Campbell PTA Meeting
January 9, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
# of Attendees: 20
and Introduction: Nathan Zee, President
welcomed everyone to the PTA meeting
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
a Restaurant Night, on 3/8 at the Silver Diner; more info to follow
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
introduced the guest speaker, Carole Goodloe, Outdoor Lab Board Member
Lab: Carole Goodloe, Outdoor Lab Board
Goodloe introduced herself and gave a brief history of the Outdoor Lab
non-profit that partners with APS to provide access to science and
outdoor education for Arlington students
by former APS science teachers; celebrated its 50th
Anniversary this year
acres of pristine woods in Prince Willian County, exclusively for APS use
they are able to accommodate grade level trips at 3rd and 7th
grade, as well as an overnight trip for 5th graders
and staff coordinate lessons with APS science curriculum; opportunity for
kids to engage in science curriculum in natural setting
are being strained by APS student population growth
to work with APS to expand staff, facilities, and transportation to
continue to provide same level of access
committed to rebuilding the cottage
talk to the School Board, Science Staff, Superintendent to support this
vital resource (advocacy sheet distributed for talking points)
sessions (for rising 5th, 6th, and 9th
three overnights, lots of hiking, fishing, boating, and science
sign up through the APS Summer Course Catalog that will go home during
Goodloe opened the floor to questions:
As the opportunity for Outdoor Lab has shrunk, how has the community
responded? A: APS considered cutting it all together, but community
outcry staved that off. Now we’re at the point of slow accretion; 5th
grade overnights would likely be the next thing to fall by the wayside.
When you say this might be cut, how soon? A: Not imminently, but I am
worried that there’s so little wiggle room for scheduling the schools and
all the students that something will have to give
When we do our schoolwide trip on 4/22, it will be PTA subsidized, but
we’ll be asking for donations to supplement our visit to the Outdoor Lab
What other challenges do you face? A: We always look for opportunities to
acquire more land as a buffer between our natural space and the
surrounding area, which becomes less natural every year; we need a
significant capital fund to do this as well as fund other projects.
What is this Campbell event on 4/22? A: Campbell has
reserved the Outdoor Lab for the day. Students and their families will
have the opportunity to take a bus to the Outdoor Lab. The bus will
depart from Campbell and return here at the end of the day on Sunday,
4/22; we’re doing this so that kids who might not get to go to the
Outdoor Lab during the year have a chance to visit. If you are unable to
attend, there is an open house sponsored by the Outdoor Lab for all APS
students on May 5th
III. Benefits of Title 1: Maureen Nesselrode, Principal
What is Title 1?
Part of the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
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
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
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
Development for teachers (on and offsite)
(such as: summer mailbox, summer school, summer enrichment)
involvement events (Multicultural Night, Fall into the Arts, for example)
Money cannot be used for:
something that other schools already get (they intend for kids to get MORE than
their advantaged peers)
Food (unless its
for a Parental Involvement event)
Title 1 schools:
Staff must be
highly qualified (assistants must pass an exam or have college degrees)
documentation required (staff reports, parent attendance at events)
Must meet testing
targets or risk sanctions
Must develop a
oversight/support from the Central Office
opened the floor to questions
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Q: How many
additional students might we get? A: Maybe as many as 40, if we maxed out across
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.
under the radar, so it will take a few years I think before that might happen.
People don’t even know we’re here.
Transportation is a wild card, as we’ve never provided it to North Arlington;
it may change who applies over time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Report: Jenny Morris, Treasurer
Highlights from December:
Fun Run donations
totaled over $10,000
Restaurant Night earned $700
earned $ 353
Zumba earned $280
Took in our Project
Discovery payments and paid out instructors
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)
Movie Night broke
Department bought puppets and subscription to a music website with their
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.
Ms. Berg, $100
for t-shirts for the Campbell Math Dice team
Motion to approve
funding; seconded; approved unanimously
Ms. Dooley, $200 for
positive classroom behavior support incentives for Interlude
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
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?
at more modern furniture that is also more adult-friendly, that can accommodate
wobble-type pieces, and some pieces that are larger and better sized for older
ES kids and the adults who frequently use this furniture.
Comment: If the
school purchases the furniture, must use an approved vendor from a list APS
provides; PTA would have more flexibility in vendor.
Business: Nathan Zee, President
meeting will be held next Tuesday evening, 1/16, at Barbara Martinez’s
house at 6:30 pm, look for an email reminder shortly
signed contracts for the Dunk Tank, Rock Climbing Wall, and two Face
Painters for the Festival
Hamrick reminded everyone about Family Game Night on Friday, 2/2 at 6:30
beverages and snacks will be available for purchase
Wars will take place mid-February
that the spring session of Project Discovery begins on 4/4
parents who have a special skill, interest, or expertise and who may
want to lead a class, please get in touch
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.
we do a trial run to gauge parent interest?
have an information booth at the Wetlands Festival?
Bewitz will gather additional information and report back
Nathan Zee, President
Tannia Talento will be our guest speaker at the February meeting.
for coming and I hope to see you then!