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
- There is interest among
PTA members to form a subcommittee that looks into how to maintain and
enhance the expeditionary learning (EL) philosophy at Campbell. This group could consider among other
- Education for parents,
kids and staff on the Campbell philosophy of expeditionary learning
- Ideas for how to support increased
utilization of the Wetlands/outdoor classroom in school curriculums
(without adding burden to the teachers); part of this work could include
identifying existing barriers to its use and incorporation in the class
and proposing solutions to the PTA and school staff for consideration
- The development of an EL based
curriculum that kids can take on field trips to help augment what the
kids are learning
- If you are interested in
being a part of this subcommittee, please contact email@example.com.
- Arlington County is still
considering a number of options, including building a new choice school or
adding on to existing schools, to address the student overcrowding
- The PTA decided that we
should come up with a position on the issue and develop some talking
points for parents and school staff to be ready for this discussion.
- The Executive Committee will develop a
statement/letter that can be shared with the School Board and others to
help outside people understand potential impacts on the community and
culture of Campbell of any proposed changes to building, land and number
of students. The letter will explain who Campbell is, the school’s
philosophy and why the school (including the students, families, and
staff) are tied to this land.
- On Wednesday, June 18th, there
will be a Wetlands walk through with the Department of Environmental
Services. Please contact Jessica
Haney at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
- The PTA thanks Moley Evans
for her two years of serving as its President. Thank you Moley for all of
your hard work!!
- Other PTA members were
thanked for their hard work and contributions.
- Maureen Nesselrode, Karen
Anselmo, and Ms. Hill were also thanked for their support during the year.
- Congratulations on a great
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.
Campbell Elementary School Annual Wetland Festival
- Scavenger Hunt
- Tour our Wetland Lab
- Long Branch Nature Center Wetland Critters & Watershed Program
- Potomac Overlook Regional Park – Arlington’s Native American artifacts & history
- Live Performances, including the:
- Bolivian Dancers, School Street Ramblers (Bluegrass Band), Forty Miles Home (Local Favorite)
- Old Fashion Lemonade Stand ( Made fresh with herbs from the Campbell Gardens)
- Food Trucks!!!
- Menchies Frozen Yogurt
- Cupcake Truck
- Latin Flavors Grilling Fresh on-site
- Willie’s Po Boy
- Fun, Games, Community, Raffles, Auction and so much more!!!
PTA Minutes January
Winter Fundraiser: The Read-A-Thon.
Kickoff is February 11th
will kick off the Read-a-Thon Fundraiser (with the theme “Campbell Loves to
Read!”) at the Book Swap, to be held Tuesday, February 11. There will be a quick (15-minute) PTA meeting
right before the Book Swap. The
Read-A-Thon will be introduced at a Community Meeting. The fundraiser supports the goal of
PTA Minutes November
is a Focus School.
does the Focus School designation mean?
Colburn of the APS Department of Instruction and Maureen Nesselrode, Principal,
presented the following information:
Campbell is fully accredited in
educational accountability. For this
year, based on student test scores on the SOLs and other assessments, we have
met all 35 of the Federal Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) for English and
They will be sent out after the conferences.
They have the content created by the committee last year, but reformatted.
Behavior/Habits of a Learner, etc
Key: C, I, N
Key: Ex, Acc, Pro, Beg, NY
Most students will receive an ACC (performing as expected), not Ex
All teachers can put in comments for each quarter (art, music, PE, math, etc.). Not all specials teachers will comment each quarter, but you will get at least one comment per year from each child, and they will be specific to your child not a general class-wide comment.
PTA Minutes October
Study @ Campbell on Eating Vegetables and Legumes
Please do not share the details of this study with students, as it would bias
there’s a requirement to increase the quantity of legumes and vegetables served
in school lunches.
for the USDA-funded study being conducted by American University researchers—described