Weekly Reminder - 4/15/19
Week of April 15, 2019
It was another spirited activity filled Sleep Under! Thank you, parents for supporting this fundraiser and a heartfelt thank you to the parents, teachers and student volunteers who pitched in to manage the crazy fun chaos and make it happen! Thank you Mr. Bradford for taking the teacher lead, Mrs. Wallner, Mr. Monahan and Mike Bremmer for all your help! Parents - Nina Hines, Jennifer Wisnewski and Dana Johnson for your time and talents! Thank you student volunteers for being so willing to help where you were needed - Ava Hlavach, Taylor Wilson, Peyton Washington, Jillian Phillips, Ena Hines, Daniella Honkamp, DeLaney McNally, Ana Pienkos and Bella Bianchini . As I saw the kids dancing in the dark with the glitter globe, painting eachother’s faces and nails .... I reflected on how this tradition is one of the many reasons St. Monica is so special.
Notes from the Gym
There is not much to share after an extremely busy week last week, but it is still important as we close in on our Easter Break.
First of all, I want to thank all of our students and parents who attended Sports Night on Thursday. It was such an awesome evening, and the turnout was impressive. It was a great celebration with our 8th grade student-athletes being honored, and St. Monica alum Joe Sherburne sharing his stories about his successful college career on the basketball court and in the classroom. Steve "Homer" True was the perfect emcee, and encouraged our students to ask such thoughtful questions of Joe. And of course, the 3-point shooting contest was as epic as always, with 7th grader Kelly Tarantino and Joe winning by making a total of six 3-point shots. I would like to send a shout out to the parents on the Athletic Board for their hard work to make the event run smoothly, and all of those who volunteered....it truly was a team effort!!
Next, our April meeting of Donuts & Devotions will take place this Wednesday the 17th at 7:30am. This will be a great opportunity with Holy Week and all that we celebrate as we move through Lent toward Easter Sunday. I will send out an e-mail to RSVP next week, but I wanted to get it on your calendars. The final Donuts & Devotions will take place on Wednesday, May 15th.
Finally, we will be offering our Little Dribblers basketball program beginning after Easter Break. I will e-mail registration forms and more details about this program in the next couple of days, and I am excited that our students can get a basketball in their hands and work on their skills for four weeks this spring.
Thank you for your support of everything that goes on in the gym!!
Blessings, Mrs. Wallner
St. Monica School Committee Meeting Minutes
MINUTES OF MEETING
April 2, 2019
A meeting of the St. Monica School Committee (the “Committee”) was held at Donovan Hall at 6:50 p.m. local time on April 2, 2019. The following voting committee members participated in person: Mike Weinzierl, Beth Cherveny, Kate Began, Sarah McNally, Jim Place, Patrick Whitaker, Amy Lovejoy, and Ryan Van Den Elzen. Ed Mooney was unable to attend. The following ex-officio non-voting committee members participated in person: Fr. Paul Hartmann, Pastor of St. Monica Parish; Mike Landgraf, Principal of St. Monica School (the “School”); Elsie Carroll, Pastoral Council Liaison; Kelly Balthasar and Connie Place, Home and School Committee Liaisons. Also present by invitation of the Committee were Lynn McIntyre, Dean of Students of St. Monica School; Kevin Reitman of St. Monica School; Jack Gebhardt, Trustee of St. Monica Parish; and John Schreiber, Trustee of St. Monica Parish.
1. Opening of Meeting. Mr. Weinzierl opened the meeting and acted as Chairman of the meeting. Mr. Van Den Elzen acted as Secretary of the meeting. Mr. Weinzierl directed that the minutes of the meeting reflect that all members were properly notified of the meeting and that the meeting was properly called and convened and ready to conduct business.
2. Approval of Minutes. Mr. Weinzierl next asked Mr. Van Den Elzen to review the minutes from the Committee’s February 5, 2019 Board meeting. Mr. Van Den Elzen reviewed the minutes and after discussion, upon a motion duly made, seconded and unanimously approved, the Board approved the minutes of the Board meeting held on such date.
3. Principal’s Report. Mr. Landgraf then updated the Committee on various matters related to the operation of the School. As part of his report, Mr. Landgraf informed the Committee that the school remains strong, that we have a very strong community and that we have several extremely qualified applicants for our open faculty positions for next year. Mrs. McIntyre also reported that enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is strong, and that the School currently expects to have a full 3K program in its inaugural year and that enrollment is also up in the 4K and 5K programs. Mrs. McIntyre also reported that the School store initially funded by the Committer earlier this school year is already profitable. The Committee asked questions and received answers.
4. Finance Report. Mrs. McNally then provided a summary of the most recent Parish Finance Committee meeting. She reported that Parish revenues (mainly from donations) are down significantly from the prior year and that expenses are up slightly. Without strong additional giving, the Parish is looking at a significant budget deficit. As a result, with the exception of increases in utilities, facilities, and some business office costs, the Parish’s direct financial contribution to School operations will be held flat for the foreseeable future. Mrs. Began then informed the Committee that the School’s budgeting process for 2019-2020 has begun and that the budget should be available for review soon. Mrs. Began also reported that the expected contribution from Home and School to the Priority Account is expected to be slightly lower this year than in recent years past, due largely in part to the larger fund a need at the past year’s auction. The Committee asked questions and received answers.
5. Technology Plan. Mrs. Lovejoy and Mr. Whitaker then reviewed the draft 3-year technology plan for the School with the Committee. They discussed the process used to create the plan and also discussed the anticipated funding and budgeting needs for various components of the plan. The Committee asked questions and received answers. After discussion, the Committee encouraged Mrs. Lovejoy and Mr. Whitaker to continue to refine the plan, with a goal of presenting a more specific plan and funding request at a future meeting.
6. Service and Annual Fund Update. Next, Mr. Place provided a short update on plans for various service projects and Mr. Weinzierl provided a review of the most recent trivia night and Annual Fund giving. The Committee asked questions and received answers.
7. New Drinking Fountains. Mr. Landgraf then informed the Committee that the School is still exploring options for a new drinking fountain outside of the School gymnasium. He will provide more information when it is available.
8. Technology Proposals. Mrs. Lovejoy, Mr. Whitaker, and Mr. Reitman then provided the Committee with an overview of the School’s technology infrastructure and hardware and reviewed with the Committee the details of their previously submitted long term technology plan as well as the proposals to (1) purchase and install a new UPS (uninterrupted power supply) for an estimated cost of $700 to ensure the stability of the School’s network; (2) purchase and install 40 new Chromebooks and 4 new charging stations for the intermediate classrooms for an estimated cost of $15,000; and (3) commit to contributing $10,000 annual to the School’s operating budget earmarked for technology repair, maintenance, and hardware upgrades/replacements. The Committee discussed the current status and use of technology in the School and asked questions regarding the necessity and efficacy of such technology use in educating the students. Mr. Landgraf and Mrs. McIntyre explained to the Committee that in their opinion the use of technology in the school is effective and that the requested expenditures are appropriate to maintain and gradually improve the status of technology in the School. The Committee asked questions and received answers. After discussion, upon a motion duly made, seconded and unanimously approved, the Committee resolved as follows:
RESOLVED, that the expenditure of approximately $700 on a UPS as presented to the Committee is hereby approved;
Further Resolved, that the expenditure of approximately $15,000 on 40 Chromebooks and 4 charging stations for the intermediate classrooms as presented to the Committee will be put to a vote at the next Committee meeting in accordance with the Committee’s Bylaws; and
Further Resolved, that the commitment to contribute $10,000 annually to the School’s operating budget to support technology repair, maintenance, and hardware upgrades/replacements will be put to a vote at the next Committee meeting in accordance with the Committee’s Bylaws.
9. Classroom Reorganization; Furniture and Supplies. Mrs. McIntyre then discussed the School’s plans for the new 3K and full day 4K classrooms, as well as some additional changes necessary to accommodate those new programs. Mrs. McIntyre informed the Committee that after exploring several options and weighing the pros and cons of each, the School has decided that the best alternative is as follows:
· the current 4K room will be used for the 3K program;
· the current first-floor 5K room will be used for the half-day 4K program;
· the current library will be used for the full day 4K program;
· the current 3rd Grade rooms will become the new 5K classrooms;
· the current second-floor 5K room and Academic Support room will become the new 3rd grade classrooms; and
· the library will be integrated into the Innovation Center.
Mrs. McIntyre explained that in connection with the addition of new classrooms and the moving of other classrooms, that certain furniture and supplies are required to (a) acquire furniture and supplies for the new 3K and 4K classrooms; and (b) acquire new desks and chairs for the 3rd grade class rooms to replace worn out and obsolete desks and chairs in those rooms. The estimated cost of such furniture and supplies is $12,600. The Committee asked several questions regarding both the planned use of space as well as the expenditures.
Mrs. McIntyre acknowledged that some stakeholders may be frustrated that the library, which was recently the subject of a fund a need, will be moved and repurposed. However, she pointed out that the investments recently made in the library will not be wasted. She noted that the improvements to the physical space were necessary regardless of usage of the room and that the materials purchased to renovate the library can be repurposed in the new library space. Mr. Weinzierl reminded the Committee that while one function of the Committee is to be a sounding board for School issues and concerns, that the School Committee does not have the authority to make decisions on how School space is used. Those decisions are made by the school with the approval of the Parish.
After discussion, upon a motion duly made, seconded and unanimously approved, the Committee resolved as follows:
RESOLVED, that the expenditure of approximately $12,600 on furniture and supplies for the 3K, 4K and 3rd grade classrooms as presented to the Committee will be put to a vote at the next Committee meeting in accordance with the Committee’s Bylaws
There being no further business, the meeting of the Committee was adjourned at approximately 8:15 p.m. (local time).
Ryan L. Van Den Elzen, Secretary
Hot Lunch Menu
Lunch Duty Schedule
1 - First Day to Wear Shorts
2 - 8:30am Mass / 6:30pm Common Leadership School Committee Meeting
3 - 8:15am Home & School Meeting
5 - Spirit Wear Casual Dress Day / 6:30pm Variety Show @ Dominican HS
9 - 8:30am Mass
10 - 2:30pm Dismissal
16 - 8:30am Mass
18 - 11am Student & Family Stations of the Cross / 11:30am Dismissal
19-26 - NO SCHOOL, SPRING BREAK
27 - Classes Resume
30 - 8:30am Mass