Fall Festival and much much more....
Sun, Sep 26 4:41pm
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Join us on October 16th from 11 am to 2 pm in the front of Aiken School!  

Heres' what you can look forward to...



Face Painting 

Food Truck 

Pumpkin painting BYOP

$5/pp or $20 for families 4 or more


More information to come!



AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support Aiken every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.com and can be activated for iOS and Android phones. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices and selection as Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Aiken. 

  1. Sign up for AmazonSmile


  1. Search and select Aiken School PTO Inc. Make sure it notates West Hartford

  1. Start Shopping and be sure that everytime you make an Amazon purchase you log into https://www.konstella.com/go?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsmile.amazon.com

Directions can be found below to set up your device for AmazonSmile:




Join me in earning cash for our school by using the Box Tops app. It’s an easy way to make a difference. All you have to do is buy Box Tops participating products (like Cheerios!) and scan your grocery receipt. Box Tops are worth $.10 each and they add up fast! Twice a year, our school receives a check to help pay for whatever we need - equipment, supplies or experiences the kids love!


Use this referral code QSOW3HAI when you sign up and you’ll get 20 Bonus Box Tops when you scan your first receipt now through 05/29/2022, while supplies last! Download the Box Tops for Education app here: https://btfe.smart.link/c2jjdifkw?referral_code=QSOW3HAI




Amanda & Julie

We want YOU to join the Parent's Night out 2022 Event Committee!  If you can believe it, we are already starting to plan this spring's PNO event and we have already started planning to make this year's event even fun, exciting, and successful for our school.  We are excited to be holding PNO at The Pond House on May, 12, 2022.  We are looking for a dedicated group of volunteers to serve on our planning committee to help bring our vision for PNO to life.  Time commitment will be one meeting a month until we get closer to the event,  then likely bi-weekly meetings.  Our first meeting will be in November.  
For the committee - if you are interested in joining - we will need help with soliciting for auction items, decorations, invitations/RSVPs, soliciting for sponsorship, and more.  We are also looking for a dedicated secretary to take notes at every meeting and keep the rest of the committee informed of all updates and details.  If you are interested - and we hope you are!- please email Julie Cutler and Amanda Pihl at Aikenptofundraising@gmail.com   We will be keeping a list of everyone and reaching out in October.  We are looking forward to a really great PNO this year and hope to make up for some lost revenue during covid.  Thank you in advance for supporting this event.  
Amanda Pihl & Julie Cutler
Expose your business to hundreds of Aiken families by advertising in the 21-22 Aiken Student Directory!  Please see the attached flyer.  


The EDI Parent Committee is a safe space for Aiken parents to explore, share, and discuss issues and topics related to racism, diversity, equity, & inclusion.  If you are interested in joining please email ediaiken@gmail.com.  We are meeting on September 30th to plan out our year and would love input from new parents! 



September 15th-October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month.  Americans celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize and celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans. Please click on the link below to learn more about the culture, history, heritage, accomplishments and more of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.  There are also many family-friendly virtual events you’ll find on the website, so please check it out!  https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/


 Interested in joining boy scouts?  Please see the attached flyers for more information! 


Fall 2021 – 6 Weeks on Thursdays
Registration Deadline: September 28

Aiken Chess Program returns to in person activities including the tournament competition team!
Award winning allClubs Chess instructor and coach, Alexander Lumelsky, presents his
instruction-based chess program for students grades K through 5, beginners welcome. The
program offers class instruction on chess play and strategy and is intended for players of all and
no prior skill or experience. The program also features supervised practice play, over-the-board
instruction, possible in-club competition play, and opportunity for play in off-campus
Mr. Lumelsky has ten years of chess teaching and coaching experience, including at least six
years at Aiken. His teams and players, including those from Aiken, earned several hundred titles,
multiple State Championships and national placements. Currently, he is President of the
Connecticut State Chess Association, Vice President of the New England Chess Association, a

Connecticut Delegate and Scholastic Coordinator to the U.S. Chess Federation, and the co-
Founder of the Connecticut Chess Organization, a non-profit project for the benefit of children’s

chess education.
Club meetings for the fall will be from 3:20 to 4:20 PM on Thursdays: September 30, October 7,
14, 21, 28, and November 4. The program is for students grades K through 5, no prior
experience necessary. School COVID rules will be observed, including, weather permitting, the
use of outdoor space and wearing masks when inside.
The program fee is $120 per player. Any questions about the program can be directed to Mr.
Lumelsky at alexander.lumelsky@gmail.com.


To Register, e-mail acxchess@gmail.com with:

(1) player name, (2) school name and grade, (3) level of experience, and (4) mobile contact number

Payment is via Venmo to “@Alexander-Lumelsky”

Thanks Everyone!
Sabrina and Adrienne