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Campbell PTA financial update as of 5/31

Hi all, 

I wanted to give a financial update for the full year with my (almost) final report of the school year. First of all, a quick reminder that receipts are due next week (unless you've spoken to me) if you would like to get reimbursed for PTA expenses. I will be at the PTA meeting or you can drop them in the lock box by the front door of the school. Now, onto a summary of the Campbell Elementary School PTA (from a financial perspective). As I look at this list, I am so thankful for all the volunteers who have helped out this year! We've been able to accomplish a lot together!
Fundraising Highlights – Here are the total amounts we've made from all our fundraising activities this year:

  • $14,500 – Wetlands Festival (including expenses)
  • $14,100 – Fun Run (including expenses)
  • $2,260 – Square 1 Art
  • $786 – Penny Wars
  • $1,900 –  Amazon Link Money
  • $500 – Box Tops
  • $2,600 – Restaurant Nights
  • We had about 210 members join the PTA!
Funding highlights:
We were able to fund all of the following this year!
  • Outdoor Classroom Coordinator – We funded over 100 hours of Ms. Christy's time this year (hours for May and June still to come!)
  • We helped to fund many of the supplies for the lessons that Ms. Christy gives the kids – when you see photos on the twitter feed, many of the veggies, fruits etc are funded by the PTA!
  • We funded landscaping crews to come clean up the Campbell grounds twice this year
  • All Kindergarteners got to pick a book from the garden at the start of the year 
  • Two retirement gifts for retiring teachers were funded by the PTA
  • The following Teacher Appreciation events were paid for by the PTA:
    • Staff Breakfast (September)
    • Olive Garden Lunch (October Conferences)
    • Staff Breakfast (December)
    • Teacher appreciation week which included activities every day!
  • T-shirts for the Math Dice team
  • Helped support Boys on the Move and Girls on the Run
  • Helped with the Coat Drive/Holiday Drive at Campbell to offer winter wear and presents to those in need at the school
  • Wellness Committee – We helped fund two Wellness activities for teachers this year.
  • Donation to CCPTA fund – We made a donation to the County PTA who uses these funds to help even out the funding between all the schools in the county. 
  • We paid for the remaining books on the teachers wish lists after the book fair 
  • We were able to provide food, childcare and translation at all of our PTA meetings
  • 5th Grade Promotion (coming up!)
  • We funded the following for each grade level:
    • Specials: Ukuleles for the music department, Classroom puppets and training for the Spanish Department, Supplies for the 5th Grade Musical
    • Kindergarten – Lots of classroom supplies and a field trip to Discovery Theater
    • 1st Grade – Field notebooks
    • 2nd Grade – Field Trip to the farmers market including fruit and veggie purchases, purchase of bags and additional veggies for the showcase and some supplies for the Campbell Olympics
    • 3rd Grade – Helped to fund the bus to Harpers Ferry for Field Trip
    • 4th Grade – Funding the field trip to Great Falls
    • 5th Grade – Helped to fund the bus to the National Aquarium in Baltimore
    • Interlude – Funded many incentives and rewards and a calming herb garden
  • And our biggest funding item of the year was the PA system upgrade!
In addition to funding the above, the PTA also helped coordinate (and manage the money of the following events):
  • Project Discovery
  • Family Game Night
  • Campbell Spirit Wear Sales
  • School Movie Night
You can see the details of all of the income and expenses for the year in the attached documents. As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! 
Thanks,

Jenny Morris

PTA Meeting Minutes 5.8.18

Campbell PTA Meeting

May 8, 2018

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Approximate
# of Attendees
: 27

I.     Welcome
and Introduction: Nathan Zee, President 

  • Nathan
    welcomed everyone to second-to-last PTA meeting
  • Wetlands
    Festival results:
    • Successful
      event by every measure
    • Raised
      around $16,000, with about $2,000 in expenses
    • Huge
      turn-out/attendance
    • Events
      and activities were very popular
    • Raised
      more money than we spent on food (donations vs. fee worked well)
    • We
      have a series of lessons-learned to turn over to next year’s planning
      team
    • Thank
      you to all volunteers!

  • Teacher
    Appreciation this week events/activities:
  • Reminders:
    • Final
      Restaurant Night is coming up on 5/22 at Chipotle at the Columbia Pike
      location, between 4-8 pm
      • Informal
        Picnic at the Campbell playground to follow, weather contingent

    • Looking
      for a Restaurant Night coordinator to take over for next year
    • This
      Friday is the last Community Meeting until 6/8 because of SOL testing
    • Rising
      Kindergarten Orientation will be held on Wednesday, 6/6, at 4 pm at
      Campbell

 

II.    Officer
Election, Beth Cavey, Nominating Committee Chair

  • Proposed
    slate was introduced at our last meeting
  • We
    are taking nominations from the floor, if anyone else would like to be
    considered for a position
    • No
      additional nominations were offered from the floor

  • The proposed PTA Officer Slate will be voted on as a whole.
    The nominees are:
    • President – Barbara Martinez
    • VP
      Programming – Paige Hamrick
    • VP
      Fundraising – split between Julia Ahumada
      (General Fundraising) and Christy Hiers (Wetlands Festival Chair)
    • VP
      Communications and Outreach – Kathy Evans
      Cordon
    • Treasurer– Amanda Lowenberger
    • Secretary – Shana Brown

  • Do we have a motion to adopt the proposed slate?
    • Motion
      to adopt; seconded; approved unanimously

  • Congratulations
    to our new Executive Board!
  • Everyone, please consider a more active role in the PTA. It
    will pay-off for you in a lot of ways. There are leadership positions
    beyond the Executive Board, such as Restaurant Night Coordinator, so
    please consider taking on such a role
  • Nathan:
    Official transition of Officers is June 12th, except for
    Treasurer, which happens after the PTA audit
    • We
      need at least one at-large PTA member to volunteer to be part of the
      Audit Committee; the audit will be held in early July, exact time and
      date TBD. Please consider if you are available.
    • New
      Treasurer will become official once the audit is completed, after which
      point we will visit the bank to change over signatories to the account

 

III.   Counseling
Advisory Committee, Kate Sullivan, School Counselor

·        
Another way that
you could become involved at Campbell would be to join the newly forming
Counseling Advisory Committee

·        
We are forming a
Counseling Advisory Committee to help align Campbell’s counselling program with
the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) model

·        
ASCA model for a
comprehensive school counselling program includes:

o  
Foundation:

§ 
Beliefs, vision, and
mission statement

§ 
Domains that are
covered by the counseling program are: academic, social-emotional, and career,
with a heavy focus on social-emotional, in alignment with the whole-child
philosophy

§ 
Ensure that
everything is aligned with the ASCA standards and competencies (like Standards
of Learning for counseling lesson plans)

o  
Management
System:

§ 
Use of data:
collected data early in the year through a survey to better inform counselling offerings

§ 
Use of time: track
activities throughout the year with reports and

§ 
Creation of an
Advisory Committee (for next year), to help make sure that all of these things
I’m doing align with best practices and community needs

o  
Delivery System:

§ 
Preventative Classroom
curriculum for K-5 (Second Step and Mind-Up lessons)

§ 
Individual
student planning (mostly Middle School transition)

§ 
Responsive
Services, as needed

§ 
Indirect Student
Services (referrals to outside community resources, consultation with parents
and teachers, collaboration with all staff)

o  
Accountability:

§ 
Action Plans and
Results Report

§ 
Counselor
Performance Evaluation

§ 
Program Audit

·        
The Counseling
Advisory Committee will:

o  
Be a
representative group of stakeholders that reviews and advises the
implementation of the school counseling program

o  
Be diverse in membership
to accurately reflect Campbell’s values, concerns, and interests

o  
Be 8-14 members and
will include counseling staff, parents, administrators, and teachers (lead,
assistant, and specialist teachers), and possibly (older) students

o  
Attend 3 meetings
held throughout the first year of committee formation

§ 
Introductory
meeting,

§ 
Early-year
meeting to set goals

§ 
End-of-year
meeting to review and evaluate program’s success and challenges

o  
 Subsequently, there will be only two committee
meetings each year

·        
If interested in
joining the Counseling Advisory Committee:

o  
Email: kate.sullivan@apsva.us

o  
Phone: (703)
228-8444

o  
Twitter:
@MsSullivan_APS

 

IV.  Treasurer’s
Report: Jenny Morris, Treasurer

·        
Highlights include:

    • Operating
      expenses so far this year were $37,000 and we took in $55,000 in income,
      not including the Wetlands Festival
    • We’ve hit
      our income goals and are looking pretty good
    • In April
      we:
      • Took in $7,400
        in Project Discovery Payments; Instructor payments will go out this week
      • Received $61 from Square 1 art
      • Received $83 from Amazon rewards
      • Received $7,671 from Wetlands
        Online Auction payments; more to come in May
      • Made the $785 deposit from the Penny
        Wars fundraiser
      • Spent $400 for Odyssey of the
        Mind registration reimbursement
      • Spent $216 for Musical
        Reimbursement
      • Spent $262 – Outdoor
        Coordinator hours
      • Spent $366 on purchases for
        Expedition Support
      • Spent $173 on Outdoor Classroom
        supplies
      • Spent $98 for Math Dice
        T-Shirts

    • In May look forward to:
      • Additional Project Discovery
        payments
      • Wetlands Festival income
      • Expense to subsidize 3rd
        and 5th grade Field Trip charter buses from grade level line
        items

  • Q: Have any of the grade levels
    not used their allocation of the grade-level funding? A: 1st
    and 2nd Grades have not used their line item funding;
    Expedition Support line item money also remains available

·        
Funding request
from Ms. Ammons for gifts for two retiring Staff members:

o  
$400 to cover
items for Ms. McMahon and Ms. Sananikone, which are TBD

o  
Ms. Ammons will
coordinate purchase

o  
If approved, the
money must be spent, and receipts sent to PTA, prior to 6/30 in order to be
reimbursed

o  
Motion to
approve; seconded; approved unanimously

·        
Q: I can’t figure
out from the budget exactly how much cash we have on hand. Can you clarify? A:
We have a few significant expenses pending, but current bank balance is about
$74,000. We’ll be around $60,000 once those expenses clear.

·        
Q: Any
big/expensive projects we’re taking on? A: We intentionally have not solicited
ideas for a large project this year given the uncertainty around the Elementary
Planning/Boundary Initiative.

 

V.    Elementary
Boundary Initiative Update: Nathan Zee, President

  • Campbell was first to realize the
    implications of this initiative back in December

o  
We lobbied School
Board members, spoke at School Board meetings, sent in 52 letters, had members
on walkability task force, FAC, etc., all providing their input

o  
We’ve had several
surveys that we’ve shared via Announcements including Campbell walk zone
survey, and a survey asking what criteria should be considered in school siting

  • Other PTAs began doing the same
    and there has been significant pushback as to how APS has handled this
    process, resulting in delayed timelines
  • Arguably,
    the message that resonated the most with the School Board and Staff
    appears to be related to diversity. Staff appears to have heard our very
    real concerns about what happens to diversity at the current Campbell site
    if the building becomes a neighborhood school filled to 101% capacity with
    kids in the walk zone; most students from this theoretical walk zone would
    be economically disadvantaged. In their latest document, Staff has
    acknowledged that student outcomes are negatively affected by the
    diminished resources available to an economically disadvantaged community.
    They have acknowledged that their stated focus on student success and achievement
    is placed at risk by creating situations in which economically
    disadvantaged students are concentrated in any given school.
  • Our
    formal PTA stance is that we are not advocating for or against any other
    schools or communities to be changed; we are strictly speaking about why maintaining
    Campbell in its current location is imperative to the program, and serves
    the overall APS goals
  • Late-breaking news is that the
    community feedback session has been moved back from 5/9 until 5/30 (7-9pm
    at Swanson Middle School)
  • Please
    send me any questions you think APS staff should answer at the 5/30
    meeting. I will compile the questions and submit them
  • We
    will look at what (if any) PTA letter to send in after the 5/30 meeting
  • Nathan
    opened the floor
    to questions and comments. A robust discussion ensued.

 

VI.  New
Business: Nathan Zee, President

·        
Any New Business?

o  
Jenny Morris, Project
Discovery Coordinator:

§ 
This is the last
week of Project Discovery for classes that meet on Thursdays and Fridays

§ 
Next week is the
last week of Project Discovery for classes that meet on Wednesdays

 

VII. Closing:
Nathan Zee, President

  • Final
    PTA meeting of the year will be on Tuesday, 6/12. We'll have a recap,
    celebration, and transition discussion (plus any updates on the Elementary
    Planning Initiative).
  • We’re
    looking to schedule our annual audit the weekend after the July 4th
    holiday. This will allow us to change signatories on our bank account and
    formally complete transition. Let Jenny Morris know if you would like to
    participate as part of the Audit Committee.
  • We've
    begun work on developing our 2018-19 PTA budget. If you have feedback or input,
    please send it to Barbara Martinez or Amanda Lowenberger.

Campbell PTA financial update as of 4/30

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In advance of the PTA meeting tomorrow, I wanted to send our PTA financials as of 4/30. As usual, I've attached a file that includes 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 in advance, please let me know. 
Hope to see you tomorrow!
Thanks,
Jenny Morris

PTA Meeting Minutes 4.10.18

Campbell PTA Meeting

April 10, 2018

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Approximate
# of Attendees
: 32

I.     Welcome
and Introduction: Nathan Zee, President 

  • Nathan
    welcomed everyone to the PTA meeting and read a Thank You letter from Ms.
    Berg’s 2nd grade class, thanking the PTA for purchasing books
    from the Teacher’s Wish lists during the Book Fair
  • Reminders:
    • Brick’s
      Pizza Night tomorrow night, 4/11, order between 4-8 pm; a reminder email
      will be sent out over Announcements with the flyer attached
    • Garden
      Work Day is coming up on 4/21, 9 am -12 pm
    • Wetlands Festival is coming up
      on Saturday, 4/28, from 4-7pm
      • Please volunteer to help with
        the festival using Sign-Up Genius:
        http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084aada723a5fe3-2018
      • Please consider a parent
        donation to the auction (dinner, item, event, etc.; contact Sean Doyle
        for ideas)
      • Please consider donating an
        item to the class basket(s), any grade

    • Spirit Days will be held leading
      up to the Wetlands Festival on 4/25-27; W – Superhero Day, Th – Crazy
      Hat/Hair Day, F – Class Color Day:
      • Pre-K – Purple
      • Kindergarten – Orange
      • 1st Grade – White
      • 2nd Grade – Yellow
      • 3rd Grade – Blue
      • 4th Grade – Red
      • 5th Grade – Green

  • The Outdoor Lab Trip previously
    scheduled for Sunday, 4/22, is postponed until next
    year
  • Julia
    Ahumada will take the lead for Teacher Appreciation week (May 7-11) since
    Mecca Keller will be unavailable. Thank you, Julia!
  • Elementary
    Boundary information will be updated this Thursday evening during the School
    Board Work Session – stay tuned!

 

II.    Anxiety
in Children: Cassie Class and Dr. Meg Michel, School Psychologists

·        
Ms. Nesselrode
introduced the Student Services team

o  
Kate Sullivan,
School Counselor: Tier 1 topics and schoolwide preventative interventions that
are part of Mind-Up/Second Step curriculum, facilitates small groups and
occasionally sees individual students as need arises

o  
Cory Bradley,
School Social Worker: helps families access community resources

o  
Cassandra Class,
School Psychologist: does all student evaluations, facilitates social skills
groups, and provides primarily Tier 2 support

o  
Dr. Meg Michel,
School Psychologist, Interlude: primarily interacts with Interlude students and
provides Tier 3 support

·        
Ms. Class began
the presentation on Anxiety in Children and provided hand-outs with detailed list
of resources and strategies for dealing with anxiety

o  
What is anxiety?

§ 
Anxiety is
something we’ve all experienced. It is a normal reaction to situations that we
perceive to be dangerous.

§ 
It is an adaptive
response that increases our arousal and alertness that allows us to prepare to
combat danger.

o  
When is anxiety a
concern?

§ 
When it is
experienced to a level that interferes with daily functioning and well-being

o  
Anxiety in
childhood:

§ 
Anxiety is most prevalent
psychiatric disorder in children and adolescents (3-25% of all children
experience anxiety to a diagnostic level)

§ 
Median age of
onset is 6 years old, peaking between 8-10 years old

§ 
Frequency of
disorder is equal between genders during elementary years, adolescent females
have an increased frequency (2 to 3 x more likely than male adolescents)

§ 
80% of youth with
a diagnosable anxiety disorder do not receive mental health treatment (includes
both counselling and Special Education identification or educational accommodations)

§ 
Childhood anxiety
is correlated with a variety of mental health disorders in adulthood, including
depression (children with anxiety are 8 to 10 x more likely to have depressive
disorder as an adult)

§ 
Important to
identify anxiety early because there are very effective treatments; if children
receive those treatments, the prognosis is very good

o  
In terms of how children
with anxiety present, they tend to:

§ 
Fear that future
events will have negative outcomes

§ 
View minor events
as potentially threatening

§ 
Engage in a
variety of avoidance behaviors to reduce exposure to perceived threat
(tantrums, for example)

§ 
Have worry that
is either unrealistic (e.g., an imagined threat) or out of proportion to the
situation

§ 
Anxiety in
children younger than 8 tends to be very specific, such as fear of the dark,
fear of dogs, fear of separation

§ 
Anxiety in
children aged 8 and older tends to be more abstract and more social, such as
fear of rejection, fear of poor school performance

o  
Signs of anxiety:

§ 
Elementary-aged
children often report somatic complaints (upset stomach, headaches, sleeping
problems, nausea, rapid heart rate)

§ 
They may request
to see the nurse on a frequent basis

§ 
May also display
thinking or learning challenges, such as attention or memory problems

§ 
Might display
restlessness, fidgetiness, rapid speech, withdrawal, perfectionism, and/or
failure to complete tasks

·        
The different
types of childhood anxiety disorders are described in detail on the hand-out;
in the interest of time I will not go into them all

·        
The types of
anxiety we see most frequently at school are generalized anxiety disorder,
which is a pervasive worry covering many broad areas of one’s life, lasting for
a prolonged time and interfering with daily activities, and social anxiety disorder,
which is an intense fear of social and performance situations and can present
as selective mutism

·        
Lately there has
been more attention given to anxiety resulting from trauma, PTSD

·        
We also see some
school-refusal behavior, which is usually a result of separation anxiety or
fear of an aversive situation at school

·        
When should you
seek professional help?

o  
Every child will
experience some level of anxiety, so it’s really looking at when it’s
interfering with daily functioning, when it’s excessive, and when the worry is
about something that is not developmentally appropriate

o  
Q: What about
phobias? I know adults who are still afraid of heights. Should they be seeking
help? A: Well, you must look at whether it’s impacting their daily life. For
example, if a veterinarian is afraid of animals, that would be a problem. If
your fear is being in public places, that could certainly interfere with
functioning. But if it’s a fear of heights, you can probably find ways to get
around that fear and still lead a typical life. If it was something an
individual wanted to work on, there are treatments available if someone felt it
was necessary to take those additional steps

·        
We have many
supports available at Campbell for students experiencing anxiety

o  
Classroom lessons
with Ms. Sullivan (Mind Up curriculum, steps for calming down, emotional
regulation) available to all students

o  
Anxiety groups
facilitated by a member of the Student Services team for students with
school-performance anxiety

o  
“Take a break”
spots in every classroom

o  
Counselling staff
available for check-ins with students as-needed

o  
We have some
students who require additional support than what is available to the general
population, so there are students who have IEPs or 504s with accommodations for
their anxiety

·        
Ms. Cass turned
over the floor to Dr. Michel to discuss strategies for dealing with anxiety

·        
Dr. Michel
discussed anxiety from the parents’ perspective

·        
Things for
parents to keep in mind:

o  
The goal isn’t to
eliminate anxiety, but to make it manageable

o  
Don’t avoid
things that make your child anxious (can become a learned coping mechanism;
exposure in some gradual fashion is a part of treatment for most anxiety)

o  
Avoid minimizing
or magnifying fears

o  
Model coping
skills

o  
Limits and
structure are important and serve to reduce anxiety

o  
Advance
preparation can help, perhaps keep period of anticipation short enough that
it’s manageable for your child

o  
Ask, “What’s the
worst-case scenario?” to talk through situations that are causing anxiety

·        
General
strategies for managing a child’s anxiety include:

o  
Give them a job
to do or put them in a “helper” role

o  
Make sure they
have activities where they can feel confident and competent, even chores

o  
Give them
creative outlets to experience mastery over their fears (e.g., writing,
drawing, drama, play)

o  
Use bibliotherapy

o  
Don’t forget
about the anxiety-reducing benefits of exercise

·        
Specific
strategies and mindfulness:

o  
Help children
judge the “size” of their worries (small, medium, large, or on a scale of 1-10)

o  
Worry tree:
worries are the leaves, bigger ones to the top, smaller to the bottom; can use
sticky notes so that as worries change over time they can be moved around on
the tree or maybe removed all together

o  
 “Mind in a jar” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2SqvqcQ__o)

o  
Meditation or
body scans

o  
Deep breathing
(“take 5” and box breathing)

o  
Yoga, progressive
muscle relaxation

o  
Aromatherapy

o  
Teach children to
use sensory details in their environments to ground themselves in the present
moment (e.g., looking for a specific color or shape, identifying 3 things they
can see, hear, or feel around them)

o  
Teach awareness
of how their bodies feel when they’re anxious vs. calm

·        
Q: Is the worry
tree a good technique to use to see if there’s an issue that’s causing anxiety
that you may not be aware of? Or is it better to wait until you know there’s
something worrying your child, because could this make them worry about
something that they weren’t worried about before?

o  
A: It’s a good
strategy for any kid, because they all have worries, even mundane ones, so you
aren’t doing harm with this technique. This may be a way to get at kids who
don’t express their worry/anxiety in more apparent ways.

·        
Q: Anger and
oppositional behavior, you mentioned those as possible signs of anxiety?

o  
A: Yes, these
behaviors, and irritability, are often signs of anxiety. It’s important to try
to understand what’s causing the behavior and sometimes the reason is that they
are feeling out of control and are trying to exert some control or gain some
control back, that’s fairly common for children who have trouble verbalizing
their anxiety. There’s an article here that talks about why disruptive behavior
can be a sign of anxiety: https://childmind.org/article/how-anxiety-leads-to-disruptive-behavior/

·        
Q: What kind of
professional development is APS offering to teachers to help them deal with
anxious students in the classroom? How is APS addressing this?

o  
A: There’s been a
recent focus on the idea of the “whole child” and a lot of attention is being
paid in that sense to the social/emotional aspect of a child’s education. The
new strategic plan that’s just been released includes an increase in
social/emotional curriculum opportunities, so I believe that aspect is going to
be developed within curriculum. We have some of those pieces now, but this
would be a broader curriculum. They have increased staff allocations for our
department (counsellors, psychologists, etc.) over the past couple of years to
provide more support in the schools, so that we can be supporting teachers. The
lessons we provide in the classroom are done with the teachers present, so they
are benefitting from the lessons, too. Occasionally there are presentations at
Staff Meetings. If teachers have a concern about a particular student, there is
a referral process and then the team meets to talk about case management.

·        
Q: What about a
scenario when one child in your family has anxiety and the other does not? What
are the best strategies for dealing with that?

o  
A: Well, you
probably don’t want to do a lot of comparing between your children and pointing
out differences in the responses to stressors between an anxious and a typical
child. As a parent, you can employ modelling, but with siblings, because of sibling
rivalry, this strategy might not work as well. As a parent, the things you can
do to help your anxious child are the same strategies that your less anxious
child can use when they do encounter the inevitable worry, even if it’s not as
frequent or as intense an experience for them as it is for your anxious child.
Any of the strategies we’ve listed on the handout are great for every child. The
mindfulness techniques could be done as a family. Incorporating these techniques
into your routine could benefit all of you. For instance, doing relaxation breathing
techniques before bedtime, or guided meditation. I would approach it as
something you’re going to do as a family because the mindfulness and
self-soothing strategies can be used by every child to calm down, whether they’re
anxious, angry upset, or winding down for bedtime.

·        
Q: Over the course
of your careers, have you noticed a change in the types of anxiety or the
incidences of anxiety?

o  
A: Yes, the
incidence seems higher over time. As for the types of anxiety, I’ve noticed
more anxiety related to school performance. Also, the prevalence of anxiety in
females ages 8-12 has increased and something we’ve noticed.

·        
Ms. Nesselrode: The
roll-out of additional mental health experts is a budget item that’s discussed nearly
every year during the budget proposal season. After Parkland, it was one of the
things discussed a great deal at the national level. One of the recommendations
discussed nationally is for all schools to have the type of support we
currently have, so that school psychologists aren’t spread too thin and don’t
have to spend all their time testing and going to meetings. By having more staff,
the psychologists can serve more kids, even those who don’t have an IEP or 504
or other formal plan. And sometimes they are even able to help a student avoid
needing those plans, because they’re able to intervene and extinguish a behavior
earlier on. We’ve noticed that the increased staff has been a tremendous improvement.
We’re also able to tell students that if they are in distress, they can go down
to the counselling suite and, because there are four staff members there, they
will be very likely to find someone who can see them right away.

·        
Ms. Sullivan: We
mentioned the staff referral form earlier, but I’d like to remind everyone that
there is also a parent referral form available online if you feel that you need.
The form comes straight to me and if it’s not suited to me, I would then refer
it to the appropriate staff member. You can access the form here: https://campbell.apsva.us/counseling-referral-form/.
Students in 3rd-5th grade can also refer themselves by submitting
a form and putting it in the locked mailbox on our door. Students have been availing
themselves of this opportunity and that’s a good thing, because the more we
normalize reaching out for help, the better.

 

III.   Treasurer’s
Report: Jenny Morris, Treasurer

·        
Highlights for this
month include:

o  
Paid
$305 for the K Field Trip to Discovery Theater

    • Spent $855
      to purchase remaining items on teacher book wish lists
    • Paid $735 for the Outdoor
      Coordinator February hours
    • $200+ for PTA meeting expenses
    • Spent $130 for the Online
      Auction website fees
    • Spent $150 for Magna Tiles for
      Ms. Sim's classroom
    • Spent $16 for Bunny supplies
    • Spent $100 for journals for the
      1st graders

o  
$2,080 in Project
Discovery income

o  
$175 in Amazon
rewards income

·        
No questions

·        
No new funding requests
this month

IV.  PTA
Officer Nominations: Beth Cavey, Nominating Committee Chair

  • The proposed PTA Officer Slate is:
    • President – Barbara Martinez
    • Treasurer– Amanda Lowenberger
    • Secretary – Shana Brown
    • VP
      Programming – Paige Hamrick
    • VP
      Fundraising – split between Julia Ahumada
      (General Fundraising) and Danielle Quist (Wetlands Festival Chair)
    • VP
      Communications and Outreach – Kathy Evans

  • We
    are taking nominations from the floor, if anyone else would like to be
    considered for a position
    • No
      additional nominations were offered

  • Do we have a motion to adopt the proposed slate?
    • Motion;
      seconded; approved unanimously

  • Nathan: To confirm, that was not the vote to elect officers.
    The vote will be held at next month’s meeting (May 8th), so if
    folks are still interested, we will take nominations from the floor as
    part of the voting process during the May PTA meeting.

 

V.    Closing:
Nathan Zee, President

PTA Meeting Minutes 3.13.18

Campbell PTA Meeting

March 13, 2018

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Approximate
# of Attendees
: 25

I.     Welcome
and Introduction: Nathan Zee, President 

  • Nathan
    welcomed everyone to the PTA meeting
  • Reminders:
    • No
      Community Meeting on Friday because of Parent/Teacher conference make-up
      events; next Community Meeting will be on 3/23
    • Meeting
      this Friday at 8:45 am at Campbell (in the Conference Room) for Wetlands
      Planning finalization
    • Meeting
      this Sunday at 1 pm for Auction planning at Sean Doyle’s house; contact
      Sean if you’re interested in helping out (doylesm@gmail.com)
    • Project
      Discovery registration closes on Friday, 3/16

  • We
    had a successful Restaurant Night at Silver Diner
  • APS
    will be paying for the new Library furniture, so we have a surplus of
    funds that can be reserved and put towards other uses next year or in the future
  • Quick
    thank you on a successful Penny Wars event, which raised around $800; we’ll
    announce the winner at the next Community Meeting

 

II.    Beth
Cavey, Nominating Committee Chair

  • We
    will be presenting an official slate at our next meeting and voting in May
  • Actively
    seeking nominations for all six PTA Officers (President, Treasurer, VP
    Comms, VP Programs, VP Fundraising, Secretary); we need a nearly full
    slate of new officers; Paige Hamrick has agreed to run for a second term
    as VP Programs
  • If
    you are interested, please let me know
  • There
    are two-year term limits, so Nathan, Jenny, Barbara, and Katherine cannot
    keep their current positions
  • Come
    be part of what makes our community so special
  • We
    will send out official position descriptions after tonight’s meeting so
    that anyone interested has them

 

III.   Youth
Culture Survey, Maureen Nesselrode, Principal

·        
Questionnaire/survey
about student risk behaviors, given to 6th, 8th, 10th,
and 12th grade students by APS in partnership with DHS (Arlington Partnership
for Children, Youth and Families)

o  
Look at trends in
risk-taking behavior among students in Arlington schools

o  
Questions ask
about: sex, drugs and alcohol, smoking, relationships, stress, mental health,
domestic violence, abuse, etc.

o  
Elementary-High School
students receive age-appropriate questions

·        
Q: Has the questionnaire
been updated to ask about juuling/vaping? A: Not yet.

·        
Ms. Nesselrode
then explained what those terms mean:

o  
Juuls are devices
that allow for vaporized/smokeless delivery of tobacco and/or marijuana; they
look like USB flash drives and can be charged by plugging them into a laptop, so
they can be easily concealed at schools; “juuling” is using a Juul brand vaporizer

o  
“Vaping” is inhaling
tobacco or marijuana vapor through a device such as a Juul or an e-cigarette

·        
The presenter
from the Arlington County Partnership for Youth and Families was unable to
attend this evening as previously scheduled, but the results from their survey
can be accessed online at: https://apcyf.arlingtonva.us/youth-risk-behavior-survey-2017-results/

·        
One of the outcomes
from this survey is the newly adopted Child Protection Unit, which Ms. Sullivan
will now describe

 

IV.  Child
Protection Unit Initiative, Kate Sullivan, School Counselor

·        
Produced by
Second Step (this is the social-emotional curriculum that APS already uses for
Tier 1 classroom lessons, in combination with Mind-Up curriculum)

·        
After Spring
Break, I will deliver one lesson per class at every grade level for the Child Protection
Unit

·        
Being delivered
countywide in age-appropriate ways for kids K-5

·        
Why the need for
CPU?

o  
National statistics
about abuse and risk factors are very concerning

o  
APS-specific data:

§ 
Nearly 50% of female
students in grades 8-12 report being harassed at school

§ 
20% of those female
students indicated a dating partner made unwanted sexual contact

·        
Learning
objectives:

o  
Every grade level
will be expected to distinguish between safe, unsafe, and unwanted touches

o  
Grades 1-2 will
be able to identify the Touching Rule:

§ 
Touching Rule: A
bigger person should never touch a child’s private body parts, except to keep
him or her healthy

o  
Grades 3-5 will
be able to identify the Private Body Parts Rule:)

§ 
Private Body
Parts Rule: private body parts are private. No one should ever touch yours (except
a doctor or a nurse), ask to see yours (except a doctor or a nurse), or make
you look at his/her/or anyone else’s private body parts. And never touch anyone
else’s private body parts.

o  
Q: What vocabulary
will you be using to describe private body parts? A: We will be discussing it
in general terms, not naming every specific body parts. We will call “private
body parts” any part your body that would be covered by a bathing suit. I will show
them a picture of a child wearing a bathing suit so that they understand what
area is being indicated when I say “bathing suit area” or “private parts”; the
lesson is highly scripted and does include the terms, “breasts,” “penis,” and “buttocks”
when I initially introduce the picture of the areas that will henceforward be called
the “bathing suit” area or “private parts.”

o  
Grades 3-5 will
be:

§ 
Identifying the “Never
Keep Secrets” Rule: Never keep secrets about someone breaking the private body
parts (or touching) rule

§ 
Learning how to
apply assertive reporting skills in response to scenarios when someone has broken
the private body parts (or touching) rule

·        
Q: Do you talk
about who are the safe/appropriate people to report to? A: Yes, we do.

·        
Timeline:

o  
February: School
counselor presented CPU to Campbell staff at staff meeting

o  
March: CPU letter
sent home to parents. Ms. Sullivan is available to meet with any parent who’s
interested in learning more about this lesson

o  
April: Ms.
Sullivan delivers CPU lessons to K-5 classrooms; home links sent home with
students following lesson delivery. K-2nd lessons will happen during
first week of April; 3-5th will be given the lesson during the
second week of April; each lesson is approximately 30 minutes

·        
Classroom
teachers and the school psychologist will be present during the lessons. I will
follow-up with any students who have difficulty with the lesson or who didn’t
meet learning objectives

 

V.    Elementary
Boundary Initiative Update: Nathan Zee, President

·        
Latest news:

o  
We lobbied School
Board members, spoke at School Board meetings, sent in 52 letters, have members
on walkability task force, FAC, etc., all providing their input

o  
We’ve had several
surveys that we’ve shared via Announcements including Campbell walk zone survey
(open until 3/16), and survey asking what criteria should be considered in
school siting

o  
Other schools
have been lobbying their positions as well

o  
It is unclear
what specific transportation changes may be coming as APS looks to reduce transportation
costs, but there is a possibility that “Courtesy” busing to Campbell could be
lost

o  
Campbell will
likely be receiving an additional (fourth) Kindergarten next year, and two
additional trailer classrooms to accommodate expected growth as APS moves
towards expanding/maximizing all Option Schools’ enrollment

o  
In April, Staff
will make recommendations about what schools are being considered to move, but
will not indicate what program will move where; that decision will be made next
fall in conjunction with the Elementary School boundary process

o  
Depending on the recommendation
in April, we will be ready to continue to engage

VI.  Treasurer’s
Report: Jenny Morris, Treasurer

·        
Highlight this month
include:

o  
$77.65 from Game Night
concessions; $507 in expenses

o  
$458 in Outdoor
Classroom expenses, coordinator hours total $507

o  
$515 in Project
Discovery income

o  
$210 in Amazon rewards
income

o  
$250 from Girl Scout
Troop Donation to update recess supplies

o  
Two Funding
Requests, which do not require votes because they’re within grade level budgets:

§ 
5th
Grade Field Trip assistance, $1,000

§ 
Kindergarten:
$129.99 for Magna-Tiles for Ms. Sim’s class choice time

o  
With these
requests, all line-item funding for K and 5th grade has been exhausted

VII. New
Business: Nathan Zee, President

·        
Any New Business?

·        
Ms. Christy,
Outdoor Learning Coordinator:

o  
The proposed APS budget
includes proposed cuts to the Assistant-to-Teacher program

o  
This program enables current APS Paraprofessionals who qualify to participate in a
partially funded program to obtain a Virginia teacher license. 

o  
The loss
of this program would have a significant negative impact on Campbell, as there
are current Campbell Assistant Teachers in this program who would not be able
to continue in their programs without this continued financial assistance

o  
Nathan: talking points will be shared for those who would like to
express support for the program to the School Board. Miss Christy will be
speaking at the March 22nd School Board meeting

 

VIII.        Closing:
Nathan Zee, President

  • Teacher
    Appreciation Week coming up during second week of May
    • Our
      Committee Chair will be out-of-town during that week, so we need a
      volunteer to step-in to coordinate/plan the events and we also need help/volunteers
      to execute those plans; let me know if you’re interested and available to
      help

  • Next
    Restaurant Night will be Brick’s Pizza Night on April 11th (4-8
    pm)
  • Thanks
    for coming and that’s a wrap!

PTA Meeting Minutes 2.13.18

Campbell PTA Meeting

February 13, 2018

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Approximate
# of Attendees
: 80

I.     Welcome
and Introduction: Nathan Zee, President 

  • Nathan
    welcomed everyone to the PTA meeting
  • Nathan
    introduced the guest speaker, Tannia Talento, School Board Member

 

II.    Tannia
Talento, School Board Member, Campbell Liaison

  • Ms.
    Talento introduced herself and thanked our PTA for our input and feedback
    regarding the Elementary School siting process
  • Ms.
    Talento provided an update on APS/School Board happenings:
    • New
      School Board Member, Monique O’Grady, has taken office
    • School
      Board Member Barbara Kanninen will be up for reelection
    • Pre-K
      and Kindergarten registration is underway
    • Activities
      for Black History Month are culminating in a celebration at Gunston Middle
      School; “Arlington: Past and future Excellence” will be held from 6-8 pm
      on 2/28
    • School
      Board Advisory Councils and Committees are seeking new members. For more
      information, visit:
      https://www.apsva.us/school-board-advisory-councils-and-committees/
    • New
      Middle School Boundaries were adopted in December; they will go into
      effect in Fall 2019
    • The
      APS Calendar for 2018-19 was adopted
      • One
        change to look for is that Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held over
        1 ½ days rather than 2 full days

    • Adopted
      the first of two Acceptable Use Policies for student devices; second
      policy will be discussed at the March 22nd School Board
      Meeting
    • Option
      and Transfer Policy Revisions:
      • Sibling
        preferences maintained for Elementary level; waiting to update Secondary
        level sibling policy until after boundary revision process is complete
      • All
        option programs became Countywide admission
      • Student
        must re-apply every year to remain on waitlist after this year

    • Preparing
      for new schools to open
    • Visit
      Board Docs for upcoming School Board meeting agendas about the CIP for FY
      2019-2028
      • 3/8:
        AFSAP monitoring report on projections and capacity utilization due
      • 3/22:
        CIP framework (informational item)
      • 4/5:
        CIP framework (action item)

    • Strategic
      Plan:
    • In
      January, we gathered community input on draft mission and vision
      statement 
    • FY
      2019 budget hearings will be held on 2/22 and 2/24
      • Have
        a deficit for the coming fiscal year and we don’t anticipate the county
        being able to close all the gaps because their budget is also projecting
        a shortfall

    • Reed
      Elementary school BLPC process underway
    • Career
      Center Working Group meetings will be held from February until August;
      still able to accommodate the growth of Arlington Tech as planned for
      2018-2019
    • Education
      Center offices are relocating to Syphax Building; Instructional Focus for
      seats at the Ed Center site TBD

  • Ms.
    Talento gave an update the timeline for the Elementary School Planning
    process; details are available online at:
    https://www.apsva.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Handout_ES-Planning-Initiative_FINAL-ENGLISH-Updated-Feb-18.pdf
    • Winter
      2018: approved process and scope
    • Spring
      2018: designation of neighborhood and option schools (decision about
      where programs may move will not be made, just whether they should be
      moved)
    • Fall
      2018: adoption of Elementary School boundaries
      • Policy
        considerations:
        • Efficiency
        • Proximity
        • Stability
        • Alignment
        • Demographics
        • Contiguity

  • Ms.
    Talento opened the floor to questions and comments. Extensive questions
    and comments were taken. Some highlights include:
    • Comment:
      We are concerned about Campbell being moved, especially if the only
      consideration is density of students nearby.
      • Response:
        I don’t know whether Campbell would be named. We have to find out how answers
        to a number of unanswered questions (seats gained? cost? disruption to
        programs?). We’ve heard your feedback and are thankful for your comments
        that will help inform our decision. Campbell has not come up
        specifically in our discussions about possible program moves
      • Staff
        will present the possibilities at the 4/10 work session, and community
        engagement about that proposal will begin on 4/11

    • Comment:
      Our program was built by our parents. The time to engage with the
      community is now, because there are so many considerations that aren’t
      being talked about yet.
    • Comment:
      Also, consider many of our students are transfers from Barcroft because
      of the alternative calendar. What is going to be done about that
      calendar, which is not appropriate in a neighborhood school (because it’s
      different than all the other schools, shouldn’t it be an option?)
      • Your
        comment about Barcroft’s calendar should be emailed to the Engage
        website

    • Comment:
      FAC Meeting on 2/28 will discuss what criteria other than walkability
      should be considered
    • Comment:
      Moving choice schools out of South Arlington is not acceptable.
    • Comment:
      With such little information about what might be proposed, it’s hard to
      give appropriate feedback.
    • Comment:
      Don’t understand why we’re considering the cost of moving schools when
      we’re under such tight budget constraints; programs must be considered
      individually and more than just walkability must be a factor.
    • Comment:
      Staff and School Board Members should come tour our school (and other
      option schools) before making any recommendations or decisions. They
      should see EL in action and understand how much we utilize our location
      and surroundings for instruction.
      • Response:
        I will take that feedback to the School Board Members.

    • Comment:
      Our instructional focus is tied to our location and can’t be replicated
      elsewhere.
      • Response:
        We’re looking at boundaries and countywide programs because some may not
        be strategically placed. This is just a proposal that staff is bringing
        forward. Then the School Board must weigh whether it will cost too much
        to move the program in terms of instruction, community impact, financial
        cost. We are trying to make an informed decision. 

    • Comment:
      Our children have built and care for a lot of the outdoor spaces at
      Campbell. From a whole child perspective, moving our program could be
      detrimental to them.  
    • Q:
      Where should we be sending our feedback? A: Send emails to
      Engage@apsva.us; these emails go to Staff
      directly.
    • Q:
      How was this process initiated? A: Staff made the proposal and the School
      Board voted to consider their proposal.
    • Comment:
      Since the decision was made to make all option schools countywide, you
      should consider that Campbell is located pretty close to the N/S split
      and provides good accessibility; seems like a good way to keep option
      transportation costs down.

  • Ms.
    Nesselrode shared that in her discussions with staff in the Central
    Office, she has been making the case that Campbell isn’t a good candidate
    to move for the following reasons:
    • Instructional
      Focus good fit for current location (Outdoor Classroom, Wetlands, walking
      Field Trips to Long Branch Nature Center)
    • Interlude
      Program colocation
    • Diversity
      of student body might be compromised if we were moved to a less central
      location
    • Will
      continue to advocate until proposal is put forward in April

 

III.   Closing:
Nathan Zee, President

  • No
    time to go through funding requests; they were all within our previously
    approved budget. We don’t need to vote to approve, but for transparency, I
    will send out details by email.
  • Kate
    Sullivan, School Counselor: Please try to keep the discussions about
    program/school locations and potential moves to yourselves and try not to discuss
    with or in front of your children, to save the students from undue anxiety.

Campbell PTA financial update as of 3/31

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In advance of the PTA meeting on Tuesday, I wanted to send our PTA financials as of 3/31. As 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


Campbell PTA financial update as of 2/28

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In advance of the PTA meeting on Tuesday, I wanted to send our PTA financials as of 2/28. 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

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!