PTO President Post – Vol. 9 / Issue 4 

            <div class="paragraph" style="text-align:left;"><font size="1"><span>Good morning!</span><br /><span>Happy Halloween! I wanted to send this post a bit ahead of schedule as there is a <span>Waldo Park community</span>event coming up. Also I needed to remind everyone of the <span>PTO meeting</span> on Tuesday, November 1st. Remember that everyone is welcome to the meeting.</span><br /><br /><span>Thank you to everyone who has donated to our Alternative Fundraiser. So far we have raised around $7,000. </span><br /><br /><span>The <span>Book Fair</span> is our next big event coming up the week of Nov. 14th-Nov. 17th. If the flyer has disappeared from your house, all the information is posted right on the  </span><span><a href="" target="_blank">homepage</a>   </span><span> of our website. Please consider volunteering in whatever way is easiest for you. We will again have 2 events for parents to shop, one after school Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. and one on Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. The evening event will feature our Starbooks Café in the cafeteria. Thank you to our Kindergarten parents who have taken charge of this event!</span><br /><br /><span>Remember that <span>Arlington Orthodontics</span>  will be buying back candy and supporting our Hardy PTO in doing so. Check out the information below if this is something your child might be interested in doing.</span><br /><br /><span>The  <span>Thanksgiving Food Drive</span> will be starting on November 1st. Check your child’s backpack for information as to what foods to send in.</span><br /><br /><span>Lastly, please check out the <span>Arlington Youth Counseling Center</span>  event coming up in November. This organization supports issues and challenges faced by our Arlington youth.</span><br /><br /><span>Enjoy Halloween and remember to use the <span>Amazon button</span> on the  </span><a href="" target="_blank"><span>Hardy website</span></a><span> for all your shopping to support Hardy!</span><br /><span> </span><br /><span>Cédrine Bell, PTO President</span><br /><span> </span><br /><span>Tuesday Nov. 1st 6:30-8 p.m.<span>  </span>PTO meeting. All are welcome.</span><br /><br /><span>Thursday Nov. 10th 1:40-3 p.m. Book Fair set up.</span><br /><br /><span>Mon. Nov. 14th-Thurs. Nov. 17th Book Fair. Check flyer or website for hours and special events.</span><br /><br /><span>Wednesday Nov. 30th Shopping day at Helena’s to support Hardy PTO.</span><br /><br /><span>Tuesday Dec. 6th 6:30-8 p.m.<span>  </span>PTO meeting. All are welcome.</span><br /><br /><span>Thursday Dec. 8th 6-7 p.m. Gate Lighting.</span><br /><br /><span>Friday Jan. 27th<span>            </span>Movie Night! E-mail Bonnie Walsh to help (</span><a href="" target="_blank"></a>)<br /><span> </span><br /><span> </span><br /><strong><span>Community Events</span></strong><br /><strong><span>Halloween Event at Waldo Park, Monday, October 31st</span></strong><br /><br /><span><span>All are invited to the 11th annual Waldo Park Halloween Party on Monday the 31st.  We’ll gather at the Park beginning at 4 pm, and we’ll have a costume "fashion show" that’ll start around 4:30 - 4:45 pm.  A light dinner (hot dogs and veggie items) will be served after the fashion show, so that all who wish can eat a meal before trick-or-treating</span><span>.  (Waldo Park is located at the end of Teel Street, on the north side of Mass Ave, between Mass Ave and Broadway).</span> Also, if you would like to receive announcements of future Waldo Park events, please send an email to<a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</span><br /><br /><span>Looking forward to seeing many of you on October 31st!</span><br /><br /><span>Alex Hoffinger</span><br /><span>Friends of Waldo Park</span><br /><br /><strong><span>Halloween Candy Buy Back Courtesy of Arlington Orthodontics</span></strong><br /><span>Halloween is approaching and we are excited to announce that we will be having another <strong>Halloween Candy Buy Back Event</strong> to benefit <strong>Arlington Elementary School PTOs</strong> and our <strong>troops serving abroad</strong>!</span><br /><span> </span><br /><span>It was great having Hardy participate last year!  We sent over 800 lbs of candy to our troops and raised over $1500 for Arlington Elementary School PTOs!</span><br /><span> </span><br /><span>Please see this year’s event details below:</span><br /><span>Children will be invited to drop off their leftover Halloween Candy at our office November 4th and 5th.</span><br /><span>We will give the child or parent $2 / lb (max $10).  We will then make a matching donation to the child’s school PTO.</span><br /><span> </span><br /><em><span>Be on the lookout for the flyer coming home closer to Halloween.</span></em><br /><em><span> </span></em><br /><strong>Annual party to celebrate the work of AYCC</strong><br />This year, the “Out on The Town" Gala will be held on Thursday, November 17, from 7-10 pm, at Town Hall.   We are very excited about our keynote speaker, David Axelrod (former Advisor to President Obama and current CNN Senior Political Commentator), who is sure to lead a lively discussion just a week after the election.  In addition to his remarks, the Gala will include hors d’oeuvres, live jazz, raffles, silent auction items, and a cash bar.  It is a fun event and great opportunity to connect with members of the community.<br /><br /><strong>Mugar Property Update  </strong> (Hardy Parent contact Courtney Horowitz, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)<br /><span><span>The Mugar Wetlands is a 17-acre private property in East Arlington that has remained untouched for over fifty years. Oaktree Development plans to build a five story, 207 unit apartment building on this property, as well as 12 townhouse units. Recently, Oaktree applied for an Affordable Housing waiver as a way of bypassing several zoning laws that would normally make such a construction impossible, but were denied by Arlington’s Zoning Board of Appeals (because Arlington has already met the minimum percentage of affordable housing). Oaktree Development will now appeal to Massachusetts, and there is a high likelihood that the Housing Appeals Committee will grant them their waiver.</span></span><br /><br /><span><span>Any housing built on Mugar Wetlands will be zoned for Hardy Elementary School, which is already at risk for overcrowding. This new construction also will have an impact on Lake Street traffic and potential flooding issues of surrounding neighborhoods. If you have any concerns or comments on how this construction will affect you and your family, please write a letter to the Zoning Board of Appeals at the address below. </span></span><br /><br /><span>Zoning Board of Appeals</span><br /><span>51 Grove Street</span><br />Arlington, MA 02476<br /><span> </span></font></div>