Principal’s Update: As students progress through the Middle School, our curriculum exposes students to more nonfiction reading materials. When the Common Core Standards replaced the Illinois State Standards, there was an emphasis on nonfiction text. This shift in reading materials helps prepare students for high school, college, and their careers. Our school library offers several options of nonfiction reading materials. Encouraging your child to find something to read that they are interested in will help engage students in nonfiction texts. Another way to improve reading engagement is by exposing your child to newspaper articles and magazines of their interest.
Meeting Highlights: November 14, 2018
Call to order
In attendance:Amanda Cronkrite, Michelle Weber, Jessica Arnstrom, Crystal Aukland,Tony DiNello, Nancy Dillow
Secretary Report. Crystal distributed minutes for October.
Treasurer’s Report:Jessica distributed
Morris Bakery Fundraiser:We made a profit of $1949 after prizes were bought. There were a total of 452 items sold. Pickup is Thursday, November 15 in the MS Cafeteria from 6-7. We may do an Easter fundraiser with them. Crystal will discuss in January with Lauren.
Chilis Dine to Donate:Fundraiser will run Nov 1-Nov 30th. Dine to Donate vouchers will be sent home with each child the last week of October as well as emailed, and put on MVK website and MVK facebook page. Vouchers can be given or just shown on phone to the waiter/waitress to get 15% back to the school from all bills.
Christmas Program Auction Ideas:We are gathered vintage sleds from local stores and garage sale sites. All 9 sleds are in the MS garage for Grades to pickup. We spend a total of $85 on the sleds, some were donated. Each grade has selected a theme. Ec/K-Family night; 1st-The Grinch/Lottery Tickets; 2nd-Coffee Lover; 3rd-Harry Potter; 4th-Winter Break Fun; 5th-Sweet Home Chicago; 6th-Red & White; 7th-Lottery Tickets; 8th-Gift Cards
Staff Favorites: A form was made in Google Drive to create a “My Favorite Things” questionnaire to be sent out to the staff. We will then make a spreadsheet and send it out to all parents/family/friends. This way people can buy gifts for their teachers for holidays or teacher appreciation.
Science Assembly:November 20, 2018. The assembly was $650 total, we paid $100 deposit, $550 is due. The Brought to you by MVK PC sign will be displayed. There are 2 shows (Pre K-4th, 5th-8th)
Open Play Dodgeball:January 12, 2019 in the Middle School Gym. It will be from 9-11 am. There will be a $2 entry and parents are required to stay with their student. It will be for K-8th grade and will have K-2, 3-5, 6-8th grades grouped together. Each level will run for 3-5 minutes each.
Spirit Wear:Crystal Aukland Committee Head. B & R Designs is doing the 2nd campaign. Crystal is finalizing items with Barb. We need items to be turned around and delivered to students by 12/16/18 (before winter break). All order forms are due by 3pm Friday, December 7th.
Budget:November Monthly Sheet was distributed.
MVK Beer and Wine to Raise a Dime:
March 9, 2019.
A new venue/location was chosen. Diamond Banquet Hall and Diamond Liquors.
There is a $400 deposit required, make check payable to Diamond Catering.
Bob will need to have his own PA equipment. We can work with DJ Zach on this.
We can bring in donated Food items. They will work with the same $600 budget as last year. They will make a series of appetizers. As one is gone, something new will replace it.
Donna suggested renting 8 high top tables from Channahon Rental. Crystal will call for more information and to try to work out a deal on this. On their website, they are 9.25 each table. Get a quote for 8 tables and delivery.
The Hall has black linens that we will be able to utilize.
There will be an order form. Diamond Liquor will give us 10% on orders.
Any alcohol provided by Donna will be given to us at cost.
If pourers are needed, they are covered under the hall liquor license.
Donna would like to work in conjunction with her to acquire local breweries. She asked us to contact the following:
Migrane (Old Train Station in Joliet)
Tangled Roots (Jessica called, they will get back to her in mid November.)
Elders in Joliet
River Hawk Channahon
Unpossible Mead Dwight (Mrs. Galbreaths husband)
Box Tops: Fall contest collected $581.60 in box tops. After prizes, we made $555.80 on Fall campaign.
Shoparoo:Elementary and Middle School combined. As of 11/12/18, there are 6235 points.
Scholastic Bucks:Balance $4135.39
Schwans Cares:Jessica Committee Head. Must order through the link for it to count. We have $158.
Old Business: No Old Business!
New Business: No new business
Requests: 0 requests
Meeting adjourned @ 7:25 pm.
Principal’s Update: Attendance is a key component to student success. When students are absent they lose the opportunity to participate in class discussions, ask their teacher questions, work on group projects, and receive help from their peers. Here are a few ways to maximize the time students spend in the class. When scheduling doctor appointments, the best times are before or after school and during the lunch period. Establishing a nighttime routine helps ensure that students wake up on time in the morning and are ready to learn. Lastly, encourage your child to get involved at school. We offer several athletic and academic extracurricular opportunities at MVK. Students who participate in these activities are excited to come to school to be eligible to participate.
Principal’s Update: It can be challenging for students to get back in to the school routine, especially at the Middle School level. Balancing extracurricular activities, family time, homework, and time for friends can become quite difficult and overwhelming. Here are a few helpful hints to ensure homework gets completed and still allow time for everything else. Have your child set aside a certain time of the day/week that is only for homework. This will allow them to establish a routine and also be excited when they don’t have any homework and get extra free time. It also helps to encourage your child to use their time wisely during the school day. Students have the opportunity to work on homework during study hall, after lunch, and during I&E at the end of the day. 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.
Show your School Pride in new 2018/2019 MVK Spirit Wear. Orders need to be placed online using the website at the top of the order form or you can place a paper order form with payment in an envelope and drop off at the school. Orders need to be placed by. If anyone has any questions they can contact Crystal Aukland @ 815-488-1312