MPAC meeting minutes
Minutes from some of our recent meetings can be found here
The Montessori Parent Advisory Committee (MPAC) is made up of parent/guardians, teachers, and administrators who support Montessori education in many ways.
We meet monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. The meetings cover a variety of issues of interest to parents of students in the program such as:
- Teacher reports on classroom activities
- Parent education on the Montessori method and the use of materials
- Organizing social and parent education activities
- Fundraising activities for the Birch Lane Montessori classrooms and teachers,
- Developing plans to promote and advocate for the Montessori program within the Davis Joint Unified School District.
We provide an open forum for Davis parents dedicated to providing Montessori classrooms embedded within Davis’ traditional public schools.
Participating in MPAC meetings and activities gives parents/guardians a way to participate more in their child’s education, and at the same time to be more connected to the school. We strive to build a strong partnership between our families and our Montessori program, and to make a positive impact on the students and families served.
MPAC has successfully raised funds to help offset the costs for teachers to attend out-of-state conferences, and for classroom materials. We also organize several social “community-building” events every year.
The Birch Lane Montessori Parent Advisory Committee
Support the Birch Lane Montessori Program
by making a tax-deductible donation to our non-profit foundation - the Davis Montessori Education Foundation
Many hands make light work!
Get involved by volunteering for one of the Birch Lane Elementary School Montessori Parent Advisory Committee Executive Board positions:
- Convene and preside over regularly scheduled Montessori parent advisory committee meetings. Ensure that an agenda is prepared and presented.
- Coordinate the work of officers of the association and create committees as needed for the PAC to meet its objectives.
- Be the official representative and spokesperson of the Montessori parent advisory committee.
- Act as assistant to the president and assume responsibilities of the president in the absence or inability of the president to act.
- Coordinate fundraising efforts.
- Conduct all necessary correspondence of the parent advisory committee upon authorization of the president or executive board.
- Manage the Montessori list serve, website and Facebook page
- Keep accurate records of MPAC actions (including sending out meeting announcements, taking minutes at all board meetings, distributing copies of minutes and the agenda to each board member, and ensuring that appropriate records are maintained).
- Receive and deposit all funds collected on behalf of the parent advisory committee in an account at a recognized financial institution approved by the executive board.
- Disburse funds authorized by the executive or members.
- Maintain an accurate record of all receipts and expenditures and make a report at each board meeting.
Community Outreach Coordinator:
- Promote and publicize the Montessori program within the Davis community as directed by MPAC president and executive board.
- Coordinate outreach activity volunteers
- Keep a record of MPAC’s accomplishments and activities by attending and documenting events with photos.
- collect items, such as pictures and news clippings, about MPAC and its members.
- Organize a compact, but, complete, scrapbook or digital product to tell a story for the year.
Individual Volunteer Opportunities (these are finite “jobs” that taken individually will require minimal time commitment, but make a huge difference to our program!):
- Individual “FUN”draiser events (ideas always welcome)
- In charge of posting & removing reminders at school for MPAC meetings & upcoming events (1/month & as needed for events)
- PTA rep (1/month)
- Classroom Reps (1/month/as needed)
- Attend SPAC meetings & report to MPAC (1/month)
- Monitor School Board Meetings & report back to MPAC (1/month)
- Parent Education Events (1-4/year)
- Back to School Montessori Family Picnic (August/September)
- T-Shirts (September/October)
- “Unfundraiser” (November/December)
- Davis Diamonds (February)
- Pizza Night (November)
- Preschool Outreach (February/March)
- Farmer’s Market Info Booth (February/March)
- Family Fun Night(s)/Event(s) (January/?)
- Farmer’s Market Picnic (May)
- Serve as Web Master for the Birch Lane Montessori web site—birchlanemontessori.org (update web site with current info as supplied by the MPAC board-minimal time, but very important!
THE MPAC BYLAWS
A copy of the Montessori Parent Advisory Committee By-laws can be found here.