Pledge Drive Donation
Pledge Drive Donation
PTA Meeting Notes
October 14, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 7:40 p.m.
Attendees: Approximately 30 individuals
Resolution Regarding Harris Teeter
Plans, Funding Requests, Budget Update
In addition, Silver Diner
has a program called “Eat Well Do Well.”
If you sign up for this program, you get a card. Every time you eat there and show your card,
5% of the check goes to Campbell. If 80
people sign up, Campbell will get a $250 bonus.
The school can also qualify for additional incentives, so be sure to
sign up. If you have already signed up
for the Eat Well Do Well Program, be sure to link your card to Campbell (go to
silverdiner.com, select Arlington and then Campbell).
nights next year: Labense
Taverna in Pentagon Row on January 27th; Dogfish Head (near the Home
Depot) tentatively scheduled for March 24th.
Pledge Drive Donation
Campbell PTA Meeting
September 9, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Attendees: approximately 35 individuals
President, Beth Cavey, welcomed everyone to the first Parent Teacher
Association (PTA) meeting of the year.
of Campbell School Outdoor Classroom
Presenters: Jessica Haney and Christy
The co-chairs provided a brief history of recent
efforts for the Campbell schoolyard, the vegetable and flower gardens, and the
Wetlands Learning. There was also an
extensive discussion of next year’s plans which in general focus on increasing
utilization of the Outdoor Classroom by teachers and students. Some of next year’s goals include:
Maintaining the garden beds and assisting the
teachers and students in using the gardens
Assisting in the management of small groups of
students doing outdoor lessons
Assisting with farm-to-table lessons that can be
Developing expedition-related outdoor lessons in
conjunction with teachers and the Expeditionary Learning Specialist, Pam Clark
Fostering connections with local nature centers
and other community based organizations
Helping to plan and recruit for Garden Work Days
Learning more about native and invasive plants
in the Wetlands
Helping engage children in outdoor exploration
outside of school hours
In order to create a sustainable solution for
the entire school yard and grounds so that it can be better utilized by
teachers and students, the PTA is recommending the creation of a paid Garden
Docent position. The Garden Docent
would, among other responsibilities, conduct 2-4 classes per week.
This position would be filled by Christy
Przystawik, who has extensive experience in this type of work. She is a garden teacher at a public school in
Washington, DC, where the school grows, harvests, and cooks all of its food
from their own garden. She is also a
trained chef. This position is not part
of the Arlington Public School System.
The cost to pay for the position has been included in the PTA Budget
The first garden day is September 20th.
We hope you can join us.
There is interest in researching other possible
items for the grounds, including a beehive and chicken coup.
For questions or more information, please see
the attached document, “Campbell Outdoor Classroom Committee, Maintaining Our
Schoolyard, supporting outdoor learning” or contact Jessica or Christy at the
emails noted above.
Priorities, Review of Calendar, and Budget Discussion and Approval
PTA Meeting days and times: A survey sent out last year to PTA membership
and the broader Campbell community identified concerns with the PTA meeting
time. Unfortunately, there was no
consensus about preferred days and times.
Because Tuesdays have been identified as a day that does not conflict
with other Arlington Public School System meetings, Campbell PTA meetings will
remain on Tuesdays. However, the PTA
Executive Board is proposing to alternate the times to try to accommodate
different work and family schedules. To
that end, the meeting in December will begin at a later time (7:30 or 8 p.m.
TBD), rather than at 6 p.m. We look
forward to your feedback on how this alternate schedule is working.
PTA Priorities for the 2014/2015 School Year: The PTA Executive Committee, taking into
account survey responses, identified the following four priorities (not in any
order) for PTA activities this school year:
(1) the outdoor classroom; (2) field trips; (3) reading support; and,
(4) teacher appreciation.
Thursday Folders (Teachers Need Our Help): Every Thursday, a folder comes home with
important information in it from the school, the county, the PTA, and outside
vendors. Our teachers could really use
help in stuffing the folders on Thursday mornings. If you are able to help out, please contact
Elizabeth Cavey, PTA President, at email@example.com.
Calendar: Principal Nesselrode will be sending out the
calendar for the year soon. In the
meantime, here are the events scheduled for September:
Wednesday, September 17th (6:30-8):
Saturday, September 20th (9-1
p.m.): Garden Work Day
Monday, September 22nd (2:45):
Outdoor Classroom Committee Meeting
Friday, September 26th (8:30
a.m.): Garden Work Day
Friday, September 26th (5:30-8
p.m.): School Picnic
Classroom Parents: Each classroom will have a “Room Parent” who
will serve as an advocate for the parents and kids in the classroom. Parents can reach out to the designated room
parent if they have questions or concerns or to get more information. Teachers can utilize the room parents as well. If you are interested in being a room parent,
you can sign up during the Back-to-School Night or contact Rachel Schroeder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTA newsletter: The PTA will publish a monthly
newsletter. It will include meeting
notices, recipes, and other interesting items for parents. If you have ideas for the newsletter, please
contact Beth Cavey at email@example.com.
Ideas to raise money include: a fall fundraiser – some kind of pledge drive
TBD; Read-a-thon; Barnes & Noble wrapping presents on Black Friday;
restaurant nights; Wetlands Festival
Don’t forget to link all cards to Campbell
School. Some places like Target and Amazon give Campbell 5% of all
purchases. This is one of the easiest
ways to raise money for the school. Participating vendors include: Amazon,
escripts, Giant, Safeway. For more
information or to sign up your cards online, go to Campbellschool.org. For
questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also be sure to “friend” Campbell on
Budget for School Year 2014/2015:
Copies of the proposed budget were passed out
Eva Clark, the Treasurer, reviewed some of the
key projects funded last year (e.g., Chrome books, bikes for the pre-K
Last year, the Wetlands Festival raised about
$10,000 – some of these funds are carried over the following year
Campbell Outdoor Classroom Fund: $5,363.40 has
been put into savings
The proposed budget includes up to $6,000 to pay
for the Garden Docent position
Other priorities included in budget: School dances,
School picnic; Project Discovery
To get reimbursed for approved expenses, go to
the Campbell website and print off a reimbursement request form and submit it
to Eva Clark (you can drop it off in the front office or email it to her at email@example.com). Expenses under $300 in general do not need
general PTA membership approval, but our practice is to bring all such requests
to the general PTA.
The proposed budget includes carrying over funds
for next year’s budget.
TO APPROVE THE BUDGET: Nathan Zane
made the motion; Chandi Krohl seconded it.
The motion was approved. A copy
of the budget is available on the Campbell website. The website will also include the Treasurer’s
Project Discovery: Project Discovery is an after school
enrichment program run by the PTA. The
classes are after school on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Classes have included such things as zumba,
martial arts, chess, art etc. There is a
fee, but scholarships are available. It
is important to note that this is not a fundraiser – money raised by the
program is put back into program operations.
Another way to save $25 on program expenses is to volunteer to check-in
kids after school.
TO FUND AERATOR APPROVED: Motion
to fund an aerator for the turtle ponds up to $100 was approved. Patty Healy made the motion; Nathan Zane
School Picnic: The picnic is scheduled for Friday, September
25th (5:30-8 p.m.) on the Campbell School Grounds. There will lots of great food offered by a
variety of food trucks. 10% of all
proceeds from the food truck will be given back to the PTA. Campbell wear will be available. Bring your blankets and be ready to have fun!
are scheduled for Thursday, October 9th and Friday, October 10th.
will be offering a camp on both days.
Moley Evans, who runs Everwonder, will donate a percent of the proceeds
to Campbell. Everwonder camps will be
available to all APS parents/students. Look out for more information in your
State of the School Address and Questions
Presenter: Principal Maureen Nesselrode
I hope everyone is enjoying school being back in session. The PTA Executive Board is looking forward to a great year!
Mark your calendars for the following events:
September 9: First PTA meeting, 6-8pm in the Multipurpose Room
September 20: Garden Work Day, 9-1
September 26: Morning Garden Work Day and Fall Picnic! Details to follow.
As we start planning for next school year, we want to take a moment to get input on how the PTA is doing and what we could improve upon.
PTA Meeting Minutes
A thank you note was read aloud from Ms. Gayle
(on behalf of the student, teachers and reading team) to the PTA for funding
the school wide book distribution that occurred on June 10, 2014.
Thank you to Melody Kaiser for putting together
the fabulous yearbook. They will be delivered
at fifth grade graduation and go home with the kids on the last day of school.
Nathan Zee and Rachel Schroeder are organizing K/1
play dates over the summer. If you are
interested in getting these notices (and have not already signed up to receive
them), you may contact Nathan at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Rachel at Schroederrachel@gmail.com. Principle Nesselrode will put this on School
Officers for 2014-2015 School Year
The PTA unanimously approved the
following slate of officers:
Beth Cavey, President
Patty Healey, Vice President for Programming
Rachael Schroeder, Vice President for
Amy Yenyo, Secretary
Eva Clark, Treasurer
Ms. Hill will continue to be the
teacher liaison to the PTA.
unanimously approved the following funding proposals:
$200 for popsicles at Campbell Special Olympics
$1500 for a set of 6 Chrome books for the
special education team, contingent upon there being no prohibition in
applicable state or county PTA rules (Eva Clark will check the rules)
Up to $1000 for new tricycles and scooters for
the pre-K classes contingent upon the Executive Board’s review and approval of
a plan submitted by the pre-K team
$650 for the purchase 20 Longman Advanced
American Dictionaries in paperback for use by 3-5 grade ESOL students (these
can be used on SOLs)
$1000 for the purchase of late summer plants for
fall harvesting (e.g., tomato seedlings, cover crop, wood mulch, organic
fertilizer, pumpkins etc.)
Campbell Way” PTA Subcommittee
PTA Minutes May
The Wetlands Festival raised about
$10,000 ($8,000 from the silent auction and online sales, and $2,000 from cash
sales on the day of). This is about the
same amount that the festival raised last year.
The Read-a-Thon raised $4,520.
Officers for 2014-2015 School Year
Beth Cavey, President
Patty Healey, VP for Programming
Rachael Schroeder, VP for Fundraising
Amy Yenyo, Secretary
Eva Clark, Treasurer
Ms. Hill will continue
to be the teacher liaison to the PTA.
PTA unanimously approved the following funding proposals:
$50 gift cards for each custodian, for a
total of $200.
$100 donation to Long Branch and Potomac
Overlook Nature Centers, as thanks for donating their time at the Wetlands
for a voluntary teacher training program in Fall 2014 on working effectively
with students with autism
$3,000 for five classroom library kits
($600 each) for grades 4 and 5
$200 for chair sacs to hold classroom library
$100 for gift cards for student patrols
$220 for a food thermometer and food
processor for the kitchen
$115 for props, materials, and costumes
for the Campbell musical
to Have an Orchard Planted at Campbell
PTA member Christy Przystawik attended a
School Garden Teacher Training in D.C. and met with a tree expert who told her
we could apply to have an orchard planted at Campbell. Christy requested some help in filling out
the application, which would need to be submitted in Spring 2014. We need to plan for the space first; Christy will
consult with Pat Findikoglu and former Campbell parent Leslie Mead, who were
instrumental in bringing the Wetlands to Campbell.
on APS School Construction
It’s our understanding that Campbell is
no longer being considered as a site for additional construction.
At this point, it looks like there will
be a new elementary school on the grounds of Thomas Jefferson Middle School, as
well as an addition for Abingdon Elementary.
It appears that there will be a new
middle school in the Wilson Building.
It appears that at Washington-Lee High
School, there will be a reconfiguration of classrooms to add seats.
on 2014-2015 Enrollment Numbers and Staff Changes
Unlike other schools, Campbell is not
forced to increase enrollment in the 2014-2015 school year.
We anticipate the same staff and same number
of students next year.
There will three kindergarten classes
and three first grade classes.
Janice Wood will retire at the end of this
Shirley Atkins will retire, and Pamela
Clark will work at Campbell full-time, as both EL Coordinator and the Resource
Teacher for the Gifted.
Frances McOwen is retiring, and Florence
Dale will return to Campbell to teach ESOL-HILT.
George Laumann is retiring, and Morgan Norwood
will become the full-time art teacher.
Erin Pavolko is leaving Campbell to take
a full-time music position at Patrick Henry.
Standards of Learning (SOL) tests will
be administered from May 19-June 12.
Virginia eliminated two SOLs for next
year; there will be no science or social studies SOLs for fourth grade and no
writing SOL in fifth grade.
Teachers have found that the Interactive
Achievement (IA) tests are helpful in determining what students are
understanding and retaining during the school year. They have helped teachers identify what areas
need to be reviewed and re-taught.
This year, Campbell kindergartners’ IA
scores beat the APS average.
Hello Campbell Community,
Welcome to the Campbell Elementary School’s PTA website! We’ve got some exciting events this spring, including the upcoming Wetlands Festival on May 3. Tickets are only $10 per family.