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PTO Meeting Notes 11/4/19

November 8, 2019

General PTO Meeting Minutes - Monday, November 4, 2019

In Attendance: Kate Gookin, Chris Asmussen, Shanda Carrithers, Doreen Thomas, Scott Skowronek, Rhea Kowitz, Pamela Ornstein, Jessica Rosas, Beth Formanek, Danita Shumard
Unable to Attend: Bert te Velde, Cayce Petersen, Noelle Fox

Call to Order / Introductions

Motion to Approve Minutes – Rhea approved; seconded by Shanda

Old Business/Updates: 

  • Mr. A, Principal

    • Still a “B” school - putting a team together to strategize; Scott asked the biggest hurdle and Mr. A said growth; possible reasons is six different middle schools; Rhea added she notices a big gap in effort and ability; Scott asked if we can reach down to the elementary schools; Ms. Formanek added it could be the culture shock of one teacher to six teachers; Rhea added she noticed kids are very tired; Mr. A did note that we are preparing kids well for high school, so that is a win

  • Beth Formanek, StuGo

    • Preparing for book fair

    • Pennies for patients; helped four families last year by raising $2k

    • Dance did well; raised about $1100 after expenses

  • Doreen Thomas, Librarian

    • Book Fair, Scholastic – 11/12-15; Stugo helped with banners/advertisement; many posters up and announcements out; donating $10 to each grade and teacher through PAWS

    • Book Fair, Barnes & Noble – Sunday, 12/15 10a-10p – both Shea and Tempe Mktplc locations; Choir teacher will do a performance (not sure which location); Strings will also perform (not sure which location); cheerleaders will be there in the parking lot handing out flyers; wrapping is happening at Tempe Mktplc (Stugo, College and Career Readiness, NJHS will each take a shift); sliding scale and can split into giftcards; need a sign for wrapping table; doing a signup genius

  • Auction Committee Meetings:

    • TALENT SHOW / AUCTION – Tuesday, December 3 @ 6pm

    • Kate has sent out over 500 letters for donations; they are beginning to roll in

    • 29 days until the auction

    • Need help with data entry; baskets; taking pictures

    • Food – Papa Johns offered to set up a table and sell pizza, or people can pre-order

    • Mr. A asked Kate to talk with her about setup

    • Auditions are on 11/22

    • Meetings:

      • Tuesday, November 5 @ 6pm @ Wildflower

      • Tuesday, November 12 @ 6pm

      • Friday, November 15 @ 12pm @ Mohave Middle School PTO Room

      • Tuesday, November 19 @ 6pm 

      • Monday, November 25 @ 2:30pm

  • Dad’s Club

    • First meeting two weeks ago; discussed a couple things; FB page is Mohave Middle School Dad’s Club; Arvizu’s designing a logo; talked about school safety; Mr. A got them yellow vests to help with traffic; handing out flyers to parents who are doing it right; they will have a coupon for the dance or snack bar; some flyers will say ‘please do better…’

    • Also talked about a kickball tournament/bbq and movie night

  • Scottsdale Parent Council (Shanda/Abby) – next meeting is 11/13; topic is differentiated learning; any agenda items need to be submitted by 11/8; bullying was brought up and Mohave is recognized as doing a good job

  • Spirit Store – open until 11/17

    • http://mohave.designashirt.com/mohave

    • can we reach out to the elementary schools and provide the link?

    • can we leave the link open?

    • can we put on Stugo Instagram?

  • Communications to Families

    • Letter (Save the Date for Mohave’s Got Talent and Auction on 12/03, Auditions 11/22), Raffle for returned PTO envelopes

    • Box Tops / Amazon Smile / Fry’s

    • PTO Envelopes

    • PTO Calendar

    • Tuft and Needle

    • Mohave store; book fair; art to remember

  • Teacher Info Sheets (Kate) – being sent to Mr. A this week; need wishlist items for auction

  • Treasurer’s Report

    • Deposits: $1529.63 (all donations)

    • Withdrawals: $10 (Renewal of our Arizona Corporate Commission)

    • Ending Balance as of 10/31/19 was $14,314.25

    • Outstanding debts and expenses:

      • A check to Scott Skowronek is due in the amount of 102.48 for purchasing teacher snacks during the 10/23 half day.

      • There are 2 outstanding receipts for a chili cook-off totaling about $60. 

    • Reminder that it is important to have prior approval for purchases.  It helps in tracking and provides for more open communication.

  • Dine Outs/ Fundraising (Scott)

    • Dec. 20 - Star Wars – Scott reached out Harkins; getting an override to have a fundraiser on opening night; need to sell tickets at Mohave; Molly will create tickets

    • Papa John’s – another one coming up; no report on last one yet

  • Art to Remember (Rhea) – Was awesome!  Hoping to have them all returned to Rhea by Friday so art can be mailed back to the company; next week individualized flyers going home with artwork on them; artwork shipped here; will need committee to organize

  • Upcoming Events:

    • 11/06 Early Release / Teacher Luncheon (Scott)

    • 11/07 Fine Arts Fundraising Meeting (1st hour)

    • 11/08 Scholastic Book Fair Set Up

    • 11/11 No School – Veteran’s Day

    • 11/12 Katie McPherson Assemblies (3) – “power of words”

      • 11/12-11/15 Scholastic Book Fair; sign up to help

    • 11/13 Parent Night -Human Growth and Development (book fair kept open until 5:45 that night)

    • 11/22 Talent Show Auditions – in cafeteria after school

    • 11/26 Papa John’s Fundraiser

    • 11/27-11/29 No School Thanksgiving Break

New Business

  • Requested Purchases:

    • Harkins Movie Passes for Teachers

    • Front Office Candy

    • PAWs Prizes - $5 McDonalds, 7-11, Target are what they like the best

  • Suggestion was made to celebrate students’ achievements outside of school, on FB; Kate will get with Danita/Pam


Next PTO Meeting: December 2, 2019 @ 4pm in the Media Center


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