PTO Minutes from 10/28/14 Squantum Elementary School

Notes from Kellie Defelice, PTO Corresponding Secretary

Meeting started at 7pm

Citywide: Rep Dave Blaton went and enjoyed it and said it was great. Potential notes or link to Citywide to come via Moi. They told him Squantum owes $50 in dues. Going to look into it, may be new thing.

Picture Day went well. Mr. Sylvia said it went well and volunteers were there. Pictures should be in soon. Opportunity to request sibling photos will be option in future.

Monster Mash was a success as well. Thank you to the Coughlins!

Bake Sale: Flyer should be out soon if not given today. Would be helpful to have more baked goods later in the day as it gets busier. Need Volunteers still (email Kenda at Donation Box could be helpful since some people just want to donate and not get any sweets. Suggestion: display and promote Squantum apparel at bake sale. Email blast Next door Squantum and PTO. Also it will be extended past November 1st to November 7th.

Restaurant Night at UNOs November 7th all day. Kevin Geary also mentioned that he can do an order for the teachers at UNOs that day and it can include a discount and will also go towards the PTO fundraiser.

Movie Night will be November 10, at 5:30, on a Monday since there is no school the day after. Popcorn will be there. Donations needed will be on the flyer (water, food, etc. ) Donations are optional. More of a community get together. Movie is the Croods.

Talk about a Glove Drive or Can Drive. Dr. Bloom is going to try and tie something in with Student Council.

Book Fair November 13-19

Square One Art due Friday October 31, 2014

Fingerprinting: SAVE YOUR RECEIPT

Bricks for Outdoor Classroom: will be sealed. We can extend the deadline a little but not too much. Should be done by November 7th. Bricks will be able to be moved when new school is built down the road. “Pave the way to the new school” said Mr. Sylvia

Boxtops still always looking for them. Have to have these ones all in by November 3rd. After that, any that come in will not be counted until April.

Look into the Hannaford fundraiser. Jen said she will ask at Customer Service.

Remind people to register for Stop & Shop.

Parent/ Teacher Conferences will be the 18th and 25th.

Kids will vote on Election Day for Governor and some local questions such as merging the High Schools.

BOKS has 160 students enrolled. Popular. Reebok emailed Mr. Sylvia and said Squantum is the model for Quincy.

Veteran’s Day: On Nov 7th Student Council will read essays and there will be an assembly.

Bruce Ayers will present the bike to a second grader after in the media center.

Playground opening was celebrated. Mr. Sylvia has the key to the Kiosk to put up flyers.
Mini Grants: 8 teachers will be recognized at ceremony. Most teachers at Squantum to win. Eight teachers won from here.

Keyboard program will be started at media center as part of their curriculum. Also accessible at home.

Safety drills will be happening soon including Lockdown. Not sure on the date yet.

$5,124 came in for income. (Bricks, membership dues, Baystate Textiles, Catalogs)
Expenses: Teacher Stipends, Buses for Field Trips, White Boards, In Focus Machines, Teacher Website, etc = $2,110

Recent Fundraisers:
Book Fair was $1700 in book credit
Monster Mash: $1260
Catalog: Waiting on Fundraiser

iPad discussion
Asked about whether or not PTO should or could donate money for Teacher Projects such as 4th grade IPADS. Mr. Sylvia said we are looking more at mobile labs for the entire school. Discussion about whether or not it is fair to donate to one teacher project. Looking at IPAD Minis for the classrooms, a bulk order to be a mobile lab. Looking at them for small group work. Brian is going to keep promoting it and blasting out the fundraiser emails to get word out. Also better to go through city for mobile lab so city will support it on some level and then work with the school as an IT device.
Look into discount at Apple (ONLINE? Maybe)

Still will take IPAD donations