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Sep 08

PTSA Agenda & Potential Goals

Our first PTSA General Meeting is Monday, September 8th at officially at 7 pm.  There is a chance that the shared meeting time will start at 6:30 pm, so you may want to come early to hear from Principal Brown and Instructional Coach, Karen Goodman.

Agenda:

Click here for the PTSA_Agenda_090814.  Of note, we like to commit our meeting time to discussions and decision making.  Consequently, committee reports will be presented with the notes from the meeting.  If you have anything you’d like to discuss, please contact Jody Dickson, jody@dickson.org, to get on the agenda.

Potential Goals:

The following are some potential goals to review before the discussion about them during the meeting:

–          Increase male participation in our school’s annual volunteer opportunities to 40 volunteers, a 30% increase from last year’s male volunteers. When fathers are involved in school, children learn more, perform better in school, exhibit healthier behavior, have fewer discipline problems, are more likely to participate in extracurricular activities and enjoy school more.

–          Offer enriched learning opportunities that complement the classroom curriculum. We commit to offering at least one enhancement opportunity to every grade and in a variety of formats including field trips, assemblies, guest speakers and hands-on experiences. We also commit that at least three of these enrichment opportunities will be field trips. These opportunities offer our children different ways to learn what is being taught in the classroom and will help bring some new and diverse topics and experiences to our children.

–          Increase participation in the Three for Me program. Our goal is to have 115 commitments (75% of enrollment) and 100% fulfillment of those commitments. We also commit that that 15% increase from last year (15 people) will be new volunteers at this school year. Volunteers expand our ability to meet the learning needs of our students and lighten the workload of the staff so they can focus on teaching! Once volunteers understand the variety of ways they can contribute to the school and have successful and meaningful experiences, then our school, staff and students will benefit from a diverse and deep volunteer pool throughout the school year.

–          Offer at least one parent feedback opportunity in every month of the school year in a variety of formats, including but not limited to surveys, polls, email requests, website forms, and public forums. If the school offers a parent feedback opportunity, we will promote it to the PTSA community. In order for us to meet the needs of our school community, we need to know what they are. Parents have direct insight into how the school impacts their students and our community.  Parent feedback reveals opportunities for us to improve as an organization and as a school. We want parents to intrinsically know that they have a voice in our school. As part of this goal, we will seek opportunities to measure the amount of feedback we receive so we can increase it in future years.