PTG Meeting Minutes
§ Sensenbrenner donation of $2,500 to Endowment Fund. This brings our total to over $51,000 which will allow double the grant awards at each school next year.
§ Common Wealth Development presented the PTG with an award for their work in keeping neighborhood schools open last year; one each for Marquette and Lapham
§ Kudos to Laura Chern for getting the school directories out before Thanksgiving!
§ If you have interest in connecting with the Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association (TLNA) regarding education issues contact the neighborhood rep: Carole Trone (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Anne Fisher – Affiliated Alternatives
§ Not able to make the rescheduled event.
Michael Hertting – Lapham
§ Kids having a great time in snow on the playground; look for pictures near the stairway headed up to gym (the display case was a gift from Affiliated Alternatives)
§ 2 major heating issues that are now fixed
§ Laminator is no longer working and using Affiliated Alternatives; will need new one for ~$3-4,000.
Andrea Kreft –
§ Dream Camp starts tomorrow (~ 95 kids signed up); encompasses more than basketball
§ SIP program working on keeping “above the line” program alive; working in classrooms with teachers to keep message alive
§ Geography Bee completed; Spelling Bee starting in January
§ Assisted Tech and Audio logy moving into O’Keefe: will happen after winter break
Anita Krasno - Fundraising Report
§ Fundraisers are complete with Innisbrook raising ~$4,000 (~$200 was donated through Innisbrook) and WI Homegrown ~$3,650; Just Coffee is ahead of project goal: raised ~$1,100 of the $1,800 goal
§ Sports swap fundraiser will likely happen in January; info forthcoming
§ Considering a new fundraiser called Simplified SCRIP (refer to the following website for info: www.schooltimesnet.com/index.aspx). You purchase gift cards through merchants you already buy (i.e. grocery, bookstore, apparel), then merchants will donate a percentage from each gift card to a designated PTG. We will be putting together an informational flyer.
Matt Calvert - Advocacy Report:
§ Met with Marquette Neighborhood Association; they are organizing a neighborhood education representative; talked about collaborating with PTG/NAs; talked about stress art & music teachers are under (those getting class and a half – too disruptive) – could NAs work with local artists in community to volunteer within schools? Are teachers interested in these volunteer opportunities?
§ Looking to schedule January issue forum/meeting including Sondy Pope-Roberts (school finance reform), ABC Madison, others to help stay educated on school advocacy issues.
Issues/Discussion/Planning (topics from November PTG Meeting):
1. Advocacy Action
§ Staying ahead of “keeping our schools open”
§ Maintaining open communication with neighborhood associations
§ ACTION: Want to be more proactive/less reactive; build linkages with other PTGs districtwide, especially those schools that also lost their sage funding; make connections with TLNA and MNA; continue with action on school finance reform, at least getting educated
2. Diversity of representation of PTG (did not discuss)
3. Safety at Thorton and Williamson
§ ACTION: concern with elementary/middle kids crossing at intersection without light; want to pull together opportunity for Marsha Rummel to attend February meeting to hear concerns/determine action; maybe get a light moved/change a light for walk only (no right on red); hope to have something in place by spring as more kids are on the bike path; possibly extend crossing times in morning/let out to increase safety
4. Determine roll for class reps (did not discuss)
5. Get information on balanced literacy and direct instruction policy
§ ACTION: propose an upcoming PTG meeting for staff members to educate parents on different literacy approaches to better understand the curriculum
6. Testing (No Child Left Behind) – making a coordinated response (did not discuss)
7. Learning more about effects of budget cuts (did not discuss)
§ How are teachers managing class size
§ How are Affiliated Alternatives integrating into Lapham/Marquette
If you are interested in any of these or other topics, please consider opening a discussion on the PTG website (http://lapham-marquette-ptg.org/) and getting involved!