Meeting Agenda – January 2019

Meeting Agenda – January 2019

2018-19 Horace Mann  PTA Meeting Agenda

January 8, 2019

Agenda Item:Purpose:Who:Time:
Welcome and IntroductionsWhat is the smartest thing that you put in your child’s home lunch?InformationAllison 5 min
Announcements and Good News MinutesWe always have leadership and volunteer opportunities. InformationIdeasKarla5 min
Teacher RepresentativesKindergarten TeamInformationQuestionsMs. JalonackMr. BrunelleMs. Simmons 10 min
SpeakerSt. Paul City Council Member, Chris TolbertInformationQuestionsIdeasMelanieChris Tolbert
15 min
New BusinessNotecards for New Ideas or OpinionsParenting Speaker- See back of sheet.InformationQuestionsIdeasKarla 5 min
Treasurer’s ReportSee back of sheet and handout InformationQuestionsJackie
5 min
Principal’s ReportHow you will see your increased tax dollars at HM.Family Involvement activities from the school (NAAPID, parent seminars).Enrollment and application deadlinesInformationQuestionsIdeasPrincipal Litwin 10  min
PTA/HM  Committee Updates: (see back of sheet)Family Service CommitteeScholastic Book CommitteeFree Family Fun Nights CommitteeBusiness Partnerships CommitteeMake It, Take It CommitteeInformationQuestionsIdeasCommittee Chairs  5 min
Respond and  review the comments and direct requests from September/October/November meeting. (See back of sheet)Speaker Updates (Parenting and Wetterling Foundation.)School Garden (passed on to landscape committee and they are excited.)Comprehensive School Calendar with PTA events (more notice) (noted twice)  How to do this? Shadowing committee chairs?We want new ideas for fundraising. Ideas??????InformationQuestionsIdeasDecisionsKarla 5 min

Dates of importance:

  • Pre-K-12 School Choice Fair January 12th 9:30 am-2 pm
  • Silent Auction Meeting January 16th 6:30-8 pm
  • Landscape Committee Meeting January 17th 3:15 pm
  • No School-Holiday January 21st
  • Open House for 2019-20 Prospective Families January 24th 5-6:30 pm
  • Free Family Movie Night January 24th 6:00 pm
  • No School- Professional Development January 25th
  • Family Volunteer Service Night Meeting January 31st 6:30-8 pm
  • Silent Auction Meeting January 31st 6:30-8 pm
  • PTA Meeting February 4th 6:30-7:30 pm

New Business:

Parenting Speaker-David Bredehoft scheduled for April 15th 6:30 pm “Raising likeable, responsible, respectful children.”  Author of How much is too much? and How much is enough?  Resources on how to avoid the pitfalls of raising overindulged children and why overindulging children causes them harm into adulthood.

Treasurer’s Report:  Jackie Hippen: Provided fiscal report thru 12/31/18 and a financial summary of our school events so far this year.  The results on page three do not take into account the extra income from MITI. The chair plans to purchase some remaining supplies from Make It Take It.  If you are interested in more details of the PTA budget or would like an electronic copy of what was presented please contact Jackie Hippen directly at

Committee Reports:

Family Volunteer Service Night:Terri Shefelbine  The “Voices of Our Community” family service night is scheduled for Friday Feb. 22 from 6-8.  During this free family event, participants will work on service projects for our community and connect with seniors, pets, and those who speak another language.  This years projects include making cookie jars for seniors, tie blankets for recent immigrants, grocery bags for a food shelf, and care kits for people experiencing housing insecurity.  Our next planning meeting is January 31 from 6:30-8 in the library.  All are welcome.   We are looking for volunteers to help to prep before the event as well as help staff it the night of the event.  Contact Terri Shefelbine with questions and watch Perspectives for more information.

Family Volunteer Service:  Halloween Candy/Card Collection for Active Duty Military Service Members/Family Volunteer Service:  Karla Lauerman Cummins: Information: For the sixth year, The Family Volunteer Service Committee organized a Halloween Candy/Card Collection for Active Duty Military Service Members in partnership with The Clark Extended Family.  Thank you for the outstanding participation again this year. Requests/Input from attendee’s:  If you would like to help or have any suggestions to improve this activity please email Karla Lauerman Cummins at  Questions?

Say “Thank You” and Celebrate our Veterans/Family Volunteer Service:  Karla Lauerman Cummins:  Information:  New this year…to celebrate Veteran’s Day, November 11th, we invited all members of the HM community to honor veterans and active duty service personnel (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Peace Corps, etc.) in your family (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) by writing their name on a paper star and hanging the star on the big Thank you sign located outside the main office. Thank you to everyone that participated. Requests/Input from attendee’s:  If you would like to help or have any suggestions to improve this activity please email Karla Lauerman Cummins at Questions?

Scholastic Book Fair:  Britt Moore:. We are looking for a few new volunteers to take over the management of the Book Fair for the next two years, as our two-year term is up! Please let one of us know if you’re interested – it’s fun and fairly straight-forward.  Britt Moore , Annie Deneen , Christina Connelly  

Free Family Fun Nights: Alex Kotze Please join us for a free family movie night on Thursday, January 24 at 6pm. We will be showing The Incredibles 1. All families and siblings are welcome. We will have snacks and coloring activities for all. The second free family event is BINGO night! Bring friends and family for an exciting night of bingo playing on Thursday, February 28 at 6pm. We will be planning a third night in April. We welcome ideas for activities and any input. Please email Alex any ideas you have!

Business Partnerships:  Karla Lauerman Cummins: Information: We had our second business partnership night out on December 11th at Davanni’s and raised $315.27.  We had our most successful Give to the Max Day for HM with a total of $5,758.28 raised.  We will have another business partnership night with Noodles on Ford Parkway on 2/6/19 from 4-8 pm with 25% of all sales donated back to HM. Requests/Input from attendee’s:  If you would like to join the committee or have suggestions or questions please email Karla Lauerman Cummins at  Questions?

Make It, Take It:  Susan Weislow: Make It Take It went well, it got to be crazy busy,  In the future, we should have less craft options which would mean we need less volunteers.  Overall, people really seemed to love it, lots of nice feedback from parents!

Ideas generated from prior PTA meetings:

Direct Requests for discussion and action:

-Comprehensive School Calendar with PTA events (more notice) (noted twice)

-School garden needed.-Forwarded to the Landscape Committee 11/8.  They are excited.

-We want new ideas for fundraising.

Co-President-Nikki Mechelke,  

Co-President -Karla Lauerman Cummins,

Treasurer-Jackie Hippen,

Teacher Representative-Amy Kortuem,

Co-Communications Secretary-Allison Litzenberg,

Co-Communications Secretary-Libby Stanton,

Recording Secretary-Melanie McMahon,

Co-Volunteer Coordinator-Katie Sexe,

Co-Volunteer Coordinator-Tracy Riekenberg,

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