PTO Meeting 1/09/24

Over Zoom

Attendance: 29

We started the meeting with reminders to  sign in using the google form here: https://biapto.org/signin

and to officially join by paying dues at this link:  https://biapto.org/join/

The School Environment Survey results are in, we have taken the information and will be setting a meeting with the school administration soon to discuss it. We will let everyone know when the meeting is scheduled in case you want to attend. 

Dr. Moore and Dr. Williams talked to us about some updates, the school renewed their Gifted and Advanced Learning certificate, which is good for 5 years. 
Mid year testing & evaluations are going to start soon, students will be benchmarked on their iReady reading and math progress. 

They also discussed the ELO (Extended Learning Opportunities) that are happening after school from now through march. Teachers identified students that need help in grades 3-8 and there will be sessions in Math, ELA and Science to help prepare students for standardized testing. 

Mr. Michael Moore has been named the primary school secretary, we are happy to have him!

We announced that the PTO elections will be held at our April meeting on the 9th. Anyone interested in joining PTO leadership, please fill out this form. More information will be shared in coming weeks. 

We are in the last days of the fundraiser for the food for the Russian Celebration which is being held this friday, the 12th. Please help us support our teachers and help the Russian Celebration be amazing. 

Baltimore International Academy’s annual College and Career Readiness Day will be held this year on Thursday, March 21 st  from 8:00 am-2:00pm.  

We need parents who are willing and able to volunteer to speak in various classrooms about your career and please feel free to bring handouts, artifacts (if necessary) and be as interactive and hands-on as you see fit.

If you are interested in signing up to volunteer, please email Mrs. Helena Boothe-Sterrett, School Counselor –
hboothesterrett@bcps.k12.md.us

Mme Sindjui was at the meeting to talk to us about the middle school trip to China that they need help raising funds for. The students will be chaperoned by teachers, and will be staying at a sister school in the city of Zhuji in Zhejiang province. The cost per student is $2400 and there are 16 students signed up to go. Any money we can help raise to offset the cost of this trip for our families would be greatly appreciated. We set the expectation that the short notice would make it hard for us to raise the amount of funds needed, so we will do what we can. We discussed a few options about how we could try and raise some money for this, and decided to have a separate meeting about it in a few days and get back to everyone.  In the past, the school has had a trip for each of the language tracks, which they sign up for at the beginning of the school year. They set it up that way so that the families could pre-pay for the trip in installments. Now that we know how it used to work, it will be much easier for us to put an actual fundraising program around it for next year. 

The Teachers Lounge did not get redone over the break because we could not access the building during that time. Beth is looking to see when we can get in there and what stuff we have. 

We discussed the events and things on the calendar between now and our next meeting. There are 2 days of no school for students over the next month. 

The last item on the agenda was Mme Sindjui is looking for host families for intern teachers next year. Anyone interested should please fill out this form

We then adjourned the main part of the meeting and had a short discussion about fundraising and what kinds of things we could do. There were lots of great ideas and the PTO leadership is going to meet this week to come up with a larger strategy around what we as a group do fundraisers for, and what we don’t. We will share the outcome of that meeting with everyone once we get stuff nailed down.