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PTSO Monthly Meeting 1/22/2013

posted Jan 22, 2013, 7:06 PM by Joy Jurewicz

Family Fun Night recap

·         The movie and pizza night on Friday 1/28/2013 earned over $800

·         The proceeds are yet to be determined for this event – Spanish language books for the library or in the Amity Scholar fund.

·         Look for another fun evening scheduled in February.

Amity Hosts

·         Claire – from Mexico

·         Christina – from Spain

·         We will need to start thinking about school year 2013-2014 with impending budget cuts – the Amities are licensed teachers and greatly assist the staff with day to day class room operations.

·         Amities assist students with Math and Reading as well as model and help students with behavioral issues.  They assist the teacher with co-teaching as well as helping to connect culturally with the students.

·         Amity scholars depend on extra jobs to help pay their expenses as well as a small stipend from the school ($100/month).  Looking to increase this amount.

·         Looking for host families to take students for the next school year.  Please see flyer for more information.


What is bullying? It is a form of violence that includes unwanted, aggressive behavior; an imbalance of power shown by one student over another and is behavior that is repeated time over time.

RDLS is implementing a Bullying Policy that will stop bullying on the spot; investigate the situation; support students involved; teach corrective pro-social behaviors and create consequences for repeat offenders

·         Level 1 - Teasing, lying, name calling; social or relational bullying (spreading rumors, embarrassing someone in public); written statements or graphics. 

·         Level 2 - Physical bullying between students (hitting/kicking/pinching/spitting /tripping/ pushing), verbal abuse; purposeful exclusion (leaving someone out on purpose).

·         Level 3 - TBA

·         Solutions – because bullying is a long-term, repetitive problem, it will take time and support to practice and master the skills for intervening in bullying behavior.  It is primarily a relationship problem and the staff will work with students to help pinpoint bullying and work on strategies to empower the students to come up with pro-social behavior models.

Bully Free School – the four S.T.O.P. steps

1.       Stop – Tell the abuser to stop

2.       Tell an adult

3.       Out – Leave the area of the bullying

4.       Protect yourself and others from being bullied


·         Headed up by Stacey Gibbs, Julie Foley and Betsy Lindow

·         The entire month of February will be devoted to the Read-A-Thon.  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and the proceeds will be used to fund our Amity Scholars.

·         Room Parents/Room Coordinators will track minutes and monies.  Volunteers are needed.

·         Look for more information coming home soon!

Multicultural Fair

·         The date has been set for April 20th and it is quickly approaching

·         Coordinators and volunteers are needed

·         Please contact Steve Schneeberger for more information

Book Fair

·         Headed up by Teresa Kemmer

·         Looking for volunteers to help with the Book Fair that will coincide with Parent Teacher Conferences on Feb 13th and 14th.  Times available on Wednesday 2/13 from 2pm – 8pm and on Thursday from 8am – 8pm.

·         Please contact Teresa Kemmer to slot a time – or call 612 220-6433 or see the RDLS Facebook page for more info.

Room Parent Update

·         Tabled until next meeting

Amity Fund – RPS Foundation

·         Tabled until next meeting