Larchmont Elementary School PTA Meeting Minutes
taken by Jennifer Mann, February 3, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Attendance: Amanda Hill, Kristin Johansson, Jenn Mann, Stuart White, Amy Gilmore, Liz Philpott, Christian Joyner and Dee Crisco.
Welcome and minutes approval – Amanda Hill called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Kristin Johansson moved that the minutes from the January 13, 2014 meeting be approved. Amy Gilmore seconded the motion. The minutes were approved as written.
Treasurer’s Report –Kristin submitted a copy of the treasurer’s report for review (see attached).
- ·The report showed the activity from January. The balance as of February 3, 2014 is $33,665.20.
President’s Report –
- ·Amanda Hill stated that the Nominating Committee will be meeting to begin the process of filling vacant board and committee positions for the 2014-2015 school years.
- ·The Tidewater District PTA Dinner is Thursday, March 27, 2014. If you would like to join Amanda and Mr. Fifer, please contact them.
- ·Amanda proposed that we have another social during the daytime. There was discussion about a suitable location and we will continue to work on a location and date.
- ·In preparation for working on the budget for next year, Amanda is asking that each committee evaluate their line item and determine if their needs are the same or have changed.
- ·The Camp Expo will be held on February 11, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Volunteers will be needed after school to help with set up and act as greeters.
- ·Amanda offered congratulations from the PTA to Mrs. White who was named Larchmont Teacher of the Year!
- ·No report
- ·Sarah Hulcher emailed a report: “Vicky Greco, Amy Woods and I went to Richmond last week for the PTA’s General Assembly Day. This year’s VA PTA Legislative Priorities are:
- ·We spoke with Del. Howell at length about school funding and universal pre-K. We also thanked Del. Howell because he has sponsored a bill in the General Assembly, at the request of City Council to extend the term for Norfolk School Board members from 2 to 3 years. That bill has passed in the house – a similar bill sponsored by Sen. Alexander has passed in the Senate, so we can expect the term length for School Board Members in Norfolk to be increased to 3 years.
- ·The atmosphere in Richmond is one of action and one of support for public education. The Governor has submitted amendments to the budget that would add $2.6M toward school division funding as well as an additional $15M to the Literary Fund, which is for school construction loans, and another $10M toward the teacher retirement fund. Additional funding to the Literary Fund is expected from the sale of certain unclaimed property.
- ·I think we can also expect changes to SOL assessments. The bill expected to be the primary legislative vehicle for reforming SOL assessments is HB930, which provides that the number and type of SOL assessments meet the minimal requirements established by federal law and that the following tests be administered by the Board of Education:
- ·The bill also permits the Board of Education to subsequently reduce SOL assessments administered, as long as the number and ape of tests meet minimal requirements established by Federal Law.
- ·We missed Secretary of Education Holton speaking to the PTA delegation, as we had a previous appointment with Sen. Alexander (that we then missed because Mayor Fraim jumped to the front of the line). But, we hear, she spoke to the group about the value of parent engagement and how the VA PTA can work with the new administration to forward our priorities. From our discussions in Richmond, she seems to be dedicated to working across party lines and has much support from the Governor.
- ·If anyone is interested in becoming involved with our Legislative Committee, please do not hesitate to contact me. (even if its just to air a concern you’d like brought to the attention of the powers that be- our involvement does make a difference in improving our schools and the education our children receive).”
PTA Reporter / Constant Contact
- ·The next printed newsletter will be prior to the Spring Carnival. The discussion was that it be sent home earlier in April instead of just prior to the Spring Break Holiday.
- ·No report.
- ·Jenn Mann relayed that the committee met last month led by Patrick and Lisa McCarty. The committee is working to gather the necessary information to apply for the Lowe’s Toolbox of Education Grant. They are contacting all the appropriate city and school administrators to ensure approval before they proceede.
African –American Living Museum
After School Clubs
- ·As per the PTA Constant Contact: “All clubs are full. You will receive an email confirmation with your volunteer information if your child is in a club. If we received your child’s registration for after the club was full you will receive a phone call.”
Fine Arts Night
- ·Michelle Pressley sent an email report: “Peggy Powers and I have been meeting on a regular basis and are beginning to mount student work that she has been collecting. The work will be hung at least a week prior to the evening. The music teacher will be handling the music. The evening will be from 6-7. The intent is to highlight LES student art in conjunction with Youth Art Month and in anticipation of the Artist in Residence that will be working with the students and outdoor installations during he spring. We are also incorporating the Reflections work. There will be an activity that folks can choose to participate in as the do their gallery walk. COWLICKS are a way of looking at art and part of a program that the Chrysler Museum sponsors with parents and children called Saplings. The only anticipated cost to the PTA might be for paper that Peggy uses for mounting and to copy the COWLICK cards and maybe pencils. If there are any other suggestions that people have, we would love to hear them.”
- ·Lisa Cohn sent an email report: “The Author visit went well. We have extended book orders through this Thursday, February 6 due to the snow. I am still looking for someone to take over this job next year and we already have some potential leads on authors for next year collaborating with the school we worked with this year. We are waiting on feedback from the teachers about this year’s visit. More information about the visiting artist will be coming in the next month or so.”
- ·No report
- ·Amanda announced that the theme is ”Back to the Future” in honor of the 100th Anniversary.
The meeting was adjourned by Amanda Hill at 7:05 p.m.
The next meeting will be held on March 3, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the media center.