February 1, 2018 — PSFA Meeting Minutes
February 1, 2018 — PSFA Meeting Minutes
- Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance and Welcome: Meeting called to order at 7:42 p.m. PSFA officers in attendance — Jody Sackett (2018), Laura Andersen (2019), Sharon Jemas (2019), Therese Heidelberger (2019), Aphrodite Noone (2018), and Kate Megerle (2019). 31 members and 3 students in attendance.
- Co-Presidents’ report: Jody Sackett and Laura Andersen. Jody and Laura introduced themselves, welcomed everyone, and thanked people for coming to the Parent Chat Session that had just concluded. Laura explained the Parent Mentorship we provide to incoming freshman families and asked for people to consider becoming volunteers for this helpful program. She also mentioned that the PSFA is in need of executive board members and committee chairs for next year. Sadly, we will be losing Jody and Aphrodite because they are parents of seniors, and Therese because her position (treasurer) has a two year restriction and her term ends in June.
- Principal Gleason: Mr. Gleason said he would be happy to try to help if people had questions in addition to what was discussed at the Parent Chat session. Also, the CHS guidance counselors have a college planning night scheduled for 3/28 for rising juniors and their parents. New semester began yesterday and report cards for last semester will be mailed soon. There will also be a letter addressing the resolution of the Power School rounding discrepancy. On 2/21 CHS will be participating in a new kind of international test and a few randomly selected seniors will be taking the test. Acceptance letters for the class of 2022 go out in March. Scheduling documents for upperclassmen to pick electives will come out soon too. Someone mentioned that CHS is currently ranked the #3 high school in the state and Mr. Gleason talked about how we are very pleased about that but that we should also remember that a lot of the credit goes to our great sending districts. He also confirmed that yes, the TV studio is getting fixed.
- CHS Student Government Association Report: Emma Hecht. Emma reported on some February activities. On 2/9, Skills USA is hosting a Valentine’s Dance from 6:30 – 9:00. The SGA will be selling and delivering Valentine grams — chocolate covered pretzels with an optional LOVE haiku from the Literary Magazine Club for $1 extra — forms are available if any parents are interested as well. On 2/21, there is a 6 v 6 volleyball tournament at Wall High School, on 2/23-25, there is a JSA trip (debate club competition), and on 2/23, there is a fashion show. National Honor Society has a blood drive planned for 2/27. Emma also gave a shout out to the WCHS (our radio station, run by our radio club and classes) for the impressive accomplishment of getting their entries in to the finals in an intercollegiate broadcast competition.
- Approval of December 7, 2017 Minutes: Recording Secretary Kate Megerle. Motion to approve, Louise Krall. Aphrodite Noone seconded. Membership voted in favor to approve.
- Treasurer’s Report: Therese Heidelberger. Therese reported that so far this year we are doing well with our budget. We have made more than we have spent. She thanked people for their contributions to the Annual Donation Campaign and spoke about a few things we have spent money on. She asked for a motion to approve the treasurer’s report. Tammy Perconti motioned to approve and Susan McLaughlin seconded. Membership voted in favor to approve.
- Corresponding Secretary’s Report: Aphrodite Noone. Reported no current correspondence.
- Committee Reports:
- ~ Color Wars: Dave Wren explained a little about Color Wars. It’s a ton of fun and a great way to meet other parents and see your kids in action. We really need parents to help out. It will be on Friday, 6/1/18. This will be Dave’s last year and next year the committee will be chaired by Karen Hecht. Budget for the activity was briefly discussed.
- ~ Alumni: Vivien Cheng was not able to make the meeting and Mary Ellen Landolfi was in another meeting so Jody reported that the Homecoming Reunion in December was wonderful. Almost a hundred people were there, including some past teachers and students. Also, another wonderful edition of the newsletter is out.
- ~ Fundraising: Sharon Jemas and Louise Krall. Sharon reported that the beautiful Dinner Gift Raffle invitations went out this week (thank you Hope) and that they went (online) to alumni too (thank you Vivien and Mary Ellen). She asked people to please help out by volunteering and / or buying tickets. She thanked those who have already contributed to prizes and baskets. She told a little about what is planned for the event and volunteers were requested to help wrap baskets (wrap dates listed in Communique). Two other fundraisers were briefly mentioned: SWAG sales at school (first Friday of each month) and the Blue Grass Mini Golf which will be in May or June.
- ~ Hospitality: Lynn Kuo was not able to make the meeting tonight. Gayle Topper said the exam morning bagel breakfasts went well. Requested folks to please help out with the upcoming Sophomore Parent Night refreshments.
- ~ Membership / Directory: Janet Pepsin and Lori Littenberg spoke briefly about efforts to overcome some difficulties with sign ups and mentioned that they would soon be gearing up for next year’s membership drive and directory.
- ~ Newsletter (Communique): Beth Chunn continues to do a great job with this. Thanks, Beth!
- ~ Enrichment / Education: Jane Sennett and Ronett Sagman were both unable to attend but Jody reported that the Driver’s Ed class is underway and the Catalyst Prep SAT bootcamp will be 3/3-4.
- ~ Public Relations: Hope Raymond and Renju Thomas had nothing new to report at this time.
- New Business: PSFA really needing people to help out with committees and board positions next year was reiterated.
- Adjourn Formal Meeting: Dave Wren motioned to adjourn. Janet Pepsin seconded. Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.