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[Campbell PTA Meetings]: PTA Minutes 6.9.15

Hi everyone – here are the PTA minutes for our June 9th meeting.  I encourage you to read the minutes attached which describe all of the PTA's accomplishments this year.  I am also attaching Principal Nesselrode's Year in Review!!  We have done a lot!  Thank you to all of the PTA members and volunteers and to our wonderful Principal, school staff, and teachers. 
Have a wonderful summer!

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: Campbell PTA Meeting MInutes 5.12.15

Hello everyone – please find a brief summary of the minutes for the PTA meeting on May 12th.  Full minutes are attached.  If you have any questions, please contact Amy Yenyo at

PTA Minutes

May 12, 2015

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

of Attendees
:  Approximately

I.    Opening
 Elizabeth Cavey, PTA President

II.   Continuing

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)

  • Pledge Drive: 
    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

Festival Update

  • 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)


  • Next Campbell Restaurant Night is at Silver
    Diner on June 4th from 5-8 p.m. 
    We still need volunteers to greet diners.  Please contact Nathan Zee at

  • 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

IV.  Presentation
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.

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[PTA Meeting Minutes]: Campbell PTA Meeting 4.14.2015

Following is a brief summary of this month's PTA meeting on April 14, 2015.  Attached are the full, more detailed minutes.  Please contact Amy Yenyo, Secretary, at if you have any questions.

PTA Meeting Minutes

April 14, 2015

7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Number of
:  21

I.     Opening
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.

II.    Continuing

  • 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.)

    • Lots of great auction items; to donate items or
      services, contact Rachael Schroeder at

    • 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)

    • Entertainment: 
      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  A full slate will be presented and voted on
    at the May 12th PTA meeting.

III.   Principal’s
Update, Maureen Nesselrode, Principal  

  • Updates were given on the status of
    construction, the kindergarten lottery, nomination of Florence Dale, among
    other updates.

IV.  Open
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)

V.    Funding

  • MOTION APPROVED to fund $800 to help subsidize a
    2nd grade field trip to the Baltimore Zoo. 


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: Campbell PTA Minutes 3.10.15

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. 

Campbell PTA Meeting Notes
March 10, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Attendees:  approximately 27
Quorum: Yes
I.  President Updates, Beth Cavey, President
  • Upcoming deadlines:  March 24th – Restaurant Night at Taqueria Poblano; Square One Art Work orders due April 10th
II.  Budget Update, Eva Clarke, Secretary
  • A funding request of $600 for books for teachers' classrooms was approved.
III.  Fundraising, Racheal Schroeder, VP of Fundraising
  • 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
IV.  Principal's Update, Maureen Nesselrode, Principal
  • 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)
V.  Presentation – "What to Expect from Upper Grades at Campbell", Maureen Nesselrode and 4/5 teachers
  • See attached presentation

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: Campbell PTA Minutes 2.10.15

Apologies for the delay in getting this month's PTA minutes out to everyone.  We are trying something new – recapping the agenda items at the meeting (with a very brief summary) and attaching the more lengthy meeting notes for your review.  Please let me know if you have concerns with this approach by emailing

Campbell PTA Meeting

February 10, 2015

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Number of Attendees:   Approximately 30

Agenda Items

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

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.

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: Campbell PTA Minutes 1.13.15

Hi everyone – attached and excerpted below are minutes from the PTA meeting on January 13, 2015.  Apologies for formatting errors.  If you have any questions, please contact
PTA Meeting

January 13, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Number of

I.     Announcements
– Beth Cavey, President

  • Everyone should have
    received a school directory (one per family).  If you did not, please contact the
    school office. 

  • 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
      (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

  • Contact Beth Cavey at if
    you are interested in helping

  • 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.

II.    Budget
report – Eva Clark, Treasurer

  • The Budget and Treasurer’s
    s 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
      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

  • Funding requests: 

    • $333.83 for a set of Dewalt
      tools requested by Mr. Dihn – MOTION

III.   Fundraising,
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
      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.   

IV.  Wetlands
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      

V.    School
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)

VI.  Outdoor
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 

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: Campbell PTA Minutes 12.9.14

Attached and excerpted below are the minutes for the PTA meeting held on December 9th at 8 p.m.  Also attached is a presentation on the IPAD pilot.  Apologies for spacing and formatting errors in the minutes below (this happens when copying over from a Word document into google).  We are still looking for individuals to help translate PTA minutes and other PTA documents into Spanish. If you are interested, please contact Amy Yenyo at     

PTA Meeting

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
    Community Meeting.    

  • 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
      in March. 

    • 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
    to report.

  • 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.

II.    Principal’s
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”)
    being used

  • 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
    with kids.

IV.    Budget Report and Funding Requests –
Beth Cavey

  • 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:

  • 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:

    • 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
      author visit

    • 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.

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: Campbell PTA Minutes 10.14.14

Excerpted below and attached are this month’s PTA meeting minutes.  Again, apologies for formatting issues.  The PTA is seeking volunteers to translate PTA minutes and other PTA-related documents into Spanish.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Amy Yenyo at

PTA Meeting Notes

October 14, 2014

6:00 p.m. – 7:40 p.m.

 Attendees:  Approximately 30 individuals

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: Campbell PTA Minutes 9.9.14

Following are the minutes of the PTA meeting last Tuesday, September 9th (excerpted and attached below).  A Spanish version is forthcoming.  Apologies for formatting issues (formatting does not always transfer when text is cut and pasted from a Word document).  If you have questions or problems opening the attachments at the bottom of the email, please contact  

Campbell PTA Meeting

September 9, 2014

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Attendees:  approximately 35 individuals

I.     Welcome
and Introductions

President, Beth Cavey, welcomed everyone to the first Parent Teacher
Association (PTA) meeting of the year.

II.    Overview
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 co-chairs. 

  • The Outdoor Classroom Committee
    is seeking volunteers.  If you are
    interested, please email
    or Christy at
    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


  • 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):
      Back-to-School Night

    • 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 

  • 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  

  • Fundraising
    Committee report

    • 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 For
      questions, contact

    • Please also be sure to “friend” Campbell on

    • If you are interested in helping out with the
      Fundraising Committee, please contact

  • 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
      classroom etc.) 

    • 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  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.   

    • MOTION
      :  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
      monthly report. 

  • 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.

  • Funding request:

    • MOTION
      :  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!


  • Parent/Teacher Conferences:

    • Conferences
      are scheduled for Thursday, October 9th and Friday, October 10th. 

    • Everwonder
      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
      Thursday folders.


      IV.  Principal
      State of the School Address and Questions

      Presenter:  Principal Maureen Nesselrode

  • Enrollment
    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
      grades 3-5

    • 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

    • De-cluttering

    • 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
      SOL eliminated

    • 3rd grade Social
      Studies SOL eliminated

    • 5th grade writing
      SOL eliminated


  • 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
    :  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.






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: Campbell PTA Minutes June 10, 2014

Hi everyone,
Here are the minutes from this week's PTA meeting (excerpted below and attached).  Apologies for formatting errors below – for some reason cutting and pasting in google mail does not bring over all of the formatting).  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Amy Yenyo

PTA Meeting Minutes

10, 2014



I.     General

  • 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
     or Rachel at   Principle Nesselrode will put this on School

    II.    PTA
    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.

III.   Funding

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.)

    IV.  “The
    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  

V.    Arlington
County Overcrowding

  • 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
    for more information.  

VI.  Closing

  • 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


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