Rick Marcotte Central School P.T.O. Newsletter Vol. 7, No. 2 Editor’s Note Submitted by: Melissa Baker, Editor This newsletter provides families and teachers with information about the P.T.O. and other school events. In addition to education, our newsletter is a forum to celebrate our successes and to ask for important feedback. I continue to be amazed by the dedication of our many parents, grandparents, volunteers, staff and teachers. I once heard a parent say, “It takes a community to raise a child.” How true! With that said, I invite you to sit back, and take in all the information provided by your friends, your teachers and your community. For questions about the newsletter and/or to submit an article, please contact Melissa Baker (864-9564; email@example.com). The newsletter is distributed four times per school year. “Where Everybody Is Somebody” Winter 2007/2008 President’s Piece Submitted by: Khrishna Hines Hi all! Well, we have reached the halfway mark in the school year. Time is sure flying by. I have been very happy with the turnout at the P.T.O. meetings. I’m glad to see so many people taking an interest in what is going on in our school. We had a great turnout for our annual Family Fun Night last month. It was a great success and a lot of fun. Our DJ is just awesome. Currently, we are preparing for our annual Spring Fair. We will have lots of games, our silent auction, dynamite dates, face painting, food, etc… You don’t want to miss it! Look for our science fair and the big scholastic book fair in April, too. One last thing: I’m looking for feedback on starting a drama club similar to the one at Orchard School. I’m trying to gauge the level of interest, and looking for committed parents to run the program. Feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions. If you have any interest in volunteering in school or at any of our events, please let me know. Hope to see you at the next P.T.O. meeting or just walking through the halls at school. Rick Marcotte Central School’s P.T.O. 2007-2008 Co-Chair: Khrishna Hines (658-9426) Co-Chair: Janelle Gilbert-Fuller (660-9838) Treasurer: Kathleen Weinheimer (862-4604) Secretary: Alison Corey (865-2650) Principal: Sue Luck (652-7201) Faculty Reps: Diane Farnham & Doug Day Budget Corner Kathleen Weinheimer, our P.T.O. treasurer, reports the following financial standing as of 1/31/08. Income: Annual Contributions Cookie Dough Income Barnes & Noble Income ’07 Popcorn Income Expenses: Family Fun Night Field Trips Foreign Language Program Flowers & Gifts Staff Request Upcoming Dates to Remember: Feb 20 – Museum of Science Assembly March 5th – Four Winds Training – 8:45am March 13th - P.T.O. meeting – 6:30 pm April 2nd-4th – Scholastic Book Fair April 10th – P.T.O. meeting – 6:30 pm April 11th – Spring Fair April 16th – Science Fair th $1,572.00 $3,786.50 $ 103.57 $ 232.05 $ $ $ $ $ 443.96 680.00 250.00 58.00 567.91 1 Rick Marcotte Central School P.T.O. Newsletter Vol. 7, No. 2 “Where Everybody Is Somebody” Winter 2007/2008 Approved Teacher Requests – Nov. 07 & Jan. 08 72 Art binders for Kelsey Lewis - $118.08 3 new bulletin boards for children’s art - $300 Critical Care Nurses of VT program visit - $100 K’nex for 2ndgrade literacy program - $93.00 Story teller for 4-5 visits to work with Maureen Caruso’s class on writing skills - $250.00 Parenting on Track seminar - $250.00 10 sets of computer headphones - $89.60 South Burlington School Budget Vote – May 20th – PLEASE VOTE!!!! Submitted by: Lisa Levite With the recent changes to South Burlington’s City Charter, voters will be able to vote on the school budget for the 2008-2009 school year on May 20, 2008, South Burlington’s “Town Meeting Day”. The P.T.O. encourages you to mark the date on your calendar, and let your voice be heard. You may vote at the polls or by absentee ballot (more on that in subsequent P.T.O. correspondence). Seventy percent of the voters in South Burlington do not have children in the school system. It is very important that the voters who do have children in the school system state their investment preferences regarding the education of children in our city. Finding the time to understand the budget and making an informed decision about it is a difficult task at best. The budget proposals will be reviewed at several meetings: 2/13/08 - Budget Hearing, FHTMS Library, 7 pm 2/20/08 - School Board Adopts Budget, FHTMS Library, 7 pm 3/2/08 - School Budget presented to Steering Committee, City Hall, 7 pm. Copies of these presentations will be posted on the School District website, http://www.sbschools.net/ RETN will tape the February 13, 2008 budget hearing, and it may be viewed at http://www.retn.org/schools.php Your P.T.O. would like to facilitate communication of the proposed school budget to the parents in our community. Ideas and suggestions are welcome and may be directed to any P.T.O. board member, or P.T.O. volunteer and RM Central School parent, Lisa Levite, firstname.lastname@example.org, 860-1506. What’s up in Second Grade? Submitted by: Diane Farnham Miss Datillio’s, Miss Lindemann’s and Mrs. Farnham’s classes have been studying the human body and how to stay healthy! You may have read our interesting facts on the walls outside our classroom, or maybe you’ve noticed all the energy we have from getting plenty of sleep and making healthy food choices! We enjoyed having the Critical Care Nurses of Vermont come to our classrooms to share a program called “Love Your Heart.” The presentation included characters from the Wizard of Oz, with a tin man who had an unhealthy heart. We helped him learn why, and what he needed to do to feel better. Our healthy food choices and dancing had him healthy again before he left! We have also been busy doing “How to….” writing. If you need to know how to walk a dog, draw a variety of things, or even how to make a snowman, just give us a call. We’ve got the step-by-step plans that will teach you how to do many different things. Quilting is a big part of our new math program. Our walls have become more alive than ever with the patterns, shapes, colors and symmetrical designs of paper quilts that we have made together. It’s not too late to send in your envelopes for P.T.O. dues. Your annual dues of $5 or more helps us to continue to provide wonderful programs for the children in our school. 2 Rick Marcotte Central School P.T.O. Newsletter Vol. 7, No. 2 Submitted by: Melissa Baker I had the pleasure of interviewing Abby Klein last week. I walked in with my nine questions, expecting to be finished in 15 minutes. Forty-five minutes later, I left with gobs of information and an autographed copy of the latest Ready, Freddy series – “The One Hundredth Day of School.” I will attempt to share with you what Abby shared with me…. 1) Can you share with us a little about yourself and family? I was born and raised in L.A. and have lived there my entire life, with the exception of my college years at Dartmouth in Lebanon, NH. I earned my M.Ed. at Harvard and received a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Therapy and Learning Disability through UCLA. I am married, live in Williston with my daughter, Dani (12), and son, Josh (10). My husband, Joel, was the Supervising Producer, for Fear Factor. In California, I taught for 18 years at one school – the same elementary school I attended as a child. 2) What brought you to Vermont - besides our fabulous children at Rick Marcotte Central School? My husband and I wanted a change of life for our children. I wanted our kids to ride their bikes to school or run to a friend’s house. In LA, we spent a lot of time in the car and I didn’t want that to continue. Both of our kids go to Central School in Williston and they love it. When we were searching for a new place to live, Vermont always came up as a great place to raise a family. 3) Looking back at your own elementary education, is there one person who stands out in your mind? My kindergarten teacher, and 3 “Where Everybody Is Somebody” Winter 2007/2008 New Teacher on the Block - Abby Klein friend, Mrs. Sultan. We have continued to keep in touch over the years. Mrs. Sultan was the reason I wanted to teach. Mrs. Sultan made learning fun and would always find something good in every child. 4) If you were to use three words to describe your teaching style, what would they be? Creative, engaging and structured. 5) How would you describe your parenting style? Caring and structured. Also, I make children independent and confident. 6) What was the last book you read? Movie you saw? Music you listened to? The Glass Castle; Spiderman (but Juno is next on my list); 70’s/80’s pop rock 7) Can you tell us a little about your Reddy Freddy series? When did you start writing? Why did you start writing? Did anyone inspire you? I started writing 5 years ago when I realized that there wasn’t a lot out there for my son’s age (5 at the time) to read. My son was reluctant and I wanted to find a way for him to be excited about books. I have published 13 out of the 16 books written. I encourage children to write to me (you’ll see my letter at the end of my books). I often receive advice within these letters like “Here’s my advice to you…..write more books!” 8) When you’re not teaching, parenting or writing, what do you do with all that free time? I enjoy swimming and hiking; and love to just be outside. I have recently become involved with the “new baby bags” where I deliver bags consisting of information and resources for new moms in Williston. And of course, I love to read! When asked how she was adjusting to the change in weather, Abby just smiled and said “adjusting.” 9) Is there anything else you would like to share with our community of teachers and parents? Rick Marcotte Central School P.T.O. Newsletter Vol. 7, No. 2 “Where Everybody Is Somebody” Winter 2007/2008 People have been really warm, welcoming, supportive and kind. Parents have been a great community resource for our family too. After the interview, I strolled around her room and was fascinated by all the hard work her students had accomplished in these short months. I encourage you to stop by and take a look at her classroom to see what our newest “Teacher on the Block” has done. Thank you Abby for sharing with us! Remember that the Campbell’s Label school drive is ongoing, so please don’t forget to send in those labels! Contact Wanda Wilking, 863-5341, with any questions. Miss Datillio’s class was the first to meet their Box Top goal of 500 tops. They are planning their Marco’s pizza party. There are 11 classes that are more than halfway there! Goals for classes are as follows: K-2 (500), 3&4 (600) and 5 (700). Keep them coming! Any questions? Contact Wanda Wilking at 863-5341. The Boston Museum of Science will be returning to RMCS on Wednesday, February 20th, to present “Observing Electricity & Magnets” for grades K-2 and “Electromagnetism” for grades 3-5. Please consider joining us for this education event sponsored by our P.T.O.. Any questions, contact Melissa Baker 864-9564 or Sheri Hill 862-3531. On December 6th, Barnes and Noble Booksellers hosted a bookfair for the Rick Marcotte Central School. The 50 families in attendance enjoyed lively storytelling by Mrs. Luck, Mr. Day and Mrs. Pennington. Barnes and Noble donated 15% of the sales, which represented 40 transactions and totaled $328.69. Thanks to all of you who participated! Thanks to Lee Jackson for organizing this event. The Hannaford grocery stores program, Hannaford Helps Schools, came to a close on December 1st. This year we collected $522 worth of certificates (last year we collected $384). If RMCS is the top school on Dorset Street again (as we’ve been for the past 5 yrs), we’ll receive a $1,000 bonus. The Price Chopper grocery store program, Price Chopper Tools for Schools, also came to a close on Dec. 15th. This year we collected over 26,500 points to be used towards educational tools. Shaw’s grocery stores offer a cash-back program called Shaw’s Rewards. Place your cash register receipts in the collection can at the front office and we get 1% back! So far, we’ve received $278.35. Questions? Call Carolyn Terhune, at 859-9284. 4 Committee Updates The Spring Fair is Rick Marcotte Central School P.T.O.’s largest fundraiser. The monies raised directly benefit our children and their classrooms through enrichment programs, assemblies, technology, and more. Come join us on Friday, April 11th for our 36th Annual Spring Fair. It’s guaranteed to be great night full of many activities! Look for future articles and flyers for more information on the events. But in the meantime, we need YOU! The Fair is run completely by volunteers like you, so everyone’s help is needed. As of now, there are just a few Committee Chair spots open: Game Ticket Sales. This requires getting volunteers to sign up for ½ hour slots. Dentist’s Delight: This requires a 4th grade parent (or two) to be in charge of “dentist’s delight”. Craft Table: Volunteers to come up with a craft idea and staff the table during the evening Questions or ideas should be directed to Shani Mekler at 863-1325 or email email@example.com. The Helen Grace Gourmet Collection fundraiser this fall produced a profit of $1,602. Thanks to Sonyia Turner and Amy Deavitt for their dedication and for all those that purchased the gourmet foods.
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