JSA Parent Representatives Meeting
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at the
260 West 78th Street
Guest: Tony Fisher
Carmen Knoepffler, President: Welcomed parents to the meeting.
Helena Park, Treasurer: Balance is $15,428.53; dues from 15 schools have been received. Part of this amount will be used for expenses incurred with Voices. There was a discussion re: not carrying such a large balance forward. It was noted that a portion of the current balance is from a grant received from MasterCard to be used in connection with Voices. One suggestion was to insert a footnote in the financial statements specifying that a portion of the balance is restricted for such purpose.
Independent Visions – Diane Gallagher and Marzia Stocco: Visions will be held on Saturday, May 22, from 5 - 7 at Tamarind Art Gallery, 142 East 39th Street (www.tamarindart.com). There will be a faculty preview from 4:30 – 5. Four to five volunteers are needed to help at the gallery on the 22nd. Marzia will check with the gallery to see if JSA needs to hire a professional hanger for the event. Diane will check to see if a professional photographer can give a presentation. The name/logo of the gallery should be visible on the flyers. Photos can be B/W or color and are due two weeks before showing. We would like to create a presentation of all students’ work at the event in slide show or other form. JSA is responsible for creating this. There was discussion of soliciting JSA students to create and possibly do a PowerPoint presentation. Suggestion was made that the faculty advisor at each school could send images of photos and student photographers to person assembling the presentation. Also, a list of faculty advisors at each school should be circulated so that students at schools without photography classes can participate.
Independent Voices – Colleen Pike Blair: Voices will be held on Friday, April 23rd, 6:30 at Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Center. There will be a faculty preview from 6 – 6:30. Most submissions are in except for Birch, Calhoun, Trinity and Riverdale. Invitations will be sent in late February. Several readers are signed up for the event and an MC has been obtained. There will be an open mike at the end for kids to read.
Mural Project – Kathy Soll: On February 20th, 1-5 pm, 84 students from 15 different schools, including 2 non-JSA schools, participated in the JSA Mural Painting project at Browning in conjunction with City Year NY. City Year NY is a non-profit organization which unites young people from diverse backgrounds for a full-time volunteer service year to serve in needy public schools throughout New York City. The JSA students were mixed and assigned to different groups where they painted five inspirational murals. The murals will be donated to under-resourced public schools in Brooklyn and Queens. Several volunteers from City Year gave presentations on why they serve. Photos of the murals will be available on the JSA website.
Dedication at Independent Voices: A discussion was held about whether to dedicate this year’s Independent Voices to the memory of Vivienne Fisher. Donna Ullman, Collegiate rep, will discuss the matter with Tony Fisher, Vivienne’s husband.
Next meetings: Dwight – Wednesday, March 10th at 8:30 am
Brearley – Wednesday, April 14th, at 8:30 am
Chapin - Thursday, May 20th at 4:15 pm