High Plain Elementary

November PTO Meeting Minutes

Friday, Nov 7th 2014

Members Present:

Michelle Hazelwood, Kim Sousa, Laura Putnam, Tim Harkins, Shannon Siviski, Janet Bowen, Vikki Gallagher

Approval of minutes from October meeting

General Discussion:

Discussed creating a school wide survey with Tim that would ask parents how they felt about the recent Harvest Festival. We will submit questions to Tim and he will compile survey. We will send it out through an email blast.

We will use Spring Social money to purchase Macs for the 5th grade to use. The event is currently booked for April 11th. We need more silent auction items. Will try to get class baskets made per grade for this event. Try to get room parents involved.

Discussion of School Calendar changes. Some teachers and parents are not in favor of the changes. Teachers voiced their concerns. The PTO will not take sides on this issue but we will get information out on the changes to all parents through an email blast. School Committee will vote in December on this issue.

Vikki presented the Spinners Event. We either need to cancel the event or hold it after school gets out. We decided to hold it and see how it goes. We need to sell @ 50 tickets to break even. Vikki thinks we can do this.

Charleston Wrap Fundraiser was very successful. We raised @ $3,400

We need to get more Spring events down on the books such as Ice cream social, Father/Daughter dance and Mother/son outing, Skateland, fun run, Grade 5 events. Pasta Palooza will be held on Feb. 10th. We will invite Spring event committee members to next meeting to discuss dates.

Harvest Fest was also a success. The feedback thus far is to make it a shorter event. For amount of work put in, folks feel we should have made more money.

We will go ahead with Craft Fair and Mann Orchard pies for November events.

Teacher Appreciation lunch needs more help. Michelle will send an email blast to try and recruit some help for Stephanie Lenzi.

Invite Colleen Billings to a meeting to talk about International Night.

Invite Andover Police to come talk about ALICE training.

Future PTO meeting dates are:


Tuesday December 9th at 6:30pm

Friday January 9th at 9:00am

Friday February 6th at 9:00am

Tuesday March 10th at 6:30pm

Friday April 10th at 9:00am

Friday May 15th at 9:00am