Minutes 2019-01-16 PA Meeting

Auburn Wise – Chair

Jen Stack – Vice Chair

Jo Anne Rodgers – Secretary

Parent Association Meeting Minutes:  January 16, 2019

Meeting began at 7pm

Grand Central Bowling in February:

Stephanie Sherman has volunteered to lead the event.  She is in communication with Grand Central Bowl. Waiting for update.  Perhaps it doesn’t happen in February, could try another early release day later in the year.  

Science Fair:

On a Saturday or after school?  

International Day happens on a Saturday, we could do the Science Fair similarly.  

In the past, the Science Fair has been after school, with set up happening towards the end of the school day.  All classes will be able to see the Science Fair (even the younger children) if we hold it after school. Gets everyone involved in some way.  

How to handle two locations?  Is there a better way to find out which students will be submitting projects and participating in the Science Fair?  Children who are participating from Neri will have to go to Burnside after school and won’t be able to set up early. Alternatively, there will be a Science Fair at each location.  

Settled on having Science Fair after school, not on a Saturday.  

Fundraising for Musical Instruments for new Music teacher:

We can fundraise outside the Le Monde community, but not within.  Let’s follow up with Shouka and see if we can have families donate actual instruments instead of money.  For instance, put out an email for ukelele donations and see how many we can collect.

Le Fete:

Parent Association will help with day of set up of Le Fete.  Summer Camp theme. Will be looking for 10 – 15 volunteers. Follow up with Jacqui Brock to see if there are any additional details, otherwise we will just be asking volunteers to show up.

Lice/cleaning:

Ask Shouka if we can clean carpets and classrooms at Neri.  Then send out sign-up genius to get volunteers if we get the okay.  Parent at Le Monde willing to lend carpet cleaner. Use eco-friendly cleaning products.  Lice companies usually come out to schools for assessments for free.

Community Events:

Humane Society – super fun.  The kids were very involved in this event.  Doing most of the cooking with parents supporting.  Cat toys were cute. Will be doing a write up for the event in the next couple of weeks.

Children’s Book Bank – the boxes are up at both locations.  People have already started donating at Neri. The volunteer event is full.  Read-a-thon will be happening toward the end of January.

Have Friends of Trees volunteer opportunity coming up in April.  Need to schedule an event for March and May. There will be no Community event in June.

Board Meeting:

Find out when the February board meeting will be.  Plan to have short PA meeting before the board meeting.  Jen Stack will make sure to email about getting a short amount of time on the board agenda.

Screenagers review/discussion:

Screenagers Movie was a success! Many parents and kids from Le Monde attended the movie on January 9th at the Clinton Street Theater. There was a great discussion afterwards.

There are many resources parents can use or adapt for use in their families.

Below are links to some of those resources that can be helpful to use with our children.

A contract can be used to help train kids about safe cell phone or device use. It is good to create a contract with your child so that both parents and children agree and understand the terms.

There are many apps available to help parents set up healthy screen time boundaries for their kids. Apple has come out with a built in Screen Time that can be controlled from the parent’s device. Android has similar capabilities called Digital Wellbeing found within settings. If parents want to have access to their child’s device from their android device they will have to download Google’s Family Link. Amazon offers a pay service with children’s programs and parental controls called FreeTime.

Meeting adjourned at 8pm.

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