August 28, 2018 PACE meeting minutes

Attendance: Julia Schoonover, Jennifer Alberto, Dr. Paula Manchester, Stephanie Roy, Lisa Bancroft,
Cristina Paulo, Jennifer O’Connell, Kara Wilkinson, Jessica Melo, Tammy Arruda
Notes from the President


        Summer Recap: SOAM, big success! Extending community outreach by offering          hands on Sensory experiences and increasing face to face communication. Huge Thanks to our principals, Vice principals and school administration for supporting us and being soaked with water by our kids. They loved it!!
      Meeting suggestions/ideas: Offering smaller, sensory friendly events such as dances, bingo, etc for kids that may be having a hard time integrating into large social groupings. Sign language class, ADHD workshop, and homework help all wonderful meeting ideas, ? piggy backing PACE meetings to PTO meetings to increase attendance
      Looking Forward: Continued appearances at SOAM. Small introduction at Back to School Night.  Providing resource binder/manual for parents looking for external resources and agencies.
Guest Speakers: Julia Schoonover and Jennifer Alberto, teachers at North Elementary and South School  respectively. Discussed the importance of routine and schedules for children with special needs. When children know what to expect, this reduces the anxiety and increases executive functioning. Schedules can be different for everyone, so building a custom visual board is one way to start the day/school week. Having a set schedule also allows children to handle “zig zags” which are unexpected changes.
Hands-On: After lecture, we broke into individual groups and created custom visual boards.
Next Meeting: Sept 25th
6-8 PM, location TBD. Potentially South School pending approval from Dr.
Approved for publication on 9/12/18 by Stephanie Roy

Minutes from Meeting April 24, 2018

PACE Minutes Nomination meeting April 24, 2018


-The meeting was called to order.  1st motion by Lisa Bancroft, 2nd motion by Hannah Duarte

-New committees as allowed by the bi-laws were discussed and then voted on.

-First committee is Finance which was voted on and accepted

-1st motion Hannah Duarte, 2nd motion Lisa Bancroft

-Second committee was Family Outreach and Support which was vote on and accepted

-1st motion Allison Faunce Richards, 2nd motion Shannon Toolin

-Nomination for Secretary- Hannah Duarte.  Motion to accept nomination of Hannah Duarte for secretary given by Allison Faunce Richards and 2nd by Stephanie Roy. Hannah Duarte accepted the nomination


-Motion to nominate Lisa Bancroft as Vice President by Stephanie Roy, 2nd motion by Hannah Duarte.  Lisa Bancroft accepted the nomination


-Motion to nominate Stephanie Roy for President by Lisa Bancroft, 2nd by Hannah Duarte.  Stephanie Roy accepted the nomination


-Motion to nominate Amy Lavoie for President by Marion O’Conner, 2nd by Amy Lavoie.  Any Lavoie accepted the nomination.


-Meeting called to a close by Lisa Bancroft



Pace Minutes meeting Election meeting April 24, 2018


-Meeting called to order with a first motion by Stephanie Roy and a 2nd motion by Hannah Duarte


-Hannah Duarte elected as secretary by majority vote as the only candidate

-Lisa Bancroft elected for Vice President by majority vote as the only candidate

-President Vote taken

-Stephanie Roy elected as president by a four to 2 person vote.


-Words by our new President Stephanie Roy

-Excited about another great year of reaching out and helping families At SOAM

-Our big outreach this year will by an all-inclusive carnival

-We will be trying some new things throughout the year

-there will once again be a parents rights workshop


-Motion to adjourn meeting given by Stephanie Roy, second by Lisa Bancroft.


Submitted for approval by Hannah Duarte 5/3/18

Approved for publication by Stephanie Roy 5/3/18







Shirt Fundraiser

Have you been by our sensory/activity tent at the Somerset Open Air Market?

Have you been to one of our educational events for parents?

Funds from these shirt sales will help us continue to do those things and much more!

Follow the link to purchase either a t-shirt,hoodie,baseball tee or kids shirt!


Our hope it that all kids of all abilities are given great opportunities!

*All profits will be used to educate our parents and community on Special Education issues and provide services through workshops, lectures and various activities(such as the sensory activities at SOAM.) Fundraising helps make events like this possible!*

Planning Meeting!

Join on on May 25th for our planning meeting!  Help us plan the upcoming year!

You can help us choose what topics you would like to see covered and what else you would like to see at future meetings!

This is also a great place to connect with other parents 🙂  Hope to see you there!

May 25th


Old town hall, somerset, ma 02726

New Board for Somerset PACE 2015

A group of parents met at the library on October 28 for the first official Somerset PACE K-8 Committee meeting in a very long time! We had enough parents present to have an election, so I am happy to introduce to you your new Somerset PACE K-8 Board for 2015.

Co Chairs – Marion DeSa & Lisa Bancroft
Treasurer – Tracy Frisone
Secretary – Mandy Silva

Please congratulate them on their new positions. I am also attaching the meeting minutes for this meeting. Parents who are interested in attending future meetings should watch for announcements in your email, on Facebook and on our website.


Please be advised that there will be an annual Parents Rights Workshop in November:

Somerset and Somerset Berkley Regional School District
Parent Rights Seminar
Sponsored by Somerset K-8
Parent Advisory Councils
Presenter: Craig Haller, Special Education Advocate
Haller Advocacy
Somerset Berkley Regional High School
Distance Learning Center
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
6:00 PM

Hope to see you there!