Welcome, friends!

The start of the school year has been full of excitement and energy!

If you ever have ideas, feedback or questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to the PTO Board at pto@sanbornpto.net - we welcome your thoughts!

We have a lot to update you on this month so read on...

Let's celebrate...

Mrs. Ricciardi!

Sanborn's incredible art teacher, Mrs. Ricciardi, was named Elementary Art Teacher of the Year through the Massachusetts Art Education Association!

This award recognizes excellence and achievement by elementary art educators. A model elementary art educator who deserves recognition for their outstanding instructional support to students, engagement with families, and advocacy for the arts within their greater community.

Please join us in celebrating this amazing achievement for Mrs. Ricciardi and for Sanborn!


Sanborn PTO funds...

Yes, we host many fun events throughout the year, but did you know that our PTO fully funds or offsets the cost of all of Sanborn's field trips, author visits, museum presentations, and any other educational experiences that are brought to the school? We also support our teachers with grants for classroom supplies and purchase equipment, furniture, and other needs for the school. We provide back-to-school supplies and Scholastic gift cards for families who need them. 

We recognize that it can feel like the PTO is always asking for donations and we wanted to take some time to share the current PTO Board's fundraising philosophy so you will know what to expect from us.

Our commitment to YOU:

  • Transparency: We pledge to provide information on PTO expenses and sources of income, and to be clear when an event or program is a fundraising opportunity. For example, did you know that after instructors are compensated, Explorations is a fundraiser for the PTO? So, thank you for enrolling!

  • Responsibility: The Sanborn PTO is a 501(c)(3) organization, so it is our responsibility to spend down the funds we raise each year while carrying forward a small "rainy day" fund for leaner times.

  • Predictability: We seek to establish a predictable cycle of fundraising. This will include a few larger fundraising events (such as our fall Spooky Fun Fair and the Fun Run, now moved to May) and smaller “passive” fundraisers (such as our upcoming shopping night at the Learning Express). This will help all of us know what to expect!

  • Engagement: Did you know you can give directly to the PTO, any time of year and any gift size, and make a tremendous difference for the Sanborn experience? A $20 gift provides field trip bus transportation for 4 students; a $100 gift buys cushions and flexible seating for a first grade classroom; a $500 gift brings an enrichment program for the entire third grade. 

We couldn't do any of this without the Sanborn community,

so THANK YOU for your continued support.


📅 Saturday, October 21, 2023 (Rain date: 10/22*)


📍 Sanborn playground

Sanborn's annual Halloween fundraiser is THIS weekend! Put your kids in costume and get spooky with us! Here's what you can expect:

🍭 Trunk-or-treat

🎨 Arts and crafts

🎟️ Raffle

🎃 Pumpkin decorating

📸 Photo booth

...and more!

All of this while a DJ brings the fun with tunes to keep the party rolling. Get excited!

We are asking for a suggested donation of $5/person or $20/family for this event.


*Please note we are watching the weather for this weekend and will make a rain date decision by Friday.

PTO Meeting Recap

We had an amazing turnout for our first PTO meeting of the year on 9/26! Great discussion and updates all around!

If you weren't able to join us, take a peek at our meeting minutes.

9/26 Meeting Minutes

Join us for our next PTO Meeting on

November 15th at 7pm in the Sanborn Library

AHS students will be onsite to babysit during the meeting

We'll welcome child therapist Linda Price to learn more about identifying, understanding, and effectively supporting your child's stress, worries, fears, and anxiety. Linda will share tools, strategies, and resources that you can implement immediately. There will be plenty of time for questions!

Mark Your Calendar!

There's lots to look forward to this school year and there's a lot to keep track of. 🫣

Don't worry, we've got you covered!

We put together a handy shared Google calendar for everything going on at Sanborn. We update it regularly so you will always have the most accurate info.


Don't have Google? No problem! We'll still share upcoming dates in our newsletters.


  • 10/14-10/28 - ACE Scarecrow Festival
  • 10/20 - Early dismissal
  • 10/21 - Spooky Fun Fair (3-5pm)
  • 10/26 - Sanborn Parent Social at Spark Fitness (6:30p) - details coming soon!


  • 11/3 - No Kindergarten classes
  • 11/5 - Daylight savings time ends
  • 11/6 - Sanborn closed
  • 11/15 - PTO Meeting (7pm)
  • 11/21 - Harvest Festival
  • 11/22 - Early dismissal
  • 11/23-11/24 - Sanborn closed
  • 11/29 - Sanborn Shopping Night at Learning Express - details coming soon!
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