PTO Meeting: Executive Board Working Session
Tuesday, April 10, 7pm — All parents are welcome!
Spirit Day: Pajamas!
Friday, April 13
Spring Break: No School
Teacher Appreciation Week: May 7-11
Book Swap, Wednesday, May 9
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*All events take place at Stratton unless otherwise noted.
News from the Principal
Dear Stratton families:
A quick recognition and thank you to all of the volunteers who made last Friday’s Science Night such huge success. As I looked around the gym, I was truly amazed at not only the CVs of the parents and community members who were leading activities, but the commitment shown by all to find time on a Friday night to come in and learn together. A special thank you to Chandreyee Das and Sheila Ranganath for their coordinating of the whole event. We are looking forward to more exhibition of student and faculty learning throughout the Spring. Please join us whenever you can!
News from the PTO
From the Co-Presidents
Who doesn’t love a survey? Well Stratton Community, we’ve got two for you this week! We need to hear from you. Please read (and click) below for details!
At the PTO all-member meeting and brainstorming session, dozens of parents discussed ideas for a 2018-19 special initiative, including new field trips, in-school enrichment activities, professional development opportunities, and the creation of classroom spaces–indoor and out. It is the goal of the PTO to hear every family’s voice before making decisions about funding for the 2018-2019 school year. Please take a few minutes to complete this special initiative survey and share your ideas, experiences, and goals.
Thank you to all who attended and volunteered at Movie Night! The Stratton PTO appreciates your feedback as it helps us craft events that meet the needs and want of our community. Please take a minute to fill out this movie night survey ( for both those who attended Movie Night and those who did not). 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
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/
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 have been placed around the school. 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.
Support the Stratton PTO:
1. Collect your Box Tops for the last collection of the year! Turn in your Box Tops by April 15 for a chance for you child’s classroom to hold bragging rights and the trophy for the whole summer.
2. 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.)
3. 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
New Flag Football Youth Sports League
The Newton Area Flag Football League is a new youth sports league for the spring season. Registration is currently open and the season begins May 6. Games/practices will be on Daly Field on Nonantum Road. Games are always on Sundays between 2pm and 7pm and each game takes less than one hour. Divisions are available for kids ages 5-13. More information can be found here: https://www.newtonareafl
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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