WS PTO Update 11/1/21

What a busy time of year!  See below for updates regarding the following:
  • Bristol Lodge Food Drive
  • Weston Public Library Fall Book and Bake Sale
  • Weston High School Sophomore Class Haunted Circus
  • Picture Retake Day
  • Woodland School Council Meeting
  • Weston School-wide Cleanup
  • Parent Education Event: Tweens, Teens & Screens
  • METCO Merchandise on Sale
  • METCO Fruit Sale Fundraiser
Upcoming Events:
Bristol Lodge Food Drive Starts November 3rd!
Please support the Weston PTO and elementary schools’ annual drive for Waltham’s Bristol Lodge Food Pantry and Homeless Shelters.  The drive runs from November 3rd to November 24th.  Children can bring non-perishable donations to the designated collection bins at the Woodland School. 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 .  Venmo donations are also accepted at @Theresa-Nibi (5010 last four digits of phone #).  Please involve your students and give! 
Wednesday, November 3: 11:30 AM Dismissal
Thursday, November 4th – Saturday, November 6th: Weston Public Library Fall Book and Bake Sale
Please join us for the Annual Friends of the Weston Public Library Fall Book and Bake Sale in the Library Community Room. The book sale will run on the following dates: Thursday, November 4 from 3-8 pm (members’ preview). Not a member of the Friends? Join here today; Friday, November 5 from 10 am-5 pm; and, Saturday, November 6 from 10 am-2 pm. Don’t miss this chance to find great reads for all ages at unbeatable prices: paperbacks $1 and hardcovers $2! The bake sale will take place at the front entrance to the library.  It will run Thursday, November 4 from 1-9 pm and Friday, November 5 from 10 am-6 pm. The bake sale features huge cookies, brownies, cupcakes, pies, and more. Stop by to purchase a treat and support the Weston Public Library! 
Saturday, November 6th, 6-8 pm: Weston High School Sophomore Class Haunted Circus 
The high school sophomore class has been working really hard to put together an all-outdoor Haunted Circus and outdoor activity area for this year’s haunted house. The evening should be perfect for families with young children. Here are some details: 
WHERE: High school outdoors and on Proctor Field (ALL OUTSIDE!!!!)
WHAT: Haunted Circus AND a big activity area set up on Proctor Field for kids of all ages (who may or may not want to also attend the Haunted Circus), 
WHAT ELSE: pizza and snacks for sale at the Snack Shack!
HOW MUCH: $10/person or $30/family 
Monday, November 8: Picture Retake Day
Anyone who would like to get their child’s photo retaken or anyone who was absent on Picture Day can have their photo taken on November 8th.  If a student wants a retake and has purchased images, they should bring in their original purchase and give it to the photographer.  The photos will be taken inside.
Monday, November 8 at 2:30 pm: Woodland School Council Meeting
This meeting will be held in person in the Woodland School library.  Attendance for this in-person meeting requires that you wear a mask and show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test (taken within 72 hours of the meeting) upon entry.  
Thursday, November 11:  No school due to Veteran’s Day
Thursday, November 11 at 9 am: Weston School-wide Cleanup Day
Join us for the Annual Weston School-wide Cleanup Day, Thursday, November 11th, 9AM-11AM.  Meet in front of YOUR school.  Join us in helping to take care of our school community!  Bring the family & help pick up trash around the school grounds & playgrounds.  Social distancing required. Please join next time if your party is unwell.  BYO hand sanitizer and trash bags.  Organized by PTO Green Team
Wednesday, November 17 at 7 PM: 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.  Virtual presentation will be one hour followed by a Q&A. Please register:
Please contact Alison Yaeger-Krueger at , Sally Andrea at, or Kat Wilberton at with questions.
Notable Updates:
METCO Merchandise on Sale Now!
The Boston Weston METCO Parent Organization (BWMPO) is excited to launch their first fundraiser of the year for the John Hudson Memorial Scholarship.  The goal of this fundraising effort is to provide all Weston METCO seniors with a scholarship upon high school graduation.  This year, BWMPO is selling a variety of “METCO Matters” merchandise available online from now until winter break, click here to place an order!  Orders will be shipped directly to your home, no pickup necessary!  These items will make great stocking stuffers for the holidays and conversation pieces as to why METCO matters in our district community. Please reach out to BWMPO officers Keitrice Johnson and Mindy Wright with any questions about BWMPO or this first of its kind fundraiser and the John Hudson Memorial Scholarship. Thank you!
One of our school district’s projects each year has been to collect money on Halloween for UNICEF.  Like last year, UNICEF is not providing the orange collection boxes for children to take door-to-door due to COVID.  However, Weston’s students can still Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!  Donations can be made quickly and easily by clicking on the photo on the flyer (attached).  Please consider donating especially this year, when so many families around the world are counting on UNICEF’s help.  The UNICEF drive will run through November 2, 2021.