PTO Newsletter: Week of June 12, 2017

Upcoming Dates

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

News from the PTO

From the Co-Presidents

From the Editor: Many thanks to Jane Morgan and Beth Saunders for their leadership of the PTO this year!!


From the Co-Presidents

Many thanks to Naomi Greenfield and Bryn Hollenbeck who led the core team of Dganit Sivan Cohen, Noliko Utsuzawa, Kerri Abrams and Christian Collins in organizing Family Fun Fest!! The Stratton community event was a big hit!! 

Were you at Fun Fest? Answer a few questions here to help us plan and improve. 

Last Wednesday, parent volunteers enjoyed an evening of appreciation during our final PTO meeting of this school year. Interested in getting involved? It is never too early to raise your hand with an idea or offer to run an activity. Let us know by contacting the new Board via next year’s co-Presidents Beth Saunders or Bryn Hollenbeck

 Additional thanks go out to all of you who have volunteered to help our teachers pack and move back into Stratton! We will be there before you know it!

With less than 2 weeks of school remaining, and this our final newsletter of the year, we wish you all a restful and fun summer break! 

– Jane and Beth

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.

From the Principal

Dear Stratton families:

We (almost) made it!  Today was a very strong example of how this special year has unfolded: our new kindergarten parents were meeting with me and the PTO leadership in the much smaller and hot cafeteria, while current kindergarten students walked up the stairs behind us to do programming in the ‘music room’ (read: stage with a temporary wall), all while we say good-bye to our 5th graders heading out to Canobie Lake, and the lunch schedule gets rearranged for our author visit from Matt Tavares, which will happen very soon in that very same cafeteria! 

I can say with confidence that we got through this unusual year with much success, with opportunities and strengthening experiences we might not have otherwise have had. Although the whole community is very much looking forward to moving back, I believe that we are a deeper community because of having faced this challenge together.  I want to thank all of you for your patience and flexibility, and of course also the faculty, who did some things I saw, but many, many more things I did not see to make sure this was a successful year of thriving for all of their students. 

Stay tuned for news of a family tour of the new building before the start of the next school year!  In the meantime, please enjoy this special time of year, and pop by and say hello – once the construction fencing comes down!

All my very best,

Mr. Hanna


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.

Youth Field Hockey Clinic

The AHS field hockey team is holding a youth clinic on June 14, 3:45-5:15pm, at AHS Pierce Turf. Two groups will run during the clinic-grades 3-5 and grades 6-8. The cost is $10 per person. Contact Brianne Mansfield at for more information and to register.

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.