submitted by Elizabeth Janik, taken on May 3, 2013, 9:30 am
Attendance: Elizabeth Janik, Barb Frith, Lisa Cohn, Audra Hansen, Amy Gilmore, Julie Walsh, Naoko Inada, Kris Stelzig, Stephanie Leftwich-Needham, Vicky Greco, Jenn Mann, Kristin Johansson, Amanda Hill, Sarah Hulcher, Pat Melise
Welcome – Amanda Hill called the meeting to order at 9:30, and all present introduced themselves. Kristin Johansson moved to approve the minutes from March and April. Barb Frith seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
President’s Report –
- Dave Rosado will give two anti-bullying presentations during school on June 4. At 6:30, he will lead an anti-bullying event with magic show for kids and parents together. Amanda needs a parent volunteer to welcome Mr. Rosado at the school on the morning of June 4.
- The meeting to put together next year’s PTA calendar will take place at Amanda’s house (5401 Argall Ave.) on Friday, May 17, at 9:15 am.
- Smartmouth Brewery is available for evening events. Amanda will look into the possibility of holding a parent’s evening out there in May and/or September.
- The bench honoring Ms. Ossi is now on order and should arrive by the end of the school year.
Treasurer’s Report –
- Amanda distributed copies of the Treasurer’s Report dated May 3, and she noted the Spring Carnival’s net profit was $16,000.
- All receipts must be turned in by the last day of school to be eligible for reimbursement.
- The PTA will be purchasing some organizational supplies and bins to keep track of PTA materials. Kristin moved to purchase good paper cutter (cost is around $600) that has been requested by the teachers. Vicky seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
- Amy Gilmore will email Ms. White to notify the teachers about the upcoming 50%-off Scholastic books sale.
PTA Reporter – The final printed newsletter of the year will go out on May 30. Bug Gallagher needs to have all information for the newsletter by May 20.
Nominating Committee – Volunteers are still needed to head up the RAT party, afterschool clubs, fall harvest event, and fine arts night. These activities (except for the RAT party) won’t continue next year unless volunteers step up.
Education Garden – Stephanie Leftwich-Needham will hold a planning meeting before the end of the year for all interested volunteers. Ed Garden funds from this year will be used to purchase enough hand shovels, rakes, and gloves for an entire school class.
Hospitality – Barb reported that all is running smoothly for the upcoming teacher appreciation week. A gift card raffle will be held for the teachers, with two names drawn each day.
Legislative Advocacy – Sarah Hulcher, Vicky Greco, and Amanda Hill will be meeting with a risk management representative from the city in order to discuss the school building at 11 am today.
Elizabeth Janik reported that there was a strong turnout in support of greater funding for school construction and renovation at the City Council public hearing on May 1. All Larchmont parents are encouraged to email their Council representatives in support of this message.
Cultural Arts – Lisa Cohn reported that $1925 was spent this spring to host four events at the school: Young Audiences’ “Zumbatonic” for grades 3 and 4, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s “Come Blow Your Horn” for grades K-2, the Virginia Symphony’s “Meet the Families – Percussion” for Grades K-1, and Young Audiences’ “Colonial American Music.” Suggestions for next year include scheduling more programming in the fall, as well as bringing in living history actors
Destination Imagination – Barbara Gonzalez is starting a campaign to get the word out about DI for the upcoming school year. She is working on a PTA creativity grant to provide additional DI fundin
- The city’s report on the 2011 BMI measurements of all NPS students has been released, and Larchmont ranks 9th among 33 elementary schools in overweight kids. Dr. Melise suggested that the PTA might think about programming to encourage healthy eating and lifestyles. She agreed to look into whether PTA funds could be used to pay for recess monitors.
Next meeting – is the Old Board/New Board social, which will take place at Amanda’s house at 6:30 pm on June 3
The meeting adjourned at 10:30.