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March PTA Meeting Minutes

March PTA Meeting Minutes – 3/10/21

Nicole (President): Welcome, Pledge

  • Special Thanks:

    • Claire Cooper & Kate Ryan – Virtual book fair

    • Xiomara De Jesus – coordinating PJ & Book Drive benefiting CASA of Union County

    • Benee Meade – coordinating the partnership with 4th grade OAS to also collect books (and bookmarks) to benefit our book Drive (100 books & bookmarks collected/donated)

    • Staff Appreciation: Xiomara De Jesus – Jan (to go snack bags); Courtney Byrne – Feb (heart shaped cookies from Cake Artist)

    • Heather Rosen – Virtual Art Night Chair

    • Selene Carey – By-Law Renewal

  • Upcoming Staff Appreciation: March – Nikki Mulchay

  • Will be sponsoring additional assemblies (TBD, Mrs. Murphy coordinating, still have $900 reserved in the budget to fund)

  • Murphy & teachers are working on additional mini grant requests for us to be able to fund; 1 request is to purchase paint for library (request from LY)

  • Brainstorming additional ideas for virtual family activities

  • Supported the highschool Junior class fundraiser “You’ve Been Shamrocked” – be on the lookout March 16th

  • Yearbook Needs – keep sending in pics; look for email w specific needs; April 30th order deadline

  • PTA By-Law Renewal: Review proposed changes (Selene Carey) and vote

    • By-Laws were unanimously approved by the board and all attendees

Nikki (Vice President): Current and Up-Coming Events

  • Book Fair – Final Week, ends Friday March 14th, 25% of proceeds go back to school

  • Virtual Art Night – Give details (Kits will be send home 3/15, will have a week to do and have a chance to win a Vanilla Bean gift card; will also be able to send back into school for it to be displayed)

  • Plant Sale – Partner w Dreyers; Need at least 1 to 2 volunteers to chair.

    • Will take place close to Mother’s Day. Possibility of deliveries directly to homes

  • Plan Spring 1 mile walk/run challenge in lieu of 5K this year

    • Family Challenge

    • Raffle entry with photo submissions

    • Spring Drive In Movie Night – OAS on board to co-host again, need to pick date and movie

      • UPDATE: Sing confirmed for Thursday, May 6 at 8pm- BAS sold out!

Claire (Treasurer): Balance of $8,618.32 in the bank account.  Started the year at $8,997.16, so pretty much flat so far this year.

  • We have paid our dues to national and paid taxes for the year this month.

  • End of year parties etc are usually about $800-1000 and Mothers’ Day/Fathers’ Day is usually around $600-$700 (might have to offset the low class budgets)

  • If we can figure out some fundraisers to offset those expenses that would help us with the bank balance

    • Variety Show- still pending, we need that money (approx. 2k at stake)

      • Brainstorm ways to make that money up

    • Spiritwear Sale and Plant Sale are on the budget as past income makers of $600

      • Spiritwear might be pushed to a fall sale

Benee (Recording Secretary):

  • Website up to Date

  • Any additional information parents would like to see on the website?

  • Chairs can be requested via BAS PTA Website

Courtney (Corresponding Secretary):

  • Janitor thank yous

  • Teacher appreciation week chairs

    • We need to recruit. Class parents?

    • Budget?

Xiomara (Monthly Email Blast Coordinator):

CASA of Union County collection stats

  • Organization stores items and the children shop for them

Thank you to everyone who donated Books & Pajamas for our CASA collection. Between OAS and BAS, we collected around 151 books and 51 Pajamas!

  • Make this an annual tradition

Julie (Class Parent Liasion):

  • Teacher Appreciation Week: Week of May 3rd; Will send out some guidelines/suggestions to class parents

  • Mothers Day/Fathers Day: Plan common projects by grade, buy supplies in bulk. Each class can still execute on their own along with class parent and based on teacher schedule as in previous years. Ask the class parents for each grade to come up with an idea and then I can coordinate buying the supplies.

    • Coordinate the execution of the projects with the teachers and class parents

    • 1 class parent per grade to brainstorm

Mrs. Murphy (BAS Principal):

  • Thank you to the parents for continuing to show up for the meetings

  • Thank you to the PTA for the Teacher appreciation tokens each month

  • The assembly was very well attended by students, especially since some students had to log back on at home

    • Looking to stagger the next assemblies to alternate mornings and afternoons

  • The annual Book Tournament kicked off this week

  • The Second grade winter concert, led by Miss McDonald was a success. Students filmed themselves and uploaded videos to Flipgrid

  • Guest leader for the Pledge of Allegiance in celebration of Girl Scout Week

    • Exploring ways to allow more students to lead the pledge for the remainder of the year

  • PTA is funding the facelift of the library which hasn’t been updated in years. Mr Nick and Mr Mark will handle the painting which is expected to be done by September

  • For Kindergarten parents- Emergency remote single session days will now be 1h40m for AM and PM students. Regular single session days stay the same

  • End of the Year

    • As many in person events as possible. Must be outdoors, distanced, and follow all Covid protocols- these may include:

      • Kindergarten end of the year celebration

      • Second Grade moving up ceremony

      • Field Day- split into 2 days

      • Second Grade ice cream contest- happened with time slots