The first of our morning meetings was a great success - we had about 17 attendees, and 5 at the evening meeting. We'll continue this through the rest of the school year and revisit meeting times next year.
Reminder to make sure your dues are paid up ($5 per member) before the next meeting, as only paid members can vote for officers and proposals.
We've begun a Toy & Book Exchange, to be held at each PTA meeting. Everyone is invited to bring toys and books their kids have outgrown, and take any "new" ones they'd like!
The Garden Party was a GREAT success - we had over 125 volunteers when 60 were expected! Notes for next year included: more food and drinks, a posted project list so volunteers could move quickly to additional jobs when they finished one, perhaps starting earlier so we could go longer and get more done before breaking for lunch, and to make sure to do the raffle as the kids really enjoyed the excitement!
The Valentine's Day "Love-Grams" were very popular and netted $250 profit.
Discussions of the Open House (4/12) food truck were lively. While most would prefer something other than Carl's Jr., it is well understood that we're close to the deadline for booking someone and we also need a company to be responsible for everything that night, so our members will be free to visit their children's classrooms. There is a real desire for at least a chicken option (such as the kid's chicken stars meal, or a chicken sandwich), no matter who we book. And it is unanimous that another option (In-n-Out or a modern food truck) be sought for next year's Back to School Night. More details about this before the Open House.
Our librarian, Mrs. Hawkins, talked about the need for volunteers during the Book Fair (4/11 - 4/15) and got quite a few sign ups.
A sign up sheet was circulated for the luncheon to be thrown for teachers on Friday, 5/6 (for Teacher Appreciation Week). Several volunteered to also serve at the event. Thank you for your participation!
We're also giving each teacher a $20 gift card to Lakeshore Learning (changed from Education Station because it has more outlets and opportunities for teachers to purchase).
One member would like to arrange to deliver pastries for the teachers on Monday - if you'd like to help, please contact us and we'll put you in touch with her.
The school's Cinco de Mayo event is a dance on the playground (parents attend) followed by the ability to purchase food and drinks. The PTA traditionally sells food at this, and discussions determined that we would definitely like to sell drinks and nachos again as they're easy, popular and make a good profit. Hot dogs were also desired, but we've still got time to investigate and the evening meeting wanted to at least look for a taco or carne asada vendor (a parent has done it in the past and it went well). More details to come.
Reminder that elections will be held at the evening meeting on 4/27 - please attend, even if you can't normally make it to an evening meeting. Next years' meetings can be held whenever the officers and members decide!
There is a PTA Conference 4/28 through 5/1 in Long Beach. If anyone is interested in attending one or more days, please contact Jalila. The $45 cost of the event can be covered by the PTA if you're seriously interested in a leadership role!
We're focusing on seeking funding and donations from OUTSIDE the school (corporate grants, business donations of goods or money, eScrip and other loyalty programs that don't cost). If you have a contact at a business that might be able to donate, please contact us and we'll get in touch with them with the necessary paperwork. Though times are tight for everyone, there is STILL money to be had if we try! Everyone is reminded to get their family and friends to register with eScrip and others to ear