April, 2018
The East PTO Digest is a monthly recap of all the great activities, events, and initiatives the PTO sponsors - thanks to your Annual Appeal contributions.  A big thank you to Enrichment Chairs from Grades 5, 4, 2 and K, the Green team, and Heidi Collins and Ashley Kalish.   Special thanks to Mr. Dodge, Ms. Fahey, Ms. Doolittle, Laura Accettella, and Mrs. Sibbald for their contributions to this month's edition.   We hope you enjoy it!
Out and About

Boston Symphony Orchestra (Grade 4)
On April 5, the 4th graders ventured into Boston and visited Symphony Hall for one of the BSO's youth concerts. This is a new enrichment activity for the 4th grade and was funded by the PTO. The students were exposed to the full orchestral experience and came away with a greater appreciation of the hard work and dedication of the BSO's musicians.
Aquarion (Grade 5)
On April 24, the 5th graders visited Aquarion Water and, with the help of many parent volunteers, the North & South Rivers Watershed Association came to East and led the students through various water education centers.  The entire program was sponsored by Aquarion Water.

Dodgeball Tournament
East PTO sponsored the first annual Dodge Ball Tournament for East School boys and their special ladies. The afternoon was filled with fun, popcorn, photo booths, and awards for best dressed!
Vernal Pools (Kindergarten)
East Kindergartners were treated to the annual vernal pools visit. They watched for tiny tadpoles swimming, camouflaged masses of frog or salamander eggs, and delicate fairy shrimp safely sheltered under submerged leaves. This is a magical and critical part of the seasonal cycles of New England.
Bill Alberti (Grade 2)
As part of National Poetry month, Grade 2 enjoyed a visit and poetry workshop with Poet Bill Alberti. Each class worked with him to create a different poem.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Get Smart About Art kicks off this month?  It is a PTO-sponsored series of in-class workshops in which a particular artist and corresponding style of art is introduced and a follow up art project is completed by the class. Keep an eye out for opportunities to help out in your child's classroom for these fun and interactive learning sessions about some of the greatest artists known throughout the world. This series will run through May and June  with a culminating art show and film festival.
Getting To Know . . .
Luke Dodge (Gym Teacher)
Q:  What do you enjoy most about teaching?
A:   My favorite part about teaching is when the kids make me laugh. The best is when they catch me off guard and I laugh while I am trying to teach an important part of the lesson. When they see me laughing, then they all start laughing and it takes us a few minutes to collect ourselves. Its fun and it happens almost every week! 

Q:  If you weren't teaching, what would you like to be doing?
A:   If I wasn't teaching I don't know what I would do! I have always wanted to have some sort of business venture but I can not imagine not teaching elementary school PE. I feel like I was made to teach Phys Ed! 

Q:   What is your favorite way to spend school vacations?
A:    My favorite way to spend vacations is to see my family in California. I have some cousins out there and it is always so fun to see them and enjoy the Southern California life! 

Q:  Who was your favorite teacher and why?

A:   My favorite teacher is my Dad! Although I have never had him as a teacher, he was the one who inspired me to be a teacher and I think he is a great man. 
We Need You!
When parents get involved, kids do better! Click here to visit the East PTO website and sign up for one day events or ongoing committees! 

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For questions, or if you have content you'd like to share for an upcoming Digest, please contact Kathie Cronin at kcronin99@comcast.net or Sarah D'Souza at sarahjdsouza@yahoo.com.