Sunday, November 18, 2012

Hunt PTO Update 11/18/12

       Wishing all of our Hunt families a wonderful holiday...

There is no school on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week.  School starts up again on Monday, November 26th.  Have a restful break. 

Help needed Sunday, 11/25 
delivering holiday wreaths!!

The PTO Fundraiser Wreaths will be delivered on Sunday, November 25th (yup, that's the Sunday right after Thanksgiving!!) and help will be needed with distribution.

Over 300 wreaths were sold by our dedicated volunteer parents but they will need help delivering them to the homes of the persons who purchased them. Please contact Gabi Baumann at 660-9189 or if you can help. 

Let's help to get these wreaths out of Gabi's garage and out to the generous community who supported our fundraiser!! 

The PTO is pleased to announce that Michael Scott of 
"Restless Native" has completed his work on our 
school's new Herb Spiral!

We are looking forward to planting many wonderful herbs in the spring of 2013.  Michael is also the stone mason who created Hunt's beautiful new stone circle. Mr. Scott donated some of the rocks used in the herb spiral.  Other rocks were donated by 8th grader Paul Truman's parents, Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur and School Commissioner Ben Truman. We want to thank both Michael Scott and the Truman-Wallace Brodeur family or their generosity. 

                                         November PTO Meeting  

Many thanks to the Hunt parents who were able to attend the November PTO meeting last week.  Special thanks to Ms. Hevey and Ms. Roussel for their attendance and teacher perspective.   We had a guest speaker - Henri Sparks, Director of the BSD Equity office.  Mr. Sparks updated families about how the district is training staff to fuse equity into their curriculum and to be responsive to students' need to be safe at school.  Mr. Amato and Ms. Selles are the Hunt staff charged with reporting around issues of equity at HMS.

The PTO has rec'd approx 125 online and paper responses to our survey.  During the Thanksgiving break, all the responses will be reviewed  and the PTO will share our findings with you, Hunt Administration, the Hunt Family school Partnership and the school District.  Many families have given suggestions around Honor Roll celebrations.  We will take your suggestions to Hunt for dialogue around the issue.  In the meantime, the Student Council is soliciting student input.

Mr. Amato spoke about athletic communication at Hunt.  The PTO has been working on this issue since last Fall.  The Handbook has been updated, the website is building an athletics page similar to the one at Edmunds and a dedicated sports hotline has been set up to allow parents to call in for last minute information.  The number is 864-8505  After the break, there will be a winter sports meeting held by Mr. Pecor.  No dates set yet, if you don't hear anything, contact Mr. Pecor at

Mr. Amato also spoke to parent concerns about thefts at Hunt.  Officer Berti agreed with the PTO suggestion of installing security cameras to cut down on thefts/vandalism of bicycles.  We will be looking into costs for a surveillance system.  Officer Berti suggests that all bikers ahve their bikes registered at the Police Department.  We are looking into offering some registration days at HMS. 

Mr. Amato also spoke about the Halligan assembly.  There were some parents that came to see the presentation.  The PTO suggested that Hunt be clear about how many seats are available for parents for future assemblies and to let parents know that they are encouraged to participate.

Gabi Baumann reported that the wreath sale has gone quite well this year thanks to a handful of super sellers - Wreaths will be distributed right after Thanksgiving.  Formal thank yous to come.  The election day bake sale brought in ~$500 -thank you to families for donating goodies and working the table!

Hunt parent, Tanner Trombly will contact Officer Berti (school resource officer) and the climate committee to discuss the problem of theft inside the school and during sports practices.  Information to gather includes theft statistics at Hunt, personal stories and solution oriented ideas.  If you have any insight to share or want to be involved in this discussion, send and email to and we will pass it along.

Kim Hunt and Sarah Smith spoke about the upcoming play, Pajama Game.  The Hunt Theatre committee has a small balance which will allow us to order the script/score.  Please keep in mind that both Production managers will no longer be at Hunt next year - it is time to groom some new leadership around the play - we could use your help for this opportunity to continue at Hunt... The first planning meeting will take place at Hunt on 11/27 at 7pm.  Contact Kim at for more info.

December 3rd to 14th
Please bring your non-perishable food items to help our community.

Are you a Health Care Professional?

Hunt Middle School is looking for speakers in the following areas:



                      Respiration and circulation
Contact Jennifer Sutton, Hunt Middle School Outreach Coordinator, if you might be interested in presenting to a class. Phone:  310-4998 or

Hunt Middle School is partnering with Shoe Box Recycling to recycle paired, wearable shoes. The shoes will be reused for individuals here in the U.S. and throughout the world.
This program provides affordable shoes to those in need such as those suffering from Hurricane Sandy and many others. This will keep used shoes out of the landfill, creating a cleaner and greener planet. Recycling shoes also creates micro-enterprises for individuals throughout the world, fueling local economies here and abroad.  

Shoes We Accept:
* All paired men’s, women’s and kids shoes that are still usable. That means no holes in the soles and no wet or mildewed pairs. This includes athletic shoes, dress shoes, timberland type work boots, sandals, heels, flats

Shoes We Don’t Accept:
* Heavy Winter Boots, Skates, Blades, Flip-Flops, Slippers, Singles, Unusable, and Thrift Store Shoes.

Where to bring your reused shoes?
Place your reused shoes in the specially marked box ShoeBox Recycling found in the main lobby of Hunt School.
Questions or for larger pick-ups, contact Susan Rutherford at 951-2571 or
 “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”

Want an easy way to support your PTO that doesn’t require volunteering and won’t cost you a dime? 

Save Box Tops for Education! 

Here’s how to help:

**Box Tops for Education are on the packages of hundreds of participating products that you probably use every day. All you need to do is cut them off the box they are on, stick them in a baggie, and send them to school with your child. There is a container for the Box Tops in the main office. 

**Did you know that Box Tops are dated and cannot be used if they are past this expiration date?? 

Make yourself a note on your home or electronic calendar to send in those Box Tops!! Saving them is the first step. Sending them in before they expire is the next.

We will be collecting Box Tops all year long, so start saving and sending in your Box Tops today! The collection box will be located in the main office.

Thanks for choosing to support our school by collecting Box Tops!
Susan Rutherford
Volunteer Coordinator for Box Tops for Education
Hunt Middle School PTO

Save the Date.... 
  • November 21, 22, and 23 - No School
  • November 25 - Wreath delivery!
  • November 29 - Dialog Night
  • December 3-14 - Hunt Food Drive
  • December 5-  Chorus Concert
  • December 12 - Early Release
  • December 12 - Band Concert
  • December 19 - Strings concert
  • February 2nd, 2013 - Jr. Iron Chef

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