>Next Meeting: Dec. 2, 2014
Come to two consecutive meetings at PTO and you are a voting member!
Presidents: Jenn Irvine and Kevin Fudge
Treasury: Andy Forbes and Jennifer Lewis-Forbes
Recording Secretary: Sarah Evans
The PTO bulletin board is on playground. Look there for the latest news! News also updated online!
6:30 Introductions/Sign-in sheet
6:35 Financial report (Andy/Jenn)
>46 donations and we are at $8603.
First two months are the go months then donations trickle in. We are a little behind on Annual appeal.
Third graders scholastic stories (annual). Teacher supplemental stuff and librarian has started to buy a few books. Jenn Irvine had a second selling of pumpkins (about 300) and a few more t-shirt field trip fees. And a few more sweatshirts. Check for picture day squared away (they forgot about the 25% discount for three year contract). And the book fair net amount is coming – waiting for the purchase/gross to even out.
Note about Book Fair. Lots of book fairs this year at other elementary schools. So FYI, they didn’t have the books to reload empty shelves until Thursday. That is different than previous years. Company just had too many restocking orders on same nights. Smooth as far as the volunteers.
Teachers are allowed $200 a piece and teachers can spend how they want.
6:45 Principals report
(1). Friday costume book celebration. Every class is getting ready. Kindergarten is rolled into the curriculum with fairy tales. They will have headbands at assembly. KD reading from Charlotte Web because she is Charlotte (on an adventure!). Students are being very conscientious. 'Hello My name is' tags ready to go.
(2) School council meeting. Enrichment and how enrichment is shifting culture to experiential learning and inquiry. So lets move away from bringing in animals or a painter. I was thinking about simulations around Colonial Day – experiential. She would like two school wide events to be based in EL and I.
(3) Parent Resource Book – responsive classroom and what schools are adapting to get kids ready to learn. We have a parent matched up with teacher on council and they are running through all the responsive stuff and what would be useful for parents to know and what is important for parents to know about it. A yearlong process but a resource will get it out. Printed and web-based. Available to new people and to read online.
>Kevin Fudge (KF): Resource book. Do people have options to comment? Or is it just a ‘here is what is going on.’
KD: Just a resource. How do we set up the first six weeks of school? Developmental milestones? How do teachers talk to students with logical consequences? What is expected at Hardy School? So that when parent is on the other end of the telephone, parents understand where policies are coming from and what to expect with conversation.
>Pete asks: Can you add all the lists for parents to sign up?
KD: The resource book isn't the right spot. But we should find a way to get that information out.
FYI, Kristen knows the bell isn’t working. She has put in a work order. First one she thought it was to fix indoors and outdoor bell. But the workers adjusted tones and such.
KD: The website and how can parents and teachers can use website better. How about a JoinMe? What do parents want with the website? By class? Anything helpful for each one. Pictures?
I’m not opposed to different things. But everyone should be doing something. There are happy mediums. We just need happy medium for all. Maybe for 3-4-5 , we need homework pages. But maybe K-1-2 doesn’t need that mandatory homework page.
I want to be able to tell parents “here is the minimum you can expect” and anything more than that "hip, hip hooray!”
Q fro KD: Are we going to spend money on Weebly? Or is there a better solution? I want to keep the Hardy on Weebly but what about the teacher portals?
Marcie – what about room parents send out specific questions? Like three questions.
KD: Lets have brainstorming time to come up with questions. Krisen will work with Jamie Sliney to come up with questions for the room parents to give out
6:50 PTO Events 2013-2014
Book Fair 10/20-10/24 (4th grade)– Patty
Went well overall. Lots of teacher wish lists were finished. Library got some books. Needs to have more than two volunteers and maybe more than one grade. It is over one week. So lets not make this a grade level. Jill and I worked like crazy. I would recommend this be a committee run event. I don’t have numbers yet. Thanks everyone.
KF: what would be an ideal number.
Patty: The teacher appreciation has 5-6 people. That would be a great number. I think if we start earlier – we didn’t start until September but paperwork said to start in June. Are you recommending that we change companies? As a committee we could figure that out.
Andy says “There isn’t anything stopping you from getting more people. The idea of a VP wasn’t to be an owner but that VP would gather as many as needed in terms of crew.
Hoe Down 11/14 (3rd grade) – Pete
I haven’t made significant progress. As near as I know everything is rolling forward. But I haven’t gotten out fliers. I have the band and the date. And the form saying we have a the gym. I have the flyer from last year.
Refreshments: does it fit into budget? Or can people bake? Get apple cider. Sent out a sign up genius now.
Winter Craft Fair - Dec / Michal and Britt– not here
Henry Bears Gift Wrapping Fun - Dec 13 / Heather – not here
Movie Night - Jan / anyone signed up?
Teacher Appreciation Week- April / Jill Swilling
Can we gather more volunteers? Anyone? Anyone? Weeklong event and easier with more people. We’d love to have more ideas for this year. If you know of anyone it is fun and we need help. April 6-10? Yes. We can confirm!
Q: KF asks how many on committee?
A: We would like 8.
Game/Math Night - Feb 6 / Heather Smith/Susan Dorsen – not here.
In terms of date, Kristen said night week doesn’t have to be on Pi day. Or during other Math week. This can be freestanding date. KF says 2/6 is squishy. Not firm. Marcie says do we have to have a game night. KD says some people like a game night. KF thinks it is a community intergenerational night. Do we CORI people? Pete thinks this is opposite of what we talked about so who is in charge of this and maybe we should talk about it. KD appreciates Kevin’s talk about enrichment and math-based comments but she says parents won’t see how we use math games in class because this event is outside of the teacher contract. So math game night isn’t going to really be an experiential event as KF would like because teachers won’t be there. But we can do a different community event. What does it look like?
Winter Concert 2/13 – day before Valentines.
Literacy Night TBD March – Margaret
Parent’s Night Out TBD March
Science Fair 4/5 (Cedrine Bell)
Jump/Walk a thon May 2 (Kinder)
5th grade flower sale 5/9
Colonial Day TBD June
5th grade graduation 6/11
Field Day 6/13 (1st)
Family BBQ 6/16
Garden Clean Up Sunday Oct 26 2pm – occurred! Nobody showed. Christina was by herself. Jen and Andy were putting mesh up on other side. Sad face. Maybe incentives like a Hardy Park open house to get more incentives to participate.
To do: Painting, hop scotch and poles, wood chips, bricks.
What is the solution for safety and parking? KD might have a little money in a grant for painting. Someone who wants to do the art work on map? Kevin will look into finding someone after 11/3. http://www.padsolution.com/
Someone to order and research new printers.
Someone to receive and process.
Someone to deliver.
Someone to maintain the excel list.
NEW FAMILY WELCOME COMMITTEE
Dana has sent out welcomes.
7:40 Other Business
>School Committee meeting Thursday 10/30 6pm
>VP letter/Room parent assistance - next time
>Bi-Law amendments – next time
>Appeal letter/Field Trip request – next time
School committee at 6p. Playground is on the agenda. No comment from public. But just discussed. A group of concerned parents would be helpful. Kathy and Diane (CFO) have information that we sent information to town. How to deal with school department playgrounds? Doesn’t make sense for two organizations to run upkeep. This is probably what they are talking about. Diane will say Hardy is in disrepair because of this weird relationship. So any support the better.
7:55 Wrap up/Schedule November Meeting
Tuesday Dec. 2
Two fifth graders are working with a farm that takes (Nevin farm) old animals. Melie Whiteman and Coco Anderson found out they needed newspapers. As part of their community achievement . Girl scout troop related. Kristen says kudos. Nice leadership. .