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posted Jan 6, 2018, 1:52 PM by Rehoboth PTSA
Rehoboth PTSA Minutes  November 8, 2017  / Palmer River Elementary School  (11 Members in attendance) 
Meeting called to order 6:35 pm by Susan Bogosian, President 

Meeting Minutes: Susan Bogosian, President  Minutes from October 2017 -  minutes reviewed, motion to approve/seconded &  unanimously accepted. 

Principals’ Reports:  Joseph Pirraglia and Arlene Miguel  
1) Palmer River:  Arlene Miguel -   update provided by Susan Bogosian 
2) Beckwith:  Joseph Pirraglia  -  - Busy October with Pink & Orange (Unity) Days, Dance and Bash.  - Mr. Viera presented update on efforts to improve attendance & recognition for such. Feb  9th will be 1st AttenDANCE celebration for students with outstanding attendance (or  better than 95% which is equivalent to less than 9 absences). Incentives will be in place for  achieving better than 95%, i.e reduced $ for dance tickets, drinks/snacks, etc.  We hope to  open discussions re: why absences occur with greater connections being made.  - Soccer Teams applauded as Divisional Champs with Boys Soccer team record of 9-0-1 and  Girls Soccer team record of 8-2-1.  - Parent Teachers Conferences coming up.   

Committee Updates:  
1) Jack O’Lantern Festival: Karen DeRoche  -  Went very well.  Hayrides went much  smoother. Discussed more illumination outside at Beckwith for next year and  perhaps decreasing haunted hallways to 2 hours may be more beneficial for the  actors. Big “Thank you” again to all the volunteers, donations and service groups  that made this such a great night! 
2) 4th Grade Astronomy Night - 11/17 from 7-9pm  (12/1 is rain date) - flyer to be  posted. Will set up near Beckwith. Parking lot at PRES will be lit up and cafetaria  will be open at PRES to sell hot chocolate/water/popcorn. 
3) Health Summit- 11/16/17 - Waltham MA -  hosted by MA PTA - Reminder - please let us  know if you are interested in attending. 
4) Book Club - 11/29/17 @ BMS Library 
5) Bylaw Revision -   last done in 2014. Recommendations received from Jen Francioso at MA  PTA. Major revisions include:   a) Combine Asst. Treasurer and Secretary to “Financial Secretary” ;   b) 2 VP’s instead of 3 ;   c) credit card policy added;   d) Immediate Past President added to Executive Committee;  e) Plan to revise committee chair verbiage to protect need for  updates & fiscal  responsibility. 
 New Business: 
1) Treasurer’s Report  - beginning to see activity in Spiritwear, Enrichment, and  Membership. Please see updated budget sheet. 
2) Book Fair BMS : 11/27/17 through 12/1/17. Will solicit volunteers. Online book  fair this year will be open 11/17-12/8. Also plan locker raffles and continue teacher  recommendations.  
3) PEG:  Applications are ready to go and will be sent to principals for distribution.  Applicants need to be PTSA members. Will meet in December to decide and plan to  award during January meeting. 
4) Bus Negotiations:  Ms. Antonellis requested email questions.   Pursue other  companies but would only be for after school hours. 
Meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm by Susan Bogosian 
Next Meeting: 12/13/17 @ 6:30 pm in the Library at PRES