PTO Meeting Minutes 4.2.2014

PTO meeting minutes 4.2.14

Present: Lisa Ehleringer, Megan McGonigle, Amanda McClafferty.  Absent: Ryan Landi.

  1. Welcome.

Lisa welcomes everyone.

  1. Updates from M Poroda

  • M. Poroda shared an email from Mlle Lipp: the Bread Loaf Teacher Network will be publishing her student achievement, specifically her pedagogical practices and the lessons they did with variances in dialect and accent depending on country of origin.  M poroda is proud of her work!

  • He passed around info about the upcoming GT meetings.  The instruction of GT will be totally remodeled and there will be an impact on this school. He has a new brochure, gifted support at language schools is specifically mentioned.  Grades 3-5 will have one specialist who will work with kids in the classroom. The services will be ramped up. Please attend the parent info meeting. [note: after CCS parent feedback on the proposed changes, implementing changes has been pushed back until next year]

  • With regards to the construction project—waiting to get a date for the open house, may be the week we come back from break, may be the week after.  There was a building meeting today, they showed a basic rendering of the swing space. There’s enough space for everything. A primary teacher, an intermediate teacher and two parent volunteers to serve on a committee (Devin Miller and Kristin Allison). We had to move the swing date to December to get the building ready for a school setting. Parents, if they wish, can volunteer to help teachers pack up.  [Open house for Northgate will be April 23rd 6:30-8pm.  Sample classroom will be set up.]

  • Mme Wells will be principal at Northtowne next year.  This is good news for her, but we will miss her here!  Interviews with some candidates for principal will be happening next week. So this should be in place by next school year.

  • Springtime playtime: please reinforce with students to be careful on the blacktop, reinforce safe play with kids at home.

  • Last paper order has been placed for the year.  Ask teachers what they may need in their classrooms.

  • Blizzard bags info will be going out soon, this has been approved at ODE, guidelines are being developed.  Three make up days will occur via the bags, thus we will not make up snow days at the end of the school year.  Students have 10 school days to complete the bags.  If they are not completed, your child gets an unexcused absence for each bag. You need fewer than 10 unexcused absences for one year; 3 days won’t garner a visit from a Truancy officer.

  • Lastly, a flyer will be going home tomorrow or friday about 3rd grade spring break reading blitz. Parks and Rec and Columbus Metropolitan Library partnered, 15 16 17 April will have volunteers at rec centers.

  1. Treasurer’s report

This year’s family fun night actually made a little money. Are there any questions? We also want to follow up with Kenwood table covers/banners for Comfest, school fairs. M Poroda will follow up on this.

  1. Old business

  • family fun night (update covered above)

  • playground toys: outside equipment needed like jump ropes, tether balls, etc. $150 in items like that needs to be ordered. Chinese jump ropes–check with Mme Williams because she may have some. Motion approved for the purchase of these items.

  • 6th grade dance: they have their money and flyers have been made for 6th graders. Washington Cole will be asking for parent volunteers.

      5. New business

  • El Vaquero night: We are working on a night, it will be a Thursday.

  • 5th grade plant sales: good quality, profit is about $1/plant.

  • food bank/backpacks: We would like to start a food bank here at Kenwood for families in need.  Teachers can help identify students who depend on school breakfast and lunch for all meals, and who could use some help over the weekends.  Parents are encouraged to drop off donations–think about foods that do not require preparation that kids can make themselves.  When we get closer to the point of distributing food, fresh fruit and vegetables could be donated to be sent home.  Please spread this via word of mouth as we don’t want to shame anyone.  CRC may have an overabundance of food that we could have access to.  If folks know of other food resources, please contact Megan McGonigle ( or Amanda McClafferty (

  • Staff appreciation week-This will move to April 28-May 2 because of OAAs.  Teacher wish list will go out and parents may want to donate items to the classroom.  Sign ups for staff breakfast, lunch and treats days will be going out soon.

  • Fancy Fair: It will be 5/17.  This year we have a dunk tank with Mr. D, maybe one of our former middle school teachers would be willing to do it as well. Silent auction: Amanda McClafferty is going from being in charge of volunteers to the silent auction. Letters have gone out to our usual companies. But if you or anyone you know has something to donate that would be great. If you know of anyone who would be willing to donate jewelry, etc., Amanda has form letters if you’d be wanting to do that.  Chairs are needed for Fancy Fair, and this will go out ASAP.  We also need as much staff involvement as possible, and maybe this could be brought up at staff meetings.

  • Officer elections: treasurer 1 year term, secretary 2 year term, president 2 year term.  Elections will happen later this month at our last meeting.  Please contact Lisa if you are interested in these positions!

 6. Closing

Next (and final) PTO meeting will be held Tuesday, April 29th, 6-7pm, in the library.

PTO Meeting Minutes 3.4.2014

PTO Meeting Minutes 3.4.14

1.) Welcome

Lisa welcomes everyone.

2.) Updates from M. Poroda

Quick things: Mme Wells and he want to thank parents for their help this past month with all of the activities. Swing space: board is voting tonight on the buildings being closed. If it’s approved that 5th Ave goes to Hubbard ES, we will have a better idea of where we will be. As soon as we find out something he will tell us. The district is working hard to finalize this.

3.) Treasurer’s Report

Ryan: principal’s fund: we approved that and have spent that.  We have few outstanding checks, so that’s good.  We are behind in fundraising, we will hopefully make most of that up at Fancy Fair and Comfest.  Discretionary expenses=$1914.  The majority of that is from Camp Willson, he expects that that number should go down when Kenwood Kash gets added in to that. We have $5000 that we are holding. He had suggested putting that money aside into another account, for potential playground equipment for the new building.  M. Poroda: playground equipment is worked into the budget of the new building. The builders ask us what specific equipment we want for our playground. Things like maps on the playgrounds can be asked for, like CSIA. Ryan: but if the costs overrun with the building, it gets pulled from things like the playground equipment (this happened at Clinton ES).

4.) Old Business

  • Book Fair report: we earned $770 in book credit this year. Scholastic books and Scholastic book fairs have combined, and we may be able to use this credit for French books. We may also be able to offer French books at the book fair next year because of this change.

  • International Potluck report: Lisa: it was terrific, we had a good turn out, a lot of families brought older kids back, so that was nice.

  • Snow removal: Lisa asks M Poroda how it’s going: it’s been removed twice. First time was pretty expensive ($125). Second time, we went to a different vendor.  With the cold temps, kids haven’t been outside. Blacktop only usually means a lot of skinned knees, and a lot of nurse visits. If parents could reinforce with your kids to bring a book in the AM, it helps them meet the expectation of quiet when they can’t go outside after breakfast. Jenn Hambach asked about the sidewalks and who cleans them. When we had the smaller snowfall the sidewalks were clean, but when we had 10 inches, they were pretty messy. Maybe we could have a parent committee help out with this and get it done.  M Poroda says that it’s really a custodial thing and that he will talk to M Bennett about it.

5. New Business

  • Washington Cole-6th grade dance

Washington presented on ideas the 6th graders have about a dance for their class.  They are thinking a masquerade ball could be a good way to bond with other students. They want $155 for food, decorations and music. The dance will be April 25th. Students will pay $2 to get in. Kristin Allison moves to vote on PTO providing $155, seconded. Motion passed.

  • Family Fun Night (3/21)

Magician/entertainer Dr. insecta comes highly recommended, he was the one who actually came up with the bowling ball trick that was at last year’s Family Fun Night.  Dinner will start at 6; Dr. Insecta starts at 6:30.

  • El Vaquero Night (in April)

This may get moved to May because the patio is usually open by then.

  • Staff Appreciation Week (5/5-5/9)

We are in the preliminary stages of planning for this.  We usually provide a breakfast, a lunch, have a snack/baked goods day and a few other little treats.  Be thinking about donations (we have already put in a request with Panera for the breakfast day, but will need other items as well).

  • Fancy Fair (5/17)

Lisa still needs to find a volunteer coordinator for this. [edit: she has since found a parent to do this] So if you know someone who is good at organizing, etc. let her know.

  • other topics

Kindergarten trips to zoo in May: need money for busing.  Mme Vanden Noven and Mme Bateman think it will be no more than $200. This will be a cushion in case they come up short from the kids bringing on money. We will need to vote on this. Kristin Allison moves that we vote, seconded; Motion passed. May 12th is the date.

Do we know if they are going to extend the school year? (we still don’t know this yet.) Because of calamity days, OAAs may get pushed back. (these are usually the week after spring break)  We need to look at trips to parks at the end of the year.  M. Poroda would rather that money he has go to field trips rather than picnics.

Are there any more field trips? Staff had till 2/28 to get in requests. Next week there will be staff meeting to talk about this.

Science fair—Mme Williams: 5th graders will be doing this may 1st, because we can get in the gym. Will be on display that Thursday afternoon, and in the evening for parents, 5-7.  Forms will be there for the kids to get feedback, please do these for kids other than your own child.  Mme Williams suggests bringing in your project a few days early so you can put it back together if you need to ride the bus with your project. Science Fair is open to 4th 5th 6th graders, but mandatory for 5th grade. The elementary science specialist for CCS will be here that day.

6. Adjournment


PTO Meeting Minutes 2.3.2014

PTO meeting minutes 2.3.2014

in attendance: Lisa Ehleringer, Amanda McClafferty and Megan McGonigle.  Ryan Landi absent.

  1. Call to order

Lisa called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

  1. Minutes from previous agenda

Kristin Allison moved that we accept the minutes, motion approved.

  1. Treasurer’s report

Ryan was absent, but the board does not have any monetary requests for a vote at this time.

  1. Old Business

  • book fair volunteers

Scholastic will deliver materials tomorrow and we need volunteers to set this up. We also need people to volunteer to work at the book fair: Courtney Smith is the organizer for this–questions?  Please contact her at

  • International potluck

This is (this) friday night, everyone brings a dish.  Food will be organized by continent.  We need decorations for this!  It is from 6-8pm.  To sign up for set up/tear down or to bring decorations:  Amanda McClafferty is the organizer, if you have questions, please contact her at  UPDATE: this event has been postponed because of the snow day last week.  We will reschedule and will send home info of the new date.  Thanks!

  • Parent teacher conferences dinner

Sign up is going around, our night is Tuesday, February 11th.  Please drop off food between 3:30-4pm.  Megan McGonigle is the organizer and can be contacted at if you have questions.  There are still some spots open:

  1. New business

M Paroda: the reform committee approved our waiver from DIBELS.  But the state has rejected our application for the waiver. He is meeting with a state rep on friday (2/7) to let them know a little more about our program, and why we are seeking the waiver, etc. Including French language assessment on our report cards will not be ready for the 3rd grading period, but will be in place by the 4th grading period, or at worst, starting next year.

A 6th grade student has asked to have a dance in February for 6th grade students.  M Paroda would like to do something for them, even though we may not be able to get it ready for February.  Maybe we could call it a party to make it less formal. Maybe we could do it later this spring after school hours, 6-8pm kind of thing.  Last February at the middle school dance they sold pizza and other stuff, and basically they made all the money back. Dates?  April 25th sounds good–Spring Fling.

Keep in mind doing a 6th grade send off. This is usually the last day of school, in the evening. Usually the 7th graders put this on for the 8th grade, but this will probably change now and be 6th grade families organizing the event.

Lisa: Family fun night will be March 21st, and Dr. Insecta will be coming. He has a magic and variety show. He has videos on you tube. He was recommended by David Kaplan who has done our show before.

Kenwood Advocates: Andrea has sent out sign ups for the various committees, be on the look at for this.  You can sign up here:

Tiffany Hanna will be having a meeting in 2-3 weeks for the silent auction for Fancy Fair.

Julie Schirmer: lego robotics—what is that? (there was an event going on at school at the same time as the PTO meeting) Coleman King’s dad wanted to do a technology thing with the students and he has experience with this and working with kids. Tonight is the first night they are meeting; will be every monday 6:30-8 pm in the computer lab. It’s for 4Th, 5th and 6th grades.

M Paroda thanked the pto for supporting the camp willson trip.

He also highlighted that our Math Works team won 2nd place in problem solving, out of 47 schools. This is a group of 5th graders, done through the GT program.

Mme Scoyez is working with M Paroda on ordering the leveled reading books. They are working on needs assessment right now to see what we need to order, etc.

The Clintonville school fair was supposed to be on last Tuesday but it was cancelled. It’s going to be rescheduled for 2/11. Lisa will be there and if anyone else can go…..its 6-8pm, set up at 5:30. Clintonville area middle schools will be there as well, so our 6th grade parents may want to know about it.

Parent and school board member Michael Cole discussed the opening on the board with Carol Perkins resigning.  They are looking at applications right now and planning interviews soon. It should be a fairly rigorous process. Leadership style will be important, as will being able to respectfully disagree. We are making measured decisions. Whoever we choose, we are going to move forward in strength.

Greg King, parent of Coleman, came to talk about the lego robotics program. He is hoping to get us in for next year in the 1st lego league. The plan is to work here with the current group and work through challenges, building robots, building devices, problem solving. I’d like to work the mind storms because there are tons of classroom applications. 1st lego league is an Int’l competition, there’s one in Quebec City that we could present at. This could be a long term goal for the group. His high school students would be willing to work with teachers for how they could use these in the classrooms. Really this is about problem solving, there are physical and logical sides of this. There are 7 kids currently in our group, with room for 10 kids. People are welcome to stop by during the meetings to see what it’s about. He will continue next year and even after that after Coleman leaves Ecole Kenwood.

The next PTO meeting will be Tuesday, 4 March (Mardi Gras!).

6. Adjournment



School Choice/Lottery season is almost here!

FrenchPassportAre you considering Ecole Kenwood on your choices for the school lottery? Are you wondering how a language immersion program works and how your soon-to-be kindergartner will learn when being taught in a new language? Are you curious about the student and parent culture at Ecole Kenwood? We want you to come to our school and take a tour, talk with a parent, and meet our principal. See the displayed artwork and other projects of our students and spend some time observing a kindergarten class. Call Ecole Kenwood at 614.365.5502 and ask to schedule a tour. We will be at the CCS Elementary school fair on March 11th, from 6-7:30pm. We will also be at various preschool elementary school fairs. School choice/Lottery applications will be accepted between March 21-April 11. Here is more information, with a fairly thorough FAQs list:

PTO Meeting Minutes 1.14.2014

PTO Meeting minutes 1.14.2014
present: Andrea O’Carroll, Ryan Landi, Amanda McClafferty, Megan McGonigle
1. Call to order
Andrea called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.
2. Minutes from previous meeting
Andrea asked if anyone had any questions or changes to the minutes from the November 2013 meeting. A motion was made to approve the minutes, seconded, motion passed.
3. Principal’s comments
M. Paroda introduced himself and Mme. Wells. He has news: staff voted for conferences for February, 6th (Thurs) and (Tues) 2/11, 4-7:30. More info will be coming out soon for sign ups, etc. Other issues: he went to reform panel last Tues to request the variance from typical assessments (DIBELS). He represented Kenwood and CSIA. They proposed that when students first come into the program, that there is an observation survey in the student’s native language. From then on, all other assessments will be done in French/Spanish so we can really measure growth. M. Paroda got an email today that it was unanimously approved. Now it has to go to the state waiver to replace the writing assessments. So we will be working on that part. He has a meeting with Maria Stockard on Friday to see how we can start to, for the 3rd grading period, communicate progress on language for grades 2-5. Also looking to implement ongoing diagnostic in language acquisition. Third grade guarantee and some interventions we are providing in the classrooms: we have had 2 intervention assistants that are trained as LIIs to give small group instruction so they can begin focusing on issues. Our CCIT for literacy, Mme Scoyez is pushing into 3rd grade classrooms to assist with instruction. Let him know if you have any questions.
4. PTO changes/vote
Andrea explains that we are proposing changes tonight with the PTO board. Andrea and Ryan will be resigning as co-presidents, effective immediately. Ryan will serve as interim treasurer for the rest of this school year and Lisa Elheringer will become interim president. Andrea is going to swap with Lisa and take over the Kenwood Advocates group. Any questions? Ryan is nominated for interim treasurer: motion passed. Lisa is nominated for president: motion passed.
5. Treasurer’s report
Ryan: we are well in the black, we are doing a good job replacing the money we have spent from last year. Winter bazaar will be up $600, for a total of about $1200. We have made $826 in box top money. There is also a deposit from a parent pledge for the Camp Willson trip. $5500 is the total trip cost; currently have a $3000 deficit, but citrus and plant sales and box tops have not been added in.
6. Core values postcards/Ecole Kenwood banner
M Paroda explains that parent communication is so important, and they worked with the staff to come up with core values for our school: respectful, responsible, helpful and kind. We want to have postcards made up to demonstrate the 4 core values. When teachers see one (or more) of the values in a student, a card will go home to parents, so they are aware that something good is happening at school. He contacted the printer he has used for CSIA, $275 total, with $75 design fee and postage costs. The quality of this printer’s work is high—heavy card stock, gloss on front, matte on back, 4 colors. Very professional style.

Banner: $100, 36 X 72, display in the main entrance with core values on it. It would be great to put a mark, even at Hubbard so it becomes more than just our swing space. Amanda McClafferty says that we really need a new banner for Comfest as the current sign is in bad shape, so we’d like to replace it. After some discussion, it becomes clear that a new banner is not a (Comfest) water-specific thing, but something we can use for other events. M Paroda mentions getting a table-sized nylon banner that could be used for indoor activities. Amanda can call the company we used for tshirts and see what he could price. Are we going to redo the logo? We would like to talk to parent Clinton Reno about doing that (he made a fabulous Kenwood print that he sold at the winter bazaar). Motion to spend $575 on postcards and banners. All in favor. Motion passed. Table the other banners for now until we have price quotes.
7. Book fair
Lisa explained a little about this and said that we need a lot of help. Cary Carlton suggested that it’s necessary to have 2 people for each shift, so someone can work the register and keep an eye on materials while the other person helps kids find books, helps the younger kids write down their wish lists. There was a question about getting books in French, like the scholastic ones we get from Canada. We cannot get French books because Scholastic book fair is a different entity than scholastic book sales. Book fair will begin the night of the international pot luck, 2/7 and will continue the following week.
8. International potluck
Lisa explains how the potluck works–just a social event for our school. Bring a dish and we have tables set up by continent, and then we just eat and talk. It is usually held the same Friday as when the book fair begins. It will be 2/7. Volunteers: A sign up sheet was passed around for set up and tear down and decorations. Amanda McClafferty is the contact person for that, and she will transfer this into a signup genuis that will be sent out over email and posted on our Facebook group and the website.
9. Parent teacher conferences meal
Megan McGonigle will be the contact person for the parent-provided dinner. Our night will be Thursday, 2/11. We haven’t had asian food as a theme for a while, so let’s plan on that. A sign up genius will be going out for that.
10. New business
Lisa: as the person in charge of Fancy Fair, it won’t be easy for me to do both that and be president, so I’m looking for someone to help me out and. Lisa explained that Fancy Fair is a school carnival that is held in May, that we invite the incoming K class, we have a great silent auction, lots of games. It will be May 17th. Tiffany Hanna: I will be on my way out soon, so I will need people to help me as well. Amanda McClafferty will be taking over the silent auction. I need some people to be on my committee to package baskets. There’s wine, beer, liquor, food… please see me if you’d like to help. First meeting will be in late Feb/early March. One thing we need to think about this year is bringing back alum because this will be the end of the building and the last time we ever have Fancy Fair in the “old building.” One idea is to pay to graffiti the building. Not huge art, just for folks to write their names on bricks. M Paroda will look into to what we can do about this. Mme Scoyez: she is in touch with a lot of older alums, if we send her something like a Welcome Back alums flyer that she can post on her facebook wall, this could be a great way to reach them. Is it possible to get a list of alums with addresses?

Andrea: there will be some vacancies for next year: a one-year treasurer, and a two-year secretary. Be thinking about if you’d like to help out in this way, or know of another parent who would be interested. Kenwood advocates would like to meet next Thursday. Also, we should probably move the PTO meeting next month, because as is, there are school events Wed. 2/3, Thurs. 2/6 and Friday, 2/7.

Tiffany: Return to home school has been approved as of today, so you could go back to home school if you choose to leave International. There was some question about this being changed and folks being locked into International, but they will be continuing with this policy of being able to return to your home school.

M Paroda: I hear a lot of talk about fundraising and I don’t want to compete with PTO efforts, but I think it’s important as a school that we have a fundraiser for the My Principal’s Fund. He has spoken to a few companies (for donations) and would like to explore that further. We are very limited on funds, he’s meeting with the treasurers tomorrow. We started the year in a deficit, with field trips and buses. Maybe this is something we do for next year. Ryan: what is your goal? ($1500-2000) I think I’m speaking for everyone and saying what we as parents disdain is our kids becoming sales vehicles. We would much rather support other events and come together as a group to meet those needs. Ryan suggests creating a line item for the principal’s fund so it can stay in the budget. We can probably squeeze out some funds from this year. We could probably do $500 right now. Reagan Bluel makes a motion to move $500 to put in the principal’s fund, seconded. All in favor of the $500? Motion passed. Mme Scoyez mentions that she will need the money for the leveled readers now (that we approved in a previous meeting). Neal Bluel: for the next meeting, can we look deeper in the budget to see if there’s more we can get (for the principal’s fund)? Ryan: There could be money in staff reimbursement, planners, etc. Neal: so maybe at the last PTO meeting we address this again. Kristin Allison, to M Paroda: if something comes up a problem because there’s no money (for example, a field trip may have to be cancelled), please let us know so we can make that happen. As parents we can make that happen.

The next meeting PTO meeting has been moved to Monday, February 3rd, at 6pm. It will still be a busy week with events, but this will help spread it out a bit.

Avon Fundraiser


Flyers went home before the Thanksgiving break about the Avon fundraiser that Ecole Kenwood parent Debbi Bamba has offered to us–we have a few more days to turn in orders! The flyer included an order form that can be turned into school, but you can also shop online–either way, Kenwood will receive a percentage of the sales. In addition, if you shop from the Avon website throughout the rest of the school year, 10% of the proceeds will come back to our students.

To shop online, go to

Use the promo code AFECOLEKENWOOD at check out and choose Direct Delivery.

The final day money can be turned in is Monday, December 9th. Products will be shipped directly to you if you buy online, or will be sent home with your student the week of December 16th, before our Winter break.

The class who sells the most will win a pizza party and the family with the highest sales will win a special gift from Avon!

Please contact Avon Representative, Debbi Bamba, at 614.946.0403 if you have any questions.

PTO Meeting Minutes 11.12.3013

PTO meeting 11.12.2013 7pm

in attendance: Andrea O’Carroll, Ryan Landi, Megan McGonigle and Amanda McClafferty

  1. Call to Order

Ryan called the meeting to order and thanks folks for attending, especially when the meeting had to be rescheduled.

  1. Minutes from Previous Meeting

Ryan asked for a motion to accept the minutes from the October meeting, motion was made and seconded; motion passed.

  1. Treasurer’s Report

Ryan comments that we are working in the black; we have more money in the checking acct than we have liabilities, so that’s a good sign.  We may go over on our babysitting budget because PTO paid for childcare for the Dr. Good visit.  We have additional cash leftover from planners and folders. We are about where we were last year with staff reimbursements.  Ryan has a breakdown of operating expenses and other line items, see him if you’d like to go through that.  Ryan has a gross and a net of school events.  Remember that the money we make this year goes for things next year.  We are already $553 in the black. Note: The walkathon revenue on this month’s treasurer’s report is not accurate by a small amount (a check in the PTO box was not marked with its intent; since it wasn’t attached to a citrus sale order form, the thought was that it was leftover walkathon, but it turns out that it indeed was for a citrus order). Ryan asks if there are there any questions about the budget.  Lisa Ehleringer: what is “expenditures for the walkathon”? Andrea answers: Envelopes for the money collection, pizza party for the room who brings in the most money, bracelets that the kids received the day of the walkathon, etc. Reagan Bluel asks if we have found a treasurer, and no, no one has volunteered yet for the position.

  1. Hot dog Hoedown

Ryan: we had a very profitable Hotdog Hoedown this year, almost $200 better than last year. This had a lot to do with the great turnout and we were able to get new sponsors for the event (for the food) and that helped out a lot. We were able to keep costs down.

  1. Walkathon

Andrea: I was really thrilled with it, we made $4100, which is about $300 more than we made last year. The one item we need to discuss is funding half of Brainpop, and using the rest of the money for purchasing French reading assessments.  Since then, there has been a lot of discussion about the reorganization of the school (referring to unsplitting the 2nd/3rd and 4th/5th classes)  and how much teachers will use it.  Andrea did a survey of the teachers. There is a free French version, we are looking at how much the english version gets used: 5 said frequently, 3 said occasionally, 7 said they never use it. Mary Rose: it seems to me that getting a strong foundation in getting the reading materials is critical for the school, and it may be a challenge to get the waiver (from the 3rd grade guarantee) through the district and the state, so if Brainpop is taking away from that, she would like to know.  Amy Overmyer: I have had a problem with this from the beginning. The time my son spends in the French class is when he has computer, and it’s hard when some of that time is spent in an english program. This takes away from his french immersion time.  Andrea: this is why we went out to the teachers about this, because this did change.  Hope McGonigle: did the teachers indicate if they use the French version?  Andrea didn’t ask them about that (this survey was more trying to determine the cost effectiveness of spending $2000 on a computer program). Mme Startz: the english is challenging for some of our kids, because our reading levels are typically a grade behind. Teachers who are using it probably use it once a week. Amy Overmyer: My son John who is in 3rd grade can understand the projects in french. She gave an example of one lesson she did with him and how he was able to follow it.

Lisa Ehleringer: how long have we been using it?  Mme Startz: since forever.  Lisa: there has to be something out there for free, right? Bob Meeker: is it a one-year license? Yes. So we would have it through november 2014.  Angie Meeker asked about the french level for 1st grade. She pointed out that teachers in upper grades have indicated problems with math and science materials in French, so what if they used the french version of Brainpop for this?  There were several comments about plans to do some research on this.  Ryan: we are not making a curriculum statement here, but a financial statement. It’s not our place to critique its content, per se, there are not a majority of classrooms who use this program.  Mme Startz: here’s the thing, I think the things most frequently used are social studies and science. It’s good to reinforce those concepts for the kids who are getting tested in these subjects. Lisa: do the computers work half the time for it to be used by the kids?  Startz: the computer time is a great time to do testing because of the ability to have some one-on-one time with kids.  It’s difficult in the upper levels to find websites that kids can do independently.

Mary Rose: what’s the upper limit of Brainpop jr?  Andrea: 2nd and 3rd grade teachers are the ones who use it most frequently. FYI, it’s $1200/year for Brainpop jr, $1500 for just BrainPop and $2100 for both.  Ryan: we should take 2 votes: whether we want jr at all, and then if we want any of it.  Brian Hagemann: I’m hearing that it could be helpful for upper grades Natali Fausey: we should come up with an alternative proposal if we vote this down.  Neal Bluel: can we use this at home? Yes, with limited availability (during school hours).  Cary Carlton: In the meeting with Dr. Good, he asked what we wanted in our immersion program, and if our school “looks like” an immersion school, and this is something to think about in relationship to this.  Ryan: Shall we vote? Amy Overmyer asks Mme. Scoyez how much she needs?  The assessment kit for K-2 is $5000.  We will get what materials we can have with what money we get. Hope McGonigle asks about the grant turnaround, as one of the grants we have applied for is selected in December.  Mary Rose says that it will be paid out in January 2014.  Hope: if you have some of the money, can you buy some of the books, or is it not worth it?  Mme. Scoyez: you need the wide range of books because of the different reading levels of the kids, etc.  So it would be better to have the whole set.

Ryan: I would entertain a proposal for separate votes: BrainPop Jr as a first vote, regular BrainPop as a second vote. My feeling is there is conflict of whether we should have both. Or do we want all walkathon money to go toward readers?  Frequent users are 2, 3 4 6 grade.

Ryan asks for a motion to approve BrainPop Jr., motion moved and seconded. All in favor of purchasing please raise your hand: 2 hands counted. Motion failed.  Motion made and seconded to vote for regular BrainPop.  All in favor of purchasing: 6.  Motion failed.  Ryan asks for a motion to use all of the walkathon money to support Mme. Scoyez and the teachers and to support the purchase of French reading assessments and leveled readers, motion seconded. All in favor, no Nays: Motion passed. Brian Hagemann: maybe M. Toure would put the money that the school was giving toward BrainPop to go toward the French assessments and readers. Also, French BrainPop will be something for us to think about purchasing at some point (it is currently in beta testing and is free, but the assumption is that there will be an annual fee once the product is formalized).

  1. Winter Bazaar

Megan McGonigle reminds folks that the bazaar is coming up next weekend (11/23) and that we have 40 vendors booked, with more people who want to attend (we have run out of tables).  She passes around a signup sheet for volunteers that are needed for both the show and the bake sale that the 5th grade students will host.  There are 5 Kenwood families participating (and now Mme. Scoyez’s daughter will make 6) so it would be great if we could support them. A link to the Bazaar/bake sale volunteer signup:

Ryan has made raffle tickets for the quilt that Jena Huebner’s mother donated to us last year. We will have raffle tickets at the bazaar and it will be on display there.  Tickets will be available in the office, and interested folks may want to buy a handful for selling to family members, etc.

  1. Parent Teacher Conferences

Amanda McClafferty passed around the signup sheet for the dinner that parents provide for the teachers (the 2nd night of conferences). We are doing Italian this year.  She will be here after school that day (11/25) to receive the food. If you can get it before 3:00, that would be perfect because not all teachers get to take their dinner break and only have a chance to eat before the conferences begin.  A link to the signup for the parent provided dinner:

Asides: Online citrus sales are going on through tomorrow.  Ryan is passing out flyers for the school event this Saturday (11/16) at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt at Graceland.  You need the flyer for Kenwood to get the credit from your sale.  After the event, you can use a card they have given us to get 10% off all future sales.

     8. New Business

  1. Third grade reading guarantee discussion (Neal Bluel)

Neal: My daughter is a kindergartener this year, he was talking to his wife and they received their first DIBELS (reading) scores and report card, and they talked about the third grade guarantee. Maybe the PTO can fill the space . We are going to have more and more things to talk about with our schools in relation to these things, and how we can assist our administration. ODE is constantly changing things in response to legislators. We have a really informed group of parents and we could do a lot of work.  I feel like my time here tonight is to ask the PTO that we have access to experts in the field. PTO could help schedule events or meetings, or parent interactions around these things. Neal is here, and ready and able to have these conversations, and the importance of doing the things every day that the teachers say we should do. We are trying to avoid a big scare when we get to third grade. As we get down the road, we can align our purchasing and meetings with the initiatives of ODE.

  1. CISV international summer camps (Natali Fausey and Mme. Startz)

Mme Startz and Natali discuss the program for 4th and 5th graders. It’s an international exchange for the kids can participate in.  It’s not a religious organization. It’s not like a traditional exchange program. There are a variety of programs, from international to domestic. Calvin Fausey went to Portugal after 5th grade, he says he especially used his French when he was there with people from Senegal.  Mme. Startz’s son went to Brazil this year for 2 weeks, and she hosted a Brazilian student in return.  It is very expensive (mostly if you’re flying internationally), but there are scholarships available.  The deadline is 12/31.  Look at the Columbus chapter ( if you may be interested.  There are several Kenwood families who have done this-others include Tiffany Hanna and Cheryl Kempf’s daughter and Nancy Neimuth’s daughter, who graduated from Kenwood last year, but she would love to talk to folks about it if they’d like.  There is an open house program at Bexley. The leaders at CISV have loved our kids. Ask Mme. Startz if you need a teacher recommendation. The kids start paying attention to the news after going to this, they suddenly relate to it much more.  There is a Mini camp in early December, a local one in Pittsburgh.  Kids can attend for a weekend to see if it’s something they may be interested in.

  1. Miscellaneous:

Courtney Smith: The laminator needs supplies. Will PTO buy it? PTO can buy this for cheaper since we don’t have to go through school smart supply system, and we can buy the same exact laminating plastic.  Courtney asks for a motion to vote; motion made and seconded. All in favor of PTO purchasing plastic for the laminator.  Motion passed. Lisa Ehleringer and Courtney will see what prices they can find.


Citrus Sale 2013


Fifth graders are preparing for their trip to Camp Wilson this year. This 3 day/2 night trip will take place in January and is always a great time for all the students. This trip will be a trip that students always remember and well worth the money it takes to make this trip happen. 

To help Kenwood 5th grade students earn money towards their Camp Wilson trip, we will be working with RiverSweet to sell citrus. You may use the attached forms to order fruit. You may either credit the sale and its profit to a current 5th grader to go towards their $75 camp fee or leave it for the general Camp Wilson fund to lower the extra cost of the trip, being covered by the PTO, as well as help make certain all 5th graders will be able to enjoy the camp.
Here are the important details for the sale:
Orders AND PAYMENTS will be due on Monday, November 11, 2013.
You can order using the order forms sent home with your student(s), or you can order through a website set up for this fundraiser,  Online sales can also be credited to a 5th grade student.  All uncredited sales will go to the general Camp Wilson.
Payments can be made in cash or checks payable to Kenwood PTO.
Students can turn orders in to their teachers, or to the school office.
Orders will not be placed without payment. 
Fruit is expected to be delivered at a yet-to-be-determined date in the first three weeks of December. We will notify you of the exact date, by email, once we receive word from our supplier. The fruit will be delivered to the school. You will be responsible for picking the fruit up that afternoon, but NOT between 3:15 and 3:45 pm when buses arrive and school lets out. Please contact Kristin, Tiffany, or Tammy if special arrangements need to be made.

Extra order forms will be available in the office. If you wish to credit a sale to a specific 5thgrader, you should specify that on the order form. Any sales not designated will go to the overall trip fund in 2013.
We have been pleased with the quality of the fruit. This company has been used by many other schools in Columbus for several years. We have attempted to price the fruit so that they are reasonable while still allowing your child to earn money for his or her trip fund.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Kristin Allison. 614-299-4028.

Tiffany Hanna 614-204-2285          

Tammy Derden 614-500-2757.

CCS Superintendent Meeting with Parents at Ecole Kenwood 

When: Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 6-7:00 PM
Where: Ecole Kenwood

Please join us! At the request of Kenwood parents, Columbus City Schools Interim Superintendent, Dr. Daniel Good, will come to Ecole Kenwood to meet with parents on Wednesday evening. Our request asked him to specifically discuss the upcoming CCS levy on the ballot November 5 as well as parent concerns about our unique needs as a French immersion program.

Dr. Good has asked to review questions in advance. Please submit your questions to me at by Monday, October 28 at 5:00 PM, I will consolidate questions/topics and submit to him on Monday evening.

Please join us for this important meeting to show the Superintendent our great school and discuss what we need for our students to be successful! We hope to see you there!

Future Blood Donor Drive

future-blood-donorEcole Kenwood has partnered with the American Red Cross to participate in a community service project called the Future Blood Donor Program. The Future Blood Donor Program educates middle school students on what it means to be a blood donor and what it takes to recruit donors. The program features educational information on the function of blood, the components found in blood and why blood is needed.

Support your child and their school by donating blood, recruiting other blood donors or volunteering the day of their school blood drive, which is Wednesday, October 30th.

Please sign up online at and enter sponsor code: EcoleKenwood

Please complete and return the form sent home with your child.

Students who recruit at least one presenting blood donor to their blood drive will be recognized with a fun appreciation gift.

To find out more about the blood drive, please see below. For eligibility requirements visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

If you have any questions regarding the blood drive, please contact Laura Pappas and (614) 325-1371 or

Please bring your donor card or photo identification on the day of the blood drive.

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