Thank You to Denise
DellaVilla for offering to serve as our new PTO President!
A huge thank you to all
PTO volunteers this year!!
It is hard to believe
that we are approaching the conclusion of another fruitful year to
Howe School. Thank you to our many, many PTO volunteers. None of the
fun and educational activities that PTO offers throughout the year
would be possible without your generous donation of time, energy and
love. Thank you to the school staff, which has supported us, often
behind the scenes. Thank you to Joanne Veglia, Brenda Morrow, Jan
Smith and Rose Sicilia, faithful faculty members of PTO, and to
Barbara Coffey for endless hours of support and encouragement of PTO
activities. Finally, thank you for that extra-supportive group of
parents who attended regular PTO meetings and volunteered time and
time again during events (you know who you are). Your support of the
day-to-day management of this organization made it possible for us
to offer so many opportunities to the student body of Howe School.
PTO sponsored a delicious luncheon on Thursday, May 24 to honor the
dedicated staff and faculty of Howe School. Thank you to the many
parents who donated food to this event. Everyone ate well and had a
very happy time. PTO extends a special thanks to Barbara Bishop-Ward
for organizing and managing this successful event.
The school grounds are looking simply beautiful due to Spring
Clean-up Day on Saturday, May 19. Thank you to the Howe families who
volunteered to help out in the effort to make our school more
attractive. Coming out on a weekend requires special dedication.
Special thanks to Kate Britten for chairing the committee and to the
Cornell Cooperative Extension for donations.
Look forward to yearbooks arriving the first week of June. There
will be a limited number of yearbooks for sale once they arrive. See
Brenda Morrow or Barb Metcalfe if you are interested in purchasing a
Mothers' Day Plant
Howe students really had fun picking out flowers for their moms
again this year. What a terrific way to celebrate Mothers' Day and
springtime. The flowers were beautiful and the art room smelled like
a garden. Flower choices included several colors of petunias,
impatiens and celosia; yellow and purple pansies, white begonias and
red salvia (always a favorite).
PTO would like to extend
a warm thank you to the many volunteers who helped to make this
year's plant Sale successful: Allicia Petraccione and Sabina, Maddie
and Calvin Cleworth and Emma an dTimothy Cotter for helping to get
the plants into the art room the day before the sale; and to Cora
Armstrong, Denise DellaVilla, Janet Hamila, Sabrina Johnson and
Robin Ostrander for their care and help with the children as each
student selected the flowers they wished to bring home.
In addition, PTO extends
our appreciation to the following for your added support: all the
classroom teachers and substitutes who brought your classes down on
that day, and Mrs.. Coffey for your help with scheduling the sale
and locating it in the art room again this year. Finally, a special
thanks to Country Gardens (on Consaul Road) for your continued
support of Howe Magnet School by providing us with beautiful flowers
at a reasonable price! (Country Gardens has been providing flowers
to us for many, many years). We hop all you moms enjoyed the flowers
as much as we did!
Thank you to Janet Hamila for chairing a most successful Book Fair.
This year's fair, with its theme "Catch The Reading Wave," brought
fun and lots of books to our children. Thank you also to Sandra
Dutcher-Kustyn, Debbie Wilke, Barb Bishop-Ward, Sue Micheli-Glantzis,
Emma Ward, Brielle Lazzari, Melissa Hamila, Michael Hamila (who was
the Curious George), and Alex Metcalfe for helping throughout the
week and during the evening of Math Night. Each and every parent who
purchased a book brought joy to a child -- thank you so much for
PTO heartily thanks
Barbara Metcalf for her help with this and so many other events and
activities this year. Barb has helped with School Banking, with
Yearbook, and most especially and most awesomely within her role as
PTO Treasurer. The Treasurer's job is very difficult and requires a
meticulous mind and a keen sense of business. Barbara has kept all
of us on our toes with regard to finances. Thank you for agreeing to
serve an additional year in your position, a staggering of terms
will make our organization stronger.
Howe's wonderful administrative para, Mariann Gold will be retiring
this June. PTO extends thanks to Mrs. Gold for the many ways she
helped us serve this school. We wish you happiness and many hours of
relaxation as you pursue your own interests with vigor. You deserve
A Final Word from
Ways and Means
PTO thanks Tammy James for all of her had work at home and in school
to help our organization raise an awful lot of money this year. PTO
uses these funds to provide for playground equipment, classroom
supplies, class trips, the Fall Festival, books for the Library, a
float entry in the Schenectady Holiday Parade, The International
Dinner, Children's Theater performances and much more. Tammy has
helped us provide fun and educational activities throughout the
year, all of which promote healthy and happy living. We are very
lucky to have Tammy serving as the PTO Vice-President for another
Donations in the Fall
Prior to January
Wear sold at Int. Dinner
Wear sold at Book Fair
Remaining profit possible through t-shirt sales is $273.00. If
we can get the word out that there are shirts still available
for purchase, we can easily make our $10,000 goal.
Grant from Wal-Mart
PTO thanks Wal-Mart for including Howe School in the $1,000
matching grant program. This grant matched funds raised during
our Cookie Dough and Pie Fund-raiser. Thanks to Karen Kirstein
for securing this donation.
Painting Howe School
If you enjoy painting, PTO has the service opportunity for you.
Barbara Ward and her faithful committee will be painting the
Main Office and first floor hallway an attractive and fresh
color on Saturday, June 9. The paint will be donated by Sherwin
Williams. Howe School could use your help on that day. Please
cone with brushes and rollers.
Current Wish List
Mrs. Davis wishes for a cover for the piano. The piano was
refurbished a few years ago (paid for by PTO) but is now
becoming damaged due to exposure.
Miss Butler wishes for a portable basketball hoop for the
small playground (a hoop by the basketball area that is
lower to accommodate smaller people - perhaps attached to
the pole of the regular hoop).
Rose Sicilia wishes for shades for the small windows at the
very top of the library. The sun is blinding in the a.m.
Mrs. Coffey wished for some wooden picnic tables so students
would be able to eat outdoors during nice weather.
At the last PTO meeting, a parent met Mrs. Lombardo's wish for
an electric pencil sharpener. Thank you for this donation.
Fond Farewell to our Outgoing Presidents and Secretary
Words cannot express PTO's gratitude for the devotion Ruth
Cotter and Catherine Canavan put into the position of
co-president. They volunteered countless hours of time and
poured boundless energy into revamping their office and the
workings of PTO, into making the organization run smoothly and
efficiently, into helping volunteers feel valuable and happy in
their own service, and into forging a strong bond between the
administration, the teachers and staff, and parents. You
selflessly gave time, talent and treasure. A special thank you
to your families for being supportive as you took care of Howe
School (Dave, Emma, Timothy Cotter and Matt, Matthew, Julian,
Olivia and Elizabeth Canavan).
for myself, it has been a wild adventure working with you all. I
have had the pleasure of serving with wonderfully strong, good
people these past two years. Thank you to my family (Darius,
Aleda and Miskas) for bearing with me in my own efforts. Don't
hesitate to phone or e-mail me in the future if I can ever be of
any help at all. Take care and Bon Voyage!
PTO Pages respectfully submitted by Karen Kirstein, PTO
Secretary. Please don't hesitate to call Karen at 393-5509 or
Karen@Kirsteins.org with any questions or concerns.