Duffy eBlast 10.10.2021
Sun, Oct 10 5:20pm


New!  Indigenous Peoples Day - October 11th

No school


New!  Duffy Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Meeting - October 12th @ 6:30 pm

See below for details


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


New!  School Picture Day - October 28th

Schedule those haircuts and pick out your sharpest duds: School Picture Day is on Thursday October 28th!


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

New! Amazon Smile: Two easy steps and you're raising money for Duffy!

1. On Your Computer: Add Duffy to smile.amazon.com

2. Also, on Your Phone App: Tap "AmazonSmile" within the Settings menu in the Amazon Shopping app on your phone


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. 


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!  Duffy Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee 2021-2022 Kick Off Meeting 

Please join the EDI Committee October 12th at 6:30 pm. This will be a great opportunity to get to know other Duffy caregivers and families as we all work to make our community the best it can be for ALL of our children. We will be exploring initiatives for this year and want to hear your thoughts and ideas. We will do our best to keep this to one hour out of respect for everyone's time. All are welcome!


Click here to register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


New! Celebrating Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month - September 15th to October 15th

Click here for details. 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.


New! Affinity Space: Speaking Up for Success:  Guide to School Partnership for AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander Families) - October 14th @ 6:30 pm

Join for an in-depth conversation on how to effectively communicate and advocate with teachers and the school to support your child’s growth. This is an affinity group space and will focus on addressing particular concerns of AAPI-identifying parents, caregivers, and guardians.It will be a great opportunity to network with a wide range of AAPI parents/caregivers in CT, and gain some skills around communication and advocacy in the school setting. 

Facilitators:  Gigi Belen and Yukiyo Iida (Parent Leaders, West Hartford Parent Community EDI) and Julia Chang and Kathy Lu (Immigrant History Initiative)


The first session is Thursday, 10/14, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm on Zoom - with simultaneous interpretation in Mandarin Chinese and Vietnamese. Click here to register. View the flyer in English or Mandarin Chinese.


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.




Molly Towne and Val Bischof! Come on! These moms are flexible, committed, organized, and energized! The success of the PTO relies heavily on the money the Fundraising Committee brings in and these Chairs--and their talented committee members--are not only bringing us a *virtual* Parents Night Out Auction Night on Friday, November 5th, but they are selling pies and cookies in October and we are SO GRATEFUL! They make it look easy and fun but whew! We know it's a lot of work. Thank. You. Both.


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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