September 2021

Washington PTO Agenda

Welcome – Monica Bloch, President

Flag Salute - Mr. Blake

Introduce Board Members

Zlata Gladunov, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Kristen Vivino, Treasurer, Economy Shop

Rosemary O’Connell & Kristen Marino, Past Co-Presidents

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

Secretary: June minute’s approval. No correspondence.

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

  • End of year cash balance was $32,000.
  • Total loss of $9,000. 
  • New 2021-2022 Budget is approved.
  • Expenses should be submitted through the new Treasurer’s Google Form.
  • PTO is not permitted to have it’s own Venmo account.

Principal’s Report: Mr. Blake

  • Mr. Blake’s #1 priority is for kids to remain in school. 
  • Masks have to be on inside and off outside. If children are inside and stay 3ft apart with a mask, they do not need to quarantine if a student tests positive. Additionally, teachers who are vaccinated do not need to quarantine.
  • Masks can come off during singing, eating and aerobic activity.  And they are able to come off within a time frame of 15 minutes for group activities, 20 minutes for lunch and 10 minutes for snack.
  • Zone based lunch and recess – Tables are 6 feet apart.
  • Quarantine rules - virtual instruction is provided for kids who are positive or are identified as a close contact.  If identified, the student has10 days of quarantine without a test, 7 days quarantine with a test.
  • No travel restrictions are required at this time.
  • Unvaccinated teachers have to be tested 1x per week.
  • Thank you to the Rehbein Family who donated the Wizards Den classrooms.
  • Washington hired a new guidance counselor, Mrs. Gonzales, who is focusing on guidance for the regular education students. Mrs. Ruebenacker will focus on the special education population. 
  • Follow Washington on social media – Accounts are on Instagram and Twitter
  • Back to school night - Tuesday 28th of September - in person.
  • Onward and Upward is the 2021-2022 theme.
  • Chorus, Art Club and Band will resume for 4th and 5th Grade.

Executive Board Reports: Zlata, Danielle/Jen, Kristen

 Zlata:

  • Zlata requested that parents sign up for PTO registration – this allows families to receive notifications on what's going on in the school.  They will also be included in the directory with each child’s classroom & teacher.
  • Volunteer sign up form - please sign up for PTO committees.
  • 5th grade will be starting the directory cover contest.  Deadline for submission is September 24th.

Danielle/Jen:

  • November 10th for parents night out - will be sending out a survey for comfort level.
  • Two fundraisers to order spirit wear and raffling off PTO parking spots with online raffle.

Kristen: 

  • No report.

 

Committee Reports: 5th Grade Reps.

5th Grade Reps:

  • Keep a look out for upcoming fundraising opportunities to support the 5th grade.
  • Spirit Wear – The link is available on the PTO website and the deadline is September 20th.  Washington made close to $4,000 with this fundraiser last year. The delivery of spirit wear will be late October.  
  • Pizza Lunch - Friday is the deadline - September 27th is first day of lunch.

Classroom Moms Rep:

  • Guidelines are available at the front table and meeting will take place after the PTO meeting.

Book Fair:

  • The Book Fair will be held October 20th and 21st.  The options for payment will be check or e-wallet. 

Harvest Fest:

  • Harvest Fest will be October 14th with a rain date of October 15th – Details to come.

Girls on the Run:

  • Erika Kao will be running Girls on the Run for 3rd-5th grade girls in the Fall and Spring

President’s Report: 

  • Thank you to the 5th grade reps for all of the work they have done for the 5th grade class. 
  • Thank you to the beautification committee for providing fall flowers on the school ground.
  • New PTO website - Thank you to Mae Bogdanski.
  • Thank you to Joe Puccio who works on all the virtual stores.
  • Green team initiative will relaunch this year.  Looking for two parents to chair the committee and we will need volunteers.  We hope to start this initiative ASAP.
  • PTO closet is available – if needed, please reach out to Mrs. Marchisin.
  • If the cash box is needed, please reach out to Kate Scully.

Upcoming Dates:

9/15 Spirit Day
9/16 Yom Kippur
9/20 Pizza Lunch Deadline

9/20 PTO Registration Renewal

9/24 Picture Day

9/28 Back to School Night

Next PTO Meeting - October 12th at 7pm

 

June 2021

Washington PTO Agenda

Welcome - Kristen Marino & Rosemary O’Connell, Co-Presidents

Flag Salute - Mr. Blake

 

Introduce Board Members

Monica Bloch, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Joey O’Connell & Susie Vanenburg, Co-Treasurers, Economy Shop

Joan Clemente, Past President

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

Secretary: May minute’s approval. No correspondence.

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

  • Total income for May was $3,931. The funds came from Francesca’s, Solo Stove, 3 Chica’s and Box tops.
  • Total expenses were $7,551 with the balance for May at $41,960

Principal’s Report: Mr. Blake

  • Theme Day/Field Day/World of Play day was great.  The teachers did a great job in planning and delivering the day to the students.
  • Students were able to go through yoga poses and create a mural with their classes.
  • Art appreciation project turned out amazing – it’s a family tree on a white wall by the playground that includes all students and the current 6th grade class.
  • Thank you to the PTO for Walk To School Day
  • BOE approved additional math and guidance counselors for the district.  One full time math for Washington.  Dividing roles in guidance for special education and regular track students.  Support for student’s mental health.
  • 4 Kindergarten, 4 First grade and 3 of every other class.
  • Moving Day will not happen on the last day of school this year.  The students will receive a video message with their teacher for next year.
  • First day of school is September 9th and last day of school will be June 23rd next year.
  • Chromebooks will be collected on the last day of school in classrooms.  Virtual students will drop off at Lincoln School on the 28th & 29th.
  • Thank you to parents and the community for working together throughout this year.

Executive Board Reports: Monica, Danielle/Jen, Joey/Susie

Monica:

  • No report.

Danielle/Jen:

  • Send order forms for PTO Raffle. Last time to purchase tickets will be this Friday – live ticket purchases will be after school on Thursday.  Live  drawing on 6/23.

 

Joey/Susie:

  • No report.

 

Committee Reports: 5th Grade Reps.

5th Grade Reps:

  • In preparation for the 5th grade week.

  

President’s Report:

  • Thank you to our Book Fair Chairs-Cynthia Mills, Julie O’Donnell and Melanie Petruzzi, our Bike Safety Chair-Nan Giblin, our School Supply Chair-Heather Cestaro and our Wellness Chair-Joyce Mortorano!
  • Thank you to the 5th grade reps for all that you have done this year.
  • Thank you to class parents and committee chairs.
  • Thursday and Friday there will be a basket with goodies for all committee chairs and class parents.
  • A farewell to families that will be leaving Washington.
  • Thank you to Mr. Blake, especially for the last year and all that you do.
  • Thank you to Kristen and Rosemary for a great two years and all of your work!
  • Welcome the new Executive Board Members:
    • President- Monica Bloch, 1st Vice President-Zlata Faerman, Co-Economy Shop Chair - Kristen Vivino

 

Upcoming Dates:

6/23 PTO Spring Raffle Drawing @ 3:30

6/24, 25 & 28 Minimum Days for Students

6/25 5th Grade Clap Out @ 1pm.

6/28 Chromebook and iPad Collection for Virtual Students 2:00pm - 4:00pm @ Lincoln

6/29 Chromebook and iPad Collection for Virtual students 9 - 11:00am @ Lincoln School

 

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!!!! 

 

May 2021

Washington PTO Agenda

Welcome - Kristen Marino & Rosemary O’Connell, Co-Presidents

Flag Salute - Mr. Blake

Introduce Board Members

Monica Bloch, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Joey O’Connell & Susie Vanenburg, Co-Treasurers, Economy Shop

Joan Clemente, Past President

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

Secretary: April minute’s approval. Two pieces of correspondence from the Washington teachers and Joanne Certo.

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

  • $50K was the starting balance for April.
  • Total expenses for the month were $5K.
  • Total end balance for April is $45,580.

Principal’s Report: 

  • We have the highest percentage of in-person school in Wyckoff.
  • Wyckoff is one of the first districts with full day in-person school in 14 months.
  • Thank you for the recess bags, the kids were so excited to have all of the playground supplies.
  • Book fair is currently running.  The art appreciation project will be starting, the students will be painting a mural on the side of the school by the playground.  It will be a family tree and all of the students will have a chance to put their hands on the tree, including the current 6th graders.
  • Thank you for the teacher clap out – it meant a lot to the teachers who have been working hard over the last year.
  • 5th grade will have their end of year clap out, crazy hat day and breakfast. The 5th grade parents are planning more celebrations for the end of the year.
  • Typical full day – 5 one hour blocks, 2 hours Language Arts, 1 hour math, 1 hour science/social studies, 1 hour specials. Lunch/Recess is 40 minutes.
  • Bringing in additional counselors for more social/emotional support. 
  • In combination with field day, the administration is planning a mind/body/spirit day.
  • There will be a 4th class for Kindergarten and First grade next year. 

Executive Board Reports: Monica, Danielle/Jen, Joey/Susie

 Monica:

  • No report.

 

Danielle/Jen:

 

  • No report.

 

Joey/Susie: 

 

  • The Economy Shop is currently closed.  Please hold on to all donations until it does open.

Committee Reports: Book Fair, 5th Grade Reps, Bike Safety, EMS Rep.

Book Fair:

  • The books are out and the carts are setup.  The schedule is set for the next two days.  K-2 will go today, Tuesday and 3-5 will be visiting on Wednesday.
  • E-Wallet: Print out child’s amount.  Please do not send cash.  

5th Grade Reps:

  • The fifth grade activities will be happening, except for the Spring Lake Day. 
  • The reps will be planning a special fundraiser in place of Spring Lake.
  • Email went out about purchasing a graduation sign for the fifth graders. $17 for generic sign/$20 for personalized.

Bike Safety

  • Bike Safety Day will be Friday, May 28th for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.

EMS Rep

  • EMS spirit wear sale has started now through July 1st.   Gym uniforms are mandatory.
  • May 25th – Eisenhower will be coming to elementary schools to give information about what to expect in middle school.
  • Sept 2nd will be an incoming 6th grade orientation.

 

President’s Report: 

  • Thank you to our Teacher Appreciation Chairs Nicole McRae, Valerie Powers and Tracy Willner
  • Announcement of 2021-2023 Executive Board Positions Nominating committee to announce the board members nominations and take vote.

President – Monica Bloch

1st Vice President – Zlata Faerman

Co-Economy Shop Chair – Kristen Vivano

 

Upcoming Dates:

5/12 Picture Day Make-ups/3-5 Attends Book Fair

5/13 Incoming 6th Grade Parent Presentation 6:30 (virtual link to follow).  Rain Date for Book Fair.

5/31 Schools Closed for Memorial Day

 

Thank you!

 

April 2021

Washington PTO Agenda

Welcome - Kristen Marino & Rosemary O’Connell, Co-Presidents

Flag Salute - Mr. Blake

Introduce Board Members

Monica Bloch, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Joey O’Connell & Susie Vanenburg, Co-Treasurers, Economy Shop

Joan Clemente, Past President

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

Secretary: March minute’s approval. No correspondence.

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

  • Read-A-Thon raised $7K, which will be going back to the teachers in forms of books that they need for the classroom. 
  • Total  $1,500 has been raised for the 5th grade class.
  • Total end balance for March is $50,154.

Principal’s Report: 

  • Mrs. Ascrizzi thanked the teachers for flexibility and mentioned that they are working to put plans in place to utilize the outdoor space for classes.  They recently brought back book buddies and recess on the playground. 
  • A video of the children was shown to the parents, documenting their daily activities.
  • May 10th is the return of full school days.  At this time, the faculty and administration is working on group work space, getting the children back to specials and how to balance education with safety.  Space and staffing is the largest challenge.
  • Lunch will be inside or outside – 40 minutes for eating and recess with aides.
  • The 5th grade class will be celebrating events this spring. 

President’s Report: 

  • Thank you to all of the chairs, including the 5th grade reps, nominating committee and Monica for the greeting card fundraiser.
  • Lauren Gigante is in charge of the Washington Dream mural next to the playground.  The 6th graders will be invited back to help with the mural.
  • Next month, the new PTO members will be instated into their roles. 

Fifth Grade Reps: Tricia Caruso, Lisa Chamberlin, Nan Giblen, Dana Jareck, Nikki Moody, and Ellen Scott.

 

Executive Board Reports: Monica, Danielle/Jen, Joey/Susie

 Monica:

  • No report.

Danielle/Jen:

  • Reminder that the lunch fundraisers are still in progress.

Joey/Susie: 

  • The Economy Shop is currently closed.  Please hold on to all donations until it does open.

 

Committee Reports: Book Fair

Book Fair:

  • May 11th and 12th is the book fair .  There will be no parent volunteers and parents can prepay for books.

 

Upcoming Dates:

4/27 BOE Meeting

4/28 Picture Day

5/5 Spirit Day 

5/7 We Are Wyckoff Day

5/11-5/12 Book Fair Outdoors (day only)

Next PTO Meeting is May 11– Time TBA.

 

March 2021

Washington PTO Agenda

 

Welcome - Kristen Marino & Rosemary O’Connell, Co-Presidents

Flag Salute - Mr. Blake

Introduce Board Members

Monica Bloch, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Joey O’Connell & Susie Vanenburg, Co-Treasurers, Economy Shop

Joan Clemente, Past President

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

Secretary: February minute’s approval. No correspondence.

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

  • Two successful fundraisers were Kristen Dahl and Pizza Making Kits.  The kits profited $1,300 for the 5th grade class, bringing their current fund to $2,000.
  • The PTO gifted document cameras to the teachers to help them with virtual lessons.

Principal’s Report: 

  • Mr. Blake addressed the 4 closures this school year and that we want to strive towards the consistency of in-person learning.  There is evidence that the cases have not been from in-school transmission.
  • Wyckoff is currently in the orange zone, which keeps us under restrictive guidelines for school shut downs.  When we reach the yellow level, the restrictions should lift significantly.
  • Administration is considering classes with close contacts solely quarantining, but has to be within the guidelines from the county. 
  • Strides to move to full day by May – conversations occurring at multiple levels of administration.

President’s Report: 

  • Thank you to all of the chairs, including the 5th grade reps, nominating committee and Read-A-Thon Chairs.
  • Read-A-Thon was so successful, the donations will be used for the birthday cart, but also for teachers who need reading materials for their classrooms. 
  • School Supply order site is open this weekend through 3/26.

Fifth Grade Reps: Tricia Caruso, Lisa Chamberlin, Nan Giblen, Dana Jareck, Nikki Moody, and Ellen Scott.

 

Executive Board Reports: Monica, Danielle/Jen, Joey/Susie

 Monica:

  • Greeting Card fundraiser will be running until March 19th.  Each box of cards is $30. 

Danielle/Jen:

  • Reminder that the American Heart Association fundraiser is still running.

Joey/Susie: 

  • The Economy Shop is currently closed.  Please hold on to all donations until it does open.

 

Committee Reports: 5th Grade Reps, Nominating Committee

5th Grade Reps

  • DIY cookie decorating for St. Patrick’s Day is currently running.

 

Upcoming Dates:

3/15 BOE Meeting

3/19 Marking Period Ends

3/26 Report Cards Issued

 

4/2-4/9 Schools Closed for Spring Recess! Enjoy!

 

Next PTO Meeting will be April 13– Time TBA.

Thank you!

 

 

 

February 2021

Washington PTO Agenda

 

Welcome - Kristen Marino & Rosemary O’Connell, Co-Presidents

Flag Salute - Mr. Blake

Introduce Board Members

Monica Bloch, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Joey O’Connell & Susie Vanenburg, Co-Treasurers, Economy Shop

Joan Clemente, Past President

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

Secretary: January minute’s approval. Correspondence: Ms. Reid sent a thank you note to the PTO for funding art supplies for all students to use remotely. 

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

  • Kate announced that the PTO has raised more money than it has spent.
  • The Charleston wrap and face masks were successful fundraisers for the school.
  • The ending balance for December was $43K.

Principal’s Report: 

  • Mr. Blake addressed the remote vs. in-person instruction since September.  The students were in-person for all of October and some of November.  End of Nov, Dec, Jan were choppy due to the strict Covid protocol.  He noted that the positive cases were not transmitted within the school, which has been a very successful sign that the model is working.  Other towns have inquired about Washington’s model to implement in their own schools.
  • The next phase will be return to full day instruction once some of the guidelines are lifted.  Washington will follow a plan that was already created and approved in the summer.
  • Valentine’s Day: The exchange of valentines will not happen this year in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.  Last year the exchange of trinkets/candy was removed to level the playing field for the children, this year the focus is on the health of students.
  • A thank you to Mrs. Antonucci, parents and staff for their continued support.

Mrs. Antonucci: 

  • Mrs. Antonucci reiterated that we have been in and out school due to holidays and Covid cases spiking.  She is hoping that after February break, movement will slow and the students will be in the building for longer periods of time.
  • Keep in mind that Washington has the highest enrollment of the Wyckoff elementary schools and the lowest number of children who have chosen to be 100% virtual.

President’s Report: 

    • Thank you to all of the chairs, including the 5th grade reps, Bingo Night chair and the Wellness chairs.
    • The Cards to Troops project was well received and over 100 cards were submitted. 
    • Reminder of parent workshops
  • Food fundraisers continue with Chef Angie, Anthony Franco’s and 3 Chicas.

Fifth Grade Reps: Tricia Caruso, Lisa Chamberlin, Nan Giblen, Dana Jareck, Nikki Moody, and Ellen Scott.

Executive Board Reports: Monica, Danielle/Jen, Joey/Susie

 Monica:

  • No Report

Danielle/Jen:

  • No report.  Stay tuned for new fundraisers.

Joey/Susie: 

  • The Economy Shop is currently closed.  Please hold on to all donations until it does open.

Committee Reports: 5th Grade Reps, Nominating Committee

5th Grade Reps

  • DIY pizza kits order forms will be sent home this week.
  • DIY cookie decorating order forms for St. Patty’s Day will be sent out in March.

Nominating Committtee

  • The Washington School Nominating Committee is looking for interested volunteers for the following two open board positions for 2021-2023.  The roles are President and Economy Shop Chair.

Read-A-Thon

  • Read-A-Thon will be happening this year with more information to come.

Upcoming Dates:

2/15-2/21 Winter Break – Enjoy! 

2/23 Pizza Kits – Support the 5th Grade Class 

2/28 Family Yoga

3/3 Spirit Day

3/5 We are Wyckoff T-Shirt Day

3/8 Minimum Day

Next PTO Meeting will be March 9 – Time TBA.

Thank you!

 

 

January 2021

Washington PTO Agenda

Welcome - Kristen Marino & Rosemary O’Connell, Co-Presidents

Flag Salute - Mr. Blake

Introduce Board Members

Monica Bloch, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Joey O’Connell & Susie Vanenburg, Co-Treasurers, Economy Shop

Joan Clemente, Past President

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

Secretary: November minute’s approval. No further correspondence.

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

  • Kate announced that the lanyard and masks raised $1400, which will be accounted for in January.
  • The total income for Nov/Dec was $2,298
  • The total expenses for Nov/Dec was $1,186, bringing the balance to $39,868.

Principal’s Report:

  • Mr. Blake opened with a thank you to the nurse and the Board of Education.
  • Happy to be back into the routine of in-person school and he is pleased with the academic and social performance of the students.
  • A thank you to parents and staff for continued support.

 President’s Report:

  • Thank you to the 5th grade reps, Holiday Store chairs and the Wellness chair.
  • Reminder to follow the Google link sent out for the Ramapo NHS who are hosting virtual classes or elementary school students.
  • Reminder of parent workshops - Supporting Students and Their Families During the Pandemic
  • Food fundraisers continue with Chef Angie, Anthony Franco’s and 3 Chicas.

 

Fifth Grade Reps: Tricia Caruso, Lisa Chamberlin, Nan Giblen, Dana Jareck, Nikki Moody, and Ellen Scott.

 

Executive Board Reports: Monica, Danielle/Jen, Joey/Susie

Monica:

  • No Report

Danielle/Jen:

  • Thank you to everyone who participated in the fundraisers over the holidays.
  • Reminder that meals ordered from Anthony Franco’s on Tuesdays and 3 Chicas on Wednesdays will have 20% of their bill donated back to the school.
  • All of the funds that are raised by these fundraisers help to fulfill requests made by teachers throughout the year.

Joey/Susie:

  • The Economy Shop is currently closed. Please hold on to all donations until it does open. 

Committee Reports: 5th Grade Reps, Nominating Committee

5th Grade Reps

  • Putting together creative fundraisers for the 5th grade – Mosaics, Kristen Dahl. They are thinking of having a wine tasting or community activity in the upcoming months

Nominating Committte

  • The Washington School Nominating Committee is looking for interested volunteers for the following two open board positions for 2021-2023. The roles are President and Economy Shop Chair.

Bingo Night Chair

  • Bingo night will be complimentary this year with no fees.
  • Zoom Bingo night will take place on 1/22 at 6:30pm for K-2 and 7:30pm for 3-5. 

Upcoming Dates:

1/15 PTO Coordinating Council Meeting 9:30am

1/18 School Closed

1/20 Supporting Students and Their Families During the Pandemic - Additional Strategies for your elementary age child - Zoom @ 7 pm

1/21 Supporting Students and Their Families During the Pandemic - Additional strategies for your adolescent - Zoom @ 7 pm

Next PTO Meeting will be February 9 – Time TBA.

 Thank you!

November 2020

Washington PTO Agenda

Welcome - Kristen Marino & Rosemary O’Connell, Co-Presidents, we would also like to welcome Dr. Postma.

Flag Salute - Mr. Blake

Introduce Board Members

Monica Bloch, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Joey O’Connell & Susie Vanenburg, Co-Treasurers, Economy Shop

Joan Clemente, Past President

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

 

Superintendent’s Report: Dr. Kerry Postma

  • We have seen the current COVID cases coming from outside exposure and by following protocol, we are not seeing a spread.
  • District annual goals –
    • Physical Safety – Establish learning while maintaining a safe environment
    • Social/Emotional learning - Being incorporated to everyday learning
    • Platforms of Learning – Ensure all students afford the same quality of instruction through all platforms – virtual or in-person.
  • Working on closing window of transition to remote learning down from 2-3 days. This time typically allows the teachers to prepare for the transition.
  • Grades 3-5 are equipped with video cameras in the room to allow for a quick transition to remote.
  • Grades K-2 currently have a separate remote teacher, but they are discussing ways to put the technology in place for those grades.
  • Positive cases have to be kept anonymous. The school will contract trace and let the appropriate classes know their exposure.
  • Snow days are being discussed in the next BOE meeting.

Secretary: October minute’s approval. No further correspondence.

Treasurer:  Financial Statement/New Forms

  • Kate announced that the Fall fundraisers have gone very well.  We are still waiting for the income to be reported from the lanyard and masks.
  • Income is $7,102, which is close to covering expenses from the beginning of the year

Principal’s Report:

  • Washington school has been the model for all Wyckoff schools, as well as neighboring towns due to the fact that it is the largest in town with close to 400 people.
  • The COVID cases that have arisen have been from outside sources.
  • Parent/Teacher conferences are this Wed and the 18th.  The children may be slightly behind with going virtual, however the teachers will share their current progress.  There will be no afternoon specials on conference days.
  • Washington will be back to in-person school on November 17th.
  • A thank you to parents and staff for continued support.

 President’s Report:

  • Thank you for purchasing We are Wyckoff merchandise. Thank you to our Book Fair Chairs (Cynthia Mills, Julie O’Donnell, Melanie Petruzzi) and to Cori Neuhaus, Sarir Silver for organizing the Halloween Parade video.
  • Salumi Kitchen is offering 4 for 40 each week. Washington has ordered the most meals and has earned a luncheon for the teachers the week of Nov 16th.

 

Fifth Grade Reps: Tricia Caruso, Lisa Chamberlin, Nan Giblen, Dana Jareck, Nikki Moody, and Ellen Scott.

 Executive Board Reports: Monica, Danielle/Jen, Joey/Susie

Monica:

  • The directory is at the printers and will be distributed the week before Thanksgiving.
  • 217 families have registered for the directory.

Danielle/Jen:

  • Thank you to everyone who participated in the current fundraisers.
  • Ongoing fundraisers are Charleston Wrap, Chef Angie 4 for 40.
  • New fundraisers are meals ordered from Anthony Franco’s on Tuesdays and 3 Chicas on Wednesdays will have 20% of their bill donated back to the school.
  • All of the funds that are raised by these fundraisers help to fulfill requests made by teachers throughout the year.
  • Washington School has a goal of constructing an outdoor classroom within the next 2 years. (President’s shared examples of what the classroom could look like in the future).

 Joey/Susie:

  • The Economy Shop is currently closed. Please hold on to all donations until it does open.

 

Committee Reports: 5th Grade Reps, Class Parent Coordinators, Coupon Books, Book Fair

5th Grade Reps

  • Putting together creative fundraisers for the 5th grade – there will be a holiday craft mosaic for holiday gifting. Please pay attention to virtual Friday folder announcements.
  • 5th grade yearbook photos will be requested in the upcoming weeks.

Wellness:

  • Joyce is creating a challenge for every month to promote wellness, activeness and mindfulness.
  • November is a gratitude challenge where each student writes 3 things they are grateful for each day for a total of 15 days.
  • Walk to school is moved to the spring.

Upcoming Dates:

11/11 Parent/Teacher Conferences – 1:45-7:45

11/16 BOE Meeting 6:30pm

11/17 Return to In-Person Instruction

11/18 Parent/Teacher Conferences – 1:45-7:45

11/25 Minimum Day

11/26-11/27 Happy Thanksgiving!

Next PTO Meeting will be January 12.

Thank you!

October 2020

Washington PTO Agenda

 

Welcome - Kristen Marino & Rosemary O’Connell, Co-Presidents

Flag Salute - Mr. Blake

Introduce Board Members

Monica Bloch, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Joey O’Connell & Susie Vanenburg, Co-Treasurers, Economy Shop

Joan Clemente, Past President

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

 

Secretary: September minute’s approval. No further correspondence.

Treasurer:  Financial Statement/New Forms

  • Kate introduced the paperless expense report. To receive reimbursement, PTO members and parents can send in a form with the attached receipt to the Washington treasurer email address.
  • Membership fees collected amounted to $2,881.
  • PTO spent $10K of unexpected funds on We are Wyckoff shirts, art supplies and temperature scanners.

Principal’s Report:

  • Back to School night reminder. K-2 logs on from 6-6:30, general assembly from 6:30-7, 3-5 from 7-8:30pm.
  • Parent/Teacher conferences will be held November 11th and 18th from 1:45pm-7:45pm.  Each conference will last 20 minutes.
  • Return to school plan will continue with the current plan through Thanksgiving.  Families will have the ability to switch their learning models from in-person to remote or remote to in-person through Friday 10/16.
  • Review of student quarantine guidelines.  If a child tests positive in the class, the class must quarantine. If a child is sick, there will be no remote instruction, however if a child is quarantining, they will be allowed remote instruction.
  • Halloween Update: There will be no parade or costumes allowed in school.  Teachers and PTO will provide a festive activities and fun lessons for the day.  A possibility of using Vidhug for students to share their costumes with their classmates.
  • A thank you to parents and staff for continued support.

 President’s Report:

  • Reminder to look out for Washington PTO emails and eblasts on Sunday evening. George Washington Elementary emails go out on Friday afternoon.
  • Thank you to Fall committee chairs.

  

Fifth Grade Reps: Tricia Caruso, Lisa Chamberlin, Nan Giblen, Dana Jareck, Nikki Moody, and Ellen Scott.

 

Board Reports: Monica, Danielle/Jen, Joey/Susie

Monica:

  • The directory is coming together and will be distributed in the next few weeks.
  • Thank you to the 5th grade students who participated in the cover contest. Winners are Isabella Van Slooten for the inside cover and Emerson Christman for the front cover.

Danielle/Jen:

  • Thank you to everyone who participated in the Wizard mask fundraiser. A total of $1,300 has been raised.  They will be available for pickup at the end of the week.
  • Reminder to purchase Harvest Fest tickets by Thursday, October 15.
  • Currently exploring Holiday fundraising options.
  • New partnership with Chef Angie who is offering her 4 for $40 dinner with the ability to add a $5 donation to the school of your choice. The school with the most donations will win a lunch for their teachers.

 Joey/Susie:

  • The Economy Shop is currently closed. Please hold on to all donations until it does open.

 

Committee Reports: 5th Grade Reps, Class Parent Coordinators, Coupon Books, Book Fair

5th Grade Reps

  • Grab and Go lunches are being explored. Lunches would be ordered by parents and picked up at committee chair houses.
  • Mini photo session fundraiser will be offered. The photographer is donating the sitting fee to Washington School.

Class Parent Coordinators:

  • Meeting was held on Monday, October 12th to review guidelines.
  • Harvest Fest pumpkin raffle is coming along. One $20 ticket, allows 1 entry for a chance to win one of 46 pumpkins. The pumpkins will be raffled off on Thursday, October 15th through a live zoom.
  • Meyers Boo Bags are available until October 21st.

Coupon Books:

  • The committee is exploring new vendors and will provide an update when more details are available.

Book Fair:

  • The book fair is currently running through October 25th. The link can be used by Washington families and can be passed along to friends and family members to help support the school.

 

Upcoming Dates:

10/12 – 10/25 Virtual Book Fair

10/13 Back-to-School Night

10/15 Class Parent Meeting

10/15 Harvest Fest

Next Month PTO Meeting on November 10.

 Thank you!

SEPTEMBER 2020

Washington PTO Agenda

 

Welcome - Kristen Marino & Rosemary O’Connell, Co-Presidents

Flag Salute - Mr. Blake

 

Introduce Board Members

Monica Bloch, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Joey O’Connell & Susie Vanenburg, Co-Treasurers, Economy Shop

Joan Clemente, Past President

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

Secretary: June minutes approval. No further report.

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

  • Kate reviewed purchase of handheld and walk through thermometers.
  • Reminder to support fundraisers and submit expenses in a timely manner.
  • Normal events are not budgeted for this year due to the current climate.
  • Kate is working towards a paperless approach.

Principal’s Report:

  • New drop off and arrival procedures will be sent out this week.
  • Faculty is ready for students to return on Sept 24th.
  • Kindergarten orientation was a success and a good sign that students will be back in the building.
  • Review of tiered transition back on the 24th/25th.

 President’s Report:

  • Thank you to the new committee chairs and the Class Parents who volunteered.
  • A class parent meeting will be scheduled in the near future.

Fifth Grade Reps:

  • Introduced the new 5th grade reps: Tricia Caruso, Lisa Chamberlin, Nan Giblen, Dana Jareck, Nikki Moody, and Ellen Scott.

Board Reports: Monica, Danielle/Jen, Joey/Susie

Monica:

  • PTO Registration deadline of September 20th
  • Actively working on resolving the registration website glitches.
  • Currently 82 families have registered as of Tuesday, Sept 15th.

 

Danielle/Jen:

  • Grab & Go Lunch Program – Lunch will be distributed at dismissal
    • Lunch options will include Midland Park Bagels & Anthony Franco’s food truck.
    • Potential discount at local restaurants that will offer a percentage back to the school for all purchases.
  • Washington Wear – Currently running until September 25 Slightly under 40% of Washington families have ordered as of 9/15.
  • Masks/Lanyard/Pouches sale is ongoing until September 20th.
  • Harvest Fest - The committee is coming up with new and creative ideas.  They want to keep the community feel of the event.  They would like to host the event, as it is an important PTO fundraiser.

 Joey/Susie:

  • The Economy Shop is currently closed. Please hold on to all donations until it does open.
  • If the shop does open this year, it will be at a 25% capacity.

 

Committee Reports: 5th Grade Reps, Class Parent Coordinators, Coupon Books, Book Fair

5th Grade Reps:

  • Committee members are working on new fundraising ideas for the year.

Class Parent Coordinators:

  • All class parents have been chosen.
  • The class parent meeting is postponed until further notice.

Coupon Books:

  • The committee has reached out to the vendor and will proceed with next steps.

Book Fair:

  • The book fair will run virtually this fall.
  • There will be options for teacher wish lists.
  • More information to follow, as we get closer to the dates.

Upcoming Dates:

9/14 BOE Meeting 6:30pm

9/24 In-Person School Starts

9/28 School Closed for Yom Kippur

Next Month PTO Meeting on October 13 at 7:30pm.

Thank you!