MLK PTO News 8/27/15 | 1st Day of School, Before/After School Programs, and More!

** Dear MLK Families, Staff Members, and Friends,
We’re in touch today with a few quick items of interest before school starts next week!
* TODAY! Kindergarten Playdate and Orientation | 6:00 pm, Thursday, August 27
* First Day of School Drop-Off Coffee | 9:00 am, Wednesday, September 2
* Mount Hope Learning Center Before and After School Programs
* New MLK PTO Facebook Page
* MLK PTO Executive Committee (please join us!)
* Girls on the Run Happening at King this Fall!

TODAY! Kindergarten Playdate and Orientation | 6:00 pm, Thursday, August 27
King is hosting a playdate for all incoming Kindergarteners on Thursday, August 27 from 6:00-7:00 pm. This will take place in the Kindergarten courtyard, at the back of the school near the playground, or in the cafeteria in the event of bad weather. Student will meet their teachers and visit their classrooms. The PTO will be there to welcome parents and will provide snacks. We look forward to meeting all new MLK Falcons!

Also today, our partner organization, the Mount Hope Learning Center, is having an Ice Cream Social Fundraiser from 6:00-8:00 pm, so when you’re done at the Kindergarten playdate, head over to MHLC at 140 Cypress Street for ice cream and more fun! Details are here:

Mount Hope Learning Center Before and After School Programs
The Mount Hope Learning Center (MHLC) offers before and after school care for all MLK Elementary Students.

Before school services are new this year. They begin at 6:30 am and start on September 2, 2015. Breakfast is provided. Before school services are $25 per week. Please contact MHLC at 401-455-8875 for more information.

After school services are available every day after school and feature STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) based education and activities, community building, homework assistance, and social skill development. Fees are based on a sliding scale based on family size and income. Please click on the flier at the left for more information about MHLC’s after school programming.

First Day of School Drop-Off Coffee | 9:00-10:00 am, Wednesday, September 2
The MLK PTO will host a coffee hour for parents on the morning of the first day of school! After you drop your children off in their classrooms, please join us for a healthy morning beverage and snack and a quick hello! We will hold the coffee hour either in the library or outside school — look for signs on the first day to find out where we will be. See you on September 2!

As a reminder, MLK Elementary’s school day starts at 9:00am and is over at 3:30pm, except for Friday, when it is over at 2:10. You can see the full Providence Public Schools calendar here.

Girls on the Run Afterschool Program
Back by popular demand, this fall MLK Elementary will be having a Girls on the Run team. This non-profit organization works to encourage pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games, culminating in a celebratory 5k race.

This fall’s program will be coached by two MLK parents — Erin Abrahamsen and Aeron Hunt — along with a community coach. This program is open to girls in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades and will meet after school on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:45. We’re looking for parent and teacher volunteers to help with practice or consider running with a girl for the final celebratory 5K run, held in November.

Online registration is here, and aper sign-ups will be available in the MLK school office at the start of the school year. Space is limited, so sign up soon! For more information, please contact parent and coach Erin Abrahamsen at

New MLK PTO Facebook Page


We have changed the MLK PTO Facebook page! It’s now a page, rather than a group. If you were part of the previous group, you are not automatically added to the new page. You need to do that yourself! Please visit and click “like” so you don’t miss any news, events, or other happenings at school. Thanks!

MLK PTO Executive Committee + Officers
The MLK PTO plans to hold executive committee meetings in order to involve everyone who may be interested in leading and planning projects. The dates for these meetings will be announced soon, along with the PTO meeting and events schedule for the year. If you are interested in joining the executive committee, please let us know by emailing us at Joining the executive committee is a great way to take leadership of a new or existing PTO event or project and participate in decision-making. Meetings will be brief and no more often than once per month during the school year.

Also, we are still seeking two officers to join the PTO this year. We hope that someone will step forward to be Vice President, and that someone else will join the PTO as Secretary. If you are interested or want to know more, please email us at . Thanks!

See you next week at school! Enjoy the last few days of summer.

All the best,

Jill Davidson (MLK PTO President) on behalf of the MLK PTO


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