Almost-Monthly Coffee Meet-Up
Friday, May 4, after drop off
PTO All-Member Meeting
Please come to vote in next year’s board!
Tuesday, May 8, 7pm
Wednesday, May 9
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New Kindergarten Parent Orientation
Thursday, May 10, 8:45am
*All events take place at Stratton unless otherwise noted.
News from the Principal
Dear Stratton families:
A quick reminder that we will have Dr. Ally Magalhaes, Literacy Instructional Coach, and Stewart Deck, Math support teacher, at the next PTO coffee this Friday. Ally and Stewart will be presenting briefly on how students can maintain their achievement level during the Summer, and answer more generally parents’ questions about programming at Stratton School in these two areas. Please join us!
News from the PTO
From the Co-Presidents
It’s the calm before the storm here at Stratton this week: literally, as we keep the halls quiet while our fourth and fifth graders take MCAS, and figuratively as we prepare for all the excitement of next week. Join the fun!
Teacher Appreciation Week plans are in full swing, as we get ready to celebrate our wonderful faculty ALL next week. Class parents are busy planning surprises and treats for their classroom teachers, while the PTO provides a few special all-school celebrations. The Stratton tradition–treasured by all our teachers–is the staff pot-luck lunch next Thursday. Stratton families, please sign up to contribute to this amalgamate meal! In years past, our teachers have feasted on family specialties from around the globe, and been gloriously happy to do so. This is our major Teacher Appreciation Event of the YEAR–and we need major parent participation to make it awesome.
Next week we’ve also got a big all-member PTO meeting on Tuesday night. Please come hear about how we’ll be wrapping up this school year, and vote in next year’s new PTO Executive Board! We need a quorum, so be sure to make room in your schedule for this important meeting.
And last but not least, we have the annual Book Swap next week! We love the book swap–we get to clean out our kids’ bookshelves, and see their excitement when they bring home a stack of new (to them!) books to read. This is a great opportunity to spend some time at Stratton–we need help setting up, guiding students to books they might like, and packing up. Kids can help with the after-school jobs on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, so be sure to check out the book swap sign-up genius.
– Bryn Hollenbeck, mom to Juliet 2nd grade and Ian K’18
– Beth Saunders, mom to Carly 4th grade
Stratton Events and Volunteer Opportunities
Teacher Appreciation Week: All-School Events
The Stratton PTO will be celebrating the wonderful Faculty at Stratton School during Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11.
To kick off the special week, the PTO will host a yummy breakfast for all faculty on Monday, May 7. On Thursday, May 10 we will hold our traditional Pot Luck Luncheon. If you can volunteer or bring in items, please sign up here . To conclude the week, teachers will enjoy a sweet treat on Friday.
Stratton Book Swap
The Annual Stratton Book Swap is next week! Please bring in your donations by May 8th. Donations bins are all around the school! Donations in decent shape are welcome (please no board books). We are especially in need of books for 3-5th graders.
The Swap 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.
We need parent help! Can you help set up after school on May 8? Can you assist students with selecting books during the swap on May 9, or help clean up after? Please consider signing up here.
PTO Nominating Committee
The PTO Nominating Committee has been working through the late winter/early spring to fill important roles for 2018-2019. And in the May 8th PTO Meeting, we will put forth the new slate of officers for vote and approval per our By-Laws. We are pleased to propose the slate as below:
Co-Presidents: Bryn Hollenbeck and K.C. Kourtz
Co-Vice Presidents, Enrichment Chairs: Amy Carlson and Andrea King
Co-Vice President, Fundraising Chair: Andrea Haas
Treasurer: Heather Mell
Secretary: Christina Falcone
We also continue to look for key volunteers on committees next year per below. If interested, please reach out as soon as possible to Christian and Kelly (lchristiancollins@gmail
Open Key volunteer positions:
Communication – We are looking to form a team to lead communication across our channels (newsletter, e-mail, website).
Audit – We are seeking an auditor to complete a review of our prior year accounting books in the Fall.
School Picture Day Liaison – Helps to coordinate our annual picture day.
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
In the Community
Zumba for Every Body!
Join us for this fun & easy to follow 45-minute workout. No experience or rhythm needed! You will leave sweaty & smiling. Wear comfy clothes, sneakers, bring water & a towel.
Every Thursday in May at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club, 6:45 to 7:30pm – $10 drop in.
Class led by Becky Johnson, mom of 3 Stratton alums.
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