Thursday, May 18, 2006

Meeting Minutes April 27, 2006

Arbor Heights PTSA
General Meeting Minutes
April 27, 2006

President Joe Sharp called the regular meeting of the Arbor Heights PTSA to order at 7:06 p.m. on April 27, 2006 in the school cafeteria. This is the second to last PTSA meeting for the school year. There is a lot that needs to be covered in May, such as elections, approval of the budget and more. Please make sure you attend this very important meeting.

Ms. Freeman has the applications for the Golden Acorn award in the office. Please take the time to nominate a deserving staff member or volunteer. The deadline for nominating candidates will be in next week’s bulletin.

The Art Auction was a great success. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make it a fun night.

The minutes for the March meeting are approved as written. The minutes can be found on the PTSA blog.

Arbor Heights Principal Report-Dr. Coram (5 min):
Dr. Coram was not in attendance; she was supporting the Global Reading Challenge team. Her typed contribution, which we received the next day, is attached to the minutes.

Popcorn count: Ms. Boitano’s class wins the popcorn party for the class.

PTSA Treasurer Report-Curt Knox (5 min):
The Art Auction was financially successful. We budgeted $2,500 and grossed $3,800.

We may fall short by about $1,300 on our fund raising primarily due to Popcorn sales expenses. The popcorn machine has needed repairs and other expenses. We will probably cover this by a lack of spending.

Teachers should use the $250.00 that is budgeted to them for school supplies and other expenditures. Turn in receipts to the PTSA.

We need to get more people to join the PTSA.

Young Authors T shirt money is not coming in. We need as much as we can through donations.

Upcoming Events/Fundraising-Cori Roed (5 min):
Plant sale ends May 5th. May 6th is the “day of” sale to buy plants at the school. Bags of compost are being donated by Cedar Grove. The 5th graders will help distribute to those purchasing. All monies from the sale of compost will go to the 5th grade camp.

There is a shortage of money for 5th Grade Camp. Money is not coming in from the parents. Questions were asked such as “Should the deadline for when the money needs to be in be enforced” and “Should there be an open end on scholarship money”. Should we vote for this to be a line item again? Curt brought up the fact that we need a clear idea of what money has been collected and who needs scholarships. Only then will the PTSA be able to provide additional funding. The 5th grade room parents should call parents to help remind them to get their money in.

The School Carnival is June 10th from 3-6 pm. A PTSA table will be set up to help sign up new member for next year.

Elected and Volunteer positions (5 min):
The PTSA President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer are all the elected positions. If you want to run, think about it now. Cori will be stepping down from the Fundraising Chair position, so we will need a new Fundraising Chair. The current board members are willing to run another year, but if others are interested, prepare to run.

Play Court Bird Abatement (5 min):
Fred Stephens says Bird Busters should be handling the bird issue. We need to keep on top of this.

Street Improvement Project (5 min):
We are still working on this. There is no new news as of yet.

Addition: Seattle Transportation’s Pedestrian Program works to improve pedestrian safety and to encourage more walking by proving the facilities need to walk comfortably. Contact their web site for more info:

Barnes and Noble Fundraiser (5 min):
Here’s a new idea for a fundraiser. Barnes and Noble will give out certificates (day of the Carnival), which could be used at the bookstore, and a portion of the proceeds would go to Arbor Heights. The certificates could only be use for one day only (the Sunday after the Carnival). This was voted on and approved.

Question - Can a portion go to the purchaser as an incentive?
Answer – It is something to ask Barnes and Noble, but probably not.

New Business:
Teacher Appreciation week is coming up. We need to consider the Bilingual community when putting information in the bulletin about this. Many folks are not getting the information because of a language barrier.

Question - Should there be an assembly to thank the kid for all their effort in fundraising this year?
Answer - The idea of having the Reptile Man come to the assembly as well as putting on a show that same night was posed.

We need someone to head the Young Authors Tee shirt and showcase for next year.

Learning for Life-Michael Morrison (20-30 min):
This program teaches kids how to cooperate and work together. It addresses character development. Program leaders come to classrooms for 45 min and use a designed curriculum focusing on social skills. They play games; teach relaxation skills and communication skills. The cost is $5 per child. (5*180) for Arbor Heights.
We played 3 games that they use in classrooms designed to teach communication skills.
The Boy Scouts of America, United Way, Annual Breakfast, and donations from groups like the PTSA fund this program.

The PTSA will contribute towards this worthwhile program.

Idea forms will be in the office and in the bulletin. If anyone would like to run for office, next month is the time to do it. Fundraising Chair is still needed. The regular meeting of the Arbor Heights PTSA wrapped up at 8:12 pm.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

PTSA Meeting May 18

Agenda for meeting

Opening Comments / Minutes Approval - Joe Sharp (5 min):
Arbor Heights Principal Report / Popcorn Party Attendance - Dr. Coram (5 min)
PTSA Treasurer Report / review and approve 2006-2007 PTSA budget - Curt Knox (15 min)
PTSA Fundraising Chair Report and Upcoming Events - Cori Roed (5 min)
Golden Acorn - Cori Roed / Joe Sharp (5 min)
PTSA Board Elections and Volunteer / Fundraising / Communication Chairs - Joe Sharp (20 min)
Feet First ( - "walking school-bus" program (
) - Cori Roed (5 min)
Street Improvement Project - Greg Izzo (5 min)
Barnes and Noble Fund raiser - Mary Kenny (5 min)
New Business (5 min)

Regarding School Closure and Consolidation

On Wed, May 17 at 5:30, at the administration center on 3rd and Lander, the advisory committee will be releasing their first round of suggested closures. We encourage Arbor Heights parents to show, for the first hour, and hold up signs in support of Arbor Heights.

Regarding School Closure and Consolidation
The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) on School Facilities and Programs announced an updated schedule for the second round of Town Hall meetings to discuss school consolidation and closure.

"The discussion on school consolidation and closure is extremely important,"
said co-chairs Ken Alhadeff and Mona Bailey. "The community has been very helpful in providing input to the CAC. In order to thoughtfully consider the full range of community comments, the CAC has decided to deliberate for an additional week before presenting preliminary recommendations to the community."

The CAC heard a tremendous amount of feedback from the community during the Town Hall meetings held in April. More than 650 parents, teachers, and interested community members participated, contributed comments and shared their ideas.

The next five Town Hall meetings in May will provide additional opportunities for the community to give input on specific recommendations before the CAC makes its final recommendations to the Superintendent. Their recommendations will affect school closures and consolidations for the 2007-08 school year.

The previous meeting dates on May 11, May 13 (morning and afternoon), May 15 and May 17 have been cancelled.

The new May meeting dates are:
Saturday, May 20
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Madison Middle School
Commons area
3429 - 45th Ave. SW

Monday, May 22
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Aki Kurose Middle School
3928 South Graham Street

Tuesday, May 23
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Meany Middle School
301 - 21st Ave. East

Wednesday, May 24
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Hamilton International Middle School
1610 North 41st Street

Thursday, May 25 for the bilingual community
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Aki Kurose Middle School
3928 South Graham Street

The committee will submit its recommendations to Superintendent Raj Manhas on May 30. Based on the committee’s proposal, the Superintendent will develop his official preliminary closure recommendations. The School Board will take final action on the proposal at the end of July. More information can be found at or call the hotline at 206-252-0600. If you cannot attend the Town Hall meetings, but would like to comment, please email or write Mail Stop 11-010, PO Box 34165, Seattle, WA 98124-1165.