PFO Newsletter for the Week of October 7
NO SCHOOL Monday - Family Portrait Day - Shop Book Fair Online - School Picture Day - Odyssey of the Mind - Halloween Hop - Friend the PFO on Facebook
What's Happening This Week:

Monday October 8 - NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day

Wednesday October 10 - Odyssey of the Mind Parent Info Session at 7:00 pm

Saturday October 13 - Family Portrait Day - Sign up here
Family Portrait Day is This Saturday!

Weekend Volunteer Opportunity:   Enjoy some time outside with a book while helping our school! Bring your kids!

There's still time to support Stillmeadow and get professional family photos to share with family and friends during the holiday season. Only 8 spots remaining!

Here's what you need to know:

  • Click here to book your session

  • 15-minute family photos sessions are available from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm on Saturday, October 13th.

  • Photo sessions will take place at Fort Stamford Park on Westover Road.

  • The session fee is $40, payable online by credit card, or by sending a check (payable to Stillmeadow PFO) to school after you register.

  • The entire session fee will be donated to Stillmeadow!

  • Proofs will be available via an online portal approximately seven days after your photo shoot. Prints, digital downloads, and photo gifts starting as low as $10 may be ordered directly from Kim Jaeckel Family Photography.

  • We need volunteers to help sign in families - please sign up here for a 75 min shift!

Contact  Theresa Baker  with questions.
Shop the Scholastic Book Fair Online Through October 9

Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers and shoppers at this week's Book Fair. An extra big thanks to Theresa Baker and Amanda Cassidy for spearheading the week long fair.

Didn’t get a chance to visit the book fair in person or want to purchase additional books for your child?   The  Stillmeadow Book Fair will remain  online   until October 9 Remember, every book you purchase earns Scholastic Dollars that will be used to purchase new books for our classrooms and media center.  When you shop online, orders ship FREE to the school.

If you would like to contribute to your Classroom Wish List, please visit this  link ! When you purchase these books at our online book fair, they will ship free to Stillmeadow.
Reading Under the Stars 2018

Torrential downpours can't stop us! More than 250 students and family members enjoyed an evening dedicated to literacy during Reading Under the Stars last Tuesday night. Students heard stories, engaged in STEAM activities, and shopped the Book Fair.

A giant THANK YOU to the 33 teachers and staff who planned this event and helped promote the wonderful sense of community at our school.

Jodi Nathanson, Lauren Vavoulidis, Diane Frattaroli, Randy Bilik, Angela Asaro, Iuliana Roata, Lisa Mackey, Jennifer Butler, Caitlin Kane, Kim Huba, Helen Exias, Dave Bodofski, Amanda Romanello, Heather Evarts, Rita Ricciardella, Marcella DeCarlo, Kim Balch, Ryan Hobe, Katie Pensiero, Diane Malecki, Dawn Papastathis, Pat Callahan, Michelle Kells, Dana Paolino, Christina Kelly, Melissa Hoch, Chelsea Ackerman, Lisa Cammarota, Gina O’Connor, Anne Hoyt, Dan Silva, Kelly Dugan, Mrs. Gupta thank you for your extra efforts and inspiration!
MarcUS for Change

A big thank you to the 78 members of the Stillmeadow community who joined us at the Marcus for Change 5K this past Sunday.

We had the largest group of all elementary schools, and enjoyed the great weather racing through Stamford with friends.

Congratulations to Aiden Monahan on your FIRST PLACE finish for Boys 9 and under! 

Thank you to the Stops Family for sponsoring our students and teachers!
Fall Volunteer Opportunities: Sign Up Today!

We need your help to staff or donate items for our Fall 2018 events. Click the links below to review volunteer opportunities and sign up.

Family Photo Days   (October 13) Volunteers are needed to assist families arriving for their photo session.

Halloween Hop  (October 26) Volunteer Link coming soon! Help us plan/execute this very popular costume party! We are looking parents to help with set up/clean up, sign in, and running games and crafts. Volunteers work in shifts, so you can enjoy the party too! 

Turkey Bingo   (November 16) Volunteers are needed to donate gift baskets for the raffle. Volunteers are also needed to staff this event, including help with check-in and selling raffle tickets, food and spirit wear.

Holiday Fair  (December 11-14) More information coming soon!
Mark your calendar! Picture Day is Friday, October 19

Lifetouch photographers will be at Stillmeadow on Friday, October 19 to take individual student portraits and classroom group photos. These photos will be used in the 2018 19 Stillmeadow Elementary School Yearbook.

Individual student portraits can be purchased directly from Lifetouch.

Look for order forms in student home folders this week, or place an order online at  ( Stillmeadow’s Picture Day ID is EJ118055Q0 ). 
Packages start at  $20 and include a class photo. 

Stillmeadow Elementary School receives a portion of the proceeds from each portrait package.

Questions about the ordering process can be directed to Lifetouch Customer Service at  203.735.5933 .
The Halloween Hop is Coming Up: Save your Spot!

A spooktacular costume party is coming to Stillmeadow on  Friday, October 26 from 6:30–8:30 pm.

The cost is $5 per person and advance registration is required.

Complete and return the   registration form  to your child’s teacher as soon as possible!

  • Stillmeadow families only.

  • Register early – this event sells out!

  • Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

  • Children MUST BE accompanied by an adult.

  • No scary masks or toy weapons.

Contact Teresa Shafir with questions.
Odyssey of the Mind Parent Info Session October 10th

Odyssey of the Mind (TM) is the largest international creative problem-solving competition in the world. Students are grouped by grade levels, and each team is faced with a long-term problem and a spontaneous challenge using STEAM concepts, which also incorporates the use of critical thinking skills, creativity and teamwork.

If your child is interested in participating, or if you would like to learn about coaching, there is a Mandatory Parent Information Session on Wednesday, Oct 10 at 7:00 pm

Stillmeadow's Assembly Makes the News!

This past Tuesday, all Stillmeadow students were treated to a Peter Pan performance that addressed bullying, feelings and making good choices in a fun, engaging way!

This performance, given by the  Summer Theatre of New Canaan , will now travel to other CT schools before taking up residence in Chicago for an extended run.

Check out what the Stamford Advocate had to say, including a quote from our own Mrs Roata! And try to find your little jumping bean on the Summer Theatre's Facebook video !
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A Look Ahead to the Week of October 14

Monday October 15 - Box Top Classroom Competition Begins

Tuesday October 16 - Citizenship Awards

Friday October 19 - Lifetouch Fall Picture Day
Support Stillmeadow When You Shop!
Stillmeadow earns cash whenever you shop Amazon through the Amazon School Rewards Program.

Follow these instructions EVERY TIME you shop on Amazon to earn money for Stillmeadow:

Click on the Fundraiser Button in the Stillmeadow Quick Links section

Click the Shop for Stillmeadow link, which opens the Stillmeadow Fundraising Page on
Shop Lovable Labels using this fundraising URL and 20 percent of your total purchase will be donated to Stillmeadow! 
Enroll your Stop & Shop and ShopRite cards to earn money for Stillmeadow

Stop & Shop Online Registration :
Click here  to enroll. Stop&Shop Bonus Card number is required for enrollment. Designate Stillmeadow (ID #06847) as your school.

ShopRite Online Registration :
Click  here to enroll. ShopRite Price Plus Club Card is required to register. Designate Stillmeadow (zip code 06902) as your school.

Parents who have previously enrolled their cards do not need to re-register .

Ask friends and family to enroll their cards to support our school!
You can earn funds for Stillmeadow by clipping the Box Tops found on hundreds of participating food and grocery products .  

Attach your Box Tops to one of the many fun collection sheets  or save them in baggies. 

Send them to Stillmeadow during the special collection period in October.
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