Minutes - September 2012
General Meeting Minutes September 4, 2012
- Call to Order 8:45am
- Approval of Minutes Annalise Motioned, Lorrie 2nd, APPROVED
- Introductions Attendees introduced themselves.
2. Vice President: Annalise Olsen stated that she’s heard from several staff at SG that the luncheon was appreciated.
3. Superintendent- Molly Barnes started with thanking attendees for being present and supporting SG and CC. Said CC is a great way to share information and knowledge and that SG is as great a school as it is because of the parents and volunteers. Overviewed opening day at SG and stated that it was smooth. SG has grown 33% in 5 years and Molly is proud because it is a sought after school. Said that the SG staff is dedicated to welcome and support students. Expressed a thank you to the Benz family for being the catalyst for making the track happen along with CC. The track is to be used by the school and community. Reminded attendees of Back to School Night this Thursday as an opportunity to visit the classrooms but advised to make appointments with teachers in order to discuss topics. SG priority is academic success with focus on math and will start a new program led by Suzette Takei. Writing and Reading and PE will also be a focus. Announced October 15 – 19 is Red Ribbon Week.
4. Secretary- no report
5. Treasurer- Don Ball stated CC gave almost $27k to school and most was for art and music. CC try to keep expenses low. Almost all monies put in go back to SG. Handed out graph that showed CC financial support over the years. Last year it was around $60k. Chart reflected parental support (both in membership and funds). Chart showed a spike in ’07 (year spent) because of pledge drive in ’06 for Jiji. In addition, SG had a productive Book Fair. Asked if we should rollover Spanish funds and Molly Barnes said to hold onto it for later.
6. Volunteer Coordinator- Lorrie Ballard asked for each parent to give 2 volunteer hours. Sign up sheet will be in office to keep track of hours and recognition. Stated SG CC uses Jooners for sign ups. Announced that SG CC needs chairs for School Garden, Santa’s Workshop, EScrip, Social Committee, Spring Book Fair, CC Classroom Representatives. Lorrie will help chair with getting volunteers for each event. Invited attendees to speak to her after if interested.
- Old Business
- Track- Ben Coplan (not present)
- Walk A Thon- Kindra informed it will take place on October 5th from 12:30 – 2:50 and it will be the 20th Annual. The T-Shirt will celebrate the anniversary. Forms will start coming home next week. The school will get to use the track and we will have a rally and a ribbon cutting. The children will receive treats after laps and the Fire Fighters will be present to hose down. Kindra stated that this event builds school spirit and raises funds for CC. This year will have middle schoolers work the event. The participants will get water bottles and snacks and parents are welcome. Kindra later added that Walk A Thon is set up so that anybody who donates any funds automatically becomes a CC member.
- Technology Committee Meeting- Kindra stated that we rely on parents and Alameda County. Tech Committee usually meet as needed on Tuesday mornings at 9 am. The Technology Committee will be discussing Mrs. Takei’s laptop cart request.
- Teacher Discretionary Funding- Don stated that in addition to teacher requests, CC recognized the need for slush funds and to help new teachers. Art always brings in funds from Cards. 2 new teachers have received slush funds from CC in amount of $1000. Community fundraiser, Barbara Droher Kline, stated that the art fair that happens the weekend before Thanksgiving would be a great time to have some sort of art utilizing recyclable containers for sale. Her group gives money that is matched and she has plans to put in recommendation for funds to go into school.
- Volunteer Outreach- Kindra/Lorrie noticed dropoff in CC. Because of burnout. They want volunteering and CC events to be about fun and for families to get to know each other. Want to create a Social Committee. Do things that are simple and inexpensive. There will be a recognition wall for all those who pledge 2 hours and a Star lanyard for those who volunteer 20+ hours. Volunteer Outreach is not just about money but also about donating time.
- New Business
- Technology in Classrooms- Suzette Takei summarized success of technology in the classrooms. EBeams have been successful to those who’ve been utilizing. Classroom websites have been a good tool for promoting technology for students in their future. Collaborized Classroom has allowed conversations and dialogue between students and teachers as would occur in “Real World” setting. Mrs. Takei has been purchasing laptops. She has utilized them in her classroom and the students have been able to work with the laptops in groups. The activity has been uselful in building discussion groups. Flipping Classrooms is a new process that she’s exploring this year allowing lectures to happen at home. Students are able to pause and write down any questions they may have for the next school day. She’s receiving positive feedback from the students and she is seeing that kids are more comfortable asking questions. Testing is moving toward computer based therefore more laptops are needed. Mrs. Takei is requesting a laptop cart asking for more than 1 set of 30 to be supported by the CC. Kindra stated that this may be discussed at the budget meeting and explained the budget cycle (November 1 – October 31) and that the CC decides how to use funds.
- Garden Committee and Green Team- Need a chairperson. See Lorrie Ballard if interested. The Garden is already very much in place and SG just needs somebody or a couple chairs to step in. The teacher is there with you. The commitment is once a month and total about 5 hours per month. Don recommended people find somebody to co-chair with if it seems too much.
- Book Fair- Natalie Campbell has a cochair (Denise). On September 27th, the Friday before the Walk A Thon. Need volunteers for book fair. On September 11th theres an info meeting in Fremont –a mini training. CC organizes this but CC gets no money. The money goes straight to the teachers.
- Budget Discussion- Budget $3500 for Walk A Thon
- Ladies Night Out (LNO)- Annalise stated that she’s been at SG for 9+ years and LNO used to make around $2500. The numbers have decreased over the years. Historically LNO has been in November. CC doesn’t have a chair for the event and we think we can find a better event and maybe LNO should go to sleep for a bit. Another idea was brought up from an attendee in which there’s a classroom relay which is a nice event where we can involve the community. Another idea for an optional event is an art show. SG CC decided to let LNO go to sleep for a bit.
- Moving November and January Meetings- Kindra stated that we need a motion to move November meeting from Election Day for the following week and that we will cancel the December meeting and move the January meeting to the second Tuesday in the month.
- ESCRIP- Kindra encouraged people to sign up to these programs. The links are on the website and it’s an easy and free program that brings money to SG
- School Site Council (SSC)- Molly Barnes/Lorrie Ballard informed the meeting that School Site Council is responsible for school planning. The focus is on safety and they invite participation. Lorrie’s been on SSC and it is not a big time commitment.
- Expanding Middle-School Athletics- Don would appreciate it if anybody is interested in expanding the athletics in middle-school at SG to contact/discuss with him.
Adjournment: 10:09am Annalise motioned, Lisa 2nd, no opposed.
Next meeting will be October 2, 2012.