This information was originally posted on May 25, 2011. Please note that the article refers to events from a previous school year.
The last PTO meeting of the 2010-2011 school year was opened by President Fran Sitkiewicz in the Hauser Auditorium at 1:04 p.m.
Hauser Counselor Kevin Wolf spoke briefly about this year’s Cougar A.D.V.A.N.C.E. 8th grade trip to Bradford Woods. He thanked Mr. Harvey, who helped in his capacity as an administrative intern, and introduced two 8th grade students, Connor and Katarina, who talked about their experiences on the trip. The 8th graders said that the Bradford Woods staff was very good, and that the programs were interesting and fun, teaching them to face their fears, keep going in the face of adversity, and helped them to recognize and rely on the support of others. PTO members enjoyed a slide show full of the smiling faces of 8th graders in the midst of their activities on the trip.
Principal Leslie Berman started her report with thanks to all who have served on the PTO in the past and who have agreed to serve in the future. Then she reminded us that May is very busy at Hauser, and that parents need to pay close attention to the school calendar. The last day of school is June 3.
Parents of 8th graders should have received a special mailing with end-of-year activity information. Parents of 6th and 7th graders need to sign encore preference sheets so that the students can enter their choices into the computers.
Changes are being made to the encore selections because of a lack of classroom space as Hauser’s enrollment continues to increase. Because of this, Mr. Collins has been offered to stay on part-time, but it is likely that he will seek full-time employment elsewhere. The growth in enrollment also prompted the change to all co-ed PE classes next year. Other changes likely to come to personnel include the addition of one special education teacher as well as some para-professionals.
As the weather gets warmer, students need to remember to dress appropriately. Failure to do so will result in a call to parents for a change of clothing, or the student will have to change into his or her gym uniform for the day. The most common offense is short shorts. Hems of shorts and skirts need to be at or below finger tips.
The awards assembly will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25.
The last edition of Highlights is available online in e-Backpack.
Ms. Berman ended her report by stating that it had been a great and happy year.
Fran presented Ms. Joy Brabec with a letter of appreciation for her years of service to the students of Hauser. Ms. Brabec is retiring at the end of this year. In honor of her career in education, the PTO has given the library the gift of a book entitled, Winning Track and Field For Girls. (Note: Ms. Brabec is the first teacher to retire since the PTO changed its policy of milestone recognition to celebrate an entire career instead of the first 10 years of service.) Ms. Brabec graciously thanked the PTO for its contributions to the Hauser community during her tenure.
Teresa Mrozik and Ron Malchiodi from the Riverside Recreation Department handed out a flyer and spoke about new programs. Teresa is new at the Recreation Department, and hopes to build partnerships between the Department and various community organizations. They encouraged us to drop by their open house on May 22 and to visit the Department’s page on Facebook.
Minutes from the April 12 meeting were approved.
In her Treasurer’s Report, Jane Wilhelm highlighted the savings to the PTO due to a change from the Honor Roll Breakfast to this year’s Movie Nights. She also stated that the PTO gave $590 toward the Bradford Woods trip to assist students who could not have otherwise afforded to attend.
It was noted that a Feedblitz announcing a collection was in error. Anyone who would like to contribute to a gift for staff should send cash or a check made out to Madalena Flight, NOT a check to the PTO. PTO is not allowed to give monetary gifts to individuals.
Rosita Griggs was absent, so there was no Secretary’s report, and the minutes from the March 9 meeting were not available to approve.
Melinda Brom reported that Teacher Appreciation Week went smoothly and thanked all who volunteered time and/or donated food or raffle items.
Carol Barlow reported that the Hospitality Committee would be providing lunch for the RB students coming to judge the science fair.
Fran Sitkiewicz gave her President’s Report. She thanked everyone for volunteering throughout the year. She reported that the incoming and outgoing boards had held a joint meeting to aid in the transition, and she asked that anyone interested in chairing a committee for the coming year contact Linda LaBelle or Kathie Kunish.
Lisa Aulerich-Marciniak confirmed that there would indeed be a repeat of last year’s “What I Wish I Had Known” panel discussion, where Hauser alums now attending RB would speak to the 8th graders about what to expect at the high school. The date is Wednesday, May 25, 7:00 p.m. in the Hauser library.
Michelle Hejna asked that all chairs, whether returning next year or not, please turn in the folder and feedback sheet they were given at the beginning of the year. This communication is important for the incoming board as they make decisions about programming and events for next year.
In unfinished business, Fran made an appeal for a volunteer to join with Mary Lescher and serve on the Audit Committee. This committee will meet for approximately one hour in July after Jane closes the books to look them over and approve them. Also in July, two members are needed to serve on the budget committee. This is a bigger commitment, as decisions need to be made about the entire budget for next year.
Fran then installed the new officers and thanked the outgoing officers for their service. Both received a beautiful flower along with Fran’s thanks. The new officers are as follows:
President: Linda LaBelle
1st VP, Communications: Kim Bolton
2nd VP, Membership and Committees: Kathie Kunish
3rd VP, Fundraising: Carol Barlow
Treasurer: Audrey Korslund
Secretary: Kathy Barcal
Parliamentarian: Kathy Dudek
The meeting was then adjourned.