Hindley Happening Silent Auction Parking Spot Winners

Have you noticed that special parking spot at Hindley, right in the front row, so close to the front door that you barely have time to get wet in the pouring rain? That spot can be won in the auction at the previous year’s Hindley Happening. This year’s winners are:

For 2017-18

  • September –  Cecily Urenay
  • October – Lauren Collins
  • November Cecily Urenay
  • December – Cecily Urenay
  • January – Sarah True
  • February – Alison Gird
  • March – Justine Mullin
  • April- Kristin Calve
  • May – Chivonne Shmulewitz
  • June – Melissa Baiera

The Hindley Happening Adds an Extra Day!

Great news for Hindley Happening! We have added a day to ride the amusement rides! All rides will open this Friday May 12th from 4:00-9:00 pm for everyone to enjoy. Not to worry about dinner either! Pizza, chips and water will be sold at our Pizza Tent from 5:00-8:00 pm. There will also be ice cream available from World’s Best Sundae Ice Cream booth along with all the fun amusement refreshments such as cotton candy, popcorn and fried dough.

To make this possible, we need some help in our ticket booth (7 volunteers), pizza tent (4 volunteers) and treasury room (2 volunteers). We have aded the various volunteer time slots for these areas. Please click on the Signup Genius link for the time slots available in the different areas. We know if we work together we can make this extra day very special and memorable for all!
Please keep in mind that Hindley Happening is still scheduled and on for Saturday May 13th too! All the fun games and prizes, exciting silent auction, food trucks, bake sale and rides will be available. Your support is needed to make our fundraiser as successful as possible. If you have any questions, contactDeb Medwar or Cynthia Clough. See you Friday AND Saturday!!!

Parents Please Note: Because of the timing of this added event, we urge all parents/caregivers to take use precautions when arriving and leaving Hindley School and ask that our Hindley Families do their share in overseeing those attending to ensure everyone’s safety.

The Hindley Happening Needs You!

This year’s Hindley Happening to be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017. As always this promises to be a fun-filled day and of course it is Hindley’s biggest fundraiser, and we can’t do it without your help! In addition to food, games and rides, we have a lot of events in the days leading up to the Hindley Happening including raffles such as our popular Fast Pass and Principal and Vice-Principal for a Day raffle sales, Hindley Cookie sales and more.

Click here to sign up for the time slot that works with your schedule.

If you have any questions regarding the link or positions, contact Suzanne Papajohn or Cynthia Clough.

We need all your fabulous pies, cakes, cookies, cupcakes etc for the Hindley Happening Bake Sale again this year! We are also looking for 23 volunteers to bake 2 batches of the Hindley Cookie this year sold the Friday morning before!

To sign up to bake the Hindley Cookie, click here. To sign up for the Hindley Bake Sale, click here.

2017-18 School Budget

Did you know…The 2017-18 school budget has one final hurdle for approval? Over the break the Board of Finance voted to approve next year’s school budget as proposed by the Board of Education. The total budget is $95,874,776 which is a 2.16% increase over this year and the lowest increase we have seen in over a decade.

On May 8th the RTM will be the final vote and it is critical for parents to make our voices heard before then. There are some within the RTM who oppose the budget or initiatives within the budget. If you want to see these proposals become realities reach out to your elected officials and express your support.   This list of RTM members is organized by district. We encourage you to contact the representatives in your district and express your thoughts about the budget or the proposals contained within. (Not sure what district you’re in? Click here.)

The proposed 2017-18 School Budget includes some significant initiatives intended to dramatically improve the experiences of our children. If you aren’t already up to speed on these initiatives, we encourage you to watch this video of Superintendent Dr. Dan Brenner explaining them to parents at a recent meeting at Darien High School. You can also review his presentation by clicking here. The entire budget is available here.

The key budget proposals this year include:

  • Expanding the DHS cafeteria to provide seating for all DHS students in a safe and welcoming environment
  • Continuing the rollout of 1:1 technology including iPads for students at the High School in addition to the Chromebooks at the elementary schools and MMS
  • The addition of Department Chairs in our secondary schools to provide consistency, smoother transitions and to foster creativity and innovation in our classrooms
  • Implementation of the Fitch Academy, a DHS program focused on a targeted population, prioritizing the emotional needs of the students while delivering personalized, interdisciplinary instruction
  • Continued investment in professional development for our teachers in elementary literacy and math, special education, SRBI and differentiation of instruction in all grade levels

You can make a difference. Please take a moment and email your RTM members to ask them to support this budget.

If you have any questions about the 2017-18 BOE Budget or the approval process please contact your PTO Co-Chairs: Antoinette Cowles and Leila Buckjune.

PTO Meeting with Superintendent Dan Brenner, April 19th, 7 pm

Please join the Hindley PTO on April 19th to hear Superintendent Dr. Dan Brenner speak about the upcoming renovations to our school, his master plan for the district’s facilities and the challenges in Darien as we face budgetary cuts from Hartford.

We are also pleased to have our wonderful librarian, Jackie Heyde speak about the new “maker space” items recently purchased by the PTO for the Hindley library.

We hope you can join us on Wednesday April 19th at 7 pm in the Common Room. To RSVP for this event, please click here.

Tall & Small Dance

All Hindley girls are invited to come dance the night away at Hindley on Friday, 3/17. Dance under the disco ball and share a cupcake and lots of special moments with your Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, Mom, or other special adult. The chocolate fountain will be flowing and DJ Alex will play the tunes sure to get all of the Talls and Smalls out on the dance floor. All girls will receive a wrist corsage and photos from the new photo booth this year! $30 per couple, $10 for each additional girl. RSVPs are required for this event by Wednesday, March 15th.

RSVP online at www.pay4schoolstuff.com. Volunteers needed for this event! Please sign up when you pay online, or click here to sign up via Sign Up Genius. Contact Beth Ann Kissko or Kim Molloy with any questions.


Conference Week Enrichment Programs

Looking for a way to keep your child busy during the conference week half day schedule? Whether your child likes sports, art or robotics, come and do something fun and engaging after school at Hindley! Programs include:

  • OTA Sports Camp on March 15th for grades K-2 and on March 16th for grades 3-5. Register on the Overtime Athletics site.
  • Lego Robotics on March 16th for grades K-5. Register on Pay4SchoolStuff.
  • Hands on Pottery on March 17th for grades K-5. Register on Pay4SchoolStuff.

Space is limited for all programs and are first come, first served.

Order Your Hindley Yearbook!

Hindley 2017 Yearbooks are now for sale! Place your order ONLINE and receive FREE PERSONALIZATION on the cover of your child’s yearbook.

Orders placed ONLINE ONLY will have the option to add their child’s name and up to four special icons to commemorate their time at Hindley. Icons available include sports, arts, the Hindley paw print, and more (for the complete list, click here). Help us GO GREEN and eliminate the use of paper forms and checks.

Payment can be made by credit card, debit card or E-check. To order online

Purchase any number of yearbooks for $20.00 per book. To secure a personalized yearbook, you must check the box “Personalized Ink Yearbook”, enter your personalized text and if desired, choose up to four specialty icons (name and icons will appear on the lower right hand corner of the yearbook). Online orders must be placed by March 12, 2017.

Questions? Please contact Tracy Enters or Luli Burke.

PTO Meeting: Choosing Love with Scarlett Lewis

The Hindley PTO invites you to our next meeting on Wed. Jan. 11th at 7 p.m. in the Common Room. Our guest speaker will be Scarlett Lewis, founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation. Following the death of her son Jesse at Sandy Hook, Scarlett was inspired by a simple three-word message he had scrawled on their kitchen chalkboard. The message of “nurturing healing love” guided her to start the Choose Love Foundation, which provides educational materials and a curriculum based on the fundamental concepts and skills of social and emotional learning, informed by current research and neuroscience. The goal of the Choose Love Program is to provide children with the knowledge, attitude and skills they need to choose love in any situation. There will be a brief Q & A after Scarlett’s presentation. We hope you can join us! For additional information, please click here.

Hindley Night at the Sound Tigers

The Hindley Chorus, along with the choruses from the four other Elementary Schools, will be performing the National Anthem at the Sound Tigers Game on Saturday, January 21 (Game time is 7:00 pm.) To purchase tickets and enter for a chance to win a Zamboni ride during the game, please go to www.pay4schoolstuff.com. Tickets are $20.00 per person and Zamboni raffle tickets are $3.00 each. Deadline for ordering tickets is Thursday, January 12. If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Koslow.

**Hindley School is sensitive to children that may require special accommodations at PTO sponsored events. If you have a special request, Please contact to Rebecca Laus, Assistant Principal, at rlaus@darienps.org.***

Upcoming Events

7:35 am Chorus
Jan 24 @ 7:35 am – 8:05 am
Chorus rehearsals will begin for all interested fourth and fifth grade students at Hindley Elementary on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH at 7:35am in the COMMON ROOM. Parents must complete a permission slip in order for students[...]
7:00 pm Hindley Night at the Sound Tigers
Hindley Night at the Sound Tigers
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm
There will be a Hindley Chorus Family Fun Night/Marvel Super Heroes Night at the Sound Tiger’s Game on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Webster Bank Arena. Come join us for a fun-filled evening as the[...]
7:35 am Chorus
Jan 31 @ 7:35 am – 8:05 am
Chorus rehearsals will begin for all interested fourth and fifth grade students at Hindley Elementary on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH at 7:35am in the COMMON ROOM. Parents must complete a permission slip in order for students[...]
7:35 am Chorus
Feb 7 @ 7:35 am – 8:05 am
Chorus rehearsals will begin for all interested fourth and fifth grade students at Hindley Elementary on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH at 7:35am in the COMMON ROOM. Parents must complete a permission slip in order for students[...]
7:35 am Chorus
Feb 14 @ 7:35 am – 8:05 am
Chorus rehearsals will begin for all interested fourth and fifth grade students at Hindley Elementary on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH at 7:35am in the COMMON ROOM. Parents must complete a permission slip in order for students[...]