Thursday, January 12, 2006

Meeting Minutes November 17, 2005

Arbor Heights PTSA
General Meeting
November 17th, 2005

Opening Comments/Minutes Approval: Joe Sharp
President Joe Sharp called the regular meeting of the Arbor Heights PTSA to order at 7:07 pm on November 17th in the school cafeteria. Joe stated that the last meeting regarding the mold issue will be on Dec 1st. Dr. Anderson will be there as well as district staff and physicians to answer any mold related questions.

Membership Drive
PTSA membership is down substantially. Suggestions were made regarding how to get parents (especially parents of the Kindergarten classes) to join. One suggestion was made to place envelopes on the PTSA bulletin board.

Review Projects/Results and Actions
1. Instrumental Music
2. Tech Support
3. Math Knowledge Bowl
4. Window Tinting
5. Parking Situation
Instrumental Music and Tech Support received the most votes. The Math Knowledge Bowl will be headed by Ms. Kennewick. Shyla will look into the window tinting and the parking situation.

Arbor Heights Principal Report/ Dr. Coram
The “Night at Joe’s” was successful. $800 was raised.
Reminder that parent/teacher conferences will be going on and there will be early release during that time.
We had a successful canned food drive for NW Harvest.
Check in with the classroom teachers regarding Room Parents.
12 students will participate in the Seattle Kids Marathon. 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be running. They have been working on a running log to log in 25 miles. The kids are having a great time and building self-esteem as well.
Our choir is sing at University Village on Dec 11th at 2:00pm and the 15th of Dec is our Winter Concert.
Dec 6th at 6:30 is the first of three Powerful Writers coffee houses at Tully’s on California Ave by the Thriftway. Kids will be reading their works.

Classroom Count/Parent Attendance
Mrs. Long’s classroom is the winner of the popcorn party.

PTSA Treasurer Report/Curt Knox
We have $54,000 in the budget. At the end of the year we have a little over $30,000.
Concern over participation in the PTSA. We have 70% participation at this time.
Spaghetti dinner did well.
PTSA projects were voted in and put into the budget.
Concern over bounced checks from programs.

PTSA Fundraising Chair Report/Cori Roed
Thanks go out to Dave Haddaway who headed the school grounds clean up project. Thanks to all those who pitched in with the clean up.
Thanks to everyone who ate at Joe’s.
Carol Harrold will head the Arbor Heights bowling night.
Mr. Wilkie will be out celebrity Bingo Caller.
Anna George is heading the cookie dough distribution on Dec 8th and would appreciate any help she can get.
November 18th is the last day to by a Christmas Wreath.
Reminder: Safeway Club cards, 1% comes to our school.
Winter concert: 6 :00-7:00pm K-2 and 7:00-8:00pm 3rd-5th grade will perform.
We need help with the bake sale at the Winter Concert. If we do not get enough help, we will need to cancel.
Karla Boyd will head Young Authors tee shirts.
The Golden Acorn was awarded to Ramona Moore.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program/Sealth High School-Molly Seaverns
Tuesday November 29th 6:30 at Sealth High School will be the next information meeting to learn more about the IB program.
This program has an international focus and puts kids on a level playing field with other students around the world. It focuses on integrating different areas of curriculum, expanding critical thinking skills and working cooperately.

Denny Middle School/Jeff Clark
Jeff Clark is the new principal at Denny Middle School. His focus is to build a strong pathway between elementary school and middle school. On November 29th at 7:00 pm in the Denny Library, there will be a question and answer meeting. He invites all parents to join him to answer any questions they may have about middle school.

New Business
The idea of a space to place pictures of the teachers and a short bio was brought up. It would be nice for parents to get to know the teachers.
Ms. Shavey's Computers are not working. The tech project should help with this problem.
A motion was made to cancel the December meeting. The motion was seconded and the December meeting was canceled.

Jan 19th will be our next general meeting.