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FPO Meeting Minutes for May

Franklin at Alma Parent Organization

Meeting Minutes

May 3, 2016

Pledge & Declaration:  Mr. Burgas

 

Approval of Minutes:   April 5, 2016

1st: David Gould

2nd: Erin Meldrum

 

Treasurer’s Report: Mr. Sfetku

  • There was some new activity including T-shirt sales ($104) and yearbook sales (1099).
  • The bank and card processing fees line item was over by $61.15 due to more checks being ordered than in previous years.
  • Discussion about remaining budget items that are not yet closed included Spring Sing and Teacher/Staff Appreciation.

 

Approval of Treasurer’s Report:

1st: Jennifer Kingsley

2nd: Peg Brown

 

Parent Concerns:  

  • A chaperone for the 2nd grade Wells Fargo trip expressed concern over the academic value of the field trip. There was discussion about the purpose and history of the field trips:
    • Originally, only 6th grade had a field trip… but with Take Your Child to Work Day, Franklin schools introduced the class field trips (held for most grades on Take Your Child to Work Day).
    • Each of the trips aligns with something in the grade level curriculum, and while not perfectly aligned or planned as an instructional unit, it provides extra information or opportunities for the students who have been studying those topics.

 

Principal’s Points:

 

    1. Arts & Letters – Thank you to Annie and Dave Miles for all of their hard work.  Thank you to all of the volunteers for their judging and help.
    2. Yearbook Update – orders received – delivered to the students in K-5 on the last day of school; 6th graders received them on the Wednesday before school was out

 

  • New Staff:

 

  1. New 6th grade teacher for our new classroom – Emily Collins.  She is joining us from the Laveen School District.  She is a recent transplant from Utah where she taught the 6th grade for several years.  She lives very close to our school and already knows many of our families in the neighborhood.
  2. We are also adding an additional kindergarten classroom.  Our total kindergarten enrollment will be increasing.  Each of the three kindergarten classrooms will have 22 to 24 students.  Mrs. Kelly is currently interviewing teacher candidates for kindergarten.
  3. Mrs. Albright has retired after 26 years of teaching, many of them at the Franklin Schools.  She will be greatly missed.  Miss Evans will be moving from 2nd grade to teach 5th grade.  Mrs. Boren will be moving from 1st grade to teach 2nd grade.  Our new 1st grade teacher will be Brittney Chapman.  She has previously taught primary grades at Lowell Elementary in Mesa Public Schools and she is very excited to join the Franklin family.  

 

 

  • Proposition 123 Information (see attached)

 

      1. Two plans have been made for the 2016-2017 budget for Mesa Public Schools. One for if the proposition passes – and another for if it does not.

 

  • FPO Officers for 2016-2017

 

      1. Greg Burgas, Maura Chisam, Jennifer Kingsley, Bob Sfetku, and Elise and David Gould will all stay on in their current positions for a second term each.  

 

  • Planning for orientation: Thursday, August 4th – 4 to 7 p.m.

 

      1. July mailer – the mailer to parents will go out in July. This mailer includes information about signing up for committees online. We currently do not have a way to pay dues online.
      2. Pay Pal – Greg will check with other Franklin schools for how they are using this option and staying within board guidelines.
      3. Sign up Genius information – Need Feedback from Committee Chairs – Jennifer will send out the current Sign-Up Genius for feedback on anything that needs to be removed, updated, or added:
        1. Changes in roles or descriptions – we discussed removing the Angel Tree and Food Drive committees as these are typically done by FPO board members and do not require much in the way of parent volunteers.
        2. Changes in number of parents able to sign up – More parents for copy committee or split the committee into Fall and Spring semesters to make this less of a time commitment for parents.
      4. Parent stamp card
      5. FPO email update
      6. T-shirts

 

  • Orientation Tables

 

      1. Red and green folders distributed at first table
      2. Red folders are alphabetized, with all family members in one folder.  The red folders contain: student information that needs to be checked by parents, has bus sign-up information, and the stamp card.  Red folders are returned at the check-out table.
      3. Green folders contain school information.  They are kept by the parent.
      4. The parent stamp card in the red folder helps guide parents through the orientation tables.  
      5. The dues table –  Dues are $20.  Who will manage the account set up to accept credit cards using the square on a smartphone or a tablet?  Has that already been transferred to Mr. Sfetku or is it still attached to Mr. Burton?
      6. Free and reduced lunch applications can be done online.  The cafeteria manager, Mrs. Samuel, will be at orientation.
      7. Mrs. Ochoa will run the bus table.  Parents will turn their bus sign-up sheet to her.
      8. The final station is for class placement and office information collection.  The stamp card must be completed.  Mrs. Kelly and Mrs. Cartwright are at this table.

 

  • Meet the Teacher – Monday, August 8th, 4 to 6 p.m.  – teacher luncheon on this date?  

 

 

Approval Items:

  1. Flowers for 6th Grade Parents who have last student leaving Franklin, flowers for Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Jarvis.
  2. Gift for Mrs. Miller – We discussed purchasing a vase with the school fight song engraved in the amount of $26.00. Peg Brown moved to purchase this, David Miles seconded. The motion passed.
  3. T-shirt purchases
  4. Franklin folder purchases
  5. Approval of the 2016-2017 budget. Peg Brown moved we use the current budget as our tentative budget for the next school year until we could meet to revise the budget as needed. Jennifer Kingsley seconded the motion. The motion passed.

 

Next meeting:      Week of Parent Orientation – meet and prepare – meeting date and time: August 2nd, 2016

Parents interested in joining the FPO or who would like more information about what we do are welcome to attend this meeting.

Proposition 123 Information:

Prop. 123 and budget update

Budget discussions continued at the April 26 board study session. Dual 2016-17 budgets are being prepared, one if Prop. 123 passes and one if it does not.

If Prop. 123 does not pass, the board indicated the approval of:

 

  • A 1 percent raise for all employee groups. 
  • New bus driver and substitute rate schedules. 
  • Increasing hours for instructional assistants working with students with emotional disorders and autism from 29 to 35 hours.
  • Additional positions, including 37 in special education, three ed tech trainers and seven information systems positions (to assist with one-to-one technology). 

 

If Prop. 123 passes, the board intends to approve:

 

  • Increasing new teacher salary to $38,500 from $36,500.
  • A $2,500 raise for existing certified staff.
  • A 5 percent raise for classified hourly employees.
  • A $2,500 raise for supervisors and administrators.
  • Adjusting extra factor stipends.
  • Increasing off-contract hourly pay for certified employees.
  • New bus driver and substitute rate schedules. 
  • Increasing hours for instructional assistants working with students with emotional disorders and autism from 29 to 35 hours.
  • Additional positions, including 37 in special education, six ed tech trainers and 17 information systems positions (to assist with one-to-one technology), seven elementary deans, a Canvas support trainer and a Visions security trainer.

 

2015-16 Prop. 123 funds

If Prop. 123 passes, the district will receive $12.9 million in additional 2015-16 funding. The board has indicated the approval of a 3.5 percent (calculated from 2015-16 salary) one-time additional compensation for eligible employees, which allocates approximately 87 percent of these funds. The remaining funds will be allocated for capital needs.

Visit mpsaz.org/info for more details about ongoing budget discussions.



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FPO Meeting Minutes for April

Franklin at Alma Parent Organization

Meeting Minutes for April 5, 2016

FPO Members in Attendance

 

  • Janine Doffing
  • Bob Sfetku
  • Dominique Cornelius
  • Greg Burgas
  • Peg Brown
  • Maura Chisam
  • Elise Gould
  • Melissa Radcliff
  • Jennifer Kingsley
  • Rachael Montoya
  • Annie Miles

 

 

Pledge & Declaration:  Mr. Burgas

 

Approval of Minutes:   March 1, 2016

1st: Elise

2nd: Annie

The March Meeting Minutes were approved.

 

Treasurer’s Report: Mr. Sfetku

  1. Ice Cream Social Totals
    1. Total Profit was $2601.04 after expenses were deducted from ticket sales. Last year’s profit was $2100 for comparison.
    2. There were issues with parents and students having access to the tickets after they were put in the boxes. We discussed using zip-ties to close the containers so that there is no access after the raffle tickets are placed in a basket.
    3. We discussed donating the leftover ice cream to the sixth grade pool party.
  2. Book Fair Totals – after online sale
    1. Totals are not yet available including online sales.

 

Approval of Treasurer’s Report:

1st: Jennifer

2nd: Rachael

The March Treasurer’s Report was approved.

Parent Concerns:  

One parent has not received her online book fair order. According to the UPS tracking, the order was delivered so we will check on this.  The books were in the office and

 

Principal’s Points:

  1. Ice Cream Social Wrap-up
    1. Parent suggestion to add food trucks – the problem with this is to have food trucks, we have to guarantee a certain amount of sales which is too much risk for the FPO. Instead, we recommend that parents bring a picnic dinner or food items if they will need to eat during the Ice Cream Social.
    2. Some people were putting the Keep This Ticket in the baskets instead of (or in addition to) the Raffle Tickets.
    3. SRP has offered to provide trash cans for the Ice Cream Social next year.
  2. Arts & Letters – Thursday, April 21st
    1. Art tree viewing and a small group of advanced orchestra students will play beginning at 6:00 p.m. and the formal presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. – all students have artwork on display;  
    2. 2nd-6th grade students are in the competition and a part of the formal presentation.
    3. Everyone is welcome to attend.
  3. Yearbook Update – printer and photo collection
    1. Color option #1 was selected by an email vote
    2. Cover contest will be held again this year. Sixth grade students only participate in this.
    3. Elise will be finding what the last possible date is to send the layout for the yearbook to determine what the last event that will be able to be included in the yearbook.
  4. Fry’s Community Rewards
    1. A $141.57 check was deposited by the FPO for 20 households who shopped at Frys from 12-1-15 to 2-29-16 – Thank you!
  5. AzMERIT testing begins week of April 11th. Last year we had 4-5 weeks of testing. Mrs. Kelly is trying to make sure the schedule is shortened this year. The student devices we received will allow more students to test at one time.
  6. Peg Brown purchased 30 twin sheets for the 6th grade Julius Caesar play – Thank you!
    1. We still also need ivy wreaths for next year

 

Approval  Items:

  1. Mrs. Miller’s Retirement Gift – Spring Sing Presentation
    1. Robyn Wilhelm has volunteered to help purchase this gift using FPO money
    2. Mrs. Miller’s daughter has suggested an engraved picture frame or something of this nature.
    3. FPO discussed options and Dominique Cornelius will do more research before we make a decision.

 

Meeting Adjournment

1st: Peg

2nd: Elise

The motion to adjourn the meeting was approved.

Next meeting:      Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the library.  All are welcome!

 

CALENDAR

APRIL:

 

  • April 5th – Student Council, Band, Orchestra, & 6th Grade Picture Day
  • April 5th – FPO Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
  • April 8th – Early Release for end of 5th grading period at 1:25 p.m.
  • April 11th – April 29th – AzMERIT Testing for 3rd-6th Grades
  • April 13th – Report cards go home
  • April 14th – AIMS Science Test for all 4th Grade Students
  • April 15th – National Library Workers Day – Remember Mrs. Sievert and Mrs. Estrada and all of their hard work in the library!
  • April 21st – Arts & Letters Night
  • April 28th – 2nd, 3rd  and 4th Grade Field Trips
  • April 25th – Skills Mastery Testing for 1st & 2nd Grades/ Parent Bubbling Committee needed this week

 

 

MAY:

 

 

  • May 2nd-6th – Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 3rd – FPO Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
  • May 7thRetirement Party for Jackie Miller, music teacher – FPO Gift ???
  • May 11th – Spring Sing at Dobson High Auditorium – 6:30 p.m.
  • May 25th – Yearbooks distributed to 6th graders – this is their last full day at school
  • May 26th – Yearbooks distributed to Kdg. – 5th grades

 

 



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FPO Meeting Minutes for March

Franklin at Alma Parent Organization

Meeting Minutes for March 1, 2016

FPO Members in Attendance:

 

  • Lance Rogers
  • Melissa Radcliff
  • Elise Gould, Historian
  • David Gould
  • Robyn Wilhelm
  • Jennifer Kingsley, Secretary
  • Maura Chisam, Vice President
  • Peg Brown
  • Dominique Cornelius
  • Bob Sfetku, Treasurer
  • Janine Doffing
  • Erin Meldrum
  • David Miles
  • Greg Burgas, President
  • Rachael Montoya

Prayer:  Mrs. Chisam

Pledge & Declaration:  Mr. Burgas

Approval of Minutes:   February 2, 2016

1st: Peg

2nd: Erin

The Meeting Minutes for February were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Mr. Sfetku

  1. Book Fair Totals: The net sales for the physical book fair was $4800. Including customer rewards and the credit we received for the book fair, the library receives $3300 credit toward the purchase of new books. The online book fair totals will not be complete until March 8th so there may be additional credit for the library.
  2. Other New Activity: The FPO purchased books from the teacher’s wish list that were not purchased by parents. We also purchased new underwear for the nurse’s office to keep in stock. The Ben Franklin birthday celebration cost $157.50. The 100-Day Celebration cost $33.86. Art Masterpiece cost $25.00.

Approval of Treasurer’s Report:

1st: Jennifer

2nd: Elise

 

Parent Concerns:  

N/A

 

Principal’s Points:

  1. Parent Conference Attendance
    1. As of March 1, 2016 all but one family has completed the Parent Teacher conferences.
    2. As a reminder, Parent Teacher conferences during the Fall and Spring are a requirement for all families at Franklin schools.
  2. Schedule for Parent Orientation & Meet the Teacher
    1. Parent Orientation will be held on Thursday, August 4th from 4-7PM.
    2. Meet The Teacher will be held on Monday, August 8th from 4-6PM.
    3. First day of School will be Wednesday, August 10th.
    4. This is a change to previous years as Parent Orientation was held on Monday and Meet the Teacher was held on Tuesday. Since Meet the Teacher needs to be held in the evening, having it on Monday will be beneficial for everyone. Parents will have a full day for any last minute school supplies needed on Wednesday and teachers can better prepare for the first day of school.
  3. Student attendance
    1. There is an increase in missing school for family trips. As we prepare for AZMerit testing, missing school can be very detrimental. Students miss so much being out a day or more during these last few months of school.
  4. AzMERIT Testing Dates and Procedures
    1. Classroom testing dates were given to all parents during Parent Teacher conferences. Please make sure students attend school regularly, making special note of testing days.
  5. Ice Cream Social
    1. Donations for baskets – messages have been going home to parents requesting donations.
    2. Entertainment – FPO discussed entertainment options for the Ice Cream Social.
    3. Set-Up will begin at 4:45.
    4. FPO assigned duties include helping with the raffle and monitoring the raffle baskets.
  1. Arts & Letters Updates
  2. Poetry Recitation will be judged at 9AM on Thursday, March 4th.
  3.   Cookies. There was a discussion about whether to purchase cookies or ask for donations of store bought cookies. Donations are what has been requested in the past and the FPO agrees that this would be best.
  4.   The budget for Arts & Letters was discussed.
  5. Yearbook Update – printer and photo collection
  1. There was a discussion about how to keep the cost of yearbooks low. Elise Gould will research to see if a black & white yearbook would be cheaper than having a full-color yearbook. Also discussed was making sure that the sixth grade pages were in color.

 

Approval  Items:

  1. Vote to approve motion that the prayer be removed from the FPO Agenda
    1. Franklin at Brimhall does not have prayer – was decided four years ago when FPOs from Franklin Northeast and Franklin South combined into one organization
    2. Franklin West and Franklin East currently have a prayer on their agenda
    3. Suggestion to change out prayer to moment of silence after Pledge and Declaration

 

After discussion, the FPO voted to change the format for the beginning of the meeting to a moment of silence.

 

  1. Approved Spring Sing Music from Mrs. Miller

 

  1. 6th grade will need more white sheets (togas) and plastic ivy leaves for next school year in order to continue the Julius Caesar play in the fall.  We will need around 30 more sheets and sets of ivy laurel wreaths for next year’s group of 6th graders

 

Peg Brown offered to purchase the sheets at K-Mart with a budget of up to $200. Jennifer moved to have Peg purchase the sheets, Lance seconded. The motion was approved.

 

Next meeting:      Tuesday, April 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the library.  All are welcome!

 

CALENDAR

MARCH:

    • March 1st – FPO Council meeting

 

  • Thursday, March 10th – Track & Field Day;  3rd-6th grades 8:30 to 11:00;  K-2 grades 12:00 to 2:15
  • March 14th-18th – Spring Break – No School  
  • March 25th – Spring Holiday – No School
  • Yearbook Preorder Forms ?

 

 

APRIL:

 

  • April 1st – Ice Cream Social – begins at 5:30 p.m. –  Set Up time is 4:45 p.m.
  • April 5th – Student Council, Band, Orchestra, & 6th Grade Picture Day
  • April 5th – FPO Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
  • April 8th – Early Release for end of 5th grading period at 1:25 p.m.
  • April 11th – April 29th – AzMERIT Testing for 3rd-6th Grades
  • April 13th – Report cards go home
  • April 14th – AIMS Science Test for all 4th Grade Students
  • April 15th – National Library Workers Day – Remember Mrs. Sievert and Mrs. Estrada and all of their hard work in the library!
  • April 21st – Arts & Letters Night
  • April 28th – 2nd, 3rd  and 4th Grade Field Trips
  • April 25th – Skills Mastery Testing for 1st & 2nd Grades/ Parent Bubbling Committee needed this week

 

 

MAY:

 

 

  • May 2nd-6th – Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 3rd – FPO Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
  • May 11th – Spring Sing at Dobson High Auditorium – 6:30 p.m.
  • May 25th – Yearbooks distributed to 6th graders – this is their last full day at school
  • May 26th – Yearbooks distributed to Kdg. – 5th grades

 

 



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FPO Meeting Minutes for February 2, 2016

In Attendance:

  • Maura Chisam
  • Lance Rogers
  • Robyn Wilhelm
  • Jennifer Kingsley
  • Annie Miles
  • Melissa Radcliff
  • Janine Doffing
  • Bob Sfetfku
  • Dominique Cornelius

Prayer: Mr. Rogers

Pledge & Declaration: Mr. Burgas

Approval of Minutes: January 5, 2016 The minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Mr. Sfetku
Some more t‐shirts were sold. Since the last meeting, there have been a few budget items including: 100th Day Celebration, Benjamin Franklin Birthday, the Mice & Headphone Donation, Spelling Bee, and Teacher Stipends.

There was an issue with the savings account. Bob will meet with a bank rep and either Jennifer or Greg to resolve.

Approval of Treasurer’s Report:

1st: Lance
2nd: Maura
The treasurer’s report was approved.

Parent Concerns:

  1. Apparently the cafeteria ran out of white milk on Friday. The milk cooler was unplugged when the milk delivery was made at night and so the milk could not be served. Mrs. Samuel, the cafeteria manager, had to get extra milk from other schools and they only had chocolate milk.
  2. A parent expressed concern that only FPO children marched in the MLK parade. This item was added to the agenda.

Principal’s Points:

  1. Emergency Procedures – thank you to all of the parents for your support. Mrs. Kelly and the staff appreciate all the support and understanding that was received. There were some questions about the phone message systems that went out to parents ‐ these were sent by the district and Mrs. Kelly will provide them with the feedback that has been received about the messaging.
  2. Ice Cream Social Donations and Letter ‐ we need to make sure that people requesting donations have the letter with our non‐profit status and a description of the Ice Cream Social.
  3. Arts & Letters – Need at least one more Poetry Judge for March 3rd
    Future Plans: sorting and cataloging entries, preparing judging packets, Arts & Letters Night preparation – hanging artwork, etc.
  4. MLK Jr. Celebration Parade – Participation and Planning for future years
    We would like to have more families participate in this. In order to involve other families, we will need to start planning earlier next year and determine how we would ensure that parents stay to march with their children as well as how to organize this. The main concern would be how to communicate with parents that they must stay and march with their children if they would like to participate.

5. Shoe drive for Girl Scout Troop in April for Goodwill ‐ we have received a request to host a shoe drive. In general, the FPO members do not think that we should allow outside organizations to have events such as this. While this group does have many Franklin students, it could exclude some who attend other girl scout groups. Also, once we allow one outside group to host an event, we will need to approve other groups ‐ this could interfere with the learning environment.

Approval Items:

  1. Annie Miles requested an increase to the budget for Arts & Letters night. Robyn moved to increase the budget from $50 to $85. Maura seconded the motion. The motion passed. There was a discussion about separating the budget items for Art Masterpiece and Arts & Letters. No action at this time. Greg brought up that Krispy Kreme may donate donuts for school events. Greg will check to see if they will donate for Arts & Letters or perhaps the 6th Grade Pool Party.
  2. 6th grade will need more white sheets (togas) and plastic ivy leaves for next school year in order to continue the Julius Caesar play in the fall. We will need around 30 more sheets and sets of ivy laurel wreaths for next year’s group of 6th graders. Last month, Peg was going to research this. This issue is tabled until next month.
  3. Greg and Maura attended an FPCC presentation regarding the student active directory account/password system that is being used in MPS schools, but not yet at Franklin. This account will follow students through Mesa Public Schools. As students get access to devices and do more on the computers, this may be something we will want to consider implementing. Only 6th grade students will be able to access their Google email accounts and Google documents for school purposes. All students may log in to their active directory accounts from home once they are trained and know their usernames and passwords. This training won’t occur at Franklin until after AzMERIT testing is completed. Robyn moved to approve the Active Directory. Lance seconded the motion. The motion passed.
  4. Franklin at Brimhall has a T‐shirt design that we may want to consider. Pictures of the T‐shirt were available for FPO members to view. Franklin at Brimhall uses a different screen printing company than us. Mr. Burgas will investigate further.

Maura moved to adjourn the meeting, Annie seconded the motion. The meeting was adjourned.

Next meeting: Tuesday, March 1st at 6:30 p.m. in the library. All are welcome

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FPO Meeting Minutes for January 5, 2016

Members in Attendance:

  • Janine Doffing
  • Bob Sfetku
  • Dominique Cornelius
  • Greg Burgas
  • Peg Brown
  • Lance Rogers
  • Jennifer Kingsley
  • Melissa Radcliff
  • Dave Miles
  • Elise Gould

Prayer: Mr. Rogers

Pledge & Declaration: Mr. Burgas

Approval of Minutes: December 1, 2015

1st: Peg Brown 2nd: Lance Rogers

Treasurer’s Report: Mr. Sfetku

There was a discussion about which category to place the mice purchased. We agreed that this purchase would fall

under donations. We also discussed closing certain budget items such as spelling bee and geography bee. Bob went

through the sales and purchases made during the month of December.

Approval of Treasurer’s Report:1st

1st: Lance Rogers 2nd: Jennifer Kingsley

Parent Concerns:

There was a parent concern regarding the recorders in the music room. The parent is concerned that there are not enough recorders and the students are having to share. According to Mrs. Kelly, there are enough recorders for the classes. They are cleaned in between each use. If parents prefer, they are able to purchase a recorder for their student.

Principal’s Points:

1. Thank you Dominique Cornelius and to the parent helpers for the great Winter Sing decorations!

2. More money has been received for our school:

Box Tops: $365.90

Kroger’s: $156.64

Thank you parents for your help! The money for Box Tops goes into the gifts and grants fund for the school. We are currently researching whether the Fry’s money goes to gifts & grants or to the FPO budget.

 

3. Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday – Friday, January 15 FPO Members will pass out cupcakes on that day. Dominique Cornelius, Maura Chisam, Greg Burgas, Jennifer Kingsley, Melissa Radcliff, Janine Doffing and Bob Sfetku have volunteered to help pass out cupcakes.

4. Track & Field Day is on Thursday, March 10

 

 

A suggestion was made to have a barbecue for lunch on this day. The barbecue would be provided by MPS Food & Nutrition and replaces regularly scheduled lunch items but done during same lunch periods for students. Students and parents would be able to have lunch together and hot dogs, etc… would be provided. Parents who attend the morning session can stay for lunch and parents who attend the afternoon session can come early for lunch.

5. Arts & Letters ‐ Arts & Letters Volunteer List will be emailed to the FPO Chair so that parents who have signed up for this committee can be contacted. The date for the poetry recitation judging has been changed to Thursday, March 3rd, which might affect the three parents signed up for this committee.

Approval Items:

1. ECA funds for Arts & Letters Ribbons ‐ will order 60 of each 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ‐ approval of $125.00. Lance Rogers moved to approve the use of ECA funds for ribbons. Dominique Cornelius seconded the motion. The motion passed.

2. Sixth grade will need more white sheets (togas) and plastic ivy leaves for next school year in order to continue the Julius Caesar play in the fall. We will need around 30 more sheets and sets of ivy laurel wreaths for next year’s group of 6th graders. Peg Brown volunteered to research costs associated with this.

Additional Discussion Items:

1. Greg asked if we might need to purchase more ice cream this year for the ice cream social. We also discussed lighting, entertainment, etc…

2. Greg does not have an update on MLK day. Last year FPO parents and some students marched in the parade.

3. The 100th Day celebration is coming up on Tuesday, January 26th ‐ volunteers will take pictures on that day at 12:45

Bob Sfetku moved to adjourn the meeting and Elise Gould seconded. The motion carried and the meeting was adjourned.

Next meeting: Tuesday, February 2nd at 6:30 p.m. in the library. All are welcome!

 

 

 

 

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FPO Meeting Minutes for December 1, 2015

FPO Members in Attendance:

  • Greg Burgas, President
  • David Gould
  • Dominique Cornelius
  • Bob Sfetku
  • Janine Doffing
  • Melissa Radcliff
  • Maura Chisam, Vice‐President
  • Jennifer Kingsley, Secretary
  • Robyn Wilhelm

Prayer: Mrs. Chisam

Pledge & Declaration: Mr. Burgas

Approval of Minutes for November 3, 2015
1st: Maura Chisam 2nd: David Gould

Treasurer’s Report: Mr. Sfetku
Since last month, there have been a few Spalding materials and T‐shirt sales. Book fair has been completed and a check is being sent to Scholastic to cover the cash sales. There is no other activity to report at this time.

Approval of Treasurer’s Report:

1st: Jennifer Kingsley 2nd: David Gould

Parent Concerns:
The parent drop‐off area continues to be a concern. Some parents pull into the drop off area and leave the car to assist their child. We need to try to gently remind these parents that if they need to assist the student to please park in the lot rather than use the drop‐off area.

The recent issues with the green bus were also discussed. Mrs. Kelly reminds us that having bus routes is a privilege for Franklin schools, but acknowledges the issues with the green bus and states she has already discussed with transportation. There is a shortage of bus drivers in Mesa Public Schools and this has affected our school. There are many days when we have substitute drivers who run late because they are not familiar with the bus route.

Principal’s Points:

  1. Label for Education Grand Prize Winner ‐ Franklin at Alma received a $10,000 check for the school. Mrs. Kelly plans to use these funds to pay for the benches needed in the Parent Pick‐Up area and possibly for some playground equipment.
  2. Calendar Adoption ‐ Mesa Public Schools will adopt calendars for the 2017‐2018 and 2018‐2019 school years in February. Before making a decision, the Board will consider comments from parents, students, staff and residents. Please provide your input through the online survey available on the district website, www.mpsaz.org/calendars
  3. A+ School of Excellence Award – FPO members have received the Google Docs link and will be providing input for this application.
  4. Winter Sing Set‐Up time – Dominique Cornelius is the chair for the Winter Sing. She will be contacting parents on the committee via the Sign‐Up Genius mail utility. If you are on this committee, please make sure you are receiving emails from Sign‐Up Genius. If you do not receive your email, or have any questions, feel free to email the FPO Secretary or contact Dominique directly.

5. Benjamin Franklin Packaged Cupcakes ‐ 340 total at $.45 each for a final price of $153.00; the FPO will serve the cupcakes on Friday, January 15th during lunch. Total number of cupcakes this year should be 340 with the breakdown being 200 chocolate and 140 vanilla. A check can be given to MPS Food & Nutrition when the cupcakes are delivered that day.

Approval Items

  1. Approval for ECA funds – track and field 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons for spring ‐$210.69 ‐ these ribbons are usually purchased by FPO each year. Jennifer Kingsley moved to approve the purchase of the ribbons. Maura Chisam seconded the motion. The motion passed.
  2. Earphones and Mice for new student devices – will be used in classrooms during AzMERIT testing this spring – need 105 of each ‐ $4.00 per mouse = $453.60 with tax and $2.53 per headphone = $286.90 w/tax. Check would go into gifts & grants account so that these could be ordered through the district vendors. David Gould moved to approve the purchase of the mouses and headphones. Robyn Wilhelm seconded the motion. The motion passed.

Next meeting: Tuesday, January 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the library. All are welcome!

CALENDAR

December:

1st – FPO Meeting in the library at 6:30 p.m.
1st – Geography Bee for 6th grade students in MPR at 1 p.m.
8th – Band and Orchestra Assembly at 8:25 a.m./ Band and Orchestra Concert at 6:30 p.m.
10th – Student Council Party at 3 p.m. with Mrs. Watson in the MPR
11th – Spelling Bee for 6th grade students in MPR at 1 p.m.
15th – Winter Sing at 6:30 p.m. at Dobson High School Auditorium
18th – Extra Early Release at 12:25 p.m. for End of 3rd Grading Period/ Class Parties from 11:25 to 12:25 p.m. 21st‐Jan. 1st– Winter Break, No School

January:

  • ●  January 4th ‐ Student Council Packets go home, Applications due on Wed., Jan. 13th
  • ●  January 5th ‐ FPO meeting 6:30 PM in the library
  • ●  January 6th – Report Cards go home
  • ●  January 11th – Flag Raising in courtyard at 8:25 a.m.
  • ●  Friday, January 15th ‐ Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday Jan. 17th. Need servers that day – 11:15 to 12:15
  • ●  January 15th ‐ Student Council Elections at 8:45 am
  • ●  January 18th – Civil Rights Day – No School
  • ●  January 20th – 100th Day of School for Kindergarten – need pictures
  • ●  January 19th‐22nd – Kindergarten Sibling Registration begins
  • ●  January 25th ‐ Public Kindergarten Registration begins,/Parent Surveys go home/Acuity Testing for 3rd‐6th grades
  • ●  January 26th & 27th – 5th Grade Field Trip to Lowell Flight Center

    February:

  • ●  February 2nd – Battle of the Books #2 – 3:00 pm in the multipurpose room
  • ●  February 2nd ‐ FPO Council meeting
  • ●  Wednesday, February 10th ‐ Arts & Letters Entries due
  • ●  February 11th ‐ President’s Day Assembly
  • ●  Friday, February 12th – Class Parties from 1:25 to 2:25
  • ●  Monday, February 15th – No School for Presidents’ Day
  • ●  Thursday, February 18th – Poetry Recitations for Arts & Letters Contest
  • ●  Thursday, Feb. 18th ‐ Kindergarten zoo field trip
  • ●  February 19th – End of Grading Period, Early Dismissal at 1:25 pm
  • ●  February 22nd‐26th ‐ Parent Conference Week Treats & Water (Appreciation)
  • ●  February 22nd‐26th ‐ Book Fair
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FPO Meeting Minutes for November 3, 2015

Prayer: Mr. Rogers
Pledge & Declaration: Mr. Burgas

Approval of Minutes for October 6, 2015 1st: Bob Sfetku 2nd: Erin Meldrum

Treasurer’s Report:
Bob presented the budget report. He is waiting for the final report from the online book fair to finalize book sales. Mary was reimbursed for mailing for box tops. There were some shirt sales in October, but otherwise not much activity.

Approval of Treasurer’s Report: 1st: Jennifer Kingsley 2nd: Peg Brown

Parent Concerns:
A parent has raised concerns about student attendance and issues between students. These types of issues should be addressed directly with Mrs. Kelly.

Principal’s Points:

  1. A+ School of Excellence Award
    Mrs. Kelly has not had the chance to send out the Google Doc yet, but will do this soon.
  2. Release of AzMERIT results coming soon
    Parent informational video and resources can be found on the MPS website mpsaz.org/azmerit. Parents of current 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students will receive scores on Monday, November 16th.
  3. Student Devices
    Franklin at Alma has received 105 student devices from the district. More practice will help with testing in the future. Headphones are still needed to use ‐ FPO may be asked to help with this purchase.

Approval Items

  1. An estimate was obtained for new benches for the front of the school (parent pick‐up area). The estimate for 5 benches including tax, shipping, and installation is $5984.48. FPO would also like to see an estimate for benches with grips on the front that deters skateboarding. After discussion, more estimates will be obtained and this discussion was tabled until a future meeting.
  2. Benjamin Franklin Packaged Cupcakes ‐ Last year Benjamin Franklin birthday celebration ‐ we ordered 168 vanilla and 156 chocolate cupcakes ‐ 324 total at $0.40 each for a final price of $129.60; the FPO will serve the cupcakes on Friday, January 15th during lunch. Total number of cupcakes this year should be 340 with the addition of staff members and students.FPO members who served cupcakes last year discussed the demand of chocolate vs vanilla cupcakes. While there were students who preferred vanilla, chocolate was much more in demand.

New Board Member

Laura Marquez attended her first board meeting. After introductions and an explanation of membership, Jennifer Kingsley moved to have Laura join the board. Maura Chisam seconded and the motion passed.

Bob moved to adjourn the meeting. Jennifer Kingsley seconded.

Next meeting: Tuesday, December 1st at 6:30 p.m. in the library. All are welcome!

CALENDAR

November:

3rd – FPO Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
5th – Veterans’ Day Assembly at 8:25 a.m. ‐ ***Pictures for yearbook
6th – End of 2nd Grading Period and Early Release at 1:25 p.m.
11th – Veterans’ Day – No School
12th – Report Cards Go Home
12th ‐ Food Drive Begins *** ‐ Mrs. Meldrum
17th – Battle of the Books #1 – 3:00 p.m. in the MPR – 5th & 6th Grade only 19th – Angel Tree goes up in the library
26th‐27th – Thanksgiving Break – No School

December:

1st – FPO Meeting in the library at 6:30 p.m.
1st – Geography Bee for 6th grade students in MPR at 1 p.m.
8th – Band and Orchestra Assembly at 8:25 a.m./ Band and Orchestra Concert at 6:30 p.m.
10th – Student Council Party at 3 p.m. with Mrs. Watson in the MPR
11th – Spelling Bee for 6th grade students in MPR at 1 p.m.
15th – Winter Sing at 6:30 p.m. at Dobson High School Auditorium
18th – Extra Early Release at 12:25 p.m. for End of 3rd Grading Period/ Class Parties from 11:25 to 12:25 p.m. 21st‐Jan. 1st– Winter Break, No School

January:

4th ‐ Student Council Packets go home, Applications due on Wed, Jan 13th. 5th ‐ FPO meeting 6:30 PM in the library.
6th ‐ Report cards go home.
11th ‐ Flag Raising in courtyard at 8:25 AM15th ‐ Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday Jan 17th. Need plates and servers 11:15‐12:15.

15th ‐ Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday Jan 17th. Need plates and servers 11:15‐12:15.

18th ‐ Civil Rights Day ‐ No School
19th ‐ 22nd ‐ Kindergarten Sibling Registration begins
20th ‐ 100th Day of School for Kindergarten ‐ pictures needed.
25th ‐ Public Kindergarten Registration begins/Parent Surveys go home/Acuity Testing for 3rd ‐ 6th grades 26th ‐ 27th ‐ 5th Grade Field Trip to Lowell Flight Center

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FPO Meeting Minutes for October 1, 2015

Franklin at Alma Parent Organization Meeting

October 1, 2015

FPO Members in Attendance:

❏ Greg Burgas, President

❏ Marvin Burton

❏ Elise Gould, Historian

❏ Erin Meldrum

❏ Jennifer Kingsley, Secretary

❏ Dominique Cornelius

❏ Bob Sfetku, Treasurer

❏ Maura Chisam, Vice President

❏ Peg Brown

❏ Toni Pulley

❏ Melissa Radcliff

❏ Janine Doffing

Prayer: Mr. Burton

Pledge & Declaration: Mr. Burgas

Approval of Minutes for September 1, 2015

1st: Marvin Burton 2nd: Elise Gould

Treasurer’s Report :

Bob presented the budget report. Marvin stated that the Indemnity Application is ready for signatures of the board

officers. This will indemnify board members against personal lawsuits. All board officers signed the agreement.

Approval of Treasurer’s Report:

1st: Toni Pulley 2nd: Maura Chisam

Parent Concerns :

No parent concerns presented.

Principal’s Points:

1. A+ School of Excellence Award

Board members will assist with filling out the A+ School of Excellence Award information via Google Docs. We will specifically be assisting with the Parent and Community Involvement section of the application.

2. Release of AzMERIT results coming soon

The AzMerit scores are currently embargoed until late November. Parents of current 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students will receive scores on Monday, November 16th. A pamphlet was sent home last week, after October break, with all 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students.

3. STAR Notes – AVID Focused note taking strategies

STAR is the K-6 notetaking system being used. STAR stands for Setup Notes, Take Notes, Add to Notes, and Review Notes.

4. Revising math assessment items

Weekly assessments are being revised to align with the AZ Math Standards and the AzMerit test.

5. MPS Expectations for Excellence

This went home to parents.

Approval Items

1. ECA funds were used for 33 Battle of the Books shirts with logos – picked up by Mr. Burgas

2. Spelling and Geography Bee Trophies – 4 total to last us for the next 2 years.

A check is needed for $62.46 to M & S Trophies. This is within the budgeted amount.

3. Updates on water bottles from Surf & Ski

Bob stated there is a minimum order and wanted more feedback prior to ordering the water bottles. Board members asked questions regarding the minimum order and the cost per bottle. Bob will get more information together and the water bottles will be revisited at a future meeting.

4. Winter Sing Music

Board members reviewed the music choices for the Winter Sing.

5. Spring Book Fair

The online book fair goes until October 11th, so the final information regarding sales is not yet available.

Next meeting: Tuesday, November 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the library. All are welcome!

Parents: If you know any veterans (family, neighbors, etc…) please invite them to the Veteran’s Day

Assembly on November 5th.

CALENDAR

October:

6th – FPO Meeting at 6:30 p.m

12th-16th – October Break, No School

30th – Fall Parties from 1:25 to 2:25 p.m. in the classrooms

November:

3rd – FPO Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

5th – Veterans’ Day Assembly at 8:25 a.m. – ***Pictures for yearbook

6th – End of 2

11th – Veterans’ Day – No School

12th – Report Cards Go Home

12th – Food Drive Begins

17th – Battle of the Books #1 – 3:00 p.m. in the MPR 

19th – Angel Tree goes up in the library

26th – 27th Thanksgiving Break

December:

1st – FPO Meeting in the library at 6:30 p.m.

1st – Geography Bee for 6th grade students in MPR at 1 p.m.

8th – Band and Orchestra Assembly at 8:25 a.m./ Band and Orchestra Concert at 6:30 p.m.

10th – Student Council Party at 3 p.m. with Mrs. Watson in the MPR

11th – Spelling Bee for 6th grade students in MPR at 1 p.m.

15th – Winter Sing at 6:30 p.m. at Dobson High School Auditorium

18th – Extra Early Release at 12:25 p.m. for End of 3rd Grading Period/Class Parties from 11:25 to 12:25 PM

21st-Jan. 1st– Winter Break, No School

 

 

 

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FPO Meeting Minutes for September 1, 2015

Franklin at Alma Parent Organization Meeting

September 1, 2015

 

FPO Members in Attendance:

  • Greg Burgas, President
  • Marvin Burton
  • Peg Brown
  • Maura Chisam, Vice President
  • Jennifer Kingsley, Secretary
  • Bob Sfetku, Treasurer
  • David Gould
  • Dominique Cornelius
  • Toni Pulley
  • Robyn Wilhelm
  • Janine Doffing

 

Pledge & Declaration:  Mr. Burgas

 

Prayer:  Mr. Burton

 

Approval of Minutes for August 4, 2015

1st: Marvin 2nd: Toni

 

Treasurer’s Report: Mr. Sfetku presented the budget and money that has been spent so far. Marvin presented additional information about how the budget amounts were determined for the year. Toni requested that the $100 for Secretary’s Day be returned to the budget. Bob stated that additional T-shirts were ordered and the budgeted amount for ordering T-shirts should be $1400. After reviewing the budgeted amounts, no other requests for changes were made. There were two motions made prior to approval of the Treasurer’s Report:

 

Marvin moved to approve the budget for the 2015-2016 school year based on the current Treasurer’s Report. The motion was seconded by Maura. The motion passed.

 

Marvin moved that without further board approval, the Board authorizes that expenses that exceed the total line item amount budgeted by no more than Ten Percent (10%) may be paid. For example, if a category is budgeted for $100, under the proposed motion, $110 may be expended without additional board approval. All expenditures will still be subject to the President’s approval. The motion was seconded by Peg. The motion passed.

 

Approval of Treasurer’s Report

1st: Marvin 2nd: David

 

New Member: Toni moved to include Melissa Radcliff as a member on the FPO board. The motion was seconded by Bob. The motion passed.

 

Parent Concerns:  

  • There are issues with both Eagleridge parents and Franklin parents blocking the driveway to the South parking lot during Parent Pick-Up.
    • This was less of an issue when the Student/Faculty Assistance committee was out front helping to direct parents. Parents in this committee helped keep only four cars in the pick-up line at one time, which kept the cross-walk and the drive to the South parking lot clear.
    • The Eagleridge director has been sending information about Parent pick-up to families at Eagleridge as well. On two days each week, Eagleridge dismisses 30 minutes earlier than Franklin. This has caused additional problems in the pick-up line when Franklin parents are lining up prior to 2:45.
    • Update from last month: Sign-Up Genius has said that we can include a link to an online payment site on our sign-up page since we cannot use the PayPal option that they provide.

 

Principal’s Points:

 

  1. FPO Purpose and Mission
    1. Bylaws – Mrs. Kelly provided a document written by the original Franklin Principal, H. Marc Mason. This document, titled Parental Involvement, is one of several position papers written to ensure that future parents, principals, teachers, and administrators have the information needed to further understand the Franklin program.
  2. Orientation Wrap-Up – Mrs. Kelly thanked the FPO for a smooth orientation. Orientation went well and there were few complaints. Having the floating FPO members check family passport’s in the check-out line helped considerably.
  3. Committee Reminders:

Track & Field: Lance Rogers

Library Book Review: Jennifer Kingsley

Arts & Letters: David and Annie Miles

Copy Committee: Bob Sfetku

Ice Cream Social: Greg Burgas (Event), Lance Rogers (SetUp) and Peg Brown (Raffle Baskets)

Art & Music Masterpiece: Greg Burgas

Yearbook: Elise and David Gould

Box Tops: Mary Cartwright & Maura Chisam

Music Program Decorations: Dominique Cornelius, Ann Culver and Bob Sfetku

Mother/Daughter Night: Peg Brown

Teacher/Staff Appreciation: Jennifer Kingsley & Maura Chisam

Media Center Assistance: Jennifer Kingsley

Skills Mastery Test Bubbling: Ann Culver

6th Grade Pool Party: Erin Meldrum

Short Notice Committee: Maura Chisam

Book Fairs: Jennifer Kingsley, Bob Sfetku and Janine Doffing.

 

Reminder:  Initial committee contact should be done by September 5th

Parents, please email the FPO Secretary at franklinalmafpo@gmail.com if you have not been contacted by the chairperson of each of your volunteer committees by Friday, September 5th.

 

  1. Attendance and Tardies – Beginning of the year attendance has been better this year than in some of the previous years. Attendance is very important and it is frustrating when a child has to leave the school due to attendance issues, because we know that it is not the fault of the child. Mrs. Kelly does send home letters at 5, 8, 10, and 12 tardies/absences with phone calls in between.
  2. Tutoring – Tutoring begins the week of September 28th following Parent Teacher conference week. If students have been selected for tutoring, this will be discussed at the Parent Teacher conference. Note: Mrs. Traughber will be holding her conferences a week early. Conference times for Mrs. Traughber are going home this week. The times will go home next Wednesday for everyone else.
  3. Faculty Room Ice Machine – update – money was deposited into a Franklin at Alma account and a requisition for the purchase was placed on the system. The ice machine was delivered to MPS Operations on 9/1/15 and should be in the faculty lounge within the next few weeks.

 

Approval  Items

  1. Spelling Bee: $100.00 paid in September; Geography Bee was already paid
  2. Bob suggested we sell water bottles with the Franklin logo. The bottles would be available in red or blue with the Franklin Firebird printed in white. There were comments in favor of the water bottles. After discussion of how the bottles would be sold, we decided to see if we could get them in time for the Book Fair held during Parent Teacher conferences. We could set up a small table near the book fair. These would be sold separately from book fair purchases. After the book fair, remaining water bottles would be available in the office with the T-shirts. Marvin moved to use up to $100 to purchase water bottles from Surf & Ski for resale. Bob seconded. The motion was passed.    

 

Next meeting:      Tuesday, October 6th at 6:30 p.m. in the library.  All are welcome!

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FPO Meeting Minutes for August 4, 2015

Franklin at Alma Parent Organization Meeting
August 4, 2015

FPO Members in Attendance:
– Greg Burgas, President
– Marvin Burton
– Lance Rogers
– Erin Meldrum
– Peg Brown
– Maura Chisam, Vice President
– Jennifer Kingsley, Secretary
– Bob Sfetku, Treasurer
– Elise Gould, Historian
– Dominique Cornelius

Prayer: Mrs. Chisam

Pledge & Declaration: Mr. Burgas

Approval of Minutes: 1st: Peg 2nd: Maura

Treasurer’s Report: Mr. Sfetku presented the end-of-year budget and the new-year budget. We have carried over the previous year’s budget and will discuss the budget for 2015-2016 at the next meeting. The cost for yearbooks went over the budgeted amount. We discussed ways to reduce the cost of yearbook for this year.

Approval of Treasurer’s Report: 1st: Marvin 2nd: Jennifer

Parent Concerns:
– Some younger children did not order yearbooks and were upset/hurt when they did not receive one. We discussed that some parents only purchase one yearbook per family (which often goes to the oldest child) and some parents may feel the cost of a yearbook is too much to order one. We discussed options and then tabled the discussion for later in the year.
Reducing price of yearbook to allow more students to purchase. Options include using black & white throughout the yearbook (except for the Sixth Grade class picture page) and reducing the size of individual pictures to fit classes on one page. This will be researched by Elise.
Raising dues to include yearbook cost to ensure all students receive one. This option was rejected since many parents may find it difficult to pay much more than the current $20.
FPO to assist with students who could not purchase. Tabled for later in the year.
Alternatives to yearbook for those who do not receive one, such as a signature page.
– Many parents requested the ability to pay dues online during this summer’s online sign-up. This item is on the agenda to be discussed tonight.
– The issue of what constitutes a committee was brought up during the sign-up process. Apparently some parents were able to sign up for two roles in a committee in previous year, but have it count as two committees. A specific example of this would be Track & Field Day morning and afternoon. Should this count as one or two committees? After a discussion of the purpose of committees and parental involvement, it was determined that parents need to sign up for only one role in a committee and while they could sign up for more, that was a choice and did not reduce the number of committees required.

Principal’s Points:
– Parent Mixer – We discussed having a parent mixer at The Watershed. The mixer could be announced at Parent Orientation and would allow parents interested in joining FPO to meet current FPO members outside of the school environment and get more information. Greg will get more information about the availability of The Watershed. The goal would be to get more parents involved and other options for increasing parental involvement were discussed.
Orientation
– Paying On line – Jennifer provided some research about costs associated with accepting online payments. The main issue is that the cost of accepting credit cards (both online and at Parent Orientation) affect the overall budget of FPO. One options for avoiding this includes increasing dues from $20 to $25 like at other Franklin schools to cover these costs. Another option would be to only charge a convenience fee for those parents who choose to use a credit card. This would not apply to this year, but for the next school year. Three ways to make online payments include 1) SignUp Genius w/PayPal, 2) through the FPO website, and 3) through the Square store website (which Marvin has set up). The Square site has the lowest fees for credit cards and we discussed only charging parents who choose to use credit/debit cards to pay dues. This item was tabled until later in the year after all members have had the opportunity to look at the information provided.
– Orientation Tables – Jennifer, Erin, and Peg will be at the Committee Sign Up table. Elise & Robyn will be at the FPO table. Maura will be at the T-shirt table. Greg will float and assist parents. Ann Culver and Andrea Moore will be helping at Parent Orientation, but are currently unassigned to a table. Floaters are needed to help check passports in the Office Table line to make sure parents have received all of their stamps. Sometimes parents go straight to the Office Line. This can slow things down if they have not completed other stations first.
– Red and green folders are distributed at first table. Lance & Dominique will be at this table.
Red folders are alphabetized, with all family members in one folder. The red folders contain: student information that needs to be checked by parents, has bus sign-up information, and the stamp card. Red folders are returned at the check-out table.
– Green folders contain school information. They are kept by the parent.
– The parent stamp card in the red folder helps guide parents through the orientation tables.
– The dues table will accept cash, check, or credit. Dues are $20. Marvin has an account set up to accept credit cards using the square on a smartphone or a tablet. Bob & Marvin will be at this table.
– Free and reduced lunch applications can be done online. The cafeteria manager, Mrs. Samuel, will be at orientation.
– Mrs. Ochoa will run the bus table. Parents will turn their bus sign-up sheet to her. There are new bus routes and a new route has been added.
– The final station is for class placement and office information collection. The stamp card must be completed. Mrs. Kelly and Mrs. Cartwright are at this table. Janine will be helping at the office table this year.
– Teacher Luncheon
– Teachers requested to have lunch provided for them on the first day of school since some teachers will be flexing hours (working in the morning, then going home until Meet the Teacher). Greg will take care of providing lunch to the teachers.This would replace the luncheon that normally occurs on Meet the Teacher Day. Lance explained how he had handled this the previous year.
– Snacks for before Meet the Teacher. We discussed providing snacks in the teacher lounge for teachers while they are working in their classrooms and preparing for Meet the Teacher.
Committee Chairs
– Track & Field: Lance Rogers
– Library Book Review: Jennifer Kingsley
– Arts & Letters: David and Annie Miles
– Copy Committee: Bob Sfetku
– Ice Cream Social: Greg Burgas (Event), Lance Rogers (Set-Up), and Peg Brown (Raffle Baskets)
– Art & Music Masterpiece: Greg Burgas
– Yearbook: Elise and David Gould
– Box Tops: Mary Cartwright & Maura Chisam
– Music Program Decorations: Ann Culver, Bob Sfetku, Dominique Cornelius
– Mother/Daughter Night: Peg Brown
– Teacher/Staff Appreciation: Jennifer Kingsley & Maura Chisam
– Media Center Assistance: Jennifer Kingsley
– Skills Mastery Test Bubbling: Ann Culver
– 6th Grade Pool Party: Erin Meldrum
– Short Notice Committee: Maura Chisam
– Book Fairs: Jennifer Kingsley & Bob Sfetku
– Picture Day: (one-day committee): Maura Chisam & Robyn Wilhelm
– Food Drive: (one-day committee): Erin Meldrum
– Angel Tree: Emily Brown
– Student Faculty Assistance: Jennifer Kingsley (mornings) & Greg Burgas (afternoons)
– All committee chairs will contact the people in their committees by September 5th, 2015. This is just to let people know that they’re in the committee and when they can expect to begin working on them. Some are beginning right now, while others are not until the spring. If you do not hear from a committee chair by this date, please let us know.
– Faculty Room Ice Machine – The machine broke over the summer and Mesa Public Schools has removed the machine from the teacher lounge. Having the ice machine is a huge convenience for teachers and is also used for Ice Cream Social and other events such as Teacher Appreciation Week and Track & Field Day. FPO approved up to $1500 for the purchase of a new ice machine. Mrs. Kelly will verify the cost of a new machine with Mesa Public Schools and work on securing a new Ice Machine.

Approval Items
– Approve money given to teachers from FPO – The budgeted amount is $50 per teacher per semester to include all classroom teachers, Mrs. Miller, Ms. Watson, and Mrs. Sievert. The budget also includes an additional $50 for the fall semester for Mrs. Cordes as she is shared with another Franklin school. Greg will take care of this and let FPO members know if he needs assistance to pass out the funds with the date to be determined.
– Spalding Material purchase – We discussed the purchase of Spalding materials.
ECA Funds – must approve $1.00 for each student in order to activate the funds for the 2015-2016 school year – check in office after first day of school to see total enrollment. Tabled until later meeting.
– ECA- Approve field trip money use (Policy: over $60 need FPO approval) Marvin motioned for ECA funds to be used for the field trips listed below. Bob seconded the motion and the motion passed.
-Kindergarten – Phoenix Zoo
– 1st Grade – Puppet Show on campus
– 2nd Grade – Wells Fargo Museum in Phoenix
– 3rd Grade – Arizona Museum of Natural History
– 4th Grade – State Capitol tour in Phoenix
– 5th Grade – Lowell Flight Center in Mesa
– 6th Grade – AZ Science Center in Phoenix and Brimhall Pool Party
– ECA -Approve plaques for student council for fall and spring. Peg motioned for ECA funds to be used for plaques for student council. Marvin seconded the motion and the motion passed.
– ECA -Approve cost for winter and spring concerts, (building rental) – Dates pending final approval 12-15-15 and 5-11-16 – both sings at Dobson High School – Marvin motioned for ECA funds to be used for the building rental for the winter and spring concerts. Bob seconded the motion and the motion passed.
– TABLED for more information – Spelling Bee: $___ needed in September; Early-Bird enrollment to save some money; Geography Bee: $100 or TBA; on-line enrollment

Next meeting: Tuesday, September 1st at 6.30 p.m. in the library. All are welcome!
Adjournment: 1st: Lance 2nd: Elise

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Franklin at Alma Elementary – Message from Mrs. Kelly

Dear Franklin at Alma Parents,

Welcome back to the 2015-2016 school year. We hope that you had a fun-filled summer! The school year will begin on Wednesday, August 12th . Student class assignments will be given to parents at the August parent orientation date and time listed below. As a parent choice school, the following procedures will need to be completed to return to Franklin at Alma. Thank you for your support!

Franklin at Alma Orientation – Monday, August 10th

Come anytime between 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – for parents only

Meet Your Teacher Evening – Tuesday, August 11th

Come anytime between 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – for parents and students

For parent orientation on Monday, August 10th parents will be asked to report to the multipurpose room where our Franklin Parent Organization will have stations set up for you to complete the registration process.

You will be asked to:

 Update all contact information and sign up for email notifications

 Sign up for bus routes

 Pay your Franklin Parent Organization dues of $20.00 — cash, check, or credit

 Stations will be available for you to pay for school lunches, fill out paperwork for free and reduced lunch, or buy Franklin t-shirts.

Before coming to parent orientation you need to visit the following website where our FPO has developed an online sign-up for parent committees at http://bit.ly/FranklinAlma

Parental involvement is one of the core aspects of the Benjamin Franklin Elementary Schools. The parental involvement is what adds to higher educational performance and growth for the students. Franklin parents are required to serve on three committees to support the school. Parents may choose to opt out of one committee for $15.00. Please see enclosed directions & complete the online sign-up for committees as soon as possible. Students will not be able to start classes until all information is updated, dues are paid, and parents have submitted their committee choices. We look forward to the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year. I am very excited to work with you and your children again this year!

Sincerely,

Emily Kelly, Principal

480-472-3900