PTA Board Meeting Sept. 6, 2017

PTA Board Meeting, Sept. 6, 2017
AGENDA

1. Discussion and possible action: creation of a process for non budgeted items
2. Budget Update
3. Update on Cafeteria Worker gift cards. Can someone be responsible for buying them?
4. Discussion and possible action: Film Kids Brian Cox presents
5. Discussion and possible Action: Mustang Stampede — October 12th  and during school.
6. Discussion and possible action: Approve the purchase of 50 computers at the request of the tech team.
7. Discussion and possible action: Buy 300 lanyards (aprox $350) for parents
8. Request forX Acto High Capacity Professional Trimmer $89
9. Discussion and possible action: Change date of PTA Meeting scheduled for May 10th
10. Discussion and possible action :Change Date of Parent Prom
11. Discussion and possible action: Creation of a YearBook Committee<
12. Quick Committee Updates. 1-2 mins each.

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Maplewood to Host Discussion of 1.05B AISD Bond

Austin ISD has proposed a 1.05 billion dollar bond package for the Novemember election. But what’s in it? And should you support it? Former Maplewood parent Dusty Harshman, who served on the Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee and has been deeply involved in the bond package creation, will be on hand to explain the bond and answer questions. #AISDbond #AISDfuture
The meeting is open to the public. Members of the Maplewood Elementary School PTA will vote on whether to support the bond or not.
Bond FAQ: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3-BsY_dr7maZHdpbHFGcjBrX1E/view
Additional info: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3-BsY_dr7maaW16ZF9ITmdLSVk/view
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PTA Proposes Peace Sign Sculpture by Chris Levack for Maplewood

East Austin-based sculptor Chris Levack presented a proposal for a peace sign sculpture to welcome students, families, teachers and staff to Maplewood at the May PTA Board Meeting.  Our school is proud to teach students to be Peacemakers, and this sculpture would reinforce our community values.

Chris is the father of two recent Maplewood grads, and  specializes in large-scale outdoor artwork inspired by the Texas landscape. You can see lots of examples of his work at http://texassculpture.com, and may already be familiar with the pollen and rocket ship sculptures on the Mueller Southwest Greenbelt.

Daniel Colimon and Jennifer Rappoport have generously offered to sponsor the sculpture in honor of the six years their son Nicolas spent at Maplewood, and the entire 2017 6th grade graduating class. The board voted in favor of the proposal, and Chris will present it at the PTA General Meeting for approval on May 18th at 6 p.m.  If approved, the sculpture will be installed before the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

Peace Sculpture Proposal Chris Levack

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PTA Board Meeting Agenda, March 1, 2017

Maplewood Elementary School Library, 5-6 p.m.

  1. Treasure’s Report
  2. Discussion and Possible Action : Update from the Working Group on finding alternatives to PTAvenue
  3. Discussion and possible action: Spending for Winter and Spring Grants
  4. Discussion and possible Action : Technology Team’s Big Goals
  5. Discussion and possible action: Spring Fling Budget
  6. Discussion and possible action: Creation of the Executive Board nominating committee
  7. Board Member Inventory. Who’s returning for what next year?
  8. Mustang Stampede kick off March 8th 2017! Mustang Stampede is April 1st at Mueller
  9. Spring Flight Date Change — Now May 13th!
  10. Committee Updates
  • Teacher Appreciation
    Communication
    Membership/Volunteer Appreciation
    Directory
    Parent Prom
    Landscaping Gardens
    General PTA Meetings
    Volunteer Coordination
    Grant writing

For more information, email maplewoodptapres@gmail.com.

PTA Board Meeting Agenda, February 1, 2017

Maplewood Elementary School Library, 5-6 p.m.

  1. Treasure’s Report
  2. Discussion and Possible Action : Update from the Working Group on finding alternatives to PTAvenue
  3. Discussion and Possible Action on supporting a screening of screenagers $500
  4. Discussion and possible Action re:Winter Grants
  5. Discussion and possible action re: how to spend extra PTA money
  6. Discussion and Possible Action: Money for Beloved Community
    • Pizza $ 243.84
    • Custodian $122.34
    • Rosemary Salazar $75 gift card

Total $441.18

7. Creation of Nominating Committee for next year
8. Committee Updates

  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Communication
  • Membership/Volunteer Appreciation
  • Directory
  • Parent Prom
  • Landscaping Gardens
  • General PTA Meetings
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Grant writing

For more information, email maplewoodptapres@gmail.com.

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First PTA General Meeting Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The PTA held it’s first general meeting on Thursday, September 22 and it was a fun gathering of our community to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with food, singing, and lots of laughter.

The PTA worked with some of the kids to decorate the entrance to the school with papel picado and the Parent Support Team led a team doing chalk drawings on the sidewalk. The PTA provided tamales for the pot luck dinner, and dozens of people brought sides and dessert, including rice, beans, pupusas salvadoreñas, squash, salads, pan dulce and more. At least a hundred families enjoyed the feast.

President Elizabeth McQueen and Vice President Erin Dooner led a brief meeting with 1) a treasurer’s report, 2) a review of volunteer opportunities, and 3) announcements on. Mr. Castañon provided translation into Spanish.

Next came presentations by several of the dual language classes, including a hilarious reading of Eric Carle’s De Piez a Cabeza (Head to Toe) by the kindergarten class, a play about astronaut Ellen Ochoa by the first graders, and a lovely several songs by the older grades. Thank you to all the wonderful Maplewood families who came out to spend the evening together celebrating our community!

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PTA Summer Meeting

Before we get to deep into Summer, incoming PTA presidents Erin Dooner and Elizabeth McQueen would like to gather as many board members as possible to strategize for next year. Join us at the Cherrywood Coffeehouse on May 31st  at 5:30pm. The kids can play and eat, and we can get a game plan together for the 2016-2017 year! If you are interested in joining the board, email maplewoodpta@gmail.com.