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PTA Meeting Minutes – December 2, 2008

Minutes of the Jamestown PTA Meeting
December 2, 2008

Call to Order – Herman Narcho

• The meeting was called to order at 7:32 p.m. The minutes of the November 5, 2008 PTA meeting were approved. The Kindergarten team attended the meeting. In addition to the Executive Board, there were approximately four parents present.

• Capacity Issues – One of the Superintendent’s proposals is to move Arlington Traditional School or Science Focus to the Wilson Building. If that happens, it is possible that Jamestown’s boundaries may change down the road. The current proposal does not alter Jamestown’s boundaries and no decisions have been made yet. The School Board will vote on the Superintendent’s proposal in December.

Principal’s Report – Laura Annan Glascoe

• Allison Denton, an APS Demographer, contacted all APS Principals and asked about the possibility of finding additional capacity in each school. A classroom must be at least 825 square feet. Montessori, MIPA, Spanish and Art rooms were all discussed for possible future classroom use at Jamestown. We are projected to be at 106% capacity in two years. It is difficult to request trailers at this point when the “extra” children are not here yet. We are currently at 97% capacity (current enrollment is 560 and capacity is 572).

• Ms. Annan-Glascoe recognized two Jamestown teachers, Laura Hansen and Laina Silversmith, whose teaching portfolios were accepted by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, making them National Board Certified Teachers. This was a lengthy process and congratulations are in order!

• The Kindergarten team thanked Ms. Annan-Glascoe and the PTA for sponsoring the team’s recent participation in a professional development conference.

Treasurer’s Report –Miriam Discenza

• The PTA voted to approve the current financial report as presented. Ms. Discenza sent Jamestown’s membership dues to the State PTA.

• Ms. Kahler is requesting the donation of helmets to use with the bikes that the PTA voted last month to purchase.

Fundraising – Katherine Price

• The Book Fair raised approximately $3,700. Thanks to Kim Mullin and all volunteers! School pictures raised approximately $4,600. Thanks to Allison Goss and all who volunteered!

• The Winter Social will be held on February 6, 2009 at the Washington Golf and Country Club. The Clarendon Ballroom raised its rates for 2009. Because we have a sponsor at the WGCC, there will be no room rental fee. We estimate that we will save approximately $4,000 by holding the event at the WGCC.

Community Relations – Karen Apsel

• We are asking parents and students to bake 3-4 dozen homemade cookies for our teachers and staff. Please drop them off at the Multipurpose Room on Friday, December 19 by 9:30 a.m.

• Jamestown is having a toy drive for the Arlington Pediatric Center. Please donate toys prior to December 12. Contact Sarah Moore with any questions.

• Thanks to Donna Alpi and the fourth grade who donated new hats, gloves, and coats to children at Hoffman-Boston Elementary School. Anyone with gently used winter items is invited to bring them to Walker Chapel’s coat drive going on now.

• Jamestown is sponsoring a food drive to help Arlington’s local food bank, the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Please send in canned goods and other non-perishable food items by December 22nd. There will be a blue collection bin at the school’s entrance. Margie Finn is the contact person.

• This year, the multiage and second grade classes will be coordinating a Survival Kit Collection for the homeless. The kits will be donated to the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network. Please bring any donations by December 18 to your child’s classroom. We are collecting the following items in new condition: Deodorant (men and women), Toothpaste (travel size), Toothbrushes, New wash cloths or hand towels (not bath towels), Soap, Unisex adult size cotton sweat or athletic socks.

• David Oblon attended the meeting of the County Council of PTAs. It was reported at the meeting that Dr. Smith must fill a $12,000-$14,000 budget shortfall. In January, he will present a list of proposed budget savings to the School Board. Sally Baird reported on the recent APS boundary proposal and said that she is receiving heavy parent lobbying. The CCPTA is seeking public comment on the Superintendent search by December 9. APS is asking for public input on the proposed calendar for next school year.

Internal Relations – Julie Esanu

• We received a $4,000 grant to help fund the Outdoor Classroom. The Outdoor Classroom Committee will discuss how to use the money. There was discussion about buying 12 benches for the area.

Corresponding Secretary – Laura Cressey

• We received only a limited response to our PTA website survey. In general, the survey indicated that parents are interested in using the website to sign up for after-school activities and buy items from the Jamestown store. Parents also indicated that the listserv is helping them stay informed.

Adjourned 8:12 p.m.