Introductions: All Officers present. In person meeting.
Principal Update: It was nice to start the year off without masks, but it's been a fine transition back to masks. Safety and keeping kids in school is the goal.
Largest parent turn out in a long time and we were very thankful for that.
Fundraising Events in the works:
Candle Sales: Jessica Burke is looking into a couple of different candle options and will head up candle sales. We are aiming for candle sales before Mother's Day in the Spring.
Fannie Mae Sales: Sara Lahrman is handling and the dates are October 8-22.
Box Tops: Last school year, we received $163.30. Amber Simons is putting together information to send out to parents to show them how to set up the app and how to use.
Amazon Smile: In the last school year, we received $69.61. Parent is working on getting together instructions on how to shop through Amazon Smile using browser and app. I believe this information will go out the same time as the box tops information.
Opt Out Form: This will go out twice a year. It will go out with Fannie Mae and near the end of the school year.
Read-A Thon: Parent is looking into this and we will possibly start and information will go out the Friday before Winter Break.
Movie Nights: Due to covid, we are looking into breaking movie nights into 2 separate nights. We may break up the movie nights by grades K-2 and then 3-5. First Movie nights slated for November (?) and December 3rd. The next set would be in the spring. (Mr. Wilson will work on getting approval for the movie nights). Mrs. Merryman heading this up and will take volunteers.
SpiritWear: We are getting in contact to get this going soon. (Last year, the form went out in October).
Restaurant Nights: Melissa Williams has set up Hot Box for September 29th and Wings ETC. for the end of October. Working on getting communication out.
**PTO board member stated that in the past, we've had really great ideas to raise money but then it falls through when no one takes the lead. Encouraged the board and parents to present ideas and then follow through with how to make it happen.
Money needed from PTO:
Teacher Appreciation/Parent Engagement: The last school year we did a back to school teacher appreciation, teacher appreciation lunch and teacher appreciation week foods.
Parent Teacher Conference Fall/Spring: We provide lunch/dinners to the teachers during conferences. Fall conference date is October 11-14. Conferences held Virtually. A virtual book fair will also be held from October 6-19.
Donuts with a dude: Spring or fall, paid for by PTO
Muffins with a Mate: Spring or fall, paid for by PTO
Treasurer Update: PTO funds took a hit last year because we weren't able to do much fundraising. We've dipped into our savings for the first time in awhile. We all agreed this is why we have a rainy day fund, but we all need to do what we can to make fundraising highly successful this year.
Checking Balance: $1199.48
Savings Balance: $18,050.55
The 4th and 5th grade have requested Social Studies Weekly for the students. The current text is lacking. 200 subscriptions at 8.15 per student. PTO discussed the subscription and the added value.
Voted to approve payment for the subscriptions.
Stipend from PTO for teachers. In the last several years, each teacher has received $150 to use for their classroom. Due to lower fundraising last year, $100 per teacher was proposed.
PTO voted to approve this amount. Total amount of roughly $3600.00