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Presidents: Cedrine Bell
Treasurer: Stephanie Hodge
Recording Secretary: Sarah Evans
Meeting called to order by President Cedrine Bell at 6:36p
Attendance: There were 17.5 (includes a baby!) number of members in attendance; a quorum was reached.
No guests in attendance.
Principal Report: 6:37 – 6:40
Given by Cedrine because KD not there.
About the permanent building at Hardy. Capital funding folks very supportive of permanent rather than modules. There will be another meeting that PTO will send out information in case we need community support for school. Show we care. If we show up in numbers, more likely we’ll get what we want. Thompson lucked out because their funding went with HS funding. But we are a standalone funding. Though we should be passed at the same time as HS funding. May not be a vote. We’ll see.
Good news from last time. Superintendent is supportive of playground in front so that is in the budget.
Treasurer Report: 6:40
14,300 in alt fundraiser so far
25,000 – balance. (32k in December)
6100 book sale
2500 10 teachers submitted for things
2000 (+) book fair
350 (+) candy sale
450 (+) Box tops
100 (+) BOA match
Sales tax. Accountant said we should get a tax exempt certificate. Cost is $1800 ($600 per year and three years back). $636 and $600 for book fair and photo sales tax.
Motion to fix sales tax
Motion voted yes. Stephanie will submit paperwork.
New license for movie night was also a cost.
Librarian wants $500 curriculum advancement grant for k-2 series books.
Pete and George spent $515 on directory. Less than last year with more names!
Question. What are the fundraising goals?
CB: Silent Auction cash going for overhead technologies for all classrooms. Mainly for gear and labor. Labor is a lot. Or $11k for screen in gym.
Amazon Shopping. School gets checks twice a year. But not Smile – less of a percentage.
Cedrine notes 7:00p
PTO business. Gate Lighting was great.
Enrichment. Terry Holt. Probably spend less than $1000 of allotted budget.
- Classical Dance of South India. Tall Tales – 40 minutes lecture and dance about South India religious dance. Vivid stories from Hindu mythology. On Friday. 10-10:45 is grades 1,2,3 and 11:40-12:25 for k, 4, 5. Two times for two sets of grades. Gift her school events for free. NEED VOLUNTEERS to usher kids and keep eye out. Arrive at 9:45a
- In 2013 we had the Beantown jumpers. A double-dutch team. $500 donation. Bring kids and jump ropes. For March or April. Has to be on a Friday.
Movie Night 2nd grade 1/20 at 6:30p Dolphin’s Tale. (1/27 is snow date Bonnie Walsh) “Coming along. Good crew so I okay with help. Sent out a sign up genius and waiting for a few more volunteers but we are okay.
-selling sweats and t-shirts – make announcement before movie. Can do credit card sales.
Talent Show February 10th Moya and Chris Charig (3rd grade event). Need a spotlight from Cable TV or theater. The practice times are 5-7 Jan 31, Feb 2, and one other date at school. Town Hall is $55/hr or $220. $3 adult so hoping for 100 parents to cover Town Hall.
Silent Auction: March 4th Patsy O’Brien. FB page and website done! Thanks to Jaime and other teachers for their help and donations. Need volunteer for day of. Signup genius is up on website.
Literacy Night – March – Pete Gast (4th grade event). Need to reserve the date.
Walkathon April 1 (grade event?).
Teacher Appreciation Week. May 2?
Field Day Friday May 26th Vic Arthur and Michael Leen.
Green Team. Sustainable Arlington. Groups/Schools display green stuff. They create a club and encourage kids to participate in recycle, etc. One school reduced waste in cafeteria. Lets try one! Parent (Cedrine thinks Manisha Sharma) will investigate and report back. Garden discussions, too.
METCO meet/greet with parents on January 18th at night. Poster in front lobby.
Event alerts. Some parents are so hyper-scheduled that they need the big picture with date. And we seeem to see lots of PTO posts. Forwarded information. So a lot of emails. Maybe we can figure out how to process better? One of the things we talked about room parents was to have less PTO emails so room parents filter and deliver the news and find volunteers. Solution? Check out the web page. And link your calendar with the Google school calendar.
Next meeting is on Tuesday Feb. 7
Meeting adjorned at: 7:35p