May General Meeting Minutes


BAS PTA General Meeting Agenda
Thursday, May 18, 2023, 7PM
Welcome, Pledge of Allegiance
Principal Report (Ms. D’Anna)
  • Thank you for a great year, nice return to normal, bringing back assemblies
  • Game show email was fantastic
  • Big thank you for teacher appreciation week
President Report (Benee Meade)
  •  Chair Acknowledgements and Thank Yous
o   Meredith Goldblatt for the March and April Pretzel Sales 
  • Sales have exceeded our expectations
  • Need a new chair for next year
o   Susan Burke and Catherine Venditti for an INCREDIBLE Variety Show (Catherine to elaborate)
o   Nikki Mulcahy for executing Art Night and the numerous volunteers who helped install the self portrait tiles the following day 
  • Tiles will stay until the end of the year. They are located outside the main office
o   Jen Jurcovich for coordinating the Brainwash Assembly sponsored by the PTA 
o   Darshna Kuray for organizing our second annual 50/50 Raffle 
o   Darshna again and Amanda Byrnes for coordinating Teacher’s Appreciation Week this year and to all of the volunteers who donated resources to make it a huge success and very well received by the teachers and support staff 
  • Fantastic job with the theme
  • Received many notes thanking the PTA
  • Darshna and Amanda will return as chairs next year  
o   Andrea Westervelt for coordinating tomorrow’s Relay for Life
o   Next week we have our annual Field Day, thank you to Steph Concannon and Natalie Aurigema for taking over as co-chairs this year- it sounds like a really fun day!
o   Natalie and Candra Morris for co-charing this year’s Backyard Bash
o   Courtney Baginski for coordinating, creating and facilitating our yearbooks.  
o   Thank you in advance to the grade parent volunteers who will be putting together our end of the year celebrations as we close out the year
o   All of the Class Parents who have dedicated their time and creativity to the  class parties, teacher gifts and other awesome take home crafts throughout the year
o   Everyone in our community who volunteered in some capacity this year.  
o   Thank you to our amazing board members.  
o   Ms. D’Anna, Mrs. Hardman, and Mrs McNeill  
  •       Upcoming Events
o   Field Day (May 25), Backyard Bash (June 2) 
-MANY volunteer opportunities have circulated for both events via email
o   Second grade Walkover to OAS (June 1) 
o   Second grade celebration (June 9) 
o   Kindergarten Celebrations have been confirmed (June 14, 15, 16) 
o   Potential end of the year Book Swap
  • Late in June, can take home 3-4 books
  •       Your PTA Dollars at work/Upcoming Initiatives
o   Field Trip support
  • Busses 1st grade zoo/2nd grade NJPAC   
o   Pennants and Pins
  • Kindergarten students get pennant
  • K and 2nd get pins
o   OAS Tshirts for outgoing 2rd graders
o   Yearbooks for the second graders
  •       2023-24 Board
o   A nominating committee has been formed to secure board positions that are being vacated at the end of the school year. We are looking to fill the President and Vice President roles, each for a 2-year terms beginning in the fall. Reach out to Courtney Byrne with inquiries at
  • Must be a member of the pta to hold office and have paid their dues
  • Ideally someone who has 2 or more years left at the school
o   Special vote to be held prior to the last day of school
  • 3 emergency days back May 26 and May 30 and June 6
  •       Stay Connected
o   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 have had a busy few weeks as they coordinated spring parties, gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week, and Mother’s Day crafts
  •  Father’s Day gifts will be later in June 
  • Class parents have been so thoughtful and sensitive as they accommodate any special family circumstances and coordinate with their teachers to make sure each child is included for these two holidays
  • First grade class parents will plan year-end parties for their classes. Each class has a $50 budget to make the celebration special
Thanks to all 24 wonderful class parents who have all been a pleasure to work with this year!  
Treasurer Report (Darshna Kuray)
  • BAS PTA account balance was $30,622.27
  • Lots of events at the end of the year that will use up the balance, but we will have a nice cushion for next year
  • 50/50 Raffle was very successful again this year. 
  • Raised a total of $3,690 and 50% of this will be distributed to our 3 winning families in the next couple of days.
  • Reimbursements form can be found on the BAS PTA website under Treasurer Forms -all reimbursement forms to be submitted by the last day of school (6/22).
VP Report (Nikki Savino Mulcahy)
  • We are currently planning many great spring activities.
  • Field Day Chairs ( Tina Bondar, Natalie Aurigema and Stephanie Concannon)
 are working hard to create a wonderful day of physical activities for our students  
  • Backyard Bash will be June 2nd
  • great way to end the school year 
  • Candra Morris and Natalie Aurigema are our chairs for this event. 
  • 2nd Grade Parent Chairs for both the end of the year (Allyson Konzelman & Megan Scanielo) and walk up (Tonia O’Connor & Nikki Savino Mulcahy) are planning wonderful celebrations to honor our 2nd graders who will be moving on from BAS and going up to OAS next school year. 
Recording Secretary Report (Catherine Venditti)
  • Variety show was a huge success! 
  • Fundraising exceeded expectations by raising roughly $10,400 which will be incredibly helpful for the BAS community
  • Thank everyone who was involved and helped the show come together
  • Paperwork has been submitted to the BOE office to secure next year’s date (mid March 2024) and we are waiting for confirmation from the high school
  • Next year is our last year chairing. You can reach out to Catherine: or Susan:  if you’re interested or have questions
  • It would be helpful for the new chairs to shadow us starting in January/February 
Corresponding Secretary Report (Jennifer Jurkowich)
  • Baby gifts for Mrs. Biggiani and Mrs. Ruzkowski
  • Flowers for secretary, principal and nurses day
Email Blaster Report (Chris DelRe)
Member at Large Report (Courtney Byrne)
Public comments and questions
Benee Meade
Jen Jurkowich
Chris DelRe
Darshna Kuray
Catherine Venditti
Dana Cascone
Kristen D’Anna
Samantha Wilks
Allyson Konzelman
Lisa Bracigliano
Courtney Byrne
Stephanie Concannon
Tara McGrath