February 2015 Meeting Minutes
-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.
January 2015 Meeting Minutes
Approval of December minutes
Teacher Report - Mrs. Defever
-Thanks to PTO and parents for everything you do! Teachers request for Super Teacher Worksheet. Last one done by Cathy Klarecki. Cheaper if both schools (with Brookside) do it. Maybe join together? Emily will contact Katie Thomas to see if they are interested. We did do it singly last year. $100 cheaper per school to do it together. Can use it now, will expire in May.
-Field trips for teachers - trying to encourage every teacher to take a field trip. Field trips have not taken as many recently because of low funds. Teachers are on board with getting it to happen.
Principal report - Ms. Kent
-Had a great end of year (2014). Everyone was very calm and tired yesterday! Reflex was not happening during Christmas break. Remember that it is a good tool when school is not in session.
-Cart and ipad airs come Monday. Looking to put apps onto the ipads to use. Title 1 school - when we buy reflex ($3000-4000), we need to show how we are using it and taking advantage of it.
-No other major happenings this month. Valentine party next month. New kitchen staff. Getting more chromebooks as well. Total of 36 ipads - 26 on the cart. Ms. Quinlan just got a projector and smartboard as well. We are very fortunate to have these technologies!!
-Holiday Shop - It was a little chaotic!! The company we went through has been a little difficult, we have not paid in yet. Though, we still be ahead though. Do we want to go through this company again? Maybe, just buy our own stuff from the Dollar Store, etc? The company we went through last year was of a better quality. Could we involve community members in terms of homemade scarves, pot holders, etc? Should we make everything $1 next year? Or a table for $1 and $5 items. Brookside does it that way, we should check with them to see what they do.
-Soccer Nets? - we will revisit again later
-Problem with BWW meals for walk-a-thon. We will probably need to just purchase the meals and hand them out. We have 46 that we need to hand out. Let’s just buy them for this year and will figure out a better plan for next year.
-Gaga pit - can we look at donations to get that going? What is going on with the playground? Draining issue with the playground - it will be in our best interest to wait.
-Something for Dads - a big sign like “You the Man”
-Calling all moms - a little celebration of moms that happens at Valentines Day.
-Calling all dads maybe in April? Doughnuts for Dads?
-Book Fair - week of March 16th. Book fair theme is Under the Sea. But the schools reading month theme will be different.
-Box Tops, etc - Just received check for $1800+ dollars!!! We collect them year round, so keep sending them in!!! Maybe release the amount we made at the end of the year.
-Next Movie Night - Feb. 13th?? Optometry students that need hours, could we do a Parents Night Out and leave the kids with the optometry students in the gym? Only school age kids then? Big Hero Six out Feb. 23. Could we reserve the gym and have a fun night there? Donations optional? Charity event? Angels of Action?
Let’s do February 27th movie night with Big Hero Six and charity donations for Angels of Action. Pre-register so we can see how many we will have? 98 people at the first movie night and we fit comfortably in our gym. Keep it here at Riverview.
-Teacher Appreciation Week - first week of May. The teachers would really like to see new chairs for the lounge. Can we redo the lounge?? We also have a bunch of labels points that we can use for gifts as well. Lounge wish list??
Next Meeting Feb. 4th!!