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PR PTA Meeting 1.11.2018 (Summary & Reports)
Welcome back from break everyone! We had a very informative 1st meeting of 2018 with Girls on the Run updates, Important Event Date updates, Makerspace and Science Fair updates, AND Spring activities like a school dance with concessions and the April Auction! Next meeting is February 8th, hope to see you there!
Agenda: PTA Meeting Agenda 1.11.18
Minutes: PTA Meeting Minutes 1.11.18
PR PTA Meeting 11.9.2017 (Summary & Reports)
Thank you to everyone who came out for the monthly PTA meeting today. We had some good discussion about previous events, including the Pancake Supper which was a HUGE turnout! Looking forward to wrapping up Yankee Candle orders and revving up for BOOK FAIR, CONFERENCES and WISH WALLS!! Hope everyone is checking out the Meeting Minutes and please don’t hesitate to ask questions or get involved in whatever way you can:)
Agenda: PTA Meeting Agenda 11.9.17
Minutes: PTA Meeting Minutes 11.9.17
PR PTA Meeting 10.12.2017 (Summary & Reports)
Thank you to the members that came out this morning for our 2nd PTA meeting of the year! We went over a ton of information, including how successful reading night, special persons/grandparents day and pr on the hill were! The support and engagement from the families made these events great for the kids! We are also in the last few days of our fall fundraiser so if you haven’t donated or registered your kiddo for the fun run on the 19th yet, we only have until Monday to do so. The meeting minutes are attached and of course if you ever have any questions please email email@example.com so we can help!
Agenda: PTA Meeting Agenda 10.12.17
Minutes: PTA Meeting Minutes 10.12.17
PR PTA Meeting 09.14.2017 (Summary & Reports)
There was lots to discuss at our 1st PTA meeting of the 2017/2018 school year! Most importantly, thank you to everyone for making these last couple of weeks a smooth transition for all these kids by offering your time and support to the teachers, the events, and engaging the countless emails and posts. The PTA Board is hoping to bring a doable schedule of events for all of our PR families, more time consciousness to your schedule, and going paperless so there is less chaos in your “inbox”. Next month’s meeting is on OCTOBER 12th from 9:00-10:30… Hope to see you all there:)
PR PTA Meeting 4.20.2017 (Summary & Reports)
We are excited to announce that we have filled the PTA Board for the 2017-2018 School Year! We have a great group and are excited for what is to come! But first we must finish off this year with a bang! Our last big event is coming up, PR Red Carpet! We will have our silent auction as well as a family movie event at Emagine! Staff Appreciation Week is also upon us and we are excited to show all of our PR Staff how much we appreciate everything they do for us on a daily basis!
Agenda: PTA Meeting Agenda 4.20.17
Minutes: PTA Meeting Minutes 4.20.17
PR PTA Meeting 3.9.2017 (Summary & Reports)
Hard to believe we are already prepping for the PTA Board 2017-2018 School Year! Interest forms are out and we are spreading the word on Social Media! We are very busy prepping for this years Camp PR event and it is sure to be a blast! This will be PR’s first official bonfire! Saline Fire Dept will be joining us as well as YMCA Storer Camps and Saline Boy Scouts!
Agenda: PTA Meeting Agenda 3.9.17
Minutes: PTA Meeting Minutes 3.9.17
PR PTA Meeting 2.9.2017 (Summary & Reports)
We are excited for all things Spring! And with nice weather comes fun events! During our February PTA Meeting we were lucky enough to have the Mama J Club come and propose some fundraising ideas for the future, we will be partnering with them on their ideas! We discussed the upcoming Curriculum Nights as well as our upcoming Spring Event which is sure to be a blast!!! Take a look for more details!
Agenda: Coming soon
Minutes: PTA Meeting Notes 2.9.17
PR PTA Meeting 12.8.2016 (Summary & Reports)
During our December PTA Meeting we talked about the exciting upcoming addition of a Young 5s program at PR! We discussed some of the logistics as well as upcoming informational meetings! We reviewed new Bond items for PR and also are excited to announce we are working with the (student led) “Mama J Club” in the future! Take a look at our notes for more information!
Agenda: PTA Meeting Agenda 12.8.16
Minutes: PTA Meeting Notes 12.8.16
PR PTA Meeting 11.10.2016 (Summary & Reports)
We covered a lot of “ground” during our November PTA Meeting! Including details on improvements to our play”ground”! We discussed Fundraising at PR and ways to improve next year as well! Some things to keep an eye out for are all of our “Curriculum Nights” coming up! We have Science and Math Night and our Annual Pancake Supper! Take a look at our notes for more information!
Agenda: PTA Meeting Agenda 11.10.16
Minutes: PTA Meeting Notes 11.10.16
PR PTA Meeting 10.13.2016 (Summary & Reports)
At our October PTA Meeting we focused on the final week of the Fall Fundraiser, passed several Mini Grants for our teachers, talked about how to better organize and track technology purchases throughout the school and revisited the plan for the improved play ground! Brought to you in part by the Fall Fundraiser!!
Agenda: PTA Meeting Agenda 10.13.16
Minutes: PTA Meeting Minutes 10.13.16
PR PTA Meeting 09.15.2016 (Summary & Reports)
Last week we had our first PTA Meeting of the year!! We had a great turn out at this meeting and welcomed lots of new faces! A very special welcome to our new Principal Kevin Musson! We look forward to working with Kevin this year and to continue to make Pleasant Ridge great!
At the meeting we recapped some stats from the 2015-2016 school year and talked about our goals for the 2016-2017 school year! This year we will be focusing on raising money for our PR playground! Our Fall Fundraiser is in full swing and we hope to reach our goal of $25k! We voted on and got our budget for this school year approved as well! See below for the agenda as well as minutes from the meeting!
Agenda: PTA Meeting Agenda 9.15.16
Minutes: PTA Meeting Minutes 9.15.16
PR PTA Meeting 05.12.2016 (Summary & Reports)
The May PTA meeting was the last one of the school year and there were lots of thank yous, lovely flowers from Jennifer and some tears from the parents whose kids will be leaving Pleasant Ridge next year. It’s been such a fun, rewarding and very productive year! Thank you to all of you who helped us to make it happen.
At the meeting, we reviewed the upcoming events for the rest of the school year, including the Parents Night Out fundraiser and Field Day. Then we did some pre-planning for next Fall’s events, like the Welcome Home night and the Fall Fundraiser. Pleasant Ridge will be a construction zone all summer, beginning on the day after school ends, when all the teachers will have to box up their rooms! Changes will be made all throughout the school, including new carpeting, so all of the rooms will be affected. And the work is not scheduled to end until just before school starts after Labor Day, so it will be a challenge for the staff to get up and running in time, which may affect the timing and planning of the Welcome Home night. The PTA offered to chip in and help the teachers wherever they can to get them moved in and ready for the school year. More help is always appreciated, so please consider that and look for information about how you can help towards the end of the summer.
We are all saddened by the news that Mr. Bezeau will be leaving Pleasant Ridge to be the principal at the Middle School, but we’re incredibly grateful to have had him as our children’s enthusiastic, caring and friendly principal for the last 5 years and look forward to seeing him again when our kids are in Middle School. The search for a new principal is already in full swing. Look for news about a community forum meeting where the top candidates for principal will be on hand to speak and answer your questions. The plan is to have a new principal hired by the beginning of June.
Also at the meeting, the new PTA board was voted on and approved, so transitions will begin to introduce the new board members to their roles and the board will meet over the summer so that when Fall comes, they will be ready to go. The new board members are:
|President: Jennifer Steben||Secretary: Megan Brown|
|Treasurer: Melissa Wild-Speicher|
|VP Enrichment: Meg Phillips||VP Fundraising: Amy Spooner|
|VP Volunteers: Lindsay Winkler||VP Communications: Amy Good|
|3rd Grade Representative: Jackie Sweet||2nd Grade Representative: Jill Stacy|
|1st Grade Representative: Cris Supina||Kindergarten Representative: Amy Wallen|
Thank you to all who have helped make this such a successful and enriching year for our children! Have a wonderful summer and we hope to see you next Fall when we begin a new year at Pleasant Ridge.
Agenda: PTA Meeting Agenda 5.12.16
Minutes: PTA Meeting Minutes – 05.12.16
PR PTA Meeting 04.14.2016 (Summary & Reports)
Greetings from the PTA and happy instant summer! Here’s an update on what happened at the April PR PTA meeting last week: We heard about how the building improvements are going, about plans for Earth Day, and we voted to buy Chromebook computers for next year’s 2nd grade classrooms. We also discussed the plans for our last fundraising event of the year, Parents Night Out on May 14, which will be a fun bowling night and silent auction. Tickets are on sale now. The cost is $20 per person and includes shoes, 2 games, pizza and entry to the silent auction. Natalie Samp, Sara Troyer, Amy Spooner, Jennifer Steben and others have been working hard to make sure this event is a lot of fun!
And lastly, we heard the results from the nominating committee, who has been working to identify a slate of candidates for next year’s board. A number of board members will be leaving next year, so there will be lots of new faces. All PTA members at next month’s meeting can then vote to elect the slate. Thank you to everyone who applied! The candidates for the 2016-17 school year are:
President: Jennifer Steben, Secretary: Megan Brown, Treasurer: Melissa Wild-Speicher,
VP Communications: Amy Good, VP Enrichment: Meg Phillips, VP Fundraising: Amy Spooner, VP Volunteers: Lindsay Winkler
3rd Grade Representative: Jackie Sweet, 2nd Grade Representative: Jill Stacy, 1st Grade Representative: Cris Supina, Kindergarten Representative: Amy Wallen
Our next meeting will be on Thursday, May 12th at 9:00 a.m. in the Teachers’ Lounge. It will be the last meeting of the school year, so please join us if you can!
Agenda: PTA Meeting Agenda 4.14.16
Minutes: PTA Meeting Minutes – 4.14.16
PR PTA Meeting 03.10.2016 (Summary & Reports)
Happy almost Spring from the PTA! Here’s an update on what happened at the March PR PTA meeting last week: Our guests were Nick and Amy Wallen from Benito’s Pizza. They’re Pleasant Ridge parents and are passionate about helping our school maximize our fundraising dollars. They have lots of good ideas about how to modify the Dough Raising promotion to simplify it and make it more fun and rewarding, so we will definitely be considering these ideas for next Fall.
We also talked about the nominating process for new board members. Several of the current board members will be leaving their positions at the end of this school year, so we will need new parents to take over. Please think about volunteering if you can! It’s a great way to get to know other parents and teachers and your kids will love seeing you at school. More information will be coming out this week to explain how to apply to be on the board.
Other things we talked about included the upcoming Book Fair, Teacher Conference Dinner and the Spring Dance, all of which will take place this week. And we talked about the possibility of a kids event at “Painting with a Twist” during April, so look for more information on that in the coming weeks. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, April 14th at 9:00 a.m. in the Teachers’ Lounge, so please join us if you can! And think about volunteering to join the board. It’s a fun and very rewarding experience.
Agenda: PTA Meeting Agenda 3.10.16
Minutes: PTA Meeting Minutes – 03.10.16
PR PTA Meeting 02.18.2016 (Summary & Reports)
March is Reading Month was the big topic of discussion at the February PR PTA meeting last week. The theme will be “Reading Builds Character” and lots of things are being planned, including an exciting week with an actual author! We can’t wait to share more about this with you in the coming days. We also talked about the upcoming Book Fair during the week of March 14th, and the Spring Dance, which will be on March 18. We’ve earned lots of “Scholastic Bucks” from our past Book Fairs and our teachers are busy using that money to order more and more books.
Coming up in May, on the 14th, we’ll be hosting a Bowling party and silent auction fundraiser at Maplewood Lanes from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., so be sure to put that on your calendars. That night will be just for parents, so book those babysitters now!
And Mr. Bezeau gave us an update on the upcoming building and playground changes. More improvements will be made to Pleasant Ridge than to any of the other schools. Quotes are being obtained for the playground work, which will include a new playground just for our special needs and very young children, as well as leveling work, new surfacing for the main playground and seeding of the soccer field. And design work is being completed for the changes to the entrance, vestibule and office as well as the new locations for the Spanish and Art classrooms. These are exciting times at Pleasant Ridge! Our next meeting will be on Thursday, March 10th at 9 a.m., so please join us if you can!
Agenda: PTA Meeting Agenda 02.18.16
Minutes: PTA Meeting Minutes – 02.18.16
PR PTA Meeting 01.14.2016 (Summary & Reports)
The PR PTA had its first meeting of the new year last week and here’s a summary of what we talked about: Most exciting is that “Schools of Rock” is coming up on Jan. 29 and the PTA is giving away a set of 4 tickets! Anyone (besides board members) who is a paid PTA member will be entered into the drawing on next Monday, Jan. 25. Our very own Pleasant Ridge staff are the defending champs, so the teachers are working hard on their performance! If you are not a member yet, you can join online by clicking on “Membership/Join PRPTA” at the top of the screen at prpta.org. Then send your $10 check or cash to school with your child, in an envelope marked “PTA membership”.
Janet Hart, a PR parent, gave a very interesting report from the “class size task force” that presented at the school board meeting last week. They studied class sizes for K-6 classes and found that a realistic request would be to ask for 4 additional teachers next year (across all the elementary schools and Heritage). This would help us get to reasonably smaller classes without costing too much. The Board of Education is reviewing this and they will make the decision. It was an interesting discussion and there were lots of questions.
We also talked about the changes that PR will undergo soon to redesign the entrance to the school. Work may begin as early as April, so it may be a bit messy for the remainder of the year. But in the end, our school will be a much safer place. There will be more updates on this at each PTA meeting. Other things we talked about included Math night, when we will need lots of parent volunteers(!), and the Spring Book Fair and dance, which will happen during the week of March 14. We’re also beginning plans for “March is Reading Month” and there were suggestions for a Butterfly Garden that the kids could get involved in and maybe additional benches outside, like a “buddy bench” on the playground. Lots of good ideas from the parents who were there!
Our next meeting will be shifted a week and will be on Thursday, February 18th at 9 a.m. Please join us and tell us your ideas for making Pleasant Ridge an even more fantastic place for our kids!
Agenda: PTA Meeting Agenda 01.14.16
Minutes: PTA Meeting Minutes – 01.14.16
PR PTA Meeting 12.17.2015 (Summary & Reports)
Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a fun and restful break. Here’s the news from the December PTA meeting, which was just before the holiday break: Our guests at the meeting were Cheryl Hoeft and Lisa Dempsey, from the Foundation for Saline Area Schools. They filled us in on all the good things that the Foundation does for our district, including lots of grants to fund interesting projects and products, like Standing Workstations, the Next Gen Gym and Music Together. The Foundation will be having their annual fundraiser/party, called “Snowblast” on Feb. 6 at Travis Pointe and tickets are on sale now. A new Ford F-150 will be raffled off, so purchase a raffle ticket if you’re interested in that!
Another topic that was discussed at the meeting was the Girls on the Run program for girls in grades 3-6. Registration for that is open through February. Girls will meet twice a week with coaches and learn about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and about being supportive with each other.
Then we talked about PTA stuff, most importantly, all the great things that are being purchased with the money that was raised last Fall: new walkie talkies for staff, wobble chairs, another Apple TV, and BOOKS! Lots of them! We also approved more mini grants for some comfortable seating for Kindergarteners and book carts for 3rd grade classes. We talked about the other fundraisers that were held recently and how those went: Zap Zone – not so great, Pancake supper and book fair – terrific! and Yankee Candles – awesome! Thanks to all who participated in and helped to make these events successful.
Coming up in the new year, look for some of these events to add to your calendar: Family Movie Night on Jan. 15, Math Night on Feb. 11, Art Night on Feb. 16 and the Science Fair on Feb. 25. More details will be sent out about these soon. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 9:00 a.m. so please join us if you can!
Agenda: PTA Meeting Agenda – 12.17.15
Minutes: PTA Meeting Minutes – 12.17.15
PR PTA Meeting 11.12.2015 (Summary & Reports)
The PR PTA had a really productive meeting for November last week. First and foremost, we celebrated the passing of the School Bond on Nov. 3rd, which is so incredibly important for our school! Now, plans can move forward with making all the necessary repairs and enhancements that are so badly needed. Thank you to all who got out and voted for the bond!
Next, our special guest at the meeting was Doug Busch, from Busch’s Fresh Food Markets, who was there to talk about the Cash For Education program and how it will be changing as well as the steps we can take to make the most of it for Pleasant Ridge. He handed out some information that we will pass on to all of our families, so look for that to come home soon. Basically, current cardholders just need to log into their MyWay account online and follow some simple steps and then you won’t need to use the card anymore because your MyWay account will be automatically linked to Pleasant Ridge when you make purchases. The PTA is going to work harder to encourage more families to sign up because we could easily earn lots more money for the school this way! One interesting fact he told us is that Dexter Middle School consistently earns more money than any other school in the area – about $30,000 per year!
The rest of the meeting was devoted mainly to reviewing all the requests that have come in from the staff for things that we can purchase using our Fall Fundraising money – thank you again for supporting our school! There’ve been a lot of requests! We approved several right away, like more books for the classrooms, more of the Wobble Chairs and some additional technology items to enhance the learning experience for our kids. A number of others required a bit more research and we’ll review them again at next month’s meeting. We also talked about plans for upcoming events, like the Anniversary Party at Gratzi on Nov. 17, the Holiday Parade on Dec. 5 (it’s going to be SO fun this year!) and the Pancake Supper on Dec. 8. And then we also worked on nailing down dates for some of the events in the new year.
Our next meeting will be a week later than usual, so please mark your calendars and join us on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 9:00 a.m. to hear about everything that’s going on at Pleasant Ridge!
Agenda: PTA Meeting Agenda – 111215
Minutes: PTA Meeting Minutes – 111215
PR PTA Meeting 10.07.2015 (Summary & Reports)
Last week was the PR PTA meeting for October and there was much to discuss and celebrate. So much has been going on this Fall! Scot Graden was our special guest at the meeting and he was there to explain the details of the upcoming Bond Proposal, which will be the first bond proposal for the school district since 2000, when funding was approved for the new high school and Harvest Elementary. 15 years later, there are lots of repairs and improvements needed all over the district, including building a new, more secure entrance right here at Pleasant Ridge and at the other elementary schools. Also on the list are improvements to our bus fleet, which is the oldest in the area. The Bond vote will be on November 3 and an informational meeting is planned for Monday, October 19 at 7 p.m. in the Media Center at Liberty School.
We also talked about how the Fall Fundraiser is going and WOW, it’s a HUGE success! As of last Wednesday, we had surpassed our goal of $17,000 and as of today, Oct. 11, we’ve raised over $25,000! Plans were discussed for the 70’s Dance on Oct. 8 and the Awards assembly on Friday, Oct. 16. Parents are welcome to attend the fun water balloon assembly, so come if you can. Plans for other upcoming events and fundraisers were also discussed, like the 25th Anniversary party at Gratzi on Nov. 17, a Zap Zone event you’ll hear more about soon and PR on the Porch, next Friday, Oct. 16. Thank you to all of you that have offered to volunteer for various things. We’ve received a ton of volunteer forms! There are still open positions for some events so please let one of us know if you’d like to help out. We’re also excited to announce that we’ve added another person to the PTA Board. Kindergarten mom Amy Good will be our new Kindergarten representative. She’ll help support the K room parents and help maintain consistent communication among the classes. We look forward to working with her! And we look forward to seeing you at the next meeting, which will be on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. Thank you to those who were able to come last week!
Agenda: PTA Meeting Agenda – 100715
Minutes: PTA Meeting Minutes – 100715
PR PTA Meeting 09.10.2015 (Summary & Reports)
There was a huge turnout at the first PTA meeting of the year – more than 30 people attended! It was great to see lots of new faces in the group and it was fun to reconnect with old friends, too. A guest speaker was there from Domino’s to explain how they will continue to help us raise money this year through “Dough Nights” and other special events. We also voted on the cost of membership dues and the proposed budget for the year. Don’t forget to renew your PTA membership this Fall! Dues are $10 per parent and of that, $4.50 comes right back to PR. You can go to www.prpta.org and click on “Membership/Join PRPTA” to sign up online. Lots of plans were discussed for upcoming events, including Welcome Home Night beginning at 5:30 on 9/17 and the big Fall Fundraiser Dance on 10/8 (during the day at your child’s “Specials” time). PTA board members will be there to help direct people and explain things at the Welcome Home Night – and we’ll be selling our fabulous new t-shirts, too. It’s a great chance to see the school and classrooms and meet your child’s teacher, too. The Fall Fundraiser will be a 70’s Dance, which should be super fun. Look for more information about that to come home with your kids next week. All in all, the meeting was an awesome start to the school year! Thanks to everyone who took the time to come and we hope to see you all at the next meeting, which will be on Wednesday. Oct. 7 at 9:00 a.m.
Agenda: PTA Meeting Agenda – 091015
Minutes: PTA Meeting Minutes – 091015