January General Meeting Minutes

BAS PTA General Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, January 11, 2022, 7PM

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Welcome, Pledge of Allegiance


Principal Report (Ms. D’Anna)

  • Thanked PTA for all that they did for the staff and school and the school as a whole for being so involved
  • Variety show is off to a great start, kids are doing well. Everyone is enjoying seeing the kids in the morning


President Report (Benee Meade)

  • Chair Acknowledgements and Thank Yous
    • Stephanie Concannon for a successful Spiritwear Sale
      • profit of $192.00
    • Darshna Kuray and her OAS Counterparts for Trunk or Treat
    • Allyson Konzelman for collecting Candy for the Troops 
    • Mary Novik, Jennifer Arianas for arranging our Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive for Cranford Family Care
    • Jen Jurkowich, Stephanie Kanaval, Tara McGrath, Tonia O’Connor, Lindsay Montana, and Merin Rose for Chairing and supporting this year’s STEAM Night
    • Mona Patterson for the Holiday Boutique
    • Meredith Goldblatt for the November and December Pretzel Sales
    • Chris DelRe for organizing our Annual Toy Drive to support the Lafayette School in Newark
    • Jen Jurkowich for arranging a winter staff appreciation 
    • Shout out/Thank you to all of the Kindergarten classes and class parents for the Coin war
      • raised $679.75 for Cranford Family Care 
      • Ms. Arana’s class won!
  • Your PTA Dollars at work/Upcoming Initiatives
    • Staff T-shirt refresh, Thank you Chris DelRe
    • Mini Grant fulfillment 
      • Science and Math for 2nd grade spearheaded by Mrs. Oricchio
      • enrichment for full day kindergarten by Mrs. Ruskowzki
    • Souperhero Stroll 
      • weekend of 1/14 and 1/15 
      • BAS has sponsored the Wasp balloon outside of Breadsmith this year
    • Library refresh for all of the classrooms
      • We will be updating some of the class libraries/books that come home with the kids
      • book presentation during Dr Seuss Week
    • Assemblies through the rest of the year
      • goal is one new assembly a month
      •  Jen Jurkowich will be coordinating assemblies for the school
      • Looking for local authors to come in and read for an assembly
        • Bridget Young?
  • Parent Academy- Please take note of these frequently occurring events, funded by the PTA
    • information on dates will always be posted in the PTA blast and Principal’s blast
  • 100th Day of School (2/13)
  • Winter Wonderland Social and Fundraiser on February 10 (snow date February 15)
    • Hot cocoa bar
    • Selfie station
    • Winter hats that say BAS will be available for pre-purchase ($12)
    • Sign up genius will be going out. Lots of parent volunteers will be needed for this event!
  • AmazonSmile update
    • .5% of sales will go to BAS
  • Stay Connected
    • How to stay up to date?  Website (, Monthly email blasts, Facebook, Instagram, and Remind
      • send text to @basptak, @baspta1st, or @baspta2nd to 81010)


Class Parent Liaison Report (Kate Ryan)

  • Fall parties and Thanksgiving service projects successful
    • Food has been allowed back for school parties
  • Class parents contributed funds for support staff holiday gifts
    • $980 total
  • Looking forward to Valentines and St. Patrick’s Day parties
  • Class parents will receive PTA funds for Mothers Day and Fathers Day crafts, will take on the planning for their own class


Treasurer Report (Darshna Kuray)

  • 12/31 Ending Balance is $27,132.18


Budgeted Actual (as of 12/31) Difference to date
Membership/Donations $3,700.00 $3,547.00 -$153.00
BAS/OAS 5k Sponsorship $15,000.00 $10,000.00 -$5,000.00
BAS/OAS 5k Race Registration $6,500.00 $7,972.54 $1,472.54
Holiday Boutique $2,000.00 $2,537.35 $537.35


  • We came up a little short with what was anticipated to be made from the 5k, hoping to make it up with the variety show later this year
  • There are lots of upcoming expenses during the second half of the year, hoping to offset these with some upcoming fundraisers


VP Report (Nikki Savino Mulcahy)

  • Variety Show- Our Variety Show practices started this week and we are excited for a wONEderful show from all of our students. We are so grateful for such dedicated Chairs- Susan and Catherine as well as all of the Class Directors who are making this show happen.
  • Megan Scanielo is in the process of planning a BAS Skate night. Once we have a date and more information we will be sharing that out to everyone.
  • Art Night will be a little later this year (likely April)  We are collaborating with Mrs. Paone to make the experience fantastic for the children. We are still looking for 2 chairs for Art Night. If you are interested please reach out to me.
  • Erin Egan will be chairing the PJ & Books collection to coincide with this year’s Dr. Suess Day festivities and the Book Fair. We will be sharing out information on this which will be taking place at the end of February.
  • Kate Ryan and Claire Cooper are heading up the Book Fair for us once again.  We know how much children love book shopping! This will be a great event to kick off March.
  • Amanda Padilla-Byrnes and Darshna Kuray will be charing our Teacher Appreciation week this year.  
  • Chairs Needed
    • We still need 2 Art Night Chairs
    • 1 Additional Chair for Field Day


Corresponding Secretary Report (Jennifer Jurkowich)

  • Bought support staff Downtown Cranford gift cards for the holidays
  • Set up a hot chocolate bar for the staff
  • Gave a couple baby and engagement presents


Recording Secretary Report (Catherine Venditti)

  • Variety show rehearsals began this week, they are off to a great start
  • Work at the high school auditorium is complete, show will be at the high school this year!
  • With the show at the high school, we are able to offer more tickets per family
  • Another way to support the show is by putting in a program ad – more info to come closer to March


Public comments and questions

  • Question about the roles that event chairs take on. Each event requires a different level of involvement. PTA is always available to provide further information on each event
  • If someone has an Amazon smile account  that they have been using for years, will they need to relink it in order for BAS to be collecting the money? Benee to look into whether or not we have outstanding funds from previous years





Benee Meade

Nikki Mulcahy

Kate Ryan

Darshna Kuray

Catherine Venditti

Kaetlin Morgan

Lisa Bracigliano

Tess Giardini

Jen Jurkowich

Samantha Wilks

Erin Mannix

Kristin D’Anna

Manoly Reynolds

Mary Novik

Stephanie Menashe

Jen Arianas

Merin Rose

Vanessa Pirillo

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