Monday, November 5, 2012

Hunt PTO Update 11/4/12

Hope everyone is enjoying the changing seasons.
Here's what's going on at YOUR Hunt Middle School...

Balsam Pine Vermont Wreaths 
for sale

Reminder that all holiday wreath orders and payment for orders are due Monday, November 12th. 

Additional order forms can be found in the main office at Hunt or can be emailed to you directly by contacting Gabi or Susan
 (see contact information below). 

These gorgeous wreaths are locally sourced from the North East Kingdom of Vermont. They are full and bushy, smell wonderful, last for months, and make great holiday gifts.

All proceeds from this sale go directly to your PTO to be used for the popular community dinner, important school-wide assemblies, Jr. Iron Chef teams, 8th Grade graduation ceremony, and many other valuable PTO activities for our kids. This fundraiser is one of the PTO's most important fundraisers for the year! Your order matters!! 

Contact Gabi Baumann at 660-9189 or or Susan Rutherford at 
951-2571 or 
to place your order now! Don't delay!!

Please let Gabi or Susan know if you can leave an order form at your place of business or are willing to sell wreaths door to door in your neighborhood.


The November Hunt newsletter is now online!  
Please check it out at

Tuesday, November 6th is an Early Release Day and 
students will be dismissed at 12 noon.  

BHS Drama presents "Legally Blonde", 
November 15-17 at 7:30 pm, at Burlington High School. 

 Elle Woods can handle anything. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her she decides to follow him to Harvard Law School and win him back. With some help from new-found friends Paulette, Emmett and her chihuahua Bruiser, she learns that it’s so much better to be smart.

Hunt School students are invited to attend FREE of charge thanks to a generous support from the Burlington Students Foundation.

Ticket prices for others: Adults: $8, Students & Seniors: $5

Hunt Middle School now has BOTH a Facebook and a Twitter account!  Interested Hunt community members or school supporters can go to the school website and link to either/both of these accounts:

If you "like" these pages, you will get notifications of events happening at the school, such as early closures, no school, sports cancellations, etc.  The Hunt middle school team is very excited to offer these new communication tools.  Their success depends upon families using them -- Please "like" these pages today to stay connected!  This is a GREAT way to get regular updates from your child's school.  

November 6th, 2012
Anti-Bullying assembly

We have invited Mr. John Halligan to speak to all Hunt students at an assembly.  He will relay his own tragic experience as a dad whose 13 year old son took his own life in 2003, after incessant bullying by peers since the 5th grade, both in school and online.  His story is riveting and powerful, and reminds students that there is a face, a person, a heart on the other end of a computer screen.  

His presentation will begin with a short video collection of home movie clips and still pictures of Ryan.  John will then begin to tell the story of Ryan and the factors that led up to his son's suicide.  The students will gain a perspective from inside a family of a child who is a victim of bullying and cyber bullying.  They will also gain awareness about the signs and risk of teenage suicide and how best to help a friend.  As part of Mr. Halligan's presentation, students will have the chance to ask him questions.  We encourage you to visit for more information.

November 8th, 2012
Cyber Bulling and Digital Citizenship

presented by Rene Berti, our School Resource Officer
in the Hunt library

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

From the Burlington School Food Project:

Learn More about Burlington's Food Services  October 31, 2012

All schools in the Burlington School District offer a full fruit and vegetable bar that is included with every lunch served. On average, 6-8 vegetables and 3-5 fruits are featured. Students may take unlimited amounts of fruit and vegetables along with their entrée choice. Beans and legumes such as garbanzos, black bean and sweet potato salad, or lentils with roasted roots are also available on a daily basis.

Vegetarian and vegan students may take unlimited amounts of these items to meet their daily protein needs. Students may also choose from vegetarian sandwiches including peanut butter and jelly, cheese and vegetables, or hummus wraps. At the K-8 level, hot entrées such as pizza and vegetable pasta are offered several times each month, while at the high school students may choose from hot vegetarian dishes daily.

We feel that it is vitally important to offer a diverse menu to our increasingly diverse student body. Many students are new to this country, and it is important that they are offered food that is respectful of their religious and dietary customs. We believe that better food leads to better learning, and we want all students to go to class well fed and ready to learn. It is important to note that our schools have thousands of students and adults that are not vegetarian or vegan and they too need to have a culturally appropriate and varied menu.

It is equally important that as a dairy and agricultural state, we continue to support our farmers, our food system and maintain our working landscapes. We do this through local food purchases, farm and culinary programs for students, and ultimately the creation
of a new school food culture. Food unites us all. Hunger affects us all. For more information, visit

Save the Date.... 

  • November 6 - Early Release Day
  • November 6 - Bullying Assembly
  • November 8 - Cyber Bullying and Digital Citizenship discussion 
  • November 12 - Deadline for getting wreath orders in
  • November 15 - PTO meeting in the library, 7 pm
  • November 21, 22, and 23 - No School
  • November 29 - Dialog Night
  • February 2nd, 2013 - Jr. Iron Chef


  1. What time is the Nov. 8th Cyber Bullying discussion please? Thanks!

  2. I really apologize that I did not see this until now. As you probably know, it was postponed due to illness. When it is rescheduled we will post in the blog. So sorry to have missed your comment earlier. My mistake entirely.

    Siobhan Donegan