THANK YOU! From the Holiday Helper Program!

Dear Brackett Families,
Together we provided 24 children in Arlington with warm coats, boots, hats and gloves, clothes, sneakers, special toys and games, music and electronics, a cell phone, 7 bikes with locks, gift cards, Stop and Shop gift cards for more than just a Holiday Meal, and enough money for an entire family to go and see The Nutcracker!
Let's not forget the most important thing we did which is making these kids and their families feel loved and cared for during this special time of year, remembering the reason for the season!
What a wonderful accomplishment for our community in such a short amount of time! AMAZING!
 All of this would not be possible without the amazing, generous parents who donated and the wonderful group of volunteers who organized, wrapped and took care of all the details with a smile! A huge, heartfelt thank you to the Holiday Helper Committee:
Jennifer Saulnier                                         Carrie Finison
Catherine Fenollosa                                    Melissa White
Molly Sanford                                              Sunny Kang
Monica Sheedy                                            Kerri Soto
Julie Hall                                                      Deb Aaron
Karen Fuhrman                                            Ryan Rosenstein
Annie Schwab                                              Lisa Kelley
Kate Mikkelson                                             Deb DosSantos
What a blessing it is to be part of such a giving community. Happy Holidays to all! 
Nicole Antonakas


Thank you for entering the Fifth Grade Raffle.  We collected $104 towards Fifth Grade Graduation.  The Raffle Winner's Are . . . 

NURSE FOR THE DAY - Reese Lynch, 3rd Grade

CUSTODIAN FOR THE DAY:  Maya Varoglu, 3rd Grade


BRACKETT TEE SHIRT:  Melina O'Hagan, 1st Grade

LIBRARIAN FOR THE DAY:  Jillian Saulnier, Kindergarten

PRINCIPAL FOR THE DAY:  Leela Baronoff, 3rd Grade

 (Please contact Susan at to make arrangements to pick up or schedule your prize)

THANK YOU from the Fifth Grade Lions - - 75 Eye Glasses Were Collected for the Lions Club!!

December Lunch Menu Link:

Attention Fifth Grade Families - - Ottoson Open House, January 21st, 2015!

Dear Fifth Grade Parents and Guardians, 


On Wednesday, January 21st Ottoson Middle School will host an Open House for parents and guardians of current fifth grade students.  


The Open House will be from 7:00p.m.- 8:00p.m. in the cafetorium of the Ottoson Middle School. Parents are invited for brief tours of the Ottoson from 6:30p.m – 7:00p.m.

We look forward to seeing you at the Open House on January 21st and we also look forward to your students joining the Ottoson community!



Timothy Ruggere


GIG updates including sign up for Lunchroom/compost support!


The lunchroom/compost support sign up has been updated for the next month.

We hope you can spare some time--even 20 minutes for one grade's lunch or for a quick run to Whole Foods to drop off the compost buckets and trays.

Please click here to sign up:

Thank you to those who continue to volunteer their time!

We welcome new volunteers! I will join you for your first visit to show you what we do!


Mrs. Perry (kindergarten teacher) met with a group from GIG earlier this year to begin planning for a school garden. The Brackett PTO and Brackett After School Program have committed some support and we are looking into other sources of funding. Hopefully we will be able to break ground (literally!) on this project in the spring.

GIG MEETING (To set the course for GIG this year and beyond)

It’s been a while since we’ve met as a group so let’s convene in the new year to talk about upcoming events and share ideas!

I am proposing Tuesday, January 13th, at 6:30pm, tentatively up at the school, unless anyone would prefer to host. Please let me know if you can make that date!

For more information contact Rachel at


Thank You for supporting Arlington Teosinte Sister City Project! $780 in sales for coffee and bookmarks!

Gracias to all the families who bought coffee and/or bookmarks to support the Arlington Teosinte Sister City Project.  Did you know that $400 pays for a university student's shared housing for one year!

To learn more about the Arlington Teosinte Sister City Project go to

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