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Parent council meeting 6/12/18

The final Parent Council meeting of the year will be this Tuesday, June 12th, 6:30 at the Beethoven. Hope to see you all there!!
Childcare provided.

May 2018 Parent Council Meeting Notes

Beethoven-Ohrenberger Parent Council Meeting – May 10, 2018
 **Next Meeting Date is Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the Beethoven. Childcare provided.
Principals Reports
1) Ohrenberger, Art Night : June 13th 5-7pm
2) MCAS is finishing up at the Ohrenberger
3) 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony: Tentatively June 25th at 4pm?  Looking for a distinguished speaker (5-7 mins)
4) Need to finalize date for 2nd grade visit to 3rd grade
Making Music Matters plans to attend in order to recruit students
Site Council Report
1) Uniform: There was great discussion of both pros and cons of uniforms
Principals will be sending out a survey to help inform SSC decision (Want to get a sense of parent’s opinions ) SSC members has final say/ vote,  but will take parent data into consideration
2) Ohrenberger Parking Lot: Received a lot of information at the SSC meeting regarding who is responsible for West Boundary Road (Is road DCR’s jurisdiction?)
A team is planning to come out to both schools to conduct a visit- possibility of getting more signage. Confusion around if it is a DCR or City of Boston road.
Review of recent events
-Parents Rock was a huge success. Thank you to all who supported the event and our team of organizers: Jenn Laham, Rebecca Cavallaro, Kristen Trull, Sarah Cleary, Michelle Gruosi, Lisa Burns, and Melanie Kelly-Berkley 
-Ohrenberger  International Night- Great night, band played, lots of stations, plenty of good food.  Thank you Lisa Burns for organizing this event!
-Teacher Appreciation- success at both campuses – breakfast, lunch, gift cards, and massages were purchased for all the teachers.  Thank you Cathy Ware, Joan Chan, and Suzanne Loconto for organizing .
Treasurers’ Reports 
Still need to deduct teacher appreciation
(See discussion item #1 below)

Upcoming Events
Gina Cronin is leading these events: Beethoven Health Fair, Pawsox, Beethoven Field Day ( please feel free to volunteer ) Contact Gina at ginac2411@gmail.com

1.    6th Grade Social: May 18

2.    7th and 8th Grade social – keep an eye out for more information.
2.    May 17: Beethoven Art Show: Mrs Clark – the art teacher at the Beethoven needs help over the next week prepping and hanging art.  Please email her if you can help  cvadalaclark@bostonpublicschools.org
3.    June 13: Ohrenberger Art Show
4.    May 31: Beethoven Health Fair – more info to follow.
5.    June 10: Pawsox Game-more info to come
6.    June 18: Ohrenberger Field Day #1- 3rd and 4th grade in the morning

7.    June 19: Ohrenberger Field Day #2- 5th and 6th grade in the morning; 7th and 8th grade in afternoon
8.    June 20: Beethoven Field Day- more info to come. Will need lots of volunteers.  Please contact Gina Cronin (email above) if you are interested in volunteering.

9.  K1/K2 meet and greet in August:
Pam Marco pamela.marco313@gmail.com & Erin Hannon-Foley ehannon@bostonpublicschools.org will lead event, date to be determined (Looking for other volunteers)

 Open discussion/other business
Discussed remaining funds for this year.
Discussed money from Parents Rock should be used to fund following year (Grade Level Team allotment, Grade Level Socials, International Nights, Enrichment opportunities, etc.)
Need to make sure the money is going back directly to support the kids.
Money from this year (minus Parent Rocks) should be spent.
How can we find Enrichment opportunities for the kids for next year? (Ask principals, teachers, conduct research, stipend teacher or parent to run a club/ activity, possible committee, etc.)
Need someone to manage current website & possibly revamp.  Will Reach out to other schools to find out who manages theirs.
Possibly using SPC funds in order to stipend someone to revamp/ maintain website?.
**Please contact someone on Parent Council if you are interested in working on this**.
3) Gardeners Needed:
Need help for back of school gardening:  contact Alice Howell at alicebhowell@verizon.net.
Chestnut Hill Realty- Garden beds provided
Is there a teacher interested in using them with his/her class.   Could students plant?
4) Money from FunRun:
Four Chromebook Carts were purchased, 2 for each school!!

Parents Rock is this Friday!!

Parents Rock is this Friday, April 27 from 6:30-10:30 pm at the West Roxbury Elks  (248 Spring Street West Roxbury)

We hope to see you all at our annual grown-ups only event for a fun evening of camaraderie, music, dancing, raffles & light refreshments!

This year we are trying out a wine pull!! Come take your chances!!

We have over 100 raffle prizes! Examples are: gym memberships, yoga classes, dozens of restaurant gift certificates, sport tickets, wine tastings, moonwalk rental, birthday parties, dozens of museums, hotel stays and much more!

All raffles are cash only!





February 2018 Parent Council Notes

Parent Council Notes 2/13/18

Principals’ Report- Updates:

  • Craft fair was fabulous! Heavily attended and the kids had fun.
  • Middle school kids started with basketball.
  • The new fundraiser- carnation sales: successful!!! 350 flowers sold.
  • Middle school got commitment from Chestnut Hill Realty about expanding our outside classroom! (Attractive sign and 3 new gardening beds.)
  • Fun Run March 9th fundraiser, funds will be used for technology.
  • Soup-er bowl drive: successful and there were lots of donations for the food pantry! We have already received a thank you letter.


-Making music matters and technology- because of logistical issues Parent Council  may  help fund next year (Site Council report)

Next year craft fair- adding a twist- have parents who are willing to bring something to the table (help out, do something they have a skill with that they want to share with the children etc.)

Bruins Game: Lots of families went!  One of the better turnouts. (Next sporting event: Pawsoxs June 10th)

Treasury reports:

  • Socials will be funded for grades 2-6
  • Maybe put a dance on during the day for grades 7&8 in place of the socials
  • PC funded the owl visit for the K2 classrooms.

Parental Engagement: No update yet


Fun run: will be a fundraiser! Kids have already been exposed to the theme of the fun run. You’ll get a link to a video and can embed your kids into it and you can share it with family.  The kids will be running laps in the gym.  A company will do everything (coming the week before to tell the kids what is going to happen and how it will work).  Can be funded by the mile or a flat rate.  Volunteers may be needed, we are following up with the company about what the parent liaison will do. Emphasize that we are funding for technology, to help reach our goal of each kid having their own computer (ipad/laptop?). We would love to have each classroom have a cart of computers available to them. We will follow up and find out if there will be a paper way to pledge and something in print explaining everything so it isn’t only online and the kids can be a part of the fundraising too.

Something to think about about the carnation sales:  maybe extend it to the lower grades to buy for parents or teachers?  Possibly for next year?


The Ohrenberger organizers need help! Please contact them if you can volunteer!

Parent’s Rock: April 27th

  • Fundraising goal is to make money for enrichment
  • Lots of donations coming in daily!
  • ELL and Lab classes will make centerpieces for the event
  • Still looking to diversify foods
  • Publicising

Alice- 3 raised beds, budget to redo the outdoor classroom, new benches, new seats (possibly in the budget).  Veggies will be those that grow during the school year, not the summer months.  Thinking about making this a second graders project- to make the 2nd graders feel special when they move up and something special do you when you move up to the Ohrenberger. They will be in charge of taking care of it. Chestnut Hill Realty will continue to do the seasonal clean-ups, and they want to support the growth of the Ohrenberger School.

Recess after lunch:  Why is there no option for the kids to run around? Talk with Mr. P about it.  Inquire about having volunteers?  Follow up with Mr. P to find out when gym is available and having the gym be the go to when it is available.

-Priority for next meeting to follow up!


Parent Council Meeting on Tues., 2/13 at 6:30 pm

The next Parent Council meeting will be this Tuesday 2/13/18 at 6:30 at the Beethoven school.  Childcare provided.