We Are In This Together!
Sun, Oct 4 4:07pm

Hello Aiken Families! 


We hope you all had a wonderful week!  As we continue our journeys through in school and at home learning just remember, WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER!  Here are a few reminders from your PTO...


Please remember to add your child to your teachers classroom on Konstella.  This helps you connect with other families in your class and allows room parents to organize virtual lunch dates during at home learning weeks.



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 at 4:00 PM on:

Tuesdays (October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8 and 15) or

Wednesdays (October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9 and 16) or 

Thursdays (October 15, 22, 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 program is for students grades K through 5, no prior experience necessary.

*see attached flier




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.



October 15, 2020 - Aiken's Diversity Speaker Series.

Speaker: Charnaie Gordon, Diversity & Inclusion Expert

Topic: "Let's Talk About Race and Other Tough Topics with Kids"

Parents/caregivers and teachers are looking for resources and support on how to talk to children about racism and privilege and how to support the development of their morals and values of racial and social equity. Charnaie Gordon, Diversity & Inclusion Expert, will discuss and provide ways to use books to start difficult conversations with our children that cover cultural, racial, religious, gender, level of abilities, and sexual orientation. Charnaie will also provide a toolkit that will include a list of recommended books, resources, family activities, and ways to bring inclusivity into your school, home, and community.


Meaningful Actions Make an Impact”
Aiken PTO supports Community of Concern (CoC), the joint Hall/Conard/Sedgwick PTO committee and their commitment to diversity, inclusivity and equity by amplifying voices in our community, We also would like to echo the West Hartford Public Schools’ commitment: “We will be actively antiracist in our thoughts, our actions...” and the powerful voices of our students in the Black Live Matter Rallies. We believe working to create a more equitable and just society can start by taking meaningful action steps that involve listening, learning, talking to one another, and not staying silent. Each week we will continue to suggest a meaningful action you can take.
Antiracist Action #8: Native Perspectives
Attend this upcoming free virtual West Hartford Indigenous Peoples Day event on Monday, October 12, 7-8 pm:
Mapping Westward Expansion with Native Perspectives (https://www.hartford.edu/unotes/2020/09/ mapping-westward-expansion-with-native-perspectives.aspx).
Featuring Chris Newell of the Akomawt Educational Initiative: "Maps can convey biased information. Perspective matters and paper maps are an import from European cultures. Telling the story of American westward expansion through maps often yields European or Euro-American perspectives only. But there's often more to be told and hearing viewpoints from multiple perspectives are important to a well-rounded understanding of history."
Read to learn what this day means to young native people

“5 Young Native Americans On What Indigenous Peoples Day Means To Them” (https:// www.huffpost.com/entry/indigenous-peoples-day-columbus-day-native-americans-los- angeles_n_59d6b716e4b072637c42ff82?guccounter=1)

Read about how, in 2018, a group of West Hartford parents, teachers and students acted for change: “West Hartford Changes Columbus Day To Indigenous Peoples Day” (https:// www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-news-west-hartford-indigenous-peoples-day-20180321- story.
Amy and Sabrina