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This Month's Minutes
For March 5, 2002
Presidents' Report
The meeting was called to order by Pam Gavin & Peggy Hinkle (PTA-Co-Presidents). The February PTA meeting minutes were approved.

Mona Stephan has agreed to organize the Spring Fair this year. There are many volunteers needed to make the fair a success, please contact Mona as soon as possible.

Treasurer's Report
A total of $3,003 was collected for individual photos which were taken of all the students. Helena Peterson informed the group that class photos will be taken in the spring. An all-grade photo is taken of the 5th grade class. All 5th graders are encouraged to be at school on the day this photograph is taken.

Principal's Report
Spring testing - the writing component will take place on March 4 & 5. March 11 will be the make-up date. April . May more testing will take place.

The Elementary Art Exhibit will be shown starting on April 3.  Taylor School's art works are being featured in the exhibit.

Family Math Night will be held on March 20 at 6:30 p.m.

The Church of the Covenant has been identified as a possible location for an emergency shelter in the event the school would need to be evacuated.  Mr. Hindman has contacted the Church of the Covenant to discuss this.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on March 6 & 7. Conferences will be held with the students' language arts teachers.

In recognition of the events that took place on September 11, The Freedom Memorial Quilt was made by students in Wisconsin for the Arlington Public Schools. The quilt is on loan at Taylor School for all to see.

A student was approached by a stranger last week. A letter was written and sent out to advise the community of this occurrence. As of this writing the person was identified and the police interviewed the individual and determined the person was lost and had not directly threatened the child.

Danielle Anctell has taken Nan Danielson¹s place while she is on maternity leave.

A special presentation was made by the Taylor School Instructional Tech Coordinator, Ena Bentley. Ena highlighted the school web page design. The webpage can be located on line at: www.arlington.k12.va.us/schools/taylor/index.html

Committee Reports

Anne Reynolds reported on the ACI; read the Tattler for more information. Report cards will have a new look for grades 3-5.

After-School Enrichment - Odyssey of the Mind went to competition. All parent leaders were thanked for participating in the Odyssey of the Mind program.

County Council - 2003 Budget Review Process; PTA Scholarship Fund; Swanson Middle School addition - Board approved addition with specific revisions made to the original plan

Community Service - Earth Day - April 22, Turn Off TV Week - April 22-27, Pennies for Patients over $100 was collected, 1,000 pounds of food was collected from October-February

Foreign language - program will end before spring break; additional volunteers are needed for next year's program

Outdoor Education - Heather Wicke-Hurley and a small working group met with Mr. Hindman to disucss the future of this program; a landscape architect was hired to set up a plan, next week the plan will be finalized and a bid will then go out

Maria will take care of the Tattler next year.

Taylor Pride - over 600 books were donated last week; long sleeve t-shirts will be in soon; pillars of character are being worked on

Spring No Frills Fundraiser - Peggy Hinkle & Pam Gavin - the theme this year is "To Keep Our Tigers' School Strong, We Need Your Cash to Get Along" - the goal is to raise $15,000 for outdoor education and technology

Susan Lee - PTA Officers Nominating Committee Chair - Committee members who have been nominated for the next school year are: Heather Wicke-Hurly & Lisa Koch - Co-Presidents, Betsy Burke - Vice President, Laura Anastos - Treasurer, Helena Hutton - Recording Secretary, Helen Lydon - Corresponding Secretary

Questions were raised from those attending the PTA meeting about how new officers are nominated. As a result a vote was not taken. The following is an explanation/letter from the current PTA Co-Presidents:
In the meeting of 3/5, a proposed slate for nomination of officers for the 2002-2003 school year was introduced. A discussion ensued with the result that individuals wishing to nominate other candidates or self-nominate could do so prior to 3/23, and if more than 1 person were interested in the same position, an election between the candidates would take place at the next meeting on 4/2. The person receiving the greatest number of votes in a contested position would be included on the nominated slate. The nominated slate would be presented as such at the general membership meeting (spring concert). After the presentation, there is a call for nominations from the floor (has not occurred in the past), and a motion is made to elect the slate (which has been a voice vote). Regarding 4/2, 1 vote per PTA committee is allowed. Officers get 1 vote each. If a committee has co-chairs, they must decide among themselves who will vote.  One paper ballot will be given to each committee. The ballots will be counted on 4/2 and announced immediately.

For the record, Peggy and I regret the social awkwardness of the situation in which the proposed slate was placed. We urge all committees to come and vote on 4/2. --Pam Gavin & Peggy Hinkle

The meeting adjourned at approximately 9:30pm.