PTO

PTO/The After School Program

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February 2017 PTO Minutes

Principal’s Report:

  • New Parent-Friendly Tabs on Website: Our Website now has two new tabs: Our Learning and Our Growth.  The Our Learning Tab highlights our two major curriculum components in Reading and Math.  These tabs allow parents to see our End Statements and the correlating curriculum and programming designed for each. The the Our Growth tabs, you can explore our most recent growth measures. We are particularly pleased with the strong growth our students are showing this year in reading, writing, and mathematics.
  • Natural Play Space: We have introduced logs and small sticks in a designated area of our playground.  This natural playspace allows children to pretend, dig, and build to their heart’s desire.  We’ll monitor this space and continue to adjust and build on it based on the needs of our students.
  • Kirkpatrick Family Fund Grant Submitted. We have written a comprehensive grant to expand our Arts 14 programming into the summer months and to continue our High Altitude Youth Choir.  This program, if funded, would:
    • Provide mentoring opportunities throughout our school district
    • Two cohorts, one here in GMF during the Green Box Arts Festival that would run the Green Box Children’s Program
    • Second Cohort will study in the area and travel – be open to 4 – 8 grades and be mentored by MSHS students.
    • Supports ongoing HAYC during the school year.
    • Supports the Green Box Summer Children’s Program during the Green Box Arts Festival.
  • Mindful Teaching: Know Thy Impact: Measuring impact and making best practices visible. The teachers are deepening their examination of feedback to students and from students and identifying those practices.  They are working with each other and using data to measure any changes with their adoption of research-based practices they might not already be using.
  • Mindfulness Teacher Training: Our staff received a training on how to improve attention and calm for the purpose of better listening and learning on Monday, January 9 with Serena Vogel.  This training is part of a district-wide initiative to implement brain-research on the benefits of mindfulness and focus training.
  • Choose Manitou 6th Grade Promotional Effort:  The Middle School and our Mountain Academy for Arts and Sciences are teaming up to make the transition between fifth to sixth or sixth to seventh as seamless and clear to parents and students as possible.  This year, we’ll be co-presenting with our wonderful MS colleagues to highlight the differences in the two sixth grade options in our district.  Our MAAS Open House will include Middle School Representatives this year so parents can ask questions of both programs!  We are very excited to be working together to make the “fit” as clear as possible and to offer parents and students more opportunities to get to know both programs before they choose. We are proud to offer this choice to our wonderful families in Manitou and to offer the highest-quality guidance possible in the selection of the one that is best for your child.
  • Manitou Exceptional Scholars Program: We are pleased to be participating in the Manitou Springs Exceptional Scholars Program.  This new program, housed at the High School, connects high achieving and/or self-selecting students with Mrs. Rockenbach.  The program is designed to help students create an advance learning plan from sixth grade through to graduation.  All the schools are working closely together to offer families unprecedented opportunities for advancement, scholarship, and personalized learning.  Best of all, no qualifying tests!

Wellness Report: Smartsource application process completed for 2017. We submitted as a whole district rather than individual schools. We will participate in a finalist interview this Thursday. In the past, these grant monies from CDE support our Wellness initiatives. If we win this year, we’ll distribute funds to each school equitably.

Food Drive: Service Corps conducting a school-wide Food Drive in conjunction with our Family Connections Dinner on February 21.

PTO Budge Update: $11708 in budget. Not much change from last month.

Events and Projects: Movie Night, March 12 to support the Cub Scouts.

Spring TAP: Good line up. Coming out the week after president’s day weekend (start the end of February).

TAP to offer fly fishing. Doing a second class on water conservation and fish. Fly fishing. Robotics with Mr. D. Mindcraft.

Directory: Will be delivered to the front office by tomorrow.

We’ll organize the directory at the start of next year.

Fundraising: Joanna met with the Heart Committee. The Pony Run will be a Walk a Thon this year. May 1 to the 5. In conjunction with Health Week and Health Jam. Tentative structure: Walk for 45. Table of parents. Pledges or flat donations. Only PTO fundraiser this year. We can build off it. No silent auction. Considering doing a Silent Auction every other year or every third year.

A-Z Salad Bar, Health Jam, etc. Health Jam week – what goes on that week. Walk a thon on the other side. What we use the money for, etc.

PTO reiterates their commitment to supporting technology, robotics, and Maker Spaces.

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Ute Pass Elementary School

PTO AGENDA

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 6pm Ute Pass Library

The mission of the Ute Pass Elementary School PTO:

Education: We will support the learner in us all, add value to the school curriculum, and provide more opportunities for our students.

Community: Unite the community and school as one by promoting community involvement to create close knit support and relationships through outreach and service.

Events: Facilitate fun school events and fund raisers that build relationships between the school and the community.

  1. Welcome
  2. Building Report- Chris Briggs Hale
  3. PHC- Angela Geick
  4. Financial report
    1. PTO fund status- Jenn Hansen
  5. Funding requests
    1. Clothing hanger
  6. Events and Projects
    1. Breakfast with Santa
      1. Saturday, December 3
    2. Craft Day- Jenny Kowal
    3. TAP and Arts 14
  7. Fundraising
    1. Pony Run and Auction
      1. A fun run, family fun day, walk a thon?
      2. Make a team to lead?
    2. New Business
      1. Year of rebuilding

Next Meeting- Tuesday, January 10th

If you have any questions or requests please feel free to contact Joanna Bartko at Joanna.bartko@gmail.com or 719-310-8243.

 

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PTO Minutes: November 1, 2016

Principal’s Report:

  • Classroom Conversations and our tracking of academic rigor. Classroom Conversations are designed to engage all teachers together in a conversation about the students who don’t regularly get discussed. By including our Specials Teachers and the whole intervention team, classroom teachers glean tips, insights, and programming ideas to support all the learners in their classrooms.  Our teachers will be conducting our second classroom conversations on Wednesday, November 9.
  • Know Thy Impact: Measuring impact and making best practices visible. The teachers are starting a building wide examination of academic impact.  We are utilizing research to learn new ways to determine, without doubt, what instructional strategies result in big growth for kids and which do not.  Because impact strategies change by child and by group, this whole building focus is designed to allow the best practices in our building to become universal.
  • Analyzing report card grades for consistency. On our January 6 Teacher Work Day (prior to the students returning from Winter Break), the teachers of both elementary schools will be conducting an analysis of the consistency of their grading practices using our new rubrics and report cards during one of our two January work days .

PHC Update: Angela: Holiday Help. Discussion of Church in the Wildwood food bank. They’ve been low on food. Maybe in the future go back to donating food.

Financial Update: Balance 13,986. Approximate until further clarification. $1300 for Halloween – $812.00

Spirit Store is doing very well. We are selling out of stuff. Mid-November, possibly place another order.

Funding Requests:

 

3D Printers. Mr. D. would like to get two more. They’ve been hugely successful. Our kids design, we need more machines so that we can increase our input. The kids design, know the volume.

Approved.

Thank You for Starr Family: Halloween Carnival brought in approximately 268 people. Lots of new families volunteering. A huge thanks to Nancy May, Jen Hudson, Joanna Bartko, Jenny Kowal, Jonathan and the Starr Family. Huge thanks to Milica Barkic.

$150 thanks to Jonathan Starr approved.

Fundraising Ideas: Discussion of new spring options to replace the Pony Run.

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Next PTO Meeting is Tuesday, October 4 at 6:00pm

Ute Pass Elementary School

PTO MINUTES

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 6pm Ute Pass Library

The mission of the Ute Pass Elementary School PTO:

Education: We will support the learner in us all, add value to the school curriculum, and provide more opportunities for our students.

Community: Unite the community and school as one by promoting community involvement to create close knit support and relationships through outreach and service.

Events: Facilitate fun school events and fund raisers that build relationships between the school and the community.

  1. Welcome and Introductions

In attendance: Jennifer, Joanna, Sherri, Amanda, Jonathan Dooley, Angela, Chris, Brayden, Susan

  1. Building Report- Chris Briggs Hale
  • Excellent start to year.
  • Academic Focus: Learning is the constant and time is the variable. The benefits of a more flexible schedule. Longer mid-day lunch and recess. More push-into the classroom support in the afternoon, full-time aide in 5th grade,
  • Fundraising needs: GOGO Grant for playground turf
  • Volunteer Needs: Halloween Carnival, Pony Run, PTO leadership for next year.
  1. PHC- Angela Geick – Overview of what PHC does.
  • Wellness initiatives
  • Partnerships across the community to benefit families and learning
  • Food drives
  • Question: Can people donate time rather than goods? Yes, Angela talks directly to families in need about this type of contribution.
  1. Financial report –
  • Aprox 15K left in PTO funds after construction of the Walking Track
  • Walking track came in under the budgeted 11K
  • Teacher support funds renewed for the 2016-17 school year. Specialist teachers may make specific project requrests. Approved $2,000 for this.
  1. Funding requests – None presented.
  2. The After School Program
  3. a) Fall offerings
  4. Events and Projects
  5. a) Walking Track
  • Completed in August.
  • Students and staff are using it.
  • The track is .07 of a mile in diameter.
  1. b) Spirit Store
  • Approved: Joanna will contact Don Gibus to purchase items to be made for sale for students.

Directory: Sheri will compile the Directory.

Destination Imagination Director: Susan Taylor has volunteered. Will meet with Joanna to get this off the ground.

  1. c) Halloween Carnival
  2. Date: October 29, 5 – 7:30.
  • No volunteers for Spook House this year so we’ll focus on the Dance aspect of the main event.
  1. No School on Oct 27, 28, Halloween is on Monday the 31st
  2. Fundraising
  3. a)  Pony Run and Auction
  4. New ideas, change, new enthusiasm.
  5. New Business
  6. a) Year of rebuilding

Next Meeting- Tuesday, October 4th

If you have any questions or requests please feel free to contact Joanna Bartko at Joanna.bartko@gmail.com or 719-310-8243.

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Fall Instructions 2016(2) Landsharks

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Mobile District App
Manitou Springs School District 14 has an official mobile app designed to enable parents, staff, students, and the broader community to stay informed regarding important issues, information, and activities underway within the school community. The free app, which proudly displays the MSSD14 logo, mascot, colors and content, can be downloaded for Apple iOS and Android.

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The app will provide families with 24/7 access to district alerts (school closures, etc.), news, calendars, lunch menus, directories, events, sports schedules and results, and more. New information feeds will continue to be made available in the app over the coming school year.  Our official mobile app empowers everyone in the community to stay connected and up-to-date on the information that they want and need, directly from their mobile devices. It’s another great example of our commitment to communication, as we know that in order for families to get involved in school activities and functions, they must first be informed of them. We are excited about how our app will help us communicate more effectively, and we hope it leads to a stronger, more connected school community overall.”
Cathrine Olimb, Technology Director

Ute Pass Elementary School

PTO AGENDA

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 6pm Ute Pass Library

The mission of the Ute Pass Elementary School PTO:

Education: We will support the learner in us all, add value to the school curriculum, and provide more opportunities for our students.

Community: Unite the community and school as one by promoting community involvement to create close knit support and relationships through outreach and service.

Events: Facilitate fun school events and fund raisers that build relationships between the school and the community.

  1. Welcome
  2. Building Report- Chris Briggs Hale
  3. PHC- Angela Geick
  4. Financial report
    1. PTO fund status- Jenn Hansen
  5. Funding requests
    1. Teacher Support Funds
  6. The After School Program
    1. Fall offerings
  7. Events and Projects
    1. Walking Track
    2. Spirit Store
    3. Halloween Carnival
      1. Date?
      2. No School on Oct 27, 28, Halloween is on Monday the 31st
    4. Fundraising
      1. Pony Run and Auction
        1. New ideas, change, new enthusiasm
      2. New Business
        1. Year of rebuilding

Next Meeting- Tuesday, October 4th

If you have any questions or requests please feel free to contact Joanna Bartko at Joanna.bartko@gmail.com or 719-310-8243.

 

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Ute Pass Elementary School

PTO AGENDA

February 2, 2016 6pm Ute Pass Library

The mission of the Ute Pass Elementary School PTO:

Education: We will support the learner in us all, add value to the school curriculum, and provide more opportunities for our students.

Community: Unite the community and school as one by promoting community involvement to create close knit support and relationships through outreach and service.

Events: Facilitate fun school events and fund raisers that build relationships between the school and the community.

  1. Welcome
  2. Building Report- Chris Briggs Hale
  3. Financial report
    1. PTO fund status- Jenn Hansen
  4. Funding requests
  5. Events and Projects
    1. TAP 3rd Trimester
    2. Walking Track Update
      1. Danny Geick
    3. Fundraising
      1. Pony Run and Auction
    4. New Business

Next Meeting- Tuesday, March 1, 2016

If you have any questions or requests please feel free to contact Joanna Bartko at Joanna.bartko@gmail.com or 719-310-8243.

 

UPE PTO Newsletter Feb 2016 Click Here>>

Ute Pass Elementary School

PTO AGENDA

January 12, 2016 6pm Ute Pass Library

The mission of the Ute Pass Elementary School PTO:

Education: We will support the learner in us all, add value to the school curriculum, and provide more opportunities for our students.

Community: Unite the community and school as one by promoting community involvement to create close knit support and relationships through outreach and service.

Events: Facilitate fun school events and fund raisers that build relationships between the school and the community.

  1. Welcome
  2. Building Report- Chris Briggs Hale
  3. Financial report
    1. PTO fund status- Jenn Hansen
  4. Event reviews
    1. Breakfast with Santa
      1. Thank you Nancy May
    2. Craft day
      1. Thank you Jenny Kowal
    3. Funding requests
      1. Mr D and Mr Weimer- 3D printer
        1. CBH follow up report
      2. Events and Projects
        1. Walking Track Update
          1. Danny Geick
        2. Fundraising
          1. Pony Run and Auction
            1. date
  1. New Business

Next Meeting- Tuesday, February 2, 2015

If you have any questions or requests please feel free to contact Joanna Bartko at Joanna.bartko@gmail.com or 719-310-8243.

 

Read PTO December Minutes here>>

Read the UPE PTO December newsletter here>>

Second Trimester After School Class Catalog>>

Read the November PTO here>>

Ute Pass Elementary School

PTO AGENDA

November 3, 2015 6pm Ute Pass Library

The mission of the Ute Pass Elementary School PTO:

Education: We will support the learner in us all, add value to the school curriculum, and provide more opportunities for our students.

Community: Unite the community and school as one by promoting community involvement to create close knit support and relationships through outreach and service.

Events: Facilitate fun school events and fund raisers that build relationships between the school and the community.

  1. Welcome
  2. Building Report- Chris Briggs Hale
  3. Financial report
    1. PTO fund status- Jenn Hansen
    2. Teacher Support funds
  4. Funding requests
  5. Fundraising
    1. Halloween Carnival- made money!
  6. Events and Projects
    1. Walking Track Update
      1. Danny Geick
    2. Halloween Carnival
      1. Review
    3. Breakfast with Santa and craft day?
  7. Volunteer opportunities
    1. TAP teachers needed
  8. New Business

Next Meeting- Tuesday, December 1, 2015

If you have any questions or requests please feel free to contact Joanna Bartko at Joanna.bartko@gmail.com or 719-310-8243.

 

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Ute Pass Elementary School

PTO/SAC AGENDA MINUTES

October 6, 2015 6pm Ute Pass Library

The mission of the Ute Pass Elementary School PTO:

Education: We will support the learner in us all, add value to the school curriculum, and provide more opportunities for our students.

Community: Unite the community and school as one by promoting community involvement to create close knit support and relationships through outreach and service.

Events: Facilitate fun school events and fund raisers that build relationships between the school and the community

In attendance:

Jennifer Hansen, Joanna, Pat, Angela, Danny, Meghan Schultze, Matt Rogge, Chris Briggs-Hale, Pat Urban, Michelle Starr, Joleen Schnake, Beth Apotheker

  1. Welcome

A strong start to the year. Lot to accomplish so we’ll dive right in.

  1. Guest-Anna Lord, Head of the Manitou campaign for Manitou Schools:

I decided to help with the Mill Levy rather than run for Board. Overview: In the past six years, our MSSD14 budget has lost 9 million of monies that were supposed to come from the State. I have to tip my hat on administration – administration kept pay freezes, deferred a million dollars on repairs on buildings. Targeted growth. We are at the point were there is nothing more things that they can do. Increasing class sizes, arts classes, anything that is considered exploratory, could be cut if we don’t all vote Yes on 3B. They will have to cut some serious funds off the budget.

On the ballot it is called 3B. A “yes” is a yes to increase taxes. $3 per $100,000 of house value. Not a huge chunk of change for the homeowner but a huge help to the school district. We need to again this past weekend. It’s our goal to contact every single yes voter in the district. It’s a low voter turn out year so every vote really counts.

2006 was the last time a bond was passed. Music, Arts, were moved out of MS and HS and put in the SILC.

Question: Is there a campaign opposed? Not formally. People will vote no so we can’t take anything for granted. Based on history, we know who to target. We are trying to get the people to the polls.

The marijuana money was never designed to go to operating budget – just buildings and only for rural districts who can’t tax themselves to be able to repair their buildings.

Other than that, we got one school nurse for one school year.

Locally, the money raised for taxes goes to the City of Manitou, not the school district. They are using it for flood mitigation. The school district doesn’t see a dime of it.

Anna Lord is the contact for the campaign 687-0123. She has calling packets for Cascade. Kelly Butts and Molly Stevens have been walking.

  1. Financial report

PTO fund status- Jenn Hansen, Julie Horner

Introduction by Joanna, Pat and Chris. We have an opportunity to unify our district, school, and wellness goals and thereby combine our money raising and grant funded efforts to support Relationships and Opportunity. (Pat Urban gives a brief history of PHC). Partnerships with grant funders and other players support our prevention and family support work. What does that mean for you? Each school gets an award for wellness: it is distributed based on student numbers. They sit and create a School Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). They sit to design ways to use the funds to forward the school’s goals as they relate to health, climate, and wellness. Any of the things that help the person, help the academics. Example: Increasing the number of TAP programs. Encouraging kids to be more physically active. It funds nutrition programming and free breakfasts.

This year’s action plan – get breakfast in the classroom. Coming up with ideas on how we can help student academic performance. Heart Committee can also help support manpower to PTO work. Family connection dinners are provided by the Wellness Team.

How does the planning for the Family Connection Dinners happen? Beth and Joleen are the Health and Wellness Committee. One of our SHIPS is to get families more involvement. As a team, we decide who sets up, who gets the word out, etc. Our nutrition services are on the committee. Each member of these areas of our school is on our Heart Committee. We make our SHIPS off of those survey results.

SAC Report:

  • $100 for Fountain Creek Watershed.
  • Robotics – district efforts and school
  • Arts 14 concerns heard and being worked on
  • CKLA Successes so far – Lit Pit/Green Screen, kids engaged and having literature touch their hearts.
  • DI off the ground
  • Kids in Motion

PTO Agrees to provide a SAC report during PTO meetings instead of a separate SAC meeting. Both will take place at 6PM on the first Tuesday of each month.

  1. Budget information

Jenn Hansen: $20,000 in our account. It’s been consistent for the last couple of years. We have examined ways to dedicate these funds. Long-term building projects. We usually raise and spend $5,000 per year. A part of that will go to long-term building projects. Going forward we’d like to have percentages. TAP programming – a percent to different goals. This might be considered a flagship year. Traditionally, we haven’t had a good track record of tracking. This year – we will spend according to our budget. There will be a one-to-one connection from budget to money spent.

Much more follow up on closing out the books. We have $2500 monies that we haven’t spent from last year. It was approved in some form but hasn’t been spent.

Pat Urban will look into having our PTO monies separate.

Teacher Monies:

Ideally, the funds would sunset in May.

Teacher money wasn’t always spent because some of the teachers are saving their money. Discussion over what to keep in their accounts. Discussion of the need to make it clear that they have to spend it out by the end of the year. Let them keep what they have. Spend it by the end of the year.

Suggestion to bring the longer discussion about (committee) about how to best disseminate teacher monies.

Invite some teachers from classroom to the next meeting. Add the monies to the specialist. November –

  1. Funding requests

Walk-a-Thon: Joleen – Seeking approval for this. Support PTO and afternoon school. Half toward the track. Would help fund equipment for kids and field day things. The money from PTO would be used for incentives. Asking for $150 for incentives.

  1. Fundraising
    1. Magazine subscriptions?
      1. Who approved?
      2. Grant for books for library?

All fundraising needs to go through PTO. She thought it was approved, she’s sorry.

  1. Events and Projects
    1. Walking Track
      1. Where to start

Report from Danny Gieck. If you pour everything on the map – $10,000, 8 foot wide, 3-inch asphalt track. A couple different things we could do. It would be nice to get it precise. Once we have a rough idea. We can get to the bull’s-eye of what is really needed. Cost also dependent on how we want it marked.

Current plans might run around $10,000

Discussion of possible sponsors certain feet of the track?

Discussion of possible “donor brick” campaign.

You get a brick or your name on a plaque.

Asphalt is the best way to go considering snow, wind, sun, etc.

Great idea to connect it to community needs on the weekend.

Next Playground Master Plan (PTO Subcommittee) meeting Wednesday, October 14.

  1. School Directory
  2. Halloween Carnival- Friday, Oct 30 5 to 7:30.

Meeting Wednesday afterschool at 2 PM. Nancy May and Jenn is heading that up.

  1. Next meeting
  1. Breakfast with Santa and craft day?

Nice breakfast that the Dad’s cook.

Craft Day discussion. 6th grade may help. Jenny Kowal will help with this. Let Joanna know your feedback on that.

  1. Staff Appreciation Luncheon
    1. Date – October 21

School Directory will happen. Requests for the information will be next week.

Walking School Bus starts Wednesday.

PTO Newsletter Came out.

  1. Volunteer opportunities
    1. Walking School Bus- Frist is tomorrow Oct 7th
  2. New Business
    1. Trunk or Treat with Chamber of Commerce
      1. See attached info

Next Meeting- Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015, 6pm

If you have any questions or requests please feel free to contact Joanna Bartko at Joanna.bartko@gmail.com or 719-310-8243.

 

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UPE PTO Newsletter OCT 2015

Ute Pass Elementary School

PTO AGENDA

October 6, 2015 6pm Ute Pass Library

The mission of the Ute Pass Elementary School PTO:

Education: We will support the learner in us all, add value to the school curriculum, and provide more opportunities for our students.

Community: Unite the community and school as one by promoting community involvement to create close knit support and relationships through outreach and service.

Events: Facilitate fun school events and fund raisers that build relationships between the school and the community.

  1. Welcome
    1. Thank you
  2. Guest-Anna Lord, Head of the Manitou campaign for Manitou Schools
  3. Financial report
    1. PTO fund status- Jenn Hansen, Julie Horner
    2. Budget information
  4. Funding requests
  5. Fundraising
    1. Magazine subscriptions?
      1. Who approved?
      2. Grant for books for library?
    2. Events and Projects
      1. Walking Track
        1. Where to start
      2. School Directory
      3. Halloween Carnival- Friday, Oct 30 5 to 8
        1. Next meeting
      4. Breakfast with Santa and craft day?
      5. Staff Appreciation Luncheon
        1. Date
      6. Volunteer opportunities
        1. Walking School Bus- Frist is tomorrow Oct 7th
      7. New Business
        1. Trunk or Treat with Chamber of Commerce
          1. See attached info

Next Meeting- Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015, 6pm

If you have any questions or requests please feel free to contact Joanna Bartko at Joanna.bartko@gmail.com or 719-310-8243.

UPE PTO Newsletter Sept 2015

 

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September 1 PTO Meeting Minutes

Attendees: Jennifer Hansen, Julie and Aaron Horner, Matt Rogge, Michelle Starr, Joanna Bartko, Angela and Danny Gieck, Jonathan and Kerri Dooley, Melica Barkic, Pat Savaglio, Chris, Pat,

Financial Report:

  • Jennifer Hansen volunteers to be new Treasurer.
  • Thank you from the group to Julie Horner for her service.
  • Give Joanna the teacher classroom fund balances.
  • Discussion of whether or when to set a “sunset clause” on PTO Teacher Funds.

Funding Requests:

  • Landon May: $125 to sponsor his Rubik Cube club. Yes.
  • Briggs-Hale: $100 to Creek Week Sponsorship. Yes.
  • Agreement to create budget priorities, goals, and allocations to ensure funds spent align with PTO mission. Sub group to work on this.

Information and Discussion Items:

  • Proposal to start a FIRST Lego Robotics Team at UPES. Funding to be found outside PTO. Practices to be on Fridays. Coach: Aaron Horner. Open to Sixth, Fifth, and Fourth with ten slots being filled from oldest to youngest. First competition: November 7 is the FIRST competition. Mr. D will lend the Mindstorm sets in his room to this team.
  • Walking Track: Discussion about how to fund and actually complete proposals we’ve raised funds for: Outdoor Classroom and the Walking Track. Decision to:
  • Sketch a master plan to submit to Buildings and Grounds Director Danny Gieck. Danny will begin preliminary cost estimates once received and return to our October 6 meeting for updates. He will search for funding sources as well that might also connect to PE.
  • Attach budgets to Master Plan for construction of elements this year and for planning subsequent future year projects.
  • Establish subcommittee to design and adjust Master Plan and to advise with budgeting. Master Plan Committee to be formed. Pat S. & Kerri Dooley expressed interested in participating.
  • Wednesday, September 2nd Follow UP: Consolidation of commitments and ideas for a Master Plan sketch has been drawn up. We’ll consider these ideas and establish budgets, goals, and timelines on October 6.
  • Discussion of a possible PTO Shed postponed until October 6.
  • Follow Up after the Meeting: Chris Briggs-Hale brought this report to Pat Urban on Wednesday, September 2.
  • Breakfast with Santa: December 5 or 12. Call Paula for preferred date.
  • October 7 is the official start of walking school bus. Little parking lot.

FAIM/Arts14 Discussion and Follow up:

The Following Items were Brought Up at the Meeting. On Wednesday, September 2nd, Chris Briggs-Hale brought these concerns to Pat Urban, Director of Elementary Learning for MSSD14.

In italics are the actions that are either proposed or have been taken at this point to address these concerns:

  • Discussion about whether District should fund joint 6th grade activities.
  • The original fee structures at the MS and High School are a different funding stream. The district has committed to take a new look at these apparent inequities.
  • Discussion about quality of past Arts 14 and FAIM programming. Expressed concern for lack of supervision, lack of rigor, lack of sequenced instruction in instrumental lessons noted by many present. In addition, frustration that a program without a strong reputation being artificially inserted into the Afterschool Schedule at the expense of possible high quality TAP programs on the same days.
  • The FAIM Instructors all met at the end of last year on this very topic. Pat Urban has committed to support and supervise instruction in Arts 14 and FAIM classes. We are looking for clearly articulated curriculum in each of the courses while still honoring the exploratory nature of these classes for new kids. Pat Urban will be supervising and evaluating the FAIM/Arts 14 classes at UPES.
  • Discussion of lack of intermediate afterschool offerings in the UPES Arts14 schedule. Leaves few options for children in grades 3 – 6.
  • We do not have instructors in FAIM for this age group who are able to be at both the FAIM/SILC program and up here at UPES.
  • Discussion over inequities in payment schedules between Elementary and Middle School.
  • The district has committed to examine this inequity.

On the October 6 PTO meeting, we will revisit these concerns and the actions taken.

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Ute Pass Elementary School

PTO AGENDA for September 1, 2015 6pm Ute Pass Library

The mission of the Ute Pass Elementary School PTO:

Education: We will support the learner in us all, add value to the school curriculum, and provide more opportunities for our students.

Community: Unite the community and school as one by promoting community involvement to create close knit support and relationships through outreach and service.

Events: Facilitate fun school events and fund raisers that build relationships between the school and the community.

1. Welcome
a) Thank yous

2. Financial report
a) PTO fund status- Julie Horner

3. Funding requests

  1. a)  Black and Groth
  2. b)  Rubik cube sponsorship- Landon May
  3. c)  PTO storage shed

4. Events

  1. a)  All PTO meetings will be the first Tuesday of each month
  2. b)  Walking Track

i. Where to start c) TAP

i. 3 days a week
d) Halloween Carnival- Sat, Oct 24

i. Jenn Hansen & Nancy May

  1. Volunteer opportunities
    1. a)  Box Top Coordinator
    2. b)  Walking School Bus
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