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Back to School!

Welcome back students and parents!  We look forward to another great year and to meeting you.  You all are invited to our monthly meetings which will be at the MS Library:

  • Tues, Sept 17, 6:30pm

  • Tues, Oct 15, 3:30pm

  • Tues, Nov 19, 6:30pm

  • No December meeting

  • No January meeting

  • Tues, Feb 11, 3:30pm

  • Tues, March 17, 6:30pm

  • Tues, April 21, 3:30pm

  • Tues, May 19, 6:30pm (Cheese & Cracker Social – Thank Volunteers and Welcome new 5th gr parents)

Come check us out! We will be discussing the ice cream social we host at the open house on Thursday, 9/19 at 5:30pm as well as our other events.

Also, the Trumansburg Savings Program through Alternatives Federal Credit Union is opening up a “branch” for business at the Middle School on October 2, 2019! If your child was in 4th grade, he or she will be able to continue to make deposits. All other middle schoolers are invited to open accounts. More info to come about opening accounts as well student teller recruitment.

To learn more about the PTO and sign up for the mailing list and/or the Trumansburg Savings Program, email tburgmspto@gmail.com

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Fall 2018 Meeting Minutes

“In January
it’s so nice
while slipping
on the sliding ice
to sip hot chicken soup with rice.
Sipping once
Sipping twice”
― Maurice Sendak

The frigid temperatures have finally led me to my desk with a hot bowl of soup to reflect on what we have accomplished this Fall.  Let’s take a look…

The new PTO Board hosted their first meeting on September 17th.  Many thanks to Sage Peake, Elisa Springer, Heather Tielens, Julie Johnson, Rosie Rice, Rebecca VonBergen, Bonnie White, Amy Foster, and Helen Arco for attending.  The focus was on the grade level budget allocations, the ice cream social, and zombie night.  To read the full minutes, click HERE!

Our second meeting was on October 16th.  Thank you to Alice Heise, Rebecca VonBergen, Bonnie Leftkowitz-White, and Amy Foster for attending.  The focus was on the debrief of the ice cream social and the zombie night event as well as reviewing submitted grade level proposals.  Alice Heise, our PTO Arts and Beautification lead, discussed the current mosaic project and ideas for the future.  To read the full minutes, click HERE!

Our third Fall meeting was on November 13th.  Thanks so much to Megan Conaway, Jamie McCaffery, Rosie RiceAlice Heise, Rebecca VonBergen, Bonnie Leftkowitz-White, Amy Foster and Helen Arco for attending. We took a look at the budget as well as discussed creating some special Secret Santa bags for students, partnering with the Elementary School PTO for the “Giving the Gift of Tburg” promotion, and selling necklaces during Winterfest.  We were lucky to have our new Principal, Megan Conaway, join us and answer some questions.  To read the full minutes, click HERE!

We look forward to the new year and hope you can join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, February 5th at 6:30pm in the MS Library.  For a peek at the agenda, click HERE.

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Meeting Minutes from Mon, May 14, 2018

Minutes from May 14, 2018

Thanks so much to Denise Milito, Alice Heise, Rebecca VonBergen, Heather Tielens, Bonnie White, Ruthanna Hawkins & Helen Arco for attending.

We talked about:

  • Staff Slam
  • Grant requests
  • Art and Beautification project updates
  • Teacher Appreciation week
  • Mental Health in our Youth presentation
  • May Day 5K results
  • 8th Grade Dance
  • Staff Appreciation Lunch
  • Compile 2017-2018 highlights/year in review flyers

 

For full minutes, click  HERE!

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Meeting Minutes from Tues, April 17, 2018

Minutes from April 17, 2018

Thanks so much to Sarah Brainard, Alice Heise, Heather Tielens, Bonnie White, Ruthanna Hawkins & Helen Arco for attending.

We talked about:

  • Request for funds for Home & Careers and Localvores- Voted and passed
  • Request for 5th grade pedometers – Many questions asked; moved to vote via email pending answers
  • Staff Slam update
  • MS Counseling Office scheduled a parent session with the Mental Health Association of Tompkins County regarding the trends for depression and anxiety in our youth, and ways to combat it.  Tues, May 29th, 6pm
  • Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11
  • May Day 5 K race, Sat, May 12
  • Classroom Supplies Closet
  • 8th Grade Dance
  • Presentation of specific ideas by new PTO Beautification & Arts committee, Alice Heise, of beautifcation ideas to enhance the MS.  Interested in being in the PTO Arts Committee?  Email tburgmspto@gmail.com.

For full minutes, click  HERE!

 

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Meeting Minutes from Mon, March 19, 2018

Minutes from March 19, 2018

Thanks so much to Denise Milito, Mary Guthrie, Sarah Brainard, Carey Harben, Alice Heise, Erin Kaplan, Heather Tielens, Bonnie White, Ruthanna Hawkins & Helen Arco for attending.

We talked about:

  • Request for funds for the community read- Voted and passed
  • Staff Slam, Fri, April 13th.  Sign up to volunteer…copy and paste link:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D4gEgJfGTUxNPBfuafFDaHyHHXRJ4C7cY9HScheLDgg/edit
  • MS Counseling Office working on planning a parent session with the Mental Health Association of Tompkins County regarding the trends for depression and anxiety in our youth, and ways to combat it
  • Refreshments for School Wide Art Show Needed – Thurs, 3/22, 5:30-7pm, HS
  • March Localvore Lunch, Thursday, March 22nd, 11:30-12:30pm, Price: $6.25
  • Grassroots Parking Fundraiser Update:  Promote to friends and community members to sign up and put down “PTO” for us to receive credit and earn FREE Grassroots pass.  Copy and paste link:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c48a5af22a7fa7-2018
  • Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11
  • May Day 5 K race, Sat, May 12
  • Presentation of specific ideas by new PTO Beautification & Arts committee, Alice Heise, of beautifcation ideas to enhance the MS.  Interested in being in the PTO Arts Committee?  Email tburgmspto@gmail.com.

For full minutes, click HERE!

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Meeting Minutes from Tues, Feb 6, 2018

Minutes from Feb 6, 2018

Thanks so much to Julie Johnson, Alice Heise, Erin Kaplan, Josh Hunkele, Heather Tielens, Bonnie White, Ruthanna Hawkins & Helen Arco for attending.

We talked about:

  • Request for funds for the nurse and the 6th Grade – Voted and passed
  • Staff Slam
  • MS Counseling Office interested in planning a parent session with the Mental Health Association of Tompkins County regarding the trends for depression and anxiety in our youth, and ways to combat it
  • May Day 5K kick off Auction at Atlas, this Saturday, Feb 10th 2-4
  • Presentation by new PTO Beautification & Arts committee, Alice Heise, of beautifcation ideas to enhance the MS.  Interested in being in the PTO Arts Committee?  Email tburgmspto@gmail.com.
  • Upcoming Localvore Lunch Menu Thursday, Feb 15th

For full minutes, click HERE!

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Meeting Minutes from Tues, Nov 13, 2017

Minutes from November 13, 2017

Thanks so much to Heather Tielens, Bonnie White, Alice Heise, Brandi Wicks, Denise Milito, Mary Guthrie, Linda Ziemba, Helen Arco, & Ruthanna Hawkins for attending.

We talked about:

  • Art Department request for funds – Voted and passed
  • Formation of new PTO Arts committee and Alice Heise will be the Arts Committee Chair.  Interested in being in the PTO Arts Committee?  Email tburgmspto@gmail.com.
  • Feedback about Rainbow Salad Days
  • Parent PTO Volunteer Liaisons:  Bonnie White – 5th gr, Denise Milito – 6th gr, Mary Guthrie – 7th gr, and Barbara Petty – 8th gr
  • Spirit Wear – Discussion on taking it over from Sports Boosters
  • Winterfest fundraising ideas:  Potentially serving hot cocoa & cider (so a need for crockpot loaners) and an online sign-up 3 hrs on Sat, Dec 2nd; possible coordination of students for caroling or band ensemble

For full minutes, click HERE!