Both boys basketball teams cruised to victories over Grand Ridge at home night. The seventh grade team held Grand Ridge to one point through 3 quarters en route to a 21-12 victory. Chase Litwiller was the game’s leading scorer with 8 points, and David Hatz added 6. The 8th grade team jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and never looked back, winning 37-19. Andrew Litwiller scored 13 points, and Robert Metroz and Matt Cruise each scored 7. Patrick Griffin was the game’s leading rebounder.
Principal’s Update: Students at both the elementary and middle school attended a Physics Assembly today hosted by the Science Alliance. It was an interactive assembly where students had the opportunity to spin on rotating disks, create electricity to make tubes glow, and even ride on a real hovercraft to demonstrate Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion. The goal of the assembly was to encourage students to investigate the wonders of Physics.
Meeting Highlights: November 8, 2017
- Secretary Report. Forgot to make copies for distribution, pending until next month’s meeting.
- Jessica distributed Treasurer’s Report: Checking $2,717.17/ Savings $26,506.41 / No Discrepancies. Approved by Crystal and Michelle B.
- Legendary Pie Sales: Jessica Arnstrom Overseeing. Delivery date will be week of 11/13 between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. Need 2-5 volunteers to help sort pies (Jenna will secure volunteers). Pie pickup will be 6:00-7:30. Top Sales: 1st Place- Ximena Valencio, 2nd Place- Miya Scott, 3rd Place- Addison Kilmer. Prizes will be distributed at a later date.
- Christmas Tree Auction: 12/7 and 12/8. Bob Hintze will run both auctions (Amanda on stage both nights). Trees and $25 check will be going to each grade throughout this week. Grades used Google Drive to let us know their themes. Jenna and Crystal will take payments from winners during the program.
- Family Fun Night: We will no longer be hosting a Family Fun Night. The games made a profit of $372.03 and required 30 or more volunteers.
- Pickleball Tournament: Jenna Overseeing. Tentatively scheduled for 2/23/18-2/24/18 in the Middle School Gym.
- Dodgeball Tournament: Possibly at Elementary School during winter.
- Bounce House Rental: Possible winter activity. Time slots would be separated by age. Suggested $5 for 2 hours of Jumping.
- Color Run/Ice Cream Social: Fall 2018 Fundraiser.
- Spirit Wear: Crystal Aukland Committee Head. Parents’ Club made $30 profit this month. New orders due before Thanksgiving break to have all orders completed in time for Christmas break.
- Budget: Hoping to have a budget to present and vote on by the January meeting.
- Box Tops: Confirmed and verified $632.30 in Box Tops. Checks will be mailed 12/1/17.
- Shoparoo: Accidentally omitted from agenda – nothing to discuss.
- Scholastic Bucks: $3,918.59 in Scholastic Bucks.
- Schwans Cares: Must order through the link for it to count.
- Beer and Wine Tasting Fundraiser: Set for 4/14/17 at the Morris VFW. Amanda will have some tasting cup choices by next meeting. Would like to get them ordered soon. We will change the format of the donation request letter this year (Michelle W. working on). Trying to pursue more event sponsors and cash donations and less auction items. We need to reach out to John Callahan and see if he’s still interested in sponsoring again. Crystal will ask her husband’s boss, who expressed interest in sponsoring after attending last year’s event.
- Banner for Sports Awards Night: Michelle working on a vinyl banner to read a generic “Brought to you by Parents’ Club” to be displayed at any PC event. Tony has a logo we can incorporate if needed.
- Mulch/Pea Gravel for playground is waiting for a path forward. Need to follow up on Nancy’s email to LeFarge. Perhaps we should look into pea gravel prices in case it will not be donated. Amanda will get in touch with someone from the Park Board about who they use for gravel.
- Tetherball poles have been ordered and delivered. JULIE needs to be called before they can be installed.
- We are working with Nancy to determine the best large purchases for the schools. Reminder that PC would most likely be required to maintain gifted items.
- Jackie Litwiller – Volleyball cart. $179.99. Approved.
- Pam Siedentop – 100 Mile Club (Cost $10/Student pkg.) Approved.
- PC will be gifting Bob Hintze a wooden Christmas tree and an EJ KARZ gift certificate for all his help with auctions, to be presented at both Christmas programs.
Meeting adjourned Approved
MVK hosted this year's 8th grade IVC tournament.
Click on the words "order form" to link to the Holiday Spirit Wear offerings. Print the form and then fill it out and return to one of the school offices. All orders are due by November 21, 2017.
Principal’s Update: Student learning doesn’t just happen at school, it happens everywhere. Parents play a key role in enriching their child’s education. Here are some tips to help support your child’s learning: Have them teach you. Find out what they are studying at school and ask them to explain it to you. As children retell something they learned it helps reinforce the concept. Another strategy is to put their knowledge to use by exposing them to new things. For example if they just finished a chapter in fractions, invite them to cook with you and explore the real-life application of measuring and adding fractions for recipes. A fun strategy to practice higher level thinking skills is to have a family movie night. Expose them to a new film and facilitate their critical thinking skills by analyzing the characters, pausing the movie and making predictions about what might happen next, and creating alternate endings to the story.
Principal’s Update: The transition from summer to starting the new school year can be a difficult time for children and parents. The thought of being in class all day and coming home with homework can be hard to adjust to after the summer months. Here are a few tips to help with homework: Make a to-do list and then order the assignments from toughest to easiest. This strategy will help your child finish on a high note, and perhaps inspire them to get in some extra studying. Another strategy can include creating a time slot that is set aside for only homework. This encourages students to get their homework completed during their study hall so they can use this time outside of school for another activity. Lastly, help your child see homework as a chance to prove their independence by getting their work done on time and on their own. This can boost confidence as well as promote the importance of responsibility.