Sunday Updates!
Sun, Feb 21 4:03pm
Hello Aiken Families,
We hope you enjoyed the weekend!  Here are your weekly updates! 
Go Cards
We have a handful of of Go Cards!  Please email the PTO if you would like to purchase one or two!

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 device for AmazonSmile:


Parent/Teacher Conferences 

As you probably know, parent/teacher conferences are coming up next month.  Even though these will still be virtual the PTO is hoping to show our support and appreciation to our teachers by providing some snacks/breakfasts/lunches throughout the week.  If you are able to contribute to this effort, please Venmo @Abiah-Ruel  (Aiken PTO Co Vice-President) and write your child’s grade(s) in the subject line – you can also send in cash or check made out to Aiken PTO and send it into the office.  We are asking that all contributions be sent in by March 1st.  Thanks so much for your continued support of Aiken School!



The Aiken EDI Parent Committee presents an interactive and engaging digital learning experience that recognizes Black history and celebrates it year-round. To access this amazing and informative experience, please visit

***P.S.- Don't forget to sign up for our next virtual book club discussion on "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You," by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM. To receive the zoom link, please register for this discussion at

 Community of Concern 

Community of Concern, the joint Hall/Conard/Sedgwick/King Philip PTO committee, in partnership with YWCA New Britain, presents an Internet safety educational program for families, “Keeping Children Safe Online”: YWCA three-part online seriesstarting on March 1 (Social Media)March 2 (Gaming), and March 3 (Pop Culture). Each part is a one-hour live program from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  For more information. See the YWCA flyer below.


Registration is required. Click here for registration.

You can sign up for all three parts or for any part which you would like to attend.   


For questions, contact: or

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 PTO Read-A-Thon February 1st-February 29th

The PTO is excited to run a Read-a-thon supporting the Tyler Family during the Month of February.  50% of proceeds will go directly to the Tyler Family and the other 50% will go to the PTO.  Please support our innovative approach to fundraising by combining our love of reading while embracing the importance of giving back to our community.  Our hope is that each child will read at least 20 minutes per school night.  The class with the most minutes read per student will win a class movie party! 
You can use this link to register for the read-a-thon.
  Go ahead and get your student set up, but don't forget that we are not entering minutes read until February 1st!  To learn more about the read-a-thon, please see the attached parent letter. 



Celebrating Black History Month 

Discover this poignant, timely, and emotionally stirring picture book, an ode to black and brown children everywhere that is full of hope, assurance, and love.

Tami Charles pens a poetic, lyrical text that is part love letter, part anthem, assuring readers that they always have, and always will, matter. This powerful, rhythmic lullaby reassures readers that their matter and their worth is never diminished, no matter the circumstance: through the joy and wonder of their first steps and first laughter, through the hardship of adolescent struggles and the pain and heartbreak of current events, they always have, and always will, matter. Accompanied by illustrations by renowned artist Bryan Collier, a four-time Caldecott Honor recipient and a nine-time Coretta Scott King Award winner or honoree, All Because You Matter empowers readers with pride, joy, and comfort, reminding them of their roots and strengthening them for the days to come.
Lyrical, personal, and full of love, All Because You Matteris for the picture book audience what The Hate U Givewas for YA and Ghost Boys was for middle grade: a conversation starter, a community touchstone, and a deep affirmation of worth for the young readers who need it most.


Dates to Mark Down


March 8th to March  12th

Conference week. Dismissal EACH day will be 2:00.


March 18th. 

School Pictures


April 2.

No School Good Friday


April 12 to April16th.

  No School Spring Break


May 6.

Barre Event. See attached flyer


Have a great week Aiken

Stay well,

Amy and Sabrina