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(updated within a few days of the meetings)
Madrona PTSA Meeting minutes -
Date: November 14, 2018
Location: Madrona Elementary Library
Staff appreciated staff meal!
Mary appreciated the sympathy card for her Father-in-Law passing
Tomorrow, Thursday is the first school tour
Also, tomorrow Principal Juno is visiting from 10-12
Goal is to get her into each classroom. Mary has already met her to talk about the equity work staff is doing; She aims to visit each school
Student conferences are underway
3rd year of being a School of Distinction!
This is great, but funding will decrease next year due to academic improvement. Last year, we lost $50,000
We are slowly closing the achievement gap
Teachers are excited to work with Room Parents
No school next week
Question from a parent in attendance about the lockdown protocol. Concern because students interpreted the event differently and had different experiences.
Teachers talk to students about safety
Seneca counselors are available to support teachers and classrooms
Principal McDaniel’s boss came to walk the school afterwards and many classes talked about their feelings post-lockdown
There is no protocol to tell kids what happened, but to check-in with students about feelings (teacher or counselor)
Make this be a part of the process
The school does practice drills and prepare students
Fundraising/ jog a thon recap
Raised over $30,000!!!!!!!!!!!
Raised $29,673 after costs...but matching donations are still to come
Only 67 people signed up for PledgeStar, but pulled in 80% of money
Looking to develop our own shop on SquareSpace.
Need a “coder” to volunteer some time to make this
Alyssa might know some people
We are evaluating the lap counter system
Sharon wrote a re-cap that she will add to the Drive
We are signed-up for Giving Tuesday (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving encouraging people to donate money to our PTSA)
This is a light-touch opportunity to give friends and family a chance to help
Later, we will do the Annual Ask in December which asks Madrona Elementary families to give directly to the school
Working to develop long-term relationships with local businesses
Exploring the idea of having a night of house parties with an online auction ending that evening.
The fish Fry will no longer be a fundraising event so that it can focus on community building (carnival?)
Multicultural Night is December 13th (no changes!)
Passports are back to help kids and families stay engaged
Kindergarten wing will celebrate Diwali
We need more maps! Any types of maps. Can leave in the front office
We decided not to go with Big World Breaks this year for a musical artist in residence
We have a meeting with Afwa, a past after-school drumming instructor, to see if our needs fit her needs
The Opera is coming!!! To do an assembly at the school in March
Will also test storytelling with the Daisies
Exploring how to make a comic book about school experiences through the eras. The Opera is interested in turning that into an opera.
Anyone want to help?
The 4/5th class is working on comic book making
We have 2 Seattle Theatre Group teaching artists to help lead 101 Dalmatians
Performances on April 4th and 5th
Afterschool classes start in January
Ms. Taylor, the Developmental Preschool teacher, will be the musical staff lead
We need help!
This is our 3rd and final year with the Disney Program
They are offering us $500
They are also offering us $1,000 matching on Donors Choose
Can use this for things like audio
Sam has a connection at Triple Door
The drama residency program is going well!
Need to do some thinking about how to involve kids that are not part of the afterschool program
Volunteer/ Room Parents
8 volunteer orientations were held
Everyone MUST do the online application if they plan to volunteer with students. If you only plan to volunteer for large school events, or afterschool, you do not need to complete the application
Chaperone form is also online, but separate from the volunteer application
Volunteer opportunities will be sent out shortly
Room Parent update
We have room parents for all the classrooms. Great!
Room Parents have student information that has gone through FERPA
The main goal of Room Parents is to engage families in the classroom
This can be done through volunteering and communication
Staff appreciation luncheon put on by the 1st grade families
Still looking for more $5 coffee cards and $25 Amazon gift cards
Working on cleaning the composting board in the cafeteria
Tom is working with the District to get composting bins in each classroom
Mariana is working on the education piece
Green Team is open to suggestions
School tours for prospective families
First tour is tomorrow
More to come, mostly 2 a month
There are online sign-ups
Messaging is out
Suggestion to make a flyer with all the tour dates
After School program
We are about to put out a survey to all families about this program to understand needs, alternative choices, costs, and generally gather input
We are connecting more with Launch to support both programs
Need ideas on how to best send out this online survey?
Can we send texts? The District now send texts
Family resource center
JJ, the Seneca reset counselor, and Mr. Smalls are working together to gather supplies for families in need for the holidays.
Families in need, but not classified as homeless, will also be supported
More information to come
Safe routes to school
We applied for an SDOT mini grant to do a safety study around the school
We will know the first week of Dec if we get the grant. Money in January.
Tomorrow is the deadline for SDOT’s neighborhood grant. Adam will apply for that to calm traffic on Union
Question about academics
There is a local neighbor that can connect us with science grants
Alyssa is the connection
Suggestion to make this ask for the science fair
Danielle can offer support to learn about Basecamp
Minutes from October 10, 2018 - click here for a PDF
Minutes from September 12, 2018 - click here for a PDF
Minutes from August 15, 2018 - click here for a PDF
Minutes from May 2, 2018 - click here for a PDF
Minutes from March 7, 2018 - click here for a PDF
Minutes from February 7, 2018 - click here for PDF
Minutes from January 3, 2018 - click here for a PDF
Minutes from December 6, 2017 - click here for a PDF
Minutes from November 1, 2017 - click here for a PDF
Minutes from October 4, 2017 - click here for a PDF
meeting minutes Before October 2017 are available at our old site: madronapantherpartners.org