East School
PTO Newsletter
October 17, 2017
East Explorers
4th Grade Parents/Guardians - Request from Health Office

PTO Volunteers Still Needed

Directories are coming - contribute to the Appeal today!

5th Grade Boston Assemblies Social Dance

East School Fundraising Opportunities

5th Grade Co-Chair Positions Still Available
 East School News
 PTO News

Town-Wide School News

Community News



Oct 17: PTO Board Meeting

Oct 24:  1st Grade - Field Trip to Hornstra Farm

Oct 25: 1st Grade - Field Trip to Hornstra Farm

Oct 26: 3rd Grade - Field Trip to Plimoth Plantation

Oct 27: Spirit Day

Oct 30:  Halloween Bash

Oct 30: 5th Grade Glow Stick and Bracelet Sale at Halloween Bash

Nov 1: Early Release

Nov 1:  Pop-Up Explorers: Bowling at the South Shore Country Club

Nov 3:  4th Grade - Author Visit with Greg Mone 

Nov 5:  HEF Spelling Bee

Nov 10: Veterans Day

East School News EastSchoolNews

4th Grade Parents/Guardians - Request from Health OfficeHealthOffice
Please remember to provide the Health Office with a copy of your child's physical that is completed during this year (annual exam performed between 5/1/17 and 5/31/17).  We are required to have a current physical on file for every 4th grader in keeping with MA General Law, c. 71, s. 57.  Feel free to email the school nurse at  cshanahan@hinghamschools.org  with any questions. 

PTO Volunteers Still Needed!PTOVolunteersStillNeeded
Thank you to all who have volunteered to be room parents! All the room parent positions are now filled. Still want to be able to go into your child's classroom to volunteer? We are still looking for Get Smart About Art Grade Level Chairs in 2nd & 3rd grade.  Have some free time at home but can't come to school to volunteer? The Pop Up Explorer Co-Chair position could be for you! Manage the online signup and print attendance sheets for the team that will run pop up explorers-you do not need to attend the pop up event day.  Feeling in the holiday spirit already?? How about Co-Chairing the student loved Snowflake Sale? All volunteer positions with descriptions can be found by going to  east-pto.com  (look under the volunteer link). We are still looking for volunteers to help the Green Team & 1001 Book Club. Want to volunteer but not sure what may work for you? Contact Julie Robinson ( eastschoolvolunteer@gmail.com

Directories are coming - contribute to the Appeal today!Directories
Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far.  If you have not contributed to the Annual Appeal, please do so as soon as you can so we can accurately plan for and book all field trips.  We are budgeted to spend $130 per child this year, but a contribution of any amount will get you a Directory when they're published in the next few weeks, and get your children entered into great prize drawings - like Gym Teacher for the Day being raffled off to one child from each grade on 10/27.  Send a check into the PTO or use this link to contribute:   http://www.east-pto.com/donate-annual-appeal.html.  For questions contact Appeal Chair Chrissy Roberts at   cjrob47@hotmail.com.

5th Grade Boston Assemblies Social DanceBostonAssemblies
Mrs. Susan Cole announces Boston Assemblies Social Dance for Hinham  2017-18!  Fun! Friends! Music! Dance! Prizes! Social dance is a standout childhood memory!   Parents, receive Social Savvy Tips which accompany each class.   A Hingham "rite of passage", Boston Assemblies, invites fifth grade students to enjoy learning a lively mix of traditional and contemporary dances as well as etiquette instruction in essential social skills. Classes are held on eight select Tuesday afternoons starting November 7 from  4:15pm to 5:15pm  at Glastonbury Abbey.  Please contact Susan Cole at ( 617) 275- 3070 or visit  http://www.bostonassemblies.com

5th Grade Co-Chair Positions Still Available - Sign Up Now!fifthgradepositionstillavailable
5th Grade Parents - we are still looking for parents to volunteer to-chair the following activities:

* (2) Co-chairs for Bottle & Can Collection
* (3) Co-chairs for Slide show for Culmination

To sign up, please go here  http://signup.com/go/VoRPkBt or email LouLou Healey ( louloutran@hotmail.com) or Ashley Ghislandi ( ashleyghislandi101@gmail.com)

East School Fundraising OpportunitiesEastSchoolFundraisingOpps
BOX TOPS -  Submission by Oct 25th is appreciated for November Submission
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 to your child's teacher or 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. 

AMAZON SMILES for  Amazon Shoppers  If you shop through the site  h http://smile.amazon.com   0.5% of your purchases will be donated to our school.  All you have to do is set up an account and dedicate your giving to East Elementary School.  The first time you go to  http://smile.amazon.com   it will ask you to select a charitable organization, select East School PTO in  Hingham. You will find the exact shopping experience as the regular Amazon site. If you are experiencing any issues please contact Jennifer Doan at

REMINDER - 4th Grade Moms/Guardians Night out - Wednesday, October 18th fourthgradeLNO
Please join us at The Corner Stop Eatery on  Wednesday, October 18th at 7pm. This is a great opportunity to catch up and make new friends. For more information you can contact Jennifer Doan at  jpd315@gmail.com. Hope to see you there! 

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 .

Box Tops for Education - Submission due by Wednesday, October 25thBoxtop
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. 

Get your Spirit Shirts by 10/27SpiritDay
Spirit Day on 10/27 will be wear your grade level color shirt.  You can get a shirt any time in the front office, or by contacting Marybeth Leiphart at  mbleiphart@mac.com .  Colors are:
Pre-K: light green
K:        purple
1:        light blue
2:        green
3:        red
4:        orange
5:        navy

If you do not wish to purchase a shirt for $10, your child can wear any shirt that's their grade's color.  If you'd like a shirt but it's a financial hardship for your family, contact Tony Keady at  akeady@hinghamschools.org.

Halloween Bash - Monday, October 30thHalloweenBash
It's that time of year again for the East School Halloween Bash! Join us from  4-5:30pm  on  Monday, Oct 30th  in the East School Cafeteria for DJ, Pizza, Halloween Games & more. Cost: $5 pp/$20 max per family. Please return your forms to your child's homeroom teacher. This is a well loved event for the kids, so please help make this year's party a huge success by volunteering for one of the various short time slot positions available.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to sign up:  http://signup.com/go/RUtBCud

Halloween Candy for Troops - November 1st - November 8th HalloweenTroopCandy
Halloween candy collection: Looking to get that Halloween candy out of the house as quickly as possible?  The Community Service Committee will once again be collecting Halloween candy for the troops. There will be a bin in the front office from  Wednesday, November 1st through Wednesday November 8th , for donations.  The candy will be shipped to the soldiers overseas by the First Baptist Church in Hingham.  Your donations and support are appreciated.  If you have any questions, please contact Heather Bastardi at  heather.bastardi@cardio.chboston.org .

East School Photoshoot Mini Sessions - Saturday, November 4thJoshuaRoss
Only a few spots left!   Come join us for Fall Mini Sessions with photos by Joshua Ross.   Booking Times now through Sign up:  http://signup.com/go/FWUpVzn

Date:    November 4th (Rain Date  Nov 11th
Place: Turkey Hill (Top of Turkey Hill Lane)
Times:15 Minute Time Slots from  9-11am &  1-3:45pm (1 slot per family please)
Cost:   $50 per family (Joshua Ross has generously donated 50% to East PTO)
Checks and cash preferred

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

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 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 .

For one night only...
It's Comedy Club in Hingham - November 3rd
Join Hingham Sports Partnership on  Friday, November 3rd at 7pm to 11pm  in downtown Hingham as we transform the Armory into a Comedy Club on Central! Two Boston legend comedians Ken Rogerson and Tony "V" Vivieros, will headline our Fall Fundraiser, where we will also have a DJ, food and cocktails. $50 per ticket. $100 VIP tickets and $1000 table for ten (includes front row and 2 drink tickets) also available. 
uy your ticket here

Hingham Women's Club is proud to announce a BUSINESS SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
The Hingham Women's Club is proud to offer a NEW business sponsorship program for 2017/2018  that helps recognize and support local Women run businesses..In order to qualify, applicants must be women owned or run with a Business based on the South Shore (ideally Hingham) and the business must have some track record of charitable involvement or giving. If you are chosen to be be a sponsored business then the HWC will: place your logo on the HWC website with a link to your business for one year and one month a year the HWC will be dedicated to each business. Each month there will also be a feature in the HWC newsletter linking it to all our social media outlets.
For more information, please go to our website at   www.Hinghamwomensclub.org.  Alll applications must be in by November 10th.

The Hingham Womens Club will be having their next general meeting on November 15th at 7:30. Please join us to learn more about this fantastic organization.

Hingham High School Sport & Ski - Saturday, November 4th 
Saturday, Nov. 4, 8:00AM to NOON -   Benefits programs supported by HHS PTO. Sporting goods and clothing for all seasons and all ages sold at bargain prices. The PTO will be accepting donations and consignments  Thursday, November 2nd, 4pm-8pm  at HHS Main Lobby and  Friday, November 3rd, 3pm-8pm  at HHS Cafeteria. For more information contact Trish Cairns @  trishanddarren@msn.com  or Siobhan Dwan @  

Hingham Education Foundation (HEF) Spelling Bee - Sunday, November 5thSpellingBee
The Hingham Education Foundation (HEF) is proud to continue a time-honored town-wide tradition this year with the 7th Annual HEF Spelling Bee  on Sunday, November 5th, 2017  at the Hingham Middle School.  Many of your children have entered this year's competition, and we are thrilled to host them.  

The Spelling Bee, which has nearly 350 entrants, is also an event that is organized and run by more than 75 volunteers from our community.  Many parents find that volunteering to help at the Bee is a way to experience and enjoy the event alongside their children and their peers. We warmly welcome anyone who wishes to help with this important day, and sincerely appreciate your time.  The typical time commitment is approximately 2 hours for each volunteer role.  If you'd like to pitch in, please sign up by following the link below and find a role that suits your interests.  We look forward to seeing you on November 5th!   http://signup.com/go/mLgTdKE

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 pm and 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

Corner Stop Eatery Breast Cancer Research Fundraiser
The Corner Stop Eatery is holding its third annual month-long fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  We will be donating 10% of sales for the entire month of October, and selling raffle tickets for a $20 donation.  With your help, we've raised over $46,000 to date!    Find out more at   www.cornerstopeatery.com  Hope to see you at the restaurant!  

St. John's Not-So-Spooky Haunted House - Oct. 20, 21, 27 & 28
The second annual St. John's (Not-So-Spooky) Haunted House is coming up!  It's the perfect outing for preschool and elementary age children, and includes refreshments and activities in the lower church hall afterwards.  Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.  Visit us at 172 Main Street on:  October 20 , 21, 27 & 28,  5:00-7:00pm .  Special needs showing on 10/21  4:30-5:00 .  For more information visit  http://www.stjohns-hingham.org/haunted-house/

SEPAC News & EventsSEPAC
If you are a parent in need of support, have questions and/or concerns, please join us for coffee and discussion on Thursday, Nov 2nd at Bruegger's Bagels, where we host our Parent Support Group. SPECIAL GUEST this month is MS Vice Principle Alison Janulewicz . This is great for 5th Grade Parents to discuss transition to 6th grade and any Middle School topics. 
Thursday, Nov 8th is SEPAC's Monthly Business Meetings held 7:00pm - 9pm, at Hingham Public Library. We are happy to have SPECIAL GUEST HHS Counseling Director Heather Rodriguez, who will be presenting on the forthcoming 504 manual and will be available for questions. 

We are pleased to announce that the Hingham Police have appointed Officer Dan Murphy as the town's new Special Needs Officer. The Hingham Police are committed to working with individuals with special needs and their families. SEPAC will host Officer Murphy at an upcoming Monthly Business Meeting as a special guest to introduce him further to our community...more details to come. 

SNAP 2017 Fall Programs - Registration is now open!
Please visit Programs Offering Page for: Bowling, Hockey, Crew, Soccer, Yoga and Hip Hop Dance 

East School Liaison is Jennifer Doan, please feel free to contact her with any questions at jpd315@gmail.com

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.