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Campbell PTA financial update as of 1/31

Hi all,

In advance of the PTA meeting on Tuesday, I wanted to send our PTA financials as of 1/31. As per usual, I've attached a budget summary (snapshot of where we are), an Expense Report and an Income Report (a more detailed look at our transactions to date). I'll go into more detail at the meeting but if you have any questions, please let me know. 
Hope to see many of you on Tuesday!
Thanks,
Jenny Morris

PTA Meeting Minutes 1.9.18

Campbell PTA Meeting

January 9, 2018

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Approximate
# of Attendees
: 20

I.     Welcome
and Introduction: Nathan Zee, President 

  • Nathan
    welcomed everyone to the PTA meeting
  • Nathan
    reminded everyone:
    • The
      Coat Drive was a booming success; PTA spent about $1,300 of the $3,000 we
      had approved because we received more donations of actual coats than
      anticipated (from a church in McLean); we were able to provide hats, gloves,
      boots, shoes, gift cards, etc. to supplement the drive
    • Added
      a Restaurant Night, on 3/8 at the Silver Diner; more info to follow
    • Nominating
      Committee still engaged in search for potential PTA officers; chair will
      be reaching out to members to find those who might want to serve on the
      board next year

  • Nathan
    introduced the guest speaker, Carole Goodloe, Outdoor Lab Board Member

 

II.    Outdoor
Lab: Carole Goodloe, Outdoor Lab Board

  • Ms.
    Goodloe introduced herself and gave a brief history of the Outdoor Lab
    • A
      non-profit that partners with APS to provide access to science and
      outdoor education for Arlington students
    • Founded
      by former APS science teachers; celebrated its 50th
      Anniversary this year
    • 225
      acres of pristine woods in Prince Willian County, exclusively for APS use
    • Currently,
      they are able to accommodate grade level trips at 3rd and 7th
      grade, as well as an overnight trip for 5th graders
    • Curriculum
      and staff coordinate lessons with APS science curriculum; opportunity for
      kids to engage in science curriculum in natural setting

  • Facilities
    are being strained by APS student population growth
    • Trying
      to work with APS to expand staff, facilities, and transportation to
      continue to provide same level of access
    • AOEA
      committed to rebuilding the cottage
    • Please
      talk to the School Board, Science Staff, Superintendent to support this
      vital resource (advocacy sheet distributed for talking points)

  • Summer
    Camp opportunities:
    • Three
      sessions (for rising 5th, 6th, and 9th
      graders)
    • Includes
      three overnights, lots of hiking, fishing, boating, and science
    • Can
      sign up through the APS Summer Course Catalog that will go home during
      March conferences

  • Ms.
    Goodloe opened the floor to questions:

 

 

III.   Benefits of Title 1: Maureen Nesselrode, Principal

·        
What is Title 1?

o  
Part of the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

o  
Provides
financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high
numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure
that all children meet challenging state academic standards

o  
Federal funds are
currently allocated through four statutory formulas that are based primarily on
census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state

o  
For more info: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/title1parta/index.html

·        
Arlington has six
Title 1 schools, all over 60% free/reduced lunch

·        
The Funding is
used for:

o  
Additional reading
teachers

o  
Professional
Development for teachers (on and offsite)

o  
Purchasing
instructional materials

o  
Classroom
libraries

o  
Summer programs
(such as: summer mailbox, summer school, summer enrichment)

o  
Parental
involvement events (Multicultural Night, Fall into the Arts, for example)

·        
Money cannot be used for:

o  
Supplanting
something that other schools already get (they intend for kids to get MORE than
their advantaged peers)

o  
Furniture

o  
School supplies

o  
Food (unless its
for a Parental Involvement event)

·        
Requirements for
Title 1 schools:

o  
Staff must be
highly qualified (assistants must pass an exam or have college degrees)

o  
Additional
documentation required (staff reports, parent attendance at events)

o  
Must meet testing
targets or risk sanctions

o  
Must develop a
school plan

o  
Additional
oversight/support from the Central Office

·        
Ms. Nesselrode
opened the floor to questions

o  
Q: Is Title 1
based on a percentage of economically disadvantaged students? And is it only
elementary schools? A: Yes, Arlington has decided to allocate its Title 1 money
to elementary schools where 60% or more of the students receive free or reduced
lunch.

o  
Q: Can you
explain the difference between a Title 1 school and a Focus school? A: This is
changing because ESEA is changing, but in the past, the difference was that Focus
Schools were Title 1 schools that did not met their testing targets (targets
set by the state). They receive additional scrutiny and additional support to
help them meet their targets. Campbell was briefly a Focus School at the
beginning of my tenure here (2011) based on a drop in test scores, but our
scores have improved significantly each subsequent year without a lot of test
prep, which is something I am very proud of. We’ve been testing above target
since the 2013-2014 school year.

o  
Q: Are the class
sizes in Title 1 smaller? A: Good question. Title 2 is the reason we have extra
staff, which leads to a lower student/teacher ratio. You can be Title 1 and not
have the Title 2 designation. Title 1 requires that we stay one below the
countywide maximum number of student per class. However, Title 2 means we get
additional staffing, so the student/teacher ratios are more favorable even if
class size doesn’t appear to be so different.

o  
Q: Will our class
sizes be affected by the new lottery that will be administered by the Central
Office? A: Possibly, though we do have that hard cap based on Title 1.

o  
Q: So kids will
be able to enter at any grade? A; Yes, if there is space. We don’t really know
how we might be affected. We’ll have to see what is stated at Kindergarten
Information night as to the lotteries. We do know that parents will be able to
apply to the lottery online.

o  
Q: How many
additional students might we get? A: Maybe as many as 40, if we maxed out across
the school.

o  
Q: Could our
Title 1 status be lost depending on who enters the lottery? A: It’s possible,
ultimately. My best guess would be that the people who currently apply here
would continue to apply, and that covers a wide spectrum of economic status.

o  
Comment: We’re
under the radar, so it will take a few years I think before that might happen.
People don’t even know we’re here.

o  
Comment:
Transportation is a wild card, as we’ve never provided it to North Arlington;
it may change who applies over time.

o  
Q: Will current
wailing lists be carried over? A: The current wait lists will be grandfathered
for one year. After that, there will be a different process.

o  
Comment: This
change will also be more equitable for families who are more transient or who
move to the area after Kindergarten, like military families. They had almost no
shot at the lotteries in the past. 

o  
Q: Will our
Montessori classroom be moved to the new Montessori building at the Henry site?
A: It’s a possibility. Not all classrooms will be moved there, but some might,
so it is a possibility. 

·        
Kate Sullivan,
School Counselor:

o  
As of yesterday,
rising 6th graders can apply for neighborhood transfers to Kenmore
and Jefferson Middle Schools; applications are available online. They are due
Friday, January 26th. The HB Woodlawn lottery deadline is January 19th.
Information sessions are being held at all Middle Schools this month; Middle
School counselors will be going over course options and electives for next year
with rising 6th graders on February 5th.

 

IV.  Treasurer’s
Report: Jenny Morris, Treasurer

·        
Highlights from December:

o  
Fun Run donations
totaled over $10,000

o  
Four Courts
Restaurant Night earned $700

o  
Amazon rewards
earned $ 353

o  
Zumba earned $280

o  
Took in our Project
Discovery payments and paid out instructors

o  
Expenses included
a new lamp for the Turtle Tank, Kindergarten Field trip support ($49), Teacher
Appreciation prior to winter break ($350), Outdoor Classroom expenses, VAPTA
and CCPTA dues paid, duct tape expenses, wellness event for the teachers ($78)

o  
Movie Night broke
even

o  
Spanish
Department bought puppets and subscription to a music website with their
allocated funds

o  
Any questions?

§ 
Q: How far back
does the Amazon rewards program look back? Does this include holiday sales? A:
No, there’s a lag time of about two months, so holiday shopping done on Amazon
will be reflected in future rewards payments.

·        
Funding requests:

o  
Ms. Berg, $100
for t-shirts for the Campbell Math Dice team

§ 
Motion to approve
funding; seconded; approved unanimously 

o  
Ms. Dooley, $200 for
positive classroom behavior support incentives for Interlude

§ 
Students earn
points for positive behavior and can trade those points for tangible items; teachers
have been paying for these items out of pocket, and we don’t want that to
continue

§ 
Motion to approve
funding; seconded; approved unanimously 

·        
As many of you
know, we’ve raised more money than expected this year and we’d like to identify
a larger or longer-term project. We’ve discussed the idea of Library Furniture
replacement. Thoughts, questions, comments?

o  
Comment: Looking
at more modern furniture that is also more adult-friendly, that can accommodate
ease of moving it and that is more flexible in terms of use for seating. Some
wobble-type pieces, and some pieces that are larger and better sized for older
ES kids and the adults who frequently use this furniture.

o  
Comment: If the
school purchases the furniture, must use an approved vendor from a list APS
provides; PTA would have more flexibility in vendor.

V.    New
Business: Nathan Zee, President

  • Wetlands
    Planning
    • Next
      meeting will be held next Tuesday evening, 1/16, at Barbara Martinez’s
      house at 6:30 pm, look for an email reminder shortly
    • We’ve
      signed contracts for the Dunk Tank, Rock Climbing Wall, and two Face
      Painters for the Festival

  • Paige
    Hamrick reminded everyone about Family Game Night on Friday, 2/2 at 6:30
    pm
    • Limited
      beverages and snacks will be available for purchase

  • Penny
    Wars will take place mid-February
  • Tammy
    Bewitz:
    • Reminder
      that the spring session of Project Discovery begins on 4/4
      • Any
        parents who have a special skill, interest, or expertise and who may
        want to lead a class, please get in touch

    • Something
      to think about: would Campbell be interested in the idea of partnering
      with a local CSA (Campbell would be the pick-up location for food)? This
      is a vendor we’ve worked with for a Project Discovery class. The CSA is
      called The Common Market.
      • Could
        we do a trial run to gauge parent interest?
      • Maybe
        have an information booth at the Wetlands Festival?
      • Tammy
        Bewitz will gather additional information and report back

 

 

VI.  Closing:
Nathan Zee, President

  • Remember:
    Tannia Talento will be our guest speaker at the February meeting.
  • Thanks
    for coming and I hope to see you then! 

PTA Meeting Minutes 11.14.17

Campbell PTA Meeting

November 14, 2017

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Approximate
# of Attendees
: 24

I.     Welcome
and Introduction: Nathan Zee, President 

  • Nathan
    welcomed everyone to the third PTA meeting of the year
  • Nathan
    reminded everyone:
    • Restaurant
      Night at Ireland’s Four Courts on 11/15 from 5-8 pm
    • Square
      One Art deadline packets will be coming home in this Thursday’s folders;
      opportunity to order your children’s artwork on various products (make
      great gifts)

  • Nathan
    introduced the guest speaker, Mr. David McBride, Principal of Kenmore
    Middle School

 

II.    Kenmore
Update: David McBride, Kenmore Principal

  • Mr.
    McBride introduced himself and his Assistant Principal, Ms. Christine Joy
    • Mr.
      McBride is in his second year as Principal, but has been at Kenmore for
      11 years
    • Ms.
      Joy has a teaching background (14 years classroom experience)

  • Mr.
    McBride conducted an ice-breaker exercise called Myth Vs. Truth
  • Mr.
    McBride noted that one of the great challenges of educating Middle School
    students is that they are prone to testing boundaries, therefore at
    Kenmore they try to:
    • Meet
      each student where he/she is
    • Provide
      needed support and structure
    • Model
      appropriate behavior and boundaries
    • Are
      proactive about messages pertaining to this age group’s boundary-testing (things
      like sex, drugs, alcohol, violence, etc.)

  • Mr.
    McBride opened the floor to questions
    • Q:
      I’ve heard about increased drugs in the county, things like drug-sniffing
      dogs and bathroom doors off the hinges. Have you noticed an increase and
      what are you doing to prevent? A: We have a Prevention Counselor,
      celebrate Red Ribbon week, and are ramping up prevention efforts. This is
      a nationwide concern, particularly the abuse of prescription medication
      and heroin, not necessarily specific to any one school in APS. We work
      with parents and encourage you to begin talking about these issues as
      early as Elementary School, to develop a plan/network of fellow parents,
      and to remain vigilant about preventing addiction.
      • Ms.
        Nesselrode: The March Campbell PTA meeting will be devoted to discussing
        the Arlington County Partnership for Youth and Families survey regarding
        risk-taking behaviors

    • Q:
      How do you promote the integration of your diverse student body, stop
      cliques from forming for instance? A: We have student “teams” comprised
      of diverse groups of kids. Each team has its own TA and Guidance
      Counselor to promote unity within the team. We see most of this “clique”
      type behavior taking shape online and outside of school hours, but it can
      still affect the school, so we talk a lot about character development in
      the homeroom classes to build a culture of kindness.
    • Q:
      Is there cyberbullying happening? A: Yes, it happens and it’s a challenge
      for schools because a lot of it happens outside of school.
    • Q:
      Are non-school-issued electronic devices allowed during school hours? A:
      No phone use is allowed in classrooms or hallways; children are permitted
      to use school-issued iPads at lunchtime; IT staff is trying to do a
      better job of filtering access to inappropriate content
    • Q:
      How hard is Middle School? I’ve heard some students saying it’s so hard,
      while other complain about being bored. So, is it easy or rigorous? A:
      APS doesn’t have an “Honors” track per se, so some students are going to
      need more challenge and find coursework easier, while others will find it
      challenging. It depends on the student.
    • Q:
      Is there a lack of afterschool activities at the school? A: We have as
      many afterschool activities as the other middle schools. We have Act 2
      and the Check-In program, as well as intramural sports. Many of our activities,
      like Lit Mag and Screenwriting, meet during school hours. We can have as
      many clubs and activities as we have sponsors, interested students, and
      space, so if you or your child have a great idea let’s talk.
    • Q:
      How do you support LGBTQ students? A: We are a diverse community and we
      respect all our students. We have LGBTQ students currently enrolled, as
      well as staff who identify LGBTQ. We are an accepting community and we
      work on being accepting in our anti-bullying program
    • Q:
      Being such a big school, isn’t there not enough spots for all children to
      participate in various activities? A: Yes, that’s a challenge that
      exists.
    • Comment:
      In terms of clubs/activities afterschool, everyone should consider that
      teachers may not be getting paid for that time if it’s outside of their
      contract hours. Also, clubs are supposed to be student-led (students can
      create or petition for a club that they want to start). Response: Yes, we
      do need students to want a club for it to be successful.
    • Q:
      Now that transfers aren’t being allowed, will the pride be lost if nobody
      can choose Kenmore? A: Well, that’s not necessarily true. The STEAM
      certificate program is a school initiative and wasn’t sanctioned by APS,
      but that doesn’t mean that it won’t be. There is an “academic” track at
      Kenmore; our STEAM focus is well-suited for our diverse community because
      Art is a universal language and Technology is an equalizer; we have more
      opportunities/courses for Art and Technology minded students than other
      schools, but it’s not forced and any student can do well here.
      • Ms.
        Nesselrode discussed her positive perspective on Kenmore

    • Mr.
      McBride scrolled through the Kenmore Twitter feed to give a visual
      representation of a typical day at the school
    • Q:
      Is Kenmore becoming Spanish Immersion? A: That’s not on the table any
      longer and our focus will remain STEAM.
    • Education
      for this age group has improved as a whole; we have an excellent and
      committed faculty at Kenmore.
    • Q:
      STEAM certificate will still be offered? A: Yes, until they tell us
      otherwise.
    • Q:
      Do you offer Latin? A: Yes, we currently offer it online, but we’d like
      to grow this program as student interest grows.
    • Q:
      Are you still a Kennedy Center CETA (Changing Education through the Arts)
      Partnership school? A: Not exactly. Due to budget cuts to their program
      we are no longer an official CETA partner school, however, individual
      teachers continue to work with them for professional development.

  • Kate Sullivan, Guidance Counselor
    reminded everyone that there is a Middle School transition “one-pager”
    available. Highlights include:

o  
APS will decide
whether transfers are allowed after the MS boundary decision is made

o  
Process for the
transition will not change; there will still be Information Sessions held at
each school, as well as an Orientation prior to the start of the year

o  
Your Child’s
teachers will recommend levels for your children’s core classes and you’ll be
walked through elective choices

 

III.   Wetlands Committee: Nathan Zee, President

·        
Planning begins
in about a month; first meeting likely will be held on 12/12 if you’re
interested in joining us look for
more information via announcements and Facebook

·        
Festival will be
held in April

·        
Activities likely
include:

o  
Rock-climbing
wall

o  
Dunk Tank

o  
Silent Auction

o  
Live Bands

o  
Food

·        
May change time
to move away from the dinner hour to earlier afternoon; would then change menu
from dinner foods to snack-type food to accommodate. Consider this and email me
your thoughts.  

 

IV.  Nominating
Committee: Nathan Zee, President

·        
Beth Cavey and
Stacey Zee have graciously agreed to be on this committee; we need one or two
more individuals to round out the committee

o  
Amanda Lowenberger
volunteered to join committee

·        
Motion made to
approve Nominating Committee of Beth Cavey, Stacey Zee, and Amanda Lowenberger

o  
Motion seconded;
motion approved unanimously  

 

V.    Treasurer’s
Report: Jenny Morris, Treasurer

·        
Highlights from
October:

o  
Dog Fish Head
Restaurant Night earned us $1,400

o  
Fun Run donations
this month equaled $4,200

o  
Collected money
for Spirit Wear

o  
Project Discovery
payments made

o  
Expenses included
previously approved PA system upgrade ($9,900),

o  
Any questions?

§ 
Q: When will we receive
Spirit Wear? A: Possibly this Friday.

§ 
Q: Where can we
purchase car magnets? A: We have them in stock. See Heidi Heim after the
meeting if you’re interested.

·        
Funding requests:

o  
Ms. Bradley, the
school Social Worker, $195.29 for Lego therapy set

§ 
Q: Is it a
specific set? Because we have a lot of Legos in the PTA closet. A: It may be a
specific set; we can approve the money and then loop back with her to see
whether it’s something specific. If she can use what we have, she won’t spend
the approved money.

§ 
Motion to approve
funding; seconded; approved unanimously 

o  
Ms. Ammons, $49 to
offset the cost of Claude Moore Colonial Farm Kindergarten field trip

§ 
Motion to approve
funding; seconded; approved unanimously 

·        
As many of you
know, we raised approximately $4,000 more than expected/budgeted during the
recent Fun Run fundraiser. At our last Executive Board Meeting we discussed
what that money should go towards. Campbell has identified a larger need in our
community for coats, boots, gloves, hats, scarves and other winter gear. We’d
like the PTA to consider contributing to this event. Ms. Monica Castillo helps
to organize this event every year; it’s run sort of like a pop-up shop on the
last day before Winter Break. The donations typically come from a local church combined
with donations of clothing/toys/games/other gifts from individual Campbell
families and surrounding neighbors who wish to donate during this season of
giving. We’d like to help round out the donations/fill any gaps with some of
our excess money earned through the Fun Run campaign. We’d like to approve funding up to $3,000
toward this goal. Thoughts, questions, comments?

o  
Comment: Purchasing
these items individually must be difficult to coordinate. There is no physical
space to store things here at the school, so most of the shopping will have to
happen at the last minute. It would be helpful to have a set amount of money to
better coordinate this event and make sure the needs are met.

o  
Q: What about a
Giving Tree? We could be more organized if we knew the exact needs/wants
beforehand. A: This is how we’ve organized the event it in the past, but that’s
something to consider.  

o  
Comment: I don’t
think we should use PTA money for this, because it’s for a select group of
students rather than all students.

o  
Comment: We fund
specific requests for individual teachers for specific items that won’t be used
by everyone all the time. I don’t see how this is different.

o  
Comment: These items
will benefit students’ instructional needs indirectly. Students don’t need only
books and classroom supplies, they have socioemotional needs, too.

o  
Comment: This is
a unique, one-time thing we’re doing. This isn’t a recurring PTA event. It’s a school-run
event and our PTA has had a one-time windfall. What better way to spend that money
than to turn around and spend it to support those in need in our own community?

o  
Comment: This is
a schoolwide event, so it’s not just benefitting one specific family.

o  
Comment: This is
good service modelling.

o  
Comment: Our
community should support our own.

o  
Comment: Perhaps
we should create guidelines or a framework with how we spend excess money in
the future; a set of parameters for what are and are not appropriate asks?

o  
Comment: Setting
aside the charitable aspect, barriers to education affect all students in a
school, not just the ones particularly affected by being cold or hungry, so an
activity like this is for the benefit of all students.

o  
Comment: This is
in direct alignment with our PTA mission

·        
Motion to approve
funding; seconded; approved unanimously

 

VI.  New
Business: Nathan Zee, President

  • Nathan
    called for any new business
  • Paige
    Hamrick reminded everyone about Movie Night on 12/8
    • Pizza,
      beverages, and snacks will be available for purchase (no pre-orders for
      pizza)
    • Cars
      3 will be shown

  • Ms.
    Nesselrode informed us that new bottle-fillers had been installed in the
    hallway water fountains, and a new TV at the entrance displaying the
    Campbell Twitter feed was installed

 

 

VII. Closing:
Nathan Zee, President

  • Remember:
    we won’t have a December PTA meeting.
  • Thanks
    for coming and see you in the new year! 

Campbell PTA financial update as of 12/31

Hi all, 

Hope everyone is keeping warm this week! In advance of the PTA meeting next week, I wanted to send our PTA financials through 12/31. Attached you'll find three documents: a budget summary, income report and expense report. I'll discuss our November and December financial activity in more detail at the meeting. 
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns after reviewing. 
Thanks,

Jenny Morris

PTA Meeting Minutes 10.10.17

Campbell PTA Meeting

October 10, 2017

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Approximate
# of Attendees
: 24

I.     Welcome
and Introduction: Nathan Zee, President 

  • Nathan
    welcomed everyone to the second PTA meeting of the year
  • Nathan
    read two Thank You notes
    • Thank
      You letter from Ms. Peterson thanking the PTA for supporting the Music
      Department by funding the purchase of ukuleles  
    • Thank
      You letter from the Fifth Grade Team thanking the PTA for the Welcome
      Back Breakfast provided on the first Friday of the school year

  • Nathan
    reminded everyone:
    • We’ll
      be forming a nominating committee to identify potential new Executive
      Board Members at next month’s meeting
    • The
      Fun Run is less than two weeks away on 10/20; mark your calendars
    • The
      first Box Top deadline is coming up at the end of October, so be sure to
      send them in if you have them
    • Restaurant
      Night at Dogfish Head Ale House on 10/17; more info to come home in
      Thursday folders

 

II.    Counselling
Parent Survey: Kate Sullivan, School Counselor

  • Ms.
    Sullivan introduced a survey of Staff, Parents, and current 3-5th
    grade students to identify the greatest areas of counselling needs
    • Paper
      copy of the Survey available tonight, available in English and Spanish
    • Survey
      was previously distributed via the listserv, Facebook, and Twitter
    • Looking
      for discrepancies between what the various stakeholder groups (Staff,
      Parents, Students) report
      • So
        far, responses are closely aligned
      • That
        means staff is in tune with students’ needs

    • Data
      gathered from survey will help inform how staff and resources are
      allocated/utilized

  • Please
    note that:
    • Someone
      is available for walk-in students at all times
    • Referral
      forms are always available (discretely) to students, parents, and
      teachers
    • Any
      questions?
      • Q:
        Will you be working with all grade levels? How will you prioritize you
        time? A: Yes, Tier 1 services are school-wide initiatives that will be
        provided to all grade levels. Anti-bullying is an example of a Tier 1
        service. Tier 1 interventions will follow the Mind-Up curriculum and
        will be provided in classrooms during Morning Meetings, or during a
        Specials block depending on the class schedule. Tier 2 interventions are
        those where a specific need is identified, and are not meant to be
        preventative but rather responsive to a particular situation or
        student(s). For example: typically, there aren’t many students who enter
        Campbell in the upper grades, but this need was identified for third
        graders this year, so a group formed to ease that transition in response
        to the specific need.

    • If
      you ever have any concerns, I am happy to check in with your student

 

III.   Site-based Survey Results: Maureen
Nesselrode, Principal

·        
Ms. Nesselrode first
presented a community-building exercise for the attendees. The exercise is one presented
to Kindergarten students, and served as an example of an activity that can be
differentiated for Gifted students to go beyond the Kindergarten curriculum

·        
Ms. Nesselrode
then discussed the Site-based Survey:

o  
Given every two
years; APS Systemwide Survey is conducted in alternate years

o  
Highlights
include:

§ 
In previous
years’ surveys, parents had not indicated that they felt the instructional
model was strong

§ 
In response, we
made some tweaks and improved fidelity to the Expeditionary Learning Model

§ 
Also made efforts
to communicate and educate the community about EL education

§ 
This year’s
survey showed much higher number of parents who indicated a strong
curriculum/instruction at Campbell

·        
Ms. Nesselrode
then introduced another community-building “game” based on Campbell’s survey
results

o  
The game is an
example of something being done in Math Workshop at Campbell , where students
work in small groups with the teachers facilitating

o  
Q: Do we have
benchmark data to compare Campbell to itself and other APS schools? A: Yes,
that’s all available online. What we worked to address were areas for greatest
improvement, based on responses to our previous survey: strength of
instructional model, more regular communications (like Newsletters).

o  
Q: How do you get
to the why behind the data? A:
Through informal conversations, the team/staff tries to drill down to find
areas of improvement and to figure out where to focus more effort.

o  
Q: Are students
objective/fair reporters? A: Yes, 5th graders are particularly
reliable reporters.

o  
Q: What about
bullying: is it widespread? A: Even if it’s only three students, it matters,
and we need to get to the bottom of it. Classroom lessons are important, and we
have some work to do in this area.

·        
The Survey data
also helps to put things into perspective for the School Board, who typically
only hear complaints from the squeaky wheels

 

IV.  Fun
Run Update: Sean Doyle, VP Fundraising

·        
Fun Run is one
week from this Friday

o  
We’re behind on
our fundraising goal

o  
Please remember
to register your student and send out links to friends and family

o  
If you don’t want
to hassle with registering your student online, you can also just write a check
and put it in the PTA mailbox

o  
We set an
ambitious goal of raising $10,000 since we reduced the big fundraisers from
three down to two

o  
A reminder flyer
will go home in Thursday folders this week

o  
Q: Do you need
parent volunteers? A: Yes. Set-up will happen the evening before, and we could
use help. Parents are welcome to participate with their students on the day of
the event, and can help as need arises on the day of (passing out water,
cleaning up, etc.)

·        
Paige Hammrick,
VP Programming:

o  
Reminder that
Spirit Week will be held next week leading up to the Fun Run

§ 
W: Pajama Day  

§ 
Th: Sports Day

§ 
F:  Class Color Day

·        
Pre-K: Purple

·        
K: Orange

·        
1st:
White

·        
2nd:
Yellow

·        
3rd:
Blue

·        
4th:
Red

·        
5th:
Green

·        
Nathan Zee,
President:

o  
Reminder about Fundraising
Incentives:

§ 
Schoolwide: at
$6,000-10,000 level

§ 
Individual: at
$250 = 25 raffle tickets for Wetlands Festival; at $500 = one free Project
Discovery class and guaranteed placement

·        
Q: Are incentives
by family or by individual? A: By family. if a family raises $250, they get 25
raffle tickets. But if they raise $500, the only get one Project Discovery
spot, even if there are two children in the family.

·        
Q: How much does
Campbell get from Restaurant Nights? A: It depends on the restaurant.

·        
Q: Where can I
find the Campbell Amazon affiliate link? A: It’s on the Campbell Elementary PTA
website, and we’ll send a reminder email out again soon.

·        
Barbara, VP
Communications:

o  
Reminder about
Sqaure One Art: will take place before the holidays this year; order forms will
go out around Thanksgiving

 

V.    Treasurer’s
Report: Jenny Morris, Treasurer

·        
Jenny explained how
to read the budget (copies provided to all members in attendance)

·        
Highlights for
the year so far:

o  
Collected $2,000
in dues (for 200 members)

o  
Collected money
for Spirit Wear

o  
$600 from Amazon  

o  
Expenses
included: garden clean-up, ukuleles, and Teacher Appreciation breakfast

o  
Any questions?
No.

·        
Funding requests:

o  
Ms. Drabyk, $158
for activity sets for Kindergarten

§ 
Motion to approve
funding; seconded; approved unanimously 

o  
Ms. Hill, $75 for
RIF books for Kindergarten

§ 
Motion to approve
funding; seconded; approved unanimously 

o  
Increase to
funding for the Book Garden for Kindergarten students

§ 
Previously
approved up to $400, but the actual cost was $625.57 and books have already
been purchased, so the ask is to approve an increase to the funding amount to
cover the additional expense

§ 
Falls under the
Literacy Initiatives line item in budget

§ 
Any questions or
comments?

·        
Q: Why did this
happen? A: Not sure, but doing our due diligence to find out.

·        
Q: How were the
books selected? A: The librarian and a parent volunteer selected them. They
were purchased through Amazon.

·        
Comment: I’m not
happy about the overrun and we should put a better system in place for next
time so that this doesn’t happen again. Perhaps a cap on price per book would
be helpful.  

·        
Comment: Isn’t
our budget above what we need, so I’m not worried about it. Response: We’ve had
some good fundraising years, but we have planned to spend down reserves in this
budget. We need to stick to the budget. If we spend more than what’s budgeted
for a particular item, it cuts into funds available for other things and other
students. It sets a bad precedent.

·        
Comment: These
are very nice books. Maybe increase the budget for this for next year.

§ 
Motion to approve
funding; seconded; approved unanimously after extensive discussion

 

 

VI.  New
Business: Nathan Zee, President

  • Project
    Discovery starts tomorrow; there are 158 students registered and there are
    four Odyssey of the Mind teams, two Primary and two Secondary
    • Thank
      you to Jenny Morris and Tammy Bewitz for their hard work on Project
      Discovery
    • Thank
      you to Staff and Parent volunteer teachers for these classes

  • Order
    Forms are available for Spy School Books to coincide with the upcoming
    Stuart Gibbs author visit to 4th and 5th grades
  • Please
    enjoy some salsa, made with ingredients from the Campbell garden

 

 

VII. Closing:
Nathan Zee, President

  • Remember:
    your donations are tax deductible in almost all cases and the PTA can
    provide you with a receipt if needed
  • The
    Amazon affiliate link does NOT work on the Amazon APP
  • Next
    month’s meeting will feature Dave McBride, Principal of Kenmore Middle
    School
  • There
    will not be a meeting in December
  • January’s
    meeting will feature Judy Collins from the Outdoor Lab
  • February’s
    meeting will feature our School Board liaison, Tannia Talento
  • March’s
    meeting will focus on Youth Culture/substance abuse
  • Thank
    you for coming!

Campbell PTA financial update as of 10/31

Hi all,

Before the PTA meeting on Tuesday (11/14), I wanted to send out our PTA financials as of October 31st for your review. I've attached the budget summary, expenses and income from July 1-October 31. I will discuss in more detail at the meeting but, as always, if you have any questions, please let me know. 
Thanks so much,
Jenny Morris

Campbell PTA financial update as of 9/30

Hi all,

It's time for the monthly budget report in advance of our PTA meeting on Tuesday (as promised). I've attached a budget summary, detail of the PTA expenses and detail of the PTA income through 9/30/2017. Since this is my first update of the school year, I'll offer a few notes about the financials:
  • Budget Summary – This gives a look at our overall finances for the year. The money we started with at the beginning of the year is at the top of the document. You can see the amount in our budget for each category in the first column and the amount we've spent or made so far this year (7/1/2017 – 9/30/2017) in the column right next to it. 
  • Expenses – This form breaks out our expenses into more detail. Every time the PTA pays for something, it has to go into a very specific category in our approved budget. Once again, our budgeted amount is in the first column and next to it is the money that we have spent so far this school year in each category. This is where you can find all the detail to back up the summary. 
  • Income – This form shows every time the PTA receives money. Our budgeted amount is again in the first column with year to date actuals in the next. 
  • Many of the items in our budget are meant to offset each other. For example, you'll see income from spirit wear this month. This does not mean that we are making a lot of money from selling spirit wear. Next month, there will be an offsetting expense when we pay the vendor for the T-shirts. 
I'll go into more detail at the meeting but please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about our expenditures or income so far this year. 
Thanks,

Jenny Morris

[Recent Events] PTA Meeting Minutes 9.12.17

Campbell PTA Meeting
September 12, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Approximate # of Attendees: 54

I.     Welcome and Introductions/Ice Breaker: Nathan Zee, President 

  • Nathan welcomed everyone to the meeting and initiated an ice-breaker
  • Every attendee introduced themselves, their children (ages and teachers), and shared why they chose Campbell

 

II.    Overview of 2017-2018 Plans: Nathan Zee, President

  • Nathan introduced the topic and turned over the floor
  • Programming highlights (Paige Hamrick, VP Programming)
    • Paige introduced herself and briefly described her role, then highlighted the main programming events that are planned for this school year:
      • Garden Work Day (Saturday, 9/16)
      • Back-to-School picnic (Friday, 9/22)
      • Spirit Week (three days prior to the October Fun Run)
      • Movie Night
      • Family Game Night (new this year; will be held in lieu of school dance)
      • Class Colors (also new this year, colors won’t change)
        • Pre-K: Purple
        • K: Orange
        • 1st: White
        • 2nd: Yellow
        • 3rd: Blue
        • 4th: Red
        • 5th: Green
    • Volunteers are welcome and needed to assist with events; attendees invited to sign-up for any volunteer roles they’re interested in; this is the FUN committee)
  • Fundraising highlights (Sean Doyle, VP Fundraising)
    • Two main fundraisers:
      • Fit-and Fun Run, coming up on 10/20
        • Can donate online or by check
        • There will be school-wide and individual incentives
      • Wetlands Festival in the spring
        • Dunk tank, bands, food, silent auction
    • We’ll need volunteers to help organize and staff these events
    • Also looking for opportunities for community partnerships
    • Other fundraisers that are coming up are:
      • Restaurant Nights (10/17 at Dogfish Head, 11/15 at Four Courts)
      • Square 1 Art (in December)
  • How to Get Involved (Barbara Martinez, VP Communications)
    • Sign-up on Announcements to get communications
    • Sign-up to volunteer on a committee

 

III.   State of the School: Maureen Nesselrode, Principal

·         At the beginning of each year, I like to share our school plan and our goals for the year. Here are the highlights:

o   435 students enrolled

o   Low staff turnover

o   Additional student services support

o   Updated carpet and paint (work done over the summer)

o   SOL scores improved again; closing achievement gaps

o   Ms. Christy is full time at Campbell this year; we’re increasing Outdoor learning time

o   Outdoor Garden Orientations are underway

o   Countywide adoption of TC Reader’s Workshop model; we were already doing it to some extent, but we’ll increase implementation to meet county expectations

o   Additional Reading Specialist support (Title 1 funded); Reading Specialists help with enrichment and build classroom libraries

o   Installed additional Smart Boards,; replacing Bulletin Board w/Flat Screen TV for announcements/Twitter Feed at entrance

o   New format for Back-to-School Night

o   Sound System upgrades being installed this week (PTA funded); may use it at this Friday’s Community Meeting

o   Updates in APS include

§  Reorganization of Central Office

§  Canvas (a Learning Management System) is replacing Blackboard

§  School Talk (text message alerts) is being updated  

§  Revised School Boundaries: new schools are opening and lotteries are being redesigned; more information can be found on the APS website under “Engage with APS”

IV.  2016-2017 PTA Audit Review and Vote: Jenny Morris, Treasurer

·         Over the summer, members of the PTA Executive Board met with members of the Audit Committee and conducted an audit of our PTA’s finances

·         Members received an electronic copy of the audit last week, and tonight we need to vote on whether to approve the audit

o   Motion to approve audit; seconded; approved unanimously 

V. Budget Review and Vote: Nathan Zee, President

·         We’ve had a successful few years

·         We’re budgeted at a loss this year to spend down some of our surplus funds

·         Budget highlights include:

o   Reduced PTA amount going to Outdoor Learning Coordinator because she’s now fulltime through APS

o   Paid for upgraded Sound System

o   Increased amount for teacher appreciation and teacher support

o   Outside experts and Outdoor Classroom amounts increased

o   Changed budget to grade-level support to encourage teachers to spend the money we’re making available across all grade levels

·         Any questions/comments?

o   Q: Why was VPI line item funding decreased? A: Because they are well-funded through the Early Childhood initiative and therefore don’t need as much

·         Motion to approve 2017-2018 Budget; seconded; approved unanimously

·         Funding requests:

o   Ms. Decker, School Librarian: $400 for First Reader books, one for each Kindergarten student (for a “Book Garden” for incoming students, based on last year’s successful “Book Garden” for graduating 5th Graders)

§  Motion to approve funding; seconded; approved unanimously 

o   Ms. Dooley, Interlude: $225.29 for sensory toys, a room divider, headphones

§  Motion to approve funding; seconded; approved unanimously 

o   Ms. Peterson, Music teacher: $140 for five new ukuleles

§  Motion to approve funding; seconded; approved unanimously 

o   Funding request: $230 to neuter Paige, the school bunny

§  Motion to approve funding; seconded; approved

 

VI.  New Business: Nathan Zee, President

  • Membership reminders will wind down in about a week
  • The Back-to-School Picnic will be held next Friday evening
  • Reminders:
    • Dogfish Head Restaurant Night coming up on 10/17
    • Fun Run to be held on 10/20
    • Four Courts Restaurant Night coming up on 11/15
    • Thursday Morning Parent Group meetings are open to all; they’re conducted in Spanish, but English translation is available
  • We’ll identify a nominating committee in November to begin the process of identifying the next set of PTA officers; four Executive Board members’ terms will expire at the end of this school year, so we’re looking for people to step into these roles
  • Any new business from anyone else?
    • Q: Can you talk a little bit about the process of bringing forward new business or idea/suggestions? For instance, how will we identify what we’re hoping to focus on this year as a PTA? Will you conduct a survey? A: We conducted a survey last May, and this year’s priorities, events, and budget are based on the results of that survey. We are always open to new suggestions and all are invited to provide comments/input at any time. We want to be as inclusive and transparent as possible.

 

 

VII. Closing: Nathan Zee, President

  • Thank you for coming! .

PTA Meeting Minutes 9.12.17

Campbell PTA Meeting

September 12, 2017

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Approximate
# of Attendees
: 54

I.     Welcome
and Introductions/Ice Breaker: Nathan Zee, President 

  • Nathan
    welcomed everyone to the meeting and initiated an ice-breaker
  • Every
    attendee introduced themselves, their children (ages and teachers), and
    shared why they chose Campbell

 

II.    Overview
of 2017-2018 Plans: Nathan Zee, President

  • Nathan
    introduced the topic and turned over the floor
  • Programming
    highlights (Paige Hamrick, VP Programming)
    • Paige
      introduced herself and briefly described her role, then highlighted the
      main programming events that are planned for this school year:
      • Garden
        Work Day (Saturday, 9/16)
      • Back-to-School
        picnic (Friday, 9/22)
      • Spirit
        Week (three days prior to the October Fun Run)
      • Movie
        Night
      • Family
        Game Night (new this year; will be held in lieu of school dance)
      • Class
        Colors (also new this year, colors won’t change)
        • Pre-K: Purple
        • K: Orange
        • 1st: White
        • 2nd: Yellow
        • 3rd: Blue
        • 4th: Red
        • 5th: Green

    • Volunteers
      are welcome and needed to assist with events; attendees invited to
      sign-up for any volunteer roles they’re interested in; this is the FUN
      committee)

  • Fundraising
    highlights (Sean Doyle, VP Fundraising)
    • Two
      main fundraisers:
      • Fit-and
        Fun Run, coming up on 10/20
        • Can donate online or by check
        • There will be school-wide and individual incentives

      • Wetlands
        Festival in the spring
        • Dunk tank, bands, food, silent auction

    • We’ll
      need volunteers to help organize and staff these events
    • Also
      looking for opportunities for community partnerships
    • Other
      fundraisers that are coming up are:
      • Restaurant
        Nights (10/17 at Dogfish Head, 11/15 at Four Courts)
      • Square
        1 Art (in December)

  • How
    to Get Involved (Barbara Martinez, VP Communications)
    • Sign-up
      on Announcements to get communications
    • Sign-up
      to volunteer on a committee

 

III.   State of the School: Maureen Nesselrode,
Principal

·        
At the beginning
of each year, I like to share our school plan and our goals for the year. Here
are the highlights:

o  
435 students
enrolled

o  
Low staff
turnover

o  
Additional
student services support

o  
Updated carpet
and paint (work done over the summer)

o  
SOL scores
improved again; closing achievement gaps

o  
Ms. Christy is
full time at Campbell this year; we’re increasing Outdoor learning time

o  
Outdoor Garden
Orientations are underway

o  
Countywide adoption
of TC Reader’s Workshop model; we were already doing it to some extent, but
we’ll increase implementation to meet county expectations

o  
Additional
Reading Specialist support (Title 1 funded); Reading Specialists help with
enrichment and build classroom libraries

o  
Installed
additional Smart Boards,; replacing Bulletin Board w/Flat Screen TV for
announcements/Twitter Feed at entrance

o  
New format for
Back-to-School Night

o  
Sound System
upgrades being installed this week (PTA funded); may use it at this Friday’s
Community Meeting

o  
Updates in APS
include

§ 
Reorganization of
Central Office

§ 
Canvas (a
Learning Management System) is replacing Blackboard

§ 
School Talk (text
message alerts) is being updated  

§ 
Revised School Boundaries:
new schools are opening and lotteries are being redesigned; more information
can be found on the APS website under “Engage with APS”

IV.  2016-2017
PTA Audit Review and Vote: Jenny Morris, Treasurer

·        
Over the summer,
members of the PTA Executive Board met with members of the Audit Committee and
conducted an audit of our PTA’s finances

·        
Members received
an electronic copy of the audit last week, and tonight we need to vote on
whether to approve the audit

o  
Motion to approve
audit; seconded; approved unanimously 

V. Budget Review
and Vote: Nathan Zee, President

·        
We’ve had a
successful few years

·        
We’re budgeted at
a loss this year to spend down some of our surplus funds

·        
Budget highlights
include:

o   Reduced PTA amount going to Outdoor Learning
Coordinator because she’s now fulltime through APS

o   Paid for upgraded Sound System

o   Increased amount for teacher appreciation and
teacher support

o   Outside experts and Outdoor Classroom amounts
increased

o   Changed budget to grade-level support to
encourage teachers to spend the money we’re making available across all grade
levels

·        
Any
questions/comments?

o   Q: Why was VPI line item funding decreased? A:
Because they are well-funded through the Early Childhood initiative and
therefore don’t need as much

·        
Motion to approve
2017-2018 Budget; seconded; approved unanimously

·        
Funding requests:

o   Ms. Decker, School Librarian: $400 for First
Reader books, one for each Kindergarten student (for a “Book Garden” for
incoming students, based on last year’s successful “Book Garden” for graduating
5th Graders)

§  Motion to approve funding; seconded; approved
unanimously 

o   Ms. Dooley, Interlude: $225.29 for sensory
toys, a room divider, headphones

§  Motion to approve funding; seconded; approved
unanimously 

o   Ms. Peterson, Music teacher: $140 for five new
ukuleles

§  Motion to approve funding; seconded; approved
unanimously 

o   Funding request: $230 to neuter Paige, the
school bunny

§  Motion to approve funding; seconded; approved

 

VI.  New
Business: Nathan Zee, President

  • Membership
    reminders will wind down in about a week
  • The
    Back-to-School Picnic will be held next Friday evening
  • Reminders:
    • Dogfish
      Head Restaurant Night coming up on 10/17
    • Fun
      Run to be held on 10/20
    • Four
      Courts Restaurant Night coming up on 11/15
    • Thursday
      Morning Parent Group meetings are open to all; they’re conducted in
      Spanish, but English translation is available

  • We’ll
    identify a nominating committee in November to begin the process of identifying
    the next set of PTA officers; four Executive Board members’ terms will
    expire at the end of this school year, so we’re looking for people to step
    into these roles
  • Any
    new business from anyone else?
    • Q:
      Can you talk a little bit about the process of bringing forward new
      business or idea/suggestions? For instance, how will we identify what we’re
      hoping to focus on this year as a PTA? Will you conduct a survey? A: We
      conducted a survey last May, and this year’s priorities, events, and
      budget are based on the results of that survey. We are always open to new
      suggestions and all are invited to provide comments/input at any time. We
      want to be as inclusive and transparent as possible.

 

 

VII. Closing:
Nathan Zee, President

  • Thank
    you for coming! .

 

PTA Meeting Minutes 6.13.17

Campbell PTA Meeting

June 13, 2017

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Approximate
# of Attendees
: 28

I.     Welcome
and Introductions: Nathan Zee, President 

  • Nathan
    welcomed everyone to the meeting and read a Thank You letter from Ms. Brewer
    and Ms. Cornejo for the area rug and carpet protector funded by the PTA
    for their Preschool classroom
    • They
      are very appreciative and think it makes the room look warmer and cozier

 

II.    Review
2016-2017 Accomplishments: Nathan Zee, President

  • Nathan
    highlighted what a good year we’ve had
  • Good
    feedback from the PTA survey
  • Great
    year from a community-building perspective:
    • Successful
      Back-to-School picnic
    • First
      Outdoor Movie Night; well-received despite weather delay and resulting holiday
      weekend conflict/cold weather
    • Penny
      Wars (combination of programming and fundraising success); we got a lot
      of good feedback on this event
    • Annual
      School Dance
    • First
      Fit-and Fun Run was a huge success and participants loved it
    • New
      activities at the Wetlands Festival (Dunk Tank, K-9 demonstration,
      face-painting); great feedback on new activities as well as repeat ones
      (like the live music, a perennial favorite)
    • Second
      DC United event; had 27 kids participate in the high-five tunnel
    • Too
      many Spirit Days to name them all (including the extra one students
      earned through Fit-and-Fun Run success: color wars)

  • PTA
    Membership increased by over 5%
    • PTA
      received an award for increasing PTA membership

  • Successful
    from a Fundraising perspective:
    • Raised
      more than expected
    • Fall
      Pledge Drive exceeded goal
    • Fit
      and Fun Run exceeded goal
    • Square
      One Art exceeded goal
    • Wetlands
      exceeded goal
    • Penny
      Wars raised an unexpected amount
    • Amazon
      affiliate link exceeded projections
    • Able
      to fund numerous teacher support projects, including some that we’ll
      present for approval tonight
      • We’ve
        spent almost $25,000 on teacher support ideas (including pond redo)
      • That’s
        a lot of funding that we were able to provide to support the kids at
        our school

    • Good, involved, supportive PTA
      with well-attended PTA meetings
    • Thank you to our members for a
      wonderful year; we’re looking forward to another great year
    • Thank you to Jessica Haney, for
      her work Wellness Committee and for spearheading new events like the
      apple tasting and the teacher wellness event; she’s stepping down from
      her role so we’re looking for someone to take over the Wellness Committee
      next year; there are big shoes to fill

 

III.   Review PTA Survey Results: Nathan Zee,
President

  • Good
    number of responses, about 60 including a few of the Spanish version
  • The
    responses to our survey give us lots for us to think about for next year
  • If
    you have feedback, it’s welcome anytime (you don’t have to wait for a
    survey)
  • Based
    on current feedback about Programming, possible changes we’re considering
    are:
    • Movie
      Night moved indoors (challenging to hold an event outdoors at this time
      of year, but warmer seasons present challenge of light until too late for
      a movie for young children)
    • We’re
      going to look at the School Dance trying a new direction; possibly
      replacing with a new event
    • No
      DC United game next year because they’re moving stadiums; highlight of
      this event was the community-building aspect so we’re going to try to
      take the fun from that event and transfer it to a new event (possibly
      another sporting event, but maybe not)
    • We’re
      looking at a doing Spirit Week rather than having Spirit Days throughout
      the year

  • Based
    on feedback about Fundraising:
    • Wetlands
      Festival is a definite, but we may make some tweaks to specific events
      based on feedback
    • We
      will not be doing a Fall Pledge Drive; we’re going to shift what people
      liked about Pledge Drive (the no-fuss aspect) to the Fun Run, which will
      take place in the Fall and become one of the two main fundraising events,
      the other event being the Wetlands Festival in the Spring

  • Thought/questions/comments?

o   Q: Why do away with the Pledge Drive when many
of us like the no fuss aspect and gave positive feedback, and participated in
the event? A: The main reason was the feedback we received, not all from the survey.
The Fun Run will have the no fuss component going forward. We’ll make it very
clear moving forward that you can “just write a check” for the Fun Run in the
same way you might have for the Pledge Drive last year.

§  Comment: We’ll need to communicate the No Fuss
option very clearly, that you won’t need to go online to register or send out
links and all that. You will be able to “just write a check” for this event.

§  Comment: The timing of last year’s Fun Run
made it difficult to communicate a clear message about the event because there
were overlapping fundraisers (Penny Wars and Square One); the objective of
revamping the timeline of events is to smooth this all out so we’re not
overloading everyone with fundraising messages.

o   Q We like the incentives from the Pledge Drive,
can we move them to the Fun Run? A: Good feedback; we can consider it.

o   Comment: I really like consolidating/simplifying
it to just two big fundraisers per year and applaud this change.

·        
We don’t want
donors to get fatigued, so we may switch up the events again in the future to
keep things fresh without making people feel uncomfortable about how frequently
we’re asking for money.

·        
Square One Art:
moving it back to November, so people can order and receive the products before
the Winter holidays.

·        
Penny Wars: We’ll
do it again next year, tentatively scheduled around the same time of year:
Lincoln’s birthday.  

·        
Feedback about Communications:

o   No major surprises in the feedback

o   Most people get their information from
Announcements, with Thursday Folders being the second most popular source.
Facebook was also mentioned as a main source of information.

o   Got email addresses from new parents at Kindergarten
Orientation and will add them to Announcements this evening.

·        
Thank you for the
responses, we’re working on incorporating your feedback in our planning. Any
questions or comments? No.

 

IV.  Feedback
on School Initiatives: Maureen Nesselrode, Principal

·        
At the beginning
of the year, I shared school plan with our goals for the year. I thought we’d
circle back tonight and look at the highlights.

·        
At the end of
last school year, I surveyed parents to help inform our plans for this year. From
the survey, I learned that Outdoor Learning, evenness, equity was major concern.

o  
233 Outdoor
lessons last year, so we set target of 300 for 2016-2017 school year

o  
Ms. Christy
completed 374 lessons; broken out by grade level, it averaged about 50 per
grade level to ensure greater equity across the school

o  
Teachers also
noted when they did Outdoor lessons without Ms. Christy; there were 37
additional Outdoor lessons beyond the 374 lessons

o  
Countywide goal
of adoption of Writer’s Workshop model; we implemented it earlier and are
farther along in meeting this goal, including using writing to identify
giftedness

o  
Changed the
homework model to be just some math, plus reading and writing in journals

o  
While it wasn’t
part of the school goal per se, we did leverage our relationship and proximity
with Long Branch Nature Center by having them here more and by taking more
walking Field Trips to Long Branch

o  
Outdoor Community
Meeting twice this year

o  
Created schoolwide
electronic Google calendar

o  
4th/5th
Grade intervention, is a countywide initiative but we implemented it in our own
way and it went very well in terms of supporting student achievement

o  
4th
Grade Big Bad Basil Expedition won a Green Action Award

o  
Ms. Norwood
developed an artist-in-residence program

o  
PTA-funded Poet
for 4th and 5th grade students; will be having a poetry
slam

o  
Student-led
conferences in K-5

o  
Updated number of
expeditions to meet high bar that the EL model sets

o  
Renewable energy,
concepts of social justice incorporated into expeditions

o  
iPad initiative:
we’ve found a way to incorporate technology in a meaningful way

o  
Student
achievement is increasing, not through drill-and-kill but rather through
engaging, meaningful work

·        
What’s new for
next year?

o  
Ms. Christy will
be full-time next year, PTA will continue to pay her for lesson planning

o  
Reader’s workshop
may be adopted countywide; we’re already doing it to some extent, but we’d
increase implementation to meet county expectations

o  
Expanding our movement
furniture (for instance: pedal desks)

o  
Interlude would like
to infuse more Outdoor Learning/project-based learning into their program

o  
Montessori
teacher will be incorporating more Outdoor learning into their program

·        
Feedback/Questions/Comments?:

o  
Loved the
consistent trips to Long Branch

§ 
Yes, agree. Even
at the youngest levels, it’s teaching them so much more beyond just getting out
of the classroom. It’s been amazing.

§ 
Response (Ms.
Nesselrode): Yes, EL is all about consistent Field Work, so this aligns with
the principals of EL

o  
Wolftrap artists
and Pre-K collaboration was great

o  
I like the electronic
Google calendar. Can we put notifications of new events into it?

§ 
We’ll look into
it

o  
Kinesthetic
furniture: maybe it could be incorporated somehow into the Simple Machine
expedition, by having testing out the furniture and comapring?

§ 
Can we ask students
for feedback about the kinesthetic furniture we have before we purchase more?
To see what kids like/prefer? Response (Ms. Nesselrode): Yes, we can explore
this.

·        
Wanted to share
some information about a topic that keeps coming up, Field Trips:

o  
Baseline: each
class budgeted for two Field Trips, one per semester; PTA assists with
additional trips

§ 
This year, every
grade level took between 4-9 Field Trips

o  
Field Trips are
meant to support the curriculum and enhance learning; most of ours are tied
into expeditions

o  
We are going beyond
what is expected from APS w/ regard to Field Trips, and it’s asking a lot from
teachers to have as many as 9 per year because of the amount of work each
teacher must do for each trip (planning, collecting permissions slips, money,
etc.)

o  
We’ve done
virtual Field Trips via Skype

§ 
Comment (Ms.
Hill): experts do come here for learning and enhanced student experience, so
while it may not be a “trip,” it’s still special and people coming here from
the field supports learning, too

§ 
Comment: I’m a
teacher at the HS level and the paperwork for Field Trips is onerous; we do one
per year in my class. Field Trips are hard for teachers and if there isn’t an
educational component to the trip, it’s a waste.

§ 
Q: What are the
field trips for each level, are they consistent? Does the same grade level
usually have the same number of Field Trips? A: Yes, many are consistent year
over year. Sometimes additional opportunities come up that add to the number.

§ 
Comment (Nathan
Zee): The general PTA stance is that we want to support and fund any teacher
requests for Field Trips, but not force teachers to take Field Trips they don’t
want.

o  
One of the most
difficult parts of planning a Field Trip is worrying about funding, so PTA
support certainly helps with this. We just need to be reasonable with our
expectations. Also, from a culturally competent perspective, overnight trips
are not a typical experience. That’s one of the reasons we don’t tend to do many
Field Trips that require an overnight stay.

§ 
Comment: Parents coming
in to present their foods and cultures to kids in classroom at First Grade was
wonderful.

§ 
Comment: I didn’t
realize how many in-school activities were taking place (experts coming in from
the field), so really the kids are being exposed to more than I even thought.

§ 
Question: Do we
typically have enough chaperones? A: Yes, we often have more volunteers than
there are spaces for and turn people away.

§ 
Comment (Ms. Christy):
Thank you to the PTA for supporting me, financially and otherwise, for the past
three years. I’m happy and thankful that the PTA will be relieved of much of
this expense for next year. If there’s anything you need from me, I am here and
open to new ideas, so come find me or get in touch.

V. Treasurer’s
Report: Jenny Morris, Treasurer

·        
As of May 30th,
the highlights for the month:

o   Paid for Teacher/Staff Appreciation week
activities and gifts ($30 vouchers to each teacher for miscellaneous expenses
they had during the year)

o   Paid for a bunch of the approved teacher funding
requests

o   Paid for DC United tickets

o   Received $1400 from Square One Art

o   Paid for Penny Wars class incentive prizes

o   $144 from Amazon sales this month; $2,500 for
the year

·        
Any questions? No
questions.

·        
Funding request:

o   $10.99 for a six pack of reusable K-cups for
the Staff Room Keurig Machine

§  Ms. Hill read a sample of persuasive letters
that her Kindergarten students wrote in support of the reusable K-cups to
protect the environment

o   Motion to approve funding; seconded; approved
unanimously 

·        
Funding request:

o   $159.50 for reusable BPA-free plastic water
bottles for Kindergarten students to take home at the end of the school year
(to celebrate completion of their Water expedition)

§  Comment: Would prefer non-plastic bottles be
used. Can we purchase stainless steel ones instead?

§  Comment: Can we look at a grant to fund
pricier reusable water bottles in the future?

§  Comment: Metal dents easily, maybe plastic is
preferable for this reason?

§  Comment: EPA staff told our class that single
use K cups and plastic single-use water bottles are the worst environmentally

§  Comment: In the future, we could buy them from
Square One and give one to each student

o   Motion to approve funding; seconded; approved
unanimously 

·        
Funding request:

o   $300 for outdoor recess kits; purchased in partnership
with GS Troop 3090, who is donating $300 of their proceeds from Cookie Sales to
provide the recess kits to Campbell

o   Motion to approve funding; seconded; approved
unanimously 

·        
Funding request:

o   Not to exceed $400 for hanging book garden (about
40 books for graduating 5th graders, in celebration of their
promotion and to encourage summer reading)

o   Motion to approve funding; seconded; approved

·        
Sound System
Update:

o   Ms. Nesslerode: Nothing wrong with the
components we have (speakers, equalizer, etc., but the experts from APS
recommend wireless lavaliers for performances and a new corresponding receiver,
at a cost of approximately $10,000

o   Sound quality would be improved, in the sense
that kids won’t be passing a handheld mic back and forth, but quote is more
expensive for a smaller scope than expected and would not be a complete
overhaul of the system

o   In our research, we learned that other schools
have purchased similar sets

o   We’ve also learned that many sound problems we’ve
had at Community Meeting are not about the hardware in the current system (like
the most recent Community Meeting when the issue was the Zumba song file was
corrupted and would not play)

o   We’re looking at getting 8 total mics: 7
lavaliers and 1 upgraded handheld wireless mic, plus jacks for regular mics

o   Offered us the option of a completely portable
system for around $8,000, but I’m not comfortable spending that much for a new portable
system as we’d be less able to secure it

o   Current portable system will still have to be
used in any areas outside of the multipurpose room

§  Comment: Maybe we should get fewer mics to
save money? Response: Passing around the mic is part of the problem we’re
hoping to solve, so we need an adequate number of lavaliers; also, the bulk of
the cost is the receiver and not the mics, so it wouldn’t really save that much
to get fewer.

§  Comment: I am in favor of this just because of
the school musical, having just seen this year’s musical which was very hard to
hear.

§  Q: What do you and Karen want? Do you feel
that this is a valuable endeavor? A: I feel that it will improve the sound, but
it’s a lot of money, and to be frank, I thought we’d get more for the money.

·        
Q: Is there
another expense you’d rather we fund? A (Ms. Nesselrode): Not really. We’re
well funded and I can’t think of another big item that we desperately need.

·        
Q: Nathan, what
do you think? A: I think we should do it. Having wireless mics would be great
for Community Meeting and the Musical. Other schools have them, and it’s what
the experts recommends. I think it will be an improvement.

§  Q: Since new system won’t work outside of the multipurpose
room, could we move the location of the Promotion Ceremony? A: We’re looking at
logistics (if we can work out adequate seating, etc.), but open to the idea.

§  Q: How long will the old system components
last? Are they getting too old? A: Expert didn’t seem to think those items need
replacing in the near term.

·        
Nathan: We’d do
this “not to exceed $10,000;” work would be done over the summer. Quote is
$10,200 and includes installation but we think we can negotiate, so we’re only
asking for up to $10,000.

·        
Motion to approve
funding for up to $10,000 for upgrade to Campbell Sound System; seconded;
approved unanimously 

 

 

VI. Review Draft
Budget: Nathan Zee, President

·        
We have a draft budget for 2017-2018
but we’re not going to go through it tonight because we’ll be making tweaks
over the summer; however, I will present the timeline and our current thoughts

·        
If you have
thoughts/questions/comments, please send them to me or Jenny Morris prior to
our Executive Board Meeting on 8/29

·        
At Executive Board Meeting on 8/29 we’ll
vote to approve the draft to be presented for a vote at the first PTA meeting
in September 2017

o  
Highlights of changes:

§ 
Plan to spend $20,000 more than we
plan to take in, with $10,000 earmarked for Sound System upgrade (plan to spend
more due to our surplus funds rolling over)

§ 
Change to allocate funding on a per
grade level basis

§ 
Increase in EL budget line item to
support Field Trips

·        
Q: Better to do it by grade level or
teacher? A: In theory, we’d like this money to be used for things that everyone
at the grade level will do/experience have access to; perhaps we might consider
doing it by teacher in the future depending on how this works

·        
Comment (Ms. Christy): The Wetlands
need to be tended to annually, Colonial Garden will need to be maintained
annually. Response: We have the Wetlands CIP fund to draw from. We need to talk
about the Colonial Garden issue more in depth in the future. Can you summarize
your thoughts and send them to me in an email?

·        
Q: What about the front of the school?
A: Fence is coming down. Work Order through APS; we can talk about additional
beautification at a later date.

·        
Q: What about the marquee? A: Got an
answer from Facilities: marquees cost between $30,000-$50,000, so we’ll have to
look at options. APS is not paying to install them any longer.

 

 

VII. Closing:
Nathan Zee, President

  • There’s
    no new business.
  • Reminders:
    • Rising
      Kindergarten playdates are scheduled for 7/22 and 8/19 at 10 am here at
      Campbell
    • PTA
      Audit schedule for 7/26
    • Executive
      Board meeting on 8/29
    • Next
      year, PTA meetings will revert to being held on the second Tuesday of the
      month; there will not be a December meeting

  • Ms.
    Nesselrode: I forgot to mention earlier in our list of accomplishments
    this year, the start of the Latina Parent Group, which has been a great
    success. Thank you to Claudia Ramirez Cuellar for the wonderful idea!
  • Nathan:
    That’s a wrap. Thanks everyone for a wonderful and successful year! See
    you next year.