BAS PTA March General Meeting Minutes

BAS PTA General Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 7PM
Welcome, Pledge of Allegiance
Principal Report (Ms. D’Anna)
  • Big thank you to the PTA for all of the school events: 
    • Winter Wonderland was amazing, students had so much fun and are still wearing their hats 
    • Book Fair was fantastic along with spirit week for Read Across America and Laura Sassi visiting to be a guest reader 
    • The children really enjoyed the Star Lab 
President Report (Benee Meade)
  • Chair Acknowledgements and Thank Yous:
    • Meredith Goldblatt for the January and February Pretzel Sales. Next sale is March 17th
    • Courtney Byrne and the many parents who gave their time and donations to the Winter Wonderland Social. The turnout was incredible!
    • BAS Community for showing up BIG with the Snow hat order
      • 98 hats sold
      • over $400 dollars was made to support the school
    • Megan Scanielo for an awesome Skate Night 
    • Claire Cooper and Kate Ryan for the Book Fair
      • The kids had an amazing time
      • Almost $7,000 worth of books were sold
    • Courtney Byrne for coordinating the Laura Sassi Assembly. The kids were so engaged. 
      • We are working towards bringing in more authors since the kids were so receptive
    • Erin Egan for the PJ/Book Drive to benefit CASA
  • Upcoming Events
    • Art Night (April), Field Day (May) and Backyard Bash (June)
      • Stay tuned for MANY volunteer opportunities
  • Your PTA Dollars at work/Upcoming Initiatives
    • Library Refresh
      • PTA fulfilled up to $50 per class based off of Amazon Wishlists 
      • 71 new books will be given out to the classes by Friday
    • Field Trip support 
      • PTA will fund the buses for a trip to Turtle Back Zoo for 1st grade and NJPAC for 2nd grade 
    • Cranford pennants and pins will be provided by PTA for kindergarten students as well as new 1st or 2nd grade students
  • 2023-24 Board
    • Vacant spots will be available and we will discuss them at the next meeting
    • Vote for new board members happens at the end of the year
  • AmazonSmile raised $105 before the program was discontinued 
  • 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)
  • Class parents are doing a great job. For the rest of the year they are preparing for:
    • St. Patrick’s Day parties
    • Teacher Appreciation Week 
    • Mother’s Day and Father’s Day crafts
    • End of Year parties for kindergarten and 2nd grade are run by separate committees
Treasurer Report (Darshna Kuray)
  • Bank Balance as of 2/28/23 is $25,650.91 less $6,308.87 for OAS 5K 50%.  
Fundraising Events
Total Revenue
Staff Services
Student Services
Fundraising Events
Total Expenses
50/50 Raffle Update- coordinating with the township clerk for all approvals. Goal is to send home the raffle booklets at the end of March/beginning of April and hold the raffle after Spring Break.  Details will be sent via email.
VP Report (Nikki Savino Mulcahy)
  • Variety Show- March 29th- looking forward to an amazing show. Thank you again to our hard working class parents for organizing and running the rehearsals as well as our Variety Show chairs Susan Burke and Catherine Venditti for all your hard work.
  • April events (waiting on confirmation of dates)
    • Art night 
    • Arbor Day festivities
May Events
  • Teacher Appreciation week is being chaired by Amanda Padilla-Byrnes & Darshna Kuray 
  • Field Day chaired by Tina Bondar, Natalie Aurigema, Stephanie Concannon 
  • Relay for Life activities- Andrea Westervelt will be chairing.
June Events
  • Kindergarten End of the Year celebration will be chaired by Tara McGrath.  
  • 2nd Grade Moving Up Ceremony will be co-chaired by Megan Scanielo and Allyson Konzelman.  
  • 2nd Grade Walk-up will be co-chaired by myself and Tonia O’Connor, the Backyard Bash will help us kick off summer and that will be co-chaired by Natalie Aurigema, Candra Morris.
A spreadsheet will be filled out at the end of events and passed onto new chairs for the following year
Corresponding Secretary Report (Jennifer Jurkowich)
  • Planning another assembly- probably a game show assembly with curriculum and pop culture questions
Recording Secretary Report (Catherine Venditti)
  • Variety Show Update
    • BAS community supported this fundraiser in a big way by surpassing the number of parent ads from last year. Business ads were also strong this year
    • We’re looking forward to a wonderful dress rehearsal on Tuesday March 28th and show night on Wednesday March 29th
Public comments and questions
Benee Meade
Kate Ryan
Catherine Venditti
Chris DelRe
Kristen D’Anna
Dana Cascone
Darshna Kuray
Lauren King
Manoly Reynolds
Samantha Wilks
Stephanie Concannon
Lisa Bracigliano
Kemba Latchman
Michelle Goworek

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