Monthly Archives: November 2012

Meeting Minutes from 11/13

Harry Stone
General PTA Meeting
November 13, 2012

The meeting was called to order by Pres. Paul Beatty at 6:33
Review of the agenda.
Minutes from the September meeting – Motion to approve. Motion carries. Minutes approved.

Ms. Straley presents the piano students. Holiday music cd for sale. Last year the proceeds went to piano maintenance.
Two students performed Canon in D.

Updates from Ms. Curry: still some bond improvements going on. School is brighter due to lighting and painting. Thanks to parents who pushed – we now have new lockers. Parents can get things done. We need more parent involvement to continue to make improvements. District-wide initiatives – Harry Stone will be focused on doing the right thing for our children. We will still have excellence in our school regardless of initiatives from the board. Destination 2020 goals are in alignment with our goals. Our students will graduate on time and with honors. Our goals exceed the districts’. HS offers courses for high school credit. High schools need to be prepared to accept our students (above the bar). HS will not rest until our students are where they need to be. We cannot reach our goals without effective teachers. Thanks to the parents who encourage our staff. The IB program will take our curriculum deeper. It will not be in isolation. On Jan 22 there will be an IB training for teachers and interested parents from 8-4. Please let the office know if you will be coming. 5th graders and below will be eligible for IB at HS. Do not worry about the changes coming down. Our teachers are fine. Waiting for decision on extra 45 minutes/day for teachers. May have to make slight adjustments to scheduling.

Email or call Ms. Curry with any question.

Ms. Crabtree presents the advanced acting class (7th and 8th graders). Selections from Shakespeare. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever being performed in December.

Mr. Beatty thanked the parents and members for all you do. The teachers need to hear thanks from the parents.

Jalonda Davis gave membership update. Our membership is close to 150. We earned an early bird award and are in the running for an award for most increased membership. Congrats to Ms. Wright’s class for having the most members. Please join PTA if you have not already.

Upcoming events at HS. Daddy/Daughter dance Feb. 22. Family Fun Night March 29. Emails and notifications will be sent. Dance is for all girls in all grades. Close relatives may be invited. Everyone invited to Family Fun Night.

Updates: go to website. Great information there.
Meeting adjourned at 7:16.

DISD Magnet Fair

The DISD Magnet Fair will be December 1, 2012 at Skyline High School from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Our Magnet Open House will be Thursday, December 13, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The November Book Fair has arrived!!

We will keep the following hours on campus for the book fair this year:

8:30-12:00 Open (we will not be open before school hours as I did not want to compete with students who have signed up for classes, otherwise students need to be in the gym/auditorium for teachers to pick up so that class may begin on time)

12:00-12:30 Closed to eat lunch (exception will be on Thursday when parents will be here for Thanksgiving lunches)

12:30-2:30 Open

2:30-3:15 Closed to restock and for PK/K to have private shopping

3:15-4:30 Open, but students should be with an adult to shop after school that way there aren’t any missed buses, parents waiting to pick up out front in the circle drive, or parent pick up from after school…this way no one is “missing” when a parent arrives to get their child. You are welcome to park on the street or in the parking lot to come back in and shop with your child. After school has talked to me and they may escort small groups of students to the book fair in the afternoons but students are required to go there and sign in first and then come with the after school teacher and/or their parent.

Open Late tomorrow night, Tuesday Nov. 13, from 5:30-7:30 for the PTA meeting!

If you are unable to attend our physical fair on campus then you can shop virtually at our online book fair located at the following address: Shipping is free and to the school. When I see that you have made a purchase then I will contact you when it arrives and about how you want to pick it up…we can be sneaky if needed, in case you are holiday shopping!! The online fair will run until the 23rd (Black Friday!!). Happy Shopping and thanks for your support of our school library!

Kari L. Worsham, M.L.S.
Harry Stone Montessori Academy Library

PTA Meeting Tuesday, 11/13

We’re having a PTA meeting Tuesday evening from 6:30 – 7:30 in the Auditorium.