February PTO Minutes

Western Elementary School PTO
Meeting Minutes
February 8, 2017


2016-2017 Officers: Janet Kuzma, President; Andrea Biondo, Vice President;
Amanda Jagello, Treasurer; Meg Pinto, Secretary

Attendance: Ed Del Signore, Heather Reed, Abby Cervone, Allison McGrath, Amanda Coles, Jennifer Hawks, Gretchen Scully, Amy Dorsey

Meeting called to order 7:00 pm

President's welcome

Pledge of Allegiance

Secretary's Report - Allison McGrath motioned to accept January minutes, Jennifer Hawks seconded. Minutes were accepted.

Treasurer's Report - The January 2017 Treasury Report was submitted. Account activity discussed. Still waiting for field trips.

Old Business -
1. Spirit Sticks - Chairpersons: Amanda Jagello & Andrea Biondo. Emojis are February spirit sticks. We can order Muffins with Moms and Donuts with Dads for those events. Andrea joined a closed Facebook group that sells leftover sticks. Decided we should order for the rest of the year.

2. Box Tops - Coordinator: Jennifer Jackson. Contest ended February 6th. Waiting for some classroom counts. Will plan pizza party for the winning classroom.

3. 4th Grade Appreciation - Chairperson: Dorothy Paiva. Mrs. Paiva is working on the yearbook. May need volunteers for a fun day for the 4th graders. Pizza party?

4. PSC - Community Showcase is February 11th 10am-1pm at Naugatuck High School gym. The school with the most attendees will receive an assembly grant. Foley Award nominees being accepted.

5. Cupcake Wars - Chairperson: Janet Kuzma. Monday February 27th. Forms went home. Stonehouse and Edible Dreams bakeries' owners will judge. Contacted the Mayor and awaiting his response to judge. Judges will come at 5pm. Volunteers are needed. Tickets will be sold and used to purchase cupcakes. Need cupcake boxes possibly ask Stop & Shop.

6. Classrooms Games - Orders complete through Amazon Prime. Average cost per classroom was $52.

7. Teacher Appreciation - May 5th. Looking for a chairperson. In the past we ordered lunch from Damelio's and had a cookie tray.
8. Donuts with Dad & Muffins with Mom - Chairpersons: Gretchen Scully & Jen Hawks. Will be held in March and April. Janet will get dates from Mrs. Goodrich.

9. Father Daughter Dance - Chairpersons: Janet Kuzma & Danielle Scanlon. April 21st 6:30pm-8:00pm. Volunteers are needed. Looking for theme ideas. Tyler is confirmed to DJ and need to get him a gift card.

10. Mother Son Event Scavenger Hunt - Chairpersons: Amanda Coles & Meg Pinto. April 28th with Rain Date May 19th. Discussed ordering pirate spirit sticks for the boys.

11. Scholastic Book Fair - Chairperson: Brooke Flemming. April 26th & 27th with a possible ½ day April 28th. Buy One Get One sale which means we do not receive Scholastic Dollars.

12. Field Day T-Shirts - Possibly ask for a suggested donation to offset the cost. Get cost from Roseblatts. 4th grade design contest?

New Business -
1. Ladies Night Out Paint Party - Possibly in March at Brushstroke. Need volunteer to schedule the party. Parents and teachers.

Future Fundraising Ideas - It was suggested that survey should go home to parents asking in which fundraisers they would enjoy participating.

Should we continue with the fall Cherrydale fundraiser?
Butter Braids?
School Cookbook?

Mr. Del Signore suggested making stenciled signs out of pallet wood to sell.

Change Wars?

Principal's Report - Presented by Mr. Del Signore

Two 4th grade students have been chosen to represent Western School at the Connecticut Association of Schools 17th Annual Elementary Celebration of the Arts.

Committee Work / Family & Community Engagement - Currently collecting items for Puppy Love pet donations.

Pajama Day - February 16th. Free event.

Second BEE Assembly - February 23rd. Prizes, Bee bucks and Western Pride Awards will be presented.

Western Spirit Day - February 28th.

Cupcake Wars - February 27th.

Mother/Son Treasure Hunt - April 28th, rain date May 19th.

School Improvements - New Buddy Bench, painting the gymnasium, paving of parking and black top areas to be completed by June 30th. Black top stencils are shared among the schools. Need to locate them.

Hope to receive help from the PTO to purchase a table for outside.

Meeting adjourned at 7:55pm.