Conant School PTO Newsflash - Week of December 16, 2018

Here are some snowy pictures from Mrs. Meek's 5th grade class, Mrs. Lemieux's 3rd grade class and
Mrs.Auger's 3rd grade class.

Coming Up! 
  • Winter Recess : December 24/2018-  January 1/2019
  • School Re-Open: January 2
  • Kindergarten Information Night : January 8,  ABRHS Auditorium
  • Breakfast with Families :  January 11, 7.50 - 8.50 am 
  • General PTO Meeting : January 11,  9am
  • No School Martin Luther King,Jr. Day: January 21
December Notes from the Reading Teacher

Lunch Bunch Book Clubs

Six groups of third through fifth graders are meeting this month for Lunch Bunch Book Clubs. The texts range in genre from humorous to realistic fiction, fantasy to animal fantasy allegory, and mystery as well. The students have shown themselves to be highly engaged and insightful contributors to lively conversations around books. Nearly sixty students are participating in book clubs this month; we applaud them!

Conant Literacy Team has Launched

A small, but dedicated group of educators at Conant have come together with the purpose of fostering literacy throughout our school community. We are busy looking ahead to Read Across America Day/Dr. Seuss' Birthday, as well as planning for other literacy initiatives within the building. It was the Conant Literacy Team, under the leadership of our retired reading specialist, Renee Luttati, that brought Super Readers to Conant. This year's team is brimming ideas. Stay tuned for future announcements!

Growth Mindset: We Love a Challenge!

This month at Conant, we are celebrating challenges. We recognize that engagement and commitment to learning are fostered by a certain level of challenge in concert with high expectations and a nurturing environment. Students benefit from opportunities where they can take risks. Failures are celebrated as opportunities for growth. Angela Lee Duckworth, University of Pennsylvania researcher and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, notes that it is that tenacity to grow from failures-a growth mindset-that bodes well for successful experiences. Click here to watch her 5-minute TED Talk.

Conant faculty loves a challenge too!

Favorite Family Read Aloud Books

The December recess can be a special time for families to enjoy a novel together. Even if your students can read on their own, they are never too old to be read to. We encourage you to set aside time to read together as a family in the same manner that some families enjoy a family movie or board game night. Some popular books for families include Frindle by Andrew Clements, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and others by Grace Lin, Charlotte's Web and others by E.B. White, Wishtree by Katherine Applegate, The Tale of Despereaux and many others by Kate DiCamillo,and so many more. Remember, a family trip to the local library can fill a winter afternoon with wonder. Click here for a link to the Nerdy Book Club's "top ten" lists.

Please visit the Conant Families' Website for more resources.

Wishing you all a safe and happy winter break with time to enjoy each other AND a good book, too!

~Ann Marie Pastor

The Conant PTO budget is focused on program spending (94%). We need your donations to continue funding our great PTO events. Over $30,000 is directed to the following:

Classroom Assistants: $15,000
The PTO pays for additional classroom assistants who work in the classrooms with ALL students to improve their learning experience. This is a reduction of 40% from last year.

Cultural Enrichment: $6,200
The PTO pays to bring outside culture and art to Conant School.
  • Authors Visits ($2,000) (this year Michael Tougias and Nora Dooley)
  • Assemblies ($4,000) (this year Tanglewoods Marionettes)

Educational and Recreational: $6,450
The PTO pays for items to boost Conant School programs.
  • Classroom Supplies ($3,000)
  • Conant Spirit Tee Shirts ($500)
  • Library Book Repairs ($400)
  • Summer Reading Program ($250)
  • Playground/Recess Equipment ($200)
  • Polar Pride Picnic ($150)

Community Building: $2,800
The PTO pays for events which strengthen our school community.
  • Breakfast with Families ($1,000)
  • Hospitality ($1,000)
  • Teacher Appreciation Luncheon ($300) 

Annual Giving Campaign Update

Thank you to the 52 families who have already contributed to our Annual Giving Campaign. So far we have raised $6.525 through the Annual Giving Campaign, $417 through matching employer contributions, and $12,474 through various PTO events . Thank you, once again!

We still have a long way to go to reach our goal. You can use this  donation form or use PayPal to donate.

Conant Logo Wear Coordinator

Attention Conant Parents!  Are you looking for a way to support the PTO in a small volunteer role that can be done from home, on the computer?  Please consider assisting Mrs. Bardsley with ordering and coordinating Conant logo wear orders (t-shirts, sweatshirts, pajama pants).  Contact Mrs. Bardsley for more information at  

Thank you!
Annual Giving Appeal Donation Receipts 

This year we have decided to email your donation receipts to you, so please check your inbox for those. Paper donation receipts are available under request, please send those requests to our Treasurer Lin Zhang,


Children are not allowed to stay in from recess for not being well. If a cough or asthma is a concern, your child can a neck warmer or a scarf across their face as this helps warm the air to prevent irritation from the cold air and coughing. This is school policy. If you are concerned that your child is not well enough to go out at recess, then please keep your child home to rest and recover more quickly. Resting a day or so is good for a quicker recovery for many illnesses. Drinking plenty of fluids as well is important.  If you are concerned about your child having a fever or getting one, please do not give them anti-fever medication before school. This only potentially exposes others to illness, including the teachers. 


Keep the following information at hand for reference.

Attendance at School:  Should I Keep My Child Home With This Illness?


Fevers are generally a sign of illness/infection. Your child should stay home if his/her TEMPERATURE is 100 F or above. He/she should not return to school until their temperature has been normal (97 - 99 F) for at least 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medication.

Cold, Cough, Sore Throat

Most children can attend school with cold symptoms as long as they do not have a fever.  If your child has a cold with a fever over 100 F, he/she should be kept at home and your healthcare provider should be consulted.  Your child should also stay home if they have greenish nasal discharge or cough production.  A sore throat with a fever, swollen glands, headache, stomachache, or rash may indicate strep.  You should consult your child's doctor for evaluation.  If strep is confirmed, your child may return to school after 24 hours of antibiotics, if they feel better.

Stomachache, Vomiting, Diarrhea

A child with vomiting and/or diarrhea should be kept at home until symptoms have resolved for at least 12 hours.  Your child also needs to be able to eat and drink normally before returning.  Consult your doctor if you suspect dehydration.

Red Eyes

Your child should stay home if he/she has red eyes that itch and/or have a crusty discharge.  Consult your doctor for evaluation of possible conjunctivitis.  Your child may return to school after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment.


Earache--Consult your doctor if your child complains of ear pain.
Toothache--Consult your dentist.
Headache--If headaches are frequent you should consult your doctor.  Dehydration, stress, and fatigue can cause a headache.


A rash is usually a sign of a viral illness. It also may be a reaction to medication, plants, or chemicals such as soaps or detergents.  If your child has an unusual rash or it is associated with a fever, contact your doctor.

* The best way to prevent the spread of infection is good hand washing.

* Give your child a separate towel and washcloth.

* Change your child's toothbrush after an illness and every 3 months.

* Have your child examined annually by her/his health care provider.

* School age children require at least 8-10 hours of sleep each night.

* A healthy diet is important in creating a healthy student.

* Please call your school nurse if you have any questions or concerns.

Please remember a sick child belongs at home...

Heather Makris,  BSN RN NCSN
(978)266-2550 x 2058
(978)264-3329 fax 

PTO Calendar 2018-2019

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