Monthly Meeting Minutes

Pound PTO Meeting Minutes

03/21/2017

Attendance: Sarah Olson, Paulette Luebbe, Dr Deibler, Angie StCin

Officers:

President: Sarah Olson

Vice President: Angie St Cin

Secretary: open position

Treasurer: Paulette Luebbe

School Representative: Dr Deibler

 

Minutes from 2/14/17:

Not completed, no report

Treasurer Report

  • current balance $18,342.99

reports for December and January were amended, the final column for turkeys was corrected.  Previous reports were approved as amended and current report was approved: Sarah moved to approve, Dr. Deibler seconded, unanimous approval

StuCO: no report

Principal’s Report:

  • NESA testing, starts March 23, with 14 days of block scheduling (2 hour blocks)
  • Spring pictures went home March 20
  • End of year activities are being discussed/planned
  • Staff leaving
    • Miss Norum is going to Omaha, Miss Rancourt is moving to Washington,

Rene Hodges will be on maternity leave and Mr. Wurster is retiring

  • Sixth grade enrollment for 2017-18 school year will be down from this year

Old Business:

  • Scholarship- deadline April 17, only 2 applicants thus far as noted by Carmen, Judges for scholarship applications will be Sarah, a Pound teacher, a StuCo member, Angie, and Dr. Deibler
  • Wellness Pursuit: Dr. Deibler will look into the plans for this ($300 is budgeted for it)

New Business:

  • Officer nominations open- April meeting there will be selection and vote for officers
  • Fall Fundraiser- discussion about fundraiser options. Sarah will speak to Stacia about November food delivery dates and the possibility of doing the Color Run in the Fall as well

Upcoming Events:

  • NESA testing: March 23 to April 19
  • 6th grade All City Instrumental Festival March 28

Next PTO meeting:

Was scheduled for 7 pm on April 11, unanimous vote to move it to 7:30 pm on April 11

January 10, 2017 

Introductions: Sarah Olson, Dr Deibler, Carmen Skare, Stephanie Janssen, Paulette Luebbe, Cindy Bottger, Angie St Cin

Officers:

President: Sarah Olson

Vice President: Angie St Cin

Secretary: Stephanie Janssen

Treasurer: Paulette Luebbe

School Representative: Dr Deibler (Principal)

 

Minutes from 11/10/2016

  • Angie Approves
  • Cindy Seconds
  • Unanimous Approval

Treasurer Report:

  • Current balance for 10/31/2016 $12,373.08
  • Current balance for 11/30/2016 $11,555.65
    • Angie Approves
    • Carmen Seconds
    • Unanimous Approval

Stu Co: No Report

  • emails sent with no response, Dr Deibler will follow up
  • Rang Bells at Super Saver with a meal at Runza

 

Principal’s Report:

  • Numbers for next year
  • New Middle School is having an effect, sent survey out to all kids that will be affected.
  • Attendance is 5/1 staying and not going to the New Middle School
  • Dr Deibler has always allowed permitting into Pound
  • Permit deadline has come and gone for the next year

Respect (Omaha)

  • Anti-bullying/Social Activities
  • Approved by District
  • Performed 01/20/2017

High school choice forms due by End of Month

Spring Pictures will be 02/17/2017

  • This is considered a fundraiser for Pound and contributes to the Activities Account

Inclimate Weather

  • Can’t do late starts due to the bus system is messed up
  • Dr Deibler is working with the City to help with traffic pattern and volume flow

PTO Scholarship

  • Carmen will collect them, along with Angie will read and approve them
  • Deadline is 04/14/2017
  • Sarah will post them on the FB page along with the PTO Page

Frozen Foods

  • Sarah has a meeting with Stacia on Monday
  • 02/06/2017 Assembly Kick Off
  • 02/17/2017 Packets are due
  • 03/20/2017 Delivery of goods
    • Brochure selections
      • Food
      • Plants
      • Gifts (Mothers Day, Graduation)

Parent/Teacher Conferences

  • Soup Bar (80 Teachers) 9 Crock pots
  • All soups brought by parents
  • Also need: crackers, bread, cinnamon rolls, croissants, desserts, salads, dressing, cheese
    • 10 bags of salad
    • 8 people for desserts
  • Baked Potato Bar
  • 85 potatoes
  • Also need: cheese, butter, sour cream, bacon bits, chives, black olives, salsa, ham, green onions
  • Desserts

PTO will provide bottle water for both nights

Need 2 people to set up and 2 people to clean up each night

 

Next PTO meeting: 02/14/2017 Cafeteria

 

Upcoming Events:

  • 01/16/2017 No School
  • 01/31/2017 PLC Early Release
  • 02/01/2017 NAEP Assessment for 8th grade
  • 02/07/2017 and 02/09/2017 Parent Teacher Conferences

 

Pound PTO Meeting Minutes

There was no December, 2016 meeting per the schedule.

Pound PTO Meeting Minutes

November 15, 2016

Attendance: Sarah Olson, Paulette Luebbe, Dr Deibler, Cynthia Bottger, Stephanie Janssen, Annie Mumgaard- Guest from LPS school board, Carmen Skare

Officers:

President: Sarah Olson

Vice President: Angie St Cin

Secretary: Stephanie Janssen

Treasurer: Paulette Luebbe

School Representative: Dr Deibler

Minutes from 11/15/2016:

Paulette approves

Dr Deibler seconds

Unanimous approval

 

Treasurer Report:

  • current balance $8,173.08 as of October 31, 2016

 

Stephanie approves

Cindy seconds

Unanimous approval

 

StuCO: no report

 

Presentation on Strategic planning – School Board

Annie Mumgaard from LPS School board regarding Strategic planning

  • looking for feedback from groups and the community to develop the new strategic plan (last one done 5 years ago)
  • Email like to the survey will be emailed out. Deibler to find out more details
  • Can also go to lps.org/strategicplan to fill out survey

 

Principals Report:

  • Iowa tests are done for 7th grade, chrome books made this easier
  • Pound applied or grant funds for Academic Support and received them
    • after school homework help
    • M,W, Th – 1 hours after school staffed by Teachers
    • different rooms per grade
  • want to provide a snack from students, may come to PTO for funding, Deibler double checking
  • Counselors will oversee Student reference to this group
  • Teachers got new laptops today
    • routine updates by LPS
  • Thanksgiving Turkeys
    • letters are out to families
    • waiting to hear back from families, due Thursday
    • PTO to purchase turkeys
    • Staff purchases other goodies
    • Hy-Vee donates labor and roasting pans
    • estimating 60 or so families participating
  • Cliff retiring at end of Calendar year
    • PTO to get card and gift certificate from him

-Marilyn Moore principal, Dr. Gary Czapla, is moving from Culler Middle School

 

Spring Frozen Food sales

  • 02/06/2017 kick off, sell until 02/17/2017
  • Pick up 03/20/2017

Cookie Exchange 12/19/2016

  • set up tables, decorate tables
  • put out cookies
  • put out Styrofoam containers
  • Paulette will take point
    • set up at 8:00-9:30 am
    • table cloths and decorations
    • almost 100 staff

 

Discussed Feb meeting – will keep on 02/14/2017

 

Next Meeting

  • 01/10/2017

 

 

Pound PTO Meeting Minutes

October 11, 2016

Introductions: Sarah Olson, Angie St Cin, Paulette Luebbe, Stephanie Janssen,  Dr Deibler

 

Officers:

President: Sarah Olson

Vice President: Angie St Cin

Secretary: Stephanie Janssen

Treasurer: Paulette Luebbe

School Representative: Dr Chris Deibler (principal)

 

Minutes: from September 13, 2016

Angie approves

Sarah seconds

Unanimous approval

Treasurer Report: Missing on the September meeting minutes.

  • Total balance for 2016-2017 : $14,543.74

Angie approves

Sarah seconds

Unanimous approval

 

Treasurer Report: – current balance $10,343.74 as of September 30, 2016

Angie approves

Sarah seconds

Unanimous approval

 

StuCo: nothing new to report. Just had elections and formed committees

Club update:

As of 10/06/2016:

  • 39 clubs
  • attended 200+ times
  • clubs fill up within a day or 2
  • Most popular: Harry Potter, Breakout, Movie Making, Crafty Critters, Coloring and Ping Pong

Principal’s School Report:

  • Conferences for Fall are done
  • Humann School will be using our building for conferences and concerts
  • Picture retakes are completed
  • Book fair was during conferences

Penny Wars: (end totals where so close that all grades will get a movie)

  • 8th grade won, they will get a movie and snack

Fall break is coming 10/17/2016-10/18/2016

  • teachers are totally off

Grades – end of quarter/semester

  • Teachers get 3 working days to get the grades out. Most are done after the 1st day
  • 10/21/2016 – grades posted in Synenergy
  • 10/26/2016 – report cards sent home

Digital Citizenship:

  • Promotions of being responsible online
  • Evening Meeting starting at 7:00, district sets the dates
  • Parents are encouraged to bring the students to show that everything leaves a footprint
  • Parents need to be involved in their kids social media

 

Request for funds:

  • no additional fund requests have come in

 

Facilities and Maintenance

  • putting in light poles/benches and trash cans along with some plantings
  • Deibler put in money last year and didn’t use the PTO funds, wants to use the courtyard funds that have been set aside ($1,000.00)
  • Still wants to put bushes in the courtyard. Low maintenance ones

 

Old Business:

By-law revisions

Dr Deibler approves

Jodi seconds

Unanimous approval

 

New business:

Color Scramble:

  • getting shirts wet, keeps the color in them
  • 105 kids signed up
  • Total $3,911.00 = we get $1,955.00
  • We have an extra box of color for the next scramble

Frozen Food sale:

  • Kick off 02/06/2017
  • Delivery after spring break

Chip Shoppe is now CherryDale

  • maybe changed somethings from last time
  • if it bombs this time, we need to make sure we secure a date for Fall
  • Have assembly, packets will be handed out to students

 

Next PTO meeting: November 15, 2016 at 7 pm

Upcoming dates:

  • 10/13/2016 Vocal Concerts
  • 10/14/2016 End of 1st Quarter
  • 10/17/-10/18 NO SCHOOL
  • 10/19/2016 – Gifted Parent Forum
  • 10/24/2016 – Digital Citizenship Presentation
  • 10/25/2016 – PLC Day

 

Meeting adjourned

 

 

 

Pound PTO Meeting Minutes 

September 13, 2016

Introductions: Sarah Olson, Angie St Cin, Paulette Luebbe, Stephanie Janssen,  Dr Deibler, Carmen Skare, Jodi Isom, Rene Hodges

 

Officers:

President: Sarah Olson

Vice President: Angie St Cin

Secretary: Stephanie Janssen

Treasurer: Paulette Luebbe

School Representative: Dr Chris Deibler (principal)

 

Minutes: from May 5, 2016

Carmen approves

Jodi seconds

Unanimous approval

 

Treasurer Report: – current balance $11,742.96 as of June 30, 2016

  • Paulette has created a new report format and spreadsheet that will be filled out throughout the year.
  • Carmen approves

Sarah Seconds

Unanimous approval

 

StuCo: no report

 

Principal’s School Report:

  • Better Traffic flow this year
  • 880+ kids in enrollment, full but not a maximum
  • 20 years this year for Deibler

Marilyn Moore Middle School will give/take about 70 students (according to boundaries, but will gather info later to get more precise count)

Grade Level Assemblies – expectations (teach in context)

  • “assumicide”: teachers guessing if the kids know, but the students don’t so teachers are having to reteach multiple times
  • severe weather drill has already been done
  • lock out/lock down coming up

Composting project:

  • 80% of the trash is compost, turning into fertile soil
  • Nesa reports will be handed out at conferences
    • Pound was in the top for 8th grade state writing

Planners are gone, “we saved money” when all kids have chrome books we will start using a digital planner

  • 300 chrome books (2/3 kids)

Mid quarter reports come out next Thursday and conferences start next week.

 

Request for funds:

  • Rene Hodges has requested funds for the after school clubs totaling the amount of $6,475.00 over the school year. Carmen moved that we allow the budgeted amount for clubs to be used and assess our funds later on to see if PTO can cover the additional amount.  Angie seconded.  Unanimous approval.

 

After school clubs:

6th graders attended far more than 7th and 8th grades.

  • Counselors gave a survey to 2/3 of the kids
  • 12% increase from the year before

Idea for a Parent Fundraiser after school night has been brought up

 

Other business:

  • the November PTO meeting has been moved to the 15th due to Election day
  • Sarah handed out the new PTO by-laws and we will vote on them in the October meeting

 

Next PTO meeting: October 11, 2016 at 7 pm

 

Upcoming dates:

 

Parent teacher conferences: September 20 and 22 3:30-6:30 pm

Color Scramble: September 24 at 2 pm

PLC day: early release Sept. 27

Mid-quarter reports: Sept 22

 

Meeting adjourned

 

 

Pound PTO Meeting Minutes (preliminary)

November 09, 2015

Introductions – Jodi Isom, Carmen Skare, Angie StCin, Stephanie Janssen, Gayle Wiedman, Glenda Epp, Dr. Deibler, Paulette Luebbe, Mike Tinius, Amy Tinius, Sarah Olson

Officers:

President: Jodi Isom

Vice President: Carmen Skare

Secretary: Angie St. Cin

Treasurer: Stephanie Janssen

School Representative: Dr. Chris Deibler (principal)

Minutes – from October 13, 2015

Carmen moved to approve minutes with the following corrections: under Prinipal’s notes – IBST to ITBS, bell to bells.  Under upcoming events – Nov. 11th to Nov 18th for mid-quarter reports

  • Stephanie seconded
  • Unanimous approval

Treasurer Report – Current balance: $17,590.03

Angie moved to accept treasurer report, Carmen seconded, unanimous approval

After School Clubs:

          Clubs were attended 327 times during the month of October.  Clubs were held 34 times in October with average attendance of 11.7 students per club.

StuCo:  

Mrs. Siedel reported to Jodi that StuCo collected 932 food items for the food pantry Nov 3-6.  They paired up with the Southeast Student Council, who gives Pound the boxes and hauls the food away.

They had a group of students walk around the school and community and picked up trash, after school last week.

 

They are selling cookies at the end of the month. All profits go to the back pack program.

They are preparing for a busy December as they are involved in some Community projects.

Principal’s Report:

  • The bells are working. Students have a new sense of urgency to get to class on time.  The bells process is that they ring at the end of class, indicating there is 4 minutes to get to next class.  There is a tone three minutes after that, indicating that there is one minute left to get to class.
  • Iowa Test- Seventh graders took the Iowa test and it went well. All testing was completed online this year, which is new.  All testing is completed during class time so no rescheduling of classes is needed (as it is with the NESA).
  • NESA – one additional test is coming this spring on the NESA. It is a reading test.  When the NESA is administered, Pound uses block scheduling with 90 minute classes.  All grades complete the NESA test.
  • A staff meeting was held Nov. 10 and one item of discussion was the Thanksgiving project. Deiber expressed his great appreciation for PTO’s support of this project and the great support of faculty (past and present) for this project.  Letters were sent to 150 families that qualified for the Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Pound was contacted by Junior League last spring to offer to set up a clothes closet if Pound provided the space to set it up in. This project has been completed and Pound now has a boys and a girls clothes closet.
  • Next Wednesday, November 18, mid-quarter reports will be emailed to parents.

 

Request for Funds:   none

Other Business:

  • Fundraiser: if students are missing products please call the 800# on the invoice
  • Jodi and Sarah have been brainstorming fundraiser ideas. The Color Run through the Chip Shoppe is a highly likely fundraiser that Pound will complete in the spring.  Sarah is going to look into more information about it as well as look into what it would take to complete a Color Run or Mud Run that allows us to keep 100% profit (minus expenses), instead of going through the Chip Shoppe which gives us 70% profit.

We are still considering selling Colby Ridge popcorn as well.

  • City-wide PTO group meeting: a speaker from the Foundation attended and spoke about “Fund a Need” program.

Packets were distributed “Recommended Practices for Outside Groups and Organizations”

Upcoming Events:

  • November 18th – Mid-quarter Progress Reports emailed home
  • November 24th – PLC early out
  • November 25th-27th – No school
  • December 15th – PLC early out
  • December 18th – Staff appreciation cookie exchange
  • December 22nd – End of 2nd quarter
  • December 23rd to January 4th – No school

Next PTO meeting:     Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Adjournment

Pound PTO Meeting Minutes

October 13, 2015

Introductions – Jodi Isom, Carmen Skare, Angie StCin, Stephanie Janssen, Christina Sarber-Shoff, Glenda Epp, Dr. Deibler, Paulette Luebbe, Jim Buehler

Officers:

President: Jodi Isom

Vice President: Carmen Skare

Secretary: Angie St. Cin

Treasurer: Stephanie Janssen

School Representative: Dr. Chris Deibler (principal)

Minutes – from September 8, 2015

Paulette moved to approve minutes with corrections of last name of Amy and Mike Tivius to Tinius.

  • Deibler seconded
  • Unanimous approval

Treasurer Report – Current balance: $28,716.04

Dr. Deibler moved to accept treasurer report, Angie seconded, unanimous approval

Budget for 2015-16 was proposed.  Dr. Deibler moved to approve.  Paulette seconded.  Unanimous approval.

Suggestions made for fundraisers (to help with balancing the budget): Color Run, through the Chip Shoppe, Pound would get 70% profit, we are looking into the details of doing that fundraiser.

After School Clubs:

          Clubs were attended 122 times between September 21st and 30th

StuCo:  

Mrs. Siedel reported to Jodi that there are 70 members.  Officers and class representatives were elected in September.

They helped collect cereal boxes Oct 7-9.

They hosted the movie night on Oct. 9.with 60 kids in attendance.

Oct. 22-23 will be cancer awareness at Pound. They have a giant ribbon ready to be signed by students who have anyone who has survived cancer or in memory of someone and they will sell candy and wear pink one day.

They wrote thank you messages to each staff member for a great school start and gave them a treat.

They will sell cookies on Oct 30 and all profits will again go to the back pack program

Fall placemats were made for the assisted living center.

They are preparing for our annual Food Drive for Nov. 3-6, where we pair up with Southeast High School

They can help with the fundraising activity in November.

Principal’s Report:

  • For the past 17 years, bells have only been used at the beginning of school and the end of school. Teachers have requested to have them used for class dismissal and at start of class.  During 2nd quarter (starting Oct. 19), Pound is going to experiment with using the bells for class start and dismissal.  Students will on given instructions on Oct. 14 regarding what to expect.  Foreseen issue is that the 6th graders have a slightly different schedule from the 7th and 8th graders so Dr. Deibler is hoping the bells can be rung in 6th grade rooms only.
  • ITBS was the standardized test that was administered to the 8th It is now the Iowa Test and is being administered to 7th graders.
  • Cereal drive: huge success. There are pictures on Dr. Deibler’s twitter account.  There were 370+ boxes of cereal brought in.
  • Thanksgiving basket drive is coming up soon.
  • The first quarter went fast but was a good one.
  • New teachers are doing well.
  • There is an overhaul/construction being done on the front porch area over Fall Break. Benches and concrete will be added.  The project won’t be completed over Fall break though.

Request for Funds:   Requested by Ms. Reinwald for Wellness at Pound, $140 for gift certificates (ten $10 certificates for staff, and two $20 certificates for students).  Angie moved to approve.  Jim seconded.  Unanimous approval.

Other Business:

Fundraiser: there are still a few students turning in orders.  Nov. 4 is product distribution day.  A deposit of 22,905.10 was made from fundraiser.  There was $2408.50 in internet sales and $1563 in credit card sales.

City-wide PTO group meeting: Paulette reported that Dr. Joel attended and answered all questions given to him.  Scott Wiescamp, the director of facilities discussed the process of projects.  On Nov. 9, District PTO topic is “money matters”.

SpEd parent’s advisory meeting: Jim reported that approximately 10 staff were introduced and they discussed the various services available.  VOICES was discussed.  It is a transition program for going from high school into the real world.  Jim noted that an autism center was recently opened in Lincoln for employment.  The next meeting is Nov. 30 at LPSDO from 6:30-8 pm

Upcoming Events:

  • October 14: end of 1st quarter
  • October 15-16: Fall Break, no school
  • October 27th: PLC early out
  • November 4th: Fundraiser Product Distribution
  • November 18th: Mid-quarter progress reports emailed to parents
  • November 24th: PLC early out
  • November 25-27th– No school

Next PTO meeting: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Adjournment

Pound PTO Meeting Minutes

September 8, 2015

 Introductions – Jodi Isom, Carmen Skare, Angie StCin, Stephanie Janssen, Rene Hodges, Dr. Deibler, Paulette Luebbe, Barb Tisdale, Gayle Wiedman, Sarah Olson, Amy Tinius, Mike Tinius

Officers:

President: Jodi Isom

Vice President: Carmen Skare

Secretary: Angie St. Cin

Treasurer: Stephanie Janssen

Principal: Dr. Chris Deibler

Teacher Representative:  Gayle Wiedman

 

Minutes – from May 12, 2015

Carmen moved to approve minutes.

  • Deibler seconded
  • Unanimous approval

Treasurer Report – Current balance: $6729.81

Angie moved to accept treasurer report, Stephanie seconded, unanimous approval

Budget needs to be balanced, Angie moved to table approval of the budget proposal until it can be more thoroughly viewed and balanced, Carmen seconded.  Unanimous approval.

Suggestions made for fundraisers (to help with balancing the budget): Colby Ridge

StuCo:   September 9 is their first meeting

After School Clubs:

          Rene Hodges presented the 2015-16 funding support request.  She explained previous success of the after school clubs and has asked faculty who might be interested in having an after school club this school year.  There were 15 staff that said they are willing to hold a club and of those 15, four of them are willing to have 2 clubs.  Clubs will start the week of Sept. 21.  The requested amount Rene asked for was $7125 (this is 15 clubs at $25 each, times 15 staff members plus 4 of them doing 2 clubs for a total of $7125).  Carmen moved to approve the budgeted amount of $4550 and to review the remaining requested amount later.  Gayle seconded.  Unanimous approval.

 Principal’s Report:

  • Enrollment at 870 students (this is the largest attendance year Deibler has seen in the 19 years he has been at Pound)
  • Sixth grade has 300 kids which is the largest group of 6th graders Deibler has had
  • 72-74 students were permitted in
  • PBIS assembly (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports)
    • Create a positive environment by having teachers/staff complete pre-teaching and re-teaching of what kids have learned
    • Frame specific expectations for each school room or environment by teaching students how to:
      • Be safe
      • Be Respectful
      • Be Responsible
    • Focus on recognizing when students do things right or well
      • E1B t-shirts are an incentive
      • Pound Pounds are given if you are caught being good
      • Pound Positive Packet is given to teachers every 2 weeks and it contains 25 Pound Pounds and 1 excellence certificate for the teachers to distribute
    • Chromebooks were distributed this year to 6th graders
    • Thirteen new certificated staff were added to Pound staff this year including a new Sped coordinator, Robin Mills (she is from LSE)
    • Two new secretaries (out of 500+ applicants) were added to Pound staff this year
    • Mid-quarter reports will be going out September 9, parents will get one email from one teacher (per student) showing the grades for all classes
    • Parent-Teacher conferences are Sept. 10 and Sept. 15 from 3:30 to 6:30 pm

Request for Funds:   Shirley Moore (vocal music teacher) requested $215.92 for background instrumental tracks, Dr. Deibler will cover this request from the Instructional Budget

Carol Patterson (8th grade Social Studies teacher) requested $25 for Constitution Day (Sept. 17) and $100 for the Geography Bee (ten $10 Target gift cards).  Carmen moved to approve this request.  Gayle seconded. Unanimous approval.

Other Business:

Conference meals on Sept. 10 and 15, Jodi sent an email to interested parents to help with the meals.  There will be a taco bar on Sept. 10 and pulled pork on Sept. 15

Fundraiser kicks off on Friday, September 11.  Dr. Deibler and John (with the Chip Shoppe) will present it and student will get their packets.  The packet turn in date is Sept. 25.  Delivery date of products to Pound is Nov. 4.

Upcoming Events:

  • September 9th – Mid-Quarter reports emailed
  • September 10th – Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
  • September 11th – Fundraising Kickoff
  • September 13th – Grandparents Day
  • September 15th – Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
  • September 25th – Fundraiser orders to be turned in before school
  • September 29th – PLC Day – Early Dismissal
  • October 2nd – Picture retake day
  • October 6th – District PTO meeting at LPSDO at 7 pm
  • October 14th – End of 1st quarter
  • October 15-16th – Fall Break – No School
  • November 9 – District PTO meeting at LPSDO at 7 pm

 Next PTO meeting: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Adjournment

Pound Middle School PTO  

Tuesday, May 12, 2015   7:00 pm

 

Introductions – Tiffany Edelmaier, Carmen Skare, Stephanie Janssen, Angie St. Cin, Jodi Isom, Dr. Chris Deibler

Officers:

President: Tiffany Edelmaier

Vice President: Carmen Skare

Secretary: Angie St. Cin

Treasurer: Jodi Isom

School Representative: Dr. Chris Deibler (principal)

 

Minutes – from April 21, 2015

Jodi moved to approve minutes.

  • Deibler seconded
  • Unanimous approval

 

Treasurer Report – Current balance: $13,667.18

Carmen  moved to accept treasurer report, Dr. Deibler seconded, unanimous approval

 

StuCo:   selling snacks May 15 after school

 

After School Clubs:

          Rene Hodges submitted a report “Pound Middle School, PTO after school clubs, 2014-2015 data”

 

Principal’s Report:

  • Wrapping up the school year
  • Retirees : Nancy Seim

Laura Timmerman

MaryAnn Tomlinson

Debbie Vasa

Louanne Head

Deb Sharp

Diane Davis

  • Alex Klenz moving to Washington and Jennifer Bass going to LNE
  • Stephanie Shuman – new incoming 6th grade counselor
  • The following positions have been filled: 2 English, 1 Science, 1 resource, 1 sped coordinator, 1 Spanish
  • End of school year activities: May 19th – 8th grade will be movie and pizza with yearbook signing, May 20th – 7th grade, possibly a picnic lunch, May 21st – 6th grade will be outdoor activity
  • May 18th during 7th period ice cream sandwiches being served
  • May 22nd Deibler will give going-away gifts to teachers/staff and STUCO will serve breakfast

 

Request for Funds:   none

 

Upcoming Events:

  • May 19th – 8th grade celebration
  • May 20th – 7th grade celebration
  • May 21st – 6th grade celebration
  • May 21st – Last day of school

 

Other Business

  • Archery Club Nationals – Pound’s school best –record breaking
  • Retirements – gift cards for retirees to be presented on May 22 at $50/person ($350 total) was asked to be approved. Carmen moved to approve, Angie seconded, unanimous approval
  • Nomination of officers:

President: Jodi Isom

Vice President: Carmen Skare

Treasurer: Stephanie Janssen

Secretary: Angie StCin

Tiffany motioned to accept nominations, Dr. Deibler seconded.

  • Audit of books will take place in July
  • $250 scholarship was awarded to Tymber Long (it was sent directly to her college)

 

Adjournment

Pound Middle School PTO  

Tuesday, January 13, 2014   7:00 pm

 

Meeting Minutes

Introductions – Tiffany Edelmaier, Angie St. Cin, Jodi Isom, Dr. Chris Deibler, Gayle Wiedman, Carmen Skare

Officers:

President: Tiffany Edelmaier

Vice President: Carmen Skare

Secretary: Angie St. Cin

Treasurer: Jodi Isom

School Representative: Dr. Chris Deibler (principal)

 

Minutes – from November 11, 2014

Dr. Deibler moved to approve minutes

  • Gayle seconded
  • Unanimous approval

 

Treasurer Report – Current balance: $15,907.46

The proposed budget was reviewed. The following changes were suggested: increase Conference meals budget to $750 and decrease Thanksgiving turkeys to $650. Angie moved to approve suggested changes. Carmen seconded. Unanimous approval.

Several comments were made that the PTO needs to have a balanced budget (have as much income as there are expenses) or the available balance currently noted will be depleted without being replenished.

 

Fundraising –    

  • Tiffany will be communicating with John to set up time for next year’s fundraiser (with Chip Shoppe)
  • Game truck had approximately 12 students take part in that prize
  • Money machine paid out $496.00

 

StuCo:  no report

After School Clubs:

               Rene says clubs are going strong. Students are still actively participating.

 

Conference Meals:

  • Parent Teacher conferences are February 3rd and 5th.
  • Tiffany will be contacting parents for help.

 

Staff Appreciation: Treats will be delivered on Tuesday, January 20th.

 

Principal’s Report:

  • 1st semester report cards will be sent January 14th
  • With conferences on February 3rd and 5th, an email will be sent on February 2nd with mid-quarter reports. One email will list all classes.
  • There was a 7th grade parent meeting on January 12th for elective registration information for incoming 8th
  • Fifth graders will be visiting to be informed of what is expected of them as 6th
  • On January 28th, 8th graders will be completing the NESA-Writing tests
  • The estimate for incoming 6th graders for the 2015-16 school year is 260.

 

Request for Funds:  none

Upcoming Events:

  • January 19th – No school
  • January 27th – PLC day
  • February 3rd – Parent Teacher Conferences
  • February 5th – Parent Teacher Conferences

 

Other Business

  • Cookie Party in December was a success with teachers and staff
  • Thank a teacher nomination due on Friday, February 20th
  • 8th grade DC trip has 44 students going from Pound

 

Next PTO meeting: Tuesday, February 10th at 7 pm

 

Adjournment

 

Pound Middle School PTO  Tuesday, November 11, 2014   7:00 pm

Meeting Minutes

Introductions – Tiffany Edelmaier, Angie St. Cin, Jodi Isom, Dr. Chris Deibler

Officers:

President: Tiffany Edelmaier

Vice President: Carmen Skare

Secretary: Angie St. Cin

Treasurer: Jodi Isom

School Representative: Dr. Chris Deibler (principal)

 

Minutes – from October 21, 2014

Dr. Deibler moved to approve minutes

  • Jodi seconded
  • Unanimous approval

 

Treasurer Report – a budget will be submitted in January

Beginning Balance: $7,046.52

Deposits: $26,555.81

Expenses: $455.00

Ending balance: $33,147.33

Dr. Deibler moved to approve the treasurer report, Angie seconded, unanimous approval.

Jodi made a motion that: the money that was appropriated for a bench to be placed by north door area be used for the courtyard. Angie seconded the motion. Unanimous approval.

Fundraising –    

  • Pick up went well with only a few items left to be picked up
  • Backorders will arrive in the next 2 weeks
  • Prize money will be handed out on Friday, November 21st after school
  • Money Machine/Game Truck will be held on Friday, December 12th

 

StuCo:

  • They helped with fundraiser delivery (approximately 12 to 14 students helped).
  • They helped with LSE food drive.
  • They decorated StuCo board in the cafeteria.
  • Still in need of parent help/volunteers.

 

Staff Appreciation: Cookies were brought in for staff on November 3rd.

 

Principal’s Report:

  • Regarding the courtyard: new grass seed will be thrown down soon.
  • Student Vote: completed online
  • ITBS is complete for 8th graders
  • Geography Bees are on November 19th. Ten finalists are selected from 6th-8th
  • Thanksgiving Basket Project is coming up….Hy-Vee and the support of the PTO makes this project possible.
  • Mid-quarter report: they will be sent out via email this Thursday, Nov. 13th. Parents should get one email with a report from all of their child’s classes.

 

Request for Funds:

  • Darla Reinwald (librarian) requested $100 to purchase ten $10 gift cards to motivate staff to get involved to be healthy (for recess stations for indoor recess).
  • Sandie Simpson requested $750. She needs $300 for snacks for the Cool Crew meetings ($25/meeting with 12 meetings) and $450 for rewards.

Angie moved to approve requests and Jodi seconded. Unanimous approval.

Upcoming Events:

  • November 25th – PLC day
  • November 26th-28th – Thanksgiving break
  • December 8th – Band Concert
  • December 11th – Jazz Band and Strings Concert
  • December 12th – Fundraiser Prizes/Cookie Exchange for Staff
  • December 16th – PLC day
  • December 22nd through January 2nd Christmas break

Other Business

  • Dominic Walker Fundraiser (via Riley PTO). Pound students raised $68.31 and the PTO donated $131.69 to make it an even $200.00. Check was sent to Riley PTO.
  • No Pound PTO meeting in December

 

Next PTO meeting: Tuesday, January 13th

 

Adjournment

Pound Middle School PTO  Tuesday, October 21, 2014   7:00 pm

Meeting Minutes

Introductions – Tiffany Edelmaier, Gayle Wiedman, Angie St. Cin, Carmen Skare, Jodi Isom, Dr. Chris Deibler,

Officers:

President: Tiffany Edelmaier

Vice President: Carmen Skare

Secretary: Angie St. Cin

Treasurer: Jodi Isom

School Representative: Dr. Chris Deibler (principal)

 

Minutes – from September 9, 2014

Gayle moved to approve minutes

  • Carmen seconded
  • Unanimous approval

 

Treasurer – We have a new treasurer, per an executive board meeting held on September 16.

Welcome, Jodi Isom.

Final balance from Jeanne is $12,117.86.

Angie moved and Gayle seconded to approve final budget from Jeanne. Unanimous approval.

 

Fundraising –

  • Turn in was September 25th.
  • A deposit of $26,487.50 was made. Online sales were approximately $2800.
  • Product pick up is November 5th from 3-6:30 pm in the cafeteria.
  • Prize giveaway is planned for the week before Thanksgiving break.

StuCo:

  • Seidel is looking for parents/volunteers to help with StuCo. They meet once a month.
  • Cancer Awareness week- October 20th through October 24th. Each day there is a color theme (for students to wear that color in support of a particular cancer).
  • Movie Night is October 24th. They are watching Haunted Mansion.
  • Cookie Sales for backpack program are afterschool on October 30
  • Food Drive is October 27th through October 31st

 

After School Clubs: They are going well and having huge success. New clubs are available.

 

Staff Appreciation: Treats for teachers will be distributed October 31st

 

Principal’s Report:

  • Regarding the courtyard: grass was planted, it germinated really well. Grass planting is done for now and once a freeze hits, new seed will be laid down.
  • Pound was supposed to be getting a wireless infrastructure set up back in September. We are waiting to hear more about it.
  • Eighth graders are currently completing the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.
  • Deibler requested feedback on ParentVue (the new Synergy system). PTO meeting attendees commented that is has too many layers and is not as user friendly as Pinnacle. Things are more difficult to navigate and it is more difficult to find what you are looking for.
  • First quarter report cards will be sent home by Friday, October 24th at the latest.

 

Request for Funds: None

 

Upcoming Events:

  • October 24th – Movie Night hosted by StuCo
  • October 27th through October 31st – Food Drive
  • October 28th – PLC Day
  • October 30th – Cookie Sales (StuCo)
  • October 31st – Halloween
  • November 5th – Fundraiser product pick up

 

Other Business

  • Riley PTO requested assistance in helping with a district-wide fundraiser for Dominic Walker (child that was riding bicycle and victim of hit and run accident). The funds will help with medical expenses. The fundraiser will take place October 27-31. Please bring change and put it in jars to donate. There will be information about this in the bulletin, on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Pound PTO positions of President and Vice-president will need to be filled for next year. Please help to recruit these officer positions and new PTO members.
  • 8th grade band night with Southeast was a success. There were 350 eighth-graders in attendance with 225 LSE band members.
  • Gayle sent a thank you to the PTO for the food that was served during Parent/Teacher conferences.

 

Next PTO meeting: Tuesday, November 11th

 

Adjournment

 

Pound Middle School PTO  Tuesday, September 9, 2014   7:00 pm

Meeting Minutes

Introductions – Tiffany Edelmaier, Gayle Wiedman, Angie St. Cin, Carmen Skare, Dr. Chris Deibler, Rene Hodges

Officers:

President: Tiffany Edelmaier

Vice President: Carmen Skare

Secretary: Angie St. Cin

Treasurer: Jeanne Gaertig

School Representative: Dr. Chris Deibler (principal)

Minutes – Change St. Cim to St. Cin as Secretary in May 14, 2014 minutes

Tiffany moved to approve minutes

  • Carmen Skare seconded
  • Unanimous approval

Treasurer – Not available, Tiffany will follow up with Jeanne Gaertig

After School Clubs: speaker Rene Hodges, see 3 attachments (Pound clubs data report, request for funds, club cost estimate). After school clubs were successful last year and Rene would like to have them in place again this year.

  • Request for funds: Carmen motioned to approve $4550 and determine where $800 will come from later
  • Angie St Cin seconded
  • Unanimous approval

Fundraiser:  Chip Shoppe fundraiser kickoff is Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

  • John Crose, Tiffany Edelmaier and Dr. Deibler will be distributing materials during 1st-3rd
  • Order forms are due Sept. 24th and delivery date is November 5th.
  • Tiffany would like to have an incentive (prizes available) for order forms that are turned in on time.
  • There are fewer magazines to select from due to the many issues customers had with magazine delivery during the last fundraiser.
  • Teachers will again be given 50% off of their orders.
  • Prizes include the money machine and the gaming truck

Principal’s Report:

  • Thank you to Tiffany and crew for the cookies at orientation
  • Picture day was done early this year and was a success. Students already have their picture packets.
  • LPS Report Card was in Lincoln Journal Star. Dr. Deibler is pleased overall. Pound is in the top three for middle schools. Not reported in the paper due the testing issues due to computers: Pound had the highest aggregate score percentage of proficiency in city.
  • LPS Golden Sower night is Tuesday, September 16. Eat at Runza to support this event.
  • Traffic overall is off to a good start with some fine tuning needed.
  • New teachers are adapting well to Pound and are pleased with the friendly, professional environment at Pound.
  • The pathway in the courtyard was completed last May. There is a possibility of shrubs going in this Fall (depending on the price).

 

Request for Funds: Carol Patterson (8th grade Social Studies teacher) requested $125.

  • She would like five- $5 Barnes and Noble gift cards (totaling $25) to use for prizes for the trivia game being held on Constitution Day, September 17.
  • She would like $100 to use for prizes for the National Bee (for 6th-8th graders).
  • Angie motioned to approve the $125 request
  • Carmen seconded
  • Unanimous approval

 

Upcoming Events:

  • September 10: Fundraiser kickoff at 8 am
  • September 11: Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
  • September 11: Informational meeting regarding Washington DC trip 6:45 pm
  • September 16: Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
  • September 8th through September 14th: Student Serve Week
  • September 30: PLC day
  • October 13-14: No School (Fall Break)

Other Business – Twitter: Pound Middle School @Pound Middle

Facebook: Pound Middle School PTO (Parent Teacher Organization)

 

Next PTO meeting: Tuesday, October 21 (third Tuesday)

 

Adjournment

 

 

 

 

 

Pound Middle School PTO  Tuesday, April 8, 2014   7:00 pm

Meeting Minutes

Introductions: Dr. Chris Deibler, Gail Wiedman, Tiffany Edelmeier, Shannon Binkley

Minutes: Gail moved to approve, Dr. Deibler seconded, unanimous

Treasurer Report:

Checking balance: $12, 307.12

Checks

$325 for Clubs

$168.68 to Pound Middle School

Student Council:

Looking at a community service project

Has Olive Garden come to serve lunch for Pennies for Pasta (over $1000 raised), yet? – Dr. Deibler is checking.

Principal Report/Courtyard:

NeSA issues – Make-ups for 26 class sections will need to be completed. Not carrying over the block scheduling for two more days to make up this time. Last scheduled testing sessions are Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Courtyard – The district finally got the estimate information for the walkway in the courtyard. The meeting with the contractor and district will take place next Wednesday, possibly around the end of school. After pouring the concrete, we will put in the mulch and the plantings. The sculptures will need to be moved for this process.

Retirees: Val Harris (English), Anne Hibbing (Reading), Sarah Doan (Resource), Olga Sanchez (Spanish), Kathy Connell (Resource), Cindy Swanson (6th grade writing)

Hires: Alex Klenz (Spanish), Amber Zeilinger (Social Studies), others are still in the hopper

End of the year grade-level rewards

Request for Funds: None

Upcoming Events:

  • 8th grade DC trip 4/13-4/17
  • 4/18 – No school – Good Friday
  • 4/22 – All band concerts
  • 4/28 – All strings concert

Other issues:

  • 50th Anniversary t-shirts – Cost is $7, sales $10/$12 – Tiffany is flowing up on this project.
  • Scholarships – Tiffany emailed the district office, who asked about next year. They asked about next year. They also stated that there was a $212 balance. Tiffany will follow up. Shannon will email the requirements to the counselors this week.
  • End of the year treat for students:       Need 950!
  • Multi-cultural dinner – Success! Over 150-200 people. Everyone enjoyed the evening. The choir and bands did a great job.
  • Cake Boss cakes on 4/1. Bags came 2 days later. There are some orders left in the office. Tiffany will call the families for pick up. The truck will come in for the 16 kids who got orders.
  • New officers and committee chairs:       Involvement

Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 or Tuesday, May 20, 2014?

 

Pound PTO Meeting   February 11, 2014

Meeting Minutes

Introductions

January Meeting Minutes presented

Jeanne motion to approve – Tiffany seconded – Unanimous approval

Treasurer Report presented

Expenditures

  • Chippe Shoppe (magazine sales) – $2531.80
  • Hy-Vee – $260.25
  • Rene Hodges (January clubs) – $325
  • Tiffany Edelmeier (conference meals) – $95.44

Current Balance – $12, 974.44

Approve of report

  • Shannon moved for approval
  • Chris second
  • Unanimous approval

Fundraiser Report

Chris and Tiffany signed contract with Chippe Shoppe for 2014 Fall

  • Kick off – 9/10
  • Due Date – 9/24
  • Product Delivery – 11/5

Benefits

  • 1000 cookies donated for Open House in August
  • 50% off product for the staff
  • 3 tablets for grade level winners
  • No magazines except to teachers
  • Prize truck for students selling 15+ items
  • Increased profit guarantee to $12, 500

Spring Fundraiser

  • Due Back – 2/21
  • Delivery – 3/19
  • Prototype situation with the Cake Boss option

Conference Meals – Tuesday was postponed due to weather. Thursday, the staff had sloppy joes and sides, and Tuesday, they had soup, sandwiches and desserts.

Stu-Co Report – Pennies for Pasta this week

Principal Report

  • Bond Issue Approval
  • LPS asked NDE to invalidate state-wide NESA testing because the computer testing systems were glitchy and inconsistent
  • Conferences had a slower turnout this time around
  • In March and April we will be having the NESA for Reading, math and science for all three grades. A consideration is a block schedule approach for the week.
  • Staffing – Good shape as staff will hold at current level because of student population
  • Pound is closed to transfers for all grades.
  • Thursday night is Parent info night for 7th graders going in to 8th grade.
  • 8th graders are registering for high school

Request for Funds – Guidance Counselors asked for $125 – cookies for orientation. Money will come from Principal’s fund. Chris made motion to approve, Shannon second, unanimous approval.

Other Business – Scholarship – Tiffany will contact the LPS Foundation to cancel current arrangement. Shannon will help draft requirements, etc.

Upcoming Events: Multi-cultural dinner will be held Tuesday, 4/1 from 6:15-8:00pm

Adjournment at 7:27pm.

 

Pound PTO Meeting October 8, 2013 Minutes

Introductions

Dr. Chris Deibler, Principal

Tiffany Edelmeier, PTO President

Shannon Binkley, Secretary

Jeanne Gaertig, Treasurer

Minutes – September 2013

Motion to approve – Jeanne Gaertig

Seconded – Shannon Binkley

Unanimous Approval

Treasurer Report

  • One change to the payouts – Conference Meals disbursement
  • Budget line items adjusted as discussed at September 2013 PTO Meeting.
  • Fundraising amounts are approximately $26,000 in sales plus online sales.  Estimated income: $14,000.  Possible solutions to budget differential – decals, etc.
  • Budget line items to be removed (all have $0 value):
    • Coupon Books
    • SCIP Night
    • Open House/Student Welcome
    • Staff Recognition Award

Motion to approve – Shannon Binkley

Seconded – Chris Deibler

Unanimous approval

Fundraising Report

  • Packets collected/sheets mailed to Chip Shoppe on Wednesday, then let go to Friday, but we also received 2 today.
  • Delivery  Tuesday November 5th 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm
    • Will coordinate volunteers to help beginning at 2pm.
    • Lunch ends at 1:06pm
    • Money Machine – When?  During lunchtime sometime.  Tiffany coordinate with secretaries.
    • Moustaches – Friday, Dr. Deibler will get candy.

StuCo Report

  • Officers have been elected
  • First Meeting is Wednesday October 9th
  • Katie Bottoms can keep us appraised of activities – Seidel and Daniels can also be contacted

Courtyard

  • No News – need help hauling in the mulch.
  • LPSDO is providing a path plan, but we have not yet seen it.
  • We are hoping to get some plantings in this fall still.

Principal Report

  • End of quarter
  • Fall break October 14-15
  • ITBS – 8th grade – Will start right after break and has a set schedule.  Please avoid make-ups, if at all possible.
    • Plenty of sleep
    • Breakfast
    • Plan on redoing the front area to dress it up some.  It needs to look better.
      • Anti-skateboard devices have been installed on the front porch stone bench.
      • Railing on the front porch – safety issue, but not breaking any codes.
      • There will be a price tag.
      • Thanksgiving Turkey is coming up!
      • Secretary position is still open.

Upcoming Events/Issues

  • Science club starts meeting Wednesday October 9th with Mrs. Anica Brown
  • Picture Retake is Thursday October 24th
  • No school on October 14th and October 15th– Fall break
  • Tuesday November 5th -6th grade vocal music concert
  • After school clubs- up and running and seems to be doing great.
    • Printout of all different activities provided by Rene Hodges
      • 79 students have participated since the beginning of the program.
      • 32 students are signed up to participate in clubs this week.
  • Mr. Applegate – Robotics club
  • Future City club – former student teacher (no name provided)
  • Kids are talking about it.
  • Dr. Deibler is going to do a Cooking thing later in the year.

Request for Funds

  • Sandy Simpson – CC Cool Crew – $200 to cover meeting snacks for the whole year.
    • Motion to approve – Shannon Binkley
    • Chris Deibler seconded
    • Unanimous approval
    • This will go under the direct school support line item!

 

Other Business

  • Facebook–Pound Middle School PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) and Twitter account @PoundMiddle
  • Dr. Deibler will update the PTO page on the Pound website
  • We need to announce Pound PTO meetings – website calendar, scheduled info blast from Dr. Deibler, Twitter and Facebook
  • Also: we would like to have By-Laws revised this year.  Please start looking at adjustments.
  • Next meeting is Tuesday November 19th at 7pm in the Pound Multi-Purpose Room

Motion to approve – Shannon Binkley

Seconded – Jeanne Gaertig

Unanimously approved

Adjournment at 7:40pm

September 16, 2013 PTO Meeting Minutes

Attendees:  Tiffany Edelmeier, Dr. Chris Deibler, Jeanne Gaertig, Jackie Muir, Carmen Skare, Rene Hodges, Karla Johnson, Shannon Binkley

Minutes:  Motion to approve, Carmen Skare, Karla Johnson 2nd, unanimous approval

Treasurer Report: 

  • List of payments made since summer – conference meals, prior year appropriations, and line items
  • Budget draft for 2013-2014
  • Fundraiser is our income – guaranteed $11,500 per contract – budget calls for $14,000 net – John told Karla that fundraisers are down this year, but we will be overlapping a bit with Calvert – we will know results on September 25th.
  • Assignment books – Pound PTO funds these every year – bill comes in at the end of the school year – check on price per planner – this number may need to be adjusted.  Dr. Diebler will check
  • Pound Potpourri – quarterly newsletter is gradually being replaced by emails.  We will see if this need to be adjusted.
  • Scholarships – $550 – $250 per 2 scholarships + $50 fee for LPS Foundation to process
  • Staff Appreciation – Birthday cards + gift for staff birthdays
  • Student Snacks – adjust this number – last year we went over
  • Thanksgiving turkeys – Hy-Vee teams us to provide baskets for Thanksgiving – we may need to adjust this number up
  • Whole Staff Meetings – $100
  • Karmen – We need to reevaluate several of the “over-budgets” from last year to see if we need to adjust several of the line items to be more realistic.
  • Karla – we need to watch the cash payouts and amounts for the fundraiser rewards.  She has worked with John about the rewards and the way that they are paid out.
  • Motion to approve Conference Meal expenses $225.57 – Karla moved, Carmen seconded, unanimous approval

Conference Meals: 

  • Everything was yummy – no complaints
  • Tuesday, sloppy joes, Thursday, BBQ pork

Fundraiser Report:

  • Kicked off with John
  • Fake moustaches – when you turn in a packet, you get a fake moustache
  • If we hit $16,000, Dr. Deibler will shave his moustache – school went nuts, so we are discussing dying the moustache.
  • Orders due back Wednesday, September 25, Delivery November 5 after school
  • Money machine 10 items, 15 items – drawing for one of three tablets at grade levels, money prizes
  • Magazines and gift orders are available online for out of town orders – can’t ship frozen food

Stuco Report:

  • Took applications
  • Tomorrow is officer elections
  • Several parents participate with StuCo, so we will find someone to report back from Mrs. Seidel and Mrs. Davis

Courtyard:

  • Waiting on a bid for cement for the walkway
  • Hoping to get some planting in this fall – October

Principal Report:

  • Last week was wild
    • Parent-Teacher Conferences – light traffic this year – big rush at the beginning of the first night, middle of second night – progress reports were sent the day before, and Pinnacle is available all the time – early in the year, meet the teacher, etc.
    • Picture Day – did not go well, lots of issues
    • Easier start to this year – good new staff
    • PBiS – Committee for that. More Purposeful teaching of expectations for everywhere in the building (Safe, Respectful, Responsible) – have fewer kids struggling with these issues – students who are struggling struggle everywhere

Request for Funds:  Carol Patterson – $125 total

  • Geography Bee – National contest 6th, 7th, 8th.  $100 is 10 $10 gift cards to Target
  • Constitution Day – trivia question – rewards are $5 gift card to Barnes and Noble – total $25
  • Shannon moved – Carmen seconded – Unanimous approval

After School Clubs—Rene Hodges – Last spring Student Services will honor additional staff hours over the summer to counselors to expand after-school clubs.

  • We didn’t have after-school programs, but asked teachers to volunteer time.
  • PTO has always been great about funding supplies.
  • Didn’t feel like we were tapping potential – we need to find the sponsors/teachers. – We need to incentivize – asked Dr. Deibler and PTO officers.  We would like to have the PTO sponsor the incentives for teachers to conduct clubs twice a month. ($20 each meeting given as a gift card “token of appreciation” – teachers will have a choice of 3 retail venues)
  • Jackie was wondering if the students could help pay for some of these expenses – our target is the students who probably will not be able to afford these events.
  • Supplies are already in the budget – $300 – we would like to up this amount to $525
  • Parents should be asked to help volunteer with this process. – We are going to send out an email, and have a short meeting to describe the clubs and ask for volunteers.  There is a website about all of these. http://isite.lps.org/rhodges/web/ThursdayAfternoonClubs.htm
  • Karla – Total expense is 1/3 of our yearly budget.  We need to watch this commitment, especially with the increases in the budget for this year.
    • Establish protocols for attendance of clubs
    • Try Fund-A-Need
    • Start with a semester long program, then change at semester – Rene has a hard time asking for only one semester – not a year commitment
    • Shannon – move to approve full budget at $25 per session with a total of $4350 for the year; Karla – amend to $20 per session; Carmen – current budget does allow additional budget, plus Direct School Support – we are not pinching that tight – approve the $25 per session – Shannon seconded; motion passed – 5 aye’s, 1 nay, 1 abstain
    • Rene will give us monthly reports on attendance to the clubs – time sheet is these sign-up sheets. Number of bodies, when and where.
    • Shannon will help with grant proposals on Fund-A-Need as Rene needs assistance.

Other Business:

  • Sign – postpone until next month for budget approval
  • 50 Year Celebration – Courtyard is not done, we need to wait until the spring.  Table until later in the year.
  • Retirement Gift-Carol Eilts – $50 gift card – she has done so much for the PTO – Shannon moved, Carmen seconded, unanimous approval
  • Facebook –Pound Middle School PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) – Like it!!!
  • Thank you – Scholarship winners sent thank you notes

Upcoming Events

  • Next meeting is Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 7pm in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Adjournment

 

May 20, 2013 PTO Meeting Minutes

Introductions:  Tiffany Edelmeier, Chris Deibler, Cheryl Meyer, Karla Johnson, Kris Azimi, Carmen Skare, Shannon Binkley

Minutes:  Kris moved to approve the April minutes with changes – Shannon seconded the motion.  Unanimous approval.

Treasurer Report:  Shannon moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report.  Kris seconded the motion.  Unanimous approval.

Fundraising Report: Kick off for The Chip Shoppe is September 9, 2013.

Conference Meals Report: Still checking the dates – Dr. Deibler will let us know.

Staff Appreciation Report:

  • Tiffany ordered cookies for Wednesday
  • Should we do teacher gifts?  Water bottles with Pound on it?  We could release these at the beginning of the year.  A local company could put together an estimate.  We could even sell some as a fundraiser.  Tiffany will do a cost discovery and report at the September meeting.  They should be dishwasher-safe.

StuCo Report:

  • End of the year party with ice cream
  • Questionnaire answered
  • Mrs. Seidel and Mrs. Davis have done a great job.
  • Movie night – good crowd

Courtyard:

  • All sculptures are in place
  • Mulch is not all in place
  • Yard is tilled
  • Picnic tables

Principal Report:

  • NeSa writing scores were at the top in the city
  • Supervisor appraisal: bragging rights
  • Student Snack – Hy-Vee or Schwan’s on Wednesday.  Can it be delivered?
  • Staffing
    • Retirements: Eppert, Vogt, Walls, Schulz
    • Friday morning breakfast – Principal/Counselor funding
    • Moving: Mousel 6th – 7th grade, Christina Kubicek (Goodrich) – Resource
    • End of year activities are going well – “Remember the Titans”, pizza lunch, cookies

Request for funds:  Dr. Deibler – 6th grade LA program – $7,000

  • 4 projectors and document cameras @ $1,500
  • 1 extra projector
  • Karla – concerned about the funding request – district funds?
  • Shannon moved to approve the expense, Kris seconded, unanimous approval

Upcoming Events:

  • Open House August 8 – Cookies need to be baked.
  • May 23rd – last day

Other business

  • Scholarship
    • Winners:  Megan Ahrens, McKayla – LSE
    • Honor teachers
    • Foundation: next year?
    • PTO meetings
      • 2nd Tuesday
      • 3/18 March meeting
      • Shannon moved to approve schedule, Tiffany seconded, unanimous approval
      • Sign – September
      • Retirement – $50 gift cards – Barnes and Noble – Karla moved, Cheryl and Carmen seconded, unanimous approval
      • 8th grade parents – Diebler thanked for their service

March 19, 2013 Pound PTO Meeting Minutes

Call to Order 7:03PM

Introductions

Minutes of February Meeting – Kris Azimi moved to approve the minutes, Cheryl Meyer seconded, unanimous approval

Treasurer Report

  1. There is one outstanding check at Union bank, then Cheryl will close that account.
  2. The report was presented by Cheryl Meyer.
    1. Shannon Binkley moved to approve the report.
    2. Kris Azimi seconded the motion.
    3. Unanimous approval.

Conference Meals

  1. Hy-Vee donated some food. There was plenty to eat.
  2. There are no teacher complaints.
  3. We need to find someone for next year.

StuCo

  1. The meeting today was cancelled.
  2. Pennies for Pasta made a little over $3000.

Staff Appreciation

  1. We served lunch of Nebraska Teacher Appreciation Day. WE receoived a lot of thank you e-mails and notes.
  2. We need a chair for this committee next year.
  3. Upcoming Recognition dates
    1. 4/16 – Library Day
    2. 4/17 – Para-educator Day
    3. 4/24 – Administrative Professional Day
    4. 5/5-11 – School Nurse, Nutrition Employee, and Teacher Appreciation Week

Courtyard

  1. We need help with landscaping for the courtyard. Dr. Deibler will put out the call. Possible dates: 4/13, 4/27
  2. We need the big sculpture put together before the students leave.
  3. This is all weather-permitting.

Principal’s Report

  1. NeSA testing has a massive schedule. All three grades will be testing in math, reading/language arts and science. All testing will be happening on the computer. Dr. Diebler will send out the testing schedule in a PDF file.
  2. Staffing – The LPS vacancy bulletin will show vacancy at Pound.
    1. Mrs. Pendergast – 6th grade math
    2. Sean Mousel is moving to 7th grade – Mrs. Vogt is retiring.
    3. SPED/Resource – Ms. Sarah Hutzel
    4. Gayle Wiedman’s position – 6th grade Reading and Social Studies
    5. Enrollment
      1. 6th grade – 274
      2. 7th grade – 260
      3. 8th grade – 294
      4. Good conferences – Thanks for the conference meals.
      5. Photocopy Requests – We expect to use less paper, but not be paperless. Local (on-site) copies are 8 cents each. At the print shop the copies are 1.6 cents. The staff is working on it, but they will let us know if they need the support or help covering costs.

RESPECT – adult professionals – Mrs. Hodges has seen them. They are coming to Dawes on 3/27 and 4/3 for an Anti-Bullying show.

  1. Cost – $400 per show, mileage and food expenses $70 – Would normally cost $1300.
  2. We would get the show for $500.
    1. $250 – SCIP account
    2. Can PTO pick up the other $250?

i.      Kris Azimi moved to approve the expense.

ii.      Shannon Binkley seconded.

iii.      Unanimous approval.

  1. Dr. Deibler will notify the parents of the event.
  2. Shannon will put on the Facebook page.

Multi-Cultural Dinner – April 9, 2013

  • There will also be voting at Pound that evening.
  • We have volunteers,
  • We will need to move the PTO meeting.
    • Shannon Binkley moved to approve the PTO meeting moved to April 8, 2013.
    • Kris Azimi seconded the motion.
    • Unanimous approval.

Other business

  1. Scholarships
    1. Committee – Consists of 1 member of Student Council, Principal, PTO President, 1 PTO member, and 1 teacher
    2. The deadline has been extended to 4/15.
    3. Currently, there are 2 applications.
    4. Sign
      1. We are still in the investigation stage.
      2. Requests: Messaging controlled from inside the building. No manual letter changing.
      3. Shannon will send her estimate emails to Dr. Deibler.
      4. Shannon will try to get bids from Lincoln companies by calling the high schools to find out where they purchased signs.

i.      LSE –

ii.      LSW –

iii.      LEHS –

  1. Cheryl will contact LNE
  2. Monica suggested SignCo
  3. Elect Officers/Chairs for next year – Do we send information to feeder schools?
    1. Slate – President – Tiffany Edelmeier, Vice-President – No VP, Secretary – Shannon Binkley, Treasurer – Jeanne Gaerting
    2. Cheryl Meyers moved to approve the slate of officers.
    3. Gayle Wiedman seconded the motion.
    4. Unanimous approval.
    5. April Meeting – Monday, April 8, 2013 at 7pm
      1. Rescheduled for Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7pm.

Adjournment

 

Pound PTO January Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 7pm

 

Call to Order

Tiffany Edelmeier called the meeting to order at 7:03PM.

Introductions

Minutes

Changes were suggested – Shannon Binkley will make the changes as erquired.

Karla Johnson made the motion to approve the minutes, with the changes.

Monica Meyers seconded the motion.

Unanimous approval.

Treasurer Report

The only changes to the accounts were $1.52 in interest.

The appropriated items were identified on the forms submitted.

We approved $200, in May 2012, to have a cement garden bench installed outside the north door.  That has yet to be spent.  Are we still interested in putting this in?  Dr. Deibler will follow up with Sarah Doane about this item.

Karla Johnson moved to approve the treasurers report.

Gayle Wiedman seconded the motion.

Unanimous approval.

Fundraising Report

The Chip Shoppe

Everything has been delivered.

We have been billed for the product.

We received the incentive reimbursement.

The issues have all been satisfied.

This was a learning opportunity as it was our first experience with The Chip Shoppe.

The truck delivery was potentially a problem, but worked out beautifully.

The pallet loading didn’t work initially as we had to carry individual boxes through the multi-purpose room doors.  When the custodial staff offered the use of their path, the pallets moved along quite nicely.

5 parents, Tiffany and the StuCo members helped with unloading, setup and disbursement of product.

Sorting the boxes went very quickly.

The students came to pick up the product at the appointed time – there was even a big rush!

We changed the cash prizes to the back-end of the pickup, as it was clogging the entrance.

If we use this company again, we will arrange better line-ups.

Negatives of this fundraiser

John wasn’t in communication as much as he could have been.

Perhaps he wasn’t as focused because he is in communication because of Karla’s prior relationship and their conversations.

John didn’t like the faculty 50% off.

The staff really appreciated it!

Backordered Materials

Recommendations for future events

Itemize in writing the positives and negatives and talk with John – form a  committee.

At the February meeting, we can discuss renewing the contract for next year.

Tiffany will ask for a proposal for Fall 2013.

StuCo Report

The officers met today.

They plan to sell flowers and cookies for Valentine’s Day.  Dr. Diebler will follow up on this as there are some concerns from the past.

The Hat & Gloves project was successful!

Conference Meals

We are still looking for a chair for this committee.

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held 2/19/13 and 2/21/13.

2/19/13 menu – Soups and Sandwiches

Parents will provide the soups

Hy-Vee will provide the sandwiches.

2/21/13 menu – Sloppy Joes

Parent volunteers needed – please e-mail Tiffany if you are interested in helping

Bring soups

Set up – 2:15-2:30PM both days

Clean up – 6:15-7:00PM both days

Request for Funds

Principal Discretionary Fund – Staff Wellness Activities – When the staff completes a form for the wellness activities, those names are entered into a drawing for $5 gift cards.

Jennifer Bass paid for these from her own pocket, so the reimbursement from PTO will go to her.

There are student wellness activities as well.  Dr. Diebler will talk to Danni Fusco about student activities and Pound participation.

Courtyard

Individual pieces for the pillow structure are all on Pound campus. And stored inside.  It will be set up when the grounds are ready in the spring.

Upcoming events/Issues

Parent/Teacher Conferences are Feb. 19 & 21.

Parent information night regarding registration for Fall 2013 classes us coming up.

7th graders will meet at 7pm as they have elective choices.

8th graders will meet at 6:30pm.  This is an important meeting because Spanish and Math classes have the potential to be high school credit, which means GPA will count toward transcripts for college.

Students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Students should have school choice form completed and returned by February 15.

Multi-Cultural Dinner

This is not yet on the Pound Website calendar.

Darla Reinwald is the contact person for this event.

There was the consideration that we move the entertainment to the auditorium to make more room for those eating, and to provide additional seating for the entertainment.

Report cards will be sent home in the next week or so.

Principal’s Report

NeSA testing – descriptive writing will be the focus

The change in format from paper to computer testing was difficult for the students.

Scoring used to take place at a Nebraska-based location, with a representative from each school participating in the scoring.  The scoring now is shipped to another state.  The scores from Lincoln and Nebraska dropped from 99%-85%.  Another factor – the students were prepped for one type of writing, and assigned another.

Cookie Day – Thank you.  This improves moral at Pound.  The PTO is a point of pride for Pound Middle School.

Other Business

We received thank you’s from Mrs. Brown and ___________.

The cookie eschange on 12/14 & 12/15 included 48 families each sending in 3 dozen cookies.  Every teacher took home at least a dozen cookies.  2 dozen cookies were donated to the fire station on Claire and 48th.  Also, some cookies were frozen and set out when school started up again!

Sign – Shannon researched signs for outside Pound Middle School.  She brought a catalog from a company that has been communicating with her.  Two kids of signs were attractive.

An above ground (posted) full LCD screen with lights and colors, similar to Southeast and Southwest.  These would run between $10K-$15K including installation, but would be wirelessly controlled from inside the building, could be changed based upon time of day and set to timers.

A smaller brick sign would sit in front of the school with the name of the school emphasized – similar to the old LPSDO sign.

Concerns

Annual maintenance costs?

District Involvement?

We should finish the courtyard first, then figure out what we want, and our goals for the sign.

Facebook page – Shannon will create a QR code to link the Facebook page on printed materials.  There are currently 8 “Like”s to the page.

Cheryl will check with 3 banks for proposals to change accounts.  We will discuss the proposals at the February meeting.

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 7pm in the Pound Multi-Purpose room.

 

Minutes November 2012 Pound PTO Meeting

Tuesday November 13, 2012 7pm – Pound Multi-Purpose Room

Call to Order

Tiffany Edelmeier called the meeting to order at 7pm.

Introductions

Minutes

  • Minutes for the October 2012 meeting were provided by Shannon Binkley, secretary.
  • Carmen Skare moved to approve the minutes.
  • Mrs. Gayle Wiedman seconded.
  • The minutes were approved unanimously.
  • Cheryl Meyer was not present, but did send a report via email.
  • Fundraising through The Chip Shoppe is complete.
  • There were extensive processing fees associated with the fundraising deposit.  Cheryl recommends switching to a bank that will not charge these fees.
  • Shannon Binkley moved to approve the Treasurer Report.
  • Motion seconded by Carmen Skare.
  • Unanimous approval made.
  • Tiffany finalized The Chip Shoppe Fundraising information.
  • There are still a few orders in process, but should be finished within the week.
  • This was vastly more successful than last year, and gives the PTO a cushion for expenditures.
  • Sales – $34993.50, Product Cost – $18954.42, Incentive Cost – $970.00 NET SALES – $15069.08
  • Meetings are held once a month on the 2nd  Thursday after school.
  • Service projects within the community are forthcoming.
  • The t-shirts look great.
  • Campbell’s will be coming out in the spring to look into the landscaping.
  • The benches have started arriving and look amazing.
  • The “pillow” structure is next to come in.
  • John Campbell replaced the trees as requested, and they look beautiful.
  • PLC Day 12/18
  • Winter Break 12/22/2012 – 1/6/2013
  • Thanksgiving meals went well with Hy-Vee
  • Counselors – digital camera – $150.00 – Motion made to approve the expense by Deb Rodriguez, seconded by Shannon Binkley.  Approved unanimously.
  • Vocal Music – choreographer – $325.00 per semester – Motion to approve the expense made by Gayle Weidman, seconded by Carmen Skare.  Approved by majority.
  • Cool Crew – Snacks for meetings – $280.00 – Motion to approve the expense made by Shannon Binkley, seconded by Carmen Skare.  Approved unanimously.
  • After-school activities – $200.00 – Motion to approve the expense made by Kris Azimi, seconded by Shannon Binkley.  Approved unanimously.
  • See scheduling in Principal’s Report.
  • Grades will go out after the first of the year – see Pinnacle for current grades.
  • Facebook page is up and running per Shannon Binkley.  We will work on linking more to it.
  • Tiffany Edelmeier expressed an interest in providing a sign for the front of Pound.  Shannon is going to look into costs.
  • Tiffany Edelmeier adjourned the meeting at 8:20pm.
  • The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 at 7pm in the Pound Multi-purpose Room.

Adjournment

 

Minutes – Pound PTO – October 9, 2012

Call to Order

Tiffany Edelmeier called the meeting to order at 7pm.

Introductions

Minutes

Minutes provided by Shannon Binkley, secretary, were approved by Carmen Skare and seconded by Shannon Binkley, then ratified unanimously.

Officer/Committee Chairs

Vice-president

We are still looking for a vice president.

Conference Meals Chair

We are also looking for someone to chair the conference meals committee.  Tiffany Edelmeier handled the September meals, so only February’s meals would need to be planned.

Staff Appreciation Chair

Someone is needed to provided Staff Appreciation including, but not limited to, birthday recognition, monthly treats, etc.

 

If anyone would like to volunteer, they should contact Tiffany Edelmeier.

Treasurer Report

Cheryl was not present, but did send a report via email.

Last years fundraising is finished and finalized.

Mrs. Gayle Wiedman moved to approve the treasurer’s report.

Motion seconded by Deb Rodriguez.

Unanimous approval made.

Fundraising

Tiffany reported on the Chip Shoppe fundraising the last two weeks of September.

  • 211 students participated.
  • Net income $16,000 (Last year – $8400)
  • Delivery date – 11/7/12
  • Cash prizes will be received – 11/7/12
  • Money Machine prizes – 11/9/12
  • Volunteers may need to help – calls will be made.

Conference Meals

12 parents participated.

Hy-Vee provided the meant at a discount, and donated buns and additional food.

Mrs. Wiedman commented that the teachers were “in heaven”.

Thank you notes were sent.

StuCo Report

The student council decided to have a spirit day once a month rather than one week of the year.

T-shirts are getting ordered.

Meetings are held every other week on Thursdays.

Courtyard

Campbell’s has not yet gotten back to us about the landscaping.

Benches have not yet arrived.

The aluminum structure is placed.

John Campbell offered tree donations to replace some of our existing trees.  PTO would be responsible for the planting at $100 per tree.

 Request for Funds

Trees

The replacement trees from John Campbell – 10 @ $100 each

LPS would remove the old trees at no charge.

Shannon Binkley moved to approve the expense.

Carmen Skare seconded the motion.

There was unanimous approval of the motion.

Anica Brown – Science Club/Curriculum

<$550 requested for supplies for rocket experiments including

Shannon Binkley moved to approve the disbursement.

Carmen Skare seconded the motion.

There was unanimous approval of the motion.

Principal’s Report

The book fair raised $865 for the library.  The 6th graders won the Penny Wars movie.

The fire alarm messaging system does work.  Dr. Deibler can see in which room the sensor goes off.

The StuCo Fright for Hunger food collection for the city mission will be promoted by theme days 10/23 – 10/26.

End of quarter is Friday – also “Pink-Out” Day.

There will be no school Monday or Tuesday.

Grades will be pulled from the computers on Friday and report cards will be sent home October 23-27.  They will be enclosed in the signing envelopes.

Upcoming Events/Issues

Fall break is Monday and Tuesday.

10/15-10/19 is National School Lunch Week

10/21-10/27 is Character Counts week and Health Education wee.

Halloween cookies will be provided for staff appreciation.

School lunches – There is no salad bar because of lack of portion control.  Students are still hungry,  There are more kids in the lunch line.

Other business

Pound PTO Facebook Page

Shannon Binkley, secretary, will develop the page and serve as administrator.

Tiffany Edelmeier and Dr. Deibler will also be listed as administrators.

Shannon Binkley moved to create the page.

Deb Rodriguez seconded.

The motion carried unanimously.

Traffic Control

Drivers dropping off/picking up students should comply with recommended driving routes.

The use of cell phones should be avoided when dropping off/picking up students.

Please be aware of pedestrian students.

Thank You Note

Darla Reinwald submitted a thank you note.  It was passed around.

Adjournment

Tiffany Edelmeier adjourned the meeting at 8:54pm.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 7pm in the Pound Multi-Purpose Room.

Meeting Minutes – Pound PTO Meeting September 11, 2012 7pm

 Call to Order

Tiffany Edelmaier called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm.

 

Introductions

Shannon Binkley, Gayle Wiedman, Carmen Skare, Alexis Logan, Kris Azimi, Karla Johnson, Deb Rodriguez, Kelly Sellentin, Tiffany Edelmaier, Chris Deibler

 

Minutes

Shannon Binkley made a motion to approve the May 2012 meeting minutes as presented.

Karla Johnson seconded.

 

New Officers and Committee Chairs

President – Tiffany Edelmaier

Secretary – Shannon Binkley

Treasurer – Cheryl Meyer

PTO rep with StuCo – Deb Rodriguez

Mrs. Siedel and Mrs. Davis are the sponsoring teachers for PTO.

 

We are still in need of help with the following positions:

  • Vice President
  • Chairperson of Conference Meals
  • Chairperson of Staff Appreciation

If you are interested in filling one of these positions, please contact Tiffany Edelmaier.

 

Treasurer ReportCheryl Meyer is not in attendance, but did submit report.

  1. Tiffany Edelmaier, Shannon Binkley and Cheryl Meyer are now listed on signature card, and performed the yearly audit on September 1, 2012.
  2. A check was written for $545 to cover the insurance premiums for the year.
  3. A check was written for the Foundation for Children’s Vision – paid as approved at May meeting.
  4. Dr. Deibler discussed line items of the upcoming budget:
  • Interest Income, Assignment books – Student planners are provided by the PTO
  • Bonding/Risk Insurance – We handle money, so we have insurance
  • Capital Improvement – This helps provide for improvements to the school and grounds.  It is currently being used for courtyard renovations
  • Direct School Support – Staff applies for funds from the PTO
  • Multicultural Dinner – A potluck event held late winter/early spring bringing entertainment and multicultural education to Pound.  One of the favorite yearly events
  • Pound Potpourri – Pound newsletter, Scholarships – Each year Pound gives scholarships to graduating seniors who completed three years at Pound Middle School and graduate from a Lincoln Public Schools High School.  It is administered through the LPS Foundation.  $500 is given as scholarship.  $50 are the fees for handling
  • Staff Appreciation – PTO provides a monthly food-treat to the staff to boost morale
  • Student Celebration – Some years, the PTO helps provide a school-wide activity
  • Student Snacks – At the end of the year, after testing, snacks are provided (once) to students.
  • Thanksgiving Turkeys – A joint effort with Williamsburg Hy-Vee, PTO purchases turkeys for free-or-reduced-lunch families.  Pound Staff provides “fixin’s” and Hy-Vee bundles and distributes the meals to the families.  This is a fantastic community service opportunity.
  • Unpaid appropriations – These are the funds for the improvements to the Courtyard.  We will be writing the check for $2000 from 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 together for a total of $4000.

A motion to approve the 2012-2013 budget was made by Gayle Weidman, seconded by Deb Rodriguez and unanimously voted in favor.

 

Fundraising

Our previous supplier for QVC magazine sales is no longer providing fundraising for us.  We are changing to Chip Shoppe with John Crose, representative, as approved during May 2012 meeting.  John guaranteed minimum sales of $11,500.  Kick off will be held tomorrow (Wednesday, September 12, 2012) at the start of school.  The fundraiser will run 2 weeks.  With the sale of 10 items, the selling student’s name will be placed into a drawing for an iPad.  Participating students may also be eligible to try the money machine.

 

StuCo Report

The first meeting, Thursday, September 6, 2012, hosted just fewer than 100 students.  Mrs. Seidel and Mrs. Davis are the staff sponsors for StuCo.  They presented information to the 8th graders regarding officer positions.  They also presented requirements for participation as well as applications.  They are adding 2 class representative officers for the 6th and 7th grades – 2 per class.  Applications are due 9/26, and can be found in the front office for interested students.  Meetings will be held once a month on 2nd Tuesdays, with occasional community service opportunities and activities on other Thursdays.

 

Request for Funds

Carol Patterson – 8th grade Social Studies – submitted two requests for funds.

  1. 9/17 is Constitution Day.  For one week, each day, a trivia question will be presented about the Constitution.  The winner for each day will be given a $5 gift card to Barnes and Noble.  Request: $25 to cover the cost of the cards.
  2. The top ten performers from Pound for the National Geography Bee will receive $10 Gift Cards to Target.   Request: $100 to cover the cost of the cards.

 

A motion to approve funds for Mrs. Patterson was made by Alexis Logan.  Seconded by Kris Azimi.  Unanimous vote made to approve.

 

Courtyard

Dr. Deibler presented a tour of the new courtyard structures, including the long abstract bench, the books and the multi-colored Pound letters.  He discussed the recommendations of Campbell’s Nursery to put in a ground limestone pathway allowing for full access to the structures.  While there will be some green, the majority of the courtyard will have low landscaping.  A parent has also suggested tall, skinny evergreen trees to draw attention up.  In lieu of two high-back benches, the artists are fashioning four low-back pencil theme benches for about the same cost.

 

Upcoming Events/Issues

  • Pennies for Books – The Media Center conducts a yearly book fair for their benefit.  This year, to allow all Pound students the opportunity to participate, the students are having a competition.  Those students on free-or-reduced lunch will be given, anonymously, a coupon to purchase a book at the book fair from the proceeds of the competition.  The following is from 9/10/2012 announcements.

It’s that time of year! Parent teacher conferences are next week, and the great thing about that is that it’s also BOOK FAIR WEEK! We want to see everyone be able to purchase something from the book fair this year, so we’re having a FUNdraiser to make that happen! It starts tomorrow, and here’s how it works: Bring your dollars and cents to the collection containers that will be in the commons and the 6th grade hallway BEFORE SCHOOL the rest of the week. Grades will be competing against each other to see who brings in the most money by this Friday. Here’s the fun part: you’ll put your DOLLARS and SILVER coins into the container for YOUR grade, and PENNIES into the containers for the other grades. The amount each grade ends up with in PENNIES, will be DEDUCTED from their grand total; so putting pennies in THEIR containers and DOLLARS & SILVER COINS into YOURS helps your grade WIN while helping the other grades LOSE! The winning grade will get to watch a popular movie in the auditorium DURING SCHOOL on the day before fall break! Teachers of the winning grade get to come to the teacher’s lounge for a snack bar during the movie! Let’s DO this, Pound! Bring your dollars and coins starting tomorrow!

  • Lunch Library Passes – Thanks to the amazing efforts of Darla Reinwald, the media center culture encourages students to finish their lunch quickly, and then get a library pass.  Parents expressed concern that their child was not able to get a pass because they did not finish eating in time.  The question posed to Dr. Deibler asked if there were a way to rotate out the passes.  He is working on a solution!
  • Class Sizes

6th – 22-28 students per class, no class has more than 30 students

7th – largest class at 280 students split into 11 sections.

8th – smaller than last year

  • Parent Teacher Conferences – will be held 9/18 and 9/20 from 3:30pm-6:30pm each day.  Further discussed in principal’s report.

 

Principal’s Report

  • Fundraising assembly will be a new adventure with a new person.  John is willing to guarantee an income as well as promotions and the online ordering will make this much easier.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences are conducted arena style, wherein teachers are set up in public areas of the school at tables, and parents spend 5 minutes with each teacher.  Electronic progress reports will go out by Friday.  Parents should bring a list of student’s teachers.  If you need Pinnacle log-in information, please see Sharon Hitzeman in the registrar’s office.
  • New communications system is different.  Usually Dr. Deibler will use emails, but if a phone call comes, it is really important.
  • GoogleDocs – Students received new passwords over the summer.  Mrs. Wiedman will check on the process to get that login information for students who need it.
  • Yearbook Pictures will be taken on 9/19.  Order forms will go out later this week.  Money and order forms should be brought by students the day of pictures and turned in to the photographers.  Pictures will be back a month after they are taken.
  • New Teachers – Gayle Wiedman, Chris Kenny, Sheena Rancourt, Erin Michaud, Steve Spieker, Karen Eihusen, Sherri Pendergras, Karmin Jones
  • Culler Staff and Administration provided a huge service that was highly appreciated.  On the day of Mrs. Longman’s funeral, they sent over 15 teachers, administrators and counselors to cover for Pound teachers attending the funeral – without being asked.

 

Other Business

  • Conference Meals – Everything is ready for Tuesday and Thursday.
  • 6th Open House – 100 volunteer sheets were returned.  1000 cookies were provided by Chip Shoppe.  Thanks to Tiffany Edelmaier for baking them in the FCS room.
  • LSEPTSO Visibility Chair would like increased communication with future LSE students.   Tiffany Edelmaier will be in continued communication and pass on information.  LSEPTSO has a Twitter and a Facebook account.
  • Thank you Notes from teachers and scholarship winners were passed around for perusal.
  • School Directory will be published as soon as the Census forms are all returned.
  • Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 7pm in the Pound Cafeteria.  Dr. Deibler will send out an email in advance of the meeting including the agenda for the meeting and the minutes from this meeting.

 

Adjournment at 8:20pm by Tiffany Edelmaier.

 

Meeting Minutes

Pound PTO Meeting September 11, 2012 7pm

Call to Order

Tiffany Edelmaier called the meeting to order at 7:03am.

 

Introductions

Shannon Binkley, Gayle Wiedman, Carmen Skare, Alexis Logan, Kris Azimi, Karla Johnson, Deb Rodriguez, Kelly Sellentin, Tiffany Edelmaier, Christ Deibler

 

Minutes

Shannon Binkley made a motion to approve the May 2012 meeting minutes as presented.

Karla Johnson seconded.

 

New Officers and Committee Chairs

President – Tiffany Edelmaier

Secretary – Shannon Binkley

Treasurer – Cheryl Meyer

PTO rep with StuCo – Deb Rodriguez

Mrs. Seidel and Mrs. Davis are the sponsoring teachers for PTO.

 

We are still in need of help with the following positions:

  • Vice President
  • Chairperson of Conference Meals
  • Chairperson of Staff Appreciation

If you are interested in filling one of these positions, please contact Tiffany Edelmaier.

 

Treasurer ReportCheryl Meyer is not in attendance, but did submit report.

  1. Tiffany Edelmaier, Shannon Binkley and Cheryl Meyer are now listed on signature card, and performed the yearly audit on September 1, 2012.
  2. A check was written for $545 to cover the insurance premiums for the year.
  3. A check was written for the Foundation for Children’s Vision – paid as approved at May meeting.
  4. Dr. Deibler discussed line items of the upcoming budget:
  • Interest Income, Assignment books – Student planners are provided by the PTO
  • Bonding/Risk Insurance – We handle money, so we have insurance
  • Capital Improvement – This helps provide for improvements to the school and grounds.  It is currently being used for courtyard renovations
  • Direct School Support – Staff applies for funds from the PTO
  • Multicultural Dinner – A potluck event held late winter/early spring bringing entertainment and multicultural education to Pound.  One of the favorite yearly events
  • Pound Potpourri – Pound newsletter, Scholarships – Each year Pound gives scholarships to graduating seniors who completed three years at Pound Middle School and graduate from a Lincoln Public Schools High School.  It is administered through the LPS Foundation.  $500 is given as scholarship.  $50 are the fees for handling
  • Staff Appreciation – PTO provides a monthly food-treat to the staff to boost morale
  • Student Celebration – Some years, the PTO helps provide a school-wide activity
  • Student Snacks – At the end of the year, after testing, snacks are provided (once) to students.
  • Thanksgiving Turkeys – A joint effort with Williamsburg Hy-Vee, PTO purchases turkeys for free-or-reduced-lunch families.  Pound Staff provides “fixin’s” and Hy-Vee bundles and distributes the meals to the families.  This is a fantastic community service opportunity.
  • Unpaid appropriations – These are the funds for the improvements to the Courtyard.  We will be writing the check for $2000 from 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 together for a total of $4000.

A motion to approve the 2012-2013 budget was made by Gayle Weidman, seconded by Deb Rodriguez and unanimously voted in favor.

 

Fundraising

Our previous supplier for QVC magazine sales is no longer providing fundraising for us.  We are changing to Chip Shoppe with John Crose, representative, as approved during May 2012 meeting.  John guaranteed minimum sales of $11,500.  Kick off will be held tomorrow (Wednesday, September 12, 2012) at the start of school.  The fundraiser will run 2 weeks.  With the sale of 10 items, the selling student’s name will be placed into a drawing for an iPad.  Participating students may also be eligible to try the money machine.

 

StuCo Report

The first meeting, Thursday, September 6, 2012, hosted just fewer than 100 students.  Mrs. Seidel and Mrs. Davis are the staff sponsors for StuCo.  They presented information to the 8th graders regarding officer positions.  They also presented requirements for participation as well as applications.  They are adding 2 class representative officers for the 6th and 7th grades – 2 per class.  Applications are due 9/26, and can be found in the front office for interested students.  Meetings will be held once a month on 2nd Tuesdays, with occasional community service opportunities and activities on other Thursdays.

 

Request for Funds

Carol Patterson – 8th grade Social Studies – submitted two requests for funds.

  1. 9/17 is Constitution Day.  For one week, each day, a trivia question will be presented about the Constitution.  The winner for each day will be given a $5 gift card to Barnes and Noble.  Request: $25 to cover the cost of the cards.
  2. The top ten performers from Pound for the National Geography Bee will receive $10 Gift Cards to Target.   Request: $100 to cover the cost of the cards.

 

Motion to approve funds for Mrs. Patterson made by Alexis Logan.  Seconded by Kris Azimi.  Unanimous vote made to approve.

 

Courtyard

Dr. Deibler presented a tour of the new courtyard structures, including the long abstract bench, the books and the multi-colored Pound letters.  He discussed the recommendations of Campbell’s Nursery to put in a ground limestone pathway allowing for full access to the structures.  While there will be some green, the majority of the courtyard will have low landscaping.  A parent has also suggested tall, skinny evergreen trees to draw attention up.  In lieu of two high-back benches, the artists are fashioning four low-back pencil theme benches for about the same cost.

 

Upcoming Events/Issues

  • Pennies for Books – The Media Center conducts a yearly book fair for their benefit.  This year, to allow all Pound students the opportunity to participate, the students are having a competition.  Those students on free-or-reduced lunch will be given, anonymously, a coupon to purchase a book at the book fair from the proceeds of the competition.  The following is from 9/10/2012 announcements.

It’s that time of year! Parent teacher conferences are next week, and the great thing about that is that it’s also BOOK FAIR WEEK! We want to see everyone be able to purchase something from the book fair this year, so we’re having a FUNdraiser to make that happen! It starts tomorrow, and here’s how it works: Bring your dollars and cents to the collection containers that will be in the commons and the 6th grade hallway BEFORE SCHOOL the rest of the week. Grades will be competing against each other to see who brings in the most money by this Friday. Here’s the fun part: you’ll put your DOLLARS and SILVER coins into the container for YOUR grade, and PENNIES into the containers for the other grades. The amount each grade ends up with in PENNIES, will be DEDUCTED from their grand total; so putting pennies in THEIR containers and DOLLARS & SILVER COINS into YOURS helps your grade WIN while helping the other grades LOSE! The winning grade will get to watch a popular movie in the auditorium DURING SCHOOL on the day before fall break! Teachers of the winning grade get to come to the teacher’s lounge for a snack bar during the movie! Let’s DO this, Pound! Bring your dollars and coins starting tomorrow!

  • Lunch Library Passes – Thanks to the amazing efforts of Darla Reinwald, the media center culture encourages students to finish their lunch quickly, and then get a library pass.  Parents expressed concern that their child was not able to get a pass because they did not finish eating in time.  The question posed to Dr. Deibler asked if there were a way to rotate out the passes.  He is working on a solution!
  • Class Sizes

6th – 22-28 students per class, no class has more than 30 students

7th – largest class at 280 students split into 11 sections.

8th – smaller than last year

  • Parent Teacher Conferences – will be held 9/18 and 9/20 from 3:30pm-6:30pm each day.  Further discussed in principal’s report.

 

Principal’s Report

  • Fundraising assembly will be a new adventure with a new person.  John is willing to guarantee an income as well as promotions and the online ordering will make this much easier.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences are conducted arena style, wherein teachers are set up in public areas of the school at tables, and parents spend 5 minutes with each teacher.  Electronic progress reports will go out by Friday.  Parents should bring a list of student’s teachers.  If you need Pinnacle log-in information, please see Sharon Hitzman in the registrar’s office.
  • New communications system is different.  Usually Dr. Deibler will use emails, but if a phone call comes, it is really important.
  • GoogleDocs – Students received new passwords over the summer.  Mrs. Wiedman will check on the process to get that login information for students who need it.
  • Yearbook Pictures will be taken on 9/19.  Order forms will go out later this week.  Money and order forms should be brought by students the day of pictures and turned in to the photographers.  Pictures will be back a month after they are taken.
  • New Teachers – Gayle Wiedman, Chris Kenny, Sheena Rancourt, Erin Machaud, Steve Spieker, Karen Eihusen, Sherri Pendergrass, Karmin Jones
  • Culler Staff and Administration provided a huge service that was highly appreciated.  On the day of Mrs. Longman’s funeral, they sent over 15 teachers, administrators and counselors to cover for Pound teachers attending the funeral – without being asked.

 

Other Business

  • Conference Meals – Everything is ready for Tuesday and Thursday.
  • 6th Open House – 100 volunteer sheets were returned.  1000 cookies were provided by Chip Shoppe.  Thanks to Tiffany Edelmaier for baking them in the FCS room.
  • LSEPTSO Visibility Chair would like increased communication with future LSE students.   Tiffany Edelmaier will be in continued communication and pass on information.  LSEPTSO has a Twitter and a Facebook account.
  • Thank you Notes from teachers and scholarship winners were passed around for perusal.
  • School Directory will be published as soon as the Census forms are all returned.
  • Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 7pm in the Pound Cafeteria.  Dr. Deibler will send out an email in advance of the meeting including the agenda for the meeting and the minutes from this meeting.

 

Adjournment at 8:20pm by Tiffany Edelmaier.

POUND PTO MEETING – Tuesday, May 8, 2012, Pound Cafeteria

Attendees: Kris Azimi, Shannon Binkley, Chris Deibler, Kay Duncan, Tiffany Edelmaier, Jodi Ehrenberg,

Karla Johnson, Cheryl Meyer, Connie Mueller, Monica Myers, Deb Rodriguez, Ken Sieckmeyer and Linda

Whitmire.

Welcome and Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 6:35 p.m. by Ken Sieckmeyer. A motion was made, seconded and

unanimously passed to approve the April meeting minutes.

Treasurer’s Report

Cheryl Meyer presented the April Treasurer’s report. Revenue received was $175.55 from QSP and $1.14

interest for April. Additional items received at the meeting include revenue items of $66.73 from QSP and a

$40 donation as well as an expense request of $46.93 for Staff Appreciation. Unpaid Appropriations of $315.42

remain for Direct School Support. A motion was made to accept Cheryl’s report as presented by Linda

Whitmire, seconded by Deb Rodriguez and unanimously accepted.

Fundraising Report

No report on current year fundraising was presented.

Staff Appreciation

Kay Duncan reported that there will be a staff lunch tomorrow. In addition, she has typed up documentation of

the responsibilities of this committee in order to pass along.

Student Council

It was reported that there will be an end of the year party on Thursday after school.

Funding Requests

A request was made for funding for a bench to place by the north door area. A motion was made, seconded and

unanimously approved to spend up to $200 on a bench from the Direct School Support budget.

Kay Duncan presented a request from the LPS school nurses. The nurses are trying to raise $5,000 in order to

receive a matching grant from the Nebraska Foundation for Children Vision. $1,000 has been raised to-date

with the remainder needed by September 2012. Each school is being asked to fund between $25-$100. A

motion was made, seconded and unanimously approved to donate $100. This donation will come out of the

“Miscellaneous” line item.

Courtyard

Dr. Deibler noted that between PTO and school funds, we currently have $15,000-$18,000 to spend on the

Courtyard. An email was sent to many of the PTO attendees on May 3rd with cost estimates for each sculptured

piece. The currently proposed sculptured pieces are estimated to cost approximately $10,000 if one of each

item is selected. It is likely that more than one bench would be desired in the future.

It was noted that LPSDO Facilities must approve all proposed work and permanent structures in the Courtyard.

This includes the anchoring of any pieces. Dr. Deibler also noted that he will contact a former Pound parent

regarding landscaping plans for the Courtyard that will compliment the sculptures and finish the Courtyard

project.

A motion was made to spend $2,000 of PTO money towards approved sculptures and installation as well as for

approval of moving forward with all of the remaining pieces discussed using school funds. The motion was

seconded and unanimously approved.

Upcoming Events/Issues

None.

New Officers and Committee Chairs Discussion

The following slate of officers was moved, seconded and unanimously approved:

Tiffany Edelmaier — President

Shannon Binkley — Secretary

Cheryl Meyer — Treasurer.

Other Business

Mrs. Christiansen will be retiring at the end of the school year. A $100 retirement gift will be presented to her

from the PTO.

Also, attached is a thank you note to the PTO from Mrs. Christiansen on a different topic.

Principal’s Report

Two new known staff hires for next school year – Karmin Jones (Special Ed) and Karen Eihusen (Math) who

will also take over some of Mrs. Christiansen’s current coordinator duties. Both of these teachers have taught at

Pound previously.

Current estimates are 840 students at Pound next school year.

There is a district-wide bullying survey being conducted by LPS. Students, staff and parents are all requested to

participate.

End-of-year activities include 7th graders walking to the park perhaps on May 22nd and 8th graders having their

annual pizza, movie and yearbook signing at Pound next Friday, May 18th.

Dr. Deibler also noted that there was a mercury spill in a classroom last week which led to the removal of some

cabinets. They are currently looking into the details of this incident.

Fundraising Presentations

Two in-person fundraising presentations were scheduled for tonight.

Melody Summers, Director of Sales, presented what All American Fundraising has to offer. She indicated that

she would take care of everything except for the actual sales. Her company offers items such as wrapping

paper, jewelry and candles. Top prize would be a limo ride for lunch for selling 18 items.

They offer two catalogs. These catalogs contain the same items but different costs resulting in either a 50%

profit or a 40% profit. The PTO would select which pricing option they would prefer. There is also a home

delivery option with a lower profit share.

Melody offered to provide a list of other schools using her company as reference. She also noted that they

would provide reporting by student and by product.

Continuation of Minutes (from Cheryl Meyer):

Following the presentation by Melody Summers of All American Fund Raising the group took a small break

while Melody packed her display and the next presenter, John Crose with Red Apple/Otis Spunkmeyer

Fundraising set up for his presentation. Handouts included with these minutes include a testimony from Susie

Carlson of Kahoa Elementary, a list of program features, and a listing of the proposed prize program. John also

provided some freshly baked cookies to sample and donated his display items for the group to divvy up and

keep.

Some features of John’s service:

  • • Goal to have 300-400 students sell
  • • Quality items with over 1,000 items to choose from
  • • Options include gift items, frozen food items, magazines (850 titles)
  • • All products delivered on same day – ready for pick up
  • • Courtesy phone call to remind people of pick up day
  • • John will take care of frozen food not picked up and can have 2nd day if needed
  • • Personal / Local service to correct any order discrepancies
  • • Cash for prizes – including two different money machines and likes to have a creative incentive that the

Principal or Staff Member participates in

  • • Recommend a two week selling period

John’s proposal:

  • • 55% profit share from the gift items book
  • • 40% profit share from the frozen food items
  • • 40% profit share from the Magazine list
  • • Overall Profit Guarantee of $11,500 (as long as all 3 options are utilized)
  • • Staff members receive a discount on all orders
  • • 1,000+ cookies donated for Open House – Back to School Night

John would also appreciate an opportunity to work with the advisor/students who sell for the Washington DC

trip and believes the Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough would be a great moneymaker for them.

After John left the meeting, Tiffany handed out an e-mail proposal from David Coosaia with Entertainment

Fundraising.

After discussion on all three fundraising options, a motion was made by Kris Azimi and seconded by Monica

Myers to accept the proposal as presented by John Crose including the profit percentages, overall profit

guarantee, staff discount and donated cookies for Back to School Night. Motion unanimously accepted.

Conference Meals

Connie Mueller has almost completed a procedure manual to pass along to next year’s members of what she has

done as Chair of this committee. She will drop the book off at the office when she has it completed. She also

purchased and donated to the school a spoon, a slotted spoon and some tongs all engraved with Pound Middle

School. Connie said she would be willing to help the new chair out. President Sieckmeyer thanked Connie for

her years of service to the PTO.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

This is the final PTO meeting of the school year.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda Whitmire, PTO Secretary

and Cheryl Meyer