Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hunt PTO Update 3/27/13


Due to the snow day on Friday, Feb 8th and March 19th school has been extended to Friday, June 14th which will be a half day for 6th and 7th grade only. Sixth and seventh grade students will be released at 11:30 on both June 13 & 14. The last day for 8th grade students will be Graduation Day, June 13th. More information will follow.

Hunt PTO meeting March 21, 2013

Box Tops for education. The PTO will be passing the box top program over to the student council so students can be involved in raising money for their own events at school.

Hunts middle school garden. Participants voted on a farm to school proposal of $1500. The half acre garden behind the middle school is not funded by the district. Funding for the garden comes from grants, individual donations and in-kind donations. All Hunt students receive garden education through interdisciplinary lessons. The PTO approved the request and monies will be spent towards fall education in the garden.

Pajama game. Production manager Kim Hunt spoke about the upcoming production of the pajama game. This program is not funded by the school nor is it productions of the PTO, so all funds have to be raised through donations, fund raisers and grants. Participating families are being asked to pay a share of the cost to help keep this program sustainable. It costs around $100 per participant. No child will be excluded if they cannot pay.

Hunt digital sign. The PTO has been working on researching location and cost of digital sign over the past year. You have been granted permission from the veterinarian center and from the city to pursue putting up a sign. Between last year and this year, we have restricted $7000 towards the purchase and installment of the sign. It appears we are moving from the planning phase to the implementation phase.

Capstone program. Mrs. Pawlusiak has five student capstone projects and is looking for community mentors for each project. Projects include astronomy, fitness, website design, cupcake business and the stock market. If you have any contacts that might be helpful in any of these areas, please contact Diane at and she can follow up with more information.

Principal corner. Teachers are continuing with technology training as Hunt gets ready for 1:1 computers next fall.

Student achievement celebrations are still in the process of being changed and updated. (The PTO is committed to following up on this). At present there will be a student achievement celebration sometime in April which will include not just academic achievement but sports, arts and unified arts achievement. We have not been given a date yet, but it will be at the end of the school day. Parents will be invited to the assembly.

Transitions Hunt is busy communicating with parents and students about the transition to BHS. In April, the focus will be on reaching out to elementary schools for the transition from five to grade 6. There will be a parent information meeting on May 21 for parents of graders. The PTO is looking for some parents to attend to be informal helpers.

Technology grant. The PTO voted to approve a $2000 technology grants submitted by Kathy Hevey. The money will be to purchase audio and video equipment for students working on film projects at school. The equipment will be available for all teams and teachers.

Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction was another very successful event for the PTO - Thank you especially to Susan Rutherford and Gabi Baumann on their leadership and work to pull this off. The event raised just under $7,000.

Annual Hunt Heritage Dinner scheduled for April 11th. This annual potluck celebrates the diversity of families at Hunt and brings them together to share traditional food and good company. Families supply a potluck dish and the PTO/Family School Partnership will supply plates/utensils, dessert and a great line up of student entertainment. Jen Sutton is requesting parent help on the night of for set up/breakdown and some prep before the event. Contact Jen at

Meetings On the May agenda we will be discussing grants for the unified arts – physical education, music, languages, art, healthy living, Tech Ed.

There will not be an April PTO meeting as it is just before break and due to be poorly attended. If you have issues or questions for the PTO, please contact or Kate Belluche at 658-6831

Dear PTO,

Thanks so much for supporting the video equipment proposal. We look forward to getting student video published in the global community thanks to your generous contribution. I know how hard you all work to raise these funds. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. 

 Thanks again!

Kathy Hevey

Dear Set Day crew--

20 volunteers gathered in the Hunt School art room this past Saturday to build the set for Pajama Game. Many thanks to everyone who participated-- names below. Special thanks to Martine Gulick for bringing by pizza for lunch!

Final prep for tech day will be on Friday March 29, beginning about 4:30 pm. There will be staging to assemble, replica sewing machines to finish, some detail painting, and gray facade to attach to the staging. The more people we have, the quicker it will go. Screw guns with philips bits will be helpful for this task. Please RSVP to Alex Messinger if you can join in, even for an hour!



Kelsey Francis

Story-Huston family

Smith Family

Rutherford Family

Hunt-Messinger Family
Don Wright
Jon Kuypers
CJ Spirito
Bella Nadworny
Brian Pine
Steve Gulick
Kim Hunt
Final Schedule - Mar 25-April 6

-      These remaining rehearsals are very important. Everyone must be in attendance at all their scheduled times.

Mon, 3/25, 3:30-5 w/ don/trish: (stumble-thru) Supervisors, Seamstresses, Stitchers, Unionmen, babe

Tues, 3/26, 3:30-4:45 w/ karen/ashley [@ 4:20]: (once a year) All cast

4:45-5:30 w/ karen: (steam heat) Seamstresses, Stitchers, UnionMen, gladys

4:45-5:30 w/ ashley: (various) The Kids, The Girls, Supervisors, babe

 5:30-6 w/ karen: (not in love) babe, Seamstresses

Wed, 3/27, 2:30-6 w/ don/trish/karen/ashley: (walk-thru) All-cast   

Thurs, 3/28, 3:15-3:45 w/ trish: (time I save) hines, Seamstresses, Stitchers

3:45-5 w/ karen/trish: (once a year) All cast
5-6 w/ ashley: (various) Supervisors, Williams

5-6 w/ karen: (steam heat) Seamstresses, Stitchers, UnionMen, gladys
Sat, 3/30, 11:30-4:30: All cast for dress rehearsal

Mon, 4/1, 3-7: All cast for dress rehearsal

Wed, 4/3, 3-7: All cast for dress rehearsal

Thurs, 4/4, 2pm: Performance (cast will break for intermission at 3pm, continue with second half of show at 3:15)

Fri, 4/5, 7pm: Performance

Sat, 4/6, 4pm: Performance   
[call times for Fri & Sat: 8th graders: 90 minutes before
                        show; 7th: 75 minutes; 6th: 1 hour]

The Hunt Drama Program Serves Dinner

Friday, April 5, 2013

After dinner please join us for our spring musical, The Pajama Game

Menu: Penne pasta with marinara sauce, salad,
garlic bread, & chocolate chip cookies
Dinner prices: Adults $8 Students $5
-Thank you in advance for helping to cover the cost of our production
by purchasing a dinner ticket.

Musical starts 7pm!

Dinner served from 5:30 to 6:30pm

Please purchase dinner tickets by sending check & form (Google docs below)  to Hunt's main office by April 2nd.
Any remaining dinners can be purchased at the door, but we cannot guarantee availability.
Please purchase dinners in advance!!
Dinner ticket forms can be found in the main office or download here.
Contact Susan Rutherford at or 951-2571 with questions about dinner.
Please use this order form to order your tickets:

It’s a Pajama Raffle!

What? Hunt Drama Program will raffle off pajamas in many sizes & colors, and two $25 gift certificates from Hatley’s, and a beautiful nightgown from Bertha’s on Church St.

When? The raffle will be held on Friday, April 5th only! Tickets will be sold before the show & during intermission. Winners announced at the end of the show.

Cost? Each ticket will be sold for $1.00 or 6 tickets for $5.00 (better deal).

Why? Because our spring musical is called “The Pajama Game”, of course, and it’s a fun way to get a great pair of pajamas, a nightgown, or gift certificates at a great price and support the Hunt Drama Program. It’s a win-win!!

View the raffle items here and come to Friday night’s show, see them in person and purchase your raffle tickets.
Can’t make the show but want to purchase raffle tickets anyway? No problem!
Simply contact Susan Rutherford at or 951-2571.


RUN TO WASHINGTON, DC on April 13th!
Are you playing a spring sport, running a spring road race or just trying to stay in shape?
If so, we want YOU to run with us!!

WHAT: Run 1 mile laps on a course around Hunt Middle School, collectively covering 520 miles!

520 miles = distance from Burlington, VT to Washington, DC!

WHEN: Saturday, April 13th, 2013,    9 AM to 1 PM 

WHY: To raise money for Hunt’s Close Up Washington program which will take students to Washington, D.C. over April break.

HOW: Pay an admission price and run as many laps as you can! 

The GOAL is to reach 520 miles collectively 
(the distance from Burlington to D.C.!) 

Snacks and beverages will be provided for all runners!  Run as much as you want and take as many breaks as you need.

Suggested entry donation: 

Students: $5 

Adults: $8 

Families: $15 max

Very ambitious students could also take DONATION FORMS and ask friends/family for donations per mile!

Contact: Siobhan Donegan or Raysa Ortega or

Phone: 864-0984

You can also let us know you are coming on Facebook: 

Save the Date...
  • March 28th - Early Release Day - Students released at NOON
  • March 28th - Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences 1-3 pm
  • March 29 - No School - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • April 5th - The Pajama Game school performance, 7 pm (FRIDAY)
  • April 6th - The Pajama Game school performance, 4 pm (SATURDAY)
  • April 13th - Run to Washington!

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