Breakfast with Santa Canceled

All activities for the Sioux Falls School District have been canceled for tomorrow, December 1, due to the forecasted weather.  Because of this, there will be no Breakfast with Santa tomorrow at Sonia Sotomayor Elementary School.

Stay safe this weekend!

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

Online Apparel Store

As you start your holiday season, please keep the new online apparel store in mind.


This site is the ONLY place to purchase the new WINTER items like new stocking HATS, pants, sweatshirts, blankets and more! Children and Adult sizes available!!

The ordering window is open until Nov 26. With a December 15th arrival date!

A perfect place for some holiday items!

October PTO Minutes

PTO Meeting

11:30-12:30 on Wed, Oct 17, 2018


Attendance at meeting:

PTO Board Members- Gretchen H, Amy K, Megan S, Jennifer A-M


Principal Tracy Vik


Teachers- Eliana G (1st) and Jennifer A-M (ELA)


9 parents


Thank you:

To all the parents who helped with first 3 events; BooHoo/WooHoo Kindergarten gathering, book fair

volunteers, and conference meals with set-up and clean-up, we greatly appreciate the support


Principal Report:

Fall Festival of books next week; Oct 22-26 with Libros y Lobos dress up themes for each day

Guest speakers coming to read favorite Spanish book and talk about their use of Spanish in community

Room Parents to support classroom teachers, if needed- we’ll share list with Tracy and teachers after Great


November 9 is Veteran Day assembly


PASI from Brian Reilly:

Thank you to everyone doing a Gathering or silent auction

Find out how all the money supports Spanish Immersion through the posted videos on the PASI site

Can still buy tickets and can pay at the door

Tues, Oct 23 is last day to turn in baskets and gatherings

Still need volunteers to help with games at the Great Gathering event


Online Apparel Store:

Link provided

PASI would like some trinkets to use for Great Gathering packages or for incentives (donate or will buy)


Breakfast with Santa:


Angela E. Committee Chair will be contact


the 21 member committee has been emailed.


PTO budgeted for Pancake Man


Hayward — book donation and wrapping station


Make a Wish – letter writing; Vik noted Edison has won the last couple of years and we’d like to take over!


Art Teacher has volunteered to make a Mural, but would like to have 10 ft canvas to work with so it can be

saved from year to year.


Piece of Cake:


Sara Keane Baumgartner Committee Chair

Only 4 volunteers and committee has not been contacted


Megan Pederson discussed the history of the bake sale and the revenue made has been between 9-10,500; 143 items donated and if all sold $10,000


Same day as Winter Festival, Dec 14 from 1:45-3:00


Budget discussion and summary

See Fenecia’s email; Gretchen discussed briefly


Box Tops update

School Wide Classroom Competition

– discussion of what class will win at end of year but nothing finalized.  Ideas include: pizza party; ice cream party; more time a field day


– mini competitions to keep classrooms motivated

First deadline Oct. 24 – popcorn party

maybe top 3 classes


Kids have made videos to explain to teachers and also the classrooms the purpose of box tops!  Will be

shared at announcements today and Vik will post.


Thank you to all who could come to our first lunch PTO meeting.