PTO Post Volume 5, Issue 20

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Monday February 24, 2014                                           Volume 5, Issue 20

 We’re Baaack!

I hope everyone had a wonderful vacation week!  I’m gonna jinx it and say, the snow is finally melting and we have lots of exciting events coming up that NEED YOUR HELP!  Over the next 3 weeks, our community will

Play Games…

         Hardy’s Family Game Night

Appreciate Our Teachers and Staff…

         A weeks worth of celebrating the ones who care for our kids!

Party like it’s 1922…

         Hardy’s 1st Annual Parent/Staff Night Out!

Celebrate Pi Week…

An entire week  devoted to getting kids excited about math!

We need all hands on deck to make all of these events a success!  Please read below, choose how you would like to be a part of our amazing community and sign up TODAY!

Hardy’s Annual Game Night   Friday February 28

Children will join with family and friends to play some oldie but goodie games and maybe find a new family game to love.  Bingo in the café is always a hit! 

Come join us for the budget friendly price of $5 per family. (benefactors are free)

Pizza will be available by prepaid orders ONLY at $2 per slice.

Sign Up to be a part of this fun laid back evening!

Need more info?

Contact Julie

Teacher Appreciation Week   March 3-7

It’s time to honor the hardworking teachers and staff with goodies and thanks. We’re celebrating it earlier this year so as not to conflict with other Hardy events that happen in May. 

We need several volunteers to make this a successful week. Please access the on-line sign-up sheet and let us know how you can help!  

After you sign up you will get additional instructions via email!

This year we’d like to continue to offer raffle prizes for the teachers. Thanks to generous donations by you last year we were able to have each classroom teacher go home with a prize! It would be great if this could happen again this year – there are 17 teachers! If you or someone you know is willing to donate gift certificates (to a restaurant, for a manicure, to the movies, to a shop, etc) or a gift, please let us know so we can arrange pick up from you!

The schedule of events is as follows:

Monday – delivery of a potted plant to each teacher/staff representing how they help our kids grow!
Tuesday   – a fun ice cream social for the teachers/staff after school featuring ice cream from Chilly Cow!
Wednesday – apples passed out to teachers and staff by the Hardy Junior Girl Scouts as teachers arrive to school in the morning.
Thursday – a luncheon for teachers/staff with food catered by Francesca’s and donated by parents.
Friday – breakfast for the teachers from Ms. DeFransisco!

 Thank you in advance for your participation in this great week!

If you have any questions please email Jill at

On March 8th the Arlington Center for the Arts Theatre will become the 
Hardy Speakeasy

This is an adult only party so book those babysitters, throw on your feathers and fedoras, dust off your dancing shoes and join us from 8:00 pm–12:00 pm for light fare and a open bar.  What a great way to meet other parents and chat with your child’s teacher…JUST FOR FUN!!!

Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. 

Click here to BUY your tickets online!

Check your child’s backpacks for your special invitation!

Want to be a part of the magic?  Contact Jennifer

Pi Week   March 10-14

The enrichment committee has been working hard to come up with fun and exciting ways to get our kids to love math!Math Morning…Monday March 10 at 8:10am

This math morning will kick off our Math March Madness week. Mid week we will have three speakers come to an all school assembly where the children will hear how local business owners use math in their everyday work. The week will end with a PI day celebration. We will have grade level math activities for children to work on and we will also display math work on our new bulletin boards in show it off alley. There might even be some PI….ummmm pie involved. 

Seeking Science Lovers!

Do you love to make Oobalak?  Have you been know to put Mentos into Diet Coke?  You are the creative geniuses we are looking for to inspire our children!  Hardy will be having our first ever Science Night in late April and we are looking for adults who love to play with science to come and share their cool experiments with our kids!  We are in the beginning stages of planning, but if you are interested, please contact Cedrine Bell


Box Top Raffle – Deadline Feb 24th.

You’ve already raised over $600 for our school!

Thank you!

We have a big deadline coming up to submit our remaining Box Tops – so let’s have a raffle!

Look for the Valentines Day collection sheet in your child’s backpack this week or print one here.  

Submit as many Box Tops as you can (you don’t need to fill the whole sheet), write your child’s name on it and return it by Monday, Feb 24th. The winner will receive a Capitol Theater/Creamery gift card.

Hardy Winter Concert   DVDs and CDs for sale

Want to reserve a copy? Go to

DVDs are $10 each. CDs are $5. You can also purchase DVDs or CDs from previous concerts (dating back to 2010).

Playground Pride!

Did you cast your vote today, yesterday, tomorrow…Please vote everyday for a chance for our school to win a $30,000 playground upgrade!!

Community Happenings

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

Arlington Trivia Bee
March 23
3-5 pm, Town Hall, FREE
Come cheer on over 20 teams representing schools, local organizations and even elected officials as they face questions about science, sports, history, arts & entertainment, Arlington Trivia and more!  There will be trivia, design challenges, activities and prizes for kids and audience members too. 

The event is sponsored by Arlington Education Foundation who provides grants to educators for creative new projects and system-wide initiatives in the Arlington Public Schools.  For more information, visit

Important Upcoming Dates                

         Tuesday Feb 25          Early Release                              1pm
         Friday Feb 28             Family Game Night                    TBD
         Mon March 3-7          Teacher Appreciation Week
         Tues March 4        PTO MEETING                                 6:30-8pm
         Sat March 8               Hardy Speak Easy                       8 pm-12pm
                                              Arlington Center for the Arts
                                               Get your Tickets NOW
         Sun March 9              Daylight Savings                     Spring Ahead
        Mon March 10              Math Monday                              8:10am


Important Information

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