Thanks to all who attended the first PTO meeting of the year last week – I think we had a record turnout! For those that weren’t able to make it, the meeting minutes are below.
The next PTO meeting will be on Thursday November 21st at 7:30pm – hope to see many of you there!
PTO meeting notes, Wednesday, October 16, 7:30pm
Over 50 people attended, all PTO Board members in attendance except Karen Walsh, Jamie Martin, and Erica Terk
Welcome and Introductions
Liz Marshall kicked the meeting off with an energizing icebreaker “Concentric Circles” which had us mixing and mingling and getting to know a few new people.
Julie Pinto welcomed new and returning families and introduced PTO board members.
Julie gave a rundown of the many ways to communicate within the PTO and Franklin community:
- PTO meetings
- PTO announcement and parent discussion email lists
- PTO website
- The Franklin Connection newsletter published every other Friday
- The new on-line directory (next month the hard copy will be distributed to all who have paid PTO dues)
- Amy Kelly’s blog on the Franklin school website
- At the Principal’s Coffee on the first Friday of each month
We have one more committee chair needed – Safe Routes to School Coordinator – contact Julie Pinto for more information.
Past and upcoming events
Thank you to Lauren Walsh for running the first BOKS session. Thank you to Seema Brodie and Leslie Maxwell for a successful Halloween costume drive. 19 bags of costumes went to Cradles to Crayons.
Bob Zuckernick listed 10 compelling reasons to attend School Appreciation Day on Saturday and Linda Hanusaik implored everyone to volunteer for the Halloween Bash on Saturday Oct 26.
Julie reminded everyone about Artsonia the website for your child’s artwork. Marysol Masse-Makimura is the contact if you have questions.
Michelle Marini, PTO Treasurer, presented the annual budget. It was voted on and unanimously approved.
Deb Rooney listed the many opportunities to contribute funds to the PTO and Franklin community:
- Stop & Shop – register your rewards card and when you use it funds are paid to Franklin
- Amazon – shop via the link on the PTO website
- Box Tops for Education – a collection box is outside the window of the main office. Fill it out with your teacher’s name
- The on-line auction – Franklin’s largest fundraiser – will be held in March
- Garden City Kindergarten Soccer – Saturday soccer at Burr for pre-K and K students
- Circus Smirkus – a week-long circus school for 3rd, 4th & 5th graders
- Trivia night at the end of February – this year we show up Burr Elementary with how much trivial knowledge Franklin parents have
- Viridian – Eric Friedberg gave a convincing presentation for enrolling in this energy supply option – it is simple to sign-up for and raises funds for Franklin. We are the #1 school in the state for the number of meters and we have a goal to sign up 50 more families this year
Terri Bancroft and Kara Temple presented information about the new school-wide behavioral plan based on the principals of the responsive classroom. Franklin is the first school in Newton to implement this. More information can be found on the Franklin website.
Amy Kelly requested volunteers for the school council which is an advisory board to the Principal made up of an even number of teachers and parent volunteers. Topics of focus include school improvement plans, the discretionary school budget, building related issues, and fostering parent involvement. School Council meets five times per year after school and is a 2-year commitment. Five people expressed initial interest in participating.
The meeting ended at around 9:00.