PTO Fundraising Auction
Ends Thursday, March 15 at 9pm
PTO All-Member Meeting & Community Brainstorming
Tuesday, March 13, 7pm
Watch the promo here! (Really, it’s funny!)
Stratton PRIDE Assembly
Thursday, March 15
Wear your grade’s PRIDE color!
Author & Illustrator Scott Magoon Visits Stratton
Thursday, March 22 (in-school enrichment)
Looking Forward: All-School
Stratton Spirit Day: Crazy Hat & Wacky Hair Day, Thursday, March 29
No School, Friday, March 30
Stratton School Concert, Wednesday, April 4
Alphabet Rockers, Friday, April 6 (in-school enrichment)
Science & Engineering Night, Friday, April 6
*All events take place at Stratton unless otherwise noted.
News from the PTO
From the Co-Presidents
What a week here at Stratton!
On Tuesday evening at 7pm, we are holding one of our most important PTO meetings of the year. This meeting is about your ideas. In case you haven’t noticed, we really want you to come. We went sledding down concrete stairwells in order to get your attention. Those stairs are fast. Please come. Come late if you need to, but come. Every voice is valued.
Right now our biggest fundraiser of the year, our online auction, is LIVE. We love this auction–where else can you and your child find these “Stratton Experiences”?Does your child want to be in Mr. Hanna’s shoes for a day? (Or is your child more of a pie-in-the-principal’s-face kind of kid? We’ve got that, too.) Does your little artist always wish for more time in art class? Did you know that this year parents can get in on the kickball fun? Check out the auction here, and bid away–the auction ends promptly at 9pm on Thursday, March 15. A lot can happen in those last few minutes, so be ready!
– Bryn Hollenbeck, mom to Juliet 2nd grade and Ian K’18
– Beth Saunders, mom to Carly 4th grade
Stratton Events and Volunteer Opportunities
Author Visit – Scott Magoon
Stratton is pleased to announce that local illustrator/author Scott Magoon will be visiting our school on March 22nd.
In preparation for the event, the PTO has purchased a nice collection of Scott Magoon’s books for the media center. Each classroom will have plenty of opportunity to get familiar with the author during regular library hours.
As always, the author is happy to sign the books children bring in. Feel free to send in your child’s favorite Scott Magoon book(s) used or brand new (please buy your own copies if you don’t have any at home). To make the signing process efficient, please
- add a post-it note or note in the book stating your child’s name (the way you want the author to address your child),
- send the book(s) in on March 21st, Wednesday, the day before the event to your child’s teacher.
To learn more about the author, please visit his web site at http://scottmagoon.com/all-boo
If you have any questions please send an email to email@example.com.
Fun Fest 2018
Last year’s spring community event, Family Fun Fest, was so great, we want to do it again! Remember the live music, fun games, collaborative art project, and endless popsicles? Think of how great it can be this year with twice the space. BUT–it needs parent help in order to happen! If you are interested in being involved with the planning and implementation of Fun Fest ’18, please email Bryn & Beth.
Grade-level Enrichment Highlights
March: Second graders will visit Theatreworks
April: Fifth graders will enjoy Techsploration
May: Fourth graders will visit Lowell Mills
Stratton PTO Annual Auction is Open!
The BIG auction is here!!
Lots of great priceless experiences available including: Police Detective for the day, State Hour tour with Representative Garballey, Private tour of the DPW, & Town Manger for the Day! And don’t forget about the amazing Stratton experiences!!!
lots of great restaurants! Za, Franks’ steak house, EVOO, the Bancroft, FlatBread, and Bertucci’s!
AND not to be missed!
Amazing Bathroom Remodel from Villandry Contracting
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
Fifth to Sixth Grade Transition in Mathematics
On Thursday, March 22nd, the Director of Mathematics will present about the transition to The Gibbs School, specific to the mathematics department. The primary audience of the event is families that have children entering 6th grade during the 2018-1019 school year. All are welcome though.
Topics will include:
- Bypassing Math 6 for extreme high achievers. The structure and timeline for this opportunity will be outlined.
- The Math Support Intervention Program.
- Digital Media and Literacy, a computer programming based class for 6th graders.
- Pathways and courses for grades 6-12. Basically, planning ahead and learning about 6-12 mathematics in the Arlington Public Schools.
The majority of the event will cover the first two topics as this event will have a transitional focus. The event will be held in the Ottoson Middle School cafeteria from 7-8:30.
Kindergarten Registration Begins March 10
Register here: http://www.arlington.k12
2018 Registration for Arlington Youth Baseball & Softball Association (A.Y.B.S.A.)
Baseball and softball registration is now open. To be eligible, chidlren must live in Arlington. The program is for boys and girls ages 4-12 as of April 30.
Go to AYBSA website, www.aybsaonline.org, to register. Baseball tryouts are in early March.
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. The one remaining session will be at Thompson on 3/14/18 at 7:00 pm
Other ways to learn about the budget or make comments:
– Examine Fiscal Year 2019 budget documents as they become available athttp://www.arlington.k12.ma.us
– Speak at public participation at regular School Committee meetings (Thursdays at6:30pm: 3/15/18)
– Contact School Committee members http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us
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
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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