September 4, 2008
2008 – 2009 PTO Board Members
President – Melinda Toarmina
Vice-President – Teri Bellamy
Treasurer – Kelly Marcus
Secretary – Rhonda Ashley
2008-2009 Committee Heads
Parent Involvement – Melinda Toarmina
8th Grade Graduation – Carrie Hepburn, Melinda Toarmina, Erin Silver, Shirley
Book Fair – Ruth Connor, Bonita Westrich
MAP Celebration – Michelle Cummings
Fundraising – Jean Wooten
Spirit Sales and Membership – Shirley Ericson
Hospitality – Cheryl Sellers
Family Fun Night – Michelle Cummings
Basket Raffle – Carrie Hepburn
Volunteers – Melinda Toarmina
Secretary Report: Melinda distributed the minutes from the May 1 meeting, and they
Treasurer’s Report: Kelly presented the budget for the 2008-2009 school year,
including the income and expenses through August 31. The budget was approved.
Principal’s Report: Sue Hartman
Howell-a-Palooza is next Wednesday, September 10, 5:00–8:30. It is a district-wide
event with all schools highlighted. The high school marching bands and dance teams
will perform. There will be inflatables and other activities for all ages. A blood drive will
be held. Restaurants from St. Charles are participating in a Taste of Howell, with a fee
of $10 per person.
There is a book out, Adolescence – Why Do They Act That Way, by David Walsh. It
describes research done on the devlopment of the adolescent’s brain. It provides
parents with option on how to handle different situations that arise. It is a very good
book that the school can make available if parents are interested in reading it. The
author will be in town October 15, 7:00-8:30 pm, at Clayton High School Auditorium.
The lecture will be based on the book. Mr. Walsh has another book out about saying
“no” to children.
The open house was well attended.
Mrs. Angy Dickson, our new Assistant Principal, is working on the Character Education
Fundraising: Melinda gave the fundraising report for Jean. Fundraisers this year are
Tom Evans, Box Tops for Education, and Papa Johns. The Shop ‘N’ Save Box Top
Bonus Program is going on now. Dierberg’s will be September 16 through 23.
Schnucks’ date is not yet known. There is one more week for Tom Evans. We are
expecting lower totals this year. Papa Johns has started, and it is the 3rd Tuesday of the
month. We need volunteers to help with the Tom Evans fundraiser pickup on October
23 during conference.
Spirit Sales and Membership: Shirley reported Spirit Wear sales of $1960 for August.
We aren’t expecting sales to be as high this year. PTO memberships are at $360.
Hospitality: Cheryl gave the report. Last year we sponsored four events: two parent-
teacher conferences, the holiday cookie exchange, and Teacher Appreciation. The
question was raised if we should do a separate event for Support Staff this year or
continue to include it with Teacher Appreciation. It will be Cheryl’s decision to make.
The October 23 parent-teacher conference meal will be a BBQ. The PTO will purchase
the meat and sides and will be asking volunteers to donate drinks, including water, and
desserts. Conferences are 4:30-8:00 pm, and there is a meeting at 1:30. The meal will
be sometime between there.
Family Fun Night: Michelle Cummings gave an overview of the event. It will be held in
February. We will have a planned make-up night this year to account for the possibility
of bad weather.
8th Grade Awards Ceremony and Dance: The event is in May. The awards ceremony
is first, with cake and punch for the parents following the ceremony. The dance starts
after the parents leave. Pizza and soda are provided.
Book Fair: Ruth Connor and Bonita Westrich will be running the book fairs this year.
They are held the week of conferences, before, during, and after school. Teachers sign
up to bring their classes. Only one or two volunteers are needed that week. During
conferences, more volunteers will be needed.
Basket Raffle: Carrie reported that she will soon be sending out donation letters. The
basket raffle is held during Family Fun Night, and tickets are $1.
We had planned to give the school a Smart Board as a gift this year. We will
postpone this decision until after the Tom Evans fundraiser.
Sherry Shawchak gave a presentation on a new fundraising opportunity –
customized tattoos. We could use existing venues to sell them, such as the
shack. They are a lower-end item, but a single order can make up to $3000.
Spirit Week or Red Ribbon Week would be a good time to promote them and to
allow a day for kids to wear their tattoos to school. Customized tattoos are sold
in lots of 1000, although they are trying to move towards lots of 500. Some of the
generic tattoos are sold in lots of 200. The cost is 50 cents, and they can sell for
$1 – $3. We wouldn’t charge more than $1.
The PTO is sponsoring a Trivia Night on September 6. This is not a fundraising
event, but a parent-teacher involvement event. There are 17 tables sold. Light
snacks will be provided. There will be a 50/50, bonus trivia rounds for $10 with
half going to the winners, and Mulligans can be purchased as well. The PTO
may see a profit of $900.
Special Event Insurance is needed. The PTO events are not covered by the
school’s insurance. The expected cost is $175. This is the last year for bonding,
so that will need to be renewed as well.
Melinda filled out the paperwork for Escripts at Schnucks and gave it to Kelly.
We may provide applications at conferences.
Four picnic tables will be purchased using the yearbook money and placed
permanently by the flagpole. We will need to spread mulch. We may wait until
spring. Michelle offered to help with this effort.
Landscaping Update: The weeding is mostly done, and we’ve sprayed for
weeds. Some of the plants/shrubs have died. The Boy Scouts are willing to
spread the mulch again this year. It will be done on Saturday, September 27, at
9:00 am. We need shovels and wheelbarrows. It takes a couple of hours. We
need a group to take care of the weeding. Michelle will check with her Girl
Scouts to see if they are interested.
We have a new Monthly Newsletter and new PTO Website. Thank you, Melinda,
for your hard work. Any ideas for the newsletter and website should be sent to
Melinda. There was a suggestion to put Spirit Wear order forms and PTO
Membership forms on the website.
Someone made a suggestion to start a book-reading club.
o We approved Nena Brown’s request for The Universe Season II DVD.
The request was approved last school year for $42.91, but it was not
purchased until now. It was only $24.
o We approved Yvonne Garofalo’s request for extra clothing. We approved
$150 during the last school year. She has spent $80 so far.
o Mary Mires request for $210 to purchase the Program Guide with
Teacher’s Guide and copy masters for the map and globe skills program
o Marci Brunner’s request for $127.75 for pencil pouches for her math
classes was approved. She would like to make this an annual request.
o We approved Nena Brown’s request for soil DVDs for $39.95.
o Linda Hiesler and Debi Becker would like $100 gift card to Home Depot to
purchase items for gardening to teach life skills to the students in the low
incidence classes. This will be an annual expense. We approved it.
The ice machine is still here.
We are looking into the possibility of a blood drive.
Last year Becky David PTO sponsored a fingerprinting day-long event for the
public. PTO provides the volunteers and food for the volunteers and the
fingerprinting organization. 40 volunteers are needed, and it would cost about
$100. The event will be Saturday, January 24, the week before Family Fun
Night. Do we want to host this event?