Attendees: Adam Kirschenbaum, Dana Rooney, Sharon Scholem, Amy Lally, Jennifer Green, John Nichols, Elissa Petruzzi, Jessica Kramer, Jessie Cates-Bristol, David Landeryou
1. Approve December 7, 2020 minutes
- Minutes approved.
2. Principal’s Report
- Thanked the RCC for the hard work. We are waiting to hear back from DCPS central office. It was noted that early January was the target.
- Ward 3 board meeting, Mayor will be there.
- CARE classroom is open
- January 25th the mayor announced that teachers will start to get vaccinated.
3. Teacher’s Report
- Thank you for the very generous gift cards. All staff got $25 Amazon gift cards.
4. Membership Coordinator Report
- Three new contribution, 123 families, 48 percent (last year was 63 percent at this point of the year).
- (Amy L.) Can we put specific areas where the funds will go? Concrete examples beyond the aides would be helpful.
- Ex. We give teachers 1000 each for school supplies.
5. Treasurer’s Report
- We are starting to see the impact of no fundraising events.
- Tree sale costs have been reconciled.
- Please remind teachers to submit a expense report.
6. KEHP Update
- Anne has been sending out tax information.
- Parents want to know if KEHP will start if school starts. It will most likely not start up with school opening.
7. LSAT Update
- Enrollment projections came in.
- Maybe reach out to families that have left and encourage them to register for next year.
- We will have a separate budget meeting, there is a DCPS sponsored kick off meeting.
- Oyster Adams is bringing back 24 percent of their students on the 1st. They opted not to create a plan through committee. Their principal submitted their plan. The community was not happy with how the plan was done. They have a higher risk community, not every grade level is going back, and not at full capacity.
- Parents have reached out expressing a desire for more information sessions and open forums. There is an interest in having a meeting for returning to school and having the school nurse to a run down on health and safety. Asynchronous learning ideas to share some ideas with parents and teachers.
- There are a lot of parents concerned about the virtual program for strictly virtual learning.
8. Equity Team Update
- Rep not present.
9. New Business
- ANC Discussion Regarding Sidewalks Near Key (University Terrace)
- Adam sent an email stating that Key supports a safe walkway for students and families. If other executive team members want to put their name on this letter, send email to Adam.
- Key Open House
- February 10th, 10am.
- A conversation will be coordinated for volunteers.
- J. Green is soliciting ideas on how this could work virtually.
- Gathering pictures of classrooms, events, and spaces in Key.
- Can use the video showed at ED Fest of what makes Key special.
- Key Auction (Kate Nichols)
- We are not planning on doing any in person event, perhaps an outdoor fundraising event in the summer. Mostly focused on sign up parties, teacher features, and other virtual options.
- Cocktail and Dessert of the month clubs.
- Donations of experiences for outdoor activities.
- Reach out to parents for donations based on services (vacation homes, floral arrangements, concert in the park using parent musicians, virtual wine tasting).
- Teacher drive bys or the teacher reads a book to them.
- Adam: have you spoken to other schools about what they are doing? Adam has spoken to people and it seems that we are all stumbling through this.
- Jessica Kramer offered to speak with auction committee about the Hardy auction last spring, which was virtual.
- Adam: raffle option is interesting. We just need to find the vehicles for people to give that would normally give.
- Lauren: A ward 3 school is doing a telethon using the students asking for a donation.
- Chrys: I think now is the time to provide a regular communication vehicle (like a newsletter) to share information about PTO activities and highlight the many auction items and sign up parties that will be available.
- Lauren: we can start by updating the PTO website and link back to that.
- Chrys will connect with Elissa to further discuss communication options.
Proposed Email: Many Key School families walk on University Terrace when dropping off and picking up their children from Key ES. The Key School PTO is concerned about the safety of our children and their families, and want ANC3D to know that we support installation of sidewalks on University Terrace from Loughboro Road to Dana Place.
Key ES PTO
Adam Kirschenbaum, PTO President
The email should go to: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; Kate Nanavatty (incoming ANC rep) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Exec Meeting – February 1st at 5:30 p.m.