Washington PTO Minutes
March 26, 2013
Washington School Library
Shelby Frame called the meeting to order at 7pm.
Shelby handed out the Feb. 2013 meeting minutes. No changes noted.
Agenda review included: 1) adding a request from Mrs. Boe for the PTO to purchase water bottles for the Field Day/Relay Recess on the last day of school; 2) student attending the State Geography Bee in April; and 3) information about the Box Tops for Education 2012-2013 submissions.
The Treasurer’s Report was deferred due to the Treasurer being absent.
- The DSTEP test will be held the week of April 8-12. Principal Hansen stated that the actual test dates will probably be April 9-11, with makeup tests being the week of April 11-15. Each day’s testing time will be approximately 1.5-2 hours long. Mr. Hansen stated that it’s important for the students to be well-rested and have adequate nutrition before the tests so that they are at their peak performance ability.
- The 5th graders are participating in an online pilot test in the area of language arts starting April 22. This online pilot test is administered by the Smarter Balance Consortium.
- Kindergarten swim lessons will be starting soon. Mr. Hansen reports that Jeff Filipek with the Oahe YMCA states that he believes the kindergarten swim lessons will be paid for by a grant that the Oahe YMCA applied for.
- Jennifer Littlefield spoke about the Book Swap on May 10. May 5 – 9, boxes will be placed in each classroom for collection of books that are donated. Girls on the Run participants will assist with book pickup at the end of the school day on May 9. Jennifer will then sort the donated books by grade/reader level for the Book Swap on May 10 in the school gym. There is no cost for students to participate in this Book Swap. New and gently used books will be accepted as donations for this program.
- One parent member brought up a concern from his child. The child wonders if students have to participate in the Spring Concert (and Christmas Concert.) The child has stage fright which makes participating in the concert a frightening experience for him. Mr. Hansen stated that yes, attendance and participation in the concerts are mandatory for students.
- The Spring Concert was held March 25 at Riggs Theater. Reports from staff and student families are that it was a hit, including the choice of songs that were sung.
March 27 – Early release at 12:30 pm – staff inservice
March 29 – No school – Good Friday/Easter Holiday
April 1 – No school – Good Friday/Easter Holiday
April 2 – DARE Graduation – 5th Grade – 2:00 pm
April 8 – 12 – DSTEP testing dates
April 24 – Early release at 12:30 pm – staff inservice
April 29 – May 3 – Harvest of the Month
April 29 – Washington PTO meeting
DSTEP testing and snacks: Jill Kruger is coordinating this event with Shelby Frame assisting. Information and a request for volunteer assistance will be sent out via email/PTO Facebook page later.
Family Fun Night in May: Lynn Spomer stated that Farm Island would be available either May 3 or May 10 should we decide to host the Family Fun Night there. As May 5-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week, members present stated that having the Family Fun Night on May 10 would be a great way to end the week. The PTO provided subs and water at the last Farm Island Family Fun Night and the plan is to do the same this year. Lynn stated that the format would be similar to the 2011 Night: outdoor cooking demonstrations, fishing programs, hike, games, and various pieces of equipment for use. The PTO is looking for someone to coordinate this Family Fun Night; please contact a PTO officer or Mr. Hansen if you would be willing.
Feinstein Food Challenge: The Let’s Move Committee via the SD Discovery Center would like the PTO to promote the Feinstein Food Challenge. The Challenge is an opportunity for our local food bank to have all food and monetary donations matched, dollar-for-dollar, by the Feinstein Foundation through April 26. The PTO decided to send home an informational flyer about the Challenge to students’ families. Mrs. Bradley also noted that all of the items collected in the food drive held by Washington Elementary earlier in March qualified for the Challenge; that is, all Washington Elementary March 2013 food drive donations were met by the Feinstein Challenge for the benefit of the local food bank.
Harvest of the Month: HOM is progressing nicely. Brian Hemmelman is the coordinator for Washington Elementary. He noted that the April HoM will actually be May 1. There will be no May HOM. He said that volunteers to help prepare the food as well as servers are always needed, and to contact Danette Jarzab at 224-8295 to help.
Teacher Appreciation Week will be the week of May 5 – 10. Kristie Maher has, in previous years, chaired this event but will be unable to this year. She is willing to provide training for the new chairperson. It is also possible to break this volunteer chair position into two or three separate components so it’s more easily managed by volunteers. Please contact an officer or Mr. Hansen if you’re interested in helping.
On a separate note, the refrigerator in the Teachers’ Lounge quit working earlier in March, and a replacement refrigerator was found for $50.
Kindergarten Swim Classes: As reported earlier by Mr. Hansen, the classes are good to go the week of May 13.
Wellness Committee: Kari Senger and Mrs. Bradley reported that the Wellness Committee did not meet in March. Kari stated that she will contact the chairperson so that the Committee will meet on April 29 at 6pm in the school library.
Movie Night: Shelby Frame reported that the Movie Night on March 22 was well-received. About 75 people attended to watch “The Lorax”. The PTO provided popcorn and water for attendees. The attendees hope that the PTO continues to provide these Movie Nights.
Microwave at lunchtime: Brian Hemmelman donated another microwave in the hopes that the third microwave would alleviate the backlog during lunchtimes. Unfortunately, at about the same time, one of the two microwaves went down in a blaze of glory due to a student attempting to heat a metal can of soup in it. So, we are back to two microwaves again. If anyone has a microwave that they’d like to donate, please contact a PTO officer or Mr. Hansen. Discussion was held by the members about signage being posted on the microwaves about how to use the microwaves, as well as not using the Styrofoam plates provided by the school in the microwaves.
The Secretary and Vice President PTO positions are available for the 2013-2014 school year. Please contact a PTO officer or Mr. Hansen if you’re interested.
Mrs. Boe submitted a request for $75 to purchase bottled water for the Field Day/Relay Recess event on the last day of school at the football field. Shelby Frame stated that she believed that the PTO had obligated funds for the Field Day in the 2012-2013 budget, with which these could be used to purchase the bottled water.
Emma Littlefield will be representing Washington Elementary at the State Geography Bee on April 6 in Brookings. The PTO presented Emma’s mom, Jennifer, a tshirt that Emma can wear as she represents the Wildcats at state. Good luck Emma!
Shelby Frame also wanted to report that the school has earned $1,143.60 from the Box Tops for Education program for the 2012-2013 school year.
The final PTO meeting of the 2012-2013 school year will be April 29, 2013 at 7pm in the school library.
The meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.