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Northview PTO Minutes





September 10, 2012
-

7pm
-

Northview Media Center


In Attendance


Northview Staff Members:

Kathy Carl (principal), Sue Hannasch (nurse), Becky Hanson (
GT




instructor), Kelly Schlagel, Mary Pat Kurt and Julie Dahl
(kindergarten teachers)




NVPTO Board Members:

Tera Vitale, Heather Lorentz, Barb Schmitt, Michelle Johnson




NVPTO Committee Chairs:

Holly Jenkins, Heather Nelson, Chris Krogh, Lynn Stein, Michelle




Altier, Erica Knipe




NVPTO Members:

Mike and
Traci Schmitt,

Marie Merwin,
Swagatika

Pradhan
, Sara and Damian



Moran, John Chapman, Shawna Peters, Jenny
Anyanwu
, Lindsay McNally, Alyssa Lorenz, Teri




Bumpers, Kim Lyon, Melinda Olson


Call to Order


7:01 pm The meeting was called to order by Pres
ident Tera
Vitale


Consent Calendar

Tera Vitale




-
Engineering Kits were
purchased

in the amount of $2,800
, as approved in last year’s budget.


Board Report


Tera Vitale
, President




-
Introduction of Board Members and brief description of their roles




-
Staff kick
-
off breakfast was a success with many donations from businesses




-
PTO Website will continue to evolve as we move forward with our “go green” efforts




-
If you haven’t completed a Volunteer Sign
-
Up, please do so as there are many opportunitie
s




still available




-
PTO can be reached at our e
-
mail
gonvpto@gmail.com

and Michelle will respond








Heather Lorentz, Vice
-
President





-
New fundraiser added this year (Square 1 Art) information to be sent

home on 9/28 with the




students.




-
Apparel is on display and can be ordered until 9/21.





Barb Schmitt
, Treasurer




-
The NVPTO fiscal year is July 1 to June 30.




-
A budget report will be presented each month and is available any time on the
website.




-
PTO raised over $45,000 last year for the school and provides such items as reoccurring




software licenses, to smartboards for added technology, to smaller expenditures with big




impact. Such as the cot that was recovered in the nurses
office, the parent directory, popcorn




for events and classrooms, NV garden and staff appreciation.




-
Parents should pick and choose their fundraiser and not feel obligated to do everything. There





are also free fundraisers such as the Box Tops
and Coke Rewards.


Introductions


Michelle Altier suggested with the amount of families in attendance, we should quickly go




around the room for introductions


School Report


K
a
thy Carl
, Principal
:




-
Thanked the parents
for the high involvement in the

school and their positive feedback of




Northview.




-
NV is still accepting enrollments and has grown from 381 to 406 students from last year. There




are 60+ out of district students who are coming from all different neighborhoods as well as




other countries.




-
Mrs. Carl attributes this to

the high parent involvement in events,

the continued focus





on
science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) as well as
literacy
, the

strong band program




and the pro
fessional development for staff,
as well as herself, as they are always learning.




-
In addition to current staff there is a new Art teacher and it is important to get the basics

for all




of the teachers in terms of supplies and books. She thanked PTO for the approval of engineering



kits and used this as an example of
our fundraising efforts.




-
Mrs. Carl also clarified that all fundraisers need permission and approval by the District.

Teacher Report


Kindergarten Teachers:




-
It has been a fabulous beginning to the school year w
ith minimal crying. The students are




eating well and telling good stories about their parents.




-
There may be a possible musical for Kindergarten as it is the only grade that does not have one.




-
They also thanked PTO for the support, interaction,

library, smartboards for learning and most




of all the food.


Committee Report

Sue Hannasch
, School nurse (Healthy Living)
:




-
She also thanked PTO for their

continued

support

of Health and Wellnes
s

and the approval of




the new Carrot and Pea
-
Pod
Costumes, which she has yet to determine who will wear.




-
Again this year we will have Community Night at
Valley Natural Foods

on either the 1
st

or 2
nd





Tuesday of the month (check the school calendar). In addition to the $172 per month given, the



school with the highest receipt total from September to May will receive an additional $1,000 to



be given in May.

NV is one of four schools that participate in this community night and it is fun




for all to taste new foods and get healthy recipes.

Also new this year is a raffle for a bike and




helmet giveaway.




-
The lunch ladies are supporting the program “
Fuel up to play 60

with the NFL
. E
very student is



encouraged to pledge to eat 5

fruits and vegetables
, as well as healthy food and
snacks, along




with getting active for 60 minutes every day
. The school with the most registered students




could get a visit

from a Viking’s Player

and there are other prizes also available
.

The link to




register is on the NV homepage.




-
The p
hy ed teachers are having Jam
-
a
-
Minute to promote movement. The 4
th

and 5
th

graders




are running in the mornings to encourage running.




-
There are lots of things happening to encourage healthier eating and movement. Even the




Harvest Parties are
focusing on healthy eating such as apples with dip, rather than candy.




-
Check out the Moodle Page by clicking on Be Well at the bottom of the NV home page. Parents



can sign in as “guest” or with their children’s password.





Holly Jenkins
, Fundrais
ing




-
This is her last year with Northview as her youngest will be going to middle school, therefore




Heather Lorentz, current NVPTO Vice
-
President will be shadowing her this year and take over




the responsibility next year.




-
She
emphasized

that

parents have the option to pick and choose what they can and





want to do, which is why there are a variety of fundraising events throughout the year. Parents




can commit to providing financially as well as volunteering their time.




-
There will b
e a fundraising meeting on Saturday, 9/29 at 7:30 am at Panera Bread in Eagan for




anyone interested in attending.
They are still looking for Event Coordinators for certain





fundraisers such as the Parent Social Night to be held in February.




-
Ho
lly answered a parent’s question with regard to a list of all the fundraiser’s with descriptions




and/or website along with the percentage that goes back Northview. There will be an updated




“grid” posted soon on the NV website under the PTO tab.




-
She also stressed how easy it is to get involved and give back to the school and community.





Michelle Altier





-
Switched from Culver’s to Davanni’s Night in an effort to promote healthier eating. 20% of the




proceeds from the night go back to th
e school.




-
Coke Rewards
-
make sure you turn in the box codes or tops at school. Volunteers then enter




the codes on
-
line to earn money for purchases such as
Legos

and playground equipment.




-
Michelle also encouraged everyone to attend the PTO
meetings to learn new things.





Lynn Stein and Chris Krogh
, School Spirit




-
Lynn described the role of school spirit which is to get parents involved and make them aware




of where help is needed.




-
As an example of getting children together and
parents talking s
he
said that
the Open House




and Ice Cream Social

were
supported by the Spirit Committee
, which was very successful this




year.


Old Business


Tera Vitale
, Discussion and Vote on Mobile Computer Lab





-

As stated in our bylaws, any

request

under $500 can be approved by the board, however if the




request is over $500 it must be presented to the group and voted on.




-
Last May Mrs. Carl brought up a request for the addition of a second mobile computer lab




which was the top wis
h list for teachers. Currently there is one mobile computer lab that has 15




laptops and with the second lab it would complete the “set” for the classrooms.




-
Becky Hanson described how the mobile lab is used and how handy they are to have. She went



on to say that statistics prove young scholars that don’t have lab time

score lower on MAP




testing.




-
It was brought up to purchase I
-
Pads versus Laptops, however there are district programs that




cannot be loaded on I
-
Pads and therefore would
not make sense at this time.




-
A parent that came from the St. Paul district stressed the time savings of moving the computer




labs to the students rather than moving the students to the labs




-
Julie Dahl (kindergarten+ teacher) went on to add that
last year they had 2 time slots for the




technology center and this year they have 4 slots, which further reduces other students from




getting their computer time.





-
Holly Jenkins brought up the importance of enrichment programs and getting the ch
ildren out




of the classrooms and excited about other opportunities such as the petting zoo that Northview




had. She wanted to make sure that as an organization we were not over spending on





technology and missing other

enrichment

opportunities.




-
Tera Vitale asked if there was enough information presented tonight to take a vote.




-
A motion was presented by
Shawna Peters
to take the vote tonight and Michelle Johnson




seconded the motion.




-
By approval
vote of

22

in favor and

5

against
, t
he mobile computer lab was approved
for





purchase in the

amount of $16,394.


New Business


Kathy

Carl
, Budget Proposal for 2012
-
2013 Year




-
Kathy explained the budget request for this school year:




$2000 proposed

for Cultural Residency (Art, Music and Author Residency) the school is charged




approximately $500
-
$800 to bring in these groups




$7505 proposed

for Technology (Classroom Technology) this would be to add additional




computers to the technology cen
ter bringing the total to 32 and possibly I
-
Pads to library lab




$
2500 proposed

for Curriculum Enrichment (Engineering is Elementary
-
The Works) this would




be to bring The Works to us like last year when the kids built
kaleidoscopes

and
catapulting




$1675 proposed

for Literacy (Accelerated Reader) this is software tool kit for children to read,




then take a quiz and earn points. The children can set goals, compete against themselves or




each other.




$1000 proposed

for Literacy (Library Books) this would be to add books to the school library




$300 proposed

for Literacy (Tumblebook and Tumblereadables Library) electronic books




$7500 proposed

for Classroom Support (Classroom Books) 5 years ago there was a one
-
t
ime




grant from the District for special education

books. There are 25

classroom
s that
need to be




updated.




$3000 proposed

for Culture Residency (Art Supplies K
-
5) this is for the new Art Teacher to bring




her art supplies up to the basics and

would only be used in the art center




$1000 proposed

for Classroom Support (Playground Equipment) there was no explanation




$300 proposed

for Classroom Support (School Wide Behavior Plan Incentives) this is for prizes




for the children when their

name is drawn out for spe
cial circumstances









Additional proposed budget items




$1400 proposed

for Classroom Support (Classroom Supplies 23X$50 plus fees) this is for the $50



visa cards that were given to the teachers for decorations or items needed for their classrooms.




It was started as part of the Northview 50
th

Anniversary and we are continuing the support.






$
5970 proposed

for Technology (IXL Site, Safari Montage,

Education City, Kidspiration) this is




for the license renewal each year for these software programs





$34,150 proposed

budget items that were discussed and explained





Scholastic Book Fair
Funds




-
The smartboard for the library

did not get purc
hased

as approved last year with
the
funds




-
Should the funds be distributed equally among the teachers as it was in prior years




-
C
ould the

funds go to some of the
proposed budget

items such as Library Books ($1000) or




Classroom Books ($7500)





PTO Funding Requests




-
Tera Vitale showed an example of the funding request forms that teachers complete and turn




in to PTO for approval




-
Currently they are ava
ilable in the office or on
-
line on the NV website under NV Community,




PTO tab





C
ross
-
Walk on Diffley




-
A concerned parent asked why there was not a crosswalk from the retail locations crossing over



Diffley to Northview. Mrs. Carl responded that Diffley is classified by the state and district as




too hazardous to cross. Altho
ugh the neighborhood across the street is within the district




“walking distance”, because of this classification the district must continue to bus the students




in that neighborhood at no fee.


Adjournment


8:20 pm The

meeting adjourned.