Meeting Agenda – April 2019

Meeting Agenda – April 2019

2018-19 Horace Mann  PTA Meeting Agenda

April 10, 2019

Agenda ItemPurposeWhoTime
Welcome and IntroductionsInformationKarla5 min
Announcements and Good News Minutes
Proud HM Families Signs still available
5 min
Teacher Representatives
Fourth Grade Team
Ms. Kortuem
Ms. Thompson
Ms. Kuechle
10 min
New Business
Parenting Speaker- See back of sheet.
PTA Budget discussions are starting for 2019-20
New PTA website.  What would you like to see/know?
Notecards for New Ideas or Opinions
Ms. Kortuem
10 min
Treasurer’s ReportInformation
Jackie5 min
Principal’s Report
How you will see your increased tax dollars at HM (per member request).
Explanation of SPPS budgeting (per member request).
Enrollment/budget/staffing/strategic plan.
Principal Litwin10 min
PTA/HM  Committee Updates
Yoga Calm Committee
Directory and Handbook Committee
Free Family Fun Night Committee
Carnival Committee
Landscape Committee
Spirit Wear Committee
Spring Plant Sale Committee
Business Partnership Committee
Committee Chairs5 min
Leadership and Volunteer Opportunities
Board Openings (handout)
Committee chair/co-chair/members

Dates of Importance

  • Kindergarten/Grade 1 Music Concert – April 11, 1:30-2:15 pm & 6:30-7:15 pm
  • PTA Guest Speaker (See information below) – April 15, 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Free Family Fun Game Night – April 18, 6:15 -7:30pm
  • Landscape Committee Meeting – April 18, 3:15-4:15 pm
  • No School – April 19
  • Eagle  Bluff Family Information Meeting – April 22, 5:00-6:00 pm
  • PTA Meeting – May 7, 6:30-7:30 pm

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 “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 school-age childcare on-site.

Treasurer’s Report

YTD Total Revenue: $102,233

YTD Total Expenses: $85,113

YTD Revenue subtract Expenses: $17,120

Bank Account Balance as of 3/31/19: $93,870

February 2019 Revenue: $47,338

February 2019 Expenses: $9,779

Our YTD is July 2018-June 2019

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

Committee Reports

Yoga Calm Committee: Drew Johnson: The Yoga Calm Committee has arranged yoga calm residencies in several classrooms this year: Ms. Witt, Ms. Tennyson, Ms. Simmons, Ms. Tarnofsky, and Mr. B.  The residents leading these lessons are Lalitha B, Wendy S, and Renette M. These residents have all been trained in Yoga Calm, with past support from the PTA!  Some teachers have indicated an interest in further Yoga Calm training, if PTA funds allow. Questions/comments: and

Directory Committee: Drew Johnson: The school directory was successfully published in the fall, with help from several Mann parents, the PTA, and staff.  We are looking for a co-chair for next year. Questions/comments:

Free Family Fun Nights Committee:  Alex Kotze:  Thanks to all who helped with and attended the free Bingo night in February. It was a huge success. Special thanks to Laura VW for leading this awesome night and making so much popcorn! We will have one additional free family game night on Thursday, April 18. We plan to have games, a craft and snacks for HM families and friends. If you are interested in helping with the game night or planning for next year, please contact Alex at

Carnival Committee: Laura Vander Wegen:  The Carnival committee has set the date for the HM Spring Carnival for the last Friday before the end of the school year, May 31st.  The carnival  is a family oriented event to promote a sense of community.  It’s going well at this point. Food trucks and inflatables are lined up.  New sign holders and communications as well as prizes are in the works. Please mark your calendars and look for donation and signup requests in the coming weeks. Laura Vander Wegen

Landscape Committee: Maya Missaghi: SPRING CLEAN UP MAY 4, 9-noon!! Can you believe it, it really IS that time again! Please come join us outside to clean, weed and generally tend to our lovely school grounds as they happily spring back to life. We will provide some tools and gloves, but please bring any useful equipment you may have.  Coffee and donuts provided.  *NEW* ~ there will be Horace Mann garden kneeling pads for sale (suggested $10), directly benefitting Landscape and PTA funds!  Questions/comments: and

Spirit Wear Committee: Becky Clifford:  We are  excited to share that the new Horace Mann Spiritwear website has been updated, and is ready to take orders! Once again, Lands End will be our vendor. Following are the steps to order you or your child some new gear.

1. Go to

2. Select “school” from the choices along the top of the page

3. Select “Find your school” from the drop down box (top left choice)

4. HM’s school number is 900183542, after pressing enter, it will pop up on the right side of the screen.

5. Select a gender, and “Spiritwear”, then “shop now”

Spiritwear choices include full-zip hoodies, non-zip hoodies, fleece jackets, T-shirts, girls leggings, boys athletic shorts and hats.

Spring Plant Sale Committee:  Anne Pavlis: The 2019 Plant Sale is Here!

The Plant Sale is a fantastic opportunity for school families, neighbors and friends to contribute to the many wonderful PTA programs that support our school and teachers.  Plus your order is delivered directly to school!

Please contact Anne Pavlis ( with any questions…thank you!

Business Partnerships Committee:  Karla Lauerman Cummins: Jimmy John’s and Shish donated dinner for teachers/staff at Spring Conferences.  Please consider supporting these businesses to “Thank” them for the support of our school community. Requests/Input from Attendee’s: Please take our survey on FB and in Perspectives.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

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