Creative Science School

critical thinkers, courageous problem-solvers, compassionate community builders

PTA Meeting Minutes 1/19/16


Meeting called to order at 6:34pm.


Ballot campaign update from teacher Allison

  • Large companies in Oregon pay fewer taxes than small businesses (currently they pay between $0-150 annually)
  • Oregon has the lowest corporate tax rate in the nation
  • Better Oregon campaign is trying to get the issue on the ballot
  • Hoping to start taxing businesses after the first 25 million dollars they make
  • It would mean 4 billion dollars in revenue for schools, social services, etc.
  • Allison would like to recruit a parent to stand at the school entrance with a sign at drop off/pick up to gather signatures – let her know if you or anyone you know are interested (this can be done on whatever days volunteers are available)
  • Big push will be in February


FUNraiser update from Lacy

  • This is the biggest money maker for the school
  • Most details are in place (venue, alcohol, games, music)
  • Donations are still being collected (get to Lacy or bring to the office by the end of this week)
  • We need one more person to run a game during the event (probably either darts or golf) – please let Lacy know if interested
  • Spread the word about ticket sales!
  • We need more people to help sell tickets at school (at least 8) – February 1, 2, and 3 (Mon-Tues-Wed) – one hour in morning and afternoon
  • If you buy a ticket you get two free drink tickets


Site Council

  • Meeting this Thursday
  • Tomorrow someone from the district is going to come out and look at where we can install a covered bicycle shelter


DBRAC update

  • Meisha attended a meeting today specifically for focus option schools. It is not under DBRAC’s purview to dictate what happens to focus option schools and alternative programs
  • We will most likely be asked to moved
  • Meisha asked if it was possible that we could get moved to a K-5 instead of a K-8 if they cannot find a suitable building and was not given a straight answer
  • DBRAC is meeting tonight
  • Any change would not happen until 2017
  • There may be another DBRAC meeting next week listening to one parent from each school instead of multiple parents per school
  • Recommendation is supposed to come out from DBRAC to the superintendant this week
  • By the end of March the board could make a decision based on the recommendations
  • There is a CSS parent group working on talking points, etc. to mobilize our community to influence the board
  • Meisha urged us to be mindful of our language when we talk about our school vs. other schools (we are not better, etc.). We need to have a positive message to the board and the community at large and also be thoughtful about how what happens to us could affect other neighborhood schools
  • We should have undergone a focus option review by the board – working on this as a parent/staff community will help to highlight our strengths
  • Parent/student testimonials are being gathered by the working group (about positive experiences at CSS) – those can be sent in via email and also brought in to the office
  • Argument has been made that moving us would be disruptive to many families at our school located in SE


PTA Board Meetings

  • Are now held the Wednesday after the community meetings
  • Everyone is always welcome – you need only RSVP and you’ll be given the location (hosted at board members’ houses)


Pool Party

  • This Sunday from 6:30-8:30pm at EPCC
  • $5 per person or $20 per family


PTA Audit

  • We need volunteers this Saturday from 10am-3pm
  • It can’t be done by check signers, so we need some additional help
  • Let Juliana know if you can help


Business portion of the meeting concluded at 6:59pm.


The rest of the meeting was dedicated to a presentation on mindfulness and the MindUp curriculum being used at CSS this year.