In attendance: Brigitte Todd, Kana Steinbach, Angie Christiansen, Mercedes Fisk, Lonna Hurst, Jessie Hackford, Amy Swensen, Yvonne Ruiz Diaz, Katie Jensen, Michele Selfe
The meeting was opened by Brigitte Todd, HOPE’s legal director. She announced the resignation of HOPE president Laura Jensen because of Laura’s child’s illness. Jessie Hackford, president-elect, agreed to take over as president for the rest of the school year and was voted in by those present.
Amy Swensen provided handouts with an outline of coming events, which were reviewed first. Amy reported on Box Tops. We will submit what we have in February and June. Angie Christiansen volunteered to be responsible for their submission.
Yvonne Ruiz Diaz reported on the progress of the candygrams fundraiser for Valentine’s Day. She ordered small stuffed animals to be sold this year for $5 each alongside the usual candy valentines for $2 each. If we run out of stuffed animals (she made an initial order of 110), we will order more. She showed everyone present the grams. We’re reusing the same design for the candy, and the stuffed animals will have a valentine that reads “Wild about You, Valentine.” Jessie volunteered to redesign the order form and will have that to Yvonne and Angie Matheson by the end of the week. Yvonne will need four volunteers to help assemble the orders.
The library will be having a reading fundraiser, Reach for the Stars, February 4-6, where students get pledges for minutes read. Someone from HOPE needs to be present each day to count money.
Jacket orders are due today. Brigitte and Jessie will collect the orders currently in the HOPE drop box after the meeting, and any late orders will be collected by Friday. Jessie will submit the order on Friday, January 18.
An executive board meeting will be held at the South Jordan campus tomorrow, January 15, at 8:45 a.m. in the board room. Jessie and Brigitte will attend.
Amy requested the budget numbers for the parent-teacher conference dinner on March 27 and field day on May 22. Jessie will find out those amounts tomorrow at the executive board meeting. Amy reported that Gnarly Charlie (who ran the fun run) offered to do an obstacle course for field day. We’ll review his offer once we know the budget.
Angie Christiansen volunteered to coordinate the parent-teacher conference dinner. We will have about 80 people to feed.
Katie Jensen volunteered to coordinate the book fair. The Scholastic Book Fair will be held March 26-28. Coinciding with the book fair will be the student-led conferences, the Grand Event, and a used uniform sale. Jessie will find out the theme at the executive board meeting. Brigitte recommended that we keep the fair low key with minimal decorations.
Yvonne will coordinate Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10. She and Katie will also coordinate April’s coin drive. They are considering hanging upside-down umbrellas in the classrooms to collect the money and using a theme like April Showers.
Yvonne presented her ideas for a spring carnival. She wants to bring back the big money makers: food (hot dogs, cotton candy, and popcorn) in the cafeteria, a bake sale, face painting, glitter tattoos, and a photo booth. She suggested having bounce houses again but making them free or having a small, flat fee per family. Each grade could collect donations for a basket to auction. Others in attendance agreed to make it a family event. Jessie will schedule a date during the executive board meeting.