Stratton Spirit Day: Crazy Hat & Wacky Hair Day
Thursday, March 29
Friday, March 30
Stratton School Concert
Wednesday, April 4
Friday, April 6 (in-school enrichment)
Science & Engineering Night
Friday, April 6
Looking Forward: All-School
Teacher Appreciation Week: May 7-11
Book Swap, Wednesday, May 9 (during school)
*All events take place at Stratton unless otherwise noted.
News from the PTO
From the Co-Presidents
Thank you to all who came to our big all-member PTO meeting and brainstorm session! We had a great turnout, and we now have a huge list of amazing new possibilities for next year. If you weren’t able to attend, we would still love to hear your voice. Look for the survey coming soon. Thank you!
Did your kids love the Author Visit as much as we did? Scott Magoon was engaging, inspiring, and fun! He showed us his elementary school artwork, taught us about creating picture books, and encouraged us all to keep working on things we love. We even got a sneak peak at his next book! Thank you to our Enrichment chairs, Beth McLaughlin (mom to Pierce-4) and Amy Carlson (mom to Christopher-5 and Ryan-2), for putting together this amazing afternoon for all of our children.
Big thanks to Dganit Sivan Cohen (mom to Ethan-4 and Alma-2) and Dimple Merchant (mom to Reem-2) for holding an awesome Movie Night for our community! It was great fun!
Speaking of fun: Have you heard about Family Fun Fest? Held last June for the first time, it was a great afternoon of games, snacks, music, and art. PTO would LOVE to hold this event again. But unless we get a volunteer coordinator, we can’t. The planning needs to start now. Would YOU consider serving our community in this way?
– Bryn Hollenbeck, mom to Juliet 2nd grade and Ian K’18
– Beth Saunders, mom to Carly 4th grade
Stratton Events and Volunteer Opportunities
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. If we don’t get a coordinator soon, we can’t hold this event.
Science and Engineering Night, Friday, April 6th, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm
We are looking for additional volunteers!
Sign up at: http://www.signupgenius.c
Science Night is an evening of interactive, hands-on stations for kids in grades K-5 that are created and run by volunteers. 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 more than 15 activities that are geared towards grades K-5, so there are stations that children of all ages can enjoy and learn from. Last year, 65 volunteers, including parents, grandparents, family friends, alumni and their parents, and graduate students were involved. Anyone affiliated with the Stratton community can volunteer! You don’t need to be a scientist. Please sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/
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
APS Parent Forum: Anxious Parents, Anxious Children
Wednesday, March 28 Ottoson Middle School, 7-8:30 p.m.
Presents: Dr. Michael Thompson
The paradox of modern parenting is that today’s mothers and fathers may be the most loving, attentive and conscientious that America has ever seen—our children are safer than ever—yet pediatricians and psychologists are seeing record levels of anxiety in our children. In this talk Dr. Thompson will try to deconstruct this paradox of the loving parent who unwittingly conveys a lot of anxiety about the stakes of growing up and the strain on children who are trying their best to meet their parents’ expectations.
Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D ., is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families. This talk is for parents of children in K-12. For more information, please see the Arlington Public Schools’ Parent Forums.
Advocacy for School Librarians
School library information and advocacy panel Wednesday, April 11, 6:30pm Robbins Library Community Room
Q: What do school librarians do?
A: School librarians teach research skills, safety online, digital citizenship, and information communication skills. They are essential partners for teachers.
Q: Why are school librarians important?
A: School library programs staffed by qualified school librarians have a positive impact on student academic achievement.
State Representative Sean Garballey will be present. Questions? Contact Jenny Arch email@example.com
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
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