Conant School PTO Newsflash - Week of January 14, 2018
Winter themed art on display!
Coming Up!
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, No School : Jan 15
  • Kindergarten Tours: Jan 16, 9-10am & 12.30-2pm
  • Kindergarten Parent Information Evening: Jan 16, 7pm
  • Games Night: Jan 19, 7pm
  • Kindergarten Tours:  Jan 26, 9-10.30am & 12.30-2pm
Annual Appeal

As you all know our target is $44,000. Each year all the PTOs in the District "gift" payment for our classroom assistants, this year our bill is $23,864.22 , this is not covered by our taxes. Last year we have 40% of Conant families contribute to the Appeal, this year we are nowhere near that, please send in your donations. 
To date we have raised 26,849.46. If we don't meet our target we simply will not have enough funds to cover the cost of our events.

Unfortunately the FUN STUFF will go first:

COMMUNITY BUILDING - Breakfast with Families, Games Night, Variety Show, PumpkinFest etc

EDUCATIONAL & RECREATION SUPPLIES - The PTO set aside money for the Annual Student Fund, this provides each teacher as well as the Music, Art, PE departments, Counseling, OTs, Special Ed with $120 each for extra budgetary items. Recess equipment, library book repairs etc.

CLASSROOM ASSISTANTS - 59% of our funds go towards covering the costs of our Classroom Assistants, the number of which could potentially decrease. Each elementary school in Acton relies on the money from its own PTO to pay for their Assistants, this is not funded by our Town taxes.

CULTURAL ENRICHMENT - Author visits & Assemblies etc

Polar Pass

Our Polar Pass will only be available until the end of February. Donation forms went home this week, if you have not already donated please get your forms in soon. The Polar Pass is $150 & includes free admission into our Ice Cream Social and Variety Show. When you have your pass, your family name will be at the admissions desk for these events. If this pass causes you any financial difficulty please contact Mrs Dawson, ddawson@abschools.org.

Ice Cream Social

Save the date for Conant's 40th annual Ice Cream Social, Friday, March 16, 2018


ABRHS Community Service Program Online Auction Fundraiser

The annual ABRHS Community Service Program Auction 
helps to support our student volunteers, recognition and programs like Junior Class Raking Day and Senior Community Service Day. We have over 60 auction items this year! From food to fun and recreation to sports memorabilia, there is something for every age! We hope you'll take part by making a bid which will help us to support all of our student volunteers and their outstanding efforts to serve others.The ABRHS Community Service Program Online Auction will run through January 17 at 9:00 p.m. Please share the link with friends, family and an social media:  https://www.32auctions.com/abrhs2018

Contact Melissa Dempsey, mdemspey@abschools.org at ABRHS with questions.
25th Annual Acton Summer Camp Fair

Explore the best summer programs for your child all in one evening! On January 18th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Over 80 camps hailing both from New England & abroad will gather here at Merriam, ready to wow you with the guarantee of a fabulous summer for your child! These camps, both day and overnight, offer specialties in academics, arts/music, digital media, programming, outdoor & social experiences, sports, and much more!
2018-2019 School Start Times and Calendar

The Acton-Boxborough Regional School Committee voted to change our schools' start times effective September 2018. They also voted a new single elementary school schedule for the six elementary schools.

The 2018-2019 school schedule will be:
R. J. Grey Jr. High School --- 8:00 am to 2:36 pm
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School --- 8:07 am to 2:47 pm 
All Elementary Schools --- 8:50 am to 3:20 pm (Thursdays 12:50 pm)

We would like to thank the district wellness committee and the start time committee for all of their work in these efforts. 

The 2018-2019 calendar has also been voted. The calendar is linked to this,  and it will be posted on the schools' website. 
  • All staff and teachers' professional days will be Wednesday August 29th and Thursday August 30th
     
  • Students' first day of school:
    Tuesday September 4 Students in grades 1-6, grades 7 and 9.
    Wednesday September 5th. Students in grades 8, 10, 11 and 12 
     
  •  The School Committee also decided to change the name of the holiday on October 6 back to Columbus Day instead of Indigenous Peoples' Day. 
Annual Giving Campaign Update

Thank you to the 84 families who have already contributed to our Annual Giving Campaign. So far we have raised $13835 through the Annual Giving Campaign, $2025 through matching employer contributions, and $10969 through various PTO events . Thank you, once again!

As you know our target is $44,000, over half of which ($23,864.22) will be gifted back to the district for pay for our 2-6th grade classroom assistants. Unfortunately, this is not covered by our town taxes. 

We still have a long way to go to reach our goal. You can use this donation form or use PayPal to donate.


This year, we have introduced our POLAR PASS, which includes your Annual Giving donation as well as entry to the Ice Cream Social and The Variety Show. The POLAR PASS will also get you FREE ADMISSION to our movie nights. Each POLAR PASS will be $150 and will be available until February next year. Please note if you need financial assistance contact Mrs Dawson, ddawson@abschools.org

Other ways your family can donate:
  • You can also apply to your employer for a matching donation, all you need is this - Conant PTO Federal Tax ID 04-3078-593
  • Sign up to Donate with Amazon Smile, for every purchase you make Amazon donates 0.5% to Conant PTO
  • Keep clipping and collecting your box tops
  • Drop in your Donelans receipts to the office
Nurse's Notes

Some tips to keep healthy in the winter.

During winter months home, office, and school air can be very dry. Due to the dryness, some students are more prone to nosebleeds and chapped lips. Also, it is possible that with cracked mucous membranes, virus' can more readily enter the body leading to illness. Drinking plenty of fluid, especially water, is helpful. Using lip balm to prevent and treat chapped lips is very helpful. Your child can have a lip balm to leave in their backpack with the understanding that it is not to be shared. When children lick their lips to moisten them, they are actually increasing the chance of chapping the lips. Two other measures that are beneficial to counteract or prevent dryness are the use of saline nasal mists or sprays as well as using a nasal saline gel or ointment.
Frequent hand-washing and coughing or sneezing into the bend of your elbow are important measures to help prevent the spread of illness. Eating well and getting adequate rest are all part of the package for wellness.

Please have your child put a spare pair of socks into their backpack. They can quickly change them if they get wet during recess.


December/January Expanding Our Notion of Success Newsletter 
This issue is focusing on Gratitude.
According to Harvard Medical School, "Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships."

Wishes for wellness to you and your families.
Support Conant

Here's a great way to help support Conant PTO by shopping online! Simply log on to eScrip.com & enter Conant Elementary PTO.

Support our PTO with every Amazon purchase you make!  Click here to login to your usual Amazon account.  Amazon will pay 0.5% of each purchase to the Conant PTO.  

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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