Aiken PTO Updates
Tue, Feb 16 3:31pm
Hi Aiken Families,
Hoping everyone had a nice long weekend, enjoyed some down time, family time and maybe got out.

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  1. Sign up for AmazonSmile

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Aiken Family Cookbook

 Calling all Aiken families!! Do you have a favorite family recipe? We want to try it! Please fill out the form below for your chance to be in the first Aiken Community Cookbook. Pictures are welcome and encouraged. Please submit the  attached form back to by Monday, February 15th. Cookbook sales will begin in March. 



As you probably know, parent/teacher conferences are coming up next month.  Even though these will still be virtual the PTO is hoping to show our support and appreciation to our teachers by providing some snacks/breakfasts/lunches throughout the week.  If you are able to contribute to this effort, please Venmo @Abiah-Ruel  (Aiken PTO Co Vice-President) and write your child’s grade(s) in the subject line – you can also send in cash or check made out to Aiken PTO and send it into the office.  We are asking that all contributions be sent in by March 1st.  Thanks so much for your continued support of Aiken School!



The Aiken EDI Parent Committee presents an interactive and engaging digital learning experience that recognizes Black history and celebrates it year-round. To access this amazing and informative experience, please visit

***P.S.- Don't forget to sign up for our next virtual book club discussion on "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You," by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM. To receive the zoom link, please register for this discussion at


 PTO Read-A-Thon February 1st-February 29th

The PTO is excited to run a Read-a-thon supporting the Tyler Family during the Month of February.  50% of proceeds will go directly to the Tyler Family and the other 50% will go to the PTO.  Please support our innovative approach to fundraising by combining our love of reading while embracing the importance of giving back to our community.  Our hope is that each child will read at least 20 minutes per school night.  The class with the most minutes read per student will win a class movie party! 
You can use this link to register for the read-a-thon.
  Go ahead and get your student set up, but don't forget that we are not entering minutes read until February 1st!  To learn more about the read-a-thon, please see the attached parent letter. 



Black History Month

We are so happy to share how we are celebrating Black History Month!  We would like to highlight and share some amazing literature you and your family can enjoy!

From bestselling author and actress Holly Robinson Peete--a heartwarming story about a boy who happens to be autistic, based on Holly's son, who has autism.


"Charlie has autism. His brain works in a special way. It's harder for him to make friends. Or show his true feelings. Or stay safe." But as his big sister tells us, for everything that Charlie can't do well, there are plenty more things that he's good at. He knows the names of all the American presidents. He knows stuff about airplanes. And he can even play the piano better than anyone he knows .Actress and national autism spokesperson Holly Robinson Peete collaborates with her daughter on this book based on Holly's 10-year-old son, who has autism.


 From The Bridge,

Wow! They did it again! The Aiken Elementary School PTO recently donated over 9 large boxes of food they collected during their Super Bowl food drive. We are able to distribute 20 bags of food to families who can use a little extra help right now because of their generosity. Thank you Aiken PTO, students, and staff for your incredible support!


Dates to Mark Down


March 8th to March  12th

Conference week. Dismissal EACH day will be 2:00.


March 18th. 

School Pictures


April 2.

No School Good Friday


April 12 to April16th.

  No School Spring Break


May 6.

Barre Event. See attached flyer


Have a great week Aiken

Stay well,

Amy and Sabrina