CS PTO Updates Week of October 12, 2021

Dear Country School Families,

We hope you had a lovely long weekend. Below are the PTO announcements and reminders for the upcoming week.

This week, you will find information on:

  1. Almost Sold Out – HALLOWEEKEND DRIVE-IN MOVIE!! 🧛 🎃 👻

  2. Final Week – CS Spirit Gear Online Shop

  3. Outdoor Country School Parent Forum – October 18

  4. Country School Council Voting Info

  5. Upcoming Dates

  6. Responsive Home Workshops

  7. Final week – WEEFC Principal for a Day

  8. WHS Pumpkin Festival – October 16

  9. Weston METCO Fruit Fundraiser

  10. Covid-19 Testing Program Enrollment & information – Gold ⭐️ for CS!

  11. PTO – Join the PTO, Weston Welcome Ambassadors & Seeking PTO Creative Arts Committee Volunteers

Best,

Taylor & Jessie

taylor.mcintire@me.com

jessiegrasshoff@gmail.com

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Country School PTO Announcements for the week of October 11 – October 15, 2021

1. Halloweekend Drive-In Movie 🧛 🎃 👻 Almost Sold Out!

Join your fellow Country, Woodland, and Field School families for a Halloweekend Drive-In movie showing of Hotel Transylvania on Saturday, October 23 at in the Weston High School student parking lot (closest to Rt. 30/Wellesley St. intersection). Gates will open at 5:45pm via the HS Main Entrance, and the movie will begin at 6:30pm.  Come in your best Halloween pajamas or a cozy costume if you like!  Cost is $40 per vehicle, and tickets are available through Eventbrite using the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-halloweekend-drive-in-movie-tickets-183905565497

Space is limited so get your tickets early!  BYO (nut-free) treats, as no refreshments will be served at this event.  In the event of rain, tickets will be exchanged for a rain date TBA.  All elementary families are welcome to participate regardless of ability to pay; please contact your school principal for financial assistance.

We hope to see you at this spook-tacular, school-spirited event!

2. Country School Spirit Gear  FINAL WEEK TO BUY!

Click here to see our new gear! Stock up, show your Country Pride, and get ready for Spirit Days!

You will be able to order gear until October 15th. After that, the store will be closed, and all items will be shipped directly to you or choose the “pick up” option and we will pick up and deliver to CS. We will not be able to accept orders after October 15th, so be sure to order today! We would love to have all of our students participate and have Country School gear for Spirit Days! If anyone needs financial assistance, please reach out to Erin Maguire.

We also have our *NEW* car magnets, stickers, frisbees, hats, and reusable bags! Click here to see our back-to-school inventory with pics, prices, and email us to order.

3. Outdoor Country School Parent Forum

Please save the date for an upcoming IN-PERSON Parent Forum.  On Monday, October 18th, Mrs. Maguire will host a meet and greet at the Field School, using their outdoor Arboretum.  This will be a nice opportunity to connect with many of you face to face, some for the first time!  It will also be a great way to connect with other Country School families.  Mrs. Maguire will send out more information later next week regarding how to access this space at Field School.

Outdoor Country School Parent Forum – Monday, October 18th

  • 8:15-9:15-Preschool, Kindergarten and First Grade Families

  • 9:30-10:30-Second and Third Grade Families

4.Vote for Country School Council

Elections will run from Tuesday, October 12th through Friday, October 15th at 5pm. Link to vote wil be sent directly from the school on Tuesday morning.

5. Upcoming Dates

  •  Monday, October 18th: Outdoor Country School Parent Forum

    • 8:15-9:15-Preschool, Kindergarten and First Grade Families

    • 9:30-10:30-Second and Third Grade Families

  • Wednesday, October 20th: NO Preschool or Kindergarten (Parent Conferences)

  • Saturday, October 23rd: HALLOWEEKEND DRIVE-IN MOVIE

6. Weston’s “Responsive Home” Workshops (Zoom)

The research-based practices of “Responsive Classroom” are designed  to help students increase academic achievement and reduce anxiety and depression. Weston Public Schools are now offering free workshops for parents and families based on these educational practices. We are offering free “Responsive Hone” workshops several times over the course of the year, and hope you sign up to join us. We will be learning useful tips about using Positive Language, holding Family Meetings, establishing House Rules, explaining Logical Consequences, and demonstrating Interactive Modeling.

Workshop Dates:

Thursday, October 14th 9:00am-10:30am

Wednesday, October 27th 6:00pm-7:30pm

Tuesday, November 16th 9:00am-10:30am

Tuesday, December 7th 6:00pm-7:30pm

Please sign up to receive the Zoom link via email. All are welcome, thanks for your interest! Questions? please contact Amy Kelly, Director of Equity and Professional Learning, kellya@weston.org.

7. WEEFC’s Principal for a Day

Enter your Country student for a chance to be PRINCIPAL FOR A DAY! Click here through 10/15 to buy 2 chances for $10, 5 for $20, or 15 for $50. One winner per elementary school will be drawn in mid-October, and all funds collected will be used to support enrichment programs in our schools. All elementary students are welcome to participate, regardless of their ability to donate. Please email weefc02493@gmail.com for financial assistance.

8. WHS Pumpkin Festival – October 16

The WHS Pumpkin Festival Committee would like to cordially invite you and your families to attend the annual WHS Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 16 from 12-4pm on the Weston Town Green (rain date is Sunday, October 17). All proceeds will benefit Camp Sunshine, a camp for young people dealing with terminal illnesses. If you would like to learn more about Camp Sunshine, please use this link. We are planning a wonderful day of Halloween and fall themed activities, including pumpkin carving, food sales and a silent auction. Children can expect to participate in a variety of activities including arts and crafts, wish cards, games and face painting. The Bubble Man, the Weston Police Department and the Weston Fire Department will be joining us as well! We are looking forward to seeing everyone there! Per the Weston Board of Health, if you are experiencing Covid-like symptoms we kindly ask that you stay at home and join us next year. Masking is encouraged, but not required, for outdoor gatherings. Masks are required should you need to go inside Town Hall to use the restrooms. If you are unable to attend this event and still want to support our students in their efforts to raise money for Camp Sunshine, please consider donating to our JustGiving page. Thank you for your support!

9. Covid-19 Testing Program Information & Registration

Gold ⭐️ for CS! We have the highest percentage of students enrolled in voluntary weekly testing in the district!  Let’s help keep Country School safe! Please take a moment to complete the one-time registration. More info found here. Registration is quick and easy, as is the testing itself. The weekly test only takes less than a minute out of your child’s day, and kids who participated last year enjoyed it! Questions? Contact gaynorj@weston.org.

10. Weston METCO Fruit Fundraiser

The Weston METCO Fruit Sale Fundraiser is back! 100% of the proceeds raised go to help support Weston High School METCO Student Activities. Just click here or the link below to log on to our group fruit sale website. We will begin accepting orders on October 4th, 2021. If you would like to pay by cash or check, please contact Maureen Cabral at 781-786-5850 or CabralM@weston.orghttps://freshfruitorder.org/WestonMetcoFruit/Organizations/LandingPage.aspx

11. PTO – Join the PTO, Weston Welcome Ambassadors & Seeking PTO Creative Arts Committee Volunteers

Join the PTO:

  • Please consider joining the Weston PTO or renewing your membership for the 2021-2022 school year if you haven’t already!

  • PTO members receive exclusive access to a mobile directory app and a weekly email newsletter with school updates and community events. PTO enriches our students, connects parents, and creates a community. Volunteering is not required, but much needed and appreciated!

  • To join or renew, visit: https://westonpto.membershiptoolkit.com/

  • Please contact Michelle Raymond and Allison King, PTO 2021-22 Membership Chairs, if you have any questions, at ptowestonmembership@gmail.com.

Seeking PTO Creative Arts Committee Volunteers!

  • Weston PTO is looking for new members to join the Creative Arts Committee. We bring professional performing artists and authors to the students of Weston.  Programs are funded through the generosity of WEEFC and the Weston PTO.  Members collaborate with teachers and administrators to select performing artists and authors that support and enhance curriculum, as well as provide enriching art experiences.

  • There are different levels of engagement, and volunteers should expect to commit between 2-5 hours per month as a committee member. Responsibilities include attending monthly meetings to share ideas and resources, attending previews of performers at local schools and showcases, and acting as liaison to Weston schools to book artists.

  • Please contact Heidi Estrada (heidifestrada@gmail.com) for more information.

Weston Welcome Ambassadors – SIGN-UP

  • The PTO has a new program. When your family first started in the Weston Public Schools, did you wish you could reach out to a current parent to ask your big and small school-related questions, get advice on where to find specific activities for your kids, or how to get involved in the schools and/or town? If you would like to help welcome a new family to WPS, please consider becoming a Weston Welcome Ambassador. It is fun, impactful, and strengthens our wonderful community! If interested, please email Kirstin Schena (kirstin_gollop@hotmail.com) and Erika McAuliffe (erikam.mcauliffe@gmail.com).

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