César Chávez PTA Meeting Minutes
March 6, 2019 – 5:30-7pm
César Chávez School Library
Chair: Keiona R Connor
- Keiona R Connor called the meeting to order at 5:50 pm. Quorum established.
- February 2019 meeting minutes were reviewed by the membership and approved as written.
- New business:
- William Francis and Kirk Rea from City Repair presented. City Repair is going to help with repainting crosswalks and they may work on a planter project. William presented on walk and bike to school day will happen on March 20th, William will be leading a walking school bus. Bike club for 4th and 5th graders will start the second week of April. City Repair is a nonprofit that works on placemaking projects, natural building projects and other installations that give communities ownership of space. William has spoken with all 3rd – 8th graders about submissions from students for designs for the painted crosswalks. Families are all welcome to submit ideas. Painting will most likely take place in May.
- Funds request:
- Swing set – discussion held around approving funds for a swing set. Amy Gilkey made a motion to delay the vote on the swing set until the next meeting (in May) to get more information in writing and to come up with a plan for the playground moving forward. Motion seconded. Unanimous vote in favor.
- 8th grade ask for funds for fundraising opportunities for their 8th grade field trip – discussion held – Tahni Holt made a motion to give the 8th graders $200 to purchase goods to raise funds for their 8th grade field trip which is contingent upon getting an itemized list of where the funds will go. Motion seconded. Unanimous vote in favor.
- Ms. Kong needs a charging cart for her computers. Earlier the PTA board decided to pay $300 to cover the charging cart on donors choose. Leah Hinson made a motion to pay for the remainder of the $194 of Ms. Kong’s donors choose for the charging cart. Motion seconded. Unanimous vote in favor.
- Ms. Norman had an ask for $200 to complete her donors choose for t-shirts but those funds will be covered by the incentive fund from the Run for the Cyclones money that was raised earlier this school year.
- Free Geek – volunteer/computer program – we had in all of Free Geeks history, the largest number of computer’s given out to students. Ms. Kim Baker helped facilitate this. Today the first wave of kids got their computers at a Free Geek ceremony. The PTA provided food. Approximately 50-70 kids will get laptops by the end of the school year. We have had 18 kids receive computers so far this year.
- Budget and calendar need to be decided for next year – if anyone has any thoughts or requests, please contact the PTA board.
- Astor school auction is this Saturday 5:30-9 at U of P, they have said if we can get 5 volunteers for their auction they will send 5 volunteers to our auction.
- Parent survey, the school is still accepting survey responses.
- St. John’s parade, May 11th, if anyone is interested let the board know.
- Secretary and Co-President election – Marlon Broussard spoke to the need for a new co-president and secretary, we want to keep the momentum going forward as new people come into these roles.
- Committee Reports
- Auction – April 27th, they have received a lot of donations, always looking for more. Donation forms are on the website. Thursday the 25th of April the church will be set up. Childcare at the auction – hoping to provide childcare for families who would otherwise not be able to attend – there will be a certain number of spots. Cost is $35.
- Membership – Tahni Holt, always looking for new members
- Green Team – Alice White Cyr – looking for someone to go a City Repair workshop on Thursday April 11th 6 – 8:30. Also Alice is working on a waste reduction project – wanting to implement “party packs” of reusable plates and cups at the PTA meetings and later in classrooms as well. Alice is applying to a Metro Grant through Eco School Network. Planting happened last weekend, over 200 native plants were planted. Drought tolerant plants were planted.
- Advocacy – Amy Gilkey went to the Roosevelt visioning forum last week. Phase 1 – ID the biggest needs that need to be focused on: graduate profile, educator portrait, strategic shifts and pathways that the district needs to make. There is one more visioning session happening at Madison.
- Literacy – Second year of doing OBOB – Mark feels like it’s been a success in that kids are excited about reading, it has been hard to get classrooms excited about this. Mark has wondered if it is the best program to serve the school needs. It has served the kids that are reading at grade level or slightly above, he has concerns that the program is not meeting the needs of kids reading below grade level and that is an equity issue. Audio books might help improve equity in OBOB. We need to think about this program and reconvene.
- Treasurer’s report – Balance in the account: $49,369.22. We’ve had 19 teacher reimbursements for $50 grants so far this year. There is about $3,000 worth of unallocated funds available.
- Keiona discussed the announcements.
- Meeting adjourned at 7:22 pm.
Meeting minutes submitted by Leah Hinson, Secretary.