East School
PTO Newsletter
April 27, 2017
East Explorers
Looking for a PTO Treasurer

Thank You for Attending Super SON Day

After School Explorers Courses Are Here!

 Rain Barrels Are Here!

East School PTO Updates via Facebook

 East School News
 PTO News

Town-Wide School News

Community News



Apr 25-27: Gr. 4 - MCAS

Apr 26: PTO Board Meeting

Apr 28: All School Meeting & Spirit Day

Apr 28:  Gr. 3 - Visit by Sheryl Faye (Historical Performer)

May 1: Gr. 1 - GSAA

May 3: Early Release

May 5: Gr. 2 - GSAA

May 8: Gr. 1 - GSAA

May 9-10: Gr. Gr. 5 - MCAS

May 11 & 12: Gr. 3 - MCAS

May 12: Gr. 2 - GSAA

May 15: Gr. 2 - Class Visit - Brian Lies

May 16 & 17: Gr. 3 - Field Trip - Adams National Historic Park

May 16 & 17: Gr. 4 - MCAS

May 17: PTO Board Meeting - 9:15am

May 18 & 19: Gr. 5 - MCAS

May 18:  Gr. 5 - Middle School orientation

May 19: All School Meeting & Spirit Day

May 29: Memorial Day

May 31 & Jun 1: Gr. 4 - Field Trip - Heritage Museum & Gardens

East School NewsEastSchoolNews

Thank You for Attending Super "Son"DaySuperSonDayThankYou

Thank you to all who attended the Super "son" Day volcano making afternoon. We had 165 participants and everyone had a great time! Thank you to Brianne Jarvis and  Heidi Collins for organizing such a fun event! Look for pictures later this month in the East School Digest. 

Informational Session on What to Expect When Your Child Enters  Middle SchoolMiddleSchool

Parents of Grade 5 students,  join June Gustafson and Jen Way, Grade 6 teachers from the HMS for an information session on  May 11 at 1:30 in the Multi-Purpose Room at East . You will find out what to expect next year when your child enters the wonderful world of middle school. 

After School Explorers Courses Here! - April 24 - June 1stAfterSchoolExplorers

East School Explorers after school, fee-based, non-profit enrichment program is coming  April 24, 2017 - June 1, 2017. We have revamped our program based on parent feedback and partnered with fantastic organizations such as South Shore Art Center, Play-Well Teknologies, TGA Tennis and Holly Hill Farm. We will be offering traditional favorites like gardening, floor hockey and sewing as well as new opportunities with Tennis, STEM, Dance, Coding and Theater. Courses are held Monday - Thursday at East School from  3PM - 4PM and course fees range from $60 - $150. Scholarships are available. Registration packets will be distributed by  March 31, 2017 and sign up is online on a first come, first serve basis. Courses sell out so check your child's backpack for the packet and please register early. Any questions, please contact PTO Explorers at  hinghameastexplorers@gmail.com or visit  http://www.east-pto.com/east-school-explorers.html

Green Team News - Rain Barrels Are Here!Rainbarrels

This is the year to finally capture the free rain water from your roof to water your garden. It's also the year to make free "black gold" compost from your kitchen scraps and yard waste. The WaterSmart Program through the North and South Rivers Watershed Association is selling rain barrels from the Great American Rain Barrel Company and composters from Earth Machine.   The rain barrels, which cost $85, and composters, which cost $70, must be pre-ordered by Wednesday, April 12.   To pre-order a rain barrel, please visit Great American Rain Barrel or email  info@tgarb.com or call(800)251-2352.

Announcing Get Smart About Art!GSAADescription

Throughout the winter and spring, your child will participate in GET SMART ABOUT ART: a series of in-class, parent led workshops in which a particular artist and corresponding art style is introduced and a follow up art project is completed. Your grade level coordinators organize the workshops and each session includes a parent volunteer presenter and several parent volunteer art project assistants. Runs January - June with a culminating Art Show & Film Festival June 7, 2017 at 5:30PM. We need over 40 volunteers per grade (including those of you who love to present) to make these workshops a success so please be on the lookout for an email from your grade level liaisons closer to your grade's start date.   

Get Smart About Art Leaders are:

PTO Information & East School Quick LinksPTO

2016-2017 PTO Board of Directors:

President: Suzanne Kracunas
Vice-President: Julie Robinson
Secretary: LouLou Healey
Treasurer: Kate Newth
Assistant Treasurer: Sarah Kuzniar
Communications Chair: Sarah D'Souza
Activities Chairs: Brianne Jarvis & Heidi Collins
Fundraising Chairs: Jen Doan, Michelle Paterniti & Julia Whitney
Enrichment Chairs: Laura Accettella, Karen Deane & Deirdre Anderson
Support Chair: Julie Robinson
Member-At-Large: Yvette Kanter

Looking for a PTO TreasurerPTOtreasurer

The PTO Board of Directors is searching for a Treasurer for next year.  Please contact Suzanne Kracunas, skracunas@gmail.com   to hear more about it if you think you might be interested in filling this role.

Short Term Job Opportunity: East School After School Explorers Monitor ExplorerMonitor

The PTO is seeking a responsible and dependable adult to monitor our After School Explorers Program from 
3PM to 4:15PM every Monday - Thursday beginning April 24, 2017 and ending on Thursday June 1, 2017. R esponsibilities include helping Explorers instructors with attendance and most importantly, managing the parent pick up loop at the front of East School until all children participating in Explorers are picked up. Applicant must be East School CORI'd and be available for all 24 days of the program unless worked out in advance with the PTO. Unfortunately, given the importance of safety in the pick up loop, younger siblings or children not participating in the Explorers program may not accompany the Monitor. Pay is $350 for the six week program.

East School PTO Updates via FacebookEastPTOFBUpdate

Please note that the PTO utilizes Facebook for late breaking announcements about PTO programs and events and last minute call for volunteers. We utilize these formats to limit email blasts. If you want to be kept abreast of all PTO communication, please join us on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/EastSchoolHinghamPTO. Or, you can join one of the parent created and   monitored class specific sites such as 
  • Kindergarten - East Elementary Class of 2029 - Hingham, MA
  • Grade 1 - East Elementary Class of 2028 - Hingham
  • Grade 2 - Hingham East - Class of 2027
  • Grade 3 - Hingham East - Calss of 2026
  • Grade 4 - East Elementary Class of 2025 

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

Hingham Arts and Crafts Festival - May 4th - 14th

Attention Artists in preschool-high school. The 61st Arts and Crafts Festival will be held  May 4th-14th  at Second Parish Church, 685 Main Street, Hingham. To enter your art work or craft, please deliver it to the church between 4/26-4/28 from  4-6 p.m.  A Junior Art Reception will be held on  May 4th  from 5-8. For further information please call 781-749-1671.

Hingham Sports Partnership Shopping Event - May 11th 

Thursday, May 11 Lexilu Designs Sip and Shop... Join us for a prosecco and shop on North Street in downtown Hingham, just before Mother's Day! 20% of all proceeds all day donated back to HSP! Grab some jewelry, accessories, home goods and more for you or your Mum! Store hours 10am to 8pm, sipping in the evening! 

"Tee Off" for the Hingham 4th of July Parade - Monday, May 15th at 1:00pm/Shotgun Start

Support Hingham's Annual  4th of July Parade by participating in the Selectman's Cup! This golf tournament is a great way for participants and businesses to show their support while having A LOT of fun! If you don't like golf, become a SPONSOR or enjoy a delicious BBQ and try your luck with the LIVE auction!   There are many ways to contri bute to make this year's parade top notch...but this event you DON'T want to miss!   For more information, go to  http://www.hingham-ma.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=266.  NOTE:  The parade is "self-funded" by the power of our generous Hingham community.

Hingham Children Craft Market - First One is May 13th 

The   Children's Craft Market of Hingham  is about to start again! Our first   market  will be on Saturday May 13 from 3:30-5 on the Tunnel Cap in downtown by Winston Flowers.  The other two will be planned for the Fall Time...one in September and one in October.  The idea is for any child participating to be able to make 90% of their craft to sell themselves.  It is a really is a fun time and a good educational experience as well.     To find out more info, please contact jennyweymouth@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page  

Summer Leadership Camp at Derby Academy - July 17-20th

Moving Leaders Forward, a non-profit whose mission is to empower young women, will be holding it's 3rd annual summer leadership camp at Derby Academy from July 17th to 20th. This program is a dynamic day camp that integrates young women from different backgrounds in an interactive program involving guest speakers, team and leadership building activities, public speaking, self-defense, and various forms of physical activity.  The camp runs from  9am to 3pm and is designed for girls entering 6th through 9th grade. For more information, go to  www.movingleadersforward.com or contact Bee Raymond at  781-561-5268 or  braymond@movingleadersforward.org.

SNAP  Events and Programs
South Shore SNAP (Special Needs Athletic Partnership) is pleased to offer exciting recreational and athletic programs for students ages 4 - 22 who receive special education services.  The spring programs will include:  baseball, bowling, crew, track, and yoga/Zumba.  To learn more, please visit our website:   www.hinghamsports.com and click on the "SNAP" tab.  Please direct any questions to:  southshoresnap@gmail.com

SNAP Events include:
*Bowling Spring  2017 - April 11th - May 23rd   on Tuesday's   4pm-4:45pm - at SSCC
*Crew Spring  2017 - April 12- May 24th  on Wednesday's  3pm-4:00pm  at HMC
*Yoga/ Zumba Spring 2017 - Continues until  June 16th   Friday's   3:30-4:30pm  at the Rec
*SNAP Summer Program at SSCC - June 26- July 29th   12:30-4pm
*SNAP Baseball - May 13th and June 10th, 2:00-4:00pm at Lynch Field
*SNAP/TGA Youth Tennis Program - Starting on May 13th
*SNAP Social Friday - June 9th, 6pm-9:00pm at SSCC

Hingham Public Libray Welcomes Local Middle Grade Authors

The Hingham Public Library welcomes local middle grade authors for an afternoon of bookish delight. The authors are: Victoria J. Coe for "Fenway and Hattie" and "Fenway and Hattie: Evil Bunny Gang", Bridget Hodder for "The Rat Prince", Lee Gjertsen Malone for "The Last Boy at St. Edith's", Erin Petti for "The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee", Laura Shovan for "The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary" and Hingham's own Monica Tesler for "Earth Force Rising" and "Tundra Trials". Most of the authors hail from Massachusetts (except for Shovan) and each has a book or books that has been recently published. Their genres are as varied as their stories. After a brief introduction, the authors will jointly present in a moderated question and answer format, followed by a game (with PRIZES!!). The audience will also have the opportunity to ask their own questions. Books, provided by Buttonwood Books and Toys, will be available for purchase at the event. If you need more information or have any questions, please call the Hingham Public Library at  781-741-1405, ext. 1403

Community News CommunityNews

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.
* Please see our Web site for further information about submission guidelines.