Friends of Reed – Humanities Academy

Minutes

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Friends Of Humanities Academy

Minutes

September 14, 2017

Ciavarra Home

 

  1. I. Call to order:

Meeting called to order at 7:38 PM. Motion to begin by Eric Ostergard, Second by Dahn Ballard.

In attendance: Lisa Thomas, Christi Goodman, Susan Ladd, Erica Fox, Bipasha Shom, Brian Singer, Dana Tobin, Lisetter Enriquez, Jennifer Swierad, Matthew Godfery, Erik Ostergard, Monica Tait, Bonnie & James George, Margaret Goldenberg, Dahn Ballard, Laura Mulrenan, Colleen Benard, Jen Ciavarra, Gillian Hobson, Suzanne Ostergard, Gisella Valencia

 

  1. Secretary’s Report: Short review by Susan. Minutes approved. Motion by Lisa, second by Christi.

 

III. Treasurer’s Report: Christi explained her new original system of understanding how our budget works; the income and expenses bracketing/supporting the classroom expenses/enrichment and the day/overnight field trips. h. Missing $3000 refund check has been confirmed, not received.

 

  1. Old Business:

Thanks to the Ciavarra family for their generosity in hosting a gracious and delicious 1st meeting.

Surplus t-shirts are being held by Ms. Dagilis.

No Kale Bake Sale every Thursday 3PM continues to be successful.

Annual Giving Campaign: We are ahead of projections for the number of families that participated at this time last year. We still need to make a push for a goal of $15K.

Info meeting on 8th NYC Trip 9/13.

Chromebook Cart Purchase voted on and approved from prior year’s suprplus. Motion by Dahn Ballard. second by Brian Singer.

 

  1. New Business:

8th/NY Trip (Ms Bobrosky-Kinsey lead teacher) announced.

Poker Night (Erik Ostergard) presented.

Jen Swiersad volunteered to chair.

 

  1. Needs:

Teacher needs discussed and volunteers stepped up to fill lisaon positions.

9pm meeting adjoured. Bonnie George called to close and Lisa T. seconded.

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Friends of Humanities Academy

Minutes

April 6, 2017

8:00 am – Walter Room Rm. 107

I. Call to order:

Meeting called to order at 8:07 am. Motion by Melaney, second by Leah.

In attendance: Ora Lavi Bipasha Shom, Erica Fox, Ms. Szymanski, Jeannie DeLaura

Leah Altschuler, Melaney Dees, Susan Ladd.

II. Secretary’s Report:

Minutes approved. Motion by Leah, second by Jeannie.

III. PHBAO:

Special funding as per pupil funding category for one year to replace PHBAO will cover next year. This will be explained at orientation. We will lose one teacher. Next year everyone will be in an Academy. Most of the school will be in the Global Leadership Academy. There will be seven Academies. 37 students per classroom.

IV. Old Business:

Incoming 6th grade event was a big success thanks to Suzy & Thomas Downs. 50 -60 people

Attended. Ms. Gamba and Mr. Demski were there.

NatureBridge needs to work out food allergy issues.

Holocaust: The son of of husband/wife survivors in their late 80’s will speak. 4/16

Only the 8th grade humanities and 8th grade IHP attend. David Goodman videotaping.

V. New business

We need new Board members to fill Treasurer, President or co-chair Presidents,

VP Fundraising, VP Communications.

Kids can help with No Kale Bake Sale on Thursday from 3 – 3:20pm. Contact Margaret

Goldenberg.

SSC Bugdet: Everything is covered in the budget. Librarian, Dean and Nurse have retained

their positions.

Need to ramp up Reed website since getting into Academies from Reed website is difficult.

Laura Biasini posting to FB page.

Special Bell schedule due to Bunny Bowl.

VI. Needs:

Need help with Spring Fair.

Need Ventura Receipts. Bring to FOR Box in the main office.

8:57 pm Meeting Adjourns: Leah first, Melaney seconds.

Next Meeting May 5, 2017 7 – 9 pm

 

Friends of Humanities Academy 

Minutes

September 8, 2016

7:00 pm – Zeltzer’s home

I. Call to order:

Meeting called to order at 7:15 pm. Motion by Leah, 2nd by Elaine.

II. Secretary’s Report:

No minutes to approve at this time.

III. Treasurer’s Report:

Not much changed. T-shirts are making money and well liked.

Some 6th grade field trip money is in. We hope to collect $30K for annual giving.

Leah approved the budget. Mel 2nd.

IV. Dates to remember:

Reviewed dates.

10/5 Meet the High School Night Approximately 50 schools present at

MTHSNight. Parents make 4 choices and attend in 4 classrooms. Guidebook online.

Don’t wait until 8th grade. Suggested to go as early as possible (6 grade parents) to see

as many choices possible.

10/12 No school

10/13 Parent Teacher Conferences (student run)

10/14 Minimum day/Halloween Haunted Carnival

10/26 Incoming Prospective parents

10/28 Talent Show is the biggest fundraiser besides Annual Giving. Talent Show food tbd.

A suggestion was made to promote Talent Show to incoming parents on 10/26.

11/2 REQUIRED 8th grade parent meeting 8:30am. FOR board has no representation

thus this is a required 8th grade meeting.

11/4 College/Career Day

11/8 Ultrazone Lasertag 6-10pm

V. Introduce Board – Melanie Dees & Leah Altshuler – PRES.

Jeannie DeLaura & Lisa Thomas (t-shirt designer/producer) – VP

Susan Ladd –  Secretary

VI. Administration requests:

a. Early leave – Your child can leave a note from the parent or guardian with explicit

instructions in the box at the front table upon entering school. The main office will take it

from there. 20 minutes before the end of the day do not pick up. Make arrangements

before that time.

b. No deliveries to students

c. Parking procedures reviewed: No u-turns, no double parking or in front of driveways,

no waiting at homes for pick up.

d. No posters on walls. Butcher paper must be used with painter’s tape.

VII. Parent Involvement Needed:

FOR – needs check writer.

Male chaperones needed for Naturebridge

Ms. Mansfield needs teacher liaison

Mel O’Neil needs co-chair for Talent Show

School Site Council (SCC) are open meetings  that parents are advised to attend since important budget decisions re: Title 1 allotments.

Shared Decision Making Committee are also open to attend.

Career Day needs 30-40 people to make presentations. One hour commitment (Nov. 4th)

Please talk to Mel or Leah

Meet the HS Night needs 10 volunteers (Oct. 5)

VIII. Annual Giving:

Lisa Thomas presented her rough draft of flier.

Through Annual Giving Campaign we raised the money needed to purchase Lap Top Carts for FOHA. Last year 12 scholarships were funded so everyone was able to attend Naturebridge.

Discussion re: confusion re: FOR form since it is hard to find the FOHA ask.

IX. Update:

Laurie Jon Caravella presented Paint Night fundraiser. November 10th a good night for

this event. Parents only.

Shifting of classes settled.

All 8th grade humanities students needed to help out with Talent Show.

NG – designates no grade on progress reports.

Oct. 6th is the next FOHA meeting at 8am.

Nov. 11th is the Fall Mixer Evening.

Mrs. Bart received eyeball approval for science labs.

X. Adjournment:

Mel motioned to adjourn at 8:03. Susan 2nd.

Submitted by: Susan Ladd, Secretary

THE TEACHER’S (POTENTIAL) STRIKE

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While FOR/HA is not permitted to endorse, promote or take a position on the impending teacher’s strike, please note that the leaders of the UTLA announced their members will strike on Thursday, Jan 10, unless they reach an agreement on a new contract with LAUSD.
The contract talks have been going on for about a year and a half and are centered around several issues: higher salaries (a 6.5% across the board salary increase), smaller class sizes, more nurses and librarians, more counselors, social workers and deans, and smaller special education caseloads.
Per Ms. Gamba, should the teacher’s strike, ‘additional certificated staff will be deployed to school sites from the District offices. WRMS will have a plan in place for utilizing all staff on campus, with the support of the certificated staff, to provide supervision of all students.
The plan is that students will rotate in activities between a classroom setting, Auditorium, and outdoors.Each setting will have adequate supervision.’
While the Administration recommends that all students should be in school everyday, regardless of the strike, should you choose to keep your child home, the school will follow the same practice as they do for all absences, which includes a written note from the parent/guardian explaining the reason for the absence. If the student has more than 7 absences at the end of the year, when we review students culmination eligibility, then the student can submit an appeal to the committee as needed.
Ms. Gamba reminds us that we are a strong school community with our focus on our children. And that while the coming week(s) will present challenges for all of us, she knows that together we will support each other and our families. We’re All In For The Wolfpack!

TEXAS HOLD EM’ EVENT!

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Here’s to another fun (adult) night coming up for Reed parents!

Don’t wait to buy your tickets for the 2nd Annual Texas Hold’Em tournament…all proceeds go to programs for Humanities!

To buy your early bird tickets, click here!

https://squareup.com/store/friends-of-reed-humanities

7th Grade AstroCamp Trip

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7th Grade Families…the final payment ($250) for ASTROCAMP is due on January 16th! Please make checks payable to Friends of Reed, Humanities Academy and write ASTROCAMP in the memo line.

We are THANKFUL for HUMANITIES…

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We are THANKFUL for…
• Our amazing teachers and their commitment to the Humanities Academy!

• Our fabulous volunteers who are dedicated to this vibrant and active SLC!

• Our students who we believe are the brightest and most creative minds in MS!

Thanksgiving is truly a time to be THANKFUL for all the good things in your life.

We hope that you count the Humanities Academy as one of those things to be THANKFUL for. As our ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN continues we hope that you will keep us in mind during this giving season.

FOR/HA (Friends of Reed /Humanities Academy) needs YOU!

FOR/HA Provides:

• Technology in the classroom (laptops, software & maintenance)

• Text Books, Classic Novels, & Work Books

• Magazine Subscriptions

• Science Laboratory Equipment & Supplies

• Teacher Supplies & Equipment

• Academic Enrichment – Shakespeare Worshops, LA Poet’s Society

• Field Trips

• Guest Speakers

• Pig Heart Dissection

Please consider contributing to the FOR/HA Annual Giving Campaign.

Next Tuesday is #GivingTuesday!

The suggested family donation is $500 but no donation is too small or big!

Donating is SUPER easy! Just click on this link https://friendsofreed.org/donations/forha-annual-fund/

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! WE ARE THANKFUL FOR YOU!

Woosley Fire Donations

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The Humanities Academy is collecting anything and everything for the fire victims who have lost everything. If you have dog food, bikes, clothes, dishes, blankets, towels, etc… please bring to school. You can drop off to Ms. Szymanski or Ms. Holbrook’s room. It is the season for giving, but also has been a time of devastation to many of our local residents who have lost everything. Let us be thankful for what we have, and inspire our kids to give a little of what they have. Donations will be collected until Winter Break…and possibly after if still needed.

ANNUAL GIVING

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The Humanities Academy kicked off our Annual Giving Campaign last week! FOR-HUMANITIES is YOU! A powerful, non-profit, parent volunteer group dedicated to YOUR children. We have so many wonderful programs planned for our students and WE NEED YOUR HELP! That’s where Annual Gicing comes in. Your tax-free donations are vital to fill the budget gap that LAUSD does not cover. You can donate by clicking on https://friendsofreed.org/donations/forha-annual-fund/ Every dollar is important!

STRIKE!

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Protest People

STRIKE!! Hopefully Not, but now that I have your attention:

Hello, I realize by now many of the parents of the Reed Middle School community have heard of the possibility of a job action by teachers and other UTLA union members, however, most of what you are hearing in the press, and social media is just not true. For this reason, I have scheduled a school wide meeting for ALL PARENTS to attend and hear about the REAL issues facing STUDENTS, COUNSELORS, NURSES, LIBRARIANS, and TEACHERS.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, 4 December, beginning at 5:30pm, in the auditorium of Walter Reed Middle School. A representative from UTLA will be at this meeting to give even more details, as well as answer questions you may have. The parents of our “feeder” schools are invited as well, as this is a possible event that affects our entire community. Please join us, and support us in this campaign to insure your children get the best education they can from UTLA members, and persuade LAUSD to really think about what’s best for them. Hope to see you at this important meeting, Sincerely,

Eric Gallagher

UTLA Chapter Chair

7th & 8th Grade GLA English

Commandant of Cadets

FALL MIXER – November 15th

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Come mix and mingle with your fellow Humanities Academy parents! Suzanne Lezotte and Erik Ostergard have generously offered to host at their home in Studio City. Look for an invitation in your e-mail this week. Come meet your fellow Humanities Families!

CPK Humanities Restaurant Night!

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Please join us for Humanities Restaurant Night at CPK on Tuesday, November 27th!  CPK will donate a portion of money from all of our meals to Humanities.  You will have just survived Thanksgiving…who wants to cook after Thanksgiving?!?!  Let CPK do the cooking and Humanities benefits!

SAFETY MEETING!

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Walter Reed will host a School Safety meeting for our parents and staff on Wednesday, November 7th at 6:00 pm in the Auditorium. This will be an opportunity to learn and ask questions related to recent events involving school safety. Representatives from our Local District Administrative staff and School Police will be here to provide support and information for our school. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the school and ask to speak with an Administrator.