Meet the Candidates

Bolton will hold municipal elections on Tuesday, November 5th.  In order to ensure that Bolton parents have full access to information about each of the Board of Education candidates, we sent a brief questionnaire to all five candidates.  Each candidate received identical questions.  We have compiled the candidates’ responses into a single document that can be found by clicking here. We hope that you will take the time to read their thoughtful answers before the November 5th elections. Please remember that there is also a Candidates’ Forum scheduled for Wednesday October 30th at 7:00 p.m. in the Bolton High School library.  Candidates for Board of Education, Board of Finance and Board of Selectmen from both parties will be there to tell you about themselves and answer any questions that you may have. We hope to see you there!]]>

Welcome Back

Monday September 23rd at 6:30 p.m. in the BCS library.  Our featured speaker will be our Superintendent of Schools, Kristen Heckt, who will bring us up to date on the latest and greatest Bolton Public Schools happenings! The meeting will last only one hour and will include some social time after the meeting to enjoy coffee and to catch up with friends.  As always, childcare will be provided. Please join us as we celebrate our new school year! With warm regards,     Katherine Gallé Bolton PTA President]]>

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]]>