November 2019 PTC Meeting Minutes

WestWood PTC – Minutes from Nov. 4 Meeting

In attendance: Jessica Olstad, Karen Zwolenski, Clare Presly, Sarah Zieman, Dana Niemann, Jen Maloney, Brian Schulz, Alice Henry, Jaya Kokotovich

  1. Welcome and approval of October minutes – this did not happen, as copies weren’t made in time for the meeting. A vote did not take place. Will vote at next meeting.
  2. Principal update:
    1. Communication about a standard re-unification method was sent by Dr. Staloch to all district parents. Karen says it’s “pretty straightforward” and she’s “proud to be part of this district (that’s so) proactive.”
    2. WestWood enrollment is stable at this point in the year
  3. Treasurer report
    1. WestWood paid for the last of the flex seating ($3,014)
    2. PTC paid for the Wolf Ridge scholarships (kids go first week in December) ($1,000)
    3. PTC paid for magazines for classrooms ($1,454,76)
    4. Butter Braids income so far: $19,178. Last year, we had $22K, but more is expected to come in the next few days.
    5. Jessica will sign tax forms to turn in.
  4. Guest speaker: Jen Maloney, gifted and talented specialist for WestWood and Redtail Ridge – presenting on educational gifts for the holidays (full presentation here)
    1. Gifts for spatial reasoning, problem solving, pattern matching
    2. Gifts for logic and reasoning skills
    3. Gifts for processing speed, planning, setting goals, making decisions, starting tasks, etc.
    4. Gifts for coders
    5. Gifts for engineering interests
    6. Red Balloon as a great list for readers
    7. Other parting thoughts:
      1. Parents should think of kids’ passion
      2. Get a purpose behind the gift, don’t get it because it’s fun or looks cool.
      3. Creativity is sparked most when things get messy. Parents are encouraged to see the joy in that!
      4. Go outside the box of rules – give them the gift of failure
  5. Discussion topics:
    1. Volunteer opportunities needed through Sign-up Genius:
      1. Child care during PTC meetings
      2. Lost and found during conferences
      3. Book fair during conferences
      4. Conference dinners
    2. DOGS update
      1. Idea came up to have a portable white board to take outside if needed – Karen is looking into this
      2. Dads and Donuts – looking to potentially schedule this in the spring when weather is better
      3. Might coordinate with high school kids to teach baseball or football or do something with sports
    3. Round robin
      1. Parent asked to consider making the WestWood PTC Facebook page a private group since it’s an open page. PTC is considering.

Motion to adjourn – Jessica

Seconded by Brian


Westwood PTC

Treasurer Report

October 2019

Starting Bank Balance (9/30/2019): $16,189.00


  • $176.00 Games By James (Crayola Tickets)
  • $3,014.00 Premier Furniture & Equipment (Tables – part of flexible seating)
  • $167.64 Clay for art classes
  • $106.58 Supplies for ukulele racks built by DOGS
  • $1,454.76 Scholastic magazines for classrooms
  • $26.56 Office Max (File folders and postage stamps for treasurer)
  • $100.00 Extra petty cash for Westwood Safe for the book fair

Total Expenses October 2019: $5,045.54


  • $287.70 Wendy’s Family Night Income March-May 2019
  • $94.25 Refund of overpayment for student planners
  • $1,116.00 Butter Braids Sales & Donations (orders handed in early)

Total Income October 2019: $1,497.95

Current Bank Balance, 10/31/2019: $12,641.41

-Uncleared checks: $1,110.12

  • $110.12 Ms Frye (5th Grade Celebration Treats)
  • $1,000 Friends of Wolf Ridge (Donation to Scholarship Fund)

Final Bank Balance $11,531.29 + cash balance of $40 (School Store at Westwood)

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