submitted by Elizabeth Janik, taken on January 7, 2013, 6:30 pm
Attendance: Amanda Hill, Jenn Mann, Pat Melise, Sarah Hulcher, Kristin Johansson, Stuart White, Ellen Chamberlain, Ginger White, Julie Walsh, Barb Frith, Naoko Inada, Jen Barkan, Jenn Cunningham, Barbara Gonzalez, Jonathan Leib, Cathy Hasle, Vicky Greco, Jennifer Greeley, Amy Gilmore, Mark Todd, Liz Philpott, Elizabeth Janik
Welcome and introductions – Amanda Hill called the meeting to order at 6:30, and all present introduced themselves. Ginger White moved to approve the December meeting minutes and Sarah Hulcher seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Treasurer’s Report – Jen Barkan recommended that the PTA consider paying a professional to assist with the organization’s accounting and taxes, as the task has become overwhelming for just one person. She agreed to investigate available options, as well as to investigate the purchase of a laptop computer that could be used by the treasurer each year.
President’s Report –
- Amanda reported that the PTA purchased 19 ladybugs, so now each teacher has one.
- The Meet and Greet for parents will be held at 7 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Plaza del Sol. The PTA will purchase appetizers.
- Maggie Moore, Ginger White, and Vicky Greco agreed to serve on the nominating committee. Two more volunteers are still needed.
- Amanda asked whether the PTA should advertise an upcoming CHKD spaghetti dinner in the PTA newsletter. After some discussion, it was agreed to accept the advertising request, as the CHKD Junior Circle volunteers at the Spring Carnival.
Principal’s Report –
- Dr. Melise thanked the PTA for the ladybugs, and she announced that a lock-down drill would be held tomorrow at the school.
- An air-quality report for the school annex (1st-grade hall) suggests that overflowing rain barrels in the education garden are causing excess moisture in the building, so some changes will need to be made in the garden.
- Dr. Melise is compiling a list of funding requests from the teachers.
- Volunteers are needed for the kindergarten open house on February 7. Next year, the event may be held earlier in January to better accomodate private school admissions deadlines.
Teacher’s Report– Ms. White thanked the PTA for the purchase of the ladybugs.
Volunteer needs – Volunteers are needed for the education garden, supply store, and kindergarten open house.
Legislative advocacy –
- The next PTA lobby day in Richmond will be held on Monday, January 28, with an afternoon training session the day before. Please contact Sarah if you are interested in participating.
- Sarah and Elizabeth Janik met with the outgoing NPS planning director, John Hazelette, on December 18 to discuss the city’s perspective on school renovation/rebuilding. Larchmont is currently 5th on the city’s priority list. Only $44 million is currently alloted for capital projects through 2016.
Math and Science Night – is scheduled for Tuesday, January 22. Food will be served at 6 pm, followed by activities from 6:30-7:30. Space is still available for volunteer tables.
Author visit – Kenn Nesbitt will visit the school on January 29. Please contact Lisa Cohn if you are available to volunteer. Two copies of each of his books have been ordered for the media center.
Fine Arts Night – will be held on Thursday, March 21. Bev Rainey is coordinating. This year’s event will not include dinner. There will be many different hands-on activities, with representation from five different areas of the fine arts.
Reporter / Constant Contact – The Reporter was scheduled to come out this Thursday, but it will probably be late. Amanda reported that more PTA members are opening the constant contact emails since they are now being sent out on Mondays.
Book Fair – Amy Gilmore and Julie Walsh reported over $16,000 in sales at this year’s book fair. Take-home cash for the PTA is around $4,000, plus $1,000 to use from the Scholastic supply catalog.
Publishing House – Jessica Chesson will be holding a meeting for all interested volunteers on January 15, at 9:15 am in the media center. The goal is to brainstorm and decide what the “new” publishing house will accomplish and what it will look like.
Fun-raisers – Ellen Chamberlain said that upcoming fun-raisers will be held at Ynot in Ghent, Moe’s, and Fellini’s. She recommended canceling the April event at Ruby Tuesday, and instead replacing it with restaurant nights at California Pizza Kitchen on April 7 and 9.
Destination Imagination – Barbara Gonzalez said that three Larchmont teams will participate in the regional competition on February 23 in Virginia Beach. It was agreed that budgeted DI funds should cover the $40 registration fee for each team. Barbara will invite representatives from the city and school board to attend.
Spring Carnival – Mark Todd reported that all is proceeding smoothly.
New meeting time – Amanda won’t be able to attend the next scheduled meeting on February 1. All present agreed to reschedule the meeting on Monday, February 4, at 6:30 pm.
The meeting adjourned at 7:40 pm.