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PTO Meeting Agenda – January 21, 2015

 Creekside/SquawPrep PTO Meeting Agenda

Wed, January 21
5pm – 7pm
Creekside Charter School
  •  Reports
    1. Presidents Report – Jesse Desens
      Ski Enrichment Report – Kirsten Clark-Rickenbach
    2. Spring Enrichment Report – Alicia Doherty
      Treasurers Report – Alissa Morganti
      Directors report – Camille Taylor/Gillian Tomasini
      Teachers report –
      CCM report –
  • Discussion
    1. Souperbowl – Melissa Hodous
    2. Proposed School Advisory Council – Donya Brown
    3. Other
  • Action Items
  • Adjourn
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PTO Meeting Minutes – December 17, 2014

Creekside/Squaw Prep PTO
Regular Meeting
December 17, 2014

 In attendance:  Kirsten Rickenbach, Chiara Gajar, Theresa Anderson, Alicia Doherty, Lynda Walsh, Tess Timmins, Gillian Tomasini, Jesse Desens, Jennifer Worthy, Wendy Ackermann, Lynda Walsh, Camille Taylor.

Call to order: 3:10 pm.

Presidents Report (Jesse Desens):  Fall Feast seemed to run fairly smoothly.   A big thank you to everyone who helped and participated, it was a big undertaking.

Fall fundraiser/Reel Fest, thank you to everyone who helped, Trina, Sonya and all of the Squaw Prep parents that were involved.  This is what helps to unite Squaw Prep and Creekside.  The fundraising profits on this event were not huge, it was more about bringing the parents and teachers together and it seemed to work.

Treasurers Report (Report sent in by Alissa Morganti who could not be at the meeting):  Fall Enrichment totals are:  $24,052.57.  This falls under our budget of $24,840.00 for Fall Enrichment.

Creekside PTO has contributed $3,500.00 to Creekside Charter Management.  $2,000.00 of which went to the Fall Oddessey trip and $1,500.00 which went to MUN.  These funds came from Souper Bowl income and Iron Man donation. A check was given to CCM for the donation for Lab Equipment for Squaw Prep in the amount of $5,160.00.  Bank Balance is:  $20,165.53.

Skiing budget: 

Friday Ski Program Report:  (Kirsten Rickenbach):  Skiing budget of $10,000.00.  Taken in so far:

54 students have signed up for skiing, this is a smaller number of participation than in previous years.   45 paid so far.  4-5 Adults who will be skiing with groups will need passes and 10 students.  There is one Kindergarten student who has never skied before, hoping to hire Olivia to instruct.  35 – 40 volunteers have signed up to ski with the students.  Thank you to Cameron Bordner for writing up the liability release for the ski program.

Enrichment Report (Alicia Doherty):  Fall Enrichment:  the new structure, with one teacher staying with each grade seemed to work well and the transition periods went smoother.  Working on ideas for Spring Enrichment.  Will have a set teacher for each grade and extra teachers to help out.  Some of the classes include First Lego Robotics, Fox Walkers, and Improv.  The payment structure seemed to work.  Alicia would like to see the teachers getting paid for a day of prep. The overall  plan for Spring Enrichment will be presented in a month or so.

Teachers Report:  (Theresa Anderson):  Teachers met in Miss Jessica’s classroom about strategies on teaching, it was very positive and learned new ideas. They talked about lessons on how to coach other teachers. Donations for Reel Feast are appreciated and the teachers who were not at the Fall Fundraiser are excited to see the films at OVL on January 6.

(Tess Timmins):  Feast was awesome and a nice way to bridge gap between schools.  Reel Fest:  9th graders made the movies.  They were creative and had fun making these movies.  They learned a lot about real life commercials.  There was a lot of work that went in to the reel fest and incorporated the CA common core of 70% reading and writing.

Fall Oddessey trips were planned in hopes of bonding the students.  Spring Oddessey ideas consist of  smaller groups doing different trips possibly San Fran., Santa Cruz etc.  Teachers and students are thinking of ideas for fundraising for these trips. Maybe something such as a running race, something that involves the kids and the community, having a booth at Truckee Thursdays.

Discussion:  Ideas for next year’s Fall Feast:  Jazz band played which many families did not realize if they were in another room.  Maybe next year there should be an announcement and round everyone up.  Need to come up with some ways to keep kids contained.  Canned Food Drive:  organize kids to haul cans out.

  • Yoga studio in the village offering free yoga for the students, Squaw Prep students walked over.
  • Spring clean up to happen again.
  • Squaw Prep and Creekside students are writing letters of appreciation to Squaw for allowing our school to be here.
  • Art lessons in the classrooms- there are kits you can buy ($250.00/classroom) that have all of the materials and instructions for different art lessons.  We would need volunteer parents to come in to the classrooms and help with once/ month projects that would build off of each other.

Adjourn:  4:30 pm Alicia Doherty motions to adjourn, Wendy Ackermann seconds.

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Family Photo Shoot Fundraiser

Creekside PTO is pleased to team up with Donna Reid of A Day in Your Life Photography for a family photo shoot day!  The photo shoot will take place during the Creekside/Squaw Prep feast on Thursday, November 20 from 12:15 – 4:30  The cost is $60 per family, and 75% of the proceeds will go toward our amazing field trip fund.  Please sign up for your photo shoot time via this link
Spaces are limited so please sign up early!  Please make checks out to CreeksidePTO and leave in the PTO envelope in your child’s classroom in advance of photo shoot day.  Thanks for supporting our school!
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Tahoe Reel Fest – Dec. 5

Date: December 5, 2014

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: The Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema, Tahoe City


  • Visions of Learning” Short film clips created by students
  • Band: Horse Mouth
  • Food: Big Blue Q of Tahoe
    Choice of two sliders:
    Pulled Pork Slider w/Aged Balsamic Slaw;
    Tri-Tip Sliders w/Horseradish Cream Sauce;
    Grilled Veggie Sliders; and

    • Organic Baby Greens Salad
      Smoked Gouda Mac n’ Cheese

Event Payment: $30 plus $1 paypal fee

Volunteers are needed. Please signup below:

The student film information is located at:

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“Visions of Learning” – Submittal Guidlines

“Visions of Learning”
A film festival celebrating Creekside CoOp & Squaw Valley Preparatory Schools

The PTO presents “Visions of Learning”  A film festival celebrating Creekside CoOp & Squaw Valley Preparatory Schools. Showcasing the creativity and depth of our children’s  film talent in 2014, the Festival will their short works on the big screen.   On Friday December 5 at 6:30 pm, the PTO will host your family and friends at the Tahoe City Art Haus for a screening of your child’s work. Come enjoy company, friends, and refreshments, and most of all, your child’s original film on the big screen.

Guidelines for students:

Welcome to the “Visions of Learning”
A film festival celebrating Creekside CoOp & Squaw Valley Preparatory Schools

Have you ever shot a video or taken pictures of your school friends? Of yourself? Do you have a short story to tell about your experiences at school? We are looking for your best short work. Your submission will be played on the big screen at the Tahoe Art Haus on December 5. Work alone or with a team, you choose!

Submissions can be video or slide show
Submissions should be no more than 30 seconds in length
Submissions may be from a single person or a team
One submission per student as an individual or as part of a team
Music and/or narration may be included in the submission
All submissions must follow the guidelines of school appropriate content and copyright law.

Use these popular editors to create your art:
iMovie, smilebox, Prezi, Animoto Video Maker, Movie Maker (windows)

Please help make this event a success.
SVP middle and high school students lend a hand to your younger classmates! They may need help filming and editing their presentations. To be connected with a someone looking for help, email Sonya E.J. Wong
Creekside parents, if your child would like help filming or editing their submission, please email Sonya E.J. Wong

Please upload your finished work below by November 28.


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Family Fall Feast Signups

Welcome families to our second annual Family Fall Feast. Please sign up to bring a dish to share below.  Please bring cups, plates, and utensils for your family to use.

Look for more festive updates as the date approaches!

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PTO Meeting Minutes – October 15, 2014

Creekside/Squaw Prep PTO
Regular Meeting
October 2014

The October meeting of the Creekside/Squaw Prep PTO was held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 5:30 p.m., on the school campus in Squaw Valley, CA. In attendance: Andrew Koijane, Lisa Smith, Brett Sayles, Alicia Doherty, Jenelle Potvin, Shelly Georgiu, Gillian Tomasini, Alissa Morganti, Jessica Loring, Trina Gold, Camille Taylor, Kirsten Rickenbach, Jesse Desens, Allison Schreiber and Sonya E.J. Wong.

Call to Order: 5:38 p.m. by Jesse Desens

1. Reports

Presidents Report – Jesse Desens

  • brief overview re the need for fall fundraisers
  • noted that the breakfast for Squaw Prep was successful this morning, catered by Banovich’s – please thank them.

Enrichment Report – Alicia Doherty

  • Each class will have a  field trip this fall according to theme.
  • Halloween special day- Elevation Hoops, Spooky Science, art. Looking for parent volunteers (contact Allison Schreiber).
  • Kirsten Rickenbach reported on Ski Enrichment- Discussion re distributing the ski program information at a learning conference (not at Thanksgiving Feast this year).

Treasurers Report – Alissa Morganti
  Squaw Prep

  • $5,000 anonymous donation for the science lab for Squaw Prep
  • Waiting on Ironman money- not sure how much we will get
  • $8,000 from Superbowl funds remaining to allocate to Squaw Prep


  • Bank balance: $36,000
  • Fees collected for enrichment: 111 students paid, 112 attending (nearly $27,000 collected to date)
  • Ski passes purchased for Mr. Eric and Olivia to help with Ski Enrichment Fridays
  • Playground equipment purchased
  • Melissa Hodous is still selling items on ebay from Superbowl and has taken in over $2,000

Directors report – Camille Taylor

  • survey sent out. Only 8 parents responded. Please complete the survey.
  • At the next meeting Camille to report on our assessment data for Creekside Testing.
  • Next CCM board meeting will address budgetary items- take a look at the website to view the agenda packet 7 days before the meeting. Call Camille if you have any questions about the agenda items before the board meeting.
  • Sunday, October 19: Stonyridge Revisited Breakfast at Rideout – all the proceeds go to fund the MUN trip to Montreal. $15 adults, $10 for students.
  • MUN 1 and MUN 2 is hosting a guest speaker in the village this weekend. Saturday, October 18, from 9a-2p.  Will also judge the simulation. Sugar Bowl Academy and Sagehen students are also participating.
  • Tech Infusion Thursdays will begin soon. Students (and possibly parents) will be able to sign up on google doc to get questions answered about their technology products.

Teachers report – Jessica Loring

  • playground equipment has been very well received.
  • please send PTO reminders to the teachers to post to parents in their weekly memos.
  • Big thank you to Alicia for her service and Melissa for the student directory.
  • Possible Fundraiser: Reno Aces reached out to Gillian, re potential fundraiser at their game(s) next summer 2015- depending on how many tickets are purchased, the school can get back 5-6$ per ticket. Jesse to look into this fundraiser and let Gillian know if PTO wants to take it.

 2. Discussion

Fall Fundraiser 

  1. Family Photo Shoot. 15 minute photo shoot per family. School charged each family $60, photographer charged $15, each family receives 10 digital images. Would need 1-2 people to get people to sign up and organize day(s) of event, Suggested venues: Cottonwood, Squaw, or Martis Valley Barn.
  2. Art Haus Tahoe City, Friday, December 5 (venue is confirmed). Event for adults – showcase student slides or movies. Andrew trying to secure a local band for entertainment. Need to launch the event and get the kids involved asap. Budget: venue will be free, can fit 180 people. Will need food/beverages. In conjunction with Parents Night Out (6-10pm). Andrew and Sonya taking lead on this.

Thanksgiving Feast

  • Andrew reached out to Brandon at Squaw to check on venue- Olympic Village Lodge.
  • Sonya offered to help organize the event this year.
  • Thursday, November 20. Set up 11:30, kids come over at noon.
  • Jesse suggested that kids should dress up for the Feast, to encourage better behavior?
  • Sonja suggested kids make invitations for the parents.
  • Appetizer table suggested to help control the hunger problems.

Homework Club

  • Question raised re Homework Club: anyway to get it back? Answer: not with our current facilities, but there are options of using aides as tutors. Gillian to ask aides to put together google doc with their specialties and contact information.

 3. Action Items

  • Trina made a motion to approve the December 5 Art Haus Fundraiser. Lisa seconded the motion. Vote: All were in favor; motion approved.
  • Alicia made a motion to approve the family photo shoot fundraiser. Brett seconded the motion. Vote: All were in favor; motion approved.

Adjourn 6:59 p.m.

Gillian made a motion to adjourn the meeting, Alicia seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Next PTO Meeting will be held November 19, 5:30 p.m.

Prepared by: Jenelle Potvin, PTO Secretary

Approved by the PTO on: ___________________________

PTO President Signature: ___________________________

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Agenda – PTO Meeting – Oct. 15, 2014

Creekside/Squaw Prep PTO Meeting
Wednesday, October 15
5:30 PM @ Creekside Charter School

1. Reports
Presidents Report – Jesse Desens
Enrichment Report – Alicia Doherty
Treasurers Report – Alissa Morganti
Directors report – Gillian Tomasini
Teachers report –
CCM report –

2. Discussion
Fall Fundraiser
Thanksgiving Feast
Squaw Prep Liasons

3. Action Items

4. Adjourn