November, 2016
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 PTO Enrichment Chairs Deirdre Anderson, Laura Accettella and Karen Deane, all of those who helped plan the Parents Night Out events and all of the parents who volunteered at  the Fall Book Fair. Special thanks to Michele Morrison for her participation in this month's edition. We hope you enjoy it!
Out and About
Miss Donna's - Kindergarten
This month, in advance of Thanksgiving, East Kindergarteners took special class trips to Miss Donna's Place in Hingham to learn about the daily lives of Native Americans and the Pilgrims.

Fall Book Fair & Ice Cream Social
Students and families enjoyed the Bookaneer theme of the Fall Scholastic Book Fair where books were the treasure.  The Ice Cream Social was a huge success for the  5th Grade Class. All proceeds went toward the 5th Grade Culmination, yearbook and picnic. 
Mom's Night Out
Mothers from each grade enjoyed Moms Night Out events organized by East PTO volunteers at their homes and at local restaurants.
Wampanoag Visitor from Plimoth Plantation
First  graders at East enjoyed a visit from a Wampanoag guest. They learned about traditional Wampanoag life, including how they hunted, what they wore and games they played.  
PTO Appeal Prizes Awarded

East Merchandise & Gym Teacher for the Day
At the October and November All School Meetings, children whose families donated to the Appeal were entered into a raffle.  Students from each grade won the opportunity to be Gym Teacher for the Day or a bag full of the newest East School merchandise.
Getting To Know . . .
Michele Morrison (First Grade Teacher)
Q:  What do you enjoy most about teaching?
A:   I enjoy watching each child in my class grow both academically as well as socially throughout the school year. I appreciate each small milestone they make, and watching their own excitement in learning. Just a simple picture, a visit from a former student, or an act of kindness makes me smile.

Q:  If you weren't teaching, what would you like to be doing?
A:   Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to be a teacher! My grandmother was a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse. If I had to choose, I would probably be a child psychologist. I hope to train my yellow lab to be a therapy dog to help children as well as the elderly.

Q:   What is your favorite movie?
A:    I am entertained by many types of movies, from action and comedy to the classics. My favorite classic movie is "It's a Wonderful Life."  It reminds me of the importance of family and friends. It is our tradition to watch the movie together as a family, on Christmas Eve.

Q:  What is your proudest accomplishment?

A:   My three children, Alex, Emily and Hailey are my proudest accomplishment. It has been an amazing experience to watch them flourish from infants to young adults. Being a parent is sometimes difficult and tiring, but filled with many cherishable moments!
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! 

Give once. Your kids benefit all year long. All of the PTO field trips, events and programs are funded by your generous contributions!

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