January 2016 PTC meeting minutes

January 2016 PTC Meeting

01/05/15 6:30 pm

 Attendees: Michelle Cuka, Shelly Garrity, Gina Gertner, Gina Hendricksen, Rachel Jensen, Katie Mahoney, Heather Nelson


December Minutes.

Rachel motioned to approve minutes, Shelly seconded. Motion passed.

 Principal Update.

  • Kindness Retreat was held 1/5 for 4th
  • Two author studies are scheduled in late January/February, Mary Bleckwehl for grades K-2 and Geoffrey Saign for grades 3-5.
  • A Maker Bot 3-D Printer was donated by a WestWood family. SWOT Jr kids will learn how to use it and then will teach staff and other kids.
  • Schwingler is starting a Coding Club.

Treasurer Report.

  • We are following the “Ideal” budget due to the success of Read a thon.
  • Kindergarten teacher Leah Bulver requested $172 for bussing for environmental ed.
  • M&M containers were purchased for Feed My Starving Children, which is in February for grades 2-5. M&M containers were budgeted under Admin this year, but will move to its own line item for next year’s budget.

Feed My Starving Children.

  • Will explore other ideas instead of M&M container next year to support a service project (Penny Wars and/or using the budget for bussing).
  • May investigate other service projects as an alternative to Feed My Starving Children.

Author visits.

  • Proposal to pay $500 for author visits was approved.

DOGS Donuts with Dad

  • Katie will talk to the Dad who was interested.
  • DOGS could be assigned to an activity for ESTEM Night.
  • Gina will ask how other schools  DOGS activities are funded.

Family Fun Night.

  • Cake walk – Rachel is coordinating, will get a Sign Up Genius out for cakes
  • Silent auction – Gina Hendricksen is coordinating, will get a Sign Up Genius out for creating the baskets.
  • Will be doing Coloring for Vets instead of Valentines for Vets.
  • Chess club will have a table.
  • Face painter has been confirmed.
  • Smoothies have been confirmed.
  • Dominos has been confirmed for pizza.
  • Free photo booth from Cosmopolitan Dental has been confirmed.
  • Dj has been confirmed.

Coordinator Updates.

  • Butter braids are coming up 2/17.
  • ESTEM Night 3/3.
  • Staff appreciation 5/6 – PTC will provide breakfast one day; Katie will come back with any further requests for support
  • Twins Day 6/4
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December 2015 PTC meeting minutes

December 2015 PTC Meeting

12/8/15 6:30 pm

Attendees: Gina Gertner, Michelle Cuka, Amanda Swenson, Alane Madsen, Gina Hendrickson, Becky Smith, Heather Nelson, Kim Frantz, Stacy Pearson


October Minutes.

Amanda Swenson motioned to approve minutes, Gina Hendrickson seconded. Motion passed.

 Principal Update.

Mrs. Mahoney could not be here tonight.

Viewed “Growth in Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools”

Visit: www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/referendum

Treasurer Report.

  • $178 from Movie income
  • $229 from school store
  • ~$270 expenses not reflected in budget from food for teacher conference night
  • Environmental Kindergarten has requested funds for monthly field trips ($172 per month). This would be for all kindergarten. Gina G. will get more information on how field trips funds are allocated, and what has been spent so far and bring it back to the group for final decision/approval.


  • Other schools within PL/S schools have really good “Dads of Good Students” (DOGS) groups. WestWood has struggled getting this up and running.
  • Donuts for Dads in January. Kids have donuts with Dads, go to class, and dads stay to hear a bit about the DOGS program and how they can help. Get Dads from the other DOGS groups to come present.

 Family Fun Night.

  • Face painter reserved
  • DJ reserved (7th grader)
  • Photo booth – free from Cosmopolitan Dental
  • Possible cake walk (Rachel Jensen)
  • Possible Silent Auction (Gina Hendrickson)
  • Changed Valentines for Vets – possible crafting/coloring space instead for kids that need quiet
    • Alane Madsen will organize
  • Possible Kona Ice vs. Tropical Smoothie

Spirit Wear.

  • Will be here next week.

Coordinator Updates.

  • Butter Braids kick off 2/17
  • ESTEM Night 3/3
  • Staff Appreciation 5/6
  • Twins Day 6/4 ($14 per ticket)
  • Amazon Smiles – flyer went home around Black Friday/Cyber Monday
  • Target REDcard ending Spring of 2016
  • Jen Knox looking into Kwik Trip Milk Moola
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