PTO President Post – Vol. 9 / Issue 9

Hello everyone!

As we get ready to be hit by the biggest snow storm of this winter, I wanted to send out a huge thank you to Patsy O’Brien for the amazing auction. We raised over $8000 for the overhead technology.

The evening was wonderful; Joe Marshall was such an entertaining M.C. and DJ—thank you, Joe! Thank you to all parents who contributed with donations, bidding and helping out in many other ways. Thank you, teachers for the amazing experiences for the kids that you donated.

Thank you to all who keep giving to the Alternative Fundraiser–$15,000 has been raised so far! Remember to check if your workplace will match your donation. More mini-grants have gone out.

Second grade is getting bulletin boards to show off their work. A new laminator has arrived. First grade got a Carnival enrichment program as well as a new set of level reading books for each classroom. The library got new books. For enrichment this month, all the children were treated to an assembly on anti-bullying. The presenter used laser lights and songs that the kids knew to emphasize the message about the RIGHT thing to do. Please ask your child what each letter stands for. Thank you, parents, for all your support!

Next up is Literacy Night on Thursday, March 23rd from 6-8 p.m. This is a wonderful event for the younger and older kids. The younger kids enjoy listening to books read by special guests in rooms especially decorated for the evening. Older kids (4th and 5th grade) can help lead groups of children between the different rooms. Please help out if you can. The organizers, Pete Gast and Marga Varea, need some materials, baked goods and help setting up and cleaning up afterwards. Check out the Signup Genius.

Class field trips and Field Day will soon be here. Over the next 3 weeks, you can submit your orders for Field Day shirts (on the Hardy website). We have some shirts right now, but will need to order more. The order for shirts will be submitted onFriday, April 7th. Make sure to submit yours by then.

Lastly, if your child is missing clothing items, make sure to visit the cafeteria “Lost and Found Alley” this week. Next Monday, March 20th, clothing is being gathered and donated to Goodwill.

Happy shoveling tomorrow! And don’t miss the Community Announcements below.
Cedrine Bell,
PTO President

Thursday March 23rd, 6-8 p.m. Literacy Night
Friday March 31st, 9-10 a.m. Hardy School Spring Concert
Tuesday April 11th, 6:30-8 p.m. PTO meeting in the library. All are welcome!
Friday April 7th, 2:30 p.m. Deadline to order Field Day t-shirts.
Wednesday April 26th Walkathon after school!

Community Announcements—Green Team, Teosinte, Baseball/Softball
Hardy Green Team
We have a GREEN TEAM!

The Green Team is an environmental club for Massachusetts schools sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Green Teams are students, teachers and the school community working together to help the environment by participating in activities that promote waste reduction and recycling, composting, energy conservation, and pollution prevention. Participating classes receive certificates of recognition and are eligible to win awards.

Being a part of the Hardy Green Team is easy! Sign up to help lead or run Green activities throughout the year: Please check us out here.

Hear great, local music and support a great, local non profit at the same time!
Imagine: the Beatles in the 70s
Family Folk Chorale
Ticket sales to benefit the Arlington Teosinte Sister City Project

Sunday, March 19, 3:00pm
Arlington Town Hall, 739 Mass. Ave.
Tickets $15, child/senior $12
www.familyfolkchorale.brownpapertickets.com (password: teosinte)

The Arlington-Teosinte Sister City Project and the Arlington Public Schools have been working together since 2009 to advance global awareness and promote social justice in our youth. ATSCP is pleased to be partnering again with the talented Family Folk Chorale, who has generously offered to donate a portion of ticket sales to our non-profit.

Enjoy a fabulous Sunday afternoon concert featuring the music of the Beatles in the 70s and support Arlington Teosinte Sister City Project at the same time! Buy tickets with the password “teosinte” at www.familyfolkchorale.brownpapertickets.com and 20% of ticket proceeds ($3 per ticket) will be donated to Arlington Teosinte. Don’t forget to use the password to access the Arlington Teosinte Friends tickets.

Baseball and Softball for Boys and Girls

To be eligible, children must live in the town of Arlington.
The baseball program includes boys and girls ages 4 through 12 years old on April 30.
Go to the AYBSA website www.aybsaonline.org to register.

Please visit our website www.aybsaonline.org and if there are any questions send emails to aybsa.info@gmail.com.

Baseball Tee Ball Age 4 thru 6 (Age of child on April 30)
This Instructional League is intended to teach basic skills (throw, hit, catch flies, field grounders, and run bases) to small groups of boys and girls. The first half of each session is devoted to instruction. The second half of each session is used for game playing using a batting tee. Tee ball team’s practice/play on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 3:00PM to 4:30PM at various fields throughout the town. Rosters will be set around mid April and the first session will be the first weekend of May and ends on Father’s Day weekend in June. Rosters are generally based on school districts.  Registration fee is $160.00
 Baseball        Double A (AA)   Ages 6 & 7 (Age of child on April 30)
This Instructional League further teaches basic skills (throw, hit, catch flies, field grounders, and run bases) to small groups of boys and girls.  Rosters will be set in the middle of April and practices will be scheduled soon after.  The season will start the first weekend of May and end late June.  Generally, there will be 2 games a week with one of them on the weekend.  Games start at 5:30pm during the week and various times on the weekend.  Registration fee is $190.00
 Baseball      Eights   League ages 8 (Age of child on April 30)
This league is for Eight year olds.  The purpose of the league is to be slightly more competitive than AA with more of the rules of the Major division.  This age group will participate in a try-out/evaluation late March.  After the try-out there will be a selection process to construct rosters base on talent and school district.  The rosters will be finished by the early April and practices will begin soon after.  Game will start after the April school vacation and end late June.  There will be 2 to 3 games a week with one being on the weekend.  Start times during the week will be 5:30 PM. Registration fee $225.00
 Baseball        Niners  Age 9 (Age of child on April 30)
This age group will participate in a try-out in late February/early March   After the  will be drafted on to Niners League teams.  The number of teams Niner’s league will be determined by the number of children who sign-up.  The rosters will be finished by the middle to end of March and practices will begin late March, early April.  Game will start during the April school vacation and end late June.  There will be 2 to 3 games a week with one being on the weekend.  Start times during the week will be 5:30PM, 5:45PM, or 7:30PM. Registration fee is $250.00.
 Baseball  Triple A (AAA)/Majors    Ages 10 thru 12 (Age of child on April 30)
This age group will participate in a try-out in late February unless they were on a Major league team last year then they are only required to register.  After the try-out there will be a draft to fill the 10 Major league rosters.  After the Major draft the remaining 10 to 12 year olds will be drafted on to the AAA teams.  The number of teams in the AAA will be determined by the number of children who sign-up.  The rosters will be finished by the middle to end of March and practices will begin late March, early April.  Game will start during the April school vacation and end late June.  There will be 2 to 3 games a week with one being on the weekend.  Start times during the week will be 5:30PM, 5:45PM, or 7:30PM. Registration fee is $250.00.

 SOFTBALL
Girls Fast Pitch Softball, U15 Age Group 
Open to girls ages 13-15.  The 2017 goal is to have in-town program.  League is competitive, playing by full fast pitch rules.  Teams will be selected by draft.
Space could be limited to maintain roster size – don’t miss out register early.
Girls Fast Pitch Softball, U12 Age Group 
Registration for girls ages 11 and 12 (as of 12/31/16).  This is a competitive league, while still instructional.  Players pitch, play six innings with patched umps and some modified rules.
Girls Fast Pitch Softball, U10 Age Group 
Registration for girls ages 9 and 10.  Focus continues to be on building skills but adds the game components.   Teams may be selected by draft
Go to the AYBSA website  www.aybsaonline.org  to register AND GET ALL OF OUR INFORMATION