Saturday, November 2, 2013

Hunt PTO Update 10/31/13


Informational Meeting and Sign-Ups on Nov 11th at 6:30pm.  Tryouts start on Nov 18th.

Spring Sign ups will be held on March 17th at 6:30pm.
Tryouts will begin on March 31st.

Hunt LED Marquee project organizers in need of skilled professionals!

The Hunt PTO has been busy on a project for the past two years: raising the funds and clearing other hurdles to installing an LED marquee for Hunt outreach. We have changed the zoning ordinance at City Council. Raised $9,500 (just got $2,500 on 10/28/13!). Now we need to rally the community to help us keep costs down.

We need these professionals to help us:

  • Structural engineer will provide actual sizes and dimensions of the steel pole(s) footing, etc. They will give us a design and seal it for the Building Inspector.
  • Electrician to bring power to the site and make the connection
  • Stone mason to wrap the steel support frame in bricks like the BHS marquee.

  • Excavation contractor to do the site work, remove sections of chain link fence and install replacement concrete for the sidewalk.
 Please contact Brian Pine at 578-6953 if you can help us out or know someone who may be willing to help.

Do you shop at Hannaford? You can earn money for
Hunt without even trying.

From September 1 to December 1, 2013, when you
purchase participating products, you earn "school dollars"
that Hunt can use. Our local Hannaford will give an
additional $1,000 to the school in their area that earns the
most money. CP Smith and Flynn have won extra $1,000
in recent years.

How do you raise money for your school shopping
at Hannaford?

on more than 700 participating products.

and receive 3 school dollars at the register.

in the collection tower in-store. Located on the right-hand side of the exit nearest the registers

Please contact Shireen Hart,, 999-9170, with any questions about this Hannaford fundraiser or to get involved!

Our Annual Holiday Wreath Sale has begun!

Your PTO is selling fresh, long lasting and thick (double-sided!) balsam wreaths. This year's offerings also include traditional centerpieces and kissing balls that will brighten your home or table. These Vermont-made products make great gifts for your family and friends. Our wreaths are the finest wreaths found anywhere and hand-crafted in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont by a family owned business. 

100% of proceeds will go directly toward PTO activities and will also support Hunt's "Close-Up Washington" team.

Order forms went out last week with all of the students. Please ask your child about it.
Additional order forms can be found in the main office or print a copy from the Hunt PTO blog spot, or the Hunt website. Order forms can be placed in the main office. 

Any questions? Contact PTO Fundraising Chair Gabi Baumann at 660-9189 or email or J.P. Gagnon at

Mr. Gagnon will also answer all of your questions about the Washington student trip in April.

Without the support of all our families, we will not be able to run many important programs! Please support your PTO and order now! Thank you.

  An invite from the Hunt administration to YOU...

Parent Coffee
Principal/Parent Coffee
Friday, November 22nd, 8:10am to 8:55am
Please join Mr. Amato for coffee and tea. Mr. Amato and other Hunt parents will be available for informal conversation focusing on your child's needs/experiences at Hunt. 

It's time again for our annual magazine drive! 

This is the student council's only direct fundraiser and all of the money raised goes to activities and purchases chosen and organized by the students themselves. Over the years, the student council has spent money on many terrific things that kids enjoy, like our PAWS mascot costume, the comfy chairs in the learning center, iPads, the band's drum set, sports equipment, and many, many other things. 

The student council supports regular events like the talent show and spirit days. We have also contributed to student-selected charities, and have responded to funding requests from classes, teams, and clubs throughout the school.  A chunk of money always goes back to teams for field trips and activities. And finally, we pay for the eighth grade dance and the buses for the annual eighth grade trip. And most of the money for all of this work comes from the magazine drive. So if you are willing and able to help out, please consider ordering a magazine from your favorite Hunt student. 

You can see kids directly, or you can order on line through this link: School pin # 2649085. Thank you for your support! 

Please contact Mrs. Daigle for more information at


Announcing this year’s HMS musical...

West Side Story, produced by Very Merry Theatre and the Hunt Drama Committee

Performances: April 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2014

Auditions: January 28th, 29th and 30th, 2014

Calling all students, staff and family members interested in helping with the production.

Please contact Shireen Hart,, 999-9170, with any questions or to get involved behind the scenes.


School Board holds Public Forum on Redistricting and Board Make Up

The Burlington School Board is seeking voter opinion of what the composition of the school board should be under the City’s proposed redistricting plan (number of Commissioners and term of office).

The Board’s Ad Hoc Redistricting Committee is holding a public hearing on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the library in Hunt Middle School, 1364 North Avenue, entrance off of Gosse Court.

The Ad Hoc Committee will present four school board configurations that the Committee supports for discussion by the public and invites the public to offer comments on any additional options.

To get to the Hunt MS library, turn left at the front office, walk down the hall then take your first right hallway and the door to the library is on your left.

Champlain Valley, Vermont - October 11, 2013 -


Miriam Stoll, Chair, Ad Hoc Redistricting Committee

Jeanné Collins, Superintendent

Bring in those Box Tops AND Recycle your shoes!!

Don't forget to place your pre-loved shoes, boots, athletic shoes, and sandals into the specially marked box, "ShoeBox Recycling", in the main lobby at Hunt. Shoes should not end up in our overflowing landfills when they can be re-used by others who need them. Our student council gets close to $20 per box too, so keep those shoes coming!! 

Contact with questions.

Last chance for the fall/winter session to get in those Box Tops for Education! The deadline to mail the box tops away, for this season, is just 2 weeks away. Spend a minute looking in your junk drawer, closets and on top of cabinets to find the piles of Box Tops you put away this year to bring to Hunt and send them in!

Thank you so much for collecting them! Now we just need to get them to the Hunt office in the specially marked can so that our own Hunt Student Council can count them and mail them away. The student council earns .10 cents on each Box Top and even more on the Bonus Certificates. Send them in even if the dates are expired! (some will be accepted!) Just send them in! Ten cents per Box Top may not seem like a lot but they add up!

Contact with any questions or Alden Wheeler at, Student Council secretary.

Reminder for Sunday, November 3rd, 2013:

Daylight Saving Time ENDS at 2 am on Sunday, November 3rd!

Save the Date!
  • November 3 - Daylight Savings Time Ends - Turn your clocks BACK on Sunday!
  • November 4 - School Board Ad Hoc Redistricting Committee public hearing at 7 p.m in the HUNT library.
  • November 11th - Winter athletic sign-ups
  • November 18th - Winter athletic tryouts
  • November 22 - Parent Coffee with the Principal, 8:10 am
  • November 27, 28, and 29 - NO SCHOOL; Thanksgiving Break

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