Venetia Valley PTA Venetia Valley PTA VV Parent & Teacher Association January 15, 2014 General Meeting AGENDA Topic Presenter Time Allocated Call to Order Renee O’Hare 5 min Introduction to Kindergarten Kindergarten Teachers 20 min Counseling Services Margarett Ann Centrella 15 min PTA Business Renee O’Hare 20 min Principal’s Update Mari Kernan 20 min Close of Meeting Renee O’Hare 5 min Venetia Valley Kindergarten Who we are? Deirdre Wilson Kristin Vandro Sheila Torres What is happening in K? • New collaborations • New model • New and revised themes Collaborations • A new adventure born in spring of 2013 • Hoover School visit with our PK Old Gallinas • Introduced to SEAL: a bilingual model SEAL Model (Sobrato Early Academic Language) Goal to develop academically proficient and literate students who love reading and writing, express themselves articulately in two languages, and are actively engaged in their learning. Pillar 1 Pillar 2 Focus on Rich, Powerful, Precise and Academic Language Creation of an Affirming and Enriched Environment Pillar 3 Articulation Across Grades, and Alignment of the Preschool and K-3 Systems Pillar 4 Strong Partnerships Between Parents and Teachers Foundation 1 Foundation 2 Foundation 3 Research on Preventing the Creation of Long Term English Learners Enacting the Research on Effective English Learners Practices Seizing the Opportunity and Addressing the Demands of the Common Core Standards Summer Kinder Academy 2013-2014 • Continuing to train with Dr. Laurie Olsen and the SEAL coaches • Aligning our curriculum with Old Gallinas and with each other Launched the Bilingual Model • Goal is to begin to close the achievement gap by teaching students all academics in Spanish • Kinder 80% in Spanish • 50% in Spanish by 3rd grade • Demands alignment to ensure all groups are working on the same theme and teaching the same skills • Spanish Enrichment is given to non-spanish speakers 30 min per day. (exposure and conversation only) Super Parents Our parents have an active role in their child’s education Kinder Themes • Teaching common core standards through SEAL strategies • 6 Science and Social Studies related themes Citizenship Citizenship Community Helpers Community Helpers Push and Pull Experiment Push and Pull Unit Weather Unit Coming Up! • Living things/Farm • Long Ago and Today Math Curriculum We have aligned the common core standards to our Everyday Math Program Specials • • • • Garden Music Library Playworks Counseling Services • • Margarett Anne Centrella, M.Ed, Counselor Sandra Ramirez Griggs, MFT, Youth & Family Services, Mental Health and Substance Use Services, County of Marin PTA SHOUT OUT! CECILIA PEREZ! Venetia Valley’s Bi-literacy coach Thank you for: • Giving a stellar presentation at November PTA regarding Common Core • Regularly updates Venetia Valley’s web page • Overall great attitude and beautiful smile FALCON FUND! FONDO HALCON! GOAL: 100% participation from FAMILIES & TEACHERS/STAFF Donations accepted YEAR ROUND! Falcon Fund Status Through 1/6/2014 • 32% of VV Students have contributed • 60% of teachers/staff have contributed • Amount raised through 1/06/2014: THANK YOU FOR CONTRIBUTING! Isaias Gramajo/Wendy De Leon Juan Hernandez/Yessenia Giron Brett/Ally Mitchell Alberto Hernandez/Irma Morfin Gidalti Lopez/Maricela Calderon Amparo Lopez Alfredo Rivera/Soledad Ramirez Victor Valiente/Arlene Castro William Hernandez/Celia Pineda Samuel Jimenez/Sandra Mancia Elvira Lopez Thomas & Maria Larson Juan Carlos Hernandez/Maria Castro Grace Xin Adam/Erin Chaffee Parminder & Malkeet Grewal Holly Wipfler Kuldeep Singh/Amarjit Kaur Scot & Monica Stafford Samuel Cardenas/Alede Ruiz Isaac Urbano/Loyola Sedano Vanier/Alberta Amilcar Jessica Blake Juan Castellon/Teresa Alas Jorge Coronado/Angela Najarro Ilso De Leon/Onelia Diaz Erik/Marisol Diaz William Fenner/Monique Rutter Samuel Morales/Esmeralda Garcia Manuel Gomez/Dora Ramirez Delfina Rogel Oliverio Calderon/MariaElena Reyes Zoila Flores Agapito Rodriguez/Yolanda Mancia Felipe Vasquez/Feliciana Perez Bina Patel and Hamed Salahshor Leonel Vazquez/Guadalupe Reyes Jaswant & Gurpreet Bassi John/Ericka Benassini Salvador Diaz/Robelia De Leon Eduardo Gonzalez/Jianette Puacara Jose Orozco/Marianela Reyes Elma Reyes Petr/Connie Kadera Azucely Escobar Gabriela Santos Maritza Lopez/Jaime Mazariegos Reina Gonzalez Vilma Gonzalez Martha Orellana Tuan Tiet/Bong Nguyen Mildred Gramajo Hector/Herlinda Garcia Mynor & Thelma Maldonado Jheny Jut Recinos Adam & Erin Chaffee Chris & Oriel Cook Joshua Frost & Amy Cosby Elmer Gramajo/Dorita De Leon Candace Langley Baldomero Ramirez/Maria Alvarado Osman Zacarias/Londi Cifuentes Mark & Kimberly Press Belico De Leon/Alondra Diaz Claudia & Jose Garcia Luis Jimenez & Dalila Mazariegos Andreas & Jessica Bosch Francisco Chan/Vilma Escobar Edgar Leon/Alida Villeda Teresa Magana Jose Mazariegos/Elba Jimenez Shannon & Renee O'Hare Vlanderley/Marilucia Resende Jose Ruiz/Norma Barrientos Julian/Sukhwinder Saban THANK YOU FOR CONTRIBUTING! Nixon and Jeanine Changeux Jorge Espejo/Liliana Montejano Luis Hernandez/Maria Macedo Omar Mazariegos & Maria Ortiz Benedicto Mazariegos/Sara Rodas Alejo Salinas/Yolanda Camacho Rosa Franco Francisco/Ingrid Galindo Henri Reyes/Nohemi Monterroso Maynor Rodas/Marleny Maldonado Mayra Diaz James & Torhalla Dabalos Jose Felix & Sheila Torres Juan Arreaga/Marta Lopez Magdalena Ortiz & Roger De Leon Paul & Grace Dearborn Steven/Sarah Hinkley Jose Quintero & Martha Flores David & Lisette Ross Adilso De Leon/Rosa Gramajo Steve Litras/Kari Francisco Patrick Muithya/Mary Kilonzo Aura Garcia Francisco & Berta Calero Javier & Lynn Hernandez Paul & Christina Dearborn Teresa Magaña Roger/Pamela Harrell Minh Le/Thuy Truong Eduardo Utrilla/Fatima Gonzalez James/Torhalla Dabalos Benjie Cortez Samuel Gallegos & Helen Reid Jose Felix/Sheila Torres Graciela Chavez Miguel Godoy/Mayra Bueno Mayra Romero Julian Saban/Sukhwinder Kaur Hector& Ana Chan Erik/Dioneyra Diaz Matthew Griggy & Jennifer Stebbins Raul Lopez/Dianeth Mazariegos Roseli Santos/Alma Maldonado Jesus Vara & Irene Escobar Irlanda Munoz Kathleen Brabo Galindo De Leon/Amilda Cifuentes Osvaldo & Max Espaillat Juan Florencio/Matilde Cruz Hector Garcia/Herlinda Martinez THANK YOU FOR CONTRIBUTING! Jose Gongora/Judith Calderon William/Rebecca Honick George Paloglou/Julie Chan-Paloglou Eliasar Rodriguez/Marquin Maldonado Marlo Cruz/Carmen Quintanilla Kevin & Helen Driscoll Steven Litras/Kari Francisco Rulaman Mazariegos/Cleotilde Calderon Aleksei & Lina Rajamachvili Patrick & Kimberly Barr Hugo Anaya & Claudia De Jesus Luis Jimenez & Dalila Mazarieg Jorge Espejo & Liliana Monteja Sarahi Mazariegos Rafael/Alma Pulido Delfino Torres & Rosa Bolanos Michael & Rebecca Hornick Riccardo Cruz & Michelle Castillo Tad Jr. & Jennifer Inouye Edgar & Diana Mendoza Edwar & Elisabeth Shea (Ed and Betty Shea) Quirino Gonzalez/Ninfa Ku Jesus Luna/Jacqueline Castro Hugo Mejia/Yadira Munguia Ken & Corey Monge Manolo Morales/Silvia Hernandez Jose/Maria Pena Julio Reyes/Silvia Hernandez John Gofeng Xu/Jan Cizhen Zhu Salvador Alvarado/Adela Ramirez Juan Carlos Barrios/Ruth Pelico Francisco Tespa/Sulma Campos Manuel Escobar/Martha Sierra Mauricio Garduno/Darlin Ruiz Juan Lopez/Norma Araujo Maria Rodriguez Sabino Rodriguez/Mirna Batres Andrea Hedin and Peter Fisher Alden and Phyllis Fleming Charles Runkel / Marciam Taylor Duc-Tin & Thanh-Nhan To James & Monica Walsh Thanks to the Teachers/Staff Who Have Contributed to the Falcon Fund! STAFF Juan Rodriguez Mari Kernan Maria Bartlett Barbara Wing Leslie Ramirez Coach Carly Roxanna Guzman Laura McCurdy Nancy Donovan Jaquie Parker Margaret Anne Centrella Kindergarten – 4th Kristin Vandro – K Sheila Torres – K Deirdre Wilson - K Yoana Landin – 1st Briana Padilla – 1st Lucia Wahl – 1st Kim Press – 2nd Diana Mendoza – 2nd Megan Sulsberger– 2nd Michelle Rosecrans – 2/3 Alexa Sakellariou – 2/3 Jessica Ferrar – 3rd Carolyn Kenneray – 3rd John Seligman – 3rd 4th – 8th Joy Conway – 4th Kim O’Brien – 4th Maggie Dawes – 4th Karen DeTore – 5th Marc Belmont – 5th Mary Kate Kenney 5th Michelle Castillo – 5th Freddy Dominguez - MS Shannon McKown – MS Raleigh Yasinitsky – MS Mabel Bialik – MS David Schmitz – MS Michele Harland - MS 2013-2014 Approved Budget Revenue Generated this year Description of Revenue Revenue Amount Falcon Fund Donations up to 01/06/2014 $24,376 Spirit Wear Revenue $6,014 Carnival $15,801 Library $393 Middle School Music $650 Book Fair $7978 Misc donations (Gaspares, Target, United, Escrip, HeadsUp) $4,643 TOTAL REVENUE $59,855 2013-2014 Approved Budget Expenses Paid Through 1/6/2014 Description of Expense Expense Amount School Beautification - mural $613 Teachers Supply Accounts $4200 Academic competitions – Spelling Bee, Mathletes $450 Library: Refunds of lost book fees $86 Book Fair $392 Teacher Lunch: Staff mtg 1st week of school $138 Middle School Music $565 Kindy Welcome & 1st Day coffee $90 Bank Supplies, service fee’s $185 Spirit Wear $4602 Carnival $2175 Total Expenses Paid $7113 2013-2014 Approved Budget Total Approved Budgeted Amount $110,465 With approved amendments….. $104,265 Tropical Night (+$2,800), Online Auction (+$1,000) School Supervision (-10,000) WE STILL NEED TO RAISE -$59,855 $44,410 The Good News! • Last year we raised 28K in Falcon Fund – this year we’ve already Raised 24K!!! • 32% of our families have already made a contribution to our schools programs – We still have 68% left that can help out! • Carnival had a huge year for fundraising! The Other News….. • We need to raise 44K in order to pay this years bills • Already cut from our budget: –School Supervision Personnel: $10k • We may have to reduce: –Garden hours –K-3 Music hours –Teacher Supply Accounts How do we meet the Falcon Fund Goals? $180 per family donation to the falcon fund would cover ALL of our expenses for THIS YEAR ONLY Other Ways To Raise Money • • • • • • • • Dinner Dance (Tropical Night) Live and/or Silent Auction at an event Raffle Rummage Sale Dine-For-Dollars Events Father-Daughter Dance Mother-Son Event Use Amazon, sign up for Escrip How Can You Help? • Give to the Falcon Fund if you haven’t already • Spread the word! Share tonight’s information with other parents, encourage them to give. • Volunteer to make phone calls, 5-15 calls per class • Come to the fundraising meeting on 1/22 with your ideas or contact Amy if you have questions or ideas • Volunteer for potential upcoming events such as a dinner dance, rummage sale, dining events Another easy way to earn! Go to VVPTA.ORG, click on the AMAZON link and BUY, BUY, BUY! October 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013 = $488.50 Next Steps? • Fund Raising meeting 1/22 – 6:30 – 8pm, all are invited (School Library) – Some ideas: Rummage Sale, Dine 4 Dollars, Auctions, Raffles, Mother/Son fun night, etc • Falcon fund campaign continues: – 1/23: Letter home to families that have not contributed – 2/3 – 2/7: Phone calls to individual families who have not contributed Upcoming Dates to Know! • • • • • • • • • Jan 20: Martin Luther King Day (No School) Jan 29: SELAC Meeting Jan 30: Kindergarten Tour Feb 2 - 7: Falcon Fund phone campaign February 11: 5th Grade-Parent Middle School Information Night February 12: Parent Meeting (5th grade & LEAP Review) February 13: Kindergarten Tour Feb 17-21: Mid Winter Break (No School) February 27: Kindergarten Tour How to stay in touch? • PTA Mail blasts – please email us if you’d like to subscribe: [email protected] • Facebook: LIKE us “Venetia Valley K-8 PTA” Principal’s Update • Mari Kernan, Assistant Principal Common Core State Standards CCSS What are they? Where can I find more information? http://www.srcs.org/ Professional Development • Teaching in a way that is effectively aligned with the Common Core takes practice, effort, and patience. • We are accelerating the process by offering extensive professional development for our teachers. • Venetia Valley teachers are lifelong learners. English Language Arts • Kindergarten, 1st, & 2nd grade teachers are working with Laurie Olsen and her team of coaches. • They work extensively on thematic unit planning and English language development & alignment to common core. Mathematics • 4th & 5th grade teachers are working with Hallie Foster & Julie McNamara on Common Core alignment & best practices in teaching mathematics. • 6th-8th grade teachers are also working with Hallie and Julie, as well as with Davidson & the high schools on Common Core & vertical alignment as they articulate across the grade levels 6-12. Science, Social Studies, English • 6-8 teachers are working with Phyllis Goldsmith & Emily Richards, of the UC Berkeley History-Social Science project, on cross-discipline writing strategies. • Literacy leads in ELA and Science attend articulation meetings with DMS & high school leads. • K-5 teachers are working with Phyllis & Emily on writing prompts and strategies. Common Core “Shifts” • • • • • Shift 1-Read more informational text Shift 2-Read more complex text Shift 3-Use of academic vocabulary Shift 4-Have conversations around texts Shift 5-Use evidence to inform or to make an argument • Shift 6-Reading and writing is emphasized in all subjects. Why the change???? So all students are college and career ready!! Smarter Balanced Assessments • No more STAR tests! (Except for Science in grades 5, 8, & 10) Instead… • Students in grades 3-8 will take a field-test version of the new Smarter Balanced tests in Mathematics and/or English Language Arts What else is going on at VV? K-5 • Enrichment Homework Club • Health Van Coming-Healthy human Services Dept. (K/1st) • Kinder School tours • Kinder Courtesy Registration Date-Feb 5th • Drama classes–6 weeks sessions by Marin Shakespeare Company • Run for Reading-March 31st 6-8 • • • • • • • • Mathletes Valentine’s Day Dance Basketball Afterschool Enrichment Classes Homework Club Restorative Justice College Days Mitzvah Kitchen – 7th grade 5th Grade Parent Information Night • February 11 • 6:30-7:30 Come learn about: • All the amazing things going on in the Venetia Valley Middle School! • What classes will be offered! • Q & A with a panel of VV middle school teachers!