The Friends of BES Blog
Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Location: BES Library
People present: Ali Dabica, Jenni Utter, Ali Gibson, Mara Urban, Meg Greenleaf, Elizabeth Lewis, Grace Wingfield, Audrey Beckwith, Elyssa Boisselle
Checks now made to FOBES due to new account (IRS)
Ali D, Mara U and Ellysa B. on the account
2. Parent Workshop
OK You’ve Got this (CSAC)
4 week resilience series for parents/community
FREE, light snacks provided
Thursdays or Fridays the last week of March-April.
6pm in the Cafeteria
3. Cafeteria Tables
Wheelchair accessible, kindergartners are having trouble navigating, not good for body posture, food consumption, etc. PT guidance. Cafeteria fits 17 tables (121 bodies)
Can the PTO help in some way?
Ali found a source for less than $2500 for 4 tables.
Jenni will speak with Kevin. PTO will attend meeting regarding tables.
4. Sensory Stickers
Stickers placed around school for regulation or deregulation. Helps get energy out, with transitions. At this point this isn’t something this facility can handle because of the waxing/refinishing process
Not possible for BES at this time. When is the next time the floor needs to be retiled or when can we discuss this option again?
5. Artist- in-Residence grant
Ashley Wolff-Ali Dabica applied for a grant to bring her. Tom B., Marita and Ali met to plan for the day/illustration lesson. Museum walk at night/showcase to community. $750 from the grant. We would cover the rest.
End of May.
Waiting to hear from Grant
6. Teacher/Staff appreciation
Reach out to community vendors, Jenni draws names for gifts, a week of raffle.
A breakfast/lunch served to faculty/staff. School board comes to make a gesture of thank you (when it was a BES school board-Krista Siringo, Alison Sturdevant). Is breakfast too rushed?
Massages? AnneMarie Altadonna (she will donate some time, we would cover the rest). Maybe something from their students? Appreciation flowers.
How do we want to solicit donations?
The week of May 13-17?
Ask people to make/donate food. Ali to send email.
Survey the teachers on what they would like to make them feel appreciated?
Cathy Turner will help.
7. Indoor recess cart grant
Items/supplies that gets kids moving during recess time. Tactile. Carts divided into classes.
Ali D. applied for a grant
8. A. Urban’s PTO request
Taryn absent-has sent articles.
Taryn, Aurelia and Chris to set a meeting with Kevin asap.
$187 spent for trophies
Will have them for their ceremony
10. Fun Day
Ali Dabica and Kathy have a meeting Thursday, March 14th at 2pm
11. Comments, concerns and questions
Grass restoration, turf cost? Especially the soccer pitch? Playground could use new life, structure, green space, trees
We will revisit this topic in April.
Jenni will locate property map for playground
12. From last meeting 2/5/19
*gender sports question
*Prevent Child Abuse VT
*Chris Urban will have lots of ideas about green restoration/nature space
*Forest use-can we increase, promote, use that space more. What is the culture around this space? What are the barriers? Configuration of classes? Volunteers to help them get outside.
*How can we improve the frozen space? Drainage?
Next meeting: Tuesday, April 9, 5:30 PM, BES Library
PTO Meeting 2/5/19
Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Location: BES Library
People present: Ali Dabica, Ali Gibson, Mara Urban, Elyssa Boisselle, Taryn Williams, Aurelia Urban
Elizabeth Lewis is no longer treasurer. Thank you Elizabeth!
Seeking new treasurer. Talked about tasks, application, Elyssa Boisselle has offered.
3. Scholastic Book Fair
Set up on Friday at 3pm.
Fair starts Monday morning.
Invites sent to teachers.
Watch training videos
Genius Sign up review
Breakdown on 2/15/19
4. Tennis Family Night
PTO providing healthy snacks
Lessons with 5/6 graders at BES-this is a celebration of their skills/work.
Friday, February 8th
5. Parent Workshops
The 7 C’s Building Blocks of Resilience.
One presentation and series: March or April?
Holley Hall vs BES
Mara will contact CSAC (Emmy and Jen P).
Book after last week in March-last 3 weeks in April
Secure a location in the school-Mara to email Jenni and Kevin, location in school for series
6. Box Top Competition
Can we do this in March?
Ali will inform classrooms. Decorate.
Class with most box tops gets ice cream sundaes.
7. PTO Insurance/PTO Bylaws
Voted to move forward with PTO insurance.
8. Plaque for the previous PTO
Thank you to previous PTO members.
9. Safety Task Force Update
Informing townspeople of our concerns and how we are moving forward. Eric (highway department) will be attending.
Ali and Ali to attending upcoming Thursday, February 7th meeting.
10. Bike & Walk & Roll Update
February 13, 2019
11. Aurelia Urban-Recess Request
Aurelia Urban, 1st grader (Mrs. Scrodin) created a petition to get up to at least 1 hour of outside recess each day. Almost the entire school signed. Students are not getting enough movement...need sensory input for their bodies.
Aurelia Urban, Taryn Williams, PTO members, possibly BES PT (name?) will set a meeting with Kevin Robinson to discuss next steps. Taryn will provide research.
*Teacher/staff appreciation week
*Look into Slack for communication of officers
*Sensory walk, location, what is the custodial process (Taryn will take the lead), purchase cricket machine?
*Prevent Child Abuse VT
Next meeting: Tuesday, March 5th
A warm hello from some new faces of the Friends of BES VT. The new officers are Alison DaBica, Ali Gibson, Elizabeth Lewis, and Meg Greenleaf. We are excited to be stepping into these roles and work together with you to support our children, the faculty and staff, and the school community as a whole! We would like to thank the previous group for paving the way and sharing some great information and feedback with us, and we invite everyone to become involved in any way that works for you. Becoming a member is easy (forms are available on the website as well as at meetings and events), and it gives you a voice and a vote at meetings. We’re kicking off the year with a rush of energy. We wrapped up the Great American fundraiser and will be heading into the wreath sale in mid-October. There are several opportunities for volunteers to lend a hand coming up, so please check out our table to the Open House, come to our next meeting, and become a member so you can get email updates on opportunities between meetings.
October 4, 6:00-6:30: Meeting in library (before Open House; babysitting provided)
October 10: International Walk to School Day, and the Human School Bus
October 18 - November 5: Wreath Sale
October 24: Great American Fundraiser items arrive
November 13, 6:00-7:00: Meeting in library (babysitting and refreshments provided)
Facebook: Friends of BES VT
Phone: (802) 328-7700
Please note: We share these minutes publicly in order to do our best to communicate with the parents, teachers, administration and community of Bristol Elementary School about what Friends of BES VT is up to. Please remember that these are simply notes from a meeting, and are not intended to be anything other than a record of what was discussed during that meeting. Thanks!
August 14, 2018
Alison DaBica, President
Ali Gibson, Vice President
Elizabeth Lewis, Treasurer
Meg Greenleaf, Secretary
Kevin Robinson, Pricipal
Jenni Utter, Administrative Assistant
Melanie and Mary from Safe Routes
Invited a PTO member to join task force, which meets every other month to work towards goals
Focus on making this a part of the school and village culture
Asked if there could be funds made available from PTO to get signs put up around town
Discussed a “Walking Bus” to school
Thursday, October 4; 6-6:30pm (Open House will begin at 6:30)
Tuesday, November 13; 6-7
Tuesday, December 11; 6-7 (we’d like to plan offering a dinner this night)