MINUTES FROM THE FRIENDS OF HANCOCK PARK MEETING
SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
Welcome: Reyna welcomed everyone to the meeting and discussed the goals for Friends of Hancock. She said that she hoped that more parents would get involved. Reyna reminded the attendees that Andres is hosting our first Family Diner Night next Thursday, September 17th from 4-8:30 p.m. Parents were reminded that they must bring their flier in order for Andres to donate 20% of the proceeds to Friends of Hancock Park. Parents were also reminded that the restaurant only accepts cash.
Got Game: Coach K introduced himself and explained that Got Game provides PE, Camps, after school enrichment, and other supportive programs to the students of Hancock Park. He discussed the fact that the programs have grown over the past six years and that their goal is to cater to all student interests. To that end, he explained that Got Game has had the USC La Crosse Team visit.
Mrs. Parker briefly welcomed the parents and thanked everyone for their support. She said that the mission of the Friends of Hancock Park is to support the instructional programs and priorities of the school which include: learning, physical education, arts, safety, etc.
Room Parent Coordinator: Angela introduced herself. Angela said that ideally each class would have two room parents, but that one was ok. There are 32 classes at Hancock Park and only 2 classes still need room parents. Angela said that she would be emailing the room parents a manual and that it is the room parents’ role to facilitate communication between the parents and the school. The manual is intended to assist the room parents in explaining the different volunteer programs, including teacher appreciation day and school beautification day. Angela asked that the room parents present pick up the white student envelopes and update the Google sheet sent by Lora with the parents’ contact information.
Annual Giving Campaign: Jessie and Lora introduced themselves and explained that the Annual Giving Campaign is ongoing and will end mid October at the latest. The goal is for each family to donate $750 per student because that is what is spent on each student. Thus far, $170,000 has been raised, and that does not include the matching from Park La Brea. Roughly half of the families at Hancock Park have thus far donated. The hope is to raise $250,000 and once that goal is reached, we can conclude the Campaign. The Disneyland tickets will be drawn on September 25, 2015. If the Campaign is concluded early, the prizes will be drawn earlier as well.
Spencer briefly spoke and reminded us that is important to explain to families why it is important to donate. Reyna stated that Friends of Hancock Park has reduced the number of fundraisers this year. Jessie also explained that this is her last year at the school and if a parent is interested in assisting Lora next year, they could learn the process now by assisting them.
Teacher/Staff Holiday Breakfast: Shula introduced herself and explained how much the staff at Hancock Park appreciate the breakfast. She said that it is our opportunity to thank the teachers and staff. This is Shula’s first year doing this and she said that she needs volunteers to assist her.
Walk a Thon – Reyna spoke about the Walk a Thon which is held on the 100th day of school. It is a fund raiser for the kids to raise money for physical education. The kids love it! The kids are given an envelope to use to collect money. The goal is that each student will raise $100 and if they do, they get a t-shirt. On the 100th day, the kids walk laps based on their grade level. A schedule is sent out. Volunteers are needed for this year to help. Hopefully, another parent will take over for next year.
Carnival: Victoria introduced herself and explained that this is her first year coordinating the Carnival. She needs a lot of help and intends to call on the people who helped last year. She is also hoping for new volunteers. She needs a co-chair and captains. The Carnival is at the end of the school year.
Morning Drop Off: Jenna introduced herself and discussed the importance of the morning drop off. It is a safety issue. Each family is asked to donate 1 day for each student of Hancock Park. Each class will be assigned roughly a week of drop off. It is important that there be at least two people present during drop off, but ideally four. Parents are asked that if they see that there are not sufficient volunteers at drop off to think about helping out.
Vacant Positions: Reyna informed the parents that there are four vacant positions:
- Ralphs/Amazon Rep. – Cards should be registered in September. It is an easy way for the school to make money. Parents should make sure that when shopping on Amazon that they use the link on the Friends of Hancock Park website or bookmark it.
- Yearbook Staff – Tara volunteered to do the Yearbook.
- Banner Sales – Someone is needed to sell banners.
- Korean PTA Chair. – Someone is needed for this position.
The meeting ended at approximately 7:40 p.m.