PTO President Post – Vol. 8 / Issue 11

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Hello everyone!

I hope that you made it to the amazing Literacy Night. Thank you to Margaret Muirhead, Amy Reese and Michelle Marshall. The rooms used for the event and the lobby of the school were transformed into a marvelous Dr. Seuss world. Thank you to all who helped out in any way. Also, on behalf of the 5th graders, a big thank you to all who bought plants. Never had the 5th grade raised so much money and parents run out so many times to restock on plants.

As we come towards the end of the year, we have 2 big PTO events planned, Field Day (see note below) and the end of the year BBQ (contact me, Cédrine Bell). Both events are in the planning phases. Please consider volunteering in some way for one or both of these events. Both are lots of fun and a great way to spend some time with the Hardy community.

Elections will be happening at the next PTO meeting. Right now we are accepting nominations. All nominations are due by Tuesday, May 31st. On Tuesday June 7th, we will hold elections at the PTO meeting. Please consider volunteering to be one of our vice-presidents for your grade level. Approach any PTO officer if you would like to understand better the role of different officers.
Below I have listed all the upcoming events as well as announcements about Hardy events and some in our community. Please take a few minutes to review them.

Have a wonderful day,

Cédrine Bell, PTO President
Friday May 21st-Sunday May 22nd                    Little Women by ACT

Saturday May 21st                                            5th grade Car Wash (Rain date May 22nd)

Sunday May 22nd                                               Cause+Event Run—Tracy Manty

Friday June 3rd                                                   Field Day (rain date is Friday the  10th)

Tuesday June 7th                                               PTO Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.   All are welcome!

Friday June 17th                                                 BBQ!     

Walkathon—Pledges are due. Please send them into the office for a final tally of this amazing student-walked fundraiser.

Family Literacy Night Seeking Next Year’s Organizers

This year’s Family Literacy Night marked our fifth annual celebration of stories. A big thank you to all the helpers who helped make this Dr. Seuss night zippy and zany, especially Amy Reese, Michelle Marshall, and Charlotte and Lucie Bell who added extra zest.

 If you loved the event and would like to see it continue as a Hardy tradition, please consider serving as an organizer next year. Library teacher Margaret Muirhead and Reading Specialist Claire Blumenfeld are stepping down from helping to stage this event, but they would very much like to see it extend into the future! If you are interested, contact PTO President Cedrine Bell. Thank you!
Field Day  planning is well under way and we are on track for another successful event. Please include the following information about Field Day volunteering in the PTO post.
The Hardy Field Day 2016 will be on Friday, June 3 at Thorndike Field. (The rain date is Friday June 10.)   Field Day is an annual Hardy event sponsored by the PTO and we need lots of help to make this a success. We need parents to staff events, to provide supplies, and to transport supplies to and from Thorndike Field.

Event Volunteering: Use the links below to volunteers for events. There are three separate sets of events at Field Day: Kindergarten events, Grade 1&2 events, and Grade 3-5 events.

·         Kindergarten Volunteers: K classes participate from 9:00 to 10:30. There are two types of Kindergarten volunteer jobs: serve as a class “usher” for a kindergarten class or help run an event. Ushers will help move the class from event to event and help run each event as needed. People who volunteer for an event will stay with that event. Use this link for K volunteering:
·         Grades 1 &2 Volunteers: These events run from 9:00-12:00. Grade 1 stays until 11:30 and Grade 2 until 12:00. Use this link to volunteer for Grade 1& 2 events:
·         Grade 3-5 Volunteers: Grades 3-5 events run from 9:00-1:00. Volunteer assignments and are broken up into two shifts: 8:30-11:00 and 11:00-1:00. Volunteers are also needed to distribute popsicles at Hardy from 12:00-2:00 after the children return from Thorndike. Use this link to volunteer for Grade 3-5 events:

Supplies and Transport: Click the link below to volunteer to provide supplies and/or transportation of supplies to and from  Thorndike Field.

All help is welcomed and appreciated!  If you have questions about Field Day, please contact the event coordinators: Michael Leen or Victoria Arthur  

 Thank you!
5th grade car wash and bake sale! 
The Hardy School 5th Grade Car Wash and Bake Sale  will be held on Saturday, May 21st from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (rain date is May 22nd)

This is an incredibly fun event that the kids love and it is also a fundraiser for 5th grade graduation activities. Please plan to bring your car by for a sparkling wash and pick up some delicious baked goods! 
Little Women by Lousia May Alcott
Looking for something to do the weekend of May 20th? Come and see Hardy’s own fabulous
actors, Robbie Stevens, Katie Stevens and Sydney Swilling in a stage production of Louisa May Alcott’s  Little Women.

7 PM Friday, May 20
7 PM Saturday, May 21
2 PM Sunday, May 22
Tickets: $10 – 
Available online and at the door

Presented by Arlington Children’s Theatre and Arlington Center for the Arts; 
Adapted by Thomas Hischak; Directed by Michael McCormack

Arlington Center for the Arts

41 Foster Street
Arlington, MA

This version of Little Women is a faithful, playful adaptation with plenty of dramatic action that will appeal to young actors and audiences alike. It is set in 1863 in New England and features four spirited teenaged sisters. Jo, Amy, Beth and Meg find ways to bring life to troubled times. With their chaplain f
ather away serving in the Civil War and their mother doing all she can to hold things together at home, the girls employ creativity and courage to help their mother while pursuing their own passions—Jo’s writing, Amy’s art, Beth’s service to the poor, and Meg’s pursuit to become a proper young lady.

Tell your Teachers they are STARS!  
Deadline June 3 (for delivery by the end of the school year)
The Arlington Education Foundation STARS (School Teachers are Really Special) program is a way to say, “Thank you for all you do!”   For a donation $15 or more, the teacher of your choice will receive a certificate that honors him or her with a gift in his or her name.  

STARS certificates make great end-of-the-year teacher gifts!  You can donate to STARS at any time during the year, but the deadline is June 3 to ensure delivery 
before the end of the school year.  
New this year – give your STARS online!
The Arlington Education Foundation funds system wide initiatives and creative new projects to enhance the educational experiences of Arlington’s teachers and students.
Community Dialogue Arlington

The Arlington Human Rights Commission, in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves,
presents an interactive Community Dialogue Arlington — Building an Inclusive and Welcoming Community
We will use a letter written by George Washington and video from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Arlington’s Community Read book Americana, to engage in a dialogue that uses our history as well as our present to inform our discussion about building an inclusive
community in Arlington that welcomes all.
Please join us on Tuesday, May 17 from 6:45-8:45 p.m. in the Robbins Library Community Room. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or questions please call 781-316- 3250.
This event is free and open to the public.