2018-19 Horace Mann PTA Meeting Agenda
October 10, 2018
|Welcome and Introductions||Information||Nikki||5 min|
|Announcements and Good News MinutesPTA forms/Volunteer forms/Ambassador formsDirectory and Handbook distributed||InformationIdeas||Nikki||5 min|
|Teacher Representatives2nd Grade||InformationQuestions||Ms. Commers Ms. Witt Ms. Vincent||10 min|
|Referendum Site Team (see back of agenda)||InformationQuestionsDecision||Mr. Brunelle Matt Clark||10 min|
|PTA Description of Committee and Annual EventsNotecards for New Ideas||InformationQuestionsIdeas||Allison||5 min|
|Treasurer’s Report (see back of agenda)Special Requests:Ms. Kolosso||InformationQuestionsDecisions||Jackie||5 min|
|Principal’s ReportStaff DevelopmentInternet Safety||InformationQuestions||Principal Litwin||10 min|
|PTA/HM Committee Updates (see back of agenda)Read-a-thon CommitteeFamily Volunteer Service CommitteeBoo Bash Silent Auction CommitteeBusiness Partnership CommitteePublic Relations CommitteeMake It Take It Committee||InformationQuestionsIdeas||Committee Chairs||5 min|
|Respond and review the comments and direct requests from September meeting. (See back of agenda)||InformationQuestionsIdeasDecisions||Karla||10 min|
Dates of importance:
Referendum Site Team: Matt Clark and Mr. Brunelle: Information: Save the date! WHO: families and teachers WHAT: volunteers will walk Highland Park neighborhood and drop literature informing households of the Referendum on Nov 6. WHEN: Saturday, Oct 27th, volunteers will meet at the home of Melanie and Scott McMahon to get their literature drop assignment and then walk a section of a neighborhood to drop the campaign literature.WHERE:1266 Scheffer Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55116 WHY: to meet fellow St. Paul Schools parents and teachers that are eager to support St. Paul Public Schools on Nov. 6! Here’s the website for our event: http://www.evite.com/event/0169DXB767NTYMVG4EPIY56Y7F3ZSQ Questions: Decision: We would like the PTA to promote our event and invite people to attend.
Read-a-thon 2018: Alex Kotze:
The Read-a-thon is off to a magical start. We had our opening ceremony on Friday, September 28 complete with a magic show. The students had fun and gave ideas for the principal challenge. All families should have received a packet with information. Students will track their reading from October 1-28 and collect donations throughout the month. We are going to raise $25,000 this year! See the perspectives for more updates throughout the month. Questions: Contact Alex Kotze am_Kotze@yahoo.com or Karie Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
Sock Hop/Family Volunteer Service:Terri Schefelbine: Thank you to all who attended, donated, or helped with the Sock-Hop. We collected 700 pairs of socks and 65 pairs of shoes and boots to donate to Project Reach. THANK YOU!
Family Volunteer Service Night: Terri Schefelbine: The next event for Family Volunteer Service is our Family Volunteer Service Night at the end of February. At this free event, families will work on service projects such as making snack bags, baby blankets, or dog toys benefiting organizations within our community. This night is also a time to connect with each other. Our first planning meeting is November 1 at 6:30. Bring your ideas or come to see what makes this inspiring service night. For questions or to get involved contact. Terri Shefelbine email@example.com.
Halloween Candy/Card Collection for Active Duty Military Service Members/Family Volunteer Service: Karla Lauerman Cummins: Information:The Family Volunteer Service committee organizes a Halloween Candy/Card Collection for Active Duty Military Service Members in partnership with The Clark Extended Family. Bring in any Halloween candy and/or card donations to the HM Main Office between November 1st-9th. Veterans Day is November 11th and this is a great way to have a conversation about citizenship and service. Requests/Input from attendee’s: If you would like to help or have any questions please email Karla Lauerman Cummins at Karlaraelauerman@hotmail.com Questions?
Boo Bash: Boo Bash 2018 is Oct. 25, 2018, 3-9 PM Event takes place at 5-8 PM.
We are asking 4th and 5th grade parents and guardians (with their kids) to sign up to volunteer.
Donation and Loaner Request sign up: bit.ly/2018_BooBash_Donation All help and donations are appreciated. Come and explore the Haunted Hallways in the brand new wing or visit the Mutation Station for a completely new look. There are games, food, and fun for all ages. Contact us with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Silent Auction: Anne Pavlis: The Silent Auction is our largest PTA fundraiser of the year! Money raised will fund all of the wonderful PTA enrichment programs and activities that benefit our kids: including vocal music & band instruction, library and classroom library books, supplies for each classroom, grade level enrichment programs and much more! The Auction is a fun adults only night out which is held every March, featuring appetizers, drinks and many silent and live auction items. With various planning subcommittees, there are many ways to help! Please attend our first planning meeting Monday October 15th in the PTA room (#204). Questions? Please contact Anne Pavlis email@example.com. Hope to see you!
Business Partnerships Karla Lauerman Cummins: Information: The HM Business Partnership Committee provides access, opportunities, and recognition to our current and potential Business Partnerships. We had our first BP scheduled with Papa Murphy’s on Thursday, September 27 with $621.90 money raised. Requests/Input from attendee’s: Anyone that wishes to join our committee of 3 is very welcome and/or if you have any new ideas of BP opportunities or ways to thank our partners please let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com Questions?
Public Relations Committee: Allison Litzenberg:Information: The PR committee is a team of parents and Mr. Litwin who work on initiatives to help ensure robust enrollment at HM. Our work thus far this year has focused on advertising the open house that was on Oct 4th, gathering ideas and creating a HM lawn sign to help increase visibility, brainstorming with the referendum site team about ways to collaborate, and drafting a calendar of initiatives for this school year. Requests/Input from attendees: Please sign up for a Horace Mann lawn sign, $10, email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for one. Watch for requests for your help with various initiatives this year–we appreciate and need parents like you to help us spread the good word about Horace Mann School!
Make It Take It: Ariel Dressler:The date of Make It Take It it will be Friday, Nov 30th from 6-8pm. We are planning 10 crafts to make, all priced at $3 or less. Girl Scouts will also host a bake sale the same night. Proceeds go toward purchasing grocery gift cards for Horace Mann families in need during the holiday season.
We will need volunteers on Nov. 30th for set up, ticket sales, craft table monitoring, and clean up. Look for a sign-up genius link in an upcoming Perspectives for more information.
Ideas generated from 9/17 PTA meeting:
Comments no action needed:
-Thumbs up to the hour long meetings. Shorter meeting good. 6:30-7:30
-Favorites: movie, bingo (free), parent support (FB)- speakers/parents
Comments forwarded to administration/teachers/staff for consideration:
-Como Planetarium trip-forwarded to Principal Litwin
-MN Orchestra Field Trip-forwarded to Principal Litwin
-Professional development. How much does St. Paul provide? Helps to retain good teachers-forwarded to Principal Litwin and is on the October agenda.
-Wondering what main topics will be now that construction is completed.-Forwarded to Principal Litwin.
-Inside scoop-What’s happening initiatives.-Forwarded to Principal Litwin.
-Litwin updates–more time for questions-Forwarded to Principal Litwin.
Direct Requests Action Taken:
-We like to hear from teachers at the PTA meetings and we want to know: (noted twice)
(Provide a structure to the teacher presentations) Forwarded to Teachers.
-Kids should win prizes for how many minutes they read, not how much $ they raise (or, just get rid of the prizes. Already implemented.
-Continue free family events. Committee formed.
-Changes: variation of times/days of meetings. Mtgs M-R this year. Limited by time available in building.
-Childcare for little kids during PTA-School age is provided but not able at this time for preschool.
-How can I help-get involved/put my skills to use. Volunteer recruitment forms and on Oct. agenda.
-Yard signs..(Noted twice) Design contest and implementation by the PR committee this year.
-Speakers we like: Sex-ed, child development, Jacob Wetterling Foundation Speaker, Parenting, TIme Management, Homework Presentation (highlight math), College Savings, Healthy lunch ideas, Chris Tolbert, council member, checking with Melanie McMahon for November or January PTA meeting., With the new start times a discussion/information on childcare options, etc. On the PTA board October agenda.
Direct Requests for discussion and action:
-Comprehensive School Calendar with PTA events (more notice) (noted twice)
-School garden needed.
-We want new ideas for fundraising.
-Network with parents-insight and input.
Co-President-Nikki Mechelke, email@example.com
Co-President -Karla Lauerman Cummins, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer-Jackie Hippen, email@example.com
Teacher Representative-Amy Kortuem, firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Communications Secretary-Allison Litzenberg, email@example.com
Co-Communications Secretary-Libby Stanton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recording Secretary-Melanie McMahon, email@example.com
Co-Volunteer Coordinator-Katie Sexe, firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Volunteer Coordinator-Tracy Riekenberg, email@example.com