May 12, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
of Attendees: Approximately
Exercise: Elizabeth Cavey, PTA President
and Funding Requests
Restaurant Nights: raised approximately $2074 (exceeding our
goal of $1,000)
Wetlands Festival: we will likely net $12,000 (exceeding our
goal of $10,000)
we have raised $4,044 (exceeding our goal of $3,500)
Funding Request for up to $300 for
treats for the Campbell Olympics was approved
The Wetland’s Festival was a great success. Thank you to all of the organizers,
volunteers, donors, and participants.
Special thanks for our food team: Dave Cahill, Moley Evans, and Christy P.
Special thanks to our fabulous bands: 40 Miles Home (Steve Schaible, Campbell
parent), Big Thunder, and The Quitterz (Jonathan Discount, Campbell parent)
Thank you to Jessica Haney, our 4th
graders, and all of our Garden Fun Day volunteers who worked on the Colonial
Garden in front of the entrance. The
garden looks great!
Lee Ann Galanas is the raffle winner (for
participating in meetings), so Ms. Sites’ class will earn an extra recess. Congratulations!
Executive Board Slate and Committee Leads
- PTA Slate for
2015-2016 – MOTION APPROVED
- President – Beth Cavey
- VP of Programs – Kelly Krug
- VP of Fundraising – open
- Treasurer – Nathan Zee
- Secretary – Amy Yenyo
The full minutes have a list of all of the
committees and committee leads. If you are interested in volunteering on a
committee, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
on the Myths of Testing, Maureen Nesselrode, Principal
Ms. Nesselrode discussed current testing
requirements and common myths and facts about testing. A handout was passed out. If you would like a copy of the handout or
have questions about testing, please contact Principal Nesselrode.
April 14, 2015
7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Remarks: Beth Cavey, PTA President
Opening Exercise: Participants introduced themselves and
answered the question, “Why do you come to a PTA meeting and what do you want
to hear about?”
Answers generally included: connecting to the
Campbell community, to learn what is going on, to volunteer and help out, to
share ideas etc.
Garden Fun Day and Playdates: Sunday, April 26th
(3-5 p.m.); May 9th (9-12 p.m.)
Read-a-thon Update: getting close to goal of 100
students turning in forms and raising up to $3000; last day to turn in form is
Friday, April 24th; Extra recess and treat is Monday, April 27th
for kids who turned in a form (no donations required)
Square-One Fundraiser: We raised $1100; orders in by May 1st
Wetland’s Festival Update: May 2nd (4-7 p.m.)
Volunteers still needed for help on day of
event. To sign up, click here.
Food: lots of great food available for sale
(burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, salad, fruit, mint lemonade, Menchies
frozen yogurt and more)
3 bands performing; Long Branch Nature Center will be there with
critters; and lots more
New Wetland’s T-shirt available for sale – preview
Nominations for next year’s Executive Board and
Committee/Event Leads: If you are
interested in running for a position on the Executive Board (President, VP of
Programs, VP of Fundraising, Secretary, and Treasurer) or a Committee/Event
Lead (see full minutes for a list of the different positions), please contact
Jennifer Robertson at email@example.com. A full slate will be presented and voted on
at the May 12th PTA meeting.
Update, Maureen Nesselrode, Principal
Updates were given on the status of
construction, the kindergarten lottery, nomination of Florence Dale, among
Discussion Item: “What is your vision
for the Outdoor Classroom?”
The Outdoor Classroom consists of several
components: the Wetlands, gardens (both the growing and ornamental beds), play
spaces, and programs designed to utilize these areas for instruction, including
in our classroom expeditions and in Christy P’s (our Garden Docent’s) work. Campbell staff and the PTA are always open
to ideas and suggestions about how to incorporate these outdoor areas into the
The PTA would like to develop a priority list for
the Outdoor Classroom to help guide where to focus its time and resources next
year. To that end, a survey will be
going home soon that provides background information on the Outdoor Classroom
and requests feedback from PTA members on their priorities and ideas for these
Participants shared their views and ideas about
the Outdoor Classroom – including what else could be incorporated and how it
could be integrated into existing forums – current curriculum, classroom expeditions,
Christy P.’s Garden Docent Work, etc. (see attached minutes for a more detailed description of the discussion)
MOTION APPROVED to fund $800 to help subsidize a
2nd grade field trip to the Baltimore Zoo.
Attached are the full minutes of the PTA Meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Below is a brief summary of the meeting. Also attached is a presentation given by Principal Nesselrode and the 4/5 Campbell teachers on what to expect from the upper grades.
March 10, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Upcoming deadlines: March 24th – Restaurant Night at Taqueria Poblano; Square One Art Work orders due April 10th
- A funding request of $600 for books for teachers' classrooms was approved.
- Wetlands Festival is March 2nd from 4-7 p.m. Goal is to raise $10,500. Planning is underway.
- Auction items needed.
- Volunteers also needed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Weatherbugs were featured (after the PTA meeting) on several news channels! They did a great job reporting the weather and representing Campbell School.
- Three sprit days have been selected (see the full minutes attached) for more informaton)
- See attached presentation
Campbell PTA Meeting
February 10, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Number of Attendees: Approximately 30
I. Announcements, Beth Cavey, President
Beth gave an overview of Campbell School and the EL Program and acknowelged the effort of Christy P., Jessica Haney, Kimberly Marchant, and Stacey Zee for helping Campbell get a $2000 grant from Whole Foods to support our Outdoor Classroom.
II. Guest Presenter, Barbara Kanninen, School Board Member
Ms. Kanninen discussed the priorities for the School Board and addressed concerns related to the County Board's recent decision regarding building a new elementary school at TJ. She also addressed concerns around testing and development in Arlington County in general and its impact on the schools. She was presented with thank you notes from the Ms. Berg's 3rd grade class that followed her campaign as a part of its EL unit on government.
III. Budget Update, Eva Clark, Treasurer
Eva gave an update on the budget and recent fundraising efforts.
IV. Wetlands Festival Planning, Beth Cavey, President
The Wetlands Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd. Time is TBD. We need volunteers. If you are interested in helping, contact Beth Cavey at email@example.com.
V. Principal's Report, Maureen Nesselrode, Principal
Ms. Nesselrode and invited guests (Dr. Christine Murphy, Wendy Correia, and Ms. Ammons) discussed the decision to move the Interlude Program from Oak Ridge to Campbell. This is a program that supports kids with emotional and behavioral challenges. The program currently supports 20 students from all over the County. The Program will bring additional resources, including teachers, assistants, and a therapist to Campbell. If you have questions, please reach out to Principal Nesselrode.
VI. Open discussion
Parents discussed concerns with APS transportation. They were asked to put their concerns in writing with the help of Ms. Clavel-Love and the PTA will discuss these issues with the county-wide PTA and others.
January 13, 2015
– Beth Cavey, President
- Everyone should have
received a school directory (one per family). If you did not, please contact the
- Calendar Reminders
- Next PTA meeting is February 10th at 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker is Barbara Kanninin,
School Board Member and Campbell liaison.
- Restaurant Night at
Labenese Taverna in Pentagon City on January
27th (more details below)
- Reading Challenge
This year’s reading challenge will be the first
two weeks of February; if your child reads 20 minutes a night, you get to check
the box; there will be additional challenges; awards will be an extra recess
for the class
- Raffle: Each person will receive a raffle ticket
for attending PTA meetings and restaurant nights. If your name is chosen, your child’s
class will get an extra recess. So
be sure to come!! If you are unable
to make an event, you can purchase a raffle ticket for $1.
report – Eva Clark, Treasurer
- The Budget and Treasurer’s
Reports are posted on the Campbell Website. If you have any questions, please
- Fundraising Update:
- Pledge Drive Update: Congratulations to everyone for surpassing
our goal of $3000. Because
donations continue to come in, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for the latest amount.
- Silver Diner Restaurant
Night: We raised approximately $300, which is great.
- $420 from boxtops
collection; this item will be in next budget
- We need a new treasurer
for next year, as the bylaws limit officer terms to two years. If you are interested, please contact email@example.com.
- Funding requests:
- $333.83 for a set of Dewalt
tools requested by Mr. Dihn – MOTION
Chandi Krohl, VP of Fundraising
- Lebanese Taverna Restaurant
Night in Pentagon Row (1101 South Joyce St., Arlington, 22202) on January 27, 2015.
- You must bring the
Campbell flyer with you in order for Campbell to get credit (Nathan Zee
will be there during key hours with extra flyers)
- You can go there anytime
during restaurant hours. If you
cannot eat there that day, you can purchase a gift card on that day at www.lebanesetaverna.com/giftcards/html
to be used at another time. Be
sure to include the Campbell promo card to receive credit.
- Reminder to link your
Target and Amazon Cards to Campbell School. For information, click here.
Festival Planning – Chandi Khrohl, VP of Fundraising
- The Wetlands Festival
(Campbell’s biggest fundraising event) is May 2nd in the
afternoon (time to be determined).
We are in the process of finalizing the letter to send out to the
vendors for contributions. The
letter should go out in the next two weeks.
- We are also finalizing
musicians and food trucks.
- We need volunteers to do
follow-up calls to vendors (last year, we found that over 50 percent of
the vendors ended up donating after they received a follow-up call!)
- If you are interested in
helping, let Chandi Krohl or Rachael Schroeder know (you can also email
them at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Updates – Maureen Nesselrode, Principal
- Budget process is underway
at the County level for next year
- There will be a new
elementary school in Nottingham area that could possibly impact staffing
at Campbell. Principal Nesselrode
will provide an update on any such changes at a future PTA meeting.
- Next year, Campbell will
most likely continue to have 3 kindergarten classes and three 1st,
2nd, 3rd grade classes; two 4th grade and
three 5th grade classes (but keep in mind this is tentative)
Classroom Lesson – Christy Przystawik (Garden Docent)
- Campbell’s fabulous Garden
Docent, Christy P. gave an update on the classes she has done. Four lessons were set up to give PTA
meeting participants a chance to experience what their kids have
- It was a great
presentation and Campbell is very lucky to have Christy in this
position. If you have questions
about the Outdoor Classroom Activities or the Garden Docent position,
please contact Christy at email@example.com.
December 9, 2014
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Number of Attendees: Approximately 20
I. President’s Report – Beth Cavey
- New Raffle Incentive: Each
individual will get a free ticket for attending restaurant nights and PTA
meetings. The raffle winner will get
an extra recess for their child and his/her entire class. The winner will be drawn at a future
- Event Updates:
- The School Picnic was a
huge success. Thanks to Moley
Evans, Rachel Schroeder, and the school custodians for all of their hard
- Girls on the Run had
their first race. Congratulations
to all the runners and organizers.
- The School Dance was
great. Big thanks to Patty Healy
for putting it together. Patty
also announced that we collected 49 pounds of food that was donated to
- Fall Project Discovery went
off very well. Thanks to Jennifer
Lis and Ellen Bayer for organizing this.
They will be looking for replacements, so if anyone is interested
in taking this over, let Beth Cavey know.
- Odessey of the Mind: Campbell will have two groups competing
- Outdoor Classroom: Our Garden Docent, Christy P., has been
leading weekly lessons.
- Farm to Table Week Soup
Tasting: Virginia’s Own Farm gave
a presentation and the kids got to taste butternut squash soup made by
Christy P. A recipe was sent home with
the kids. Thanks to Christy and
Jessica Haney for organizing this event.
- A big thanks to Jen
Robertson for organizing our first Teacher Appreciation Day. The snacks were very much appreciated.
- Campbell Directory Update:
The directory is almost done.
We hope to have it out in early January. Thanks to Jackie Ventura and Maureen
Nesselrode for getting all of the information together. A template for putting the directory together
was developed, so this should make it easier to get the directory
completed earlier for the next school year.
- Fundraising Update:
- Fall Pledge Drive: We have
exceeded our budget goal (close to $3,650). Thanks to Rachael Schroeder and Chandi
Krohl for leading this effort.
- Restaurant Nights: We’ve
had two very successful restaurant nights. Both nights had about 20-30 families participate. Nathan Zee has done an amazing job
organizing these events. Four
Courts brought in $350. A huge
thanks to Dave Cahill for his support.
We had another successful night at Silver Diner. We will likely bring in about $300 for that
- Black Friday Wrapping Day:
Brought in about $90.
Thanks to Chandi Krohl, Erin Link, Jennifer Lis, and the Robertson
family for helping out.
- Zumba: Zumba classes
on Saturdays has brought in $608.
- Everwonder Conference Day Camps: Brought in $308. Thanks to Moley Evans for her
- School Pictures: Will
be bringing in money. Thanks to
all the volunteers who helped out on picture day.
- Budget: Budget is on
track. There are no major changes
- Upcoming Events:
- Yearbook Orders are due
in January to get the reduced price. Mr. Roberts is our Yearbook Team
Leader. Ms. Gebhardt is helping
with money collection and logistics.
- Reading Challenge is in
February. This will be coordinated
with the Reading Team.
- Planning for the Wetlands
Festival is starting. The Festival
will be on May 2nd. Contact
Rachael Schroeder and Chandi Krohl to help out.
Update – Maureen Nesselrode
- Plumbing Situation: A letter
was sent out regarding the plumbing investigation. The problem is with the building
additions where pipes make sharp turns.
The lower toilets reduce water use with each flush contributing to
clogging. A significant amount of
work will need to be done to fix this. This most likely will occur next
summer. In the meantime, the school
is doing some interventions to the keep the plumbing working.
- County Budget Process: The Arlington County budget process is
beginning for next year. There will
be a significant increase in number of students. Arlington County’s website discusses this
process and possible cuts. There is
an opportunity for the public to comment.
It is unclear at this point whether potential budget cuts will
impact staffing. An update will be
given in the spring on the status of staffing for next year.
Pilot Update – Intro by Maureen Nesselrode; Presentation by Liz Sites (K/1
Teacher) and Cathy Gust
- Liz Sites (K/1 teacher) is
coordinating the IPAD pilot in 3 classrooms (a 1st, 2nd,
and 3rd grade class).
- The School Board plan for
the elementary level (at this point) is to have IPADS in 2nd
through 5th grade classrooms.
- Liz discussed why
technology is important and how it can be beneficial if used properly. She highlighted several applications (“apps”)
- See the attached presentation
for more information. A list of
useful applications is listed in the presentation.
- Questions were raised
regarding the amount of screen time happening in the classrooms. In pre-K/K, the maximum amount of screen
time spent is approximately 20 minutes.
Same for 1st grade unless it is an IPAD pilot
class. Currently, the IPADs are
being used in the language arts block to help moderate the amount of IPAD
use time. It is being used for a
portion of reading. IPADs have also
been used as a part of field work.
Ms. Nesselrode discussed the importance of balancing screen time
with learning in other ways and assured parents that the use of IPADs in
the classroom was not replacing traditional learning practices.
- IPADs won’t go with the students
to 6th grade, the IPADs will cycle back down to 2nd
grade. When at full implementation,
the IPAD will be issued to the student in 2nd grade and go with
the student through 5th grade.
The plan for now is that the IPADs don’t go home with the kids – the
IPADs stay at the school. Too many
logistical issues at this point to work through before sending them home
IV. Budget Report and Funding Requests –
- Budget: Minor
adjustment made to budget entries (lines 76-81 were added); however, it
does not affect this fiscal year, so no voting is needed. To see the Budget or the most recent
Treasurer’s Report, go to: https://campbellschool.org/httpcampbellschool-orgp413/.
- Current Fundraising: In
general, we are on target/slightly above.
- Met the goal of $3,000
for the Pledge Drive, but we are still accepting donations.
- Don’t forget to do store
links and bring in boxtops. For
more information, go to: https://campbellschool.org/support-campbell/
- Spirit wear is on target
- Funding Requests: The following funding requests were
approved by the PTA.
- Mrs. Brewer: $99 for supplies for classroom library
- Ms. Delong: $150 for supplies
for classroom library space
- Ms. Fleming: $150 for supplies for classroom library
- Ms. Berg: $140 for
supplies for classroom library space
- Ms. McAleer: $150 for
supplies for classroom library space
- Ms. Montminy: $164 for
supplies for classroom library space
- Ms. Decker: $500 for
- Ms. Sites: $100 for
ITunes gift card for Word Wizard App
- Ms. Ammons: $200 for
training for art journaling for Wetlands lessons
- Ms. Boni: $200 for
multicultural musician visit
- Ms. Brown: $600 for
band/chorus/orchestra polo shirts (split with Campbell School budget)
Meeting adjourned at
approximately 10:00 p.m.
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 former Garden
Committee has been renamed the Outdoor Classroom Committee. Jessica Haney and Christy Przytawik are
- The Outdoor Classroom Committee
is seeking volunteers. If you are
interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or Christy at email@example.com
or call the school.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org). 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
for each grade:
- Prek = 65 students (5
- K -= 71 students (3 classes)
- 1st = 59 students (3
- 2nd = 64 students (3
- 3rd = 54 students (3
- 4th = 58 students (3
- 5th = 47 students (2
- Largest class is 24 kids;
smallest 17 kids
- Standards of Learning (SOLs):
- Very strong PALS scores
school wide K-2
- Significant gains in Reading
SOL pass rates in grades 3 and 4
- Strong math SOL results in
- Progress among ESOL/HILT
- Met state targets in all
areas 2 years in a row
- Areas to focus on for
- Consistency in Expeditionary
Learning (EL) practices
- Coordination school wide
(vertical alignment of Expeditions)
- The Workshop Model
- Student Led Conferences –
expanding in Grades 2/3 (students will do it at March and June
- Learning outside when
- Refreshing the building:
- Soccer field has been seeded
- Murals hung in cafeteria
- New stage curtains
- New art furniture coming
- New gym floor
- New bulletin boards
- Some new chairs/desks
- Requests have been put in for
bike track and new carpeting
- Changes in testing in VA
– these are state decisions, not Arlington County
- 3rd grade Science
- 3rd grade Social
Studies SOL eliminated
- 5th grade writing
- The Workshop Model: This model of learning is considered a
“best practice” for Expeditionary Learning and is endorsed by other
experts, such as Teacher’s College.
Principle Nesselrode provided an example. In music class, there may be a workshop
on playing the keyboard. It might
run something like this: the
teacher shows the students how to do it; the students go to keyboards with
headphones and when they have mastered a particular skill, they demonstrate
the skill for the teacher. The
teacher checks off the skill and the child moves on to another skill. This model can be used for all subjects. Because it involves a level of
independent work, a child’s progress may vary from his or her peers.
- Ipad Countywide Initiative
- Campbell has 3 pilot
classrooms. Liz Seitz, a K/1
teacher and trained reading specialist, researched and identified
appropriate applications (“apps”) for the kids to use on the Ipads. These have all been vetted with the Instructional
Technology Coordinator (ITC). The
“apps” are directed by the teacher and used to support classroom
instruction. Principal Nesselrode
will share the list of approved “apps” with parents. More information on the pilot projects
will be made available later in the fall/winter.
- Forms of communication with
parents: Thursday folders;
School Talk; Twitter Account; Campbell Website; Turtle Tales Newsletter;
PTA listserve; Call the main office for logistical questions
- Safety and Security:
- Please always enter the
school through Door 1 and sign the visitor log in the front office. If you need to walk through the school,
wear a visitor’s badge sticker.
- We have three additional
elementary school resource officers (SROs) – these are police officers who
work for the county and they are divided among the schools
- All schools have lock
down drills in September and January and monthly fire drills; there is an
annual earthquake drill
- Opportunities for 4th
and 5th graders:
Safety patrols (5th grade); chorus (4th/5th
grade); band/orchestra (4/5); Weatherbugs/Community Meeting (4/5); Yes
club – 4/5 by invitation; Book clubs – 4/5 by invitation; Encourage
students to stay committed to activities.
- Principal Chats:
Principal chats are scheduled once a month; however, because of
parent/teacher conferences in October there will be no Principal Chat that
month. The next one is scheduled
for Thursday, November 13th at 8:00 a.m. Contact Principal Nesselrode if you have
ideas for topics of discussion.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com
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