Science and Engineering Night Planning Meeting
February 27 (see below for details)
Almost-Monthly Morning Meet-up
Friday, March 2, 8:10-9:00am, Stratton Media Center
Come meet our ELL faculty, connect with the ELL community, and see student work!
March 2, 6:30-9:00pm, Stratton
PTO Meeting Schedule
March 13, 7pm – Important PTO All-Member Meeting: Community Brainstorming
Stratton PRIDE Assembly
Thursday, March 15
Wear your grade’s PRIDE colors!
Stratton Spirit Day: Crazy Hat & Wacky Hair Day, Thursday, March 29
Stratton School Concert, Wednesday, April 4
Alphabet Rockers, Friday, April 6
Science & Engineering Night, Friday, April 6
*All events take place at Stratton unless otherwise noted.
News from the Principal
I hope everyone enjoyed the February break. Vacations often bookend learning units in schools. There were many studies that came to an end, and brought about reflections, recognitions and celebrations. I would encourage parents to ask students about what ‘finished’ before February break. One learning unit that came to an end was the 1st grade writing around a topic about which students were ‘expert’. They then shared their expertise with peers from the 2nd grade classroom. Increasingly, students are asked to present iterations of their learning and work to peers for feedback. We practice routines and protocols for this in each classroom. In this way, we are helping to develop habits of work common in the 21st century workplace. Additionally, we emphasize the development of social-emotional competencies so that this collaborative communication can be as productive and effective as possible. Please write back or call with any questions about how we do this!
Have a great week,
News from the PTO
From the Co-Presidents
Was last week the nicest April vacation weather we’ve had in years, or what!? Weird that it was in February though. Anyhow, we hope everyone got to enjoy some warm breezes and sunshine. As we look toward the Spring term, the PTO is over the moon with all the exciting experiences we have planned for the Stratton community: tons of field trips, several community events (one this week–don’t miss Movie Night on Friday!), and artists of all kinds coming to Stratton. The Stratton parent community makes all of these events possible through your generosity. Please mark all these events on your calendars, join in, and ask your children about them!
Coming up in just two weeks is a VERY IMPORTANT PTO general meeting. Why is this meeting so important? The majority of the March 13 meeting will be dedicated to community discussion and brainstorming for NEXT year, 2018-2019, including brand new special projects. That’s right: it’s NEW IDEAS TIME! We want to hear a lot of voices and a lot of perspectives. Please: come, hear, and share! Tuesday, March 13, at 7pm in the Stratton Library.
– Bryn Hollenbeck, mom to Juliet 2nd grade and Ian K’18
– Beth Saunders, mom to Carly 4th grade
Stratton Events and Volunteer Opportunities
Stratton Movie Night
Friday, March 2 at 6:30pm – 9pm.
The students voted! We will show The Secrets Life of Pets & 9 Lives. Come with your PJs, bring comfy pillows and sleeping bags, and a stuffed animal to cuddle with (the movies are about pets after all)! Popcorn and water will be provided.
We need some parents to volunteer and help with this event, handing out popcorn and water at the beginning of the movies, or helping to clean up afterward. Please sign up and help in this SignUp Genius.
Stratton Science & Engineering Night 2018: Planning meeting 2/27
Stratton Science & Engineering Night 2018 is scheduled for Friday, April 6 at Stratton School. There will be a planning meeting on Tuesday February 27th at 7 pm, at Chandreyee Das’ s house — 53 Yerxa Road, Arlington [**note location change**]. This will be the first meeting and the 2nd will be toward the end of March. Please RSVP directly to Chandreyee if you can come or have questions: firstname.lastname@example.org .
FAQs if you are new to Stratton or to Science & Engineering Night (“Science Night”):
1. What is Science Night?
Science Night (April 6, 6:30-8:30 PM at Stratton School) is an evening of interactive, hands-on stations for kids in grades K-5 that are created and run by volunteers.
2. What are some of the activities?
Last year some of the activities included: designing the strongest bridge made out of straws, testing for acids and bases using cabbage juice, making a stethoscope, writing computer code, investigating shark teeth and designing a circuit to light a light bulb. Science Night typically has about 15 activities that are geared towards grades K-5, so there are stations that children of all ages can enjoy and learn from.
3. Who runs Science Night?
About 50 volunteers, including parents, grandparents, family friends, alumni and their parents, and high school/college students are involved.
4. Can I volunteer for Science Night? Do I need to be a scientist?
Absolutely. Anyone affiliated with the Stratton community can volunteer! You don’t need to be a scientist.
5. What will I be doing as a volunteer?
You can either:
- Run an “existing” station (ie. one listed here, that has been repeatedly run in previous years). We will tell you how many volunteers to ask for and what materials you will need to get, and notes on process.
- Run a new station by describing to the activity to us, specifying how many volunteers you will need, and getting materials or delegating procurement to a volunteer.
- Volunteer at someone else’s station for an hour or two.
Questions? Email us! Thanks everyone!
Chandreyee Das and Sheila Ranganath
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
Since 2014, Arlington EATS has made nutritious food available to low income elementary,
middle and high-school students during the school year and when school is not in session.
EATS’ success relies on a community of parents, school staff and
volunteers working to support students and families facing food insecurity.
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.
Bishop 2/14/18 at 8:15 am
Peirce 2/14/18 at 6:30 pm
Thompson 3/14/18 at 7:00 pm
We will also have a session at AHS in the 6th floor School Committee room on 2/26/18 at 7pm. Like the others, this will be open to everyone.
Other ways to learn about the budget or make comments:
– Examine Fiscal Year 2019 budget documents as they become available at http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/administration/budget/
– Speak at public participation at regular School Committee meetings (Thursdays at 6:30pm: 2/8/18, 2/15/18, 3/1/18, 3/15/18)
– Attend the legally mandated Budget Hearing on 3/1/18 (immediately before the regular School Committee meeting)
– Attend Budget Subcommittee meetings (next scheduled is on 2/15/18 at 6pm)
– Contact School Committee members http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/asc/
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.racewire.com. Join the “Stratton Elementary PTO” team when you register and do it soon, last year the race sold out more than a month early and this year it could sell out much earlier! Follow C+E Boston on Facebook to see updates on where we stand in the Team Challenge. https://www.facebook.com/causeandeventboston
Questions? Feel free to contact Julie Vakoc, email@example.com.
Peirce PTO 80’s Night
What a feeling! Join fellow Arlington parents for the Peirce PTO 80’s Night party on March 3rd – have a great grownups-only night out with friends old and new, enjoy laughing at the best and worst of 80s culture, and maybe get lucky in our raffle, silent auction, or 80’s costume contest! DJ 5461 (a Thompson School parent!) will be partnering with a VJ to provide an immersive 80s nostalgia experience. This party raises funds for the Peirce School PTO but it is open to the entire Arlington Public Schools community. Tell your friends at other schools too!
Register today at http://arlington80s.eventbrite.com
- Saturday, March 3rd, 8:00 – 11:00 PM
- Sons of Italy: 19 Prentiss Road, Arlington
- $25 in advance; $30 at the door
- DJ, VJ, 80s snacks, cash bar, raffle, silent auction, and costume contest
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