Meeting Agenda – February 2019

Meeting Agenda – February 2019

2018-19 Horace Mann School PTA Meeting Agenda

February 4, 2019

Agenda Item:Purpose:Who:Time:
Welcome and IntroductionsInformationNikki 5 min
Announcements and Good News MinutesLego Robots Team triumphant resultsInformationIdeasNikkiMegan/Laura/  LR Team5 min
Teacher RepresentativesSpecial Education, School Counselor, and Speech Language Pathologist.InformationQuestionsMs. HoltMs. HaraMr. Blum 10 min
New BusinessParenting Speaker- See back of sheet.New ideas/questions/comments from members.InformationQuestionsIdeasKarla 5 min
Treasurer’s ReportSee back of sheet and handoutInformationQuestionsJackie
5 min
Principal’s ReportHow you will see your increased tax dollars at HM? (per member request)Explanation of SPPS budgeting (per member request)School Patrol next year update (per member request)Enrollment/budget/staffing/SCIP.InformationQuestionsIdeasPrincipal Litwin 15  min
PTA/HM  Committee Updates: (see back of sheet)Business Partnership CommitteeFree Family Fun Nights CommitteeSilent Auction CommitteeFamily Volunteer Service CommitteeInformationQuestionsIdeasCommittee Chairs  5 min
Respond and  review the comments and direct requests from September/October/November meeting. (See back of sheet)Comprehensive School Calendar with PTA events (more notice) (noted twice)  How to do this? Shadowing committee chairs?We want new ideas for fundraising. Ideas??????InformationQuestionsIdeasDecisionsAllison 10 min

Dates of importance:

  • Parent Seminar February 5th 5:30-8 pm
  • Noodles and Company BP Fundraiser February 6th 4-8 pm
  • Family Service Night Committee Meeting February 7th 6:30-8 pm
  • NAAPID February 11th
  • Silent Auction Committee Meeting February 11th 6:30 pm
  • School Choice Priority Deadline PreK-12 February 15th
  • No School February 18th
  • Landscape Committee Meeting February 21st 3:15-4:15 pm
  • Family Service Night February 22nd 6-8:30 pm
  • Lego Team: OSO State competition February 23rd
  • Grade ⅘ Dress Rehearsal Music Concert February 26th 9-10:30 am (tentative)
  • HM Great Gathering Submissions Due February 26th
  • Grade ⅘ Music Concert February 27th 9:45-10:30 am and

7-7:45 pm

  • Free Family BIngo Night February 28th 6:00 pm
  • No School March 1st
  • PTA Meeting March 5th 6:30-7:30 pm

Good News:  Lego Robots Teams:  We have 2 Lego Robotics Teams at HM supported by volunteers, staff, and the PTA.  At the tournament in January: Team Crazy Cosmos consisting of Petr M., Sophie E., Rohan B., Antoine A., Charlie St. D., and William D. all scored very well in their sessions and received a Project Award for their outstanding presentation of their problem and solution involving dissolvable drink packaging to help reduce trash on the Int’l Space Station.  Team Outer Space Otters consisting of Mary M., Naomi G., Ezra K., Sophia M., Aislyn C., Cooper F, and Elliot A. won an award for Robot Design and a second award for Cooper and Elliot’s Top Mission scoring in their division.  Their research project involved improving comfort while exercising in space.  Team OSO did so well, that they were selected as 1 of 3 teams out of 53 to go on to compete at the State tournament on Feb. 23rd at Washington Magnet School.  They will compete with 48 teams in the state that have advanced by performing well at other tournaments.  Come on out and support the Team.

New Business:

Horace Mann PTA Purpose:  The purpose of the Horace Mann School Parent Teacher Association in common with those of the National PTA and the Minnesota PTSA, are:

  • To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, places of worship, and throughout the community;
  • To raise the standards of home life;
  • To advocate for laws that further the education, physical and mental health, welfare, and safety of children and youth;
  • To engage the public in united efforts to secure the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being of all children and youth;
  • To advocate for fiscal responsibility regarding public tax dollars in public education funding.

Horace Mann School Mission:  To provide a safe, respectful school community that builds upon our tradition of high expectations for all students; nurtures the uniqueness of each child; and ensures that families are connected, informed, and involved.

Horace Mann Vision:  Imagine every student making a year’s growth or more academically, socially, and emotionally.  Imagine every student prepared for the next academic year, middle school, and beyond–learning how to learn and how to create achievement through effort. Imagine a supportive school community united, learning with and from each other, to achieve this vision.

Parenting Speaker-David Bredehoft scheduled for April 15th 6:30 pm at HM “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. 5th Grade Ambassadors will be providing on-site care for school-age children.

Treasurer’s Report:  Jackie Hippen:  

YTD Total Revenue:  $52,014                                                                                                                                  YTD Total Expenses: $68,487 ($16,478 deficit)                                                                                                                                                Total Account Balance as of 1/31/19:  $60,277                                                                                           January 2019 Revenue: $2,984                                                                                                                   January 2019 Expenses: $6,329      Our YTD is July 2018-June 2019

Also see handout for complete budget report. If you are interested in more details of the PTA budget please contact Jackie Hippen directly at

Committee Reports:

Business Partnerships:  Karla Lauerman Cummins:  Information:  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.  Business Partnerships this year have generated $937 thru 1/31/19. Employee Giving/Company Match/Give to the Max donations have totaled $9,834 thru 1/31/19.  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. and/or   Questions?

Free Family Fun Nights:  Alex Kotze:  We had our first free family night last week and we showed Incredibles. It was a great night and over 100 kids and their families attended. We had a great committee effort and everyone pitched in with posters, snacks, sound system, and fun. We had it in the cafeteria which worked well. Our next free family night in February 28 and we will be playing Bingo. We will have one additional family night in April and it will likely be a game night. If anyone is interested in helping with the next two events, please contact Alex at

Silent Auction:  Anne Pavlis:  The 2019 Horace Mann PTA Silent & Live Auction:  ‘One Small Night for Mann, One Giant Leap for Mann Kids’ This year’s Silent Auction will be here before you know it.  Remember to save Friday, March 8th to attend this fun, adults-only event at Harriet Island Pavilion. We need YOU to make the event a success and support PTA funded programs at Horace Mann!

  1. We need GREAT GATHERING hosts! These gatherings are important for our fundraising. More importantly, they provide a significant way to promote community building for students, families, and adults. Great Gatherings are…events, parties, or unique experiences generously donated and hosted by members of the Horace Mann community. They are attended by Horace Mann parents, students, teachers and staff or, in some cases, all. Past events included a Ladies night out, a Can Can Wonderland golf event, a Wine and Cheese night, a Tapas cooking party, and a Kindergarten Movie night. You can do any novelty-themed party.  What might you do? The ideas are endless and creativity is encouraged. Please visit:  Questions?  Contact Karla Lauerman and Jen Williams at  or Call/text: Karla Lauerman 651.356.5594 | Jen Williams 858.774.9424   GG Submissions are due by February 26th.
  2. Donating your TALENT OR SERVICE is a great way to contribute to the event.  A few great ideas from past events: donate lawn mowing or yard cleanup…donate a family car wash…offer your expertise as a graphic designer, plumber or electrician…offer to babysit…provide a dessert of the month…No donation is too small.
  3. We are collecting donations of adult beverages to be raffled for our WALL OF ADULT BEVERAGES.  Donations can be dropped in the school office.
  4. Do you have a small business or a service that could use an ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY?  The Auction Catalog is the perfect way to market to the Horace Mann community! $25 buys a business card size ad, $50 for a half page, and $100 for a full page!  A great way to promote! If interested, please contact Anne Pavlis ( for details.

Family Volunteer Service Night: Terri Shefelbine:  Friday February 22 6-8 PM  We invite all Horace Mann families to attend the Voices in Our Community Family Volunteer Service Night on February 22.  A FREE event for families that will have time to connect to each other and members of our community while working on service projects benefiting a wide variety of community partners.  Our last planning meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday Feb. 7  6:30-8 at school, we welcome all.  Watch perspectives for additional volunteer opportunities.  Questions, contact Terri

We are collecting supplies for two of the projects.  Boxes will be located outside the office beginning Friday Feb. 1.  We are looking for tee-shirts – especially adult sized – to be made into grocery bags for Keystone Community Partners food shelf.  Please help us by donating your travel size (or even regular size) toiletries for women and children that need to leave their homes in a hurry to start over someplace safer. They need toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, combs, bars of soap or body wash, socks or other personal care items. Thank you for helping us help our partner CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio).

Ideas generated from prior PTA meetings:

Direct Requests for discussion and action:

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

-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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