Conant School PTO Newsflash - Week of March 18, 2018
More details below!
Coming Up!
  • Amazing Nano Bros Juggling Science assembly:  March 22nd, grades 4-6 
  • No School, Good Friday: Mar 30
  • Ice Cream Social: Apr 6
  • Festival of Cultures: Apr 8
  • Spring Break, No School: Apr 16-20
Why support Conant PTO?

Why Donate?
Quite simply it's the PTOs job to fundraise, in order to run all our wonderful events we need to raise money. Although this is our last year, we still have to fundraise to give the district $25,000 for our classroom assistants. From next year we may continue to do this but to a lesser extent.

Our target is $44,000 however so far we are $11,054.98 short. If we do not make our target this year this will impact our events for next year. Unfortunately we will have to make some hard decisions on what we can afford to run.

Last year 40% of our families contributed to our Annual Appeal, so far this year the figure is 31%. Again, if you want your families to keep enjoying our events we need your donations to support our PTO.

Thanks to your donations last year we were able to purchase for Conant 10 ipads, a shed for recess equipment for K-3rd grades, a new screen for all school assemblies & movie nights & new lights for the stage. We would like to keep contributing to Conant but this will not happen if we are under budget this year.

So a very sincere thank you to all those families who have contributed & hopefully if you have not contributed you can see why your donations are important to us.

Why Volunteer?
There is no joining fee or contract to sign, if you are a parent your in!

Conant PTO has reached a bit of a crossroads, a lot of our team leaders are moving to Jr High within the next two years and we desperately need new parents to step up and take over. Either by becoming a team leader, you can shadow the current team leaders or simply by volunteering to help at our events.

Ask any of our PTO team leaders why we volunteer and we all say the same:
We do it to give back to our school.
It's a great way to meet new friends.
Our kids love that we are so involved.

We also think it's important for you to know, we are the only school in the District that our teachers & staff are so involved. They contribute to our Annual Appeal, attend our PTO meetings, run the games & the cakes for the Ice Cream Social, lead the Halloween Parade at PumpkinFest & so much more. They are team leaders for our summer reading program, enrichment assemblies & the Polar Pride Gear because we couldn't get any parents to do this. This does not happen in any other Acton schools, Conant is a special place and that's why it's important for us to give back.

Volunteers come in many shapes and we want you to know there is a place for everyone and a job for everyone. Whether you volunteer your time at school events, your time emailing as a room parent or you simply donate to the Annual Appeal, we need you all.

Again, without our volunteers we cannot continue to have our events, we unfortunately already had to cancel this years variety show, as we had no team leader. We do not want to be in this position again.

So what do we need and where can you help, these are are current open positions
PRESIDENT - 2018-2019
VICE PRESIDENT - 2018-2019

The PTO operates an executive board which includes the following positions President, Vice President, secretary & treasurer along with a few other parents. So if you are interested in any of the above positions you will not be alone! You will have a mentor to guide you along and plenty of support!

If you are interested in any of these positions please email Jane Archer at
Ice Cream Social: Change of Dates

We have postponed the Ice Cream Social to Friday, April 6th due to the bad weather we have been having. More details to follow later. Thank you, for our support!

Polar Pass

We have extended the date until which you can get your Polar Pass to March 31, 2018. This will include your whole family entrance to the Ice Cream Social.

So far, 67 families got their Polar Pass. Did you get yours?
ELE Community Resource Fair

The Acton-Boxborough Regional School District invites you to our upcoming ELE Community Resource Fair, which we host annually for families in our English Learner Education program.   

DATE:  Tuesday, March 27, 2018
TIME:  6:30-8:00 PM
LOCATION:  R.J. Grey Junior High School Cafeteria (16 Charter Road, Acton

Don't forget to look out for the Conant PTO table, please call over and say hello!
March Family Get-Together!

Please join us on Sunday, March 25th at 2:30 p.m.

We will meet at NARA Park for some more outdoor fun!  Bring your family and friends and any frisbees, wiffle balls, bubbles, etc.  
Keep a watch on the Newsflash, emails, and the Facebook page for the Conant PTO for any updates.  RSVP to
Eversource Challenge

Deadline Extended! Students at Conant in grades K-6 are invited to create an entry on how to reduce energy to submit for the Eversource Challenge.
Important Information: Parents do not need to register their child, Mrs. Mastrolia has already registered Conant.
  • Please notify Mrs. Mastrolia at of your child's intent to participate.
  • Please check the Green Team website for grade level specific entry requirements & prizes.
  • Deadline Extended: March 19 - Deliver or Email to Mrs. Mastrolia.
  • Winner will be announced beginning of April.
  • Awards ceremony in May.
  • Please click here to view official rules.
  • Eversource Challenge Website.
Youth Art  Month - Congratulations!

Every month feels like Youth Art Month in the Conant art room, but in March we get to celebrate a little more. This year for Youth Art Month Conant has 13 students participating in outside art exhibits. Congratulations to all the amazing artists at Conant - I am so proud and happy to share a slice of all the amazing work you do!

Acton-Boxborough Youth Art Month K-12 Art Exhibit - now through April 5 at the Sargent Memorial Library in Boxborough.
Riley Bergeron, Grade 1; Sayan Ghosh, Grade 2; Gheiranys Rivera, Grade 4


YAM at WAM - now through April 2 at the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester. 
Maggie Liu, Grade 5; Aiden Huang, Grade 4; Jessie Geng, Grade 6; Rianne Ballard, Grade 1

Statewide MAEA Youth Art Month Exhibit - now through March 27 at the State Transportation Building in Boston. 
Ranvir Bajwa, Grade K; Apurva Vasan, Grade 1; Plinio Soto Grade 2
Michelle Sun, Grade 4; Emma Forrest, Grade 6; McKayla Geething, Grade 3

Used Book Sale

We will again have a used book sale at the Ice Cream Social, Friday 6th April. We would be grateful for your donations of kids only books. No dictionaries, encyclopedias, board or pre schooler books. Please check the Newsflash for details of when we will be taking books.

Polar Pride Gear

Thank you to everyone who has ordered their Polar Pride Gear, its great seeing all the kids wearing their Conant sweatshirts around the school! You can order our gear anytime, we still have some sizes in stock. Payment can either be in the form of a check made out to Conant PTO, delivered to the office or via our PayPal link. If you are using PayPal please state "gear" in the description box.
Nurse's Notes
Health and Wellness information from Heather Makris

*Thank you to the PTO for arranging to have the US District Attorney's Office to present to our 3-6 grade students as well as an evening presentation on Keeping Children Safe and Secure On-line. Third and fourth grades were done separately. The fifth and sixth grades were done together. The content was adjusted accordingly. Please talk with your children about what they learned. Also, if you attended, you will be able to engage them in conversations. We received a number of handouts and resources. I have a few extra ones if you are interested. This is a very important topic to keep up to date on. I send a big thanks to Jane Archer and our parent volunteers! Thank you to the US District Attorney's Office!

*Allergy & Asthma Network is offering their members early access to an app that they say is a new way to manage and save "big" on prescription medications for allergies and asthma.  Check out Allergy and Asthma It is a great website. You can also find tips regarding seasonal allergies on the site.

*Over the past month, I enjoyed going to a number of classes to talk about dental health. I do little experiments to demonstrate the importance of taking care of their teeth as well as the effects of not brushing their teeth.

Send in extra socks for your child in case their feet get wet at recess:)
Warm wishes.

Support Conant

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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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