December, 2017
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 all PTO volunteers but especially Joy Foraste, Meghan Murray  and Jess Buonagurio and all of the PTO Enrichment volunteers.  Special thanks to Ms. Keif, Ms. Fahey and Mrs. Sibbald for their contributions to this month's edition.   We hope you enjoy it!
Out and About

MIT Edgerton Center (Grade 4)
The 4th grade class visited The Edgerton Center at MIT for a STEM workshop that included hands-on science and engineering challenges aimed at increasing their curiosity and desire to pursue these fields in the future. 
Snowflake Sale
Orchestrated solely by PTO volunteers, the 9th annual Snowflake Sale took place on Dec 2 at East School where students who participated were able to holiday shop for their friends and family members. 

Forces and Motion Presentation (Kindergarten)
Kindergarteners at East School participated in a presentation in which they learned the relationship between force and motion. Applying the laws of motion to real world examples, a presenter from the Discovery Museum demonstrated how unbalanced forces cause changes in the speed or direction of an object's motion. 
Weather Presentation (Grade 3)
To complement the third grade science weather curriculum, The Museum of Science visited  East School for a presentation demonstrating how atmospheric phenomena interact with each other to create the weather we experience every day. Students watched a hot air balloon launch toward the ceiling, pressurized a tank to create enough wind to power a cannon, and saw a cloud form before their eyes.
Community Service

Caroling at Allerton House and Harbor House
East PTO's community service committee organized a caroling outing to Allerton House and Harbor House so East School students could boost the holiday spirits of Hingham senior citizens.
PTO Appeal Prizes Awarded
Ride To School With Officer John Walden
At the December All School Meeting, the PTO hosted a drawing of all students whose families contributed to the PTO Appeal by the 12/13 deadline. One winner from each grade won a ride to school with Hingham Police Officer John in his police cruiser. Winners were: Caroline Kelleher (Kindergarten), Harper McDonough (Grade 1), Sarah Messerle (Grade 2), Abigail George (Grade 3), Ella Paterniti (Grade 4), and Matty Cummings (Grade 5).
Did You Know?
East PTO organizes many community service opportunities for East students and families to participate in throughout the year. In December alone, the committee organized caroling in the community, donated the Snowflake Sale items that were not sold and collected gift card donations from the East community for East families in need.
Getting To Know . . .
Molly Keif (Second Grade Teacher)
Q:  What do you enjoy most about teaching?
A:   What I enjoy most about teaching is my students! I love getting to know their individual personalities and interests. It is so fun seeing them get excited about school and evolve as the year goes on. I also love laughing with them! They have such a great sense of humor and they always make my day!

Q:  If you weren't teaching, what would you like to be doing?
A:   If I weren't teaching I'd love to do something with music! I enjoy making music with my family and friends. I love to sing and I was in an acapella group in college at St. Mary's College of Maryland. My favorite instrument is my bodhrán. The bodhrán is an Irish frame drum. I love to go to traditional Irish sessions when I can and I recently traveled to Ireland to experience them first hand!

Q:   Who is your favorite author?
A:    It is so hard to pick just one! I love to read and authors like Maggie Stiefvater, Rachel Hartman, William Ritter, and JK Rowling definitely make the top of the list. But if I had to pick just one I'd have to say Daniel Handler. He is best known for his work under the pen name Lemony Snicket. I think he has a great sense of humor and I love the vivid characters and detailed world he creates in A Series of Unfortunate Events and All the Wrong Questions.

Q:  What is your favorite family tradition?

A:   My favorite family tradition is rock skipping on Thanksgiving. Most of my extended family grew up in Hingham and we have been having an annual rock skipping contest since around 1978. After dinner we all walk down to the end of the street to the Harbor and skip rocks. Whoever gets the most skips gets their name on the official "trophy rock" and gets to take it home until the following year. I have never won, but I like to practice every spring and summer so that maybe someday I can get my name on that rock!
We Need You!
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