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January 2017 Minutes

posted Mar 30, 2017, 12:12 PM by Rehoboth PTSA

Rehoboth PTSA Minutes

January 11, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 6:30PM by Karen DeRoche.

Principal’s Report

Mrs. Dubois

* Grade level in house enrichment activities have begun including New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Our Earth Exploration, Building Bridges Workshop Museum of Science, Len Cabral returning next month.

* 90 Chromebooks obtained through grant.

Mr.Pirraglia

* Percussion and Chorus concert was a success and standing room only for attendants.

* The debate team has its first meeting and practice on the 24th. .

* Beckwith has students participating in the geography bee and the robotics league championship held at Roger Williams University

* Jennifer Moitoso has arranged for a CPR unit to be taught in the eighth grade health classes.

* Kevin Robinson, a champion BMX biker will make a presentation to all grades regarding anti bullying, effort and work, etc.in February.

* The band concert will be held at the high school on January 18th.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the December 14, 2016, meeting and approved.

Committee Reports-

Auction- Susan Bogosian

* The auction is scheduled for Friday March 10th at Hillcrest.

* Solicitation letters to businesses will go out during the third week of January.

Library volunteer request- Karen DeRoche

* Ms. Mack from the Beckwith Library is looking for 4 to 5 helpers to help in the library’s transition over to SAILS.

USA Skates-Nancy Breault

* There is a tentative date set for Thursday February 2nd open to both Palmer River and Beckwith from 6:00 to 8:30.

Bill Harley Family night- Mrs. Dubois

* This is tentative for Tuesday, April 25th at 6:30 in the high school auditorium. This fun night for the family will sell tickets that are an optional donation to food pantry. Tickets are required to make sure of attendance numbers. Doug Kelly will provide the sound system.

Reflections- Mrs. Dubois

* There are 24 entries which are to be judged next Friday.

* PTSA members are invited to help judge using a rubric and score sheet provided for the contest.

* Next steps include awarding prizes and preparing to move up to the state level.

PEG grants- Wendi DeClercq

* Applications were collected at the end of last year. There was a great response and many proposals to choose from.

* The criteria in choosing included how many students will be impacted, if it enhances curriculum and whether this is a 1 time request.

* 6 applications were approved. These included requests from Mrs. Neville, Miss Lczynski, Mrs.Klinkhammer and Mr.Kepnes. There is an additional request that is recommended for approval for Ms. McNutt at Beckwith, but as this requires additional funding a line increase will be needed. Susan Bogosian motions for this request which is seconded and approved.

* Erin Baer recommends that this request be allocated from enrichment. The administration and good welfare line has remaining funds from holiday baskets. This can be used along with the rest to come from Enrichment funds from Beckwith. Mr. Pirraglia approved this request.

Treasurer’s Report- Erin Baer.

* Deposits were made for the Bookfair.

* Dance funds should move over to the family event.

* Bill Harley was paid; proceeds from book signing.

* A deposit for the Boosterthon in June was made.

* Membership and spirit wear have had some additional activity.

Karen DeRoche.-Boys and Girl’s Dances

Karen shared statement regarding feedback leading to the cancellation of dances. Attendees were thanked for coming out. This was a collective decision as the dance was no longer aligning with PTSA goals. Every child, one voice needs to be considered in all we do. Issues with these events have been discussed with administration and concerned parents, in addition to the PTSA state level leaders. It is no longer acceptable to sponsor events that are inaccessible to many. PTSA is an advocacy group.

Parents questioned whether this decision was based on more financial issues or gender and the concern with decisions of holding event being related to political correctness. Much discussion ensued regarding these concerns.

Alternatives may be posed but must consider and address accessibility, inclusivity and affordability issues. Event form must be completed addressing space, attendance, volunteer needs, parking, fire/police, parking etc, to be presented at a meeting and updates given at meeting leading up to the event if accepted. If grade level/in school event is proposed, then administration/faculty would need to be present at event. Mrs. Dubois offered support to the board and to planning efforts, noting the next step would be to propose an inclusive event with space and affordability consideration.

A motion to adjourn was made by Karen De Roche at 7:45pm and was seconded and accepted.

 

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