Bush Middle School
November 17, 2016
Attendance: Justine Schmidt, Tara Clemmens, Nancy Manley, Linda O’Shaughnessy, Amy Vitacolona,
Lindsay Bates (Together Counselor), Shawn Guthrie
Call To Order: Justine Schmidt called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm
Welcome: Introduction of attendees and officers. Officers included: President; Justine Schmidt – Vice President; Tara Clemmens –Treasurer; Nancy Manley – Secretary.
Approval of Minutes: The minutes of October 20, 2016 were approved as written.
Treasurer’s Report: Tara Clemmens distributed the BMS PIE Transaction Report and the Monthly Treasurer’s Report to the group. Tara reviewed the income and expenses for the year to date. Tara has filed the Federal Income tax paperwork for 2016.
Principal’s Report: Linda O’Shaughnessy gave a special “thanks” to all the book fair volunteers. She will be talking with Mel about the specifications for the brick pavers for the new build entrance. Linda will be checking with teachers for any more sign in sheets with parent email/PIE interest from the parent/teacher conferences. She is creating a 6th grade transition meeting with parents to find out what concerns they might have about their child entering 6th grade middle school.
Bush will soon have a Safety Resource Officer on campus. The job duties include connecting with students in a positive way, help educate students about safety, engage students in making safe choices, be responsive in emergencies, and present law enforcement in a positive way.
Linda brought up ways to connect parents and administration with avenues of communication. She would like to invite parents and students early in the year to begin the transition to middle school process. Linda would like to build some broad community forums for communication purposes. She would like to utilize WEB leaders at the elementary level to bridge to middle school for the next year. She plans to have several parent information nights and 5th grade parent information nights. 5th graders will be given tours and visits of BMS in April and May. The new staff will be available at specific times for meeting and greeting students and parents. She would like to generate a list of parent volunteers from each of the elementary feeder schools to help with transitions at BMS next year.
Business: We continue to look for ways to invite and connect with parents to create partnerships with the school. We will maintain a PIE presence at activities and give parents opportunities to join in the PIE mission. There will be sign- up sheets at the 6th grade transition night in February. Kristina Dilworth, Bush registrar, will send out another Skyward blast asking for parent emails.
PIE meeting minutes will now be posted on the BMS website under the PIE tab and on the PIE Facebook page.
The Scholastic Book Fair was the 2nd best ever for raising library funds and involving parent volunteers. Mr. Hagen wanted to thank and recognize the parent volunteers and his mother in law Liz, Barbara, and Barbara.
The Lynch Creek Wreath sale fund raiser is going well so far. $242 has been raised as of Nov. 17th and the sale will continue until December 1st.
The Olympic Crest Coffee Roaster fund raiser is continuing. We will continue to post information and make order forms available to students and families. The last day to order is December 1st.
Box Top collection is continuing. We are asking that students and families be reminded through our communication networks to keep collecting box tops. Justine Schmidt sent in the box tops we have received to date and the earned amount was $71.
An account is set up through Funding Factory to collect used ink cartridges. When the cartridges are sent in the Funding Factory will send PIE a check.
Monies allocated to the LifeSkills program this year will be tracked by the ASB office so a detailed account is kept how the money is spent.
The PIE organization is waiting to hear back results of a grant request that Justine Schmidt submitted to the Nisqually Tribe Grant Program.
PIE is developing a Principal’s Emergency Checkbook Fund through Tumwater Education Foundation.
Commodities Unlimited donated $20 of dirt for Mrs. Steedman’s science class.
Valley Nut & Bolt donated $34.37 of washers for Mr. Gundersen’s science class.
Boom Shaka donated 5 passes ($100 value) to be used as prizes.
Safeway donated a $25 gift card.
Costco in Tumwater donated a $25 gift card for the Homework Club.
Erin DaFoe is facilitating snacks from River’s Edge to be donated to the Homework Club.
Hands On Children’s Museum donated 2 Family Admission passes ($119.50).
Albertson’s in Tumwater donated a $25 gift card.
Gundersen Family Dentistry donated $50.
We continue to search for funds for a beautiful outdoor digital reader board for BMS. Parametrix donated $500 to the readerboard fund. Andy Johnson Construction Company donated $500 to the readerboard fund.
We will have a brick fundraiser coming up soon. Mel Murray, head of grounds for TSD is looking into the specification for landscaping bricks to line the entrance walkway of the new buildings. We can sell bricks as a fundraiser to families and companies. We will have parents, students and community volunteers help with landscaping with the bricks.
The BMS PIE Facebook page is receiving 7.9% more activity than it did last month. Share and “like” to help communicate with our population.
Volunteers are needed to help with the inflatable party December 1st. Volunteers are needed to help with the coffee fundraiser distribution.
PIE would like to host a Safety Resource Officer introduction night in January and have a parent safety class included.
PIE would like to calendar a Volunteer Breakfast in April to recognize our wonderful volunteers.
Jerry, custodian at BMS is retiring. We would like to come up with ideas to recognize him.