Monday, November 28, 2016

November meeting highlights:

  • Reflections update from Coordinator Edgar Tolentino:  Judging should be concluded by the end of the month and winners forwarded to the District Chair by December 9th.  The awards ceremony will be held January 18th at Washington-Lee High School.  Snowdate is January 25th.  Individual submissions should be returned to the schools by the first week in December.  
  • The CCPTA budget for 2016-2017 was passed.
  • Any PTAs that have not updated their information with the Virginia PTA should expect an e-mail from CCPTA Treasurer, Linley Mancilla, to remind them to update their current information.
  • CCPTA has received three requests for CPCI funding so far this year.  
  • Each PTA that has been "credited" proceeds from the pumpkin patch sales should contact Chris Ditta to indicate where they would like the proceeds to be forwarded.  Funds can be paid directly to the PTA or requested to be donated to the CCPTA's CPCI fund.   
  • SEPTA's grant cycle has ended.  Requests totaled $7,000 and there was $3,000 to give.  Somehow, all requests managed to be funded!  Drew Model School is still in need for additional funds for two smart boards.  Contributions are welcomed.
  • Rosa Briceno provided a presentation and update on the FACE (Family and Community Engagement) initiative.  FACE works to engage parents and the community to work together with schools.  CCPTA supports this initiative by providing resources for FACE activity/event food and childcare needs.
  • Dulce Carrillo is the new FACE Community Engagement Coordiantor.  Her role is to increase public participation in schools by creating two-way dialogues with organizations such as CCPTA and others with the community.  She works to engage the community in such issues as school boundary processes, the Drew visioning process, budget, the School Board's upcoming admissions and transfer policy review, etc.  She also will meet quarterly with Arlington County to coordinate with their community engagement efforts.
  • SharePlay.org founder and Glebe Elementary School Spanish teacher Yanira Umana Ayala gave a presentation on the SharePlay service project now in its third year at Glebe.  The project aims to facilitate children helping other children in need and has raised money to provide a soccer field and the first inclusive playground for children with disabilities for schools in El Salvadore.  Currently in its third year, the goal is to get more schools involved and to provide a basketball court for a middle school in El Salvadore.
  • Education Theatre Company (ETC) Executive Director, Stan King gave a presentation on ETC's various programs and its efforts in Arlington schools.  Mr. King noted that their programs do well at schools that can afford them, but not as well at less affluent schools. Students at less affluent schools do not have the same access to the arts and ETC's programs. ETC is trying to bring-in more Title I schools through grants.  Similarly, ETC runs numerous summer camps for students pre-K through 12 and would like to provide one scholarship per camp.  They are looking for prospective scholarship students.
  • Dr. Barbara Kanninen was this month's school board representative.  
    • She spoke about Arlington Tech, noting that all 8th grade students have visited the facility and recruitment efforts continue to fill next year's class of 100 students.  
    • Also, the visioning process for Drew Elementary has begun and the community seems to have a good sense of the programming it would like to implement as the Montessori program moves to the current Patrick Henry facility when that school moves to their new site at TJMS/Community Center.  The next meeting for the Drew visioning is scheduled for December 8th.
    • The lease at the Syphax/Sequoia center is being finalized and the offices currently housed at the Ed Center will be relocating to that site.  It is still to be determined what will be done with the Ed Center building.
    • High school boundary adjustment process continues.  The School Board will take action on its decision at its December 1st meeting.
    • The process to fill positions for the Joint Facilities Advisory Committee (JFAC) continues.  About 50 applications have been received.
  • Superintendent's report by Dr. Murphy:
    • Dr. Murphy noted remarks by School Board Chair Nancy Van Doren and School Board member Emma Violand-Sanchez following the presidential election earlier this month.  He also noted that resources can be made available for schools wanting or needing them due to concerns following the national political debate.
    • Dr. Murphy noted Arlington schools' ratings in the Niche rankings.
    • Arlington Tech is accepting applications for the 2017-18 incoming freshman class.  Dr. Murphy noted that the program is suited for both college and non-college tracts with certifications making students job-ready at graduation and the ability to earn dual enrollment credits.
    • MLK Jr. essay contest submissions are due 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 9.
  • FAC report by Lois Koontz indicates all current projects on track.  Ms. Koontz also highlighted APS' efforts to change its method of construction contracting by using  a project management company to manage construction contracts.  APS does not have sufficient staff to oversee its multiple concurrent projects and using a project management company is fiscally efficient in the long term.
See you in December!

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