In the Know with PTO
October 11th, 2023
Centennial PTO Meeting Minutes
10 October 2023 / 6:00 PM / Centennial
Attendance: Kayla Terry, Katie Suda, Megan Linstaedt, Sarah Matcha, Megan Ockert, Angie Hoots, Amy Lynn,Sue Lothspeich, Cally Weist, Jenna Tschider, Kathryn Nelson, Jessica Anderson, Jill Pauly, Desiree Hoyt, Spencer Palder, Vanessa Beltran
Principal’s Report: MTBS system for behavioral management and tracking. This should improve the access to resources for those kids that need more support. The behavioral part will always be an issue related to human response but now with SEL (social emotional learning) with Mr. Pal in the classrooms this is hoped to improve. Esser funds are running out (funds given during Covid to close the educational gap) and the monies that we thought we had still coming this year we no longer do. RAZkids (online reading software) was funded by this at Centennial for K-2 but this expires 10/31. Looking for other options to fund things like RAZkids, Scholastic (currently funded by PTO), and/or an AI program AMIRA in place of RAZkids or in conjunction with. AMIRA is currently funded by the state for the next 2 years. This program learns from how the student reads - speed, accuracy, understanding and then adapts the program to them. RAZkids cost is $3,393 per year for the school and there is the option to license by classroom and grade if the whole school is not interested. Mr. Olson will be reviewing these programs with the teachers and admin and see where the 2 programs land as far as what is the most helpful and then reach out to PTO to discuss how much PTO is able to help out with covering the cost.
1.Fall event – Trunk or Treat and Costume Bingo
- Trunk or Treat - needs and opportunities
- Vehicle donations - trunk use for candy or game
- Candy donation
- Time donation - refill candy, substitute for inside and outside positions, check on volunteers
- Concessions and Trunk or Treat will be run by PTO
- We will add to Friday file the LIST of volunteer/donation needs along with Signup genius link
- Costume BINGO – staff by 5th grade families with proceeds of gaming going towards end of year party - - 10 parent responses that want to help. Ask families for prize donations. Could take out of PTO collection of prizes and then subtract the cost of those from the funds that PTO is planning to budget/gift to the 5th grade party
2. Annual budget review and Walk-a-thon final numbers - We made and EXCEEDED our goal! See attached financials
- Review annual expenditures for the year - see attached financials
- Brainstorm ideas for ways to spend the overage from the fundraiser and review previous plans for funds
- Color Run/Art night - Foam Color party? Look into options for cost, Angie Hoots with other ideas. CURB until November meeting and she will bring ideas then. Megan L will reach out to Atonement and then the Boys and Girls club who have done these parties in a large group setting before to figure out cost/vendor
- Electronic Marquee sign - This was also a previously planned expenditure pre-Covid. It was later decided by the district that this would be a district controlled purchase and there would be a list of all schools district wide that would be prioritized based on need to get the sign, not ability of the school families/staff to raise the money for it. We are currently on the district list to get an electronic marquee sign and PTO will not be paying for it. The money that was raised by PTO for the sign previously was spent on school/student/staff needs during the 2 years of social distancing related to Covid when we were unable to fundraise like typical to support the school’s needs.
- Book vending machine - This was a previously planned expenditure that was later voted down by the group in favor of putting the money towards the existing library and school events. Upfront cost of the filled machine was $5000 and then $1000 to refill each time. Total cost outweighed potential benefit.
- Classroom “wishlists” - Teachers/staff at every grade level would compile a “wishlist” of things that they would like for their classrooms that could then be gifted by the PTO. There would be a monetary limit per year and staff could choose one large expenditure or several small within that limit. Mr. Pal suggested “counselor wishlists” to support the whole school and also offer the 1:1. Resource allocation on a smaller scale, more individualized based on student needs beyond the snack or winter clothing drives. New Buddy bench? Medical Copay support? transportation support? gift cards? PTO proposed a similar program to what is done by many places around the holidays - the giving tree- sponsor a child or family in need. The counselors compile a list of the kid’s needs and we post them or send them out - no identifiers included- but a little backstory on what they need and why. Then people can choose to sponsor an individual need or family need. For example, 6 yr old female with asthma, family unable to pay the $30 copay to see the pediatric pulmonologist which is needed to renew necessary prescriptions. Some of these needs such as transportation are covered by state and federally funded programs But things like medical co-pays are not covered by this programming. There may also be families that don’t qualify for government assistance, but also have medical or other expense that they can’t afford.
- Kinder shirts - -give parents the option to purchase or pay towards the cost through Kinder round up night, then PTO would cover those that can’t buy OR pay towards the rest of the cost
- Free yearbooks for the 5th graders? Or PTO buys for those that did not or could not purchase?
- Maintenance fees for existing programs - beef up savings and flex money for next year.
- Motivational speakers that are grade/age specific
- Animal visitors beyond the zoo visit that is part of 2nd grade Camp Skeeter. ?Police and the police dog or the Service Dogs of America?
1. 5th grade party planning- CURBED until November meeting
- a. review of surveys
- b. fundraising idea
PTO Yearly Calendar
Centennial is hosting a TRUNK or TREAT event this year to celebrate Fall. We invite you to come to Centennial on Friday, October 27 from 6-8pm. There will be trunk or treating in the loop outside and BINGO with concessions in the large gym inside!
Volunteer/donation opportunities for Trunk or Treat:
1) Candy donation - drop off bags of candy to stock the vehicles
2) Vehicle use - bring decorated or allow to be decorated and trunk used for candy distribution or game
5)Candy distribution during event
Use the sign up to volunteer! https://signup.com/go/wmXaqQv
Email PTO with questions at email@example.com