PTA General Meeting Minutes, September 12th 2017, 6PM

  1. Introduction of Executive Board
  2. Recent Events:
  • Thanks to volunteers for planning Back to School Breakfast for Staff.
  • Back to School picnic had 143 families/staff signed in for approximately 475 people in attendance. Great job to all the volunteers who helped out!
  1. Administrator’s Updates, Inskeep and Ms. Harmon:
    • Staffing updates: we were just awarded an extra teaching position for 4th Since the school had already used Title 1 funds to hire a 4th grade teacher, that money will likely be used for an additional interventionist.
    • Due to lower kindergarten enrollment: only 4 kindergarten classes this year.
    • Recess: Feedback from teachers/staff/students indicated they wanted to go back to traditional recess with free play rather than assigned groups/areas. So far, so good.
    • Boosterthon is up and running. Ten percent of students are already registered and we are at 4% of our goal in first 24 hours. In case of rain, run will move inside to gym.
    • Back to school nights start at 6:30 in cafeteria for 20 minute presentation. Then parents visit homerooms and briefly to math teacher. If possible, leave kids at home.
    • Martirano will visit on September 19th at 9AM.
    • Five staff members will be attending 5 day cultural proficiency training.
    • Two staff members received grants: Rachel Kaufman (reading specialist) is studying anti-bias framework in K-2 reading materials. G/T teachers Ms. Icenogle and Ms. Freiert received grant to work with kindergarteners and 1st graders to provide enrichment activities and talent-spotting through co-teaching and professional learning. One of only three schools selected for this pilot program.
  1. PTACH Report: Tammy Fenwick and Betsy Kuhns, PTACHC reps
  • Board of Ed members were at first county-wide meeting to answer questions.
  • County is working on list of approved vendors for cultural events
  • Redistricting plan comes out 10/3 and then another plan after two additional meetings soliciting public feedback. If you have comments, please submit testimony.
  • Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance also subject of discussion.
  1. Provisional Budget: Treasurer, Lakesha Ott
  • Reported on situation from July 2017 when she took over
  • We have $1056 to begin the year after paying several large overdue bills.
  • Provisional budget is based on earning over $17,000 from Fun Run plus hoping to have a few thousand extra to carryover to next year.
  • Silent auction in December will help to supplement.
  • Social things will be the first to go if we have to cut funds: Movie nights, PBIS, Wellness
  • Please use when making purchases and select BBES PTA as the recipient to help us raise funds. Member: You can earn a higher percentage with a link from your website. (We will look into this).
  • Harris Teeter, link loyalty card at beginning of school year so they will donate to us.
  • Seventeen spirit nights planned, usually about $100 per in proceeds. Kate Cole has offered to pick up lunch for teachers on spirit days when we receive lunchtime benefits.
  1. WATCH D.O.G.S.
  • any male relative/family friend welcome to participate
  • Must complete HoCo volunteer training first.
  • Kate Cole moved to vote to bring them under PTA. Unanimous vote in favor.
  1. Boosterthon – Kate Cole,
  • Kate Cole plans to get a police noise permit due to neighbor complaints last year
  • Volunteers needed for water and $$ counts
  1. Online Auction — Margie Schairer
  • requests have been made from local major league teams, teacher dates, businesses
  • If you have an auction item to donate or an idea, contact Margie
  • Kari Newark volunteered to head effort and Tammy Fenwick will help as well
  1. After school activities — Jen Caruso
  • No free classes/lottery this year
  • Chess is on Tuesdays (correction) and KidzArt on Fridays
  • Volunteers needed to assist with chess, no experience necessary
  • There will also be Spanish offered through the school.
  • Flier out in Wednesday folders
  • No yoga or book club. Maybe book club in the spring.
  1. Upcoming Events:
  • Trunk or Treat/Math night

-Teal pumpkins suggested to mark cars for kids with food allergies

  • Spirt Wear Sale:

-Krista needs help sorting spirit wear

  • Multicultural Night

-Siddi will be heading up multicultural night

-HoCo Arts Council may be able to provide info on performers

  • Beaver Cart starts 10/2. Kate Haber can still use volunteers.
  • Coffee Cart donations can be dropped off at Sandy’s home the evening before or at before care the morning if it is more convenient

Margie moved to adjourn. Kate Cole seconded.

33 in attendance


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