Rattlesnake Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association
Meeting Minutes for February 5 2019 from 8:30am-9:00am
Leigh (CoP), Molly (CoP), Alex (T), Matthew (S), Judith (VP), Stacy (FCC), Pam (Principal)+ 10 other parents
Items as Discussed
Wellness committee Updates
- Provided some updates related to the district.
- The latest meeting included school principals
- The meeting did establish an estimated timeline for admin/comment this spring
Principal Wright’s Announcements
- English language and arts curriculum has changed district wide
- The new curriculum focuses on small group reading and writing.
- Also provides standards and overview
Teacher announcements (skipped- teachers were unable to attend this month)
- East Missoula Family Night was successful
- E Msla families like the proximity
- Board games always a good time
- Lost and found will be donated at the end of the month, PTA will announce on FB
- Box tops so far are approx. 5000 collected, which is about $500
- Last year amounted to approximately $1100 net, hopefully more will come in
Spring Fling planning
- We will have the same theme as last year (Hoe Down)
- Need donations for the action. Sponsorship financial donations are also being solicited this year.
- Spreadsheets are available to solicitation volunteers to stay organized
- Alcohol as a donation
- Alcohol can be auctioned, however cannot physically be present on school grounds.
- Donations from bars and restaurant are acceptable so long as they don’t visually promote alcohol
- In years past have been time consuming and perhaps not the best use of time- maybe scale back a bit on decorations
- Kids can volunteer and make posters/decorations
- There are some decorations from years past on hand in the FCC
- Teachers like to be kept in the loop on setup of decorations to minimize disruptions
- Volunteers are needed for set up/operations/cleanup
- A signup genius will be established for volunteers
District Boundary Study Update by Rattlesnake’s Parent Representative, Kristie S
- The first official committee meeting noted a lot of concern regarding impacts
- Involvement and transparency are a key aspect of the current process
- This effort is meant to create a 10 year plan
- Attempt to prevent unnecessary transfers of kids to non-neighborhood schools looking forward.
- Webpage has comments/notes/updates (https://www.mcpsmt.org/elementaryschoolboundarystudy)
- Rattlesnake is currently at 96% capacity
- Rattlesnake’s community meeting in January was the best attended of all the elementary school meetings.
- The discussion does include the concept of Mount Jumbo possibly being reopened- this will be dependent on population and other needs/conditions.
- The district is currently renting unused space as the population grows
- Lowell is currently at 62% capacity.
- Safe Routes to School conversation- noted that the city has some money, but currently improvements in some areas such as sidewalks are the responsibility of homeowners.
- The Open House meetings will go from start to end as scheduled, but participants can come and go and there is not necessarily a structure or presentation to drive that entire time.
- 3-4 more meetings are planned this spring
– The PTA’s website will post more information once our rep (Kristie) has written up a summary