the summer. We are not sure yet how Fall will look. They are also waiting for a budget. They have been told to cut the budget by 3%. They do not have the budget yet, so they don’t know what the number will be.
Maria points out that this is a new way of teaching for her, but the school’s Tech Team has been working hard for years, and because of that work, the school was ready for the transition to online learning. As of now there is no plan for how to re-open in September.
Anthony Feliciano mentions that he has some information he will email regarding the safety of   the school re-opening. Education and public health advocates need to come together to figure this out, since the government is not getting it done.

Teacher report (Michelle): Jessica had a baby (Simone) this week so she is not here! She thanks the PTA board for their work.

Parent coordinator report (Dorothy): One general Google classroom will be open for the summer with resources gathered by teachers. Please set up your NYC school accounts. There is a summer school program. If your child is attending, they must be in touch with Dorothy to get a specific email they need to use. The NYU tutoring program is available. She sent out the info about it and will send it out again.


  • When will grades posted? – Grades will be posted in July.
  • Can we get into the school to retrieve our children’s belongings? – Maria is working on this. To get into the school, they have to request a building permit, so it’s complicated. The teachers are working on a way to get the children their work and belongings.
  • Will Bloomz account stay the same? – Yes, but over the summer you won’t see your child’s current class listed. Then in August, you will be automatically added to the new class that your child will be added to.
  • What is the plan for the 5th grade moving up ceremony? It is scheduled for the fall, so the students can do it in person. The 5th graders voted to have an in-person celebration rather than a virtual one. Pilar notes that some of the kids are disappointed not to have something to end the year, and were not aware of voting. There is a discussion about the moving-up ceremony.
  • Will general reading resources be made available during summer? – The general resources will be available, but you will lose access to your child’s specific classroom this Saturday, 6/27.

 May 27 5:00 pm PTA General Meeting

  1. Greeting: Janelle & Heather
    -State Senator Brad Hoylman joining the meeting at 5:45 pm
  2. Meeting format and rules
  3. PTA Board Election – Call for Nominations 
    (a file was sent out with board position descriptions)
    • PTA Elections will be held online.
      Allison Walsh is in charge of nominating committee with Nicole and Natasha. They will send out a letter requesting nominations soon via email and Bloomz and class parents. Please nominate yourself or someone else. Election will take place at June meeting.
    • Dorothy points out that Celsa says that we can keep the board in place until October. Board discussed it and decided we would like to move forward with elections now.
  4. Class Parents and the PTA
    (why we ask class parents to send out emails to their class)
    • Why we don’t post on Google classrooms: It is a DOE program, contains private information, so we are not allowed to access it as PTA. But also, we feel that when families get emails from class parents, they open it.
  5. Community Resource Update
    • Community Businesses: CWS family-owned businesses, restaurants and stores. If you want to support local and school family owned businesses, please see the email. We will send out more next week.
  6. Charity Opportunity
    • Rina partnering with East Village restaurant Jeepney, people make donations to the restaurant, Rina takes the food to emergency rooms.
  7. Talent Show –
    • We will hold a virtual talent show. Within the next 1-2 weeks, you will get a document whereby your child can submit their talent, with the requirements, etc. Jason Jones, a class parent, will put it together and we will post it to Google classrooms.
  8. 2020/2021 Budget Committee – meeting on Friday to discuss.
    • Maneka: first session will be reviewing the previous year’s budget analysis. Then next meeting will address moving forward. The ultimate goal is to create a strong budget for next year.
      Members: Janelle, Allison, Maneka, Jessica, Maria, Brian, Heather.
  9. Treasurer’s Report: see treasurer’s report
    • YTD income $65,000. May income was low. Expenses for now and the rest of the year consist of Mr. Covey for band and extended yoga cost.
      The 2018-2019 taxes were filed and completed. Working on the incorrect fine for 2017-2018. For the current fiscal year taxes we are working on prepping them to be ready when they are due.
  10. Principal’s Report: Maria:
    • No news about September yet.
    • There will be summer school for 3rd grade and up.
    • There will be drastic budget cuts, but not sure what they will be yet. Principles are signing a letter to the city council asking them to support schools and make sure budgets are not cut. In September there will be a lot of social-emotional support required.
    • Trying to end the year as positively as possible. Teachers are working hard. Special shout-out to Jessica Bobbins. School couldn’t run without you and our dedicated staff.
    • CEC sent out info about EBT being sent out to all familied. Dorothy will address.
    • Pre-K and K waiting list are moving along, but waiting for students with offers to accept or decline.
    • Mo says info about EBT payment is on the CWS website and Bloomz. Also on Google classrooms, family resource folder. EBT will be loaded onto existing SNAP recipients’ cards. New cards will be sent out to those without benefits cards.
  11. Teacher’s Report:
    • Grading System: DOE mandates that students receive either M/T, meets standards, or N, needs improvement. No failing.
      Summer school: Starts mid-July and mid-august. 2 groups of students: 1-teachers feel it’s needed, 2- teachers recommend. Teachers will reach out to families in June to let families know if they recommend.
    • STAR program started today. It’s a program for 5th graders about going into middle school: drama at school, families, homework, body changes, etc. They did the first online live program today.
    • Teachers will have Professional Development days June 4 and 9 (Heather asks if these were the original days, Jess says yes.)
    • Zoom Meetings / DOE Email Accounts for Students–Dorothy will discuss
    • Music Program Update: African drumming and dance program is now doing an online version. Videos are being posted. (Heather asks if music will continue to the end of the year. Jessica says, yes as she understands it. She will check.)
  12. Parent Coordinator report: Dorothy
    • Summer school: She will have a session with 3-5th grade parents to discuss parent input on summer school. Some people do not want online summer school, some parents want it.
    • She is planning 2 workshops, one with Haley Watson, child psychologist. Details to come.
    • There are DOE accounts that parents need to sign up for their kids. NYC Schools Account and a DOE login handle with the child’s name that will allow students to log into zoom. These emails do not need to be checked at this time and our school will continue to use the google emails everyone is using for Google classroom to communicate with families.
      Dorothy asks if families will still have access to Google classroom over the summer?  Jessica says not sure yet, there is a lot of oversight needed, so they will try.
  13. Brad Hoylman and aide Catherine are giving updates.
    • They would like to know what concerns our community has, and they will advocate for them in Albany.
    • We can email them at: and Aide: Caroline Wekselbaum, to have our concerns brought to the legislature
      Brad Hoylman has joined us. Saying hello and touching base with public schools in NYC.
      They are waiting to hear what budget will be. He is giving a legislative update. They passed a number of bills relating to Covid-19, including protecting tenants from eviction from landlords
      Question: If families have left the district, and learning goes remote in fall, can they continue at CWS?
      rental assistant who meet income eligibility guidelines and have past due rent.
      Maria points out that our building is over 140% overcrowded in our school building.
      Asks about new students’ access to devices, considering how long it took to get Wi-Fi and devices to families.
      Brad says, one question 1 – they will follow up with us about that; 2 – Yes, they can try to help in Albany. He is apologizing for the messy roll out of Google classroom, video platforms, etc.
      Maria: teachers are not only providing instruction for children, but also for families who are trying to help kids. They are teaching the families as well as the kids. More support for family members.
      Question: can online learning become a permanent part of school? Catherine does not know

 April 30 4:30 pm PTA General Meeting

1. Greeting

2. Meeting format and rules – Janelle

3. PTA and the School Community

  • PTA is active. If you need resources, please contact We can answer any questions or put you in touch with who can.
  • Social media initiative: Farron Martin is working on establishing our social media presence to encourage community building. We are waiting for approvals from DOE.
  • Events: 
    • Schoola: we are working on what to do with events that have been cancelled. Schoolapalooza auction items that have been donated will be used, possibly as fundraiser in fall. We will re-use our same Schoolapalooza decorations and theme for next year.
    • Talent Show: maybe have a private video platform where people can upload their kids videos
    • Arts and Science: a similar thing? We are open to any ideas for this, please submit them?
    • Question: Why not hold auction now with items donated? A: We want to hold off on asking for $$ since many people have lost jobs. Q: this might not change much in fall. A: we could hold off and hold the items for next year’s Schoola auction
    • Question: can we organize to donate to first responders / workers? A: We can explore that. Rina is working on that, let’s explore it

4. Teacher’s Appreciation Week

  • Email went out to parents. We usually do a lunch at tar beach, but we can’t this year. We have other ideas, please take a look at the email and let us know any questions.

5. Fundraiser Money that we have collected already will be handled as follows:

  • After school: people who paid already: 3 options: refund; donate it , it will go to scholarship next year; rollover for next year
  • Schoola: donate, refund, or rollover for next year
  • 5th Grade trip go fund me: refund or donate to PTA fund

6. Voting UpdateThe EB voted to extend the Yoga program for the rest of the school year. 

Remote voting is not currently allowed by chancellor, but we have 2 voting items coming up. We are awaiting guidance for how to handle these things remotely:

PTA Budget for 2021: we will form a committee and go over the budget. We will be short about $40K because of lack of fundraisers. If you want to be part of budget committee, please email

PTA Board elections: we will make the board job info available, please consider joining the EB!

7. Treasurer’s Report: Maneka; see Treasurer’s report. A few donations are still coming in through PayPal. 

  • Latest info on expenses
  • Yoga addt’l $5000
  • Taxes – we have 3 years of taxes to go through. We are working with CPA to take care of it. 
  • We are working on keeping clear documentation for this year’s taxes
  • Maneka says that with the strength of our community, we will pull through and make up for losses next year.

8. Principal’s Report:

  • Town hall meeting yesterday. They have collected some questions that they will respond to at the next meeting. 
  • Please respond to surveys! DOE is tracking accessibility for all families
  • Maria has been joining some of the meetings with teachers and families/kids
  • Kindergarten and Pre-K offers are in, so Maria is working on that. 
  • The school is not open to admin or faculty, but the custodians are there, working hard on tracking orders for supplies and furniture, so we will have what we need.
  • The turtles are okay. The custodians are taking care of them.
  • There will be no summer school for elementary school 
  • We have not lost any direct community members, but some of our staff and faculty and student families have had losses.They are trying to figure out how to help adults with social/emotional issues, so we can support our kids. 

9. Teacher’s Report:

  • DC trip is cancelled, sadly.
  • Graduation: students and teachers have been chatting. Students do not want a virtual graduation. When social distancing is over, we will have a graduation like we always do on a friday, during community meeting as usual. The teachers are brainstorming ideas to help the 5th graders celebrate, transition, and move on. 
  • Addressing questions regarding zoom for teaching: DOE is not allowing Zoom use between teachers and students. There are discussions in progress, so hopefully zoom will become an option.
  • General overview of the school created survey: link to it is published on google classrooms pages. Thank you for responses, please keep responding
  • Heather asks why we are not having as much live teaching as other schools. A: teachers made this decision intentionally: for us, it’s an equity issue, there are a lot of children in our school who cannot access the live learning due to lack of resources, so we want to make sure that all children are able to engage equally. Some children are acting as caretakers for younger siblings and can’t log in at specific time.
  • Jean: Teachers discussed Bridges at staff meeting. Bridges has been a great tool during remote learning. Bridges has a remote component available for teachers, they update it regularly, it’s been a great resource for teachers. They are supporting all the schools that are a part of their program.

10. Parent Coordinator report

  • Question: do we know how many children are still waiting for devices? A: Yes. We have distributed over 130 devices. Nobody is waiting, but those who just applied this week will get them soon. If you know of anyone who needs a device, please have them contact Dorothy, she can help!
  • Dorothy will post the District 1 website re: resource list. Education and other.
  • Literacy coach presentation: tomorrow there will be a literacy workshop online, and a town hall where you can ask the coach for advice. See Bloomz, and she will also email it out.
  • She is following up with kids who have not been attending regularly. She is reaching out to see if families need help, not to punish anyone. 

11. New business:

  • Let’s come up with a resource list for parents who are homeschooling. The EB will compile a list, please send your suggestions.
  • Question: are there any new programs we were hoping to fund that had to be put on hold due to Covid? A: No, not really, we are fulfilling our obligations, and some line items have dropped out
  • Allison: rented school instruments: they are not sure how they will be collecting the instruments, but they are working on it, and will let everyone know.
  • Live learning question: Now that everyone has a device, is it possible that some teachers can do live learning and tape it as they are doing it, and tape it, so that some kids can watch it later? A: The teachers will discuss it and work on it.  Jean says this question got asked a lot: Google classrooms provides detailed data on when kids are logging on and we can tell that some kids are logging on after 5:00 pm, all kinds of hours. That tells them that many kids are unable to log on at specific times, so live is not a good or viable option for them. Jessica clarifies that live video privileges certain kids over others. Even if they can log on later, they are missing out on the love component. 
  • Edy says, make sure you sign up for COVID updates from NYC, text covid to 692-692

 February 26 5:45 pm PTA General Meeting

  1. Review January meeting minutes and approvemoved-
    Heather, seconded-Jessica
  2. Schoola Information –
    Buy 2 get 1 Free Tickets
    From next week notices will start to go out announcing auction of the day
    All Schoolapalooza info will be distributed through Bloomz and Class Parents
  3. Schoola Donations- In need of more restaurant gift certificates as these are a great auction
    item. Perhaps class parents can help obtain these.
  4. Treasurer’s Report- (See Report from Allison)
    Coffee & – Reaching Goals and Beyond
    March 6- All Day Cafe
    Direct Ask- raised over $30,000
    Send Email to extend Go Fund Me and still collect for 4th Grade Farm Trip. Still in need of
    funding. Some kids in need of supplies such as warm coats, boots, etc. and unable to
    purchase themselves preventing them from attending. How can this be addressed moving
    forward? Coat Drive?
    Soon will start Go Fund Me for 5th Grade trip which will take place in early June.
    Grant Process- How does it work? Question raised as to how are some programs prioritized
    over others. i.e., all year music classes for all grades.
    How to be transparent?
    A survey to go out to address these aforementioned concerns.
  5. Arts and Science- May 3 Saturday
  6. Farm Trip- $12,000 Paid. Need more funds
  7. DC Trip- June 1-3- Go Fund Me to begin soon
  8. State Tests and Test Prep- Jessica
    ELA- March 25 & 26, Not timed. Test prep to continue through March 16
    Math Test- April 21 & 22
    March 16 Half Day
    Suggestions for Test Taking- Take time, Don’t Rush, Trust yourself
    Feb. 28 Animal Day -Dress Up
    Change of next Dress up Day as Video Game theme is too complicated. TBD
  9. African Drumming- Kids like it. Question as to the teaching and representation of culture by
    non-members of that culture. This to be further addressed by Shandi at Exec Board meeting.
    Further discussion about arts programs and how they are chosen and grant writing process.
  10. Upcoming Elections- Many Openings Next Year
    Should PTA Evening Times be changed to 7pm?
  11. New Business- Science Tech Team-
    STEM Grant for Hydroponics Plant Class
    Need New Smart Boards
    3rd Grade Classes to work on Garden Project- 1/2 Fall ; 1/2 Spring, Will Culminate with
    an Event
    Carmen Riviera to be notified regarding 4/5 Grader Boys Bathroom Renovation
    Bring up Electronics from Basement
    March 11- Parent Incentive Attendance Program to Begin. To address Attendance and
    Tardiness. Reading in Library 1-4 Grade.