Bolton PTA Response to Recent Political Allegations

Dear Friends,

The Bolton PTA has recently been the target of unfounded allegations that our organization has violated State of Connecticut election laws. Please follow the links below to see the PTA’s official response to these unwarranted and baseless accusations. The Bolton PTA has always had three priorities:  Parents, Student and Teachers.  Our dedicated volunteers give hundreds of hours of their time each year to enrich our schools and support our community’s parents, students and teachers.  We are proud of our work and we do not take these allegations lightly.  If any member of the Bolton community has any questions about the work of the Bolton PTA, we encourage you to reach out to us directly.  Thank you again to all of our valued members for your continued dedication to supporting our schools.

Regards,

Krystn Ledoux

Vice President, Bolton PTA

PTA EB Response to R Rousseau

PTA Response to RTC

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!

Fall Update

Hello Bolton PTA Parents and Friends,

The leaves on the trees have begun to change and the children are settled into their back to school routines.  The PTA has already offered some fun events and programs and we are now moving forward, headlong into autumn!

The Bolton PTA is an organization that advocates on behalf of our children, supports our families and provides vital information that parents need.  We provide educational and social opportunities where families, teachers and children have fun, learn and get to know one another.

The PTA also raises money, which we use to provide all of the fantastic programs for our students.  We also use these funds to support our teachers, providing stipends to our PTA member teachers for much needed classroom supplies that school budget just can’t cover.  We provide science programs, author visits, popular books for the libraries at both BCS and BHS and anti-bullying programs.  None of these would be possible without the hard work of our dedicated volunteers and the generosity of our community.    These are things that our school cannot afford but that the parents, teachers and community members believe are important.  The Executive Board of the Bolton PTA would like to thank you for your time and your continued support and we hope that you will continue to be generous with your time (even an hour would be great!) and your donations (this is how we provide the programs!).

Like many of you, one of the reasons that my family moved to Bolton was because of our successful, award winning schools.  Our small class sizes, dedicated staff and engaged parents are a formula for success.  Bolton Center School is a place that prepares our children to be successful in high school and Bolton High School is a place that prepares our children to be competitive and successful in college and careers.  Bolton High School was again recognized as one of “America’s Best High Schools” by Newsweek earlier this year.  The Bolton PTA applauds this.  Notably, the PTA publicly supported the Bolton High School Addition and Renovation Project a few years ago because the PTA believed in investing in the future of our children here in our beloved town. We are proud that this investment has continued to be fruitful!  As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  The Bolton PTA will continue to work this year to ensure that our Bolton students are well equipped to change the world…..we hope that you will join us!

With warm regards,

Katherine (Kate) Gallé

Bolton PTA President

Welcome Back

Hello Bolton parents, teachers and friends,

Welcome back to school!  I hope that you had a great summer with some relaxing time with your beautiful families.  It is back to school time again!  For our family, the first day of school means honoring the ritual of “first day of school” photos, the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, backpacks full of new supplies and little faces with big smiles as they get onto the bus with their friends.  Another ritual is planning the great PTA activities for the school year….and the Bolton PTA has many great activities and programs in store for you!

Our first event is our Back to School Pizza Party, which is scheduled for  September 13th.  This is a great way to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones. Our Enrichment Committee has scheduled author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka, to visit with grades 1-8 on September 26th.  He is the author of the “Lunch Lady Series” and we are very excited to meet him! We are pleased to announce that our very popular “Run to Read” 5K race will take place in October 5th. This is a way for our families to run and walk together as we raise money to fund some much-needed books in our BCS and BHS libraries.  We would love to see teachers and families walking and running together so please mark your calendars!

For the new parents here in Bolton, I know that you must be anxious and excited.  I remember the day that our oldest son stepped onto that kindergarten bus, looking back at us anxiously as he began his school career here in Bolton.  The Bolton Center School truly is a place where your children will thrive and where your child and your family will make many friends and memories!  The Bolton PTA is here to help you with the transition and we look forward to meeting you at some of our events this year.

Our first general meeting is 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

Bolton Public Schools Website

The Bolton Public Schools website will be taken offline sometime today, March 29th, for a maintenance issue.  We will send a message when it is back online.  Please contact the BOE or school offices for information you might have needed from the website.  We apologize for this inconvenience.

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

Please take a moment to view the Superintendent’s proposed budget which was presented to the BOE.

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!

As a way to welcome 2013, why not attend the PTA’s January 7th meeting?  A representative from the Connecticut Department of Education as well as our our Superintendent of Schools will be there! This one hour meeting will focus on the upcoming 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