Teacher Appreciation Week
Thursday, May 10: Faculty Pot-Luck Lunch: sign up here to bring food!
PTO All-Member Meeting
Please come to vote in next year’s board! We need a quorum!
Tuesday, May 8, 7pm
Wednesday, May 9
Sign up here to help
New Kindergarten Parent Orientation
Thursday, May 10, 8:45am
Kindergarten Visiting Day
Tuesday, May 22, 1:30-2:30pm
Incoming Kindergarteners (2018-2019) and their families tour Stratton
Monday, June 4 OR Thursday, June 7
Incoming Kindergarteners meet with staff for 30 minutes
Parents can choose a slot here.
*All events take place at Stratton unless otherwise noted.
News from the Principal
Dear Stratton families:
Just a couple of important safety reminders as we (happily!) welcome Spring and Summer!
Please remember that the rocks in front of the school are not to be played on or around. We’ve had serious injuries in the past with so many children out there at the same time. Also, please do NOT pull into the (faculty) parking lot after 7:55 am to drop off your students. The parking lot is closed at that time to allow for safe pedestrian arrival.
Thanks, in advance, for remembering!
News from the PTO
From the Co-Presidents
We ended last week with a well-attended Coffee Meet-up. Special thanks to Mr. Deck and Ms. Catizone for sharing their tips & tricks for Staying Sharp All Summer. The handouts are available on the PTO website enrichment page. We hope you all take advantage of these great resources. Our children will be receiving their Stay Sharp packets again this summer – another wonderful program funded by parent/family donations. Thanks to all!
If you think Box Tops are just a colorful little square on various food items you are mistaken. They are the key to celebration – just ask the 2nd graders in Mrs Barth’s class and Mrs Abbott’s class. They tied for 1st place in the last challenge of this school year, collecting 352 Box Tops each!
This will be yet another busy, fun week here at Stratton; one in which you parents and guardians can be fully engaged and present! Check out all the events and volunteer opportunities mentioned throughout this newsletter.
See you on the black top!
– 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 this 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 2018-2019 PTO Executive Board election will be held during the all-member meeting on Tuesday, May 8, 7-9pm in the Stratton cafeteria. Running for election are:
Co-Presidents: Bryn Hollenbeck (second of two years) and K.C. Kourtz (first of two years)
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:
Auditor – We are seeking an auditor to complete a review of our prior year finances.
School Picture Day Liaison – Shadow our current liaison in Fall 2018 so you’re ready to take over in Fall 2019, and help coordinate our annual picture day.
All-School Recycling Competition Results
Rachel Oliveri, Arlington School Sustainability Coordinator, report that Peirce School won the all-school Textile Recycling Competition, with 1,160 lbs of textiles donated, or 3.84 lbs per student (the weight per student is how the winner is determined so that it is equitable across all schools).
Congratulations to Stratton for donating 840 lbs of textiles (2.03 lbs/student), more than the amount Stratton collected last year! Thank you to all in the Stratton community for your participation and contributions.
All the schools together collected over 7,200 lbs of textiles, now diverted from the waste stream and being put to good use as reusable clothing, household insulation, car seat stuffing, and wiping cloths!
Remember that you can bring your donated textiles year round to the collection bin outside the school. Bay State Textiles gives money back to the Arlington Public Schools for the amount we collect (close to $400 during this competition week and $1,190 so far this year)!
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
Bark for Life of Arlington
Saturday May 12that 10AM at Reservoir Beach
The American Cancer Society Bark For LifeTMis a walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. By supporting Bark For Life, you help the American Cancer Society save lives, and that helps us move closer to our ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. So bring your best canine friend and join us for a fun-filled day starting with a walk, and then continuing with demonstrations, contests, and games.
Stratton Students in ACT Production of Gulliver’s Travels
Based on Jonathan Swift’s famous novel Gulliver’s Travels takes audiences on a greatadventure, following Lemuel Gulliver on his four famous voyages to far off lands to experiencestrange and unusual things – from Lilliput to Brobdingnag, to outer space, to the land of the noble Houyhnhnms and to the comic Yahoos. Gulliver’s Travels is a joy for actors and audiences everywhere.
Performances will be held on Thursday, May 17 at 7 PM, Friday, May 18 at 7 PM,Saturday, May 19 at 10 AM, 2 PM and 7 PM, and Sunday, May 20 at 3 PM at the Masonic Temple, 19 Academy St, Arlington, MA 02476. Tickets are $10.00 and available online at
Arlington Hockey Club
Interested in playing ice hockey in Arlington?
Registration is now open for the Arlington Hockey Club’s (AHC) 2018-2019 Mite, Squirt, PeeWee, and Bantam Inter City Travel Programs. Teams in this program play local teams in the greater Boston area, providing a fun, competitive hockey experience for children born between 2011 (Mites, 2010 – 2011) and 2004 (Bantams, 2004 – 2005). Boys tryouts for all teams will occur in September. Girls tryouts have already occurred, however, if you are interested in playing please contact us through the web-site at arlingtonice.com.
Registration for AHC’s no-checking learn-to-skate/ instructional, developmental, and in-house hockey programs will open in September and play begins in October. AHC practices USA Hockey’s American Development Model in its program.
Please see our web-site at www.arlingtonice.com for more information.
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