Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Hunt PTO Update 2/5/13

THIS THURSDAY, February 7th is an early release day!

The Hunt FEBRUARY newsletter is now online:

Please read to catch up on the upcoming school assembly,  the latest on the Pajama Game, the Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction, a CVAA job opening, a local Family Valentine's Dance...not to mention all that's going on with your child's academic team!

This Thursday at 8:30 there is a student assembly to roll out the PAWS program at Hunt, hear from speaker Mohamed Diop and celebrate the parade of flags representing the diversity at Hunt. There is space for parents to come to this assembly - about 60 seats. Email Michelle Virun in the office to reserve a space ( For more info on the assembly, see the newsletter.


Help make spring rolls on Monday, February 11th!
Asian International Week Celebration
Help Needed Making Spring Rolls
Monday February 11th

As part of Hunt’s Asian International Week Celebration, Hunt students will be making and serving Spring Rolls in the cafeteria on Monday, February 11th.  Help is especially needed for this activity from 8:45 am to 10:30 am, but if you cannot come then feel free to join us in the cafeteria anytime from 8:45 am to 1:00 pm. Please contact Jennifer Sutton at 310-4998 or if you would like to come and to get all the details. Thanks!

New Food Pantry opening in the NNE.

 Pantry will be opening soon to provide free food to individuals and families who need extra food support, especially during the weekends. The North End Food Pantry will be open every Saturday morning from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the basement of the Oddfellows and Rebekahs Lodge at 1416 North Avenue.  Please enter by the back door of the Lodge. The pantry will feature non-perish­able food items, as well as a limited supply of bread, fruit, and milk. For more information, please Contact Thom Fleury at 651-0978 or

Burlington Schools Safety Survey

Following the recent shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Burlington Schools met with the Burlington Police and Fire Departments to revisit our safety protocols and conduct a security audit of our school facilities. In addition to these proactive plans, we are assessing our physical plants and determining necessary changes. We are working to develop a plan for Board consideration.

That is where we would appreciate your help. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey (link below) about the safety and security at your child’s school. Your feedback will help us develop a list of recommendations and improvements in the current school year, along with budgeting for other changes going forward. The survey will remain open until February 1st.

Nothing is more important than our students' safety. Please know that we will do everything we can to ensure their well-being.

February 16th, 7 - 11 pm!!

SAVE THE DATE AND RESERVE THE SITTER because Saturday, February 16th is the 2nd annual Dance at the St. John's Club in Burlington: a fundraiser for the HMS school play, The Pajama Game.

Tickets on sale now!!
Valentine's Dance at the St. John's Club in Burlington
February 16th, 7:00-11:00pm

$20 per person/$30 per couple. Ticket price includes entrance fee to the St.John's Club, hors d'oeuvres, & desserts. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and cash bar. This is an adult only party please. All adults welcome! Must bring age appropriate I.D. for cash bar.

All proceeds from dance benefit the Hunt Middle School Drama Club's 2013 version of The Pajama Game.

Please purchase tickets in advance; limited number available. Only remaining tickets will be sold at the door. Buy now!!Contact Susan at or Bella at for tickets
or bring check made to Hunt Drama Club to the main office at Hunt.

Saturday, March 16th at HUNT!
Black tablecloths or material needed!

The PTO fundraising team is beginning the work on our next big fundraising event, The Silent Auction and Pancake Breakfast, to be held on 3/16.

We are looking for black tablecloths or material, of any kind or size, to cover 15 silent auction tables.  These tables will NOT be used for eating and will be returned to you, washed and folded, after the event.

If you have any amount of black fabric or tablecloths at home and are willing to lend it out, please contact Gabi Baumann at 660-9189 or

Our fundraising team checks out the local thrift stores such as the Re-Store and Goodwill weekly for such fabric, but if you see any we missed please contact Gabi at the number or email above.   Thanks in advance.

See you at the Silent Auction 

and Pancake Breakfast! 

Please Support Burlington Schools!!

School  -- Kids  --  Community -- VOTE YES!

Burlington Friends of Education
Supporting schools, kids, and our community
c/o Christopher Hood
44 Caroline St.
Burlington, VT 05401


Dear Friend of Education,

The Burlington Friends of Education (BFOE) is committed to supporting the 2013 school budget. We need your help. This year’s budget is a moderate increase that will allow the school district to maintain excellent programs, in addition to supporting new and innovative changes. Some of the highlights include:

  • The Year End Studies Program (YES) at BHS. This program concludes each school year by offering all students exciting, non-traditional courses. These YES courses are intensive, interest based learning experiences that take place in both the high school and the greater community. These programs are designed to enhance enthusiasm for learning. Examples of program offerings include various domestic and international trips, language and arts studies, mock trials, lifestyle and fitness courses, developing a plan for Burlington’s future and hundreds of other programs
  • Successful implementation of the Freshmen Academies. These academies have a coordinated and multi-disciplinary curriculum that have helped create a more personalized learning experience and implement the 1-to-1 computer initiative  
  • Successful placement of English Language Learners (ELL) in content area classes
  •  Implementation of the 6th grade 1-to-1 technology initiative
  •  Para-educators in Kindergarten classes throughout the district
  • Thriving Magnet schools that have increased enrollment and improved test scores
In addition to academic achievements, our community is fortunate to have high-level parental involvement, math night celebrations, exceptional drama and music opportunities, and award-winning food service programs.
Here are some ways you can help Burlington Schools:

1. Please vote YES on Tuesday, March 5. Consider voting early!

2. Donate money to the BFOE. This contribution will be used to inform the public and encourage a YES vote. Checks payable to BFOE can be mailed to BFOE c/o Christopher Hood 44 Caroline Street, Burlington VT 05401. PayPal donations can be made

3. Volunteer for the BFOE. Please email Deirdre Donovan at

4. Join the BFOE mailing list to keep you up to date on upcoming activities and information related to the budget. Send an email to We promise not to clog your inbox!

Thank you very much for supporting Burlington Schools!
BFOE Steering Committee
Christopher Hood- Treasurer
Deirdre Donovan

Donations for Close Up Washington

Thirteen Hunt Students are raising funds to visit Washington D.C. in April. You can help by making a credit card donation in three easy steps:

1. Click the link below

2 Choose “Sponsor a Student” or “Support School” (bottom in red)

3. Fill in the form with the necessary information (Hunt’s school code is VT002)


Update: The families of Hunt Middle School have collected 2 Full boxes of shoes and they have been mailed to ShoeBox Recycling to be sent to places in the world where recycled shoes are re-used. Keep up the great work!!
  • Each year, more than 300 million shoes are landfilled; how many of them could have been reused?
  • It takes more than 200 years for a sneaker to break down naturally in a landfill
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.   
* 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! 
Update: So far HMS has earned more than $180 through this Box tops project!  Please keep the box tops coming!
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...
  • February 7th - Early Release Day
  • February 7th - School-wide Assembly
  • February 8th - School DANCE
  • February 11th - Help make spring rolls!
  • February 16th - 2nd Annual Dance at St. John's
  • February 21st - Talent Show
  • February 21st - PTO meeting. 7pm - ALL WELCOME!
  • February 25th through March 6th - School vacation

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