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Friday, February 27, 2015

GFB PTO Meeting Minutes
February 11, 2015

• Principal’s Report (Mrs. Grimes)

 New MCAS/ELA date are 3/31 and 4/1. Parent MCAS info night to be held on

3/19 from 6:30-7:30 in the multipurpose room. Pre-K screenings are scheduled

for 3/30, 3/31 and 4/1. Kindergarten registration will be 4/7, 4/8, 4/9. Judy will

have packets on 3/9. There will be an unannounced lockdown drill coming up.

The scholastic book fair will be taking place at the same time as MWRA. Mrs.

Pearson and staff thank the PTO for the enrichment programs. There is another

one in March. One parent inquired about the 3rd

Plantation/Pioneer Village. Mrs. Grimes has not heard anything but will ask Mrs.


• Treasurer’s Report (Gillian Teixeira)

We started January off with $12,823. We had $652 in expenses, $688 in deposits

and ended up with $12,859. Our largest expenses were the donation to the

Mariana Fabiano park fundraiser and the calendar raffle printing costs. Our largest

deposit was $688.70 from the fall box tops. We are still waiting for Twist &

Shake invoice. As of 2/11 we had $1632 in expenses and no deposits. Our largest

expense was for math enrichment ($1625).

Jen Gorman – Applications for grants were submitted to the Winthrop Cultural

Council for enrichment support. We were awarded approximately $1600 in grants

relating to our enrichment programs for the 2014-2015 school year.

• Volunteer Update

Loop (Sarah Pettee): We need volunteers on Mondays & Wednesdays. The

coffee hour didn’t go very well – not many people showed up.

• Fundraiser Ideas (Christa Shea)

The calendar raffles went out. It cost $260 for 8000 tickets including stapling.

Maybe over vacation we can ask local businesses for a table for sales. Total cost

was about $2500 for printing and tablet. Post on Facebook to promote sales. People

don’t need to live around here to buy them – checks are mailed.

• Upcoming Events

Math Night (Kristen Buonopane) – Rescheduled to 3/26 due to weather.

Scholastic Book Fair (Kristen Buonopane) – Dawn Hurley wants to look into

extending scholastic dollars to all staff. We have approximately $7100 in

scholastic dollars and will make more at the book fair.

Community Reader Day (Mariana Babine) – Thursday, March 5

Literacy Night (Christa Shea) – Literacy night with Jan Brett is Friday, March

6. It will be set up differently this year. Pre-K, K and 1st

cafeteria and grades 2 and 3 will be in the gym. The room is capped instead of by

grade. We will have 2 different colors based on the room. Centers will be geared

 grade field trip to Plymouth

 grade will be in the

towards grade. We will need volunteers.

Family Skate (Christa Shea) – Scheduled for 3/8 from 1-3. Kids need their own

skates and helmet. $3 per skater. Sandra keeps track of the concession sales and

we get a percentage. Scooters will be available. No hockey equipment allowed.

A few raffles will be held.

Someone Special Dance (Lauren Capasso) – No updates from Doreen in

regards to the dance. Dj is the only thing that has been secured.

MCAS Breakfast (Kristen Buonopane) – PTO will have a breakfast for third

grades the morning of 3/31 and 4/1 dates. Planning is in progress.

• Affiliate Programs (Christa Shea)

Keep clipping box tops. Register your target card. Once registered, you don’t

have to do it annually.

Schoola – you can request a bag for your gently used clothes and we get a


• Open Forum 

Sarah Pettee asked Mrs. Grimes about how teachers are describing the lockdown

drills to students without just saying it’s “bad weather” related. Mrs. Grimes

explained that the original discussion was that explaining what the lockdown’s

real meaning is could be too graphic for the younger grades.

Jim Fabiano – Thank you to PTO for donation. The town approved soft surface

for Kindergarten playground. Still waiting on a few other things. Parks

committee is doing a spring fundraiser and is donating profits to the playground.

No updates on the fence. The last meeting was canceled.

Gillian Texeira spoke with someone on the school committee and she is listening

to parents’ concerns about the snow and bus stops. She will address these items at

the meeting tonight. We need to start sending letters/emails to the town to make

them aware of these concerns. Be sure to cc P. Gill and J. McKenna.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Gorman Fort Banks PTO
Calendar Raffle Fundraiser

Help your classroom and be entered to win a tablet!

Dear Gorman Fort Banks Families:

The Gorman Fort Banks PTO is excited to announce this year’s Calendar Raffle Fundraiser! For our third year, we are running a Calendar Raffle as a fundraiser for the Classroom Grant Fund for our school, and the month of March could be your lucky month!  With your participation, we are hoping to make this our most successful fundraiser this school year!

31 Chances to Win and $2000 in Cash Prizes!
For only $10 per calendar, you can be entered to win daily cash prizes ranging from $25 up to $250 throughout the month of March.  All winners are put back into the raffle drum for the next day's drawing, so you can win multiple times with one calendar.  The more calendars you buy, the better your chances to win.

Entering the Calendar Raffle is Easy...

Attached to this letter you will find 10 calendars.  Simply buy or sell each calendar for $10, fill out the top portion completely and return it with your payment in a sealed envelope (cash or check payable to the GFB PTO) by February 25th.  All entries received with payment will be included in the Calendar Raffle drawings.

Mrs. Pearson will draw the winners each morning throughout the month of March.  Winners will be posted daily on our Facebook page, weekly on the GFB PTO website ( and Twitter.  Prizes will be sent directly to each winner at the address provided on the winning ticket.

We hope you will find this to be a fun and exciting fundraiser.  Please remember that all proceeds raised will directly support the Classroom Grant Fund which will help our teachers purchase special materials to enrich your child’s educational experience. If you are unable to sell any of the provided calendars, please return them to the school in your child’s backpack.

Special Prize Drawing for Top Sellers...

Any student who sells 5 by February 25th will be entered into a separate drawing.  Sell 10 and receive two chances (and so on).  One lucky winner will receive a tablet.  Please be sure your child’s name is written on the “Sold By” line on any return tickets so they will get credit for the sale.  

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Gorman Fort Banks PTO
Meeting Agenda for February 11, 2015

  • Welcome
    • Introduction of Board
    • Co Presidents Kristen Buonopane and Christa Shea
    • Co Vice Presidents Mariana Babine and Jennifer Gorman
    • Co Secretaries Lauren Capasso and Crystal DeMayo
    • Co Treasurers Reena Cash and Gillian Teixeira
    • According to our PTO Handbook: If any member of the PTO would like to have an item added to the agenda, they can submit a written request to the secretary at least seven (7) days before a meeting.
  • Principal’s Report (Mrs. Pearson/Mrs. Grimes)
  • Treasurer Report (Gillian Teixeira)
    • Summary Report of Disbursements and Balance
  • Volunteer Update (Mariana Babine)
    • Loop (Sarah Pettee/Reena Cash)
    • School Volunteer  help please contact Mariana at:
  • Fundraiser (Christa Shea)
    • Calendar Raffle
  • Upcoming Events (Kristen Buonopane/Christa Shea/Doreen Araujo)
    • Math Night:  Postponed to 3/26/15
    • Scholastic Book Fair (opens 2/27/15): ? Scholastic Dollars for teachers
    • Literacy Night: 3/6/15: Jan Brett
    • Family Skate:  3/8/15
    • Someone Special Dance: 4/10/15
    • MCAS Breakfasts:  3/24/15 and 3/25/15; 5/6/15 and 5/7/15.  WILL NEED VOLUNTEERS
  • Affiliate programs (Doreen Araujo)
    • Box Tops
    • Labels for Education
    • Target
    • Stop & Shop A+ Rewards  
  • Open Forum

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Family Math Game Night, scheduled for Thursday, February 5th, has been postponed.  We will be rescheduling this event and new flyers and registration forms will be sent home as soon as a new date has been established.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to seeing you on the new date!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

GFB PTO Meeting Minutes
January 14, 2015

  • Principal’s Report (Mrs. Grimes)
We received some quotes for the fence ($4-7k).  The quotes are based on a green chain link, 3-4’ and will be installed along the playground where the trees are.  In regards to the Transportation Committee, they’ve reached out to Chief Delehanty and Mr. Calla and all ideas have been exhausted.

  • Treasurer’s Report (Gillian Teixeira)
November started with $12,852.  We had $5377 in expenses and deposited $1958.   Our largest expense was Meadow Farms ($4627) and the 2nd payment to New England Aquarium ($334.50).  The largest deposit was for paint night ($980) and movie night ($928).  As of January, we have had $182.71 in expenses and $668.70 for deposits.  We donated $100 to the Mariana Fabiano fundraiser.  We just received the money for the fall box tops totaling $688.70.  All grants were approved from 3 teachers.  If your teacher has not taken advantage please notify them. There is a $150 allotment.

  • Volunteer Update
Loop (Sarah Pettee): We need volunteers on Mondays.  Sarah may do a coffee hour after the loop one day with the Dunkin Donuts GC from Mr. Fabiano and Mr. Viscio.
School volunteers (Christa Shea): Email Mariana to volunteer.

  • Fundraiser Ideas (Christa Shea)
Yankee Candle has a 40% profit margin.  Otis Spunkmeyer is $16 for 20 pre-cut cookies.  We need to decide if we are doing the calendar raffle because ATC may do it as well.  It cost $1500 to print last year.  We will look into quotes from other companies.  Winthrop Marketplace asked if we do sponsors for the calendar raffle.  We could mix it up with cash prizes and gift cards or services.  Incentive for the class who sells the most? We will look into a smaller raffle packet that includes the link to prizes.  Let’s look into drawing for the month of March.   Unanimous vote to continue the calendar raffle.

  • Review of Recent Events
Movie Night (Kristen Buonpane) – Our first movie night went well.  We had 240 people and watched the Polar Express.  The rental company was great.   We made $75.
Math Night (Kristen Buonopane) – Scheduled for 2/5.  Flyers went out yesterday.  We will have math games and skills/strategies.  It will be grade - specific (40 kids per grade).  There will be 4 stations and we are doing a carnival theme again.  
Literacy Night (Christa Shea) - Scheduled for 3/6.  We will split up the centers this year.  Grades 2 and 3 will be in the gym and Pre-K, K and grade 1 will be in the cafeteria.  Online registration will be available.
Family Skate (Christa Shea) – Scheduled for 3/8. Sandra keeps track of the concession sales and we get 25%. The cost is $3 per child and there are no skates available there.  Helmets are required.  We will look for volunteers closer to date.
Someone Special Dance (Doreen Araujo) – The dance has been moved to 4/10. The DJ has been secured and the time reserved is 5:30-8:30 which includes setup and clean up.

  • Site Council Update (Jen Gorman)
Fence – Waiting to see if they’re looking for financial support from the PTO.
Afternoon Transportation Committee – Looking for parent involvement.  There are some concerns around parents arriving too early.  There are safety issues due to parking and being on the wrong side of the road.  Possibility of another bus?  ATC promotes Wednesday walk day but that won’t work in the winter.  
Volunteers - Trying to figure out ways to get more volunteers and substitutes. There may be another round of substitute training. If you want to get on the volunteer list, submit an email to Mariana.  They’re hoping to send general emails to parents regarding the need for help once the email kinks are sorted out.  There also needs to be better communication around buses being late.

  • Affiliate Programs (Doreen Araujo)
No updates.  Doreen submitted a chance to win 5000 box tops in a Market Basket contest.

  • Open Forum
Someone inquired about raincoats, boots, etc. for all of the teachers.  We will look into the cost of large golf umbrellas.  We will also look into a box of hand warmers for the loop volunteers.

  • Gorman Giving
Is anyone interested in heading this up? It would be 1 or 2 Fridays a month.