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Shaffer Community Forums 2018-2019

Shaffer Elementary is dedicated to building the best possible support for the education and development of each and every student. In an effort to streamline communication and coordinate efforts of the PTA, Accountability and the Leader in Me Lighthouse Team, The Shaffer Community Forum is a monthly opportunity for students, parents and teachers to connect, be informed and provide feedback on all of the great work going on at Shaffer. The Principal in conjunction with the PTA Board and Accountability Chair will plan the monthly Forum agendas. In addition, each team below (e.g. Accountability Team, Event Planning Team) will get work done in smaller meetings, then report out during the monthly forum.

August

PTA Budget and Overview (30 minutes)
PTA presented their budget for the 2018 - 2019 school year
It is a living document; if changes need to be made, they will be presented at the Community Forum
Includes 10% back to the classrooms from the Fun Run
Includes all PTA events, including Father/Daughter event; Halloween Monster Mash; Mother/Son event, etc.  
Friday Folder Fund Raising - Revenue from sponsorships on Folders; Expenditures were for the folders
Leader in Me makes it possible for our students to develop their leadership and to make Shaffer 
Includes Teacher & Staff Grant that includes sponsoring 1 para for the school
Budget was moved to approve by Leslie O’Rourke and seconded by Jeremy Brasher; Budget was adopted by vote
PTA has a suggestion box by the front door for questions/comments/suggestion
Fun Run
Boosterthon
T-shirts will be “spirit wear” with Shaffer Logo on front and one sponsor on the back; will be grey
Will have a sticker on the back to mark laps without permanently changing shirt
More of a DIY fun run; Boosterthon will be here day of; 2-3 parents handling the day to day including prizes; Working to include whole class prizes/community prizes; Community prize includes dressing Jeremy in a Unicorn footed pajama
Signs will be coming soon
Still includes online payment portion
Goal is to raise between 63,001 and 73,001
If that is the case only 22% will go to Boosterthon
Would allow us to earn 56,000 for the school after Boosterthon portion
If we don’t make the 63,000, we would take home 77% instead of 78%
Fun Run is October 4 - will be two time frames K-2 & 3-5 
Kickoff will be September 25 - 2 assemblies in the afternoon
Jeremy wanted to thank PTA for taking on more with the Fun Run based on community feedback
Jeremy also wanted to thank PTA for hosting spirit night at Chili’s last night as well as supporting the Watch Dog Dad program and pizza party
Thank you to PTA also for helping with picture day today
This year’s happenings and updates
Three focus areas that we will be focusing on this year as a building
The Leader in Me - year three
Other schools in Jeffco are taking notice of the work that our students, staff and community are doing - Westgate Elementary is starting to work with the Leader in Me; The Green Mountain area is looking into it
We are working towards Lighthouse Status; International Recognition 
Reading Curriculum - Lucy Calkins Reading Units of Study
New program adopted this year; the staff decided to take on the whole curriculum
There will be growing pains with this, but our teachers are dedicated to implementing this resource
Staff is doing articulation area professional development on non-contact days 
Blended Learning
1:1 Chromebook initiative 
Not just putting a kid on a chromebook, but teaching students to use the chromebook as a tool for learning
Staff is doing articulation area professional development on non-contact days 
Early Release days are no longer, but are now non-contact days
The first day is Friday, September 21
We have a lot of new staff this year - which translates into new ideas
We work to ensure all new staff is trained on Shaffer resources 
Our numbers are going up; we have a waitlist - we are at 486 and will be over 490 after October
Website is being updated constantly; including volunteer opportunities - you are always welcome here
Let Jeremy know if you have any new ideas
Q&A 
When will growth scores be released and discussed
Scores for the school are currently embargoed and students scores have gone home
CDE will release them
Jeremy will work with Accountability
Jeremy will look into releasing growth scores in Pioneer newsletter/Friday Folders. UPDATE: Information about this topic will be delivered in the   October Pioneer Newsletter and the next Forum will be dedicated to Accountability. 
MAP scores - there was a glitch with MAP; Scores will go home on September 28 after the district scores have been added to the system 
A parent raised a concern about our focus areas not relating to academics and assessment scores; Two of our focus areas are academic; Is Leader in Me taking from GT/Interventions?  Leader in Me is process that encourages students to take more responsibility for themselves; Does not resonate with all students; Leader in Me addresses and resonates with social/emotional needs of more students than previous programs; Leader in Me is CASEL certified, which certifies social/emotional programs that are effective for children
In PTA budget, $7,000 is for Leader in Me fees; the rest is for teacher trainings and student needs
What are the needs surrounding the Lucy Calkins Reading resource?
Books
Volunteers to level books

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