CES PTO OCTOBER 2015 MINUTES
CES PTO MEETING MINUTES: October 6, 2015
Meeting called to order: 6:19 pm
CES Library – Babysitting in Room 232
IN ATTENDANCE: Jason Chevrier, Principal; PTO Board Members Carissa Zuniga, Shana Belsito, Dana Brandow, Deborah Lane, Kristina Macyowskie, Kim Rossman; Mary Ann Ciampoli, Sid Reischer, Marcella Junco, Jessica Colvin, Becca Haught, Kristin Spirek, Valerie Glasheen, Jamie Auger, Nicole Willette, Amy Beaudoin, Laura O’Donnell
Speaker: Tonight’s meeting began with a presentation by Valerie Balga from Averill Park Central School District, representing Parent Place. Parent Place is an app that is designed to connect parents with their school district in order to provide information from booster clubs, music, sports, school events, etc. in a simple, single site. The app is facilitated via PTOs/PTAs as a vehicle to partner with the school district to share information with parents . Averill Park has approximately 600 parents utilizing the app. A packet of material was handed out to attendees.
Approval of June Minutes: Mrs. Ciampoli – Motion to Approve; seconded by Marcella Junco.
Treasurer’s Report: Deb Lane reported that the Community Fair brought in approximately $9029, although there are some outstanding donations and expenses. $180 was also brought in through Pai’s Tae Kwon Do enrollments.
- Everyone who participated in the Community Fair. Could have used more volunteers for afternoon shifts, but everything went smoothly and it was a beautiful day.
- Kim Rossman for Student Directory – need new Chair next year.
- Kristina Macyowskie for coordinating the Fishing Derby. Many kids came back to the school afterward – approximately 20-25 participants. Many girls won categories this year.
- Senior Citizen Brunch/Nicole Willette, Chair – looking for donations of baked goods.
- Artworks Night/Kim Frazier, Chair – October 16.
- Picture Day/Tracey Leahon, Chair – October 22 – looking for volunteers
- Class Colors tee shirts/Jill Chittenden and Meghan Connelly, Chairs – can do tees for about $4.50 each. Turnaround is approximately 1½ weeks.
- Book Fair/Kate Howe and Connie Tyrell, Chairs – Mr. Reischer asked if there was any input as to what books are available to the kids at the sale.
- Harry Potter Night/Carissa Zuniga, Chair.
- Holiday Bazaar/Jess Malone, Chair – donation collection will be underway soon. No clothing (except men’s ties) or stuffed animals.
- Open chairs remain for the following: 4th/5th Grade Fun Night, Science Fair, Strawberry Festival (4th graders fund 5th grade Mystic trip), Lip Sync and Transportation Breakfast.
- Carissa mentioned that the bounce houses were the biggest expense at the Community Fair; does it make sense to purchase our own bounce house for use at Fair, Strawberry Festival and other events (approx. $1,200-1,500)? Insurance question was raised, as well as a question regarding the need for a generator.
- Also in regard to the Community Fair, one of the Girl Scout troops will be fixing up the games as a troop project.
- Halloween (online) fundraiser is going well so far. Reminder that party items can be purchased throughout the year, not just for Halloween.
- Reminder about Price Chopper Tools for Schools, Box Tops, Hannaford, Shoperoo, other fundraising options available to the community.
- Question was raised about whether the Y was coming in to host a “Fun Night.” Mr. Chevrier suggested contacting Lisa Smith-Auer about facilitating outreach with the Y.
- Mr. Reischer reminded us that the Star Wars Club is back in businesses (1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays of each month) and asked whether the PTO could fund prizes – approximately $50. PTO agreed.
- Mr. Reischer talked about Storycrafters, the fact that they will be coming again sometime next May (5th grade instruction and two assemblies), and the great work that they do – which involves all grades. The District will apply for a grant to help with the cost of bringing in Storycrafters, but additional funding may be sought down the road.
- Mrs. Ciampoli asked about bottle caps; the program was not worthwhile labor-wise, and many of the tops can now be recycled.
- Mr. Chevrier personally thanked all who helped with the Community Fair – it was a great day and a great event.
- Mr. Chevrier thanked Kristina Macyowskie for holding another successful and fun Fishing Derby.
- An Internet Safety Night will be held with Mr. Chevrier, Mrs. Sober and Mrs. Herron at the end of October. Parents are encouraged to attend.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:42 pm. Next meeting on November 3, 2015.