PTO Meeting Minutes 8/31/2017

St. Malachy PTO meeting Minutes

August 31, 2017

Opening:  Introduction of PTO Board:  President: Heather Burwell, Vice President: Tiffany Ossian, Secretary: Michelle Wagner, and Treasurer: Alisha Stehr

Principal’s Report:

Mrs. Simmons reported a good first week.  St. Malachy is planning a supply/fund drive for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  More information to come.

-The first spirit day will be Sept 8th.  This is a cy-Hawk day.  Students can pay $1 and wear shirts to support their team.  Proceeds may go to benefit Hurricane Harvey benefit

-Last year, each grade took a turn for a reception following Mass.  This year it will be consolidated into groups of K-2, 3-5, 6-8 receptions.

– Beginner Band display will be held Thursday Sept 7 for those in 4th-6th grade.


Treasurer report:

Current Balance: $16,003

-In the recent past there has not been a specific budget for the PTO.  The PTO hopes to make a budget to track spending


Civic’s Club:

-Last year, the PTO approved giving the Civic’s club $1000 for replacing the games with large wooden games.  The PTO purchased the games already, but still owe $200 to the Creston Arts Club

New Business:

-The PTO plans to update by-laws this year.  This will be tabled for now as Mrs. Simmons/Heather look for previous by-laws and will update at a later time

-A teacher wish list sheet was given to teachers and support staff.  The PTO hopes to use these as ideas for a special birthday surprise or at random to show appreciation for all our staff do

-The PTO is hoping to have homeroom parents for each class to be a go-to person between the PTO, teachers, and all parents in the class.  Please let the PTO know if interested. Some have signed up already.

-PTO brought up the idea to use educationalproducts as an optional supply company to get school supplies for next year. This is the same company other local schools use.  Mrs. Simmons brought up importance of shopping local.  This idea would be optional for parents if they chose to use.  This was tabled for now as Heather checks with the teachers on their opinions.

-T-shirts:  Lora Pellman has agreed to do St. Malachy gear.  All present voted for the top 3 designs.  The students will get to vote on the top design as they did last year.  Some gear she plans to offer: t-shirt, v-neck, performance shirts, polo, pompom/oversized jersey.  After the students vote, orders will be taken at Spaghetti supper

-Family picnic is scheduled for Wed. Sept. 6 at 6:00.  The PTO will provide a small gift for new families.

-Food Fair- Scheduled Sept. 10th.  PTO will have a table setup for Color Run signup

–  Creston Color Run:  Scheduled Sept 24 at 2:00.T-shirt Deadline is Sept 11.  More volunteers are needed to direct the crowd.  Daniel Buls to sing the national anthem.

-Vendor Fair- changed to Oct 28th 9:00-2:00.  Civics club plans to do a bake sale.  Burnt Reynolds BBQ will provide pulled pork, chips, drink for $5.

-PTO is hoping to do a kids day in November as a fundraiser. Parents could drop kids off in order to complete some Christmas shopping.  Civics club agreed to help entertain.

-Boxtops may be collected this year by PTO.  More information to come.

-There was a drawing for A&G gift and movie theater tickets for anyone who turned in the pink volunteer form.  Kim Coen was the winner!!!!!

-Next meeting scheduled Sept 21.  Location of PTO meetings may move to park, A&G, or other locations.  Will be announced closer to the meeting.