Apr 15, 2015 Minutes

Charles Barrett PTA

General Membership Meeting

Charles Barrett – Library Multipurpose Room

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

8:15 am


Present: Anderson, Jill; Androus, Terry; Brayman, Michelle; Butler, Nancy; Carey, Susanna; Eile, Julia; Griffis, Sharon; Jaeger, Anna; Jones, Erica; Kennard, Seth; Lester, Caryn; Sittner, Purvi; Waller, Diana



PTA President Susanna Carey called the meeting to order at 8:15 am.


PTA President’s Report:

Minutes from the last meeting: The March 2, 2015 PTA minutes were approved with no corrections or changes.


Susanna Carey announced Walking Wednesdays were a success despite the weather. Thank you to Chalin Smith! Thank you to the Scholastic Book Fair chairs (Laura Devereux and Daniela Spigai) and to all who volunteered and shopped at the book fair. The fair was a big success and raised a significant amount to benefit the school library. Los Tios CB Restaurant Social – thank you to all who dined out or in to benefit CB! We raised $400 for the CBPTA. Additional money from the December CB Giving Tree was used to purchase food as Spring Break Gifts for CB families in need. The Nominating Committee is still working to fill the slate for the 2015–16 school year. PLEASE consider volunteering as an officer or committee chair. The committee (Nancy Butler, Bess Flick, KK McCart) is still accepting nominations.


Principal’s Report:

Mr. Kennard announced that construction of the new Barrett classrooms is on track. The new building components should be delivered in June. The Capital Improvement Project (CIP) budget has $110K for kindergarten area storm water management in 2016. See more here: http://www.acps.k12.va.us/budgets/cip/cip2016.pdf.

Mr. Kennard discussed upcoming SOL testing and the possibility of a second chance at SOLs if scores are borderline. He announced the vote for 2016-17 redistricting will take place after the new School Board is elected. Please see the ACPS website for more information, and please provide parent input to the School Board! Learn more here: http://www.acps.k12.va.us/news2015/nr2015031202.php.

Mr. Kennard also stated that the school is fully staffed for next year and includes two new hires.


Ms. Anna Tush, School Psychologist, announced Screen-Free Week at Charles Barrett, May

4-10. She and Ms. Claudia Lopez will give presentations at school on Apr 30 in both English and Spanish. More information will be coming home, and you can learn more here: http://www.screenfree.org.


Ms. Walsh stopped by to thank the PTA for the new iPads, which are being used in many classrooms.


PTA Treasurer’s Report: Nancy Butler presented the March Report (see attached).   We are on budget in all categories. We received a generous charitable matching donation of $1,680. We funded several teacher mini-grants this month.


Featured Speakers:

Frank Elgin & Chris Weins, Financial Advisors, AXA Advisors, LLC


Mr. Elgin and Mr. Weins gave an informative presentation on college savings. (Download the PowerPoint presentation here: AXA-College-Planning-Presentation)


Secretary Jill Anderson presented the new PTA website – http://cbpta.org. Check it out! If you have input or feedback, please email cbptasecretary@gmail.com. Committee chairs: please email to have your events featured on the website!


PTA President’s Report (continued):

Susanna Carey discussed advocating for full funding of the budget.

PLEASE advocate for the school system with city council. The proposed city allotment to ACPS leaves the school district’s budget for the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) short by $3.3 million this year. If this is the final level of funding, the school board may have to cut multiple non capacity-related school projects (including the storm water drainage issues and other maintenance at Barrett).


You can contact the city council to express your support for increasing the CIP budget to ACPS. Council has already voted not to increase the tax rate in the city, so money is extremely tight. Call or write to your city council representatives using this link: http://request.alexandriava.gov/CCC/#tab=Find&keyword=city%20council&service=CNC_GROUP


The school’s combined funds (operating) budget is also being underfunded by $3.2 million this year. Do you like those math and reading specialists we have? Your child’s relatively small class sizes? Having an assistant principal? All of these things and more will be at risk across the school district if the city does not close this gap in funding.


Now is the time to contact city council. Only about 13% of Alexandria households have children in the school system. Decisions and votes are coming up at the end of April/beginning of May, so write a note or make a call NOW.


Important links: Budget materials handed out at the joint city council/school board meeting:




The key Council dates for budget decisions:

Tuesday, April 21 – FY 2016 Tax Rate Public Hearing

7:30 p.m. - Council Chambers (City Hall), 301 King St.


Tuesday, April 28 – City Council Legislative Meeting

7:00 p.m. – Council Chambers (City Hall), 301 King St.

Topic : Preliminary Add/Delete List Discussion


Monday, May 4 - City Council Special Meeting: Final Add/Delete Discussion

6:30 p.m. – Council Chambers (City Hall), 301 King St.


Thursday, May 7 – City Council Special Meeting: Budget Adoption

6:30 p.m. – Council Chambers (City Hall), 301 King St.   
Topic: Budget Adoption


Susanna Carey made final date reminders:

April 23: Carpenter’s Shelter Dinner (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044daaaf22a75-carpenters1)

– May 1: CB Celebrates Earth Day (more info to come)

– May 4–8: School Appreciation Week – How can you help? Sign up here:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4eabab2f4-teacher. Please contact Tammy (t_n_adams@comcast.net) and Dubis (dubiscorreal@yahoo.com).

– May 9: Barrett Bazaar – Please volunteer! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c4eaea82fa13-barrett

– REMINDER: School is in session Friday, April 17 (snow make-up day)



The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 am.


Next meeting:

The next meeting will take place on June 1, 2015, 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room in the Library.


Submitted by: Jill Anderson, PTA Secretary


Approved:    June 8, 2015



AXA College Planning Presentation

March 2015 CBPTA Treasurer Report