Meeting Minutes from our PTA meeting on October 3

Please see the meeting minutes from the PTA meeting on October 3.

Esther Berg opened the meeting with a welcome, and introductions.


Crestwood’s new principal, Margurite Saitta thanked the Crestwood community for the warm welcome, and presented information on Title I funding.

  • Title I funding is based on the number of students who receive free and reduced-price lunches. The number of applications determine the amount of funding Crestwood receives.
  • Another benefit of being a Title I School is the Title I resource teachers who support classroom teachers in math, reading, writing and communication.
  • Resource teachers work in the classroom and provide professional development for classroom teachers.
  • All teachers must be “Highly Qualified.”
  • Every K, 1, 2 teacher has been trained on new math assessment
  • Partners in Print; Parent Center; Parent Liaisons
  • It’s important that every family apply for Title I in order to keep that status, and continue to receive access to additional programming, and other benefits.

Ms. Saitta also shared that Storybook Character Day is coming soon. This will be a teacher-led activity.

Treasurer’s Report

PTA Treasurer Rachel Amatuzzi presented the 2017-18 school year audit and the 2018-19 school year budget. Both were reviewed and approved by the general membership by a voice vote.

New Business

Daniel Garcia presented upcoming opportunities for Crestwood students to ride their bikes to school. In order to be allowed to ride to school, students must attend a bike safety training or rodeo, to take place on October 27.  Mr. Garcia recently met with county safety expert, Sally Smallwood to discuss ways to make both biking and walking to school safer for more students. Ms. Smallwood will oversee the bike rodeo and a local bicycle shop will be invited to provide tips on maintenance.  

“Bike Trains,” groups of students riding their bikes to school with an adult volunteer in the front of the group and another adult or experienced biker in the back, will be encouraged to meet and ride to school together in the near future. Both parent and teacher volunteers are encouraged to join.

Michelle McMarlin suggested contacting Trails for Youth for additional help and resources.

WE HAVE A BIKE RACK! The rack will be located under the tree in front of the rock. Ms. Utility needs to come to supervise digging. Perhaps in a week or two, we should have the rack installed.

PE Teacher Mark Bodie is looking for additional funding so we can get strider bikes, helmets, and other ways to support bike-riders.

Esther Berg shared that the PTA Bake Sale will take place on Tuesday, November 6. We’ll be out all day, so we’ll need volunteers to help man tables, and provide baked goods. Please look for a signup genius in your email.

Also, we have ongoing fundraisers that are an easy way to raise money for the PTA.

If you shop at Giant, you can register your card to earn points for A+ rewards.

Boxtops for education provide us with $0.10 per coupon. These add up quickly! Our deadline to submit coupons is Nov. 1, so turn in your Boxtops as soon as possible!

If you shop on, Crestwood can earn proceeds from your purchases. Visit and select Crestwood Elem.

We’re looking forward to celebrating Crestwood’s International Night in June. Some ideas for the next event include:

–       Combining the event with an art walk

–       Incorporating continents

–       Henna was very popular, so we should definitely keep that

–       Giving kids passports so that they visit all of the places around the “world.”

–       Co-planning with other schools in the pyramid. (Ms. Saitta said she would look into this)

Screenagers is a documentary that explores the impact of screen technology on kids and offers solutions that work. The film probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, and academics.

This screening is open to the FCPS community! The movie is appropriate for adults of kids all ages and kids 10 years old and older. Discover ways to promote healthy technology use for your children both in school and at home. The film is showing at Thomas Jefferson High School on Oct. 11 from 6:30 – 8pm

Oct. 12 – Feeder School Night. Kids will get to form the tunnel for the Lee High School football team. Students need to be in place by 6:30 to participate.

Oct. 19 – Deadline to order t-shirts

Oct. 27 – Bike Rodeo

Nov. 6 – Election Day Bake Sale

Nov. 13 – Math Night

****SAVE THE DATE – NEXT MEETING: December 5, 7:00 pm****