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The Alden Times All Together Learning, Doing, Exploring New Horizons (781) 934-7630 email@example.com May 4, 2009 May Coming Events 5 Alden After-School Activities Mtg. 4:00 p.m. 5 Grade 5 Boys Night Out 7:00 p.m. 6 Book Fair 8:00-4:00 6 PTA Meeting 10:00 6 School Committee Mtg. 7:00 pm Alden Rm. 104 6 Grade 5 Girls Night Out 7:00 p.m. 7 Book Fair 8:00-4:00 8 NO SCHOOL – Professional Development Day 20 Student Council 2:45-3:30 25 NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day 29 Grade 5 to Sturbridge Village Student Council Art Contest The Student Council is sponsoring an art contest. The entries must be no larger than 8x11 and can be in any art form/medium. Winners from several different categories will be chosen and will be given prizes! All art work will be displayed in the hallway. The contest will run from Monday, May 4th to Wednesday, May 20th. Winners will be announced, Thursday, May 21st. MCAS SCHEDULE The second round of MCAS testing for all three grades at Alden is coming up: Grade 3 - Math – May 11th and 12th. Grade 4 - English/Language Arts – April 8th, 9th, and 13th; - Math – May 15th and 18th. Grade 5 - Math – May 13th and 14th; - Science – May 19th and 20th; Attention All Fifth Graders – Save the Date for Girls and Boys Nights Out On these nights there will be an educational film on growth and development outlining what's to come within the next few years. There will be a question and answer period following the film and refreshments will be served at each event. Please note the appropriate contact persons below if you have any questions. Fifth Grade Boys Night Out Tuesday, May 5th, 7 p.m. Cari Kent - firstname.lastname@example.org Diana Eckers - email@example.com Fifth Grade Girls Night Out Wednesday, May 6th, 7 p.m. Leslie McCarthy - firstname.lastname@example.org Laura Sullivan - email@example.com HAT DAY Fundraiser - May 15th On Friday, May 15 Alden students and faculty will be able to wear a hat in school for $1 to help raise money for Duxbury students in need of school supplies. All the money collected will be donated to the Duxbury Interfaith Council to purchase school supplies through the TLC backpack project. So mark your calendars and don’t forget your hat and $1! TLC Backpack Project Applications for Bus Transportation for 2009-2010 school year are now available on the Duxbury Public Schools website www.duxbury.k12.ma.us. Forms are due by June 15, 2009 in order to get the discounted rate. PTA NEWS Coming Events: “Hat Day” - Wear a hat of your choice on May15th Book Fair May 6 and 7 – 8:00-4:00 Staff Appreciation Week: May 4th - 7th! We're looking for volunteers to help plan a great week for our staff as well as donate a variety of treats. This is a fun and festive week for the staff and the perfect opportunity to let them know how much they are appreciated! If you're interested in helping or donating, please contact: Diana Ecker (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lisa Tower (email@example.com). Thank you! Attention 5th grade parents: Photos wanted of 5th grade students, for year end slideshow. Pictures wanted are school sponsored events (Science Fair, classroom events, etc.) If you have any photos, email them to Lisa DiVasta at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the names of the children in the photos. Thank you for your help. Empty Bowls Dinner to fight hunger Empty Bowls is the local combined school and community endeavor which is part of an international project aimed at eliminating hunger. DHS students in Ms. Papageorge's Ceramic Art Form classes have made the hand-painted bowls along with parents and community members. DHS Jazz musicians will be providing the entertainment, National Honor Society students will serve the simple meals and clean up after dinner, and Breadboard and Consumer Science students will be preparing the soup. DMS art students are also adding their artistic talents to this worthy cause by designing placemats for the seatings. Local businesses will also be involved by donating bread, desserts and drinks. All proceeds go to the Greater Boston Food Bank and the public is cordially invited to attend. ALDEN PTA SPRING BOOK FAIR The Alden PTA will be holding the Annual Spring Scholastic Book Fair on Wednesday, May 6th and Thursday, May 7th from 8:00-4:00 in the Alden School Library. Students will have the opportunity to visit the Book Fair with their classrooms. They may purchase books at that time or fill out a "Wish List" to shop later with their families. This is always a fun event for the children so we hope to see you there. Anyone interested in volunteering at the Book Fair please call Patty Guilfoile at 781-934-2617. Call for Entries! Design the Cover... for the 117th 4th of July Parade Booklet. $100 Cash Award! Ages K thru 8th grade. Designs must be 2 colors. Red & Blue only on white paper, no shad ing plea se. Drawings or computer art should measure - 6” wide x 7” tall. Based on this year’s theme: See parade website for more details/forms/cover contestwww.duxbury4thofjuly.com So come up with some great drawings.... Your cover must include “Celebrating Our American Heritage!” and “2009” Name, Age & Phone # on back of drawing. All entries must be received by May 15th. NO LATER! Mail or drop off entries to: Don Reed - 31 Captain’s Hill Rd., Duxbury, MA 02332 - 781-934-0726, email: email@example.com. Before and After Dark The Before and After Dark summer term flyer was sent home with students in grades K-7 last week. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 5th, at 9:00 a.m. at the Before and After Dark office in the Alden School. Please note that the times for the Fitness, Friends, and Fun class at Chandler School should read 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. For up-to-date course listings and additional registration forms, please visit the Before and After Dark link on the Duxbury Public Schools web page at www.duxbury.k12.ma.us. Many classes fill quickly, so register early to avoid disappointment! May 13, 2009 – PAC - 6-7:30 PM A silent auction will be held showcasing hand-painted pieces and jewelry. Tickets only $10 at door. Parents may reserve students' bowls in advance for only $5 extra. DHS PTO 2009-10 CALENDAR 1. SCHOOL ACTIVITY/EVENT DATES: All school activities, meetings, events to be published in the Duxbury Schools 2009-10 Calendar should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible and no later than June 1st. 2. CALENDAR ADVERTISERS NEEDED: Local businesses, home based businesses and consultants – take out an ad in the calendar and support the Duxbury Public Schools. Circulation: Approximately 1000 Duxbury families! Advertising Rates: • ¼ page= $75 • ½ page=$150 • Full page= $250 Ad submissions due date: May 15th. Contact Barbara Kosharek email@example.com or Cathy Dame at firstname.lastname@example.org. Music News String Orchestra Rehearsals Wednesday, May 20 - 2:00-2:40 Large Room in PAC Tuesday, May 26 - 2:00-2:40 Large Room in PAC Performance for Grades 3 and 4 - 2:00 Stage Concert: Tuesday, June 2, 7:00 p.m. in the PAC Report time for tuning and warmup: 6:30 p.m. Band Rehearsals in PAC Auditorium Wednesday, May 20, 2:00 PAC stage Tuesday, May 26, 2:00 PAC stage Performance for Grades 3 and 4, 2:00 in the PAC Concert: Tuesday, June 2, 6:00 p.m. in t he PAC.