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PTO MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN

  _________  Begins Today! _________

Welcome to the 2015-16 membership season. Click here to join or renew for the next school year

Accessibility to our schools through volunteer work is a valued benefit of membership. This year we are rolling out a new dynamic, year-round volunteer sign-up process using a program called Sign Up Genius.

Once your membership is activated you will receive an email from PTO with a link to Sign Up Genius where you can indicate your volunteer preference(s) for the 2015-16 school year. Thank you for your continued support of the PTO!

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LOOKING AT ART

  __________  March 2015  __________

The goal of Looking at Art is to enhance our children’s’ ability to express what they see and experience through the Visual Arts.

 
A student displays his work in the Looking at Art program

Looking at Art is a program run by parent volunteers that dates back for over 40 years in Weston.  It is the only program in the school district that gives parents the ability to go in and lead their child’s classroom in guided inquiry, discussion and activities.  Our volunteers get a unique opportunity to see their child in the context of their peers, while exposing our kids to various types of art that integrate with their current curriculum.

Highlights of the K-5th grade curriculum include:

  • Kindergarten – exploring the Lasaux Caves and some of the oldest drawings in the world; and Art Around the World – a hands on morning of making art from different cultures from Africa to Asia to Latin America.
  • 1st Grade – Japanese Origami - highlighting a detailed study of Japan in first grade, this curriculum exposes children to replicas of Japanese art and the art of origami
  • 2nd grade – Photography is Art - some very prominent photographers are introduced including Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange and “How they made a difference” in the world through their photography.
  • 3rd grade – Sketchbooking - explores the art of capturing “small moments” through observation
  • 4th grade – American Regions American Music – introduces American Roots Music and music as a form of art.
  • 5th grade – Colonial American Architecture - a look the differences in architecture between New England colonies to those in the south.

We welcome you to join us!  Please contact Liz Darling (liz.w.darling@gmail.com or 617-694-7693) with any questions or to volunteer.

 


NEXT PTO MEETING

 _______ September ________

Join us for the next PTO Board meeting in September.  A full meeting schedule will be posted in the fall. Click here for 2014 meeting schedule and past meeting minutes. All are welcome.               

 

 


PARENT ED

  __________  Year in Review  __________

This year's Parent Education theme is Raising Resilient Children. We welcomed three informative and entertaining speakers this year—educator Amy Lyon, who spoke about the importance of Encouraging Gritauthor and educator David McCullough, Jr., author of the best-selling book You Are (Not) Special and Other Encouragements, and Fiona Jensen of Calmer Choice.  

 Spring speaker Fiona Jensen of Calmer Choice
 Spring speaker Fiona Jensen of Calmer Choice

To view Amy  Lyons' talk on Encouraging Grit Click here  

To view David McCullough's talk on You Are (Not) Special and Other Encouragements Click here

To view Spring speaker Fiona Jensen of Calmer Choice Click here

 

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Want more information or regular updates?  PTO offers one complimentary issue of the weekly newsletter Westword below. PTO's Westword Newsletter is published each Wednesday at 7 am during the school year and sent via email. Announcements must be submitted to westword@weston.org no later than 2:00 pm on the Thursday before to be included. 

 

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PTO PRESIDENT'S LETTER

  _________  2014-15  _________

Dear Families and Friends,
If you are not already a member, we hope you will consider joining the Weston PTO.

We support teachers in and outside of the classroom through extensive volunteering that includes organizing back to school nights, planning teacher appreciation events, chaperoning field trips and much more.

We find PhD scientists and mathematicians to work on fractals and biology experiments with our high school students and organize day-long science fairs and evening science workshops for our elementary students.


Masks made by students in the Looking at Art program

We bring in professional performing artists and artists-in-residence who work hand-in-hand with students on school-wide projects such as weavings and murals.

We help teach our children about giving back to their communities through outreach to local groups such as Bristol Lodge and the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club.

We bring in nationally recognized speakers on important issues such as grit and resilience in children through our Parent Education series.

We keep you informed through Westword about the important information you need to know about our schools.

We support our teachers so they can do what they do best – educate our children to the highest possible standards while encouraging individual growth, creativity and a passion for learning.

The PTO is you, and we need your energy and ideas to continue to support and sustain excellence in our schools.

If you are not yet a PTO member, please email us today and join the hundreds of Weston parents who already are.  Please join – and volunteer – today.

Sincerely,

Rebecca Parkhill
Weston PTO President 2014-2015
Rebeccap1@comcast.net

Barbie Cobb
Weston PTO Vice President 2014-2015
barbiecobb@yahoo.com


___________  ABOUT PTO _________

Weston PTO is a 900-member association in Weston, Massachusetts that works to promote educational excellence and opportunities for children and encourage a strong community of students, parents, and faculty members from all Weston schools.

Benefits of Membership

This is the organization to join if you want to connect with the Weston Public Schools and community and take part as a family in all the activities the schools have to offer.


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