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.
Meeting Highlights: October 13, 2017
- Call to order at 6:30 p.m.
- Jenna Punke-Bendt distributed Secretary Report. Approved.
- Jessica distributed Treasurer’s Report: Approved.
- Box Tops: September 18 – October 13. Michelle Weber Committee Head. Currently at 5,013 Box Tops.
- Legendary Pie Sales: 9/25-10/16. Jessica Arnstrom Overseeing. Delivery date will be week of 11/13. Ballgames will be on the 14th and 16th, so pickup date will try to be on the 13th or 15th, in the evening. Last year we made $1,206.40 profit.
- Parent/Teacher Conferences: 10/26-10/27. Luncheon for staff (Subway). Jenna is finding volunteers for homemade desserts for both schools and help with Subway delivery.
- Halloween Parties: 10/31. Room Reps have been instructed to contact their volunteers, and make class allergies known for those bringing snacks/drinks. Parade starts at 2:00, Parties start at 2:15.
- Responsibility Parties: Jenna Overseeing. 3rd and 4th Grades. November 3rd. Jenna will purchase supplies and drop them off at the grade school, and touch base with Room Reps for volunteers.
- Halloween Candy Buy Back: As in years past, unwanted Halloween candy can be brought to the school. Luri Maier-Lorntz takes collection to dentist, he buys back the candy, and sends it to the troops.
- Christmas Tree Auction: We decided we would have wooden trees made. Jessica’s husband, Sean, has donated his time to making them for us. Barn wood has been donated by a contact of Amanda. She is checking for more materials for the center rod of the tree. Since we will not have to pay for these trees, we will give each grade $25 to start their fund for purchasing their tree items/decorations. Approved. Jenna will write a letter to give to each grade explaining the $25 head start. Amanda will contact Bob Hintze to auction the trees for us.
- Spirit Wear: Crystal Aukland Committee Head. Brought in $1,424; Paid Barb $891; Parents’ Club made $533 profit. Will make orders due before Thanksgiving break to have all orders completed in time for Christmas break.
- By-Laws: Distributed By-Laws last month for review. Discussion on whether or not Article VIII, Section 4. Discussion also on Article X, Section 2, Subsection m. Unanimous vote to accept the By-Laws. By-Laws are now in effect for the 2017-2018 school year.
- Shoparoo: Received a check for $182. As of 10/11, we have 8,105 points. Need to look at promoting this so more people use it.
- Scholastic Bucks: $3,918.59 in Scholastic Bucks.
- Schwans Cares: Must order through the link for it to count. Need to look at promoting this so more people are aware. Only had 1 person start their order through our link since the new campaign opened.
- Beer and Wine Tasting Fundraiser: Set for 4/14/17 at the Morris VFW. Will be working with Westside Liquors again this year. Jenna will check with Shanna at VFW about the following: When the rental deposit is due, whether or not renovations on the VFW will be completed by our event date, and whether or not we can utilize the kitchen’s new ownership for catering services, and/or the use of the kitchen if we use an outside caterer.
- Banner for Sports Awards Night: Nancy thinks it would be better to use the plop printer to make a laminated sign. We decided to table this discussion until talking with Michelle Weber, who has done the work on vinyl banner mock-ups but had to leave the meeting early.
- We received Thank You’s from student Aidan Beaird for everything Parents’ Club does.
- Mulch for playground is waiting for a path forward. Amanda will give Nancy contact info so she can follow up on this issue.
- Pickleball Tournament: Would like to hold this as a wintertime fundraiser. Tony will look into a gym schedule with Ms. Siedentop.
- Student – Tether ball for Grade School and Middle School. Parents’ Club would be responsible for the purchase, installation, and maintenance/repairs on both units. At $299 per unit, plus the cost of materials for installation, Parents Club has agreed to grant this request. Approved.
- Nancy Dillow – Cash Donation of $100 for Debbie Paulsen, whose husband is ill with cancer. Approved.
- MVK Christmas Basket Fund- Discussed donating unwanted spirit wear items and $100 cash. Approved.
- Jessica brought up Parents' Club's desire for large purchase items for the schools: Ga-Ga Ball and Water Bottle Filler Station with filters. Nancy will review the details and logistics of said items.
- Nancy verbalized that she must have forgotten to submit her request for the AR program that Parents Club pays $2,000 towards annually. Deadline is sometime in December.
Meeting adjourned at 7:48. Approved.
Principal’s Update: Students at the middle school participated in an assembly this week that focused on Cyber Safety. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office brought in speaker Liz Repking from Cyber Safety Consulting to educate students on how to use popular applications on their phones and devices appropriately and safely. The highlights of her presentation included strategies for choosing a secure password, the importance of communicating online with only people they know, and explaining how pictures that are posted online are permanent. For more information on Cyber Safety visit http://www.cybersafetyconsulting.com/.
Principal’s Update: MVK’s new music and band teacher has been working extremely hard since the beginning of the school year to prepare the 7th and 8th grade marching band for their first parade. Last Sunday the marching band participated in the Dwight Harvest Days Parade. Of the participating middle school bands, we placed 1st in visual, 2nd in music, and 2nd overall in our division. Congratulations to the marching band members and thank you for all your hard work Ms. Hayes!
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.
Attention MVK families! In recent years, we have collected used ink cartridges and cell phones to recycle in exchange for cash for the school. However, the company we use has updated their qualifying items for recycling. For example, they do except HP 61 cartridges, but they do NOT accept any Epson cartridges at all. Also, they no longer accept cell phones. So please click on the following link and check the qualifying list before sending in your items. http://www.fundingfactory.com/qualifying-list-detail.aspx
Principal’s Update: Students in grades 7th & 8th are currently in their Archery Unit for Mrs. Siedentop’s physical education class. This unit has become a favorite in the middle school. Practicing archery allows students to strengthen core muscles, improve balance, and increase hand-eye coordination. In addition to the physical benefits, archery allows students to work on their focus and concentration skills. Thank you to Mrs. Siedentop for all your hard work in making this unit successful!