Parent Partnership

Posted on September 11, 2017

Parent Partnership Meeting August 23, 2017

PRESENT: Lisa L., Lolita C., Aimee S., Katie G., Annie Mc., Jill B.,
Ashley E., Annette H., Abby M., Kyla K., Jess, Emily H., Sarah.,
Mandy, Terah M., Hannah M., Courtney K.

Welcome & introductions

Tuesday Aug 29th, Kyla will pick up Costco pizza (30 total; 15 cheese,
15 pepperoni); Katie will call in the order; Jill will bring cash;
Annie is picking up 4 flats of water, otter pops, plates & napkins.
Business cards for the PP will be in each classroom for parents to
pick up.  No brochures.

Jill B. reviewed monies spent from last year; current budget is $7,171.
$894 was raised last spring at carnival for the water stations; one
water station costs $600. Jill was looking into the cost of

School is asking for their movie license to be renewed, cost of $419;
we will wait until our fall fundraiser to determine if we will
** Other ideas…
1. Playground safety on Euclid, by highway 12; some kind of barriers
on street side.
2. Conflict managers might be interested in putting together a video
for their training.
3. Swing replacements of some kind

September 10th; Memorial Park
Annie volunteered to help from 11-12; we need more people to sign up;
Kessler has a snow cone station this year

Amazon Smiles… Annette shared how to use to benefit Kessler

Unanimous vote to continue with the ‘effortless’ fall fundraiser.
Terah & Kyla were working on revisions; Katie & Terah will get in
envelopes and out to teachers.

We need helpers all day in the gym.

Ann R. has volunteered to help kids cross Granite street to enter the
parking lot at drop off.

September 14th @ 6pm

Posted on May 10, 2017

Parent Partnership Meeting April 2017

Kessler Parent Partnership Meeting Agenda

April 13, 2017

6 pm, Kessler Library


In Attendance: Craig Crawford, Lisa Lowney,  Lolita Carter, Justine Alberts, Michelle Ford, Claire O’Connell, Annette Heinrich, Jill Burger, Jenni Swartz, Julie Vollertson, Terah McClain, Mandy Needham, Kyla Kauffman


Special Guests: Pam Attardo and Luke Muszkiewicz; both candidates for School Board.


Introductions and question of the month: Claire


Review and acceptance of February minutes: Jenni


Treasurer’s report/Balance: Jill

Balance                  $9,672.85

Outstanding          -$   460.80   (McGraw’s books Previously approved)

                             -$1,845.43   2017-2018 Scholastic Subscription


Kids’ College recap: Claire

Katie Clement will organize again next year.


Carnival recap: Claire

Our net is $2,005.46  This is already in the “Balance” of the account

Claire will help with organizing next year


Requests: 3

Craig – 4 basketball hoops; $3,400 or a partial amount-Approved $2,000

Shanna – online Mystery Science subscription for 3rd and K; $99-Approved

Laura – music band; $83-Approved

Justine and Michelle – Subscript Grades 3,4,5-Approved up

up to $1,500.00 Subscript Grade 4    $114.48-Approved Subscript Grades 4-5    $200.00-Approved





Teacher Appreciation Week: May 8-12 (Day is 5/9)

Mon- Katie Gilbert: Apples and Caramel Sauce

Tues- Luncheon

Wed- Support Staff brings breakfast

Thurs-Kyla & Terah: fun supplies

Fri- Claire: Flowers


Mrs. Begler is retiring

Mrs. Terrio is leaving

Mr. Crawford is moving to Bryant School


Next Meeting: May 11, 2017; Kessler Library, 6pm


Agenda Items: New officers, Field Day and Water Fundraiser, Retirements and leavings, Tentative August meeting date


Posted on January 17, 2017

Parent Partnership Meeting January 2017

Kessler Parent Partnership

January 12, 2017

6 pm at the Kessler Library


Introductions and attendance:

Claire O’Connell, Holly McGraw, Annette Heinrich, Craig Crawford, Annie McCutcheon, Jenny Peterson, Katie Clemmet, Mandy Needham, Carmen Lay and Katie Gilbert


Review and acceptance of August minutes: look at Kessler school website to see them


Treasurer’s report/balance: $8,700

  • Books for Holly McGraw (1st grade) is the only outstanding bill


Kid’s College: Katie C

February 8th, 15th, 22nd

  • Provide $5 gift certificates for volunteer teachers
  • Set up is between 2 and 2:15 each wed.
  • Classes start at 2:30 and last 45 to 50 min.
  • Still looking for more volunteers to teach. Katie will have Lolita send out another e-mail.


February Conferences: February 7th and 9th

Tuesday’s Theme: Taco Tuesday

  • Mandy: condiments and cut up veggies
  • Annie: tortillas, chips and sour cream
  • Katie G: ground beef and setup
  • Kelly: salsa and guacamole
  • Holly: dessert
  • Claire: water (both days)
  • Kyle: paper plates, forks (both days)

Thursday’s Theme: Pizza and Desserts

  • PP providing dessert (Jenny P, Katie G, Claire and Annette)


Carnival: March 17th 4:30-7pm

  • Theme: St. Patrick’s Day
  • Possible games: climbing wall, bounce house, blow up obstacle course, Pie in the Face game and Velcro dart board
  • Climbing wall – Craig is checking into liability issues
  • Food: Need some people
  • Auction: Annette


Basketball hoops: Craig is working out the details


Requests: none

New Business:


Fundraiser: Put Craig in the Water for New Water

  • To raise money for water bottle refill stations
  • Goal is for each class to raise $100
  • Every child would have the opportunity to try and dunk Mr. Crawford in the dunk tank on field day.
  • Start fundraiser on May 1st
  • Looking at putting the fundraiser on “Go Fund Me”. This would need to be in place by April.


Holiday Music Festival: School has reserved HMS for Dec. but Craig is wanting input on having the festival at Kessler instead. Each grade would have a specific time they would perform. This would allow parents to come see their child/children and then leave. Doing this would also allow Mrs. Curtis to spend more time helping the children with the music. Any comments or concerns about this idea please e-mail to Craig.



Next Meeting:

February 16th, 6pm Kessler Library



Posted on December 6, 2016

Parent Partnership Meeting November 2016

Kessler Parent Partnership

Meeting Minutes

November 10, 2016

6 pm, Kessler Library


Introductions and question of the month: Claire


Attendance: Claire, Annette Heindrich, Mandy Needham, Paula Golson, Liz Ulrich, Holly McGraw, Jenni Swartz, Lolita Carter, Craig Crawford, Kayce Koehler, Kyla Kauffman, Katie Gilbert, Aimee Grmoljez, Terah McClain


Review and acceptance of October minutes: Jenni


Treasurer’s report/Balance: $9,936.99


Parent Advisory Council Report: Liz reported to us the points of discussion were the fire at HHS, EH working on getting their own High School, Helena High’s accreditation and online giving to the schools.



Thank you letters to donors: Aimee


Business sponsorships: Rocky Mountain Computer Supply,, Drake Law Firm, Dick Anderson Construction, Greta Wacker Tupperware, Robert Peccia & Assoc, Jessica Mongelli, PLLC, Performance Injury, WIPFLI CPAs and Consultants


Amazon Smile: Annette


Video of Christmas Program: Parent Partnership will charge $15 for the DVD’s.  Kevin Hamm will produce it.


Requests: Mrs. Crase and Mrs. Suchy have requested a subscription to Sum Dog and Spelling City for the 5th Grade classes.  Costs are $192 and $105, respectively.  This was approved.


Mrs. McGraw requested, for the 1st Grade and 2nd Grade, the following Rigby Reader collections….Nonfiction  6 copies of 18 titles for $691 and an additional 6 copies of 6 titles for a total of  $921.  6 copies of 6 titles were okayed for $230.40 + freight.


Craig Update: He is going forward with the four basketball hoops at a cost to Kessler of $3,300. The district will provide the installation in the gym. He hopes to have this done before Christmas. The water dispensers cost $1,500 each; this is ongoing and has been done at other schools.


Also noted,  on 12/21 Carroll College the Women’s  Basketball team play at noon.  The students will attend this game.


The Annual Students –vs- Teachers Basketball game will be 12/15.


November Conferences: Nov 15th and 17th

Tuesday’s theme: Baked Potato Bar

Thursday: Tailgating

The food will be ready for lunch which begins at 11:30 am

Please feel free to bring items!


Clay Days: Mary Werner, Claire O’Connell and Katie Gilbert will have Clay Days Nov 16th and 30th.


Bravo Store: 12/22 we will have gift bags for those items the kids will be purchasing as gifts.  Jenni S., Amie Renshaw and Aimee Grmoljez.


Science Fair: Feb 1st


Kids’ College: Katie C; February 8th, 15th, 22nd  Possible Read-A-Thon in conjuction with Kid’s College.  Aimee, Kyla, Katie and Holly will work on this.  Proceeds to go towards books.  The admin costs are $300 + 15%.


Next Meeting:

January 12, 2017; Kessler Library, 6pm



Posted on October 14, 2016

Parent Partnership Meeting October 13, 2016

Kessler Parent Partnership

Meeting Minutes

October 13, 2016

6 pm, Kessler Library


Introductions and attendance: Katie Gilbert, Emily Hankins, Annette Heinrich,

Kyla Kauffman, Holly McGraw, Terah McClain, Ginger Ratzlaff, Laura Curtis,

Kayce Koehler, Annie McCutcheon, Amie Renshaw, Liz Ulrich, Claire O’Connell and

Jenni Swartz


Review and acceptance of September minutes:


Treasurer’s report/Balance: $11,309.75



Effortless Fundraiser….How much did we make? $8,575


Effortless Fundraiser expenses? $94.48


Thank you letters to donors: Aimee (Possible delivery to parents at conferences?)


Business sponsorships: Aimee, Jill, Jenni Copies of the letter will be at all meetings and can be given out throughout the year.  Please let Jenni S. know which businesses you will be giving it to as we don’t want to bombard any single business.


Going forward? Claire will set up an Amazon Smiles Account for Kessler School.

Possible Community Night at a local restaurant.  Committee to discuss.


HEF Carnival: Went well; raised about $150.


Kessler Carnival:  Note that it will be March 17, 2017.


Bravo Store:  Amie R. proposed we have a gift wrapping table at the December store so the students can have any gifts wrapped.  10/14 update: Most items are small and in baggies.  Maybe small gift bags will work best.  The December Bravo Store is scheduled for 12/22 from 8:00-8:30 AM.  The Playground Paras have agreed to let us do this.


School Directory: Jenni


Parent Advisory Council:  Liz is the Kessler School representative.  She notes that Mr. Copps will stay through the next Bond, there are only 6.9 Full Time Nurses for the Helena School District’s 6,000+ students.


Recycling:  Liz will head up this project with the Recycling Challenge that the Parent Advisory Council is having that will take place from October to June.  There is a grant for $250 through this challenge to cover some of the expenses.



Ginger Ratzlaff, US Presidents set of books and ebook set; Cost to PP: $778.40 (library to pay the other half)

Marc McCauley: $750 for Cub Companions

Emily Hankins: $400 for 4 Osmo stations


Craig Update: He is going forward with the four basketball hoops at a cost to Kessler of $3,300. The district will provide the installation in the gym. He hopes to have this done before Christmas. PP will need to decide how much of this we want to fund.


The water dispensers cost $1,500 each; this is ongoing and has been done at other schools.


November Conferences: Nov 15th and 17th

Tuesday’s theme: Baked Potato Bar

Thursday: Tailgating

The food will be ready for lunch which begins at 11:30 am


Next Meeting:

November 10, Kessler Library, 6pm

Babysitter: Catherine B.


Posted on September 28, 2016

Parent Partnership Meeting September 2016

Kessler Parent Partnership

September 8, 2016

6 pm at the Kessler Library


Introductions and attendance:

Claire O’Connell, Terah Mcclain, Holly McGraw, Annette Heinrich, Kayce Koehler, Jill Burger, Kyla Kauffman, Craig Crawford, Annie McCutcheon, Jenny Swartz, Jenny Peterson, Aimee Grmoljez, Kelly Koon, & Amy Renshaw


Review and acceptance of August minutes: Claire O’Connell made motion, Jenny Peterson 2nds, all verbally approved


Treasurer’s report/balance: $3,990.97

  • Snack program: $409.49
  • Open house: made about $30.00
  • All expenses that have been approved are paid
  • Total = $2,972.23


Open House: Monday, August 29, 5:30-7pm

  • Went well
  • Welcome Parent Partnership Table: worked better than having PP members stand there – parents felt free to look at info. and sign up without feeling pressured
  • Thank you for the great display in entry way – many compliments
  • Suggestions: sell water next year and make sign with prices more specific


HEF Carnival: September 11, 11-4pm Basketball Game

Setup: 10:30-12pm – Craig: bring basketball game, Amiee & Annie bring banners, stickers, chairs, sign for $1 to play and table

12-1pm: Claire

1-2pm: need helper – ask parents to help with e-mail through Lolita

2-3pm: need helper – ask parents to help with e-mail through Lolita

Cleanup: Craig

Thank you to Emily Hankins for helping with Sign Up Genius.

Sign Up Genius – only one person signed up using this method.


Fundraiser: September 21 – October 12

Letters to Kessler Families

Kayla shared letter and suggested not to put separate section for snack program – others agreed. Possible suggestions to add to list of things Parent Partnership pays for: soccer goals, cub companions & snack program (be clear that is a supplement for children). Add to letter how much PP needs to pay for everything we do in a year. Have the option to do cash or check (make sure to put in letter who to make check out to) distribute paper copy to students to take home. Have parents sign and return with their children. Child gets a bravo for bringing back to teacher. Suggestion: Teacher who has the highest % of letters returned gets $100. Holly McGraw will check with Mrs. Gates about obtaining envelopes. Another option is to buy envelopes. Annie volunteered to fold letters and put them in envelopes.

Letter to Businesses

Specific request ideas to put on letters:

  • Basketball hoops for gym:
    • 1 goal with installation = $700
    • Need 4 goals for a total of $2,800 to $3,000
    • Suggestion: put the name of the business and the goal(s) they pay for, not all businesses should be advertised in gym (use discretion)
  • Water bottle filling stations: $700 ea.
  • Recycling for school: $450 a year
    • Note: Nestle has funded this in past years but has decided they are not going to this year.


Directory: Leslie Walton will help Jenny Swartz put directory together.


Requests: none


New Business:


Snack Program: Teachers and parents are confused about who the snacks are meant for. Clear up this confusion by informing parents and teachers the snack program is a supplement for students who cannot bring snacks or forget their snacks at home.


PP meeting suggestion:

  • start meeting by asking if anyone needs to leave early
  • if someone needs to leave early ask them if any of the topics of discussion are important to them
  • cover that topic before she/he leaves


Next Meeting:

October 10, Kessler Library

Babysitter: provided by Annette Heinrich


Posted on September 12, 2016

Parent Partnership Meeting August 2016

Kessler Parent Partnership

August 24, 2016

6 pm at the Brewhouse Downstairs


Introductions and attendance:

Claire O, Lolita C, Annie M, Katie G, Aimee G, Kyla K, Kayce K, Annette H, Holly M, Jenni S, Liz U, Craig C, Jill B, Kelly Koon & Amy Renshaw



Review and acceptance of May minutes: verbally approved


Treasurer’s report/Balance: $5,787.56

– Scholastic: $1,796.59

Total = $3,990.97

(Received a check for $270.20 from Spring Helena Area Community Foundation fundraiser. We should do this again if we are invited.)


Note: There was a net loss of approx. $6,900 for the 2015-2016 school year


Open House: Monday, August 29, 5:30 – 7 pm

Pizza: (Last year 15 cheese and 15 pepperoni)

Soda/Cups: Costco- Aimee and Katie

Popsicles: Costco- Aimee and Katie

Napkins/plates: Costco- Aimee and Katie

Welcome PP table: To be set up in foyer

Tri-fold: Annette will make a table top tri-fold

Brochures: Review, Claire

Sign up lists: Claire

Claire will also be the cashier

Teachers will be there from 5:30-6:30

1 slice of pizza+soda+treat=$2

2 slices of pizza+soda+treat=$3


HEF Carnival: September 11, 11-4pm Basketball game

Aimee will set up a Sign Up Genius and send it to Lolita to distribute


Snack Program: Lolita and Craig Cost is about $300 month.  Holly McGraw expressed her gratitude for the program.


Fundraiser: Review letter, Kyla Change suggestion to $50. Also an addition on the backside to support the snack program.  Letter to parents to go out mid-September.  Business letter will also include the option to purchase an ad space in the directory.



Lolita: Movie renewal licensing, $408 Passed


Requests (cont.)

Craig is looking to request water bottle filling stations in September.

Holly McGraw – Rigby Readers

25-30 licenses for I READ program



New Business:


Meeting Attendance:

  1. Ask teachers to invite a parent from their class to come to the next meeting.
  2. Contact those who signed up at Open House to volunteer and invite them to the next meeting.


Craig expressed the need to concentrate on getting classroom volunteers this year.  It is important to have the time planned and organized to make the most of the volunteers’ time.  It can be tricky with the school schedule with PE, Music, etc.


Staff changes:

  1. Nurse: Blanche Sturtz
  2. 5th Grade: Ali (Richards) Suki
  3. Para: Terry


Lolita has a new meal time system.


Next Meeting:

September 8, Kessler Library



Posted on May 12, 2016

Parent Partnership Minutes 4/7/16

Kessler Parent Partnership Minutes
April 7, 2016
Kessler School Library

Attendance: Claire O’Connell, Annette Heinrich, Katie Gilbert, Holly McGraw, Ashley Buresh and Jenni Swartz

Items of Discussion:
Pending Items: Weekly Readers (Approx. $1800.00), Give Locally fundraiser $50

2016 notes needed from those who helped to organize. 2017 needs a shadow for Claire, someone who will take over in 2018.

Teacher Appreciation
Staff 40 people and Teachers only 15 to include Ginger, Marc and Laura.
Monday-Sharpie gift (Annette), Tuesday-Flowers (Claire), Wednesday – “May the 4th be with you” (Jenni), Thursday- Chili O’Brien’s (Claire), Friday-Carmel Apples (Katie)

New Officers
To be decided and voted on at next meeting.

Teacher Requests
Both Ashley Buresh and Holly McGraw expressed their appreciation for Parent Partnership purchasing the Rigby Level Readers for their classrooms. There are 6 each of 28 titles for both the Kindergarten and First Grade. (This purchase was $1,008.00)

-Discussion of how to get more participation from parents and teachers at our Parent Partnership meetings. Some ideas were 1) Teachers to directly ask select parents to attend and represent their class. 2) Offer child care during meetings.
3) Try a different meeting time. 4)Have a monthly update sent out to parents with what the current projects are and who they can contact if interested.

-Fundraising committee to coordinate their efforts with Conflict Managers and 5th Grade Party and 4th Grade Science Camp fundraising efforts. Annette suggested an AVON challenge to other schools may be fun as well.

-The trash along the fence lines and in the landscaping has been excessive. If we provide gloves, could this be one of the “jobs” for the Jobs Program? Communication with the contractor (source of most of the trash) building the along Overlook might help, as well.

Posted on February 29, 2016

Parent Partnership Minutes February 11, 2016

Kessler Parent Partnership
Feb 11, 2016, 6pm Craig’s office (due to conferences)

In Attendance: Claire, Jenny P, Marc, Craig
Many people had conflicts on this night.

Balance: $7,200

Replace soccer goals : Jill ordered, Diego says they arrive 2/15, we will need to store them and then set them in the field and line the field, this is progressing and should be up early March

Kids’ College – Great event! Thanks Katie! She will do it next year as well.
We will spend $220 for shoelaces so all the kids have nametags, and gift cards and thank you cards for the volunteers as we have done in the past

Carnival – March 11th, Western theme 4:30-7 pm

-Baskets/Auction: Annette
-Games: Claire- has contacted Jay Sherley for 3 games (free!)
-Photo Booth – Jenni has ordered
-Food: Jenny P/Jill/Pat Quinn: We looked in the shed which is cleaned out and the paper products remain in good shape, the fishing game is there and the basketball game will go in the week before the carnival. We will need new containers and tickets.
-Craig will not be in town
-Set up and clean up: 2pm and 7pm

Justine Alberts: $1,790 for Epson Bright Link Interactive Projector with $1,000 HEF grant (mid-March)- This was approved after discussion.
Marc McCauley requested $500 to continue the Cubs Companion program which was grant funded by HEF but they lost the grant. He will also request funding from Hawthorn and CRA schools. We may need to revisit this if more funding is needed and Craig can also put it into his budget. It is a great program that we would like to see continue. Request approved.

Next meeting: April 7th , This is one week earlier than our regular date.
Topics: Carnival wrap-up, teacher/staff appreciation, new officers, requests.

Posted on February 29, 2016

Parent Partnership Minutes January 14, 2016

Kessler Parent Partnership
January 14, 2016, 6pm School Library

New Secretary: Kayce, Jenni and Claire will trade off until May elections

In Attendance: Claire, Kayce, Jenni S, Jenny P, Jill, Annette, Katie C, Brock Smith, Craig

Balance: $11,805.23

Big Ideas/ Goals for the year:
1. Play ground equipment and safety
-replace tire swings: This idea remains on hold.
-replace soccer goals : Brock Smith (Approx $3,000) This was approved by the group, Jill will order goals and balls, Brock will help with the set up/installation and with lining the field, Claire will call Diego as well.
-replace soccer balls, pinnies, basketballs, tether balls, etc.: At this time we plan to get new soccer balls for the PE classes and the playground

Teacher Conferences:
February 9th – This was funded by a business.
February 11 – Jill organized and others brought food and supplies.

Kids’ College – 3 weeks in February, Katie Clement to head – Thank you!
-Lots of variety, lots of volunteers, name tags for kids to keep and thank you notes and gift cards for the volunteers.

Carnival – March 11th, Western theme
-Baskets/Auction: Annette
-Games: Claire
-Food: Jenny P and Jill

Ginger Ratzlaff: $84.49 Legos for library -approved
Ashley Buresh/Holly McGraw: K and 1st books – $1,000 for reading materials for grades K and 1st for the range of needs in those grades
Miss Montana – $100 for visit with an anti-bullying platform
Next meeting: February 11th, Craig’s office (because of conferences)