October 13, 2020

Welcome- Cari Henson

Treasurer’s Report - Emily shared that we are in a good financial position to date.  She noted that the gaiter sale continues.  Emily relayed that many teachers are taking advantage of the stipend increase and are turning in receipts to be reimbursed.


Old Business:

FUNd Run-Emily shared that the FUNd run had about 30 kids participate.  Winners received gift cards to Active Endeavors.  Medals have been given to participants of the event.  A HUGE thanks goes out to Valley Construction for sponsoring the medals!!


New Business

Apparel-Cari will be reaching out to Classical Graphics to get apparel options and a sale will be starting soon.

Scrip- Natalie discussed the ongoing Scrip gift card fundraiser.  You buy gift cards and earn money for Grant Wood PTA.  It is a very easy way to earn money for PTA by just doing your normal shopping and an extra minute of your time.  Email natalie.wenzel@hotmail.com to get started!!!

Fall Book Fair- Book fair starts October 19-November 1st.  It will be virtual so check out the site next week! Enjoy free shipping on book-only orders over $25. https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=grantwoodelementaryschool6

Restaurant Nights-Red Lobster night was Wednesday (14th).  We will be doing more of these.  Happy Joe’s will be next month so be on the lookout for information on that!

Gifts of Goodness- Gifts of Goodness is a way to make the holiday season a little brighter for Grant Wood families who could use some extra cheer.  More information on this should be coming out in the next month.

Supply Closet- Lori has put together a wish list on Amazon for needed items for the supply closet.  If you purchase through amazon the items will be shipped directly to Grant Wood.  You DO NOT have to purchase through Amazon though.  If you find a better deal elsewhere, go for it!!  Items purchased can be sent to the school directly.


Conference Crunch- Jen has put together a sign-up genius for snack ideas to be sent in for teachers the week of conferences.  All snacks need to be store bought and packaged individually.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4ea4aa29a7fc1-2020

A meal will be provided to teachers on Wednesday evening. If you would like to donate towards the cost of the meal you can do so here: https://www.bettgrantwoodpta.com/product-page

Trivia Night- Cari noted that this year the Trivia Night will be virtual.  We are looking for people to help with this as well as trying to get an idea of people’s interest in this event.  The survey will go out to the whole school soon, but if you want to take it now, here it is:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RT99ZQG

Stone Fundraiser- Mr. Cain talked about the stone fundraiser and suggested that we hold off on this until the spring since the weather is changing so quickly.  Everyone agreed on this.

Principal’s Report - Principal John Cain

Mr Cain stated that with the new quarter starting soon around 30 students will be switching from 100% online to the hybrid model.  He noted that there are kids in the hybrid model that are not or unable to participate in class on their online learning days.  He would like to be able to get some of those kids back in the school more days.  Mr. Cain responded to a question on if teachers were feeling more comfortable being back.  He stated that some are still anxious, but overall stress seems to have reduced as everyone is getting into a routine.  The dismissal procedure was discussed and the group seems to think it is going well.  In response to a question regarding participation in “specials” for hybrid model kids, Mr. Cain said that they are currently not mandatory.  This will change at the beginning of 2nd quarter though.  Each special will need to be participated in at least once every two weeks for the hybrid model kids and twice every two weeks for the 100% online model kids.


Website Plug-  If you haven’t yet, please check out the new PTA website.  It has so much good information and is very user friendly!!  Don’t forget about the FB page as well!!