PTA Association Meeting SUMMARY:  March 8, 2017

RECOGNITIONS –  THANK YOU!

  • Kate for Spell-a-thon
  • MaryAnne and Tamara for Multicultural Week
  • Craig, Tamara and Pam for their work on the Nominating Committee
  • Barbara, Amy and the entire school musical team
  • Karla and Mary for their work on the yearbook
  • Liz, Matt, and Gwendolyn for making the Annual Give Campaign such a huge success

GUEST SPEAKER

  • Mechele Pruitt with Parents Place (www.parentsplaceonline.org) gave a presentation on bullying
  • The presentation covered various types of bullying, how to support children who are involved in a bullying situation and ways to work with your school to address the issue

FINANCIAL REPORT

  • Covered the period from January 1, 2017 – February 28, 2017
  • Income received for this period was from the Annual Give Campaign, Spell-a-thon and yearbook sales.
  • Expenses included the librarian grant and the Education Outside program

COMMITTEE UPDATES

  • Membership
    • 411 members
    • Spring contest ends March 22
    • Current leaders: K: Iwaszewicz, 1st grade: Chue, 2nd grade: McClain, 3rd grade: Steinberg, 4th grade: Brook, 5th grade: Welsh
  • Annual Give Campaign
    • raised a total of $106,500 to date
    • We are at 97% of our $110,000.00 goal
  • Spell-a-thon
    • raised a total of $10,600.00
  • Spring Musical
    • Wednesday, March 22 at 9am and 6:30pm
    • Thursday, March 23 at 6:30pm
    • Friday, March 24 at 9am and 6:30pm
    • Performances will be held on the following days
  • Sing-A-Long
    • Will take place at Balboa Theater on April 15th
    • Ticket cost is $10 each
    • Doors open at 6:30pm
    • Raffle winners will be announced during the pre-show
    • We are still in need of community experiences. If you would like to contribute please contact Verndean Tortorelli at vita2good2miss@yahoo.com
  • Stop, Drop and Go
    • Celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year
    • Former chairs of this committee will be here on April 3rd
    • Magnets and pencils will be given to the children

PRINCIPAL’S REMARKS

  • Programs we have at Lafayette that reinforce student empowerment when it comes to bullying
    • Conflict Managers
    • PAX Good Behavior Program
    • Kimochi’s
    • Teacher community circles which are held regularly
    • The School Site Council (SSC) has also been working increasing the amount of time our social worker is on site
  • Bond measures
    • Lafayette is 1st on the list to benefit from this money
    • A new superintendent will start in 6 weeks
    • In 6-8 months we will be discussing how to spend the bond money coming to the school
    • The planning process will take 9-12 months and the construction process will take 1-2 years
  • Since Lafayette no longer holds a Title 1 status the appointment of Betsy Devos, U.S. Secretary of Education, will have very little impact on our school
    • The feeling of the administration is that not too much will happen. We will continue to spend down our reserves and “wait and see”.
  • The Blue Ribbon celebration is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 10th at 6pm.
    • Staff members who have dedicated many years to Lafayette will be honored
    • This is an adults only event

OPEN BOARD POSITIONS

  • Elections will take place at next month’s PTA meeting on April 12th
  • Next year’s candidates for the open PTA board positions are:
    • President: Chris Smith
    • Financial Secretary: Veronica Mata
    • VP Membership: Ellie Denise
    • Historian: Halima Thorsen
    • VP Operations: Valerie Vitullo
    • VP Hospitality: Janel Andronico Karah was presented as a candidate but is unable to accept the role. This position is still vacant. If you are interested please contact a member of our nominating committee ASAP.

 

OPEN COMMITTEE POSITIONS – WE NEED YOU!!

  • PTA committee chairs serve for 1-2 years and are responsible for heading each of the committee’s they serve. This includes obtaining any necessary permits, purchasing supplies (within the PTA budget) needed for the event and recruiting volunteers to assist with the execution of the event.
  • The following committees have open chair positions which need to be filled for the upcoming school year.
    • Art in Action
    • Stop, Drop and Go
    • Yearbook
    • Spell-a-thon
    • Social Events*
    • Halloween Co-Chair
    • Chair in Training: Parking Fundraisers

*Social Events is a new position for next year. This committee will be responsible for coordinating grade level events

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 3/13: Lafayette Night at Giorgio’s Pizza
  • 3/24: Spirit Friday
  • 3/22, 3/23 and 3/24: Spring Musical Performances
  • 3/27 – 3/31: Spring Break – NO SCHOOL
  • 4/3: Smarter Balanced Assessment Testing

PARENT SURVEY RESULTS

  • 85 parents completed the survey that was sent out
  • Top ten parent priorities listed in the order they were ranked
    • #1 – Teacher Stipends
    • #2 – Technology Consultant
    • #3 – Outdoor Science
    • #4 – Art in Action / Art in Residence
    • #5 – Online Learning
    • #6 – Classroom Technology
    • #7 – Kindergarten Handwriting
    • #8 – Third Grade Handwriting
    • #9 – Leveled Readers
    • #10 – Math Steps Workbooks
  • Are there any programs not currently funded by the PTA that you would like to see implemented?
    • 78% said No, 28% said yes
      • Social Worker
      • Art Teacher
      • Playworks
      • Teaching Tolerance
      • Increased playground support
  • Are there any community events not currently taking place that you would like to see?
    • 77% said No, 23% said Yes
      • Traditional format of Math Night. At the end of math night everyone concludes in the auditorium where parents get questioned on elementary math problems.
      • Inclusion Week
      • Grade level social events
      • Outdoor Movie
      • Dim Sum Saturdays – not listed on the survey but is currently taking place at Galileo High School and has proven to be very successful
  • In what ways are you most likely to donate to Lafayette Elementary? (listed in the order they were ranked)
    • #1 – Annual Give Campaign
    • #2 – Book Fair
    • #3 – Spell-a-thon
    • #4 – Fun Run
    • #5 – Parking Fundraiser
    • #6 – Spring Raffle

 

 

  • Are there any fundraisers not currently taking place that you would like to see implemented?
    • 75% said No, 25% said Yes
      • Movie Night
      • Read-a-thon
      • Auction
      • Outdoor Movie
      • Spring Auction/Gala
      • Sponsor a family who is unable to participate due to financial reasons
  • What is your preferred method of PTA communication? (listed in the order they were ranked)
    • #1 – PTA weekly email
    • #2 – Room parent email
    • #3 – PTA Website
    • #4 – Paper Bulletin (distributed in the Wednesday envelopes)
    • #5 – Facebook page
    • #6 – Other (parents who listed “other” did not indicate what the preferred method was)

 

 

 

TOWNHALL FOLLOW-UP

  • Improve the room rep communication by having a mandatory meeting for those taking on the role to clarify the expectations.
  • Possibly have a lead room parent at the grade level to coordinate events
  • Have the Social Events chair work with the lead room parent to plan the grade level events
  • Continue to have Town Hall meetings at 8:00am for those who are unable to come to the evening meetings
  • Incorporate more “inclusion” activities
  • Grade level buddies. Ms. Welsh suggested at the board meeting to have pen-pals that can write to each other throughout the year. They can then meet on the school yard with a list of questions to ask each other that will help them get to know each other.

Should you have any questions regarding the PTA summaries please contact:

                  Darlene Bagley, PTA Secretary, at darla0975@gmail.com