PTA Meeting Minutes March 2017

Westchester Elementary School PTA

Meeting Minutes

March 7, 2017, 7 pm


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Attendance – Sign-in sheet available upon request.


PTA minutes – Motion to approve meeting minutes from February 7, 2016:  Passed


Treasurer’s Report –   Balance to date is $18,099.


Guest Speaker – Jenn Taylor spoke for the Catonsville Middle School PTSA.  The nominating committee is seeking candidates for two Delegate positions that are open for next year.  Delegates are not assigned duties and can take on as much as they want.  They act as an ambassador between school administration and the parents/community.  The PTSA meets monthly during the school year.  All nominations are due by May 1.  Email Jenn for more information or if interested:


There is an incoming 6th grade parent’s information night scheduled at the middle school for May 10 at 6:30 pm (no kids).


Administration Report (Ms. Merashoff)

Upcoming dates:

  • March 1 (now)  – Kindergarten registration packets are available, to be returned by May 16.  Parent information night is on May 16th at 5:30 pm.  Gradual entry will be discussed at this meeting and information mailed throughout the summer.  Parent information night is for parents only, babysitting may be available.
  • May 25-26 – Pre-K screening.  23 slots are available with financially eligible given first priority.  A waitlist will be kept and opened in the fall.
  • April 27 – STEM night (5:30-7:30 pm) and the book fair.  The book fair will be open for one week, including on STEM night for the first hour (5:30-6:30).  Throughout there will be make and take sessions and the mobile innovation lab.
  • May 30-June 8 – Star Lab (a mobile planetarium) will be at the school.  All grades will have a science based session in the star lab.
  • June 2 – 3rd Grade recorder concert at 2:30 pm.


Destination Imagination – Congratulations to the teams that participated, especially the Heptagons who won their division and will be moving onto the state competition on April 1 at UMBC.


MAP data were presented.  Handouts can be requested from the administration.  The data generally indicate that in both Math and English, 70-76% of children are meeting their growth targets, with similar results for demographic subgroups.


Data on disciplinary actions were presented.  There has been a significant drop in office referrals from previous years.  Teachers have been focusing on handling behaviors in class and focusing on behavioral choices rather than consequences from the office.  Weekly class meetings are held to address issues based on input from teachers and students.  There have been a number of bus referrals, but were from the same two students over two days.  Video footage of behavior on buses indicates that kids are all over, running, climbing, etc.  Parents need to talk to their kids about bus safety, as the bus driver focuses on driving and cannot address these types of issues.


ELL information was presented.  There are 77 students in the school whose native language is not English.  It would be great to get parents who speak these languages to serve as a liaison between these families and the school.  The school is working with CCBC to determine if parent ESL classes could be offered.  WES is hoping to have parent information nights in different languages, e.g. an ELL information night, potentially to be paired with the Ice Cream social in August.  Please contact the PTA or administration if you speak another language and could help with these activities.


Under Armor – there is a program for elementary schools to test clothes for Under Armor.  Measurements would be collected and kids would try and provide feedback on Under Armor wear.  This is completely voluntary.


Yearbook – Paper forms will be provided for purchase of yearbooks.  Parents can now upload pictures.


President’s Report (Kara Griggs-Goldheim):  None


Committee Reports (only those with update/representatives are listed below):


Joe Corbis (Janet Lyston) – Orders to be picked up March 8, in cafeteria.  Very successful, netting $5,000.


Box Tops – Winners were announced.  Box tops are always being collected, but the next submission with incentive will not be until November.


Wellness (Angie Horman) – Fun Run will be held on May 7.  Registration will run from March 20 to April 19, forms will be distributed.    Still looking for sponsors, needed by April 11; $125 for name on T-Shirt, $300 for name on water station banner, $500 for name on finish line banner.  Local businesses can get tables if health related.  Free registration for families in need (through Ms. Jones).  Contact Angie Horman if interested.


Green Committee (Kim Hughes) – Crayola marker recycling is now available in a box outside the office.  Recycling fliers will be provided to teachers to encourage recycling in the classroom.  Plant donations were received in the fall to be planted this spring.


Staff Appreciation (Ganine Chrystal) – Volunteers needed for π day (March 14) and for May appreciation week.  Pies being provided by Sugarbakers.  Need K-cups.


Membership (Kara Griggs Goldheim) – A chair has been found for next year to process membership and send out cards.


Welcome Committee (Laurie Sabatelli) – Admin will talk to the Kindergarten team to see how the PTA can help (e.g. babysit at meetings, plan summer events, etc.).  The PTA would like to facilitate ESOL families by holding tours in alternate languages, as well as provide translation of forms, FAQs etc.  The administration would like to have an ESOL parent information night.


Food Nights (Erica Russo) – Peace a Pizza food night raised $136; March 14, Lima’s Chicken – flier to be sent out, need to provide this.


Casey Cares (Erica Russo) – collecting pajamas now.  Stuffed dog provided by Casey Cares as a thank you for last year’s donations.


Nominating Committee (Lily Derrick) – all positions currently filled, but anyone can run for next year if interested.


Book Fair (Elizabeth Newton) – April 20-28.  Contact Elizabeth if interested in volunteering.



  • Approval has been gained for construction of sidewalks from the school north toward the circle. Petitions are being circulated for speed bumps, cross walks, and sidewalks in other locations.  Signatures are needed from homeowners.


Old Business:  None

New Business:  None


Meeting Adjourned at 8 pm.