Members Present: Alison Nakazawa, Kumiko Vanderbush, Wendy Williams, Maran Reyes, Rebecca Hart, Chelsea Hardrath, Ashley Baker, Tom Piowaty (absent)
-Ashley will alternate Site Council meetings with Kelly Stroh
*parents thanked Ashley for taking on role of PTO co-president
*a lot of parents like to do things for teachers for the holiday season; what is the best way for parents to support teachers or provide gifts during the holiday season? Should they send something, deliver something to the building?
*parents also want to know how teachers are doing…how can parents help support teachers with CDL?
*parents are willing to put together art kits and deliver them to school if that’s something teachers are wanting
*parents are wanting to help but don’t want to burden teachers by asking; teachers should be encouraged to reach out to parents if they need help
*Alison will try to get district guidelines about what parents are or are not allowed to do/get information about if parents can volunteer to prep things and drop them off at school, and will share them with staff when she gets the information
*parents reported that the old YG building started being torn down today; could Scott or Tom acknowledge that and let parents and students know that the building is being demolished (could it be paired with some type of video/picture tour of the new building?)
*CDL is going relatively well; important not to compare CDL to face-to-face teaching, but there have been a lot of really neat and unique experiences (allowing teachers to co-teach in English and Japanese)
*parents asked if the opportunity to co-teach would still be present in the classrooms – teachers reported yes, they would be exploring the potential for that
How can Site Council and PTO work together to support the goals of our school?
*could PTO pre-order some supplies to help with hybrid learning?
*could PTO purchase books to send home with students in supply bags? PTO has given initial approval for that
*where/how could we purchase Japanese books to purchase to send home with students, is that possible?
*can we put together supplies/book for Oshogatsu to send home in supply bags?
*can the PTO spend money to provide students will supplies for art, science, etc.?
*could we design/buy a visor/hat/glasses to send to all students?
*PTO would need 1 design approved by staff before moving forward?
*BINGO – send out BINGO cards with supply distribution, play BINGO with classes or grade levels?
*PTO or parents could preview videos and virtual field trips for parents
*pandemic specific read-alouds relating to SEL topics – could PTO or parents find SEL read-alouds that directly relating to pandemic feelings or experiences for teachers to read aloud/provide as resources for students? (Rebecca was going to check her resources – does Scott Sensei have any of them?)
*Amazon wish lists for teachers?
*would staff be interested in buddha boards? one for each student?
*PTO is going to put a survey together for teachers to prioritize spending/supply needs, get feedback from teachers about how they can be supported by PTO