PTO: December Meeting Minutes

Marshall Elementary Magnet School PTO
Meeting Minutes

Wednesday December 5, 2012 6:30pm
Next meeting: February 6, 2013 6:30-7:30

Karen Haubensak ran tonight’s meeting (17 in attendance)

1.            General Report
·         Exploration Stations= Thank you to Dina Yordy and Char Tomlinson for organizing this event. There were 250 people in attendance (it was felt this number was low because of the 2nd grade field trip to the zoo. Thank you cards went out to all the vendors who participated. Overall it was a positive event with all vendors happy to have been asked to participate
·         School Cents update- Christina unable to attend but it was reported by parents that through the end of December we can earn 15points for every dollar spent. United Way also has this program up on its Facebook page to spur more support for schools.
·         Teacher Lounge- up and running. It is being used daily.
·         Teachers Checks- $2500 for teacher checks voted and Approved
·         Science Council- request for between $110-$150 for Science Fair Ribbons. Voted and Approved
2.                    Upcoming Events

·         Cookie Walk- December 13th- Cookies donated up through Thursday (12/12). Plenty of volunteers. Malinda will collect cookies as they come in
·         Holiday Teacher/Staff breakfast- December 18th. (Bernadette) Email went out today and sign up passed around for treats to bring. Looking at having a few houses in town as additional drop off locations if you can’t bring your treats in that morning.

3.                    Principal’s Report
4.                    I was given the chance to travel to Paradise Valley with a small team of Marshall staff members to visit a Reggio Emelia inspired school on November 14. It was wonderful to see a school where this child-centered approach has been grown and developed over the past 10 years.  Seeing how they’ve incorporated their workshop (atelier) space into the school’s daily routine was particularly inspiring and gave us many good ideas to consider as we move forward in developing our own magnet programs lab/workshop space at Marshall.

Our annual Taiko drumming artist-in-residency program took place during the month of November.  Tony Trapasso and his wife Mei were on-site for three weeks giving drumming and Chinese culture lessons to every classroom, and working on a daily basis with our fifth graders.  Both Kasch’s and Arnold’s classes gave two excellent final performances at the end of their three weeks of training, once before the students and once at Coconino High School.  Both performances were well attended and even garnered us another front page photo and article in the Arizona Daily Sun.

Teachers met together as a faculty during the month to see the roll-out of the new schoolwide Positive Behavior Support initiative. This new program, which has been developed by a committee of faculty and staff members who have been hard at work gathering behavior-referral data, reviewing existing programs in other schools, and designing a program that’s custom-made for Marshall in hopes of creating more consistent behavioral expectations for students in the school’s common areas: bathrooms, hallways, the cafeteria, and the playground.

The annual Tax Credit drive has arrived and is going full-speed ahead as we make every attempt to broadcast our message to every stakeholder and community member: tax credit works for us, and it works for you.  Please take a few minutes to look over the tax credit handout (I will have copies to distribute) tonight and please consider contributing to Marshall School.  We’d sure appreciate it!

(Comments from meeting) It was suggested that we have the thermometer posted to mark our progress so families will not only be reminded but know of the urgency and the need for the tax credit donations.
It was suggested that families be informed that they are not required to donate the full amount. Any amount helps!!
Native families living on the reservation are given a $25 check per family member from the state. This isn’t necessarily known. It was suggested this might help with tax credit donations.

5.            Treasurer’s Report

6.            Council Report
Site Council reviewed the Parent Satisfaction Survey. Overall very positive. Cookie Walk gets poor ratings!! There were 148 responses. John will report the results to his University Supervisor and Barbara Hickman as required and then make results public.
7.            Additional Business
·         Can Food Drive (Candyce) Friday 9-11am. Vince Martinez in charge of this. Cans go to Family Food Bank. Santa will also be here. Class that brings in most cans wins pizza party.

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