September 2023 SP-AT PTA Meeting Minutes


Tuesday September 19 th , 2023
In person at Springman

Attendees: D34 staff members: Amy F., Megan R., Faye B., Genee M., Colleen L.; Parents: Niki V., Tara
C., Leisl J., Lynette P., Evelyn C., Karen K., Kate A., Becky T., Catherine G., Susana S., Penelope H., Erica
O., Michelle F., Beena A., Melissa D., Liz L, and Alison S.

I. Welcome
 Meeting called to order at 9:20 a.m.

II. Approval of 2023/2024 PTA Board
 Motion moved by Niki
 Motion seconded by Kate

III. Approval of minutes from the May 9th, 2023 PTA meeting
 Motion moved by Tara
 Motion seconded by Becky

IV. 2023/2024 Budget
 Evelyn reviewed the proposed current year budget highlighting total projected income of
approximately $30,000. She noted planned expenses approximate income. We are off on a
good start to fundraising as our biggest fundraiser, the annual benefit (“Spat-a-vinia”)
brought in close to $18,000 ($3,000 more than budgeted) and membership income on track
too. She also noted that teacher grants increased to $5,000 per school from $3,000 last year
and new line items were added for community service projects, winter bash and GBS visiting
student breakfasts.
 Motion to approve budget as proposed by Evelyn
 Motion seconded by Karen

V. Committee Chair reports
 Thrift Up- Melissa provided a brief update on this event. Collection of items/activities
targeted towards kids in K-8 th grade at both Springman and Attea Oct 2 nd -Oct 6 th . Drive thru
collection offered at Attea on the 6 th . Free shopping event of all items collected will be at
Attea on Saturday Oct 7 th from 11 am to 2 pm. Both parent and student volunteers needed.
Please see PTA eblast, PTA website and PTA social media sites for further information and
spread the word!
 Teacher Grants- Alison and Liz explained that the grant cycle for teachers would begin
October 1 st and go through November 10 th . Their goal is to notify applicants if their grant will
be funded or not by December 15 th . They plan to meet with staff members at each school to explain the process. They will also work with GEF, Gelfand and the district to helpcoordinate efforts to meet teacher needs/grant requests.
 Membership- Per Kate, approximately 18% of families at each school have become PTA
members so far this year (242 families). The goal is at least 300 families. Plan to continue
promoting membership in PTA communications and work with BPAC to find ways to
promote though this organization as well. Suggest having a PTA member talk briefly at next
year’s curriculum night, specifically to the 6 th grade parents to promote the PTA.
 Spirit Wear- looking for an upcoming Attea event to hold an on-site printing sale of spirt
 Book Fair- book fairs will be held at both schools the week of October 10 th . Look for
opportunities to volunteer in upcoming communications. Money raised from this goes
directly back to each school’s LRC.
 Fall conference Lunches- Principals confirmed staff numbers at each school- Attea- 121 and
Springman- 130. Lunch at both schools runs from 11:30-12:30.
 Fundraising- PTA made $600 from Kona Ice trucks at welcome day events, upcoming
shopping nights at Apricot Lane in October, Notice later this fall and Evereve next spring.

VI. Principals’ Reports
Megan Russell, Springman, and Amy Fredricks, Attea
 Students recently completed fall benchmarking (MAP testing).
 Currently working on goal setting with the students.
 Panoramic surveys in process, which will help with goal setting/planning.
 “My Red Said” initiative will be taking place at both schools soon. This initiative is to help
promote mental health conversations and is being facilitated in conjunction with the
organization CATCH, along with many other schools in the area.
 Principals are appreciative of recent increases in staffing resources, including the addition of
the Student Advocate position. Additionally, the board just approved an SRO (School
Resource Officers) at each school.
 Clubs and athletics are up and running at both schools and there continues to be an increase
in student involvement in these.
 Two Springman math teachers did a short presentation on the math club offering at

VII. New Business
 A parent in attendance commented that she wishes there were more foreign language
opportunities at the middle school, specifically suggesting Mandarin classes and language
clubs. The principals explained the process for getting a club going at the schools (requires a student to initiate and a teacher to agree to sponsor) and noted that Attea does currently
have a Spanish club. It was also suggested that she try to connect with the D34 school board
for bigger curriculum/teaching suggestions. A rep from BPAC had some ideas too. It was
suggested that a small group of individuals from PTA, BPAC, etc. interested in further
discussing this topic meet at a later time.
 Question was posed to the principals as to whether there would be a need for a school
supplies related community service project Attea could do in the winter. It sounds like there
is a need at Attea, so this will be discussed further.
 The PTA is interested in helping to sponsor cultural events/awareness at the schools so
asked principals/staff to let us know if there are opportunities in this area.

VIII. Upcoming Events
 Thrift Up- October 7 th
 Book fairs- October 10 th -13 th
 Grab and Go lunches for fall conference day for teachers- October 13 th
 Apricot Lane shopping event- October 19 th
 Grant cycle opens- October 1 st ; Grant cycle closes- November 10 th
 Dining for Dollars at Chipotle- November 14th

Meeting Adjourned: 10:50 a.m.
Next Meeting: November 14 th @ 9:15 a.m. at Attea
Notes recorded by Tara Call.