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November 2, 2017
Meeting was attended by Rick van Adelsberg (Principal), Kaki McLachlan (Assistant Principal), Sara Gorelick (Parent Club Co-Chair), Kristina Riemer (Parent Club Co-Chair), Sam Lueck (Parent Club Treasurer), and two parents.
The first item on the agenda was review and adoption of Parent Club budget for 2017-18 school year. Sam walked us through the draft budget. Discussion included district-wide fundraising Roundtable guidelines. There was great brainstorming discussion about fundraising goals, parent club funds vs. YES funded programs, and how to more clearly communicate fundraising goals and needs to parents. Rick made motion to adopt the budget as written, Sara seconded, and the budget was passed with unanimous consent.
Heavy backpacks were the next item on the agenda. This topic had also been discussed at the last Site Council meeting. Our kids are carrying around very heavy backpacks all day long. Few kids use their lockers and lockers are so small that many items wouldn’t fit anyway. Teachers are aware of the problem and are trying to keep backpack-necessary items to a minimum on their end. Kids should not be carrying any textbooks in their backpacks. Everyone is given a textbook to leave at home and there are classroom sets at school. If children have more than one household, extra books are available. This message needs to be reinforced with everyone. The reason small lockers were installed to begin with was that we were moving away from textbooks. It was expected smaller lockers would be fine for student needs and more lockers could be installed in the same amount of space. Unfortunately that has not proven true. Rick will research cost and logistics for replacing with larger lockers.
Campus update from Rick focussed on professional development and student behavior.
Our district has an exciting professional development program. Two teachers from each school spend the morning making rounds of observing all classroom grades, TK-8. In the afternoon they discuss what they saw. All grades are continuing to build on Readers & Writers workshops by using the same language and tools all the way through, TK-8th grade.
Student behavior issues are being addressed on several levels. Faculty and administration are raising the bar for respectful behavior and accountability. Horseplay and dangerous behavior are being consistently called out and stopped since the beginning of the school year. Sexual harassment is not tolerated and is being taken more seriously than ever. Girls are being empowered to come forward and with boys supportive of this idea, the culture is beginning to change. Restorative justice circles with students and teachers are working very well and
producing great results. Students are being encouraged to take more responsibility for their actions and words.
Monday morning space was discussed for pre-zero period arrivals. Weather is getting cold and rainy and the library is not open to White Hill students on Mondays. The gym will now be open and supervised on Monday mornings for students arriving on the bus 20-30 minutes before zero period.
Bus procedures were discussed as our final agenda item. There have been several changes in bus passes and procedures this year. Some are working, others are not so helpful. With assigned busses this year, students are not dangerously stampeding to be on the first bus. Unfortunately, with assigned busses we also have families buying more than one full-price bus pass if they have multiple homes. We also have more drivers coming to pick up students who need to get somewhere other than home several days per week. Rick offered to talk with the bus company about having a parent task force to discuss issues and see if we can find solutions to some of these problems.
Kristi Padrini offered to be Parent Club secretary going forward. She will take meeting minutes going forward. Thanks Kristi!
Meeting adjourned around 5pm. Next Parent Club meeting is scheduled for Thursday December 7th at 8:30am in the library.