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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Gorman Fort Banks PTO
Meeting Agenda for March 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/Reena Cash)
    • Summary Report of Disbursements and Balance
    • Classroom Grant Fund:  extended through April 15th
  • Volunteer Update (Mariana Babine)
    • Loop (Sarah Pettee/Reena Cash)
    • School Volunteers: please contact Mariana at: mbabine@winthrop.k12.ma.us
  • Fundraiser (Christa Shea/Kristen Buonopane)
    • Calendar Raffle update
  • Review of Recent Events (Christa Shea/Kristen Buonopane/Mariana Babine/Dawn Hurley)
    • Community Reader Day
    • Scholastic Book Fair: approximate sales; PTO donated $25 Scholastic Dollars to all staff
    • Literacy Night
    • Family Skate Party
  • Upcoming Events (Kristen Buonopane/Lauren Capasso/Doreen Araujo)
    • Math Game Night (3/26/15)
    • MCAS Breakfasts (3/31, 4/1/15):  VOTE for budget
    • Dance (4/10/15)
    • Teacher Appreciation Luncheon:  VOTE for budget
    • Field Day
    • Ice Cream Social: discuss potential dates
    • Suggestions for other events for remainder of this school year
  • Affiliate programs (Doreen Araujo)
    • Box Tops: submitted 3/4/15
    • Labels for Education/Target/Stop & Shop A+ Rewards
  • Open Forum

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.

Pearson.

• 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

percentage.

• 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
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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 (www.fortbankspto.blogspot.com) 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: mbabine@winthrop.k12.ma.us
  • 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

ATTENTION!

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!