Meeting Notes – February 2019

Meeting Notes – February 2019

2018-19 Horace Mann PTA Minutes

February 4, 2019

Welcome and Introductions

Teacher Representatives

Ms. Holt – She’s the speech pathologist and works with all students who are identified as needing speech services in Horace Mann, as well as nearby non-public school students. A lot of her time is spent in kindergarten helping with pre-literacy and speech skills. She’s excited with the new building and all the new spaces.

Ms. Hara – She also has k-5 and works with students who need behavioral or academic help. The kids and families have been great and there’s a lot of support from the community. She has a new space on the third floor (and had been previously in the basement). She’s also part of a reading program and after some initial glitches it’s been going well and provides intervention help for kids who don’t qualify for special education but could benefit from intervention.

New Business

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

YTD Total Revenue – $52,014

YTD Revenue – $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 2018-19

If you are interested in more details of the PTA budget please contact Jackie Hippen directly at

Principal’s Report

There will be a lot more information about the Horace Mann school budget, any impacts from the District, and how the referendum money will be used at next month’s meeting. The District is finishing the process of budgeting, so it makes more sense to discuss the school budget next month once he has more information to share.

Mr. Litwin will work on improving communication to parents who have kids on walk lines, and get more information out early in the year to try and encourage new families within a half mile to join the walk lines. With the early school start time, he’s also thinking about safety concerns for the walkers next year.

PTA/HM Committee Updates

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

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).

Attendance: Karla Cummins, Libby Stanton, Allison Litzenberg, Jim Litwin, Cheryl Holt, Jackie Hippen, Sarah Emrick, Satie Sexe, Celeste Kopacek, Amy Korteum, Nikki Mechelke, Terri Shefelbine, Amy Hannigan, Melanie McMahone

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