Aiken Updates
Mon, Sep 28 1:19pm

Hi Aiken Families,

 

We hope you all had a nice long weekend.  The weather was beautiful. Perfect for all those fun fall activities.

 

This is the LAST week to update your information in powerschool. if you DO NOT want your information in the directory make sure to check the box

https://www.whps.org/offices-and-programs/information-technology-services/powerschool-information-portal

* on the left, click "general forms" scroll down and click "opt out school directory

 

Fern Street Backpack Program

If you and your family need extra food supplies on the weekends, Fern Street Backpacks is available to help.  Weekly food bags filled with basic food and drink items, along with essential non-food items and community information will be confidentially distributed to you by your school staff.  

**This program is available to West Hartford Public School students with food insecurity and is FREE OF CHARGE.

If you would like to participate in this school-based program, please contact your school’s Main Office.

Please note:  A separate library-based program for West Hartford Public School students in middle and high school is available at Fern Street Backpacks with distribution through Noah Webster Library and Faxon Branch Library.  For information on our programs, please contact backpack@westhartforduu.org.

 

Curriculum Night

Virtual Curriculum Night in on Thursday, October 1st. There will be 30 minute presentations by each classroom teacher as well as information shared and a meet and greet  by special area teachers, support staff and pupil services. 

The schedule is as follows: 

  • 5:30-6:00 - Pupil Services Staff, ESOL, Quest and Reading Intervention

  • 6:00-6:30 - Grades 3-5

  • 6:30-7:00 - Special Area Staff

  • 7:00-7:30 - ELC - Grade 2 

EDI

The Aiken Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Parent Committee sponsors the Aiken's EDI Speaker Series. These series will feature distinguished scholars, activists, and experts to speak on topics most concerning to the Aiken community. The goal is to inspire and ignite candid dialogues around diversity, inclusion, equity, and anti-racism as well as to create a sense of community, engagement, and activism.

 

SAVE THE DATE:

October 15, 2020 - Aiken's Diversity Speaker Series.

Speaker: Charnaie Gordon, Diversity & Inclusion Expert

Topic: "Let's Talk About Race and Other Tough Topics with Kids"

Parents/caregivers and teachers are looking for resources and support on how to talk to children about racism and privilege and how to support the development of their morals and values of racial and social equity. Charnaie Gordon, Diversity & Inclusion Expert, will discuss and provide ways to use books to start difficult conversations with our children that cover cultural, racial, religious, gender, level of abilities, and sexual orientation. Charnaie will also provide a toolkit that will include a list of recommended books, resources, family activities, and ways to bring inclusivity into your school, home, and community.

 

“Meaningful Actions Make an Impact”
 
Aiken PTO supports Community of Concern (CoC), the joint Hall/Conard/Sedgwick PTO committee and their commitment to diversity, inclusivity and equity by amplifying voices in our community, We also would like to echo the West Hartford Public Schools’ commitment: “We will be actively antiracist in our thoughts and our actions…” and  the powerful voices of our students in the Black Live Matter Rallies.  We believe working to create a more equitable and just society can start by taking meaningful action steps that involve listening, learning, talking to one another, and not staying silent.  Each week we will continue to suggest a meaningful action you can take.
Antiracist Action #7
Watch the #IAMNOTVIRUS Campaign Team’s recorded webinar series provided by Mike Keo, founder: 
 
“Equity in Education,” “He(Art), Trauma, Resilience,”
“Inter-Country Adoptee Voices,” and 
“Blacks & Asian Solidarity.” 
Think about the experience and voices shared by Asian Americans, Asian and their allies.  
 
Here is a very useful resource, the BIPOC Guide for College Safety
 
Aiken Spirit wear 
Check out this years CONTACTLESS spirit wear. Newer brands, and newer looks that will make you and your child(ren) shout for Aiken! As with everything else in 2020 spirit wear is a little different also. We’ve created an online store, you shop and have it delivered right to your door! 
 
Click on the link below and check it out! Hurry!! Store closes soon!! 
 
Thank you to our fundraising chairs for organizing
 
**Like us on facebook**
email us for any questions and concerns . aikenpto@gmail.com
 
RED  week in school
BLUE week home learning
 
Have a fantastic week,
Amy and Sabrina