Campus International School
PCO General Board Meeting Minutes
8/29/2017 – 6:30 to 8:10 PM
PCO meeting held in the Campus International School cafeteria
PCO Board introductions – Every parent, teacher and administrator in attendance introduced themselves followed by each PCO board member. See PCO bios at https://www.cisparents.org/pco-exec/
PRINCIPALS – JULIE BEERS & AMEER KIM EL-MALLAWANY
- (MYP & PYP) Julie praised the new Campus Cafe (school cafeteria) and told parents that they can volunteer for lunch and recess during the week. Lunch schedule is: 10:50 – Kindergarten begins/11:00 – 11:25 Kindergarten & 2nd grade/11:25 – 11:50 Grade 2/11:50 – 12:15 Grade 1 & Grade 4/12:15 – 12:40 Grade 5 & Grade 4/12:40 – 1:05 Grade 6/1:05 – 1:30 Grade 7 & 8
- CIS students are participating in a mascot challenge – students are weighing in on new mascot, name and colors. There are 740 students in the new building – (lower school), the architect who designed the building came back to visit. Solar Eclipse events were a success – 5-8th grade dissected a cow’s eye, welder union came and helped students observe the eclipse through special glass in their helmets.
- (HIGH SCHOOL NEWS) Ameer and wife are expecting in January! Ohio-born Astronaut came to visit students, High School Coffee Monday at High Schools are on 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month, once a month the HS holds a 2hr Family Workshop. Crew and debate teams have formed and programs are underway. Flex periods at HS include poetry, drumming, dance. There are 85 students in the High School.
- Ron Abate thanked the parents who help with drop off in the morning (shout out to Doug Wood, Paul Beardon & Patrick Rosa-Brusin) he encouraged other parents to feel free to help and complained that the valet tips were “really bad”.
TREASURER’S REPORT – PCO Financial report from Treasurer Joy Thomas – the PCO rolled over $10,579 from the 2016-17 School Year (in 2015-16 $3,500 rolled over). Since new school year has started PCO sold $539.16 in Spirit Wear. Funds spent for 2017-18 to date are: $199 for Coffee Monday refreshments, $240 for piano move, $1,000 for spirit wear purchases, and $300 deposit for Welcome Back Picnic. PCO balance as of 8/29 is $9,227.87.
2017-18 CIS EVENTS
- 9/20 Father’s Walk – will begin at 7:45am to 8:10am with refreshments afterward. Teachers will lead all classes and fathers/caregivers/mentors will follow to make sure no one is left out.
- 9/20 – Building Ribbon Cutting – CSU is planning the event for 1:30pm
- 9/29 CIS Picnic – will begin at 4pm at the upper pavilion at Edgewater Park. Bring food and drinks for yourself or to share. The Welcome Back Picnic is an event to get to know other parents and students. Please wear CIS Spirit Wear if you can. Volunteer sign up coming to cisparents.org.
- 10/6 Dance-a-thon is a PCO annual fundraiser. There is nothing to sell or buy just a request for funds to help the PCO operate and provide social events, fill teacher needs/requests and fund scholarships so that all CIS students can take advantage of every learning opportunity. Most importantly – if you are an adult, you in fact do not “have” to dance.
Parents in attendance were asked to fill out a survey about what they want for upcoming school events.
Facebook page has been set up for each CIS class (ex. “2028 Parents Of CIS”), Dora Bechtel is sending out a MYP/PYP newsletter to parents.
- Q – Responding to a questions about “bullying” Lindsey Glass said there was an incident that involved 8th graders that was reported to administration and that all of the parties involved including their parents and teachers worked out a plan. “We are trying to be a very proactive and caring environment and we don’t support or endorse bullying of any kind.” CMSD has an anti-bullying program CIS uses called NOW and 8th grade boys are beginning a Young Men’s Program this year to be aware and combat bullying.
- Q – Are water bottle allowed in MYP classes? MYP students are asked to drink water in between classes because many students have been using sugary additives and there have been a number of spills. Will work on 1 school policy. Lyndsey request students have solid, see through water bottle when available.
- Q – Can students wear hoodies to class? CIS follows the CMSD dress code with the exception of Spirit & CSU shirts. A handbook will be sent home with students soon. Also, sweat pants are not allowed.
- Q – What happened to mounted hand sanitizer in classes? Pumps in classrooms were leaking onto the floor so they will be replaced by sanitizer wipes or washing hands with soap and water.
- Q – Will there be a uniform exchange? – Yes
- Q – What is CIS’s playground security? – Locks are coming to the outside gates around the playground, CPD and CSU police are aware of school presence and have been deployed during school hours. Playground is open after school (3:45pm) to CIS families for free play.
- Q – Pick up procedure after school? Teachers have volunteered time after 3:30pm to assist with pick-up and as they learn which student belongs to which parent it should go faster. CIS working with CSU and CPD to not ticket parents at pick-up/drop-off time. Parents asked not to park on Payne and jaywalk to enter school because it is dangerous and will only get more so as CSU classes continue.
- Ron Abate reminded parents not to drop students off on 22nd or Payne. Bus riders and daycare vans use Payne for parking. Car Riders must take Chester to 21st and come through the drop off line in our parking lot behind the school. 22nd Street is for exiting the parking lot and CSU students who will need access their parking lot beginning August 28th. Also, do not park on 22nd in front of the school.