Meeting Minutes for the September 22, 2015 Miner PTO meeting:
Miner Elementary School PTO Meeting Notes
September 22, 2015
New officers elected!
Volunteers needed to help with PTO events, fundraisers, outreach, and planning! Everyone is welcome to join. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit Ideas for Meeting Topics!
Next meeting: October 6, 2015 @ 6pm
Welcome // Thank you - Tammy Alexander (Co-President)
Welcome back from Tammy and a thank you to the spring, summer, and fall volunteer efforts to help move forward with making Miner a special place for our kids.
2015-16 Election Results
Based on the number of nominees, the PTO confirmed by unanimous vote a straight-ticket of nominees to roles as follows:
CO PRESIDENTS (Confirmed)
CO TREASURERS (Confirmed)
TEACHER REPS (Confirmed)
Ms. Dorsey (PK)
Sarah Jensen (3rd grade)
Holly Harper, parent chair
Emily Fisher, Twitter
Andrea Scott , Facebook
Marianne Tangen Brathen
Andrew Curry, Chair
Marianne Tangen Brathen
Shawntice Jones, Chair
Representative to Maury PTO
PTO meeting dates for 2015-16 // CONFIRMED BY MAJORITY VOTE
Special Topics for 2015-16
Special topics can be submitted for inclusion for upcoming meetings. If you have ANY ideas, email us: email@example.com
Topics for 2015/16 (proposed):
· Oct: Staff roles (scheduled) / Low cost computers/internet
· Nov: Differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all learners (Ms. Gunter); Field trips and how they are chosen
· Dec: Before & after school programs; Miner partnerships
· Jan: Summer camps and other programs (parents)
· Feb: Health & wellness (mental health issues) (Mr. DelGiudice)
· March: Testing (overview of all types of assessments)
Reminder about LSAT nominations, elections
Dr. Evans gave an overview of how the LSAT team works to dig deeper into different programs, budgeting, and how to provide oversight to the school. Elections will be in Oct.
What is Visioning and how to get involved
Visioning is a process where everyone in our community will be asked to share their input on the future of Miner as we look to make it a community school of choice. Any community member is welcome to join the Vision Team. Just ask any PTO leader how!
Education forum: Thursday, Sept. 24, 6:00 pm at Miner
Overview of Education Forum by community member, Gimbiya Kettering, about the education forum. Where different curriculum options for future planning and for short term opportunities to build Miner programs.
Donations // Thank You to recent donors
T-shirts // Voted on Design // Tshirts will be available to preorder by the next meeting.
Principal’s Update (Dr. Evans)
Dr. Evans reports a great start to the school year.
Status of the playground. Dr. Evans' understanding is that in December we will be getting a new playground. The PTO has talked about raising additional money.
· Mr. Ghee has asked about a new field. Dr. Evans said it’s not in the budget for this. Capitol Hill Little League might help with that.
· Ms. Betts asked about the playground surface in PK playground, and that will be replaced.
· Effie Kapsalis called Casey Trees about the spring 2016/17 playground season. Maybe we should reach out to garden shops on the Hill.
Communications (Holly Harper)
Communications at have been going out are Facebook, emails, posters, texts, etc. We are looking for items to add to celebrate activities at Miner.
· Dave Treat – Will we doing outreach to recruit next class as the school lottery comes around. // Lena Heide – PK Coordinator does a lot of outreach for the lottery // Dr. Evans - Will attend DCPS school open house, Miner has open houses scheduled. Miner PTO and Dr. Evans will attend the School Information Night in the community.
How has the first month gone?
Parents expressed happiness with Miner thus far, enjoying teachers & walking to school.
· Ms. Peyton: Has there been any feedback regarding people who drive and park out front of the school? Can we install signs that say "drop off"? // Ms. Betts: Can we use the blacktop as a drop-off circle //Shawntice Jones: Can we get a safety patrol at drop-off to walk the kids in? Volunteers or older kids?
· Dr. Evans: Older Miner kids can't do it because they need to be in the classroom. AAA used to have a program.
· OPEN QUESTION: How can we get kids safely in the school?
Next Meeting: Tuesday, October 6, 6:00 pm
SPECIAL TOPIC: Overview of staff roles and responsibilities (Dr. Evans) // Low cost computer program (Ms. Tabron)
Project Reboot provides $25 computers!
If you would like to apply to receive a low-cost computer from Project Reboot, then visit this website for more details, and then visit Ms. Tabron in room 149!
You will need a:
Project Reboot! http://reboot.cpcug.org/receive.html
Two Miner students, Daniel Hines and J'Niyah Brown, who are 5th graders at Miner, submitted artwork last spring to be displayed on the construction fence of the new building being constructed on the corner of 7th and Pennsylvania Ave SE.
The construction company is hosting an ice-cream social and art unveling on Tuesday, September 29 at 5p.m. on the corner of 7th and Pennsylvania SE to unveil the artwork.
Students from 26 schools worked to create unique artwork that will be on display for the next 20 months.
Developing a DC Childhood Experience
Miner Elementary School
Thursday, September 24th
6 PM at Miner Elementary School
601 15th St NE
Be a part of a community conversation about our future -- building on our values, to offer students an elementary educational experience that takes advantage of the unique opportunities of our city -- local community and global perspectives. Learn about supplemental curriculum options and discuss how they would impact our students:
· International Baccalaureate - Primary Years Program
· Language Immersion
· STEM and STEAM
· And how the Reggio Philosophy has made our PreK programs a success
With presentations from Principal Dr. Evans and Assistant Principal Ms. Torrence about Miner students, the unique challenges our school faces, and the great partnerships that we can build from. Also, a Q&A with DCPS experts on the curriculum options.
RSVP requested at
Dear Miner families, teachers, staff, and community members,
We began a new school year at Miner last week and we are excited and anxious to settle into our routines and plans. Our students’ energy and excitement is wonderful to see in the classrooms and on the playgrounds.
Welcome back! Or, if this is your first year at Miner, then: Welcome!
We would like to inform and invite you, as parents, teachers, staff and community members, to take part in a number of different efforts we are championing to build Miner into an even better school and create closer bonds between one another as neighbors, families, and partners in education.
n the coming months, there will be many ways for you to become more involved at Miner. There will be both big and small ways for you to share your ideas, donate your time, or lead programs.
The list below shows some of the new and ongoing family engagement opportunities at Miner. If you are interested in learning more or being a member of any of them, please contact one of us.
Even if you decide not to volunteer specifically for any of these efforts, expect to see letters sent home, emails, posts to our Facebook page, or even surveys and telephone calls to you, so we can be sure that your ideas and opinions are heard and you have an opportunity to be part of the great things happening at Miner.
Everyone in our community is always welcome at Miner PTO events; LSAT meetings are open for non-elected members to attend; our Visioning Team is excited to talk with all of our stakeholders; and, as always, we are happy to talk with you personally.
We look forward to working together to make Miner an even better place for our children.
Dr. Anne Evans, Principal
Tammy Alexander, PTO President
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