March 5th 2009

Parent Council Meeting Minutes
March 5, 2009
6:30 pm
Multipurpose Room
 
Board members present: Julia Janousek (chair and Marcy Family Network facilitator); Bettina Dehnhard (vice chair); Lisa Hondros (secretary, leadership representative); Jennifer McComas (parent liaison to Leadership)
 
Proceedings
 
1.  Mary from Entertainment gave a presentation about a possible fall fundraiser for Marcy. The Entertainment (formerly know as Happenings) coupon books are sold for $30. Marcy would get 30% to 50% of the proceeds depending on how the sale is set up. There is an online component where buyers can register with Entertainment and get in on additional coupons as they are available. The company also handles a gift catalog and Otis Spunkmeyer cookies. Everyone present at the meeting received a free coupon book to use. This coupon book would replace the Blue Sky Guide coupon book.
 
2.  Jennifer McComas presented a slide presentation about proposed district changes for elementary school options and potential impacts on Marcy.  [Jennifer will send slides to Julia for the website.]
 
Discussion of this afternoon’s Jackie Turner meeting at Marcy.  Jackie Turner is from the district office of family engagement.  She emphasized that she was speaking only for herself (not the district).  She suggested that community schools only is not a likely scenario and implied that zoned magnets are most likely (similar to what we have now with fewer magnets).  Boundaries are not known.  Types of magnets would be decided with community imput in each zone.
 
Parents proposed actions:  letter from PC to district and school board, individual letters to district and school board.
 
Ideas for letters:  we need to present district with case for how our school is not broken; parents discussed how what’s happening in one school relates to others in the area; we need to find community members outside of school to show support for Marcy.
 
Short term strategy:
Leadership letter to Sup. Green to be published in Parents Press; publish ideas for parent letters to district in Parents Press with district and board addresses; draft a letter from Parent Council; send letters to Northeaster and The Bridge; publicize upcoming meetings in Parents Press
 
Discussion of attending the upcoming meetings on elementary (K-5, K-8) scenarios.  Parents are encourages to attend the March Area B meeting at Hiawatha School which will address this topic:
 
March 19, 6:30-8:30
Hiawatha Community School
4201 – 42nd Avenue South
Presented in English and Spanish
 
There will also be a meeting at the district headquarters:
 
March 21
10 a.m. Minneapolis Public Schools Headquarters
807 NE Broadway
Presented in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish
 
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.?
Respectfully submitted, Lisa Hondros (serving as secretary)?