February 2010

1. Welcome and Introductions/Announcements
*There will be/was a fundraising meeting on February 11 for the Four Winds program.  They will be discussing/discussed ways to raise money to fund the program.
*Kindergarten Preregistration March 15th and 16th.  Kindergarten parent Sarah Puretz volunteered to coordinate.
*UVM fraternity — Sigma Phi Epsilon– has  offered to do “volunteerism” with EES, their “neighbor”.  Suggestions on how to best utilize this offer included:  Mayfair (e.g., recycling); Green- Up Day.
*Updates are needed from both Champlain College regarding their “landscaping” plans for EES, as well as from the Rotary Club funds — $12,000 – $15,000 — that are to be used toward upgrading the Edmunds campus.
*Congratulations to Sandy Flemer for organizing another successful “Math Night”.
2. Anti-idling news from Sue Donahue
Sue reviewed that EES was the Legacy Project’s  “pilot site” for anti-idling education and awareness.   A motion was approved to contribute $100 of PTO funds toward environmental educator Michael Catudo (whose total cost is $300) who will lead an EES kickoff assembly, “Kid Power”, on or around Earth Day or Green-Up Day.  This assembly, to be held some time in early March, will include themes of sustainability and related games and songs.
Sue also mentioned that the anti-idling program at EES will include an information sheet for students to bring home, a sign-off sheet for parents, stickers for cars, and Ben & Jerry’s cones as incentives.  There will be advertising in the Monday Memo as well as signs around school for awareness  of this program.
3. Mid-year budget review
Valerie distributed budget sheets from the “Approved PTO General Fund Budget for ’09-’10”, noting that although everything was pretty much on target, the “actual” revenue to date for this budget ($4,392) was low as compared to ’08-’09’s final total revenue of $15,202.  Contributing to this decrease in revenue are Innisbrook Sales being over $2,200 lower this year.  Mayfair and on-going coffee sales will bring in more money.  Lori Hayes volunteered to head-up a Grants Committee to explore new fundraising ideas, including gift cards and getting ideas from parents of students entering EES from other schools.
Request for funds from the 3rd grade teachers.  While it was noted that an author study about Patricia Polacco was a worthy idea, it was decided that it was not within the PTO’s purview to allot the $200 request towards purchasing books for a literacy unit.   Although there was no consensus and plenty of room for further discussion/debate, other suggestions included using “field trip” funds, teacher grants or school funds.  It was also suggested that requests like these should consider applying for grants, as there as so many available.  Lori Hayes offered to head-up a Grants Committee to explore the many available grants for education.  Note:  Chittenden Bank donates printing!  (e.g., EES directory, school newspaper)
4. Ronald McDonald House Grant
Laura reported that EES has received a $3,500 technology grant from RMH.  A motion was approved for the purchase of elmos, LCDs, and flip-books. Paul Schreiber mentioned that all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes will have elmos and LCD projectors, and that the K-2 classes would share 3 elmos and projectors.
5. Mayfair Planning
Date is set for May 21st.  Lori Hayes reviewed the current chairs, and all present agreed that each chair should have a K/1 parent “trainee” working with them.  It was suggested that there should be separate “musical cakes” for K-2 and 3,4,5 kids.  Introducing a 50%-50% raffle was also mentioned.  Kristen Shamis will create a form to distribute to past chairs; Lori will then have the information from past years to create a “How-To” guide for Mayfair.
Pledge of Allegiance.  Paul Schreiber brought up the topic of EES students saying the Pledge of Allegiance as a regular part of morning announcements, as do EES Middle School students.  As of now, it is up to EES teacher discretion as to whether or not to recite it.  Following a discussion of “pros and cons”,  it was decided that the Pledge of Allegiance would not be implemented school-wide.
6. Other
*Some of the newly purchased sled are missing.   Any information as to their whereabouts would be greatly appreciated.  Teachers will be asked if they know anything about the missing sleds.
*Paul mentioned that he is looking for a 12 x 12 round kids’ carpet for the reference room, and asked if anyone had one that they no longer use.  It was suggested that he also post to Front Porch Forum re: the carpet.
Minutes Respectfully Submitted by
Linda Higgins, PTO Co-Secretary

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