PTO All-Member Meeting & Community Brainstorming
Tuesday, March 20, 7pm
Author & Illustrator Scott Magoon Visits Stratton
Thursday, March 22 (in-school enrichment)
Movie Night — It’s back!
Friday, March 23, 6:30-9:00pm
Looking Forward: All-School
Stratton Spirit Day: Crazy Hat & Wacky Hair Day, Thursday, March 29
No School, Friday, March 30
Stratton School Concert, Wednesday, April 4
Alphabet Rockers, Friday, April 6 (in-school enrichment)
Science & Engineering Night, Friday, April 6
Book Swap, Wednesday, May 9
*All events take place at Stratton unless otherwise noted.
News from the Principal
Dear Stratton families:
At this time of year, Stratton School is beginning to think about the MCAS for students in grades 3-5. The following are the dates for each grade and subject area:
4/9 and 4/10, 5th grade Language Arts
4/11 and 4/12, 4th grade Language Arts
4/25 and 4/26, 3rd grade Language Arts
5/1 and 5/2, 5th grade Math
5/3 and 5/4, 5th grade Science
5/15 and 5/16, 3rd grade Math
5/17 and 5/18, 4th grade Math
Students spend some time preparing to develop some of the technical test taking skills, but for the most part, programming is less impacted than in previous years, especially as we extend computer based testing (only 3rd grade will be paper based testing). I have written in the past about my belief that the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks are a strong foundation of 21st century learning standards, especially given their growing emphasis on development of problem solving skills and habits of mind. Although MCAS may be a time of some stress, students are very well prepared to demonstrate their learning of these standards each year. We look forward to seeing the results of our hard work in reports of student achievement in the Fall.
News from the PTO
From the Co-Presidents
Tuesday, March 20, at 7pm: The fabled PTO Brainstorming meeting will be in the Stratton Library. Please come. Last week Bryn ended up eating all the shamrock-shaped cookies she baked for the snowed-out meeting. Let’s not let that happen again.
Author and illustrator Scott Magoon will meet our children during school on Thursday, March 22. Our annual Author Visit is always great fun and very stimulating for the kids. Ask your child about it after school Thursday!
And then, Movie Night is back! Come hang out, eat popcorn, and watch a movie Friday evening!
Finally, thank you to all who made our fundraising auction a big success! We hope you enjoy your winnings. Our biggest, hugest, most enthusiastic thanks to Christina Falcone and the entire auction team. Their tireless initiative provides for each of our children year-round. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
– Bryn Hollenbeck, mom to Juliet 2nd grade and Ian K’18
– Beth Saunders, mom to Carly 4th grade
Stratton Events and Volunteer Opportunities
Movie Night @ Stratton
Friday, March 23 at 6:30pm – 9pm
We have a new date for the movie night – THIS Friday, March 23 at 6:30pm.
The kids voted and we will show two movies:
· The Secrets Life of Pets
· 9 Lives
Popcorn and water will be provided by the PTO. Come with your PJs, bring comfy pillows and sleeping bags, and a stuffed animal to cuddle with!
We need a few parents to help with this event: Handing out popcorn and water at the beginning of the movie, or helping clean up afterward (we got permission to have popcorn, provided we clean the floors at the end).
Please sign up and help in this SignUp Genius link.
Email Dganit Sivan Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dimple Merchant at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Author Visit – Scott Magoon
Stratton is pleased to announce that local illustrator/author Scott Magoon will be visiting our school on March 22nd.
In preparation for the event, the PTO has purchased a nice collection of Scott Magoon’s books for the media center. Each classroom will have plenty of opportunity to get familiar with the author during regular library hours.
As always, the author is happy to sign the books children bring in. Feel free to send in your child’s favorite Scott Magoon book(s) used or brand new (please buy your own copies if you don’t have any at home). To make the signing process efficient, please
- add a post-it note or note in the book stating your child’s name (the way you want the author to address your child),
- send the book(s) in on March 21st, Wednesday, the day before the event to your child’s teacher.
To learn more about the author, please visit his web site at http://scottmagoon.com/all-boo
If you have any questions please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Parents, are you doing some spring cleaning? Did your child just read a great book? Do you think his/her classmates would want to read it? Donation bins will be placed around the school starting the week of March 26th. Donations in decent shape are welcome (please no board books). We will especially be in need of books for 3-5th graders. Thank you in advance for all donations!
Would you like to volunteer? A signup genius will be coming out in April.
Fun Fest 2018
We need a leader for this wonderful community event! Many of last year’s committee members are in again this year, with their wealth of experience and knowledge, but we need someone to chair this awesome group of parents in order for this event to happen. Last year’s Family Fun Fest, was amazing: live music, fun games, a collaborative art project, and so many popsicles! If you are interested in being involved with the planning and implementation of Fun Fest ’18, please email Bryn & Beth. Really. Now would be great!
Stratton Fourth Grade Girl Scout Troop Volunteers at Cradles to Crayons
Troop 79201 spent the afternoon of March 17 volunteering at the Cradles to Crayons warehouse!
PTO Auction Thanks
Together the two Stratton PTO auctions made just over $34,000!
Thank you to everyone that took time to bid, all of our generous donors, including Stratton teachers, and the auction team for all their help in making the auction a success!
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
Fifth to Sixth Grade Transition in Mathematics
On Thursday, March 22nd, the Director of Mathematics will present about the transition to The Gibbs School, specific to the mathematics department. The primary audience of the event is families that have children entering 6th grade during the 2018-1019 school year. All are welcome though.
Topics will include:
- Bypassing Math 6 for extreme high achievers. The structure and timeline for this opportunity will be outlined.
- The Math Support Intervention Program.
- Digital Media and Literacy, a computer programming based class for 6th graders.
- Pathways and courses for grades 6-12. Basically, planning ahead and learning about 6-12 mathematics in the Arlington Public Schools.
The majority of the event will cover the first two topics as this event will have a transitional focus. The event will be held in the Ottoson Middle School cafeteria from 7-8:30.
Kindergarten Registration Begins March 10
Register here: http://www.arlington.k12
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.
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