196WBMS PTA Information

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PTA Meeting Dates 2021-2022

2021 - 2022

Parent Teacher AssociationMeeting Dates & Zoom Link

Zoom Meeting ID: 988 0580 6235

Passcode: 196pta


Wednesday, October 20th @ 8:30 AM

Thursday, November 18th @ 6:00 PM

Wednesday, December 15th @ 8:30 AM

Wednesday, January 19th @ 6:00 PM

Wednesday, February 16th @ 8:30 AM

Wednesday, March 23rd @ 6:00 PM

Wednesday, April 13th @ 8:30 AM

Wednesday, May 18th @ 6:00 PM

Wednesday, June 8th @ 8:30 AM

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PS 196 PTA Bylaws.pdf 

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SLT Meeting Dates

2021 - 2022 School Leadership Team Meeting Dates & Link To Join

ZOOM Meeting ID: 847 7283 7190

Password: 254 991


September 28th

October 26th

November 23rd

December 21st

January 25th

February 22nd

March 22nd

April 26th

May 24th

June 21st


*Please Note: All meeting are on Tuesday and will start at 4:00 and will be virtual.

SLT Vision & Mission


The community of 196WBMS is committed to working towards the enhancement of our standards-driven instructional program, creating high levels of academic excellence for all our students in each of the disciplines. We continue to provide a culturally responsive and safe environment that empowers all children, including English Language Learners, Dual Language Learners, and Students with Special Needs to experience greater success and confidence in themselves, allowing them to grow socially, as well as academically into well rounded and productive citizens who treat others with compassion and are prepared to challenge individual and systemic inequities in their future communities. Our students will attain these goals through the collaboration of school, home, and community. Our staff educates in a culturally responsive manner and continues expanding and developing their own cultural competence to sustain and build upon student, family, and community engagement strategies and programs throughout the whole school through creative, comprehensive, and inclusive strategies of culturally responsive project based learning that includes all the elements of STEAM, our students will become empowered lifelong learners prepared academically and socially-emotionally for college, careers, and the future.

Instructional Focus

Students will participate in rigorous and engaging activities within PBL units that contain all elements of 21st century STEAM skills. Teachers will provide opportunities for students to work collaboratively and independently, self-reflect, think critically, and problem solve when completing a challenging task. Our goal is to successfully prepare our students for college, careers and their futures.


The vision of WBMS is to foster a positive environment where all students have the space and opportunities to learn and grow while felling safe and supported.

SLT By-Laws

Bylaws of the School Leadership Team of PS 196

The Williamsburg Bridge Magnet School of Communication and Mixed Media Arts


207 Bushwick Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11206


Article I – School Leadership Team Mission Statement and Educational Vision

The primary mission of the School Leadership Team (SLT) of PS 196 is to oversee the

development of the school’s Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP) and make decisions about

the budget that allow the CEP to be implemented. The SLT also supports the schools education

model of a "Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child '' collaborative approach to learning,

health, and well-being. PS 196 is committed to providing our children with a comprehensive

child-centered curriculum that is sensitive to individual learning needs and styles, as well as

celebrates and cultivates individual strengths and interests. Through a standards based

curriculum, which includes a rich Arts program, we are committed to developing life-long

learners. PS 196 believes that it takes all stakeholders: administrators, teachers and parents,

working collaboratively to create a school where all our children can flourish and reach their

fullest potential.


Article II – Team Composition


Section 1 Size of Team

The total number of members shall be a minimum of 10 and maximum of 17. The team shall

maintain an equal number of parents (7) and staff members (7), from each constituency.


Section 2 Mandatory Members

The only three mandatory members of the SLT are the school’s principal, the Parent

Association/ParentTeacher Association (PA/PTA) President and the United Federation of

Teachers (UFT) Chapter Leader. Mandatory members of the SLT may designate another

member of their constituent group to serve in their place. In the case of PTA co-presidents, the

remaining PTA officers shall determine which co-president will serve as the mandatory member

of the SLT.


Section 3 Members at Large

The remaining members of the team shall consist of: - Six elected parents: - Four nominated

staff members - One elected DC 37 member


Section 4 Eligibility and Election of Team Members

A parent is defined as a parent, by birth or step-parent, legally appointed guardian, foster parent

or person in parental relation to a child. A person in parental relation refers to a person who has

assumed the care of a child because the child’s parents or guardians are not available, whether

due to, among other things, death, imprisonment, mental illness, abandonment of a child, or

living outside of the state. Parents from the school are eligible to be elected by the school’s PTA

to serve on the SLT. Parents may not serve on the SLT as a parent member if they are

employed by PS 196, the district office of PS 196 or any School Support Organization that PS

196 purchases services from. Faculty and Staff employed at PS 196 are eligible to serve as a

faculty/staff member of the SLT as long as they are not a parent of a child at PS 196. Parent

coordinators may not serve as members of the SLT in any capacity in the school where they are

employed. However, parent coordinators may be invited to attend meetings as observers or

presenters in schools in which they are employed. They also may be asked to serve on SLT

subcommittees. Parent and staff SLT members must be elected or nominated by their own

constituent group in a fair and unbiased manner determined by each constituent group. All

elections/nominations must be advertised widely, with reasonable advance notice given.

Elections/ nominations must be open to all members of the constituent group and must be held

in accordance with the term limits set forth in these bylaws. Parent member elections must be

scheduled after PTA elections are held each spring. Parents must be provided a minimum of ten

calendar days’ notice prior to the election. The PTA is encouraged to stagger the terms of the

non-mandatory parent members of the SLT. Community based organizations may also serve on

SLTs. The SLT will create a process for the organizations to apply for membership. A member of

the team may also recommend an organization for membership. This will be done on an annual

basis. Community based organization members will be included in the total number of team

members, but will not be counted when determining the balance of parent and staff members.

Elections held to fill vacancies due to resignation, cessation of member eligibility, or removal

pursuant to Article-655 will be conducted by the appropriate constituent group within 30 days of

the vacancy. Team members elected to fill vacancies shall be eligible to serve until the

completion of that term.

Newly elected team members will attend and observe the final SLT meeting of the school year.


Section 5 School Leadership Roles

The officers of the School Leadership Team shall be a Chairperson(s), a Secretary, a

Timekeeper and a Fiscal Officer.

Chairperson - The Chairperson shall be selected by consensus of the team and shall serve for a

period of one year. If the team opts to elect Co-Chairpersons, they will share the role of

Chairperson as outlined in these bylaws. The election shall take place at the September

meeting. The Chairperson is responsible for scheduling meetings, ensuring that team members

have the information necessary to guide their planning, and focusing the team on educational

issues of importance to the school. The Chairperson ensures that voices of all team members

are heard.

Secretary/Timekeeper – The secretary will be responsible for sending SLT meeting notices and

for keeping the minutes of SLT meetings. Such minutes must be maintained at the school, with

a copy provided to the PTA. The Timekeeper ensures that all agenda items are discussed by

monitoring the allotment of time afforded each item.

Financial Liaison – The Financial Liaison shall assume responsibility for documenting member

participation for the purposes determining eligibility for the annual SLT remuneration.


Section 6 Length of Term and Term Limits

Team members, with the exception of mandatory members, are elected for two-year terms.

However, all members must remain eligible to serve pursuant to Chancellor’s Regulation A-655

for the duration of their term. There are no term limits on consecutive terms faculty/staff

members may serve. Term limits for parent representatives will be three consecutive elected

terms. If a parent has multiple children in the school the three consecutive elected terms still

applies; however the parent can run again for election following a break in membership of the

SLT. The mandatory PTA President slot on the SLT does not count towards the three

consecutive terms. Regardless of the term limits, if no other willing, eligible candidate is

identified for a particular constituent group, a member may be elected for an additional term.

Section 8 Responsibilities of School Leadership Team Members

1. Team members, including those additional roles outlined in these bylaws, are responsible for

developing an annual school Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) that is aligned with the

school-based budget for the ensuing school year. The school-based budget provides the fiscal

parameters within which the SLT will develop the goals and objectives to meet the needs of

students and the school’s educational program. The principal shall consult with the SLT in

developing the school-based budget.

2. To ensure alignment of the CEP with the school-based budget, the principal shall provide the

SLT with a report from the DOE Galaxy budgeting system within a reasonable period of time

after the school receives it. The school-based budget provides the fiscal parameters within

which the SLT will develop the goals and objectives to meet the needs of students and the

school’s educational program. The principal makes the final determination on the CEP and the

school-based budget.

3. The SLT is not responsible for the hiring or firing of school staff. The SLT does not discuss the

evaluation and/or rating of staff members or deal with problems involving individual staff,

students, or parents.

4. The SLT shall provide an annual assessment to the community superintendent of the

principal’s record of developing an effective shared decision-making relationship with the SLT

members during the year.

5. The SLT will serve as the vehicle for consultation with parent representatives regarding

federal reimbursable funding (e.g., Title I). The SLT will coordinate with other school committees

such as the Parent Association and the Title I Committee to ensure that all school-wide

committees are working toward the same goals set forth in the CEP.


6. The constituent groups on the School Leadership Team shall select their representatives for

the C-30 Level I Committee subject to the manner prescribed in Chancellor’s Regulation C-30.


7. Team members must work collaboratively by sharing their ideas and concerns and listening to

the ideas and concerns of others; engaging in collaborative problem-solving and

solution-seeking that will lead to consensus based decisions.


8. Team members must communicate effectively with their constituent groups and share the

views of their constituencies with the team.


9. While SLT meetings are public and anyone from the school community can attend, only those

team members who have been elected by their constituencies and those seated as core

members may participate in the decision-making process.

Article III – Team Meetings

Section 1 Schedule of Meetings

The School Leadership Team shall meet at least once a month during the school year. The first

meeting of the school year will be arranged via email among the SLT members. The full

schedule of dates and times of the meetings will be determined at the first SLT meeting in

September. Meetings will be scheduled for at least 90 minutes. Meetings will take place on

zoom, school, or DOE premises. Meetings will be scheduled at a time convenient for parent

members on the team. Parent members will be polled each year to determine a convenient time

for team meetings. Additional meetings will be scheduled by the Chairperson as needed or upon

request by the team members.

Section 2 Notice of Team Meetings

The School Leadership Team will establish a yearly calendar which shall be posted in the

general office, in the parent coordinator’s office and the schools website at the beginning of

each school year. The calendar shall be distributed at the first meeting of the parent association

each school year. The Chairperson will send meeting reminders to each team member one

week prior to all meetings by email or telephone.

Section 3 Meeting Attendance

School Leadership Team members are expected to attend all meetings. If team members are

unable to attend the meeting, they must contact the Chairperson in advance of the meeting.

Section 4 Quorum

A majority of SLT members including representation from each constituent group shall constitute

a quorum. Each constituent group shall be responsible for ensuring that their group is

adequately represented at each meeting.

Section 5 Order of Business

_ Call to Order

_ Reading and Approval of the Previous Meeting’s Minutes

_ Committee Reports

_ Discussion of Unfinished Business Agenda Items

_ Discussion of New Business Agenda Items

_ Creation of Agenda for the Next Meeting

_ Adjournment


Section 6 Agenda Items

All proposed agenda items sent to the Chairperson must be accepted for the agenda.

Discussions of the appropriateness of the items should be held at the SLT meeting. If an item is

deemed inappropriate for the SLT, the reason for the decision will be recorded in the minutes.

Discussions and decisions about the items should not occur via email, unless deadlines dictate

a decision about an issue prior to the next scheduled meetings and scheduling an emergency

meeting is not possible. A summary and date of an email discussion should be reflected in the



Article IV – Removal of a School Leadership Team Member


Section 1 Removal Process

Team members who fail to attend three consecutive meetings, fail to perform their roles and

responsibilities as outlined in these bylaws, or behave in a manner that is disruptive and

undermining to the work of the Team will be removed by consensus of the remaining team

members. The School Leadership Team must have a quorum of members present and reach

unanimous agreement when deciding to remove a member. The member shall be provided a

written notice of the Team’s decision. The letter shall include the reason for the removal and the

member’s right to appeal the decision. The letter shall be signed by the Chairperson or

CoChairpersons and shall be sent by registered return receipt mail delivery to ensure proper

notification and receipt.


Section 2 Filling a Vacancy

When a member resigns or is removed, the vacancy will be advertised to the appropriate

constituent group and an election will be held in accordance with these bylaws.


Article V – Decision-Making


Section 1 Consensus-based decision-making

The Leadership Team shall strive to engage in collaborative problem solving and seek solutions

that will lead to consensus-based decisions and, when necessary, work toward effective conflict

resolution. No single member of the School Leadership Team shall have the power to veto the

collective decision of the rest of the School Leadership Team. The team will attempt to resolve

conflicts and impasses among team members over a particular issue by employing any or all of

the following measures, as deemed necessary:

• Table the discussion for the next meeting.

• Seek direction or advice from someone with expertise on the topic under discussion .

• Utilize the services of an outside facilitator.

• Provide training in consensus decision making for team members.

• Any other measures deemed appropriate by the team, to move the issue forward.

In reaching consensus on difficult issues the team members shall make decisions which place

“Children First.” At P.S. 196, all decisions are made in the best interest of our children.

Article VI – Conflict Resolution

Section 1 Assistance from the District Leadership Team (DLT)

The School Leadership Team will seek assistance from the DLT or appropriate superintendent

when members cannot reach agreement on an issue. Where team members have difficulty

obtaining information or wish to obtain assistance in resolving issues relating to consultation

with the school principal, they may seek assistance from the DLT or superintendent. If after

receiving assistance from the DLT or superintendent, the Team still cannot reach agreement on

the CEP, the superintendent will make the final determination.

Section 2 Assistance from the Office for Family Engagement and Advocacy (OFEA)

If the DLT or superintendent is unable to resolve such issues to the satisfaction of team

members, team members may send a written request for assistance to the designated OFEA

engagement staff.


Article VII – Bylaws Review and Amendment

The bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the team, provided notice of any

proposed changes has been given at a previous meeting. In addition, the bylaws will be

reviewed annually, at the start of the school year to ensure that the document’s provisions meet

the needs of the team and remain consistent with Chancellor’s Regulation A-655.


These bylaws were amended on September 29, 2021 and are on file in the principal’s office.


Janine Colon_________________________ ________________________________

Principal Name Principal Signature

Jocelyn Rojas________________________ ________________________________

PTA President Name PTA President Signature

Anthony Zalak________________________ ________________________________

UFT Chapter Leader Name UFT Chapter Leader Signature