We discussed improving opportunities for connections within the middle and high school since those students do not stay within the same classroom for the whole year. There was an idea that we provide a directory or sign up to help parents and students connect with other who have similar interests (such as a Comicon group, a ski group, a Pokemon group, a jam session group, ....) This would allow groups with similar interests (like the current running group) to more easily connect with other Sage families.
We are also seeking someone who likes to type to help capture notes from the meetings for posting on the blog to help distribute information to parents who cannot attend the meetings.
There was a discussion about how to connect the families of younger and older students with the two campuses since it is important that the Community Network interact as a single organization. There was a discussion about how older students help in E-Sage and with other school activities involving younger students and how that should be encouraged.
We discussed that we are soon to have a senior class. Our oldest students are just days from being sophomores so the school should identify which part of the school is responsible for high school events and then begin planning with the students what type of high school events they would like to have (prom, senior trip, class rings, etc.) This has already been a topic of discussion among the board but the Community Network also stands ready to assist. Also, a suggestion was made that the high school students may be willing to provide child care for some of the Community Network parent informational events for a fee that could be used as fundraising toward some of these senior/high school events.
Mike Snow talked about the upcoming school-wide campout and the fantastic response for attendance. The spots are now full and there is a waiting list of those who would still like to attend. It will be very well attended so this is an event that the Community Network should continue to support in the future. There are funds available to assist with some of the costs left from the Community Network event at the Visual Arts Collective this Spring. Thanks to all of the parents for your support!
Any ideas for next year or Community Network can be included on the parent survey (the deadline has been extended) or directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for all of the help from parents this year and we are looking forward to working with you again next year.