In an effort to boost transparency between the BSCO Board and the BSE community, a monthly snapshot will be published of the various topics discussed at the Board's monthly meetings. These are not official minutes or a detailed description, but rather a window into the discussion and voting results of the Board
June Meeting-- 6/11/2018
The board met for the last time before summer to wrap up current business, share preliminary thoughts about next year, and celebrate accomplishments and transitioning board members. All current and newly elected board members were present. Kindergarten teacher, Debra Henley, spared some of her evening time to join the meeting as well.
President, Ashish Gupta, reiterated the 3 dates/times for the August playdates, intended to welcome new families and ease transition before school starts. The dates/times are Aug 6 (4:30-6), Aug 13 (4:30-6) and Aug 20 (5-7). Debra confirmed a representative from the kindergarten team will attend on at least 2 of the dates. Ashish shared the gratitude received from various staff members for the recent teacher grants approved by the board. The board approved the outstanding requests for Hokki stools from the kindergarten team and remaining headphones for the 3rd grade team. The BSCO budget will be combined with dollars already raised by teacher Donor's Choice pages to purchase 8 stools, leaving any remaining funds for additional headphones for 3rd grade.
The board shared thoughts about the Makers' Space idea and how it may or may not fit with the technology special. Even a minimal amount out of the STEM in residence budget could kick start this hands-on creating/coding lab - a meaningful alternative/complement to computer games. The board agreed with the desire to continue the coding in residence program which brought in great feedback from the BSE student body.
Ellen Rothery, VP of Fundraising, shared a near final draft of the the 2018-19 dates to remember. Aside from the earlier start, the other dates are well aligned to last year's calendar. Ellen revisited the community outreach opportunity which was originally suggested by a parent at the last community meeting. The board expressed support for using BSE's Boxtops program as a means to share funds with a neighboring school. Before moving forward, the idea will be presented to the new committee chair. While an auction lead is still unnamed, Ellen has led a lot of initial planning and brainstorming for next year's more simplified event. The initial groundwork would allow a new lead to hit the ground running.
The final weeks of the school year are memorable ones due in part to the energies of a number of committees. Holly VanderPloeg, Director of Committees, acknowledged the efforts of the carnival, 5th grade send-off activities, BTC and yearbook teams. The 5th grade composite and their chosen quotation is a wonderful contribution to the walls of BSE. It's worth a look before you depart for the summer. Holly shared more progress made with filling the committee lead list for the 2018-19 school year. One of the more time-critical positions, Monster Mash chair, has been filled. A co-lead is still desirable for an event of this magnitude.
After being asked to consider supporting a neighbor school event, the BSE community responded in an impressive way. Jenna Dornblaser, Director of Volunteers, recognized 30 BSE community volunteers who gave their time to help make the Barnes Elementary field day/JAT event a success. All end of year class parties are scheduled. Volunteers are welcome and appreciated at these end of the year events.
The community is invited to view the current financials here.