Duffy eBlast - 01.30.2022
Sat, Jan 29 11:58am

New!  PTO Board Meeting - February 4th @ 2:00 pm

All are Welcome! If unable to attend in person you may join the meeting using this link or call 855-880-1246 | Meeting ID: 928 0849 6945 | Password: 689062


New!  Virtual BINGO Night - February 10th @ 6:30 pm

Join the PTO for games, fun and prizes! There will be 3 bingo rooms: K-1, 2-3 & 4-5, and Google meet links will be sent out prior to the event. Click here to view the flyer.


Please check the Duffy calendar for a complete list of activities.


New!  Souper Bowl - February 7th - 11th

The Equity Diversity and Inclusion Committee invites you to participate "The Souper Bowl" benefiting Foodshare CT and House of Bread! Bring in non-perishable food items to “vote” for your Super Bowl team pick by placing items in your team’s bin near the front entrance. Donation suggestions include pasta, salad dressing, paper towels, napkins, canned vegetables and individually packaged snacks. Students are invited to create notes of positivity and kindness for the individuals served by these organizations. Click here for ideas. This is a great way to teach our children about supporting those in our wider community while having a great time! 


New!  Show Nurse Evjen What's In Your Heart

Being a School Nurse over the past month (or the past two years!) has been challenging, so it's a perfect time to offer Nurse Evjen some heartfelt words and pictures of encouragement. We invite you and your students to write/draw a message to Nurse Evjen on this (or any!) heart and send it into school on Wednesday, February 2nd to decorate her door and show her that she is the Heartbeat of Duffy! ❤


Girl Scouts Food and Toiletries Drive
The Girls Scouts Juniors Troop 10429 is collecting food, school supplies, and toiletries until this Friday! Donations can be sent in with you child and deposited in our collection box in the Duffy office. Items will be packed by our troop to be given to those in need in our community via the Unitarian Church. Any questions, email Courtney Pappalardo or Faydra Siegrist.  


New!  February is Black History Month

Duffy EDI is pleased to share these resources for you and your family to celebrate and learn together! Whether you want to help or want to learn or both, don't hesitate to reach out to one of our co-chairs, Tracy Wu FastenbergThao Hau or  join the Committee via Konstella.


Understanding Diverse Gender Identities - February 1st @ 6:30 pm

Join a virtual presentation by pediatric specialists from Connecticut Children's, Priya Phulwani, MD and Christopher Hughes, MD, MPH. Together you will learn Gender Identity v. Sexual Orientation; gender dysphoria in children & adolescents; the importance of respecting and supporting gender diverse individuals in our lives; medical/surgical options for gender diverse children & adolescents and when they may be appropriate. This event is for anyone who wants to support the youth of our community. Click here to view details and here to complete required registration in advance.

New!  Fitness Class Training Running Club

A Duffy 4th Grader has started Fitness Class Training (FTC), a non-profit organization supporting Dog Star Rescue's Veterans program. FTC is hosting a 6 week running program designed for 4-10 year olds (older runners welcome too!) where 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to the program. Click here for more details and to sign up.


In the immortal words of Lizzo: Blame it on my juice!


Thanks to the inspiration and follow through of volunteer extraordinaire Carolyn O'Sullivan, this week the Duffy PTO launched our first micro-appreciation event for the Duffy staff. Playa Bowls in West Hartford helped us supply over 80 fresh-pressed juice shots and vegan protein bites for the Thursday lunch waves. Thank you, Carolyn, for helping us to keep the staff juiced about their hard work!


(Lizzo also said, If I’m shining, everybody gonna shine! So, shine on Duffy teachers and staff!)


One Year, One Time! If you want to submit a shout-out to someone making Duffy better, please email Sarah Dolan, PTO President.



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