Lots of Information This Week!
Sun, Apr 24 9:45pm

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is fast approaching!  Let's show our teachers how much we value them and their hard work with a week of delicious treats and surprises.  If you are willing to contribute, there are multiple ways: either send cash or check made out to "Aiken PTO" into the office in an envelope marked "TA Week"; use Paypal, donatetoaiken@gmail.com (write TA week in the notes section); or Venmo @abiah-ruel.  We are planning a lot of great surprises including getting their favorite snacks, a catered lunch, notes from the students and more! Please have all contributions sent in by April 30th.
 

AIKEN’S GOT TALENT – This Tuesday, April 26, 6:00pm – Aiken Auditorium 

Be prepared to be amazed by the extraordinary talents of the students of Aiken School.  Bring the whole family to enjoy a night of music, dance and more.  These students have been working hard, so let’s support their efforts with a full house! 

The fifth grade will be hosting a bake sale during intermission, so bring a few extra dollars!

 
Parents Night Out Final Days to Register
It's not too late! Sign up for Parent's Night Out.  The last day to sign up and pay is April 27th.  Enjoy a BBQ diner, drinks, and a silent auction as we celebrate being together again while supporting our school! Tickets are $40 per person/$45 per person with a drink voucher.  We have some great live auction items including Experience with Mayor Shari Cantor, Fire truck experience, Aiken Principal for the day, Assigned parking spot for the year,  and Mean Girl tickets and Dinner at Max's.  Our MC's for the night are Dennis and Kara House.  Come enjoy the fun!
 
To RSVP and pay, please use this link:
 

Art Show Volunteers

Dates: May 2nd-4th

 

The Aiken art show is back but we can’t do it without the help of you! This is a beautiful in person event that showcases the artwork of our talented students. Click on the link below to help Mrs. Parker hang up your child’s artwork throughout the walls and bulletin boards of Aiken. 

 

Sign-Up Link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4fa5a82dabfcc61-artshow1

 

Aiken Cultural Traditions Night

May 24, 2022

6pm-7:30pm

Come out to celebrate the multiculturalism and diversity that exists within the Aiken School Community.  We are so excited to have this wonderful event again!  We ask that you please consider attending and contributing this beautiful even that showcases the spirit of who we are at Aiken.  If you are interested in hosting a booth representing your country of choice or if you would like to contribute in any way, please contact Tina Palmieri at tina.palmieri216@gmail.com 

 

 

Illuminate West Hartford – May 4th, 7:00pm

Along with many schools in town, we are proud to continue a tradition founded by Aiken’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Parent Committee (EDI) in 2021. “Illuminate West Hartford” is a moment for our beautiful, diverse community to illuminate the issues we and our neighbors face and involve our children in ongoing conversations about social justice. 

Each family receives a luminary kit to decorate and display. Your lit luminary will represent your family's commitment to stand in solidarity against racism and discrimination, support and protect each other from all forms of hate, and be anti-racist in your words, actions, andsolutions.   

Please join other members of the West Hartford community on May 4th at 7:00pm by lighting your luminary and displaying it so it is visible outside your home. 

Please also feel free to share a picture, or post a little bit about what your family has gained through conversation and learning, on Aiken’s Facebook page, or tag the West Hartford EDI (@WestHartfordParentEDI).

 

Illuminating Conversations: How Books Can Help Us Talk About Identity, Diversity and Bias - Apr 27, 2022, 4:00-5:00 PM EST

Sponsored by: the West Hartford Parent Community Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Groups

 

Don’t miss this timely webinar for elementary and middle school parents, guardians, caregivers and educators.  Presented by ADL’s Director of Curriculum and Training, Jinnie Spiegler, this webinar will demonstrate how books can help children explore their identity, understand differences, and consider actions they can take to challenge bias and advance inclusion. Participants will leave with resources and tips for having illuminating conversations with children about identity, diversity and bias.

To Register: https://adl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5-I8KpVYRyOUBifNUvRclQ

**Please register, even if you can't attend live.  Registered participants will have access to a recording of the event

 

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