Sunday, October 6, 2019

October 2019 Meeting Minutes


Secretary Report/Minutes (Laura Crandall) will be posted and available on website, www.proudtobedde.com

Treasurer’s Report (Chrissy Guilfoil)


Special Guests/Presentations: 
·       Mrs. Darcy Barber, New DDE Librarian – activity on internet safety.  Presentation on taking a lead in our kids digital lives by Common Sense Media    Average of 6 hours on technology a day, based on
a video shared by Mrs. Barber.  “Watching TV is the top activity by students.”  Instagram started in general in 6th grade.  What are your biggest concerns about digital media as a parent?  What might be some of digital media strengths?  It’s all about balance…is your child healthy, engaged, pursuing interests, having fun, etc.  For more information go to www.commonsense.org.  Keep the lines of communication open and help develop proper digital citizenship for our children.  Choose:  help kids make good choices, Check:  and Chat: 
·       Vobress by Jecenia Bresett – shared her story on how she created and founded Vobress, the Courage Coin because her son was bullied on the bus.  It is all about conversation starters for our children, our parents, teachers, bus drivers, and so many others to help intervene and be geared to talk so a child can have a discreet way to have someone intervene.
·       Welcome Kindergarten Teachers!  Mrs. Hickey, Mrs. Robinson, and Mrs. Hartt

Upcoming Events:
·       Walk-A-Thon on Friday, October 11th (also a Half Day), flyers will go home tomorrow.  Motor razor scooter, chromebook touch screen, and an apple ipad are all our grand prizes for the students who raise over $100.  Smaller gifts for those who fundraised at certain levels too such as a special DDE lunchbox, a stainless steel waterbottle, and more.

Past Events:
·       Back to School Picnic:  We had bounce houses, 3 food trucks:  Wolf’s Patio Pizza, Cue Dogs, and Skippys Ice Cream plus $.50 cotton candy, popcorn, and snowcones.  How did folks feel about the food trucks over PTO cook/grill?
·       Book Fair:  Thank you to everyone who helped and volunteered during the Preview Days.  Overall we can determine what our profit will be for half in cash or the full profit to go towards Scholastic Dollars which can benefit DDE directly.

Committee Reports:
·       Walk-A-Thon:  Flyers go home tomorrow (Wednesday, October 2nd)
·       Dance Program (Allyson Taggart):  Forms due tomorrow (Wednesday, October 2nd) and Money is Due by October 16th.  We have about 30-35 kids signed up already. 
·       Bricks for Kidz (Jecenia Bresett):  Starts on October 8th.  There are 25 signed up.
·       Shopping Program Reminders:
o   Boxtops through an App now
o   Amazon Smile, find Donlin Drive PTO
o   Others?

New Business:
·       Education 2020:  PTO Leadership Meeting will happen.  Education 2020 is Liverpools proactive way to try to understand what kids need based on a changing world and to redesign curriculum, enrichment, and other areas.  The group is robust with teachers, parents, business owners, etc.  The goal is by 2021 there is a new vision for our curriculum and mindset will be. 
·       School Supplies:  should we look into having a bundled school supply box delivery program so families do not have to go shopping and DDE gets a little kickback. 
·       PAC Liaison:  Performing Arts Committee, all of the children in Liverpool K-12 get enriching art/theatre come to the schools.  It’s a way to streamline and bulk purchase programming. 
·       Liverpool and CNS raised over $30K for Golisano Children’s Hospital on Pajama Day last week!
·       Syracuse Mets Game (Greg):  May 13 and June 3rd are two great date options for this. 

Adjourn Meeting by Mark Cardone at 7:01pm.

We are always open for new ideas and will support you if you have new ideas.  We are still looking for an event with mom’s and son’s if you have any ideas, please share them with me.  What about a Syracuse Mets Game meet-up?

Last, if anyone knows of any DDE business owners, we want to help promote them to our own DDE community. 

Keep coming back to PTO!  We have 4 Six Flags tickets and a $50 Wegmans gift card for parents who keep coming!



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