On behalf of the Parent Teacher Student Association, welcome to the new 2015-16 school year at RBHS! We wish all students, teachers, and staff a productive and positive school year and welcome parent and family involvement at RBHS.
Whether your student is a new or returning student, we encourage you to learn as much as you can about “how things work” at RBHS so you are able to help and encourage your student’s involvement. We invite you to show you care about your student and their school by becoming more involved in discussing what happens at school, staying informed, and volunteering in whatever way you can. Here are some of the many ways you can stay informed and get involved in supporting your student at RBHS:
--Complete and return the 2015-16 Rock Bridge PTSA Membership and Volunteer Form at the PTSA table at schedule pick-up. This form is also available on the RBHS website under the “Family Resources Tab”. PTSA membership shows your support for the school and provides multiple ways to stay informed and involved through routine communication and volunteer opportunities. Please sign up to volunteer for teacher appreciation events, to chaperone, or for a general volunteer. You will receive a variety of emails throughout the year for opportunities to volunteer for activities and school events. Also, we appreciate your consideration to volunteer at any of our football, volleyball, girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, and wrestling concession stands. The concession stand revenue generated throughout the school year is our main source of income for the RBHS PTSA so many volunteers are needed to cover shifts for the concession stands.
--Subscribe to the “InfoBruin” on the RBHS home page (located on the right side) so your student and family can receive the Daily Student Bulletin each morning during the school year. The PTSA will have a section with updates and a link to our PTSA webpage at the bottom of the announcements. Follow us on FACEBOOK at: Rock Bridge High School PTSA - Columbia, MO. Find us under the “Family Resources Tab” on the RBHS Home Page.
--Attend PTSA meetings held on the second Monday of each month at 12:00 noon in the Performing Arts Center lobby area. Future meeting dates are: August 10, September14, October 12, November 9, no December meeting, January 11, February 8, March 14, April 11, and May 9.
--Donations are accepted for PTSA at any time throughout the school year. Your individual adult membership dues are $9.00 and all donations help support the following areas: Bruin Grants for academic projects, building improvements, the InfoBruin daily email message board, purchase of teacher supplies, organize monthly staff meals, support events with a hospitality table and over 80 of our volunteers staff the back to school schedule pick-up! We support the D.E.A.L. counseling for drugs and alcohol along with distracted driving educational programs. We provide additional student support with the National PTA Arts Reflections program, offer five senior scholarships, support Global Village international week events, sponsor the Student Coalition and host forums for administration and parents. These are only some of the ways we support our students, faculty and school!
--We have successfully helped to create the Student Coalition group this past year as a means to better support the “student” part of PTSA and get vital input and engage our high school students---we encourage students to sign up for the $6.00 Membership to be part of this exciting new opportunity at RBHS led by Mrs. Katherine Sasser and supported by PTSA.
--Any questions, please contact Kim Hughes, 2015-16 PTSA President, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-424-7941
“GET INVOLVED……BE INVOLVED…..STAY INVOLVED”
Join and/ Volunteer with the RBHS PTSA!
The PTSA will be at RBHS Schedule Pick-up ready to ask questions! Bring this form (same as the one sent out in the summer mailing) to join!
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President – Kim Hughes (email@example.com)
Vice President – Terri Stanley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary – Joanna Wilson (Joanna@wilsonsfitness.com)Treasurer – Julie Diehls (email@example.com)
“Get Involved..…..Be Involved…...Stay Involved”
Here is a highlight of the activities that RBHS PTSA has been involved with for the 2014-15 school year. Thanks so much for your dedication, energy, and willingness to volunteer for RBHS PTSA!
Fundraising, donations, and membership dues for adults, staff, and students have helped support the following areas: Bruin Grants for academic projects, building improvements (enhancements in front entryway and additional student seating areas), the InfoBruin daily email message board, purchase teacher supplies, organize monthly staff meals, support events with a hospitality table, coordinate volunteers to oversee the back to school schedule pick-up, support the D.E.A.L. counseling for drug, alcohol, and distracted driving educational programs, support the arts with the Reflections program, offer five senior scholarships, support Global Village international week events, hosted forum for parents, support a new PTSA Student Club, etc. The PTSA sets up informational tables at Back to School Night in September and for the New Student Course Fair in January. Welcome baskets are provided by PTSA to eighteen new teachers in August. Our PTSA By-Laws were reviewed and approved by the MO State PTA in November.
Staff Appreciation – The Staff Appreciation Committee had six theme events throughout the school year in which food and snacks were served to staff at RBHS. The themes included: September-Back to School Night catered meal, October-breakfast before the school meeting, November-Thanksgiving Feast, December-Sweets and Treats, January-Super Bowl translated to “Souper Bowl” soup lunch, March-St.Patrick’s Day Baked Potato Bar. Events were also held to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week – breakfast, Cinco de Mayo taco and nachos lunch, and Pie Day and Trivia with gift cards awarded.
Bruin Grants– Twenty two Bruin Grants were awarded in the amount of $4,000 to RBHS teachers and staff to support academic and classroom requests throughout the year.
Teacher Supplies – PTSA has a budget line to purchase supplies for the classrooms. This year Kleenex was requested and purchased.
Special Projects – PTSA supported a request from the administration to enhance student areas with additional seating, bistro chairs, counters, tables, informational/brochure display in the Activities Office, the Commons/Cafeteria area, DECA Den hallway, and hallway ramp to PAC. The goal of this project was to enhance the student gathering areas by providing places to be able to provide more seating to meet or work on homework, etc. in RBHS.
RBHS Hosted Parent Forum Night with Dr. Jen Rukstad – In October, PTSA hosted a parent forum night in which Dr. Jen Rukstad presented the “Mindset” book and how the philosophy is being adopted through professional development with RBHS teachers and staff.
Hospitality – The Hospitality Committee provided refreshments at two events this school year – the parent forum night with Dr. Rukstad in October and the Art Show in April.
PTSA Community Scholarships for Seniors – PTSA supports the Community Scholarship program and awards five $200 scholarships at the Salute to Senior award night each May. The May 2015 scholarship winners were: Kelsey Knorr, Bailey Washer, Matt Troyer, Cooper Kaufman, and Mikaela Acton.
Football, Volleyball, Basketball & Wrestling Concession Stands – Volunteers oversee the concession stand operations for football, volleyball, basketball, and wresting. This is the main source of our PTSA fundraising throughout the year and
many volunteers signed up to work a variety of shifts for all sport seasons.
Reflections Program – Seven RBHS student entries advanced to the MO State Reflections judging level. Students advancing were: Literature-Kelley Tackett, Kristine Cho, and Maranatha Prenger; Visual Arts-Hayley Wilson, Sonya Hu, and Margie Crosby; and Music Composition-Alice Yu. We are pleased to announce that Alice Yu’s Music Composition entry “The Grand Escape” was selected for an Award of Merit at the National PTA Reflections judging level.
Back to School-Schedule Pick-Up – PTSA recruits and assigns the volunteers needed to help the administration with the schedule pick-up time for all grade levels in August.
PTSA Awards Received from MO PTA - RBHS PTSA was the recipient of three awards at the Fall 2014 MO State PTA Convention as follows: Early Bird Membership Award, Health and Safety Education Award, and Parent Education and Involvement Award. RBHS PTSA was also notified this Spring that our group won the Award for Highest Number of Business Memberships in 2014-15 Membership Year. Our awards were listed in the March CPS District Newsletter.
Membership – The Membership Committee oversees the collection of PTSA membership forms for parents/guardians, teachers and staff, and students and does reporting as needed. This year we had approximately 546 members in our RBHS PTSA.
PTSA Volunteer Coordinator – Many volunteers signed up at the request of the PTSA Volunteer Coordinator to help at a variety of activities throughout the year – Schedule Pick-Up, RBHS office help, Homecoming and Courtwarming Dance chaperones, help school nurse with student flu vaccination clinic, sports physicals, volunteers to serve breakfast on ACT test day for the juniors, and Senior All Night Party.
Columbia Council of PTAs (CCPTA) – RBHS PTSA is very active on the CCPTA and hosted a meeting with guest speakers at RBHS in January. Guest speakers were Dr. Pam Conway from the Cradle to Career Alliance and Carla London, Coordinator of Student & Family Advocacy for CPS. The CCPTA Rep also serves as our Advocacy Chair and present monthly legislative updates.
Valentine’s Candy Sales – PTSA coordinates the Valentine’s Candy sales for another fundraiser. Parents or students may send a Valentine surprise which consists of chocolate covered strawberries, a bag of candy, or yogurt covered pretzels.
DEAL Counseling – A Parent Resource Night with discussion on Teen Drug and Alcohol Use was offered to parents in October. Kelly Anderson, RBHS counselor, and Jeremy Duke, a local counselor, facilitated this event. The PTSA budget supports the D.E.A.L. Counseling program that shares strategies for being aware and addressing this important issue.
Parent Class Reps (Senior, Junior, Sophomore, and Freshmen) - PTSA has two parent volunteers for each grade
level serve as Parent Class Reps. The Parent Class Reps are involved in current issues and assist as needed
PTSA Student Group/Student Coalition Club – A priority goal of PTSA this year was to start the PTSA student group that would be an active club by the end of the school year. The Parent Class Reps from all grade levels along with the officers and administration met in the fall to formulate ideas and student input was given at a November meeting. By January, Mrs. Katherine Sasser, English Department Teacher and Chair, agreed to be the new club sponsor. The Student Coalition Club will revamp and merge ideas with the goals from the PTSA student group. The RBHS PTSA along with MO State PTA and the Missouri School Boards Association hosted a Youth Advocacy and Leadership Summit at RBHS held in April. The round
table discussion topics included nutrition and school lunch and state assessments/testing standards. Dr. Margie Vandeven, Commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, was a guest at our Summit. The new club met at the end of the school year and will be recruiting new club members when the new 2015-16 school starts.
Athletic Boosters Liaison, Music Boosters Liaison, and Friends of Rock Bridge Orchestra - PTSA collaborates with the athletic and music programs so we can receive updates and be informed about the students engaged in these activities.
Bruin Clothing Closet – PTSA supports any needs that the Bruin Clothing Closet may have during the school year.
CCPTA Outstanding Volunteers for RBHS PTSA – Four RBHS PTSA volunteers were nominated to be recognized in May at the CCPTA Outstanding Volunteers Reception at Lange Middle School. Outstanding Volunteers nominated were Teresa Heim, Janna Tarbox, Joanna Wilson, and Deb Linneman.
Infobruin – Do you receive the RBHS Infobruin each morning? If not, it is easy to subscribe to the Infobruin on the RBHS webpage. PTSA supports funding this daily electronic announcement in our budget. PTSA has a section with daily updates and a link to our PTSA webpage at the bottom of the announcements. Students benefit from engaged parents…..thanks for being one and supporting your RBHS PTSA.
PTSA Unit in Good Standing – Notification was received in December from the MO State PTA Office which confirmed that our PTSA unit at RBHS was in “Good Standing”. It takes a team to make this happen – membership must be reported timely, Unit By-Laws must be up to date, and the previous year Annual Review (audit) and Annual Financial (year end) Report, and IRS 990 (or e-postcard copy) must be completed (a lot of busy work behind the scene which is completed by the Treasurer and Membership Chairs).
--Deb Linneman, 2014-15 PTSA President