PTO Annual Fund

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THANK YOU to all the families who contributed to the PTO Annual Fund last year! With the support of over 200 families, we reached our goal of $60,000. Your participation really does matter!

Our goal this year is $60,000, and we ask that every Runkle family make a contribution. Gifts to the Annual Fund — no matter the size — demonstrate a commitment to our community and make a huge impact on your child’s Runkle experience.

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Where does your Annual Fund Contribution money go?

The following is a partial list of items that the PTO Annual Fund paid for last year, many of which are also planned for this year:

Math & Science Enrichment Programs for K-8 Grades offer unique learning experiences to Runkle’s students.

  • K – 8 Grade Family Math & Science Night
  • 3rd Grade Techsploration Structure Workshops
  • 4th Grade Astronomy Night at the Clay Center Observatory
  • 5th Grade Math League: Kids compete in 3 town wide meets
  • 5th Grade Techsploration Workshops, Simple machines
  • 5th Grade Math Collaboration: solving puzzles as a group
  • 6th Grade Math League: Kids compete in 3 town wide meets
  • 6th Grade Techsploration, Electricity Workshops
  • 6th Grade Math Collaboration: solving puzzles as a group
  • 7th Grade Math Counts: Training and competition within Runkle
  • 8th Grade Traffic Engineering Math Experience: using algebra to solve engineering problems
  • 8th Grade Math Counts: Training and Competition

PAAR (Performing Arts at Runkle) for K-8 Grades

  • K Grade The Pineapple Project
  • 1st Grade Chinese Ribbon Dancers
  • 2nd Grade Japanesse Taiko Drumming
  • 3rd Grade Science Structure Workshops
  • 4th Grade Native American Tipi Construction
  • 5th Grade MIT Wind Energy Workshop
  • 6th Grade Boston Improv
  • 7th Grade Midsummer Night’s Dream by Knighthorse Theatre
  • 8th Grade Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare Now

Field Trips for 1–8 Grades:

  • 1st Grade Franklin Park Zoo
  • 2nd Grade Allandale Farm
  • 3rd Grade Plimoth Plantation
  • 4th Grade Lowell Mills
  • 5th Grade Minute Man National Park
  • 6th Grade Hale Reservation
  • 7th Grade Boda Borg
  • 8th Grade Boda Borg
  • RISE Ice Skating

PTO Grants

  • Exclusive Screening of Swim Team: Free for the Runkle Community in the Runkle Library
  • Applied Behavior Analysis Conference attended by RISE teacher for professional development
  • Scanner for Special Ed and ELL Teams to compile appropriate reading materials
  • Flexible classroom seating options for Grade 2
  • A class set of Rekenreks (abacuses) for Grade K-2
  • Math Literature for Grade 2
  • Literature material for classroom libraries to facillate discussions on Race and Different Cultures for Grade 4
  • Immigration Documentary Project for Grade 4
  • Runkle Cross Country & Track Team Shirts for Grades 5-8
  • Teen Panel from Planned Parenthood Speaker for Grades 7-8
  • Living with HIV Speaker for Grades 7-8

The Whole school benefits from:

  • $225 per classroom toward field trips
  • Recess equipment
  • Professional development for our educators
  • Teacher stipends
  • New teachers setting up new classrooms
  • Professional Spot Light for Multipurpose Room
  • Homework Centers after school for 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students, 4 days a week
  • Playaways (individual audio books) and eReaders in the library for student borrowing
  • Library author visits for all grades
  • Math and Science Night
  • International Potluck Night
  • Candy House Decorating
  • Ice Skating Night
  • Music and Arts Festival
  • Guest speaker series for parents
  • The Online Family Directory
  • Green Team
  • Welcome Wagon

K-3rd Grades

  • Materials for teaching resilience to K-2nd graders
  • Outdoor explorations supplies for kindergarten
  • Eating through cultures to complement 2nd grade Social Studies
  • A visit from author-photographer Giles Laroche to the 3rd grade
  • Playaways (individual audio books) for the library for student borrowing

4th-5th Grades

  • Wingmasters “Native American Artifacts and Birds of Prey,” with live birds, for 4th grade
  • Homework Centers, which support 4th and 5th grade students with their work in a guided after school setting, up to 3 days each week
  • Student Organizers/Planners for every 5th grade student to help them prioritize class assignments and practice time management skills
  • eReaders for the library

6th-8th Grades

  • “Day of the Dead” trip to Harvard Peabody Museum for 7th and 8th grade Spanish class students
  • Homework Centers, which support 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students with their work in a guided after school setting, up to 3 days each week
  • Middle SchoolClubs (Art, Science, and Yoga) for 6th, 7th and 8th Graders
  • Student Organizers/Planners for every 6th, 7th, and 8th grader to help them prioritize class assignments and practice time management skills
  • A talk on eating disorders for 8th graders
  • Gaming Afternoon
  • Green Globs software for math enrichment

PTO Annual Fund also contributions to the Library Fund; office laminating machine supplies; web master; Runkle Newsletter; and many community events. Events such as Halloween Fair and Trivia & Bingo Night pay for themselves.

Want to do more for the Annual Fund?

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