Fifth floor A Cappella, READ across america, EDI and more!!!!
Sun, Mar 1 6:50pm

Hey Aiken families, 

We hope you are enjoying this weekend. Lots going on at Aiken, check it out below. 


Fifth Floor A Cappella at Aiken Elementary this Thursday!! 

Please see attached flyer

$5.00 entrance fee, some proceeds benefiting EDI

4th grade bake sale

Mrs. Anderson’s 2nd grade class is learning about kids who make a
difference and have decided to do just that!  They explored ways to do
this and took a vote.  They want to give to those less fortunate and
donate to people who are homeless.  Below is a list of items they are
collecting.  There will be a box outside her classroom to leave items.
We thank you for your support with this endeavor.
Shampoo, conditioner, hair gel, hair spray, tissues, hand sanitizer,
soap (bar), shaving cream, SOCKS (adult), Q-tips, hair brush,
toothpaste, toothbrush, wash cloths, Chapstick (Dollar bin/travel size
items are the best bet).
Donations will be accepted through March.
Join us in leaning about Aikens new EDI Parent Committee and how we
can support Aiken as a welcoming community that respects, accepts and
acknowledges everyone. A light supper will be provided.
Please see attacahed flyer for registration information.  Questions?
Contact Trisha at
****And don't forget to come out and watch Mr. Vita's Accapella Group,
Fifth Floor!  They are donating half of their proceeds from the night
to Aiken's EDI Committee!!!
The auditions are complete and the students are putting the finishing
touches on their acts.  Please mark you calendar for this amazing
event featuring the stunning talents of Aiken students.  The
performances range from singers and dancers to pianists, magicians,
gymnasts and more.  Bring the whole family!  And be sure to bring a
few dollars, the fourth grade committee will be hosting a bake sale to
benefit their fifth grade trip to winding trails!
 Read Across America next week (3/2-3/6).  
Here are a few of the things we will be doing:
Tuesday 3/3- bring your favorite book to school and be ready to drop everything and read for a school wide DEAR time!
Wednesday 3/4- Snuggle Up and Read Night 6:30-7:30- please see the attached flyer for more details 
Friday 3/6- end the week long celebration of reading by dressing as your favorite book character!
Girls Scout's Animal Shelter supply drive.
Please see attached flyer 


There are now two easy ways to earn money for Aiken School though Box Tops for Education. You can download the app and scan your receipt, or you can continue to send in the box tops in plastic bags (grouped by 25). Of course, if you already taped them on a piece of paper we'll accept that as well. Please see the attached flyer for all the details.




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Did you know that a typical elementary school in West Hartford throws out as many as 30,000 Styrofoam plates or bowls in just one year.  This is a shocking number and your PTO is happy to let you know we are working to change this!  We are one of 4 West Hartford elementary schools teaming up with Sustainable CT, Growing Great Schools, and the WHPS Nutrition Services to buy reusable slotted trays that will be used instead of Styrofoam!  Please see the attached flyer for more information, as well as the attached picture which shows what the new trays will look like.  These should arrive at Aiken in April!!  Our next mission will be to get rid of the single-use flatware and make the switch to reusable.  Please email with questions or if you want to help continue the trend toward a greener Aiken School.
Have a great week!
Tina & Amy