4/8/2016-Coffee with the Principal Minutes

April 8, 2016 Coffee With The Principal Minutes

Opening prayer said by Mr. Moser.
Rochelle Jones HSA President:
Rochelle started the meeting thanking everyone for letting her have the opportunity to be HSA President.  Today’s meeting was Rochelle’s last coffee,she thanked everyone for their support , encouraged everyone to help the school thrive, give your time and love to the kids.
Tricky Tray did an amazing  job with great effort. Thank you the Committee Chairs, Christine Garrido and Melissa Vasquez.  Many thanks to all who donated their time and baskets as well. Denise McGee will transition to be Tricky Tray Committee Chair next year.
Volunteers for various committees have been filled:
Sheryl Kral and Jen Hartman will take over Jen Murphy’s job as the gift certificate coordinators. Suzanne Betterman and Steph DiSante will continue to run the gift certificate program.
Kirsten Piccini will be the chair person  for Vera Bradley/Coach Bingo. Margie Shields and Angel Weed will co-chair.
Uniform Closet –  Fran Raneri
Secret Santa & Christmas Angel Project : Stacey Clemmons
Carline volunteers:  One week a month car line volunteers are needed.  Angel Weed will be there daily please contact her if you can volunteer.
                             Younger children are welcome to come and wait inside .  
                             Please consider donating your time.
OLPH Night at Iron Pigs: information will be coming home shortly.
 Volunteer luncheon – The volunteer luncheon will be on June 3 at 12:30 pm. More information to follow.
 Coffee with the Principal minutes will be compiled and posted on Mr. Moser’s blog.  Meeting was recorded and notes compiled for use.
Gift cards :  gift cards are one of our biggest fundraisers, please support the program.  There are still families who have not met their obligation to meet the $2000 commitment.  
May 27 is the deadline to meet your requirement.
Nomination form went home for the opening for HSA President and the Treasurer, please consider nominating your self or someone else.
 
Jen Rogers HSA Treasurer
 
 
 $80,000 of our commitment has been paid back to the Parish, only a $5000 balance remains to be paid from HSA, and will be by the end of the school year.
Jodi Ruggiero HSA Vice President
 
Pretzel sales $315
TT 37602.67   last year this profit was  $36385.37
Upcoming fundraiser:  Menchie’s Yogurt on 4/27.  More detail will be coming home.
Dan Moser, Principal
Our Lady Vision Meeting
Meeting will also be on Monday night for people who can not be here this morning.
 Mr. Moser shared some items he has learned since taking over as Principal of OLPH.
He summarized his backround, current issues as well as counting himself blessed to be Principal of OLPH.
He also presented a slide show.
  Slide show Presentation:
 Mission & philosophy (slide)
“Preparing our Students and Families for Eternity” -Moser
Matt 16:26, Mark 8:36, Luke 9:25
OLPH Mission:
As a community of Clergy, families, and educators, we endeavor to meet the challenge of living the faith as modeled by Jesus, through worship, message,and service.  We recognize that Christian education is a lifelong process, and we share a ministry that encourages the child’s total development.  We strive to be caring individuals, who nurture the spiritual, intellectual, social, physical, and psychological well-being of our students. 
*My belief is that schools are more than just teachers and administrators, everyone (including custodians, secretaries, security teams,and cafeteria workers) that works in a school is part of each student’s education.
*Every adult in the school has the mission to ensure that students thrive.  Education at all levels should involve productive student-centered learning environments which enable and assist individual student achievement.
*1 Corinthians 12:27-Body of Christ
 (Slide)
 Diocesan Curriculum
 WHAT: Curriculum from the Diocese Allentown.
All Elementary Schools in Diocese will be moving into Trimesters
HOW:Project Based Learning( intergration of History Day, PJAS,Spelling Bee, Geography Bee, and Declamation into the Curriculum)
STREAM Education
S:science, T:technology, R:religion, E:engineering, A:art, M:mathematics
Enrollment figures (slide)
2015-2016 Enrollment -as of July 2016  280 students
As of October 2016-Present 285 students
2016-2017 Enrollment : Presently 280 students
                                   Pending 4 students                  
                                   Inquiries 10 students 
Projected 294
 
School budget (slide)
Questions about budget : 1) Make an appointment
                                     2) Review with Principal
Projected Income: $1,373,964
Actual Income: $1,123,946.92
Budgeted Expenses: $1,362,239
Actual Expenses: $1,101,731.61
2016-2017 Tuition Needs to be coordinated with the Parish Subsidy.
By the end of the month  he should have the numbers and will send out via email
School identity (slide)
1)Catholic
Continue-Weekly Masses, Religion Class, Religion integrated throughout subjects.
Goals-More Religious Involvement(Priests, Sisters, Brothers), Vocations
2) Academics
3) Proud to be an OLPHer
 
Miscommunication about the uniform – Mr Moser understands the strain this may put on families.
It’s indefinite phase-out of the uniform for now.
It wasn’t changed to just make a change- but to promote the new emblem.
Q&A
Q: Is STREAM a concept being backed by the Diocese?
Yes, it is backed by the Diocese.
Q: Where will Algebra room be next year?:
Algebra will not be in the library next year and the staff will discuss at the upcoming faculty meeting
What options are there for a new location, there are none to be listed at this time.
Algebra room location was decided upon as a team. At a staff meeting the teacher resource room & Algebra room will be decided upon.
 Q: Will there be a Librarian? What is the process?What is the criteria and application process for ?
-Panel will interview and hire the vacant librarian position
-Will have advanced Literature in 6th grade.
 -4th & 5th grade will continue Enrichment the way it is currently.
 
Q:  What is the criteria for advanced literature?
 Enrichment is based on Iowa, report card and teacher’s recommendation.
Children are still responsible for the work they miss in class while at Enrichment.
Q: When will we know when certain changes will be made? When we are trying to make a decision about enrollment we would like answers.
Some options cannot be made until the end of the school year.  Teachers & Faculty are trying to come to a decision.
We will try to go and collectively figure out answers. An informative session needs to be available so solutions can come to fruition.
 
Q:Concerned about the Academic standard slipping.  Concerns about school academic not being above and beyond as it has been in the past.
Concerned about the education the 7th & 8th grade received.
As principal  concerns are being addressed, implementing solutions for the 7/8 grade class room.  As a principal it is discouraging that parents did not come to him personally with their concerns.  Some information can be misconstrued. 
 
Q:When you cant give answers, families will not register and then we will lose numbers.
We need to meet with staff and figure out the answers.  Mr Moser will try his best to come to the answers people are looking for.
The team is the teachers- you need to trust we will come up with a decision.
 Q: No first in math because of budget?
First in Math was not implemented this year, not because of any diocese decisions.
Do we have Math IXL? Some teachers have implemented this program and now have the licenses for the program.
Parents like the FIM  and think its great program- the Principal and teacher’s opinions are respected.
Parent asked if there’s a comparison will be done if math score will be lower this year? Scores will be analyzed.
Q:Why are we going to Trimesters?
It gives teachers more time to do more project based teaching.
This is not block scheduling.
Q: When is the budget submitted to the Diocese?
June
Q: As far as the budget goes; can you give us a run down on what it was spent on? Academics, etc.? For Monday’s meeting?
Its a very specific question, will bring a break down to Monday’s meeting.
Q: Will there be a parent survey?
We can make a time frame – originally it was for the month of May.  But we can change it to April.
Can an email go home asking for questions that can be answered at Monday’s meeting?
Some things have come up at this meeting – that can be addressed at Monday’s meeting.
Some of the budget is set aside for  teacher’s gifts and parent’s gifts.
Q: Are all teachers coming back?
At this point the only vacancy is library.
Teacher intent form was sent out and all were positive but contract is in June and things can occur between now and over the summer.
 Q: Will you have answers for families?
4/12 & 5/13 faculty meeting: to go over some of the issues brought up today.
Moving forward from Mr. Moser:
I’ll send out an email with survey today- please complete.
Opportunity for specific questions at Monday’s meeting.
Monday’s Vision meeting will be at 6:30pm in Marian Inn.
Please come to Mr. Moser with any questions.
Closing Prayer.
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