Conant School PTO Newsflash - Week of November 12, 2017
All School Meeting! Thank you Conant PTO and Conant Families for the awesome T-shirts!
Coming Up!
  • Picture Day Retake: Nov 14
  • Fourth Grade Concert: Nov 16, 11:45 am - Conant Cafeteria 
  • Thanksgiving Recess, Half Day School: Nov 22
  • Thanksgiving Recess, School Holiday: Nov 23, 24
4th Grade Chorus Concert

4th grade families and friends are invited to our 4th grade chorus concert on Thursday, 11/16 at 11:45 AM in the Conant Cafeteria.  Please join us if you can!

Please remind your 4th grade student(s) to wear their PURPLE Conant Polar Pride T-shirt and jeans (dark pants also ok) on the day of the concert.  Thank you to the PTO for providing these T-shirts and making us look great!

Picutre Day Retakes

Picture Day Retakes will be on Tuesday, November 14th.  If you wish to have your child's picture retaken please bring back their 1st package of photos.  If your child was absent on Picture Day please order your package online at www.coffeepond.com or have your child bring in their order form with cash or a check made out to Coffee Pond.  You may ask your teacher for another form if you have misplaced the first one.
Polar Pride Pass

This year we have introduced the Polar Pride Pass, this is available to all families who donate $150 to our Annual Appeal. This pass includes admission for a family of 6 people into the Ice Cream, Variety Show and the Movie Nights.

Thank you to those families who have already donated, we have tried to keep this as simple as possible. When you attend one of the events and have purchased a Polar Pass your name will be at the admissions desk. So just check in, give your family name and you are good to go.

Want the Polar Pride Pass? Click here! 

Book Fair

Another great book fair has wrapped up. It took tremendous time, effort, involvement, and support from everyone in the Conant community.  We want to specially thank, Conant teachers and staff, Mrs. Dressler, Mr. Sugrue, all the staff at the front office for helping and supporting this book fair.


We were able to raise $3068.91 for the Leveled Reading Library, this is run by our Reading Specialist Mrs Luttati. This library supports the teachers by supplying books for class reading, projects etc as well supplying music book too. 

This year, we were able to buy all the books that were left in the teachers' wish list bags/boxes, as well as give Conant Library some books.  We collected an unprecedented amount of ~$1000 in "All for Books" coin donations.  With this dollar amount, plus other incentives from Scholastic, and a generous donation from the PTO, we were able to make all this success happen.

We would like to thank all the kids who raided their piggy banks for coins & our wonderful volunteers who helped thought out the week, the book fair would not be as successful without your help!
See you all next year!

The Conant PTO Book Fair Team
School Directory

This year we decided to go paper free and send out the School Directory in electronic form, you should have all received a copy of the Directory via your room parents this week. Please check your inboxes & connect with your room parents if you have not received it yet.
Polar Pride Gear

We launched our new range of Polar Pride Gear, hoodies, sporty tops, blankets etc at the Craft Fair & it was a great success! We are currently working on an online order form which should be out after Thanksgiving. Just in time to order any items for gifts.
Polar Pride T Shirts

We hope that all the kids like their Polar Pride T Shirts, these are intended to be worn at All School Meetings, field trips, any regular school day and of course for Polar Pride Day! By now you will go noticed especially K-3rd grade that these T Shirts may be a bit big, we ordered them this way so that your child will grow into them, as their grade color this year will follow them through out their time in Conant. We all did not want our families to incur added costs by having to buy  new T shirts every year, we know how fast kids can grow!
Thank you to those families who have generously donated $5 towards the cost of the T Shirts!
Square1Art 

We are working with Square1Art to turn our children's art work into keepsakes. Please read the following message from them:

Dear Family,
We have partnered with your child's school to create a unique opportunity to celebrate their artistic accomplishments while raising much needed funds for the school.
Coming home soon will be your child's custom catalog featuring their artwork. Won't you help make your child feel like an accomplished artist by purchasing keepsakes for the whole family containing their masterpiece? The school earns profit from every order. And as a thank you for participating, we provide each child with a sheet of stickers imprinted with their artwork - absolutely FREE!
Watch for more details about the campaign and order deadlines. All online and paper order forms must be turned in by the due date on your child's custom catalog. (No late orders can be accepted.) Together, we can help support the school, build your child's self-esteem, and create lasting keepsakes from your child's artistic achievements.
THREE EASY WAYS TO ORDER KEEPSAKES
  1. The paper order form attached to their custom catalog.
  2. Online at www.square1art.com/shop.
  3. Phone Customer Care 888-332-3294.
THANK YOU
A huge thank you to all of the teachers, faculty and volunteers for their help in creating this meaningful fundraiser.
Call for new Team Leaders & Volunteers

Conant PTO is going through a transition year this year, a lot of our long time team leaders & regular volunteers either graduated with their children last year or this is there final year, some after 14yrs in the school. As a result of this we need new parents to step up and help the PTO. There are many ways to help the PTO and we can absolutely find a job to suit everyone!  Our biggest need is general volunteers, those who prefer not to lead a team but are willing to sign up for events and help.
Please contact Jane Archer at president@conantpto.org if you are interested  or would like more details in any of the following:
  • Ice Cream Social Pottery Pieces - Co Chair
  • Picture Day - Co Chair
  • Welcoming Committee - Co Chair
  • Craft Fair Advertizing - Co Team Leader
  • Movie Night - Co Team Leader to shadow with this years team
DONATING BOOKS TO THE CONANT SCHOOL LIBRARY

Donations of books to the Conant School Library are most gratefully accepted! Book donations help to keep our library collection current. If you would like to donate a book, we ask that you allow us to order the book from our supplier. The books are substantially discounted and come processed for library use. To donate a book to the library, simply complete the form below. The cost is $12 per book, which is our average discounted cost for hardbound books. Checks should be made out to the Conant PTO.

People often donate books as simply a gift from their child. Other times, books are donated as a gift from their child given to thank a teacher. A special bookplate will be placed in the book with the inscription you have chosen. Your child will have the opportunity to be the first person to take out the donated book. 

Please use this donation form.

Place form and payment in an envelope marked:  Conant School Library

Thank you.

Siobhan Smith
Conant School Library
Super Reader Initiative

Checkout this awesome video and learn more about the Super Reader Initiative at Conant! 

Family Meet-up Series!



Please join us for the first in a monthly series of family meet-ups.  We will go on a family hike on Saturday, November 18th at 2:00 p.m.  All Conant families and friends welcome!  Please RSVP to missyloporto@hotmail.com.  We will hike in the Town Forest near NARA Park.  

Additional family meet-ups may be playground dates, sledding, pasta making, a tie dye party, a picnic in the spring, and anything else we can dream up.  Let's get together and keep building community at Conant!

Nurse's Notes

School Breakfast is available each morning except on Thursdays for only $1.75..Important guidelines for minimizing spread of infection

As we all know, the flu (influenza) season is starting. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), some viruses and bacteria can live from 20 minutes up to 2 hours or more on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks. The Centers for Disease Control strongly recommends that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every year.

1. Clean your hands - rub vigorously with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds after using the bathroom, taking out the trash, changing a diaper, or before handling food. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers is an acceptable alternative. Cleaning under the fingernails is very important as many germs can be found there.

2. Cover your mouth and nose - to stop the spread of infectious diseases through sneezes and cough. Cover your cough and sneezes with the bend of your elbow or alternatively cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Then, remember to wash your hands.

3. Avoid close contact -Instruct your children to keep their hands away from their eyes, nose, and mouth, to help prevent the spread of disease. A fever or symptoms of a contagious illness are clear signs to you or your child to stay at home and away from other people, either at work or at school. If you are sick and go to work or school, you place others at risk for getting sick as well. Please remember that your child should stay home if his or her temperature is >100 degrees F and should not return to school until his or her temperature has been normal (97-99 F) for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.

In a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control (2000), elementary school students who used proper hand washing hygiene missed an average of 20% fewer days of school per year.

Please review with your child/children the 3 ways for preventing the spread of infection listed above. Thanks for doing your part to keep Conant school a healthy community!

You can find more information on the flu and flu vaccine on the following websites.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/resource-center/freeresources/print/print-family.htm
http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_flu_inactive.asp
http://www.mass.gov/flu 
    
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Eliot Community Human Services, with a Healthy Teen Initiative Grant from the Acton-Boxborough United Way, will conduct a suicide prevention workshop for the community. QPR, QUESTION, PERSUADE, AND REFER is a community-wide program that teaches the warning signs of suicide and an effective emergency response.  

QPR teaches 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life.  Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone for help.  
 
Join Elliot and ABUW in saying YES to saving the life of a friend, colleague, child, sibling or neighbor.  By taking QPR training individuals will learn to:
  •  Recognize the warning signs of suicide
  •  Know how to offer hope
  •  Know how to get help and save a life 
QPR Training Information:
WhenTuesday, December 5 from 7-9:00 pm
Where: The Gallery, 2nd Floor at Village Works in West Acton (no RSVP- just show up!)

Please feel free to also share this with anyone you think would be interested.

Annual Giving Campaign Update

Thank you to the 65 families who have already contributed to our Annual Giving Campaign. So far we have raised $11,882 through the Annual Giving Campaign, $425 through matching employer contributions, and $707 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
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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