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November 15, 2023 Minutes

Hoosic Valley Parent Teacher Organization

Regular Meeting Minutes:  November 15, 2023

HV Elementary School Library


President: Liz Ruepp

Vice President: Lissa Kalbfliesh

Treasurer: absent

Secretary: Lisa Meehan

Members (in-person):

Shannon Hansen

Jessica Hoag

Stacey Kyea

Denile Paro

Kimberly Macica

Greg Caswell

Members (online):


Called to Order: 6:29pm

Minutes: Not reviewed

Treasurer’s Report: No monthly report

Committee Reports:


Unfinished Business:

Plants for Teachers – still in process and expected to be brought in soon!

Yearbook – Megan Luskin has agreed to be chairperson for this year. This committee is in need of a co-chair. Jess Hoag has volunteered to assist with this. If anyone else is interested, please contact Megan or Jess.

Book Fair – took in $9410.91 with a profit of $2314.24. This amount is enough to cover the cost for the Zillah Herrington program. We were also able use approximately $234 to purchase all books placed in the teacher’s “wish baskets” which they greatly appreciated!

Spring book fair is tentatively scheduled for May 13-19 – possibly overlapped with a game night hosted by NJHS.

Fundraiser idea:  Color Run. Greg Caswell has participated in these at other schools and has knowledge of the benefits and the process needed to host. Several vendors to assist were discovered that offer different levels of support that are tied to different profit levels. A committee was formed to look further into which vendor (if any) makes sense based on HV’s needs and desired outcome. Stacey Kyea and Tiffany Hurley have offered to work with Greg Caswell in getting this off the ground.

Picture day – was completed and was fairly successful. Pictures should be in any day and retakes are scheduled for 12/6.

Guptills skating night – There is still a lot of interest in putting together a skating night. Several members present offered to keep attempting to contact Guptill’s to obtain details.

STEAM night – There is still interest in making this night happen – perhaps in the Jan-Mar timeframe or perhaps as part of PARP week. Liz will reach out to Mrs.Greco and Mrs. Clark to get the planning going on this. Lisa Meehan and Shannon Hansen have also offered to assist.

Teacher Potluck – was offered on the evening of parent teacher conferences. There were more financial donations than food donations so Liz bought and prepared food. Teachers were appreciative and were able to eat and/or do takeout dishes that night as well as for lunch the following days. 

Festival of Wreaths and Ornament painting night – moving forward. Wreaths will be due by noon on 12/1 and hung up that afternoon to coincide with Ornament painting night. Raffle tickets will be sold at that event and at music concerts 12/6. Winners will be selected on 12/15. Flyers have gone out for both things and publicity will begin very soon. Ornament night will have 2 time slots to attend to spread the crowd out. Please see Lissa Kalbfleish or Darcy Beaulac if you would like to help on the night of the ornament event (12/1).

New Business:

Donation Received: $275 from the Schaghticoke Angels was graciously received. Liz will reach out to thank that group for their generosity.

Funding Requests:

Kimberly Macica requested $100.72 for 4 player math game x8 for her classroom. Request approved unanimously.

Andrea Das informally requested $200-300 to support a 7th grade field trip to see Ben Frankenstein at Sage. Request approved pending submission of formal funding request and approval by the district for the trip.

Future Discussions:  None

Next meeting 12/20 at 6:30 pm in the elementary school library.

Meeting adjourned at 7:25 pm

Submitted: 11/26/2023 LJM

PTO MINUTES 10/20/2021


Meeting location: Elementary library @ 6:30




Stacy Kyea, Bessie Baldwin, Lisa Meehan, Amelia Manders, Liz Ruepp, Carolyn Gifford, Sarah Weber, Erin Coffin

Call to Order: 6:34pm

Minutes review from

Officers Reports:

  1.  Treasurer’s Report:  in touch with Connie, agreed to do taxes, have bank statements Started new fiscal year, different balance in bank acct verus registrar


  1.  School supply Committee:  Lisa is getting lots of emails from vendors.  We are cutting ties with our last vendor.  Sarah will volunteer if PTO runs their own school supply.  We will readdress the issue closer to the end of the school year, and will not commit to any company right now.

Old Business:

  1.  Tenure Gifts: Virtual vote for yes. 8 staff members, 20.00 Dunkin gift cards Total of 160.
  2. Fall Fundraiser:  Saratoga olive oils (Lisa’s idea another school was doing it), Mixed bags (in the past) worked well
  3. Membership Drive:  Flyers trickled out the last 1 ½ weeks ago.  Got a decent response.  No paper membership forms.  Liz will touch base with the teachers
  4. School pics volunteers:  Cori is asking for 2 volunteers for both days. Perk of volunteering:  Free photos.  Reach out to PTO members who are already “volunteers”
  5. PT conference Dinner:  November night dinner.  Normally due a “potluck”  Liz will contact Mr Foti with what we can do.  Maybe do a “snack” option of pre packaged food through sign up genius.  
  6. Elem Staff Room:  Need Mr Foti to go any further with redoing this room.
  7. School Banking:  Should be able to proceed Kristee smith will continue doing it.
  8. Book Fair:  Arrived on Friday, set up Monday doing all previews this week.  Can buy Wednesday during school, after school Thursday and Friday.

New Business:

  1.  Meeting Dates:  Set for year:  11/16, 12/21, 1/18, 2/8, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17 until new elections
  2. Treasurer Position:  Amelia is stepping down and will be looking for a volunteer for a position.  Amelia will sit down with the new treasurer and do a review of everything with them.  
  3. Money Handling Policy:  We currently don’t have one.  It is a huge liability.  They have a “tally” sheet chairperson and other PTO members and initial sheet.  Do it separately then give the paper to the treasurer.  We need a written policy on the flow of money and how it happens and where the PTO debit card is kept.  And are we supposed to be reimbursed for tax?    

Future Discussions:

  1.  PTO insurance:  Put up for a vote in the next month or 2
  2. December events
  3. Festival of Wreaths:  Erika is usually in charge of it.  Want to expand into high school.  But PTO would need a volunteer within the school to make that happen.  Maybe involve the student council or honor society.
  4. Ornament Painting:  Need a volunteer to head committee:  If necessary Lisa and Carolyn can do it

Adjournment:  7:54pm

May 2021 Minutes

PTO MINUTES 5/5/2021

5/5/2021 @ 6:30pm

Virtual zoom meeting



Carolyn Gifford, Liz Ruepp, Mr P, Bridget Chapko, Cori Kinnicutt, Sarah Weber, Tiffany Hurley, Mark Foti, Erika Silverman, Stacey Kyea, Melissa Kalbfliesh

Mtg start time: 6:33pm

Officers Report: