PTA Meeting Minutes, November 9, 2015

Wanaque School
PTA Meeting
Technology Room
November 9, 2015

Meeting called to order at 7:01pm.

Leane: Welcome everyone.  Glad everyone could come tonight.  Please take a moment to review the minutes and when you are ready; I need a motion to approve:
    Motion: Lisa G.
    2nd:  Debbie O.
With no opposition the minutes are approved as submitted.

Mr. Frick:    Good evening, great to see everyone here tonight. Remember this week we have early dismissal Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Conferences will be on those days from 1:55-2:30 and for grades 3-8 an additional session on Wednesday evening
November 13 is the end of the marking period, report cards will go home shortly after.

Mr. Sarullo: Special thank you to Mrs. Spirko for another wonderful Halloween program.

Rob Barnhardt: BOE Finance Committee will be meeting to look at the long range facility plan for the schools
We are currently crunching the numbers relating to the number of new children coming into the school next Fall. More to come on the progress there. The next BOE meeting is November 24 at 7pm. There will also be a meeting on Dyslexia at the Haskell School on 11/23

Jack Crilly: Dominic and Devine are representing the Boy Scouts and are hosting a toy drive for the residents at the Wanaque Care Center. This is a hope for severely handicapped children who do not have families. We want to make their holidays more special so we are collecting new toys and other items; we have a list by age, for these children. We are only asking the PTA to assist with getting the word out so that we can collect as much as we can. Haskell has opted out of assisting this year; hopefully we can still have a great collection. We would also like to collect some clothing items from the school apparel so that the children can feel part of the community. Collection will begin 11/30 and end 12/11.

Officer Reports:

President: Leane Thanks to all who volunteered for our October activities, it was a busy and fun month for everyone.

1st VP – Elise: The Trunk or Treat was a great night, had about the same attendance as last year, maybe a few more. It was great weather and a great collaboration with Haskell, thanks to all who came and helped.

2nd VP - Jen: Please remember there are refreshments in the back, please help yourself.

Treasurer - Sharon: Nothing to report

Corresponding Secretary - Tracy: Nothing to report

Recording Secretary - Yvette: Nothing to report

Standing Committee Reports

Drama – 4th – 8th: Lisa S. – Auditions will be the last week before winter break, we will reveal the show at that time as well.

Cultural Arts – Open committee:  Still open, first assembly will be the anti-bullying assembly was well received. On 11/13 there will be an event on the Lenape Indians for the 4th grade.  Mrs. Spirko will have a gratitude concert on 11/24

Fundraising Committee:    Gertrude Hawke orders are due in Friday 11/13. Clothing Drive was very successful despite Skyline Drives’ closure. We made about $350 so thank you to all who helped and to those who donated as well. There will be a dine-to-donate on 12/1 at Prime 15, 10% of all food orders (no bar) will go back to the school, you will need to bring the flyer with you from 6-8:00pm.

Thanksgiving Baskets – Ann P.:  Flyers will be coming by grade for collection of needed items; they will need to be in by 11/23. We will be enlisting 6-8th graders for community service hours to help put the baskets together.

Holiday Shop: Date set for December 4 for the kids and there will also be an opportunity for them to shop at the bazaar on December 5th as well.

Holiday Bazaar: Kristin K. Date is set for December 5 from 10-3.  50 tables are already sold, a few additional vendors are pending. The Holiday Shop will be there for the kids, the Book Fair will be there too. We need help with set up and clean up as well as the craft table – another opportunity for community service hours. If you would like to help, please sign up.

Box Tops - Iman: We are expecting a check for $1000+ and collected over 3800 box tops. The winning class was Mrs. Lesler’s 2nd grade and they will be getting snack vouchers.

Bingo: 1st Bingo is 11/20 7-8:30 for K-5 then there will be one in February and another in April.

8th grade committee Chris, Lori, Michelle:  Kids all voted on a theme, we will share with the parents and then surprise the kids at the dance.

Reading Program:  Another open committee, Mrs. Remington is terrific and does most of the work, just needs someone to work with.

School Pictures: Judy & Patty: We should be getting the school pictures in the next week or so. Retakes will ne 11/23 and at that time we will do 8th grade cap and gown pictures. Retakes for those will be 1/11. At that time teachers can have individual pictures taken as well and we will have the 8th grade clubs, groups and superlatives taken at that time as well.

Tricky Tray - Patty: We Starting to get things going – still need lots of volunteers

School Apparel: Gina–    orders are still being taken until 11/20 in order to have them delivered in time for the holidays.

Old Business:  N/A

New Business:   We are going to host a free event on December 11, a Family Movie Night in the gym. We will be showing Inside Out and will have refreshments and crafts as well. It will be a great night with your family. The target audience is Pre-K through 5th with the 6th-8th graders helping out if they can.
We are also looking at some other fun activities to get more family involvement. A Mother and Son obstacle course and a Daddy Daughter Dance are just a couple of the things we are working on. We are also thinking about a Color Run for the end of the year and will need a chairperson for that committee.

Q: Any date from the HS for placement testing?
A: We will not be doing that this year, packets came home today, once that is completed and returned to the school at the Open House placement information will follow.

Please remember there is no December Meeting

Motion to adjourn until January 4, 2016
  Motion: Ann P.
  2nd: Lisa G.
Meeting adjourned until January 4, 2016 7pm

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Respectfully submitted November 11, 2015