Parent Partnership Meeting
May 9, 2019
In attendance: Liz Ulrich, Annie McCutcheon, Abigail McLane, Hanna Marron, Mandy Needham, Kylee VanHemelryck, Kelly Koon, Ashley Bryson
April minutes were approved
Checking account balance: $15, 448.24
Outstanding balance: $8, 955.96 remaining
Upcoming expenses: about $800 (Teacher’s Appreciation Day, Field Day)
Field Day Planning:
Katie, Liz, Holly and Kelly have met to discuss a few new activities for this year.
New activities include: obstacle course with rubber chicken toss, Bubbles, Board walk (that Kyla has offered to make), Hula Hoop soccer and pin the mustache on the teacher.
Terah is working on a signup genius that will be sent out May 15th.
There were no funding requests.
Principal Lowney’s Updates:
Mobiles will be in place in August before school starts. The work will start next Thursday, May 16th. Currently, the school plans to have the computer lab and music room in the mobiles. 5th grade and Kindergartens will be upstairs – utilizing the current 5th grade rooms, computer lab and music room.
Mrs. Lowney is still waiting to hear from the district on repair for the ball wall. 5th grade parents are anxious to see this done – so 5th graders can paint the wall or make an alternate plan.
Officers will remain the same for the 2019-2020 school year. We will continue having co-officers, as this seemed to work well. There was some discussion on having the VP’s run a couple of the meeting next year – so they gain some experience.
Presidents: Aimee Shanight and Liz Ulrich
Vice Presidents: Mandy Needham and Abigail McLane
Treasurers: Jill Berger and Terah McClain
Secretaries: Katie Gilbert and Annie McCutcheon
Topics of Discussion:
Fundraising 2019-2020 School Year
We have identified technology as our focus for next years fundraising. Mrs. Lowney has agreed to help tally/inventory current technology so we know where each classroom stands at that start of next schoolyear.
The group agreed to stick with one big fundraiser: Effortless Fundraiser – in the fall. Liz would like to see a group meet at the end of the summer to start working on it… Hanna, Amber, Kyla, Mandy, Abigail and Ashely B. have agreed to help. We would like to get kids, teachers and families more excited about this.
Some ideas were:
Supplying teachers with a bowl of candy for students who return their envelope.
An otterpop party for each classroom that has every student return their envelope.
A prize for the student who raises the most money.
Making posters and/or videos
Having an assembly to talk to the students and teachers about the fundraiser and rewards.
Placing emphasis on what we are raising money for.
Continuing to reach out to corporate sponsors.
This is an ongoing discussion. We still don’t have a set plan on how to keep up this space.
Katie Clement was going to reach out to Capstone church to see if they would have interest in helping.
There was a consensus that the students at Kessler should be involved in taking care of this space (not as a punishment) but to show care and pride for their school.
Annie is going to draft an email for Lolita to send to teachers – asking if care for the Nature Space could be included in the buddies program and or Nature Mondays. She will also ask if each class would be willing to spend 10-15 minutes pulling weeds before the end of this schoolyear.
Mrs. VanHemelryck is going to reach out to Mr. Pickens for updating the reader board. We also need to clarify who decides what goes on the board: Mrs. Lowney, Mrs. Carter, Parent Partnership, etc.
Thursday, August 22nd
Kessler PP Meeting Minutes
April 12, 2019 6pm
IN ATTENDANCE: Liz Ulrich, Holly McGraw, Lisa Lowney, Michele Ford, Abigail McLane, Mandy Needham, Ashley Bryson, Amber Chenoweth, Katie Gilbert, Kyla Kauffman, Annie McCutcheon, Dustin Pickens, Anne McCoy, Hanna Marron
Minutes from the February meeting were approved.
1. Checking acct balance: $16,126.35 ($10,722.17 after expenses)
2. Outstanding payments: $5,404.18
3. Upcoming expenses: about $800 for teacher appreciation day & field day
1. Carnival made: $4,076.75
2. Baskets made: $2,160
3. Expenses were: $886.86
4. Total Revenue: $3,189.89
Thank you notes: Annie and Mandy are working on a few thank you notes. Katie Clement is writing a note to Capstone Church; Katie Gilbert will get a note to the extra maintenance staff hired for after the carnival.
Notes for Carnival next year (2019): invite Capstone Church back for bounce house, cotton candy and football throw; hire Kevin at Helena Photography for photo booth (paid $300 to him for booth and staffing); we have plenty of prizes remaining; will need bags for kids to gather their items in; encourage volunteers by receiving free tickets as an incentive. Number of tickets to be determined next year. Post volunteers so everyone has a place to check into their time/location
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK:
We will celebrate our teachers at Kessler the week of May 6-11! Several parents have volunteered at the meeting to help with gifts/donations/etc; but we will be looking for more help; an email to the PP group will come out soon; please find more info there or contact Katie Gilbert at 438-7970 if you have a something in particular that you’d like to do or be a part of! Thank you! As of April 17th, volunteers have been fulfilled.
FIELD DAY PLANNING:
Field day will be the last day of school; June 6th. Field events are being planned by Katie Gilbert, Liz Ulrich, Kyla Kauffman and Kelly Koon. We will confirm with Mrs. Lowney as well. Katie will contact Terah McLain regarding a sign-up genius after the activities are scheduled/set.
4th grade teachers Michele Ford and Dustin Pickens are requesting Spelling City ($405) – which will benefit 3rd, 4th and 5th grades; ScootPad ($398) for 3rd grade; Sumdog ($375) for 4th and 5th, for a total of $1,178; all programs will supplements current curriculum and will be used during rotating stations. The request was approved by the group tonight.
Lisa Lowney is getting exact data as far as how many chromebooks are currently in the building; how many Ipads (at what grade level) there are and what needs there are for updating technology in the future, as this will guide the PP group fall fundraiser if need be.
TOPICS OF REFLECTION & DISCUSSION:
1. BFG Family night: the overall consensus was that for future movies we might consider showing smaller groups of students the movie in the gym during school hours as parents and kids socializing during ‘family night’. Pizza, cookies, and water were a success that night as was the turn-out of families.
2. Nature space: Lisa Lowney checking to see if the Eco club would like to volunteer to pull weeds; as well as create a family sign up for the summer to help out as well.
3. Ball Wall: Lisa Lowney is looking into some kind of ‘cap’ for the top of the ball wall as it’s currently disintegrating, but students continue to use it at recess and enjoy having it on their playground.
4. Reader Board: Mr Pickens has volunteered to get the reader board on the side of the school building up and running again. Thank you Mr. Pickens!
5. Running club information just came home to students.
1. April 18th Mr Jeff Day (Annie McCoy working on putting together a gift for him from the PP)
2. May 3rd is Vigilante day
3. May 9th PP meeting; location to be announced
4. May 16th Family night at Montana Wild from 6-7pm
5. May 27th Memorial Day
6. May 31st School BBQ 11:30-12:30
1. Lisa Lowney working on a scoreboard replacement with Kalli Kind.
2. Fourth grade parents should be aware that volunteers will be needed at the beginning of the fall for the 50’s bash; which is a non-school related event; but many volunteers are needed.
3. Mobile unit will most likely be added to the school grounds sometime between August and November. Classrooms will stay as is until mobile units are in place. Volunteers may be needed if teachers have to relocate their classrooms during the school year. Lisa Lowney will keep us updated.
Kessler Parent Partnership:
Kessler parents and staff working together to make our school the best it can be and enrich the lives of our students!
All are welcome!
Parent Partnership meets the 2nd Thursday of each month – in changing locations. Watch the PP bulletin board in the Kessler lobby and your email for updates month to month. E-mail the address below to be added to our list of parents.
Kessler Parent Partnership has assisted with the following:
Water refill stations
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kessler PP Meeting
6pm held at Muni’s -BR Golf Course
November 8, 2018
In Attendance: Liz Ulrich, Lisa Lowney, Katie Gilbert, Kelly Koon, Anne McCoy, Amber Chenoweth, Ashly Bryson, Shanna Kimball, Holly McGraw, Abigail McLane
Budget: Liz reported that the total raised from the fall fundraiser was $8,606.27. There were four business donations, still looking for more. There is currently $14,400 in the checking account.
1. Shanna Kimball came to the meeting requesting ScootPad for both 3rd grade classrooms, which is supplemental to Successmaker and the program can be individualized to each student. Cost in $199/classroom. This request was brought to the group during the spring of 2018 and denied as there were a lot of technology requests and the cost was great. Mrs. Kimball has currently purchased ScootPad out of her own pocket as she feels very strongly that it’s a great program for her third graders. A motion was made to purchase this program for both third grade classrooms. Mrs. Kimball will be reimbursed $199.00.
2. Amanda Rambo is asking PP to purchase more snow bricks/cylinders for playground use during the winter. She’d like to get them ordered before we get more snow, therefore the PP group approved $150.00 for Mrs. Rambo to purchase snow bricks/cylinders. Mrs. Lowney will share this information with Mrs. Rambo.
1. PT Conferences: A sign up genius has been established and filled for luncheons on Tuesday November 13 and Thursday November 15. Please contact Katie Gilbert if you have any additional questions at 438 7970
2. Clay Days: November 16 & 30; Starting just after 10am on both of these days, students will be creating ornaments out of clay for their family. Mary Werner is firing the pieces. There have been several parents volunteer to stop in and help on this day. If you are still interested, please contact Katie Gilbert at 438 7970
3. Holiday Fundraising: Friday November 16 is Cat/Griz Day – fill the jar with $ for your team; Monday November 19th is Hat day for $1; Tuesday November 20 is PJ day; All money raised will assist Kessler families with meals/gift purchases this holiday.
4. Science Fair Projects: Mark your calendars! Science fair projects will be due on January 30th.
5. Kids College: Will be held all four Wednesday’s in February. If you have a hobby/talent/activity that you can share/teach or know someone who does, please contact Katie Clement.
Directory: Amber Chenoweth is currently working on the directory. Information slips went home with students last week.
1.There is still talk of trying to get a Spanish class/teacher to teach Kessler students. One idea is to try to find someone to teach this during Kids College. If you know someone, please let Katie Clement know. Holly McGraw might have a contact name for this and will look into for us.
2.Current lunch clubs at Kessler are Pokémon club & Art club
3. Kelly Koon revisited the topic of the Missoula Children’s theater. After speaking with parent of 4G’s parents, there were several things that popped up as far as requirements; therefore if we ever pursued we’d need to read the contract language closely. MSC was a topic last spring, but due to many things happening at Kessler it wasn’t the right time along side the cost.
4. Nature Space: we had a follow up conversation regarding the Nature Space on the Kessler playground; one idea is to assign each grade level one week during the spring to pick up trash and pull weeds. One idea for the summer is to create a signup genius and let families pick a week/s that they’d like to tend to this space as a family volunteer project. This was voted as a very good idea. Amber Chenoweth was to speak to her father as he’s a retired botanist and could help identify plants/trees/flowers/weeds. Mrs. Lowney will contact the current caretaker and find out the specific needs of the space for adequate upkeep.
Next meeting will be Thursday January 10th; location to be determined (Muni’s was great location as we had a quiet room & food was for purchase). We hope to see you there!
Kessler PP Meeting
October 11th, 2018
In attendance: Annie McCutcheon, Katie Gilbert, Aimee Shanight, Abigail McLane, Hanna Marron, Amber Chenowith, Liz Ulrich, Mandy Needham, Holly McGraw, Kelly Koon, Mary Ellen Fischer
Fundraiser Update: Currently raised $7,781.27 ($10 more than last year)
Mary Ellen Fischer (Title One Teacher): Brought a request for a Kessler School Bowling night.
After further discussion the group decided to use our Movie License to show the BFG – a book the title one teachers are using with all of Kessler. This ties together a family night, our license (that we funded) and the book. PP may provide pizza. March 7th Family Night
Motion approved for $250 on pizza that night
SNACK PROGRAM UPDATE:
Aimee is meeting with Vans manager to make an updated list for snacks and discuss possible discount
SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE: Liz Ulrich
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES: Nov 13 and 15
CARNIVAL: Friday, March 15
Kessler PP meeting
September 7, 2018
Downstairs of the Brewhouse 6pm
IN ATTENDANCE: Aimee Shanight, Annie McCutcheon, Liz Ulrich, Mandy
Needham, Katie Gilbert, Lisa Lowney, Lana Curry, Lolita Carter, Abbey
McLane, Ashley Toner Erwin, Mr. Pickens, Heather Irving, Mrs. Lund,
Katie Clement, Terah McClain, Kevin Molm
Beginning of the year updates from Mrs. Lowney:
*Front of the school had some updates over the summer to improve
*Carnival Classic Sunday September 9th; volunteers needed, please us
sign up genius
*Open House was a success; PP made $167.10 (there are still some
*272 currently enrolled at Kessler
*Looking into a new scoreboard for the gym; has reached out to Mr.
McMahon about purchase/donation.
*Need helpers for picture day on September 19th. Annie McCutcheon and
Katie Gilbert can help in the morning. If you are able to help in the
afternoon contact Lolita.
*Playground equiptment is ok at this time.
*Dome has been installed.
*Resource officers will be making more of a presence at the school,
once a week, probably during lunch/recess.
Reminders to everyone about drop off and pick up safety. Be sure
students are getting in/out of vehicles on the sidewalk side of
Granite, not into the street. Lisa & Lolita looking into additional
signage for traffic.
Still some outstanding bills, including:
A few receipts from open house expenses (water and otterpops)
Movie license $420.00
Sum dog for 4th grade $247.50
Spelling City for 3rd, 4th and 5th $442.30
Snack Program $2,500.00 (paid to Vans monthly)
Kiss a Pig, last day of school, raised $118, thank you Mrs. Lowney!
(hasn’t been added to our total)
Aimee, Liz, Katie, Kyla, Annie and Terah are working on the changes
and additions to fall fundraiser letter. It will go out in the middle
of September with a return date of the early part of October.
Snack program will be mentioned, water filters for the new water
stations and additional playgrounds needs. Discussion on adding
benches/pavillion at some point. Discussion in progress.
Mandy is asking SOFI about matching donation. Liz is looking into
Annie is looking into missing reps
(K) Mrs.V: Mandy
(1) Mrs. McGraw: Abby McLane
(1) Mrs. Gates: Ashley Erwin
(2) Mrs. Jones: Annie McCutcheon
(2) Mrs. Hankins: Mandy Needham
(3) Mrs. Kimball: Terah McClain
(3) Mrs. Wester: Liz Ulrich
(4) Mr. Pickens: Aimee Shanight
(4) Mrs. Ford: Heather Irving
(5) Mrs. Suchi: Annie McCutcheon
(5) Mrs. Lund:
Annie is working on a mission statement for Parent Partnership webpage.
Heather Irving has offered to facilitate a Jog-a-thon this spring; we
will look forward to hearing more about this and how it might work for
a spring fundraiser.
October 11th 6:00
Kessler Parent Partnership Meeting
March 22, 2018
6pm at The Staggering Ox
Minutes from the February meeting were approved.
IN ATTENDANCE: Aimee Shanight, Liz Ulrich, Terah McLain, Mandy
Needham, Hanna Marron, Anne McCoy, Kelly Koon, Katie Gilbert
Aimee reported that Kalli Kind has approved the purchase of ‘the dome’
for playground. The price for the dome is $1,500.00 with a shipping
cost of about $500. PP is in hopes of purchasing the dome right after
spring break (early April) as it will take at least 5 weeks to arrive.
It’s location will be where the current tire swings are (non-exsistent
With Kalli’s help and Pat Marron, they will be able to coordinate
staff to install the dome.
*Safety on Granite and Silverette still remains an issue at pick up
time. Many parents picking students up are parking in areas where
signage indicates otherwise, right next to fire hydrants, and too
close to the cross walks. An email went out last week via Mrs.
Lowney; but observers haven’t seen much change in where people are
parking to pick up.
*The Granite street entrance gates still remain a topic of discussion.
Pat Marron and Brad Koon will be invited to the next meeting to help
resolve this issue. The PP would have to consider spending up to $600
to move the gate/change the fence. The PP group is hopeful to meet on
site next meeting to take a look at this issue.
Jill shared via email that the current balance is $10,183.89; Holly
McGraw ordered her books that were approved two months ago and will be
reimbursed for $659.20; Scholastic Subcsriptions are usually around
$2,000, which is due this spring; we’ll plan for $500-$600 for Teacher
Appreciation Week and about $200 for field day in June.
We made almost $3000 on the carnival which is $1000 more than last
year. Big thanks add to everyone who volunteered and donated items! We
have about $4000 in our account to spend and we will discuss that at
the April meeting..
*Teacher Appreciation Week
Terah McLain brought up the idea of having the Missoula Children’s
Theater come to Kessler. She is looking into more details to share
Katie Gilbert will visit with Mrs. Lowney about a campus cleanup day.
Katie will also touch base with Amanda Rambo about playground
Hanna Marron is contacting someone regarding the possibility of
teaching spanish to students at Kessler.
Aimee Shanight is planning to write a thank you card to Capstone
Church for the bounce house they provided us, cost free, at the
carnival; along with donating the extra pop & candy to them.
The next PP meeting will be on April 19th at Kessler in the library;
part of the meeting will be outside looking at the fence/gates.
Parent Partnership Meeting
January 11, 2017
6pm at the Downstairs of the BH
Aimee Shanight, Lisa Lowney, Lolita Carter, Lana Curry, Annie
McCutcheon, Katie Gilbert, Kelly Koon, Terah McLain, Holly McGraw,
Mandy Needham, Amber Chenoweth, Ashley Bryson, Liz Ulrich, Hanna
Marron, Abigail McLane, Kelsi Hannan, Anne McCoy, Katie Clement,
*Aimee reflected on the money raised just prior to the holidays; via
Bobcat/Griz donation, hat day, PJ day: $700 raised, all of which
helped families this past holiday.
*Clay Day was a success & the extra clay will be used during Kids College.
*One of the water stations was installed yesterday; the other two need
to be installed still, but waiting on an electrician.
*The Holiday Program that Mrs. Curtis put on was a huge success.
Thank you again Mrs. Curtis!
*$142 was spent to use/pay staffers of HMS for the Holiday Program.
Current budget is $7,200
2 requests were presented:
1. Holly McGraw has requested Rigby leveled readers for 1st and 2nd
grade; 18 different titles; 108 books at the cost of $659.20. Motion
passed for the purchase of these books for the students.
2. Lolita Carter has requested for the teachers; Scholastic Readers
for the 2018/19 school year. When these are ordered early they are a
better price, which is $2,000. Feedback from the teachers is that they
really like scholastics and are useful to them.
Motion passed for the purchase of the Scholastic Readers.
Katie Clement shared the upcoming classes offered this year for Kids
College. There are currently 11 classes being offered, she is hoping
for 17 or 18. If you know of a volunteer that has a hobby or career
to share, please contact Katie Clement. Kids College will be help
February 7th, 21st, and 28th. Some of the classes that will be
offered are: Bread making, crochet, Scrap booking, Yo Yo making,
Sewing, Ex Work, Clay, Zumba, Pharmacy/Dentist. Kids college will
take place at the end of the school day on the dates shown above.
*Please contact Katie Clement if you have something you’d be willing
to teach/share; or know someone that could be contacted. Thank you!
Liz Ulrich attended the parent council meeting;
*The 50’s bash for the 5th graders is coming up; Liz asked for a
parent from Kessler to attend these meetings, Aimee Shanight has
*The search for a new superintendent is still underway; the board is
hoping to have someone hired by March 15th.
*The gifted and talented program reaches about 500 students in the
Helena School District.
*January 23rd: a discussion will be held regarding school lunches;
please attend if interested.
The Kessler School Carnival will be held on March 16th, with the theme
being ‘St. Patrick’s Day’. PP needs many volunteers! Committees were
formed for the Carnival. At the next PP meeting (February 15th AT
KESSLER) the committees will meet briefly after the meeting; please
attend if possible. Katie Gilbert will check the shed to see what may
be leftover from years past carnivals. Silent auction & raffle ticket
ideas were discussed. Annie McCutcheon and Holly McGraw are working
on these items.
If you have interest in a committee & can help please contact any of
the people named; an email will go out to the parents asking for help
with games during the carnival as well as sending donations; pop,
gatorade, candy, baked goods (for cake walk). Thank you!
Aimee Shanight, Hanna Marron and Liz Ulrich will be discussing with
Lisa Lowney some options for improving our playground. During the
winter, the entrance gate onto the playground (Granite Street) is very
icy, slick and enters at a slope. One suggestion is to look at having
the gate moved to a non-sloped area. Lisa Lowney will be looking into
this. Aimee, Hanna and Liz will also be discussing the possibility of
adding a new piece of playground equiptment (the dome).
P/T Conferences will be held on February 6th and 8th. PP will put on a
luncheon for the teachers. Holly McGraw confirmed that this is
helpful to the teachers during the lunch hour and the menu that has
been provided in the past is great. Please watch for an email
regarding how you can help this February. Thank you!
1. Discuss Carnival
2. Discuss Field Day
3. Discuss Teacher appreciation week
4. Discuss the need for a spring fundraiser; papa murphys pizza cards,
This concludes the minutes for the PP meeting. The next meeting will
be held on February 15th at Kessler School. If there are
additions/corrections/changes to the minutes, please email me back on