Still in the process
Our Mission is to instill in all Riverview students a healthy self-image, a love of learning and the desire to achieve their best in tomorrow’s world.
Emily - Moby max refund came through, you also see the BWW lunch, and Walk-A-Thon check came through. Drama donation due to Suessical error from last year.
Miss Cole - A few parents and teachers have asked about the tippy stool, would we be able to get more? We will resend the link to the teachers so they can access the Google drive and get a request form. The date has been sent for science fair. There is some need for more chromebooks, or to replace the netbooks with the chromebooks.
What to spend Walk-A-Thon money on?
Upper el classes need some upgrades on the playground. What can we put in on the playground for them? Megan will look into some options other than climbers. We need to get a move on. If we look to replace the netbooks with some chromebooks, how many would we need? Most classroom has 4 or five netbooks. Maybe if we can replace some every year? Let’s look at replacing 2 for every classroom and then filling out the ipad cart so there is an even 30 for the cart.
Second roller rink party - This will happen in February. Amber Davis coordinated this.
Holiday shop - December 14 &15, Monday and Tuesday. Our order should arrive tomorrow. We ordered through the dollar store. Everything will be $1. We will need to request tables. Set up will take place Sunday evening. Can we give out an envelope for the students who don’t have money, so they are not pulled out seperately to shop? Or maybe if the teachers could make a list of those who may need assistance to shop? We did feed the high schoolers last year, and we can do that again. Check for meal restrictions with the high schoolers.
Teacher Christmas gifts - Amber has an idea!
Box Tops & Labels - Tanya - Octobers batch went in. We just sent in another batch. We are doing away with sending home the worksheets every week. Box top challenge is still in the works.
Standing desks - Deater and Mrs. Zocco have interest in purchasing standing desks. Some of the standing desks have stool options, and a fidget bar for their feet. Some have shelves or pockets. They usually run from $200-300 a piece. Could we try these out to see if these will work for some of our more active students? If we do two or three of these, we can reevaluate later to see if they work well. We could also get more of the hokki stools too.
Science Fair - February 23 will be the day! Ferris students do a small presentation, can we give the $20 per group to pay for their expenses?
Assembly - let’s get a science assembly going in February
Mr. Shewan - We need to get a move on some ideas for him. Let’s do a surprise assembly as well. Let’s do this starting in January, we talked about giving each grade a month to do something special. Give him a joke book, letting the kids write the jokes.
January 6 will be the next meeting!!
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.
-After all other expenses, we paid out $40+ dollars for the Holiday shop, which is great! Money from Box Tops and Match Day as well. January was a pretty quiet month.
-Playground-Meeting on the 10th to go over playground info. We are anticipating being asked to pay for a structure of some sort on the playground. Ms. Kent prefers a K-2 unit and also a gaga pit. Are they considering eliminating anything on the playground?? There have been a lot injury's on the monkey bars.
Teacher Report - Mrs. Scheible
- Teachers needs - K could use another iPad to facilitate centers or in-class academic time.
-Field Trips-K, 2, & 3 are looking at field trips. K wants to go to The Childrens Museum in GR. 2 wants to go to a Nature center in Cedar Springs. 3 wants to go to a place in Howard City. 4 does a lot of little things in April/May usually.
-Scholastic resources and the catalog - the teacher are all looking at it. After the next book fair, we should be sitting on about $5000. K teachers looking at a listening center for the ipads, we should go ahead and order them now. They do not have ipads through scholastics however. Have not heard from some of the other teachers yet as to what they are interested in. We want to let the teachers know that we want to get these things for them, we don’t want them to be afraid to ask!! All the teachers got $250 and $1500 worth of books for classrooms and $1000 for the library. Want to do a reading night on the book fair night. Have a bigger book fair night and a dinner on March 18th. Do the center hall for the reading night. We can give a gift certificate to the book fair for the raffle. We ran the math night from 5:30 - 7:30 and will run the same times for the reading night.
-Super Teacher worksheets - we will not pair with Brookside
-Technology - 30 iPads for the cart, 10 iPads for K, and 5 Chromebooks
-We have bought 10 chromebooks but we have yet to see them. We are also waiting on the soccer nets, though we are waiting for the playground info to come back before moving forward.
-We have a logo for walk-a-thon sponsored items.
-Calling all Moms coming up.
-Dads day - Perhaps around St. Pattys “We’re lucky to have you” maybe with some shamrock cookies, etc.
-Movie night - Honors kids will have their sign up tomorrow, so we will know how many to expect. If we have enough, we can do a drop off event. Big Hero Six will be the movie.
-Book Fair - what are we gonna serve? We have done both nachos and spaghetti in the past. Walking tacos?? Our theme is something to do with music. We do not have to go through the school for the food. Nachos were a big hit last year. Ms. Kent may have an idea of how many we served. We did brownies for dessert last year, and it worked well. Let’s keep everything through the food service to keep things simple.
-We have qualified for a premium book fair this time around, so it will be bigger. It worked really well to have library cancelled for the week last time, we will shoot for that again.
-We will need to get the gym reserved and secure about 15 tables.
-Recycle week in April: Going to put a reminder on the board for ink cartridges. We are also going to do smencils, and markers as well. What about recycled batteries??
-Walk-a-thon - Ms. Kent has brought up the idea of a Read-a-thon. Would it be a conflict with our initial “one ask”?? We don’t want to confuse parents and the community about our “one ask.” Should we consider a Buffalo Wild Wings night?? Emily will call them and set up a meeting with the BWWs person. Mrs. Scheible will get us a reliable contact. Does Pizza Hut do a Book It?? Amber will look into the Book It. These will maybe be a better approach for this years reading month.
-We are also collecting Aunt Millie’s and Tysons labels.
Next Meeting March 4th at 6:30!
To instill in all Riverview students a healthy self-image, a love of learning and the desire to achieve their best in tomorrow's world.