PTA Meeting Minutes – December 13th, 2018 (DRAFT)

Parkwood PTA Meeting December 13, 2018

Parkwood North City Library 7:00PM

  1. Welcomes – Introductions around the room
  2. Minutes – were tabled for this month
  3. Treasurer report – see attached Executive Summary No questions
  4. School Dance – Amber did a great job!

over all the dance went well, there was a great turn out.  Will need to schedule a post wrap up /debrief and logistics meeting with Ann, Lisa, Christina and Amber.

Clear that more volunteers are needed to help Amber as she does so much and could use help.  There was talk about creating a committee to spread the work load.

  1. Reflections:  submissions are currently on display at the Shoreline Center
  2. Food Drive:  We are 29 cans away from Goal.  Thank you to Katie Toth for her work on the Food Drive
  3. Classroom Communities:  Betty to start encouraging classes to organize potlucks. Betty will be stepping down next year so need to find a replacement.   Thank you for her service as the chair.
  4. Auction: Kari is handing the auction over to Brenda Brock and Chip Rogers. The auction timeline starts in January so look for emails regarding the Auction.
  5. School Play:  This year it is Alice in Wonderland, Forms will be going home next week. Kathy is working out the issues of space and time. Practices will be twice a week.  Play will be March 22
  6. Nominating committee:  Christina will be putting that together after Winter break.  We do now have legislative chairs, Heather Cimuchowsk and Sarah Forrest.

As of right now the following positions will need to be filled next year:  Vice president, secretary, co-president and classroom communities chair.

  1. Leadership training:  They will be happening prior to the PTA meetings from 6:00 to 6:45 PM. Hopefully there will be several more of these throughout the year.  The focus will be on Race & equity and what are the ways the PTA can be aware of these issues.

Kari will be resending the survey about the PTA as to date there are no responses.

The General Membership meeting has been moved to February 7th and discussion followed about possible trainings that could happen during that meeting that would be engaging to the Parkwood Community.  One thought was understanding when to let your kids fail, how to support them.

  1. State of the School:

Teachers and staff are getting ready for Winter break.  It is important for all to understand that not every student/family is excited about Winter break.  For many the break is stressful, and it is showing in the students now.

The school is receiving a lot of community support for example Rotary took 34 students shopping to stores that were only open for Parkwood students for the kids to get some clothes and other necessities.

Construction is on time and very active.  To see updates, visit the School district website. There aerial photos posted each week showing the progress. Ann is currently working on furniture selection.  It costs 13, 000 to 14,000 to outfit one classroom. She is currently field-testing items and getting feedback from students and teachers.

The calendar for the 2019-2020 school year is not yet posted but she is working on it.  Ann put a request for volunteers to help organize the Opening of the new Parkwood school.  It is very important to create a positive good event to say thank you to the Community for supporting the bond. This is important for the success of future bonds. If you are interested in being on the committee, please contact Ann.

Teachers updates: Lydia Kim reported: working on the PBIS – Positive Behavior Intervention system – it is a school wide committee to support creative climate in the school.  They came up with spirit week next week.

Monday – Panther Pride

Tuesday – Sports day

Wednesday – Stuffed Animal day

Thursday – Career Day

Friday – Hat day

Round the Table:

David Drummond – high school seniors are in need of community service hours so any way we can help them reach their requirements.  Heritage night was brought up as an idea.

Kari Thomas – reported that teachers have been added on the PTA distribution list. Thank yous for the giving campaign will be sent December and January.

Debbie Olheft – a guest at the meeting emphasized how important it is for parents to stay involved in their kids education and lives in middle school and high school.  A conversation followed on how to transition kids from elementary school to middle school.

Marie – asked for input on the Ice Cream Social for the Parkwood Neighborhood Association and if it should happen at the school or at another location in the neighborhood.   A short discussion followed. It is tentatively scheduled for the week of February 27th.

Meeting was adjourned.


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