August 2018 PATS Meeting Minutes

PATS General Meeting
8/13/18, Simis Library

Dee Valadez spoke for a moment before the meeting to discuss a contest her son Seth is a part of in order to win a 10K donation to his charity of choice: Phoenix Theater.
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Charlotte called the meeting to order at 18:34
Introduction of board members

Meetings will be at different locations and different times to help reach as many families as possible.

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Dr. Flowers reviewed back to school night information.
Expectations (Be Respectful, Responsible, and Safe) and Reinforcement Methods (Loops, Super Cyclone, Redirection, Reteaching, MIR etc.).
There are expectations for both children and adults on campus. All are available in the handbook.

Sunny, founder of Mindfulness First explained the program. It is a local nonprofit in its 5th year.
Will be at Simis for 16 weeks doing a pilot program teaching the children and teachers how to be more mindful.
12 classes are a part of the pilot program, minimum of one per grade level.
If your child’s class is a part of it, it would have been discussed during Open House.
There may be more classes participating in the future. The hope is to have 12 additional classes participating next year and the remaining 10 classes during the third year. Teachers elect to do this; it is not required.

The program teaches “Mindfulness-Based Social-Emotional Learning,” Teaching tools to manage stress and navigates life’s challenges.
Mindfulness First will have a team of three will be on our campus: Megan, Cheryl, and Jyoti

They have been working with Crockett Elementary for the past four years and have had amazing results.
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Ms. Harding filling in for Ms. Powers.
Changes coming this year: Redesigned Unit Planner.
We just found out a Simis Student is the PYP student of the year!
Mellissa Powers will be speaking at one of our future PATS meeting to give more information about IB and how it works at Simis.

Any questions, email Melissa Powers:


Ms. Harding
“Great start to the school year.”
She took a moment to thanks PATS for help in starting the year.
In particular, snacks and drinks for teachers, gift card for teacher supplies, balls for the playground.


Cindy Wagner
PATS is collecting gently used books to stock teacher classrooms.
Jessie, who is not only co-president but also a librarian, will categorize the books and distribute appropriately.
Please drop new or gently used books to collection area in the office.

PATS Sponsored Parents Night Out planned for September 28th. Will be held at the new Madison performance arts building on 16th Street and Missouri.
Parent’s only event. Free. Meet families. Have fun.

Kaitlin Brimhall
Fall Fundraiser is one of the two main fundraisers at Simis.
Taking place 9/10-9/28
Primarily a cash donation drive.
9/10 – Kick off with coffee
Will have a number of components:
Coin Drive – Homeroom parents will make a coin bank for each class
Bracelets, ordering 9/17
Caring Cards
9/17-9/21: Photo Booth
9/14: Super Hero Dress-up
9/28: Spirit Day


Susan Healey
8/22 – Shake Shack Dine out, all day event. Tell them you’re with Simis. 20% of proceeds go back to Simis!!
Spirit wear online orders through 9/28. We will send home orders with the kids.

Box Tops: Watch for product list coming home in your child’s backpack.


Angel Conaway
Fair date is March 30th.
There are a few changes this year:
All baskets are raffled (instead of silent auction)
More games and interactive fun stuff for kids


John and Chris
4th year of Dad’s Club at Simis
Goal is to get dads involved on campus.
Movie Night 10/19/18
Spring Social (Adults Only) 4/13/19
Raise money to provide extra things at Simis (ice machine, shade structures, working on playground structure)
First Meeting: August 21st,
Thereafter, Meetings are the 2nd Wednesdays of every month

For more information, email:

Amy Hsiung– Family Assistance
Erin Riley – Teacher Appreciation

Stephanie Hendricks – Advocacy Committee helping us get more involved with local government needs 9/13 – Meet the Candidate Night. More information to follow.

Leilani Ward-Smith– DIGS
Zenia Hickson – Box Tops
Sarah Santibanez – Green Team Recycling
Sage Ashley – Yearbook
Liz – Art Masterpiece
Sarah Ria- Copy Cats
Sarah Vrska – Homeroom parent coordinator
Michelle Beckett – Meet and Greet Committee
Lilly Randall – Turkey Trot to get more information on committees and committee chair contact information.

Dan Santibanez

Most fundraising comes from Fall Fundraiser and Fun Run
There are other passive fundraising methods throughout the year such as Dine Outs and Spirit Wear, but the bulk of fundraising is from Fall Fundraiser and Fun Run.

New this year: PATS funded a part time reading interventionalist thanks to the money from the Fun Run last year. Per Dr. Flowers, we got a great teacher.
This year’s goals: Purchasing an additional playground.

Jon Shaff moved to approve the budget as submitted
Amy Hsuing seconds
All I’s.

Budget will be posted on the website.


Jenny Goldman

Fun Run will take place 1/29/19 – 2/8/19
Changes to the Fun Run this year:
New company: Boosterthon (who has been working with MTA, who are very happy with them).

Fewer interruptions to the class. No people coming into the classroom. Instead, there will be a video every day for the teacher to play at her/his convenience.
There will be prizes for the kids as they raise money, but again, the teachers will pass these out at their discretion.
We will get a much bigger cut of the earnings, and will therefore need far more parent participation.
Anyone interested in helping morning activities (passing out prizes), participating in the assembly, etc., please contact Jenny Goldman.

NEXT MEETING DATE/TIME is Sunday, August 9 at 3pm Flip Dunk.


Charlotte Shaff moves to adjourn
Jessie Spalding seconds
All I’s