BSCO Board Meeting Snapshot & Treasurer’s Report: October 1, 2018
In an effort to maintain 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
October Meeting-- 10/1/2018
With the new school year now in full swing, the board met on the first of October to recap the first community meeting of the year and discuss a number of topics. Melissa Gatchell, BSCO Treasurer, was unable to attend.
Ashish Gupta, President, shared updates on a number of projects in the 2018-19 budget. For STEM in residence, Saturday Academy is slated to deliver multiple coding sessions to 3rd-5th grade students. This vendor is experienced in providing coding instruction in other local elementary schools and received very positive feedback from our own BSE students last year. Plans for grades K-2 are still being formulated. Additionally, Thermo Fisher Scientific awarded BSCO with a grant of $2,000 to support development of a maker space and science enrichment at BSE.
In response to the funds budgeted for emergency preparedness, board member, Josh Resch, guided the board through his research of water storage drum options. The board agreed with his recommendation to procure 5 55-gallon drums along with water treatments and a couple of siphon kits. While there is a location identified for the drums, securing the drums will require some additional planning. Additionally, in the coming weeks, each classroom and specials room will be supplied 2 gallons of water.
In an effort to organize materials/supplies across the various committees and enable more re-use year over year, there are organization efforts planned for the volunteer room. While a long lead time FIP would delay installation of cabinets, gorilla rack/totes can offer immediate improvement.
BSCO's first and largest fundraiser of the year, Jog-a-thon, continued to gain momentum over the last several weeks. Per Ellen Rothery, VP of Fundraising, and as of October 1st, several classrooms were well on their way to reaching 80% participation and pledges exceeded $25k. This impressive result is ahead of where last year's JAT was at a similar time relative to the event date and fares well for meeting the fundraiser's goal of $40k. In only a week’s time, these dollar results have nearly doubled! [Latest update is here.] Another family movie night is calendared for Friday, Nov 30th. This event celebrates the community funded gym projector and features a family friendly PG/G-rated title TBD. Doors are expected to open at 6:30 and the movie rolls at 7pm.
Michelle Mulholland and Stephanie Wilson, Directors of Volunteers, reported 100% of the classroom coordinator roles are already filled and training was provided. There is some good progress on filling party coordinator roles but there is more work to do in the coming weeks.
Director of Committees, Katie Kammer, recognized the work of numerous committee leads and volunteers preparing for several upcoming events, including the first Parent Ed night on 10/9, Walk to School day on 10/10, BSE's first author visit on 10/10, Scholastic Book Fair and the popular school-wide Monster Mash party on 10/19. An evening event, open and free to all students and their families, the Monster Mash is a large undertaking. The community's help is critical to putting on an event of this size. A push for volunteers will continue in the coming weeks.
Thanks to Josh Resch, Director of Communications, the BSCO site now features a more modern and sophisticated google search capability. Compared to the prior search, this search engine is much improved and search results are ordered by most recent date.