PTO Post Volume 5, Issue 5

            <div class="paragraph" style="text-align:left;"> Tuesday, October 1, 2013                             Volume 5, Issue 4  <a href="" style="">View online</a><br /><br /><font color="#c2743b" size="5">Is it the GREAT Pumpkin?</font><br />You won't know unless you go…<br />to the 1st Annual Hardy Harvest Festival on <br /><font color="#c2743b" size="4">Saturday October 5 from 1:00pm-4:00pm in the Hardy front yard</font>. There will be a pick your own pumpkin patch, mini pumpkin painting and yummy harvest treats!  Stop by for an hour or grab a pumpkin on the run!  Just don't miss this awesome event.  Any questions, contact Jenn Irvine at <font color="#1b07f5"></font>.  Better yet, volunteer to help out!<br /><font color="#1601f4"></font><br /><br /><font color="#508d24" size="5"><br />Celebrate International Walk to School Day! <br />Monday, October 7th!</font><br /><br />In celebration of International Walk to School Day, Hardy Safe Routes to School will be handing out mood pencils to students who walk, bike, or scooter to school on Monday, October 7th.  Students who arrive by bus can participate in a short walk with Ms. DeFrancisco.  Please look for our table at drop-off!  Parents interested in volunteering with Hardy Safe Routes to School should email Alex Bilsky at <font color="#3402f8"></font>.<br /><br /><br /><font color="#3387a2" size="6">Book Fair coming this month!
</font><br />The annual Hardy PTO-sponsored book fair will be held in the school library Monday, October 21 through Friday, October 25. Best Book Fairs from Woburn will supply hundreds of titles from which to choose.<br /> <br />Each class visits the fair during its scheduled library time and children will be able to choose a book to purchase. We will also offer Parent hours on Monday, Oct 21 1:30-3 pm and Tuesday, Oct 23 11am-12 pm so parents can shop after school. In addition, the fair will be open during our special event on Wednesday, Oct 23 6-8pm <br /> <br />The purpose of the book fair is to celebrate books and foster an interest in reading among Hardy students. Proceeds from the event directly benefit the Hardy Library.<br /> <br />We need a lot of enthusiastic volunteers, so please join the effort! There are many opportunities to volunteer small amounts of your time during the day as well as during our Wednesday night event. A link to the sign up genius will be available through the Hardy School website. If you are unable to donate your time, please consider sending in food or drink items listed on our volunteer signup sheet. These items can be dropped off in the office up until the night of the event.<br />
Contact the event's organizers, Mary Kowalczuk at <font color="#0404f9"></font> with any suggestions or questions about the fair.

<br /><br /><br /><font color="#5848b7" size="4">Grade level and Teacher mailing lists</font><br />Do you want to stay informed with what is going on in your children's classrooms or grade.  You can subscribe to grade level and teacher mailing lists.  Visit <font color="#1f03f5"></font> and click on your child's grade.  There are links to sign up for grade level and teacher mailing lists.  The link will send a subscription email.  No message or subject is required in the subscription email.<br /><br /><font color="#8d2424" size="4"><br />Rick Riordan Wristbands…Available for Pick Up!</font><br />If you are attending the Rick Riordan event next week, your wristbands (your ticket to admittance) are ready for pick up at OMS. For more information, go to <font color="#1002f6"></font><br /><font color="#b748ae" size="4"><br />Shop Amazon and support Hardy School</font><br />Do you shop at  Do you want to help support the Hardy School?  You can do both at the same time.  Click on the link on before shopping and the Hardy School PTO will receive between 4% and 15% from Amazon.  There is no way to apply this promotion if you go directly to so please use the link on our home page or the link below.  The rebate comes directly from Amazon and there is no additional cost to the user.  Share the link with all of your friends and family.<br /><br /><font color="#033a0b" size="5"><br />Keep that money coming!!!</font><br />The Hardy Annual Appeal has already raised over $4,200 from 26 families! Thank You! We are well on our way to our goal – but if you haven’t donated yet, please consider doing so! (A gift of any amount is welcome and appreciated.) I've attached the appeal letter or donate on-line at<font color="#2105f4"></font>. <br /><br /><br /><font color="#d82f12" size="5">Share your Hardy Event Pictures</font><br />Looking for Hardy PTO sponsored event photos to add to our website.  I'm looking for colorful, community oriented photos that will reflect the great things PTO helps sponsor at Hardy.  In particular, Hardy Hoe Down, Kindergarten Puppet Show, Field Day and the Hardy BBQ etc.  Please keep files small and limit.choice the best ones in your collection.  Email directly to <font color="#1204f5"></font><br /> Many thanks--Aimee &amp; Brett Miller<br /><br /><font color="#508d24" size="5">Save Energy, Support Hardy!</font><br />Help raise $1,000 to the Hardy PTO while lowering your home energy costs! The Hardy PTO has joined forces with Sagewell, Inc. to get 100 Hardy homes to complete a free Mass Save energy assessment in October. Sagewell will donate $10 to Hardy PTO for every completed Mass Save energy assessment. If you have not had an energy assessment in the last two years, now is the time to get one! <br /><br />The next step is simple: go to <font color="#0303f1"> </font>and request your Mass Save energy assessment and you will get a call to schedule your in-home appointment at your convenience. Home owners will also get free Sagewell thermal image report showing where heat is escaping from your home (if available.)<br /><br />The program benefits are generous and some of the biggest energy-saving and comfort-improving products and services are completely free. Every Hardy household, whether you own or rent your home, should take advantage of the benefits. BONUS – Sagewell will donate an extra $10 for every oil-heated home that completes the Mass Save energy assessment because the savings are literally twice as large for those homes.<br /><br />If you have had a Mass Save assessment in the last two years but did not complete all of the recommended actions, call Sagewell at 617.963.8141 for more information. You may still be eligible for the benefits without needing to get another energy assessment. And you can still earn the donation to the Hardy PTO.<br /><br /><br /><font size="4">Important Upcoming Dates</font><br />Saturday October 5           Harvest Festival        1:00-4:00pm<br />Tuesday October 8            Early Release              1:00pm<br />Monday October 14           Columbus Day            NO SCHOOL<br />Tuesday October 8-11        5th Grade Science Camp    <br />Monday October 21-25     Book Fair<br />Tuesday October 22          Early Release                1:00pm<br /><br /><br /><font size="4">Important Information</font><br /><br />PTO meeting minutes – Missed the last PTO meeting? Or just curious about what goes on at these things?  (Still under construction)<br /><br />Safe Arrival – Please use this email address to notify the school by 8:30 am when your child will be late or absent, <br />You may also call the school at 781.316.3780. <br /><br />Message from the nurse:<br />Please remember to give the specific reason for your child's absence so the school nurse can identify particular illnesses that are spreading through the school. To receive updates and blogs on health, wellness and other related topics such as food recall Information, please

go to the nurses page at Also, mandatory health forms for medication administration, allergy or asthma action plans and other health related documentation can be accessed through this site. I will try and keep you updated on all recent events and information that can impact health and wellness. Thank you!

Brought to you by your PTO President, Jenn Irvine
Hardy School, 52 Lake Street, Arlington, MA 02474