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Originally delivered on 1/13/2021 10:56 am

SUBJECT: January 13th

Your PTO is run 100% by volunteers. 

We need help from parents and guardians to make events happen. Please consider signing up to volunteer to help make elementary school memorable for our kids. 

Volunteer Sign Up

Host a Virtual Club

Less than 2 hours of commitment, work around your schedule, completely virtual, no experience or ahead planning required.

Help with Virtual Lip Sync & Talent Show

Work with a small team to plan and execute the upcoming lip sync and talent show. A few hours of your time, all virtual.

Submit photos for our Yearbook

CLICK the CAMERA to upload pictures of:

  • Spirit Days & wearing Nixon Gear
  • Remote Learning Activities
  • Artwork & Candids
  • Playing on Nixon Playground
  • Band/Orchestra students holding their instrument 
  • Students and their Pets!

5TH GRADE FAMILIES: Please submit a photo of your 5th grader wearing their new class of '21 t-shirt by 1/31/21.

5th Grade Service Project

Students from this year's 5th grade made beautiful handmade
cards to provide holiday cheer to local senior citizens. The staff at
Sudbury Pines Extended Care were so appreciative to receive over 60 cards. They were eager to hand them out, as this has been a particularly challenging time for the residents as they isolate from family members. 

The 5th grade students were creative and thoughtful in their messaging, wishing all a safe and happy holiday season. Some students wrote jokes and others created beautiful origami attached inside the cards.

We are so proud of the 5th grade students for taking time at home to create such beautiful holiday cards.

The PTO received a wonderful thank you note from our Specialists!
Staff Spotlight

Meet our school nurse Anne Chabot! 

Mrs. Chabot has been one of our hometown heroes for many years but has really been in the spotlight as we depend on her guidance and care through this pandemic. 

She holds a Bachelors in Nursing from Fairfield University and a Masters in Nursing from Boston University. Prior to coming to Nixon she was a Staff Nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital on the Bone Marrow Transplant unit, a Staff Nurse at BU Medical Center Neurological Respiratory Unit and Head Nurse at BU Medical Center Medical Oncology Unit.

Anne has been a valued member of our community during the 30 years she lived in Sudbury, 27 of which she has been our Nixon School nurse. She moved to Stow 2 years ago but is still supporting our greater community by being a member of the Sudbury Medical Reserve Corp, working with the Sudbury Board of Health assisting with pandemic contact tracing efforts, and recently volunteered her time to administer influenza vaccinations at Sudbury's drive through clinics (as shown in the photo!). Starting Friday, she will be administering the COVID-19 vaccine to community members at regional clinics. 

She has two children, a son Andrew, and daughter Julianne, who both attended Nixon School and now are living in the Boston area. She has been married for 35 years to her husband, Richard. They enjoy taking walks in the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge together and love going to Maine and spending summers at Higgins Beach in Scarborough. For the time being, she is practicing her yoga and looking forward to getting together with friends again after the pandemic is over.

She says:

"My mother always reminds me that, starting at a young age, I always wanted to be a nurse. I love, love, love my time at Nixon. Getting to work with families over many years as they transition through the Nixon School is wonderful."

Her experiences in the hospital setting with Transplant, Oncology and Respiratory care have given her the perfect pedigree to care for our kids during this pandemic. Those disciplines are all about infection prevention! With her 27 years experience in pediatric care and her dedication to the health of our community, there is no doubt that she is one of the key components to our success. So, the next time you see her, please extend a Thank You for the hard work she does. 

Spirit Days

Wear your Nixon Gear and Nixon Spirit Bandana on

January 21st & 22nd 

Bandanas for each student will be sent home next week! 

Make sure you label the bandana with your student's name!

Food Pantry Collection

Bring in your food pantry items:

Wednesday, January 20th for remote students

Thursday, January 21st for Cohort A & C

Friday, January 22nd for Cohort B & C

Lincoln & Sudbury Spring Sports Registration

Lincoln-Sudbury Boys Youth Lacrosse! CLICK HERE to sign up!

Grades K-5 register by January 15th

Sudbury Boys and Girls Youth Soccer! CLICK HERE to sign up!

Grades 3-8 register by January 15th

Grades K-2 register by March 1st

Lincoln & Sudbury Boys and Girls Youth Baseball! CLICK HERE to sign up!

Grades pre-K & K T-ball register by April 23rd

Grades 1-3 register by March 5th

Grades 4-5 register by March 15th

We need your help!

We would love to be able to hold virtual social events for students to connect with each other in a fun way, however we need volunteers to make this happen! 

Please help us by volunteering to host a virtual club. The students will be provided with self-guided activities to do during the sessions. The goal is simply to get them interacting through a shared interest. 

Your volunteer commitment would be:

  • 30 minutes, once per week for three weeks 
  • A day and time that works with your schedule
  • Log on and monitor for appropriate language and behavior

Go to Get Involved - Volunteer to show your interest.

January Appreciation

Each teacher and staff member received one of our new custom pocket notebooks and pens! The card says:

TAKE NOTE: We think you are just WRITE and hap-PEN to be doing an INK-credible job! Keep up the good work! 

~Nixon PTO

Who receives appreciation initiatives?

We know that all of the people who work in our school house are equally responsible for making it a wonderful place for our students. All employees of Nixon school, part time and full time, in all roles, are equal recipients of all of our appreciation initiatives. 

Thank you to all 72 wonderful members of the Nixon school building; we appreciate you!

Aime FarrellSpecial Educator
Alicia HeymannGuidance Councelor
Ally BissonBuilding Substitute
Amie Abdal-KhabirMath Coach
Amy DurkinGrade 5 Teacher
Anderson ManuelGrade 2 Teacher
Anna RodriguezCafeteria Cook
Anne ChabotSchool Nurse
Ariel CormierLearning Center Teacher
Aubrey ZitzmannLiteracy Specialist
Betsey CaldwellHealth & Physical Education Specialist
Bonnie McGavickReading Tutor
Carmen ConcepcionCafeteria Cook
Carolyn SutherlandGrade 3 Teacher
Carrie LuccheseLibrary Specialist
Christine SmaldoneGrade 5 Teacher
Daniel Garrigan-ByerlyDistrict Science Curriculum Coordinator
Dawn ParisiEnglish as a Second Language Teacher
Deana MillerGrade 4 Teacher
Deanna Leedy-AndreozziInstrumental Teacher
Drew KelseyLearning Center Teacher
Elizabeth MurrayAssistant Principal
Elizabeth NovakSpeech Pathologist
Elizabeth O'Connor K Assistant
Gilda VillaniSpanish Specialist
Glen DuBoisCustodian
Holly EstesDistrict Science Curriculum Coordinator
Janine DustinActivity Monitor
Jayme GoldmanBoard Certified Behavior Analyst 
Jeff KotkinGrade 3 Teacher
Jenna RacineSpecial Education Assistant
Jo-Ann SchusterAdministrative Assistant
Joanne BleilerGrade 5 Teacher
Joy KazarianPsychologist
Karen WolfsonDistrict Math Curriculum Coordinator
Katie SmithK Assistant
Kelly SciaccaSpecial Education Team Chair
Kevin DoneganBand Teacher
Lauren EgizioDistrict Humanities Curriculum Coordinator
Leslie BartlettLibrary Assistant
Leslie DooleyMusic Specialist
Lisa CantinGrade 1 Teacher
Maddie HaydenSpecial Education Assistant
Martin LaPorteCustodian
Mary Louise BaranowskyActivity Monitor
Matt LuceyActivity Monitor
Maureen ActonPsychologist
Meg ShelleyPhysical Therapy
Meghan SamarcoGrade 2 Teacher
Melissa MorabitoGrade 3 Teacher
Meredith TattlemanLearning Center Teacher
Michelle WrightSpecial Education Assistant
Molly LoganAdministrative Assistant
Nikki FerraroSpecial Educator
Officer RockeyCrossing Guard
Olivia JonesMETCO Advisor
Pam LeskovacSpecial Education Assistant
Pamela BowsApplied Behavior Analyst Tutor
Rebecca AmaralK Teacher
Rebecca DavisApplied Behavior Analyst Tutor
Reyne BoothGrade 1 Teacher
Ryan BrownGrade 4 Teacher
Sarah RiveraK Teacher
Sheila O'BrienArt Specialist
Sue ChoquetteGrade 1 Teacher
Susan StiefelSpecial Education Assistant
Susan WoodsPrincipal
Thomas BoydBuilding Substitute
Tracy BerryApplied Behavior Analyst Tutor
Tricia CrockettBuilding Substitute
Valentina LeonardOccupational Therapist
Teacher & Staff Appreciation

This year we really want to make sure our teachers, administrators and staff know how much we care! We have created a way to donate directly to Teacher & Staff Appreciation initiatives. All donations made here will go towards meals, goodie bags and THANK YOU events.

Click the apple to DONATE TODAY!

Teachers & Staff

Hundreds of items were purchased by our generous PTO members and Nixon Community. We are so appreciative of their donations! 

If there are items on your wish list that you did not receive, remember that 32 teachers and staff have a PTO provided stipend to spend on items for their classroom or work area. You can purchase the items directly from the wish list and they will be delivered to the school for you. Submit a reimbursement form on our website to use your stipend. 

If you are a staff member who does not have a budgeted stipend, please contact us at to see if the PTO can support your needs. 

CLICK HERE to purchase your remaining items.

CLICK HERE to learn more about your available stipend.

CLICK HERE to submit your request for reimbursement.


~Thank you Ayako Reich for putting together 380 kits for our upcoming Spirit Days!

~Thank you to the teachers who joined us at our last PTO meeting. Your opinions and insight are so valuable! We hope you can continue to attend!