PISA meeting minutes taken by Amy Eischens
February 12, 2013
March 19, 2012
In Attendance: Angela Howard, Isabelle Howard, David Keeley, Becky Popelka, Amber Oline, Rita Harris, Roger Brown, Kristi Finger, Cynthia Hames, Lorie Gillitzer, Carol Lyon, Amy Eischens
February minutes were approved.
Treasurer absent. No formal report.
PISA Scholarships: Carol will check to see if John Demory will coordinate this and email the teachers about picking two seniors to receive these scholarships from PISA. Guidelines: Students should have participated in a variety of Fine Arts at Regina. This is not a need-based scholarship.
David Keeley (Old Capitol Chorus President) David presented a check to PISA for $1000. $500 is payment for the choir singing at their concert and $500 is the portion promised for selling tickets through the choir kids. He also is inviting boys and their parents to attend a meeting if they are interested in barbershop chorus. He gave the information to Mrs. Howard to advertise.
Angela Howard – Music Man: The musical went well. It was well attended and the facilities were great to use. All receipts are not in yet so there is no firm number on the costs.
Choir: Future choir events:
March 30th –Homebuilder’s Association. Will sell tickets and get some funds
March 31 Small group contest be in Durant.
May 5th Large group contest in Tipton.
May 8th 5th/6th grade concert
May 9th High School Concert
Becky Popelka – Elementary & Jr. High Art:
She is planning an elementary & Jr High art show for April 20 th in the multi-purpose room. A reception will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Students will be allowed to tour throughout the day. She needs volunteers to help set up on April 18 and 19th and to make treats for the reception. Carol will send an email to the PISA group asking for help and advertise the show in the church bulletins.
Amber Oline – 5th/6th band: On April 11 65 students will perform at Bickford Cottage. Their concert is on May 8th and the Adventureland trip is on May 12th.
Cynthia Hames – Speech: She had a very successful speech season. For group speech, three groups were invited to All State in Ames on Feb 20 and the One Act Play directed by Mr. McFerren was chosen for the Critic’s choice award. This is a big honor. Out of 181 One Act Plays, performed, Regina’s was picked as best is state. She had 12 students performing 20 pieces in individual speech contest. All twelve students performing 18 pieces moved to State level and 5 pieces will be performing at All State on March 26th at UNI.
There will be a speech banquet on April 15th at 5:00 PM.
Debate: Another successful season. Two Regina students made it to semi-finals.
Jr. High Play: She will be co-directing with and mentoring Eoghan Hartley. The cast has been chosen and The Rehearsal will be May 4, 5 and 6.
She handed in several receipts for PISA to reimburse and asked how much she has left in her PISA fund since she needs a new computer for pub lab.
Teacher reports via email
Celeste Vincent: We had a great 5-12 All Band Concert on March 6th. Kudos to Tom and Amber. We had a wonderful K-2 musical on March 8th.
We have our 3-5 musical this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Good luck to Tracy Chapman on this second musical.
Congratulations to everyone who helped with The Music Man. A wonderful performance! Good work by Angela Howard.
Becky Polpeka is planning an elementary art show for Friday, April 20th.
Elementary band students are helping to do an outreach to Bickford Cottage on the morning of April 11th. Thanks to Amber Oline for coordinating this.
Thank you to all the good work that PISA does for the Center. Thanks for all your efforts.
Roger Brown He found a place to store Regina theater items when not in use. Steve Schomer has offered his garage.
He offered to invite Lee Iben to the next meeting to discuss history of fundraising and building a theater at Regina.
Next meeting will be Monday, April 9 in the high school library.
February 13, 2012
In attendance: Rita Harris, Angela Howard, Becky Popelka, Lorie Gilitzer, Roger Brown, Jennifer Hingst, Kristi Finger, Carol Lyon, David Keeley, Amy Eischens
January Minutes approved.
Treasurer’s report: Received bill for poinsettias. Net profit for wreath, garland and butter braid sale was $4584.34. There were a couple of questions in the report regarding musical funding that will be addressed before next meeting. She has not heard back from the set builders about the musical set budget.
Welcome Kristi Finger, Lorie Gilitzer and Amy Eischens as 2012-13 PISA board members!
Cake Auction: The cake auction brought in $699.00. Thanks to Toni Szymanski and Cheryl Schropp for coordinating!
Coffee House Theater: This was a great opportunity to watch Regina’s speech team perform before setting off to district competition. This event brought in $275.00 in donations. Thanks to Chris McCusker for coordinating the refreshments!
Musical – Angela Howard: She would like the advertising to be up now. She is still trying to locate instruments for the orchestra pit. Set building has started and looks awesome. Will need help loading costumes and set to theater on Feb 25. May have a semi. Still need help ironing costumes.
Choir – Angela Howard: She has been approved to purchase new music storage boxes to replace those damaged by the mold. They will cost about $7000 and PISA will split the cost with the school.
The Pops Concert is Feb 23rd. Cost is $5.00 each. Boosters are letting her use the popcorn machine. Thanks!
Voices Unlimited, a barbershop quartet will visit the choir on Feb 24th. They will be performing with the Regina choir on Feb 25 at the Old Capitol Chorus Concert.
Speech: Thanks to the Booster club for loaning their trailer to transport props to the speech competitions! The One Act play and Musical theater were chosen to perform at All State in Ames Iowa where speech teams from all classes of high schools throughout the state of Iowa perform. The improv group was nominated as a non-performing group. Congrats to all!
Elementary & Jr High art – Becky Popelka: She is working with students on 4 clay murals that will be permanently displayed in school. She gave Jennifer some purchase orders for supplies. She would still like volunteers to help in her younger classes so she can accomplish more with them. She has very talented art students. Look for their work to be hung around the school. She and John Demory will run an art camp this coming summer.
Online Teacher reports
I unfortunately can't make it tonight. The 5th & 6th grade honor band students will be traveling to Cedar Rapids on Sat. Feb. 25 for the honor band. Volunteers from the 5th & 6th grade will be performing at Bickford Cottage on Wed. April 11. They will be either performing solos or music in small groups. They seem very excited about this!
I put a receipt in the PISA box in the office from the Dollar Tree. Jennifer has okayed me to purchase candy as a reward for practice sheets/minutes and hard work.
Here is the statement I have prepared for the press:
The Art dept did a few Gala projects, they didn't do too bad at the Auction, and I'm glad that's over.
Last night I sent a file to Kristi with the poster design.Please let me know if some info needs to be added or deleted. I am now trying to get mural panels together for our Ash Wednesday mural paining,
and am going to do the large panel for the musical. Mr. Vaughn is putting in a crazy amount of work for the musical set and deserves all the thanks we can give him. I am going to Disney with the family this Wednesday then will be back next Monday. Upon my return I will be getting ready for our conference Art show which will be hosted by an undetermined school at this point.
Just in case I'm not at the meeting, the elementary music room is expecting some new supplies when the shipment arrives! Some of the items include: Marker board/flannel board on an easel, individual marker boards (for student use), and a 20-drawer mobile organizer. I will get the receipts to Jennifer.
Thanks again for everything!!!!
January 9, 2012
In attendance: Rita Harris, Carol Lyon, Amy Eischens, Becky Popelka, Kristi Finger, Chris McCusker, John Demory, Jennifer Hingst, Angela Howard, David Keeley, Amber Oline, Lorie Gillitzer
December minutes were approved.
Treasurer’s Report (Jennifer HIngst): Received some bills for the Fall play and reimbursed them. She needs to review and correct the allocations away from Jr High play to Fall play. A couple of the teachers made purchases from their PISA accounts. She praised those who follow the proper procedures for requesting funds.
Cake Auction: this event needs a coordinator (held in January or February)
Coffee House Theater: Chris McCusker will coordinate. She will be asking for donations of treats for the event to be held Thursday, Jan 19th.
Music Man (spring musical): Kristi Finger volunteered to coordinate playbill, posters and parent messages.
Becky Popelka (new K-8 art teacher): Thanks to PISA for her new rug. It is very comfortable and the little kids really seem to appreciate sitting on it. She would love to do an art show in the spring, maybe in conjunction with a concert. Discussion ensued about possible dates. She would still love to have parent volunteers to help with the younger grades, especially when working with clay.
Angela Howard (choir, musical): The University of Iowa Honor choir is the last Sunday & Mon of January. Five students (David Rudolph, Tyler Jensen, Kaitlin Clemmons, Christian Iben and Lauren Ronnfeldt were chosen to participate in the ACDA American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) event the weekend of Feb 11. Madrigals have been asked to perform at the Gala on Feb 11. The Pops Concert will be Feb. 17 at Regina. The choir has been asked to perform with the Old Capitol Chorus on Feb 25 at The Englert. She has looked into storage for what was lost in the mold incident. Estimates are about $7000 to do it correctly. Jennifer told her to use her PISA money to buy new folders. We will need to discuss the other items. In lieu of new cabinets in the room to store choir robes, she will probably have closet rods installed. Sewing week for the musical costumes will be Feb 3 – 12 so if anyone likes to sew, they will be set up in the multi-purpose room. She will need volunteers to help load props, set, etc. to the Coralville Theater on Feb 25. There will be a $30.00 activity fee for the musical.
Musical is Music Man. Shows will be on March 1, 3, 3, 4 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Prices are set at $10 + tax for adults, $7 + tax for students, $5 for senior citizens, age 2 and under free.
John Demory (high School art): He is working on some Gala projects as well as the poster for the musical. He will design a logo for some Regina Fine Arts apparel. Someone would need to be coordinating the sale of the apparel.
Amber Oline (5th & 6t band): She had seven students selected to participate in the Prairie Creek Intermediate Honor Band on Feb 25.
Teacher reports via email
Greta Reynolds (Orchestra): Orchestra concert for grades 4 – 12 on Thursday, January 26, 7:00 PM at St. Patrick’s Church.
December 12, 2011
In attendance: Rita Harris, Carol Lyon, Amy Eischens, Becky Popelka, Kristi Finger, Chris McCusker, John Demory, Jennifer Hingst, Angela Howard
November minutes were approved.
Treasurer’s Report (Jennifer HIngst): Very good balance in account but several bills are outstanding. Still waiting on bills from Fall play and need to pay for wreath, butter braids and poinsettias. Approximately $5000 profit on wreath and butter braid sale. She paid for food for the pep band for the state football game.
Cake Auction: this event needs a coordinator (held in January or February)
Coffee House Theater: Chris McCusker will coordinate
Music Man (spring musical): Need someone to coordinate playbill, posters and parent messages
Wreath, Garland, Poinsettia and Butter Braid sale (Carol Lyon): Sold 139 wreaths, 37 garlands, 90 poinsettias, and 566 butter braids. Thanks to everyone who supported the sale by purchasing items and to the following for volunteering: Hills Bank, Jon Lyon, Gina Kline, Beth Deninger, Lynn and Roger Brown, Colleen Rapp, Deb Dyken, Greg and Kristi Finger, Doug Becker, Kathy Duethman, Pam Hinman, Jay Kambhu, Chris McCusker, Tina Jennings, Micelle and Emily Krummel, Shannon Jensen, William and Jake Keating, Mitchell Finger, Mark Dyken, Nolan Burns, Katy Kambhu, Kathryn Lyon, Christine Rogers, Sami Juraco, Nicole Bahl, Mary Harris, Anna Poll, Becky Popelka and the 8th period Jr. High Art class.
Becky Popelka (new K-8 art teacher): Thanks to Sr. Mary Fran who helped clean out her room before starting work. She is working on establishing routines, self-portraits. Would love to have volunteers to help when she is working with the younger grades.
Angela Howard (choir, musical): The kids did a great job at the Orchestra Iowa concert. The new robes are in, in time for the Christmas concert at St. Pats. Madrigal group is performing at the Gala on Feb 11 and for Home and school on Jan 28. The choir surprised Mrs. Vincent with some Christmas Caroling that was well received. Musical practice has started and tickets should go on sale in January via the Coralville center for Performing arts.
John Demory (high School art): Congrats to the winners of His annual Fall Photo contest: 1st Hannah Yowell, 2nd Natalie Bonthius, and 3rd Liz Wilson. He has been keeping the event sign updated outside Regina (THANKS!) John will design posters for the musical. He is working on the Art shows coming up in the spring.
Teacher reports via email
Dear PISA members,
What a wonderful way to come back to school on last Monday and see all the beautiful greenery at our front door. Thank you to PISA for your generosity. You help to put the school in the true advent/Christmas season.
-We welcome our new art teacher, Becky Polpeka.
Becky has her Masters in Fine Arts from Iowa State University and will be a welcome addition to our staff.
We thank Natasha for her service to Regina.
-Congratulations to first year teacher, Tracy Chapman, for a beautiful K-5 music performance on December 1st.
-Congratulations also to Angela and Amber for a beautiful concert on December 8th.
-Greta has had the strings playing for our Masses, which has been such an added bonus to helping create a wonderful atmosphere.
Blessings to all of you for your hard work to help our school.
I am unable to attend this evening. We had the 5th & 6th grade concert last Thursday and it went really well! I had mentioned that I nominated several students for an honor band. I'm waiting to hear back on the results.