PTO President Post – Vol. 8 / Issue 08  

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Hello everyone!

I hope that you all had a relaxing break. First of all, I understand that a lot of parents and children are upset over the loss of the trees on the playground, especially since our school has so much pavement and it gets so hot in the warmer months. If you would like to see trees replanted on the playground area but in more appropriate spaces, please contact me or come to the next PTO meeting. It only takes the effort of a few Hardy parents to get tasks accomplished; just look at our Hardy enrollment committee.

Speaking of which, if you have yet to follow what is going on with the challenges of overcrowding in the Arlington schools, I urge you to sign up for the Hardy google group.  If you are already on it, tell your friends.  The Hardy enrollment committee does an amazing job at keeping everyone updated on the happenings at the various town and school committee meetings. Every child, whether in Kindergarten or in 5th grade is going to be affected by the huge enrollment growth and lack of classroom and facilities space. Please follow the link here to stay informed:!aboutgroup/hardyenrollment

Unfortunately, lice are in our school. It is not a seasonal problem or one that goes away. As much as we hate them, they are “just” a nuisance and not the next pandemic. However, when, night after night, you’re stuck picking your kids’ heads, it is overwhelming. I am happy to contact Nitwits to come do a presentation on how to get rid of lice in your home. They bring in protocols to follow and freebies to take home. But I will need you to show up. Last time our nurse, Cara Dalton, brought them in, 2 parents showed up. Please fill out the quick survey to let me know if you are interested in coming and if so, when is the best time. If none of the times/dates on the list are good, let me know when would be best.

Also, below you will find information regarding the AEF Trivia Bee, the Cause + Event run and lastly, but not least, the fundraiser for Arlington EATS, Beats for EATS.

Please join us for our next  PTO meeting on Tuesday, March 1st at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Cédrine Bell, PTO President

Arlington EATS
As many of you know, Arlington EATS was founded in May of 2014 to help make sure that the over 500 students in our area who receive free and reduced price lunch during the school day, still have enough to eat when school is out.  Last year Arlington EATS and the 300+ volunteers who make the program possible, provided more than 5000 summer meals, served over 7000 snacks and distributed over 34,000 pounds of fresh produce and rescued food for the weekends.  It’s been a lot of work and a lot of fun!  
And on Saturday, March 5th, the Town is going to celebrate this work and hopefully raise some money to feed even more kids.  So book your babysitters now and join us!
beats for EATS
Arlington Town Hall 
Saturday March 5; 7:30-11:00
With two fabulous bands: 
(Arlington’s beloved) the Social no. 11 and
(Coming from Boston) Afro D All Starz
AND food with a cash bar
AND an amazing SILENT AUCTION with items like backstage passes to see Yo-Yo Ma at Taglewood. Weekend tickets to the Lyric Stage, Red Sox games, and an American’s Test Kitchen taping.  A behind the scenes tour of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and classes and lift tickets and restaurant gift certificates… and more!
Buy tickets in advance here: 
And if you can help set up or volunteer for an hour during the event, we would appreciate it! (unfortunately, all volunteers must be 21+)
Please spread the word!  Hope to see you there!
The Arlington EATS Team
Join me in supporting Arlington EATS–Setting A Place at the Table for EVERY Child!
January AEF Update
The Arlington Education Foundation awards grants to teachers to enhance the curriculum.  Your donations are making a significant impact in Arlington.

AEF relies on community donations and awards over $100,000 to the Arlington Public Schools each year.  Visit AEF’s Web site for more information or to donate.

Cause and Event Race 

The Cause+Event race is looking for volunteers from among our Hardy school affiliates! 10 volunteers = $100 for Hardy School PTO! Let’s not let the STRATTON school beat us! If you’re interested, then please contact Tracy  Manty via email:

Also, please join the Hardy School team and/or choose Hardy PTO as your non-profit beneficiary when you register for the race! Register now at