Duffy eBlast 10.03.2021
Sun, Oct 3 9:11am


Time Change! Coffee and Conversation - October 7th @ 8:45 am

Please join Mrs. Laverty, Mrs. Detrick, and Ms. Bliss for Coffee and Conversation in the Duffy cafeteria. Topics for conversation include; district and school priorities, benchmark assessments, and communication efforts. Feedback on the first six weeks of school is also appreciated. All are welcome!


New!  Crazy About Sports One Day Camp - October 11th @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sign up for this one day sports camp at Duffy school with Mr Deveau! Kids will be introduced to a variety of games and activities that encourage GREAT competition, GREAT sportsmanship, and GREAT FUN! Click here for details and registration info. 


New!  PTO General Meeting - October 14th @ 7:00 pm

Please join us for the first General PTO Meeting in the Duffy library or virtually (see below). The agenda will include a Principal's update, Fundraising and Parent's Night Out (11/4) update, and Treasurer's update. All are welcome!

Click here to join via Zoom or call in 855-880-1246 |  Meeting ID: 928 0849 6945 | Password: 689062


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

New!  Parents' Night Out Raffle Baskets

As part of the Parents' Night Out fundraiser, we will be putting together raffle baskets ,and we need your help to fill the baskets!  This year we are requesting donations of items only (no cash). Save your money to purchase tickets for a chance to win a basket. Click here for details on how to participate.


New!  Duffy Ski/Snowboard Program

A great way to learn to ski or snowboard!! This popular five-week program for fourth and fifth graders features four hours of quality, chaperoned time on the slopes of Ski Sundown. Your child can also receive a one-hour group lesson from the Ski Sundown lesson staff each week. Registration open until October 29, 2021.  Click here for details.


New! Pie Donations to West Hartford's Town that Cares

Did you know you could donate a pie to West Hartford’s Town that Cares?  Just log on here, and at the bottom of the pie section, you’ll see donate pie(s).  All donated pies will be delivered to Town Hall and distributed with Thanksgiving meals.  


Duffy Cookie/ Pie Fundraiser  

For the 4th year, Duffy will be having a Lyman Orchard Pie Fundraiser.  This fundraiser will run from October 5th - October 19th. Click here to review the instructions and full details. 


THANK YOU to all of those who were able to join us for the Welcome Back Social! A very special extra thank you to our volunteers as well. We were thrilled to see so many Duffy families celebrate the start of the school year together as a supportive, diverse community.


We always welcome volunteers for any of the work we do. Event organizing, community building, communication, artistic abilities, research and beyond...Many skills can be applied to what we are doing. More information on what we do and how you can help.


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 Fastenberg, Thao Hau or join the Committee via Konstella.


Please enjoy some Duffy Dragons' answers to the two questions on the event "ticket" from the Welcome Back Social! 

Equity diversity, and inclusion is about...celebrating what makes YOU special. celebrating what makes EVERYONE ELSE special. treating everyone with fairness.


What's something you're proud of that makes you unique and special?

"My heritage." -- Sophia, grade 5

"I play with lots of different friends." -- Rory, K

"I speak more than one language." -- Hiba, grade 4

"My name." -- Adler, grade 3


Name one way you can make Duffy a more fair place for everyone.

"Making our circle bigger." -- Ella, grade 1

"Giving everyone fair chances." --Natalie, grade 4

"Say no to others when they are making wrong decisions." -- Casey, grade 2

"No bullying." -- Grace, grade 4


Do you also have children in other WHPS schools? Follow West Hartford Parent Community EDI Groups' website & Facebook Page to connect.

Fall Decor Donation Drive
Help us make Duffy beautiFALL! As you and your family head out to local orchards in the coming weeks, consider picking up an extra mum or pumpkin! We will use your donation to make the front of Duffy look festive and fun! Donations can be dropped off at 5 Foot Path Lane, in the side yard to the right of the driveway. Don't have time to shop for decor? Consider making a small donation via venmo to @Katherine-Zukis with the subject Duffy Fall Decor.



After two partially-virtual school years, our amazing Duffy Volunteer Coordinators, Shannon Pecorelli (Asher, 3rd) and Tiffany Dammarell (Emma, 1st) are REbuilding (events are back!), REtraining (we have amazing, energetic new volunteers!), and REimagining (so much is possible!). We hope they REmember how much they are valued.*
*easy way to show it: VOLUNTEER!


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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