Family Fun BI*GO Night

NOVEMBER 4th–6:15pm – 8:00pm

SAVE THE DATE!  A night for the whole FAMILY! You and your children are invited to join other Jennings families while playing BI*GO! It will be Friday, November 4th, 6:15pm-8pm.   If you would like to donate prizes $5 or less, please send to the main office by October 28th marked Family Fun Night –  attention Amy Helmer. More information to follow in coming weeks…stay tuned!  Click Here for Flyer

Scholastic Book Fair

Who doesn’t LOVE to read!!! This is one of our most popular fundraisers! Start your holiday shopping early- books make great gifts!

This year’s Book Fair is taking place from October 17th to October 20th from 9am to 3:30pm.

We will be open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for early dismissal until 3:30pm.

Please stop by and browse the great selection of books. Come and check the teacher’s wish lists & library wish list.

We also need volunteers during the Book Fair (2 hour shifts), as well as to help with set up (Friday, October 14thmorning) and clean up (Friday, October 21th morning). Please contact Nicola Minogue at if you can volunteer or have any questions. Thank you for your help!

Jennings Times Starts October 6th!

The Jennings Times newspaper is a wonderful way for our students to grow their research and writing skills as they publish our very own school newspaper.  Parent Volunteers and teachers assist students in preparing for 3 issues per year – including topic selection, research, article writing, photography, and printing. This activity meets one day every other Thursday before school from 8:00-8:45 and is open to students in grades 3-5.  Newspapers are published in December, March and May.
CLICK HERE to register on the PTA website

Jennings Walk-a-thon

Lets get outside for some fun exercise while raising money for our school! All classes will walk around Jennings school as many times as they can. Look out for our goal tracker in the cafeteria each day to see how much money we are raising for our school! Our goal is to raise $5000!

Date: Oct 7th    Raindate: Oct 13th

Time: 9:15 am-10:15 am

Where: Jennings Playground

Form must be presented to participate.  Please CLICK HERE to download form.

  • Goal per family: $25 but any donation is appreciated!

***All proceeds will support many programs our PTA offers including Author/Storyteller visits, Field Trips, Diversity Day, and new technology in the classroom!


Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Two options: 

Pumpkin Stew and Witches Brew!

Join Mary and Dave Campbell (1st and 3rd) & Rena Paris and Dave Pestka (1st and 3rd) while you eat, drink, and be scary!  Enjoy friends, spirits, and Halloween treats if you dare…  This event is limited to 20 people so sign up today!

Date of party:          Saturday October 15th , 2016

Time:                        7:00pm – 11:00pm

Location:                150 Miro Street




Join Adam and Stephanie Schechter (K and 3rd) & Josh and Misa Davis (K, 3rd, 5th) for all your favorite football delights!  Chili, wings, and other fun tailgate foods will be served.  They really want the Jennings community to come out and get to know each other so grab a friend and sign up today!

Date of party:          Saturday November 5th, 2016  (Daylight savings time eve!)

Time:                        7:00pm – 11:00pm

Location:                  510 Hollydale Road



**Checks payable to Jennings PTA.  $20 per person- Mark envelopes “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner”.  Send in to office via backpack mail.  All Events are BYOB.

Contact Nancy Pires ( ) or Jenny Acquaviva ( ) with any questions.**


New Spirit Wear!

The NEW items sold during September’s Spirit Gear was a huge success!! Thank you for everyone who supported this effort.  There will be a full array of items available to purchase in the coming weeks via the website.  We’ll let you know when they are available!  Please email with any questions.

PTA Executive Board-2016-2017

Congratulations to all those voted in on Wednesday evening to join the 2016-2017 Executive Board! The following members include:

Presidents                                      Kristen Balavender, Stephanie Kane, Jen Balogh

VP of In School Programs              Meg Bayers, Rachel Aroeste, Susan D’Andrea

VP of After School / Literacy          Marcy Grenier, Melissa Langhan

VP of Fundraising                          Carla Nikolis

VP of Family Events                      Jeannine Swaim

VP of Communication                    Kate Nelson

Volunteer Coordinators                  Rena Paris, Mary Campbell

Treasurer                                       Alyssa Lamparski, Leslie Meyers

Secretary                                        Amy Calendrillo

Board of Ed Delegates                   Michelle Fleisher, Camilla Blanks

Budget Review Delegates             Suzanne Ramsteck, Noreen McDonald

PTA Council Delegates                  Jaime Rodon, Cynthia Rodriguez

Fright Fest 2016

SAVE THE DATE- Friday October 28th from 6-8:30!

Fright Fest is creeping up on us! Join us for an eeeeekciting evening of games, crafts, the cake walk and a spooky haunted house. This is a very important PTA fundraiser so spread the word! More details to come! For more information or to volunteer please contact Kim Curran at

***We are in need of items for our Fright Fest haunted house!! if you have any of the following you would be willing to donate or lend to us we would be so grateful!!!
The older, more beat up and yucky the better:
Girls Vanity with stool/chair
2 old used table cloths any color preferably without patterns

Free Money for Jennings from Stop & Shop !

Register for Stop and Shop Card today: Earn Jennings FREE money by simply entering in your card number.

A+ School Rewards are here!  We have entered our school, so register your card today.  You must re-register every year, so even if you were a part of the program last year, please take the time to re-register you card:
Go to
            Click on REGISTER YOUR CARD (under customers)
In spaces provided, enter the first three letters of your last name and Stop & Shop card number located on the back of your card.
In space provided, enter Jennings School ID number:  06649
Start Shopping!

New Jennings Shutterfly Site

Do you love some of the photos you saw in last year’s yearbook? Was there an event photo that you wanted? Well be sure to visit the ALL NEW Shutterfly Share Site for Jennings Elementary School!
password: jaguars

On the site, you will discover galleries from the last school year 2014-2015. From, the first day of school 2014, walk-a-thon, turkey trot, BINGO, The Variety Show, The Science Expo, March Madness, Sweetheart Dance…and more! Prints can be yours!

When this school year is up, these galleries will come down to make room for this school year 2015-2016 galleries, so don’t let the memories slip away!

Join the PTA

It’s never been easier to join the PTA!   pta-image

CLICK HERE to visit our website for information on membership.  You can renew or create a new membership online and pay by Paypal or credit card or print out a paper membership form and pay by cash or check.  Remember, you have to renew your membership with each new school year.  Our goal is 100% participation so please join now!!

Joining the PTA does not automatically volunteer you for something.  By joining you are simply supporting our PTA, our teachers and staff, and all of our students!

Returning Jennings Families:  You will be receiving an email on or around the first day of school that provides instructions on how to update your information.  The deadline to update information is 9/10.

New Jennings Families: If you do not receive an email on or around the first day of school to confirm your information, there will be a link on our website to add your family information to be included in the Jennings Directory.  The deadline to update information is 9/10.





Jennings Jargon

jaguarNew to Jennings?  Get to know the lingo…Backpack Mail – Mail delivered to and from school through your child’s homework folder.  Deliver notes to the teacher, turn in permission slips, send in PTA forms to the office…the students deliver it!

Change of Dismissal Forms – A form that instructs your teacher of any changes in dismissal.  This form is located in the Forms & Flyers tab under CURRENT Forms & Flyers and can be printed out at home.

Playground pick up – Students that are picked up at their classrooms exterior doors at the end of the day.  Classroom teachers monitor this dismissal.

Car pick up – Students that are picked up in front of the school using the car loop.  The line can get long – especially if there is rain!!  Don’t worry – the Jennings staff is there assisting students and parents.

Monday Memo – The weekly email blast that goes out to all parents.  This keeps everyone informed of upcoming events, school news, as well as some town wide information.

Tricky Tray – Actually, there is no tray and there is no trick!  This is one of our famous fundraisers – this Fall being held at the Spooktacular. Each classrooms gets a theme and students are invited to bring items matching that theme ($7.50 price limit).  Room moms then assemble the items in a fun way – in a basket, etc.   Each classrooms package is then put on display in the cafeteria.  Students are invited to purchase raffle tickets where they can put as many tickets as they want into the selections they would like to win.  At the end of the program (usually a few days), winners are selected at random for each classroom package.

Meal Pay – Remember hot lunch tickets or bringing milk money?  No more – our cafeteria is all computerized.  Accounts are set up and funded by parents.  Each student has a picture in the cafeteria computer and when they purchase their hot lunch, the money is deducted from their account.

Proud Board – This bulletin board is located near the entrance of Jennings on the way to the Library.  This is a place for teachers to recognize outstanding school work by students.  New materials are put up every week.

Character Assembly – Kids love this opportunity to get together with Mr. Voulo in the gym for an opportunity to recognize Jennings students who have displayed all the ingredients of CARES.


C – Cooperation

A – Assertion

R – Responsible

E – Empathy

S – Self Control

Bucket Filling – This concept was adapted from the book “Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids” by Carol McCloud and David Messing.  This concept is integrated into all facets of the Jennings community and is designed to foster kindness amongst our students.

High Five – A small hand shaped plastic ruler that is so much more than that!   High Fives are given out by Mr Vuolo to students for doing various positive acts at Jennings School.  Whether it is helping a friend, growing as a reader or proving yourself to be a marvelous mathematician, receiving a high five is a special way we celebrate student success.

Digital Message Board – The screen in the front foyer where daily messages keep the community up to date.  It is also a place where student projects in technology can be celebrated and shared with the entire Jennings community.