Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hunt PTO Update 3/29/14

Hunt PTO Update

Change in 2013-2014 school calendar:

Due to the additional snow day, one day has been added to the end of the school year. 8th grade Graduation/ Dance has been moved to June 10th. Last day for 6th and 7th grade will be June 11th with an 11:30am dismissal.

Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction a huge success!! 

Your PTO is thrilled to announce that our 3rd annual breakfast and auction was a great success, that raised $8,000 we will use for 8th grade graduation, 6th grade orientation, food baskets, field trips, classroom equipment, team grants, and enrichment activities. We want to thank all those who attended the breakfast and bid on the items.  A huge amount of gratitude goes to those businesses who donated all the items for the auction and breakfast. We hope you will consider supporting and thanking these owners all year by becoming their loyal customers.

A huge thank you to the team of Gabi Baumann (Silent Auction lead), Susan Rutherford (Pancake breakfast lead), Rebecca Kaplan, Tammy Kuypers and Chris Horton who organized the event. Thanks to Brian Pine, Kate Belluche, Teresa Giallorenzo, Jane Earley, George Rutherford, Jennifer Sutton, and Ann Arcovitch who supported the fundraising team by gathering donations, and helped to advertise the event. Thanks from the pancake breakfast team to Matt Perry for making pancakes for hours, for the 2nd year, and to Tammy Kuypers for just about everything! Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers, of whom there are too many to mention, but we could not have pulled off an event of this size without you. Thank you!!

Big thanks go to Mr. Amato, Mr. Gagnon, Ms. Montgomery, Ms. Pawlusiak, Ms. Paradiso and Ms. Olwell for being great staff and teacher representatives for this event and for all their hard work before, during, and after the event.
We still have a few gift certificates left that had not been bid on. We reduced the minimum bids and want to offer you these great deals. Contact Gabi Baumann at 660-9189 with questions or to purchase an item before it's gone! We also found a navy blue jacket that has been left behind after the event. Please call or email Gabi if it was yours and to find out where you can pick it up.

1. Aikido: one-month membership for adults, value $105.-, min. bid $15.-

2. Aikido: one-month membership for children, value $85.-. min. bid $15.-

3. Petco South Burlington: gift certificate for a hand's on animal demonstration for up to 8 kids (Q & A session with brief description of each animal), value $15.-, min.  bid $5.

4. "Vermont Farm 2 School" greeting cards, donated by Bonnie Acker,  5 cards per package for $2.-, 3 packages for $5.

Update from 3/25 School Board Meeting:

Dear faculty, staff and administration:

What a turn out you had tonight at the Board meeting. For 3.5 hours, the Board heard testimony that supported the schools budget and requested a new budget to bring to the voters. The energy in the room was inspiring. Thank you for standing up for our kids.

The Board did vote to take Option 3 off the table. This was the option that cut $4.1M from the rejected budget including full day K and magnet coaches. While the Board cannot restore everything in that budget option, as they still need flexibility to build a new budget, the intention was clear. Thus at this time, we will not RIF the K positions or the magnet coach positions. Everything else in Option 3 is still in the air, however.

To see all three options, go to tonight's meeting on Board Docs and look under finance. 

The timeline for the next vote starts when the new Board agrees upon a budget proposal. It is anticipated that will happen in three weeks. If it does, they will need to hold hearings, then decide on the budget number and the vote can occur 45 days after the ballot is warned, likely June 10. If they decide earlier, everything moves up from there.

Sadly we still need to issue more RIFs that we believe we will need and hope to send these RIFs out tomorrow, or by Friday at the latest. Who is actually going to be affected by not RIFfing K positions will be reviewed by administration and the BEA tomorrow. 

Please know your voice was heard and please  know that it still needs to be until we have an approved budget by the voters. This vote demonstrated that your engagement can make a difference, and a lack of engagement also makes a different type of difference." 

Jeanné Collins, Superintendent Burlington School District 
PH: 802.864.8474 FAX: 802.864.8501 
Follow us on Twitter @BTVSchools.

Proposed Budget Options as of March 13, 2014:

Burlington Friends of Education is a group of people committed to ensuring quality education in the Burlington schools.

A group of parents, teachers, students and community members are meeting to work towards passing a school budget that supports quality education in Burlington. We will need many volunteers to get this done. 

Please come to a meeting on Tuesday, April 8th at 7 PM at the Burlington High School cafeteria.
For more information, please contact Chris Hood at or Barb Prine at

Facebook Event Page for 4/8 meeting:

Hunt Drama Program Presents
Friday night dinner!, April 4th, 5:30-6:30
We will be serving a Puerto Rican-American style dinner including:
Arroz con pollo (chicken & rice), baked macaroni & cheese,
Latin style rice & beans (vegetarian), fresh green salad, and a drink.
Followed by West Side Story at 7p.m.
Cost: $8 adult, $5 students
*Ordering in advance will mean enough food for everyone!!
Didn't receive an order form for dinner? Pick one up in the main office or email by 3/31 please.
*******Can't make it for dinner?*******
That's okay, but we do hope you will come and enjoy the show, purchase goodies our bake sale & tickets to our City Market raffle basket. Don't forget: dinner will only be served on Friday night!!
West Side Story Show Times:
Thursday, April 3rd at 4:00
Friday, April 4th at 7:00
Saturday, April 5th at 7:00

On your way into the show there will be playbills and flowers for sale as well as a wide array of bakesale items including healthy options and gluten free options - 100% of all donations go to paying for the costs associated with putting on West Side Story!

                                         A SPECIAL INVITATION!

The Hunt PTO and the Family School Partnership invite
You & Your Family to the


Thursday, April 17th       6:00 – 7:30 pm
In the
Hunt Middle School Cafeteria

******With Live Student Entertainment!******

Do you cook a recipe at home that reflects your heritage?  We would love to try it!

Please bring a Main Dish potluck item to share

We also encourage you to wear any clothing that reflects your heritage.

Drinks, Salads, Rolls and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream will be provided!

During the Dinner we will also host a Title 1 Parent Informational Meeting.
There will be a table set up where you will be able to review:
·         The Hunt Home School Compact
·         The Burlington's District Parent Involvement Policy.

Your feedback is always welcome and important.

For questions or to help with the dinner contact Jennifer Sutton

 at 310-4998, or 

The Hunt Student Council 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”

Save the Date!
  • March 31st - Spring Athletics tryouts begin
  • April 3-5 - West Side Story at HMS
  • April 8th - Burlington Friends of Education meeting, BHS
  • April 17 - Heritage Potluck Dinner - 6-7:30 in the cafeteria - live student entertainment and free ice cream sundaes (more info coming...)
  • April 21st - 25th - April vacation - No School

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