PTO Meetings for September 18, 2012
Attendees: Sue Roy, Kristin Johnson, Leigh Billing, Deb Randall, Julie Pomerleau, Kristie Michaud, Shannon Lowery, Betty Moore, Jennifer Hickey, Crystal Pelletier, Stacy Chilicki, Lisa Gorman, Qiana Qualls, Matthew Qualls, Sharon Beckwith, Patti Chadbourne, and Ron Robert.
We began our first meeting with a meet and greet. It was wonderful to see all of the friendly faces at our meeting. We have some new faces. Thanks to all for your involvement.
Treasurers report was done by Julie Pomerleau. The balance on July 31 was $8, 665.23. Deposits were $92 for school store sales. Withdrawals were $1,776.80. Withdrawals include pencil sharpeners, paper for PTO flyers, kid snacks, and planners.
Requests that were made included maintaining the grounds. Betty Moore asked for a weed trimmer to help maintain the grounds. She also requested an air compressor. We voted in favor of purchasing the air compressor and weed trimmer. We also had a request to upkeep the garden. This would include the garden in the back as well as along the building.
We discussed fundraisers. Julie presented the discount cards that we are planning to sell. We will be visiting local businesses in the hopes of getting discounts to benefit the card. These cards will be valid for one year. They will be sold for $10 each and the card holders will benefit by getting discounts at local businesses. We need a minimum of 12 businesses and no more than 18 on the card. Julie asked if there were any people at the meeting who knew of businesses that may be interested. If we sell 500 cards we will profit $4,600. We plan to sell them at the Halloween Party and the Santa’s Breakfast. Julie asked for volunteers in approaching businesses. We voted to buy 550 cards for $900 with the potential profit of $4,600.
Mr. Ellard will be doing art projects with the students. This will be for Art to Remember. Art to Remember is another fundraiser. Heidi Chandlier heads this. Look for the information to come home mid- October. Gifts will be coming by Christmas.
The Halloween Party will be on Friday, October 26. We are looking for volunteers during this party. Lisa Gorman heads this event. A flyer will go home at the beginning of October. We ask families for a bag of peanut free candy to put at the game stations. There is a cost involved because it is a fundraiser. It is a lot of fun.
The Santa Breakfast will take place at the community center. The breakfast will be on Saturday, December 1. This is headed by Tracy Mason. We are looking for volunteers to make this a successful event. We need people to set up, clean up, cook, and serve. It is a great community event. We also need volunteers to visit businesses for food items.
Kristie Michaud is hosting an event through the Recreation Department . This will take place on October 27. There will be a magician and a costume contest. There will be pumpkin carving at the gazebo. Information is posted on the website. This will begin at 4pm. On November 24th is the tree lighting. Kristie is interested in working with the PTO this year.
Mr. Robert gave the principals report. It was a great opening of school. Sharon Butler is our new secretary. It is imperative that all of the students have updated information in the event of an emergency and/or dismissal. There are 350 children and many changes have been already been made through Infinite Campus. It has been a priority for Mr. Robert and his staff to update this information. There is also a new schedule designed around literacy blocks. There is a 90 minute block for each classroom. Every classroom has an educational technician during this block. There is also a need for math volunteers. Please sign up if you are interested. Open House was a huge success. There is more work being done electronically. You will find more information on the website. There is also an updated calendar. Great job to the staff for all of their hard work.
The PTO wants to look at goals for money that is raised. We want to be thinking of big ticket items that we would like to have for our students. We want to inform parents and students what we are raising money for on each fundraiser.
The PTO wants to give $50 to classroom teachers and $25 to the specialists and interventionists. $1200 to $1800 for our staff.
PTO gives $6 to all 340 children to help with the cost of field trips. This will be about $2000. We also give each child $5 for the book fair. We voted to give each child the $5 again. This will be about $1700.
We voted in a new chair. Our new chair is Deb Randall. Welcome Thank you Shannon for all that you’ve done for the PTO as chair. The bi-laws have been amended. In order to become a board member you must attend a meeting or an event once every three months September through September. All board members have met these requirements.
Mr. Robert had a request. There was beautification done throughout the building. The K swings were painted. 66 new hooks have been placed in the K wing. The cost was around $400. The PTO voted and paid for this cost.
We discussed continuing Box Tops. The first submission will be October 31. We need a new coordinator for this. Leigh Billing, Kristin Johnson, and Stacy Chilicki have volunteered to be help with box tops. This is much appreciated.
Thank you everyone for attending . Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 16 at 6:00.