October Minutes

PTA Council Notes – Regular Meeting

October 2, 2013

Called to Order: 7:00 pm

Pledge of Allegiance

Attendance: Signed into Book


Administration Reports

Board – No Report

Superintendent Report – Given by Roxann Ramsey

• Meetings scheduled to discuss transitions in October at Grant, Roosevelt and Lincoln.

• 2 Merit Semi-Finalists. Top 10% PSAT scores.

• West Shore Mechanic Top 20

• DLT – Digital Literacy Teachers started

• Cardboard Challenge begins in Roosevelt

• Benchmarking of students K-12 has been completed

• See Attached Report Card Handout

High School – See attached

Middle School – No Report

Elementary Report –Sanda Kozelka – Principal, Lincoln


• 3

Grade attending Orchestra today and tomorrow

• Reading intervention is being provided at all elementary 40 minutes a day at their level


• 3

Grade OAA is Tuesday 10/8

• New teachers or re-assigned are receiving training. Continues this weekend.

• Full day meeting across grade levels. Gifted teachers meet during early release days.

• All Pro Dad meeting in many schools.

See attached – Merrit Waters – Principal, Horace Mann

Early Childhood PTA – Will be invited/included more consistently in future meetings to reach out to



Home Delivered Meals – Barry Wemyss

• Provide 110 meals a day to Home Bound Senior Citizens M-F. This service provides both

nutrition and human contact.

• They are in need of volunteers 1 hour per week to deliver in Lakewood. Service needed at

around 10:30-11.

• Group would like to visit unit meetings.

• Moms can deliver meals to group homes, etc. to avoid getting children in and out of the cars.

Lakewood Kiwanis – Tom McDonough

• Club has helped Lakewood in many ways in both service and goods. Has provided 1.8 million in


• Would like to participate in more volunteer opportunities with younger people. Project More

seems to be a good fit.

• Would like to visit units.

From the Floor

• Issue 84 Early Voting started today. Please vote Yes.

• Project More is in need of volunteers to read with students. 1-2 hours a week.

• PumpkinPalooza – Needs pumpkins decorated and scarecrows. The event is 10/16.

• 10/26 Lincoln Open House for 100 Year Anniversary Celebration

• 11/30 CAVs community night.

• Other Announcements included on Agenda

Recess Called: 7:57 pm – Guests not on PTA Council committee are invited to leave if they would like.

Everyone is welcome to stay.

Call to Order: 8:00 pm

Executive Committee Reports

Treasurer – Report Attached


ß Council E-Newsletter (November/December, November 1st

Rosters due by October 20th

from budget. Will streamline communications and remove burden from the Unit presidents

to forward relevant information. Can sign up from Facebook. Will provide links to all unit web


ß USB Drives will be used to pass along position documents.

ß November is a General Meeting 11/6 7 pm

ß Nominating Committees, Ed. Of Year/Awards, Vote on Amended Bylaws

ß Spotlight on Harrison Elementary meetings – Maria explained how they encourage participation

in the PTA. Consistent day and time. Provide babysitting from H2O. Tie to another event (ice

cream social, dinner, etc.) Welcome person at door. Welcome dads/grandparents as well as

moms. Officers wear shirts to identify themselves. Partner with ESL teachers to communicate

with parents.

First Vice President

ß All Pro Dad Update – Horace Mann in place. Units should help communicate program and

volunteer funds.

ß School in the Cinema, first movie October 24th

). Submissions and Membership

to lakewoodcouncil@gmail.com. Using Mail Chimp saved $250

Second Vice President

ß Please visit http://www.pta.org/activate to activate your new membership card when you receive it.

ß Visit http://www.pta.org/members for details about all of your membership perks.

ß If you don’t have access to a computer, there is a phone number on the back of your card that

you can call to activate your card.

ß Please contact me with any questions or problems. My e-mail is jmbeno@att.net

Recording Secretary

ß Council Volunteer of the Month Drawing – Charlotte Query from Horace Mann was the

recipient. $25 gift card for Jammy Buggars.

ß Collect Council Volunteer Hours

ß September 2013 Minutes approved.

Corresponding Secretary

• Facebook Policy for Council – Still determining which units have it. Who holds passwords, etc.

Reviewing Ohio and National policies. They are very generic.

• Shared a Thank You card from H2O.

Standing Committees

Health and Safety – Kathleen Corrigan

• Emails have been forwarded to all PTA/PTSA Presidents requesting an opportunity for the

Health, Welfare and Safety Chairperson to attend an upcoming meeting to present the

importance of CPR/AED training

o If you have not received an email or have not yet responded, please make contact with

Kathleen Corrigan, Health, Welfare and Safety Chairperson

• CPR/AED courses will be offer at each building based on interest

Advocacy/Legislation /Parliamentarian /Reflections/Scholarships – No Report

Ways and Means – Julie Derrik

ß Council Fundraising Ideas –

Poinsettia – Music Booster already does this every year but we feel there is room for more

holiday plant sales.

Holiday Light Contest-Registration Fee by residents/businesses.

Sell a product at Light Up Lakewood – Glow Sticks, Take orders or Holiday Plants.

Register for Costco? Decided not to purchase at this time. Use GFS.

Special Committees

ß President-elect Report to Amend Bylaws. Proposed copy distributed. Will be voted on

at November meeting.

Old Business

• PTA Directory – Please provide updates when necessary.

New Business

ß Contribution to Citizens for Lakewood’s Children to Support Issue 84. The pros and cons

were discussed.

The treasurer was concerned that we are already budgeting to lose money. Is it fiscally

responsible to donate more? We show support by encouraging our units to contribute,

setting up volunteers for phone banks, literature drops, distribute yard signs, etc.

Other views expressed. It is a good example to model contributing to fund. It only takes

a small amount to show our support.

Christina McCallum makes a motion to “Donate $25 to the Citizens of Lakewood

Children to support Issue 84.” Motion Seconded. Motion Approved in the affirmative.

Meeting Adjourned: 8:50 pm


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