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King PTA October Update

Here’s the PTA update:

Enrollment Balancing/School and Boundary Changes

We had a packed house at the enrollment balancing discussion held last Friday at Trace and Julie’s house. We agreed to formulate a coherent vision for what King School needs. We will use data to justify our arguments and our position will be based on our common principles. The summary of this meeting and the date for the next meeting will be announced soon. Stay tuned! The PPS sponsored meetings at King will occur on October 19th at 9:15 in the morning and on October 23rd at 6:00pm. Watch the calendar at: www.kingpta.org/calendar

Budget for 2012-2013

Do you have ideas for the PTA budget? Stop by the coffee chat tomorrow and let us have your ideas. We hope to have the draft budget finalized and ready for adoption at next week’s PTA meeting. Let’s put our money where it will do the most good.

Portland Council Clothing Closet Volunteer Day—FAIL!

Sad news—our first day this year to send volunteers to the clothing closet did not go well. We were asked to send 5-6 volunteers and recruited 4. Three of those had to bow out at the last minute due to emergencies and the other two schools assigned that day sent no one! Kudos to Galen Swain who saved the day despite having to attend to her preschooler as well! In order to avoid another unfortunate situation, we will need to get at least six volunteers for our next assigned day, April 11th and I would hope to have a list of alternates as well. Save the date!

Clothes Drive for clothing center

You may have noticed our clothing drive barrel at the school entrance. We are also collecting at Umpqua Bank on Alberta now and Whole Foods on Fremont soon. The PTA Clothing Center is very low on the following needs: gently used boys and girls jeans size 4-12, warm coats, gloves, and scarves, new socks and underwear/boxers. Please make sure that used donations are washed as the PTA center does not have laundry facilities.

Auction Committee update

We have a few well organized volunteers for this year’s auction committee. We will need a few more to get the ball rolling and to divvy up responsibilities. Once the committee is organized and meeting, the time and place of the auction will need to be nailed down soon. Don’t be afraid to volunteer—give as little or as much time as you are able. There are needs from administration to envelope stuffing to soliciting donations. Email us and we will put you in touch.

Chinook Book Fundraiser

We have Chinook Books! Our first year selling Chinook Books was last year and it was not well promoted. This year, we do not have a volunteer to run this fundraiser. If you would like to learn more about how we can maximize this opportunity for us, email us at info@kingpta.org. If you would like to buy one, they are $20 for the print version and $15 for the smartphone app version. Learn how the app works here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywgH-n4WRpg If you would like to coordinate this and help get the word out or make a flyer or order form, let us know.

Portland Fruit Tree Project

The Portland Fruit Tree project harvests fruit from trees throughout Portland and distributes it to those in need so that it doesn’t go to waste. They would like to partner with King School and need volunteers at King to pick up donations of fruit and to distribute it once a week to parents and students who can use it. If you would like to be on call to pick up donations and/or staff a table in the hallway once a week for about 30 minutes to bag and distribute it, please contact the PTA to learn more. info@kingpta.org

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is already upon us. Next Wednesday from 5:00-6:30. We will adopt the budget, nominate parent representatives to Site Council, and hear from the School and Arts Together initiative campaign: http://schoolsartstogether.com/ . If you have suggestions for the agenda, send them along.

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