Exciting News
Mon, Oct 12 3:12pm

Hi Aiken Families,

 

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the long weekend. Our Friday email from Tom Moore certainly helped start the weekend off right!!! We are so excited to head back to school full time on October 21. Team Purple!!

 

Lets kick off being together with a spirit week

Wednesday, October 21 - Unity Day. Wear Orange to prevent bullying and promote kindness, acceptance and inclusion

Thursday, October 22 - Aiken Spirit Wear Day

Friday, October 23 - Wear Pink to support breast cancer awareness

Chess

The chess program is going to start on October 27th. The fee has been lowered and a financial assistance option is available. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Join the Award-winning Aiken Chess Club

Like athletics are exercise for the body, chess is exercise for the mind. Engaging in chess activity provides school students a substantial advantage in education; essentially development of the mind and patterns of thinking not otherwise offered or encountered. Luckily, it is also a fun and engaging game for kids!

Club meetings will be online via Zoom at 4:00 PM on:

Tuesdays (October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8 and 15) or

Wednesdays (October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9 and 16) or 

Thursdays (October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12*, 19*, December 3, 10 and 17). 

* Nov 12 and 19 will be 90-minute classes, ending at 5:30 PM, due to Nov 26 holiday.

The program is for students grades K through 5, no prior experience necessary.

*see attached flier
 

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.

 

Aiken Fundraiser

Prepare your holiday dessert spread with the help from Aiken PTO.

We are excited to offer Lyman Orchard Pies and Ottis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough to help fundraise for our school. These can be tucked safely in your freezer for an easy and delicious anytime treat.

** ALL Orders are due by October 28th**

2 easy ways to order;

-Submit your attached order form and send back to school with your child

- Follow the link bellow. You will then be prompted to generate your own link which you can  share with family and friends. 

https://my.mcmfundraising.com/signup/PSBC

 

**Orders will be delivered on November 19. Pick up will be outside the school. We will send more information as the date gets closer.

 

Meaningful Actions Make an Impact

Aiken PTO supports Community of Concern, the joint Hall/Conard/Sedgwick PTO committee, and the West Hartford Public Schools’ commitment to “be actively antiracist in our thoughts, our actions.” Echoing the powerful voices of our students at the Black Live Matter Rallies, we believe working to create a more equitable and just society starts by taking meaningful action steps to listen, learn, talk with one another, and not stay silent. Each week we post meaningful actions, and we welcome ideas at whcommunityofconcern@gmail.com.
 
Antiracist Action #9: 
Listen to a NPR interview with Emmanuel Acho, a former NFL player, on “Let’s let White People Ask About Race in ‘Uncomfortable Conversation with A Black Man.” (Emmanuel Acho Lets White People Ask About Race In 'Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man').
 
https://uncomfortableconvos.com/episode/episode-4
 
https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2020/07/13/emmanuel-acho-uncomfortable-conversations
 
Try to follow his advice: 
“What all we need is “first educate [ourselves], so [we] know exactly what [we’re] standing for and why [we’re] standing. Because the only way to solve this issue is through EXPOSURE, through EDUCATION, through COMPASSION, through EMPATHY.” 

 “Change is coming. It starts with you.”  -  Emmanuel Acho. 

 

 

We are excited to launch our new Aiken PTO website

a one stop shop for all you PTO needs, questions and wants.

Check it out!!!!

http://www.aikenpto.org/

 

If you have any questions email aikenpto@gmail.com

 

Have a fantastic week,

Amy and Sabrina