April 2017 General PTA Minutes

April 5th, 2017 Rattlesnake Elementary School PTA Meeting minutes

Meeting attendance: Maggie Ward (P), Anne T (VP), Laura Fellin (S), Alex Stokman (T), Jen Jencso (FCC), Pamela Wright (Principal) + parents Eric, Leah, Emily, Alex, and Michelle

Items as Discussed

Fun Run and Running Club: Emily Linton

  • Event Date: June 6th 2017
  • Kindergarten – 1 mile, all other grades – 1 or 2 mile
  • Jen will host a cheering club if any children prefer/need to not run
  • Water bottle and popcicles at finish line,  no T-shirts this year
  • Running Club starts April 18th on Tuesdays and Fridays, two options: (1) 8am and (2) during afternoon recess. Running Club meeting details: (1) Memorial on bus p/u side of the school; parent must accompany kindergarteners; volunteers needed to run with kids. (2) school will assign meeting spot.
  • Volunteers are needed.
  • Considered a school field trip.
  • Reservation fee for Pineview Park is $150
  • Runner’s Edge supports the run for free with winners gate, speakers, etc

MCPS Elementary (K-8) Operations Levy Ballot Item: Pam Wright

  • In response to the State Legislature’s budget reduction for K-12 schools, MCPS has added this initiative to the May ballot. It is a $804,861 Levy for school district operation costs: salaries and benefits, books, training, coaches, instructional programs and materials.
  • No transportation or building/maintenance costs included. Ballots will be mailed to voters in mid-April and are due by May 2nd.
  • PTA’s role: Communicate the importance of voting; messaging; promote a Yes vote
  • Suggestion made to offer a in-person Q&A for Rattlesnake residents. Pam Wright will pursue it.
  • Maggie proposed voting to message/promote the levy on the ballot, Anne seconded the vote, all attendees voted yes in favor of the vote

Carnival: Maggie

  • $5,400 income to date
  • Square outstanding
  • Unclaimed merchandise not yet purchased (may increase net income)
  • $1,750 expenses
  • Carnival volunteers and committee celebration night in the works. Jen suggested making it a school wide volunteer celebration. Maggie is working on it!

PTA Positions/Themes: Maggie

Planned themes will allow parents to plan for meetings with topics of interest to them. Specific positions will allow parents to choose how to be involved.

Upcoming Family Events:

  • April 12th Class Photos: Michelle and Carrie have graciously volunteered to help out with the event.
  • April 20th Family Fun Night at the school gym, 5:30 – 7pm at the school
    • Theme: Potluck and Portraits (digital photos) (family, friends, selfies, the options are unlimited)
  • May 19th Folk Dance family event
  • May 25th Bike Rodeo
  • June 6th Fun Run, as mentioned above
  • June TBD Garden art installation celebration/open house

Next Month’s General PTA Meeting is scheduled for May 3rd at 6:30pm in the Family Connection Center

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