The current Lapham-Marquette
Endowment balance is $48,394. We
have raised $14,705 towards the Madison Community Foundation Challenge.
By meeting the grant challenge fully, will be getting the $3,750
Also received an anonymous
$10,000 donation – thank you! Looks
like we will hit $50,000 by end of school year, which means the grant total
will be increasing for next year.
Refer to PTG website for
information regarding the endowment initiative: (http://lapham-marquette-ptg.org/endowment.htm).
Attendees were asked to
introduce themselves and offer any suggestions they feel the PTG should
Diversity of representation in
parent community/ptg outreach
Safety at the Williamson-Thorton
Determine/define roles for class
Keeping schools open
Maintaining working relationships
with neighborhood associations
PTG should better define how
parents can get involved/volunteer with schools/In the classrooms
Discuss school testing/parents
opting out of testing – how does that work?
Looking at PTG for source of
information: direct instruction policy/balanced literacy
How are teachers handling
increased classroom numbers (resulting from loss of SAGE)?
Report on how Affiliated
Alternative students are integrating in Lapham building?
More about incident that happened with Affiliated Alternatives, which
brought police officers into Lapham? Is
this a sustainable relationship?
Create forum within PTG to serve
as link between all meetings that are happening district wide?
ideal to have action out of PTG group
Any idea of effects of budget
cuts from last year?
How does broad picture advocacy
come down to the classroom level? How
to help frame issues from state-city-district levels to understand funding?
Best way to advocate for our classrooms?
Please check out PTG website!
Demo discussing the links;
working through the site to show what’s there
Consider signing-up to the
listserve to receive school/ptg/issue updates
2 places to signup: 1) signup for
the listserve; 2) will also need to “register” for the discussion board
Directions are included on PTG
website; email for additional help signing up.
Thursday, November 15 will be
hearing at the Capitol on the Pope-Roberts/Breske Resolution demanding school
finance reform. Please consider
Asked whether there is interest in
bringing ABC Madison to a PTG meeting to discuss school refinancing; (yes there
is interest – will work on this for future meeting)
ABC Madison (All the Best for
Children – firstname.lastname@example.org): started out of public information
sessions held last spring; organized to become a group that meets monthly; they
are largely in line with WI Alliance for Excellent Schools (www.excellentschools.org)
Michael Hertting: at this time, we
are not hearing the administration talking about changing L/M pairing for next
2 fundraisers completed
successfully; Innisbrook raised ~$4,000; Wisconsin Homegrown raised ~$3600; both
slightly exceeded goals
Pickup for Wisconsin Homegrown will
be December 4 at Lapham
Directory is currently at printer;
when that goes home, will also include “direct appeal” letter
Still considering/trying to
coordinate “sports exchange” fundraiser – hope to have in before winter
Just Coffee is on track; raised
$300 in October
Andrea Kreft -
Cirque de Soleil stopped by
unexpectedly today and performed on playground
More changes with WEE Start;
construction started ~3 weeks ago; temporary delay waiting for construction
Been some shifting of spaces with
SAPAR and some other programs; making sure all kids are serviced and that the
changes are beneficial to all
Grade level teachers are headed out
for half-day math instruction; professional development based on intermediate
Discussions with staff on
goals/funding for next year
Teachers-kids working through
Code red drill – kids did super
In middle of testing for 8th
and 10th grade kids; enrollment will be at quarter 35 to 42 (mostly
with anticipation of daycare opening in December)
Construction needed to change some
for licensing; this is a community based daycare with SAPAR – filled first
with SAPAR; then with those in community; Anne has references for any community
members interested in infant care
Dates for completed construction
not definite; new fenced in area out front required as licensing
Regarding the incident at Lapham:
staff felt the incident could have escalated therefore called police as backup;
was between kids with special needs; student with no impulse control in verbal
confrontation with another student; staff member stepped in and was confronted
by student; staff member transported to urgent care via ambulance; everyone
responded as they should have
Please call either Anne or Michael
for additional information/concerns.
There were many questions about the
incident; will consider devoting time next meeting to a discussion regarding how
is this integration working for Affiliated Alternatives and for Lapham/Marquette
Shared UNICEF results, which were
impressive (exact amounts forthcoming)
December Holiday Luncheon is coming
up; will be including the Affiliated Alternatives kids with this. The
luncheon will be Monday, December 10 with staggered times depending on classes;
still looking for volunteers
Looking for parent feedback on K/1
Biggest difference in increased
class size? Teachers have a hard
time getting to know each kid as well
Code red drill coming up; will let
parents know ahead of time.
of Issues – Tonya Delborne
Issues identified earlier in
meeting were prioritized and came out as follows:
Issues for the PTG to
staying ahead of keeping our
maintaining open communication with
who we represent and ways to
increase parent participation in the schools
how are teachers managing increased
how are the Affiliated Alternatives
integrating into Lapham and Marquette
At the next meeting, we will
break into groups by issue and come up with problem statements and two action
steps on each issue to move forward.