4/9/2014 – General Meeting Minutes

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4/9/2014 – General Meeting Minutes


Montclair PTA General Meeting

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Montclair Elementary Multipurpose Room

Melissa called the meeting to order at 7:13pm.

No official sign-in was provided, but approximately 23 people assembled for the meeting.  Quorum is 20.  Quorum is present.

Audit Update:  Janelle reviewed the official documents presented by the treasurer and found them to be correct through June 2013.

Financial Update:  Amy reported that total income so far is approximately $348,000, and total expenditures at approximately $312,000. More expenditure on the way.  So far, we have raised $630.00 per student.  For more detailed information, see the budget posted on the website.


 Montclair Parent Presentation

Dave Nettle

Dave Nettle addresses issues in the classroom such as healthy risks, bullying, social inclusion and exclusion.

Mr. Nettle has taught k-6, has been a principal, director of education in Maritime Parks and Rec, and a stay at home parent.   He teaches trust and cooperation so we can all feel safe and productive.

Dave started out the meeting asking what the audience has heard about his presentations, and asked what we want to know.   Then he elicited Nancy’s input about what he does in the classroom.

He engaged us with a challenge, and taught us several ideas he leaves with the kids:

  • Mistakes = information; when mistakes are made, information is required to move on
  • Solve or complain
  • Fix or blame: in an uncomfortable situation, you can either fix the problem or blame someone.
  • Domino Focus
  • Domino Perseverance
  • You are right Mrs. Bloom, we will fix that.
  • You are right mom, I’ll fix that
  • Integrity: do the right thing even if no one is looking.  C.S.Lewis
  • Just Right, too much; The Goldie Locks Effect


He has a parenting blog:  dgnparents.wordpress.com available to parents of current students.

Two quotes he shared with the audience is that unexpected things happen when you are with unexpected people, and joy is evidence of inner growth


Things you can do as a parent:

  • Take care of yourself first! Sleep, nourishment, etc.  that way you can do your best to improvement your performance.
  • Students need to get enough sleep
  • Be present in their lives
  • Model good behavior
  • “It’s not my life, it’s my child’s life.”
  • It’s not your chance to do school better the second time
  • The best thing for them is time with you.
  • Checkers!  Games will give them the one-to-one attention they deserve.
  • Connect with other parents and build a support group
  • Play! Play! Play!
  • Make mistakes and talk about them.
  • Common etiquette: please, thank you, excuse me, etc.



The meeting adjourned at 8:35pm.



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