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The PTSO meets the third Tuesday of every month during the school year. On this page, you will find meeting minutes.

December 17th, 2019 - Coffee with the Principal

posted Dec 17, 2019, 8:47 AM by Nicole Engel

  1. Welcome & Activity
  2. MEDIA Room Update
    1. Slow process!
      1. Mistakes were made in shelf order...
    2. Volunteers have supported the set-up - thank you!
  3. Gifts to Employees (district policy):
    1. Must be:
      1. $35 or less from individuals/families
      2. $100 or less from groups (PTSO)
      3. Teachers may accept gifts of books for the classroom - not a personal gift, so monetary amounts do not apply
    2. Parents are encouraged to show appreciation by:
      1. Verbal expression, note of appreciation, to supervisor/Board of Ed
      2. Small tokens of appreciation, memorabilia
      3. Donation in teacher’s name to Richfield or Spartan Foundation
  4. Storage - volunteers needed
    1. Volunteers needed to organize closets in the lunchroom. Please contact: Danielle Barr on Facebook group.
  5. Uniform Policy
    1. RDLS: only school in district with uniform policy
    2. We need support from the parents to make uniforms successful!
    3. As a school, we agreed:
      1. POLO shirt, which means that it has a collar
      2. However, t-shirts (no collar) in a SOLID uniform color with no designs are ok.
      3. Leggings and sweatpants? Ok, as long as they are uniform color and solid - no designs, stripes down the side, etc.
      4. Sweaters? ONLY black or burgundy, must be solid color - no decorations/designs. (Hoods ok)
      5. Spirit wear: let’s keep it to Friday as much as possible! Part of what makes Friday fun and exciting.
    4. If student is not in uniform, what happens? A note is written to Luis. He calls home, reminds of policy, and asks if family need assistance with purchasing uniform clothes. Child is never asked to change clothes or made an example of.
    5. New? Monara Pride award: if classroom has every student in uniform 3 days in a row, they get to display a stuffed monarch in the classroom for the week.
  6. Strategic Plan
    1. The one we created with Dr. Unowsky’s leadership is coming to an end (5 years)
    2. We will start creating a new one in January 2020 for the next 5 years
    3. You will receive information about how to be an active member of this process.
  7. Sound System
    1. The one we have is old and not in the best shape
    2. We would like a smaller system, that is easier to be used
    3. I have requested suggestions from the Technology Department. I will share those with the PTSO.
    4. PTSO helped to purchase the first system, is open to assisting in purchase again.
  8. Latin American Festival - Friday, 12/20 at Richfield HIGH SCHOOL
    1. Parking: must park on the street - cannot park in the high school lot/only for high school students! We will cover street signs so parking is open close to the high school.
    2. Classes staying?
      1. All kindergarteners will be coming back; two 1st grade classrooms are also coming back (Barrios, Sosa are coming back)
    3. 9:00-10:00am - K, 1, 2
    4. 10:15-11:15am - 3, 4, 5
    5. Q: Accessible parking?
      1. It’s unclear because of the construction where these spots are/have gone.
      2. Drop folks off directly at the door instead. Door 5, by the gym.
    6. Parents cannot take their children from the high school after the program! If you want to take your children home after the festival, you must come back to the school and pick them up from school. This is a safety issue.
  9. Q from parent: How many days a year do teachers have as “vacation?”
    1. 3 discretionary days (don’t have to tell us what they are using them for)
    2. 7 sick days
    3. ~ 10 days total
  10. Q from parent: Morning drop-off - still having some issues. Re-publish the rules of drop-off?
    1. Must keep moving in line. If child needs to be walked inside, must park and do so - not hold up the drop-off line.
  11. Q from parent: lockdown drills? Can parents receive notification of these and talking points for debriefing with children afterwards?
    1. Two: lockdown with warning, lockdown without warning - different protocols for if intruder is outside the building or inside the building.
    2. Also: tornado drill, fire drill
    3. Sra. Marta: Cannot give parents warning ahead of time because of concerns that children will be prepped for the event and therefore will not behave as they will need to behave in a real scenario. However, we could send an email or note home that day or the next day letting parents know that it took place and giving some talking points.
  12. PTSO is hoping to provide some educational curriculum at future evening PTSO events. If you have ideas about what you would like to see, please contact Roxana Bailey at businesswork706@gmail.com!

October 8th, 2019 - Coffee with the Principal

posted Oct 9, 2019, 4:23 PM by Nicole Engel

  1. Examples of policies reviewed
    1. Behavior
    2. Dress Code
    3. Wellness – 112, 112.1, 112.1A
    4. https://www.richfieldschools.org/Page/864
    5. Not all policies are currently translated to Spanish, but they will be soon.
  2. Workshop Week
    1. This is the week before school starts, when teachers and staff prepare for the school year.
    2. Different this year because of construction!
    3. 2 full days of professional development.
    4. RDLS team has been great working with/through all the construction.
    5. Focuses of workshop week:
      1. One team
      2. Radical hospitality
      3. Success for ALL
  3. In order to reach these goals…
    1. Evaluations
      1. Instructions (rigor, differentiation, equity…)
      2. Support teachers – where does the teacher need assistance?
      3. Make decisions on staffing each year
    2. Licensed staff observations
      1. Renewing contract – peer reviewers (2)
      2. Renewing contract on cycle – 1 by administrator, 1 by peer reviewer
      3. Probationary – 3 observations by administrator
      4. Probationary – Mentor (peer reviewer)
      5. Q: If teachers are not licensed/waiting on a license, what does RDLS do?
        1. They are partnered with a licensed substitute until the license arrives.
      6. Q: Are evaluation standards aligned with the statewide standards for effective teaching?
        1. Yes. 
    3. PLC – Professional Learning Community
      1. Every grade level has a PLC
      2. Meet regularly to discuss curriculum, instruction, etc.
  4. MCA Data
    1. Norms & Expectations
      1. Be courageous in conversations
      2. Assume positive intentions
    2. Data can be found at: https://rc.education.state.mn.us/#mySchool/orgId--10280705000__p--3
    3. Goals for 2018-2019 school year
      1. Student readings scores to increase 3% (32.8 --> 35.8%)
      2. Student math scores to increase 3% (39.7 --> 42.7%)
    4. Results
      1. Math – surpassed the goal – increased by almost 8%, not 3% (47.3%)
      2. Reading – missed by .1% (35.7%)
    5. Math and reading scores are still low across the board - this is a district-wide problem? 
      1. Only 47% of students are performing at grade level (math)
      2. 35.7% of students performing at grade level (reading)
    6. Next Steps
      1. Ask questions
        1. What actions will you take based on this data?
        2. What actions did team members take that were effective?, etc.
        3. What did people struggle with?
        4. What will you do to retest or refine, embed a change, reject a strategy, or create a new plan?
        5. What will you do for students who have not learned the material? What about for those who didWhat did people struggle with?
        6. What will you do to retest or refine, embed a change, reject a strategy, or create a new plan?
        7. What will you do for students who have not learned the material? What about for those who did?
      2. School Improvement Plan (SIP)
        1. Based on data dig done in June
        2. Submitted 9/1/2019
        3. Revised and resubmitted quarterly
          1. Are we doing what we said we would be doing?
      3. Title 1
        1. School-wide funds
        2. 2019-2020 Goals
        3. You received and signed a form during meet your teacher
      4. Goals for 2019-2020 school year?
        1. Grow another 3% in each category
          1. Math --> 50.3%
          2. Reading --> 38.7%
  5. Q: How are children grouped into classrooms?
    1. In May, all teachers in a grade discuss all of the children and place each into one of three groups.
      1. Look at language, gender, academic ability, etc.
      2. List of things they look at can be found in the policies(?)
      3. Social worker is brought in for social/emotional analysis
      4. Teachers make the groups; Marta just reviews/approves
  6. School Climate Survey
    1. 2nd grade and up
    2. District-created (this is not the statewide survey)
    3. Richfield Public Schools is committed to ensuring our schools are safe and welcoming to all. This year one way we will begin to assess that is through a School Climate Survey. 
    4. The data collected from the survey will be used to address any school climate concerns if/when problems are identified by students, families or staff. 
    5. October and November
    6. An opt-out form went home with your child. Contact school if you did not receive and want one. 
    7. Parent Survey
      1. Will be asked to take at parent-teacher conferences next week.
      2. Will be asked to take one at each school your children attend – building-specific
  7. Book of the Month Program – Allyson Wolf (Part-time teaching coach)
    1. allyson.voss@rps.mn.org
    2. Book of the Month was well-received by teachers and students last year and we would like to repeat.
    3. Entire school reads the same book each month. 
    4. Cost covers 1 book per classroom per month.
    5. $1,864.60 is the total for the year; one book for each classroom
      1. Q: Last year we received a grant for part of this. Can we look into that as well? Allyson will follow-up with Melissa Ness to see what that grant was.
    6. PTSO has included this in their budget for the year – will be paid for.
  8. Q: How can we ensure that all students are reading at grade level? Are we using evidence-based reading strategies? How can parents support, volunteer, etc.
    1. RDLS is attempting to institute some new strategies, including small groups with volunteers for reading assistance.
    2. Contact Allyson if you are interested in volunteering to assist students with reading or get involved with literacy at RDLS in other ways.
  9. Guest Speaker: Optimus Club of Richfield
    1. Raises money through the sale of yard flags; re-distributes that money to support youth in the community.
  10. Cafeteria should be ready next week!

September 17, 2019 - General Meeting Minutes

posted Sep 18, 2019, 3:48 PM by Nicole Engel

  1. Introduce ourselves/members of the board
    1. Three new board members: Roxana Bailey – Co-President; Katie Gross – Fundraising Coordinator; Luis de la Riva – Volunteer Coordinator
    2.  Bienvenidos a todos!
  2. Meet the amities: Becca Patenaude – Amity Intern Coordinator
    1.  4 amities for the 2019-2020 year
      1.  Amities are young teachers from Spanish-speaking countries
      2.  Help in kinder and 1stgrade
      3. This year: 3 women – Paula, Marta, and Cathy – from Spain; 1 man – Fransisco – from El Salvador
    2. 8 families will, over the course of the year, take them in and provide them with a room, food, and invite them into their families
    3. Please consider hosting an amity next year – it’s a wonderful experience!
      1. We will start looking for next year’s host families in January – connect Becca if interested at (612) 861-4193
      2. If you cannot host, you can assist by inviting them to your home for a meal, inviting them to attend an event with your family, inviting them to babysit or to tutor your children, donating winter clothing – especially men’s clothing (size Medium) - rides to and from RDLS/school activities if an amity lives in your neighborhood.
    4. Amities will likely attend next evening meeting and introduce themselves J
  3. 2019-2020 PTSO Budget
    1. Emily explained this year’s projected budget
    2. What does PTSO fundraise for?
      1. A “savings account” for the school – when there is a need in the school, PTSO can step in to fill the gap and we do.
        1. Field trips, classroom needs, special equipment for the school, etc.
    3. When does the district step in to pay vs. PTSO?
      1. Marta: I am given $40,000 that I have to make last/budget for the entire 10 months of the school year. When things come up that were not budgeted for, I often ask the PTSO to assist.
    4. Budget for the 2019-2020 year was voted on and approved.
  4. New ideas for PTSO meetings
    1. November meeting will include a puppet show for the kids on bullying. Kids can watch a puppet show while parents meet.
    2. We might bring in specialists to talk to parents around certain topics, like screen time…
    3. If you have an idea for a PTSO meeting, please speak to Polly or Roxana! 
    4. Creating Facebook events for PTSO meetings are helpful - Nikki will do.
  5. Fundraising dates
    1. Glow Dance – October 25, 6:00-8:00pm
      1. Need parent volunteers to sell popcorn and pizza, make sure kids are bring safe
      2. We ask for volunteers by Facebook and personal invitation/email.
      3. Volunteering is a great way to meet other parents and have fun with your kiddos!
    2. Cherrydale – Anne Schuette is the contact
      1. Fundraiser through a fundraising company
        1. September 26th– begins
        2.  October 8th– last day
        3.  Items delivered - November 21st
    3. Family Movie Night – December 6, 6:00-8:00pm
  6. Announcements from Sra. Marta
    1. Kitchen construction: done in 2-3 weeks; serving line and refrigerators will be behind a wall now – will reduce the amount of noise in the cafeteria during lunchtime. 
    2. Pick-up and drop-off: we need everyone’s help to keep everyone safe! If you are walking, make sure you make eye contact with drivers as you cross; drivers slow down; only cross in designated area
      1. We have to be careful - pay attention - as a community
      2. The drop-off and pick-up procedures will be the same when construction is done! The construction vehicles will be gone and lines will be painted, but the procedure will be the same. 
      3. We are working with STEM to ensure we have the safest process possible in our shared parking lot.
    3. Construction update: offices ready by Friday, gym ready by the 30th, media room done by end of October ßmedia room is the last project! (These are projected dates.)
    4. “Snow mountain” will be a big problem this winter now that student drop-off and pick-up is in front of the building; is a big hindrance to visibility all winter.
      1. District contact - Dan Kretzinger. Parents should contact getting “snow mountain” placed someone else!
  7. Adjourn

May 21st, 2019 - Meeting Minutes

posted May 22, 2019, 12:17 PM by Nicole Engel   [ updated Aug 8, 2019, 5:00 PM ]

Board Nominees and Voting for 2019-2020

  1. We have the ballot, which we will not hand out unless we need to.
  2. We open the floor for someone to nominate themselves or nominate someone else. No nominees added.
  3. We have 3 open positions -
  4. Nominees
    1. Roxana Bailey- spanish speaking co-president
    2. Katie Gross - Fundraising Coordinator - she was on the team
    3. Luis De la Riva - Volunteer coordinator
  5. Motion accepted and seconded
  6. Our board is very committed to having Spanish speaking members.
  7. In order to transition the board, Roxana Bailey will need to be added to the RBCU account as Spanish-speaking co-president. 

Sra. Marta’s announcements

  1. Amities for the fall - confirmed 3 young women from Spain. They have experience with young children. Our 4th candidate we will get in mid-June to decide if we would like to approve one more.
    1. Amity coordinator - Christine Waltz - connect host families with amities - we need to find a new coordinator because Christine has stepped down.  If you are interested, please let me or Christine know.
      1. Will there be 1 amity at RMS?  Yes- the coordinator can do both RDLS and RMS, or one coordinator for each school.
    2. We have confirmed host families for the 3 amities
  2. Non-returning teachers -
    1. Julie Knopp, K - took a job traveling, we have a substitute until the end of the year
    2. Sarita Rabe, K
    3. Miquel Blanes, 2nd
    4. Tomas Gonda, 3rd - retiring
    5. Victor Torres, 3rd - going back to Spain after the 3 year program has expired
    6. Jorge Guiral, 5th
    7. Laura Hofer, ESL
    8. Ken Friel, Math Interventionist - moving to RMS because his position was reduced to a .6
    9. Tania Hultengren, SpEd - going to Bloomington
  3. Budget decisions were made based on full-time allocations by the district and district decisions to keep specialists at full time to prevent movement from other schools.
    1. We had to make a decision and HR and accounting told us to be consistent with the other buildings
    2. Sarah Miziorko from RMS will be joining RDLS as the math interventionist
    3. Our student engagement specialist position was posted today for 5 days a week.  This is a paraprofessional position. The role is to be proactive and create plans for students that need extra support, and also support teachers in creating community in the classroom.
  4. Thank you to the PTSO for all of the support you have given RDLS throughout the school year.  The financial support is greatly appreciated, and it is always appreciated to have food for conferences


29th May, 6pm-8pm - End of the Year Picnic/Potluck!

  1. We need extra tables for food.

Amanda from RPS district office & Janet, VP from CEL branding

  1. Project to look at RPS logo, tag line, and change it.
  2. After many sessions, we came up with a logo, and got feedback, and the new logo (2nd version) is presented tonight.  
    1. Visuals - vibrant, forward-moving, innovative district
    2. Solid contemporary brand, the R in the logo was different in 45 of 60 slides, so we needed to make the R unified and consistent.  It is a hand drawn R. The history of the diamonds at RHS awning and spartan diamonds will be incorporated into the R.
  3. Recommendation is to keep each school’s mascot - butterfly and book can be on t-shirts
  4. The new color is cardinal red (2nd version)
  5. RDLS -  Richfield Dual Language Elementary vs. Richfield Dual Language School is currently being discussed by leadership
  6. 4 Pillars - Enriching and Accelerating Learning
  7. Real community
  8. Personalized Learning
  9. Brand Manual will come out and be translated when brand is adopted by the school board

Treasurer's report circulated

Adjorned


May 21st, 2019 - Meeting Minutes

posted May 22, 2019, 12:12 PM by Nicole Engel

Board Nominees and Voting for 2019-2020

  1. We have the ballot, which we will not hand out unless we need to.
  2. We open the floor for someone to nominate themselves or nominate someone else. No nominees added.
  3. We have 3 open positions -
  4. Nominees
    1. Roxana Bailey- spanish speaking co-president
    2. Katie Gross - Fundraising Coordinator - she was on the team
    3. Luis De la Riva - Volunteer coordinator
  5. Motion accepted and seconded
  6. Our board is very committed to having Spanish speaking members.

Sra. Marta’s announcements

  1. Amities for the fall - confirmed 3 young women from Spain. They have experience with young children. Our 4th candidate we will get in mid-June to decide if we would like to approve one more.
    1. Amity coordinator - Christine Waltz - connect host families with amities - we need to find a new coordinator because Christine has stepped down.  If you are interested, please let me or Christine know.
      1. Will there be 1 amity at RMS?  Yes- the coordinator can do both RDLS and RMS, or one coordinator for each school.
    2. We have confirmed host families for the 3 amities
  2. Non-returning teachers -
    1. Julie Knopp, K - took a job traveling, we have a substitute until the end of the year
    2. Sarita Rabe, K
    3. Miquel Blanes, 2nd
    4. Tomas Gonda, 3rd - retiring
    5. Victor Torres, 3rd - going back to Spain after the 3 year program has expired
    6. Jorge Guiral, 5th
    7. Laura Hofer, ESL
    8. Ken Friel, Math Interventionist - moving to RMS because his position was reduced to a .6
    9. Tania Hultengren, SpEd - going to Bloomington
  3. Budget decisions were made based on full-time allocations by the district and district decisions to keep specialists at full time to prevent movement from other schools.
    1. We had to make a decision and HR and accounting told us to be consistent with the other buildings
    2. Sarah Miziorko from RMS will be joining RDLS as the math interventionist
    3. Our student engagement specialist position was posted today for 5 days a week.  This is a paraprofessional position. The role is to be proactive and create plans for students that need extra support, and also support teachers in creating community in the classroom.
  4. Thank you to the PTSO for all of the support you have given RDLS throughout the school year.  The financial support is greatly appreciated, and it is always appreciated to have food for conferences


29th May, 6pm-8pm - End of the Year Picnic/Potluck!

  1. We need extra tables for food.

Amanda from RPS district office & Janet, VP from CEL branding

  1. Project to look at RPS logo, tag line, and change it.
  2. After many sessions, we came up with a logo, and got feedback, and the new logo (2nd version) is presented tonight.  
    1. Visuals - vibrant, forward-moving, innovative district
    2. Solid contemporary brand, the R in the logo was different in 45 of 60 slides, so we needed to make the R unified and consistent.  It is a hand drawn R. The history of the diamonds at RHS awning and spartan diamonds will be incorporated into the R.
  3. Recommendation is to keep each school’s mascot - butterfly and book can be on t-shirts
  4. The new color is cardinal red (2nd version)
  5. RDLS -  Richfield Dual Language Elementary vs. Richfield Dual Language School is currently being discussed by leadership
  6. 4 Pillars - Enriching and Accelerating Learning
  7. Real community
  8. Personalized Learning
  9. Brand Manual will come out and be translated when brand is adopted by the school board

Treasurer's report circulated

Adjorned


May 21st, 2019 - Meeting Minutes

posted May 22, 2019, 12:11 PM by Nicole Engel

Board Nominees and Voting for 2019-2020

  1. We have the ballot, which we will not hand out unless we need to.
  2. We open the floor for someone to nominate themselves or nominate someone else. No nominees added.
  3. We have 3 open positions -
  4. Nominees
    1. Roxana Bailey- spanish speaking co-president
    2. Katie Gross - Fundraising Coordinator - she was on the team
    3. Luis De la Riva - Volunteer coordinator
  5. Motion accepted and seconded
  6. Our board is very committed to having Spanish speaking members.

Sra. Marta’s announcements

  1. Amities for the fall - confirmed 3 young women from Spain. They have experience with young children. Our 4th candidate we will get in mid-June to decide if we would like to approve one more.
    1. Amity coordinator - Christine Waltz - connect host families with amities - we need to find a new coordinator because Christine has stepped down.  If you are interested, please let me or Christine know.
      1. Will there be 1 amity at RMS?  Yes- the coordinator can do both RDLS and RMS, or one coordinator for each school.
    2. We have confirmed host families for the 3 amities
  2. Non-returning teachers -
    1. Julie Knopp, K - took a job traveling, we have a substitute until the end of the year
    2. Sarita Rabe, K
    3. Miquel Blanes, 2nd
    4. Tomas Gonda, 3rd - retiring
    5. Victor Torres, 3rd - going back to Spain after the 3 year program has expired
    6. Jorge Guiral, 5th
    7. Laura Hofer, ESL
    8. Ken Friel, Math Interventionist - moving to RMS because his position was reduced to a .6
    9. Tania Hultengren, SpEd - going to Bloomington
  3. Budget decisions were made based on full-time allocations by the district and district decisions to keep specialists at full time to prevent movement from other schools.
    1. We had to make a decision and HR and accounting told us to be consistent with the other buildings
    2. Sarah Miziorko from RMS will be joining RDLS as the math interventionist
    3. Our student engagement specialist position was posted today for 5 days a week.  This is a paraprofessional position. The role is to be proactive and create plans for students that need extra support, and also support teachers in creating community in the classroom.
  4. Thank you to the PTSO for all of the support you have given RDLS throughout the school year.  The financial support is greatly appreciated, and it is always appreciated to have food for conferences


29th May, 6pm-8pm - End of the Year Picnic/Potluck!

  1. We need extra tables for food.

Amanda from RPS district office & Janet, VP from CEL branding

  1. Project to look at RPS logo, tag line, and change it.
  2. After many sessions, we came up with a logo, and got feedback, and the new logo (2nd version) is presented tonight.  
    1. Visuals - vibrant, forward-moving, innovative district
    2. Solid contemporary brand, the R in the logo was different in 45 of 60 slides, so we needed to make the R unified and consistent.  It is a hand drawn R. The history of the diamonds at RHS awning and spartan diamonds will be incorporated into the R.
  3. Recommendation is to keep each school’s mascot - butterfly and book can be on t-shirts
  4. The new color is cardinal red (2nd version)
  5. RDLS -  Richfield Dual Language Elementary vs. Richfield Dual Language School is currently being discussed by leadership
  6. 4 Pillars - Enriching and Accelerating Learning
  7. Real community
  8. Personalized Learning
  9. Brand Manual will come out and be translated when brand is adopted by the school board

Treasurer's report circulated

Adjorned


May 21st, 2019 - Meeting Minutes

posted May 22, 2019, 12:11 PM by Nicole Engel

Board Nominees and Voting for 2019-2020

  1. We have the ballot, which we will not hand out unless we need to.
  2. We open the floor for someone to nominate themselves or nominate someone else. No nominees added.
  3. We have 3 open positions -
  4. Nominees
    1. Roxana Bailey- spanish speaking co-president
    2. Katie Gross - Fundraising Coordinator - she was on the team
    3. Luis De la Riva - Volunteer coordinator
  5. Motion accepted and seconded
  6. Our board is very committed to having Spanish speaking members.

Sra. Marta’s announcements

  1. Amities for the fall - confirmed 3 young women from Spain. They have experience with young children. Our 4th candidate we will get in mid-June to decide if we would like to approve one more.
    1. Amity coordinator - Christine Waltz - connect host families with amities - we need to find a new coordinator because Christine has stepped down.  If you are interested, please let me or Christine know.
      1. Will there be 1 amity at RMS?  Yes- the coordinator can do both RDLS and RMS, or one coordinator for each school.
    2. We have confirmed host families for the 3 amities
  2. Non-returning teachers -
    1. Julie Knopp, K - took a job traveling, we have a substitute until the end of the year
    2. Sarita Rabe, K
    3. Miquel Blanes, 2nd
    4. Tomas Gonda, 3rd - retiring
    5. Victor Torres, 3rd - going back to Spain after the 3 year program has expired
    6. Jorge Guiral, 5th
    7. Laura Hofer, ESL
    8. Ken Friel, Math Interventionist - moving to RMS because his position was reduced to a .6
    9. Tania Hultengren, SpEd - going to Bloomington
  3. Budget decisions were made based on full-time allocations by the district and district decisions to keep specialists at full time to prevent movement from other schools.
    1. We had to make a decision and HR and accounting told us to be consistent with the other buildings
    2. Sarah Miziorko from RMS will be joining RDLS as the math interventionist
    3. Our student engagement specialist position was posted today for 5 days a week.  This is a paraprofessional position. The role is to be proactive and create plans for students that need extra support, and also support teachers in creating community in the classroom.
  4. Thank you to the PTSO for all of the support you have given RDLS throughout the school year.  The financial support is greatly appreciated, and it is always appreciated to have food for conferences


29th May, 6pm-8pm - End of the Year Picnic/Potluck!

  1. We need extra tables for food.

Amanda from RPS district office & Janet, VP from CEL branding

  1. Project to look at RPS logo, tag line, and change it.
  2. After many sessions, we came up with a logo, and got feedback, and the new logo (2nd version) is presented tonight.  
    1. Visuals - vibrant, forward-moving, innovative district
    2. Solid contemporary brand, the R in the logo was different in 45 of 60 slides, so we needed to make the R unified and consistent.  It is a hand drawn R. The history of the diamonds at RHS awning and spartan diamonds will be incorporated into the R.
  3. Recommendation is to keep each school’s mascot - butterfly and book can be on t-shirts
  4. The new color is cardinal red (2nd version)
  5. RDLS -  Richfield Dual Language Elementary vs. Richfield Dual Language School is currently being discussed by leadership
  6. 4 Pillars - Enriching and Accelerating Learning
  7. Real community
  8. Personalized Learning
  9. Brand Manual will come out and be translated when brand is adopted by the school board

Treasurer's report circulated

Adjorned


April 16, 2019 - Meeting Minutes

posted Apr 17, 2019, 12:11 PM by Nicole Engel

  1. Amities
    1. Interviewed 4; invited 3 for the 2019-2020 school year
    2. 1 has accepted; waiting on 2 more
  2. Dress Code Policy Feedback
    1. District is revising lots of policies – wants feedback from parents before they revise the policy
    2. Comments:
      1. Policy says only sweaters with a school logo; Marta does not require this, but policy should reflect this.
        1. Plain black and burgundy sweaters, cardigans, or hoodies (hood has to be worn down).
      2. School “spirit” shirts can now be worn any day of the week. Only requirement is shirt has RDLS logo on it. 
      3. Exemptions from wearing a uniform: must be approved by Marta. Exemptions might be for religious reasons (for an entire year), or for a day (Girl Scouts).
  3. Planning 2019-2020
    1. Review, analyze what we’ve done
    2. Title I: supplemental funds to assist in meeting student’s educational goals
      1. Documents that we need your input
        1. Parent and Family Engagement (PFE)
          1. Want to establish partnerships with parents and the community; neither home or school can do the work alone.
          2. Need to do much more work to engage Latino families; individual phone calls, relationship-building; Latino Family Association meetings.
          3. Possibility for having PTSO meetings externally? At an apartment complex, community center, etc.
        2. Parent Compact
          1. Learning agreement between parent, student, school
          2. Received during Open House (2018) – will be distributed at Open House in 2019 as well
        3. School Improvement Plan
          1. In June we will prepare a plan for 2019-2020
          2. PFE will be included in the School Involvement Plan
  4. Packing classrooms for construction
    1. If teachers need assistance with packing, the PTSO will put out a request!
  5. Q: How much was raised at the Silent Auction? ~$5,000 - waiting for final numbers

 

March 19th, 2019 - General Meeting Minutes

posted Mar 22, 2019, 3:17 PM by Nicole Engel


  1. Call to Order
  2. Guest speaker: Cynthy Mandl 
    1. Richfield Friendship City Commision; our friendship city is Heredia, Costa Rica (since 1991)
      1. Program where a US city has a relationship with a foreign city
    2. Photo exhibit of Costa Rican wildlife
      1. Family friendly event; refreshments provided at reception on April 6th, 1:00-3:00pm at Richfield Community Center
  3. 501c3 status: 
    1. Process has begun!
    2. Formalizes our organization; will open up more fundraising/donation activities from businesses who will be able to claim the donations on their taxes
    3. Exciting opportunity to grow the work of the PTSO!
    4. Katie Sheperd is heading up this effort. Thank you Katie!
  4. Fundraising Update
    1. Read-a-Thon Update
      1. Students raised over $1500
      2. Many thanks to Emily Gold for an incredible month! Lots of creativity and time went into her plan.
    2. Silent Auction April 13th, Local Roots Café -- 5:30pm-whenever
      1. Collapsing Stars (band) will be playing at the event
      2. Biggest fundraiser of the year; need donations from parents, friends, family, community members, businesses!
      3. Donations: what are we looking for?
        1. Monetary donations to assist with overhead costs
        2. Basket donations
          1. Each grade is doing a basket – children will be asking for donations
        3. Service donations - do you have a skill or trade you could offer up? 
          1. Knitting lessons, car detailing, home-cooked meal, etc. Anything you think someone might be willing to spend money on!
        4. Wine bottles
          1. Looking for donated bottles of wine for a wine pull
  5. End of the year picnic, May 29at Veterans Park
    1. More info coming!
  6. Open PTSO Board Positions for 2019-2021 School Year
    1. Spanish-speaking co-president
    2. Volunteer Coordinator
    3. Fundraising Coordinator
  7. News from Marta
    1. 1 amity has been solidified for next year
    2. If interested in hosting an amity speak to Sra. Marta or anyone on the board!
  8. Sra. Taylor: wanted to thank the PTSO for funding the choir’s performance at the MOA
    1. Choir will next be performing at Richfield’s Empty Bowls event, March 28th
    2. Is looking for guitar and piano teachers willing to offer group music lessons with the Community Education program – a more affordable way to provide music lessons – do you know anyone?
  9. Polly: specialist night was really phenomenal! 
  10. Adjourn

February 19th, 2019 - PTSO Meeting Minutes

posted Feb 19, 2019, 7:12 AM by Nicole Engel

Coffee with the Principal - Sra. Marta's Agenda
  • Packing for school construction
    • Two evenings – school will be open until 9pm
    • Only a few adults – teachers will plan
      • April 19th
      • May 17th
    • Saturday packing – morning or afternoon
      • Teachers are voting on soon
  • Kinder Registration Night
    • Number registered – 47, this is a good number to start
    • Number of classes – not able to say yet; will be set in May
  • Amities
    • Correction from last meeting: application fee $1600 each
    • Requesting 3 + 1
      • Need to write two requests – one for the 3 we already have, one for the extra one we are requesting
    • Stipend increased to $2400 – for 10 months, $240/month
      • We are able to have control over the money this year, and can divide it and dispense it in the way that works best for the amities. This will allow us to avoid the amities having such a long wait between when they start and when they first get payment.
    • Extra stipend to help with lunch? $400/amity
      • District says they cannot assist with this
  • Survey
  • RDLS Families Facebook
    • Purpose: sharing and requesting school-related information
    • What happens on the facebook page impacts the school – page is for the sharing of information, not the airing of grievances. Take grievances to the person/group directly!
  • Next morning meeting will be a big meeting! 
  • Have a great month :)

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