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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PTA Meeting Minutes – November 8, 2018 (DRAFT)

Parkwood PTA meeting – November 8, 2018

Attendees:  Christina Torres, Julie Dragin, Kari Thomas, Ann Torres, Bridgette Shima, Cody Koenig, Inger Murdock, Marie Ammerman, David Drummond, Michelle Morgan, Jennifer Eklund, Stephanie Gwaltney, Amanda Galuska, Lydia Kim, Amber Tolbert, Meredith Bane

7:03 – meeting start time

Budget – Marie

Income: $9307.65

  • Refund from Shoreline School District of unspent donation dollars from 2017-2018 school year: $1637.05
  • Membership: pass through to WSPTA: $190, profit: $80
  • Fall fundraiser: $7530
  • Merchant rebates: $60.33 (Amazon)
  • Interest: $0.27


Expenses: $2597.94

  • Teacher grants: $500.79
  • Educational enrichment: $1020
  • Back to School BBQ: $571.53
  • Watch Dog pizza: $79.08
  • Staff lunch: $100
  • Paper for the school: $177.50
  • Bank fees: $149.04


Year to date income: $13,193.48

Year to date expenses: $3630.63

Motion to approve October budget – Kari

2nd – Michelle

All approve

Grant request –

Lydia has requested $100 to buy snacks for her classroom

Motion to approve grant – Stephanie

2nd – Michelle

Two abstentions

All others approve 

State of the School – Ann

Parkwood has three new staff members –

Stephanie Gwaltney – Resource room teacher

Christina Torres – Part-time Resource room teacher

Jennifer Eklund – Dean of Students

Ann led an Equity vs. Equality workshop and presentation that focused on understanding the differences between Equity and Equality, and Intent and Impact.

Math Olympiad – Michelle

Parkwood PTA decided not to participate in the Math Olympiad last year because we feel the current program is inequitable and unfair and does not match our vision and values.

The new Math Olympiad Coordinator reached out to us to talk about this year’s event. Michelle, Christina, and Ann met with the coordinator and some of the committee members but the committee is unwilling to make any changes to the event at this time.

Motion to vote on abstaining from the Math Olympiad event this year – Michelle

2nd – Amber

One abstention, all other approve

Parkwood may decide to start a math club but we will think about it and discuss this further. Kari, Michelle, and Christina volunteered to be on a Math Olympiad Committee.

Fall Fundraiser – Kari

Kari is sending out thank you notes on Monday

Harvest Dance – Amber

  • 11/16 – 6:30-8:30 pm. Items needed: toilet paper and paper towel tubes, string lights
  • Volunteers needed: High school volunteers (Ann will email Shorewood H.S. Honor society for volunteers), Watchdogs, popcorn person, craft table volunteers, wizard badges (Cody’s idea and she volunteered to make them)
  • Decided that PTA will cover costs as a thank you to community – $700 budget. Every child will receive a piece of pizza and popcorn and can participate in all the crafts/games one time at no cost. Extra food and bake sale items must be purchased.

Natural Leaders – Bridgette

  • After school program was nice. Enough jars for everyone
  • Heritage Night – call out to people to help out and participate
  • Upcoming events: Dia Del Nino, Carnival Night

Food Drive – Christina

Boxes needed (apple or paper) for December food drive

Round Table

Bridgette – Sandy Hook remembrance, hosted by Moms Demand Action, is next month. Can we host it at Parkwood? PTA secretary will email the PTA members in attendance at this meeting to vote on it

Marie – Parkwood Neighborhood Association monthly meeting is on 11/14 from 7-9 pm at Aegis Living. The Shoreline mayor and city manager will be speaking at the meeting

Christina – Book Fair is coming at end of November in the library

Adjourned – 9:44 pm

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PTA Meeting Minutes – October 11th, 2018 (DRAFT)

10/11/18- Thursday

PTA Meeting Notes

Attended by: Kim Smith, Mea Fishelis, Betty Mai, Katie Toth-Martin, Marie Ammerman, Inger M, Amanda G, Cody K, Sarah F, David D, Annie C, Heather Cimuchowski, Kari Thomas, Ann Torres, Christina Torres, Laina Alfarone, Lydia Kim, Stephanie Gwaltney, Brenda Brock

7:00- meeting called to order

Welcome and Introductions

Presentation of Minutes- Christy Torres

  • General meeting notes will be approved at next general meeting

Fall Fundraiser Report- Kari Thomas

  • Goal- $18,000. To date- $20, 637 Met and surpassed the goal!
  • Several larger donations. 101 overall donors, 2 business donations

Communication update- Kari Thomas

  • Now using MailChimp, now 633 contacts
  • 91 people have unsubscribed, 40 ‘cleaned,’ 38 added from kinder play date lists, 74 added from classroom communities, 40 added from class lists
  • People like the subject line “This Week at Parkwood” and they’re opening those emails more!
  • Able to email specific lists of people (Kinder parents, WatchDOGS)

Budget Update- Marie Ammerman

  • Income
    • Membership $1785 (most will be passed through WSPTA
    • Direct Donations- $225
    • Fall fundraiser- $2735
    • Merchant Rebates- $76.94
    • Interest: $0.16
  • Expenses
    • Teacher grants- $400
    • Tea and Tissues- $37.29
    • Fall fundraiser printing: $525.34
    • Membership drive printing: $33
    • Bank fees: $2.22

PTA and the Law- Marie Ammerman

  • Gambling events (raffles, bingo, etc) limited to 2 per year. Need permit if doing more than that.
  • Nobody under 18 can sell raffle tickets.
  • Handling open food products- anything that is not a potluck (such as and event where we serve pizza or baked goods), we need 1 person there with food handler permit
    • Officers get training for food handler permits?
  • Insurance- renewal date coming soon (Nov?). PTA should not pay directly for transportation per our insurance limitations. PTA should give grants to school- school arranges the details. Teachers should NOT specify transportation on the request for Enrichment funds.
  • PTA cannot specify use of funds for items that benefit a small number of people (ex: the Bereavement fund)

Board Members- Christy Torres

  • need to do PTA trainings (& food handler permit, if possible)
  • Secretary keeps records

Fall Dance- Christy Torres

  • Nov 16
  • Possible Harry Potter theme?
  • There will be a call out soon for volunteers.

Classroom Communities- Betty Mai

  • Harvest Party- Oct 31
  • Sign Up Genius can be used for all classroom communities events, has been successful in the past years at Parkwood
  • Monthly staff lunches- off to a great start! Staff appreciates them.

Staff Lunch- Christy Torres

  • Need a new volunteer to head this.
  • Sign up genius going out to parent volunteers for these (sign up for specific food items)

Enrichment- Christy Torres/Ann Torres

  • Pause on enrichment until modular classrooms are all set up and Before/After Care can move into that space. There isn’t room in the building to hold enrichment classes right now.

Natural Leaders- Christy Torres

  • Bridgette Shima is our school’s Natural Leader chair
  • Wed Oct 24- 1:30-3:30- After school special “Thankfulness”- multicultural event, movie and craft
  • Need empty 12-24 glass jars (mason jars)
  • Will include After Care kids (up to 72 kids on Wed)

Reflections- Kim Smith

  • 0 entries so far, Deadline Oct 31
  • Theme: Heroes Around Us
  • Link provides information (in most recent newsletter)
  • Next year, we could put the form about Reflections in the teacher beginning of the year packets that PTA compiles?

Legislation Chair- Christy Torres

  • we need a volunteer!
  • Can be done from home!
  • Will need to educate yourself about the legislation going on about education, read emails from the district PTA, then educate PTA about the info

The Works, Food Drive, Teen Gifts- Katie Toth-Marter

  • Food Drive: Dec 3-14 – Soups and more, Dec 15- distribution day for the district, need a few volunteers from Parkwood, Location TBD. Lydia Kim will ask for an older grade to volunteer to count (need older than 2nd graders). Dec 14- need volunteers after school to transport food!
  • The Works- new location at the Shoreline Center, north parking lot. Donations of clothes in good shape are always needed! Product (socks, etc?) drive at the school dance?
  • Teen Gift Cards needed (Menchies, Subway, or any other store a teen might like)- Collected on Dec 14 and transported (same time as food drive).
  • Katie needs another volunteer leader!

Meeting Feedback- Christy Torres

  • will be an email survey

State of the School- Ann Torres

  • Conference week is underway!
  • Next week- 6th grade camp.
  • Next year- will be 6th and 5th grade camp! (May be together, may be two different weeks)
  • Fundraising for 5th/6th camp- Will the garage sale happen in the spring? No volunteers to head this yet!
  • Move-A-Thon: coming up on Oct 31! Staff is working on logistics. Morning Move-A-Thon, Harvest Parties will accommodate this time.
  • Building is coming along and progress is happening! Groundbreaking Ceremony was a fun, positive experience.
  • Laminated building plans for new Parkwood and new Einstein schools are visible in lobby
  • Early Release days- staff is having district-directed development time, principal time (ex: this upcoming week – Ann leads the *whole staff* in a training on equity and equality in education), teacher individual/team time.
  • Transportation- pink stickers and the emailed link were effective! Kids knew their new routes on Monday. Gates being changed so that buses can loop around behind the school from west to east.
  • Assessments for 6th graders- hopefully will be mailed home as well as online access to scores.

Round Table

  • Need: new nets for soccer goals, basketball hoops. Request for district to purchase these is in the works.
  • Girls on the Run- Annette Campbell will be leading it, information is coming.
  • 162 members so far! Scholarships are available.

Meeting adjourned at 8:29pm

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PTA Meeting Minutes – September 13, 2018 (DRAFT)

Parkwood PTA meeting – September 13, 2018

Attendees:  Christina Torres, Julie Dragin, Kari Thomas, Kim Smith, Debbie Bergman, Ann Torres, Amanda Workman, Sara Kelly, Bridgette Shima, Cody Koenig, Inger Murdock, Marie Ammerman, Brenda Brock, Sarah Forrest, Annie Culliton, Andrea Krinke, David Drummond, Kathryn Carter, Michelle Morgan, Maria Calhoun

7:03 – meeting start time

Membership – Brenda

  • 108 PTA memberships so far (not including online)
  • $330 in scholarship money has been collected
  • $75 requested so far for scholarships

Fall Fundraiser – Kari

  • Goal is $18,000
  • Donation envelopes were sent home with students
  • About $1000 in online donations have come in so far

Christina read PTA Vision Statement

Budget – Christina and Marie

  • 2018-2019 budget was completed in June and has been updated
  • Leftover money from last year’s budget was earmarked for: Goodbye Parkwood party, Welcome Parkwood party 2019, School Play additional reimbursement, and Parkwood Mascot costume (which has been purchased by Dustin for $329). These additional four line items were added since June.

Motion to approve – Kari

2nd – Brenda

All approve

Upcoming Events:

Book Fair – How will book fair look this year with far fewer parents at school? Dates have not been set but we may consider having it during a conference week or during an evening event to increase parent participation. Will need to recruit volunteers to help out once dates are determined.

Harvest Dance – Scheduled for 11/16. David will help Amber with coordination and planning. Would like Watchdogs to help at dance as well.

Watchdog Pizza Night – Scheduled for 9/25 at 6:30 pm. Christina will check in with Che about it. Michelle will coordinate with Che about getting the flyer out to families. David will bring a printer to the event.

Picture Day – Scheduled for 9/20. Six volunteers are needed to help, both morning and afternoon shifts. Contact Lisa in the office for slot times. Volunteers receive a picture package for free for helping.

National PTA’s Reflections Program  – The flyer went out for the Reflections Art Contest. The theme this year is “Heroes Around Me”. The deadline for students to submit an original work of art (dance choreography, film, literature, music, photography, or visual arts) is 10/31/18.

Classroom Communities

  • Betty’s update – she does not think there is a need to collect contact data during curriculum night. Not much data is collected – so maybe we do not do it next year?

Enrichment – Michelle

  • Do we want to do a winter after school enrichment program? If so, we need to start planning for it. Options are limited on Wednesdays – maybe one sport and Japanese. There are space issues so fewer classes will be offered. We could do 1.5 hour classes on Wednesdays and 1 hour on other days. Kari may put a survey in the newsletter to ask about interest in after school classes.

Round Table

David – has been subbing around the school district and always compares Parkwood to other schools. He loves Parkwood!

Kari – asking how many volunteer forms have come in. Bridgette doesn’t know since she has not checked PTA box yet. Kari offers to pick up stuff from the box if needed since she is at school more often.

Sarah – concerned about bus transportation issues – overcrowded and lack of communication when issues arise

Bridgette – Suggests having a parent point person at each bus stop to communicate necessary information to other parents

Amanda – will ask teachers to turn in reimbursement forms

State of the School – Ann

Transportation – There has been a lot of frustration about the school bus routes since the school year began. Lots of complaints about communication lapses.

  • 300-350 kids are taking the bus to and from Parkwood each day
  • Staff is making sure all the kids get on the correct buses each day
  • Shortage of bus drivers in the district
  • There have been some complications – one bus broke down, another was rear ended, Route 117 was overcrowded and the solution did not come fast enough, many buses picked up students late today due to an accident on Aurora
  • Please reach out to the transportation department with your concerns
  • Robocalls regarding transportation issues will not go out unless the transportation department asks the school to send one out
  • Good idea to download the Shoreline School District App for district updates

6th Grade Camp – At Camp Seymour in mid-October. Scholarships for all chaperones.

Back to School BBQ Night – Feedback was good. It went well and so did the bus transportation.

Curriculum Night – Attendance was lower than usual. Split sessions went well but primary teachers had to stay too late because of lots of questions from parents.

HR Updates – Amanda Findlay resigned to accept a position at another school. We are currently working with interim subs until a replacement is found. Parkwood will be hiring a Dean (there will be dean positions for all elementary schools in Shoreline) who will look at culture/climate around school, student leadership roles, and ambassadors for families.

 Adjourned – 8:50 pm

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PTA Meeting Minutes – August 23, 2018 (DRAFT)

PTA Meeting

August 23, 2018 at 7:00pm

Notes taken by: Stephanie Gwaltney

In attendance: Bridgette Shima, Brenda Brock, Kari Thomas, Ann Torres, Christina Torres, David D., Marie Ammerman, Julie Dragin, Stephanie Gwaltney, Kathy Carter, Heather W., Meredith B., Mara C.

President calls meeting to order at 7:00pm.

Welcome and introductions around the table.

Budget- Treasurer will present budget in September.

Financial Review- completed this summer. Will be reviewed next month along with budget.

BBQ Update

  • Location- out on the playfield. BBQ on one side, info tables on the other. Kendra has organizations lined up to attend.
  • Watchdogs/Che are grilling. Expecting 700 people.
  • Need volunteers- to copy IDs for background check forms. Kari will include request for volunteers in email. Canopies and Coolers- Brenda and Kari will lend canopies. Borrow 2 printer/scanners- Kari has one we can use
  • Buses are running to and from BBQ- along normal bus routes, trial run for kids. Director of transportation will be at BBQ to answer questions.

Volunteers needed at the beginning of the school year:

  • Help at Parkwood before school year starts- lists from teachers. Friday afternoon (tomorrow 8/24) – volunteers needed to help after 11am (until around 4pm). No kids allowed, adults only.
  • Back to School Packets- Monday morning starting at 8am. Volunteers needed to assemble packets under directions
  • Tea & Tissues- Tuesday Sept 4 at 8:45am and 12:20pm. Christina can coordinate the afternoon, Bridgette and Brenda in the morning.
  • Curriculum Night (Sept 6)- Classroom Communities have met, working on speaking points for curriculum night. Each classroom needs 1 parent to speak.
  • Need more classroom parents for this year
  • Watchdogs- calling all men! Pizza Night coming up soon.

Membership- copies are made, envelopes are ordered. Scholarships are available.

Fall Fundraiser- Starts on Sept 6. Raising $18,000 is the goal. Kari will send updates out in Sunday evenings emails.

Children’s Center is offering just Wednesday early release care on site at schools. Parkwood will be at the Children’s Center for the first month until construction is finished. See district website for information.

Before and After Care- for the first month, Parkwood will be hosted at the Shoreline Center (kids will be bused from Shoreline Center to/from Parkwood) until the modular units can be relocated to the side of North City building.

Round Table: Meredith will head Reflections. David’s wife and Brenda will take over open auction positions. New Assistant Principal- Jennifer Eklund has started at Parkwood! PTA Board Members need to attend trainings- Secretaries will track fulfillment of training requirements. PTA Website will be updated soon. Saturday- Back to School Consortium at Ridgecrest for students who need school supplies.

8:04pm full meeting adjourned.

G-Suites & Email Accounts Trainings- Executive Board stayed until 8:58pm to receive training on G-Suites use and new communication protocols.



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Parkwood Back to School BBQ and Resource Fair

Join us on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. as we welcome new and current students to our temporary campus at North City Elementary School.

Students will be able to find out who their teachers will be for the year, meet them, visit their classrooms, and drop off school supplies.  A Potluck BBQ will immediately follow at 5 pm.  Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the first Parkwood event of the year!!

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PTA Meeting Minutes – August 9, 2018 (DRAFT)

Parkwood PTA meeting – August 9, 2018

Attendees:  Christina Torres, Julie Dragin, Kari Thomas, Betty Mai, Kim Smith, Heather Cimuchowski

7:11 – meeting start time

Budget – Christina

  • Tabled until next meeting

Financial Review

  • Meeting next Tuesday

Back to School BBQ – 8/27

  • Christina is organizing
  • Watchdogs will help with food
  • Kendra is organizing the community resource fair
  • Volunteers needed for the PTA table

Fall Fundraiser – Kari

  • New goal is $18,000
  • Ordering 500 letters and will need help stuffing envelopes
  • Classroom parents will talk to parents on curriculum night
  • Kari will do some direct requests
  • Volunteers needed to help

Classroom Communities – Betty

  • Heather will make a request on FB page for classroom parent volunteers
  • Betty will figure out curriculum night speakers for each class

Back to School Packets

  • Need volunteers to stuff packets


  • Membership envelopes will be in back to school packets

Round Table

Christina – She will talk to Ann and Michelle about a possible Wed enrichment program now that the Y is not doing an on-site program. There will be a training at the next meeting on the G suite app. Everyone will get their own email address.

Adjourned – 8:10 pm

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PTA Meeting Minutes – May 10, 2018 (DRAFT)

Parkwood PTA meeting – May 10, 2018

Attendees:  Christina Torres, Kathryn Carter, Debbie Olhoeft, Julie Dragin, Ann Torres, Mea Fischelis, Mary Anne Thomas, Michelle Morgan, David Drummond, Kari Thomas

7:08 – meeting start time

Budget – Christina

  • As of now, expenses good, spent slightly less than we made last year
  • Expenses for 2018-2019 year will stay the same for now. Once money comes in from auction, we’ll look at this again
  • Grant was paid to Kathy for play
  • Emergency kit money was spent
  • Board confirmed that $1000 was set aside from the 2015-2016 year for the yearbook. The $1000 was a donation made by a parent specifically for the yearbook. This amount was missed on the budget sheet and Christina will add the amount to the budget sheet. It was agreed that the yearbook should have a scholarship line item of $500. The $500 will not need to be added to the budget until the $1000 encumbered funds is equal or below $500.

Kari – Motion to approve

Michelle – 2nd

All approve

Debbie – April minutes stand as approved

Nominating Committee

  • President – Christina
  • VP’s – Kari and Michelle


    • Treasurer – still open
  • Secretary – Stephanie and Julie
  • Communications Coordinator – Kari
  • Membership – still open
  • Enrichment – Michelle still willing to stay in this position
  • Auction – still open 

After School Enrichment at North City – Michelle

  • YMCA will have after school programs at each school in Shoreline every day of the week. These will be more expensive then the enrichment classes currently offered.
  • Decided we may not have enrichment classes in fall and we’ll see how many students enroll in the Y classes

 Science Night – feedback

  • Mea loved STEM classes, fun way to engage kids
  • Cafeteria was a little cramped with projects
  • Ann received lots of positive feedback
  • Whole families more engaged, not just for kids

Original Works

  • Money has not been paid to vendor yet

Teacher Appreciation Week

  • Is this week and going well 

SBAC Testing – Ann

  • Going really well so far and halfway through testing period
  • Enough snacks this year so far

Auction/Talent Show – Kari

  • We have 80 items and need about 140 total
  • More items needed for baskets
  • Volunteers needed to sell raffle tix
  • Posters needed around the school to advertise auction
  • Bidding sheets need to be set up the Friday before Memorial Day weekend
  • Talent show – 12 acts signed up so far
  • Discussion about creating a video and showing it during the talent show break. The video/slideshow would highlight all the ways the PTA helps the school and what the auction money is used for

End of Year Parkwood Party 

  • Planning going well
  • A lot of publicity will happen one month before the event
  • Next meeting on Monday
  • A motion by Mea that $500 be taken out of the budget reserves for Parkwood Party expenses. Kari – 2nd.  All approve

Parkwood Market

  • Only 7 stalls sold so far and we need more stalls purchased
  • 6th graders will talk to 5th graders this week about getting involved and helping with the market
  • Three hour custodial fee to provide bathroom access is $158
  • Some flyers have been posted but we need more posted before event

State of School – Ann

  • Transportation – school bus transportation is for all students who live more than 1 mile from school, which will be all students next year at North City. Bus numbers and routes will be available online in August. Patrols cannot ride the bus. Patrol information will be going out soon.

Round Table:

Christina – who will take the Parkwood PTA stuff home over the summer? There are two cabinets full of things. After the auction we should disperse it and take it away


Mary Ann – wanted to clarify that it is not mandatory for each classroom to create an art project for the auction


Michelle – wants to use $150 of yearbook money for 6th grade scholarships



Adjourned – 9:03 pm

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April meeting minutes

Parkwood PTA meeting – April 12, 2018
Attendees: Betty Mai, Christina Torres, Kathryn Carter, Debbie Olhoeft, Julie Dragin, Ann
Torres, Mea Fischelis, Mary Anne Thomas, Bridgette Shima, Marie Ammerman, Michelle
Morgan, Heather Cimuchowski
7:04 – meeting start time
Christina – Budget
 Original works money is coming in
 Internet safety speaker paid
 Scholarships for enrichment classes – Debbie and Michelle will figure out how much is
left to support scholarships for spring classes
 We will accept teacher grant requests until 4/27
 Budget committee will meet to plan budget for next year – Christina, Mea, Debbie, and
Kathy – Motion to approve
Mea – 2 nd
All approve
Debbie – March minutes stand as approved
Nominating Committee
 Brenda Brock will be the Membership Coordinator next school year. We have some
interest in the treasurer position. We still need someone to be the auction co-
coordinator with Kari next year
Kathy – School Play
 Play went really well
 David Drummond, Mr. Yost, and the parent volunteer were very helpful. Maybe add a
stage manager volunteer next year
 40 students participated. May limit the play to 4 th -6 th graders next year to have more
manageable class size
Ann – Science Night
 This year will be a family engagement STEM night which will include the 5 th grade
science fair, science stations in classrooms, and the book fair
 Ms. Pembrooke will need $200 of the $600 budget for the 5 th grade project

Michelle – Enrichment
 Spots are filling up for spring classes. Minecraft instructors will bring computers
 Yearbook forms are due. Remind teachers to get forms in. Only five 6 th graders have
submitted forms
 Safety bins were completed yesterday. All (almost) expired stuff is going to Union
Gospel Mission
PTA Recognition Dinner
 The dinner is on 4/26. We are having a volunteer recognition assembly the same day at
Dia Del Nino celebration
 May not happen this year
Staff Appreciation Week
 5/7-5/11
 Mea will create the flyer and ask Rebecca if she will organize it this year
 We have 32 items plus 10-15 more on the way. More donations are needed
 Volunteers are needed to help out the week of the auction
 Kari will do it again next year or can be Communications Coordinator if someone else
wants to coordinate the auction
 What will auction look like at North City? Do we want to consider a Fun Run instead?
Stephanie – Baskets
 Auction basket flyer went out to students. Volunteers are needed to sell basket raffle
tickets the week of the auction
 Basket flyer info will also be sent to classroom communities to send to parents
Kathy – Talent Show
 Flyer will go out after spring break
 $600 budget

Ann – End of Year Parkwood Party

 More people are needed to help with this project
 Potluck
 Music – Einstein Jazz band and Steel Drum band
 Ann will be the emcee
 Staff planners are Debbie Black, Amanda Findley, and Ann
 Do we want people to talk about the early days at Parkwood? Rhetta?
 Next meeting is on 4/30
 Debbie volunteered to be the coordinator
Betty – Parkwood Market
 6/16, 10 am–2 pm
 Planning is done and flyers will be posted. 5 th graders have received the information and
email announcement. PTA website is updated
 The custodial fee is $400 to have a custodian at the school to let people in to use the
 6 th graders will give a sales pitch to 5 th graders
Parkwood Mascot Costume
 Mr. Cole wants to create a Panther mascot costume for games, assemblies, etc. He’s
created a project on to raise money. $1,168 is needed to support this
 PTA can ask for support. This could be a Fund a Need auction item
Ann – State of School
 The owner of Spin Alley went to Parkwood and he gave us postcards for free bowling.
5/21 Parkwood bowling party? If someone is willing to organize, we could have a
bowling party there
 Building update – looking at furniture to decide what we want. Portables will be moved
to North City. Next year’s calendar will not be done for awhile. Office will open 8/13.
North City building will be remodeled for about 6 weeks prior to school starting, mostly
 Math Olympiad – Ann talked to staff about Parkwood PTA’s position on Math Olympiad
– that the event does not match our vision for inclusion and respect for human
differences. She brought it up at the principals meeting. A subgroup was created to look
at this as a district.

Round Table:

Christina – Kindergarten play dates will be at Twin Ponds this summer. PTA training has to be completed by end of April. 5/21 is the Spring PTA training and dessert.
Mea – Finance committee will meet between 7/1 and beginning of the school year to review the budget
Marie – Parkwood Neighborhood Association news: The Annual Spring clean-up is scheduled for 4/28. Meet at Parkwood at 10am in the parking lot if you want to help out. The summer picnic/potluck is on 7/21 at Twin Ponds from 4-7 pm.
Betty – PTA open positions info will be sent out to classroom communities. Also emailing 3 rd -6 th grade parents about SBAC snacks

Adjourned – 9:01 pm

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March PTA minutes 2018

Parkwood PTA meeting – March 8, 2018
Attendees: Betty Mai, Kari Thomas, Christina Torres, Kathryn Carter, Debbie Olhoeft, Julie
Dragin, Ann Torres, Stephanie Gwaltney, Mea Fischelis, Mary Anne Thomas
7:07 – meeting start time
 Income low in February because deposits have not been made yet
 Only a few teachers have not requested field trip grants
 Budget is $4000 off – $1000/garage sale and $3000/auction
 There is $600 in the budget for Science Fair, which this year will include STEM night,
family engagement, and science fair all in one night
Kari – Motion to approve
Mea – 2 nd
All approve
Debbie – February minutes stand as approved
Kathy – School Play
 Many hours of rehearsal, including this week of half days
 Behavior is good
 Discussion about whether to partnership with a grad program next time to help with
special needs students who want to participate in play
Kari – Auction
 Going well and auction items are slowly coming in
 Next thing is basket prep
Golden Acorn Awards Committee
 PTA recognition dinner
 We have a budget for five to attend
 If you have anyone to nominate, email Ann or Debbie
Betty – 5 th Grade Garage Sale
 The sale will be on Saturday, 6/16
 Working on the sign-up forms
Ann – End of Year Parkwood Party

 6/15 from 5-7 pm
 Potluck, entertainment, crafts, music, write cards to Parkwood
 A picture of everyone in attendance will be taken
 3 rd , 4 th , 5 th , and 6 th graders are making posters for the event
 Staff planners are Debbie Black, Amanda Findley, and Ann
 More people are needed to help plan the event
 Next meeting is on 3/26 at 3:00 pm
 Volunteers needed for specific tasks at event
Nominating Committee Review
 No updates
 Still need Treasurer, Enrichment Coordinator, and Communications Coordinator
 Will have update soon for spring enrichment classes
 Working with Six Crickets
Safety Bins
 Safety bin committee will help out at the beginning of April to put all new items in the
classroom safety bins
Ann – State of School
 North City – lots of questions need to be answered: What is traffic flow pattern? Who
gets what classroom? What needs to be retrofitted? There will be more classroom
space, projectors in the classrooms, and new carpet
 New second grade teacher will replace Mrs. Bidwell
 Rhetta is retiring so there is an opening for a new librarian
 David Drummond joins staff as paraeducator
 6/8 – Watchdogs will come in that day to help pack up classrooms

Round Table:
Stephanie – We are one PTA membership away from a gold membership
Kari – We should change our name on Amazon Smile because it is too hard to find Parkwood
Elementary. 3/14 is the school walk-out for gun control. As a PTA we can take a stand on an
issue. Students are only allowed to participate in walk-out if a parent signs them out. 3/25 –
March for our Lives. Some Shoreline families are participating.

Adjourned – 8:43 pm

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