January 2020 General PATS Meeting Minutes

January 16, 2020 – PATS General Meeting
Location:  Jessie’s House: at 6:30 p.m.

Call Meeting to Order:  Jessie Spalding at 645v

Introduction:  Jessie Spalding

Speaker: www.kidinthecorner.com

A very powerful speech from the founder who lost her own teenage son to suicide. Not a dry eye in the house.

This is an admirable organization that hosts many family-friendly events through the year including: Volunteer day for an animal sanctuary, assembling “Z-Packs” for distribution to those in need, creating “kindness rocks”, etc. See the website for more information.

Attendees all expressed interest in having the speaker at Simis to give a presentation to the kids, which she does at schools regularly.


Principal’s Report

For out of district students only: Open enrollment is going on right now. Ends January 26th. If you are current Simis student, do NOT reapply. You will find out by March 1st if you are accepted.

Laura and Lindsay are meeting with teachers to go over MAP scores and instructional goals.

Conferences are going great. 2nd-4th graders are doing an awesome job with their student-led conferences. Remember, you can meet with your teacher at any time, not just during conferences.

No school on Monday in honor MLK (this was published late; hope you didn’t go)

1/22 Parent University @ 6pm – Stress Free Homework

1/22 Author Visit @ Simis

Community CPR class at Madison District Office Board Room, 2-8 pm Anyone 8 and up can attend. February 8th. $13 per person, exact change required.

Safety committee for the parking lot is developing. If you are interested in taking part in this, please reach out to PATS.

Culture day on Friday, February 14th. We have 19 cultures being represented and are always open to more. Please contact Melissa Powers if you are interested in participating.

Tuesday, 1/21 100th day of school – dress like you’re 100 years old.

President’s Report
We are looking for Simis parents to take a bigger role in PATS. We need new board members and committee chairs. Contact PATS for more information.

Teacher Report
Jessie for teacher – The teachers are grateful for all of the grants that have been approved. Teachers are using this money to create new and exciting opportunities for our kids, add books to their class libraries, provide additional instructional equipment in their classrooms, attend continuing education conferences in order to learn new skills for teaching our students – and so much more.

Fun Run –    Have already started collecting money. Website is open!
This is the ONLY fundraiser of the year
Goal this year is 125K
Pep Rally on January 28th in the morning. Planning for 8 and 9 am, time not yet confirmed.

Dine Outs/Skate Party –
February 24th @ Culvers – Look for the flyer in your kid’s mailbox
Greatskate in April, date to come…

Fair Update
Fair was great. We basically broke even, which was the point as this was an awesome, free community event for our Simis family and we did not request donations from our parents.

Spring season for Kinder, first, and second grade is starting.

Season starts on Tuesday, 1/21

At the time of the meeting, there were classes who still did not have volunteers to run the program, but since then those spots have been filled. There is likely always room for more, so please Stephanie Hendricks if you are interested – Stephanie.hsiung@gmail.com

Green Team
First grade had a recycling presentation by waste management.

We recycle a lot including: snack bags, ziplock bags, granola wrappers, cardboard, plastics, etc. There will even be a new crayon recycling program.

Sarah will reach out to Stephanie to work on composting for the DIGGS garden.

Melissa with Blue Orthodontics here with business cards. They do a lot of sponsorship for the school. You can reach out to her if you need any sponsorship and needs.

Art Masterpiece has three rotations left, February, March, and April. They currently have 100 volunteers, but they always have room for more volunteers.

Jessie moves to close. Yarden seconds. Meeting closed @ 8:13PM