Highland Elementary PTO Meeting Minutes
September 16, 2019
Welcome: Brittany Sullivan and Crissy Field welcomed attendees to the meeting.
Principal’s Remarks: Dr. Etlen thanked the PTO for the recent financial donations. He feels the picnic was successful, especially the addition of the food truck. Suggested a food truck be considered for the Spring Fling. Back to school night is tonight, this year the schedule is flipped and there is no general presentation. He will be available to speak with parents in the school foyer. Start With Hello begins again next Monday, the anti-bullying campaign. The school welcomed 43 new students this year and administrators are checking in with them, good feedback on how they are settling in, even the oldest kids. Wednesday will be the new student welcome lunch with Dr. Etlen.
Treasurer’s Report: We gave out teacher gifts in early September for supplies. We paid a deposit on the October assembly. Otherwise this month is quiet. The 6th grade has a separate budget.
Review of Recent Events:
Back to School Breakfast: Well attended, a success.
Back to School Picnic: Well attended, also successful. The food truck was a big hit, long line. It was difficult to arrange but we want to continue having it at the event. The sound system was a problem.
Open PTO positions for the 2020-2021 School Year:Co-President, Treasurer, Field Day Chair, Special Persons Dance committee, Share and Care Co-chair, Box Tops Chair.
Picture Day is on Oct. 8. Just the morning this year. Dr. Etlen was disappointed with the quality of the composite photo this year, and would prefer teachers be included. The quality was sub-par and difficult to read. The administration and PTO will consider other vendor, perhaps Light Touch. May ask Barksdale to reissue composite, add digital only purchase option for photos.
The Special Persons Breakfast for Kindergarten is October 10.
Zumba is awaiting the permit, but the schedule is approved for 5 Wednesdays in a row beginning October 16. Ken Meyers will send a Sign-Up Genius and be able to accept Paypal.
Family Fun Night is on October 18 at 6pm, Pingo will be the entertainment.
Halloween Parade- PTO member would like the administration to allow coffee to be sold at the parade, if logistics allow. It is unlikely this year.
STEM Program (2nd and 3rd grades) – 3rd grade begins today, there was a sign-up genius. Some parents are unable to check email and work and missed out; going forward it is recommended that notice be given of when sign-ups will be sent, so parents can watch for them. This program is a collaboration between the PTO and Penn State Abington, and is very popular. The 2nd grade sign-up will be sent out October 14, there will be 20 spots for Mondays after school, and parent volunteers are needed.
Car line issues were discussed, Dr. Etlen is already planning an email reminder to parents to read the Handbook rules. Cars should not be idling for long periods, especially not on Keith Road. Parents can drive around the block until they are able to pull in to the school drive, or wait until 3:30 when the line is greatly diminished.
A parent has requested the PTO consider a Spanish Club after school program. The program under consideration is at a cost of $145 per student for 5 weeks, which the PTO feels is not affordable.
Barnes and Noble Night is Thursday November 21 from 4-7pm this year. The theme is Super Heroes and Super Stars. The volunteer sign-ups have a couple spots left. There will again be an art display and a chorus performance, more information will be sent out closer to the event.
In lieu of the Holiday Secret Shop there will be a Winter/Holiday craft opportunity during parent teacher conferences in December. There will be a small fee for each child, and a permit is being submitted for use of the Art Room. Natalie Black will run the event and is looking for craft ideas and volunteers.
Lynch Creek Farms was proposed as a fundraising opportunity (Mail order holiday wreaths and centerpieces with 15% of proceeds going to the school.) Dr. Etlen requested more information be submitted to him and he will consider submitting to the Board for vendor approval.
Opportunities for Junior High Volunteers were discussed. There is a staff person at the Jr. High who manages opportunities for students, and we offer spots at the Spring Fling and Field Day.
**Please join us for our next meeting on October 14th at 6:00pm in the library.