PTO Weekly Update
Sun, Oct 30 8:22pm


Hello Aiken Families!


Your PTO hopes you had a great week.  Please see below for our announcements and information.



Aiken’s annual Scholastic Book Fair will be starting the week 11/14-11/18 so mark your calendar! In library classes the week before the fair,  students will be hearing book talks about the books available for purchase at the fair and getting excited that it will be in person again!  We want this book fair to be successful for not only the school, but for each child and family as well.  To that end, we are asking for your help to make sure every Aiken student is able to purchase a book.  Please help us by asking your child to donate change to the Aiken Penny Wars!!  Each class will have their own bucket in their classroom to donate coins/dollars.  100% of the money collected will go to help Aiken students who may not be able to afford a book purchase a book at the book fair. Thank you so much for your help in supporting a lifelong love of reading in all Aiken students. Penny Wars will run from 11/1-11/14.




Charleston Wrap has been successful so far.  Thank you for your participation; we have raised $1,075 so far.  This fundraiser ends 11/4/2022.  If you have not registered yet, follow these simple steps:


1) Register your participant online by going to and enter our Organization ID 21533

2) Invite friends and family to shop and support! Send emails, share on social media, and text the fundraising link to your friends & family to quickly spread the word!

3) Charleston Wrap fundraising information come home last week!

 In other fundraising news, be prepared to pick up your Lyman pies on November 22, between 1:00 and 3:30PM.  The Fundraising committee will send out specifics on location closer to the date. 

Aiken PTO wants to help YOU grow your business!  Take advantage of this great opportunity to expand your business through ads in our Aiken 2022-2023 School Directory.  Please submit any ads or acknowledgments to by Wednesday, November 9th.  Please see the attached flyer for more information on how you can reach out to people in your community about your business!   Thank you to those of you who have already reached out to place an ad in the directory.  


Parents Night Out:


It is crazy to think that we are already planning for events in the Spring, but we are now looking to organize our annual Parents Night Out.  Cassandra Toscano is our new PNO chair for this year and she is excited to announce that planning for our event has now started.  This year’s theme is “All Are Welcome” to mirror our new mural and celebrate the 55 countries representing our Aiken families.  Parents’ Night Out is the largest fundraiser for the whole year and has supported so many important investments at Aiken like classroom smart boards, teacher wish list items, subscriptions for the school, field trips, etc.  Please fill out this quick survey to help us plan for this year’s event.  Thank you and we cannot wait to see you there!


Community Events:


Helping Teens with Daily Pressures and Stressors

Wednesday, November 2nd, 6:00-7:30 PM


Parents, students, and educators are invited to a discussion on how to help tweens and teens with daily pressures and stressors. Joining the discussion will be West Hartford high schoolers, community clinicians and school staff to share experience and advice.


This event will be held in person at Bristow Middle School, 34 Highland Street. A virtual option is available. Click on the flier image or use this link to register:


Sponsored by West Hartford Community of Concern, a joint-PTO community of WHPS middle and high schools



West Hartford Rotary Club's Beatlemania: November 5th

The Rotary Club of West Hartford is pleased to announce the first annual “Rock ‘N Rotary: Beatlemania” charity concert. The event will be held Saturday November 5, 2022, 12pm at Infinity Hall in Hartford, CT and features “The Cast of Beatlemania”—a nationally touring band that “recreates the sights and sounds of The BEATLES so faithfully that you will recall when the world was engulfed in the most pleasant fever of all: BEATLEMANIA!”. The School of Rock West Hartford House Band--a student lead all-star band featuring the most talented musicians in the School of Rock performance program--will perform as the opening act. See attached flyer for more details. 



Adrienne & Julie, Aiken School PTO Co-Presidents

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