April 2019 General PATS Meeting Minutes

PATS General Meeting
Sunday, 4/14/19 @5:00
Flip Dunk Sports

Call meeting to order @ 5pm – Charlotte

Jessie moves to approve last month’s meeting minutes.
Jocelyn seconds
All I’s

We would like to make a change to the VP roles, getting rid of spring fair, adding a VP of district communications
Kaitlyn moves to approve
Blaire seconds
All I’s

Voting of 2019-2020 board members.
President: Jessie Spalding
Presiden Elect: Yarden Tahan
Secretary: Blaire Griffin
Treasurer: Dan Santibanez
Co-Treasurer: Brian Foltyn
Fundraising: Jenny Goldman
Co-Fundraising: Tara Allen
Spring Fair: Meredith Francis
District Relations: Glen Sheriff
Community Events: Biby Carbonneau
Teacher Representative: Jocelyn Harding

No other volunteers to run.

Angel moves to approve slate
Kaitlyn seconds
All I’s

Introduction of Ms. Laura Webb, new principal at Simis
Introduction of Lindsay Murry, new assistant principal at Simis

Principal’s Report – Dr. Flowers
Working at Simis has been a pleasure x 14 years. She has loved working with all of our students.
4th grade AZ Merit has completed; we have some makeups for students who have been absent and that will be completed by the end of this week.

Dr. Flowers and Ms. Webb have been meeting regularly to prepare for next year.

Teacher’s Report – Ms. Harding
Teachers were very happy with spring fair.
Book Fair was a huge success and teachers all got new books as a portion of the proceeds.
Thank you for attending Open House.

Spring Fair Review – Angel
Spring Fair was a big success. We do not have financial #’s in yet. Goal is to break even. Online survey gave us some advice for next year. Positives: Free entrance, food trucks, raffle instead of auction.
Suggestions: Different time because of heat, need for more bathrooms.
If anyone has more suggestions to share, please send them to Angel.

Dine Out – Charlotte for Susan
Instead of a dine out, we’re having a Simis Skate Party!
Wednesday, April 24th from 5-730.
Admission: $3 + $ for skates.
100% of admission $ goes to Camelview

School Supplies – School supplies box saves you time and money. Go to the PATS Blast or PATS Facebook page for ordering information.

Playground Update – Dan
We gave the money for the athletic court to the district. We have been pressuring them to move forward with getting the athletic court in place. Goal is to have it done this summer.

Book Fair information – Jessie
Savannah has chaired the bookfair > 10 years. She met her goal this year of making 25K at the bookfair. This book fair is the most successful in AZ, maybe in the country, definitely in the world!
We get 70% of proceeds to go to books for teacher’s rooms and the library.

Dad’s Club – John
Spring Social was last night. Everyone had fun and Dad’s Club raised some $.
Dad’s Club would love to have more dads involved.
Dee suggested having some meetings first thing in the morning after drop off in order to capture more dads who work in the evening.

Teacher Appreciation Committee – Tracy
Committee is using a resort theme for teacher appreciation week this year.
Making bathrooms feel more spa-like
Classroom delivery of beverages
Donuts & Coffee Day – Need morning helpers
Nacho Taco Salad Bar – Late Morning/Afternoon helpers needed
Dinner gift cards and desserts
Charcuterie board day
Gifts distributed throughout the week
Tracy is looking for travel-sized reusable straws for the teachers. If you know of any (hoping $2 or less), please let Tracy know.
tracyjbremmeyer@gmail.com for more information or if you have any ideas.
Many SignUpGenius lists to come. WATCH YOUR EMAIL from your homeroom parents and Wendy Carmona.
Thank you Tracy for all of your hard work!!!

Future Fifth Grader Night: May 9th @ 530. The Gym at Madison Meadows.

Buy your yearbooks.  $20 now. Will cost $25 on and after May 1st.

4th grade graduation party: May 15th, 2-4PM, Flip Dunk, $11 per child

4th grade water party May 17th. More information to come home from your teachers. Jenny Goldman and Angel Conaway are the contacts if you want more information.
We are hosting this at a water park to be more in line with our water conservation education and efforts at Simis. It is an indoor event and there are non-swimming activities available as well. The cost will be covered by tax credit money. We are looking for 5 volunteers per class. Teachers will coordinate this for their class.

Dee asks why the graduation is scheduled for the last day of school.
Dr. Flowers points out this is an awards assembly with the musical performance but not an actual graduation. Kids will travel there by bus and return to school by bus as well. The assembly should be between 9-1030.

There is also an idea for a clap-out brought forth by Michelle Beckett. All the kids in the school will line the sidewalks and clap as the fourth graders walk through to get on the busses.

Good bye party for Dr. Flowers. Keep an eye out for more information about the event on May 7th 4-6 @ Laderra. We will have appetizers and cash bar. Parents and teachers, NO KIDS. Evite to follow.

Jessie moves to close
Yarden seconds
All I’s.

November Meeting Minutes 2018

PATS General Meeting

Friday, November 16, 2018

Executive board members present:

Charlotte Shaff

Jessie Spalding

Kaitlynn Brimhall

Jenny Goldman
Jocelyn Harding

Cindy Wagner
Joyce Flowers


Parent introductions.

There will be no December PATS general meeting.


Last months meeting minutes:

Jessie Spalding approves.

Amy Hsiung seconds.


Dr. Kenneth Baca:

  • Importance of social-emotional needs of studentsSafe school and community first, academics will come. We want to keep that “A” rating but not at the expense of the safety of our students.Plan for initiatives such as trainings, community forums. Grant needed to fund this. We need smaller class sizes for social-emotional needs. Challenge is: how many to decrease by? 1 wouldn’t make a difference. What’s the magic number? Say 6, where would those students go? There is a teacher shortage. Reducing open enrollments?-We are funded by amount of students, $5700-5800 per student. We have 34 and a half classes. Dr. Baca is committed to exploring options to reduce class sizes. Budget advisory committee is in place to look at all possibilities.

  • Retirement of Dr. Flowers. 13 years in Simis community. Moving to Kansas to be with grandchildren. Community forum will be held before applications accepted. What qualities are desired? Interview forum will include parents. Will have a lot of parent input..

  • Open to questions:

    • Mindfulness still occurring? Yes, through mid-Jan. For 30 min weekly, someone comes into class to model this for teachers and students in pilot classes. How the superintendent looks at this- Mindfulness falls into the PBIS curriculum. Approaching discipline: not jumping to suspension, less adult intervention, letting students solve conflict on their own. Open to it. Seeing which schools are open to this.

    • District should get recommendations from legislature hopefully by April, maybe May. Already committed to 5% raise to teacher.

  • Thank you for being involved. Representing parents who can’t be here. Keep district accountable.


Principal’s Report:

  • Social emotional. In January all classrooms will be utilizing “5 radical minutes”- daily 5 min script for teachers to utilize with students. Multiple components. Long term plan was to continue with 12 classrooms each year. If you want this to continue, use your voice.

  • Dr. Flowers is full on approachable, listening right up to last day June 30th. Dr. Baca will be available throughout process. Madison is well known, even with teacher shortage-our positions get filled with great teachers.


Fun Run- Jenny:

  • Jan 29-Feb 8: fun run. Booster-a-thon instead of APEX. Booster is 80/20 split, meaning they get 20% of funds raised. APEX was 60/40.  Requires more work on PATS part but a lot of support is still provided by company. We won’t have the APEX people on campus- however this did cause interruption. One parent per grade volunteer to get helpers to pass out prizes, a repofrt will be printed off daily, prizes handed to teachers to pass out at their leisure. Still will have character theme. STEAM based- “Mindspark Mystery”. New student star video that can be personalized with your child’s photo to send to families.

  • Sponsors needed for students to each get a t-shirt. Hopefully by end of December we will have sponsors. Blue orthodontics so far- $500. We need $4000 total.

  • Discussion re: something other than shirts, such as a bag or cape. Main purpose of shirt it to mark how many laps are run and show unity. If we can’t get donors for shirts there are stickers that can be used instead.

  • Reason for fundraiser: running for reading. Pays for our reading aides and interventionist.

Box tops-Zenia:

  • $900 so far for this collection.

  • Atkinson’s Class brought in most so will receive rotating trophy.

  • Pushing for use of App that you use to scan receipts.

  • Dime drive.


Advocacy chair-Stephanie:

  • Elected house representatives will be invited to forum to talk about priorities. Will occur in January after governor’s state address.

  • Training will be provided re: Request to Speak System in January.


Melissa Powers- IB coordinator

  • Seesaw. Portfolios to document IB. Parents should keep going on to comment on student’s work. Just getting started, so much potential. Brand new this year. Students can even take video. Comments will encourage students.

  • Mindfulness goes along well with IB.

  • PYP enhancements-exciting changes coming.

  • Culture day: Senor M and Ms. Powers team up for this. Team of teacher that meet: how to make it deeper and make it connect more academically, bring it in deeper. Less running around collecting things and more connecting internationally.


VP Community Programs Report-Cindy:

  • Turkey trot. Gates at 1pm. Races at 2pm. Bring canned, or boxed foods. Not the worse canned food item in your pantry.

  • Holiday helping starting soon. Expanding to Camelview to help families there.

    • Dee V. – has volunteered a lot in pantry, turkey trot, helping hands. Please don’t donate things you wouldn’t give your kids, for example, expired food.

    • Amy H.-big boxes of food will be donated by Lincoln center and given out to families on holiday helping list, for those families to make a holiday meal.

    • Holiday helping snowmen can be exchanged or an extra snowman can be picked up in the front office if you have more to give this year.

    • If you donate a gift card for helping hand, please write the amount.



  • Senor M: started radiation. Hoping to return in January.

  • Holiday party. Meadows hosting this year. Friday, Dec. 7. 3:30-8pm.


Meeting adjourned by: Jenny at 8:50 am.

Seconded by: Amy H..

October 2018 Meeting Minutes

10/15/18 – PATS General Meeting
Shaff Home – Thank you for hosting!

  • Call meeting to order – Charlotte Shaff, 18:40.
  • President’s Report – Charlotte Shaff

o   Approval of last month’s meeting minutes (which are posted online)

  • Yarden moves to improve. Megan approves. All approve.

We are asking for parent volunteers to hang out on the playground to watch the kids while parents go to their conferences. There is a Sign Up Genius, please watch for this on the PATS blast or through your homeroom parent emails.

  • Principal’s Report – Dr. Flowers
    Jessie Spalding is the new librarian. She has made the library very welcoming and has a lot of great ideas for more improvements.

We need help in the parking lot.

We need adult volunteers (3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon) to help patrol the parking lot before and after school next week (the week of 10/22).
Another thought is to repaint the parking lot with more directionals. Dad’s Club has volunteered to do this.
Another thought is paying off-duty police officers to manage the lot.

Another idea is to provide a week of warning initially and then following up with citations, stickers, etc.

Dr. Flowers is investigating cost to employee officers for this matter.

The school would like everyone to know there are times when there is not a sub available and, instead, a class must be split among the other teachers of that grade level, usually 4 additional students per class.

Subs make $100/day, interested parents can sign up for a sub certificate through the State of Arizona ($60) and then apply through the district to have a background check, fingerprint clearance, and basic training.

  • Madison Advocates – Mitra Khazai

If your ballot got wet, you can ask for a new ballot. You can go to the Madison Advocate webpage or the Maricopa Country Recorder website to get directions on how to request a new ballot.

Prop 126 – A yes vote would Prohibits any political subdivision (state, county, etc.) to propose increased tax on services.
Backed by AZ association of Realtors & National backers.
Services are becoming a greater portion of our economy.
The concern with this proposition is it is an amendment to our constitution. This makes it very inflexible.
Already in AZ, 2/3 of the legislatures have to approve to pass any tax increase. So, it is already difficult to increase taxes on services.
Madison Advocates is asking for a No vote to preserve the current state and local authority to impose a tax on services if necessary.

Prop 127 – A yes vote would require utilities regulated by corporation commission (not SRP) get 50% of power from renewable resources (solar & wind) & 10% from distributed renewable resources.
A No vote will preserve the existing rules.

Madison Advocates has no stance on the issue.

Prop 305 –

A yes vote diverts money away from public education and instead gives it for vouchers.

Madison Advocates is asking for a No vote on this.

Prop 306 – A yes vote would water down our clean elections process.

It weakens the authority of the Clean Elections Program.

Public education is best served when all people have an opportunity to run for election.

Madison Advocates is recommending a No Vote on this.

Regarding justices: recommending against Clint Bolick for retainment.

  • Teacher Rep – Ms. Harding

Fall Fundraiser was a great success. From a teacher’s perspective, it was very smooth

and enjoyable event (Awesome job Kaitlyn!!!)

Teacher’s just finalized grades and are getting ready for fall conferences.
Teachers are encouraging everyone to use SeeSaw to see your student’s digital portfolio. Kids really like seeing parent comments or “hearts” on their work.

  • Fall Fundraiser, Caring is Super! – Kaitlyn Brimhall

o   We exceeded our goal and are waiting on final numbers but are already above 45K.

  • Community Programs – Cindy Fairbanks

o   Trunk or Treat, 10/26 4-6pm
Please email Cindy @ Simiscommunity@gmail.com if you can bring your car and participate.

  • Miscellaneous Fundraising –

o   Next Dine Out: November 7th @ Blaze. (12/4: Miracle Mile Deli)

o   Box Tops – There is a rotating trophy for the class who has the most Box Tops.
You can download the Box Tops Ap: https://www.boxtops4education.com/-/media/BTFE/CommunicationMaterials/Assets/Flyers/2017-BTFE_mobile_app_flyer.pdf?la=en
Second grade is winning right now.

  • Dads Club – John Shaff
    Movie Night is THIS FRIDAY, Hotel Transylvania
    Food Trucks are coming and plan to give 15% back. We will have numerous food trucks as well as Kona Ice, a popcorn vendor, and smoothie-making blender bikes.
    Next meeting is November 13th.
    In December 11th, there is a joint Meadows/Simis Dad’s club meeting.
    January 5th is the Christmas Tree Drive.
  • Next Meeting: Monday, Friday, November 16 @ 7:50 am
  • Charlotte adjourned the meeting @ 19:31.

September 2018 Meeting Minutes

9/9/18 – PATS General Meeting Minutes
Flip Dunk Sports

Charlotte Shaff called the meeting to order @ 15:17

President’s Report – Charlotte Shaff

      Introduction of board members

Yarden moved to approve last month’s meeting minutes.

Kaitlyn seconded.

All approved.

Principal’s Report – Dr. Flowers

  1. Mindfulness pilot is “working wonderfully,” “very helpful,” “amazing,” “love it.”
  2. August PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) data is the best it has ever been. (Is this related to #1, maybe?)
  3. Mr. McNulty underwent extensive surgery for removal of tumor and reconstruction of chin. He wants everyone to let the kids know that he will look different when he returns to school.

Teacher Rep – Katie Harkins stood in as teacher rep.
Mindfulness program is going great

Fall Fundraiser, Caring is Super! – Kaitlyn Brimhall
Theme: Caring is Super!
Cash Drive instead of kids selling junk no one wants, woo hoo!
100% volunteer based so 100% of proceeds stay with Simis
Easiest way to donate: www.simispats.com
Can also take cash/check into the office. Please include student and teacher name on the check.
Please share the link with family and friends!
Goal, 45K, ~$50 per student. This is NOT the activity fee. This goes to PATS to pay for things the district does not cover.
Examples of where the money will go: DIGGS, Art Masterpiece, recess aides, family assistance, teacher conferences, community building events playground addition underway, etc.

If we reach our goal of 45k, we’ll have a bonus recess for all of the kids.
Top 3 classes: Party at Flip Dunk with pizza
Top 3 coin-collection classes: Ice Cream truck party
If we receive 1K caring cards, Dr. Flowers will dress up like a superhero.

Fun activities during the fundraiser:
This Friday, 9/14/18: Super Hero Dress UP Day!
Coin Collection
Photobooth week – WE NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS (week of 9/17-9/21)
Caring bracelets (Orders due 9/17)
Caring cards

Kick off with coffee, TOMORROW, 9/10 to learn more! (In the entrance before school)

Community Programs – Yarden for Cindy

THANK YOU to Arts Masterpiece and DIGGS volunteers!

Book drive update – THANK YOU, Jessie!

Adult Night Out, Friday, 9/28 @ Madison Performing Arts Center: https://www.evite.com/event/004CIF335CQROQKZKEPIUBCPSYA3EE/rsvp

Miscellaneous Fundraising – Charlotte for Susan

Next Dine Out – 10/2, 5-9pm @ Chipotle (Central & Camelback) 33% back to Simis

Box Tops, keep turning them in

Spirit Wear delivery ~9/20.

Treasurer’s Report – Dan Santibanez

PATS updated budget 2018-2019. Posted on the PATS webpage
The Fall Fundraiser goal is ½ of the total PATS budget.

Public Advocacy Committee – Jessie for Stephanie Hendricks

Upcoming event: Cocktails & Candidates, 9/13 6-8pm

Dads Club – Charlotte for John Shaff (2 min)

Game Night coming up 9/15, get tickets through simispats website in store.

Simis Spring Fair – Angel Conway

Fair is March 30th. We’re looking for some BIG sponsors right now to cover the cost of games in order to lower the cost for everyone to attend.

Instead of a silent auction, it is going to be raffle only.

Email Angel Conway for further information: angelconaway@cox.net

Teacher Appreciation – Tracy Bremmer
Breakfast 2 weeks ago went well; teachers loved it.
Next breakfast will be a potluck asking parents to bring in items. Items can be dropped off to Tracy or Erin the night before.
Sign Up Genius will go live tomorrow, 9/10/18

DIGGS – Leilani
Saturday, 9/29 8:00am garden work day working on sorting seeds.
We need volunteers from parents and kids. This could be great hours for community service hours for older kids.
We have over 10k seeds donated from Lowes
We are sharing seeds with other schools as well to help grow our neighbor’s gardens.

Contact Leilani for more information: leiandw@cox.net 

Art Masterpiece – Megan Tracy
Just had the 100th volunteer sign up. September rotation schedule is coming out soon.

Next PATS Meeting October 15th @ 6:30 at the home of a board member, details to follow via Website and FB page.

Charlotte adjourned the meeting @ 15:56
Angel seconded

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.
For more information: https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2018/07/13/phoenix-stories-2018phoenix-theatre-children-and.html

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.

Facebook has the most up to date PATS information

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.
For more information, www.mindfullnessfirst.org


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: mpowers@madisoned.org


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: SimisDadsClub@gmail.com

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

www.Simispats.com 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

April 2018


APRIL 18, 2018

PRINCIPALS REPORT: Madison Performing Arts Center update/info. She showed a rendering of the auditorium. Impressive building with seating for 900 and plenty of parking.

Teachers Report: All good. And Ms Powers said she has enough mentors for 4th graders.

Surveys went out to 2nd/3rd grade parents Student Led Conferences and Digital Portfolios. Please answer to share your thoughts.

Dr Flowers and Ms Harding will be attending an event this summer to share feedback on your feedback.

Slate was voted on and approved for Executive PATS Board for 2018/2019.

President: Charlotte Shaff

President-Elect: Jessie Spaulding

Secretary: Yarden Tahan

Treasurer: Dan Santibanez

Treasurer-Elect: Brian Foltyn

VP – Fall Fundraiser: Kaitlynn Brimhall

VP – MidYear: Jenny Goldman

VP – Miscellaneous Fundraising: Susan Healy

VP Spring Fair – Angel Conaway

Community Programs: Cindy Wagner

Teacher Rep: Jocelyn Harding

Numerous committee Chairs positions open for new school year.

Please contact Charlotte and Jessie if you are interested in chairing or volunteering.

Treasurer: Teachers need to spend their APEX money for their classrooms.

Dads Club Social: Most successful yet in 3 years. $9,400 before fees/costs.

Fundraising Committees: No updates so far. Sarah Fluke asked about teacher feedback on Apex. Jenny said there were a few complaints about classroom interuptions.

Community Programs: Ap 27: TGIF Friday park playdate at Granada Park 3-5pm

Casual Cereal Drive Ap 30-May 4: Large container boxes for cereal boxes at Heights, MTA and Simis. Fire Department will drive down to the Madison Pantry.

Dads Club: Looking for new dads for the new year to join. Meeting will be in a couple weeks.

Atkinson spoke on Walk Out possibilities…From the teacher association, they’d go into the sub system as a way to show there will be one in advance notice. If it were to come to that, there would be enough advance notice. Molly Mayfield asked about notice, Dr Flowers said robo calls will go out.

Please check out the Madison AEU page on FB and Simis PATS FB page.



Oct 2017

Oct 18, 2017

PATS General Meeting

President, Nicole Ramirez call to order at 6:34pm

Approve minutes: Jessie and Amy.

Guest Speaker discussed Transgender 101 and inclusivity. Friendship and being kind.

President Report: Shared that we approved to purchase 3 carts/Chromebooks

Principal Report – Shared info on our lockdown/lockout program at our school.

Treasurer Report:

Fall Fundraiser Report: We raised over $50,000. Thank you!

New Simis Spirit Wear to be sold soon (shirts, hats, bottles)

Dine Out Night – Central Kitchen – Oct 25 MUST BRING FLYER.

Fair Report – Basket assignments are with your HRT.

Community Report: Trunk or Treat at Simis on Oct 27.

Beckett’s Table Social Night Nov 8 6-8pm

Communications Report

Website update

Social Media

Teacher Report – none

Dad’s Club: Movie Night, Simis Hats/Shirts sales online, Meeting Time TBD

Committee Report: BoxTop Report, Turkey Trot Report, Green Team has been resurrected.

Motion to Ajorn: Jessie, Zenia

Sept 2017

PATS General Meeting

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 6:30 p.m.


  1. Meeting called to order at 6:33pm by Nicole Ramirez.


  1. Special Guest Speaker- “IB 101” Melissa Powers


  1. President Report
  • Upcoming Events Shared
    • Simis Social Hour- Southern Rail 9/25
    • 4th Grade Teacher Appreciation Breakfast- 9/29
    • Vision & Hearing 10/16-17


  1. Treasurer Report
  2. Dr Flowers Report
  3. Teacher Report- Rita Atkinson
  4. Fall Fundraiser Update- Jessie Spalding We’ve raised more than $___.
  5. Community Committee Update- Jessie Spalding.

Trunk or Treat Oct 27

Park Play Date Socializing


  1. Fundraising Committee Update- Jenny Goldman & Aaron Latham

T-shirt and other items for sale soon.

Central Kitchen next Dine Out on October 25.


  1. Dads Club Update- Game Night fundraiser about $800. New shirts/hats to be made. Plans for what they’ll fundraise for. Next meeting is Tues Oct 3: 7156 N 3rd Ave 7pm.

Movie night Oct 20. Will be selling ads for screen at Movie Night $250


  1. Budget amendment – Ashleigh motioned to approve the amendment on the budget.

Seconded by Angel.  Vote Approved.

Meeting ended at 7:25pm.







Aug 2017

PATS General Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 6:30 p.m.

Meeting was called to order by Co-President, Rebecca at 6:33pm.

  1. Special Guest Speaker- Dr. Flowers.
  • Enrollment 967
  • Solar Eclipse concerns
  • Parking procedures
  • Science Kits


  1. 2017-2018 PATS Operating Budget- Review & Vote

**Tabled DIGGS line item for next executive board meeting.


  • MOTION to amend to approved the budget to approve expenses and income is in a transparent way for the Dad’s Club. (Tonia)

SECOND (Molly)

QUORUM (Yes – 61 Opposed – 11)


  • MOTION to approve the budget with amendments previously approved (Molly)

SECOND (LeiLani)

MAJORITY-Motion passes.


  1. President Report
  • Introduce Committee Chairs
  • Volunteer Search- Green Team, Vision & Hearing, Fall Fundraiser, Spring Fair
  • Website and Facebook info shared.
  • Teacher Allotment & Grant Request Report.
  • Directory report.
  • Upcoming Events
    • Dine Out- Flower Child 8/21
    • Simis Social Hour- Pomelo 8/23
    • Directory Drive Ends 9/1
    • “Coffee on Campus” 9/1
    • Fall Fundraiser Kickoff 9/5
    • September PATS Meeting 9/20 Guest Speaker Melissa Powers-“What is IB and how it affects my child?”


  1. Teacher Report-
  • Rita Thanks for the gift of supply allotments.


  1. Directory Update
  • Sarah Looking for more sponsorships and sales of directory.


  1. Fall Fundraiser Update
  • Jessie gave some info on her Five-week fundraising plans.


  1. Community Committee Update
  • Jessie Spalding shared info on the social hour at Pomelo on 8/23.


  1. Fundraising Committee Update
  • Jenny & Aaron:

-Dine out fundraisers each month. First one is 8/21 at Flower Child. —Sponsorship packages for PATS either through the year or specific events.

-Spirit wear fundraiser.


  1. Dads Club Update
  • Introduction as president John Shaff
  • Game Night Sept 20th, Oct 20
  • Community Night
  • Spring Social April 14th.


  • Co-treasurer introduction
  • Cindy Fairbanks,


MOTION to close (Tonia)

SECOND (Molly)

Majority-Motion Passes.