Anything on the report with a star is split with Brookside, lots of little things from Walkathon and Gaga Pit, etc.
Teacher report -
Mrs. Zocco - We have had a lot of great safety drills. Walkathon was a huge motivator for the kids, and everyone was really excited to monitor it in the classrooms. Some of the testing going on has been going really well.
Ms. Kent - Academic report - Drills have been going really well. Lockdown drills have gone over well. We had police on site for this. Everything went silent right away. We had a fire drill today, overseen by Mrs. Fox, which also went well. Everyone is getting really riled up to throw water balloons!!! There is a public safety team that is doing a mock child abduction that will be simulated at Brookside, the child being “abducted” is an officer's child. They have a specific procedure they will be following. In this situation, we would remain in lockdown but continue with classes. This is a great practice for them.
-Walkathon - was a GREAT success!! Friday is the last day for collections. We can change the time for deadlines. Our deadline will be midnight. $100 buckets will be filled on Tuesday. It was too disruptive to do this during the day. We can change this for next year. Everything will be done before the assembly on Thursday.
-We are in the middle of Tshirt sales, but it is going over well. We are selling the Tshirts at cost, meaning we are NOT making a profit. Deadline for orders is Friday.
-Ice machine - thank you Parks family
-Gaga pit - also a HUGE success
-Kindergarten went on a field trip to the apple orchards this week. We did cover the expenses for this.
-Homecoming - we bought a bubble machine for the float that we will use in the future. Elsa was fabulous.
-We are going to do a survey this year, it is already started. We will NOT consider changing companies, and we will do the walkathon again next year. Otherwise, we are looking for feedback about PTO and walkathon and what parents would prefer us to do with the money.
-Incentive run down - the lanyards are pretty much all handed out. We will have only one prize per student no matter how many times their names are drawn. We are having a little blip with Great Wolf, they did not donate so we will have to pay out of pocket for this. We are also having some push back from the roller rink, so we are going to approach them with another way. We can rent it for a specific day perhaps. Amber Davis is going to look into this for us and find out all the details.
-Halloween gift - we have given glow sticks or other things in the past. Do we want to do this this year? Let’s not, we are doing a lot of other small things, so let’s pass on this.
-Mobi Max - there is a lot of interest in this, so we will do this for $699 for the whole school.
-Movie night - the licensing company contacted us. We had a great turnout last year, let’s do it again this year. We are looking at Fri. Nov 6 and we want to show the movie “Inside Out” We do have concessions for this event as well. Angie Mishler can send an evite notice out to honor students, which was a great help with concessions.
-Wreath sales - can someone please take this over? Stefanya will take this over. Megan has done this in the past and can help out. We are NOT doing this as a money maker. We do this because of the demand. We charge just enough to cover the cost.
-Parent Teacher Conferences - We serve the teachers dinner. Jennifer Ames is going to take this over. We have 13 teachers, maybe plan to serve 15. We could also do a desert sign up.
-Box Tops - does anyone want to take over Box Tops from Amber? It requires collecting them, cutting them, sending them in, etc. Amber can still help. We make about $2000-$3000 a year off of this. We do have a deadline at the end of the month which will result in a check in December. Amber Davis and Tanya Parks will help with this.
-Holiday Shop - We did not like the Reindeer Lane company last year. Tanya has a contact with a company that does this. We may need to order stuff through catalogs, but we would need to move now if we went that route. The Dollar Store may be a great way to go. That way we can make everything just a dollar or two at most. We did check to make sure that we can resell these items last year. Emily has room to store. We can contact the dollar store people to see what kind of inventory they have and what our options are.
-Book Fair - Our theme is Monsters. This is our next big thing. It will be Oct. 28, Wednesday night, from 5-7pm. We need help serving the ice cream, tidying the book fair, selling books. We also have sign up times during the week. Amber will send out a link to show those who sign up how to use the register. It is super easy to use. If you volunteer you get 10% off. This is our smaller one, the spring one is bigger. We do get scholastic dollars that we get to choose items from a catalog with. We used these funds to buy lots of things for the classrooms. We spent $7700 in books and classroom stuff last year. We are considering setting up a table at our Book Fair night for everyone to pick up their loot from the Walk-a-thon and the Tshirt sale. We will still send items out to those who can’t attend. Can we do a wish list for book fair items too? We can send this home with the book fair letter, or have the teachers have the wish list for the students as they tour.
-Match Day - Tuesday, November 10 from 11-6. We bring in all of our money and since we are non-profit, you get a certain % of money back. Someone has to sit at the table all day and we have to decorate our table - the theme is Black & Silver. All of the non profits in the county are there and donations are made.
-Budget - We have started working on this. What we have so far is on the google drive, so look at it and see what you think. We are trying to develop it, but as of now, we don’t have a guideline. We want to spend the money. We want the kids that are in the building this year need to reap the rewards of what we have made from the walkathon. We spent around 85% last year, and we need to spend it on the kids.
-Thank yous to the corporate sponsors. Let’s have the kids make some!
-Mr. Shewan - our custodian will be leaving after this year. We missed custodial appreciation day!! We want to do some fun things to show our appreciation for everything he does in the school. We could make a movie. We could give each classroom a month. Maybe a flash mob, or the marching band at the end of the year.
We are starting walk-a-thon expenses which are seen on the report. We made the signs for the hallways, which was another expense. Shoparoo made around $184.
Ms Kent - Academics report - We are rockin so far. The kids are doing fantastic so far this week. We are a very positive, high energy school. The first round of assessments are starting now and will go through the next few weeks. We are acquiring baseline data on the students to see where our growth is throughout the year. This information is passed onto the state. Any questions about skyward can be directed through the tech department. We have an amazing group of teachers!! There is a special ed millage coming up in November that is coming up. It is a MOISD thing. Keep it in mind!! It helps us alot.
Deater - some teachers had asked about Moby Max. We believe we did subscribe to that, so it should be available to them. The mats for the cricket in the work room are not sticky anymore, Amber will take care of this.
Our “one ask” major fundraiser is the Walk-a-thon. This is our one and only fundraiser for the year. Last year we raised over $16,000. We are hoping to go above and beyond again this year. Walk-a-thon website: thegetmovincrew.com. Last year 70% of our pledges came from a mobile device, and the website is now mobile device friendly. So the look of the webpage has changed a little, but it works the same as before. Teachers can pull their class page up in the classroom. It is more user friendly, but if anyone has any problems, pass them on to us!
Corporate sponsors last year raised $3300 between both schools, we already have over $2000 this year! Corporate sponsors will receive recognition at the event. Alot of the money from this event funds field trips. Letters about the walk-a-thon will go home tomorrow. We have new incentives this year. Kick off assembly is Sept. 10 at 8:30 am. Megan is going to be our Pete the Cat for our assembly. The end assembly/closing ceremony will be Oct. 15 at 2 pm. There will be a small event for those who cannot participate on the day of the event that will take place at the end assembly. We would be more than happy to have any help with this event. Direct any questions you hear to us!
We are getting a gaga pit! Yay! We bought a 30 ft. pit, with bumpers and 3 balls. We are doing this for the upper el kids. We are still waiting on the other new structure going in on the playground.
Field Trips - there is a new form for the teachers to fill out for us, so we can get a better grip on our budget. We are hoping to continue paying for all field trips.
We have been asked if we would be willing to purchase an ice machine to help out the front desk. Kim found one from Sam’s Club for $99. We will approve one if not donated.
Bylaws - we are going to readdress this after the walk-a-thon
Box tops/Labels - Amber - Bonus box tops are going again. Amber will check to make sure each classroom has a collection box. Our goal is around 105 boxtops per student. We have another idea for boxtop fundraisers - the basketball game competition through Ferris. They had all or nothing competition with another district close by. Boxtop deadlines are every few months, but Amber handles all of that. Becky takes care of the Labels for Education which is a similar format to the boxtops. For Labels, we can order out of a catalog or get a visa gift card. Last year, we used that money to pay for the teachers lounge. We have discussed an apparel event for this year’s teacher appreciation. Emily has a connection with an Under Armour rep. Our first book fair will be in Oct. Mrs. Scheible had an idea about sending information out to parents about a cardinal shirt swap at the same time as the family dinner night/bookfair.
Homecoming - Will be the same day as the walk-a-thon. We put our float together Thursday night before the event, also cut fruit for the walk-a-thon. We do not know the theme yet for homecoming.
We will continue to do the wreaths, this is NOT a fundraiser!! We do this because we have so many people asking us for them. We sell them at cost, and do NOT make money on this event.
Let’s continue on our path, keep it positive!!
-Chrome books have gone through!
- Mrs. Krebs - Thank you for the scholastic book wish list!! Lots of chatter about what to buy!! The science fair went over well, especially considering the weather. Angie Mishler was a big help for this event. It went over really well. Some thought there could be more time to allow for people to get to everything. Ipads are going over well. It seems like they is getting more and more use. Would a training session on the ipads be useful?? A training may already in the works.
-Mrs. Quinlan - Resource room could use a prescription for mobimax which runs $90 for the year. It is $600 for the school for the year. The free version is limited access. It would be very fitting for the resource room to have full access. We approve to give her the $100 for the remainder of the year. A Leaptag pen would be another piece that could be very helpful. Some people have some that can be donated.
- Academic and title report. March is reading month is up and running. There are also a lot of events going on throughout the month. Testing is coming up. And the book fair is also coming up. Parent teacher conferences invitation only is coming up on the March 19. The playground will likely be under water shortly. First testing will start in April. Thanks again for all your support.
- Calling all Moms was a huge success. Also, movie night was a huge success. Is it possible to do another one? We will have to check with the licensing to see if we can swing it. Could we find a time at the end of May to schedule another one?
- Lucky to Have You (dads day) will not take place on St. Patricks Day. Perhaps the Friday that week would work? Monday the 16th should work. Let’s get shamrock cookies for that morning as well.
-Book Fair - Will Angie sell the smencils on the book fair night? The dinner will cost $290. Ms. Kent has a fund that can cover the cost. We qualified for the deluxe book fair this time. Can we cancel library again over the week? We will have book fair Monday through Wednesday in the gym and Thursday and Friday in the library. So we will move book fair from gym to library after book fair night Wednesday. We will need to order the tables, can we get the tables on Friday March 13? In March, we typically buy each student a book. We can use our scholastics money for that. We should be able to stick to about $5 or less per book. Book Fair will be open during school hours for the week of March 16-20. We will have two raffle baskets like last time. There will also be a reading night going on that Wednesday.
-We will be getting a renovation on the playground.
-Panera is doing a fundraiser night. You have to bring in a certain number of flyers to get a good percentage back. Should we look into this? Should we send out some feelers to see if any parents would be interested in it?
-Second grade wants to go on a field trip to Meijer gardens. It would be about $1400, so they are thinking of scrapping it. Can we ask the parents to put forth $5 per student to help offset the cost? Let’s get the paperwork from them and see if we could swing it. They are also considering going to the nature center as well.
-Lynn Scheible at ArtWorks contacted Emily about doing art with the 4th grade. Ms. Kent has a meeting with her and will discuss this further.
-Recycle Week coming up in April.
-Mrs. Booher the librarian asked for a die cutter machine. They run about $50 per letter. Perhaps get more specifics to see what exactly she needs.
-Box Tops Competition at Ferris or at the High School. Maybe at the start of next year.Box Tops are down, but it is mostly because they aren’t making any of the bonus tops right now.
-Amber will call Pizza Hut and ask about the Book It.
-The kids keep asking about a black light party. They also have requested music over the speaker at lunch recess.
-We are looking at June 1 or 2 for the health fair.