Wolcott School Night at Hartford Yard Goats – Friday, May 4, 2018

Join us for the Hartford Yard Goats / Wolcott Elementary School Night at Dunkin’ Donuts Park
Friday May 4, 2018 – Game time 7:05 pm
Ticket orders due to the school office by April 20
Contact Brooks Fischer with questions at abrooksfischer@live.com

Wolcott Elementary School Flyer


PTO Executive Board Positions Available

PTO_join.jpgWe are currently seeking volunteers to fill some open positions on our PTO executive board for the 2018/19 school year. There are really no special skills required, other than a desire to help support the PTO at Wolcott School and a commitment to fulfill the position for at least one year. All parents are welcome to inquire, whether your kids will be in kindergarten or fifth grade! We can teach you everything you need to know for the job and none of them are overwhelming in terms of time or effort. Here are the positions we are looking to fill….
Co-President – 2 year commitment
Treasurer (2 open positions) – 1 year commitment


PTO Executive Board Positions:

Are you interested in becoming a PTO board member for the 2018/19 school year? If so, each board position becomes available on a yearly basis, except for the Co-President position, which has a limited 2-year term. The current board member in each position may run again for that position yearly and other members of the Wolcott community are also welcome to run as well. If we have more than one candidate for a position, there will be an election at the May 10th PTO meeting. The winners of those elections will be voted in that day. The following are all of the positions that may become available in 2018/19 school year. If you have any questions or are interested in having your name entered as a candidate for a particular position, please contact Kristin Minahan to have your name officially added to the ballot. The deadline for announcing your interest in running is Wednesday, April 18th. Candidates will be announced the following day on Thursday, April 19th. Voting for the positions will take place at the May 10th PTO Meeting.

  • Co-President (1 open position)– the co-president will work with our current co-president, Natalie Ford, to preside at all meetings, both the Executive Board and General PTO, and shall coordinate the work of the officers and committees of the organization in order that the objectives might be promoted. The co-president shall be a member of all committees and shall be responsible for scheduling Executive Board Meetings as she/he/they deems advisable. The co-presidents often serve as advocates/representatives for our Wolcott School community.
  • General Treasurer (2 open positions)– The general treasurer is responsible for creating and modifying the PTO budget regularly. He/she will present the updated budget at each board meeting. He/She is also responsible for delivering and retrieving cash boxes/cash for fundraiser events. He/She will also manage all checks/payments that come in or go out for the PTO. (Must have excellent budget/finance skills and a working knowledge of Excel)

If you would like to know more about the PTO executive board positions, are interested in a position, or know someone else who may be, please contact Kristin Minahan or Natalie Ford for more information.

Dr. Susan Rubman presentation on adolescent sleep

Our special guest, Dr. Susan Rubman, spoke at Thursday’s PTO Meeting about the research and data behind adolescent sleep times. This was an informative presentation that relates to the Town’s School Start Times initiative. To listen to the recording of Susan’s presentation (sound only) visit the Wolcott Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/65668936887/

A Parent Info Night about School Start Times will be held on May 3rd at Town Hall. More info to come.

Another special guest at the March PTO Meeting – Officer Irene Klein

Klein.pngYou may have seen Officer Klein’s police vehicle on the school grounds this year. Did you know that she serves as our Community Relations Officer from the West Hartford Police Department? Officer Klein will be a frequent visitor in our building as she provides safety education lessons in classrooms in the fall and spring to students in grades K-5. She has been in our building several times already this year, familiarizing herself with our school, students, staff and the families of the Wolcott community. Her warm and friendly personality make her the perfect fit for our school!

Guest speaker Susan Rubman, PhD, CBSM at PTO Meeting on 3/15

rubman.jpgThe March 15th PTO Meeting will include guest speaker Susan Rubman, PhD, CBSM. Dr. Rubman will speak to the PTO Community for about 20 minutes on some of the research that is prompting West Hartford to look into school start times. She will also be able to clarify questions regarding sleep research questions. Dr. Rubman is the Director of Sleep Medicine Program for the Hospital of Central Connecticut and is an Assistant Clinical Professor for the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. For more information on the Rethinking School Start Time Committee visit http://www.whps.org/page.cfm?p=4745.

February SEPTO News

SEPTO logoFriday, February 2
Coffee & Conversation
Come join some members of SEPTO for a casual get together to meet other people in town. Sit down, grab a cup of coffee or a bite to eat and mingle with other parents, caregivers or family members of children with disabilities. It’s a great time and can be very beneficial.
LOCATION: Panera, Bishops Corner

Friday, February 28
The Effects of Screen Time with Nicole Feeney
Does screen time effect your child? How or what does it do? Find out more with with Nicole Feeney, M.Ed, Assistive Technology Specialist at Oakhill’s New England Assistive Technology Center (NEAT)
LOCATION: King Philip Middle School, Media Center

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.