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

Laser Tag Night!

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SAVE THE DATE – LASER TAG FUNDRAISER!
FoR/HA will be hosting another super fun Laser Tag night at Ultrazone in Sherman Oaks! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 26th frm 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.!

We will be offering pre-sale tickets at $25, the price will be $30 at the door. Pre-sale flyers are going home with students. All proceeds benefit the Humanities Academy, but all are welcome to play!

Mendocino Farms Restaurant Night!

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Please join your friends and neighbors in support of our amazing Humanities Academy! Discover the newly opened Mendocino Farms Restaurant in Studio City on March 5th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.!

Don’t forget to present the Mendocino Farms Restaurant Night Flyer when you order, FOR/HA gets 20% back!

Mendocino Farms is located at 11960 Ventura Blvd. in Studio City!

ASTROCAMP RESCHEDULED!

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ASTROCAMP UPDATE

MARK YOUR CALENDARS, ASTROCAMP RESCHEDULED!!

Our field trip to AstroCamp has been rescheduled and is now MARCH 15-17, 2019. This is a minimum day and we will be leaving for camp at 1pm. We understand there may be instances where this date no longer works for your student, or a student may now be interested in participating. A new intention slip will come home on Tuesday, 2/19 for all students. Please note, if your student is now unavailable and you have paid for the trip, a refund will be provided to you. If your child could not attend the trip this weekend but is available to attend the new date the $100 deposit is due February 22nd, the $250 remaining balance will be due March 1st.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

WALK 4 WATER

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W4W Flyer with Tear Off copy ONE COLOR copy

Friends of Reed is leading the initiative to get filtered water bottle filling stations installed at school! 
We need REED STUDENTS to attend the LIVE EVENT to SHOW THEIR SUPPORT!

Due to rain the in the forecast for this week the Walk 4 Water Event has been moved from Tuesday, February 12th  to APRIL 2ND!

The event will still take place 1:30-3:30pm on the PE Field.  Reed Students who choose to walk laps around the field will earn one (1) raffle ticket per lap walked. Prize drawing will be at the end of the event at around 3:15pm.  You must be present to win!

If you haven’t already done so, please create pages for your children and share the page URL to friends and family via e-mail and social media!

https://www.firstgiving.com/event/friendsofreed/Walk4Water

FEBRUARY FOR/HA MEETING

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The February FOR/HA Meeting will be held Wednesday, February 27th at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at a private residence. Please e-mail Jeanne Turbow at turbow@sbcglobal.net for the address.

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.

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!

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!

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.