Are you ready to help lead our Schmitz Park community and continue a legacy of great parent involvement? We’re looking for parents that have the knowledge and drive to continue to make great things to happen at Schmitz Park. The PTA Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for:
PTA Board Officers = Help determine PTA direction; voted in; meet 1x per month for PTA board, and 1x per month for General PTA meeting
Open Chair Positions = Oversee particular events and activities; not voted in; only attend relevant meetings
Other = Help the above where possible; not voted in; no meeting requirements
Guide the PTA board to ensure you are meeting your PTA’s goals and fulfilling PTA’s mission
Serve as president elect of SP PTA, support president in running PTA meetings as needed. Support other SP commitees as needed, identify needs for new initiatives as needed.
The secretary is responsible for keeping an accurate record of the proceedings of association meetings. These records are the permanent history of the PTA. Promptness, accuracy, and knowledge of PTA policies are key to this job. The secretary should be committed to helping the president conduct a businesslike meeting
Understand the status of current fundraising activities, what money is available to be spent versus what is owed, and the bylaws as they relate to the treasurer’s responsibilities.
Tom Boyer (roll over)
Serve as Treasurer elect, support Treasurer in running financials as needed.
Michelle Wonder (appointed)
Track issues that affect the SP community at the district, local state and national levels. Frame issues and decision points for PTA and larger SP community. Create and execute action plans to support PTA positions on issues
Emily Giaquinta & Angela Cough
Oversee Moveathon, One Campaign and support auction leads. Develop and lead volunteer commitee to support activities
Lorie Bennett & Derek Birnie
Create content and share across communications vehicles to engage SP community in PTA activities. Manage SP PTA blog, social media accounts and web pages on SPS site.
Proposed Other Members 2014/15 (non voted-in, including Chairs)
Standing roles = year round
Special roles = event based positions on an ad hoc (as-needed) basis
Help coordinate the auction
Help coordinate the auction
Oversee this fun event near the end of the school year
Keep up-to-date on the new school at Genessee Hill and associated issues
Communications - blog manager
Keep our blog as up to date as possible, as this will be our main source of information for parents and the community
Communications - Facebook
Keep our FB postings up to date and link them to the blog
Communications - signage
Ensure our main signs reflect the current PTA activities and events
Lorie Bennett, Fiona Preedy
Communications - SPS website
Ensure the official website through the PTA is maintained and references the PTA blog where appropriate
Lorie Bennett, Fiona Preedy
Oversee the GiveBack campaign, work with local businesses and support procurement activities
Recruitment of members, lead member engagement and benefits
Oversee the MAT
Kara Centioli, Jodie Bennett
Assist with ensuring our Passport program is running as needed
Help garner conversations and donations from local businesses
Athena Fjeld, Melissa Pederssen
Work with teachers, PTA board and blog manager to ensure educational content is relevant and helpful. Also assists with once a year events like Math Night
Oversee this once a year event
Katie Hamilton, Jodie Bennett
Assess needs, implement and manage systems and software to manage SP PTA data accross functions including membership, finance, fundraising and others
– See more at: http://www.ptakit.org/PTA-President/Running-Your-PTA/Roles-and-Responsibilities-of-Officers-Board-and-Committees.aspx
Thanks to the many members who attended Thursday night’s important member meeting or provided helpful input in advance on the historic decisions to be made! The full set of minutes will be ready soon, but as these decisions will affect us all and there is important work to be done, we thought a topline summary would be in order.
Math curriculum: As previously posted, after six years of investment in Singapore Math by Schmitz Park faculty, students, and parents, we are on the verge of having to adopt a different math curriculum, enVisionMath; a curriculum that many see as a step backward for our students. By unanimous vote, the members at the meeting adopted a resolution calling on the School Board to protect and support our investment in Singapore Math.
We also agreed to request the school board directors to consider the following alternatives:
Reject the Math Adoption Committee’s recommendation of enVision and adopt Math in Focus as the new K-5 Math Curriculum.
Approve a Dual-Adoption giving schools the choice to implement enVision – OR – Math in Focus
Amend Policy No. 2020 on the Waiver of Basic Instructional Materials to allow Schmitz Park and other schools using, or desiring to use, a Singapore Math-based curriculum like Math in Focus to ensure funding will be provided from the district to support an approved alternative math curriculum.
PS as you can see, we are suggesting that SchmitzPark adopt Math in Focus, not Singapore Math. However, MiF is a Singapore based Math program, merely tweaked to the American system, aligned with Common Core Standards, and with refreshed teaching and learning materials.
Budget: The members energetically discussed the budget proposal (posted previously here). One change was adopted to increase the contingency funding in the event that it becomes necessary for the Schmitz Park PTA to pay the full price of the MathinFocus curriculum (a $20,000 increase authorized). Then, after vigorous discussion, the members voted unanimously to adopt a budget of $320,000. The members further voted to develop a fundraising plan that addresses the one-time $80,000 expense that the curriculum represents.
Stay tuned for the full minutes and for specific ways you can help us meet the policy and budget goals that these decisions require.
Rick Burke, a Math Adoption Committee Member states in his post at Save Seattle Schools, “Although the public feedback clearly favored Math in Focus, the program ranking [was] based on the CCSS-based evaluation criteria. MIF, following the Singapore framework, was noticeably advanced compared to the CCSS topic pacing. “
Thanks to years of commitment from Schmitz Park faculty and PTA support, Schmitz Park’s proven use of Singapore Math Curriculum has our kids entering middle school with a solid understanding of math. They are consistently at an advantage over non-Singapore math students in their grasp of the curriculum.
What did it take to make this happen? First, the school leadership, with PTA support, successfully lobbied the school district to grant a waiver, to give the school permission to use a different curriculum. Second, PTA supporters contributed over $180,000 over the past several years to pay for the curriculum and materials.
Next steps? If the school board adopts the recommendation, we will be faced with two choices:
Use the school district’s new math curriculum, and risk leaving our legacy of excellence in math behind
Go through the process of lobbying the district for another waiver, and raise $30,000 a year (plus a one-time $30,000 fee in the first year) to provide our own curriculum again
We need your help now to continue our legacy of excellence! Help us convince the school board of the importance of our tradition. Here’s how:
Certified First Aid course this Saturday, April 26 at the school 9am to 1pm.
We have a few open spots, so if you’d like to learn how deal with choking, broken bones, CPR, fires, earthquakes and more… please join us by emailing me [President@SchmitzParkPTA.org]. You get the reduced price of $60 per person, and you receive a certificate at the end of the session
Get up to speed on one of the most sweeping changes to U.S. education in the last decade. Last Sunday, The Seattle Times published an article detailing Common Core Standards. This after the stellar presentation by Schmitz Park teachers on Common Core Standards, at the February PTA Meeting. Find out more about what children should know at each grade. Read the article.
After School Enrichment Opportunities and Early Dismissal Camps are Still Available
Early Dismissal Camps – Art Wizards and Jump Rope are being offered to families for January 15th. More information about the Art Wizards class is here.
To register, download and fill out the registration form, or pick up a paper copy in the office. Because of the quick turnaround, registrations will processed as received and confirmations will be available as quickly as possible upon receipt.
Beginning Guitar on Tuesdays – We have room for students of any age in our Beginning Guitar class on Tuesdays. Please contact Fiona if you are interested and send in the registration form to the office.
5th Grade STEM Class Opportunity – 5th grade classes will be receiving information about a special STEM class being offered in partnership with Boeing. The registration form is linked here, being sent home via email, or you can find it on the Before/After School web page.
Don’t forget to check out our Before/After School Page on the Schmitz Park website for forms, update and contact information, and classes calendar.
Report cards are coming home in your child’s backpack today. Teachers have worked hard to ensure that the reports reflect the details that you were able to discuss at parent conferences last month. If you have any questions, please let your teacher know so that you can follow up in January.