PTO Post Volume 5, Issue 12

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Tuesday November 26, 2013     Volume 5, Issue 12

Holiday Giving Tree is up in the front lobby!!!
The fifth grade class worked hard this morning putting the stars together and up on our giving board.  All of the children that we will be buying for live right here in Arlington and need a little extra cheer.  I know our community can do it!  Please stop by with your children and help them pick out a star or 2 off the beautiful board in the front lobby.  All gifts should be wrapped and returned to the lobby NO LATER THEN TUESDAY DECEMBER 10!  Have fun making someone else’s holiday a little brighter….and THANKS!

Any questions…ask Jenn!

Balls, balls and more balls!!!
At the request of our PTO teacher representatives, each classroom was given a bag of balls to use during their own recess time!  Each class received a basketball, soccer ball, mini football and play ground ball.  Jump ropes are also on the way!  Go play kids!!!!

Hardy Celebrates the SEASON OF LIGHT
Ms. deFransisco has received so many compliments about the decorations in the front of the school, that we decided to continue with the beautification of Hardy.  MONDAY DECEMBER 2 at 6:00pm, we will light up the Japanese Gate and the Hardy School sign with beautiful white lights!  All holidays in the month of December involve the celebration of light and we want our community to know that we celebrate with them!  To this end, we will be stringing lights Sunday December 1 from 3-430.  We need a LOT of lights to make it glow, so please consider donating some strands of outdoor white lights to the cause.  You can leave them in the office or find me on the playground!  Have a wonderful holiday weekend!


AYCC came and picked up all of the wonderful food and gift card donations last Friday and were overwhelmed by the generosity of our community.  I am so proud to be a part of this school and you should be too!

Community Happenings
(If you would like to include a community event in the post, email the info to

AHS Girls Basketball Program

Holiday “Kids Night Out”

The AHS Girls Basketball Team invites all parents of elementary school kids 
to drop their kids off with the girls basketball coaches (all educators) and players 
while THEY spend a night out without the kids!

Who: All Elementary Schoolers, grades K-5
What: Games, crafts, activities, snacks, movies, and more
When: Saturday, December 14, 5-9 pm
Where: AHS Gym – Courtyard Entrance, Mill Brook Dr.
Cost: $20 for one child, $30 for two children, $40 for 3-4 children
(in the same family)

What an opportunity…
give the kids a day of fun, support high school athletes, 
AND have a chance to finish your holiday shopping 

The Fine Print:
Children must arrive between 5-5:30 pm and must be picked up by 9pm; checks (made payable to Arlington Girls Basketball) or cash only; each child must have a waiver and emergency information.

Directions to AHS Courtyard Entrance: Mass Ave to Mill St, & turn right if coming from Arlington Center/E. Arlington or left if coming from the Heights; take first left onto Millbrook Drive; Courtyard Entrance is at the end of Mill Brook Drive; gym is the first building on the right.

To confirm a spot for YOUR child, email:

Tell Your Teacher they are a STAR!
The Arlington Education Foundation STARS (School Teachers are Really Special) program is a way to say “Thank you for all you do!”   With your $15 donation, the teacher of your choice will receive a certificate that honors them with a gift in their name.  Consider a STAR as your holiday teacher gift (deadline is December 4 to ensure delivery before the December break). 
Program information and forms
The Arlington Education Foundation funds system wide initiatives and creative new projects to enhance the educational experiences of Arlington’s teachers and students.

Puppet Show at the ACA
Take the Trolley to “Jack and the Beanstalk”!
Hop on the free “First Lights” trolley running up and down Mass. Ave. on Saturday, December 7th and hop off at the Arlington Center for the Arts!

“Jack and the Beanstalk” by Dream Tales Puppets
Sat., Dec. 7th, 2 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts
41 Foster Street

Tickets $7; 3 for $20
more info:

Important Upcoming Dates

Wednesday November 26 Early Release 12:00 p/u
Thursday November 27 Thanksgiving NO SCHOOL
Friday November 28 Holiday NO SCHOOL
Monday December 2 Season of Light 6:00pm
Celebration Hardy Gate

Important Information

PTO meeting minutes – Missed the last PTO meeting? Or just curious about what goes on at these things?

Safe Arrival – Please use this email address to notify the school by 8:30 am when your child will be late or absent,
You may also call the school at 781.316.3780

Message from the nurse:
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