Thank you for a fantastic year!

At this time of year, it seems important to look back and appreciate our amazing community –the staff  of Cabot School who inspire, motivate, and nurture our children; our parents who show their commitment to helping our children succeed through their volunteerism, donations, and words of encouragement; and our kids who come to school excited to learn.  Our PTO is vibrant, active, and incredibly generous in time, financial support, and, most importantly, in spirit.

Thanks to the efforts of so many, here are just some examples of what the PTO was able to accomplish this year.

Support for Teachers and Staff

The Cabot PTO…

  • Brought over 20 Creative Arts & Sciences programs to classrooms including authors, scientists, artists, and musicians
  • Purchased approximately $3,000 of new titles for the library, including a $1,000 new Biography collection given to Cabot as a gift from the Class of 2013
  • Provided $6,000 of Program Enrichment funds to allow teachers to add to their classroom libraries; purchase software subscriptions, math materials, and CDs; bring special programs to their classrooms; and allow students to participate in the Greek Mythology Exam.
  • Put 40 iPads to use in classrooms (adding to those purchased by NPS using funds received from Boston College)
  • Treated teachers and staff to dinner on Back-to-School Night, homemade fudge during the holidays, a hot breakfast (despite blown fuses!), and delicious luncheon   –all organized by the PTO Acknowledgement Committee
  • Contributed over $9,000 to Cabot teachers for classroom supplies and materials

Community Building

The Cabot PTO…

  • Held 9 exciting community events including:  Welcome Picnic for New Families, Cabot Community Supper, Ice Cream Social, Family Dance, Core Values Family Night, Book Fair, Spring Fling, Taste of the World, and the Cabot Fair
  • Assisted teachers in organizing classroom celebrations and picnics

Promoting Cabot Core Values

The Cabot PTO…

  • Hosted 7 Understanding our Differences programs
  • Promoted Social Action initiatives supporting Unicef, the Newton Food Pantry, the Second Step, and the Pine Street Inn
  • Encouraged fifth grade students to support Birthday Wishes, an organization that provides birthday parties for homeless children
  • Raised awareness of community issues involving our neighborhood and city including the March 12 special election and middle school redistricting
  • Provided volunteers for Cabot clean-up day as a part of NewtonServes
  • Cared for the Cabot Community Garden

Enriching Student Life

The Cabot PTO…

  • Made plans for an addition to our playground
  • Offset field trip costs by $3,500
  • Held Invention Invasion to highlight the innovative and creative thinking of our young scientists
  • Provided volunteers for bike safety lessons for 4th and 5th graders
  • Ran a Math Puzzle Club
  • Organized the School Store
  • Sold Cabot Goods to promote Cabot School spirit

Thanks, again, for another wonderful year at Cabot!