PTO Minutes 2016-05-09

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May 9, 2016

Open positions – Jen Schultz has volunteered to be the new co-president with Georelle.

End of year parties – on 6/16 at 2:30, Laura Kremp will email classroom parents to get volunteers, supplies, etc.

STARS extra recess – Mr. Etlen asked if the PTO could provide a treat for the students who attend the STARS recess on 6/8 and 6/9. Someone will buy Icee pops. For students that do not attend, they will learn how to be proactive and be a Husky star when others are not; there will be a lot of staff facilitating, they will understand what to do differently in the future. This program addresses the push back in years past that there was only a reward for the kids that don’t usually behave, this is for students who consistently show Husky STARS behavior

Mr. Etlen – Kindergarten orientation was Wed 5/11. Field day was supposed to be Fri 5/13, but after keeping an eye weather, it was decided to use the rain date of 5/20, Race for Education will be the same day. The multi-cultural event was Thursday. On behalf of the staff, thank you for the lunch that was provided during the teacher appreciation luncheon. The teachers really enjoyed it. This is an awesome community, we have a school and area that is a wonderful place to raise a family; you can really make connections here. Thank you also to Ms. Lee-Kim and Mr. Macnamara for the volunteer breakfast, it was a wonderful event.

5th & 6th grade social – the event was well attended and the kids seemed to have a lot of fun. Thanks to all who helped! And thank you Joanne!

After school activities – still looking for volunteers who can lead a class/activity next year. We would like to keep costs down for students, so low cost activities would be best, especially for the younger grades.

  • Mr. Chou is planning to have a chess club next year, he has the supplies, PTO will do the leg work to make it happen. Will hopefully also have high school students come and help
  • We have someone who wants to teach sewing
  • Other possible ideas: lego, board games, book club, mock trial
  • Also discussed possible spelling bee, during school hours. Or a game 24 challenge.

Race for education – have received around $5,000 so far; have gotten some great donations. We need everyone to feel vested in this fundraiser and we hope to raise $25 per student. Possibly have a reading event instead of walking in future.

6th grade fundraising – 6th grade struggles to pay for everything each year; possibly take fun plex trip out of yearly activity fee, pay for that separately, but there might be a max limit for how much can be spent on a trip. Need to consider what is essential. Pay for specific items/events instead of overall fee? Should send out a form at the beginning of the year with expected costs, maybe have it go out with classroom assignments at end of summer so that parents know what 6th grade will cost. Need to get the letter to Mr. Etlen before the end of the year. There will be a meeting before end of school year for 5th grade parents to learn about 6th grade activities and find out how to get involved. It takes many volunteers to make it happen.