McDowell Weekly Updates
    • October 3-7 - Spirit Week!  Please see Spirit Week flyer for details of theme days
    • October 6-7 - McDowell Walkathon Fundraiser (see below for details)
    • October 6 - Explorer U. Adaptive Problem Solving Day - preschool
    • October 7 - Explorer U. Adaptive Problem Solving Day - kindergarten
    • October 12 - Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day
    • October 14 - NO SCHOOL - School Holiday
    • October 26 - Parent Teacher Conferences, PM only (students have school)
    • October 27 - NO SCHOOL - Parent Teacher Conferences (NO SCHOOL for students preK-8)
    • October 28 - NO SCHOOL 
    • November 7 - Ready, Set, Relax
    • November 9 - School Picture Retake Day
    • November 11 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Records Day
    • November 23-25 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
    • December 19 - January 2 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
    • January 3, 2023 - School Resumes
    If you would like to become a VIP Volunteer at McDowell Early Learning School for 2022-2023, please sign up with the McDowell Early Learning School VIP Volunteer Form
    McDowell Walkathon Fundraiser: Our annual Walkathon fundraiser will be held October 6th (preschool) and October 7th (kindergarten).  This is the only fundraiser McDowell PTO has for the year.  Please see the Walkathon flyer for more information.  Thank you for your support!
    Hudson Community First: Are you interested in learning more about Hudson Community First?  Would you like to be part of a Hudson organization that promotes positive youth development through programs and events that strive to give young people the tools they need to be healthy and responsible and make smart choices?  We have a variety of volunteer opportunities to fit anyone’s schedule.  No dues necessary.  All we need is you!  Check out for more information, and email Jennifer Fisher at or Laura Jones at to join.
    Take a Second. Make a Difference nominations due 10/1!!   
    Do you know someone who makes a difference for young people in Hudson?  Have you seen a person take a moment out of their busy day to show that they care and support the youth around them?  That action makes a difference in the way kids perceive adults and themselves and is a founding principle for Hudson Community First. 
    October is Hudson Community First’s Take a Second. Make a Difference. month!  Since 2010 more than 700 community members have been nominated and over 100 people have been recognized as Take a Second winners, including kids, teachers, coaches, neighbors, and merchants.  Click here to nominate a child or adult and tell us how they have taken a second to make a difference for Hudson’s youth!   Please contact Jennifer Fisher at with questions.
    McDowell Playground:  We enjoy community members using the playground after school hours.  We do ask that members clean up after themselves once they are finished so the playground is ready for student use the next day.  Thank you!
    Birthday Guidelines:

    Birthday Treat Guidelines

    Hudson PTO Rewards Programs: A GREAT way to support Hudson PTO with purchases you are already making! 
    BOX TOPS: Help PTO get credit for the scan-only Box Tops you see on packages by downloading the BTFE app at  Look for Bonus Box Tops Offers in the app; they really add up!
    AMAZON: has made it easier to support Hudson PTO through the AmazonSmile Program.  Once you register an AmazonSmile account on the browser, you can easily activate it in your Amazon mobile app through the main menu (full instructions here:  Make sure to choose Hudson PTO!  Now you can get credit for purchases made in the Amazon app without having to go to a separate AmazonSmile website!  Amazon donates .5% of your annual purchases to the Hudson PTO through no additional cost to you.  
    Reach out to Christa Arite with any questions at

    Library Info: Like the public library, parents, guardians and students can now check school media accounts online to see what books students have checked out, when they’re due, any bills, options to renew and know when a book on hold is available for pickup. To launch this new initiative, simply click on this FORM (also posted on the library webpage) and submit the information that is then routed to the building’s principal. The information is then forwarded to the Library Media Specialist who will send the directions about how to access the student’s account to those requesting access. 

    Kindergarten Feeling Screener Information: Mrs. Butto will be completing the Kindergarten Feeling Screener with students throughout the months of September and October.  This 6 question screener assists Mrs. Butto in supporting the social-emotional needs of our kindergarten students.  If you would like to view the screener, please contact Mrs. Butto at  




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