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May 6, 2014 PTA Meeting

Below please find the minutes from the PTA planning meeting held on May 6, 2014.

May 6, 2014 PTA Minutes

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Registration Open: Fall 2014 FIRST LEGO League

FLL® will return in early September for TRES students that will be in FLLgrades 4 and 5 during the 2014-15 school year.

 

In order to effectively plan and accommodate all those interested in participating, please tell us now if your student would like to participate in the fall.  If you would like to join FLL®, there are three ways to let us know:
  • Fill out our online registration form.
  • Email tres-fll-coord@googlegroups.com with the student name and grade in the fall.
  • Fill out the registration form on the flyer distributed through TRES and return it in to us via our “Lego League” mailbox in the TRES main office.

 

We will need at least two coaches per team (typically one main coach and one assistant).  Meetings are usually once/week at 6:30 pm on a school night, but schedules can be flexible depending on the coach’s availability.  Please let us know if you are interested in coaching, as the number of teams we can support are dependent on the number of volunteers we have for coaching!

 

Additional information about FIRST® LEGO® League at TRES and registration forms can be found here.

 

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What did TRES PTA do for OUR school?

In 2013-2014 we… 037

  • Offered after school fun with 10 different activity options over 3 different sessions.
  • Presented 4 Cultural Arts assemblies.  These included visits from Blind Bike Trials, Billy B Science and Bio-Diversity Program, Harlem Hoopsters, and Jabali African Acrobats.
  • Collected donations benefitting local charitable organizations, including 4 bags of winter coats, hats and mittens, 5 large boxes of canned goods, 2 boxes of personal hygiene items, and 1 large box of school supplies.
  • Raised PTA funds through a total of 438 members and $4,000 in direct donations.
  • Entered 14 Reflections art contest entries, of which all 14 went to the county level and 1 advanced to the state level.
  • Supported 37 fourth and fifth grade students with 5 FIRST® LEGO® League teams, and 37 first through third grade students with 8 Jr. FIRST® LEGO® League teams.  One FLL® team even made it to the MD State Championship!
  • Raised $3,687 through the Box Tops and Shoppers Cards programs.
  • Had 24 volunteers help our kids stride to a healthier lifestyle by logging 1,459 miles during Walking Wednesdays.
  • Outfitted our students, staff and families in all-new styles of TRES Spirit Wear.
  • Showed our hospitality with goodies at Back to School Night, American Education Week and Field Day.
  • Raised more than $20,000 through the Silent Auction and Original Works Art fundraisers.
  • Appreciated our staff with delicious breakfasts, gift wrapping, conference dinners, personal notes, edible flower arrangements, gift card giveaways, and special luncheons throughout the year.
  • Donated to causes outside our school by hosting a breakfast for the HomewoodSchool staff (who does not have a PTA of their own), and contributing to the PTA Council of HowardCounty college scholarship program.
  • Produced 75 first grade Young Author’s books with the help of 5 amazing volunteers.
  • Provided funds for classroom enrichment materials and indoor recess activities.
  • Maintained our beautiful gardens and flower pots, and weeded all the front entrance beds (worms and all!).
  • Connected a name with a face by creating 320 student directories and an equal number of memory books.
  • Celebrated our TRES community at the Retriever Rally and International Night, and brought families together at Skate Night, the Olympic Dance and Bingo Night.
  • Enriched our academic curriculum by sponsoring programs from the Maryland Zoo (K), Bread Make (1st grade) , Poetry Café (2nd grade), Forest Day (3rd grade), Thirst N’ Howl STEM musical production (4th grade) and Congressional Hearings (5th grade).
  • Congratulated our 5th graders with t-shirts, an off-campus class picnic and closing ceremony refreshments.
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Merci, Xie Xie, Gracias!

We just can’t say “thank you” enough, no matter what the language, to our TRES community for a fabulous International Night! Special thanks to Committee Chair Natasha Moulten-Levy for her coordination and planning efforts. Thanks to all parents, students and staff who volunteered at the event. Also, thanks to the families and children who brought food, performed, shared artifacts and attended the event. school_international