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PTA Meeting Minutes – October 7, 2008

Minutes of the Jamestown PTA Meeting
October 7, 2008

Call to Order – Herman Narcho
• The meeting was called to order at 7:40 pm. In addition to the Executive Board, approximately 25 parents were present.
• The minutes of the September 2, 2008 PTA meeting were approved.
• The PTA voted to endorse the APS school bond that will be on the ballot in the November 2008 elections. This bond will provide $75 million to complete the renovations of Yorktown High School.
• Crosswalk Update – The Arlington County engineers are apparently in favor of moving the crossing guard from the intersection of Delaware and 36th Street to the school crosswalk but they must first conduct a study to determine if there are a sufficient number of vehicles crossing through that intersection to justify putting a 4-way stop there instead of the crossing guard. If you have not signed the petition to have the crossing guard moved, please do so.
• The front office will use the PTA’s list serv to send out emergency notices to parents.

Principal’s Report – Ms. Laura Annan Glascoe
• Parents should remember that, in the event of an emergency lock down, by law, children must remain at school until Arlington Police say they may be released. The school has sufficient food and water in the event of a lock down.
• Fifth grade teachers attended the PTA meeting along with the new librarian, Ms. Blaine.
• The School Plan Advisory Council will hold its first meeting on Monday, October 13. They will review site-based survey data and school testing data and this information will be presented at our November 5 PTA meeting.
• We need parent volunteers to help make name buttons for JES students so that FLES teachers will be better able to learn all of our children’s names.
• Twelve percent of APS school funding comes from the State. In response to state budget cuts, we have trimmed our budget for field trips by 20 percent this year which results in budgeting for two field trips per grade level. If there are additional field trips requested, there may be fees charged.
• The Yorktown High School band will perform at JES at 1:00 on October 31 for our parade.
• Mrs. Schaffner thanked the PTA for providing lunch on Friday, October 3 during parent/teacher conferences.
• Mrs. Schaffner also announced that Jamestown has formed two teams to participate in the Oct. 18 “Light the Night” Walk to raise funds for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The teams are: “Becky’s Flyers,” and “Team Thalia.” This is a great way to support our community and help people facing these challenges. For more information, contact: Dana Smith (danaworldwide@hotmail.com) or Roseanne Geisel (rwgeisel@att.net) for Team Thalia, or Dani Greene (dani_shotel@apsva.us) for Becky’s Flyers.

Treasurer’s Report – Miriam Discenza
• Ms. Discenza provided the current financial report. The PTA voted to approve the report as presented. Also, the PTA audit was completed in September. We voted to adopt the audit which will be filed with the Virginia PTA.
• We discussed possibly using PTA funds for tax preparation next year (approx $300). Ms. Discenza will raise this issue again in June 2009.
Internal Relations – Julie Esanu
• Jamestown’s outdoor classroom is now in use. Carrie Lombardi reported that every grade has a garden bed and will begin planting in the Spring. The Outdoor Classroom committee is trying to create a reading circle. We need garden supplies (e.g., hand trowels, gloves).
• On November 5 (prior to the PTA meeting) the FLES teachers will make a presentation about the FLES curriculum and its integration into the classroom.
• The first Parent Workshop of the school year, Homework Help for Parents, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21st from 9:30am-11:30am and again on Wednesday, Oct. 22nd from 7 pm-9pm. Each session will be held in the Multipurpose Room. Please pre-register by contacting Kate Patton at kate@specialneedskidsinfo.com or 703-524-8441.

Fundraising – Katherine Price
• The grocery card registration ends October 15. So far we have registered 240 cards fewer than last year. Please sign up!
• The Sally Foster program raised approximately $9000. Thank you to co-chairs Brenna Isman and Kara O’Connor.
Community Relations – Karen Apsel
• Please save broken crayons to have them recycled and reused. We will provide additional information on this program at a later date.
• Thank you to the Hospitality Committee members for providing lunch to the teachers during Parent/Teacher conferences on October 3.

Website Update – Laura Cressey
• Ruth Gordon is working on updating the JES website. We will provide a survey to parents about how they use the website and information they would like provided. Please email Ruth Gordon or Laura Cressey with ideas.
• Each family will receive one school directory at no charge. This year we ordered additional directories which may be purchased by parents. Look for a notice in back pack mail.

The meeting adjourned at 8:02 p.m.