School briefs include conference dates for middle schools

Middle schools announce student-led conference date — Madison Middle School and Hillcrest Middle School have announced their upcoming student-led conferences date and times: Tuesday, March 22, 1-3 p.m., and 6:30-8:30 p.m.

This conferencing method has emerged as a very positive addition to the traditional middle school parent/teacher conference. Visit websites for more information.

Frenchtown School
Our PTA meeting for Thursday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. has been cancelled. We hope you will join us on Monday, March 14 at 9 a.m. for our next meeting.

Father’s’ Club Movie Night is Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m. The doors open at 6:30. The movie will be The Good Dinosaur.

Afternoon and evening conferences are scheduled for Thursday, March 17. Both sessions are by appointment only. It is a legal day dismissal. We dismiss at 1pm and lunch will not be served.

Our annual Multicultural Dinner is on Friday, March 18 from 6:30-9 p.m. Space is limited to 240 people. Send in your registration and money ASAP.

Report cards will be sent home on Monday, March 21.

Spring photos will be on Tuesday, March 22. Reminder, no money is due until you receive the pictures back.

The staff of Thrive: The Essence of Dance will join our school for Emotion in Motion. Grades K, 1 and 2 will see the performance on Wednesday, March 23.

No school on Friday, March 25, for Good Friday.

Every Tuesday will be Spirit Day. Students and staff will wear blue and white, Frenchtown spirit wear or a shirt with a Wolf on it. The last Tuesday of every month is Citizenship Day when students and staff wear red, white and blue.

Rewards program — Frenchtown once again participated in the Stop and Shop A+ Program which ends March 17. Thank you to all who entered their Stop and Shop number and shopped there.

We are participating in ShopRite for Education. Our school code is 49972. Sign up at if you already have a Shop Rite Price Plus Club Card. If not, get one the next time you are at ShopRite and then enroll your card. Frenchtown earns points towards free educational equipment.

We are collecting Box Tops for Education. Don't forget to send them in.

Jane Ryan School
Junior Achievement (JA) needs volunteers to help teach junior achievement in our first through fifth grade classrooms. JA provides volunteers with step-by-step materials to complete five classroom lessons. Each lesson lasts between 30-45 minutes. Parents can pair up with friends to split lessons! Please contact Maura Rhodes if you can help.

The School Store will be open for business on Thursday, March 24 from 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Store bucks are available for purchase for $2.50 and $5 buck sheets. Since cupcakes and treats are no longer allowed, why not celebrate school birthdays and special occasions with store bucks. Bucks are available in $.50 and $1 increments and may be purchased for grades 1-5. The buck request form can be found on the Jane Ryan website, under the school newsletter – last page.

The School Store is looking for volunteers. If you want to volunteer with a minimal time commitment, the Store is for you. Help as little or as much as you choose and be delighted by our children as they shop for supplies and treasures! Contact Jen Kane if you’re interested in volunteering.

Save the date for a Moms Night Out on Friday, April 1. The 5th grade activity committee will be hosting a fun night of Bunco! All are welcome to attend.

The Spring Book Fair is coming on Thursday, April 7, just in time to stock up before Spring Break! This is the very popular Buy One, Get One free event. Parent volunteers will be needed to help students with their shopping. Keep an eye out for iVolunteer.

The All-School Clean Up will be on Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Please help us clean playgrounds and grade beds around Jane Ryan. Bring along your garden gloves and tools as we spruce up the place after a long winter. Look for an iVolunteer sign up for times and shifts soon. High school volunteer hours are available. Any questions, contact Megan Watson.

Save your Box Tops for Education and send them to Jane Ryan on March 1 attached to a collection sheet or in a baggie. Collection sheets will be sent home with students and can also be printed off the Jane Ryan Facebook page. For more information, contact Ann O’Sullivan.

Join Stop & Shop’s A+ program by registering Jane Ryan Elementary School to your Stop & Shop Rewards card. A percentage of sales will be donated to help fund our children’s education. The code is 06186.

Don’t forget, you can select Jane Ryan as your charity for Amazonsmile. Start at and select Ptsa Connecticut Congress Jane Ryan. For each purchase, your Jane Ryan will receive a small donation to support programs and learning.