Here are the meeting notes from our meeting on September 14. Thank you to our PTO Secretary, Jenae Van Orden, for preparing them! There were nearly 30 participants and we were so appreciative for all of the ideas and thoughts that were shared. After introductions, Ms. Ciarlone gave an update including possible plans for lunch at the new Cunniff (nothing has been decided yet, but parents will be informed and indoor lunch with 6 feet of spacing between children will likely be available for parents who would like that option). She is meeting with police and fire officials this week to firm up safety plans for the new building as well. Furniture is being delivered and ribbon cutting ceremonies are in the works.
We reviewed last year's Read-a-thon event, which was a huge success! We also had volunteers sign up to be PTO homeroom representatives to help communicate with families and organize class gifts for teachers. We are still in need of a someone to sign up for Ms. Downey's class. If anyone is interested, please let us know!
Much of the rest of the meeting was spent discussing possible fundraisers and community building events. There was a consensus to bring back our Custom Ink Cunniff paw print sweatshirts and t-shirts for purchase. We may need to get creative with holding another book fair and other events virtually again this year, but we hope to be able to host a Fun Run as well as Field Days by the spring, even if they need to be modified or staggered by grade level.
Our next meeting was tentatively planned for October 5, but it has since been announced that the School Committee is planning a community ribbon cutting event for the new Cunniff on this day. We will update families with a new date as soon as it is confirmed. Thank you!
UPDATE: This evening's PTO meeting will be held only on Zoom with no in-person component at the library. We originally planned for a live-streaming model prior to the indoor mask mandate being reinstated. After receiving feedback and discussing the options, we have opted to all participate remotely.
The meeting link is below. We look forward to seeing everyone who can join us!
Sept.14 PTO Mtg. Zoom Link
Click the link below to view the recent mailing about our upcoming first meeting of the school year! Be sure to join our email list (the image of a green envelope with the subscribe button) to receive our news and updates! Looking forward to our first meeting of the school year on September 14 at 6:00pm. Hope to see you there in person or on Zoom!
We are less than a week away from the first day of school at Cunniff West! This will be an exciting year for the Cunniff community as we plan to move back to Warren Street in mid-October. The links to Ms. Ciarlone's recent newsletters are included below. If you are available tomorrow (September 3) from 5-7pm, please stop by the park behind the police station to connect with Cunniff families, enjoy a cold treat, and meet this year's PTO officers:
Co-Presidents - Jen Nicholson (mother of incoming 3rd and 1st graders)
and Will Stirling (father of incoming 3rd grader and kindergartener)
Treasurer - Natasha Brown (mother of incoming 1st grader)
Secretary - Jenae Van Orden (mother of incoming 1st grader and two younger siblings)
Popsicles with the PTO on Friday, September 3
Below are two maps that show the parking restrictions at Cunniff West. Please note that the parking lot is off limits to parking. It will be used for drop & go, school buses and P.E. classes during the school day.
Parking Restrictions at Cunniff West, effective September 8
Pictures from Cunniff Tour
PTO officers and members of our Diversity Council and School Site Council had the opportunity to tour the new Cunniff on August 31. Below are some pictures of the amazing new facility!
Principal Newsletter Links
We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Cunniff West on Wednesday, September 8!
Visit www.32auctions.com/cunniffbricks for more information about our Silent Auction beginning on April 26!
Cunniff West welcomed back many of its students and staff for full days of in-person learning earlier this month. The PTO sponsored balloon displays by Balloon Nation to celebrate the occasion and also distributed treat bags for the nearly 60 staff members.
We held our virtual Scholastic book fair last month and were happy to be able to purchase over $475 in Scholastic books for the Cunniff classrooms. We also sponsored the purchase of an outdoor 6'x5' shed to store the stadium cushions being used by students for lunch in the tents at Cunniff West.
Stay tuned for some exciting events and fundraising opportunities currently in the planning stages to be announced in the coming weeks! For now, take a sneak peak at our prestigious, one-of-a-kind brick #01 in a custom case available for bidding in our upcoming silent auction!
Next Friday the 12th is Chinese New Year! It is the Year of the Ox. At 1:45pm on February 12th, Cunniff students are invited to attend a PTO-sponsored performance by a traditional Chinese music ensemble in celebration of Chinese New Year. You can visit http://www.chinesemusicensemble.com/ to learn more about the ensemble!
Zoom link for the performance: https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/92531683988
Join us on Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00pm for our next PTO meeting on Zoom. The meeting link will be provided in this weekend's newsletter from Ms. Ciarlone and posted on our PTO Facebook group once available. At the meeting, we look forward to an update from Ms. Ciarlone as well as a discussion about upcoming fundraisers and virtual events, including an auction for bricks from our old Cunniff building, an online Scholastic book fair, options for a school-wide virtual International Night, student enrichment ideas and more!
Thank you to Cunniff parent, Susanne McFarlin Brueggeman, for preparing and delivering these beautiful fall treat bags for our Cunniff West teachers and to Russo's for donating the flowers!
Help needed: We need one final PTO homeroom representative for grade 1 teacher, Miss DeFabritiis. Classroom parents help share PTO news and updates as well as organize class gifts for teachers. If you are able to help, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again, Ballroom in Boston is offering after school camp! 20% off all 4 week classes for Cunniff families (all offerings except for Harry Potter classes) using the coupon code CUNNIFF when registering.
Special thanks to Cunniff parent, Don Days, for creating our new PTO logo seen here! As always, we greatly appreciate all of your help.
Don’t forget to scan your receipts via the Boxtops app so that Cunniff receives credit! Or, if you grocery shop online, you can email your receipts, and they will still count. You are able to email receipts from any of the retailers on this list below and help raise money for Cunniff.
Click here to visit the Boxtops website to get started!
The Watertown Community Foundation is holding its annual Trivia Night virtually on Friday, November 20. The PTO will be sponsoring two tables for Cunniff West teachers! You can join in on the fun and enter a team or sign up yourself and they'll put you on a team. What better way to meet new friends?
Register on their website by November 13: https://watertownfoundationorg.ticketleap.com/tow.../details.
Check out the amazing progress our the new construction of our Warren Street home! Thanks to PTO Treasurer, Natasha Brown, for sharing this great picture!
Our Meadows Farm fundraiser has been extended through December 13! Use our school code: MF1032542 to build your online store and help support our school.
This month, Cunniff students will virtually attend a Young Audiences of Massachusetts performance featuring the Bamidele Dancers and Drummers. Their show is called “Wongai! Rhythms of West Africa, Brazil & the Caribbean” and they take audiences to Brazil, the Caribbean, and Africa with their instruments, exciting rhythms, costumes, folklore, celebratory dances, and songs.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Watertown Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. This performance is also sponsored by the Cunniff Elementary School PTO.
Tuesday, October 6 at 7pm on Zoom
Please join us for our next meeting. Everyone is welcome, especially if you are new to Cunniff or have never been to a PTO meeting before. Watch for the Zoom link in this weekend's Principal's newsletter. We will add the link here and on our Facebook event page once released. The PTO meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7pm.