West Hartford Special Education PTO Nov/Dec 2017 Events


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Wednesday, November 29 at 7pm
Join us for a discussion with Special Guest, Dan Weiner, MA LPC

Dan Weiner, MA LPC has provided psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, parents, families, and adults for the last 20 years. Dan’s practice serves clients experiencing a variety of mental health issues, while also specializing in the treatment of neuro-developmental disorders which effect clients, cognitively, emotionally, and socially. Dan co-founded and is a partner in the Family Resource and Development Center, LLC (FRDC, LLC), also located in West Hartford, CT. FRDC is a group psychotherapy practice offering a variety of mental health services to children, adolescents, and families throughout the state of Connecticut.

NEW LOCATION: King Philip Middle School Media Center, 100 King Philip Drive, West Hartford

Friday, December 1 from 9:30am to 10:30am
Coffee & Conversation at Panera in Bishops Corner

The first Friday of the month, parents of children receiving special education services meet for coffee and a chance to talk & make new friends in a casual setting. We generally meet in the back of the restaurant.

Thursday, December 14 & Saturday December 16 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Inspiring Equity: A Multi-Media Exhibit

Join us at the book launch and photography exhibit of CommUnity: Voices Toward Equity West Hartford Listens featuring WHSEPTO! The book highlights West Hartford groups and individuals who inspire equity in our community. CommUnity is a project of the West Hartford Public School that seeks to bring our schools and community together through the lens of individual and collective stories.

LOCATION: West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main Street, West Hartford

Save the Date! Wednesday, January 24 (snow date 1/31)
Transition Meeting: for students entering a new school

Meet with Pupil Service and leaders from each school as well as experienced parents to ease the transition for you and your student into a new school.

NEW LOCATION: King Philip Middle School Media Center, 100 King Philip Drive, West Hartford

Membership Drive & Book Club

Your 2017-2018 membership dues of $15 earn you a great deal this year: a paperback copy of Ross Greene’s Raising Human Beings. The book will be discussed at our April meeting, as West Hartford Schools personnel share their training in Greene’s Collaborative and Proactive Solutions model. Please visit www.whsepto.org/membership.html to join or to renew your membership.

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Tea Cup Auction Winners Announced

Thank you to all who bought tickets for this year’s Tea Cup Auction!!! Congratulations to our basket winners!

– I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream: Bryce Goldfarb
– A Day At The Theater: Bill Matzinger
– A New You: Kristin Minahan
– Discover, Engineer, Create (science center membership): Karen Davis
– All Sports: Theresa Vumback
– Lego Nation: Matthew Russo
– Ultimate iPad: Samya Kanwar
– Buying Local Elmwood: Jill Oliver
– Write On: Jean McCarthy
– A Work Of Art: Tammy Fandozzi
– Game Time: Noah Burgio
– Mad Science: Steve Lishnak
– Seaside Escape: Madison Broege
– Fun & Games: Emerson Sohn
– Buying Local West Hartford Center: Kimberly Jewell
– Rainy Day Play: Parker Bastos

Wreaths Across America event at Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery

The local coordinator of Wreaths Across America shared information at the recent Parent Teacher Council meeting about Wreaths Across America Day on December 16, 2017. If you would like to sponsor a wreath or participate in the event, please see the PDF link: Wreaths Across America Middletown Information Pamphlet


We Remember Fallen Veterans by placing Veteran Wreaths, saying their names and taking a moment to remember that each stone represents a life. How Can I Help? There are four primary ways to become involved.

  • Sponsoring Wreaths is easy. Wreaths are only $15.
  • Starting your own fundraiser with dynamic Wreaths Across America tools.
  • The more Volunteers we have placing wreaths, the more time remembering each Fallen Veteran.
  • Nothing is more effective for awareness than sharing social media posts, wreath sponsorship

Wreaths Across America Day is December 16, 2017. Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating a wreath-laying ceremony at the State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown as well as Arlington National Cemetery over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.


Support Wolcott Elementary when you shop with Amazon Smile!

amazonsmile-blogOur PTO is officially signed up on Amazon Smile. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to our PTO at no added cost to you.

On your first visit to smile.amazon.com you need to select Wolcott Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization Inc so that we receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Then, every time you shop at smile.amazon.com your charity will be remembered and 0.5% will be donated to our PTO to be used for the school!

Don’t forget to sign up before you start your Christmas shopping 🎄🎄🎄. We will present monthly donation amounts in the budget report at future PTO meetings.

Thanks again and Happy shopping!!!!


For more information on Amazon Smile: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/ref=smi_aas_redirect?ie=UTF8&ref_=smi_se_ft_abt_saas

Tea Cup Auction is Here!

It is time for the Wolcott PTO’s Annual Tea Cup Auction! Each classroom in the school has created a themed gift basket for the auction. The baskets will be on display in the school lobby starting this week and the bidding begins on November 1st!!

Tickets are $1 each and will be sold from November 1 – 16, during school hours and at special events, including after school during conference week. The winning ticket for each basket will be drawn around November 17th. Winners will be contacted shortly after.

Good luck to you! We can’t wait to see what you win this year!!tea-cup-auction2.jpg

Conard High School Trick or Treat indoor Halloween activity on Oct. 30.

Come join Conard students for some safe Halloween trick-or-treating!

Bring your little Goblins and Ghouls to Conard High School on Monday, Oct. 30, from 4-6 p.m. to trick-or-treat at classroom doors.

This is a chance for families to bring their kids, ages pre-k through third grade and accompanied by an adult, for safe trick or treating in the hallways of Conard. Freshmen and sophomores will be there in costume to hand out treats and help kids get into the spirit of Halloween!

Admission is $3 for children with a canned food item and $4 without. To read full article, click here.

A Haunted Forest Thank You!

2017 Wolcott Haunted Forest

A BIG thank you to all of the friends and families that came out Saturday night to support the Haunted Forest. It was such a fun night… Thank you to all of the volunteers that gave so much of your time to make this event possible. We couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you to the teachers that also came out – you were amazing Ghostbusters! Your support of the Wolcott PTO is appreciated.

Last, but definitely not least, a huge thank you to Brooks Fischer and Rob Oliver for their first time organizing this event solo……. well done.