PTO Meeting Minutes PDF
February 7, 2012
8:05 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

In attendance: Vanessa Beauchaine (principal), Sandy Costello, Emily Dolbear, Jayne Bennett Friedberg, Val Godhwani, Shalini Kasida, Vicki Klein, Rosemary McElroy, Jemelle O’Neill, Elvira Perez, Jen Reed, Alison Reeves

Principal’s Update

  • Renovation Report
    • Renovation is more than 50% complete. Drywall is going up. The windows are in. The lights are in.
    • SMART Board installers were on site. All 27 classes will have an installed SMART Board.
    • Dr. B. will be meeting with furniture representatives. Each class has 24 desks and chairs and there will be some small group tables.
    • Related upcoming meetings: Runkle School Building Committee meets 2/17, 8 am, at Town Hall, Room 103; Building Commission meets 2/14, 7 pm; Zoning Board of Appeals meets 3/1.
  • School Needs Survey
    • The plan is to send the survey to Runkle families (via e-mail) by after February vacation.

Annual Fund Update, by Val Godhwani

  • Numbers: The PTO Annual Fund has reached 45% participation and agout $43,000. We need 51 more families to reach participation goal of 60%.
  • Plan for going forward: Put a marked box out at Bingo Night for people who find it hard to get to school; Send personalized Constant Contact reminders; Send postcards.

PTO Events Recap/Update

  • Book Swap recap from Emily Dolbear: All went smoothly. More than 1,600 books were swapped after school in the cafeteria. The remaining books were donated to: Mrs. Guzzi’s book drive for schools in East London, South Africa; a BEEP outreach program; a BHS book give-away; and a Runkle student collecting books for a pediatric center program called Reach Out and Read.
  • Bingo Night, 2/10, 5:30-7:30 pm update from Shalini Kasida. We need 8-10 more volunteers.
  • Open Forum with Superintendent William H. Lupini at Runkle, 3/13, 8:15 am: Please attend. This is our annual meeting at Runkle with our Superintendent of Schools.
  • Math & Science Night, 3/30 update from Rosemary McElroy: We are on track.
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