The recent snow, ice, and cold temperatures abundantly show us that winter is in full force. As you know from the last few days, these winter conditions affect our decision to have school. Safe passage to school is of paramount concern. Please know that if a low temperature is the only condition, and if buses are able to run and the school’s heating system is functioning properly, expect that school will be in session. We ask that you please ensure your children are appropriately dressed for the conditions.
It is that time of year when the weather is cold, snow is on the ground, and it feels like you are trapped in the house. This creates a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your family and explore a few STEM Activities. The following link provides over 30 hands-on learning activities that are both fun and engaging for families: https://www.steampoweredfamily.com/activities/winter-stem-activities/.
▪Call to order
▪In attendance:Amanda Cronkrite, Michelle Weber, Jessica Arnstrom, Crystal Aukland,Tony DiNello,
▪Secretary Report. Crystal distributed minutes for November.
▪Treasurer’s Report:Jessica distributed.
▪Chilis Dine to Donate:Check should arrive after Christmas!
▪Christmas Program Auction Ideas:Bob will be running the auction for both nights. We have a $40 gift certificate from EJ Karz and a mini sled to gift him. Teaser pictures will be taken and posted the day of the auction.
▪Staff Favorites: A form was made in Google Drive to create a “My Favorite Things” questionnaire to be sent out to the staff. This needs to be finished.
▪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.
▪Christmas Parties: December 20 @ 2:15.
▪Second Quarter Awards:January 17, 2019 @ 2:30 pm.
▪Responsibility Party: January 18, 2019 @ 2:45 pm. (Need 2 Rootbeer, 2 orange and 2 ice cream)
▪Pickleball Tournament: April 13, 2019 9 am start registration, Ball drop @ 9:30. MVK middle school gym, Possibility of having Student Council concession stand open during Tournament. Waiting to hear back from Nancy.
▪Spirit Wear:Crystal Aukland Committee Head. We are no longer doing spirit wear campaigns. Orders will go directly to Barb.
▪Budget:December 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.
-We have 217 tasting cups from last year
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) * Jessica is contacting
▪Tangled Roots *Jessica is waiting on a call back
▪Elders in Joliet *Amanda is contacting
▪River Hawk Channahon *Amanda is Contacting
▪Unpossible Mead Dwight (Mrs. Galbreaths husband)
▪Box Tops: January 22-February 15. Michelle may need help with this. Crystal offered to help!
▪Shoparoo:Elementary and Middle School combined. As of 12/11/18, there are 9020 points.
▪Scholastic Bucks:Balance $4135.39
▪Schwans Cares:Jessica Committee Head. Must order through the link for it to count. We have $165 Campaign # 42399.
●No Old Business! New Business
▪No new business
Meeting adjourned @ 6:45 pm.
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.
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