PTO Meeting Minutes, March 2, 2017

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Rogers Binford PTO Meeting

March 2, 2017

Binford Library

Attendance: Krista Johns, Kelly Fleming, Ken Pattillo, Kylene Nungesser, Heather Short, Mark Conrad, Jennifer Anderson, Ronnie Greene, Heather Heerssen, Kelly Dawson, Sara Deckard

President Kelly Fleming called the meeting to order at 6:36 PM

Treasurer’s Report – Ken Pattillo

Revised report from last month: Teacher gift cards were $11,700, not $10,700 reported. This is reflected in the updated balance statement.

Income: Skate night $163.50, The Fresh Fork (Dine & Donate) $24.08, Interest income $2.93.

Expenses: We were invoiced for spirit wear (the first order only), and paid for that. We also paid out Noodlefest money to each school, based on population. Approximately $98 in vouchers for the school book fair were also included.

The signage on track is up, but we have not been billed for it yet. The money for signage will come out of money that is already in the Binford fund, and the remainder of that money will then be split among the schools based on student population.

Teacher’s Representative Reports

Rogers – Sara Deckard


They just celebrated Dr. Seuss’s Birthday today.  They wore pajamas and had an all day reading celebration.  Several guest readers joined classrooms throughout the day.  

Math- focus is on making and finding groups of 10 within numbers. They’ve started assessments for the end of the grading period.  

LA- Just finished STAR rotation of personal narrative writing, and are learning about beginning, middle and end. 

The Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority is coming on Friday to lead Read Across America activities in 7 classrooms. The Read Across America reading program will culminate on Read Across America Day.  

We had Kindergarten Open House on Thursday February 16th for incoming Kindergarten students.  

We are working with the IU Science Education department with a science technology curriculum featuring states of matter.  This cutting edge technology allows students to see themselves as particles on a big screen.  They are also working with IU iPads with a special app to document their observations.

First Grade– Investigating the genre of biographies as a part of Black History Month and President’s Day. They are working on summarizing text and finding the main idea. They are also starting to look as suffixes & prefixes.

Second Grade– learning about Alaska and the Iditarod sled dog race from our own “teacher on the trail recipient” Finney. We are studying about paragraph writing and are working on musher reports and Alaskan animal reports. We are celebrating Read Across America Day this Friday with pajama day and a read-in with special guest appearances.

Library- the students have just completed the digital citizenship lessons for each grade level.  These are provided by Common Sense Media and required at each grade level by MCCSC. 

Binford – Kelly Dawson

Third Grade- IRead will begin next week.

Science Fair: expository writing

Math: Fractions, multiple step problem-solving involving all operations

History Poster: focus on presentation of facts-neatness, in preparation for science fair project

Reading: challenging our lexile level for read-to-self celebrating Dr. Seuss with “March Madness Bracketology” and celebrate end of IRead 3 with a Reading Camp-In (Read all-day)

Fourth Grade- Persuasive writing and advertising techniques

-businesses (economic principles, persuasion, accounting)

-Rube Goldberg’s simple machines

-Author’s purpose, & author’s position

-Lotus Fair in March

Fifth Grade– Beginning preparations for their annual musical at the end of March. We are studying economics and supply/demand this week in many of our homerooms.

-Mrs. Dawson’s class has started new reader’s theater

-Mrs. Kelley’s class is doing an awesome project for colonial America

-Mrs. Tamborrino’s class is doing a reading invitation she wrote for a workshop about global literacy about famous women

-Ficko & Dawson are both doing EL wrap up

Sixth Grade– Mrs. Love’s ELA: We’ve just finished our literary study of Milkweed, & we’re getting ready for our research reports.

PE– Mr. Shepherd is beginning to think about and plan for field day. He will keep PTO updated with any support he may need.

Principal’s Report

Rogers – Mark Conrad

Kindergarten registration is open. The numbers are a bit lower than normal, and there were smaller numbers at open house. We’re not worried about it though, and we anticipate 100-120 Kindergarteners next year. Mr. Conrad & Mrs. Anderson are coordinating school picture companies this year, so that both schools will have the same company next year.

Binford – Jennifer Anderson

We are in the middle of ISTEP. Thank you for getting your kids here and on time. We’ve had the least amount of absences and latenesses that we have had in several years. IRead 3 is next week Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for 3rd grade only. Next week will be make-ups.

March 10th is the end of the marking period, and also the last day to turn in money for the yearbook at school. There will still be the ability to do it online, after this date, but not at school.

Wednesday after spring break, 3/22/17, from 6-8 PM, Tri-North is having an open house for incoming 6th graders.

Lotus Fair for all 4th graders in MCCSC, and also Harmony, The Project School, and St. Charles will be held at Binford on March 31st.

Committee Reports

Alternate Fundraising Honey Baked Ham – we are working on getting the link, so that spring ham orders can be placed. The PTO will receive 20% of all orders.

Kroger Card – in order for our PTO to receive a percentage of grocery bills, we have to reregister our cards for the program every year.

Brick Fundraiser– We’re going to look into a possible fundraiser to sponsor bricks around the track.

Carnival– Had first committee meeting last week. We met with many of the leads from last year, who agreed to do it again. All the lead positions are full, and we’re all working together, and in contact. We need to figure out spacing in the gym. We won’t have access to the locker room, is there anything else that is going to be a challenge for us? Hallway next to locker room will not be accessible to anyone. The renovations to the gym won’t happen until the summer. We will not be able to use the music room because of all of the instruments, and there’s no real place to store them safely. We need to sit down and figure out locations for events, what we need, possibly move some activities outside, etc. A suggestion was made that maybe we can use long ramps down to the auditorium to store things the week before and day of. As for background checks, they are necessary for someone who wants to volunteer during the school day, but if it’s an event run by the PTO, after school hours, background checks aren’t needed. The next plan is to meet again after spring break.

How do we want to handle scholarships for Carnival? Work with the social workers, see who needs them, and if they’re attending the carnival. Then if they are, provide tickets. We should look at families in the backpack buddies program, and offer it to those families first. Have a ticket at the carnival at the table, like will call.

New Business

Board Slate: Krista, Kelly & Ken all leaving the board. Need to fill slots. Please see the attached slate and let us know if you are interested in helping our PTO.

A motion was made to approve last month’s minutes by Mark Conrad and seconded by Heather Heerssen.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:08 by Kelly Fleming.

Important Dates:

*2/27-3/10 ISTEP written portion needs to be taken between these dates. Final date TBD.

*3/6-3/10 IREAD needs to be taken between these dates. Final date TBD.

3/10 Binford Yearbook orders due

3/10 End of Marking Period

3/13-3/17 Spring Break – No school

3/22 Tri-North open house for incoming 6th graders

3/24 Report cards come home

3/31 Lotus Fair

4/6 PTO Meeting at Binford 6:30 PM, child care provided

4/28 Carnival from 5-8 PM

5/20 Bloomington Lemonade Day

*Please not if you have a 3rd grader, plan Spring Break accordingly, and try to be here during the ISTEP and IREAD windows. If you need to rearrange your students test schedule, please let the teacher know ASAP. Thank you!


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