Monday, November 20
2:30pm or 5-6pm (on the blacktop)
Thanksgiving Break: No School
Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24
(Early Release Wednesday, November 22: 12pm — lunch will not be served)
Almost-Monthly Parent Coffee Meet-up
Friday, December 1 (after drop-off in the cafeteria)
It’s a double-header!
- Come hear from Principal Hanna about PRIDE at Stratton School!
- Q&A with Bill Hayner from the Arlington School Committee about budget and other district-wide topics
Stratton Book Fair
December 4-8 (Volunteers Needed)
Tuesday, December 5 (extra-early release: 11:15am)
Tuesday, December 12 (extra-early release: 11:15am)
Thursday, December 14 (evening–no change to school schedule)
PTO Meeting Schedule (Amended)
December 12 – PTO Board Meeting — ALL parents are welcome!
January 9 – PTO All-Member Meeting
Feb 13 – PTO Board Meeting — ALL parents are welcome!
Mar 13 – PTO All-Member Meeting
*All events take place at Stratton unless otherwise noted.
From the Principal
Dear Stratton Families:
It was a wonderful Open House Sunday! It was a delight to see the diversity of families and friends that have deep connections to the Stratton School. One thing that was very common in conversations with ‘soon-to-be’ families is their interest in finding after-school care for their children. I am well aware of the waiting lists for our programming in town. I would love to help support solutions. I know that there are many informal arrangements among parents, some creating almost after school co-ops. I would welcome ideas from parents who would be interested in designing more of these co-ops, especially given the close proximity of everyone’s homes in a district like Arlington. I don’t have any particular design or plan, but I would love to do what I can to help respond to this need in the Stratton School community!
News from the PTO
From the Co-Presidents
Congratulations to Mrs. Fraser’s class on their big Box Top win! Great job, guys! The PTO thanks you for your efforts.
We are thankful for Claire Cavatorta, who ran a successful and educational Thanksgiving Food Drive. Great work Claire! And thank you to all who participated by donating food, sorting, or bringing it to the food pantry.
We hope you all have a very happy Thanksgiving!
– Beth Saunders, mom to Carly 4th grade
– Bryn Hollenbeck, mom to Juliet 2nd grade
Stratton Events and Volunteer Opportunities
Stratton Book Fair, December 4-8.
The Annual Book Fair and Fundraiser is taking place December 4-8 in the school library. The students will have the chance to visit the fair during their regular library time. The fair will be open to families/friends after student drop-off in the morning (with earlier morning opening hours at 7:45 on Wed the 6th and Friday the 8th) and after school pickup until 3:30 pm. On Tues Dec 5th, as there is early release at 11:15 am due to conferences, we will have the fair open during conferences so be sure to stop on by and get some help with your holiday shopping.
We need your help to make the Book Fair possible. Please sign-up to help here.
Cereal Boxes for the Library
Mrs. Cameron is in need of some nice (uncrushed) cereal boxes for the new library (yes, cereal boxes). Before you break down your cereal box for recycling–but AFTER you cut out your box top–please send a box or two in with your child on Library Day. Thank you!
Holiday Collection Drive for Teens: November 20-December 13
Arlington’s Boy Scout Troop 360 (home troop to many Stratton alums) is collecting holiday gift items for teens serviced by the Arlington Department of Family and Children’s Services office. Donated items will be bundled by the Scouts into gift bags to be delivered to the teens. A red bin for donations has been placed in the Stratton lobby. A flyer listing desired items was sent home with your children. If you need the list or have any questions, contact email@example.com.
Thanksgiving Food Drive
THANK YOU, STRATTON, FOR A SUCCESSFUL THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE!
Boxes and boxes of food donations and over $400 in gift cards made their way to Arlington’s Food Pantry, where volunteers have been busy at work assembling gift baskets for distribution to Arlington families!
Thank you to all of the Stratton families who donated items and time to help those in need in our community! Thank you, especially, to Mrs. Fischer, who was surrounded by a mountain of donations for the past two weeks and collected gift cards, and to Mr. Hanna, for welcoming Sarah Gupta and Sharon Patton as special guest speakers from Arlington EATS and the Food Pantry for yesterday’s P.R.I.D.E. assembly! A huge thank you as well to Stratton’s 5th graders for their efforts in moving collection boxes from classrooms to the lobby for transport to the Food Pantry, and to Stratton’s generous staff and families for bringing the topic of food insecurity into the classroom with readings and thoughtful discussion!
For families in need, know that you are not alone; more than 650 Arlington students receive assistance with meals. The Arlington Food Pantry and Arlington EATS are dedicated to eliminating food insecurity by providing nutritious and culturally appropriate food in a respectful and compassionate manner. Help is available all year long for all Arlington residents in need.
For families interested in helping, join us at the table! Arlington’s Food Pantry and Arlington EATS serve our community all year long!
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Interested in helping with Stratton’s biggest spring fundraiser of the year? Stratton’s auction committee is underway and looking for some more help! Volunteers can help remotely or with small or large tasks! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
There are three ways to help the PTO without even thinking about it:
1. Register your Stop & Shop card for the A+ Rewards Program and select Stratton (# 08591) as your school. The sooner you register your card the more rewards we will earn. Ask friends and family to register too. Register here: https://stopandshop.com/school
2. Start your Amazon shopping at the Stratton PTO website and click on the Amazon link. It does not cost you anything and Stratton receives a percentage of your purchase (at no cost to you). (Note – for the PTO to earn a percentage you must use the Stratton link and place items in your cart after following the link.)
3. Collect your Box Tops and drop them in the collection box at the front entrance. Remember-the class that collects the most Box Tops in October wins a prize!
In the Community
Arlington Education Foundation Awards Money for Behavioral Health Programs
The Arlington Education Foundation (AEF) has committed to awarding the Arlington Public Schools $200,000 over the next 3 years to support the district’s ‘Safe & Supportive Schools’ initiative to create a comprehensive behavioral health program. A $100,485 grant in the first year will fund:
- Youth Mental Health First Aid certification for 300 staff
- Ongoing work on ‘Safe & Supportive Schools’ action plans for each school
Mental health is just as important as physical health because it helps adolescents determine how to handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Recent Youth Risk Behavior Surveys at Arlington High School and the Ottoson Middle School show that mental health issues such as stress, low self-esteem, self-harm, sexual abuse and suicide contemplation/attempts are on the rise in our youth community.
The goal of this strategic, multi-year partnership is to give teachers the tools needed to support our youth and catch early warning signs of mental health issues. Visit www.aefma.org for more information.
SEPAC Basic Rights Workshop: November 28, 7pm, Ottoson
What are your basic rights in the IEP (Individualized Education Plan) process? The Arlington Special Education Parent Advisory Counsel (SEPAC) presents a workshop on November 28 at 7pm in the Ottoson MIddle School Media Center (library). Come hear speaker Elizabeth Bostic present on the rights and answer questions about the process. See more bout upcoming workshops at www.arlington.k12.ma.us/SEPAC.
Arlington EATS: Snacks Available at Stratton School
The snacks are located outside the office of our school social worker, Mrs. Henry.
SNACK COLLECTION: Please consider donating snacks for the Stratton kids. A BLUE TOTE is located outside of Mrs. Henry’s office!
The following snacks have been approved by Sue Franchi, the Nurse Leader for the Arlington Public Schools Health and Nursing Services.
● Baby carrots
● Nutrigrain bars
● Applesauce (squeezers ok!)
● Single serve fruit cups in fruit juice
|● Cheerios (please use Cheerio brand)
● Beef/Turkey jerky
● Wheat Thins
If you would like to contribute snacks or have questions, please contact Crista Bode at email@example.com. If you need assistance, please feel free to also contact Mrs. Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arlington Eats program is working towards providing snacks in each school building. “Arlington Public Schools offer free and reduced price lunches that feed more than 500 students on school days. When school is not in session, family food resources are stretched. Arlington EATS’ mission is to help our students Eat All Through Summe
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.
Connect to the PTO
Beth Saunders, Co-President
Bryn Hollenbeck, Co-President
Beth McLaughlin, Co-Vice President/Enrichment Chair
Amy Carlson, Co-Vice President/Enrichment Chair
Andrea Haas, Co-Vice-President/Fundraising Chair
Christian Collins, Treasurer
Christina Falcone, Communications/Secretary
Nancy Fontenot, Newsletter Co-Chair
Deb Wachenheim, Newsletter Co-Chair
Julie Vakoc, Website