PTO meeting minutes -- Nov. 6, 2013

Marshall Elementary Magnet School PTO
Meeting Minutes

Wednesday November 6, 2013 6:30pm
Next meeting: December 4th  6:30-7:30

          Christie Kinkade ran tonight’s meeting (17 in attendance)

1.        General Report
·         Jog-a-thon Update: $14,763.15 raised so far. Money still trickling in. Mrs. Hulls 1st grade class earned a smoothie party & a $50 Target card for having 90% participation. And, Mrs. Kohl’s 5th grade class earned a smoothie party & a $50 Target card for raising the most money.
o    Update on Playground-FUSD got the APS grant for the solar classroom. (similar to the size at deMiguel-150KW) Power will be provided to our building & kick back out as well to the community.
§  Kindergarten playground is planned to be moved close to scoreboard. Antique equipment will be removed.
§  Leveling & grading will be done to fix the field.
§  Most likely basketball courts will have new concrete laid & concrete pads will be added as well.
§  FUSD doesn’t know how much money PTO has to contribute to the playground after all of the above is done.
§  Playground committee will work with PTO to spend the money in the account.
·         Exploration Stations update: About 30 vendors will fill the halls of Marshall on November 14th. We will have passports this year for the kids.
·         School Cents: meeting next week. Will get a new flyer to get to families.
·         Box Tops: Mrs. Pagel, Mrs. Bull & Mrs. Kohl & Ms. Fisher classes all received a pizza party for being the top 3 Box top classes! Thank you Candyce & Vince Martinez!

2.        Upcoming Events

·         Canned Food Drive-November 18th-December 6th
·         Cookie Walk-Thursday, December 12th -Karen Haubensak, April Gabaldon & Andrea Shaw spearheading this event.
·         Teacher Appreciation Breakfast- Wednesday, December 18th.  
·         Bike to school day-Alpine Pedaler has agreed to lead the crowd in the crab from Wheeler park. Also, they have graciously given us 2 pub crawl tickets to use for promoting ‘bike to school’ day. Maybe a teacher contest?

3.            Principal’s Report -- Oct-Nov 2013
We survived Walk To School Day and Picture Day which both occurred on 09 Oct. and we’re pleased to report that we won Walk To School Day and that pictures have already been delivered and sent home with students.
A small contingent of the FUSD and Marshall School community attended the Flagstaff Community Foundation Awards on 17 Oct. to receive more than $5,000 in grant money to ensure the sustainability of the Suzuki violin program at Marshall.
Parent- Teacher Conferences took place on 15-17 Oct. School was released early each day, and our teachers were able to spend valuable time with our students’ parents discussing their progress. Parent teacher conferences will occur again in March. The Clothing Drive also took place during our conferences-week; many families show up to “shop” our annual give-way.
The Second Response To Intervention (RTI) cycle began on 28 Oct. Classroom teachers and our RTI specialists, Jessica Grant and Joy Pavich, spent many hours poring over our benchmark testing data to rearrange students by hand into one of the many daily intervention groups we’ve put in place to meet their needs, from our most exceptional students to those who require the greatest support.
The Second Grading Period, likewise, began on 18 Oct. This grading period will conclude with report cards being sent home early in January.
One of our most unique and popular annual magnet opportunities, fifth grade Taiko drumming, has begun again with the return of our one-of-a-kind instructor, Tony Trapasso. The three week artist in residency will conclude with a public student Taiko drumming performance on 20 Dec. at the former Flagstaff Middle School Gym at 9:30 a.m.
Teachers were able to attend a two-hour Professional Development seminar on 01 Nov. led by our RTI specialists and me which was geared toward helping our teachers become better prepared for the new PARCC assessment which will require our students to use iPads to demonstrate their mastery of the new Common Core State Standards.
We collected more than $400.00 towards the required Tax Credit Participation fee which was
sufficient to demonstrate our “earnest effort” to collect this required fee. This state insists we collect this fee if we are to be allowed to use Tax Credit money to support our extracurricular programs.
Our annual Tax Credit contribution drive begins in earnest next week following our Site Council
meeting on Tuesday, 12 Nov. We only have until 31 December to collect these crucial contributions. Without Tax Credit contributions our magnet programs would cease to exist. Families may contribute up to $400.00 and individuals up to $200.00. All Tax Credit contributions are a dollar-for-dollar credit against the taxes you otherwise owe to the state. Tax Credit works for you, and it works for us by allowing Marshall to provide many unique magnet programs to your students free of charge, and by allowing you to have direct control over where and how your tax dollars are spent. More information about the Arizona Public School Tax Credit program is available on the

4.            Treasurer’s Report
          General account = $17,600
          Jog-a-thon account = $38,000

5.            Council Reports-
a.    Magnet Monday Showcase coming in December
b.    FUSD April 2nd-Science night. We will have to see if our vendors for Exploration Stations would want to do two events.

6.            Discussion-
a.    Giving Tree-Liz Hobbs was going to speak to Peggy Murray to incorporate into our school for the holiday season.
b.    Parent Involvement committee-look for a few dates through the year when the front doors of Marshall will be open to parents to come into the classroom for the 1st hour of school.
c.    Possible local restaurant fundraiser.

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