BES PTA Minutes – March 1, 2016

The Bannockburn Elementary School PTA met on March 1, 2016 at the Bannockburn Elementary School. PTA Co-Presidents, Laura Miller and Heather Kraus called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.

In attendance: There were 19 participants including members of the PTA Board. BES Principal Kate Bradley was not in attendance.

Welcome and PTA Co-Presidents’ and Committee Reports

  • Ms. Miller and Ms. Kraus welcomed everyone to the meeting and presented the minutes from the January 13, 2016 PTA meeting.  Allison Harrison made a motion to approve the minutes; Marisol Blanchard seconded it.  The motion was approved unanimously by voice vote as distributed with no objection or correction.  Past PTA Meeting Minutes are available online at:
  • Ms. Miller discussed the upcoming PTA Awards, which will be announced in June.  She welcomed nominations for individuals whose service to the PTA went above and beyond expectations in three categories:  Outstanding PTA Volunteer of the Year; PTA Staff Appreciation (for a BES staff member who helped the PTA); and BES PTA Hall of Fame.
  • Ms. Kraus discussed the PTA Speaker Series, noting that the next speaker would be Tuesday, March 8, on Picky Eaters.  This event was rescheduled, having originally be planned for the March 1 PTA meeting.  
  • Ms. Miller and Ms. Kraus discussed the newly formed Nominating Committee for next year’s PTA offices.  They noted that the PTA currently anticipates seven openings:  1 Treasurer (term-limited to two years); 1 VPs of Communication (one for Membership and one for the Directory); 1 VP of Clubs; and 2 new VPs for Social Activities.
  • Ms. Nancy Browning presented the Treasurer’s Report, noting a potential bank issue with an approximately $100 check having not yet cleared.  Ms. Browning explained that it was most likely an issue of timing as the bank sends out its statements late in the month and the March PTA meeting was held early in the month.  PTA Treasurer’s Reports are available online at:  
  • Cluster Representatives Ms. Harrison and Susan Eagle presented an updated report about Pyle Middle School expansion, following on their presentation to the January PTA meeting.   The MCPS budget is being sent to the Montgomery County Council and they urged all the PTA members—and their spouses and neighbors—to write the County Council members in support of the budget.  They noted that the current student enrollment at Pyle is 1,500 but that it was designed for only 1,000.  They also noted that Pyle is the largest middle school in the County but that it sits on the smallest plot of land.
  • Ms. Nina Isaac, VP of Fundraising, reported that the “Box Tops for Education” drive raised $550 for the PTA, which paid for Math Day and Field Day.  She said that roughly 150 people attended the February 20 PTA Auction and that the evening grossed roughly $18,000.  She noted upcoming fundraisers were the Fun Run (March 12), Bingo Night (March 18, at BES, not Pyle this year), and Restaurant Night at California Tortilla (April 19).
  • Ms. Shannon Rosenthal presented the Social Activities report, noting that the Variety Show had over 40 acts and that the Kindergarten Orientation would be May 5-6, noting that there is no school for this year’s Kindergarteners on those days.  She also noted that this year’s Mayfair will be Friday, May 13, with a rain date of Friday, May 20.  Mayfair always needs volunteers.
  • Ms. Kraus presented the report on in-school activities, noting that Math Day would be the upcoming Friday, March 4.  She also noted that International Night will be held Thursday, April 14, at Pyle Middle School.
  • Ms. Kathy Hurld gave the MCCPTA report.  She said that not all elementary schools have been able to offer the compacted math program; some have been sending their students to their middle schools, but that this is being revisited.  She also noted that on March 24, the League of Women Voters will host a forum for voters to meet the County School Board candidates.  Information will be sent out on Bannocknet and all parents are encouraged to attend.
    • Ms. Hurld also presented a discussion on a resolution to improve the level of nutrition in County school cafeterias.  After discussion, Ms. Rosenthal moved for the PTA to support the request to MCPS to consider making changes to school menus to provide more healthful food options for our children.  Ms. Blanchard seconded the motion.  It was approved by voice vote with no objections.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:12 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Bonnie Noonan, March 2015