Monday, February 20, 2012

Hunt PTO Update 2/20/12

Hey There Hunt Families - Hang in there - just this week and then it's Winter break!  Have a great week and a relaxing break.  Kate

Minutes from the February PTO meeting are included
at the end of this post - Thanks Susan!

Please check out the work some Hunt students are doing which is published on RETN.  Doug Wilhelm is the local author of "The Revealers", which is part of the 6th grade curriculum.
Short recording

An example of a student Newscast.

The February PTO Treasurer's Report is now available for your perusal.  Click on the link below to take a look :

Town Meeting Day is Tuesday, March 6th, but you don't have to wait for Election Day to vote! Please exercise your right and privilege to vote!
Vote Early at City Hall:
8am-4:30pm Mon-Fri (closed Monday, January 20th).
9 am-noon on Saturday, March 3rd
8am-7:30pm on Monday, March 5th

If you are a registered voter in Burlington, you can walk into the Clerk's office and vote--no ID required.

If want to register to vote in the March 6th election, the deadline is Wednesday, February 29th. City Hall Clerk's Office

Vote by Mail:
Absentee ballot request form can be found at

Request must be in to City Hall by Friday, March 2nd.

Vote on Town Meeting Day--Tuesday, March 6th: Polls are open 7am-7pm.
These are some great options for busy families. A sick kid, a snowstorm, a trip to see relatives--there are lots of things that can keep you from getting to the polls on March 6th. Avoid the unavoidable and vote early or absentee.

Hunt Library Evening Hours for Families 5-7pm on Thursdays starting March 8 - May 17.  (not open 4/26)  The School Family partnership committee is sponsoring this event.  Parents and families are encouraged to come use the library every Thursday from 5-7pm.  Families will be able to read, check out books and use the computers/internet.  See what our library has to offer! 

Save the Date....
  • February 27-March 6 - Winter Break
  • March 6 - No school - Town Meeting Day - Vote for a new mayor and the School Budget! PTO/Play Committee Bake sale at Miller Center - goodies and lunch items!
  • March 8- May 17 - Hunt Library Evening Hours for Families 5-7pm
  • March 15 - PTO meeting in Library - 7-8pm, childcare provided
  • March 17 - Hunt Pancake Breakfast/Silent Auction Fundraiser
  • March 23, 24 - JJ Flynn Theatre presents Narnia - Friday 7pm, Sat 4pm
  • March 24 - Junior Iron Chef 9:30-3:30 - Champlain Valley Expo
  • March 24 - Set building day for Grease - all day...
  • March 25 - Tech Dress Rehearsal for Grease - All Cast
  • March 29-31 - Grease - Th- school show, Friday 7pm, Sat 4pm

Hunt PTO Minutes

Kate Belluche
Amy Harraden
Brian Pine
Ann Arcovitch
Susan Rutherford
Jon and Tammy Kuypers
Gabi Baumann
Siobhan Donegan
Kim Hunt
Jennifer Sutton
Marcie Lewis

Meeting run by Kate Belluche in place of Helen Hossley who is at Burlington Friends of Education meeting. Notes taken by Susan Rutherford & John Kuypers in place of Kate Belluche

Treasurer Report - Brian Pine
Food service will be tightening up. They have been giving us breaks over the years in terms of how much we were charged for events like community dinner but this will have to change now due to budget constraints. For graduation, 2011, the PTO portion of the bill was $600.00, but Jennifer Sutton negotiated the bill down to $250.00. Marcie Lewis, principal, will pay for this bill. What about the community dinner bill for 2011? Brian & Jen S. will ask Doug Davis for this bill now and ask that the PTO be given bills sooner for now on.

Principal’s corner: Marcie Lewis
Family School Night-need for volunteers. This is an evening designed to encourage more involvement from parents who do not regularly or who have never been seen at school wide events and for those families who this type of evening would make a difference in their lives. Volunteers are needed for food serving, curriculum stations, taking families around to the different stations, working on arts and crafts. The event will be held at Hunt on April 11, 2012 from 5-7pm, and be an invitation only event. Dinner will be served. Tammy and John Kuypers volunteered and many more volunteers are needed. Rich Nadworny is coordinating the food for this event. If you offer to volunteer, there will be childcare for your children. Forty families will be invited.

International Week: April 16-20th This is a Hunt only event in its 8th year. Student performances, a parade and cooking with taste tests. There will also be a heritage potluck dinner. The heritage dinner is run by the School Family Partnership on 4/19/12, the same night as a Hunt PTO meeting, from 5:30-7pm so parents can attend dinner and then go to the PTO meeting afterward. The planning event for the heritage dinner is on 3/15/12 at 6pm at Hunt. There is a need for volunteers and a lead is needed for this event. If you are able to volunteer contact Siobhan Donegan.

School Climate: Gabi Baumann spoke about her recent work on renovation of the entrance way to Hunt. There is only $500 at this time allocated. Gabi spoke with an architect who suggested painting and gave her ideas on that.

Hunt Family School Partnerships: The library will be open for Evening Library Hours, every Thursday, from 3/8-5/17 from 5-7pm for computer access and check out books. Michelle Virun will be in the library during this time. These Thursday library evening hours will NOT be open during April school break.

Sports communication: Meeting with Wayne Pecor on transportation, budgeting for buses, communication with parents. Some parents suggested that they do not know what spring sports are available at Hunt since only the kids are given this information at school. Marcie Lewis will email the list to the parents.

Update on Grease by Kim Hunt: Roles have been given to the kids. Finding rooms for rehearsal is still continuing to be a challenge. Fundraising for the play needs a lead; there are parents who have so far organized a dance and a bake sale being split with the PTO fundraising group is coming up on March 6th at the Miller Center, other parents have agreed to lead dinners before the play. Play bill ads are being sold but more assistance is needed on this. Kim says rehearsals are going well. Discussions about taking photos of the kids in the play to put in the hallways in frames as a way to advertise the drama committee at Hunt. The play will be held on March 29 during the day, March 30th at 7pm and March 31st at 4pm.

Communications Board Gabi Baumann, fundraising chair, discussed progress on the possible communications board for Hunt. She met with the planning board/zoning office for a permit to put up a communications board. Gabi learned that this would require a change of ordinance since at this time no schools are allowed to put up signs on North Ave. There will be a public forum to present the case to the planning committee to change the ordinance and Gabi would like some parents to be present for this on March 13th. Gabi will let us know when the time for this is on the March Hunt blog.

Fundraising: Gabi Baumann, Susan Rutherford and Tammy Kuypers, fundraising committee for the PTO, are organizing the Pancake Breakfast/Silent Auction for March 17th. Gabi reports that so far the committee and other parents have collected 60 donations from local businesses and expect to get 100 by the event. The committee is hoping for 300 people in total to attend the breakfast and the auction throughout the morning from 8:30am-11:30am. Numerous volunteers will be needed to make this event a success and should contact anyone from the committee for this. Gabi also states that she would like to see teacher involvement in this event and Marcie offers her help for a possible "Be a principal for the day" type auction item. Teachers can help by offering experiential auction items with any teacher who is experienced in a certain area.

8th grade graduation was discussed. Parents are needed to set a meeting date to discuss what this event will look like this year. It was suggested that 8th grade parents should meet to discuss what they would like this year and then ask the 7th grade parents to volunteer to help at the actual graduation event so that the 8th grade parents can enjoy the event.

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012

    Hunt PTO update 2/14/12

    Hey There Hunt Families - Thanks to all that attended a very productive PTO meeting last week - your time and contributions are very valuable to us.  For those of you unable to come, minutes and a link to the Treasurer's report will be out next week - stay tuned...  Have a great week.  Kate B.

    Box Tops!! Cut them out, bag them up, and send them in!!!
    Our Box Tops for Education Coordinator, Susan Rutherford, says our school community is doing a great job saving and sending in box tops, and to keep up the good work. Susan plans to send in the box tops we have collected so far at the end of February, since that is one of two submission deadlines for the school year. Of course we can continue to collect box tops all year long but the deadline for the first submission date is now. Our PTO can do great things with the money we will receive from Box Tops for Education and can earn up to $20,000 per school year, so cut them out, bag them up, and send them in! A collection container is in the main office. Any questions, contact Box Tops Coordinator Susan Rutherford at or 951-2571 and thanks!

    Grease Update Parts have been cast and we hear lots of fun singing and acting in the halls of Hunt Middle School! Practices have been posted through February break.  Let us know at if you need us to resend any information. 
    We have double the fundraising team we did last year and this gives up hope, but we need more help. Putting on a production takes both time and money -  Would you like to see Very Merry Theatre continue at Hunt Middle School? Please consider joining the fundraising committee. There are several dedicated people organizing bake sales and a dinner or two, but we need one person to head things up, coordinate with the PTO and our production managers.  If this is you, let us know.  Contact  Kim Hunt at or Sarah Smith at .

    HELP!!!!  Do you have a truck and interested in helping our production? We need someone to pick up half a car in Winooski. (Yes, you’d be the first to see Greased Lightning!) Let Sarah know at
    If you have a child in the production their permission slips and behavior contracts were due yesterday - please don't wait for us to track you down! Thanks!

    The First Grease Stage Crew meeting is this Thursday (Feb 16) at 3:00pm in the auditorium.  Questions?  Contact Jane at
    TOWN MEETING DAY  Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Where to vote:
    Ward 1: Mater Christi, 100 Mansfield Avenue
    Ward 2: Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler,6 Archibald St.
    Ward 3: Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes,123 North St.
    Ward 4: St. Mark’s Youth Center, 1271 North Ave.
    Ward 5: Burlington Electric Department, 585 Pine St.
    Ward 6: Edmunds Middle School Gym,S. Union & King Sts.
    Ward 7: Robert Miller Community and Recreation Center, 130 Gosse Court

    To register to vote in Burlington:
    Deadline: Wednesday, February 29 – City Clerk’s Office open until 5:00 p.m.
    Absentee ballots:
    Deadline to request ballot mailed to you: Friday, March 2 until 4:30 p.m. – Call the City Clerk’s Office at 865-7000.
    Voting early:
    Beginning Wednesday, February 15. Special hours on Saturday, March 3 – at the City Clerk’s Office from 9 a.m. to noon and on Monday, March 5 until 7:30 p.m.

    More information on the City website:

    EAT PANCAKES AND VOLUNTEER!!  The Hunt PTO is putting on a fabulous Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction on Saturday March 17!!  In order for it to be ridiculously successful, WE NEED YOU!!  Listed below is how you can HELP:

    1. VOLUNTEER:  We are looking to have people sign up for 2 hour shifts (or more) Here's how we've broken it down: 
    For the Pancake Breakfast:
    7am-9am - Set up, cook, (flippin' pancakes), clear and fill food    # of People needed -  8
    9am-11am - Cook, clear and fill food    # of People needed - 8
    11am-1pm - Clean up     # of People needed - 8

    For the Silent Auction:
    7am- 9am - Set up, monitor    # of People needed - 4
    9am-11am - Monitor    # of People needed - 3
    11am- 1pm - Cashier, runners and clean up     # of People needed - 6

    2. DONATE OR FIND STUFF:  We need:
    * Electric Griddles to borrow for the day
    *Wood needed for making signs, any type of wood approx. 3ft high and 2.5-3foot wide would be great
     Can you lend us black table cloths or sheets or any black fabric for our silent auction? Preferably for 6 foot tables, but we appreciate any size.
    * Donation of Card Stock and/or poster board (also for the silent auction, to help in labeling)

    TAMMY'S INFO:  Email-
    Cell- 598-4293,  Home - 863-1943
    Thank you all so much for your time and support!!

    First Annual Hunt Heritage Dinner  Thursday, April 19th, 2012,  5:30-7 pm
    Please mark your calendars for this potluck food celebration honoring the many different ethnicities and cultures at Hunt -- sponsored by the Family School Partnership and the PTO!  This dinner is for ALL Hunt families

    Families are asked to bring food to share representative of their cultural traditions and practices.  Participants are also encouraged to bring their own plates and cutlery to promote sustainability and minimize clean-up.   However, paper plates and plastic silverware will still be available.

    Entertainment and decorations will be provided by Hunt students and dessert and beverages will be provided by FSP.   Don't miss out on this FUN community event!

    More parent volunteers are needed to make this event a success.  Please attend the planning meeting at 6 pm on Thursday, March 15th in the Hunt cafeteria  if you can help out in any way or have ideas for the dinner.   See you there!  For more information, contact Siobhan at

    Save the Date....
    • February 15 - Early Release Day
    • February 27-March 6 - Winter Break
    • March 6 - No school - Town Meeting Day - Vote for a new mayor and the School Budget! PTO/Play Committee Bake sale at Miller Center (Can you bake/buy something??? - muffins, brownies, drinks, cookies, cupcakes...)
    • March 15 - PTO meeting in Library - 7-8pm, childcare provided
    • March 17 - Hunt Pancake Breakfast/Silent Auction Fundraiser
    • March 24 - Junior Iron Chef 9:30-3:30 - Champlain Valley Expo
    • March 29-31 - Grease

    Monday, February 6, 2012

    Hunt PTO Update 2/6/12

    Hey There Hunt Families - Hope you had a fun Superbowl Sunday- despite the outcome...

    Dance Fundraiser for "Grease"
    a great success!! Thanks to everyone who busted moves and got their freak on at Saturday night's dance party at the St. John's club. The event raised $700 for Hunt's Spring musical, Grease. Thanks to Rich Nadworny for the great dance tape, to Bella Nadworney, Susan Rutherford and Anne Williams Nichols for all their hard work organizing the event and preparing food, to Kate for making desserts, to Anne, Eric and Bella for obtaining silent auction donations, to George for handling the 50/50, to Norm for dealing with the money and to everyone who either bought a ticket or attended the event and helped to make our first ever dance party a blast. Couldn't make it this year? Don't worry, plans are being discussed for next year's party already!

    PTO Meeting this Thursday, February 9th, 7-8pm   in the Library.  Childcare provided in the Cafeteria.  Join us for our monthly meeting - the agenda is included below - take a look and come share your point of view - everyone is welcome!

    GREASE update   The parts are cast - now the work begins!
    Read-thru today, Monday the 6th from 3:15 - 4:45.
    • Check out the Grease page at with schedules and music to sing!
    • We still need someone to head up playbill ads. Let us know if you are interested. or

    On March 6, invest in our schools, kids, and our community. Please vote YES for the 2012-13 school budget.  Our schools provide for a strong economy, are a vital link to our real estate values and guarantee a bright future for all Burlingtonians. Our schools are the foundation of an educated democratic society and a viable and healthy community.

    Nearly 90% of the 2012-2013 school budget increase is dedicated to the state-mandated cost shift from the city to the school district, contractual obligations, and the loss of federal and state revenue. These revenues presently provide for 15 core teaching positions.

    Together Burlington citizens have built and invested in a vibrant school system that reflects our shared values. Our schools are truly the heart of our community and they deserve your support.

    For more detailed budget information visit

    To find out more about Burlington Friends of Education, visit

    Save the Date....
    • February 9 - PTO meeting in Library - 7-8pm, childcare provided
    • February 10 - Hunt (Student) Dance
    • February 15 - Early Release Day
    • March 6 - No school - Town Meeting Day - Vote for a new mayor and the School Budget! PTO/Play Committee Bake sale at Miller Center (Can you bake/buy something??? - muffins, brownies, drinks, cookies, cupcakes...)
    • March 15 - PTO meeting in Library - 7-8pm, childcare provided
    • March 17 - Hunt Pancake Breakfast/Silent Auction Fundraiser
    • March 29-31 - Grease
    February PTO Meeting
    7 pm
    Welcome– Kate Belluche
    • Treasurer’s report-  Brian Pine
    • Principal’s Corner – Marcie Lewis
    • Sports Communication – Marcie Lewis
    • Grease Update– Kim Hunt
    • Fundraising Update- Gabi Baumann
    • School/Family Partnership Update– Siohban Donegan
    • 8th Grade Orientation – Volunteers needed to meet with Staff 
    March Agenda Items:
    6th grade orientation BBQ
    Burlington Police Power Point on Electronic Communications 
    Next Meeting:  Thursday, 3/15/12,  7-8pm