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
November Meeting-- 11/20/2017
On the Monday prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, the board came together to discuss several topics. DeDe Osborne, one of the Volunteer Directors, and Melissa Gatchell (Treasurer) were unable to attend.
Ashish Gupta, President, shared progress on the preliminary science school plans for this year's 5th graders. A 3-day/2-night science school experience, held at Mazamas Mountain Science School in February, would offer students an opportunity to enhance their science inquiry skills and learn about mountain ecosystems. In order to safely cover the projected expense even after the student contribution and pancake breakfast fundraiser, BSCO has invited the community to vote on additional funding to support this year's 5th grade science school. This community meeting to vote on $2500 budget increase will follow the principal chat on Monday, Nov 27th, 2-3pm. [Update: The funding was approved at the community meeting.]
Per Ellen Rothery, VP for Fundraising, the final fundraising results from this year's Jog-a-thon were impressive at over $56k raised, which after expenses should net over $50k. The matching funds are incremental to these numbers. The school celebrated with an all school dance party and several classrooms celebrated milestone participation levels. Ellen confirmed final plans to celebrate the community-funded gymnasium projector with a first ever family movie night on Friday, Dec 1. Pizza Schmizza will have slices for sale prior to the start of the film.
Looking ahead to BSCO's 2nd fundraiser for the year, the board is excited to support the new auction chair, Lauren McCabe. An impressive group of community members joined Lauren at the auction committee kickoff before Thanksgiving, where procurement, event planning and themes were discussed. A collection of valuable survey responses from the community were also provided to the newly formed committee. The board spent time brainstorming ideas for new school projects which could be funded with fundraising proceeds. Both the date, Saturday, 4/21 and venue, the Tiffany Center, have been secured. Mark your calendars for this adults-only community soiree.
Holly VanderPloeg, Director of Committees, recognized the stellar work of many after a number of events including the Author visit, Staff Appreciation, Book Fair, Monster Mash and ongoing JAT classroom/all-school parties. New to the BSCO budget this year, the STEM in Residence program kicked off alongside the National STEM day on November 8th and the sampling of student feedback so far is positive. Over the duration of calendar year, each 2nd-5th grade student will be given 4 hour-long coding sessions, delivered by Saturday Academy. All K-1st graders will receive similar lessons, designed for their age group. With 2017-18 book titles announced and teams forming, OBOB committee planning is well underway.
Per Jenna Dornblaser, Director of Volunteers, the classroom winter parties are scheduled for Wednesday, 12/20. All party coordinators were provided training during the last month. Volunteers are lined up for the upcoming student vision screening on 12/7.
Covering for Treasurer, Melissa Gatchell, Ashish reviewed the budget, YTD spending and current/projected reserves. The community is invited to view the current financials below.