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Parent Council Meeting Minutes – October 2013


Beethoven Parent Council Recap

October 7, 2013

Meeting Notes:

Parent Council typically meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 5:30pm-6:30pm in the Beethoven School auditorium – please always look for emails or check the website for any deviations from this.  Childcare is provided.

Officers were introduced.

Co-chairs: Jill Maguire and Karen Kefalas

Secretary: Cathy Ware

Treasurer: Gretchen Nash

If you have any questions about Parent Council email one of the officers directly or email beethovenparentcouncil@gmail.com.

Mr. P reported that construction continues and will continue all school year.  Work happens afterschool.

We raised approximately $1000 for the Dana Farber Jimmy Fund on Red Sox Friday.  Look for other dress down days throughout the year.  Even $1.00 donation helps.

The bake sale raised nearly $900.  Thanks to all who baked and volunteered!

We are always collecting Sunny D Labels and Box Tops for Education.

A+ School Rewards
Stop &Shop has a program that allows the Beethoven to earn money by registering yours and your friends Stop & Shop rewards card. It’s very easy. Click here to go to the website. The code for the Beethoven is 08253. The code for the Ohrenberger is 08409. You can sign up for up to 2 schools! If you have any problems or questions please see Mr. Puliafico.

Beethoven car decals are available for sale.  Look for an order form in your child’s folder in the coming days.

Fundraising:  We are always looking for ways to raise funds for field trips and other enrichment activities. Please let us know if you have ideas.  All money from fundraisers goes back into activities for students – all of which have either no charge or minimal charge for families.  We don’t carry a large surplus from year to year.

Projects:  We encourage all parents to initiate and manage projects. The Parent Council officers and Mr. P, who has final approval, review all projects.  If a project requires funding from the Parent Council, it should be submitted to the Parent Council for a vote. Please include a description of the project, the estimated costs, and any fundraising you might initiate to help with the costs (grants, donations of products or services, etc).

Enrichment Activities:  At least once a year, the parent council likes to fund an enrichment activity. Some suggestions include a concert by Ohrenberger Making Music Matters students, a Ben Franklin historical actor, a science presenter, an animal show, etc.  Please let us know if you have any ideas.

New Website:  There is a new webpage that joins both the Beethoven site and the Ohrenberger site: www.beethovenohrenberger.org. You will be able to access information for both schools from one spot. Please bookmark! Any comments or suggestions for website? Please email Cindy Ho.

Upcoming Events:

Coat Exchange/Drive, week of October 28
We will be collecting gently used, clean winter gear the week of October 28 in the auditorium.  You can bring drop them off yourself or send them in with your child. During that week we will host an exchange among the families in our school.  If your child needs warm outwear, you can visit the auditorium between 7:30am and 2:00pm during that week and choose what you like. If you cannot stop by and would like your child to make the selection, contact the office and arrangements will be made. Any donations that are not claimed that day will be donated to Cradles to Crayons, a local organization that provides items directly to children in need.

Volunteers needed to sort coats — Contact Karen Kefalas or Jill Maguire

Individual Picture Day
Picture Day, Wednesday, October 30th. This is for individual student pictures. Class photos will be taken in the spring.

Harvest Parade, October 31 at 1pm
Students can change into their costumes at school just before the parade. If a family does not celebrate Halloween, please write a note to your child’s teacher.

Election Day Bake Sale, November 5
Flyers will go home asking parents to bake and/or volunteer to sell.  Parents can return the flyer or sign up online– Contact Cathy Ware

International Night, November 14, 5-7pm
Families are invited to come and bring food from any country in the world.  Wearing of traditional garb is encouraged as well.  We need volunteers to set up and clean up. We will also need people to float around to ensure things are running smoothly. In addition to the food, there will be tables with artifacts representing different countries.  Children will receive a “passport” and are encouraged to visit each table — Contact person needed

Preview of 2013/2014 activities:

Donate a Book, month of December
Donate gently used children’s books to benefit a local charity
Volunteers needed to sort books – Contact Magda Hernandez

Book Fair, week of December 9
Scholastic books are displayed this week. Children will have the opportunity to browse and purchase books. Books will be available for purchase after holiday shows. Teachers create a wish list of books that they would like for the classroom.Volunteers needed to set-up, work during the book fair, and cleanup – Contact person needed

Holiday Shows, December 11 for K1 and K2, December 12 for 1st and 2nd grades.
Beethoven Auditorium Time TBA

Souper Bowl Food Drive, week of January 21
Donate non-perishable goods to benefit local food pantry
Volunteers needed to bring goods to food pantry – Contact person Gretchen Nash

Craft Day, tentative date February 8
Fun morning of crafting at the Ohrenberger cafeteria
Volunteers needed to work the craft tables – Contact Cindy Ho

Parents Rock, tentative date April 4
A parent’s only evening out
Volunteers needed – Contact Michele Sarro

Movie Night, tentative date April 10
A free family night of pizza and a movie in the Beethoven auditorium
Volunteers needed to run event – Contact person Kathleen Hubbard

Teacher Appreciation, week of May 5
A weeklong celebration for the Beethoven teachers and staff
Volunteers needed – Contact Karen Kefalas or Jill Maguire

Field Day, June 4
A fun day that includes potato sack races, freeze dancing, slushies and more!
Volunteers needed – Contact Katie Tattan or Christine Lynch

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