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Welcome to the Medway Elementary Parent Teacher Organization website! 

Here you have access to all sorts of information about PTO sponsored programs. The Medway Elementary PTO is made up of all volunteers and all funding for PTO sponsored programs comes from fundraisers held throughout the year.

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Seeking MEPTO Board Members!

As we come to the close of the 2015-2016 school year, MEPTO is seeking parents who are interested in joining the board.  As a board member, you will have the opportunity to take a leadership role to help promote the academic, social and personal growth and well being of our Medway students and strive to foster a strong sense of community with Medway families.
The requirements of the board member is to hold the position for a min of two years, attend monthly board meetings and the public MEPTO meetings.  We have various positions open and will align you based on your preferred interests.  Please take a moment to fill out the survey below if you're interested in joining.  Voting will take place on May 18th at 7 PM during the MEPTO meeting at the McGovern School. 
 
If you are interested, please fill out this form!

Thank you!  MEPTO Board

 
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Next Meeting: May 18 at 7pm
Join us for our last formal MEPTO meeting of the school year! We are are meeting tomorrow (Wed.) at 7pm in the McGovern School library.

The agenda includes voting for the 2016-17 MEPTO Board; a special presentation by Elijah Norris, Director of Dining Services, about cafeteria services; and other important end-of-the-year announcements and updates. Please make an effort to join us!

P.S. Stay tuned for more info about our MEPTO Volunteer Appreciation Event in June!
Basket Raffle Raises Nearly $8,000!
Thank you all so much for such a fun -- and successful -- Basket Raffle & Ice Cream Social!! Can you believe we raised nearly $8,000 for our schools in one night?! We couldn't have done it without the support of so many:

* Our planning committee (Jen Girard, Laura Mullen, Sarah Dahlheimer, Lauren Nassiff, Rachel Kerls, Amanda Regan and Jessica Grimes) for their many hours of hard work
* All the parent volunteers who coordinated class baskets or pitched in to make sure the night went smoothly 
* Mrs. Luizzi, Mrs. Yanuskiewicz, the teachers, and school staff who helped serve ice cream to hundreds of excited kids all evening
* All our generous community partners for their support
* The awesome staff at Medway High for their hospitality
* And, most importantly, to our elementary families for not just providing donations for the baskets, but for coming out and supporting MEPTO!

Check out our Facebook page for more fun photos of the night's festivities!
Teacher Appreciation Week
We're excited for next week's well-deserved celebration of Medway's teachers, aides, and staff in grades Pre-k to 4! We invite you to participate in whatever way you can. Here is the schedule of events:

Tuesday, May 24: To kick off Teacher Appreciation Week, we will provide the staff with a luncheon, thanks to the many contributions of our parent community.

Wednesday, May 25: Students are asked to bring in a school supply for the classroom. Suggested items: pencils, colored pencils, thick and thin markers, dry erase markers, glue sticks, highlighters, white-out, tape, disinfecting wipes, paper towels, hand soap/sanitizer, tissues.

Thursday, May 26Parent volunteers will provide the staff with breakfast treats.

Friday, May 27: Students are asked to bring in thank you note(s) for their teachers. Don't forget often times your child sees more than one teacher throughout the day. Feel free to bring in notes on any day of the week to be able to celebrate staff that your child may see on various days throughout the week. Notes may take the form of a special memory of the year, a drawing, or even a poem. 
 
Please remember that participation in these events is completely voluntary. Thank you for your support (and special thanks to Lori Rossi and Alexis Spallone for coordinating this year's activities).
Call for Field Day Volunteers
It's that time of year! MEPTO's annual Field Day event is just around the corner.
There will be three Field Days again this year:

McGovern School: Tuesday, June 7
Memorial School (2nd/3rd grade): Wednesday, June 8
Memorial School (4th grade): Thursday, June 9

Registration for this year's Field Day volunteers will be an online registration process only. There will not be any paper forms going into backpacks for volunteer opportunities (think green!). We are also trying to limit the number of personal emails.

Please click here for the Google form for Field Day 2016. This year there is only one form for all three field days. If you have more than one child and would like to volunteer for multiple field days, please fill out the form for each child.

Volunteers will be assigned jobs on a first come, first serve basis. We will try to accommodate personal preference, but we do ask for patience and flexibility as we plan for Field Day.

Be on the lookout for future emails from us confirming your assignment and more details regarding Field Day specifics.

We hope to have a great (and sunny) Field Day! For more questions, please contact Preston Gales, McGovern coordinator (plg2831@gmail.com) or Melissa Moore, Memorial 2/3 and 4 coordinator (Melissa.Moore113@gmail.com).
4th Grade Send-Off
The 4th Grade Send-Off event is scheduled for June 17. Plans are well underway and we've got a great group of volunteers in place, but we are still looking for parent volunteer(s) from Mrs. Tonelli's class. If you're interested and available, please contact Susan Alessandri at susan.alessandri@gmail.com
MEPTO Community Partner Award
MEPTO recently presented Tina Chemini from T.C. Scoops with our first-ever Community Partner Award to acknowledge those in the Medway community who go above and beyond to support our elementary schools and students.
From opening the doors of her business to host local organizations like ours (including the Basket Raffle pre-sale) to donating items for fundraisers, Tina truly defines what it means to be a community partner. She received her award at the Basket Raffle & Ice Cream Social where--it's no surprise--she volunteered her time to scoop ice cream (much of which she donated) to the hundreds of Medway elementary families who attended.

Thank you, Tina, for your kindness and community spirit!
Photo of the Month
MEPTO is so proud to support the Medway Community Farm enrichment program! Love seeing the classroom expand to the great outdoors, as students learn all about planting, caring for, and harvesting crops.


Important Dates to Remember 
Early Release DayMay 20
Medway Elementary Teacher Appreciation WeekMay 24-27
Memorial Arts FestivalJune 7
McGovern School Field DayJune 7 (raindate: June 14)
Memorial School Field Day (2nd and 3rd grade)June 8 (raindate: June 15)
Memorial School Field Day (4th grade)June 9 (raindate: June 16)
Memorial School Harvest Farm Stand DayJune 14
4th Grade Send-OffJune 17




MATCHING GIFT DOLLARS for MEPTO


Did you know that MEPTO is recognized as a nonprofit and tax-exempt organization according to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code ? That means that your donation to the schools can go even further


Many employers offer a Matching Gift Plan in which they will match their employees’ contributions to a charitable organization, doubling or sometimes even tripling them.


To take advantage of your employer’s Matching Gift Plan:


1. Go to your Human Resources office and get a Matching Gift Form or download one from your company's website.

2. Mail it, along with your donation, to MEPTO, 16 Cassidy Lane, Medway, MA 02053.

3. MEPTO will return it to your employer and receive the matching gift.

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List of companies with matching gift programs

 


Comments? Questions? Suggestions?
We welcome all your ideas, suggestions, and opinions on ways we can continue to make MEPTO a valuable resource for our school community. Email us anytime at 

And please be sure to join our Facebook page and check out our website -- 
we often share timely updates and information there as well.

Thank you for your continued support. 

Amazon Smile
Are you gearing up for Black Friday? Ready to start your holiday shopping? Don't forget that if you shop through Amazon Smile,, MEPTO will receive .5% of all your eligible purchases? To add us as your designated charity, please click here and select "Medway Elementary Parent Teacher Organization" -- that's it! Then for future shopping, just go to smile.amazon.com, which is just like the Amazon you know (same prices, same Prime benefits). Happy shopping and thanks for your support!




Have you checked out the MEPTO Facebook page yet? If you're on Facebook, be sure to "Like" us by searching Medway Elementary PTO.  Our Facebook page is a great way to stay up to date with upcoming events at the schools, volunteer opportunities, and is just a fun place to stay connected with our wonderful school community. We also share some fun stuff on our page, like local events. Please check us out!