October began with Walk and Roll to School Day and the second SACO meeting of the year.  Walk & Roll was a great success!  SRCSA increased the number of participants by 90% over last year’s event, and our parent volunteers were very busy greeting and handing out raffle tickets to students.  Thank you to everyone who made the effort to help our kids get to school on foot or bike.  Hoping to do another one of these events before the weather turns rainy.

The October SACO meeting was pleasant and thank you to everyone who attended and earned a volunteer hour.  In an effort to improve the meeting format, we utilized a volunteer as timekeeper,  started the meeting promptly at 6:00 p.m., and ended promptly at 7:00 p.m.  The advantages of this format is that if you attend a meeting, you know what the time commitment is and do not need to awkwardly (or skillfully) sneak out during the meeting.  On the other hand, it means that we need to move through the agenda quickly to stay on track.  Would love some feedback on this new format.

One thing I have noticed is that there are less people attending SACO meetings this year than last year.  Last year, SACO met once per month on Friday mornings; the Friday crew was strong in numbers and participation, but obviously the meeting time (8:00 – 9:00 a.m.) did not accommodate those who cannot be at SRCSA during the daytime and did not allow teachers to attend.  This year, the meeting was moved to evenings in an effort to accommodate a variety of schedules, but so far, I’ve only seen a few new faces at our two evening meetings, and we seem to have lost some of last year’s core group.  I am tempted to move a couple of the Spring meetings to Friday mornings, since we will need many hands on deck to plan the Spring Auction and Literacy Week. What do you think?

Please check out the SACO Meeting Packet 10-3-2012 for information about the fall budget process and other topics discussed at the October SACO meeting.