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SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 PTA MEETING
PTA MEETINGS
Topic: Welcome to JPMS and information session
Date: September 11 
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: JPS Media Center

Justice Page PTA Meeting Notes
September 11, 2018

PTA President Kate Quinlan-Laird welcomed everyone to our first PTA meeting of the school year and everyone introduced themselves.

Kate made two announcements:

  • Justice Alan Page and his wife, Diane, have extended an invitation to JPS families to attend their annual fundraising event for the Page Education Foundation. Tickets will be offered at a discounted rate of $100 for JPS families to the event which takes place on Saturday, September 15.
  • After-school homework help is available to JPS students on Tuesdays at nearby St. John’s church, 4842 Nicollet Ave. Email Amy Mihelich with questions.

Fundraising Chair Stephanie Willingham gave an overview of the fundraising events for the year:

NEW! Boon Supply Company:
Boon Supply is a philanthropic online home goods store. They offer a wide assortment of quality products from reusable bags and bottles, organizational items and kitchen tools, to jewelry and outdoor tools. Boon Supply gives 50% of dollars spent back to Justice Page! Make sure you find our fundraiser when you make your purchase: https://www.boonsupply.com/collections/all?fundraiser=90605

Box Tops for Education:
Every Box Top you clip and submit to JPS will bring in 10 cents. Watch for announcements in the Around the Horn newsletters for a competition on which crew can bring in the most Box Tops. In the meantime, keep clipping!

Give to the Max Day:
This is our largest fundraiser of the school year and supports many great causes within the school. Funds raised on Give to the Max day have built the STEM Makerspace, have purchased water bottle filling stations and have supplied the Rhino Room. Watch for more details on this important fundraiser in the Around the Horn newsletter as we approach November 15.

Dining for Dollars:
Throughout the year there will be designated nights where local restaurants will donate a portion of diner’s tabs to JPS. These fundraisers benefit the school, build our Page community, and give you a night off from figuring out dinner! We will kick them off this year with several pizza nights to celebrate National Pizza Month in October. Look for more info to come in the Around the Horn newsletter.

Page Parties:
These are themed events hosted by families in the Page community. Purchasing tickets to these events is another way to build our school community while also giving back to the school. The PTA needs hosts for the 2018-19 school year. If you are interested, please contact Bridget Gernander or Stephanie Willingham.

Battle of the Bands:
At this is a joint fundraiser for Washburn and Justice Page, student bands compete in front of loyal fans, the school principals (as the emcees), and celebrity judges to see which school will proudly display the traveling guitar trophy for the year. Mark your calendars for April 14, 2019 and join us at the Uptown VFW for the 5th anniversary of this rockin’ event!

Tangletown Gardens:
We expect to repeat this fundraiser later in the school year. Any purchases made through their online store nets 10% back to JPS. They offer an excellent CSA (community share agriculture) in many sizes, gardening books and gifts, Wise Acre and Tangletown Garden gift cards and much more. Tangletown Gardens has been a great community partner to JPS.

Spring Plant Sale:
We are happy to be reviving the spring plant sale this school year. The plants from Gerten’s are always high quality and this is a great fundraiser for JPS. Look for this to happen in May; we will need volunteers to help on plant pick up day! Watch for announcements to both order plants and sign up to assist.

PTA officers shared other ways to get involved in regularly occurring events throughout the year:

  • Greeters—Join us every Friday, 9-9:30 am, for a cup of coffee and some live music while you help brighten the day for hundreds of middle schoolers, simply by saying hi or giving a wave as they enter the building. If you know any musically talented people who would like to contribute to the ambiance, please email the PTA: justicepagepta@gmail.com.
  • Coffee with the Principal—Please join us once a month (please see school calendar for exact days) for a chat with Principal Rathke and learn more about what’s going on at JPS.
  • Treats for Teachers—We are so appreciative of the work our teachers do every day, and this is just a small way to let them know we are thankful! Feel free to bake or pick up a snack for teachers on the first Wednesday of the month. Please bring items to the office or drop off in the teachers lounge, room 9, on the lower level.
  • Media Center Volunteers—Many classrooms use the media center throughout the week, and we need volunteers to help keep things in order. Volunteers are needed on Mondays and Tuesdays for approximately two-hour slots. Please email Kelly Taschler or see the online signup for more information.
  • Landscaping/Grounds Cleanup—Look for postings about fall and spring grounds cleanup days when we invite JPS families to join us for a couple of hours to beautify the outside of the school. Any talents you may have, whether it’s weeding, raking, landscaping, or picking up trash, are greatly appreciated, and it’s a good way to get the entire family involved in making our school a welcoming place. Also, if you have interest in maintaining the planters outside the school entrances, please email the PTA.
  • Conference meal for the teachers—Look for announcements about sign ups to bring a food item for the teachers on conference day.
  • Picture days—We have volunteers for picture day on September 13; we still need a couple of people to sign up for retake day on October 9. Please email Cheryl Hudson if interested.

Linda McConley talked about the updated JPS Spirit Wear offerings and explained that there will be a new website to make ordering Spirit Wear items easier. Online orders can be placed here, and items can be picked up in the school office three days after ordering. Later in the year, she hopes to have an option for people to pay to have their items shipped directly. Spirit Wear items will also be available for purchase at many school events. If you have questions, you can email Linda.

Other items discussed at our meeting included:

  • We hope to find someone to help us run a gift-card drive this year to supply to the JPS social workers who are working with a number of families at JPS who are in transition or in crisis and need assistance with basic items like food, transportation, and clothing. We also would like a volunteer to help manage and distribute JPS food shelf items.
  • We are looking for a volunteer who could help update and post to the PTA website and calendar as things change throughout the year.
  • Please email the PTA if you or someone you know would be willing to be a grant writer. Opportunities for funding occasionally come up throughout the year, and there are grants out there that we may not know about but that could be a source of funding for teachers or projects at JPS.
  • Walk/Bike to School Day is in the works. Parents informed us that there are not enough bike rack spaces even on a regular school day. We will look into whether the city can provide additional bike racks at no charge as they did last year.
  • We discussed that time is at a premium in the lunchroom and that getting students, especially sixth graders, through the hot lunch line is a challenge. Staff is looking into the issue. Parents inquired as to whether they could be a presence in the lunchroom. If interested, email Parent Liaison Joan Spehar.
  • Treasurer Mike Welna is also on Site Council and encouraged other parents to get involved by contacting Principal Rathke.
  • Kate mentioned that a community member expressed concern after seeing a photo of our greeters on the first day of school, which included local police and firefighters. The intention was to have members of the community present to welcome students back, but the community member voiced the concern that such authorities might cause stress for certain students who have encountered trauma in their lives. The issue has been brought to our school equity team. If you have thoughts on the issue, please email Elissa Cedarleaf-Dahl or Gwyn Burnett.

Lisa Thiegs spoke about our next PTA event, “How to Navigate Middle School.” This will be our second year of this event, and we invite parents of students in all grades to join us on Tuesday, October 9, at 6:30 pm in the Media Center. This Q&A session with JPS administrators, counselors, and teachers sheds light on life in middle school and how things work at Justice Page. Come with your questions, which can be anonymous if you'd like, or send them in advance to justicepagepta@gmail.com.

In addition, the remainder of our monthly PTA gatherings are listed below. Please pick up a calendar magnet in the office to help you keep track of many of the ways you can stay connected to JPS.

November 13: What Parents Should Know About Social Media & Technology and Your Middle Schooler—speaker
January 15: PTA Social Gathering--location TBD
February 12: Communicating with Kids About Sexuality & Healthy Relationships—speaker
March 12: Washburn Ready--High school Q&A with counselors, JPS alumni, and parents
April 16: Principal Update
May 7: Final PTA Meeting

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