Archive for ‘Technology’

June 7, 2013

FLASH Fundraiser successful

by Jayne Wilkin, Principal

Thanks to so many generous families, friends, and staff, on behalf of PTO I’m happy to tell you that we met the goal of adding another whiteboard system at Paton School!

We surpassed our $4000 goal, with 110% raised, or a total of $4482.16. If you didn’t have a chance to make a donation, you can still do that before Monday morning [ by clicking here ] , or by sending/mailing a check in.

Any money donated will be put into the PTO technology fund, and will be put towards equipping the three classrooms (two second grades and one first grade) that will not have this interactive technology to support instruction next year.

Again, our great appreciation!

June 6, 2013

Last Day of the FLASH Fundraiser

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock — Less than one day left to help make a positive change for Paton students

Thanks to Paton families, friends, neighbors and co-workers who have already taken action and made an early donation to Paton’s FLASH FUNDRAISER for interactive technology. We are pulling out all the stops to raise funds for ONE whiteboard. If we can raise $4000 in the next 24 hours then every classroom in third and fourth grade will have an interactive whiteboard next school year.

This technology will be incredibly important to third and fourth grade Paton classrooms next year as class sizes are expected to be large. In fact, a majority of incoming third graders will have 30 children in their classes, while incoming fourth graders could see class sizes push 24 children.

If your child’s learning has benefitted from this interactive technology this year, please help him/her continue to do so, and help the 30% of Paton students who haven’t had access to interactive projector system this year!

As of last night, we raised 40% of our goal of $4,000 to purchase an interactive projector. We still have a ways to go to reach our goal. We are in the FINAL stretch — last 24 hours. Donate today or later this evening at the Paton Family Picnic. Also, please be sure to forward or share this email with family and friends who might help us — ANY SIZE donation is helpful, needed and appreciated.

Donating online is easy. Visit http://www.patonpto.org. Click on the link that says “donate to the FLASH fundraiser” and in less than 30 seconds Paton students will be positioned to benefit. Please don’t forget to share information about Paton’s FLASH Fundraiser on Facebook along with a link to donate. http://www.patonpto.org

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN FOR PATON

Thank you,
Lorraine Daignault and Melissa Wensky, Paton PTO Co-Presidents

June 5, 2013

Wednesday Morning Flash Fundraiser Update

Thank you to every person who has donated to the Flash Fundraiser, shared the Facebook and Paton PTO website announcement, or has shared our need with a neighbor, family member, or community member. As of Tuesday night, we are at 22% of our goal of $4000.00 to put an interactive projector into the one remaining 3rd/4th grade classroom next year.

SO, we have some work to do in the next 24 hours! If you haven’t donated yet, consider doing so today online or at the Paton Family Picnic tomorrow night. Every dollar counts and those dollars add up quickly.

The Paton PTO wants to ensure all of our third and fourth graders have an interactive whiteboard in their classrooms to increase engagement, enrich educational experiences, and better prepare them for the challenges of advanced learning that take place in the middle schools and beyond.

AGAIN… WE NEED YOUR HELP.  Here’s how to help make the FLASH FUNDRAISER successful:

  1. HELP US SPREAD THE WORD.  Please forward this email to friends, family and neighbors.  Post on Facebook, Tweet the need…the sky’s the limit.  We need participation beyond our Paton hallways for success.
  2. Make a donation to the Paton PTO via check (payable to “Paton PTO”) or donate online at www.PatonPTO.org.  Ask your employer if they will match your gift.  Many organizations do.
  3. Ask grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, and friends to help us with a donation.   We don’t sell pies, gift-wrap or other product fundraisers – now is the chance to help!  Also, 100 percent of every donation to the FLASH FUNDRAISER will be used to purchase interactive whiteboard technology.  We know our friends and family have a vested interest in our children’s education, so please give them a chance to participate too!

Thank you for your support all-year long and particularly for your help in meeting this URGENT educational need at Paton.

June 4, 2013

Interactive Whiteboard in Action

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June 3, 2013

FLASH Fundraiser

(YOU CAN SKIP THE PLEA AND  [ DONATE HERE ].)

Dear Paton Families,

We recently learned that one classroom in grades 3 and 4 with be without an interactive whiteboard next school year.   This means that approximately 30 students out of 160 will not have access to same educational experience as their peers.   The Paton PTO wants to help us ensure all of our third and fourth graders have an interactive whiteboard in their classroom to help better engage them, enrich their educational experience and better prepare them for the challenges of advanced learning that take place in the middle schools and beyond.

To meet this immediate need, the Paton PTO launched a FLASH FUNDRAISER today to help raise $4,000 needed to install the interactive technology.  Together we can help make this happen for Paton. We need your help NOW!  The FLASH FUNDRAISER starts today and ends Thursday night, June 6th at the Paton Family picnic.

Please help us purchase ONE interactive whiteboard to ensure that all Paton students who will pass through grades 3 and 4 have access to this important educational tool.

This technology is a key component in engaging students in large learning environments.  In fact,  incoming Paton third graders will have 30 children in a class, while fourth grade classes will be as high as 24 next school year. 

Interactive whiteboards help educators:

  • Drastically increase student engagement
  • Gain instant access to videos, demonstrations, photographs to enhance lessons
  • Leverage interactive manipulatives to demonstrate mathematical processes
  • Expose students to presentation development using PowerPoint, Keynote, iMovie, and other tools on a large screen
  • Mirror with iPads allows work being done on the iPad to be displayed for all to see
  • Access to interactive lessons on Time for Kids, Scholastic News, and National Geographic
  • Conduct important all class instruction such as “a whole class write as a model” on the whiteboard, and then print the sample for each child for independent use
  • Harness the power of the screen to engage kids! They love to use the pen and manipulate the projector.

WE NEED YOUR HELP.  Here ‘s how to help make the FLASH FUNDRAISER successful:

  1. HELP US SPREAD THE WORD.  Please forward this email to friends, family and neighbors.  Post on Facebook, Tweet the need…the sky’s the limit.  We need participation beyond our Paton hallways for success.
  2. Make a donation to the Paton PTO via check (payable to “Paton PTO”) or donate online  [ here ].  Ask your employer if they will match your gift.  Many organizations do.
  3. Ask grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, friends to help us with a donation.   We don’t sell pies, gift wrap and other product fundraisers – now is the chance to help!  Also, 100 percent of every donation to the FLASH FUNDRAISER will be used to purchase interactive whiteboard technology.  We know our friends and family have a vested interest in our children’s education, so please give them a chance to participate too!

If you have any questions, please contact Lorraine Daignault (ladaignault@gmail.com) or Melissa Wensky (mwensky@yahoo.com).  Thank you for your support all-year long and particularly for your help in meeting this URGENT educational need at Paton.

Warm Regards,

Lorraine Daignault and Melissa Wensky
Paton PTO, Co-Presidents

May 21, 2013

Raffle Winners Announced!

One Grand prize — Apple iPad with Retina Display:
Tim Luke (sold by Hailey Luke)

One “Mini Grand” prize — Apple iPad Mini:
Abby Clifford (sold by Amanda Clifford)

One Second prize — Apple iPod Touch (5th generation):
Kong Wu (sold by Shirley Wu)

THREE third prizes — each a $25 Apple iTunes gift card:
Jichen Lin (sold by Kevin Dong),
Sam Opoku (sold by Harris Appiah), and
Andy Cherniack (sold by Diana Cherniak)

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Sellers of the winning tickets will receive $10 iTunes Gift Cards!

May 21, 2013

Raffle Drawing Tonight!

Tonight at 7pm, we will draw the winning tickets for the 2013 Technology Raffle.

Tune in tonight at 7pm on channel 29 or HD Channel 329 at 7pm.

After the tickets are drawn, and the names are read, the winners will be telephoned.

After that, the names will be posted here and at PatonPTO.org/raffle.

What are the odds?

We sold 883 tickets this year, so here are the odds that a single ticket will win…

  • The one iPad = 1:883 → 0.113%
  • The one iPad Mini = 1:883 → 0.113%
  • The one iPod Touch = 1:883 → 0.113%
  • One of the three $25 iTunes cards = 3:883 → 1:294.33 → 0.340%

The chance of a single purchased ticket winning ANY prize = 6:883 → 1:147.17 → 0.680%

The chance that the ticket seller will win a $10 iTunes card for having sold a prize-winning ticket = 6:883 → 1:147.17 → 0.680%

 

August 30, 2012

How to Donate Technology to the Shrewsbury Public Schools

Here are guidelines for donating computers and other electronic equipment to the Shrewsbury Public Schools.
All donated equipment must be clean, complete, and fully operational.

Computers:

All desktop and laptop computers must be Apple Macs with an Intel dual core processor or better.

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