Kidsfirst Winter 2015

Letter from PTA President:

springAs we all wait for Spring to arrive the PTA has some exciting events coming soon. Our Enrichment Committee has two more author visits lined up for the spring. On March 6th we will have our annual Ice Cream Social/Camp fair. It runs from 6pm-8pm and will be held in the BCS Cafeteria. Right now the Board of Education has budget workshops going on. To view the budget please go to www.boltonpublicschools.com and click on the boe link to see all upcoming meetings. The PTA has also been working hard to get our No Kid Hungry program up and running. We would like to thank everyone who has donated. We have partnered with the MACC Shelter and Food Pantry in Manchester and are working with the Town of Bolton Social Services and Food Pantry. We are excited to announce that we started the program last week. Please sign up to help here.

Best Regards,
Christina Morra-Tiu, PTA President


FUNDRAISERS:

The Bolton PTA relies on fundraising efforts, and on the generous donations from PTA supporters to provide the children with enrichment programs, books to the BCS & BHS libraries, and much needed supplies and support for teachers. We would like to Thank everyone that brought in orders for our Munsons Candy fundraiser. The Munsons orders will be in before Easter. Pick up will be in the cafeteria one day after school. We will send out a notice through our PTA email, as well as post to the Bolton PTA Facebook page when we have that date and time. Please keep and eye out for that information.Our next fundraiser will be Mixed Bag Designs beginning April 20. The Mixed Bag fundraiser offers Eco-friendly tote bags, travel bags, home accessories and much more.There is something for everyone. The Bolton PTA earns 45% of all catalog orders and 40% of all online orders. Catalog orders are free of tax and shipping charges and are shipped to the school for pick up by parents. Online orders will be charged tax plus S&H, however the items will ship directly to the customer. We received a lot of great feedback about this fundraiser last year and hope to do well with it again this year.

Candy and reusable bags just not your thing? The PTA always welcomes direct donations. Any donation checks can be made out to the Bolton PTA.

We thank you all for your continued support

Kelly McDougal-Ross and Karen Smyth
Ways and Means


BUDGET INFORMATION

The budget planning process for the 2015 – 2016 school year is underway! School Superintendent Kristin Heckt has worked hard to create a budget to meet the needs of our school children, and has presented this budget to the Board of Education. The BOE has reviewed this budget and is preparing to present this budget to the Board of Finance. Please check out the budget information on the town website, at http://www.boltonpublicschools.com/board_of_education/budget_information. We encourage all the parents to be educated about the school and town budgets! There will be an open forum to discuss and sound off on all town budgets coming up this spring. Keep an eye out for more information!

Superintendent’s Recommended Budget for 2015-2016

Click here to view the Superintendent’s Recommended Budget for 2015-2016

Click here to view the Superintendent’s 2015 – 2016 Budget Presentation

 


BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION!

Thank you to everyone that has sent in box tops this school year!  During our October contest, we collected $724 toward our goal of $3000. Our top box tops collectors were Logan Clark in Mrs. Rumovicz’s class and Julianna Larson in Ms. Franco’s class! We are wrapping up our Super Bowl Contest now. Soon all the box tops will be totaled and our individual and Class winners will be announced, so stay tuned.Box Tops can be sent in all year long and if you have any box tops that are approaching their expiration date please send them in as soon as possible, rather than waiting until you have accumulated a lot. We do not receive any payment for expired box tops.

Do you have a SAM’s Club Membership? If so you can earn many Bonus box tops with a great program they have running now through July 3. For every 3 BTFE items you buy in a single transaction you will earn an additional 70 eBoxTops ($7). With the potential to earn up to a maximum of 420 eBoxTops ($42) per transaction!!

You can submit up to 5 receipts per email address or phone number. Please visit generalmills.promo.eprize.com/btfesams for more information. Or feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Another great way to increase our collection totals is to ask friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to save box tops for us! I have found that people are more than happy to save Box Tops from the products they already buy, especially knowing that a school will benefit. This is an easy and FREE way for everyone to help! I have even provided my own family members with small containers labeled Boxtops for Bolton Center School, which they have put on their desks at work. Now their co-workers are bringing them all of their box tops. You could provide a labeled Ziploc or envelope to friends and family to keep on their fridge to fill with box tops for you. Check back with them before each contest deadline to pick up the box tops. So simple! Remember our children benefit directly from all money earned!

Please visit www.btfe.com/products/participating-products for a complete listing of participating products. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email at kellymcdougalross@yahoo.com or by phone (860) 643-1700.

Happy Clipping!
Kelly Ross
Box Tops Coordinator


BOLTON VARIETY SHOW – TV THROUGH THE YEARS

Hello, please be sure to join us for this year’s Variety Show – TV Through the Years, March 27th at 7:00 p.m. & 28th at 4:00 p.m.

Come and watch 150 BCS kids as we bring TV to life. There will be singing, dancing and comedy as we go through the years. Hopefully, the snow will slow down so that the kids can get in enough rehearsals. Tickets are still only $5 for this fantastic event. Doors open one hour before the show.

Help is needed with publicity, ticket sales, crowd control, program distribution and getting the kids to the stage. Please contact Alison Romkey at 860-645-9702 or amromkey@gmail.com if you are interested in helping with this year’s show. We will need new coaching teams for next year’s show as we will be losing two coaching teams. Now would be a great time to shadow a coaching team if you are interested. Also, If you want to help behind the scenes in planning next year’s show, we always welcome new ideas and help.

The basket raffle will return to this year’s show, so be on the lookout for the flyer requesting items for this raffles.


READ-A-THON

unnamed(2)January 15th was the start of the first day of our readathon, Keep Calm and Read On! Students were asked to read for 20 minutes for at least 20 days and record their reading on their ReadAThon calendar.   If the child read for at least 400 minutes, they earned a ticket to Six Flags and if their entire class met the goal of 100% participation, they earned a $1.00 coupon to the Bark school store. Students were encouraged to send in a “selfie” of them self reading to BWC’s school.

Children were encouraged to visit Bentley Memorial Library on Saturdays during the Read a Thon for special events. On Saturday, January 31st Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat joined us at the Library to celebrate the Bolton Center School ReadAThon. Pictures were taken with our life sized stand up Cat in the Hat. While the photo was developed the kids made a Lorax Truffle Tree Picture Frame.  Special Dr. Seuss snacks were  available for enjoyment. On Saturday, February 7 two therapy dog teams from Allan’s Angels Therapy Dogs (sponsored by Bolton Vet in Bolton and Faithful Friends Academy in Ellington) celebrated “Bring Your Child to the Library Day” and the last Saturday of the Bolton Center School ReadAThon. Participants were able to sign up for a 10 minute reading session with a dog.

We finish off with a grand celebration with an assembly on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss’s Birthday! Prizes will be awarded, pictures of the winners with Dr. Seuss will be taken, and the assembly will try and set a new Guinness World Record for the most people wearing a Cat in the Hat hat!


Career Day is Thursday May 14th!

Our Career Day Co-Chairs and Committee have been working hard the last two months lining up 40-45 presenters to participate in the Annual Career Day for students in grades 6 through 8 to be held at Bolton Center School.

We have also secured a Keynote Speaker who will present to all three grades in an assembly prior to the breakout sessions.

A wide range of professions will be represented, and the slate will be finalized by the end of February. Students will have the opportunity to select their top 4 choices of career presentations they would like to attend. The event will consist of (4) ½-hour sessions again this year. This way, students will get to learn about 4 different occupations throughout the day.

Previous student evaluations of this event have revealed it to be a very valuable and enjoyable experience in helping to forge their path to a future career.

This event takes lots of hands to make it a success! Please consider helping out on this committee even if it is only for an hour or two. We have upcoming preparation days where we will be creating and stuffing the student, presenter, and room monitor folders. We will also meet one afternoon to slot students into the presentation sessions. On the day of the event, we are in need of set-up helpers, greeters, and runners to take presenters to their presentation rooms. If you would like to help us prepare for this great event, or if you can assist on May 14th, please contact either of our Co-Chairs: Chris Davey (chris@daveyeditorial.com) or Emily Bradley (eabradley@comcast.net)

~ Pam Halenar
Chair, Student Enrichment
Career Day Committee


SEPTA NEWS

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Summer Vacation Guide

The snow is deep on the group and the thermometer is reading zero so now is the time to start planning your child’s summer activities. Summer camps and trips fill up quickly so use the following links to seeing what opportunities are available. It’s not easy finding the right match for children that have medical or behavioral challenges and getting the right help is the place to start.

The special needs camp expert at summer camps and trips will help you find a therapeutic camp for children from 8-18 in a safe, positive, and accepting environment. Check out the link: Time for Summer Planning Guide

In their terrific online guide, the Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) outlines the steps parents should take when deciding on summer programs for their kids. Check out their summer camp list on their website: Summer Fun

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AMC Sensory Friendly Films

AMC provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums have their lights up, the sound turned down and families affected by autism can see new movies on a month by month basis. The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!

Participating Local Theater: AMC Loew’s Plainville 20  220 Plainville Ave, Plainville, CT. 06062
Showtime Hotline: 1-888-AMC-4FUN  Guest Services: 860-747-1071

Upcoming Screenings
Saturday, March 28, 2015 – HOME
Saturday, April 18, 2015 – UNDERDOGS
Saturday, May 30, 2015 -TOMORROWLAND
Saturday, June 27, 2015 – INSIDE OUT
Saturday, July 18, 2015 – MINIONS
Saturday, Aug, 2015 – TBD
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 – HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 – THE JUNGLE BOOK
Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 – THE PEANUTS MOVIE
Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 – THE GOOD DINOSAUR

All shows are at 10:00 am local time. Dates and films are subject to change.


Student Enrichment Update

The Annual Run-to-Read 5k road race was held October 18, 2014. This event generated approximately $2346 in profit, which was split evenly between the libraries at Bolton High School and Bolton Center School for the purchase of books.  Special thanks to Jeni Minicucci and Alison Caruso for their hard work and dedication in organizing this great event.

The Career Day plans for grades 6-8 are in full swing.  We would love to have more volunteers to join the committee!  If you are interested, please contact me at pamck1@yahoo.com.

We are rolling out a new Read-a-Thon for grades 6-8 this year.  This event will not only focus on reading, but will also serve as a fundraiser.

The Middle School Read-a-Thon will begin February 23rd and wrap up March 6th.  We have several fabulous prizes all based on student participation and money raised.  There will be (3) $100 grand prizes in the form of VISA Gift Cards.  We’ll also be giving away $25 gift card prizes for the students who read the most minutes during the Read-a-Thon time frame (1 per grade) and $25 gift cards for the students who raise the most money (1 per grade,) plus even more prizes too numerous to list here!  If you are the parent or guardian of a child in grades 6-8, please encourage and support their participation!

We have two authors visiting this spring.  On May 29, 2015 we will welcome Rob Buyea (known for the Mr. Terupt novel series) to speak with the students in grades 5-8.  In June, we will have Teresa Pelham visiting to present to the younger kids in grades K-4.  I am very excited to announce we have lined up Nick Bruel to visit Bolton Center School in the fall of 2015!  He is not only an author, but an illustrator as well, best known for the Bad Kitty series.  He will present to everyone in grades 1-8 in a series of 4 sessions.

After five gratifying years as the Chair for Student Enrichment, I am stepping down at the end of this school year.  We are in need of a volunteer to take over this rewarding position in the PTA.  If you enjoy organizing events and would like to play a part in the enrichment of the student experience at Bolton Center School, please contact me at pamck1@yahoo.com.

Pam Halenar
Chair, Student Enrichment