Conant School PTO Newsflash - Week of October 14, 2018


Growth Mindset Tree from the 3rd Graders!
Coming Up! 
  • Enrichment Assembly Tanglewoods Marionettes(grades K-3*): October 18
  • 37th Annual Conant Artisan & Craft Fair: October 21
  • Sargent Camp 6th grade: October 29 -31
  • Halloween Parade: October 31
  • * - Dates may change
37th Annual Conant Craft Fair, Sunday, October 21

The 37th Annual Conant Craft Fair is just two weeks away!
The Conant Craft Fair has grown into one of the best craft fairs in the area. It brings diverse and talented artisans from New England together.  
This is the Conant PTO's largest fundraiser and is run by the PTO. ALL proceeds benefit our children. The success of this event is due to the participation and volunteer efforts of our wonderful parents and teachers. 
There are many opportunities for volunteering. Join us, meet other Conant families, help our school, and have fun!

We need lots of volunteers to help set up, during the event, and clean up.

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY VOLUNTEERED. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED BUT HAVE NOT SIGNED UP PLEASE DO THIS SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. IT MAKES IT VERY HARD FOR OUR VOLUNTEER COORDINATORS TO GET ORGANISED IF EVERYONE SIGNS UP AT THE LAST MINUTE. 

Sign Up in 3 easy steps:

1. Go to this link on Volunteer spot http://signup.com/go/CghJYaM
2. Just enter your email address (you need not register on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign Up.

Calling all bakers!
A special call out to all the bakers in the Conant community. Please consider baking for the bake sale that is held during the Annual Craft Fair. With your generous donations of baked goods, the bake sale is able to make 100% profit that is directly put back into programs for our children! Popular items are bar cookies, cupcakes, breads, pies, muffins, cakes, and cookies. 
Remember that baked goods will be sitting out at room temperature for a number of hours. Please do not use ingredients that need to be refrigerated. Baked goods drop off will be on Saturday, October 20th  at Conant from 8am to 11am. 

Sign up to bring your baked good at: VolunteerSpot Link: http://signup.com/go/CghJYaM   

If you have any questions regarding volunteering, please email us at  craftfairvolunteer@conantpto.org

Thanks
Craft Fair Volunteer Coordinator Team

October Notes from the Reading Teacher

Lunch Bunch Book Clubs

October 1st marked the kick-off of Conant Lunch Bunch Book Clubs. The students exhibited so much enthusiasm for this initiative, it was necessary to schedule multiple meeting times for many of the titles! Currently,  third-fifth grade students meet with Mr. Sugrue, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Armstrong, or myself. However, the students have ownership over the meetings and the topics discussed. It was hoped that this initiative would provide an opportunity for students to read as part of a school-wide community. This relates to the October theme, Belonging, of our Super Reader initiative. Due to overwhelming student interest, book clubs will be offered throughout the school year.

October Super Reader: Belonging

This month, families can support our Super Reader initiative at home by selecting and discussing texts where a sense of belonging is a prominent theme. Click here for the Super Reader Family Guide related to Belonging, and click here for an extensive list of strength-specific texts organized by grade levels. This is a school community initiative, and your role and partnership in this endeavor is truly valued. Thank you!

Growth Mindset: "My Brain is Like a Muscle that Grows!"

This month as part of our Growth Mindset initiative, the students are learning about the anatomy and function of key parts of the human brain. They are introduced to the concept of neuroplasticity, as well as metacognition, that is, self-awareness related to one's thinking processes. In addition, students learn that practice creates strong pathways between neurons, thereby facilitating learning. This is an exciting month where the brain is likened to a muscle that improves with exercise. Click here for growth mindset parenting links. Click here to view a compelling National Geographic video that examines brain plasticity in London cabbies.

Thank you for all that you do to support the students and our school community. Hoping to see you on the 21st at the Annual Craft Fair!

~Mrs. Pastor, Conant Reading Specialist


Annual Giving Appeal

Our Annual Giving Appeal will kick off on Monday 15th, please check your child's backpack for our donation card and flyer, they should have gone home on Friday.

The PTO goal is to raise $32,370 to pay for classroom assistants, educational supplies, enrichment assemblies and community building. An average donation of $100 per family will get us to this goal. 

Without your support we are unable to fund so many great activities for all our children, such as the great author visit we just had onThursday for our 4-6th graders, Michael Tougias of The Finest Hours fame!

Last year we had 40% family participation in our appeal, this year we are aiming for 50%. So please help us achieve our goals and donate to our PTO.

You can donate online, via our Paypal account. 
Thanks
The PTO Executive Board
Conant School PE Event!: October 29

PTO Calander 2018-2019
District Family Learning Series 
Stay Connected!

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https://conant.abschools.org

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