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!