PTO Newsletter: Week of June 5, 2017

Upcoming Dates

Saturday, June 10 (Raindate – Sunday, June 11)
Stratton Fun Fest
Volunteers needed

Monday, June 12
Stratton Author Visit (Matt Tavares)

Monday, June 12, 8:30-10:00
Kindergarten visiting day

Friday, June 23
Last day of school, 11:30am dismissal

News from the PTO

From the Co-Presidents

Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who have been helping make boxes and facilitate packing over the last week. There are still slots available and many hands make light work! Thank you Kate Hendy for coordinating! 

We are looking forward to Family Fun Fest this coming Saturday (keep your fingers crossed for fine weather!) so we can celebrate the end of our modular year at Stratton. They are also still looking for volunteers to make things run smoothly. 


Have a great week!

– Jane and Beth

 Stratton Author Visit

We welcome author/ illustrator Matt Tavares to Stratton for presentations for K-5 on Monday, June 12th.   Zachary’s Ball and Oliver’s Game are just a couple of the titles you may know by this author of children’s books.  The Stratton Library has many of his books available to view and share with the students.  Please encourage your child to take a look!  For more information visit:

Students will have an opportunity to get their favorite Matt Tavares books signed by the author. If you would like any books (old or new) signed, please send them  to your child’s teacher by Friday, June 9th. Remember to put a post-it on the book with your child’s name on it.

5th Grade End of Year Activities

5th grade end of year activities will soon be here!  Below are a few reminders and updates for 5th grade families:

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 9:30-11:30 – 5th Grade Recognition Ceremony.  Please join us at Arlington Town Hall for a special celebration including a 5th grade concert, slide show, and more. Family members are encouraged to attend. Doors open at 9am for a light breakfast and coffee.  Children will be arriving by bus and returning to school afterwards., so please ensure your 5th grader arrives on time to school! A few volunteer spots are remaining. Please sign up to help with the ceremony here.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 – 5th Grade Lunch Celebration – A lunch celebration with pizza and cupcakes for 5th graders will follow the recognition ceremony for the kids when they arrive back at school. After lunch, 5th graders will receive their memory books in their classrooms and will have an opportunity to sign each others books.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – 5th Grade Field Day – 5th graders will walk from Stratton to Ed Burns Arena for a special day of games, pizza and a visit from the ice cream truck (treats will be nut-free). The events will be held outdoors at the field or indoors in the rink area if it’s raining. Additional volunteers are needed. Please sign up to help with field day here.

Now! – K & 5th Photo Gallery – The photo gallery of Kindergarten photos alongside 5th grade photos is hanging in the hallway to the cafeteria and will be on display at the recognition ceremony on June 15. Take some time to enjoy this very special Stratton tradition.

Please reach out to Allison Perkins at or Yuko Handa at with any questions.


Please see below for 2 extremely easy ways to help raise money for educational enrichment at Stratton. Be on the lookout for our Annual Fund flyer coming in October, BUT if you want to get a head start, head over to the fundraising page on the PTO website and click Donate to contribute.


Easy peasy lemon squeezy: Shopping at Amazon? Click on the Amazon link on the homepage, and Amazon donates a portion of your purchase to support Stratton PTO’s educational enrichment. Or log into Amazon Smile and select M. Norcross Stratton PTO as your charity.

Stop & Shop

Stop & Shop rewards program has STARTED! Please register your rewards card and select Stratton as your benefit designee as soon as possible. The program gives free money to Stratton, without affecting your Gas Reward Points. Sign up here or email Megan Gottlieb with the card number and the last name.

In the Community

Arlington SEPAC Meeting June 13

Please join us for an Arlington Special Education Parent Advisory Counsel (SEPAC) meeting at the Jefferson Cutter House on Tuesday, June 13th at 8:30 am.

Arlington Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) is a parent group that acts as a resource for parents and advises the district regarding meeting the needs of students with special needs.  We provide support and networking opportunities for parents and guardians of children with special educational needs, offer workshops and guest speakers to help parents become better informed about special education issues and meet regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development and evaluation of special education programs in town.

Register for Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading

Registration is open for Arlington Pop Warner Football & Cheerleading! Follow this link to register:

 APW Football & cheerleading are co-ed, ages 5 to 15. There are no try-outs! Everyone is welcome!

Like us on Facebook – APW Football & Cheer 2017

Questions? or

Submissions Welcome

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.