PTA Meeting Minutes 12/11/2017

 In attendance:  Jennifer Turner, Liz Sharp, Marie-Tristan Rago, Lisa Sharma, Martha Kurland, Yumio Saneyoshi, Kate Murphy, Alix Fox, Sarah Kuli, Karen Griffiths, Kelly Littlewood

 

-Thank you’s:  

-Martha for planning Substance Abuse Program

 

-Principal report:

  • -Traffic patterns:  has gone well, people have been following new guidelines and is working very well.  More traffic in the back but we have crossing guard there and it is still working well.  *Also discussed addition of cross walk on Hancock near Victory Garden.  Ms Turner reported that it is under discussion.

  • Scheduling:  Diamond and Clark will start a middle school scheduling committee to investigate improved scheduling options.  Starting the visioning part now, will present to staff on Jan 11th (half day).  Will for a committee of staff, parents and students.  Estimate it will take 18 months, implement 2019/2020.

  • Principal coffee 1/19 at 9am, topic:  technology.  Ms Turner invited technology lead to present the three year vision.  Going to device agnostic plan – moving away from iPads and towards Chrome Books

  • Other:  

    • 8th grade DC trip finalizing plans, around 266 of 302 students participating.  We do have many students requesting financial assistance this year so good for the profit from cookie dough fundraiser.  The cookie dough fundraiser went well, and all PTA assistance was appreciated.

    • General fundraising:  discussed how to minimize fundraising while still raising funds to provide scholarships for DC trip (they need about $12k per Ms Sharp).  Discussed various options for fundraising, one is adding scholarship option on general store when kids register for PTA

 

-Teacher update:  new teacher workroom opened today, look really good

 

-Parent update with principal and teachers

  • Treasurer’s report:  no changes to financials.  Still working on transition for new treasurers.

  • Grant requests:

    • Cynthia Vosland/Guided Learning:  3 teachers ThinkKids Tier 2 training for Collaborative Problem Solving Training for $625 each = $1,875.  

    • *MOTION FOR GRANT APPROVAL RAISED AND APPROVED

  • MLK Day Essay Submissions:  on MLK day the town organizes a number of volunteer activities throughout town for kids and adults.  This year they want to encourage more kids to participate, so they introduced essay for middle schoolers “What does MLK mean to you”.  Several essays would be picked to be read at the ceremony, all will be posted to the website/facebook.

    • Yumio will send to Ms Turner, she will send out to parent community and also tell department heads to promote

  • Other

    • Celtics game for 7th graders:  offered 85 tickets on Valentine’s Day at reduced price.  Have option to have 35 kids go at half-time to high-five the players.  Could give lottery tickets for each child for the high-five, or could sell as lottery tickets.

 

-SHAC Follow-Up “Your Middle School Student and Substance” (Julie Fenn) Wed 12/6:  good attendance, about 60 people.  Will send out slides from presentation.  Good info on vaping, marijuana, impacts to host of alcohol in parties.  Consider follow-up meeting for discussion/questions.  Would like to do every year – last year did morning meeting, would consider doing both morning and evening next year.

 

-Volunteer Needs

  • Lost and Found:  needs to be emptied before XMas

  • Principal Meet & Greet on 1/23:  looking for host for evening PTA in a home 7-8:30

  • Book Fair Volunteer Organizer – March:  looking for someone to organize volunteers before school, at lunch, after school

*SARAH TO SEND KELLY INFORMATION OUT TO DIAMOND STORE LIST FOR VOLUNTEER REQUESTS

 

-PPC Update

  • Debt Exclusion Approval/Project Timelines:  There was some pushback about the fact that the PTA contributed funds and used email lists even though it is within PTA guidelines.  Hastings projected to open February 2020, Lex Children’s Place to open Sept 2019, firestation sometime in 2019.

  • Start Time Task Force:  task force has been working, likely won’t happen in time for fall 2018.  There are many logistics to overcome but they are working on it  (Boston just changed time, Concord and Burlington voted to do it)

  • LHS Visioning Group:  they have met with teachers, there will be a community forum soon to discuss high school “process”

  • Superintendent Search:  they have many good applicants, they are narrowing down to do interviews, final interviews will be open to public

 

-Upcoming events

  • 12/11 Fundraiser at The Local restaurant (8th Grade DC Trip)

  • 1/19 Principal Coffee, 9am

  • 1/22 next board meeting, 9-10:30am

  • 1/23 Principal Meet-and-Greet, 7-8:30pm