Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Note from the PTO

The Annual Pine Glen Carnival sponsored by the PTO was a great success again thanks to the efforts and teamwork of many.  We would like to thank all members of the Pine Glen Community who helped to make the Carnival a major spring attraction in the town of Burlington.  The event took place with the generous assistance and donations of many parents, high school/former students, teachers, staff, and administration.

Countless thanks go to Carnival Co-Chairs Jolene Fogarty, Michelle Grossman, and Deb Murphy who took care of the many details that needed attention to run a grand-scale event.  We sincerely appreciate all their efforts.  Many thanks go to Cathy Carney for organizing the Cake Walk and to Principal John Lyons and secretary Julie Gosselin for their support of the Carnival Committee.

Over fifty local businesses participated by donating gift cards/certificates, merchandise, and services to the stage raffle.  Please thank them when using their business.  Thank you to the Raffle Committee, including Denise Desmond, Jill Giles, Carol McDonald Macri, Beth Reith and Maria Woods for their time-consuming legwork and follow-up to solicit and collect raffle items.  A sincere thanks to everyone who donated items to the raffle, especially the room parents and teachers who organized group gifts.

We would also like to thank RE/MAX for advertising and planning to give hot-air balloon rides.  Unfortunately, wind conditions made it unfavorable to use the balloon.  We will try to get the balloon ride again next year.  Thanks also to Carol McDonald Macri for making all the arrangements for the ride.  The advertising efforts of Carol and Catherine Gillespie certainly helped to bring many out-of-town visitors to the Carnival.  Please see http://pineglencarnival.blogspot.com and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pine-Glen-Elementary-PTO/187898354563825?ref=ts  created by Catherine and Carol for Carnival updates, postings, and photos. 

We also would like to thank retired Pine Glen Principal, Jane Dwyer, for her famous face painting skills and D.A.R.E. Officers Steve Cross and Keith Sheppard for their police car ride.  Many thanks to the Burlington Fire Department and Firefighters Ernie Covino and Nick Menkello for displaying a fire truck at the front of the school for up-close inspection.

Again, we would like to thank everyone who worked on and attended the Carnival.  Proceeds will be used to enrich the educational experience of all Pine Glen students.  We look forward to seeing all those smiling faces again at next year's Carnival.

Please note that the next PTO meeting will be held on Thursday, April 7th at 7 p.m. 

Hope to see you then,

- The Pine Glen PTO Board

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