PTO Meeting: Executive Board Working Session
Tuesday, April 10, 7pm — All parents are welcome!
Spirit Day: Pajamas!
Friday, April 13
Spring Break: No School
Teacher Appreciation Week: May 7-11
Book Swap, Wednesday, May 9
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*All events take place at Stratton unless otherwise noted.
News from the Principal
Dear Stratton families:
A quick recognition and thank you to all of the volunteers who made last Friday’s Science Night such huge success. As I looked around the gym, I was truly amazed at not only the CVs of the parents and community members who were leading activities, but the commitment shown by all to find time on a Friday night to come in and learn together. A special thank you to Chandreyee Das and Sheila Ranganath for their coordinating of the whole event. We are looking forward to more exhibition of student and faculty learning throughout the Spring. Please join us whenever you can!
News from the PTO
From the Co-Presidents
On Friday, the Alphabet Rockers came to Stratton for an all-school enrichment assembly. Our children danced, sang, shared their experiences of standing up for one another, and thought about how to be proud of who they are while helping others to do the same. The energy in the cafetorium was amazing, and watching our children (and faculty) learn some new hip hop moves with their new friends Kaitlin and Tommy was inspiring.
If you’d like to learn more about this grammy-nominated group that works to “spark an inter-generational conversation through hip hop music and dance,” please check out their YouTube page. And most importantly, ask your children what they got from last week’s assembly. We hope they loved it as much as we did.
The ability to bring enrichment programs of this caliber to Stratton School rests solely in the hands of parents. Thank you to the Enrichment Team for engaging the Alphabet Rockers, and THANK YOU to all parents for offering your financial support and volunteer hours to the PTO and Stratton School. We do not exaggerate when we say that these events would not happen without you.
And speaking of amazing Stratton parts: the PTO also offers our great thanks to all Science Night volunteers, and especially the coordinators Chandreyee Das and Sheila Ranganath. Science Night is an amazing combination of fun, community engagement, and STEM enrichment. Thank you parents!
Last but not least — before you head out for April break be sure to turn in those Box Tops! Every little cut out helps fund the PTO and might earn your child’s classroom the trophy. See details below.
– Bryn Hollenbeck, mom to Juliet 2nd grade and Ian K’18
– Beth Saunders, mom to Carly 4th grade
Stratton Events and Volunteer Opportunities
The Stratton Book Swap is Back!
The Annual Stratton Book Swap is coming up! It will be during school hours Wednesday May 9, 2018 in the school library. Each class will have a chance to visit and every child will take home some great new (to them!) reading material.
Thank you so much for all the donations we’ve received so far! Donation bins have been placed around the school and will be out untilMay 8th. Donations in decent shape are welcome (please no board books). We are especially in need of books for 3-5th graders.
Would you like to volunteer to help set up the swap, assist students with selecting books, clean up duty? Please consider signing up here.
PTO Nominating Committee
The PTO Nominating Committee is actively looking to fill important roles for 2018-2019. Are you interested in having an ongoing role in the PTO in the next school year? Are you interested in leadership, enrichment, communication, or finance? Please reach out as soon as possible to Christian and Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com).
Available opportunities include:
Leadership – We are actively seeking the Co-President and Co-chair of Enrichment positions
Enrichment – We are looking for grade-level liaisons
Communication – We are looking to form a team to lead communication across our channels (newsletter, e-mail, website)
Finance – We are seeking an auditor.
Timing: Leadership positions will be voted in at the May 8 PTO meeting; if not confirmed by May we will continue the search to fill the additional roles.
SNACKS NEEDED FOR THE STRATTON KIDS!
When you are doing your weekly grocery shopping, consider grabbing one extra box of pretzels or rice chex or a box of apple squeezers or something from the list below.
● Baby carrots
● Nutrigrain bars (only the Kellogg’s Nutrigrain brand)
● Applesauce (squeezers preferred)
● Single serve fruit cups in fruit juice
|● Plain Cheerios (please use Cheerio brand)
● Wheat Thins
Drop the snacks off in the labeled Arlington EATS tote outside of Mrs. Henry and Mr. Hanna’s offices or please contact Crista Bode at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like someone to pick up your snack donation or if prefer to drop it off at Crista’s house. THANK YOU for you continued support and donations! They are all greatly appreciated!
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
Support the Stratton PTO:
1. LAST CALL FOR BOX TOPS! Friday, April 13 is the deadline for the last box tops collection of the school year! Drop your collection in the bin near the front entrance and maybe earn your classroom the trophy and bragging rights for the whole summer. Box Tops products can be found here.
2. Support the PTO through Amazon. Just 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. 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
Cause + Event 5K: Register Now!
The Cause + Event 5k is coming up on May 13th and the Stratton team could use a few more runners! We are still the largest registered team but the next team is nipping at our heals.
And, the race is MORE fun with lots of familiar Stratton faces along the route.
Register here: http://causeandeventbost
Cause + Event Boston is a unique 5K race that connects the philanthropic giving of participating athletes to the causes they believe in. Each runner choose their favorite charity (like the Stratton PTO) and Cause + Event Boston donates at least half of all registration fees to these organizations. Just remember to pick Stratton as your team and charity when you register.
In the Community
ABC Preschool Pre- Kindergarten Program
Did you know ABC Preschool offers a Pre-Kindergarten program? We are an EEC licensed preschool located in the lower level of the Arlington Boys & Girls Club, overlooking beautiful Spy Pond. Our Pre-K curriculum is developmentally appropriate & designed to meet the needs, interests & ability levels of each individual child. Children are given numerous opportunities to develop their creative side, build fine & gross motor skills, and enhance their self-esteem.
We offer many exciting activities during the school year such as swimming, yoga, Zumba and visits to the Club’s computer Learning Center.
Limited space is still available! For more information or to schedule a tour please call Judy Andrews, Preschool Director (781)648-1617 or email us email@example.com
Dallin PTO Auction Night
Looking for a fun evening out? Come to the Dallin Elementary School Auction at Town Hall on Friday, April 27th, 7-11pm.Beverages and bidding all to benefit the Dallin PTO. Always a great evening! You can purchase tickets online here or by mailing in a check with the ticket form available on http://dallinpto.org/. Questions about the event can be directed to:DallinSchoolAuction@gmail.com
Donations needed for the Children and Young Adult Book Sale at the Robbins
Book and media donations are needed for the Friends of the Robbins Library’s annual Children and Young Adult Book Sale on Saturday, April 21st from 9:00 to 2:00 pm in the Robbins Library Community Room. Donations can be dropped off at the Robbins Library now. Look for the big blue bin near the Circulation Desk of the Robbins.
Support Arlington’s libraries by purchasing children’s and teen books, movies, and music at the Sale. There will be craft activities to keep children occupied as parents search for books. Teens interested in sorting books and organizing prior to the Sale as well as helping out on the day of the Sale please contact Amy McElroy (firstname.lastname@example.org; 781-648-4109); Community Service hours may be earned.
Come Join Boy Scouts!
Arlington Boy Scout Troops 306 and 313 are accepting new Scouts (current 5th graders and up) beginning this Wed. April 11th.
Our local Arlington Boy Scout Troops offer a fun program designed to promote character, fitness, teamwork, and citizenship for boys from 11 to 18 years old. Troop 306 meets Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 pm at the First Baptist Church, 819 Mass Ave in Arlington (entrance off parking lot in the rear). Troop 313 meets Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at St. Camillus Parrish Hall, located in the church basement, 1175 Concord Turnpike, Arlington
Potential Scouts and their parents/guardians are invited to attend meetings for either or both troops to learn more. Be sure to ask about Summer Camp!
Check us out online:
Troop 306, https://www.facebook.com/group
Troop 313, https://sites.google.com/site/
New Flag Football Youth Sports League
The Newton Area Flag Football League is a new youth sports league for the spring season. Registration is currently open and the season begins May 6. Games/practices will be on Daly Field on Nonantum Road. Games are always on Sundays between 2pm and 7pm and each game takes less than one hour. Divisions are available for kids ages 5-13. More information can be found here: https://www.newtonareafl
Advocacy for School Librarians
School library information and advocacy panel Wednesday, April 11, 6:30pm Robbins Library Community Room
Q: What do school librarians do?
A: School librarians teach research skills, safety online, digital citizenship, and information communication skills. They are essential partners for teachers.
Q: Why are school librarians important?
A: School library programs staffed by qualified school librarians have a positive impact on student academic achievement.
State Representative Sean Garballey will be present. Questions? Contact Jenny Arch email@example.com
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