September 30, 2015

2015 Paton Curriculum Support campaign kicks off!

The Paton PTO is pleased once again to present the Curriculum Support campaign. Please consider supporting your student by directly funding an Enrichment program here at Paton. Each year, the PTO works to fund enriching, educational, hands-on and insightful programs for Paton Students. To raise funds for these events, we try -and have succeeded for years!- to avoid fundraising through simple ‘sales’ events. Instead, we bring you the opportunity to have 100% of your donation go directly to Paton School.
Your participation has great benefits:
* all of your donations are tax deductible
* 100% of the amount you donate goes directly to the PTO to support your student.
* Your donation enables us to keep other fundraisers (pie sales, candle sales, etc…) off the PTO Calendar
How Does it Work?
Here, you’ll see the complete list of Enrichment programs that are funded by the PTO. The student programs listed would not happen if not for the generosity of Paton friends & family. When you find a program to which you’d like to donate, ‘sign up’ to pledge your support. Not sure how you’d like to participate? Pick a “You Choose” option to donate the amount that best fits your budget.
2.) MAKE YOUR DONATION in one of two ways.
Visit to make an online donation via Pay Pal -OR- Send a check payable to the Paton PTO to the main office. Be sure to reference ‘Donation Challenge’.
Don’t forget to ask your employer if they will match your gift!
Just like you’d share a traditional fundraising/sales catalog, why not forward this Donation Challenge message to friends and family asking them for their support?
Help us support Paton students by posting about the Donation Challenge on your personal Facebook page along with the link to donate. Ask friends and family to re-post too!
All paid donations will receive a Paton PTO car magnet at the conclusion of the Donation Challenge as our THANK YOU to you!

Pledge Page:
Online Donations:

September 21, 2015

5 questions with Mr. Pierce

Paton students will see a new face this year when they head to Physical Education class. Ben Pierce recently joined the Paton staff as our new PE teacher. Mr. Pierce took a few minutes to tell us about what motivated him to pursue a career in physical education, and how he strives to make the PE experience enjoyable for all.

How did you decide to pursue physical education for your career?
My father has been a PE teacher in Douglas for over 30 years and his favorite thing about his job is that he feels like he has never worked a day in his life. I don’t know if he means that literally or figuratively, but it sure sounded good to me when it came time to choose a field to study as Springfield College. So, that’s what I went with and it has worked out wonderfully.

What strategies help you ensure PE is fun for all students?
Most importantly, treating everyone equally ensures the possibility that fun can be had in class. Next, I aim to set realistic and achievable goals for each student in the class. Sometimes that is harder than others, but I always manage to find a way to do it. I then think, “If I were them, would I like this activity?”. If my answer to myself is ‘no’, then I keep thinking, and if it’s a ‘yes’ then I try to keep that activity and build off of that thought.

Do you have a role model? Who is it and why do you admire that person?
My father, Larry Pierce, is my role model for sure. Everything I mentioned above has to do with it, along with always being there for me no matter what. He has been through a lot, as have I, and getting through life’s obstacles isn’t always easy. He has shown me how to get through life’s obstacles before and it really impressed me. I now try to carry myself the way he does.

Lastly, he is the hardest working individual I have ever met. I am not talking about hustling on the basketball court or anything like that. I am talking about his PE teacher career and his refereeing. After school, for over 20 years, he has been refereeing games of all levels and multiple sports for a couple of reasons: One is to stay connected to sports. And the other is to put some food on the table for his family. No matter what, he would make sure his family was taken care of. Those are some reasons why I look up to him.

Ben Pierce enjoying being active and getting outdoors with girlfriend Melanie Thulin.

Ben Pierce enjoying being active and getting outdoors with girlfriend Melanie Thulin.

What is your favorite movie – and why?
My favorite movie is Caddy Shack. It is absolutely hilarious even though some of the jokes are corny and it has me laughing almost the entire time. Anyone that really knows me knows that I love to laugh. Then again, who doesn’t?

Complete this sentence: Each day, when I head to Paton, I strive to…

… put a smile on as many kids faces as I possibly can while doing something that is good for the mind and/or body.

… keep learning about the school’s culture, children, staff, and everything that is done to make this such a positive learning environment.

September 21, 2015

Please donate your coins to Shrewsbury’s Coins for Construction fundraiser!

Along with other schools around town, the Paton PTO is happy to support the Coins for Construction drive. Our school will be collecting coins to benefit the Shrewsbury Public Library over the week of October 19-23. The PTO is in need of parent volunteer(s) over that week to collect our donations to bring them to local banks for deposit. If interested, please contact Kelly Molter, PTO Volunteer Coordinator: More information on this fundraiser can be found in the library coin drive information flyer by clicking here.

September 8, 2015

Contact List Release – due on Friday, September 11th!

Last week, you should have received a copy of the Room Parent request form. Even if you cannot serve as a Room Parent, please return the bottom portion of the form so your name and the contact information you provide can be included in a classroom directory. These forms are due back to the PTO by Friday, 9/11. If you need an additional copy, it can be found here at the link below:

Paton Room Parent Letter 2015

August 24, 2015

We need YOUR help on the Paton PTO!

How do you get involved in the PTO? The best way is to join us at our monthly meetings to hear all of the info you need about the programs the PTO supports, our past successes and anything that’s in-the-works. There is no pressure to take a “Big Bite”: come participate in the conversation!

All meetings take place in the Art Room at 7 p.m. Our 2015-2016 schedule is as follows:
September 15 – Welcome!
October 13 – Room Parent/Volunteer Orientation
November 10
January 12
February 9
March 8
April 12
May 10
June 7
May 4, 2015

New spring fundraiser Penny Wars begins!!

From May 4th to May 8th, the PTO will sponsor a Coin Drive: Paton School Penny

Wars. All proceeds from this FUNdraiser will directly benefit the Paton PTO Tech Fund.

Please see the link below for a explanation of how it works:

PW Parent Letter 2

April 6, 2015

Paton Pancake Breakfast is almost here!

This year’s annual Paton Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, April 11th from 8-11am.  Tickets for seatings will be arriving home this week.

The event will also feature raffles for class baskets as well as a NEW silent auction for many awesome, fun prizes.

An orange flyer was sent home in your student’s backpack on Friday that features an order form to buy raffle tickets in advance, as well as a list of items up for auction.

SILENT AUCTION: In order to allow everyone to participate in the auction, we ask all interested in bidding on prizes to use the flyer that was sent home and fill in the MAXIMUM amount that you would like to bid on each item. The highest bidder will win the item! If we have tie bids, the final winner will be chosen at random in a raffle-style name pull. The best part? If you can’t attend the breakfast, you can still enter to win a silent auction prize! Just fill in your bid and return to school no later than Wednesday, April 8th. Good luck!

CLASSROOM BASKETS: Come to the Pancake Breakfast to enter our Classroom Basket Raffles! Tickets can be pre-ordered using the form that was sent home. Return your ticket order with cash or check made out to: Paton PTO no later than Wednesday, April 8th. Please note: Classroom Basket raffles can ONLY be entered in-person at the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday April 11th, but you can preorder your tickets today using the form that was sent home!

Can’t find the form to place your bids and order your tickets? No problem! Click on the link below for a copy to print out and send in to school!!

Pancake Breakfast Raffle Sheet – Final

October 27, 2014

Volunteers needed for Paton Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair, one of Paton’s biggest annual fundraisers, will be returning to the school this week.

The in-school fair will run from October 30 and will conclude on November 7th with a Family Night and an Ice Cream Social! The Scholastic Book Fair benefits Paton in many ways above and beyond the monthly Scholastic flyers that are sent home from your child’s classroom teacher.  There are added benefits for you too, including an expanded selection from toddlers through adult, online shopping opportunities and the ability to donate books to your student’s classroom wish list!

How can you help us make this event a success? Check out our Sign Up Genius list of opportunities to volunteer your time with assisting classes craft their wish lists, running the register, filling book orders, and more!

More information on the book fair can be found in the link to the flyer below:

Book Fair What to Expect

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