Duffy eBlast - 09.25.2022
Sun, Sep 25 12:58pm




New!  9/26  - No School - Rosh Hashanah


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


New!  Coffee and Conversation

We are looking forward to our Coffee hour on Tuesday from 8:45 am - 9:45 am focused on school safety and security. We will be joined by Mr. Eric Dency, WHPS Director of Security, and Mr. Pete Kisella, School Resource Officer. The following topics will be discussed.


Topics of Discussion:

Overview of safety and security within West Hartford public schools.

Security drills, what they look like and why we do them.

The role of your community resource officer within the school system.

The conversation will take place in the Duffy auditorium. Please sign in at the main office upon your arrival.

New!  Make your annual PTO Donation!

To make your annual donation, go to Konstella and click on the “Fundraising” tab (or click Here), then click on the donate button.

Duffy has been growing, and so has our annual budget. The Board recently approved a $54,000 budget for this school year. That budget includes improvements to the school grounds and classrooms not otherwise funded; events including the teacher's luncheon, Welcome Wagon, Coffee on the lawn, and 5th grade events; holiday treats for our faculty and staff and periodicals; and it allows us to provide scholarships and support our larger community. So how do we fund that budget? With your help!! We hold various fundraisers, but also are helped by Amazon Smiles contributions (remember to reallocate to Duffy each year), charitable matching, and direct donations.
We appreciate your support in all the PTO does to support our wonderful school!


New!  Crazy About Sports Rosh Hashanah One Day Camp!  Sign up Here

Program # 413344A1 - Crazy About Sports Camp - 9/26/22

Crazy About Sports is a program that provides kids with the opportunity to play hard and have fun. This program gives kids the chance to develop the skills, confidence and the desire to be active. Kids will be introduced to a variety of games and activities that encourage great competition, great sportsmanship and great fun!


New!  Sand Toy Donations Needed
Thanks to major rehab work by Marcia Lawlor and Barrington Gardner, The Duffy Sandbox will dig again! We are asking for gently used/new sand toys--large trucks, shovels, buckets, etc.--to make it fun. Donations can be brought to the front lobby Monday 9/19-Wednesday 9/28. Thanks in advance!


New!  National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month 

National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month takes place between September 15 th - October 15th each year since its inception in 1968. The Duffy Parent Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee is happy to share some resources for your family to learn more about this important time together. More information can be found Here.

Whether you want to help or want to learn or both, don't hesitate to reach out to Tracy Wu Fastenberg (tfastenberg@gmail.com) or join the Committee via Konstella!

New! Auction Items Needed for PTO Parents Night Out Fundraiser

We need YOUR help!  - Our PTO Fundraiser committee is busy at work preparing for our virtual auction the first week of November, and we are actively looking for auction items from our Duffy community. 

Do you have a vacation home? Have season sports tickets? Do you own a business that would be willing to donate services (ex - landscaping, painting, financial services, design, etc.)?   We would love your help!

Duffy families will be recognized on our auction website and at our auction for their contributions. All donations can be sent to Steph Monteith & Steph Dominello at duffyptofundraiser@gmail.com.

THANK YOU in advance for your support!...and don't forget to mark your calendars for our IN PERSON final countdown to the end of the auction - November 4th from 7-10pm at New Park Brewing!


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