East School
PTO Newsletter
October 3, 2017
East Explorers
Sign Up for PTO Volunteer Opportunities for 2017-2018

Looking for Two East School Council

 Annual Appeal is Underway 

Back to School Bash Recap

5th Grade Floor Hockey Tournament Recap

5th Grade Tailgate Raffle Basket Winner Announced

5th Grade Boston Assemblies Social Dance

East School Fundraising Opportunities
 East School News
 PTO News

Town-Wide School News

Community News



Oct 3: 3r d Grade Music History Presentation by David Coffin

Oct 4: Early Release

Oct 4:   Curriculum Night (Gr. K-2)

Oct 10: 5th Grade - Museum of Science Animal Adaptations Presentation

Oct 17: PTO Board Meeting

Oct 18: 4th Grade Moms & Guardians Night Out

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 30: Halloween Bash

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

Nov 1: Early Release

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

East School News EastSchoolNews

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!

We are still in need of Room Parents for the following classes:

* Sibbald (1)
* Lucas (1)
*Martin (2)
*Morrison (1)
*Dugan (1)
*Keif (2)
* Yodzio (1)
* Breen (1)
*O'Neill (1)
*Jennings ( 1)
*Curatola (1)
*Joyce (1)

We are also looking for Snowflake Sale Co-chairs, Get Smart About Art Grade Level Co-chairs and a few other chair positions. Please take a look on  east-pto.com  and see what interests you!

Calling any East School Parent or Guardian interested in joining the East School Councileastschoolcouncil

As required by the 1993 Education Reform Act, each school must have a school council that acts as an advisory board for the school. The primary responsibility is to draft the school improvement plan based on the unique needs of the school and based on feedback from focus groups and parent and student survey. The school council is comprised of three parents, a community representative, staff representatives and the principal. 

The PTO will facilitate an election in the event there are excessive parent volunteers. Parent volunteers serve a 2 year term, but are not prevented from serving multiple terms. Meetings are held monthly at East School and are subject to the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law. A schedule of meetings will be posted on the website and in PTO newsletters. 

Interested volunteers should contact PTO president Suzanne Kracunas via email at skracunas@gmail.com.  If we have more than two volunteers, we will hold an election for the two spaces, date TBD.

Back to School Bash 2017 RECAPBacktoschoolbashrecap

We had another successful Back To School Bash event! We would like to THANK all the volunteers who helped us! It takes a village to create these fun events for the kids. We would like to Thank our BTS Bash Chairs, Christina Strahle, Ashley Kalish, & Heidi Collins along with Principal Keady and the school staff for helping out and opening their classrooms to share with the students family/friends. A special Thanks to OJ Misdea Co., Lambert's, Hennessy News, & Briarwood Construction & Real Estate for their donations that were given for this event.

5th Grade Floor Hockey Tournament RecapfloorhockeyRECAP

What a great time everyone had at this year's 5th Grade Floor Hockey Tournament, held at the Back to School Bash on Friday, September 29th. We had a great turn out by fifth graders, as well as parents.  Many thanks to Mark and Jess Buonagurio for Co-Chairing, as well as Whitney Jiranek, Chip Healey, Michael Cummings, Michelle and Jeremy Parker, Greg Traynor, and Andy Couglin for coaching.

CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs. Joyce's Class for winning this year's tournament.

5th Grade Tailgate Raffle Basket Winner Announced!TailgateBasketWinner

Thank you to all that donated to the 5th grade fundraising efforts by buying tickets for the Tailgate Raffle Basket! We are happy to announce this year's winner is.... Joanne Vienny!  Congratulations and thank you to all for your support!

Our next fundraiser will be at the Halloween Bash on Monday, October 30th. We will be selling glow sticks and bracelets.

Annual Appeal Underwayl!Appeal20172018

We are at 51% of our goal - thank you!  Don't forget to send in your red envelope or contribute via Paypal.  We would have NO field trips without the Appeal.   Families that contribute any amount will receive a directory once published and will be entered into prize drawings - the first drawing is for Gym Teacher for the Day in October!   Our goal is 100% participation at any level.   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!

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

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.

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. 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. Visit the volunteer link to sign up:  http://signup.com/go/RUtBCud

East School Photoshoot Mini Sessions - Saturday, November 4thJoshuaRoss

Whether for Fall Celebrations, Holiday Photos or just because...Capture those precious family memories! Come join us for Fall Mini Sessions with Photography by Joshua Ross ( http://www.joshuarossphotography.com).  Joshua Ross will donate 50% to the East PTO.

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
Cost: $50 per family (Joshua Ross has generously donated 50% to the East PTO)
Booking Times now through Sign up:  http://signup.com/go/FWUpVzn

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 Girls Basketball Travel Teams Tryout - Sunday, October 15th 

Tryouts for Hingham Girls Basketball travel teams will be held on  Sunday, Oct. 15th  at Hingham Middle School for grades 5-8.  All athletes must be Hingham residents.  Anyone interested in trying out for a travel team MUST pre-register for the tryout by visiting the Hingham Sports website at  http://www.hinghamsports.com/page/show/260507-gals-basketball .  Walk-in registrations on the day of the tryout WILL NOT be accepted.  Please see website for grade specific tryout times.   Tryouts for 4th grade travel teams will be conducted at a later date, although any interested 4th graders should register for the tryout now.  For more information and to register, please visit the Hingham Sports website." 

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

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 & Events

If you are a parent in need of support, have questions and/or concerns, please join us: 
*10/5 at Bruegger's Bagels, where we host our less formal Parent Support Group 
*10/11 at our Monthly SEPAC Business Meetings held 7:00pm - 9pm, at Town Hall. This months topic is the Rights and Responsibilities Presentation (details listed below)

SEPAC Rights and Responsibilities Presentation

On October 11th from 7-9 PM, SEPAC will host a Rights and Responsibilities presentation on the second floor of Town Hall.  The  panel will discuss rights related to Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Section 504 accommodations.   P resentations will be followed by roundtable discussions with Hingham Public Schools' administrators and our legal experts.  Parents, teachers, administrators and community supporters are welcome!

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.