Dear PSCCC families,

I hope this finds you all very well, and the school year going well for you and your little ones.  My daughter Eleanor has been coming home with new songs (my favorite—I’m a witch ch ch) and stories of friends, families, and puppet shows. The Bears teachers tell me that she’s very “patient” at school—a shocking description for anyone who’s ever seen her NOT at school (or getting a pretzel). So I am very glad for, and humbled by, her blossoming these past few months under the care of our amazing teachers and staff.

This is the first time I’ve used the community board at the website. So easy!  So attractive! Thank you Mila and Joey, and I hope you all consider taking advantage of this great resource.

I apologize for the lengthy email to follow, and please bear with me: we have a few important announcements, including a board vacancy and open officer positions.

1. As you’ve heard, we had a very lively open house. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to publicize and plan for it, and to all of you who were there to meet and greet all the prospective families.  If they haven’t already, please encourage your friends to apply, and soon!

2. Please mark your calendars for SATURDAY MARCH 16th – our annual fundraiser!  Be ready to raise the roof and raise funds for the school.  Many more details (and appeals) to follow, but please reserve the date for you, as well as your friends and any family you might want to lure in for the great auction, great food, and great dancing.

3. Our next board meeting will be held in two weeks, on MONDAY DECEMBER 17th, at 6:30 at the school.  I’ll send out a list of topics we’ll be discussing the week before.  The most important business will be our quarterly review of PSCCC finances, and our review of last year’s budget.  Please contact me if you have any questions or requests for the agenda.

4. We have a board vacancy—Sara M. (Amelia, LS and Jerry, Rainbows) is stepping off the board.  First, THANK YOU to Sara for all the work you’ve put in these past two years.

We fill our board positions by random lottery of those interested, except when someone is in a board specialist spot.  Sara was our “non-profit” expert, but that’s an area of double expertise on the board, so we encourage anyone who want to be on the board to apply, and if you have non-profit experience, all the better!

In addition to this regular vacancy, we need to fill my position, as chair of the board.  My job is about to get much more busy, and while I can continue on the board, my focus needs to be elsewhere.  I’ll be staying on the board to support whoever takes it on—we’ll help whoever it may be as much, and for as long, as necessary.  You DON’T have to be willing to chair to throw your name into the hat, but if you ARE willing to chair, please let us know that too!  (If we don’t pick anyone who has indicated they’d be up for it, we’ll expand the board to bring someone else on who is.)

Finally, we are anticipating the departure of our treasurer, Matt H., who will be graduating with Lena (Rainbows) this summer.  If you are interested in being a “treasurer in training,” please let us know that too.  You don’t have to have a finance background—but you do need to know your way around a budget, and knowledge of Quickbooks would be useful (though not necessary).  This won’t be a board position right away, but it will be one next year—for now, you’d be on the finance committee and learn the ropes (for collective credit, of course).

If you’re interested in the general board vacancy, being treasurer or chairing and you have any questions, feel free to write me here, or call anytime—917-328-2456 (cell) or 718-788-2098 (home).  Our bylaws are up on the website — you can read more about the board and the officer roles there, too.

We ask that you please let us know by NEXT Monday, December 10, if you’d like to volunteer for any or these spots—we’ll pick the names that day, and let you know.

Thanks for your attention to this long email.  Looking forward to hearing from you, and wishing you and your families

All the best,

Penny, for the board