Stratton Book Fair
December 4-8 (Volunteers Needed)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8:10am-3:30pm
Wednesday & Friday, 7:45am-3:30pm
Tuesday, December 5 (extra-early release: 11:15am-no lunch is served)
Tuesday, December 12 (extra-early release: 11:15am-no lunch is served)
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:
We are very much looking forward to the beginning of conferences with all families. I wanted to pass along some recommendations to make the experience as productive and helpful as possible:
– Be sure to really listen to the compliments! I can be guilty of this as a parent, too: focusing on improvement or struggle areas for my kids. But students grow in those areas by leveraging their strengths, and teachers think as much about these strength areas as they do about focus areas.
– If you can take a moment before hand to really think about one or two highest priority topics, it will allow for a much more focused and productive conversation.
– Remember that school is for learning! EVERY student has something to work on, so when teachers cite what children need to work on, it’s in the spirit of learning, not pointing out flaws or deficits.
There are ways we feel we could improve conferences going forward, so would love to hear your feedback. I’ll be around for each session, so stop by if you have an extra moment.
Have a great week!
News from the PTO
From the Co-Presidents
What an exciting week at Stratton School, with the Book Fair and Parent-Teacher Conferences! This is a great week for parents to spend time at Stratton. Please plan on visiting the Book Fair in our new Library–check the schedule that came home for our extra hours especially for parents and guardians to come shop. If you can volunteer for an hour or so–even better!
– 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring auction planning is underway. Do you have a talent, item, or experience you would like to donate? Watch your child’s folder this week for a donation request form. For planning purposes we would like to have donations identified by mid-January 2018.
Interested in helping with Stratton’s biggest spring fundraiser of the year? Volunteers can help remotely or with small or large tasks! Please contact christinad523@hotmail.
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
Youth Craft Fair at Robbins Library, Saturday, December 9
Robbins Library is holding its annual youth craft fair the Saturday, December 9, 2-4pm in the Community Room. Kids of all ages will be selling hand-made crafts. They make great holiday gifts! Stop by and support Arlington’s youth!
Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Meeting December 12
The next Arlington SEPAC business meeting is taking place December 12, 8:30am at the Jefferson Cutter House (1 Whittemore House, corner of Mass Ave and Mystic Street). Open to the public.
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