Message from the School Administration

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

We’ve made it into March with only one day to make up! Let’s hope that the Ground Hog was correct and that spring arrives early with no surprises!

Remember that on March 8th, you need to “Spring Ahead” and turn your clocks ahead one hour. It will be great to have more lightness during the day!

With the month of March comes the anticipation of MCAS testing. We will begin to present information to our grade 3, 4, and 5 students to help them prepare for MCAS and hopefully, reduce any anxiety that comes with testing. We reassure students that this assessment is a place to show everything they know and have learned thus far in school. Aitken has historically performed very well and we hope that this trend continues.

We anticipate the Aitken Building Addition Project will be commencing in mid-March. There will be some challenges with parking in the main lot near the basketball court for a short period of time so that the construction crew can access the drains beneath the parking lot. We will be sure to share information and plans to make drop offs as smooth as possible as soon as we confirm the dates with the project manager. Right now, it looks like this will occur later in April.

Aitken Website

Our school’s website is always updated and provides information for parents including our calendar of events. Many teachers also added pages on the website: Please check us out and put us on your list of favorites.

Aitken PTO

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, March 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:

  1. Adopting educational goals for the schools
  2. Reviewing the annual school building budget
  3. Formulating the School Improvement Plan and
  4. 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: March 24, 2020 (This date is contingent on the FY21 budget process. This date may change.)

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 school.

  • 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 for milk).

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 (508-336-5230).

Yours truly,

Mr. John Haidemenos, Jr. Principal
Mr. David Graf Assistant Principal

“Aitken Rockets Reach for the Stars!"

PTO News

Giving Tree

The Aitken PTO has begun ‘The Antonieta Vargas Surette Giving Tree Program’ which is an annual gift card collection which will allow the school administration to provide families with support when needed. The collection will be yearlong for families to donate whatever they wish, whenever they wish. This program is a wonderful way to pay it forward for families in our community. The Aitken PTO extends a heartfelt thank you to those families that have already begun donating. Your support and generosity are very much appreciated. Gift card ideas: Stop and Shop, Walmart, Target, gas Cards, etc. Every little bit helps in a big way!


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:

Past, Present and Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Boys Choice -March 13th Hawaiian Luau

RIF - The PTO will be holding a RIF event on March 20th for each student to choose a FREE new book!

Family Bingo - March 20th ! More details to follow!!

Walk-A-Thon - We will be hosting the Aitken School Walk-a-thon during the school day on March 27th.

Girls Choice - March 27th Sock Hop

Puberty Night - TBD


Book Swap - Went very well.

Box Tops - brought in $89.30

Calendar Raffle - Raffle has ended and it was a great success!. Thank you everyone for participating.

If you have any questions, we can be contacted by email at

Remember to like and share us on Facebook at Aitken School PTO.


February 5th at 6:30 pm in the school library
- babysitting provided in the gym by the Key Club.



4th PTO Meeting @6:30
13th Boys Choice
20th RIF
20th Family Bingo
27th Walk a thon
Girls Choice


1st PTO Meeting
3rd Term Ends (45 days)
3rd Grade 4 Museum of Science Sleepover
10th Good Friday - NO SCHOOL!
17th Book Swap
10th - 14th Reading Week
20th Patriots' Day - NO SCHOOL!
21st - 24th Spring Vacation - NO SCHOOL!

From the Nurse’s Office

March is National Nutrition Month!

MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future. This means:

  • Focus on variety, amount, and nutrition.
  • Choose foods and beverages with less saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars.
  • Start with small changes to build healthier eating styles.
  • Support healthy eating for everyone.
Visit for more information.


Vision and Hearing Screenings are currently being performed. If you wish that your child opt out of screenings and have not notified me yet, please send in a note with your child or send an email to

As a Reminder:



ILLNESS: Let’s protect others from illnesses. Please remember that your child needs to be fever-free (without fever-reducing medication) for 24 hours before returning to school. Please also keep your child home 24 hours after vomiting.


HYDRATION: Please have your child bring a water bottle to school. Many children suffer headaches and fatigue in school when they do not drink enough water throughout the day. If your child prefers flavored beverages, try adding citrus fruit, berries, cucumbers or mint.


LOST CLOTHING: There are many coats and sweatshirts that have been left behind at school. If your child is missing a piece of clothing, please call the nurse’s office. If clothing is not picked up by March 1st, it will be donated.


NEEDED CLOTHING: Kids may need to borrow pants and underwear if they soil their clothes or fall in puddles at recess. Boys pants and underwear (all sizes) are mostly needed if you would like to donate any outgrown clothing.


As always, please feel free to call or email me with any questions or concerns.

Have a healthy March!

Jessica Devane, RN, BSN
Aitken School Nurse

March Reading News

by: Mrs Ward‑Smith and Mrs. Rioux

Now that many of our younger students are able to read more on their own, many parents start to question if they should be reading aloud to their child at home. Reading aloud, at any age, is great for the bonding experience between parent and child. Likewise, it is also beneficial in boosting your child’s reading and listening skills. One of our suggestions would be to let your child choose books that he or she might not read on his/her own, perhaps ones with more complex stories or longer chapters. You could also mix things up by having your child read a page or a section to you, too.

Another way to liven up read-alouds for elementary children is to read in various places and at different times. Reading before bed is great, but you could also read to your child in the kitchen while eating breakfast together, outside on the deck/porch on an unexpectedly warm day, or in the car before a sports practice or game. Also, another great option for those busy days/nights is to listen to a book on CD through an audiobook in the car or on headphones at home. Listening is a beneficial skill for us all and a great replacement for the radio and/or television.

Many of our younger students really enjoy reading plays or dramas because there are different character roles to read aloud. These can be really fun for your child to read at home because he or she can choose characters for each of you to “play” and you each can read your lines in different voices. Recently, many of our younger students have been reading fairy tales, folk tales, and fables in the classroom. There are many versions of this genre available in dramas to practice at home. The library would be a great starting place to see what resources they have available. If you can’t find this kind of book, you can also just practice reading with different voices of the characters in the book. Kids of all ages often enjoy hearing how others would interpret a character’s voice. This can be loads of fun and a great learning experience for your child!

Test Taking Strategies

By, Tara Haggerty

This is the time of year in which students start to talk more and more about having to take tests in school. Some students are nervous about assessments and some are excited. When a student asks me why they have to take tests, I tell them that the teacher needs to know what you have learned and what you need to keep working on. Here are some tips to help your child become a more effective test taker.

At home:

When your child knows there is going to be a test it is important to plan ahead. Cramming to study the night before a test often times leads to anxiety. Cramming can also cause a failure to retain the material for the assessment as well as for the future. Ten to thirty minutes a day (depending on age) is a good amount of time to be spent studying per day. It is also important for your child to get a good night sleep and a nutritious breakfast to ensure success. I also recommend wearing comfortable clothes on test day to reduce distractions.

During the test:

The most important recommendation that I give to kids is to try and relax. Sometimes this is easier said than done. Remind your child that they have to take tests so that their teacher knows what they have learned and what they are still working on. During the test I also tell students to try and use strategies such as belly breathing and positive self-talk. Another test taking skill that is important to use is pacing. It is important to go at a medium pace. Encourage your child to skip questions that they don’t know and go back to them later (but tell them to make sure that they go back). It is important to encourage your child to stay focused and to read as well as listen to all of the directions. Finally, urge them to review all of their work when they are finished and make sure that they have tried to answer all of the questions to the best of their ability. This is a time for them to shine.

Source: – test taking tips

library news

Aitken library is now on instagram!

Follow Aitken library to get updates on library programs, new books, fun lessons, and other communications!


New Additions to the the library:

wolf called wander
Between the lines
black hole
the book is gray
adaption and survival
not quite snow white

From the Art Room

Hello Aitken artist and families! The art room has been toasty with our kiln firing our amazing clay projects. Ask your kids all about their clay experience! Soon, after all the firing, we will paint our awesome sculptures.

I am so excited to tell you all about our visiting artists coming for Creative Awareness week! The TAPE artists are a group of artists from RISD that travel the world using a unique material to ‘draw’ on walls...TAPE! On the day of our art show, May 21st, the TAPE artists will be coming to Aitken where every class will be drawing all over our gym walls with tape! Later that night, the gym will be turned into a REAL ART GALLERY for parents to come and see not only the crazy tape art on the walls, but also an exciting school wide art show in the gym.

The art show this year will be a bit different than it has been in the past. In conjunction with our PTO, the company Artome will be matting, framing, and showcasing an art piece from every student in the school. Artome will transform our gym into a real art gallery! The best part is that all the framed artwork will be for sale, all proceeds going to our amazing PTO to support school wide activities for our learning community. More information will follow.

I am asking all our families to please donate cereal boxes again! We are starting sculpture towards the end of the school year and need those beautifully thin cardboard boxes to make some 3d masterpieces!

The Aitken Players Drama Club

Do you own a business or work for a company that would like to advertise in our upcoming play program?

The Aitken Players Drama Club is asking any business owners or companies to advertise in our play program. Last year, we had a huge community turn out to watch the play. Your business will be seen by hundreds of audience members. It’s a great way to support the arts while helping our drama club pay for things such as costumes, props and sets.

If you are interested, please send your business card (which will be scanned and put in our program) and a check for $10 payable to the Aitken PTO in an envelope and have your child give it to Ms. Glum. You are always welcome to drop it off at the school office, but please write Mrs. Glum on the front of the envelope.


SAVE THE DATE: MAY 8th, 2020 Giants in the Sky


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