Originally delivered on 9/3/2019 9:19 am

SUBJECT: PTO Newsletter: Week of September 2, 2019


Estabrook PTO: Week of September 2, 2019

Summary of this week's news items:

  • A reminder to update your information in MTK the PTO's main communication system and student directory. (Compiling class lists that parents are allowed to view is only possible if you enter/confirm your information!)
  • An announcement on sign-ups for volunteer opportunities
  • An announcement for 5th Grade Parents (note day change)
  • Welcome Back Pizza Picnic Information 
  • Staff Appreciation Breakfast Thank-You 

Happy first (almost!) full week of school! 

Estabrook PTO






Update Your Information in MTK

By now, you should have received the information packet from the school that includes your child's teacher for the 2019-20 school year. We want to remind everyone to update their child's information in Membership Toolkit (MTK) so that the directory has complete class lists and accurate contact details for each student.

Please note: Membership Toolkit is separate from the Aspen system used by the central office. 

Even if you have already updated your information in Aspen and filled out the school's dismissal form, you will also need to enter and confirm teacher and contact details in MTK separately in order to have your child(ren) included in the Estabrook class lists and directory. The PTO cannot update the details for you, as the school is unable to release information about your child to anyone except authorized parents and guardians  Below are instructions for adding your information to Membership Toolkit.

  1. Go to estabrookpto.membershiptoolkit.com/home. NOTE: This is a NEW system from last year! If you are a family who had access to MySchoolAnywhere, your data has been migrated to Membership Toolkit (MTK) and you can use the same email address for MTK as you used for MSA. Please bookmark the login link for future reference. NOTE: Opting out of receiving communications from MTK will result in not receiving any electronic PTO updates.

  2. Once in the system, follow the instructions for entering new family data or updating/confirming existing family data. For all families, this is where you will enter or update your child’s assigned teacher for the 2019-20 school year. Teacher information allows us to compile class lists that will be made available to all PTO members.

  3. After you enter your family data, you will be taken to the online membership shopping cart. Each level is presented as a separate product in drop down list, which you can view for more details on what the level includes.

  4. You may view your own information in MTK; however, access to the full online directory will be granted to PTO members only. To view details such as class lists and contact information for classmates, you must be a PTO member. Electronic access is granted via an email with a link to the online directory. Paper directories will be printed and distributed only after all data entry and confirmation is complete.

This is a NEW directory system. Even if you did this last year in MSA, please confirm your data for this year’s directory using MTK!


Volunteer and Make a Difference at Estabrook!

Welcome to Estabrook! There are so many ways you can be involved and volunteer at Estabrook and get to know your child's school and community. 

Lunchtime Recycling & Composting Program 

Would you like an opportunity to be part of the Estabrook student community during the school day? Would you like to get a hug from your child in the middle of the day? Are you interested in helping our children improve our environment by recycling and composting? 

Join our parent recycling volunteer team! It's simple--help Estabrook kids recycle and compost during lunch! We need parents to volunteer every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:45 am-1:25 pm. Parents can volunteer every other week, once a month, or split a shift with another parent. It's a great opportunity to participate at Estabrook if your time is limited. Sign up through the PTO membership toolkit  (https://estabrookpto.membershiptoolkit.com) under Signups.

Room Parent

Being a room parent is a great opportunity to support your child's teacher and create special memories for your child. Working as a team with your other room parents, you will liaise between teachers, parents and PTO, manage funds for class activities, coordinate parent volunteers for special projects and grade level activities, help arrange classroom parties (approx 2-4 per year), and coordinate mid-year and year end appreciation for the teacher. Sign-ups are limited to 4 room parents per class. More information can be found at https://estabrookpta.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/rpresponsibilities-2018-2019-v1.pdfROOM PARENT SIGN UPS WILL OPEN TONIGHT at 8PM AND TEND TO FILL QUICKLY.  Sign up through the PTO membership toolkit  (https://estabrookpto.membershiptoolkit.com) under Signups.


Volunteering in the library is a great opportunity to directly help with the school. This role consists of checking out books for the children, checking returned books back into the library, shelving books, as well as helping with the occasional library project. Generally each volunteer shift is a commitment of 1.5-2 hrs. every other week. This role is a year-long commitment. IF POSSIBLE, your shift may be able to be coordinated with your child's library time. Sign up through the PTO membership toolkit (https://estabrookpto.membershiptoolkit.com) under Signups. Elaine Yang, our library volunteer coordinator, will be in contact with you to schedule your time within the next few weeks.

Fall Pizza Picnic--Friday, September 13th, 6-8 pm

We need volunteers to help serve pizza and at the fall Welcome Back picnic! Please email volunteers@estabrookpto.org if you are interested in volunteering. 

Chairs Needed

We are looking for chairs for the following events:

BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success) - Help with this before-school program to give K-Gr 2 students a brain boost through physical activity. Sept–June

FAMILY MATH NIGHT -- Help select math problems and facilitate this fun parent-child math event on three winter evenings, split by grade. Winter

Email volunteers@estabrookpto.org if you are interested in volunteering!

PLEASE NOTE: All volunteers must have a CORI (background check) on file. If you do not have a CORI please visit the front office at school. Please sign up to volunteer on Membership Toolkit (MTK) at estabrookpto.membershiptoolkit.com/home


 ATTENTION 5th Grade Parents! 

Please note that the KICKOFF MEETING is on Wednesday, September 4th at 8:30 am at the Estabrook Cafeteria. We are still looking for chairs for the following activities:

Pool Party
Spaghetti Supper
Raffle and Silent Auction 

Fill in this google form here to register your interest. 

Hope to see you there!

Pei Ling Ferguson and April Maloney 


Fall Pizza Picnic Information

Please join us on Friday, September 13th, from 6-8 pm at the Estabrook playground for our annual Welcome Back Pizza Picnic! You can now order your pizza through MTK, and flyers with additional information will be coming home with your child this week. There will be glow bracelets available for cash purchase, ice cream available from Mo's Ice Cream Truck, and Estabrook's very own PMC Kids team, "Hugh's Hive," will be selling lemonade to support their ride to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Hope to see you there! 


Thank You Estabrook Families!

Thank you to all the families who contributed to the start of the year's Staff Appreciation Breakfast. Your enthusiasm made sure that the year started off the right way--with celebration and appreciation! The PTO would like to thank the following families for their generous contributions to this great event: 

Katie Guilfoyle, Sara Sheikh, Charlie Newman, Kalpana Kaveti, Rebecca Corwin, Yi Lin, Craig Larson, Catherine Weisbeck, Kim Voce, Sara Cuthbertson, Lee Webster, Divya Khamsera, Lara O'Connell, Pauline Benninga, Pili Moreno, Idit Vachtel, Gloria D'Souza, Nicole Coelho, Lauran Winick, Lorissa Gomez, Kathryn McManus, Erica Camargo Faye, Kristin Simon, and Jonathan Sun Mum. 



Estabrook PTO
117 Grove Street 
Lexington, MA 02420