East School
PTO Newsletter
September 19, 2017
East Explorers
Sign Up for PTO Volunteer Opportunities for 2017-2018 

 Please Contribute to Annual Appeal

Spirit Shirt & School Merchandise at Back to School Bash

East School Fundraising Opportunities
 East School News
 PTO News

Town-Wide School News

Community News



Sep 27: Curriculum Night (Gr. 3-5)

Oct 4:  Curriculum Night (Gr. K-2)

Oct 30: Halloween Bash

East School News EastSchoolNews

Back to School Bash - Friday, September 29thBacktoSchoolBash

Join us to kick off the school year at the Back to School Bash, Friday, September 29th, 4:30pm-6:30-pm...hamburgers, hot dogs, and cotton candy! Bouncy house, slides, obstacle courses and the 5th Grade Floor Hockey Tournament! Also, visit your child's classroom from 4:30pm - 5:30pm. 

To RSVP for the Back to School Bash, please go to http://signup.com/go/gLHEHCG

Volunteers Needed - We can't do this event without your help so please consider volunteering. Please go here to help out with Back to School Bash http://signup.com/go/nWkuihd

5th Grade Floor Hockey Tournament at Back to School Bash- Friday, September 29th - CALLING ALL PLAYERS and PARENT VOLUNTEERSfifthgradefloorhockey

Join us at this time-honored tradition as the 5th grade classes play it out for the much coveted Floor Hockey Trophy. All fifth grade boys and girls are welcomed to play.

Parent Volunteers Needed - We can't do this event without your help so please consider volunteering.  We need coaches and extra hands to set up. Please contact Jess Buonagurio at jess0606@comcast.net if you would like to help with the floor hockey tournament.

Calling All 5th Grade Parents - We Need Your Support - Tailgate Raffle Basket at Back to School Bashfifthgraderafflebasket

Come support our 5th grade fundraising efforts by participating in the Tailgate Raffle Basket at the Back to School Bash on Friday, September 29th.  All proceeds from this effort will specifically go to funding 5th grade activities such as the yearbook, culmination, class picnic, etc.  For more questions about this year's 5th grade activities or how you can volunteer, please contact LouLou Healey (louloutran@hotmail.com) or Ashley Ghislandi (ashleyghislandi101@gmail.com).

It's time to contribute to the Annual Appeal!Appeal20172018

Red envelopes recently came home with important PTO information, including contributing to the Annual Appeal.  Paying for the Appeal is pre-paying for all field trips and enrichment activities for your child for the entire year.  We are budgeted to spend $130 per child this year so that is our target contribution amount.  Paying more helps ensure we don't have to cancel any programs for lack of funding.  If $130 per child is a hardship for your family, any amount counts.  Our goal is 100% participation at any level.  Families that contribute any amount will receive a directory once published and will be entered into prize drawings.  Contribute at  http://www.east-pto.com/donate-annual-appeal.html. Don't forget to apply for corporate matching if applicable.  For questions contact Chrissy Roberts at  cjrob47@hotmail.com.  THANK YOU!

Get your Spirit shirt and other East School merchandise at the Bash!SpiritShirt

Once again we will be selling East School merchandise at the Back to School Bash on 9/29.  For new families - colorful grade level t-shirts are sold for $10 and are used for some All School Meetings and every field trip.  Lots of other fun stuff available too - stock up on dismissal pads and pens and pencils while we still have a good supply!  Cash/checks accepted.  For questions contact Marybeth Leiphart at  mbleiphart@mac.com.

East School Fundraising OpportunitiesEastSchoolFundraisingOpps

Amazon Shoppers -  If you shop through the site  http://smile.amazon.com/    0.5% of your purchases will be donated to our school, just set up an account and dedicate your giving to East School.  The first time you go to  http://smile.amazon.com/  select a charitable organization - East Elementary PTO in Hingham. You will find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as the regular Amazon site you have always used.

Stop and Shop -  If you have a Stop & Shop card please log on to  www.stopandshop.com/aplus  .  Select customer registration and register using your Stop and Shop card.  East elementary code is 08065. 

Box Tops for Education -  Calling all kids, parents, grandparents, friends etc. We need your Box Tops!  They are worth .10 cents each and can really add up. Send them into school in a zip lock back with your child's teacher's name and drop them in the designated Box Tops/Labels for Education box in the office. You can also sign up on their website at  www.BTFE.com  to learn more ways to get box tops and get a complete list of participating products. Please check the expirations dates and send them in often. 

SAVE THE DATE: 5th Grade Moms & Guardians Night Out - Thursday, October 19th FifthGradeLNO

Please join us for 5th Grade Moms & Guardians Night out at the Corner Stop Eatery in Cohasset. This is a great time to catch up and make new friends before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  There will be a wine basket raffle and light appetizers. For more information, please contact Chrissy Roberts at cjrob47@hotmail.com.

PTO Information & East School Quick LinksPTO

2017-2018 PTO Board of Directors:

President: Suzanne Kracunas
Vice-President: Julie Robinson
Secretary: Nancy Faris
Treasurer: Katie Connelly
Communications Co-Chair: Sarah D'Souza, Kathie Cronin
Appeal Chair: Chrissy Roberts
Appeal Treasurer: Sarah Kuznia
Activities Chairs: Heidi Collins & Ashley Kalish
Fundraising Chairs: Jen Doan, Michelle Paterniti & Julia Whitney
Enrichment Chair: Kirsten Moore
SEPAC Representative: Jen Doan
Pop-Up Explorers Chair: Karen Deane
Member-At-Large: Yvette Kanter

Volunteer Opportunities for School Year 2017-2018PTOVolunteerOpps

Please consider volunteering.  East needs over 500 volunteers each school year to keep our programs running!

To volunteer, please go to east-pto.com and look under the "volunteering" tab to find the volunteering opportunities. 
Room parent, snowflake sale chairs, book fair, math olympic paper graders are just a few of the volunteering options - please take a look and sign up for what interest you!
Calling all room parent volunteers please sign up at  east-pto.com   under "volunteering" tab. Please sign up NO LATER THEN SEPTEMBER 24th!!!

We are looking to fill the open chair positions by September 29 so sign up now!

East School PTO Facebook

East School PTO has its own Facebook page! Click the link  https://www.facebook.com/EastSchoolHinghamPTO . "Like" us on Facebook and keep up to date with all our goings on!

Check out the NEW East School PTO Website! 

The new East School PTO Web site is your ONE STOP for all news and items related to the East School PTO.  Go to
http://www.east-pto.com/ to learn more and sign up for volunteer opportunities, upcoming PTO meetings including notes from previous meetings, PTO operating budget, current and archived East Newsletter and Digest, student activities, East Events Calendar, and more!

East School Web Calendar

Check out the East School Web Calendar for the upcoming activities and events.

East School is Now on Twitter!

To follow East School, please go  @EastSchoolHing.  There is an approval process so please expect a delay while we confirm your request.

Town-Wide School News TownWideSchooNews

Sep 22 (Fri): Join Cub Scout Pack 41 Hingham! Now enrolling grades K-4.  Stop by and check it out at our Open House, campfire, treats, fun & games  from  7:00 - 8:30 PM Wompatuck State Park  - Scout Area #1 (behind the Wompatuck Transfer Station - follow Pack 41 signs). Questions? visit us at  www.pack41hingham.com  or email us at  info@pack41hingham.com .

Children's Craft Market of Hingham - Saturday, September 23rd

Stop by the Children's Craft Market of Hingham on Sat. Sept 23 from 3:30-5 pmand support OCMS students and other local children who will be selling hand made crafts. Located in Downtown Hingham on the tunnel cap by Winston Flowers, this is a wonderful community event that supports children as creators and entrepreneurs. Bring small change and come for 15 minutes or stay awhile to hear the young musicians who will be performing during the market. To get involved please contact OCMS parent, Jenny Weymouth at jennyweymouth@gmail.com.

NephCure 5K Run or Walk Charity Event - Sunday, September 24th

Andrew Warhaftig is a junior here at HHS, battling a life threatening illness, and he needs our help and support on Sunday, September 24th.  His family is planning a NephCure charity event (5K Run or Walk) in Wompatuck State Park on Sundaymorning 9/24.  Andrew is battling a rare kidney disease called FSGS. There is currently no cure for FSGS and Andrew has already had 2 kidneys transplants, the first when he was eight years old and the second when he was fourteen. A transplant is just a temporary solution and the FSGS  is currently attacking his transplanted kidney.  Nephcure is the only organization doing research to find a cure for FSGS. His family hopes to see many HHS students and their families attend the event on 9/24.  This would mean so much to Andrew. You can read Andrew's personal story about what he has been through by clicking on the link below.  Please also use that link to pre-register by 9/21.  Students may need a parent to help since a credit card is needed for the registration fee of $15 for walkers and $25 for runners, all going to the NephCure charity.  Everyone who pre-registers will receive a shirt at the event at check-in.   Check-in/shirt pick up is at  9am  and the run and walk will start at  10am .

Hingham Women's Club Meeting at Tosca's - September 26th

The Hingham Women's Club (formerly the Hingham Mothers Club) will be holding their first meeting of the season on September 26th!  The HWC main focus is charitable giving and outreach in Hingham and the South Shore. We invite you to come to the meeting and see what we are about. Whether you just moved to town or are a long time resident, the HWC has a way for you to get involved. All are welcome to join us at our next meeting at Tosca's on Tuesday, September 26th at 7:30pm. For more information or to join the HWC, please visit our website  http://www.hinghamwomensclub.org  

Hingham Youth Wrestling, K-8th Grade

Learn how to wrestle, build strength, flexibility and balance, and most of all have fun. No experience necessary, anyone can join. Sessions start Nov. 28th - March, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 5:30-7:30pm at the HHS Wrestling Room. Please contact Damien Bogle at  hinghamyouthwrestling@gmail.com to sign up or call  508-889-5201.

Hingham Education Foundatuon (HEF) Spelling Bee - Sunday, November 5th

The Hingham Education Foundation will be holding the annual Spelling Bee on  Sunday, November 5th.   This is a fun-filled, community event for 2nd-5th graders that helps fund grants for the Hingham Public Schools. Online registration will be open from  October 2nd-October 8th  (or until a grade reaches capacity- 30 teams max per grade).  This event has become very popular so be sure and register as soon as possible.   https://www.hinghameducation.org/spelling-bee

Hingham Chess Club at Hingham Public Library

Hingham Chess Club (HCC) at Hingham Public Library Fall program will start on  Wednesday, September 20th from  4-4:30 for Beginner Lessons.   Advanced Lessons will begin on Thursday, September 21, also at  4 pmand ends at  5:00.   All lessons are held in the Whiton Room at Hingham Public Library.   Immediately following each lesson is Open Play, which is an opportunity for anyone to practice his/her chess skills and expand his/her interest in chess.   Open Play runs from  4:30 to 5:30 pm on Wednesdays and  5 to 6 pm on Thursdays.   All HCC lessons at Hingham Public Library are free, however to help offset the costs to fund the program, a suggested session donation of $10, or donation of any amount, is gratefully accepted by HCC.   For more information, please follow "Hingham Chess Club" on Facebook or contact HCC at  hinghamchessclub@yahoo.com .

Girl Scout troops are forming now!

Troops are organized by school grade (K-12), meet regularly during the year, and are led by a team of volunteers. Annual membership is $40 per girl and financial aid is available. Space is limited. Visit gsema.org/join to sign up for a troop or find an upcoming Discover Girl Scouts event.

Community News CommunityNews

Get Involved with SEPAC 

What is a Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)? Since 1986, Massachusetts special education law (Chapter 71B of the Mass. General Laws) requires all public school districts to maintain a Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). The SEPAC is comprised of parents and guardians of children who receive special education services from Hingham Public Schools (HPS). All parents/guardians of children receiving special education services through HPS are eligible voting members of the Hingham SEPAC. 

If you are in need of support or a parent with question and concerns, please join us for our  Monthly SEPAC Business Meetings held 7:00pm - 9pm, the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Hingham Public Library, and/or our less formal gatherings of coffee and bagels at Bruegger's Bagels, the 1st Thursday morning of the month at 10am (next gathering is Oct 5th). Open to all Hingham parents and interested parties. This is a wonderful community of support! We hope to see you there! 

Please SAVE THE DATE for our Rights and Responsibilities in Special Education Presentation on Wednesday, October 11thfrom 7-9pm at Town Hall. Join us for a discussion regarding your rights related to Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Section 504 accommodations. Special guests will include Colleen Shea , an attorney and Skadden Fellow at Disability Law Center and Nicole Merhill a civil rights attorney. 

The East School PTO Newsletter is issued every two weeks on a Tuesday.   The newsletter delivers announcements from the PTO, the office, and teachers, letting you know what special events are coming to East School and the Hingham community.  Click here for distribution dates http://www.east-pto.com/calendar.html.
E-mail submissions to hingham.eastschool@gmail.com. The deadline is Thursday (by 5:00 PM) prior to the Tuesday newsletter realease. Entries should be brief, no longer than 5 sentences and should include event/announcement, date,  time, location, and one contact person's phone, e-mail and website URL if available.  Please do not send attachments.
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