June 2012

EES PTO Meeting Minutes
June 4, 2012; 6:30 – 8:30 PM; Edmunds Resource Room

PTO ANNUAL REPORT
Peggy O’Neil began the meeting by reviewing the EES PTO Related Activities 2011-2012.doc

TREASURER’S REPORT
Clare Wool gave a synopsis of where the PTO is financially.  We are working within our budget.  We raised approximately $21,000 this year through the Dan’s Chocolate, No Frills and May Fair fundraisers.  We will draft and vote on a budget for the 2012-13 school year in September.  Clare also discussed that 90% of the funds we raised goes directly to students through enrichment, community involvement and teacher grants.

PTO PLANS FOR 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR
Signe Daly discussed how next years goals/activities are not “set in stone”.  The attached list of accomplishments is helpful to keep us on track, but we can always add or remove any as the year occurs.  It was also discussed how teacher engagement has improved.  Teacher participation for afternoon PTO meetings improved.  Dates for meetings next year are not set as we want to keep it flexible.  Peggy reviewed the document “Volunteer Opportunities for 2012-13” school year (see link).  This has gone home to parents several times in the Monday Memo and PTO email blasts.  By restructuring the PTO officers to subcommittees, it is the hope that the PTO will be able to get more parents involved and delegating some of the responsibilities.  The document was created at a PTO meeting earlier this year.

PTO WEBSITE/FACEBOOK PAGE
We still need someone to take this on.  Our Facebook page has been active, but we need to work on keeping the website and Facebook page up to date.

NEW PARENT SURVIAL GUIDE
Dave Jenemann and Lara Gentchos have volunteered to put together a “Parent Survival Guide” for new parents to Edmunds.  They are going to be working on it this summer.

STATE OF OUR SCHOOL BY EES PRINCIPAL, DR. SHELLEY MATHIAS
Dr. Mathias gave a detailed talk of Edmunds’ “Year in Review.”  She discussed her year at Edmunds:  Getting to know Edmunds, Getting to Know the Needs of Edmunds and all of the Successes at Edmunds.  She also discussed her focus for the 2012-2013 school year, which will include: examining pedagogy (how do we teach for success), making kindergarten more “play based” and assessment for the whole school.  See link for the complete Power Point presentation.

STATE OF OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT BY SCHOOL COMMISSIONER ALAN MATTSON
Mr. Mattson started with a budget review for the 2012-13 school year.  His highlights included the addition of educational assistants in each of the kindergarten classrooms across the district.  He also discussed the Nellie Mae transformation grant (in conjunction with Winooski High School) for technology for schools of varied populations.  This includes the 1:1 laptop initiative.  Every 9th grader will have an Ipad. Another goal he mentioned was improving education for everyone.  The Diversity Task Force is developing a “data report card” which will include: students, school climate and staff and how well each of those are doing.  The task force is also discussing how they will get the “data report card” information out to students and families.  Mr. Mattson encouraged all parents to be active by attending board meetings and reading the information about the Task Force and school board initiatives on the district website.  The 2 year construction project at Flynn was also mentioned.  This is the last piece of the bond.  Kathy Chasen, the Chair of the Curriculum committee reviewed the areas that they were working on:  equity, teacher evaluation, common core and data around the growth model.  Mr. Mattson concluded with a reminder of the next school board meeting on June 12th at Hunt Middle School.

CONCLUSION
Peggy and Signe ended the meeting encouraging parents to leave their “exit cards” with any remaining comments and/or questions that they may have for what was discussed that evening.  They will help get the answers or point you in the direction of where to get the answers.

THANK YOU FROM THE PTO LEADERSHIP
Thank you to all the EES parents for supporting our children!  Our efforts, whether it’s getting child to school on time, attending parent-teacher conferences or helping with large school events, help create positive, successful experiences for our children.  Thank you.
Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you in August.

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