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AEO Tickets On Sale Now!

posted Feb 10, 2019, 1:54 PM by Sonia Chiu

*AEO TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE!!*

Get your tickets today at www.auctria.com/auction/AEO2019

Then, break out your best 80’s gear.  Find those legwarmers.  Tease up your hair.  Start growing your mullets.  ‘Cause we’re turning back the clock for a TOTALLY AWESOME 80’s Party that’s guaranteed to ROCK!!!

What is AEO?
AEO stands for An Evening Out. It’s an adults only event that happens every other year. The last AEO in 2017 raised MORE THAN $20,000 towards PTO funding! All those great cultural arts events and assemblies, field trip transportation, student showcases, classroom support, and more are made possible from the proceeds from this event.

What Can I Expect at This Year’s AEO?
  • Live Music - We’re bringing back all the classic 80’s hits!
  • Silent Auction/ Raffles - Chances to bid on one-of-a-kind items like weekend getaways, dining experiences, etc.
  • Great Food & Drinks - Catering by Natick’s very own Comella’s, a full cash bar, and our signature drink “Purple Rain”.
  • Chances to win Unbeatable Prizes - Games, 80’s Trivia, and Best Dressed 80’s Costume.
  • A fun night away from the kids = PRICELESS.
Now that you’re convinced, head on over to www.auctria.com/auction/AEO2019
Limited tickets available so secure yours today!


BACK TO THE 80s!

posted Jan 28, 2019, 2:10 PM by Sonia Chiu


Ben-Hem's Biennial AEO
Saturday, March 23rd

Get ready to dust off those legwarmers & break out the 80s gear because Ben-Hem’s transporting you BACK TO THE 80s with our 80s themed Auction & Fundraiser Event!! 

You won’t want to miss out! Come for the live music, dinner, and dancing, and stay for the chance to bid on one-of-a-kind auction items. There will be something for everyone! Come mix and mingle at this adults only AEO (An Evening Out) auction event and take a trip down memory lane, all while supporting a great cause - our children!  

Want to be a part of this one-of-a-kind event? Come to the PTO meeting on Tuesday, February 5, at 7pm to learn more.  Babysitting will be provided. 

Can’t make the meeting but still want to help? Here’s how:
  • Did you receive a gift card, gift certificate, or holiday gift that you don’t plan to use? Donate it to the event! We’ll use the item(s) in grab bags or pair it with another fun auction donation! Email theboard@benhempto.org with a description of your donation item and we’ll figure out how it all fits together.
  • We need tech support! If you or anyone you know is tech savvy and willing to help, contact theboard@benhempto.org.
  • Do you own your own catering company? Are you a restaurant owner, chef, or baker? Or know someone who is and would be willing to help with our event by donating baked goods or food items? We need you! It’s a great way to promote your business while helping out Ben-Hem.  Email theboard@benhempto.org.
  • Are you a business owner and want to gain more exposure for your company? Purchase sponsorship and/or advertisement space at the event and get your company noticed. Contact Beth Aarons at baarons@benhempto.org for more info.
An event is only as good as its volunteers - sign up to help and get your 80s fix in today!

Ways to Get Involved

posted Sep 16, 2018, 4:34 PM by Sonia Chiu

We hope you are having a great start to the school year.  We have a fun year planned and there are many ways for our Bobcat Families to get involved.  

Whether you are creative or organized; outgoing or like to work independently; have a fixed schedule or some flexibility -- THERE IS A PLACE FOR EVERYONE!  

Check out these committees that need a helping hand:  

Scholastic Book Fair -- The Book Fair committee is meeting this Monday 9/17 at 10:30am.  Any Ben Hem parent that loves books and loves having their children read books is invited to join us.  The Book Fair is one of the BEST committees at Ben Hem.  All the kids love the fair and parent volunteers jump at the opportunity to staff the fair.  This year's fair is December 3-7.  If you would like to join us and learn more about the committee, please email angimacdonnell@gmail.com.

Monster Mash -- The Monster Mash is a highlight of the Halloween season for many of our Bobcats and we need many parents to bring this event together!  Help plan games, arts and crafts, and other activities -- which you can do on your own time, any time!  This year's Monster Mash is October 26.  To help, please email vmcgrath@benhempto.org.

Cultural Arts -- Come join the Cultural Arts Committee!  The Cultural Arts Committee supplements classroom curriculum by bringing enriching performances in art, music, dance, puppetry and many other artistic endeavors to the students.  We are so fortunate that our PTO has made a strong commitment to bringing Cultural Arts to Ben-Hem students and as a committee member you can be a part of it first-hand.  The committee meets just a few times per year, usually Friday mornings right after drop off, and each member will get to organize one or two events throughout the year (daytime availability needed for your events).  It is so great to see the excitement on the kids’ faces as they witness and participate in the many different Cultural Arts experiences.  Interested?  Please email djtuck@gmail.com.

Holiday Fair -- 
During the month of December, Ben-Hem transforms into a winter shopping extravaganza with local artisans and our very own Bobcat kid vendors ready to help make your holiday shopping a fun and easy experience.  Help coordinate this event!  Main tasks are inviting and coordinating local artisans and Bobcat kid vendors and collecting vendor payments in advance of the event - all of which can be done on your own time.  On the day of, help check-in vendors and assist where needed - it’s that easy.  Email 
ktonelwong@benhempto.org if you're interested.

An Evening Out (AEO) -- In the coming months, you'll hear more about the AEO to be held on March 23.  AEO is the Ben-Hem PTO's adult only school social/auction that is held every two years.  It is our single biggest fundraiser and is critical to the success of PTO programming.  It's a fun event that will include food, cocktails, silent auction, dancing and entertainment.  And we need your help to make this Ben-Hem tradition a success.  Don't have a lot of free time?  No experience with this sort of event?  No worries!  We've got something for everyone and plenty of support to go along with it!  This is a fun way to make a big difference for Ben-Hem.  Please email baarons@benhempto.org to learn more.

Do you own your own catering company??  Are you a restaurant owner, chef, or baker??  Or know someone who is and would be willing to help with the AEO this year?  We need you!  It’s a great way to promote your business while helping out Ben-Hem. Please contact the PTO Board at theboard@benhempto.org.


Thank you for your support in building a great community!

Fall Family Picnic POSTPONED

posted Sep 12, 2018, 2:43 PM by Sonia Chiu

With today's rain and the forecast for maybe more tomorrow, we are postponing the Fall Family Picnic.  Look for the new date in the next weekly update.  

Kindergarten Parent Coffee - Friday (8/31) after Morning Drop Off

posted Aug 29, 2018, 6:51 AM by Sonia Chiu

On Friday, August 31st, kindergarten parents are invited to stay for a cup of coffee out in front of the school after the children head inside. Generally there's not a lot of lingering at drop-off so we wanted to carve out some time on this one special morning. If you are able, please take this opportunity to meet a few fellow parents and celebrate the start of a new school year! 

Parents of kids in Grades 1-4, feel free to join us to welcome new members of our Ben-Hem community as you grab your morning coffee!

Hint to new families: the parking lot is hectic in the morning. You may want to park on a side street.



Kindergarten Meet & Greet -- July 16 & August 9, 6-7:30pm

posted Jul 3, 2018, 7:22 AM by Sonia Chiu

Incoming Kindergarten families -- join us on the Ben-Hem playground behind the school for our Kindergarten Meet & Greet.  Join us for one night or both.  Parents and siblings are welcome.  Snacks will be provided.  
 
To help meet new friends, children should wear shirts in the following colors: 
Ms. Mitchell -- Red
Ms. Killorin -- Green
Ms. Kruszewska -- Yellow
Ms. Muller -- White
Ms. Zajdel -- Blue

Questions?  Please contact the PTO:  theboard@benhempto.org
 
Note that the flyer mailed with class assignments had the incorrect date.  The correct dates are July 16 and August 9.


Don't miss Ben-Hem's FIRST EVER Literacy Night TONIGHT, 6:30 - 8pm

posted May 4, 2018, 8:20 AM by Sonia Chiu

Elephant, Piggie, Pigeon and the wide cast of Mo Willems characters feature in our FIRST EVER Literacy Night.  Your kiddos will enjoy storytime with Ms. Ghilani and other Ben-Hem favorites.  They’ll create stick puppets, put on a puppet show, laugh at MadLibs, have their drawings projected on the BIG screen, and create their own storylines.  
 
No sign-up required...just stop by and check out this fun and free event. 
 
AND...for our Bobcats who won Reading BINGO, come and get your BINGO pin. 
 
Also, Biography Night participants can pick up their display boards in the front hall by the cafeteria.  Any boards not claimed by May 11 will be recycled. 
 

Announcing Family Fun Night!

posted Apr 23, 2018, 7:26 PM by Sonia Chiu

Get ready for a great evening of fun, food, bubbles & bouncing at Ben-Hem’s annual Family Fun Night! If you’ve been before you know it’s a great time. If not, don’t miss out! This end of year school-wide celebration will be happening at Ben-Hem on Friday, June 1, 6-8 PM (rain date 6/3, 5-7 PM). The back of the school is filled with inflatables, BBQ grills, face painting, DJ, cotton candy, spin art, and the list goes on! The price remains the same at $7/person which includes everything! 

Sign up today using this link or the attached flyer below. Also - when you sign up, please be sure to select your volunteer spot. Since we usually have about 1200 people, we need one adult from each family to sign up for a half hour spot. 

Questions? Contact Debbie Forte at dforte@benhempto.org.

It’s time for our annual Spring teacher appreciation lunch!

posted Apr 23, 2018, 7:23 PM by Sonia Chiu

On May 8, the Ben-Hem community will host a luncheon as a show of appreciation for all that our Ben-Hem staff does for our students and families. To make this a success, we ask for your support by either making a food/drink donation or monetary donation to be used to buy sandwiches. Please consider helping out on what is one of our teachers’ favorite events!  

You can sign up here.

Thanks in advance!  

Don't miss Ben-Hem's FIRST EVER Literacy Night!

posted Apr 23, 2018, 7:21 PM by Sonia Chiu

Come join us on May 4, between 6:30pm and 8pm, to celebrate the work of legendary author Mo Willems.  Design puppets and perform puppet shows with your friends, draw like Mo and see your creations projected on the wall, write up goofy Elephant and Piggie Mad Libs, and come hear your favorite Ben-Hem grownups read Mo favorites!  Kids who attend discover who is Ben-Hem’s favorite Mo Willems character, and get a Mo Willems bookmark to take home!  New families of kindergarteners especially welcome!  

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