September, 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 volunteers Brianne Jarvis, Heidi Collins, Amy Voloshko and all of the parents who volunteered at  the Back to School Bash. Special thanks to Mrs. Roy for her contribution to this month's edition. We hope you enjoy it!
Back to School Bash
The annual Back to School Bash was a great way to kick off the school year at East.  Free for East School families, the night included a bbq, cotton candy, a bouncy house and slide, the 5th Grade Floor Hockey tournament as well as a chance to see your child's classroom.
East PTO Meeting
The PTO held its kick off meeting on September 14 in the MultiPurpose room with remarks from Principal Tony Keady and a great turnout of returning and new East School parents and guardians.
Visit from Author Jacqueline Davies
In partnership with Buttonwood Books & Toys, East first graders were treated to a very special visit by Jacqueline Davies, author of Panda Pants.
What's New at East?
Kevin Bird Memorial Bench
Purchased by donations made by students at last year's Pizza for the Playground night, a bench dedicated to Kevin Bird, a custodian at East who passed away unexpectedly last Fall, was installed in the playground area at East School.
East PTO Website
The new East School PTO website was launched this month to highlight all news and activities related to the East School PTO. Please visit to learn more about the PTO, volunteer opportunities, previous and upcoming meetings, the PTO operating budget, current and archived East Newsletters and Digests, East Events Calendar, and more. 
Getting To Know . . .
Susan Roy (Integrated Pre-School Teacher)
Q:  What do you enjoy most about teaching?
A:   What I like most about teaching in the preschool is that my students come into my class on the day they turn three.  For most of them, this is their first school experience.  I love the interactions I have with families as they navigate the process of determining what their child needs so that they can learn.  I remember with such clarity those days when I was the parent of a three year old entering this very same integrated preschool program at East.  I am indebted to the teachers and staff that made my experience a positive one, and I love being able to be that person for another child and family.

Q:  If you weren't teaching, what would you like to be doing?
A:   If I were not a teacher, I think I would start a summer camp for special needs children.  I love the idea of an outdoor learning space that would incorporate crafts, imaginary play, and farm animals.

Q:   What is your dream vacation?
A:    My dream vacation would be to rent a rambling country home in the hills of Tuscany with my children and their families.  During the day we would explore the surrounding towns and cities, and by night we would cook fabulous dinners and gather at a long outdoor table in the olive groves.  My five children range in ages from 11 to 32. When we get together it is always so much fun.  We all love to cook, eat, and TALK!!

Q:  What would people be most surprised to learn about you?

A:   The thing that most people would be surprised to learn about me is that I raise Nigerian Dwarf Goats in my back yard.  These animals are small sized dairy goats that are very friendly.  Each spring my goats have their babies (yes . . . I deliver them), and then I milk them every 
morning for the next 4 months.  I use this sweet, creamy milk to make my favorite goat cheese called chèvre.
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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