Call To Order/Pledge of Allegiance
November/December 2016 financials
Minutes – November 2016
Information on Helping Hands, Outstanding Educator and Nurse Awards
Principal’s Report (Mr. Matthews)
We are moving forward with One Book, One School. Happening in February and will be called One Book, One District in Avon Lake. Every child will be provided with the same book to read; books provided by a grant written and submitted by Mr. Ebert. There will be activities around the event- chapter per night, etc…completely voluntary. We may incorporate some Read-a-thon type activities with prizes, etc…The committee will meet for a second time next week and the district-wide kick-off will be in Feb.
We implemented a Google Calendar on the Eastview website. This is designed to be the main source of school events for staff, families, the school community. It updates automatically everyday and you can easily add school events to your own Google Calendar. There is a place in the calendar that will show more details of each event.
Lots of students received Chrome Books for gifts over Christmas break. We are looking into new opportunities with the Books.
The building-level SWOT is complete. Each grade level made their own SWOT, the Building Advisory Team made one, the PTA completed one. We blended the school and parent SWOTs were blended together and they created a building-wide SWOT. Specials teachers, special education, building staff will all be doing their own SWOTs. The district-level SWOT will then be shared with everyone and will be broken down to a building level in order to address some of the opportunities, needs, etc…
The Code Red system failed on our last snow day, however it is being worked on with emergency service depts in the city. Using Facebook worked really well in this situation and, primarily, FB seems to be the primary source where parents get this type of information.
President’s Report (Lisa Sheehan)
Approve/adopt minutes from November 2016 – vote
-Megan DeVere approves the minutes; Audra Avarello seconds.
Nominating Committee Needed- must contain one member of Executive Board
-Many spots available for next year. Both membership positions, Board of Ed will be open, President Elect, Treasurer, PTA Council Delegate. We need a nominating committee- one executive board member and three others. If you have any interest in a position, please feel free to contact a member of the nominating committee.
*Interested in Nominating Committee: Susan Packer, Leah McDermott, Kristen Opfer, Megan DeVere
Outstanding Educator – submit to Ohio PTA by March 1. Forms can be found at www.ohiopta.org
Helping Hands Award- has to be a PTA member- Due March 1.
School Nurse Award – due by Feb 1
Potts Award- This an award for an Eastview PTA member but info isn’t out yet.
Update- Bylaws were revised and sent to Ohio PTA
-Thank you to everyone who sent in emails with feedback. Mr. Matthews was very receptive and gracious for everyone’s input. They are already addressing one of the major weaknesses: communication (see Google Calendar news in Mr. Matthew’s notes). He saw the value in our Mentor program that we started this year in order to welcome new families.
Kindergarten Registration- March 20-22. 7:30am-1:30pm We would like to have volunteer representatives there from Eastview PTA. Kim Rose, Dena Fisher expressed interest.
Cash Receipt/Request Forms- There are plenty in the PTA office. If you are filling out a cash receipt form, be sure you count it and then have a second person count it and sign off on it. The check request forms have to be signed by Alyssa or Lisa in order to be processed.
End of Year Reports (Aug – December)- Please complete end of year reports for people who are turning over their committee chair position.
Eastview Kalahari Night – March 9 It is the day of conferences.
One School, One Book- (See Mr. Matthew’s notes). We are excited about it, as everyone will be involved.
Barnes & Noble performance was a huge success this year. This year, they earned $2000 to spend at the store.
New Committee position - Webmaster
Treasurer’s Report (Dana Schnabel)
November/December Financials – vote to accept Lisa Risch makes a motion to approve; Audra Avarello seconds
November beginning financials $28,441.79; ending $28,201.66
December beginning financials $28,444.79; ending $29,56.58
PTA Council Update (Lisa Rish)
One of the biggest and most sensitive issues brought forth by Bob Scott: there was a letter sent home to HS parents, asking us to have conversations with their students about cultural sensitivity. The “N word” has been used, 2 Muslim students were offended on 9/11. There was some bullying at Learwood around a student’s sexual orientation. There are a few African American families who have left our community because they were being harrassed and did not feel welcome. This is an opportunity to bring forth lessons in cultural sensitivity to the elementary grade levels. We can encourage positive dialogue.
Communication is lacking, via the website. Bob Scott is continually getting feedback and is working to improve the website and communication vehicles.
Board of Education Update (Larissa Ryan)
At the November Board Meeting, Office Depot is partnering with a company to present Watson for education. Watson is artificial intelligence and might be used analyze learning styles of students, and then provide that feedback to the teachers. Highly specific, and linked to providing intellectual feedback. It is in beta testing phases across the country. They will choose 15 lighthouse schools and Avon Lake is one of the districts. They would test it at Troy in 5th and 6th grade honors math. The cost, at the time, would be approximately $20 per student/year. Parents would have access to a portal. Privacy issues are a concern for parents. There were a lot of questions for Bob Scott, but not a lot of answers as it is so new.
There was a December meeting presentation that highlighted the benefits of Kisses of Hope. Virtual Intervention Project will provide professional services for students with special needs (both in the building and in the home). There are 120 total spots available. Provides real-time information from teacher to parent.
Junior Great Books – Carol Chapin
-Begins the week of Jan 16. Books will be sent home today.
Family Fun- Joy Rice
-Planning stages for the next event to be held in March. We are open to ideas for ideas, but we are thinking the bowling again. Maybe another dance, a movie night, or FMU…?
Carnival – Lisa Sheehan
-We will be sending out emails soon for the grade basket challenge. The money from last year and this year’s carnival will likely be put toward improving our playground.
Ways and Means – Nikki Mohar
-Marco’s + Boxtops brought in $500 this quarter; Schoola drive yielded over 12 boxes from 20 different people; Amazon brought in $335 this quarter.
Dates to Remember Before the Next Meeting:
Week of January 16 – Junior Great Books starts (for 2nd, 3rd, & 4th graders); runs for 5 weeks
January 13 – NO SCHOOL (In Service Day)
January 16 – NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
January 27 – Spirit Day (Pajama day- breakfast foods)
February 2 – Marco’s Pizza Night
February 7 – PTA Meeting at 7:30 PM at Parker’s Grille Avon Lake
February 10 – Eastview Choir Performing National Anthem at Monsters Game
February 17 – Spirit Day (CAVS Day) – Spring Cleaning Collection (laundry detergent, Clorox wipes, sponges, etc.)
February 20 – NO SCHOOL– Presidents’ Day