December, 2016
The East PTO Digest is a monthly recap of all the great activities, events, and initiatives that the PTO sponsors - made possible by your Annual Appeal contributions.  A big thank you to Joy Foraste, Katie O'Brien and each of the parents who volunteered at the Snowflake Sale, special thanks to  Kellie Monroe and Amanda Cease for organizing the 5th grade Bake Sale,  and to Karen Deane and Suzanne Kracunas and everyone who helped make Pop Up Explorers come together . Also, s pecial thanks to Rose Yodzio for her participation in this month's edition. We hope you enjoy it!

Snowflake Sale
The annual Snowflake Sale was a huge success. With the help of Fifth grade elves, East children shopped "on their own" for their siblings, parents and other friends and family members. After shopping, East families enjoyed  holiday goodies, coffee & refreshments at the "Snowflake Cafe" in the East cafeteria, where 5th grade volunteers held court serving over 80 cups of hot chocolate, 200 munchkins, bagels & other baked goods.  The proceeds from the "Cafe" support the 5th Grade culmination, yearbooks and more! 
Pop Up Explorers
The third POP UP Explorers was held on the Early Release Wednesday, and students boarded a bus to the Hingham Recreation gymnasium for a show from Brett Outchcunis [ooch-KOO-nis] a Yo-Yo & entertainment extraordinaire. 
PTO Appeal Prizes Awarded
Fun & Games Gym Party
The final Appeal prizes were awarded at the December All School Meeting.  Students from each grade won a Fun & Games party in the East School Gym with Mr. Keady and Ms. Case.  The winners were: Alexandra Fernquist (Kindergarten),  Graham Frank (1st Grade), Cole Snowden (2nd Grade), Maya Walsmith (3rd Grade), Lily Studebaker (4th Grade), and Julia Finnerty (5th Grade).
PTO School Store
New Items
The East School Store has added some new items:  bpa free hot/cold tumblers, teddy bear key chains, cinch saks , and 3 way highlighters.  All East School merchandise is available for sale every school day on the store cart in the office.  
Getting To Know . . .
Rose Yodzio (Second Grade Teacher)
Q:  What do you enjoy most about teaching?
A:   I enjoy helping each child reach his or her potential.  That moment when a child realizes they can do something they couldn't do the day before is the moment I love most of all.  My job enables me to help students learn to think for themselves and realize they are more independent and resilient than they ever knew they were.  I have had the privilege to touch the lives of many children and help develop lifelong learners whose families appreciate and value an education.

Q:  If you weren't teaching, what would you like to be doing?
A:   I would likely be working in the health and nutrition field.  My daughter and I have several food allergies that have caused me to do lots of research in this area and I find it really interesting. 

Q:   What is your favorite movie?
A:    My favorite movie is It's a Wonderful Life.  Christmas is my favorite holiday and I love the message in the movie.  I could watch it over and over.

Q:  What is your favorite way to spend your weekends?
A:   I love to cook and I love to spend time with family so I love dinners with extended family and friends.
We Need You!
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