October 1st, 2019
• Request for approval of September minutes
• Motion to approve: Minutes approved
• Updates on enrollment
• Announcements on school celebration
o Many celebrations through the year
o Opportunities for parents to volunteer
o Paid for flexible seating and waiting for invoice for tables
o Paid for the planners which was more than anticipated
o Income from Rotary Club and Benevity
o Total expenses for September $20,126.86
o Balance $16,189.00
o Routines and structure are highly important
o Mornings, after school, mealtime and bedtime are the most challenging
o See how your children problem solve on their own without stepping in
o Coach rather than punish. Sometimes children are lacking in a coping skill. Show them how to process these feelings/challenges.
o Understand that some behavior is age appropriate such as stealing
o Find ways to say yes to children
o Observe times to catch them doing good
o Stay calm – children model us
o Ross W. Green, author of The Explosive Child says, “Children do well if they can” and “Children who need love the most ask for it in the most unloving ways”.
o When we as parents make a mistake, acknowledge it, talk through it
o Kids sometimes shut down when they don’t have the skills
o We need a growth mindset to get there together
o When homework is hard for our kids, how can you keep it positive?
o We don’t have a lot of time with our children when they get home for school, so adjust accordingly and find a routine and structure that works and leave some room for flexibility.
o Connect and reflect with your children before bed
o If they’re struggling, take a break
o Know that nothing is more valuable than your relationship with your child
o Each child has their own path and sometimes you have to let go of expectations
o Accept the fact that sometimes they’re going to blow it
o As a parent, allow yourself some grace – you are doing what you can and doing your best.
• Some things there are chores, some are part of being part of the family.
• Allowing them to have chores that earn money and sort them into give, spend and save will teach them good uses of money.
• Give your children choices of which chores they should do.
• Say it once and allow them time to process it
• Pick your battles
• Express family values – “this is how we act in this family. You have this choice or this choice. Here are consequences…”
• The biggest emotions are between a parent and a child and it’s easy to
get sucked down the rabbit hole of frustration.
• Be consistent, clarify expectations
• Oppositional behavior really shows up around 6
• Teach your children that every choice comes with a consequence (positive or negative)
• What can we do next time?
• Explain how that feels to you as a parent
• Don’t accuse them, help them come around
• Each student is different
• Define what works and create a schedule around that
• Help your child with their time management and evaluate the right amount of time the task will take
• Asking what the highs and lows are
• Who did you sit with at lunch? What did you learn in math? What was the best part?
• Summarizing is hard for kids so get specific
• Share a story with them about your day and model it
• What is your goal for the day? – ask that in the morning and then they’ll be more cognizant to push for something and tell you about it.
• Play would you rather and ask why after each question.
• Read a story before bed
• Shower and bath can be calming
• Magnesium and melatonin
• A four-step process for bed that can be put in any order and the child chooses – brush teeth, put on pj’s, read the book, use the washroom.
• A warning helps – “In 10 minutes we’ll be going to bed”
o First game is on Friday – 7:00 pm at Dan Patch Stadium
o Link to volunteer located HERE
o It takes about an hour
o Chalk provided
o Link to volunteer located HERE
o Read-a-thon will be in February during “I love to read” month
o Butter Braids will occur during fall
o DOGS built ukulele racks for the music room
o Last Friday of every month is DOGS day and we’re encouraging parents to have lunch with their children at school or join their children at recess
o We had about 10 dads join last month
o DOGS will be getting together for Monday night football
o Working to encourage dads to be involved with children’s education
o Last year during the Read-a-thon it was brought up that we’d love to see an outdoor learning/reading space.
o We need to put up bird houses on the berm based on the kids research that they did last year. There are 5.
o Jeffers sold wood duck houses with DOGS and then sold them during parent teacher conferences and raised money for the school
o DOGS could build boot holders for the classrooms
o Old logo T-shirts
• We would just need to cut them and a woman in Haiti sews them and
donates to local women in Haiti
• This could be a good service project idea.
• All of the games are shared throughout the district
• Some funds available PL Savage Optimist Club so if there is a worthy cause please let them know
• Fundraiser this Thursday at St. Michael’s Church (on SeeSaw)
Starting Bank Balance (8/31/2019): $35,139.14
Cash Balance: $40 ($40 School Store at Westwood)
$5,718 Student Benefit Dollars
$110.85 Gina Gertner (Ice Cream Social Prizes)
$11,360.90 Moving Minds (Flexible Seating)
$50 Cash for the Westwood Safe
$1,537.50 Student Planners
$80 Noon Supervisors (Playground Equipment)
$131.52 Writing Binders for 3 rd Grade
$28.91 Walgreens (Ice Cream Social Expenses)
$4.85 Cedar Printing (Ice Cream Social Expenses)
$186.33 Schwann’s (Frozen treats for Ice Cream Social)
$918 The Bakken Museum (4 th Field Trip – does not include SAGE)
Total Expenses September 2019: $20,126.86
$1,155.30 Rotary Club (LakeFront MusicFest)
Total Income September 2019: $1176.72
Current Bank Balance, 9/30/2019: $16,189.00
-Uncleared checks: $286.12
$176 Games By James (Crayola Tickets)
$110.12 Ms Frye (5 th Grade Celebration Treats)
-Uncleared deposits: $12.75
$12.75 Journal entry for school store
Final Bank Balance $15,915.63 + Cash balance: $40 ($40 School Store at Westwood)