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ABOUT PTA

(Parent Teacher Association)

2017 – 2018 EXECUTIVE BOARD

PRESIDENT
KELLY LAMBERT

1ST VICE-PRESIDENT

LILI WARNER

2ND VICE-PRESIDENT

PATRICIA AGOSTINI

3RD VICE-PRESIDENT

HELENA DAMATO

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY

WENDY McKENZIE

RECORDING SECRETARY

KATE ASTURIAS

TREASURER

BETSY LONDONO

PTA GOALS

 

Key Biscayne K-8 Center (KBCS) located in the Village of Key Biscayne, Florida, is an A rated PK-8 public school located on a barrier island in Miami-Dade County with approximately 1,100 students.   The school develops critical thinkers and encourages global citizenship through its Cambridge International curriculum and extended foreign language programs, inclusion of English learning and exceptional students, and accelerated and gifted classes.

The PTA is a collaborative partner with KBCS and the Village of Key Biscayne. With over 739 members –136 of which are faculty, administration, and support staff—the primary mission of the PTA is to bridge the gap between school and home by encouraging parental involvement. In 2015, the KBCS PTA was a recipient of the highly prestigious designation of “School of Excellence” by the National PTA. As such, both KBCS and the PTA were recognized as a national leader in school improvement and family engagement. In August of 2015, the KBCS PTA won the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award for innovation in family engagement. This award is named after one of the founders of the PTA and is the highest honor awarded to a local PTA unit.

The KBCS PTA local unit is part of the Miami-Dade County Council PTA/PTSA, and is a unit in good standing with the Florida and National PTA. The PTA Executive Board consists of seven elected officers, the chairs of standing committees, and our Principal. Officer elections are in May, and committee chairs are selected in September.

OUR GOALS ARE:

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To foster a welcome and friendly school environment where parents are encouraged to volunteer, teachers feel respected and supported, and students are inspired to learn.

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To support student success through advocacy efforts and closing the gaps in services and programs not offered by the school district.

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To work with our administration, the school district, and school board to share successes and concerns about the curriculum and district operations.

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To communicate effectively with parents and students, our school administration and faculty, and community.

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To be effective advocates for all children.

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To make our school a cornerstone of our community by encouraging involvement from our island residents, businesses, elected officials, and first responders.

There are numerous ways to become involved. Volunteers are the heart and soul of our island school. The PTA has
several committees to choose from such as a Mom and Me Garden Club, Advocacy, Exceptional Students, Student
of the Month and Awards and Recognition, the Book Fair, Wellness in the Schools, Family Fun and Game Nights,
the annual Talent Show, Teacher Appreciation, Art and Music programs, Fundraising and Special Events, Playground
and Recess, Environment and Recycling, and Homeroom Parents. Whether it’s helping in your child’s classroom,
or assisting with school-wide projects and fundraising, volunteers are always needed. You determine the level
of time and commitment you wish to share with the PTA. New ideas and suggestions are always welcomed and appreciated.

Thank you for taking time to learn more about us. Now, we’d like to hear from you! Contact us at kbcspta@yahoo.com,
and follow us on Facebook for the most up to date information.

MEETING MINUTES

DOWNLOAD THE PTA BY-LAWS

PTA MEMBERSHIP

The Key Biscayne Community School PTA is a membership organization made up of parents and teachers.
The PTA is directed by a board comprised of seven members who interact closely with the school’s administration,
teachers, staff, parents and students throughout the year. A new board for KBCS PTA is elected every year
during the month of May.

In order to vote in the election one must be a PTA member.

We encourage ALL parents and teachers to join. Membership is very simple and easy to do and in no way
commits you to any volunteering. It does, however, help fund many school initiatives and needs.

Click here to become a member

If you prefer to pay with check, you can download the PTA Membership Form and submit it with payment to your child’s teacher.

IN THE 2015 – 2016 SCHOOL YEAR THIS IS HOW KBCS PTA SPENT THE MONEY YOU CONTRIBUTED

FACILITIES ENHANCEMENT
& INPROVEMENT
$55,000

This year, the PTA and its amazing volunteers:

  • Transformed our VEGETABLE GARDEN.
  • Bought new PLAYGROUND equipment and created new play areas.
  • Improved the BUTTERFLY garden.
  • Placed NEW PAVERS at the school entrance.
  • Renovated the ELEMENTARY CAFETERIA by adding children’s art, applying new paint, purchasing new tables and creating a mural.

STUDENT
INCENTIVE PROGRAMS
$10,000

This covers:

  • All STUDENT OF THE MONTH breakfast and ceremonies.
  • All award ceremonies including the cost of MEDALS, CERTIFICATES and others.
  • Our beloved mascot SHARKEY.

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
$25,000

The additional support covers the subscription to BRAIN POP for our students.
The PTA also bought:

  • New P.E. EQUIPMENT.
  • BOOKS for the media center.
  • Improved the BUTTERFLY garden.
  • MUSIC sheet and equipment for the music program.
  • All the CLOUD 9 character books needed to implement the program in our school.

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS
$24,000

This allowance supplements additional classroom expenses not covered by the school!

  • AGENDAS for all Teachers and Students.
  • Yellow Weekly COMMUNICATIONS.
  • Each teacher receives $200 for their CLASSROOM.

TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL SUPPORTS
$21,000

This financial help goes to cover:

  • Additional PARAPROFESSIONALS at our school to HELP our administration and teachers on a daily basis.
  • Teacher and Staff APPRECIATION celebrations and gifts.
  • Rental of and additional COPY MACHINE for school.

OUR GOALS FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

The PTA is in the process of assessing goals for the 2017-2018 school year. Last year some of our goals included:

Supporting our Arts program by providing funds to create additional enrichment programs related to the arts.
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Continuing to focus on Health & Nutrition education by developing the WITS (Wellness in the schools) program and
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Exploring the benefits of kinesthetic equipment in our school.
Continuing to provide clear, concise and timely communication and information to all parents.