Monday, December 7, 2015

November 2015

PTO Meeting Minutes

Present at the Meeting: Kacey Corsello, Judy Averill, Shelby Hyvonen, Seth Koen, Lizzie, Maureen, Marcia Dushane, Andrew Foster, Amy Gauger, Sara Amoroso, Tina Tudryn, Tenaya Read, Rebecca Belcher-Timme, Amy Linnell

Welcome and Introductions
Kasey Corsello welcomed everyone to the meeting.

Guest: Andrew Foster-- Apple a Day 5K Update
This was the third year of the Apple-a-Day 5k. Race was this past Sunday, November 1.

Easthampton Public Schools will get a check for over $8,000 this fall. This is way up-- from just over $4,000 last year.

Focus on purchasing iPads and SmartBoards for the elementary schools.

Next year Cider House Media has volunteered to do the website and media for the race.

Approval of October 2015
Email corrections to the minutes to PTO Secretary:
October 2015 minutes approved.
Committee Reports
Treasurer: Easthampton Savings Bank sponsored entire cost of the 11/19  Food Play production!
Current 5K account balance:  $6,416.00
Main Account balance:  $11,880.88
Silver Graphics (paper orders-- this does not include online orders or the amount we have to pay to Silver Graphics):
Maple-- 1,978.50

K Information Night is February 2nd.
Rebecca will ask in December for volunteers.
She will need help with a flyer for the event (Tina Tudryn and Judy Averill will help).
She will also need help stuffing envelopes.

Tina is hoping to get a newsletter home next week.
Email Tina if you have anything for the newsletter.

Gingerbread Night on December 9th at Center/Pepin Cafetorium.Tina will coordinate this event with Renee Loftus Hill. Families can send in nut-free candies. They will decorate gingerbread houses. 6:30 pm. Tina will need volunteers to help from 5:45-8:00. Tina will also need to go shop at Costco with a PTO member with a card.

(Amy Linnell) Puffers will donate a sign for the PTO so that we can display it at events.

Silver Graphics Fundraiser just finished.

Volunteer Coordination:
Riverside Industries partnership-- two women will be doing the book leveling and copying for Center/Pepin. They will have job coaches helping them with their positions.

Gardening finished up last week.

Special Projects (Gabby):
Multicultural Dance Class: Gabby got the STARS grant to teach a multicultural dance class. The class will teach different dances from the American continent. She will choose two dances from each “chunk” of the continent. Students will also develop their own, individual dance. The dance class will do a performance at the Cultural Festival. It will start November 18. Wednesdays 3:15-4:15. The class will meet twice a week closer to the Cultural Festival. Allison will contact the high school to get two helpers. Kids can do the program even if they are in an after school program.

Cultural Festival: Happens in April. If you are interested in being on the committee, which will meet monthly until the event, please contact Kasey Corsello.

Food Play: November 19th. Got fully sponsored by a grant from Easthampton Savings Bank. Several local business will table at the event.

Valentine Making Night at Maple in February.

Support for Teachers-- Gift Cards
  • New teacher bags from PTO with cleaning wipes, snacks, Kleenex.
  • Target, Walmart, or Staples gift cards.
  • In addition to this, we could have a place where teachers could request support from the PTO for a specific project.

Snowtime Bazaar
Discussion about pros and cons to having this event
PTO will not sponsor/host the Snowtime Bazaar this year.
New Business (for December Meeting)
  • Iron out specifics re: gift cards for teachers; system for teachers requesting money for specific project, gift bag and gift card for new teachers.

Kasey adjourned the meeting.