September 21, 2021
Welcome & Introductions
Adrienne Wheeler called the meeting to order at 6:34 PM
She welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced the board & Mrs. Richardson
Everyone in attendance introduced themselves
Julie explained that our fundraising goal is $30,000
This fundraising money would be used for updates & enhancements to the building, wallpaper, flexible seating/calming corner, etc.
Katelyn Darling motioned to approve the 2021-2022 Treasurer’s Report & Budget; Alissa Worrall 2nd; motion carried.
Mrs. Richardson shared a few Covid updates to the calendar - at this point, we will not be having the “We Are Riverdale Heights” night or Grandparents/VIP Day this fall.
We will reassess the situation as the year goes on.
A.L.I.C.E. Drills are coming up next week
A.L.I.C.E. is our drill system for how we would respond to an intruder in our building. Just like we practice for a fire or severe weather, this is simply a way to practice a different kind of emergency.
Our counselor (Mr. Chiles) has gone into all kindergarten rooms to explain the idea of strangers and staying safe.
Teachers will be discussing and practicing our various response options should there be an intruder in the building.
October is Bullying Awareness Month. Mrs. Richardson reminded parents that there is a form on the District website under Students & Parents to report concerns. This form generates an email to Mrs. Richardson which will prompt an investigation.
Mrs. Richardson re-explained our parking lot expectations.
Students should enter and exit the passenger side independently.
If parents are getting out of their cars, we will ask them to park their cars instead of using the drive-thru lane
Please pull all the way to the front of the line so we can get parents in and out as quickly as possible.
If adults can use the crosswalks, that would help our students to follow our safety guidelines.
Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming up this fall. Administration is currently discussing the option of continuing to offer a virtual option in addition to in-person conferences. More information will be coming.
Current News/Committee Reports
Room Parent Update (Alexa Mendoza - given by Adrienne Wheeler)
Additional Volunteer Needs: all classrooms have a room parent! :)
PTA Meeting Follow-Up: please send your class the link to the meeting minutes that will be posted to the PTA website in “Trending Topics”
Halloween Party prep: Parties are scheduled for 10/29, please be in communication with your classroom volunteers and copy your classroom teacher so they are in the know.
Walk-a-Thon (Alissa Worrall):
Coming up on Friday 9/24
Packets went home - they are golden. If you haven’t seen one, please let us know and we can send another!
Goal = $15,000! Donations are due 9/29
Each grade-level will have a 20 minute time slot and a DJ will be there to keep things exciting!
If parents want to come watch their children’s time slot, they are welcome to but we cannot have parents in the building
We will also go live on the PTA Facebook page if you would rather join us virtually.
Dine & Donate (Chipotle & Portillo’s):
We are aiming to host one Dine & Donate per month where families can just go out to eat or grab something to take home and earn money for our school
Our first event is 9/25 from 4-8 at Chipotle in Davenport (you can order online, dine in or carry out) - just mention Riverdale Heights!
Our October Dine & Donate is October 13th at Portillo’s in Davenport.
November 20th is Panera on Elmore Avenue in Davenport
Trunk or Treat
Our BRAND NEW event! :) Friday October 15th
Parking spaces will be for sale - there are 68 of them and they will be first come first served. ($15 per lot)
If you don’t get a spot, you are welcome to park in the neighborhoods and walk to the lot.
ANYONE is welcome to come Trick or Treat at the trunks in the parking lot!
Reflections (Jessica Klemetson)
Amazing opportunity for students in Kindergarten-6th Grade to express themselves creatively!
Dance, literature, photography, visual arts, etc.
Theme this year = “I will change the world by…”
Registration is listed in enews and you can contact Jessica (email@example.com) with any questions
Jessica will be here October 27-28 before school to collect submissions or your student can simply bring them to the office when they are ready to submit.
Square One Art (Dounia)
Fundraiser where students draw during school and you have the opportunity to purchase items with your child’s art on them (mugs, keychains, mouse pads, etc)
Teacher Appreciation (Dounia):
There will be Sign Up Genius getting sent out in the next few weeks:
We will be stocking the lounge
Conference Dinners in early November
December & March do not follow the typical 3rd Tuesday of the month schedule - vote
Julie James moved to approve our 2021-2022 calendar; Alissa Worrall 2nd; Motion Carried
September 24 = Walk-a-Thon
September 25 = Dine & Donate: Chipotle
October 13 = Dine & Donate: Portillo’s
October 15 = Trunk or Treat
October 19 = PTA Meeting
Q & A
A few specific questions were asked about Reflections and answered by Jess.
Question about the date of a Winter Program IF we get to have one would be Friday December 3rd.
Adrienne adjourned the meeting at 7:35 pm.