PTO Meeting Schedule
February 13, 7pm – PTO Board Meeting — ALL parents are welcome! Meet in library.
March 13, 7pm – Important PTO All-Member Meeting
Box Top Challenge: Final Day!
Thursday, Februrary 15
Get those tops in and help your class win!
Stratton PRIDE Day
Thursday, February 15
Wear your grade’s PRIDE colors!
Winter Break: No School
March 2 (Volunteer opportunities available)
*All events take place at Stratton unless otherwise noted.
News from the PTO
From the Co-Presidents
Roses are red
Violets are blue
The PTO sends love
(In the form of Sign-up Geniuses) to you!
Seriously, please please please check out all the good stuff you can do to help enhance your child’s school experience–opportunities are listed below.
– Bryn Hollenbeck, mom to Juliet 2nd grade and Ian K’18
– Beth Saunders, mom to Carly 4th grade
Stratton Events and Volunteer Opportunities
LAST Call for Auction Donations
Do you have a special talent that could be shared with students or parents? Would you like to host a specific grade ‘SleepUnder’? Themes could include movie night, baking party, or crafting.
– Can you teach 4 people to make sushi at your home?
– Could you tutor French for 4 weeks?
– Could you offer a tour of a cool workplace or local attraction?
– Know any Police Officers or Fire Fighters that could offer ‘tours’?
– Have a round of golf to donate or a bazillion Marriott points?
– Know anyone with a special job that could offer students an experience?
The Auction Team is looking for a few more one-of-a-kind experiences for the auction. Please reach out to the auction team with any ideas! firstname.lastname@example.org
The BIG AUCTION will be March 8-15. Watch the PTO Facebook page for the full list of auction items.
To offer an auction donation please complete this form: google form
Stratton PTO is proud to present: Movie Night @ Stratton
Friday, March 2, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Mark your calendars now! We will show two movies–students are voting and deciding on the movies. We will announce the two winning movies next week.
Popcorn and water will be provided. Come in your PJs, bring comfy pillows and sleeping bags, and a stuffed animal to cuddle with!
We need few parents to volunteer and help with this event:
1. Hand out popcorn and water at the beginning of the movie
2. Help clean up (we got permission to have popcorn, provided we clean the floors at the end)
Please sign up to help in this SignUp Genius link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go
Email Dganit Sivan Cohen at email@example.com or Dimple Merchant firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The Stratton School Store has been up and running for 3 months! The store is run by some of our 5th graders and monitored by Mrs. Mullen. Students have planned, ordered products, sold and counted profits each week. It is quite a learning experience! After a student meeting in December, the 5th graders wanted to give back to our community and decided to donate December’s profits to the Williams family. It was a wonderful feeling for our 5th graders. So wonderful in fact, that they have decided to donate January’s profits to Puerto Rico. Stratton community should be proud of these mature, hard working, compassionate students!
We would like to thank students and families who purchased from the school store over the last three months. We appreciate your support!
* Stop by the store every Friday, 2:35 – 3:00 p.m.
* New products coming in February!
Box Tops Challenge
The Box Tops Challenge is back! We will be collecting Box Tops until Feb 15th. We’re looking forward to naming a new classroom winner so don’t forget to include your classroom teacher’s name on your contributions! Find a list of Box Tops products here.
Currently we are ranked #423 out of 1100 area schools for box top collection, so get clipping!!
Support the PTO Year Round:
1. Support the PTO through Amazon. Just start your Amazon shopping at the StrattonPTO website and click on the Amazon link. It does not cost you anything and Strattonreceives 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.)
2. Register your Stop & Shop card for the A+ Rewards Program and select Stratton (# 08591) as your school. Ask friends and family to register too. Register here:https://stopandshop.com/school
3. Collect your Box Tops for upcoming contests (Feb and May). All box tops sent in byFebruary 15 will be counted in the February 2018 contest. Send your box tops in an envelope with your teacher’s name on it. Winning classroom gets bragging rights and possession of the Box Tops Trophy!
In the Community
APS Budget Information Sessions
From Kirsi Allison-Ampe, Chair, Budget Subcommittee
We invite parents and community members to our Budget Information sessions. Learn about the budgeting process for our schools, the outlook for next year’s budget, and ask questions or suggest your priorities. A School Committee member will give a brief presentation at each session and bring comments back to the full Committee. Parents and community members are welcome to attend sessions at other schools, not just their own. We appreciate the generosity of our host PTOs.
Bishop 2/14/18 at 8:15 am
Peirce 2/14/18 at 6:30 pm
Thompson 3/14/18 at 7:00 pm
We will also have a session at AHS in the 6th floor School Committee room on 2/26/18 at 7pm. Like the others, this will be open to everyone.
Other ways to learn about the budget or make comments:
– Examine Fiscal Year 2019 budget documents as they become available at http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/administration/budget/
– Speak at public participation at regular School Committee meetings (Thursdays at6:30pm: 2/8/18, 2/15/18, 3/1/18, 3/15/18)
– Attend the legally mandated Budget Hearing on 3/1/18 (immediately before the regular School Committee meeting)
– Attend Budget Subcommittee meetings (next scheduled is on 2/15/18 at 6pm)
– Contact School Committee members http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/asc/
Arlington EATS will again be hosting February Vacation lunches for any students (and their families) interested in joining us for a community meal. The lunches will be served at the Thompson School Cafeteria (entrance on North Union Street).
Tuesday – Friday, February 20 – 23, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. This year, Beaujolais Catering, Whole Foods Arlington and Tenoch will be very generously donating these meals. Yum!
Volunteering over February vacation is a great time to volunteer with your kids! Volunteer here. (If you do not see February Vacation Lunches on the Volunteer website, this means that the volunteer spots are filled.) Thank you for helping make this volunteer program possible.
Join us at the Table: We are a group of local parents, teachers and volunteers who believe that no child in Arlington should be hungry. Our approach to Arlington EATS is welcoming, participatory and respectful. Whether you have a few dollars to spare, a few hours, or talent to share, we welcome you to the table.
· To get food assistance: http://www.arlingt
· To donate: http://www.arlington-e
· To get involved: http://www.arlington
· To follow along: www.facebook.com/Arling
· To contact: email@example.com
Cause + Event 5K
The 5K run/walk, Cause + Event Boston, is coming back to Arlington on Sunday, May 13 at 8:00 am. C+E Boston is a fun, family-oriented event that celebrates health and wellness, the spirit of philanthropy among the runners, and the work of the nonprofits in our community.
This race is unique – at least $20 of each registration fee is donated to the runner’s charity of choice. The team with the most runners gets a $250 donation and bragging rights! We currently have 28 runners registered, putting us in first place, but we are just 1 runner ahead of the second place team, so we need to keep our lead!
Stratton was the team challenge winner in 2016 and close to winning in 2017. Time for us to take the title back! In the past three years, we’ve raised almost $3,500 for the Stratton PTO.
The race includes a free kids fun run and activities for the youngest participants. In addition, this is the goal race for the FitGirls program so there will be 200 4th and 5th grade girls, including many from Stratton, running the 5K. (Registration for FitGirls will be happening soon.)
Register today at causeandeventboston2018.racewi
Questions? Feel free to contact Julie Vakoc, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peirce PTO 80’s Night
What a feeling! Join fellow Arlington parents for the Peirce PTO 80’s Night party onMarch 3rd – have a great grownups-only night out with friends old and new, enjoy laughing at the best and worst of 80s culture, and maybe get lucky in our raffle, silent auction, or 80’s costume contest! DJ 5461 (a Thompson School parent!) will be partnering with a VJ to provide an immersive 80s nostalgia experience. This party raises funds for the Peirce School PTO but it is open to the entire Arlington Public Schools community. Tell your friends at other schools too!
Register today at http://arlington80s.eventbr
Peirce PTO 80’s Night: A fundraiser for the Peirce School PTO
- Saturday, March 3rd, 8:00 – 11:00 PM
- Sons of Italy: 19 Prentiss Road, Arlington
- $25 in advance; $30 at the door
- DJ, VJ, 80s snacks, cash bar, raffle, silent auction, and costume contest
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