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DIXON ELEMENTARY PTO MINUTES

Meeting Date:  Thursday, February 18, 2021

Meeting Time:  6:30 p.m.

Meeting Location:  Zoom

 

Attendees: Luke Sadowski, Sara Monty, Nicole Fitzgerald, Katie Whitecotton, Carey Drees, Brian Klappenbach, Melissa Holland, Audia Young, Jackie Neuser, Vicky Shokatz, Katrina Hergott, Kristen Riegert, Mike Rakowiecki, Suzanne Jaquith, Katie Voss, Shana Meidam, Mary Schubert, Maria Kotsonis, Megan Repsa, Katie Koepsell

 

1.  Call to Order: Sara Monty at 6:32 p.m.

 

2.  Review and Approval of January 2021 Minutes: Nicole Fitzgerald Shana M. motion, Megan R. second

 

3. Treasurer Report Chris Malicki

 

 

4.  Principal Report: Luke Sadowski

Thank you to the PTO for providing our staff with valentine treats and a gift certificate to Danielle's Deli. The teachers really appreciated it! In-person band lessons and orchestra for fifth graders will be starting soon. The goal is to keep everyone safe and start groups of 2-3 students for approximately 20-minute sessions. There will be a summer program offered for current third, fourth and fifth grade students. Please send an email to Mr. Sadowski or Mr. Rakowiecki if you have any questions. The students are excited to be back in the gym, art, and music room. We will continue with the precautions that are in place, but we are looking for opportunities to let the students have some fun. A kindergarten class was able to take a "field trip" to Wirth Park to go sledding. The children had a blast and it was a great opportunity for them to make great memories.

 

    Old Business

      5. Restaurant Nights: Carey Drees

Our last fundraiser at Lou Malnati's was very successful. We raised $600. The next restaurant night may be at Danielle's Deli again or Murf's. More information to come. Thank you again for all your support!

 

       New Business

       6. New Helping Hands Committee: Sara Monty

 We would like to put together a new committee of parents that are willing to organize ways that Dixon can help families in need. Some volunteers that graciously offered to help are Maria Kotsonis, Katrina Hergott, Connie Petersen and Katie Koepsell. A suggestion was made to make a Google form that could be sent to the families to see who may benefit from our support at Dixon.  

 

The week of February 22nd, there will be a Coin Drive and the money raised will help one of our Dixon families whose family member has been diagnosed with a rare disease. The students will be encouraged to collect coins and bring them to school. In the past, this was a competition among grade levels and the highest earning class was rewarded with a prize.  Since February is rare disease month, we are not giving away prizes to the students. This change drive is about collecting money to help others. It's a great way to teach the students about empathy.  The virtual students will be able to participate.  Any coins they collect can be dropped off at school next week. More information to come.

   7. Committee Reports:

   a. Jump Rope for Heart: Megan Repsa

In April there will be an online event beginning on April 6th- April 16th. The students will be able to collect online donations and they can earn prizes for the money raised. More information to come.

   b. Spring Book Fair: Sara Monty

The Spring Book Fair will be held outside at Dixon on May 12th- May 14th from approximately 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. We are in need of a few volunteers. 

 

Other Business:

There will be a Spirit Wear sale from March 8th-March 25th.  The sale will include the same items as the fall sale. We are looking into a different style mask as another option for purchase.

 

Thank you to Mary Schubert for volunteering to head the Welcome Back Picnic and the School Supply Kits for next school year.

 

  Motion to adjourn: Shana M.         Second: Katie W.                       Meeting concluded at 7:11 p.m.

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DIXON ELEMENTARY PTO MINUTES

Meeting Date:  Thursday, January 21, 2021

Meeting Time:  6:30 p.m.

Meeting Location:  Zoom

 

Attendees: Luke Sadowski, Sara Monty, Nicole Fitzgerald, Chris Malicki, Julie Gretzon, Stephanie Gresbach, Katie Whitecotton, Carey Drees, Brian Klappenbach, Elise Hetzel, Connie Petersen, Vicky Shokatz, Joanne Michaelski, Nikki Haskey, Megan Repsa, Angie Maniaci, Megan Gray, Shana Meidam, Douglas Johnson, Myrna Gaeth, Jen Miller, Kristen Riegert, Mary Schubert, Melissa Holland

 

1.  Call to Order: Sara Monty at 6:33 p.m.

 

2.  Review and Approval of November 2020 Minutes: Nicole Fitzgerald Connie P. motion, Julie G. second

 

3.  Principal Report: Luke Sadowski

We are halfway through the school year already! Thank you to all the teachers for going above and beyond! The in-person schedule is changing starting Tuesday, January 26th. Students will travel with their class cohort to/from the special’s classrooms escorted by their classroom teacher. The students will travel to physical education, music and art so that is exciting! The cafeteria will be sanitized in between grade levels which means we will rotate which grade levels use the cafeteria and which grade levels stay in their classrooms to eat. Timing and transitions will be a work in progress and we are ready to move in the right direction. There hasn’t been as much of a concern for the students to go to music or art as it has been having the students go to the cafeteria.  Moving the students to eat in the cafeteria allows them to be more spread out and in a well-sanitized space. We welcome 18 new and/or virtual students to Dixon. We will get them Dixon t-shirts soon. We are working on a picture make-up day in February.  More information to come. The School District of Elmbrook’s Board of Education approved adding 4-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K) for the 2021-2022 school year. Each building will have capacity for classes in the a.m. and p.m. and wrap around care.  There will be a virtual parent information night on Wednesday, January 27th for incoming 5K students. On Thursday, January 28th there will be an all-district virtual meeting on what’s coming for 4K. Please contact Mr. Sadowski if you have any questions.

 

4. Treasurer Report: Chris Malicki

https://www.elmbrookschools.org/uploaded/Google/DIXON_PTO_PROFIT_SHEET_--_JANUARY_2021.pdf

 

https://www.elmbrookschools.org/uploaded/Google/DIXON_PTO_BALANCE_SHEET_--_JANUARY_2021.pdf

 

If you're interested in purchasing any of the gift cards we currently have on hand, please call Julie Johnson (262.785.3970) to arrange transaction.  All checks should be issued to Dixon PTO.

2 - $10 Burger King, 10 - $5 Barnes & Noble, 10 - $10 Chipotle, 4 - $10 Cousins, 2 - $10 DQ, 4 - $25 Home Depot, 3 - $25 Kohls, 2 - $25 Kwik Trip, 5 - $10 Noodles, 4 - $5 Panera, 7 - $10 Panera, 5 - $10 Papa Murphy, 6 - $25 Metro Market – Roundys, 16 - $5 Starbucks, 4 - $25 TJ Maxx / Marshalls / Home Goods, 10 - $10 Walmart

If writing a check, please make it payable to Dixon PTO.

 

 

 

 

    Old Business

        5. Spelling Bee: Katie Whitecotton

Dixon had a record-breaking Spelling Bee this year! Our participant total came to a whopping 35, beating last year's record by 10 participants! Both in-person students and virtual students came together over Zoom to battle through 12 rounds of intense competition over nearly 3 hours! Nolan Scott (1st place) reigned supreme, with Venkat "Arya" Mitta (2nd place) and Charan Karthikeya Anumukonda (3rd place) close behind. This year was also very special as we had an nearly equal number of students across each grade level (3-5). Each and every student worked hard over the past month to improve their spelling skills. We are so proud of everyone!

 

        6. Restaurant Nights: Carey Drees

The Restaurant Nights are going really well so far. Thank you to everyone that has placed orders. We raised $432 from Portillo’s and $452 from Chipotle. The next restaurant night is Friday, January 22nd at Danielle’s Deli.  Danielle’s is giving us a portion of all sales from the whole day! Thank you, Angie M., for organizing this event! In February we will have a restaurant night at Lou Malnati’s. Thank you again for all your support!

 

    New Business

 

7. PTO Grant: Request for Funding -Sara Monty

     a $100 for sleds by Kindergarten Team

b $327 for music stand storage cart by Mr Rakowiecki

c $378 for purchase of social emotional curriculum to be used in Special Ed and possibly other classrooms by Ms. Loppnow

d $500 for purchase of games and other non-tech activities for fifth grade to use during indoor recess by the Fifth Grade Team

e $463 for purchase of new mystery books to update the selection of books for the third-grade mystery unit and book clubs by the Third Grade Team

 

ALL grants were approved at the PTO meeting this evening. Thank you to our wonderful PTO for giving our staff these opportunities.  Your support is very much appreciated!

 

   8. Committee Reports:

      a. All Spring Events: Sara Monty

Unfortunately, there are no Spring events planned for this year. In the past we had Gallery Night, Carnival Night, Empty Bowls, High Interest Day and Dixon Dragon Days. There will not be an all-school Spring Book Fair but maybe we can plan another drive-thru book fair.  Please email Sara Monty at sarameengsmonty@gmail.com with ideas.

 

Other Business:

Dixon will not be having the afterschool Kids Heart Challenge jump rope event. We would still like to do something for the Heart Association so in April there will be an online event beginning on April 6th- April 16th. The students will be able to collect online donations and they can earn prizes for the money raised. Mr. Johnson plans to have some fun skills for the students so they can practice in school and at home. More information to come.

 

We are looking for a Parent Volunteer to head the Welcome Back Picnic for next school year. Please email Sara Monty at sarameengsmonty@gmail.com if interested.

 

  Motion to adjourn: Shana M.         Second: Julie G.                       Meeting concluded at 7:29 p.m.

Read more about Minutes to the January 2021 PTO Meeting

 

DIXON ELEMENTARY PTO Agenda

Meeting Date:  Thursday, January 21 , 2021

Meeting Time:  6:30 p.m.

Meeting Location:  Zoom

Link: https://elmbrookschools-org.zoom.us/j/97669863772?pwd=eWc2eHZTS1Fubmc5OXdtN0RUc1Jmdz09


 

1.  Call to Order Sara Monty

 

2.  Review and Approval of November 2020 Minutes Nicole Fitzgerald

 

3.  Principal Report Luke Sadowski 

 

4. Treasurer Report Chris Malicki

 

Old Business

5. Spelling Bee Katie Whitecotton

6. Restaurant Nights Carey Drees

 

New Business

 

7. PTO Grant: Request for Funding - Sara Monty

    a $100 for sleds by Kindergarten Team

    b $327  for music stand storage cart by Mr Rakowiecki

      c $378 for purchase of social emotional curriculum to be used in Special Ed and possibly other classrooms by Ms. Loppnow

    d $500 for purchase of games and other non-tech activities for fifth grade to use during indoor recess by the Fifth Grade Team

      e $463 for purchase of new mystery books to update the selection of books for the third grade mystery unit and book clubs by the Third Grade Team

 

8. Committee Reports:

a All Spring Events Sara Monty

 

 

PTO Meeting Dates Upcoming PTO Events

 

February 18, 2020

March 18, 2020

April 15, 2020

May 20, 2020

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