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GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

November 22, 2017

November 16, 2017

6:00pm, Multipurpose Room

 

1.  Call to Order @ 6:08pm

 

2.  Pledge of Allegiance/Fire Exits/No Smoking

 

3.  President’s Report

  • Kelly will be taking membership

  • Everyone will receive a ticket for the raffle

4.  Huntington Learning Center Presentation

 

5.  Principal’s Report

 

6.  Teachers’ Report

 

7.  Officer and Committee Chairs’ Announcements

 

8.  Unfinished Business

 

9.  New Business

 

10.  Adjourn 

 

 

Important Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences 6-9pm, 11/30

    • Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:30am - 3:00pm, 12/1

    • Holiday Breakfast, 12/2

    • Holiday Boutique, 12/7

    • Holiday Bazaar, 12/8 & 12/9

    • BOE Meeting - Lenox @ 8:00pm, 12/13

    • Winter Concerts, 12/21

      • Grade 3-5 @ 9:30am

      • Grades K-2 @ 1:30pm

    • The Brain Show 6:30pm, 1/5/18

 

NEXT PTA MEETING - January 4, 2018 @ 7:00pm

 

Thank you:

 

Thank you to Chanel Hyer and Myrlene Scott for chairing the Chinese Auction. They did a wonderful job. 

Thank you to Doris for running picture retake day. Thank you to all the parents who were there to help. 

Thank you to Susan Fisher for attending the 2017 NYS PTA convention November 3rd-5th. She will be giving her report during officers reports.

Thank you Rhonda Simmons for running Mss Chocolate and for everyone who purchased and sold items. This is truly a wonderful fundraiser for us. It did amazing again this year, so thank you all. 

Thank you again to Vicmarie for another wonderful and informational Cultural Arts assembly. 

 

The minutes for the last meeting dated October 30th have been posted on the website. Are there any corrections? (No corrections) Let the record reflect the minutes stand as written. 

 

The Baldwin High School musical cast Sister Act is performing November 16, 17, and 18. You can still purchase your tickets at the box office before the shows. 

 

Please make sure that you are signed up for virtual backpack. Many flyers are going home that way. There are directions available to help sign up for virtual backpack, and if you need further assistance please go to the main office for help. 

 

An email was sent out last week to all the committee chairs, Executive VP board members and PTA members asking for volunteers for the nominating committee for 2018-2019 school year. They will meet in March and go over all nomination forms submitted by the membership. There is a workshop they need to attend if they have never served on this committee. The committee is comprised of 5 people. I need one more from the exec. Board and 2 from general membership. Please email Christina Eckler if you are interested. 

 

Founders Day is February 5, 2018. The honorary life committee, which chooses this year’s recipients for a special award presented to deserving PTA members, needs more members, preferably someone who was on the committee last year. Deena McCoy, Elissa Kirshner, and Alisa Stevenson have already said she would volunteer. We are asking for one more parents if possible. 

 

Principal’s Report:

 

Thank you for coming out at earlier hour. We had a conflict with another elementary school in the district. I think we should stick with 7:00pm because the past meetings were better attended. This is our last official PTA meeting of 2017. The next PTA meeting is in January. 

If you have not done so please submit to the virtual backpack. Fewer and fewer papers will be sent home. This year everything that goes in the virtual backpack also goes through connect ed emails. We use the emails 95% of the time. The phone calls are often ignored. There are instructions on the website to get onto virtual backpack. Please reach out to the main office if you need the instructions again or need help signing up for the backpack. 

We’ve gone back to using Plaza Facebook this year as our main way of getting the kids’ stories out. Last year Team Orchid won State English Council program of the year. There are students covering the meeting tonight. The stories last year focused primarily on things going on in the school and the classroom. We covered 60 stories. There are many more opportunities for the kids to write stories and report. We have more technology that has eliminated obstacles for completing the stories and getting them published. 20 stories have already been published. By December we will have 44 stories. 4th graders are using google classroom and google slides. They are learning how to share their work, and give us ownership of that work so that we can publish. Our kids are being technology experts. This is a tremendous opportunity for them to cover their stories and their service projects. We had a chance to meet with 58 teams (k/5, 4/1, 3/2), they can sit in the principals office and discuss what character means to them and come up with service projects that they can do. Keep checking Facebook and applauding and commenting. 

Community input meeting: How do you crowd out negative social media - flood it with innocent, productive, children voices. 

 

Teachers Report:

Mrs. Graham, and Mrs. Mahon

 

Kindergarten

The kindergarten students are reading a variety of pattern books during Reader’s Workshop. They are learning to use their sight words to write their own pattern books independently during Writer’s workshop. Please continue to review your child’s sight words each night when reading with a family member. The kindergarten classes are preparing for their Thanksgiving Feast with their book buddies on WEdnesday. The kindergarten students will be the Native Americans and the 5th graders will be the Pilgrims. We are requesting that the kindergarten students wear fall colors for the feast. The children will make Native American headbands in class next week. We’re looking forward to a great afternoon! Thank you in advance to all of the parents that volunteered to help with the feast. 

 

1st Grade

In our new reading unit

We’re learning about character traits.

We look for evidence to support our claims

Our new character friends await.

In writing we are learning

To form our opinions.

We will write persuasive letters. 

Santa, start saving millions!

In math we are trying out

Different strategies to add.

When we learn which works best for us

We will all be glad. 

We experimented more with water.

We saw that it can travel and make things sink or float.

We even saw a gigantic pumpkin

Being used for a boat.

We’ll read and write about Thanksgiving

And compare long ago to how we celebrate.

We are thankful for your little ones. 

We think that they are great!

 

2nd Grade

Greetings from second grade! We have been hard at work over the past few weeks. We have begun our new non-fiction unit in Reader’s and Writer’s workshop. The students love learning about so many new topics, expanding their knowledge, and sharing with others! In math, we are continuing the module unit of place value to the hundreds. Please have your child try out the I-Ready lessons at home. They look forward to using the laptops in class to strengthen their math skills. In social studies, we are learning about continents and oceans. In the science lab, we are becoming soil experts. If you see our students in the hallway, stop and ask them what soil is made up of! Thanks for all of your support at home with the students. Happy Thanksgiving. 

 

3rd Grade