submitted by Jennifer Mann, taken on November 2, 2012, 9:30 am
Attendance: Amanda Hill, Amy Gortz, Sarah Hulcher, Jenn Mann, Barbara Gonzalez, Jennifer Cunningham, Vicky Greco, Dee Crisco, Kris Stelzig, Julie Walsh, Amy Gilmore, Raayah King, Naoko Inada, Jennifer Peronnet, and Ellen Chamberlain.
Welcome and introductions – Amanda Hill called the meeting to order at 9:30, and all were present introduced. Amy Gortz moved to approve the 10/1 meeting minutes and Sarah Hulcher seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Treasurer’s Report – Due to technical difficulty, the current treasurer’s report was not available at the time of the meeting.
President’s Report –
- Amanda discussed the upcoming Bingo Night on Nov. 29th that will coincide with the Book Fair and Reflections display. The Bingo event is a fundraiser for Relay for Life.
- A Nominating committee will be needed for the next year’s officers and committee chairs. Anyone interested in being a part of the process should contact Amanda.
- The idea of a Leopard Costume as the school mascot had been brought up. There was a discussion about allowing a 5th grader to be the mascot and she will continue to research cost of purchasing the Leopard.
- Amanda proposed that we have a “PTA night out” similar to previous year’s events where we invite members to learn more about the PTA and share ideas. There was a discussion of potential dates and we set a tentative date of January 7th with location to be announced.
- The Publishing House chair still has not been filled and Amanda suggested that we break the project into grade levels with a coordinator to assist. There was discussion about asking teachers if they could work on their writing at stations. It was suggested that there be a table on 11/29 during the Bingo and Book Fair to display previous work and encourage volunteers.
- The PTA needs specific goals to be in good standing. There was discussion about the activities we have sponsored this fall including RAT Race, membership drive and Fall Festival, which have all grown from previous years.
- In an effort to be more transparent, Amanda discussed the idea of forwarding the meeting minutes to room parents who can pass them along to their classrooms. The discussion was to ensure they had been edited and approved before submission
Principal’s Report – Dr. Melise was unable to attend and Ms. Crisco had nothing to report.
Teacher’s Report – none
Membership/Directory – Jenn Mann announced that there are currently 400 members, and the state / national dues had been submitted in October before the Dec. 1 deadline. The directory is being formatted and should be to the printer before the end of November.
Fall Harvest Event – Was a huge success with a large crowd of families and staff. The event, which is not slated as a fundraiser, did make a profit of $200. Amy Gortz thanked all the volunteers and especially the custodian, Mr. Grimes who stayed late to assist in cleanup. The dinner lines ran smoothly with more ticket sold this year. The popcorn station was very popular and would benefit from having pre-filled bags on hand next year.
RAT Race – Eric Peterson submitted via email that he is still processing the final numbers and thank you’s for this event.
After School Clubs – Amy Gilmore stated that the clubs were successful with 103 kids getting to participate in 8 different clubs. The policy for dismissal ran smoothly and they were able to provide snacks to the kids and a take home item for their club including batons, field hockey mouthpieces, scrabble games and more. Amy thanked the club leaders and provided them with $5 Starbucks gift cards. The next clubs will be held in February 2013.
Book Fair – will begin 11/29 though 12/7 with set-up on 11/28. Amy Gilmore and Julie Walsh have been planning with the “All Star” theme with flyers to go in folders the next week. They will have a teacher preview and will provide light refreshments to encourage the teachers to make a wish list for their classrooms. There was a pre-order form sent home for Diary of a Wimpy Kid to be returned by 11/7. During the week of the book fair there will be an “All for books” fundraiser contest between the classrooms to see who can bring in the most change. The winners will have a class party with a visit from the Norfolk Admirals. The money will go to offer gift certificates to students who might need them and also for the teachers.
Reporter / Constant Contact – Kerry Solan submitted an email report stating that the printed newsletter deadline is 11/11 to go into folders on 11/15. Please submit any articles to her before then.
Destination Imagination – Barbara Gonzalez reported that the kick-off party was held with pizza and refreshments. Teams have formed of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. The team manager for the boys’ team of 3rd and 4th grade was not able to continue and they need another manager. The training will be 12/1 and the team competition will be 2/23.
Legislative Advocacy – Sarah Hulcher reported that she has been researching the specifics regarding the school building and restoration versus rebuilding. She has contacted both John Hazeltte with Norfolk Public Schools and the Norfolk Preservation Alliance. Some of the factors related to the project include location related to Hampton Blvd., preserving a walk/bike circle, fit of building style in the neighborhood. The Alliance is not looking to preserve the entire building, primarily the historic front on the west side of the building. Both a new building and preservation have a large price to them, but there are specific grants, loans and a state tax credit for preservation. Sarah will continue to gather information and there was discussion of a future tour of the newest Norfolk school, Crossroads.
Restaurant / Store Fundraising –
- 9/12 Norfolk Ice Cream Company: $130.00
- 10/12 Moe’s: $180.17
- Sat. 11/10 and Sun. 11/11 Great Clips ODU: they will give back 20% with a flyer
- Tues. 11/20 Ruby Tuesday
- 2/5 Fellini’s
- 2/21 Norfolk Ice Cream Company
- 3/12 Moe’s
- 4/9 Ruby Tuesday
- 4/18 Norfolk Ice Cream Company
- 6/12 Norfolk Ice Cream Company
Reflections – Vicky Greco submitted via email:
Student response to the Reflections contest was tremendous. We received close to 200 total entries, half of which were in the visual arts category. Judges are submitting school contest results prior to the Thanksgiving holiday and winners will be announced the week of 11/19 or 11/26 on WLES-TV. All participants will receive a free kids meal gift certificate from Ruby Tuesday restaurant (Thanks to Ellen).
The Reflections Gallery displaying all entries will take place in the auditorium on Thurs. 11/29, to take advantage of traffic from Bingo Night and the Book Fair. Students may pick up their entries that night after 7 pm or following Honors Assembly on Fri. 11/30, with the exception of students placing at the school level.
Entries moving on to the district level will be submitted to Norfolk Council PTA on 11/30-12/1.
The next meeting will be held at the school, at 9:30 am on 12/3.
The meeting adjourned at 10:36.