Meeting Minutes

Buda Elementary PTA

Membership Meeting Minutes

December 9th, 2010

A quorum was established based on the sign-in sheets attached. There were 34 members in attendance. President Michele Hoskins called the meeting to order at 6:05 pm.

Michele welcomed everyone to the last meeting of 2010. Everyone was treated to cookies and hot cocoa upon arriving to this more festive meeting. It was noted that the meeting time was moved back to 6pm. This will hold true for future meetings as well.

Old Business:

Approval of minutes: Motion was made by Sarah Reynolds to approve the minutes from the September 14th, 2010 general membership meeting as distributed in the handouts. Erica Klein seconded the motion. The membership approved with a unanimous vote.

Treasurer’s Report: Amy Gotchey reported a current balance of $12,885.14 A budget report for September through December was distributed and is attached.

Michele reported that there are still leftover passbooks available for purchase in the school office. For each passbook purchased from here on out, Buda Elementary will receive 100% of the profits.

New Business:

Michele made a call for volunteers for the Nominating Committee for the 2011-2012 officers. This committee shall nominate an eligible person for each office to be filled during the election meeting in April. Both April DeCesare and Alyssa Isam volunteered for the nominating committee.

In addition, volunteers were needed to head up the Scholarship Committee. The Scholarship Committee reviews applications from graduating high school seniors who attended Buda Elementary for two Buda Elementary PTA scholarships. Applicants are rated against a scoring rubric and two $500 scholarships are typically awarded. Merry Cary, David Tarver, and Sarah Reynolds volunteered for the committee.

Michele also reminded everyone of the ongoing Community Listening Sessions with the Hays CISD Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Lyon. Dates, times, and locations of these sessions are listed on the Hays CISD website. Buda Elementary will host a Listening Session on February 15th, 2011 from 6:30-8pm in the Kunkel Room.

Strategic Plan Summary handouts for the district were also available during the meeting. This information highlights how the district intends to handle growth from the years 2010-2015.

Committee Reports:

Community and Family Development- Winterfest 2011 will be held on Saturday, February 26th from 11am till 4pm. Planning has already commenced and more help will be needed after the holiday break. Silent Auction items as well as Treasure Trove items are asked to be donated throughout January. There will be a Winterfest planning meeting in January. The date for that is yet to be determined.

The Buda Elementary Talent Show will be held on March 25th, 2011. This was a huge success last year and interest in the event is high this year as well. More information will be given within the next few months.

Student Enrichment- Fall clubs were a huge success and Spring clubs will be offered on Tuesdays starting on February 15th. They will run through April 26th. New clubs will be offered such as dance, art, cooking, and something involving the outdoors. Kids will have to be prioritized so that everyone has chance to participate in a club. It was noted that kids that did not participate in a Fall club will have a better chance to be chosen for a Spring club.

Fundraising- Our first submission for our Box Tops campaign was just over $900, which is already more than half of our target amount for the year. The grade-level Fill-A-Pumpkin contest for October was a huge success. The third grade students submitted the most box tops. They were rewarded with a popsicle party. There will be another contest in February.

We raised over $2,150 in Passbook sales. Our projected amount was $2,000, so we exceeded that. Passbooks are still available for purchase in the office and all proceeds from here on out are 100% to BES.

Winterfest 2011 is upon us. There will be a planning meeting in January. A planning committee is needed. A date for the meeting will be determined. Items are needed for the Treasure Trove and Silent Auction.

Hospitality- There will be a school-wide cookie swap for all BES teachers and staff on Wednesday, December 15th, 2010. Students at the uphill and downhill campuses are asked to bring their items to both of the teachers’ lounges. There will be a Spring Luncheon on March 11th, 2011. Grades 1, 3, and 5 will be in charge of bringing items for this event. More details to follow in the Spring.

Volunteer- The Winterfest planning team will start meeting in January at a time and date to be determined. An email will be sent out inviting those who are interested in heading up committees. Team leads will receive Winterfest packets in January.

School directories will be distributed before Winter Break.

Campus Updates- Principal Pat Tyler stated that students who sold over 20 items for the Cookie Dough Fundraiser will be going to Gatti Town in Limos on Friday, December 10th. On Friday, December 17th, there will be a school-wide Christmas sing-a-long with teachers singing to students. This event starts at 9am in the Kunkel Room.

The No Tardy Party held in the Fall was a huge success. Expect another one in the Spring.

Over 200 students participated in clubs during the Fall semester.

Everyone loved the door prizes available at the meeting. Door prizes included a haircut and a style product gift bag donated by Rachelle Lilljedahl, 3 No Homework passes, 2 passes to eat lunch with the Principals, a Buda Spirit Store holiday bundle/spirit bag and 2 School Spirit Necklaces donated by Jessica Vasquez of the Mom’s League.

The next general PTA membership meeting will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 6pm.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:30pm.

Minutes recorded and respectfully submitted by Kim Spiegel, PTA Secretary

 

 

 

Buda Elementary PTA

Membership Meeting Minutes

September 14th, 2010

A quorum was established based on the sign-in sheets attached. There were 30 members in attendance and 3 non-members. President Michele Hoskins called the meeting to order at 5:35pm.

Michele welcomed everyone to the meeting. The earlier meeting time was noted in an effort to bring more members to the meeting. Hopefully in the future, childcare will also be provided.

Old Business:

Approval of Minutes and Annual Budget Report for 09-10: Motion was made by Charla Salmeron to approve the minutes of the April 22nd, 2010 general membership meeting and the annual budget for 2009-2010 as presented in the handouts attached. April Campbell seconded the motion. The membership approved with a unanimous vote.

Michele also discussed the audit that took place this summer. She said that there were several discrepancies but for the most part, it went very well. She mentioned that from now on, the deposit slips must be signed by a 2nd person. A motion was made by April DeCesare to approve the audit report. Deborah Salinas seconded the motion. The motion passed with no objections.

New Business:

Michele discussed the importance of our PTA website. She suggested that members check it out and sign up for the newsletter. They must go to pta.org and click on "TOPIC" on the home page and then "PARENT INVOLVEMENT." She also mentioned that there are volunteer opportunities for men in PTA. Dads, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, and community members can go to pta.org/millionhours and log in their volunteer hours. Michele stated that it is great for students to see more men leading by example. There are also parent resources available on the PTA website. There are links the district website where parents can access the PSS or parent self serve and view their child’s attendance, grades, etc. There are also parent involvement forms and membership forms available for download on the BES PTA website.

Committee Reports:

President Michele Hoskins took the time to introduce Committee chairpersons and talk a little bit about what they will be doing this year.

Communication/Public Relations- This will be headed up by Deborah Salinas. She will add information to the website and also to the "Paw Press" newsletter as it becomes available. There will also be PR Kids (PERK) available at the car lines on the mornings of PTA meeting days to get the word out to our BES families and community. A constant contact email group is also in the working stages. This will allow important information to be relayed very quickly to members, parents, and teachers.

Community and Family Development- PTA has decided to assist Dr. Jayne Baker’s Book Club. PTA has purchased the first 10 copies of the book "No Impact Man". The Book Club will meet on Tuesdays in October. PTA will also contribute to the Talent Show in the Spring. This was such a successful and fun event for BES families and for the community. More information about our involvement will become available in the Spring.

Environmental- PTA will work with Ms. Schmidt and Ms. Coffey on environmental projects and "BUDA"-fication days this school year. We will notify the general membership of the chosen dates of clean-up and work days. Both PTA and the school continue to be concerned about the environment and keeping Buda "GREEN".

Fundraising- Passbooks will be on sale 11/1- 11/12. All BES families are strongly encouraged to buy one and sell one! They will make great Christmas gifts this year. There will be a Box Tops "Fill A Pumpkin" contest in October. Andrea Gerlach is the chairperson for this. PTA has announced that the date for Winterfest 2011 will be February 26th, 2011. We are excited about our new Spirit Shirts this year. There are 2 fall dates to submit orders. They are September 10th and November 5th.

Hospitality-Erica Klein is the chairperson for hospitality this year. It was noted that PTA hosted a Back to School breakfast for teachers and staff a week before school started and also the Boo Hoo Breakfast for Kindergarten parents in the downhill courtyard on the first day of school. There will be a Fall Luncheon for teachers and staff on October 15th. More information will be available about that once the Team Leads for each classroom are established. A Cookie Exchange will also be held before the Winter Break. A Spring Luncheon and also a Luncheon for Cafeteria staff and Bus Drivers will also be held in the Spring. Erica will provide light snacks and water for each PTA general membership meeting.

Membership- Heather Guerin and Kara Hall are co-chairpersons of this committee. Heather and Kara reported that we currently have 105 members. Ideally, we would like to see the number closer to 200 this year. There will be a Membership Contest beginning on September 20th and ending on October 1st. The class with the most membership will earn a popsicle party.

Student Enrichment- Alyssa Isam reported that Fall Clubs at Buda Elementary are off to a great start. She stated that there are 7 clubs and many students applied. Because of the overwhelming interest, more clubs will be available in the Spring. It was noted that PTA provides a lot of supplies for the clubs. Clubs start the week of September 20th. Something new that PTA has worked to implement this year is a "Teacher Wish List". This replaces the money set aside for Field Trips in the past. PTA has set aside $500 for each grade level. The teachers will come together and meet and decide as a team how to spend the allotted money. It was noted that a lot of school supplies were left off of the lists this year and the teachers would still like to have some of the things that they did not obtain. Amy and Michele are working together to devise forms for each grade. PTA will also support Field Day, which is held in the Spring.

Volunteer- April DeCesare and Leah Campos are co-chairpersons of this committee. April reported that they are working hard to establish Team Leads for this year. Some of the parents seemed interested, but didn’t want to fully commit, so she had to make some phone calls to make to finalize this process. Folders will be handed out to the Team Leads for each class very soon. April also reported that the new workroom procedures in which a parent volunteers their time to help their child’s teacher is going very well. Teachers seemed to agree that they are getting the help that they need. A student directory will once again be assembled this year. Forms for this will be available on both Cirriculum Nights in the classrooms. The goal this year is to get the directories completed by Winter Break.

Principal’s Report:

New BES Principal Pat Tyler welcomed all to the meeting and commented that she liked the new, cool PTA shirts that the board members were wearing. She also commended our PTA for their hard work and leadership. She brought up several topics of interest and events happening in the near future. There will be a Community Listening Session with Dr. Jeremy Lyon, Hays CISD Superintendent and several Board of Trustees members on September 28th from 6:30-8 at Kyle Elementary School’s Kimbro Building. This session is open to the public and gives community members a chance to voice their questions or concerns in an informal setting. The Cookie Dough fundraiser is in full swing and orders have to be turned in by Friday, September 17th. The response from students and parents has been great so far and many are students are striving to earn that Limo ride to GattiTown. Cirriculum Night will be held on Tuesday, September 21st for grades K-2nd and Thursday, September 23rd for grades 3rd-5th. This night is designed so that parents can get an overall view of what will be happening throughout the year. The parents will all meet in a designated area for the Principal to greet and then be dismissed to their child’s classroom. This event is for adults only. However, childcare will be provided.

Treasurer’s Report:

Amy Gotchey reported a current balance of $11, 697.54. She stated that the two tax-free days for the year would be the first order for the Spirit Store, which is being submitted this week, and Winterfest, which is scheduled for February 26, 2011.

The propopsed budget was presented to the membership and is attached. Rachelle Lilljedahl moved to accept the budget as presented and Erica Klein seconded the motion.

The next general PTA membership meeting will be Thursday, December 9th at 6:00 pm.

No other business was brought to the table and the meeting was adjourned at 6:23pm.

Minutes recorded and respectfully submitted by Kim Spiegel, PTA Secretary

 

 

 

 

Buda Elementary PTA

General Membership Meeting Minutes

April 22, 2010

 

 

Meeting was called to order at 6:07 with 13 members in attendance. PTA business was conducted after a quorum was established with 16 members present as shown on the attached attendance sheet. Financial records, which included a budget report, Winterfest financial summary, proposed budget amendments, and a proposed 2010—2011 budget, were distributed by the Treasurer. 

 

1.     Community Partners

·         HCISD:  Angie Mendez, Director of Community Development and Silvia Castro presented information regarding the recent redistricting and student transfer policy.

·         Ms. Castro informed the membership that transfer applications will be accepted through June 1.  Approvals will be sent out at the end of July or beginning of August.

·         Transportation will not be provided for out of zone students.

·         Transfer approvals are dependent on campus enrollment capacities.

·         Students accepted to the STEM program will also have to apply for a transfer.

·         Ms. Mendez also announced a PTA roundtable discussion meeting to be held May 3.  PTA Officers and Chairpersons are invited to attend.  The agenda includes talks by Jeremy Lyon, Warren Ketteman, and a Tx PTA representative.  The discussion topics will include the formation of a Council PTA for HCISD.

·         YMCA:  Brett Kiester presented information regarding summer programs available through the YMCA.

·         Swim Lessons, MEND (Obesity intervention program), and Adventure Camps are a few programs available for Children.

·         Financial assistance is available for families who cannot afford the membership fee.  $200,000 is in their budget to help with memberships.

·         May 15 is Splash Day:  It is the pool opening day and is free for everyone to attend.

·         Mothers’ Day Out program is offered in the fall.

2.     Approval of Minutes from 12/10/2010

·         Sam Zapalac made a motion to approve the minutes as distributed.  Stephanie Hunt seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by voice vote.

3.   Treasurer’s Report

·         The current balance was reported as $13,440.29. 

·         Sam reviewed the balance sheet for the quarter, Jan through March.  There was some discussion regarding inflows and outflows and the shortfall of inflow.

·         A Winterfest report was shared with the membership.

·         Sam reviewed required budget amendments for 2009-2010.  Michele Hoskins made a motion to accept the budget amendments as presented.  Jamie Houston seconded the motion.  The motion passed by voice vote.

·         A summer budget for 2010-2011 was presented. Andrea Gerlach made a motion to approve the budget as presented.  Rachelle Lilljedahl seconded the motion.  The motion passed by voice vote.

4.   New Business

2010-2011 Officer Nominations

·         Michele asked for any nominations from the floor. None came forward and the following slate of officers was announced:

President:  Michele Hoskins

Vice President:  Rachelle Lilljedahl

Treasurer:  Amy Gotchey

Secretary:  Kim Speigel

 

·         Sam Zapalac made a motion to approve the slate of officers presented.  April DeCesare seconded the motion.  The officers above were approved by voice vote.

·         Chairpersons:  April DeCesare has volunteered for Membership Chairperson.  Positions are still available for Hospitality and Communications & Public Relations.  All officers are available to contact for interested volunteers.

 

Scholarship Committee

·         Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors who attended Buda Elementary.

·         Dora reported that 27 applications were received from Hays High School.  The first screening is underway. Lehman High School and the Academy at Hays did not have eligible candidates.

·         The awards ceremony is scheduled for May 23rd, 4:00 at the PAC.

 

Audit Committee

·         An audit committee will be needed during the summer to audit the financial records for the year.

·         Michele called for volunteers from the floor to form the audit committee. 

·         No volunteers came forward.  Michele will send out a volunteer request via Constant Contact.

5.   Committee Reports

·         Environmental:  PTA paid for compostable lunch trays for Earth Week. Buda-fy Buda also arranged to have TDS bring recycling containers to the school that week.  April will look into obtaining recycling bins from TDS throughout the year.  Student Council sponsored several activities throughout the week to promote Earth awareness. Ms. Schroeder commented that environmental consciousness is being encouraged for the upcoming year and is part of the strategic plan from HCISD.

·         Fundraising:  Michele commented on Winterfest totals presented earlier and thanked all of the volunteers who contributed to the success.

·         Hospitality: The bus driver, cafeteria & custodial staff luncheon was held on April 15.  A member commented that they expressed a great appreciation for being honored.

·         Student Enrichment: Thank you to all volunteers who helped out with clubs

Dance Club had their final performance

Chess Club will participate in a district-wide tournament May 8th

Art Club completed the safari mural located in the downhill library

Photography Club members have been spotted around campus and their work is displayed in the Kunkel Room

·         Volunteer:  Volunteer Appreciation will be on the morning of Field Day, May 7th.  BES will have breakfast for anyone who has volunteered throughout the year. 

6.   Announcements

·         Staff Appreciation Week is May 3rd-7th.  All staff members will receive a free Passbook

·         Coach G will be sending out information about summer sports camps soon

·         Spring Concert will be April 29th and 30th. Grades K, 2, 4, will perform on Thursday, and 1, 3 ,5 will perform on Friday.  Cookies will be provided by PTA.

·         District PTA roundtable will be held May 3rd

No other new business was brought to the table, and the meeting was adjourned at 6:55.

 

 

Minutes recorded by Dora Zapata. PTA Secretary

 

 

 

 

Buda Elementary PTA

Membership Meeting Minutes

December 10, 2009

 

A quorum was established based on the sign-in sheet attached.  Twenty four members were in attendance.  The meeting was called to order at 6:07. 

 

The president, Michele Hoskins, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and opened with an invocation.

 

Approval of Minutes:  Motion was made by Debbie Koberlein to approve the minutes of the September 22, 2009 general membership meeting as distributed in the handouts.  Jaime Houston seconded the motion.  The membership approved with a unanimous vote.

 

Treasurer’s Report:  Sam Zapalac reported a current balance of $9,382.87.  A budget report for September through December was distributed and is attached.

 

New Business:

Michele made a call for (3) volunteers for the Nominating Committee for the 2010-2011 officers.  This committee shall nominate an eligible person for each office to be filled during the election meeting in April.  Cathy Severance volunteered for the nominating committee.  Two additional committee member volunteers will have to be identified as there were no other volunteers during the meeting.

 

In addition, (3) volunteers were needed for the Scholarship Committee.  The Scholarship Committee reviews applications from graduating high school seniors who attended Buda Elementary for two Buda Elementary PTA scholarships.  These are the Nolan Kunkel Honorary Scholarship and the Irene Helton Memorial Scholarship.  Applicants are rated against a scoring rubric, and two $500 scholarships are typically awarded.  Jenny Nye, Debbie Koberlein, and Angela Wheeler volunteered for the committee.

 

Committee reports:

Communication & Public Relations — The PTA web site is available for easy access to information regarding events, contacts, newsletters, meeting minutes, etc.  The site can be accessed through the BES website under the “PTA” link. 

 

Community & Family Development — All are invited to shop at the Holiday Extravaganza, featuring local vendors, immediately following the meeting.  A wide array of items is available for purchase.

Environmental — Recycle containers will be purchased for collection of Capri Sun pouches.  Ms. Houston provided clarification for the ink cartridge recycle project.  This project will only be accepting ink jet cartridges.  No toner cartridges will be accepted for recycle. 

 

Fundraising --  The Boxtops Halloween contest was a big success, and approximately $900 worth of Boxtops was collected. We are on target for our annual goal of $1500.  Look for other Boxtops contests in the spring. 

 

The Bulldog Savings Card Fundraiser did not meet its target of 500 cards sold.  We are about half way there.  We are committed to purchasing 500 cards regardless of how many are sold, so cards will continue to be sold in the school offices.  Additional opportunities for sales of cards are being considered.  If you need additional cards to sell, please contact Michele.

 

Winterfest planning is underway!  If you would like to help plan this fun event for the kids, contact Rachelle or Michele.  Volunteers are needed for food, treasure trove, games, and prizes.  Please be on the lookout for opportunities to help out. 

 

Hospitality --  The Christmas Cookie swap is planned for 12/16 due to a schedule conflict.  Please bring donated items to the teacher’s lounge.

 

Membership --  The current membership enrollment is 204, which meets our target for the year.  Memberships will continue to be accepted throughout the school year. 

 

Student Directories have been compiled and should be sent home before the winter break.

 

The next general PTA membership meeting is scheduled for April 15, 2010.

 

No other new business was brought to the table, and the meeting was adjourned at 6:20.

 

Minutes recorded by Dora Zapata. PTA Secretary

 

Buda Elementary PTA

Membership Meeting Minutes
September 22, 2009
A quorum was established based on the sign-in sheets attached. Forty three members were in
attendance. The meeting was called to order at 6:05.
 
The president, Michele Hoskins, welcomed everyone to the first meeting, and opened with an invocation.
Approval of Minutes and Annual Budget Report for 08-09: Motion was made by Debbie Koberlein to
approve the minutes of the April 23, 2009 general membership meeting and the annual budget for 2008-
2009 as presented in the handouts attached. Jaime Houston seconded the motion. The membership
approved with a unanimous vote.
 
New Business:
Michele presented the PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. The National Standards
are PTA’s framework for how families, schools, and communities should work together to support student
success. Each of these standards is rooted in the value of mutual respect, trust, and courtesy.
 
Standard 1:
Welcoming all families into the school community—Families are active participants in the
life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff,
and to what students are learning and doing in class.
Standard 2: Communicating effectively—Families and school staff engage in regular, two-way,
meaningful communication about student learning.
Standard 3: Supporting student success—Families and school staff continuously collaborate to support
students’ learning and healthy development both at home and at school, and have regular
opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively.
Standard 4: Speaking up for every child—Families are empowered to be advocates for their own and
other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning
opportunities that will support their success.
Standard 5: Sharing power—Families and school staff are equal partners in decisions that affect children
and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs.
Standard 6: Collaborating with community—Families and school staff collaborate with community
members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities,
community services, and civic participation.
Buda PTA will strive to utilize the standards throughout the year to develop a successful partnership with Buda Elementary and the community.
 
Committee reports:

Communication & Public Relations— A new web-site is currently being developed and will soon be available for easy access to Buda PTA information regarding events, contacts, newsletters, meeting minutes, etc. Also, in response to requests for more information through the 08-09 parent survey, a monthly newsletter will be published and distributed to all parents.

Community & Family Development— Guest speaker, Kristi Garcia, who is with Investment Professionals, Inc., presented information on savings options for higher education. The highlighted plans included the 529, the education IRA, and the Texas Tuition Promise fund. Her contact information is as follows:

Kristina Alaniz-Garcia, Senior Financial Consultant

Investment Professionals, Inc. - Located at Broadway Bank

320 E. US Hwy 290

Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

(512) 465-6514

(800) 531-7650 Ext. 5585

Environmental—Ms. Schmidt and her team will continue campus improvements through Budify Buda. The fourth grade team is leading the Green School Project as a fundraiser for their field trip. They are collecting used ink cartridges, toner cartridges from copiers, used cell phones and hand held video games. These items should be sent to Mrs. Sullivent in Room 105. The second collection fundraiser is Capri Sun pouches. Empty drink pouches will be collected in both cafeterias.

Fundraising (Rachelle Lilljedahl)-- Fundraisers for the year will include Winterfest (February 27, 2010), Bulldog store, and the Bulldog Savings Card. Doug Peeler with DLP Enterprises introduced the fall fundraiser, Buda Bulldog Savings Card. Twenty-one local and area merchants have listed special offerings on the card that can be redeemed as many times as you like. The savings cards will sell for $10 each. Parents who sell more than 10 cards will get to keep their card free. The goal is to sell 1000 cards. If every family at BES sold just three cards we would have a very successful fundraiser. The sale will begin 10/30.

Hospitality (Kristy Saxon)-- Planned hospitality events include a fall staff lunch, Christmas cookie exchange, a spring lunch and a bus driver lunch. In an effort to lessen the burden on parents, most appreciation lunches will be provided through the PTA budget. Parents might be asked to donate side items. The cookie exchange will remain the same, with parents donating home-made cookies.

Membership (April DeCesare)-- The current membership enrollment is 162. We hope to meet the total of 208 by the end of September. There is a contest for each grade level for the most PTA memberships in a class. The winning class will be rewarded with a popsicle party. The deadline is September 30. Please encourage parents to sign up.

Student Enrichment (Luisa Collins)-- Projects will continue to include class field trips ($500 for each grade level), clubs, Senior scholarships awarded May 2009, teacher start-up reimbursements, and Destination Imagination. One new project for the year will be a web-based reading enrichment program called Bookflicks. This will be available to all students on all reading levels. The new school counselor, Debbie Daniel, introduced herself and reviewed what her role is at BES. In addition to meeting with every child in a class setting to provide Character education, which is dictated by the HCISD, she also works with small break-out groups or individuals as needed. Her activities also include leading events for Red Ribbon Week, serving in the RTI committee, and serving as the community contact. Ms. Daniel also informed the membership that there will be a session on anti-bullying and conflict resolution on Oct. 2.

Volunteer (Stephanie Hunt)-- The first Team Lead meeting will follow the general membership meeting. Packets are available for pick-up.

Principal’s Report:
Ms. Schroeder and Ms. Salmeron welcomed all of the membership to the school and expressed appreciation for all of the activities accomplished through the help of PTA members. They brought up several topics of interest to parents. First, the Safe Routes to School Project would provide for the addition of sidewalks to encourage students to walk to school. The state-funded project is being evaluated through a parent survey for BES as well as Tom Green Elementary, Dahlstrom Middle School, and Elm Grove Elementary. They also announced that the school website is getting a make-over. This is being done in an effort to make all HCISD school home pages project a unified image. Feedback on improving communication through the BES website is welcomed. Any feedback for the website or other issues can be communicated through the Campus Leadership Team (CLT). The CLT meets regularly and consists of one teacher representative per grade level, a PTA representative (VP, Rachelle Lilljedahl), and two community business representatives. In order to get updates on campus news via email, Ms. Schroeder encouraged all parents to sign up on the List Server database. This can be done through both the BES and HCISD websites. Those who signed up last year will have to sign up again this year as all information is deleted at the end of the school year. Lastly, announcements for Buda Buddy training and kickoff breakfast, Curriculum Night (Oct. 1), and BES achieving Exemplary Status for 08-09 were made.  Note for Curriculum Night: Make sure to visit your child’s Specials classes to get stickers for “Bingo Blowout”.
 
Treasurer’s Report:
Samantha Zapalac reported a current balance of $12,799.39. She declared that the two tax-free days for the year would be the first order for Bulldog Store, which is due on September 30, and Winterfest, which is planned for February 27, 2010. The proposed budget was presented to the membership and is attached. Andrea Gerlach moved to accept the budget as presented, and Judy Chida seconded the motion. Discussion was had regarding the funding of Camp Champion for fourth graders. This field trip will be funded at the same amount as all other grade level field trips. Fourth graders will sponsor their own fundraisers for Camp Champion. The motion was voted on and passed with no objections. The topic of back-to-school packs was also discussed as a response to several inquiries from parents. Information was handed out using Elm Grove as an example. The sale of back-to-school packs is not very profitable for the amount of resources involved. A quick poll of the membership present did not indicate much interest.

The next general PTA membership meeting is scheduled for December 10, 2009.

No other new business was brought to the table, and the meeting was adjourned at 7:10.

Minutes recorded by Dora Zapata. PTA Secretary

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