Message from the School Administration
We hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! December came quickly
because of the lateness of Thanksgiving this year. There are lots of fun
events planned during this month. Our Annual Holiday Shoppe will take place
on Friday, December 13th and Santa will be here on Wednesday, December 18th.
On December 18th, report cards will be distributed. Teachers are working
with a new updated version of the report card that a committee has been
working on for the past two years. If you have any questions, please reach
out to your child’s teacher.
It looks like we will be breaking ground on the new addition sometime this
spring. We will keep all of you updated as the project moves along,
especially when it will impact student drop off and pick up.
We hope all of you have a wonderful Holiday Season, Merry Christmas, Happy
Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and a Very Happy and Healthy New Year!
Message from the School Administration Continued
Our school’s website is always updated and provides information for
parents including our calendar of events. Many teachers also added pages on
Please check us out and put us on your list of favorites.
The Aitken Parent Teacher Organization is an integral part of the success of
Aitken School. There are monthly meetings and numerous opportunities
throughout the year to become involved in your child’s school. The PTO
is not a club and there are no fees. The Aitken PTO is a truly collaborative
and wonderful organization to get involved in where you will learn more
about our school’s programs and help support your child’s school
experiences as well.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday, December 4th and will begin promptly at
6:30 PM an end at 7:30 PM. We hope to see you there!
Aitken School Council
The Aitken School Council assists the principal in:
- Adopting educational goals for the schools
- Reviewing the annual school building budget
- Formulating the School Improvement Plan and
- Completing tasks which the school committee may determine.
Council members are elected to 2-year terms and the meetings are open to the
public. The Aitken School Council will meet at 3:15 PM on the following
date: February 11, 2020
Student Arrival & Dismissal Information
Students should arrive at school between 8:45-9:00 a.m. *Please note that
there is no supervision before 8:45 when students are allowed to enter the
Please be mindful of other drivers and children during student drop-off
and pick-up. You need to either pull into a parking space or pull against
the curb in the parking lot by the basketball court.
Students in grades pre-K-3 should enter through the left rear door of the
school by the basketball courts.
Students in grades 4-5 should enter through the right rear door entrance
by Rye street.
Dismissal is at 3:05 p.m. Students are dismissed out of the same doors at
the end of the day. As in the morning, there is no supervision of the
playground after 3:05 p.m. and therefore, walkers must go home at the
close of school.
School Breakfast, Lunch & Milk
The price of school breakfast & lunch will remain the same this year.
The cost for breakfast, which is served daily from 8:45-9:00 a.m., is $1.25
(reduced cost for qualified families is $.30),
The lunch cost is $2.75 (reduced cost for qualified families is $.40) which
includes milk. Milk purchased separately is $.50 (there is no reduced cost
Please come and see us!
Our doors are always open to you. Please don’t hesitate to speak with
your child’s teacher or us if you have any questions or concerns
Mr. John Haidemenos, Jr. Principal
Mr. David Graf Assistant Principal “Aitken Rockets Reach for the
From the Nurse’s Office, Mrs. Devane
Hello Aitken Families,
A few quicks tips for December:
Dress warm! It’s all about layers this season!
Drink water! Even though it’s cold outside, our
bodies need water! Staying hydrated in school is important in order to avoid
headaches and fatigue. Please remember to bring a water bottle to school. If
you do not like the taste of water, consider using drops of lemon or lime
juice or even slices of cucumber or sprigs of mint.
Nothing Nice about Lice!
This time of year we may see a few cases of head lice. Adult head lice or
their eggs (nits) are found in the hair, most op ften behind the ears and at
the base of the neck. Head lice are most commonly spread by direct
head-to-head contact with hair of other people who have head lice.
Head lice are less commonly spread through contact with an infested
person’s personal items, such as hair brushes and combs, hats,
unwashed clothing, bedding or towels. Head lice are commonly spread within
There are a number of effective treatments for head lice. Treatment for head
lice usually consists of shampooing the hair with a medicated shampoo and/or
other treatments. Consult with your pediatrician or School Nurse for
treatment of head lice.
Head lice are certainly a nuisance, but they are not generally considered a
health hazard. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National
Association of School Nurses advocate that "no-nit" policies in
schools should be abandoned. Head lice are not a health hazard or a sign of
poor hygiene and are not responsible for the spread of any disease. No
healthy child should be excluded from or miss school because of head lice.
- Lice actually like CLEAN hair.
- Lice do NOT jump, they can only walk.
Lice do not typically or intentionally walk onto items other than hair.
- Lice cannot survive longer than 24 hours away from the scalp.
It is important to check your child’s head periodically for lice in
order for it to be easily treated and to prevent the spread of these
Happy Healthy Holidays!
Remember when you are shopping on Amazon to click on Amazon Smile. A
percentage of what you spend goes back to the charity of your choosing. This
is no cost to you and another way to help the PTO continue funding all the
great events at the school. If you guys could please select the Mildred H.
Aitken PTO as your designated organization we would really appreciate it! As
you know every cent counts and every cent goes towards our children's
education, what could be better than that? just click below and favoritize
it to use throughout the year!
Box Tops for Education
Do you have the all-new Box Tops app? If not, you're gonna want to get
it now—Box Tops clips are being phased out of production and the
program is going digital! Just scan your store receipt with the app and it
will instantly identify participating products and automatically add those
Box Tops to our schools earnings totals. Get more details and see how it
works here: box tops link
Book Fair - Thank you to everyone who purchased books at
our fall fair! We were able to fulfill our teacher's wishlists for
Food Drive - Thank you Aitken families for your generous
donations. We donated 705 non perishable items to Doorways in Seekonk. A
great big thank you to Deb and Adam Ruthowski and John Mahoney for their
Kind Deeds - A big shout out to the students for all of
their kind deeds done at home, school and in the community. You can check
out their kind deeds on the PTO board in the lobby where their leaves have
been displayed. Keep up the great work!!
Christmas is for Kids - Our annual toy collection will
begin November 25th and runs through December 6th.
Mad Science - This is currently taking place November 7
until December 19th.
Book Swap - 12/6
Uncle Tony's Fundraiser - 12/9
Holiday Shop - 12/12 and 12/13
Santa's Visit - 12/18
If you have any questions, we can be contacted by email at
Remember to like and share us on Facebook at Aitken School PTO.
December 4th and January 8th at 6:30 pm in the school library -
babysitting provided in the gym by the Key Club.
December Reading News
by: Mrs. Ward-Smith and Mrs. Rioux
It’s hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner!
We’re sure everyone is excited about spending the holidays with
family members, possibly travelling, and of course, having a well-deserved
break! This year, our vacation week is two full weeks! However, with the
chaos that sometimes comes with the holidays and the extended time away
from school, it’s easy for daily routines to get put aside. However,
learning is still something that can be incorporated over the holiday
break. It doesn’t have to be grueling or challenging for you or your
child/children. In fact, it can be quite fun! A little predictability can
actually be quite comforting for children. As you prepare for the
holidays, we thought we’d pass along some helpful tips to keep your
child/children engaged in reading over the holiday break.
One of our biggest suggestions to parents is to try to make reading as
enjoyable as possible.
Winter break provides a wonderful opportunity for children to read some
new books that were gifts, or to check out a holiday or winter theme
story. Some of the best holiday themed books could even be read aloud or
shared, as they have rich content with important messages for children to
learn. These books can provide great opportunities for engaging
conversations and meaningful discussions. Reading together allows parents
to model fluency, expression, pronunciation, and more. This is same way
that teachers model these skills in the classroom. Also, there are a
variety of books available, why not search for a book that may be about a
different holiday tradition or celebration, other than your own. Children
are often intrigued when learning about different cultures and these books
can deepen their understanding of others and help children gain a respect
for differences. Keep in mind that children never get too old for picture
books! Some of the best picture books can give a reader new insight and
can expose them to rich vocabulary and quality content.
Another suggestion for helping to keep learning active over the holiday
break is to visit the local library. The Seekonk library has so many books
that are theme-based, but they also have a variety of popular choices for
different age groups. Similarly, if you have time during the week and are
looking for fun experiences, the library has many options that are
available over vacation. A family movie night, a variety of art crafts,
and even Mystic Aquarium presentations are on the calendar this year. Why
not grab some new books before or after participating in some of these
hands-on activities? You can check out their website for more details and
to sign up.
Overall, we hope you have a wonderful holiday break. Enjoy the time you
have together with your families. Also, remember that the amount of time
that a child spends reading is strongly related to their vocabulary
From the Art Room
December is upon us and we are hard at work. Pre-K will be working on snow
people this month as our weather turns colder. Kindergarten will start
magical color mixing this month and create some interesting rainbow art.
First grade is working on Wassily Kandinsky abstract art using line, shape
and color. These paintings are looking bright and beautiful! Second grade is
finishing up their Henri Matisse collages where they learned how to overlap,
juxtapose, and combine organic and geometric shapes to create an interesting
composition. Third grade is making some sizzling art using onomatopoeia
words in the style of Pop Artist Roy Lichenstien. Fourth grade just finished
printmaking where they carved plates of styrofoam and used brayers and ink
to create prints. Up next is a drawing project after learning about the fun
world of color theory. After weeks of preparing, 5th grade is working on
their first drawing projects. As TAB artists, the fifth graders are being
challenged to think like artists, developing craft, envisioning ideas,
planning and sketching composition, and preserving through the challenges of
finishing a project through the art obstacles and difficulties that they
face as their artistic ideas come to fruition.
Square1 Art was a smash success and our school may see upwards of a $1500
dollar profit. Thank you to all the families that participated! The money
will be given to our PTO who will help the art program purchase exciting art
materials and programs. Last year, we were able to invite Big Nazo to our
school for an exciting sculpture assembly. This year, a new art experience
assembly for all our learners will be made possible through the funds raised
by you. More information about our Creative Arts Awareness week assembly and
art awesomeness coming in the months ahead.
With the holidays coming up, it is a perfect time to encourage
art making with the family! Fun arts and crafts projects are great gifts for
extended family, and a great way to spend time together as a family. A
family tradition of mine is to make salt dough ornaments.
- 4 cups of flour
- 1 cup of salt
- 1 1/2 cups of warm water and mix.
This dough can be rolled out and made with cookie cutters or used to make 3D
ornaments. Bake at 325 for about an hour. Cool and paint with acrylic
paints. Don’t forget to add glitter! I have made ornaments and
dreidels for years and my family looks forward to it every time. Be sure to
not let dogs eat these ornaments, they are not safe for our furry friends to
eat. Have a great holiday season!
The Aitken Players Drama Club
The play has been cast, our crew is ready to go and we start rehearsals on
December 2nd. We are ready for an awesome show!
PTO Meeting @ 6:30pm
Early Release Professional Development for Staff
Report Cards are Distributed
December 23rd to January 3rd
Holiday Vacation Break
PTO Meeting @6:30pm
Martin Luther King Day No School
Holiday Spirit Week
Merry Monday - Wear your favorite holiday hat or headpiece
Tacky Tuesday - Wear your Ugly Christmas sweater! If you
don't have one, wear your craziest Christmas shirt and
Winter Wonderland Wednesday - Wear white, silver and/or
gold. Sparkle up your outfit with tinsel, glitter, or jewels
Tinsel Thursday - Wear anything festive from head to toe.
Fatigued Friday - Curl up your long winter's nap by
wearing your favorite pair of holiday pajamas!
Aitken library is now on instagram!
Follow Aitken library to get updates on library programs, new books, fun
lessons, and other communications!
Interested in donating to our library collection? I created an Amazon wish
list that is full of student requests:
Lost or damaged books will need to be replaced. Please send in check made
out to “Town of Seekonk” on your child’s library day.
Thank you to all of the families who have generously donated books to the
library! The students are thrilled with the new additions!
New additions to our collection include: