Thursday, November 16, 2006

Meeting Minutes October 19, 2006

Arbor Heights PTSA
General Meeting Minutes
October 19, 2006


President Joe Sharp called the regular meeting of the Arbor Heights PTSA to order at 7:07 p.m. on October 19, 2006 in the school cafeteria. We will be voting on the projects we want to fund for the year. We have a packed agenda, so it is important to keep the meeting moving. Thanks for the great turnout.

The minutes for the September meeting are approved as written. The minutes will soon be found on the PTSA blog (

Arbor Heights Principal Report:
We had a very successful Dads and Donuts (over 70 people). The Arbor Heights Open House was also great. Thanks to everyone who made these events successful.

Math assessment program. Most of the classes went through an assessment, focusing on number sense and problem solving. Dr Coram will provide more information on the assessment later. One parent asked “Will we see the scores for our students?” Dr. Coram replied that the information is used more to identify areas where teachers can improve what they are teaching. Once we have the assessment results, we can give additional information to parents. There is a math workshop at Roosevelt, which is providing information regarding the shift in how the Seattle Schools teach math. Dr. Coram will bring sample math problems to the future PTSA meetings so we can experience what the kids are getting.

DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) The 2nd – 5th graders will take this test in the fall. The 1st graders will take this test in the spring.

Two fund raising food nights are scheduled. There will be a McTeachers night at McDonalds. The date for that event will be posted in the bulletin. Endolyn Joes night will be on election day. More information for that event will be posted in the bulletin.

Book character day is on October 31. There will be an assembly in the afternoon.

The month of March will be an Arbor Heights “Dream Dinners” month. Arbor Heights will receive a cut of all profits. ( The West Seattle Dream Dinners can be found at 4701 41st Ave SW Ste 110 Seattle, WA 98116.

There will be a Veterans Day assembly at 1:45 on November 9th.

There is a West Seattle Academic parade and all the South cluster West Seattle schools are participating. Those who wish to participate can. There will be a flyer in the bulletin.

Mr. Wilkie’s class won the parent attendance popcorn party by a landslide.
Fundraising Chair Report and Upcoming Events:
The Gift Wrap fund raiser was a success; over $10,000 in sales. The Spaghetti dinner that went with the school’s open house netted $1,200 profit. The Cookie Dough sales start on October 26. Arbor Heights will have a fundraising day at Barnes and Noble. Arbor Heights Holiday Bazaar – is there any interest? The bazaar will have a mixture of kids crafts and adult crafts.

Projects Discussion / voting:
The projects are on the wall. Where do we want to focus our money, on beautifying the school or in investing in tutors etc? The School District should be covering the stage curtains and cafeteria curtains. Items that are no cost probably don’t need dots – the focus is on what we will spend our money on.

Scott, Dana’s husband, has agreed to take on the “bird dogging” job of working with the school district to get what the school district has committed to funding.

New Business:
School Budget – Beth Dwyer asked if we have had the opportunity to review the school budget. According to Dr. Coram, Roxanne (leadership team) and Curt (PTSA treasurer) get to opportunity to review the school budget. Beth asked “Why is the PTSA paying for things which were paid for by the school in the past? Why are we not funding things like aids in the school budget?” Dr. Coram said the school goes right down to the penny on their spending. It was agreed to make the budget information available to parents and to discuss at a future PTSA meeting.

Building Leadership team – Dr. Coram said this team is comprised of a couple parents, a couple staff etc. Information from this team is not getting to the PTSA. Perhaps we need to get a newer parent involved on the leadership team so that they can carry us forward for years. We need to have the PTSA liaison at those meetings.

School / Traffic Safety:

We have a deaf kid at the school. We should use his case to our advantage for traffic safety. We need to make the walk to Arbor Heights (especially at 35th and 104th) safer for our children.

Access safety – we have a lot of doors open during school hours. The main door is open. The handicap door is unlocked. The play court is open. Dr. Coram said the safety and security office (Lary Farrar) can do a walkthrough. She will invite some parents to join at the walkthrough.

The regular meeting of the Arbor Heights PTSA wrapped up at 8:10 pm


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