Conant School PTO Newsflash - Week of March 31, 2019

Mrs Crumlish's kindergarten class
Coming Up!

Tanglewoods Marionettes Perseus & Medusa 4-6th grades:April 4
Ice Cream Social: April 5, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
April Break: April 15 - 19

Friday, April 5, 2019 (6:30 pm to 8:30 pm)

Come join our Conant staff and families for a fun night of games, raffles, face-painting..... and of course ice-cream ! The flyer containing the event details and the ticket order form were sent home in children's backpacks. To avoid long lines and rush, we would like to encourage you to purchase tickets (both admission and raffle) in advance. Please note that the last day to buy the tickets in advance is Monday, April 1. Please send in cash or a check made payable to Conant PTO along with your ticket order form. 

Please note that all proceeds from the ICS event benefit the PTO run programs and events. Thank you for your support!

Cake donations and Volunteers needed:

Our energetic teachers and staff generously donate their time to this event by running the games -- CAKEO (BINGO) and the CAKE WALK. There are several of these games going on throughout the school and the prize for winning is a CAKE!  We ask for cake donations (over 280) so that we have plenty of cakes to give away as prizes. Please consider donating a cake or two or more (smaller cakes 4"to 6" instead of one large cake). Also, no cheesecakes, coffee cakes, breads, brownies, cupcakes or cakes that need refrigeration please! Your help with this is greatly appreciated

We need many helping hands to make this event a grand success. So please consider volunteering to help at the event.

Please click on the link below to sign up to volunteer at the event or to donate cake(s)

Thank you and looking forward to meeting you all at the Ice Cream Social!

Beth Ali and Rashmi Muralidhar 
ICS Team

Ice Cream Social

The Ice Cream Social is just over a week away on Friday, April 5th from 6:30-8:30.  Here is a sneak peek of a few items that will be raffled off.  Each classroom has created a One-of-a-Kind pottery piece that includes your child's name and fingerprint.  Also, this year we will be raffling off beautiful baskets full of handmade crafts and more(winners of baskets will be announced at Breakfast with Families). Raffle tickets will be on sale during the event or fill out and return the advance order form that was sent home last week. Purchase  price is 
1 for $5   3 for $10  or  10 for $20.

Help with Ice Cream Social

Our exciting Ice Cream Social is coming up on April 5th - save the date! This is one of our biggest PTO fundraisers of the year and an absolute blast for our Conant students and families. 

After 6+ years dedicated to planning this amazing event, our committed ICS Chairs are graduating so we are seeking 2 parents to shadow this year's chairs to learn the ropes and plan to lead the event next year. The chairs work closely with the PTO Board, teachers, staff and parent volunteers -- it's truly a team effort!

If interested in learning more about being a future Chairperson for the Ice Cream Social, please email us at We'd love to tell you more about it!

Spring Notes from the Reading Teacher

Please click here for spring notes from the reading teacher,  Ann Marie Pastor. 

Conant Celebrates - SAVE THE DATE!

When: Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Where: Conant School

Don't miss this stunning international and multi talent extravaganza!  The event features Ambassadors from around the world who will share their native culture with you.  You will feast on homemade finger foods, and your senses will be treated to amazing performances by our own Conant students. We strongly encourage students to explore other cultures' rhythms!

Please visit the link below for sign ups and the latest updates! Many thanks to our webmaster, Jing Zhang for setting this up so promptly for us!

Thank you!
Conant PTO "Conant Celebrates" Team

The Ice Cream Social is Friday, April 5, 6:30-8:30

Besides the regular ice cream, there will be soy ice cream and lactose-free ice cream available for those who need it. Please come have fun with our school community!
I sent letters out via Bright Arrow, our district email system, to parents of students with Life-Threatening Allergies in regard to the Ice Cream Social. If your child has food allergies and you have questions, you may contact me, Heather Makris, at or call me.
Warm and healthy wishes to all!

Spring Allergy Season is here

The leaves and flowers will be beautiful soon. Recess is important for everyone to participate in. It allows time for creativity and exercise. It helps the brain process the things the children have learned in school. It helps decrease stress. Help your children be prepared for the weather and mud.
If your child has a history of spring allergy symptoms, consider consulting with your child' pediatrician to find out if allergy medications should start soon. Preventing an allergic response can help the symptoms from getting too uncomfortable.
If possible, it is helpful for children who have a significant allergy to pollen, to wash their hands, face, and even damp wipe their hair when they come in from recess or just playing outside. When at home, changing clothes when you come in after being outdoors, will remove some of the pollen and also keep it from floating in your home. Showering or bathing before bed is a good idea as well.
According to the Academy of Asthma and Allergies, saline nasal sprays and rinses can help during allergy season. Saline is a special formula of salt and water. The saline spray rinses the pollen from the mucous membranes (inside the nose) thereby decreasing the exposure of the body to allergens. You can buy saline sprays and rinsing containers at the pharmacy or many other stores. At home, you can use the rinses that are in larger volume such as a "neti pot." Please be aware that we can give eye drops or oral medicines or saline spray as needed for the allergies if we have the Medication Permission form found on the Health and Nursing website with a physician's signature and a parent signature for consent. The medication must come in the pharmacy labeled package or original over-the-counter packaging. The State requires all medications to be brought in by an adult.
Asthma can be exacerbated at this time of year due to pollen and increased time outside as well as due to other irritants. The links below have very good resources. The Allergy and Asthma Network has an excellent magazine that is informative and easy to read. If you want to look at a copy, check with Margita or myself in the Health Office.

Health Office Help

Our Health Office needs some help with Kindergarten screening in May & June, please click on the link if you can help :

Annual Giving Campaign Update

Thank you to the 97 families who have already contributed to our Annual Giving Campaign. So far we have raised $11,940 through the Annual Giving Campaign, $1,682 through matching employer contributions, and $15,041 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.

Please provide email addresses with your donations for donation receipt delivery. All the donation receipts have been emailed to the parents who have made donations by 12/20/2018.

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