Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Hunt PTO Update 5/1/12

Hey There Hunt Families - Hope you're getting back into the swing of things...  Have a great week, Kate B.

Bake sales to benefit the Hunt Drama Program!
The Hunt Drama Program will be hosting bake sales at the band concert on Wednesday, May 16th, and the chorus concert, Wednesday, May 30th. Please support our students in their dramatic ambitions with your delicious baked goods. They can be brought to school the day of the bake sale or brought to the concert before the show. If you can help sell goodies at either sale please contact Kim Hunt, Thank you.
Perennial Plant and School-wide Yard Sale at L.C. Hunt Middle School
Saturday, May 26th from 8:30-2:00pm

All proceeds from sale will be used to create a peaceful garden with benches, in front of our school, where  students, staff and Hunt families can relax and talk. Together we can make the entrance to Hunt a place we can be proud of!

How can you help? Bring your divided perennial plants such as hostas, lily of the valley, shasta daisy, iris, coneflowers, any herbs, shrubs, lilacs, and any other healthy perennial plants in your garden that you can share to Hunt School on May 9, 10 or 11th from 3:00-6:00pm. There will be volunteers available to re-pot your perennial plants and ready them for the sale.

How else can you help? Start cleaning out those closets at home and save all the household items, sporting goods, games, toys, DVDs, kids and teen books, holiday decorations, and other yard sale items in clean and good working condition. We will gratefully accept these items on Friday, May 25th from 3:00pm-7:00pm.

Any other ways you can help? Glad you asked! We need volunteers on the donation days: May 9, 10, 11 from 3-6pm, May 25th from 3-9pm, and on the day of the sale for set-up, selling, and clean-up. Can you help? Contact Susan Rutherford at or 951-2571 to volunteer or with any questions.

Thank you to Peter Murray and George Rutherford who picked up the potting soil donated by Green Mtn. Compost this past weekend and delivered it to Hunt! What can you do to help?

The April edition of the Family School Partnership newsletter is now available.  Find out how Hunt and all Burlington schools are linking parents, school, teachers and academic achievement.  Click on the link below to view:

Minutes from the April PTO meeting are included below - Couldn't make it?  Reading the minutes is the next best thing..
Save the Date....
  • May 16 - Band Concert - 7pm
  • May 17 - PTO Meeting - 7pm in the Library
  • May 23 - Strings Concert - 7pm
  • May 26 - Perennially Green plant/yard Sale
  • May 27 - VCM Marathon - Support the Hunt students running in relays!
  • May 28 - No School
  • May 30 - Chorus Concert - 7pm

Hunt Middle School PTO Minutes
April 19, 2012
Meeting Start: 7:15pm
Meeting End: 8:20pm
Approximate number of attendees: 10
Meeting facilitated by President – Helen Hossley
Minutes recorded and distributed – Kate Belluche

Officer Rene Berti, Outreach specialist from the Burlington Police Dept. gave a presentation to parents about Internet Safety.  Nearly all Hunt students have rec’d this same presentation focusing on topics like on-line “dating”, sexting, sextortion, responsibilities and privacy settings on Facebook and scope of ones cyberlife.  Students learn the 4 R’s: Recognize (techniques on-line predators use), Refuse requests of people you don’t know, Respond by exiting or logging off, Report to a parent or teacher what happened.  Officer Berti will be providing some links to parents which will be shared.

Principal’s Corner focused on Diversity/Title 1: Mary Ann McCoy, Curriculum Specialist in the BSD Diversity office talked briefly about a book that teachers, administrators and school are using to facilitate discussions about race and diversity.  Courageous Conversations about Race is available to borrow and use for discussions.  Parents talked about the possibility of a book discussion group and of showing the documentary, MisRepresentation which focuses on girls and how they are portrayed in the media.  Ms. Lewis will check into a showing before the end of the school year.

Did you know that Hunt is a Title 1 School?  We have that designation because over 40% of our population receives free or reduced lunch.  At Hunt it is ~60%.  Federal monies come into the school to help all students achieve based upon our poverty rate. 
Fundraising Gabi Baumann happily reported that we have surpassed our fundraising goals this year.  The PTO voted to restrict $2K for use in putting in an electric sign fronting on North Ave.   We are in the process of getting permission from the city.  Right now the issue is before the City Council.  Coming up will be the Perennially Green Plant and yard Sale on May 26th.  This fundraiser is moving from Flynn school to Hunt.  Families can start putting aside stuff to donate to the yard sale and when in the garden, consider splitting perennials that can be sold.  Contact Susan is you are ready to donate plants -  We will get some volunteers from City Market for the event, but will need lots of parent support.  The PTO agreed to put all proceeds towards beautification in front of the school including ideas like a spiral herb garden, benches, additional low maintenance plantings.
Garden  New garden person – Anne Marie Santos
Heritage Dinner was this night.  Group noted to not hold the dinner and a PTO meeting on the same night next year.  Too hard to get clean-up volunteers and too rushed from dinner to meeting.
Next meeting: May 17, 2012

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