Auction Committee Needs Volunteers

80s_phone_logoIt’s all hands on deck for our Totally 80s Gala Auction! This is our biggest fundraiser, held biannually, and NEPTO needs your help to make it not only possible, but totally awesome. If you are interested in event organization, decoration, promotion, etc., the committee needs you!

The Auction Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, December 7 at 7:30 pm at the home of Gery Tobias. Please contact the committee chairs, Flavia Moraes Lodato or Gery Tobias, for more information if you are able to attend the meeting, or to express your interest if you want to help but can’t make this meeting.



Fifth Grade Musical Audition Workshop

lionkingjr5th Grade Musical Audition Workshop: 11/30, Auditorium, 12:45- 3pm
This year’s musical– The Lion King, Jr.– is set for April 20- 22, 2017. There will be an audition workshop in the auditorium immediately following early dismissal on Wednesday, November 30. If your 5th grader is interested in participating in this year’s musical, please plan on having him or her attend. Please note that there will be no transportation offered after the workshop. Actual auditions will happen at the beginning of January and rehearsals will begin on January 17. Contact Natasha Fenster with any questions.


Help Prepare the Feast: Food Drive

Northeast is supporting the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County with a grade-by-grade food collection:images-1

K – Breakfast cereals

1st – Macaroni and Cheese

2nd – Canned Vegetables or fruits

3rd  – juice (boxes or bottles)

4th – Peanut Butter and Jelly

5th –  Pasta or Rice

We will be collecting all food in bins by grade level in the front hall from Monday 11/14 – Wednesday 11/22.

Let’s embrace the season and help our neighbors in need. Contact Kelley Lombardo with any questions.


Northeast Family Hockey Day: Sound Tigers

sound_tigers-jpegJoin us on Sunday, December 4 at 3:00 p.m. when the Bridgeport Sound Tigers play against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Ticket purchase deadline extended to 11/29!

Where: Webster Bank Arena, 600 Main St., Bridgeport

Tickets: Just $20 each for center ice seat (discounted from $39 at the Box Office)


Available T-Shirts

Northeast’s Chorus will be performing at the game! Discounted Sound Tigers merchandise available with group minimum of 12 items per category. (T-shirts, hockey puck, flag, foam hand.) Please see attached flyers.

Questions? Contact Sherry Cohen.

Deadline for ticket orders is Tuesday, Nov. 29. 


Election Day Bake Sale

election_day_bake_sale-976-650-500-80Northeast Elementary School is a polling place this Election Day. NEPTO is hosting an Election Day Bake Sale! Money raised goes towards programs provided to all children in the school. We are asking each and every one of you to assist us in this endeavor by volunteering for one or more of the following:

– Volunteer to sell on Election Day (11/8/16) from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. – come staff our tables for a couple of hours and encourage voters to purchase our goodies! Sign up now.

– If you can’t volunteer on the day of and would like to donate any baked or packaged goods, please feel free to send that in with your child to school on Monday, November 7.

Even if you can’t volunteer, we hope you’ll drop by on Election Day for a treat! Thank you for your support!

Date: 11/08/2016 (Tue.)
Time: 6:00am – 7:00pm
Location: Northeast Elementary School, 82 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903


Warm Winter Clothing Drive


Cold weather is coming, and Northeast is collecting collecting new and gently worn warm winter items: coats, pants, long sleeved shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, boots, gloves, scarves, hats, and socks. Please drop off washed/clean items in the box in the main lobby.

We could also use clothing racks and hangers; please contact Katia Pazmino if you can donate these.


Next PTO Meeting: November 30

PTOMeetingSchoolhouseThe next PTO Meeting has been rescheduled to November 30 at 6:30 pm in the Media Center.

Childcare to be provided by Roscco.

Please join the PTO and Kindergarten & first-grade teachers who will be discussing grade-level updates.

We’ve set up a special conference call for those who can’t attend in person:

Dial: (641) 715-0632

Enter Access Code: 691280

Submit questions ahead of time by emailing Jacque at, or during the meeting by visiting
Enter Event #1180

IMPORTANT: We need a headcount for this meeting ahead of time. RSVP  by emailing: by Monday 11/22


We All Scream for Ice Cream!

icecreamSAVE THE DATE!!!!

I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream!

WHO: Ice Cream Lovers

WHAT: Ice Cream Social

WHEN:  Wed., November 16, 2016 

6:00 to 8:00 pm

WHERE: Northeast Cafeteria

VOLUNTEERS: Volunteer shifts requested

5:30 to 7:00 pm         

7:00 to 8:30 pm

We need volunteers for this highly attended event to help set up, serve ice cream and toppings, assist with the selling and collecting of tickets at the door, and help with the entertainment (kid magician), raffles, door prizes, and much more!

Look for the flyer in your student’s backpack to prepay for your ice cream. Cost is $4 per sundae if prepaid; the cost is $5 per sundae at the door. Tickets can be prepaid by cash, check, or online with a credit card.

Please sign up to volunteer! We would also appreciate any donations of supplies to defray the cost. (toppings, decorations, paper products, etc.) Please contact with any questions.

Thank you!


Halloween Parade


The Northeast Halloween Parade kicks off at 1:30 on Friday, October 28. Weather permitting, the students will come out the front door of the school, down the steps, and circle back toward the cafeteria/gym.


Used Books Needed for Book Fair

german_american_kids_bookshelfWe are collecting gently used books for the Bargain Book table at the book fair (November 15-17) to make sure every child leaves the fair with a book to take home. Donations can be sent with your child or brought to the school office. Please mark them Bargain Books Donations. We will continue collecting until November 14. Be on the lookout to sign up to volunteer at the Book Fair as well!


Makerspace Is Coming to Northeast!

makerspace_word_cloudMakerspaces are popping up everywhere, and now, Northeast has its very own. Our Makerspace will allow students to explore STEM-based concepts, encouraging kids to design, experiment, build and invent as they engage in science, engineering and tinkering activities. The Makerspace will evolve through the years, but will open with four main stations: a construction/building station, a stop-motion animation station, a crafting station, and a robotics/programming station. The PTO is collecting items for these stations and future stations. Items most immediately needed include duct tape, paper recyclables like toilet and paper towel rolls, tissue boxes, miscellaneous paper and envelopes, cardboard, etc.

In addition, if you have any (new or gently-used) building toys such as Keva Structures, Strawbees, or K’NEX sets, we could definitely use these in the Makerspace. A box will be placed in the main office to collect all items.

As we grow the Makerspace, the PTO will continue to collect all the items listed above, as well as any of the following: old electronics that kids can take apart and try to rebuild, gently-used Legos, marble runs, robotic/programming toys, and a sewing machine. Have something else you think the Makerspace could use? Please contact Carin Kalt or Maya Noren with any questions.


Apex Fun Run

apexfunrunfullcolorlogo1024x8201The 2nd annual Northeast APEX Fun Run 2-week program kicks off with a pep rally on Monday, 10/17. After the pep rally our Legendary Leaders will begin to form. Check your child’s backpack for a pledge kit to help them collect pledges for laps. Race day is Monday, October 31st.

Help us reach our $4/lap per child goal by calling family and friends and sharing your child’s pledge page on

Get ready to hear all about how your child will transform into a Legendary Leader!

In the meantime, please sign up to volunteer during your child’s run time.

The chart below explains the prize structure. If you have any questions, please contact Alyssa Bernstein.



Got a Great Brain Buster Idea?

before-after-clubhouseNortheast is gearing up for another successful Brain Busters program. But we need your help! This extended after-school program offers Northeast students the opportunity to explore new subjects. In past years, students have enjoyed sports programs, language and math classes, as well as classes focused on art, nature and animals. Brain Busters is looking for parent volunteers to lead Fall programs on Mondays and/or Thursdays. Please share your talents with our Northeast students. If you are interested, contact Yasmin Tirado with a description of your proposed program and the number of students that could attend.


Odyssey of the Mind: Update

odyssey-of-the-mindOdyssey Parent Meeting

Tuesday, October 18

8:00 AM at Northeast School

This meeting is for parents of students in grades 3-5 who are interested in Odyssey of the Mind, a creative problem-solving, STEAM-based after-school program that culminates in a competition. The coordinator for Odyssey in Stamford, Kim Kempton, will be meeting with us to talk about launching the program at Northeast. We are hoping to have two teams of 5-7 students. If you would like to attend (or if you want to attend but can’t make it: either way!), please contact Kim Kempton at

If you missed the meeting at the Government Center, or just want to learn more to see if this is a good fit for your creative problem-solver, please plan to attend!

More information here.


Open House Nights This Week

openhouseNortheast teachers and staff welcome you to the school’s Annual Open House Nights. This is your opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and specialists and to learn more about the year’s curriculum. NEPTO will also be selling Spirit Wear in the lobby.

Open House for Kindergarten- 2nd grade will take place on Wednesday, October 5.

Open House for grades 3- 5 will take place on Thursday, October 6.

Due to the large number of people expected, this is an “adults only” event. Please make every effort to attend.


Visit the Bruce Museum

Earth Science, Rocks and Minerals, Electricity, Animals and their Habitats, and More at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich

The Bruce Museum is featuring several exhibits—some temporary, some permanent—on topics that enrich Northeast’s science and social studies curriculum across several grades. Visit their website for more information.


Fall Festival 2016

The Northeast Fall Festival will be held Saturday, October 22 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Come join us outside on the back field for a fun morning of pumpkin painting, games, music, face painting, tattoos, popcorn and much more!

To register, click here or look for a paper form in your child’s folder and return it by Friday, October 14.

The price is $6 per child in advance or $10 at the door.

In the event of rain, the festival will be held Sunday, October 23.

Download the flyer and sign up to attend.

If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer during the festival, please contact Christine Meek at


Odyssey of the Mind: Mandatory Parent Meeting

The Stamford Odyssey of the Mind program is proud to announce that the program has selected the Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) as its new fiscal sponsor.  SPEF’s education-focused mission, as well as existing relationships with Stamford Public Schools (SPS) staff, will assist in reinforcing the value of the Odyssey progodyssey-of-the-mindram where it is already in place, while helping to introduce creative problem-solving into additional school buildings. Northeast will be forming a team with students in grades 3, 4 and 5. See flyer for details.

To learn more, please join us for a mandatory parent information session on Thursday, September 29th from 7:00p.m. – 9:00 the Stamford Government Center, 5th Floor Conference Room.  For more information email program director, Kim Kempton, at

Odyssey of the Mind teaches students skills that they need to be successful today and in the future. Odyssey of the Mind provides an extra-curricular activity for students, driven by discovery and exploratory learning.

-Think and work creatively and solve problems using sound judgement.

-Reason and utilize systems thinking.

-Communicate clearly and collaborate effectively with others.

TEAMS ARE BEING FORMED NOW! See flyer for complete details.

Participation is open to students in grades 3 – 12.  Teams of 5-7 students meet weekly from October – March, preparing for the State Competition on Saturday, March 18th.  New teams will be formed based on availability of coaches. Teams can be coached by teachers and/or parents.  No previous experience is necessary.  Training, materials and mentoring is provided.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Northeast program, contact Anne Flounders or Rose Wong.


Harvest Festival Weekend @ SMNC

Harvest Festival Weekend, Stamford Museum and Nature Center, October 15-16, 11-3

Enrich your child’s education at SMNC’s Fall Harvest Festival Weekend. The 5th Connecticut Regiment will present a view into colonial life through their re-creation of camp life, military drills, crafts, uniforms, and weapons of the period. Your children have or will be studying Connecticut and colonial history and this is fabulous opportunity to experience this history coming to life. Also while at the festival see how apple cider is made, learn about farm animals, and participate in seasonal crafts and activities. For more information and to see ticket prices visit



Learning to Look: Volunteers Needed (Grades 2 & 4)

The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer


Do you want to have fun in your child’s classroom?

Do you enjoy art and want to learn more?

Would you like to get to know your child’s classmates better?

Then volunteering for Learning to Look is for you!

Learning to Look is a fun and interactive art education program for all second and fourth grade classrooms.

We need parent volunteers to go into their child’s classroom once a month and have fun teaching them about the elements of art and select masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City – don’t worry, no art background required! Students in second grade will be looking at 18th and 19th century masterpieces and students in fourth grade will be looking at American masterpieces.

At the end of the school year the children, teachers, and parent volunteers will go on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

If you would like to volunteer for this program, please contact Anna Martignoni at 203-595-9117 or


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