Stratton Art Night
Wednesday, June 6, 6:00-7:30pm
Almost-Monthly Coffee Meet-Up
Friday, June 8, after drop-off
Green Team Club Meeting
Friday, June 8, 2:30-3:30pm
Meet by the raised garden beds near the blacktop.
Library End-of-Year Organizing
Volunteers needed! See details below.
Friday, June 8, 12:30-2:30pm
Wednesday, June 13, 9:30am-2:30pm
Friday, June 15, 12:30-2:30pm
PTO End-of-Year Meeting/Volunteer Appreciation
Tuesday, June 12, 7:00pm
Stratton Family Fun Fest
Saturday, June 16, 4:30-7:00pm
*All events take place at Stratton unless otherwise noted.
News from the Principal
Dear Stratton families:
All are cordially invited to a unique exhibition of year-long learning by Stratton students, faculty and leadership. Through YOUR generous support by donating to the Stratton PTO, 14 faculty and staff engaged throughout the year in learning about project based, authentic, 21st century teaching and learning with Steven Levy, former Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, author, and educational consultant. This unique opportunity afforded faculty a chance to reflect deeply on their practice, and experiment with innovations. We would like you to see what the students and faculty have learned! Please join us on June 19th after arrival in the cafeteria to see artifacts and learning products, but just as importantly, speak with the participating faculty about their experiences, and intentions going forward to further enhance their practice. Hope to see you there!
News from the PTO
From the Co-Presidents
Huge shout out to our fifth graders, who stayed after school last Tuesday to give tours of Stratton to the families of incoming Kindergartners! They certainly shared their Stratton PRIDE while pointing out all the important spots in our school and answering tons of questions. Thanks guys, for welcoming our newest families–we were so proud of you all!
The tours moved too fast for us to grab a picture–but here are some preciously adorable incoming Ks enjoying their Stay Sharp All Summer backpacks, books and welcome packets. Thank you to Kelly Mountain and Melissa Johnson for putting those together!
– Bryn Hollenbeck, mom to Juliet 2nd grade and Ian K’18
– Beth Saunders, mom to Carly 4th grade
Stratton Events and Volunteer Opportunities
Stratton Green Team Club Meeting
What a great turnout for our first Stratton Green Team Club meeting last Thursday morning! Our next meeting will be Friday June 8th from 2:30pm – 3:30pm, when we will focus on the the garden, planting butterfly weeds generously donated by the Dallin Green Team to create an inviting habitat for pollinators. All students are welcome to participate to learn more about these plants, the butterflies and other pollinators who visit them, and help grow the Stratton garden! Parents volunteers are also welcome. If your kids want to participate and are typically at A Place to Grow on Fridays, please inform Jen Motherway beforehand that they will be arriving late because of the Green Team Club, and they can be picked up afterwards to be escorted back to APTG.
Any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library Help Needed
It is the end of the year and the Media Center/Library could use a little extra help. Please come in and share an hour or two of your time. You will be organizing the shelves and re-shelving returned books, with jut a little bit of dusting too.
Dates: Friday June 8 and Friday June 15, anytime starting from 12:30pm until pickup.
Wednesday June 13, anytime starting from 9:30am until pickup.
Please respond to Doreen Cameron, email@example.com with your availability.
3rd Grade Colonial Day: Friday, June 1
Stratton’s day starts with a traditional dame school led by a school marm/master. Students will then move to stations that involve hands-on activities and experiences from candle dipping and weaving to silhouette making. Students will get to play 1700s games and then visit with a British Redcoat and a Minuteman. Newly added is an enrichment program of “Belinda’s Footsteps” by the Royall House. The students are currently doing a reading unit titled “Opinions Matter” which focuses on different points of view (including women and people of color) living in the colonies and the events leading up to and during the American Revolution. In the fall students learned about the Wampanoag, which included their relationship with the colonists and included a field trip to Plimoth Plantation to see both villages and talk with the people there.
Volume, Access and Choice for Reading Growth: New Books for 1st Grade!
If you happened to have walked past Mrs. Forse’s 1st Grade classroom on Wednesday morning, May 23rd, you would have heard a lot of laughter, squeals of delight and shouts of “Thank you for the book”! If you had peered into the room you would have seen Ms. Elion, a regular visitor to the class, putting carefully selected books into the hands of each child in the class. You would have then seen the children absorbed in their books and then excitedly sharing their stories with their friends.
All this came about when Mrs. Forse met Leandra Elion (a reading specialist who had been filling in for one of the Stratton reading specialists earlier this year). With the support of Principal Hanna, Ms. Elion worked with Mrs. Forse to determine if the books in the classroom were a good match for the range of readers in the room. An inventory was done and then all the students were interviewed about their interests and reading preferences.
To help fund the purchase of new books, Mrs. Forse and Ms. Elion applied for and were awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Reading Association to provide VOLUME, ACCESS and CHOICE in reading material to foster READING GROWTH. These new books (The Itchy Book, There’s a Fly Guy in My Soup, Owl Diaries, Narwhal – Unicorn of the Seas, and The Bad Guys to name a few) are now a part of the classroom collection and all students will have a chance to read these titles. From the comments, the students can’t wait to read all the titles and Ms. Elion has promised to return next week with a new selection of titles, curated to the interests and abilities of these very enthusiastic readers.
Incoming Kindergarten Summer Playdates
Kindergarten Meet-Ups are an opportunity for incoming Kindergarten students and their families to meet one another and begin to establish friendships before the start of school. Come to as many, or as few, as you are able. The Meet-Ups will all take place at the Stratton Playground, and will be hosted by our four organizers: Liz Exton, Sarah Matathia, Imogen Dransfield, and Sarah Dubiel. We look forward to meeting everyone!
If you have questions, please contact Liz Exton at firstname.lastname@example.org
The dates for the Kindergarten Summer Meet Ups are:
Saturday, June 23rd @ 10am
Thursday, July 19th @ 6pm
Saturday, August 18th @ 2pm
Saturday, September 1st @ 10am
All meet-ups will take place at the Stratton Playground.
Fun Fest 2018
Saturday, June 16 from 4:30-7:00pm
Sponsored by the Stratton PTO
To celebrate the end of the school year, join the Stratton community for an evening of FUN geared toward kids grades K-5. There will be activities for all including obstacle course stations by Knucklebones, a juggling show by the Airborne Comedians, and more! Drop in for a few minutes or bring a picnic dinner and hang out for the whole time. All Fun Fest activities are sponsored by the Stratton PTO and are free to all Stratton families.
We still need a few parents to volunteer to help ensure the evening is a success. Please sign up via this link:
Stay Sharp all Summer!
In case you missed our last coffee meetup: Stay Sharp all Summer with math and literacy activities from our instructional coaches: https://strattonpto.org/wordpress1/enrichment/. Folders with take-home materials coming in June!
Maxima Gift Center Fundraiser for School Libraries
Maxima Gift Center, 212 Mass Ave (near the Capitol Theatre) is having a spring cleaning day to benefit local school libraries. Shop their selection of books (inside or outside) the weekend of June 2 & 3 and a portion of your purchase price will be donated to Stratton.
Maxima carries a large selection of Board Books, Indestructibles, First Readers, Easy Readers, Chapter Books, Picture Books, Middle Grade, YA, Gift Books, Parent’s Books, Cookbooks, and a selection of bestselling adult fiction and non-fiction.
Just mention Stratton at checkout.
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
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