Hall-Dale Elementary School
Motion made to accept January’s minutes; no discussion; minutes unanimously approved.
Motion made to accept February’s report. No discussion; report unanimously approved.
Principal’s Update: Matt Tavares will be coming to the school this Friday for an assembly.
This coming Friday afternoon there will be a winter activity outside in the afternoon.
This week is random acts of kindness week. Thanks to the fifth grade for the decorations and sweets for out PTO meeting tonight.
February break next week.
March 21 will be parent teacher conference week
March 14 ends trimester 2, progress reports following Friday
Friday is workshop day.
Matt Tavares visit, Friday February 15. Two sessions: pre-K through 2nd and 3rd through 5th.
LC Bates: Will come to all the classrooms in May.
A call to teachers for ideas about topics or curriculum areas teachers would like to see for enrichment activities for next year.
Julia Clukey has come in the past to be a reader for 3rd grade.
Spring Fling Auction Event
April 6, 2013 at Hallowell City Hall.
A letter has been sent out to parents asking for donations and we have gotten several responses already. Others have approached businesses. Several things have already been donated.
The plan is to have a silent auction online. Bidding will start 10 days prior to the main event.
April 6th a live auction will be held at Hallowell City Hall with food and drinks. 6-8PM. We have the place until midnight for dancing, music, mingling… We will need to sell tickets to the event because we can only fit 150 people in the building.
Currently there is work going on to organize donations.
Basket raffles: Some ideas for this include having each grade level contribute to a themed basket. We need a date for when we want those done. We could send a letter out to parents the week after February vacation asking donations. Need to decide on themes for the grade levels. People can choose which basket they want their tickets to go into. Class parents can help call parents to collect items for the baskets.
Babysitting for the event: At another location, like the school. Free for parents going to the auction. Key Club at the high school has to do community service so they may be potential babysitters.
Also need to find food and catering. PTO officers are working out a budget to see if we can afford to pay a caterer or for the food. Plan is for light snacks, nothing hot. Cheese and crackers, fruit, desserts, beer and wine. Napkins, plates and cups will be needed as well.
Need help with auction publicity and set-up.
Volunteers needed for all aspects of the auction event.
Scrapbooking Crop event: Not a huge moneymaker but a fun event. Would like to try again next year and make it better and more well-attended. Raised approximately $400
Bake sale idea: We made money from the bake sale during the Scrapbooking Crop event while basketball was going on at the same time. Having more bake sales during basketball is something to think about for next year. We made probably $100 on the bake sale alone. May try to do one week during indoor soccer.
Garage sale/Plant sale: We need a volunteer to take a leadership role. Involves organizing, collecting stuff, storing, advertising, set-up. Possibly include vendors during the garage sale, or for next year. We would need more tables for vendors. Could charge vendors for tables.
PTO informational topics
The PTO wants to be helpful. So teachers, please let us know how we can be helpful and supportive.
Grants: Lowes has a $2000-$5000 grant for a project that will continue to benefit the kids of the school. Sarah Lucas wants to pursue a grant from Lowes. One possible idea: An outdoor classroom. This would need to be approved by buildings and grounds but all present at the meeting thought it sounded like a very interesting idea.
There are other grants available out there and there are parents who have volunteered to write grants so ideas are needed.