ACMS PTO September 2021 Minutes
September 8th, 2021, 7:30 am
Susie Overall, Jenny Suh, Hien Larson, Yvonne Moore, Stacie Krenicki, Nicole Reitter, Amanda Helm, Yvonne Moore, Saira West, Ashley Maloney, Natalie Grindy, Leslie Suen, Jenny Berger
Mission: Reconnecting our kids. What events can we go to connect the kids? Beach day? Truckee high football games, field day, etc. More ideas welcome!
$7,164 in the bank right now. We will contribute $800 to SWEP for the year. We owe $624 for Spirit Wear. Leslie Suen offered to take over treasurer duties, Susie will meet with her to train. We are working on creating a budget for the upcoming year based on financial needs.
Action: PTO can help with pop-up tents for the field if we need them in the future.
First day of school went smoothly, kids are on it in terms of safety. We have over 600 students. Kids need a bonding event. Perhaps a ropes course? We may be able to allow parent drivers to the ropes course, instead of buses. Transportation is the biggest part of her budget right now. This won’t happen until after January so it’s better to focus on a Spring event. Teachers are working with kids on extra bonding experiences. We can’t have any non school district companies or coordinators on campus. SWEP will do their program this year (with the financial support of the PTO).
Back to School Night - Moved to September 21st. Asking that only one adult per family to attend, no students. 5:40pm - go through your kid’s schedule. 10 mins each room. The PTO will have a table set up for afterwards to sell spirit wear.
Picture Day - This Friday during student's PE period.
Independent Study - Short term only, must be less than 15 days. We try to accommodate sports. In two weeks Hien will begin meeting with families to sort it out. District policy says you must be motivated to do independent study and parents must help, it is not easy.
Standard Reference Reporting - Grade books are different this year, similar to elementary style. Goal is end of year proficiency. Kids need a mindset of progress and improvement. Kids should self-reflect on their learning. Parents should guide them to encourage growth and progress, not perfectionism. This helps kids love the process of learning.
Parent Teacher Conferences at the end of October. Student-led. Progress, social emotional, etc. Action: We will prepare lunch for the teachers. Individually wrapped. Stacie Krenicki will coordinate this.
Maybe we can hold an outside dance in January. 😊
New Assistant Principal - Kristin Fielding from the Bay area. She lives in Tahoma, has two kids. College and grad school in Portland Oregon, moved to Bay, taught elementary and middle before becoming an administrator. Taught our Cohort “C” last year.
PE - Kids won’t dress out until probably January. Bring your gym shoes. Will get a locker next week and can keep gym shoes there, deodorant etc.
COVID Outbreak - If 5% of the school tests positive, the school will likely close for two weeks and classes will be through Google Classroom. Not live instruction, more like independent study. Nurse will do contract tracing.
Cougar Days & Spirit Wear
Had a table sold $1018 in Spirit Wear. Will do inventory and order some more gear. We can sell again at back to school night. Saira West is going to help coordinate our spirit wear inventory. Perhaps we can add more items such as pennants, long sleeve shirts? We also have string bags to sell. We will work with our supplier to get more popular items on hand, i.e. youth sweatshirts and beanies.
Back to School Night
We can set up a table for parents to visit after the event with spirit wear and PTO information. High school students can staff. Yvonne is looking in to ideas to offer a take home dinner - pizzas, burritos, tamales.
Snacks for Staff Lounge
$100/month budget. Will try to connect with our former helper, Celli, to purchase healthy items at a good price. Distribute snacks every Monday morning. Jenny Berger will coordinate this.
After putting this program on hold during COVID, we would like to have fundraisers at different restaurants each month. Summit Swirl supported us in August. Other ideas - Panda Express, El Toro, Port of Subs, Drink Coffee Do Stuff. Reach out to parents to see if there are restaurant owners who are interested.
Other Fundraising Ideas
Pura Vida bracelets, candy grams, flower delivery
Co-Leaders: Susie Overall, Nicole Reitter
Secretary: Jenny and Yvonne
Treasurer: Leslie Suen
Helper at Large: Natalie Grindy
Spirit Wear Coordinator: Saira West
Conference Week Lunches Chair: Stacie Krenicki
Staff Room Snack Coordinator: Jenny Berger
We would like an ASB student rep to attend future meetings.
8:45 am. Next meeting will be Wednesday, October 13th at 7:40 am.
ACMS PTO August 2021 Minutes
August 11th, 2021, 5:30 pm
Susie Overall, Jenny Berger, Jenny Suh, Karsten Swenson, Yvonne Moore
The focus of the PTO this year will be to reconnect our students.
We need people to cover board positions - Co-Leaders, Secretary, Treasurer, Fundraising. Other tasks that need to be managed include the monthly newsletter, Facebook posts. Our group can share the load of these things. It’s great to have people just willing to step up when work needs to be done for events.
Balance: $6170. We need to obtain the checkbook and financial records from the previous Treasurer. Susie will work on updating and creating the budget for the upcoming year.
Questions we have right now for Hien:
- Budget for Field Trips - We are NOT doing fundraising for the big field trips as we have in the past (6th grade to Sage Hen, 7th grade to ropes course and 8th grade to Wild Island). With all the uncertainty around COVID, we can't commit to anything nor pay any deposits. We would really like to plan some smaller events to reconnect the kids throughout the year which don't involve chartering buses, paying deposits, etc. Some ideas we had included beach days, THS football games, etc. We need your help with ideas and planning!
Cougar Days - August 23rd
PTO Table: We will have a table set up to hand out information on PTO - what we do, when we meet. We will also have a QR Code with information available online. Susie will set up a Sign Up Genius so we can have shifts manning the table.
School Supplies: We won’t be selling school supply kits this year. Hien will let us know if there are some high demand items we could possibly have on hand to sell a la carte. (graph paper, composition books, colored pencils, pencils?) Or perhaps we could offer to fund school supplies for families in need.
Spirit Wear: We will have spirit wear available for sale - beanies, sweatshirts, t-shirts - as well as available to order. Susie will try to set up the ability to take credit cards or at least Venmo before the 23rd. We will provide paper order forms as well as a QR Code for online ordering.
Back to School Night - September 9th
PTO will have a PTO presence that evening - Susie will set up a Sign Up Genius. Hien and I discussed having a to go Kermes dinner available for pre-order and pick up that night, preparation costs to be covered by PTO and proceeds to benefit PTO. The PTO is interested in ensuring packaging is as green as possible and would be willing to look into supplying packaging.
Meetings will be the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 am. We can discuss occasionally having meetings in the evening. As of now, we can meet in the ACMS staff room. Hopefully there will be a teacher liaison available to attend the meetings, perhaps the assistant principal?
Next meeting will be on September 8th, 2021, at 7:30 am in the ACMS Staff Lounge.
Adjourn 7:00 pm
Susie Overall, Celli Baker, Jenny Berger, Jenny Suh, Raughley, Hien Larson, Hanna Malm, Jennifer Standheiner
Checks outstanding for baskets, flower bouquets, SWEP (sustainability club), shouldn’t be any other expenses this year. Will start with that amount next year.
Raughley is working on the final budget for 20/21, will create the budget for 21/22.
We contributed $800 to 8th grade graduation.
We received a few small donations via PayPal for 8th grade graduation. Will forward that money to Hien.
Susie will talk with Hien about what our needs are for next year. Field trips to Wild Island, Shady Creek, Ropes Course?
Let’s make sure we ask parents to chip in on the permission slips as we have done in the past. Ask Hien to put that back on the permission slip.
Ask Hien if we can reschedule the overnight field trips that we missed. It would be great if 8th graders could have an overnight to bond them before heading off to high school.
Cougar Days is August 17th. Typically ACMS PTO sells school supplies but not sure what that would include. We will definitely plan to have spirit wear available for sale as well as available to order. Offer more popular items - beanies, sweatshirts, t-shirts. This will be the time to sell.
Waiting on the State to get guidelines for school. Probably still masks and barriers next year.
District survey: There will not be a cohort C next year.
Summer school will be held at ACMS this year in July.
Wrapping up the year, trying to honor 8th graders. Celebration on Wednesday, June 16th. 8th grade promotion will be the next day. Each student will receive four tickets, they will be sent home on Friday. You must have a ticket to attend, ask Hien if you need more. Promotion will also be available to view online. Masks must be worn. No hats. Kids must go to practice every day or they can’t participate.
8th grade award assembly on June 16th.
June 18th - 6th grade is doing a beach day. 7th grade will be doing something too.
Our school is growing, there will be around 600+ students next year. Bell schedule will be full day, 7:45 am - 2:15 pm. Bus service as usual. Should know more by July.
Right now, Hien is putting a hold on all field trips. Simply can’t commit to anything now.
8th grade gifts have arrived, PTO funded and can help put together.
Next Year’s Board
Who will be returning? Secretary, Treasurer, Co-Leader, all open positions. We need to recruit more help.
Since things have opened up and we’re not working and attending school from home as much, we need to find a better time for meetings. We need move so teachers and working parents can attend. Discussed having meetings somewhere at 6 pm, perhaps every other Thursday. We could also alternate having meetings in the morning and the evening, different each month. We have to see if the school will allow us to meet on site next school year.
Next meeting will be in July - will discuss Cougar Days and the budget.
Adjourn 9:35 am
Alder Creek Middle School PTO
May 12th, 2021
Attendees: Susie Overall, Hien Larson, Celli Baker, Jenny Berger, Nate Melen, Raughley Koehler, Jennifer Standteiner. Call to order at 8:30. Adopt minutes from last meeting.
Principal’s Update, Hien Larson:
Treasurer’s Report, Raughley Kohler:
Outstanding Questions and Ideas:
ACMS PTO Meeting Minutes
April 22nd, 2021
Attendees: Susie Overall, Hien Larson, Celli Baker, Kate Byus, Jenny Berger, Raughley Koehler. Call to order at 8:30. Adopt meeting minutes from last meeting.
Principal’s Update, Hien Larson:
Working on ideas for 8th grade end of year promotion, things are uncertain. Could have a ceremony on June 17th at 6 pm for pods of immediate household. 220 kids will be graduating.
Staff really appreciates the treats PTO has been providing monthly, it makes a big difference.
ELO District Grant -
Stakeholder input is needed. We need to implement a learning recovery program. Ideas are due on May 4th, will be presented to the board on June 1st, then to the state. Funds available in September 2021 until 2023.
-Team-based trivia done on Zoom, etc. Introduce kids, get them working together as a team to learn. Make things academic but fun!
-Provide transportation for supplemental programs for those who need it to ensure inclusion
-Non-sport related clubs - Minecraft, D&D, acting, music, chess, book club, etc.
-Promote sports teams which may have stagnated
-Field trips, dances, overnights, hands-on social activities - when safe
-Team-based projects - for example: build a business and go through the steps - funding, planning, production, staffing
-Field day - fun activities, sports
-Day in the Arts Event - rotate through booths with artistic and cultural elements. Look to community members who can share their skills and crafts. I.e. mood boards, jewelry making, pottery, music, art mediums.
-School assemblies - everyone gathers once a week to experience, learn something fun and cohesive
-Enrichment classes: Handwriting/cursive, keyboarding, Spanish - immersion, partner with another student to learn together or teach each other. Peer to peer support.
-Assign staff/counselor/tutor to each student to go through their grades, assignments, figure out what they need help with, how to catch up, what they’re behind on
-Assign staff to follow up emotionally with students. Partner them with another kid who can support them, work on things together.
-Provide education for parents - how to check on students’ grades, progress. How do they help their child and advocate for their learning?
-Trusted adult program - make sure all students have one, check in throughout the year
Treasurer’s Report and Budget Review, Raughley:
Presented the Treasurer’s Report, our balance is $6,590. Grocery Outlet has been a huge supporter and our main source of donations. We are sending them a thank you and will try to promote them as much as possible.
Discussion on possible online silent auction to supplement our budget. We don’t feel right approaching local businesses which have had to make so many changes over this past year for donations. We will work on other fundraising ideas which can raise money, like the tamale raffle. Disneyland tickets, lodging for a weekend, succulent plants, etc.
Mother’s Day Bouquets:
Orders are due Friday, April 23rd. We will meet for production at Kate’s house and have bouquets ready to distribute after school on May 7th. A reminder eblast will go out on Friday.
Staff Appreciation Week, May 3rd - 7th:
We reviewed a plan to do something special each day of the week for the 72 ACMS staff members rather than purchasing a gift card for each staff member as we did last year. We will provide snacks and gifts using a budget of $1,750.
An email will be sent to staff on Monday, May 3rd to give them a heads up for some of the festivities.
Excellence in Education Kudos Campaign:
In lieu of the Fellows and Star Awards this year, Excellence in Education would like to recognize all TTUSD staff. An online form was created to submit Kudos and will be communicated to all parents. They have asked the PTO to help promote this campaign which will end April 30th.
Meeting adjourned at 10:30 am. Next meeting will be Wednesday, May 12th at 8:30 a.m.
Attendees: Susie Overall, Hien Larson, Raughley Koehler, Hanna Malm, Jenny Berger, Jenny Suh, Celli Baker
Wrapping up trimester. End of the year celebration? Goal at the end - all students to be celebrated. Honor roll - all student’s with all 3’s and up. No distinguished scholars. Want to celebrate other achievers, still not Sur how that will look exactly. Hope to know by this Sunday. Need to collaborate with north tahoe middle.
Hoping to be back 5 days a week in the 3rd trimester. Soon as it is safe. Lots of work to do yet. Depending on classroom, students will be 4 ft apart. Schedule will go out. Will be a slightly extended day. 20 more minutes to support cohort C for office hours.
Working on 8th grade graduation. Don’t know if we can do it live yet. Will update soon.
Thank you for all the goodies from PTO. Yummy snacks are always appreciated.
Sports: expectations are crazy right now. ACMS only one with turf field, so it is getting used heavily for high school sports. High schoolers have to be tested once a week. Still in limbo how sports will look. Might not be able to play outside of California schools. (No Nevada teams as of right now). She will update as she learns more.
Will there be more buses running when we are back to 5 days/week? No, there will not be more because of CA safety guidelines. There will be no lunch period, just an extended outside break. Will there be 8/9th tennis? I don’t know.
Will 9th grade teachers have the same expectation for rising 9th graders due to covid situation? We asked them what they wanted? Each grade level gave a wish list to send to the grade below including “must-have skills” for success next year. The high school has link crew and other systems in place to transition kids to high school.
How about kids rising to 6th grade? Will there be an open house before next year? We don’t know yet. Hopefully.
Will there be Cougar Days? We don’t know yet.
Please remind your kiddos to stay 6 feet apart. Have this conversation with your children. Constantly remind them.
Excellence in Education Update
90% of TTUSD staff has been vaccinated!
They are trying to get to 5 days/week in class. 4 foot rule around every kid in the classroom. Need to redesign 289 classrooms, the district has ordered 900 plexiglass barriers.
Placer Country was in the red tier for 6 days, now we slipped back to purple tier. County needs to be in red for 14 days to lift restrictions. Every week teachers and staff have to be tested once/week as long as we are in the purple tier.
Thursday 3/11 the District will send out a long newsletter with updates. Link to the form about if they want kids to go back 5 days/week. Thursday survey will override what you said before on any other survey.
Kudos Campaign instead of typical Star awards for teachers and staff. Everyone is working so hard this year, it’s too hard to honor just a few. Will be giving kudos to all teachers and staff. Either handwritten or online. Will be asking PTO’s to advertise this and help out.
April 11th - Homewood is offering free skiing and breakfast burritos to all TTUSD employees.
Balance $6491. See attached Treasurer’s Report
About $100 from Panda Express fundraiser. $91 from Amazon. Upcoming expenses? Just $100 for snacks…
Staff Appreciation coming up in early May. We budgeted $500.
Celli suggests we don’t do food items this year. We have been offering snacks quite a lot. Maybe something more creative. Perhaps we should ask the teachers what they would like this year. Should we do what we did last year, and buy them a $25 gift card to establishment of their choosing? Send out the google form like last year, see what they want. Include a thank you card. Mail them or drop them at school.
Perhaps throw them a back-to-school party in the fall.
Celli volunteered to cut succulents for each teacher. Awesome.
Should we do more snacks? (Cliff bars, nuts, gluten free crackers, Pringles, etc.)
Ask parents in the newsletter to contribute money or ideas for teacher appreciation week.
Mother's Day Flowers
We need to order the flowers a couple weeks before, probably from Costco. Fillers will be free. We need to make an order form. Also mention it in the newsletter. Set it up on sign-up genius. How much to charge? Distribute after school on Friday. Celli and Kate working on this.
Ideas for Other Events
No ice-skating day. District would not allow. Can’t enforce social distancing, etc.
Maybe we just can’t do events this year.
Next Meeting April 21 at 8:30 am.
Attendees: Susie Overall, Hien Larson, Celli Baker, Jen Standheiner, Jenny Suh, Kate Byus, Raughley Koehler
Principal’s Update, Hien Larson:
Friday 26th will be distance learning, starting at 7:43 am due to teacher’s scheduled second vaccination dose, in anticipation of side effects.
Tamales - thank you for doing it. Many happy parents.
Thank you Susie for basket of treats. Teachers appreciated it.
Site council wants to do a campaign to encourage kids to turn their cameras on, especially Cohort C kids. Needs to feel like classroom participation as normal. Positive reinforcement is needed. Maybe PTO can sponsor a drawing, awarding kids for having their camera on at random times. Summit swirl prize? Encourage engagement.
Also, we are moving away from honor roll. How else can we celebrate learning? North Tahoe is moving away from honor roll also. We are surveying students, asking: What does a celebration look like? Tell us about a time you were very successful. How were you celebrated? How do you want to be celebrated? Email? Phone call? Swag? Will invite 3 students (1 per grade level) to join the celebration committee so we have student input. How can we celebrate life-long learning and celebrate skills to thrive?
Will there be no celebration of academic success? Need to celebrate life skills. Celli - disappointed that this is going away. Academic achievement is important in our family. Jen: we are trying to look at broader skills that kids should be learning. What is an intrinsic motivator? What life skill are they developing in this difficult time? Perhaps a peer-to-peer nomination? Raughley: spelling bee, art contest, science fair, these are ways to celebrate differently-skilled kids. Kate: ask kids how they want to be rewarded. Each kid may have a different way they want to be celebrated. Maybe have a celebration day.
Celebrate work habits, citizenship, and life-long learning. Kids set an academic goal and set a social/emotional goal. Passion projects. Accountability partners. Peer support. Can we do spirit wear at cost as rewards for these achievements?
Hien is amazing, connecting with families and kids. If a kid is absent, she will drive to their house and ask how we can help them be successful. Kate: create an account, slush fund to support Hien. Do we already have this? Kate: coat closet to put things for kids, school nurse can pull from it to give to kids who they think need something.
Annual staff gift? Raughley says we used to do this. Kate: White elephant (would it work for a group this size? Or would it be better to let them choose…)? Everyone brings a gift with a $100 value? Ask parents to donate. Ask teachers where they want a gift card too. Massage? Target gift card?
Catered lunch for teachers - Tahoe Food Hub? Do a big gift now and then the food week for teacher appreciation week.
Give teachers snacks every Friday? Or once a month? Set up a Sign Up Genius so we all take a shift? Move to budget $100 per month for teacher appreciation baskets and teachers. Jennifer S. - February; Celli/Kate - March. "ACMS Love" - ask for contributions to the monthly stash for teacher goodies. Reach out to Raley’s, Grocery Outlet, and Celli’s contact. Meals from Food Hub - how will that look. Meal every day? What is our budget? Sign-up genius? Allow parents to “sponsor” a lunch.
$7390 in account
$940 profit from tamale fundraiser
Tax issues due to our “employee” from last year’s Spanish class. Everything is worked out. Thank you to Raughley for taking care of that.
How to get around paying fees? We aren’t really paying a ton in fees now. So let’s just stay the course as we are doing it.
Other Fundraising Ideas:
Tamale lady will sell batches (Marisol) for $18 and then we sell for $25. Could be ongoing fundraiser.
Flowers for mother’s day? Celli and Kate will work on this. Fundraiser for kids to buy for their parents.
Spirit wear sales are trickling in. Need to periodically market it. Maybe do a spring blast. Remind parents that these items are for sale. Should we keep a stash of 10 beanies on hand for Hien to give away?
Adjourn: 10:00 am
Attendees: Hien Larson, Susie Overall, Celli Baker, Raughley, Jen Standteiner, Nate Melon, Jenny Suh
We had over 100 students participate in water reading challenge. Many great photos submitted about where and how and what they are reading. Participants will vote for winners, and they are working on a celebration. Always looking for ways we can we reward them and encourage continued reading.
Opening schools: We are all working hard to reopen schools ASAP. Board meeting on January 20th to hopefully announce a plan for opening. Hoping for vaccination to come ASAP. We want everyone to come back and feel SAFE.
Family Connection Night is tonight. First live virtual event. Sign in using your student account. Follow your child's schedule. Teachers Smith and King are out due to medical. Expect big turnout. Counselors will be there.
ACMS had 12 nominations for Linda Brown and Star awards. Our own Elvia Esparza received the Star Award!
Need yearbook photos, please email them to Mary Berelson. Encourage more yearbook contributions.
Sports are still on hold. Cross country team is going to Auburn ski club, training themselves. Indoor sports are out for the rest of the year, as of now. Hoping for at least track, cross country, anything outdoors.
Counselors are working hard with Hope Squad. There will be a parent night next week. Hope Squad already running. Kids train each other on how to be a friend and recognize key indicators of kids in need of help.
Many lunch-bunch groups with the counselors are happening. Hang out and have lunch with counselors, great turnout. Past surveys ask kids “who is your trusted adult”? What can we do about kids with none? Organic strategizing to connect with students who don’t. We usually do connection data 3x per year. In November, about 80% had connection, end with about 95%. We will be surveying over next few weeks. Need to make sure our kids are connecting socially and emotionally.
Kindness Week is coming up in the couple weeks. Activities to spread kindness.
There is a load of tutoring available. One on one opportunities available, sign up (for math, language arts, social studies). Also high schoolers are tutoring our kids through Aim High. Demand for tutoring is high. Mrs. Larson has spent her discretionary funds on tutoring.
Update on reworking the standards for this year? Working on Essential Standards. What do kids need to know to be successful at the next level? Ongoing meetings. Grades will remain the same for now. Hearing from teachers and examining what is necessary for success in the next grade.
Parents and teachers need to work as a team to hold kids accountable for missing assignments. Hien has been doing 5-10 home visits per week to follow up on vulnerable kids. Hien attends classes with students, acts as a sideline coach. Making sure they have gotten the most out of a class.
One parent is concerned that kids are descending into apathy, losing their motivation and spark. Hien says that are working proactively to address this. Committees, Advisory, studying what kids need right now - is it mindfulness, skills in tech, needing a tech break, etc.
To get an easy to understand view of kids’ assignment: In Google Classroom, go to Classwork - View my work. To see a snapshot of all assignments, what is completed, and what is missing. Parents can set up an alert to get a weekly snapshot.
Do the teachers or staff need anything from PTO? All staff appreciated Christmas gift and masks. Thank you to PTO!
8th grade promotion. Will need to speak to 8th grade parents. We haven’t planned it yet, because not sure if group activities will be happening then.
Spirit Wear Update
Kate: Sold 52 units, we made $504. Our margins were better than expected (30%!) Orders still to be picked up are at school. Website coming soon for online ordering. Very successful first go! Top seller was hoodies with black sleeves and grey body.
Raughley: Panda Express fundraiser raised $148; average $170 per month from Grocery Outlet; $504 from Spirit Wear; Balance is $7,347. Tamale fundraiser is ongoing. Taxes are done.
Private Minecraft servers for the school. Can we do a district-wide game? Kate and her son will look into it. Looking at Creative mode, not Survival mode.
Nate: Plug for lacrosse. Have your kids come out, as it may be one of the only spring sports happening.
Rent out the Regional Ice Rink? Celli will follow up.
$10 donation gets you one entry into the raffle to win one of 12 tamale dinners. Lots of people are donating $50 or $100. Random winner generation from a spreadsheet. Tamales will be ready for pickup Friday February 5th. Possibly sell tamale dinners after the drawing, will speak to the person who makes them.
Adjourn: 9:45 am
Alder Creek Middle School PTO Meeting
Date: December 9th, 2020 via Zoom
Welcome: Call to order at 8:30 am.
Attendees: Susie Overall, Hien Larson, Celli Baker, Jenny Berger, Kate Byus, Hanna Malm, Nate Melen
Principal’s Update - Hien Larson:
Olympic Week is the week before winter break begins. Each class has a theme - 6th grade is sports, 7th grade is decades and 8th grade is breakfast cereals. Will be virtual, will set up scavenger hunts, Cahoot games, etc.
ACMS would like to remind students to keep their camera on for distance learning.
If a student isn’t feeling well, call the front office and let the teachers know. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms/sick please do not come to campus. You need to notify your school site and your school nurse will be in contact with you to determine when you can return to school. A student with COVID-19 symptoms will need to stay home for ten days. If you choose to have your student tested they may return to campus with a negative test once they have been symptom-free for three days, as long as you are not the contact of a positive case. If you come in contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, please let the school nurse know right away. Testing at Rideout is available for symptomatic TTUSD students and staff. TTUSD hopes students will be able to go back to hybrid learning on January 18th.
Please remind your student to attend teacher office hours. This is a great way for them to connect to the teacher and clear up any confusion. Tutoring is also available.
All school sports are currently on hold.
Holiday Gifts for Students and Staff:
These may be dropped off at the school during office hours and the front office will notify the recipient. Most teachers are working from school.
Treasurer’s Report: Current balance is $7,524. We received $1,420 for spirit wear sales but need to pay pending invoice from Twin Forks Trading, so unknown how much we made on this fundraiser. Susie will check the PTO box at ACMS for additional donations. We spent $450 on ACMS masks for staff.
Spirit Wear: Spirit Wear should arrive the week before winter break. We sold items to around 50 customers. Kate Byus will package items up. Grocery Outlet has agreed to donate bags to use for distribution, Susie will pick up. We will include a thank you and a reminder to mention ACMS when checking out at Grocery Outlet. In the future, ACMS will have an online order form available on Twin Forks’ website. We will order some popular items ahead of time for sale at Cougar Days next August.
Gifts for Staff: We now have masks. Susie and Jenny will put together packages with masks, coffee packs, tea bags and mints. They will be dropped off at school and the front office will distribute.
Flower Bouquet for Mother’s Day: Mother’s Day is May 10th. We could obtain flowers (Kate’s mom?) and fillers (Celli) and have different size bouquets available. We will only take pre-paid orders in advance so we know what materials we need. Celli, Kate and Hanna will work on this. Susie will set up Sign Up Genius, sales will begin April 1st.
Tamale Fundraiser: This was a successful raffle in the past. Susie will follow up with We will look at doing this closer to the Super Bowl on February 7th. Tickets will be $10 each and winners will be drawn at random.
Online Auction: We typically have a silent auction during Open House in the spring. We can look at doing this online in the spring. Glenshire Elementary is using biddingowl.com, we will likely use this so there’s continuity between schools.
Mandarin/Fruit Sales: Growers over the pass offer fruit for sale by the pallet. We can pick up, package and sell for fundraising. Celli and Hanna will look into this idea for next fall.
ACMS PTO Website: Susie is working on a Google Site to replace the current Weebly site. Nate has input on using Square features for fundraising, we will look into this.
Next Meeting: January 13th, 2021 at 8:30 am via Zoom.
Adjourn: 9:45 am. Thanks to everyone for showing up! We look forward to meeting in person one of these days!
Alder Creek Middle School
Date: November 12th, 2020 via Zoom
Welcome: Call to order at 10 am.
Attendees: Susie Overall, Julie Mill Peters, Raughley Koehler, Celli Baker, Jenny Berger, Kate Byus, Hanna Malm, Nate Melen
Principal’s Update - Hien Larson:
Due to commitments at school, Mrs. Larson wasn’t able to attend the meeting. However, she provided the following information to the PTO.
Procedures to change to a new cohort will be shared in the Cougar News this Sunday. Changes may only occur at the end of each trimester. The last day of the first trimester is November 20th, and the last day of the second trimester is March 12th.
The TTUSD COVID dashboard is viewable here. When we see that there's a positive case in our school, the nurse is in contact with all individuals to provide guidance and to approve them for return to school/work when it is appropriate to do so. If a student/staff is identified as a positive case follow-up phone call is made to determine contacts of the student/staff, if they were infectious on campus. Our nurse spends time speaking with positive cases regarding every class/contact they had on campus.
If a student isn’t feeling well, call the front office and let the teachers know. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms/sick please do not come to campus. You need to notify your school site and your school nurse will be in contact with you to determine when you can return to school. A student with COVID-19 symptoms will need to stay home for ten days. If you choose to have your student tested they may return to campus with a negative test once they have been symptom-free for three days, as long as you are not the contact of a positive case.
We have a sports league meeting on November 18th and will be letting families know about winter and spring sports.
Treasurer’s Report: We received several donations from fundraising efforts this past month: Panda Express: $49.87, Box Tops for Education: $40.90, Grocery Outlet: $105.26. Total deposits: $196.03. We spent $232 on welcome back banners and coffee for the return to school. We have around $6,000 in our account right now.
Spirit Wear: Kate Byus’ company, Twin Forks Trading, has created items to offer for ACMS spirit wear. The kick-off order will be discounted, we will send out order information in the next couple days. Pre-orders will be due November 23rd and will arrive in time for distribution before winter break. Susie created a Sign Up Genius which will allow people to submit their pre-order online. We will send out an eblast, links and info in the Cougar News and a magic text to remind people to order on 11/20. The PTO will receive 10-15% from spirit wear sales. Carrie and Hanna offered to help with distribution.
Gifts for Staff: Since the Staff Room isn’t really available for distribution, we are putting together packages with masks, coffee packs, tea bags and mints. Masks arrive next week. There are 71 staff members. Kate, Celli, Susie and Jenny B. will put these together next week.
Decorating the School: Thank you to Carrie for ordering and delivering the “Welcome Back to School” banners!
Screen Protectors and/or Blue Light Glasses: Susie checked with the TTUSD Tech Department to see if they have contacts for these. They don’t have a good deal for them, but did recommend these settings for Chromebooks to help eyes in dim light.
Tamale Fundraiser: This was a successful raffle in the past. We will look at doing this closer to the Super Bowl on February 7th.
Online Auction: We typically have a silent auction during Open House in the spring. We can look at doing this online in the spring. Glenshire Elementary is using biddingowl.com, we will likely use this so there’s continuity between schools.
Mandarin/Fruit Sales: Growers over the pass offer fruit for sale by the pallet. We can pick up, package and sell for fundraising. Celli and Hanna will look into this idea.
Next Meeting: December 9th, 2020 at 8:30 am via Zoom. We decided to move meetings to an earlier time to accommodate work and school schedules.
Adjourn: 11:15 am. Thanks to everyone for showing up! We look forward to meeting in person one of these days!
The next PTO meeting will be Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 at 7:40 am in the ACMS Staff Lounge. We will also set up a Zoom link, email us for details.