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PTO News

October 24, 2017

Oct 25

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Since the last newsletter...

Bring together friends, family, DJ Madden and 60 pounds of pasta... WOW what a party! Thank you to our 5th Grade Events Coordinators Stephanie Hovsepian and Meghan Hopkins for organizing a great 5th Grade and New Family Pasta Dinner last Thursday! Thank you to our custodians, cafeteria staff, Principals, teachers and many parent volunteers for assisting with the evening!

Thank you for joining us on October 12 for our first PTO meeting. We efficiently discussed regular business, approved our budget for the year, and then welcomed special guests Superintendent John Phelan and Belmont High School Building Committee Chair, Bill Lovallo. They shared all of the latest information on the High School Building Project. It is an exciting opportunity for Belmont! Please visit the website for up-to-date information on upcoming community meetings and to view presentation materials.

PTO Calendar

7th and 8th grade Dance - 10/27/17, 7-9 pm--Student Council Event

Upper School Movie Night (7th and 8th grade) - 11/16/17, 7-9 pm--Student Council Event

Coffee with the Principals – 11/30/17, 8:00am



Volunteers Needed October 27!

The Chenery PTO supports the Student Council by providing volunteer support for events.

October 27 - Halloween Dance - 7th & 8th Grade. Sign up here to assist with the Dance and more upcoming events

Volunteer at the Halloween Dance >>


An Easy Way to Support Chenery!

Are you an Amazon shopper? Sign up with Amazon Smiles and designate 0.5% of your purchase price to support your favorite charitable organization-- the Chenery PTO. Use your existing Amazon account. It’s simple! Go to for details.

Choose Chenery PTO at Amazon Smile >>

Help Wanted! PTO Clubs Co-Chair

Interested in volunteering and like to work independently? Are you organized? Do you have an eye for detail? Then this is the role for you!

The PTO Clubs Committee is looking for a new Family Contact Volunteer. Join a team of Co-chairs who collaborate to run the Clubs, handling administrative and staff communication, and family contact. Tasks are as follows:

  • Create E-blasts and fliers to promote Clubs
  • Open and manage preview week and registration
  • Forward financial aid requests to the Principal for consideration
  • Share rosters with BASEC staff
  • Send reminder emails before the start of a session
  • Collaborate with other Clubs Co-Chairs

Committee work is concentrated in three short windows--noted below--with the time period critical for the Family Contact volunteer in parentheses (the weeks of preview and registration):

  • Fall Session: Late August-early October (late-September to early October)
  • Winter Session: Mid-December-late January (early to mid-January)
  • Spring Session: Early March-mid April (late-March to early-April)

The process of the work of this committee is well-documented. Fresh ideas from new committee members are always welcome and will keep our Club offerings and experience exciting for students and staff. Join us and truly make a difference! Interested? Have questions? Please contact our current Family Contact volunteer, Rita Butzer Carpenter, at

Volunteer at the FBE Spelling Bee

The FBE Spelling Bee is right around the corner. It takes many many volunteers to run an event of this scale. Please join us! Volunteer! Many roles and shifts are available throughout the day.

Volunteer at the Spelling Bee >>

We can't do it without you!

Thank you for your support of the FBE!
Laurie Bufano and Barbara Bulfoni
Co-Chairs, 2017 FBE Spelling Bee


Trash Bashers—Help Wanted!

Chenery is committed to improving recycling. On Monday October 16 the Trash Bashers went to work! This group of volunteers is monitoring the cafeteria recycling stream and helping classmates learn the new system.

We need your help! Volunteer to help the Trash Bashers during their second week (October 23 – 27) 10:30-11:00am.

Help with TRASH BASHERS >>

If your sixth grader has not signed-up to become a Trash Basher but would like to, please email Ben Ligon at Trash Bashers commit to 1 day a week, earn community service, are paired with another student, and are dismissed to lunch 5 minutes early on their day of duty.


Community Postings

Please join the High School Building Committee for Community Engagement Meeting #4

Saturday, October 28th, 10:00 am

With Optional Facility Tours Starting at 9:00 am

Belmont High School - Auditorium
221 Concord Avenue


  • High School Building Project Updates
  • District Alternative Solutions
  • Existing Conditions and Space Summary
  • Traffic Update
  • Exploring Site Options
  • Questions & Comments

Upcoming Community Meetings

Tuesday, December 12th - 7:00 pm - Belmont High School

(with optional facility tours starting at 6:00 pm)

Community Input Survey Now Available Online at

To sign up for email updates and to learn more about the Belmont High School Building Project, including project timelines, videos, meeting schedules, presentations, and more, please visit Questions?

Cyber Security Discussion

The Information Technology Advisory Committee of the Town of Belmont invites you to a "fireside chat" about cyber security with security expert Scott Donnelly on Monday, October 30, 7:00pm at the Belmont Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Topics of discussion include:

  • The latest news in cyber security and why it matters to you
  • Cyber threats you might face at home
  • Tips for protecting yourself online

About the speaker: Tackling national and corporate security issues for over a decade, Scott Donnelly is the Director of Technical Solutions at Recorded Future and a former officer with the Central Intelligence Agency. Scott and his team work closely with leading cyber security teams at Fortune 1000 companies and government organizations, where they help develop cyber threat intelligence capabilities for threat hunting, risk mitigation, and incident response. Scott is a sought-after speaker at cyber security events and regularly contributes to's blog. He holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA in Political Science from Villanova University.

Click here for more information.


Chenery Middle School PTO

PTO Co-Presidents

PTO Email

Laurie Bufano

Barbara Bulfoni

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