Aiken PTO Updates..Be in the Know!
Sun, Nov 22 2:10pm

Dearest Aiken Families,


“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” — Voltaire


Thank you to all of the families that tirelessly support the Aiken communityWe felt it was important in these uncertain times to share our approach to fundraising this year. We know that school looks differently, and families are facing an enormous amount of challenges. You may notice that more online fundraisers are coming home than in prior years, and we want Aiken families to know that this is only due to the fact that we are unable to host in-person events. We hope to give families a variety of fundraising opportunities throughout the year to pick and choose from. We would love to continue to support the school as we have in the past, but also do not want families to feel obligated to participate in every fundraising event. We understand that some families would prefer to not participate in our planned fundraising events, but still want to support the school. Please know that we always welcome monetary donations, and can be made via our Aiken paypal account. We are always open to ideas to improve our mission, so please contact us with any questions or concerns.


The Aiken PTO supports many of the subscriptions, materials and events that your children enjoy daily

WHAT WE FUNDED IN 2019-2020:

Freckle - $5625

Flexible Seating, Sensory & regulation Equipment - $5000

Classroom Parties - $3000

Blacktop Enhancement - $2300

BrainPop - $2395

Scholastic Weekly Reader - $2100

Fifth Grade Committee - $1500

Technology - $1000

West Hartford Donation - $800

New Student Swoop Shirts - $500

Music & Arts - $500

Assemblies - $500

Many more events supplies and subscriptions

Thank you,

Julie Cutler, Amanda Pihl & Tina Provenzano

Aiken Paypal



Lyman Pie Pickup is Monday, November 23rd, between 11:15- 3:00. A few reminders for pickup: 

  • Pickup will be at the side door directly across from the teachers parking lot. This is where K and 1st grade used to line up. 
  • Please bring your own bags or boxes to carry your purchases home. 
  • Products must be put in the freezer immediately after pick up.
  • Pies must be picked up on 11/23, between 11:30-3:30. We do not have storage to keep these pies cold. 
  • No returns allowed.
We are sold out of Go-cards
but will be taking names at pie pickup for those who are still interested. At pickup you will be able to fill out the order form and pre-pay. We will mail them or send them home with your child. Save your family money, while supporting the school and local businesses! 1 card for $20, or 2 cards for 30.
Families will receive the following discounts with the purchase of this card:
Subway - Buy 1 sub get the 2nd 50% off
Noodles & Company - 10% off
Harry's Bishop Corner -  10% off
Ben & Jerry's - 10% off
Poke City -  10% off
Ocho Cafe -  10% off
Sweet Frog -  10% off
Koma -  10% off
Joey's Pizza Pie -  10% off
Lox Stock & Bagels -  10% off
Blue Plate Kitchen -  10% off
Crown Market Cafe - $3 off $30 or more. $5 off $50 or more.
You have 8 days left to order from Charleston Wrap
 We have sold a total of 291 items, which amounts to $1696 profit to support the school. We love the custom wrapping paper, the chocolate mint penguins, the monogrammed wristlets, the reusable produce bags, and the glass dispenser bottles. Some families have already received their orders. Please check out the website if you haven't. A few things to keep in mind:
  • This fundraiser ends on 11/30. 
  • Students do not need to manage order forms or checks 
  • Students send out emails to friends and family giving them access to the Charleston Wrap site. This is to ensure Aiken benefits from the sale. 
  • Purchases can only be made online and will be sent directly to the buyer
  • Flat rate shipping starts at  $8.95 and any order over $85 qualifies for free shipping. 
Organization ID: 21533



Thanksgiving is coming!  Let's help our children show their appreciation for all the things their teachers have done to keep them healthy, happy, safe and educated this school year!  You will find in your child's folder a sheet they can cut out and fill out for their teacher(s) - please feel free to print out as many copies as you like for multiple teachers (or staff).  
We've also attached the sheet to this email for ease of printing. 
On Tuesday there will also be signs and balloons around the school to show our teachers how grateful we are for them.  
If you are sending completed sheets in for special's teachers, please have the teacher's name posted on the form so they can get put into the teacher's mailbox. Help us shower all our teachers and staff with thanks!
Thank you all so much for your continued support of Aiken school and our teachers and staff!
The Bridge 
Parent Training Leadership Institute
The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) is a virtual, FREE 25-session program that combines advocacy, leadership, and citizenship skills into a curriculum to foster the best interests of children.
see attached flier for more info
A Feel Good Story
The 70 teachers and staff members at West Hartford’s Aiken Elementary School received a surprise gift of hand cream Thursday from a very grateful family. By Ronni Newton An Aiken parent wanted to be sure that teachers – as well as paraprofessionals, cafeteria workers, the principal, and everyone else who works at the West Hartford […]
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Have  a great week Aiken,
Amy and Sabrina