Duffy eBlast - 5.21.2023
Sun, May 21 6:09pm



EDI author/illustrator event - May 22 (tomorrow)
May 30 
Grades 3-5 • 9-11
May 31 
Grades K-2 • 9-11
*Rain date June 1- More details and sign-ups coming soon.

Duffy Fair
- June 2nd
New! PTO Board Meeting - June 5
New! End of Year parent / caregiver coffee -  June 9

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


New!The Duffy Closet can is looking for concert attire (dark pants and skirts, white shirts, dark shoes).  Please make sure all items are in good condition - clean, no stains.  You can drop off in the main office or reach out to Rebecca Faga (rebecca.faga@gmail.com) or Ashley Whitney (ashleyrwhitney@gmail.com).  At this time, no other items are requested for the closet.  Thanks for your support!
New!  Check out Crazy about Sports Summer Camp Schedule(see attached)
New! Duffy Fair Volunteers needed!!!  We need 160 more volunteers to make this event a success.  Please consider signing up for a quick 30 minute segment to volunteer at an activity. Duffy Fair Sign Up Link
New!  Author and Illustrator demonstration
May is Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

On Monday, May 22nd, author and illustrator Dan Santat will join West Hartford for a virtual event complete with an interactive art demonstration. This virtaul event is open to readers and artists of all ages.


Mr. Santat has published over one hundred books for children including The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, which won the Randolph Caldecott Medal in 2015; best-selling books Are We There Yet? and  After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again), and his most recent book, an autobiographical middle-grade graphic novel, A First Time for Everything.

 Grab your pens, markers, colored pencils, paints, crayons, canvas, and paper, and we look forward to your family joining in the virtual fun!


Registration is required.

This event is presented by West Hartford Parent Community Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Groups; West Hartford Community of Concern; West Hartford Public Schools; John P. Webster Library at First Church West Hartford; and All In! Early Childhood Educators for Equity. Special thanks to West Hartford Greater Together Community Fund; EDI Committees / PTOs at Braeburn and Duffy Elementary Schools.


Duffy Fair - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help with the Duffy Fair on June 2, 2023. Event time: 5-7:30pm. Rain Date June 9th, 2023.  We need all the helpers we can get to make the Duffy Fair a huge success again this year. 


Volunteers Needed: PTO Board 

The Duffo PTO is seeking volunteers to fill 2 key spots on its board for 2023-2024 School Year. (No experience is needed; just a desire to pitch in and help make the Duffy community great!)
Vice President: The VP shadows the President during the upcoming school year with the goal of taking over as President in 2024-2025. Come learn the ropes and pitch in where needed!
Treasurer Elect: Are you organized, good with budgeting and skilled in Excel? The Treasurer Elect shadows our current Treasurer for the upcoming school year with the goal of serving as Treasurer in 2024-2025. No prior accounting experience needed! 
If interested, please email Kim Molinaro, PTO Volunteer Coordinator, at kimmolinaro@gmail.com.
PTO meetings
If you missed the last PTO meeting, we were joined by Lorna from the Board of Education. If you're interested in reading about what she shared, you can take a look at the meeting minutes on our Duffy PTO webpage. Our next meeting, which is the final meeting of the year, will be on Monday, June 5.

The Duffy Garden Committee is helping to support the Root2Rise Farm Share Event.  Families can use the active link or QR code in the attached flyer to order a farm share. Orders are due by Monday, May 29th. The shares will be available for pick up at the end of school on Friday, June9th.

Farm Shares will include local produce and cost $25 per share.  There is also the option to buy a share and donate a share, buy a reduced cost share, or simply donate funds. 
Please see the attached file or follow the link for more information. 



Duffy Elementary School PTO

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