All-Schools Textile Recycling Competition
April 23-27 (more info below)
PRIDE Day-Wear your grade’s PRIDE color!
Thursday, April 26
Almost-Monthly Coffee Meet-Up
Friday, May 4, after drop off
Teacher Appreciation Week
PTO All-Member Meeting
Please come to vote in next year’s board!
Tuesday, May 8, 7pm
Book Swap, Wednesday, May 9
Sign up here to help
*All events take place at Stratton unless otherwise noted.
News from the Principal
Dear Stratton families:
Welcome back! Stratton School is very much alive with the last push to the end of the school year. We are looking forward to warmer days, and exciting culminations of our learning together. We will have a PRIDE meeting this Thursday, and on Friday a special program in the morning for our 2nd graders, helping the Arlington Tree Warden, Tim Lecuivre, to plant some trees on site in honor of Arbor Day. Our Kindergarteners will spend the morning on Friday with the New England Aquarium on site. But most importantly, we will focus on remembering all of the commitments to community and learning that we made at the beginning of the year. This is a time of anticipation and excitement, and we intend to finish strong by reminding one another of the Stratton School Constitution, and all of the norms we’ve created in our learning spaces.
See you outside after dismissal!
News from the PTO
From the Co-Presidents
Welcome back, everyone!
As you’ve read in prior newsletters, it is time to fill PTO board and volunteer positions for the 2018-2019 school year. These positions will be voted on during our May 8 all-member PTO meeting. The response to our announcement of open positions has been great, and we have volunteers to run for co-president, treasurer, and enrichment. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We’re thrilled!
We are still in need of someone (or a couple “someones”) to join our new Communications Team. We are looking for someone to take over the PTO website, someone to put together our weekly newsletters, and someone to manage email communication. Are you interested in writing, editing, or creating? Please get in touch! These are incredibly important jobs, but not very time consuming.
– Bryn Hollenbeck, mom to Juliet 2nd grade and Ian K’18
– Beth Saunders, mom to Carly 4th grade
Stratton Events and Volunteer Opportunities
MONDAY, April 23 – FRIDAY, April 27: All-Schools Textile Recycling Competition
All Schools will be competing to collect the most textiles during the competition week and to win a prize and town recognition!
Can Stratton match or collect more than the 489.6 lbs of textiles donated last year?
Drop off your textiles (all old, worn, torn clothes, shoes, bedding, stuffed animals, etc) to the Bay State Textiles collection bin outside your school from April 23rd – April 27th.
Here is more information about textile recycling and why it’s important :
For questions about the competition, you can contact Rachel Oliveri, School Sustainability Coordinator, at email@example.com.
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).
Opportunities that still need volunteers are:
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.
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. 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.)
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
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
Ottoson Middle School Musical: Bye Bye Birdie
See 6th, 7th and 8th graders in this year’s musical production at Ottoson Middle School on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 at 7pm. Tickets available on-line or on the day of the performance 6:00-6:30 in the main lobby.
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
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
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