Some Important Reminders
Sun, Oct 25 1:17pm


Hello Aiken Families,


We hope you are having a wonderful weekend!  We know this is a challenging time for all of us.  Remember you are not alone.  This quote seemed fitting for this week's Eblast, "If you feel like you're losing everything, remember that trees lose their leaves every year and still they stand tall and wait for better days to come".  Better days WILL come everyone!  Please enjoy this week's Eblast!


Meaningful Actions

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


Please see the attached flyer



Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support Aiken every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at 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, 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

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

Lyman Orchard Fundraiser
The PTO is raising money for the school through Lyman Orchard Pie Sales. Please consider purchasing a pie or cookies to help support the school!  An order form is attached and due back to the school by October 28. You can also use the following link to create a link to share with friends -  Pies will not be shipped.
All pies must be picked up outside the school on November 19 (more information on this will be out shortly). You will then need to distribute the pies and cookies you've sold (including online orders)
Please see attached flyer
Aiken Night at Blue Elephant
Show your Aiken pride and support a local business.  10% of every order will go to Aiken Elementary School!
Date: November 3rd, 2020
Blue Elephant Trail
Please see attached flyer
Food Drive

Help our community by helping our neighbors in need. From Monday, October 19th through Monday, October 30thAiken will be holding a food drive to benefit The Bridge Family Center. Students and families can bring food items to Aiken and place them in a box that will be located outside the main entrance of the school. Items that are most needed right now include:

  • Canned Fruit & Applesauce
  • Cold Cereal (Non-sugary Varieties)
  • Tuna & Canned Meats
  • Pasta & Pasta Sauce
  • Healthy Snacks (Granola Bars, Chips, Etc.)
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Baking Mixes (Brownies, Cookies, Cakes, Muffins)
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Canned Soup & Beans


Thank you so much for helping Aiken reach local families in need!


Please see attached flyer


Chess Club Update

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 on:

Tuesdays 5-6 PM (October 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8 and 15)


Wednesdays 6-7 PM (October 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9 and 16)


Thursdays 5-6 PM (October 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 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*- On November 18 The Aiken EDI will host our open PTO meeting.  More information to come!


Pack 148

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Join Pack 148 for Aiken/Norfedt students grades 1-5. They already have many Aiken students and are looking to grow.

Interested families can get in touch with the Pack at for additional information.

Aiken Pumpkin Patch
This Friday 10/30 our children will be visiting our own Aiken pumpkin patch!  Each child's class will have the opportunity to "pick" a sugar pumpkin, decorate it and take it home!  
Thank You
The PTO would also like to thank the following business for donating pumpkins, hay, cornstalks, and scarecrows.  These donations helped make our Aiken Pumpkin Patch possible and made the front of our school look very festive! 
The Pickin Patch
279 Nod Rd, Avon, CT 06001
Moscarillo's Garden Shoppe
2600 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117
Thank you everyone!  Remember, WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER!
Sabrina and Amy