Tuesday October 4 2016 in the school library
Come to two consecutive meetings at PTO and you are a voting member!
Presidents: Cedrine Bell
Treasury: Stephanie Hodges
Recording Secretary: Sarah Evans
Meeting called to order by President Cedrine Bell at 6:33
Special Guest: Ben Wall of the Arlington Adult Softball league
Ben wants Hardy to be part C-League Elementary School. Bishop and Stratton are already in league. Runs from the last week of August and into May. Two days a week. M-F play times. Contact: Brian Alverson (at Bishop) with league questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
6:40 – 6:45
Things are off to a great start. Nice back to school night. Questions received:
- parking lot questions to answer - Hardy lot getting tight for all the Hardy staff. Some parents in area said their driveways were available.
-Other questions from that night – more time for lunch and recess? No. A few years ago we increased the time by 10 minutes from 30 to 40 minutes.
-Dreambox? The program was heavily funded by grants last year. No grants or budget this year and per student is pricey. Something like $10-11 per kid. Teachers in 4th didn’t use as much. Plus cart issues - classes share carts vs one tablet per student. And many kids don't have access at home. For those parents who would like - you can get sign-up for a single account.
-Toy donations for kindergarten front yard recess space? PTO is working on some ideas.
-Why didn’t you talk about curriculum? The teachers were taking care of that in classes.
-Missing choice time in 2nd grade – its academic choice for older kids.
Camp is soon – 25th the fifth graders leave. Principal goes for 1-2 nights.
Harvestfest was great!
October assembly will be where our reading took us. Dress as favorite characters from summer reading.
Treasurer Report from 6:45 – 6:55
$25,000 is current amount.
Spending: Life is Good shirts ($600), Systems: Overhead Elmos ($2600), Events: $2300, Ice Cream $150, Harvestfest $1300. Teacher Supplemental: 8 teachers have asked for cash (get $50 more
Grants: Big Yellow Bus. $250 for 3rd grade field trip. Science Camp fund for kids who need help ($2370).
The Garden. $600 a line item.
Enrichment. $6500. Maybe an increase here.
Alternative Fund Raiser: 10 people donated okay.
Reimbursement From: New one. 10 days prior to event! Need vendor and possible amount.
Teacher emails: She requested from PTO Teacher Leaders per grade level for easier communication.
Payments: PayPal charges us 3%. Is Google Wallet cheaper?
6:56 - Kindergarten sand table vote
Cedrine: wary about number of kids playing on them - sturdy enough? They will be raised, too. Maybe we put them in the pod container so not outside in elements all the time? Parent says they will donate. Already has a $100 Walmart card. And working on a $250 donation, too.
Cedrine says teachers should send PTO a report with costs so we can vote. Sarah E says for procedural issues, rather than email vote later lets approve a bulk sum now. If things change later, we’ll deal with it via emails.
7:03 Sarah Evans makes motion to approve $500 for tables. Stephanie Hodges seconds $500 amount. PTO votes to approve $500 for tables for table purchases.
7:05 Garden cash $600 – good/bad? Just so folks know, the side one by parking lot is operated by Mystic Valley, not Hardy. The Garden budget is for other areas around Hardy School. Cedrine says she will put it on the next agenda. Aimee says the Bishop co-sponsors with Whole Foods. Sarah says how about Annie's Garden grant? Sarah may work on that one.
7:09 Tents for events. Terry Holt says "Please." We should have tents. Harvestfest was a great example. One soggy day but PTO borrowed tents. That made all the difference. Buy one or two? They store nicely. About 40 pounds. The prices is between $70 – 200. Moya says “Ask Joe - the fellow who lent us tents.” Cedrine says lets find out from Joe the brand name. Next meeting we’ll vote.
7:16 Community Outreach Board member. Let Sarah, Stephanie or Cedrine if you are interested in being on the board. We’d like to vote for next meeting.
7:25 PTO business
Thank yous: To Moya for the soggy Harvestfest. Kids in Boston took home a pumpkin! Yay!
Room parents: We still need parents for one teacher. Ann DiC needs a room parent.
Back to school night feedback – Cedrine. First round went great. Second round we ran out of water! So hot! The third round was packed for principal. Next time we will get more water.
Parent feedback: I feel like everyone wants more time with class teacher. Not sure how that would work.
Kristen: I don’t need to talk. So if we need more teacher time, great. But keep in mind, this isn’t a time for parent conferences. This is general questions. But we can change the format.
Julie Harrington. Parents want to stay in classroom. And that is the part that is always rushed. What if it is college fair style? Teachers in gym with basic curriculum for 45 minutes. Then parents go to classroom.
Kristen said: If it isn’t in three sections, then some parents miss grades. We’ll flush it out in the spring and figure out how to make it work for the next year.
Harvest Fest: Moya says: Thanks to everyone who came out in the rain. So great to see everyone there and hang out, get wet together. Everyone was smiling.
Book Fair 11/14-11/16: Sarah Boulet, Sarah Wentraub, Holly Rossi, Cedrine: We are getting together 10/5. One thing we haven’t figured out is evening event. If no evening coordinator, we’d bring in a woman who does puppet show. Use half the gym with high schoolers for a puppet show while parents shop from 6:15-7:30 and puppets in the middle. Signup genius soon!
Thanksgiving food drive / Nov 1 – 17. Boxes in lobby. All schools participate. Food and gift cards. This year, requesting schools are themes. Hardy = Non-perishable Desserts, flour, baking goods. Also non-foodToilet paper, soap, shampoo. Anyone want to be contact for next year?
Gate Lighting 12/8 Thursday : Cedrine I have a list of volunteers! Probably at 6p. Hot cocoa and decorations. And Kristen turns on the light.
Movie Night 2nd grade even January : Bonnie Walsh and ? : Working on screen for the movie night. Usually on a Friday. And a back-up snow day! Usually the 2/3 weeks. And G movie only.
Talent Show February / Moya and Chris Charig (3rd grade event) – we need donations for silent auctions.
Kristen says mounting projectors would be awesome!
Literacy Night March – Pete Gast (4th grade event)
Walkathon April – 1st grade event
Field Day May Vic Arthur and Michael Leen
7:48 Other Business
-Mugar Issue – Courtney Horwitz: Property between Route 2/Thorndike is owned by Mugar. Periodically try to build something. 207 five story apartment and six townhouses is the new project. Affordable housing act bypasses a lot of the laws. Last Tuesday the zoning board of appeals turned down the affordable housing act part. Mugar will appeal to state. Probably will get it. They tend to side with affordable housing. We then have 180 days to respond of “This is why it is a bad idea”.
Minimum low-income available housing needs to be 1.5% of total city housing stock. Arlington says they have 1.56%. They disagree. This isn’t a low-income. Affordable housing is 80% of current value. Meaning a $650,000 condo is offered at $130,000 less or $520,000. 55 of 207 will be affordable or offered at 20% sale..
Environment, Traffic and School Crowding. Please write a letter to zoning board of appeals.
The Coalition to Save Wetlands Facebook page
East Arlington Good Neighbor Committee
Brooks and Lake. Terry says police know about the construction and issues. Police are aware and construction is over so sign will be down. Chief Ryan can send out police presence. Send him a letter if you want to have police at lights in morning.
-Expanding student population and school
Kristen says probably modules in our future. Permanent build expansion will most likely be added to another project.
Next meeting is on Tuesday Nov. 1
Meeting adjorned at 7:50p