Takoma Park Elementary School PTA Meeting Minutes, November 7, 2017

Takoma Park Elementary School PTA
Meeting Minutes, November 7, 2017
7-8pm, APR
Secretary: Allyson Piazza

Attendance: 23 Members, 17 non-members

Welcome and Updates: Lia Goldstein, PTA President

Early release days (11/9, 11/10) dismissal at 1:20pm

Next PTA meeting December 5 will be an International Night holiday celebration at Takoma Park Middle School in conjunction with PBES.  It will be potluck so families are encouraged to bring food to share and to wear ethnic attire.

Fundraising update: Ingrid Carter, VP Fundraising.

Dolphin Drive started last week and will end on 11/22.  A letter went home in dolphin folders last week requesting donations for the PTA. Please give generously and encourage family and friends and neighbors to support the PTA as well.   Send donations using envelopes provided or donate online via PayPal through the PTA website. https://tpespta.net/dolphin-drive/ Our goal is to raise $5,000

Treasurer’s report and audit of last FY (copies provided).  Erin Kelley, Treasurer

Budget amendment for Dolphin Den (sensory rooms) – an additional $400 to account for equipment spending.  Unanimously approved by members present.

Budget amendment for an Artist in Residence to help facilitate the creation of a mural inside the school.  The idea is to have the theme of the mural related to equity/inclusion/friendship, and a celebration of the diversity of TPES students.  Passed a sign-up sheet around for parents interested in being involved with the mural design/planning.  Unanimously approved budget amendment for $5,000.

Before/after school enrichment update: Virginia Davis and Annelies Echols

Successful fall (exceeded enrollment), fulfilled all the scholarships requested.  They appreciated the input from the survey responses to make the next session go smoothly. Two more 8wk sessions (begin in Jan and April).  Enrollment forms and schedules will go home later this month.

Volunteer needs:  Lia Goldstein

Art teacher needs help on Wednesdays to hang art around the school.  Literacy volunteers needed for Junior Great Books program and homework club, basketball game committee members/coordinator, supply kit coordinator, NAACP parent rep (along with Ms. Dyroff who is the teacher rep).

Grading and Reporting Presentation: Pat Smith, Assistant Principal

MCPS PowerPoint presentation and handout provided.

Other business: Lia Goldstein

A TPES family had a house fire this morning.  The family needs size 6 boys clothing.  There will be a collection box in the front office for donations.