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  • Lori Emison Clair
    CMPG Meeting - 6:00 pm, January 5, 2009 Meeting Minutes Attendance Jessica Bottenfield-Biehn Lori Emison Clair Lora Fraracci Jennifer Gelner Susan Gunninck
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 8, 2009
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      CMPG Meeting - 6:00 pm, January 5, 2009
      Meeting Minutes

      Attendance

      Jessica Bottenfield-Biehn
      Lori Emison Clair
      Lora Fraracci
      Jennifer Gelner
      Susan Gunninck
      Shari Hrdina
      Jeri Kemple
      Sandee Lyons
      Kristen Mahoney
      Amy Moore
      Carla Ruble
      Kathy Schneider
      Amy Sheeler


      Call to order
      Kathy Schneider, CMPG President, called the meeting to order at 6:07 p.m.


      Administrator's Report

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      • Amy is proud to report that the Cowles Lego League Teams did an
      amazing job at their recent competition. One team is going to State
      Finals and received an award for being a Rising Star.
      • December 8th Dr. Sebring impressed everyone with her presentation
      confirming that Cowles is now on the districts map. All the feedback
      Amy received was positive about Dr. Sebring visit.
      • The Cowles students will be working with an Artist in Residence,
      Barb Vaske, through the Connecting Kids and Culture funding. Each
      child will contribute to a mural to be placed in the front entrance to
      the school. The Mural will have a Mexican theme.
      • Cowles students will have a wide selection of after school
      programming to consider this winter. Groups planned include, Scrap
      booking, Drama, Math, Sign Language, Sewing, and more. Watch for a
      school e-mail with additional information and ways to sign up.
      • Amy has completed a trial run on a phone messaging system that she
      hopes to use as an additional tool to connect with families. She
      hopes to use the system to alert families of school closures, and for
      reminders for school wide events.
      • Cowles participated in the Younkers Community days' fundraiser
      November 15th. Amy received an additional check fro $268 from this
      fundraiser.
      • January 13th Parent Education meetings will be on "Following the
      child". Childcare will be available.


      Treasurer's Report Carla Ruble provided an updated balance sheet:

      CMPG Unallocated 5,064.70
      CMPG Expenses 566.80
      Auction-2008 3958.08
      Mid school clinics 50.00
      School Supplies 4,738.44
      Yearbook Fund 0.00
      Social Committee 0.00
      Professional Development 1,022.82
      Pennies for Peace 0
      Totals 15,400.84



      Funding requests were received and approved for the following item:

      Lora Fraracci requested $150 for the Social Committee's Valentines Day
      Party. The date was tentatively set for Friday February 13th.

      Amy Moore requested $1500 for school field trips. She will also
      contribute $600 from the schools general fund. Each of the three
      teams will receive $700.

      Amy Moore requested $500 to replace missing pieces in the classrooms.

      Amy More requested $6,000 for new materials

      Jennifer Gelner requested $200 for Ecology Day.

      All requests were approved by vote.

      Kathy Schneider reported that at the February CMPG meeting we will be
      forming a nominating committee.

      Our next CMPG meeting will be held on Monday, February 2nd at 6 pm.

      The meeting was adjourned at 6:50 pm.
    • Lori Emison Clair
      CMPG Meeting - 6:00 pm, April 6th, 2009 Meeting Minutes Attendance Lori Emison Clair Adam Egherman Lora Fraracci Jennifer Gelner Shari Hrdina Trish Karsjens
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 11, 2009
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        CMPG Meeting - 6:00 pm, April 6th, 2009
        Meeting Minutes

        Attendance



        Lori Emison Clair
        Adam Egherman
        Lora Fraracci
        Jennifer Gelner
        Shari Hrdina
        Trish Karsjens
        Jeri Kemple
        Sandee Lyons
        Kristen Mahoney
        Ed Moody
        Sarah Nevins
        Suzanne Popson
        Carla Ruble
        Kathy Schneider
        Rita Schneider
        Amy Sheeler



        Call to order
        Kathy Schneider, CMPG President, called the meeting to order at 6:07 p.m.
        Approval of minutes from March 2009 meeting


        Principal's Report (given by Jennifer Gelner)

        • There were three committees formed before Amy left on Maternity leave: Moving Up Ceremony, Reading Celebration week (May11th-15th) which will also include book exchange, and Montessori Birthday Celebration in the fall. There was some discussion that in the past the parents have done the book swap. Adam Egherman felt (although not on the committee) that if the parents wanted to do it they should go ahead and the teachers would not mind handing it over.
        • Pictures days are this week. April 8th will be 1-3 grades and April 9th will be pre-K, Kindergarten, and 4-8 grades.
        • ITBS testing is well underway with the last two classes to finish this week.
        • Field Day will be May 22 with a rain day of May 29th. If those days are both rainy there will be no field day. Parent volunteers are needed!
        • Amy sends her thanks to CMPG for allocating money for the new materials for teachers. All orders have been placed and teachers will begin to receive their materials this week.


        Old Business

        The Nominating Committee presented this year's slate of officers and opened the floor for nominations. There were no additional nominations. The slate was approved by unanimous vote as submitted.

        President: Trish Karsjens
        Vice President: Jeri Kemple
        Secretary: Kristen Mahoney
        Treasurer: Carla Ruble


        Treasurer's Report Carla Ruble provided an updated balance sheet:

        CMPG Unallocated 5,638.50
        CMPG Expenses 566.80
        Auction-2008
        Field trip 1,220
        Ecology Day 200
        Materials Supplies - Amy 4,671.53
        Pieces 500
        Mid school clinics 50.00
        School Supplies 3,378.81
        Yearbook Fund (650.00)
        Social Committee
        Professional Development 1,022.82

        Totals 16,598.46



        A Funding request was received and approved for the following item:

        Sandee Lyons requested that CMPG support the purchase of next year's BoB's Books. The estimated cost is $500.


        New Business:

        Rita Schneider is working to plan the Parent Education nights for next year. She handed out a draft list of possible topics. She opened the floor for input and will be submitting a final survey to parents to select topics, and input regarding scheduling.

        Adam Egherman announced that the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students are working on producing a play at Windsor Auditorium. Phantom Tollbooth will be showing on May 7th and 8th. The ticket price has not yet been set. This production is a fundraiser to support the youth participation in an over night at Spring Brook Environment Camp.

        Rita Schneider noted that the Montessori consultant advised them that there are number of large pieces of equipment needed for the upper elementary/middle school classes, and she plans to talk with Amy Moore about submitting a funding request to CMPG - with the specifics next month.

        Jennifer Gelner is requesting parent volunteers for the Ecology Day on April 22nd.

        Sandee Lyons lead the group in a round of applause in appreciation of the outgoing CMPG Officers.

        Kathy Schneider began a discussion of how CMPG wanted to celebrate teacher appreciation day this year. There were numerous suggestions from catered lunch, home cooked lunch, massages, to a more permanent gift such as a coffee machine or comfy chair for teacher lounge. Jerri Kemple agree to do some research into a catered lunch and possiblly some chair massages. Donations will be solicited from parents to cover the cost. Anyone willing to help should contact Jerri Kemple.

        Our next CMPG meeting will be held on Monday, May 4th at 6 pm.

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