PTO Newsletter Archive

Posted on August 28, 2019

Parent Partnership Meeting August 2019

Kessler Parent Partnership Meeting
August 22, 2019, 6:00pm
Muni’s Grill
Liz Ulrich, Lisa Lowney, Katie Gilbert, Holly McGraw, Mandy Needham, Abigail McLane, Kelly Koon, Amber Chenoweth, Ashley Bryson, Kylee Hauck
Co-Pres: Aimee Grmoljez-Shanight & Liz Ulrich
Co-VP: Abigail McLane & Mandy Needham
Co-Sec.: Katie Gilbert & Annie McCutcheon
Co-Treasures: Jill Burger & Terah McClain
Jill shared that we are currently at $14,810.69; and outstanding requests are $6,242.28
Open House: Aug. 27th 5:30-7:00pm; classrooms open from 5:30-6:30pm;
*Pizza will be ordered and picked up by Katie Gilbert (paper plates too)
*Otter pops will be taken care of by Aimee
*Juice/water is currently at the school; napkins as well
*Jill will get change
*Annie will help make sign
HEF Carnival Classic; Sunday Sept 8th 11-3pm at Memorial Park: we have asked Penny to bring her snow cone business.  We are in need of Kessler parent volunteers to help take cash as Penny makes snow cones.  Terah is willing to make a sign up Genius to help organize volunteers.  Thank you to any parents who are willing to come help for 30 minutes or an hour.  Penny sets the prices for the snow cones, Kessler typically gets one dollar for every snow cone sold.
Mrs. Lowney shared the progress that was made at the school over the summer; exterior painting; parking lot repairs were made, kinder classrooms have moved out of the basement; mobile unit in place and will house the computer lab and music room; gym floor was redone; draining pipes were installed outside of Entry 11; wood chips were added under play equipment; work order has been placed to the district regarding the soccer nets and securing them to the ground.
The effortless fundraiser will happen again this fall; there was discussion about what the main focus will be for the fundraiser.  The teachers and staff have voiced at the end of last year and again this fall that they are in need of updated technology. The PP is doing some research on costs of technology requests and have received from Mrs. Lowney what is currently in the building and being used by her staff for students.  The PP agreed to asking local businesses for donations; forms are being created for this as well. The goal is to have the letter out to families around Sept 16 and allow 2-3 weeks for them to be returned.  Katie and Annie will help create a ‘thermometer” type visual for students, and display in the school. so students can see what they are have donated for their school.  Incentives will be set for the students as a whole school as well.  Liz will contact Kyla regarding the form and the updates that need to be made.  Liz will touch base with Terah regarding printing/etc.  The PP is looking for ways to enhance students learning if technology purchases are made; suggestions of apps that teach coding, typing, duo-lingo, etc. All apps would have to be approved and installed by the district. The technology purchased could also be used during Kids College. Mandy shared that there may be individuals willing to come in and teacher Kessler students some coding classes. She also shared about a program called ‘growth mindset training’ that she will look into and get info back to the group.
AmazonSmile: if you shop on Amazon please remember to use amazon smile, which can help earn money for Kessler upon purchases.
Restaurant nights: Kelly Koon is checking with several restaurants in town and will report back to the group
The PP shed was taken down and items consolidated and placed in shed outside of gym. Currently looking for a storage place for the basketball hoop that takes up lots of space in the shed; still need to keep for the carnival in the spring.
The snack program is still a discussion as the numbers have waivered the passed years.
Amber Chenoweth is taking care of putting together the Student Directory again this year.  Thanks Amber!
The next meeting will be Sept 12. Location TBD
Posted on May 20, 2019

Parent Partnership Meeting May 9, 2019

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

Treasurer’s Report:

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.

Ball Wall: 

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.


Nature Space:

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.

Next Meeting:

Thursday, August 22nd

Posted on April 19, 2019

April Parent Partnership Meeting

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

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 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.

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.

Posted on April 17, 2019


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:

Snack program

Water refill stations

Playground needs

Technology updates

Scholastic Readers

Kid’s College

Spring Carnival


Contact Email:


Posted on February 25, 2019

Parent Partnership Meeting 2/21/2019

Kessler Parent Partnership Meeting
6pm February 21, 2019
IN ATTENDANCE: Liz Ulrich, Abigail McLane, Mandy Needham, Ali Suchy, Holly McGraw, Dustin Pickens, Kylee Vanhemelryck, Britney Kelly, Hanna Marron, Amber Chenoweth, Emily Hankins, Angela Jones, Lisa Lowney, Lolita Carter, Katie Gilbert, Terah McClain, Michele Ford
Minutes from the January meeting were approved.
1. Current balance is $13,686.11
2. Outstanding payments: $453; $300 will be paid to Kevin at Helena Photography for the photo booth at the March 15th Carnival.
3. Monthly payment of $100-200 for snacks
4. Upcoming expenses: Carnival, Kids College, Teacher Appreciation Day, Field day
1. Please sign up to help for the carnival on March 15th on the signup genius that has been sent out. There are lots of ways to help.
2. Baskets: Annie, Mandy, Abby have contacted the teachers in regards to what they are collecting from families for the auction.
3. Food: Holly, Liz, Darci, Aimee and Hanna are coordinating the food.
The movie the BFG will be shown; PP will be providing pizza. We are budgeting about $180-250
Annie McCutcheon has drafted a ‘home page’ for our Kessler website; it was approved.
1. There is a possibility that Kessler could receive a scoreboard from the elementary building that’s being closed.
2. The plans to place a modular on the property, just south of the outside basketball courts are in place; work will begin April 1st and will be up and ready for teachers to move into as of August 1st.  All safety requirements will be met for students while work is in progress, including a fence around the work site.  Field day will need to make some adjustments when planning their outdoor activities.
The next meeting will be on April 11; location to be announced.
1. 4th & 5th grade are going to the symphony. There is no charge but a donation is always encouraged. Kessler typically gives $200.  We have approved the $200.
2. Tour the Capitol: 5th graders have been invited to the Capitol building for a tour.  The only fee is busing.  Busing funds from the school have been used, therefore a vote in favor for paying for busing was approved. Mrs. Lund and Mrs. Suchy will be taking their students. Cost will be between $80-100.
3. Printing: 2nd grade teachers Emily Hankins and Angela Jones are asking for $210 to cover color printing which will help them complete their supplemental games for their classrooms which provide enrichment to their current reading curriculum.
4. Scholastic News: The teachers who were present at the meeting all spoke highly of the Scholastic readers that PP pays for and has for years, stating that the reading, writing, match, science, social studies and technology components all provide enrichment to their students.  This has been approved for $2,124.28. Teachers have been asked by the PP to write up a summary as to what this offers so we are able to share this with Kessler families come the fall fundraiser.
5. IPADS: Kinder teachers Mrs. V and Mrs. Kelly are asking for 10 IPADS for Kinder use which would need to be purchased through the District for the cost of $2,940.  IPADS are much easier for Kinder students to use versus the chromebooks which require a login & password. IPADS will be used for a new reading assessment that kinder teachers will using this fall.  There was lots of discussion on this topic, looking at other options for purchasing costs to be lowered, but the district requires all technology purchases to be completed through them for future issues with repairs, etc. Mrs. Lowney is going to contact the tech department and see if there are any better deals they can offer. This was approved for purchase by the group.  The PP group has also acknowledged that updating some technology for teachers might be a good focus for the fall fundraiser.
Posted on January 11, 2019

Parent Partnership Meeting January 2019

Kessler Parent Partnership Meeting 1/10/19

Kessler Parent Partnership Meeting
January 10, 2019
Held at Muni’s at BRGC
IN ATTENDANCE: Liz Ulrich, Abigail McLane, Katie Gilbert, Katie Clement, Annie McCutcheon, Heather Irving, Ashley Bryson, Kylee VanHemelryck, Emily Hankins, Lisa Lowney, Holly McGraw, Dustin Pickens, Amber Chenoweth, Hanna Marron, Terah McLain, Mandy Needham
Minutes were approved from the November 2018 meeting.
Holiday Fundraiser: raised $491.07
Holiday Fundraiser: spent $300.00
Checking account balance: $14,339.54
KIDS COLLEGE: Katie Clement shared info on the upcoming Kids College which is set for the 4 Wednesdays in February. Katie is looking for volunteers to teach students a hobby, skill, sport, craft, talent, etc.  Some classes that currently have volunteers are clay building, scrapbooking, woodworking, baking, etc.  If you or someone you know could teach a class or help with a class please contact Katie Clement at 431-8374.
1.  Emily Hankins and Angela Jones (not present) are requesting a supplement to their Journeys Reading Curriculum which they would used during their ‘walk to read’ time, to support all learners while they rotate through a variety of stations.  The supplement has games, worksheets, hands-on learning activites and more, which would include 60 pages worth of materials for 30 weeks.  The cost is $138 for both 2nd grade classrooms.  The group voted and this has been approved.
2. Emily Hankins and Angela Jones are also requesting “Exit Tickets” which is one years worth of questions that check for comprehension as students walk out of their classrooms  while transitioning to another activity. These tickets can be used year to year. The cost is $30.  The group voted and this has been approved.
Mr. Pickens shared that Sum Dog wasn’t purchased for the fourth grade students as requested for the 2018/19 school year.  The fourth grade teachers will plan to purchase for the 2019/20 school year.
Parent teacher conferences will be held February 5th and 7th.  The PP would like to provided lunch for the teachers both days.  On Feb. 5 we will be hosting a ‘tailgate’ theme during lunchtime. On Feb. 7 we will be providing sandwiches from Jimmy John’s.  Katie Gilbert and Terah McClain will work on the menu and sign-up genius which will be sent out to the PP group.
Kessler school carnival will be held on Friday March 15th. Katie Gilbert will be organizing the games; Annie McCutcheon will be organizing the baskets, Holly will be organizing the food.  There are many others contributing to getting the carnival up and running.  We will need lots of volunteers prior to and during. A sign up genius will be established so parents can see how they can help.  Katie Clement will call Capstone church regarding the bounce house; Katie Gilbert will contact Kevin and Helena Photography to see about a photo booth.
Liz Ulrich attended the PAC meeting.  With the 50’s bash coming up this spring we are in need of a Kessler parent or two to attend the meetings and keep the Kessler 5th grade parents informed.  Terah McClain has volunteered to be the contact person for Kessler; Annie McCutcheon said she would help.
Mrs. Lisa Lowey is talking with Paulette about the needs of the nature space at Kessler.  Paulette is looking for someone to take over the care or the nature space permanently.
January 30th is the Science Fair
February 5th & 7th – P/T conferences
February 21st – PP meeting
March 7th – Family Night
March 15th – Kessler Carnival
1.Heather Irving shared an option of a Run-a-thon fundraiser, which could be an option if we need additional funds. As of now the PP group doesn’t feel strongly about adding that to this school year.
2. Ms. Jones and Mrs. Suki will be heading up the Governor’s Cup training this spring.
3. Mrs. Lowney shared that there will be two mobile units placed at Kessler this spring. There will also be new gutters installed as there have been drainage issues on the roof.
Mrs. Lowney is currently interviewing Intermountain and Aware Agencies as Kessler will be bringing on a mental health team this coming fall of 2019.  Currently 7 of the 11 elementary schools in the district have mental health teams established; along with both middle and high schools.
4. Mrs. Hankins has asked for ‘printing costs’ to be added to the February agenda.
Posted on November 15, 2018

Parent Partnership Meeting Nov 2018

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. 


Upcoming Events:

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.  


Outstanding Items: 

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!


Posted on October 24, 2018

Parent Partnership Meeting October 2018

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)

  • Discussion on success of fundraiser compared to previous years and initial discussion on adding an additional fundraiser this spring.
  • Group agrees it would be helpful to have a something in mind that we are fundraising for
  • Liz put together a business letter that is being sent out. Corporations have until the end of October to make their donation.
  • Group agrees a vinyl sign thanking corporate sponsors would be nice. Sign will be printed end of November or early December.


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



Aimee is meeting with Vans manager to make an updated list for snacks and discuss possible discount



  • Tyler Reames done with first 100 days
  • District student count is highest in 10 years. 8,266 kids
  • There is only 1 counselor per 400 students
  • Discussed how do you measure success…


  • Katie Gilbert is organizing lunches in the teachers lounge for those days.
  • Soup and Tailgate Themes
  • Terah will create a sign up genius


CARNIVAL:  Friday, March 15

  • Games: Katie, Kelly, Abby
  • Baskets: Annie, Mandy, (Ashley Toner Erwin?)
  • Food: Liz, Holly, Aimee


  • Turkey jug will be used for donations
  • November 12-16: Monday – PJs, Wednesday- Hats, Friday- Cat/Griz
  • Lolita will help identify families in need


  • Katie contacting Mary Werner to set Clay Day dates
  • Trunk or Treat is October 30th
  • Holiday Program is scheduled for December 14th
  • Suggestion was made for regular updates from Mrs. Lowney
    • Aimee will reach out to her



Posted on September 12, 2018

Meeting Minutes 9/6/18

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
overall appearance.
*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
outstanding receipts)
*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.

Balance:  $6,331.00
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
Corporate donations

Annie is looking into missing reps
(K) Mrs.V:  Mandy
(K) Mrs.
(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

Posted on March 23, 2018

Parent Partnership Meeting 3/22/2018

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
tire swings).
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
*Field Day

Terah McLain brought up the idea of having the Missoula Children’s
Theater come to Kessler. She is looking into more details to share
with us.

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.