Conant School PTO Newsflash - Week of May 21, 2017
Our First Graders @ Drumlin Farm!
Coming Up!
  • Memorial Day Program - Band: May 23
  • Conant PTO General Meeting: May 23
  • Conant Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week: May 22 - May 26     
  • Spirit Day - Conant/AB Day: May 26   
  • Memorial Day, No School: May 29   
  • Conant Arts Night: June 1
  • Polar Pride Picnic: June 16
Conant PTO General Meeting

Dear Conant families and staff,

We had our Conant PTO Board meeting this week and finalized the 2017-2018 budget and updated the Conant PTO Charter (this needs to be done every 3 years).

In order to make them official we have to have a general meeting instead of a Team leader meeting that was planned, and have a vote on both of them. Please join us on Tuesday May 23rd at 7:00 pm at Conant.

We promise to have some sweets to entice you to come!

Thank you!
Ezili Mayo-Joseph
Parents -- Let Your Voice Be Heard

On Thursday, May 18, an email was sent to all district families announcing the impending departure of Dr. Glenn Brand, the Acton-Boxborough Superintendent of Schools.  The email notice stated the "educational and operational philosophies..." of the Superintendent and the School Committee "are not aligned...".  A detailed explanation was not provided.

As parents of children in the district and with the majority of us being taxpayers, we are entitled to transparency!  Over the past two years Dr. Brand has been here, he has initiated reviews of school district policies/procedures and has implemented many changes. It is imperative we have a Superintendent that espouses the educational philosophies and values we hold for our own children.

What are the specific goals of the School Committee that apparently vary so significantly from the goals of the Superintendent?  Which goals are in line with what you, as a parent, want for your child(ren)?  We need to be informed as to what the differences are and why these issues have not been made apparent in the past. What has changed since Dr. Brand's hiring?

These differing viewpoints are worthy of greater public discussion as it relates to our children and the overall community.  You can email the members of the School Committee to voice your opinion and ask questions, via the following email address: abrsc@abschools.org .  All members of the School Committee and the Superintendent will receive a copy of your email.

Also, consider attending the next School Committee meeting on Wednesday, May 24, at 7:30pm in the RJG library.
Conant  Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

We are very excited for our first ever week long celebration of Conant Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week, starting on Monday. We have a lot of little surprises for all the staff as well as a Pot Luck lunch on Monday, make your salad for lunch on Wednesday and pack your Teacher their lunch on Friday. Thank you to everyone who has signed up so far, we really appreciate you taking the time to help us. We still have a few slots to fill, so please consider signing up below.

Monday May 22ndHot lunch Potluck (Casseroles and side dishes) Click here to sign up.
Wednesday May 24th:  Make your own Salad.  Click here to sign up.
 
As everything is TOP SECRET, we can't disclose any details here but we hope that the kids will have some fun!.  We will post some photos on our FaceBook page, ConantPTO, so check that out next week.
Memorial Day Assembly
Tuesday May 23rd

 In honor of Memorial Day, please wear red, white and blue to celebrate this special day of remembrance. We will hear from many talented Conant musicians and even a guest speaker.
Spirit Day- Conant/AB Day
Friday May 26th

 This month's Spirit day celebrates our school and district- Conant/AB Day. Please wear any Conant logo wear, AB logo wear or our school/district colors. Wear white and blue for Conant and blue and gold for AB. Show your school and district pride!

Thank you for continuing to keep items such as Pennies for Pediatrics and Polar Pride Picnic as ongoing features. This is a huge help. We are hoping to get an online sign up for parent volunteers for PPP going in the next week or so.
Conant Arts Night - Volunteers Wanted!

The first ever Conant Arts Night will be here before we know it! 

Sign up today to help prep for the art show. The schedule is flexible and requires as little as 30 minutes of your time! To check out all the volunteer options visit our sign up sheet . 
Polar Pride Picnic

Mark your calendars for the big finale event of the school year- Polar Pride Picnic! This year's Polar Pride Picnic will be Friday June 16th (Rain date Monday June 19th). The Conant staff is busying planning this event, but we do know that we need VOLUNTEERS. Please consider joining us or lending us some of your equipment (wagons, shade tents, etc). We'll need help to set up, leading stations, clean up and face-paint. Sign ups will be shared soon! 
Donate a Book to the School Library!

A lot of parents donate books to the library around this time of the year. If you are interested in donating a book in honor of your child, or a teacher here is the form !

The Spring Green Team Has Started!
Barathi, Netra, Avani, Shwe and Gayatri

The Spring Green Team is focusing on recycling and cleaning the Conant Environment!  There are 20 people on the team, and all of us are awesome!  The Green Team will be doing trash walks and planting plants and seeds.  At Conant, the Green Team is in charge in the cafeteria.  We compost food waste, get rid of the trash, recycle materials and collect liquids so they can be dumped down the sink.  This reduces the amount of trash at lunch!  Yay!  (We have a special grabber to grab gross stuff like pizza or lettuce covered in sauce or ketchup!)  The Green Team helps with the building's recycling and we have a lots of other responsibilities, too.  Awesomeness!
Movie Night - Thank you!

Dear Conant Families,

 Thank you to all the children and parents who came for the movie last night. Hope you all had fun. A Special thanks to Mr Sugrue for giving up his Friday evening to be our wonderful AV person.

We would like thank you to thank you all our Volunteers Michelle, Veena, Theresa, Stanphenie, Elise, Melissa and Allison. Thank you to all the kids and parents help us clean up after the movie night. 

Ranjini and Cini thank you help us set up for the event. Last but not the least, Thank you Rob our custodian without him no event is possible.

Thanks,
Movie Night Team
Message from the School Nurse

Medication and Supplement/Vitamin Safety Information for All Parents
Practice and teach medication and supplement safety.
It is important to practice care with all medications and supplements in your home.Teach your children when they are in their elementary years that they should never take a medication or pill from someone other than their parent or someone that their parent has given permission to, such as the School Nurse. Teaching safety about medications early in childhood is important to help keep them safe.
It is against District Policy for children to have medications, supplements or vitamins in their possession. The exceptions are emergency medications and the School Nurse must approve.
All medications should have childproof caps and be kept out of reach of children. When you give your child a dose of medication, be attentive while they take it. If you or your child is rushing, the medication can be put in their pocket and potentially someone else can take it. When visiting relatives, be aware of potential medication hazards.
I recommend the practice of locking up medications. Even over-the-counter (OTC) medications can be misused and dangerous. Unfortunately, some children in adolescence misuse medications. Cough medication and medications recommended for sleep are ones to be particularly aware of. Dextromethorphan (DXM) is a safe & effective ingredient found in many OTC cough medicines, but approximately one in 30 teens reports abusing excessive amounts of DXM to get high.
Always take all of the antibiotics that are prescribed, unless a side effect has occurred. If a side effect has occurred, let your doctor or pediatrician know. Not completing courses of antibiotics has contributed to the increased resistance of bacteria to antibiotic treatment. Studies have also found that use of antibacterial ointments found on bandages and available over the counter preparations, may be contributing to stronger bacterial resistance.
Your pharmacist and pediatrician are the best place to get information regarding medications.
Here are a couple of other sources that you may find helpful.

healthychildren.org sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics
http://www.knowyourotcs.org/ is a good resource for parents for medication information
Support Conant

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If you volunteer at school, please make sure your CORI is up to date. The application should have been filed after February 1st, 2015. Application forms are available at the school front office. 

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