Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.”   -John W. Whitehead Winter marches on and we hug our children a little bit tighter to keep them warm in the cold.  We also hold them a bit longer to warm our hearts as we, as a community, continue to struggle with the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy.  The Bolton PTA would like to thank our Bolton teachers, administrators, Resident State Trooper, Board of Education and First Selectman for the wonderful and sensitive way that they responded to this tragedy and the steps that they took to ensure that our children are safe in our schools. The Bolton PTA believes that our community must teach our children to be kind, and compassionate people who accept one another’s differences.  Our children are this community’s most valuable assets.  By working together, we can guide our children to make good decisions so that they can be happy, productive and responsible citizens.  With this in mind, the Bolton PTA is proud to announce that on April 3 and 4, 2013, students in the Bolton Center School and the Bolton High School will participate in Rachel’s Challenge, a character education program.  This program promises to have an extremely positive impact on our students and our community.  Its comprehensive program draws on the inspirational story of Columbine victim Rachel Scott to touch the hearts and open the minds of our kids. All of the children at Bolton Center School and Bolton High School will participate in separate, age-appropriate assemblies and middle and high school students will be eligible to participate in an afternoon peer mentor training program.  The visit from Rachel’s challenge will culminate on April 4th with an evening program at BHS open to all members of the Bolton Community to learn more about how we can help to ensure that no child ever feels unwelcome or alone in our town and how Rachel’s story has impacted millions of people across the world.  Rachel wrote an essay that challenges the audience to start a “chain reaction” of kindness and compassion and we want to bring this challenge to our students.  Rachel’s Challenge makes everyone aware of the scars that bullying, intimidation and violence can cause and together we can prevent these negative experiences.  Our goal is to foster and support the positive culture of our schools here in Bolton and to send our children out into the world with a message of kindness and tolerance.  To learn more about Rachel’s Challenge, please visit www.rachelschallenge.org  Please be sure to ask your children about this program and to join us at the community event. With warm regards, Katherine Gallé President, Bolton PTA]]>

Superintendent’s 2013/2014 Budget Click HERE to view the Superintendent’s 2013-2014 Power Point Budget Presentation Also, please look at two proposed calendars for the 2013/2014 school year and email Lori Boyd with comments by FEBRUARY 1st. Draft 1 Draft 2 HERE is a letter from our superintendent regarding the calendar feedback.  ]]>

Happy New Year!

mandated changes to our curriculum and how these changes will affect our children at both BCS and BHS.  Notably, there will also be a discussion regarding how these changes relate to the need for full day kindergarten in Bolton.  Please mark your calendars and meet us on Monday January 7th at 6:30 p.m. at the Bolton Center School for this very important event.  Finally, the PTA is pleased to announce that we will be honoring BCS second grade teacher, Vanessa Ardry, at our meeting. Ms. Ardry was nominated by BCS parents for this award.  Please join us in thanking Ms. Ardry for all of her hard work and dedication!]]>

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” ― Edith Sitwell Winter is fast upon us and the holiday season is approaching. It’s that time of year when most people are caught in a frenzy of holiday parties, shopping and early morning wakeups to ensure that school has not been cancelled due to snow. The Bolton PTA’s volunteers are like elves, busy working and planning some great winter events and offerings for our students. First, we have our Holiday Shoppe scheduled for December 13th, 14th and 17th. BCS students will have an opportunity to purchase small, inexpensive gifts for family and friends during this time. Last year, many parents were “surprised” with magnets, picture frames, mugs and all sorts of fun items from their children! This event is not a fundraiser….it is meant to be a fun activity for those children who choose to participate. Our annual Ice Cream Social and Camp Fair is scheduled for February 13th. Join us for ice cream sundaes scooped by some of Bolton’s parents, teachers and administrators! We know that childcare is definitely an issue for many families during the summer. Are you looking for something fun for the kiddos to do this summer? After ice cream, wander down the hall and check out some of the great camps that are in the area. Booths will be set up with information and camp representatives to answer any questions that you may have. Of course, winter also means Variety Show practice for the little actors and actresses here in Bolton! Mrs. Romkey and all of our amazing coaches will be running the children through many practices, preparing for the “big event”, which is scheduled for April 5th and 6th. This is just a small sample of what we will be working on this winter. I would like to take a moment to thank the parents, teachers and volunteers for all of their time and hard work, helping the Bolton PTA to provide such wonderful opportunities to our children. They are our partners and together we are making a difference in the lives of our most treasured gifts, our children. The Bolton PTA wishes you a very happy holiday season. We hope that you are able to share some quiet time with your family and friends during this busy season and look forward to working with you in 2013. With warm regards, Katherine Gallé Bolton PTA President]]>

Rescheduled PTA Meeting

Thursday November 29th at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the BCS library. We are excited to announce that our new Bolton Superintendent of Schools, Kristen Heckt, will be our featured speaker. Please join us as we welcome Mrs. Heckt to our town, learn about what she has planned for our schools and ask any questions that we may have. As always, childcare is provided and light refreshments will be served. We will reschedule our curriculum speakers for a date later in the school year. We look forward to seeing you and hope that you can join us!]]>

Hello PTA parents and friends,

PTA Meeting on November 7th First, our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday November 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the BCS All Purpose Room. We will have a quick general meeting followed by two speakers (Claudia Danna and Lisa Fiano from CREC), who will be bringing us up to speed on the upcoming common core curriculum changes. Claudia Danna will speak specifically about how these changes will affect our Bolton students and curriculum. Our speaker from CREC will speak about the changes and how they will affect special needs children within the state. It should be an interesting meeting. Of course, we would love it if you could join us. We are continuing our parent/teacher attendance contest at this meeting and once again, the teachers from the grade with the highest percentage of parents and teachers that attend receive an extra $50 teacher stipend. Authors, Science and Puppeteer Visits Next, we are excited to report that BCS and the Bolton PTA hosted the Boston Museum of Science on October 3rd as they conducted a program for our third grade students called Geology: Rock Detectives. Students explored the different types of rocks and how they form per time. Working in small teams, the children identified various rocks and minerals using hands-on observations and experiments. Also, on October 23rd, BCS and the Bolton PTA hosted David Schwartz, an award-winning children’s author. He presented to students in grades 1-4 and also conducted a special math workshop called “Big Numbers” for our 4th grade students. Mr. Schwartz emphasized the importance of math in everyone’s life and the many connections between math, science and literacy. Finally, the Kids on the Block puppet players came to visit grades K-5 in an assembly that was meant to teach children about their peers with disabilities and understanding differences. We would love to hear any feedback that you may have on any of these presentations. Did you like them? Did the students enjoy them? What would you change and who would you bring back again, if anyone? Book Fair 2012 It’s that time of year again…..the PTA has scheduled their annual Scholastic Book Fair this month! The teacher preview for the Book Fair will be held on November 8th and 9th. Please come down to create your classroom wish list and enter to win “scholastic money” that you can use to get books for your classroom. The Book Fair begins on November 13th and will run until November 21st. Emily Bradley is our chair for this event so please feel free to contact her with any questions that you may have at eabradley@comcast.net. Frozen Cookie Dough and Goodies Sale We are gearing up for our second autumn fundraiser, which is a frozen cookie dough and goodies sale. As you may recall, in previous years the PTA would hold one large Genevieve’s wrapping paper fundraiser each autumn. Unfortunately, over the years, the fundraiser was no longer popular and the parents expressed that they would prefer a different fundraiser in lieu of Genevieve’s. As a result, we have two smaller fundraisers this autumn– the first one being the entertainment book fundraiser and the second one being this one. Papers will be sent home with the children on November 12th with a request that all orders be returned by November 26th. Delivery of the items is scheduled for December 17th. Run to Read The Run to Read 2012 was a great success this year, raising more money for our BCS and BHS libraries. We saw many of our teachers, their families and even Darryl Giard out running and walking with our kids and families. Our committee chair, Patti Callahan, put together an awesome team of volunteers who, despite the rainy forecast, put together a great event! This was Patti’s last year chairing this event and she will be missed. However, we are pleased to announce that Jeni Minicucci and Alison Caruso will be our chairs for the 2013 race. Variety Show Variety Show preparations are already underway and our theme this year is “Broadway!” Our committee chair, Alison Romkey, is continuing to accept forms from children and teachers who are interested in participating in this annual event. Check us Out! Please “Like” us on our Facebook page to keep apprised of the latest and greatest PTA happenings. These are both great resources to learn about what is happening in our schools and our community. Of course, PTA members also receive email blasts and this great “Kids First” newsletter. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in any of our programs or have any questions or concerns. We are here to work with you! Katherine Galle President, Bolton PTA]]>

“School is a building with four walls—and tomorrow inside.” Lon Watters

October 2, 2012 Welcome back to school!  With the return to school comes a pile of backpacks, homework, dirty soccer cleats and exhausted children.  It is an exciting time for parents as we see our children move on to the next grade, growing up before our eyes. Of course, it is also an exciting time for our children as they reconnect with their friends and face new challenges. The return to school also means that the PTA is hard at work for our children and our school. Our First Meeting and Bolton PTA’s Proposed 2012/2013 Programs Our first PTA meeting was held on September 24th and it was well attended by parents, teachers, administrators and Board of Education members.  Needless to say, we were thrilled!  At this meeting, we introduced our agenda for the 2012/2013 school year.   Although we are offering many of the same great programs that we have offered in the past, we also have some new initiatives that we are eager to present. What do we have in store for you this year?  We will give you just a sampling of the amazing offerings…. Currently, we have scheduled some “Rock Detective” scientists from the Connecticut Science Center to meet with our third graders, who are studying geology this year.  David Schwartz, an interesting and accomplished author and speaker, is meeting our Grades 1-4 students in November.  Also, Taylor Mali, a poet, will be presenting to our Grades 5-8 students.  Of course, you have already enjoyed our Back to School Pizza Party and the popular Run to Read race.  The Scholastic Book Fair is scheduled for November and a Holiday Shoppe is scheduled for December. Bolton Center School now has a Special Education PTA (SEPTA), an organization that is working to promote the interests of children with special needs in our community.  The Bolton PTA plans to work closely with the SEPTA to provide programs that will benefit ALL of our children and promote understanding of the special challenges that some of our students face. Additionally, we are organizing a “Screen Free Week” initiative from April 29th-May 5th.  During this week, we will ask our students and parents to take a pledge to refrain from the use of electronics (television, iPhones, computers, electronic games, etc…) and to spend more time together, playing games, talking and having some quality family time. These are just a few of the initiatives on our agenda. Welcome to Kristin Heckt, our new Superintendent of Schools Moreover, the PTA is pleased to welcome our new Superintendent of Schools, Kristin Heckt to the Bolton Public Schools. We wish her much success and offer her our enthusiastic support! We look forward to working with Ms. Heckt and the Board of Education this school year. PTA Outstanding Teacher Awards Do you know of a teacher who has done something really exceptional or “above and beyond” for her students?  Have you noticed that a teacher is doing some creative things in his classroom which is getting the students excited to learn?  Is your son or daughter’s teacher a role model for other teachers?  I know that I have met many teachers here in Bolton that fit into at least one of these categories.   The Bolton PTA is excited to announce that we will be honoring some our teachers this year with a special PTA Outstanding Teacher award.  This is a way of recognizing the amazing contributions that our teachers make to our children’s lives.  If you have a teacher that you would like to nominate, the PTA would love to hear about her or him!  Please email us at boltonpta@boltonpta.org with your nominations and your personal experiences with our hardworking and talented teachers!  Awards will be presented at our meetings in November, January, March and May. Our Request for Your Support The Bolton PTA is eager to provide our school community with educational and social programs that will enhance the phenomenal education that our children are receiving here at the Bolton Center School.  The PTA is a group of parents, teachers and administrators, working together to improve the health, education and welfare of our children. Being a PTA member does not require you to attend all of our meetings or to volunteer at our events.  However, I will be honest, we would LOVE it if you would volunteer even one hour of your time during the school year- maybe you could help at the Holiday Shoppe in December or help a child choose a book at the book fair.  Maybe you would like to speak at Career Day in the spring or help organize one of our fundraisers.  We NEED you and WELCOME your participation at our meetings and in any way that works for you and your family. Check us Out! Please take a look at our website at www.boltonpta.org and “Like” us on our Facebook page to keep apprised of the latest and greatest PTA happenings.  These are both great resources to learn about what is happening in our schools and our community.  Of course, PTA members also receive email blasts and this great “Kids First” newsletter. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in any of our programs or have any questions or concerns.  We are here to work with you! Katherine Galle President, Bolton PTA]]>

Letter from the PTA President

http://www.davidschwartz.com/present.html Also, Taylor Mali, a poet, will be presenting to our Grades 5-8 students. Of course, we also have our Back to School Pizza Party scheduled for September 27th. Please join us as we celebrate the beginning of the school year and catch up with old friends and new at this great event! We will be at the Open Houses at Bolton Center School on September 12th and 20th and the Open House at Bolton High School on September 11th. Please take a moment to stop at our table, introduce yourselves, say “hello” and ask us about PTA membership. Being a PTA member does not require you to attend all of our meetings or volunteer at our events. I will be honest, we would LOVE it if you would volunteer an hour or two of your time during this school year- maybe you could help at the Holiday Shoppe in December or help a child choose a book at the Book Fair. Maybe you would like to speak at Career Day or help organize one of our fundraisers. We NEED you and WELCOME your participation! Membership is a way of supporting our children and our community and of course, membership has its privileges. All PTA members receive up to date information about PTA programs (both social and educational), the Bolton Board of Education budget process and most importantly, their membership dues go to support education and child advocacy on both the state and national levels. Please take a look at our website at www.boltonpta.org and “Like” us on our Facebook page. These are great ways to keep apprised of the latest and greatest PTA happenings! We look forward to working with you this year! Warm regards, Katherine Gallé President, Bolton PTA]]>