CS PTO Announcements November 8 – November 12, 2021

Dear Country School Families,

Below are the PTO announcements and reminders for the upcoming week.

This week, you will find information on:

  1. Where to find CS info 24/7

  2. Running list of Weston Youth Sports/Activities signups

  3. Upcoming Dates

  4. Annual CS Clean Up Day – 11/11

  5. Ongoing: METCO matters fundraiser

  6. Ongoing: Bristol Lodge Thanksgiving Drive (flyer attached)

  7. PTO Parent Ed Presentation – 11/17  (flyer attached)

Interested in specific topics to be covered in a Principal Forum with Mrs. Maguire? Fill out this FORM to help us plan the next forum.

Taylor & Jessie  Country School PTO Co-Chairs taylor.mcintire@me.com  jessiegrasshoff@gmail.com

Country School PTO Announcements for the week of November 8 – November 12, 2021

1.General Country School Info

https://www.westonschools.org/country/ Click “Latest News” for everything CS.

Calendar – click “subscribe” to auto populate your personal calendar with CS updates in real-time.

2. Weston Youth Sports & Activities Registration Info

running list of local programs and activities with links to signups and more information. If you have suggestions for activities to add, email taylor.mcIntire@me.com.

3. Upcoming Dates

  • Thursday, November 11th – NO SCHOOL, Veteran’s Day

  • Thursday, November 11th, 9-11am: Annual School-Wide Cleanup Day at CS

  • Monday, November 15th, 2:45pm: Country School Council Meeting (Zoom)

  • Wednesday, November 17th: Picture Day retake

  • Wednesday, November 24th: Early Release for all of CS at 11am for Thanksgiving Break

  • Thursday, November 25 & Friday, November 26: NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break

4. Annual Weston School-Wide Cleanup Day (November 11)

Join us for the annual Weston school-wide cleanup day at COUNTRY on Thursday, November 11, from 9-11am. Join us in helping to take care of our school community! Bring the family and help pick up trash around the school grounds and playgrounds. Social distancing is required. BYO sanitizer, gloves and trash bags. Organized by PTO Green Team.

5. METCO Fundraiser – “METCO Matters” Merch on sale now!

Click HERE to learn more or visit the online store HERE.

6. PTO Thanksgiving Drive For Bristol Lodge & Homeless Shelter

**The CS 2nd graders help oversee the collection of the items. During the next few weeks, they will make use of their data collection and graphing skills as the goods begin to pile up. On Wednesday, November 24th, the collection will be sent off to Bristol Lodge. This drive always strengthens our community by bringing us together for a common good. Be on the lookout for lots of reminders and communications as we collect items over the next 3.5 weeks.**

Please support the Weston PTO and elementary schools’ annual drive for Waltham’s Bristol Lodge Food Pantry and Homeless Shelters. The drive will run from November 3 to November 24.  Children can bring non-perishable donations to the designated collection bins at Country. The goal is to collect at least 2,000 items from each elementary school!  Suggested items to donate include canned goods, pasta, boxed juices, cereals, kids’ snacks, condiments, baby food, dried beans and rice.  Pull top-lids are preferred, and all items must be non-expired.

In addition, given COVID, we are offering the option to donate a grocery store gift card (suggested stores are Stop & Shop, Star Market and Market Basket).  Please send grocery gift cards to Theresa Nibi, 73 Chestnut Street, Weston, MA or email to theresanibi@gmail.com.  Venmo donations are also accepted at @Theresa-Nibi (5010 last four digits of phone #).  Please involve your students and give!

7. PTO Parent Ed Presentation (November 17)

The Weston PTO Presents Dr. Jill Walsh:

TWEENS, TEENS, & SCREENS: Helping children and teens move away from tech overload and towards healthy tech boundaries.

Although there has always been debate about the opportunities and challenges with screen time, there was at least a list of best practices that we as parents could seek out as guidelines. Then the pandemic made technology critical for both our children’s academic and social experiences. What do best practices look like now? Dr. Walsh will go through practical and valuable parameters that we can establish to help set our children up for success navigating their technology. Particular focus will be on thinking about quantity vs. quality of tech use and addressing challenges like multitasking, tech as a mood management tool, and digital socializing. She will also address the recent data suggesting a link between Instagram use and mental illness in teens. While Dr. Walsh will provide a research-based approach, she is also a working mother of two technology-obsessed kids so she will also offer insights into which rules to follow closely and which to worry less about as we navigate this new period of digital engagement.

Wednesday, November 17th at 7 PM

Virtual presentation will be one hour followed by a Q&A.

Please register: https://form.jotform.com/212945048009152

Please contact Alison Yaeger-Krueger at alisonyaeger@yahoo.com , Sally Andrea at sally.andrea@gmail.com, or Kat Wilberton at kwilberton@yahoo.co.uk with questions.