February PTA Meeting Summary

Eccf-PTA-LogoMissed the PTA Meeting on Thursday? At our February 23rd PTA meeting we welcomed our new Recording Secretary, Karen Arrigo-Hill. Karen was elected by our Executive Board at their last meeting after our previous Recording Secretary, Nikki Kolhoff, resigned.  Thank you to Karen for her willingness to step in for the remainder of the year!

Our Principal Deanna Sinfield presented her Principal’s report.  Franklin continues to enjoy a wonderful school year with many innovative and exciting programs.  Keep your eyes open for our new shade replacements, bulletin boards and tables which should be installed shortly.  Pali Camp was successful and the 5th graders enjoyed the snow.  The district has requested that in order to contain norovirus, we limit the number of activities held on campus, so all field trips and meetings will be cancelled for the next week.  We will continue to update parents as we find out more information.

Our PTA President Megan Histand presented updates about fundraising and membership. Teachers continue submitting for the grants approved by the PTA.  Approved grants so far have included new ipads, Lego Robotics program, classroom reading centers and STEM based classroom experiments. Ask your teacher about how they are using their grant!

The PTA membership approved adding an additional $600 to the Multicultural Committee line item in our budget, bringing their total budget to $1000 (in line with what many other clubs and committees at Franklin receive from the PTA.)  The Multicultural Committee held its first meeting of the year a few weeks ago and has a number of exciting ideas about how to highlight and celebrate diversity at Franklin.

The PTA membership also elected our Nominating Committee. The purpose of the Nominating Committee is to recognize and seek qualified nominees for the elected leadership of the next year’s PTA. The membership elected Chris Pirrone, Samira Poulos, Dana Colwell, Alison Butt, Krista Strauss and Wendy Dembo as an alternate.  Thanks to everyone who nominated themselves to serve on the committee!  It’s wonderful to see so many active members in our PTA.  Read your eblasts in the next week or so to find out more information from the Nominating Committee about applying to serve on the 2017-2018 Executive Board.

Our SMMEF Chair Gabriella Hadley presented an update regarding all SMMEF-related projects.  SMMEF ended its solicitation campaign to parents on January 31st, 2017 with $2,782,118 in donations.  SMMEF has a number of exciting events in the next few months.  The Greg Coote Concert for the Arts is on Saturday, March 11th.  Tickets are available at smmef.org. The SMMEF Wine Auction is Sunday, April 30th.  If you are interested in helping to put together a wine basket for the auction, please continue to check your eblasts for more information.  Also, if you haven’t given yet to SMMEF, please go to www.smmef.org/donate and consider donating any amount that is meaningful to you.

We also heard an update from our Gardening Committee chair, as well as a reminder about our Annual Science Fair on Thursday, March 9th. Our library continues to plan many exciting events with our new librarian Mr. Tse.  Please read the eblast for events coming up soon.  The library is also in need of volunteers.  Consider spending an hour in the library – your help would be greatly appreciated.

Hope to see you at the next PTA meeting on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria before the HSA Awards.  If you would like to nominate a community member, a 5th grade parent leaving Franklin, or a current teacher or staff member, look for the yellow sheet that came home in your child’s backpack or download the form here.  

Look for the March PTA meeting agenda ten days before the meeting in your inbox via eblast, on our bulletin board outside Room 3, and on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/franklinschoolsantamonica/  . 

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