November PTO Minutes

Tues, Nov 13, 2018 PTO Meeting

Sonia Sotomayor

Board Members present: Jen, Fenecia, Gretchen, Amy

Admin present: Jaclyn

Parents present: 5 parents

Teachers present: Jen Albig-McKay


  • Welcome/Introductions
  • Thank you for Movie Night support

Nikki S appreciated the support for the 5th graders’ trip to Concordia

They earned about $115 per student that worked it

Nikki is possibly planning to plan another with Tracy for more student funds for

Concordia (Dec 16 Polar Express- by Tracy for Concordia trip students)

Popcorn machine isn’t a fast maker of popcorn. We can pop, but also purchase big bags

from the theater to supplement

Posters were a good marketing on the doors from the licensing

Noise level and movement regulated more, if we do it again (need volunteers for in gym)

  • Principal report/announcements

Cultural assembly for Dia de los muertos

Piece of Cake on Dec 14- there will be reasons for parents to attend in the classroom too

Poster/Flyer for Piece of Cake and in newsletter

Dec 20 will be another cultural assembly

MAP testing Dec 3-21, K-5 will all take it and it helps to put students in middle school and

for 6th grade Math- please be mindful of encouraging your children

Great Gatherings was wonderful turnout

  • Budget information

Balance right over $5,000

$200 came in from Ties and Tiaras last year

Amazon Smile is up and going that has funds go to Sonia PTO

Box Tops collected about $1,300 and the winners will get a class reward

Some requests are coming in for field trips and we’re hoping with Piece of Cake


  • Online Apparel Store

Didn’t have to purchase anything and not sitting on a ton of inventory

Window is open now until Nov 26

Flyer going home this week (flyer here before Wednesday by 4 otherwise it might have

to wait)

We posted it on PTO facebook, but Jaclyn offered to put it on the school facebook page


  • Sat, Dec 1 Breakfast with Santa

(Angela E and committee)

Sign-Up genius ready to go (set up gym, spiritwear, Santa area, wrapping area, craft)

Discussed having the pancake guy instead of griddles and volunteers

Clean-up still a concern

Want to see about availability and prices for Dec 1

May ask Janella for milk invoice for purchasing for Dec 1

Still need to fill in volunteer slots and Megan will send out tonight or tomorrow

Jaclyn asking Tracy about book donation and wrapping station- Jen can outreach to Reach

Literacy store/program, school/parent email for gently used books

Need wrapping paper and tape

  • Project Warm-Up Dec 7, 10-11 am

Room parents that signed up will be notified to hopefully help during this event or find 1  or 2 parents to help

   – Fri, Dec 14 Piece of Cake fundraiser (committee)

Festival from 1:45-2:30

Rotating schedules by grade level 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00 or do AM/PM

Get in touch with Sara Baumgarten

  • Next year PTO members, if interested, let someone on the current board know
  • Ideas from parents of speakers to come after December holiday- start thinking of topics you’d like to hear about so we can arrange guest speakers to come support our parents, school, and community
  • Box Top from Nikki S

No real budget

2 winners in 700s, 2 winners in 500s

What kind of money do we have to give to winners?- popcorn party (get for 4 winners)

January 8th is next due date for collection contest

March 1st in spring

Maybe end of year in May? Optional

Optional prizes- bag of Skinny popcorn, spiritwear, extra recess/pe

Can email out the flyer for next contest and put on facebook pages- fliers go home after

Thanksgiving break

  • NEXT PTO meeting is Thurs, Dec 6 at 11:30 am in Sonia Sotomayor library
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