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    RIDGEWAY PTA Meeting Minutes

    General Meeting of Ridgeway PTA

    November 15, 2022

    7:00 pm at Ridgeway School

    Attendees (25)

    Rebecca Burnstein

    Rachel Johnson

    Amy Handelsman

    Kelli Teglas

    Kristina McLaughlin

    Michaela Baumann

    Bonnie Gordon

    Barbara McCann

    Evis Rucaj

    Lucia Anselmo

    Katie Ammons

    Lisa Muscat

    Jennifer Clampet

    Taryn Friedman

    Liz Trepp 

    Will Trepp

    Lauren Kraver

    Melissa Dorchak

    Amy Frishman 

    Sasha Growick

    Dr. Crawford

    and various members of the Ridgeway Community


    Rachel Johnson

    White Plains Youth Bureau - Byron Smalls, Program Director for After School Connections

    • Discussed programs the youth bureau has, including: 

      • Before school and after school care

      •  Summer camps (Bits and Pieces and STEAM)

      • SAT prep

      • College tours

      • Flight simulator 

      • Youth employment 

    • Looking for more ideas about how the youth bureau can do more.  Email Mr. Smalls at bsmalls@whiteplainsny.gov if you have suggestions

    Congratulations Dr. Crawford 

    Presented video of a celebratory parade held today in schoo

    • American Education Week Update

      • Will send out a digital surprise snapshot of Ridgeway

      • In the future, we will invite pods of parents to visit school for 30 minutes at a time.

      • Thinking about crowd control, etc.

    • ELA/ Math Night - TBD

    Upcoming PTA Events

    • Turkey Trot - Monday 11/21 - can still use volunteers. Parents/guardians can cheer on children outside.

    • Picture retake: Monday 11/21

    • Book Fair: 11/30-12/3

    • Pancake breakfast: 12/3 9-11 am

    • Holiday Sing Along: 12/10

    • Holiday Concert: 12/13

    • Holiday Boutique: 12/13-14

    • Spirit Week: 12/19-12/23

    Mrs. Frishman spoke to thank PTA for the parent-teacher partnership.

    Treasurer Report

    • Raised $38,000 already this year!

    • We are on track to raise $75,000, which exceeds expectations.


    • Cherrydale $5237.80 raised - more than any other year

    • Turkey trot - 38% of students have registered and we have raised over $18,000.

    Turkey trot

    • There will be:  balloon arch, characters on course, cheer zones, water, mandarins

    • The track will be 1 mile.  

    • Parents will not be running with students

    • Weather looks cold - dress appropriately with spirit wear

    Class Parents

    • Working on ways to send out information using class parents but not over sending emails

    • Indoor recess collection has been mostly successful


    Pickup was today

    • The rest is left in the office for delivery

    • Spiritwear will be sold at the next event

    • Discussion about a way for parents to donate no longer used spiritwear shirts

    • Should we buy for everyone?  Have coupons to donate?

    • Considering a 5th grade/K buddy system where the 5th grader gives the K an old shirt

    Membership Update

    • 379 Members!  

    • Parents/Guardians need to rejoin every year

    Special Needs Representative

    • The Buddy Bench for the small playground is arriving in January

    • The SNC is seeking parent volunteers to help plan Autism Acceptance Month.

    • Please email ridgewaymom2023@gmail.com if interested.


    • Lucia R. brought up where can we put images to share/download? Perhaps a Flicker page?