Tuesday, January 20, 2015

PTA Meeting Minutes

Below are the PTA Meeting Minutes from the December meeting held on Tuesday, December 16th.



Esther Jackson Elementary PTA Board
Meeting Minutes

December 16, 2014

Present:

Daniel MacLagan, Shannol Grant, Jennifer Cassidy, Becky Anderson, Lisa Newara, Paige Janco, Cheryl Maloch, Lisa Stamey

Location:

EJ Media Center
Next meeting:
January 20, 2015, EJ Media Center

Call to Order – Dan MacLagan, 6:30pm

Old Business

·         Grandparent’s Day – Lisa Stamey
o    Lisa stated that Grandparent’s Day went fine, other than a miscommunication around lunch times. 
·         Multicultural Night - Dan
o    Multicultural Night was well attended (estimated 200 people)
o    The food lines were very long, up to 45 minutes to get food
o    The staff eventually ended up just letting people in without paying due to long lines
o    Less donations than in previous years
o    Ideas were brainstormed on how to prevent this next year.
§  Go back to a larger space
§  Invite business partners to attend, provide food. (Dan made a note to talk to whoever is VP of Fundraising next year about this.)
§  More advertising around the fact that if you bring food, you get free meals.

Principal’s Address – Jennifer Cassidy

·         Ms. Cassidy wanted to let everyone know that there was no hard feelings around the Holiday Shop pocket knife incident.
·         The communication that went out was written/planned with help from the district.
·         They have received 3 out of 4.
·         Parents were supportive and responsible.


New Business

·         Holiday Shop – Lisa
o    Brought in about $3000, of that about $200 was profit. 
o    Successful, but not as a fund raiser, as a service to the students
o    Had some donations of gift wrap
o    Have made notes about the pocket knife incident to avoid a situation like this in the future.
·         Budget was approved
·         Have deposited between $200 and $300 since the secondary Annual Fund push began.  (Need more of an update from Tia.)
·         Back to School from Winter Break Teacher Breakfast will be on 1/5.  This will be a grab and go style – bagels, yogurts, etc…  Paige will be out of town, so need someone to head up.
·         SkyZone Spirit Night is 12/18.
·         Bingo Night is 2/6.  Ms. Cassidy reminded us that we need to get permit ASAP.  Co-Chair is Rosalva Hernandez.
·         Monterrey’s Spirit Night had low turn out.
·         Spirit Wear
o    Shannol printed posters and they are up now.
o    Shannol mentioned that we should get students involved in the designs next year.
·         Fun Time Live
o    Ready to go in January
o    Flyers will be coming soon and will go to other schools as well.
o    Will occur every Friday night during school year. (Unless there is a conflicting school event.)
o    Activities are geared to different age levels
o    % of profits go to the PTA
o    There is a Bingo Night conflict
·         Class Winter Parties are all scheduled and happening this week.
·         Reading for Education Fundraiser
o    School will get packets on 1/7
o    Fundraiser active on 1/12
o    Classrooms will have DVD’s to watch
o    Program has students fill out postcards with family member’s addresses to send them brochures for catalog sales.  Every postcard filled out is $ for the PTA.
·         Yearbook – we still don’t have a yearbook chair.  Need one ASAP.  Tara needs to put out a blurb with an eblast for a volunteer.
·         Directory – Shannol to talk with Dora about data asap.

Committee Reports

·         Membership – Lisa Newara will work on envelope drive in Jan/Feb.
·         STEM Day
o    Teacher’s consensus was that the Science demonstration (Dr. Watt – Big Thinkers) was a bit harsh, so not to use again.
o    Class projects worked out well and students had a great day.
o    Parents would have liked more info about how they could participate.
o    Next year let’s try to get teachers a budget from the PTA well in advance so they can better plan lessons.
·         Book Fair
o    Went well
o    Question was asked if the Teacher Wish List for Books was done this year because no one noticed it.  If it was, should be better advertised.
·         EJ Foundation
o    Needs a leader
·         Science Expo
o    Kick-Off is 1/16
o    Co-Chairs are Becky Anderson and Monica Hernandez


Meeting Adjourned by Dan MacLagan at 8:30pm

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Spirit Night at Monterrey ~ Tuesday, Dec 9th

Join us for Spirit Night at Monterrey Mexican Restaurant! Monterrey is conveniently located at 2300 Holcomb Bridge Rd (next to Kroger). 

Come anytime between 4pm - 9pm!

Grab a table and stay for dinner or order take out...either way, tell your server that you are there for Esther Jackson!



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Shop ~ Dec 10th - 12th

Although it's hard to believe that it's December, it's time to start that holiday shopping! The PTA always has fun setting up the holiday store for the students so that they can buy gifts for family and friends.


EJE PTA’s annual Holiday Shop is coming to town! 

It’s a fun shop where students will be able to get into the holiday spirit by finding gifts for the entire family priced at $0.25-$1 each. The shop will be open Wed-Fri (Dec. 10-12), 7:15am-3pm.

If you would like to join in the fun of this event, you can sign up on PTAvenue.com, organization code: EJEPTA. If you can’t make it in to the shop, our wrapping elves can make good use of your extra wrapping supplies. We are looking for gift wrap, gift tags, gift bags of all sizes, tape, tissue paper, and gift bows. 


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Grandparents/Loved Ones Luncheon

Dear EJ Families,

This Friday we will celebrate our annual Grandparents' Day. Grandparents and other family members are invited to join us for lunch with your child. Adult meals can be purchased for $3.25. The cafeteria is only able to accept cash or checks. The menu will include all the traditional Thanksgiving meal dishes, except for the turkey. Due to a nationwide turkey shortage with our vendors, we will instead enjoy southern-inspired chicken dishes for our meal. Our school nutrition staff always makes this a special event, so we know it will be delicious!

Our classes will be on a modified lunch schedule on November 21. Please see the chart below to find the lunch time for your child's homeroom. After lunch, PTA volunteers will be taking family photos in the conference room. We also invite families to visit our school book fair in the media center before or after lunch. We look forward to welcoming families to this annual EJ tradition!

Sincerely,
Jennifer Cassidy, Principal



Grandparent’s Day Lunch Schedule 2014 – 2015

Grade
Teacher
Time
PK
Boehnke/Rankin
10:15 – 10:45
PK
Walker, M.
10:15 – 10:45



K
Long
10:20 – 10:50
K
Lausier
10:20 – 10:50
K
Detweiler
10:25 – 10:55
K
Harmon
10:25 – 10:55
K
Hernandez
10:31 – 11:01



K-2
Muecke
10:40 – 11:10
2
Adams
10:45 – 11:15
2
Graham
10:45 – 11:15
2
Shurbutt
10:50 – 11:20
2
Vitagliano
10:50 – 11:20
2
Maycher
10:55 – 11:25



3
Buchanan
11:00 – 11:30
3
Daniels
11:00 – 11:30
3
Mooney
11:05 – 11:35
3
Dye
11:05 – 11:35
3
Caille
11:10 – 11:40



4
Fox
11:20 – 11:50
4
Eidenire
11:20 – 11:50
4
Harris
11:25 – 11:55
4
Shelton
11:25 – 11:55



1
Dickerson
11:30 – 12:00
1
Brown
11:30 – 12:00
1
Waybright
11:35 – 12:05
1
Maselli
11:40 – 12:10
1
Spence
11:40 – 12:10



5
Boory
11:55 – 12:25
5
Walker, L.
11:55 – 12:25
5
Griego
12:00 – 12:30
5
Laudicina
12:00 – 12:30





Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Grandparents/Loved Ones Luncheon ~ November 21st

Join us for a
THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON
honoring Grandparents and loved ones



Friday, November 21st

Lunch tickets will be sold for $3.25 in the cafeteria.

Please join your Esther Jackson student during their assigned 30-minute lunch period.  Below is the list of start times by grade.

We need volunteers!
Go to PT Avenue to sign up. 
We will need volunteer assistance with: set up/clean up, greeters, kitchen help, and photographers. These will be one hour shifts.


If you have any questions about this event, email Lisa Stamey - lisa@stameynet.com.

We will be taking pictures to commemorate this special occasion. They will be uploaded to Shutterfly.com or you are welcome to bring your own camera and we will take the picture for you.

Grade
Time
PreK: 
10:15
K: 
10:25
2nd: 
10:40
3rd: 
11:00
4th: 
11:18
1st: 
11:30
5th: 
11:48

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Spirit Night @ Sky Zone

Join us at Sky Zone for our monthly Spirit Night!

Wednesday, November 12th
4:00pm - 8:00pm

$9 for 1 hr of jumping!
$10 pizza deal

**Don't forget your Sky Zone socks!


To ensure a successful and fun jump please remember the following:
  • Everyone who jumps must have a waiver filled out, and signed by a parent or legal guardian. The waiver can be filled out online at www.skyzone.com or by downloading the pdf of the waiver at:  http://atlanta.skyzonesports.com/Waiver.aspx
  • Every jumper must wear our Sky Zone shoes with socks. We have Socks available for purchase for $2/pair.
  • No outside food or drink is allowed inside our facility, however a variety of food & drinks are available for purchase at our concessions.
  • We accept the following forms of payment: Cash, Visa or Mastercard. Sorry we DO NOT accept personal checks.