Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hunt PTO Update 10/22/12

Hoping that the countdown to Halloween still allows 
for down-time and sanity in your busy Hunt household!

...and for those of us who need a calendar on the refrigerator or posted at work to remind us of half days and days off, here's a handy one-pager to keep our families on track:

Daylight Savings Time ends on the first Sunday in November (November 4th,) which is when all of our clocks will FALL BACK.  Your kids will appreciate that extra hour of sleep!

...and here's what else is happening at 
YOUR Hunt Middle School and around the district:

Hunt Community Harvest Dinner 
a Huge Success!
Many thanks to Jennifer Sutton, Jenny Tomczak, and all of the parent and staff volunteers who made this event an incredible success.
Great job, everyone!

About 600 people attended the 5th Annual Hunt Community Harvest dinner on October 11th. The food was delicious, the students’ projects displayed were made with much care and thought and the entertainment was great!  We would like to thank all the parents, staff and students who helped in so many ways to make the evening a wonderful community event. 

The menu included many local ingredients; chicken and potatoes, a full salad bar with sweet potato salad and coleslaw, and baked pasta with homemade kale pesto marinara sauce. Students were especially proud of the roasted root vegetable medley, which was loaded with hundreds of pounds of potatoes, carrots, squash, beets, and turnips, many of which they grew right on school grounds in the half-acre Healthy City Youth Farm.

With virtually every student and teacher involved in the dinner, the cafeteria and classrooms buzzed with preparation. Every student harvested produce from Hunt’s Healthy City Youth Farm and then went back to the classroom to create curriculum connecting projects. Students produced drawings about the local vegetables and greens for the placemats, made cards with watercolors and poems of the harvest, designed a display of the farm to plate process and how compost is made, wrote recipes of what makes a good community, set up nutrition information displays about each produce item and made chicken napkin holder centerpieces built from recycled wood. Healthy Living classes prepared the apple crisp and groups of students, parents and staff took turns peeling and chopping local root vegetables for the different entrees.

On the evening of the dinner, the room was filled with aromas of the fresh harvest entrees, the handmade student harvest projects , the sound of jazz played by students and staff as well as the chatter of people joining together, and oil pastels of zinnia’s from Hunt’s farm dancing across the walls.  Our Hunt families of parents, students, staff and senior citizens enjoyed not only a meal together but a celebration as a community.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012, 5:00-7:00 pm


Burlington, Vermont - October 19, 2012 - Burlington School Board of Commissioners invite you to share your opinions and thoughts at:


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012, 5:00-7:00 pm

Location: ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center – Community Room

Full press release at


On October 24th from 5 - 8pm, Boloco on 92 Church St. will be donating a full 25% of its revenue to the
 Hunt Middle School Stone Circle Project.  

This includes both dine-in and take-out orders.  
Please plan to eat a globally inspired burrito at Boloco that evening, and encourage family and friends to do the same.
  Many thanks to Boloco for the restaurant's generosity in supporting this great project!! 

The October PTO meeting is happening THIS week: Thursday, October 25th, at 7 pm.  The agenda is included at the end of this post.

Balsam Pine Vermont Wreaths for sale

Hunt Middle School is holding their Annual Holiday Wreath Sale from now until November 12th. Order forms will be going home this week in backpacks and more can be found in the main office.

All wreaths, kissing balls, and centerpieces are 
hand made in Vermont and last for months.  

If the scent of a gorgeous holiday wreath is just the thing you love to brighten your holidays or you know someone in your life who would love one as gift, please consider purchasing your wreaths from Hunt Middle School PTO. 

All proceeds go directly toward programs and activities for your kids. Contact Gabi Baumann at or 660-9189 or 
Susan Rutherford at  or 951-2571 with questions.

Wreaths will be hand delivered to your door, free, if you live in Burlington, or ship one out of state to your loved ones. (shipping charges apply)  

 CCTA Neighborhood Specials – 
Additional Service Approved 
October 17, 2012

From CCTA:

Dear BSD Parents and Members of the Public,
CCTA and the Burlington School District (BSD) met on Thursday, October 11, 2012 to identify what additional Neighborhood Special service is needed to meet current student transportation demand. In that meeting, the following four issues were identified as needing short term solutions:
1) Overcrowding on the afternoon buses departing Burlington High School
2) Overcrowding on the morning buses to Edmunds Middle School from the Riverside Avenue area
3) Overcrowding on the morning buses to Burlington High School from the North Street area.
4) Lack of morning service to the Appletree Point neighborhood.

To address these specific needs, CCTA and BSD developed a service proposal to add service as of Monday, November 5, 2012. The total annual cost of these additional services is $50,500. For the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year, BSD has committed to fund 20% of the cost of the service and at its meeting on October 16, 2012, the CCTA Board of Commissioners agreed to fund the remaining costs.

The details of the additional Neighborhood Special services that will go into effect on Monday, November 5, 2012 will be posted on the CCTA website at by Monday, October 22, 2012.

CCTA is very pleased to have been able to work cooperatively with BSD to develop a solution to better serve the community and BSD students.

Mark your calendars!!!

JJ Flynn Elementary Bottle Drive
Saturday, November 3rd from 9am to 5pm

At Merola’s Market

1563 North Avenue
(the corner of Tracy Drive and North Avenue)

Help support the Flynn PTO and clean out those bottles from your garage.

Drive down the right side of the building to the drive-up bottle drop off and say you are donating the cans and bottles to the Flynn PTO.

Merola’s will donate 10% in addition to what is collected to the school.

Tell your friends and neighbors as well!  

Can’t make it that day?  Questions?  Contact Mary Mitchell and you can drop them at the school or her house. 
(863.8983 or

Save those bottles and cans!  This is a quick and easy way to help support our school.

We will also be having a second bottle/can collection Saturday, March 10th
(The Saturdays of Daylight Savings Weekends.)

November 8th, 2012
Cyber Bulling and Digital Citizenship

in the Hunt library

A discussion with parents to follow-up on the bullying assembly for students on Nov. 6th with J. Halligan.

Save the Date.... 
  • October 23 - BSD Community Dialogue on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at ECHO
  • October 24 - Boloco Fundraiser
  • October 25 - Magazine Fundraiser begins
  • October 25 - PTO meeting, 7pm
  • October 30 - Picture Retakes
  • November 3 - JJ Flynn Elementary Bottle Drive
  • November 4 - Daylight Savings Time ends
  • November 6 - Early Release Day
  • November 6 - Bullying Assembly
  • November 8 - Cyber Bullying and Digital Citizenship discussion 

September PTO Meeting
7 pm
  • Welcome and Introductions– Kate Belluche
  • Treasurer’s report, 2012/13 Budget Vote-  10 min -Board
  • Principal’s Corner – 10 min - Rich Amato
  • Entrance Updates/stone circle–5 min -  Susan Rutherford/ Gabi Baumann
  • Fundraising Update- Wreaths/Stone Circle – 10 min - Gabi Baumann
  • Harvest Dinner/Thanksgiving Baskets/Intergenerational Proj/Iron Chef –5 min -  Jen Sutton
New Business
  • Sports Communication – 15 minutes – Kate B.
  • Magazines Sale
  • Vacant Position: Secretary
  • School/Family Partnership Update– VISTA

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