Stratton School Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, November 9, 2pm
Stratton Flu Clinic
Thursday, November 9 (go to this webpage for information and required form)
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Veterans Day: No School
Friday, November 10
Picture Re-Take Day
Tuesday, November 14
PTO Meeting: Board Working Session — All are welcome!
Tuesday, November 14, 7-9pm
Stratton School Building Open House
Sunday, November 19, 2-4pm
*All events take place at Stratton unless otherwise noted.
From the Principal
Dear Stratton families:
Many Stratton teachers attended the Responsive Classroom teachers’ conference on Friday and Saturday, and I, along with other Arlington administrators, am attending the Responsive Classroom leadership conference today and Monday. This approach to teaching and learning has become part of the skeleton of how we work with children in Arlington Public Schools, so I would encourage you to explore their website for a few minutes, especially this page articulating the core beliefs and practices.
Something to note is that one of the Guiding Principles of Responsive Classroom restates the research findings cited by the district’s keynote speaker last Wednesday: “What we know and believe about our students—individually, culturally, developmentally—informs our expectations, reactions, and attitudes about those students.” Dr. Muhammad cited the research of John Hattie that demonstrates that our mindsets and attitudes about our students deeply affects student achievement. We are becoming more mindful and deliberate practitioners in order to improve outcomes for all of our students. Thank you for your support!
News from the PTO
From the Co-Presidents
Welcome to November! Isn’t it fun trying to reset our children’s internal clocks? Thanks Daylight Savings! But alongside November’s challenges are many opportunities for celebration, commemoration, and purpose. This week we turn our eyes toward many meaningful activities–our renovated school’s official “ribbon cutting,” Veterans Day, and the Thanksgiving Food Drive. As always, please reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or ideas, and thanks for being part of the Stratton community!
– Beth Saunders, mom to Carly 4th grade
– Bryn Hollenbeck, mom to Juliet 2nd grade
Stratton Events and Volunteer Opportunities
To make sure the food pantry can serve the needs of the whole community, each elementary school will gather specific items. Stratton has been asked to donate:
- Non-Perishable Condiments (Examples: ketchup, relish, mayonnaise, mustards, salsa, salad dressings);
- Bottled juice/Juice boxes;
- Gift Cards: $10 and $20 gift cards to Stop and Shop or Market Basket allow families to buy a turkey or other foods that are part of their family’s traditions. Please put gift cards in an envelope and give to Mrs. Fischer in the main office.
- Paper goods/personal items are always needed! (Toilet paper, paper towels, regular-sized dish soap, toothpaste, shampoo)
Drop off your donations in your classroom or the box inside the main entrance. Thank you for your generosity!
We are in need of volunteers on the morning of Friday, November 17th to bring donated items from Stratton‘s school lobby to Arlington Food Pantry (117 Broadway). The Food Pantry will be open to help parents unload donations between the hours of 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Sign up here for a short shift to help deliver our food to the Food Pantry.
If you would like to receive extra food for the holiday, register with Arlington Youth Services by Friday, November 10th using this link. (If you have trouble with this link you may email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about Stratton‘s role in the food drive? Please email Claire Cavatorta at email@example.com. Th
It’s Pie Time!!
Apple, Blueberry, Raspberry, Southern Pecan, Pumpkin, Chocolate Cream, YUM!
Help support the Stratton PTO by ordering your holiday pies through the PTO and Wilson Farms. Watch for an order form in your child’s backpack.
All funds raised will help support the Stratton PTO and the pies are yummy, fresh, and you don’t have to make them! Woohoo!!!
Pie orders can be picked up on Monday, November 20th at 2:30pm or between 5 and 6:00 pm on the blacktop. Please make checks payable to Stratton PTO and return to your child’s teacher along with the order form by Thursday, November 9th.
If you have any questions, or want an order form, please email Andrea Haas at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you – October Drive
A big thank you to all the Stratton families who donated during our October Drive. We had 38% participation and raised over $16,800!
If your company offers a matching gift please don’t forget to submit the necessary paperwork.
Still want to donate? Donate here: http://www.strattonpto.o
AND – Congrats to the winner of the Disney Drawing – the Minnich/McCarthy Family!
There are three ways to help the PTO without even thinking about it:
1. Register your Stop & Shop card for the A+ Rewards Program and select Stratton (# 08591) as your school. The sooner you register your card the more rewards we will earn. Ask friends and family to register too. Register here: https://stopandshop.com/school
2. Start your Amazon shopping at the Stratton PTO website and click on the Amazon link. It does not cost you anything and Stratton receives a percentage of your purchase (at no cost to you). (Note – for the PTO to earn a percentage you must use the Stratton link and place items in your cart after following the link.)
3. Collect your Box Tops and drop them in the collection box at the front entrance. Remember-the class that collects the most Box Tops in October wins a prize!
In the Community
Arlington EATS: Snacks Available at Stratton School
The snacks are located outside the office of our school social worker, Mrs. Henry.
SNACK COLLECTION: Please consider donating snacks for the Stratton kids. A BLUE TOTE is located outside of Mrs. Henry’s office!
The following snacks have been approved by Sue Franchi, the Nurse Leader for the Arlington Public Schools Health and Nursing Services.
● Baby carrots
● Nutrigrain bars
● Applesauce (squeezers ok!)
● Single serve fruit cups in fruit juice
|● Cheerios (please use Cheerio brand)
● Beef/Turkey jerky
● Wheat Thins
If you would like to contribute snacks or have questions, please contact Crista Bode at email@example.com. If you need assistance, please feel free to also contact Mrs. Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arlington Eats program is working towards providing snacks in each school building. “Arlington Public Schools offer free and reduced price lunches that feed more than 500 students on school days. When school is not in session, family food resources are stretched. Arlington EATS’ mission is to help our students Eat All Through Summe
Family Folk Chorale Concert November 12, Arlington Town Hall
This year all Arlington second graders will learn about Teosinte, Arlington’s Sister City in El Salvador. They will learn about the culture, the food, the geography and what life is like for kids their age in this small village in El Salvador. A representative of the Sister City project will visit their classrooms to show them pictures and answer questions.
While you may not be familiar with the Arlington Teosinte Sister City Project, you have likely heard of the fantastic Family Folk Chorale. We invite you to enjoy their upcoming all ages sing and concert with your friends and family and support Arlington-Teosinte at the same time!
November 12, 3:00
Arlington Town Hall.
The Family Folk Chorale has generously offered to donate $3.00 per ticket bought by our amigos and amigas. Cut and paste this link to purchase tickets; http://brownpapertic
We will also be selling beautiful, fair trade artesenia made in El Salvador. All proceeds go toward supporting educational scholarships, local jobs and community development projects. Come get a jump on your holiday shopping and feel good about the gifts you give this season.
For more information on the Family Folk Chorale and to hear their music, please check them out at http://www.familyfolkchorale.o
Arlington Community Cards For Sale
From the Thompson School PTO: 2017-18 Arlington Community Cards are on sale now! The card costs only $10 and grants the bearer ongoing discounts at 35+ Arlington businesses thru Sept 2018. Proceeds benefit Thompson PTO. Participating businesses include: Kickstand, Playtime, NYAJ, Capitol Theatre, Magic Bites, Bistro Duet, and more! See full list of deals at www.arlingtoncommunitycard.
Are you or your Stratton student involved in something interesting in the community that you would like to share? Are you on an adult softball team looking for players? Is your Stratton student performing or competing in something? Does your Stratton student need to be recognized for doing something interesting out in the world? Please share with us. Submissions due on Fridays at 5:00pm. Please send to Deb Wachenheim. Please, no advertisements for products, services or outside fundraisers.
Connect to the PTO
Beth Saunders, Co-President
Bryn Hollenbeck, Co-President
Beth McLaughlin, Co-Vice President/Enrichment Chair
Amy Carlson, Co-Vice President/Enrichment Chair
Andrea Haas, Co-Vice-President/Fundraising Chair
Christian Collins, Treasurer
Christina Falcone, Communications/Secretary
Nancy Fontenot, Newsletter Co-Chair
Deb Wachenheim, Newsletter Co-Chair
Julie Vakoc, Website