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Originally delivered on 5/23/2023 5:38 pm

SUBJECT: CANS PTO June 2023 Newsletter

CANS PTO Newsletter | June 2023

PTO News & Events
Field Day Volunteers Needed

CANS students look forward to Field Day all year! This is a huge lift and requires a lot of volunteers to create a memorable, safe experience for our students! 

Please log in to your account at to sign up for morning, lunchtime, and/or afternoon shifts for grades K-5th or contact Bree Shaftel, PTO Volunteer Coordinator, at or 646.477.7318. Sign-ups will close the evening of Monday, May 22nd.

PreK is holding its own, shorter Field Day from 9:40-10:40. Please contact Nasra Woods at to volunteer with PreK.

Volunteers of the Month

Please join us in thanking our May Volunteers of the Month, Margaret Lange and Meera Murthi!

Meera has devoted SO many hours this year to helping out during both Makerspace Mondays and recess. Thank you for always being a friendly and welcoming member of the CANS community and for making time for our students!

Margaret was a co-leader for our very successful Trunk or Treat event this past fall. She has also used her expertise in graphic design to advise the PTO on many projects big and small, solving tricky problems on tight deadlines.

After School Programming Survey

We are already thinking about after-school programming for next school year and would love to hear what went well this year and what can be improved upon. Are you excited about leading or volunteering in an activity for our CANS students?! Please provide your feedback and ideas through the CANS After School Evaluation 2023-24 ( or reach out to Julia Bonfield at  

Cross-Country for Youth at CANS, Fall 2023

Cross-Country For Youth is a nationally-recognized running organization for elementary and middle school students. In addition to running, the program provides students with character, nutrition, and social-emotional education training. Participants (grades 3-6) will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 5th through November 9th. Please take a minute to check out this amazing program – review one of the race videos from last season: eil_se_dm&ts=634c80fb

Contact Mrs. Bonfield with any questions. 

Save the Date - 2023-2024 Back-to-School Bash!

Please plan to join us on the afternoon of Saturday, August 12th, for our Back-to-School Bash on the CANS campus! We are already looking forward to reuniting with our school community to kick off an exciting new school year! More details to come! Do you know a family that will be new to CANS in the fall? Please encourage them to visit to create an account, sign up for the PTO’s emailed newsletter, and connect with us via Facebook. 

Teacher Appreciation Week Wrap-Up

CANS teachers are relentless and resilient, and we are so grateful to them for leading our school to academic excellence and leading our children to be true to the CREW philosophy. To celebrate CANS teachers and staff during National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8th - 12th), the PTO organized a week-long schedule of festivities including a breakfast spread with donuts and coffee, an afternoon snack buffet, a self-care item giveaway, and a catered lunch from Chipotle. Thanks to everyone who also sent in their students with cards, letters, and works of art! We love our teachers!

DEI Initiatives 2023-2024

CANS PTO and LSDMC have been discussing ways to improve equity and inclusion throughout our school, and we want to hear from you! What activities, sports, methods of communication, special events, or celebrations would make your family feel included in our school community? Would you like to be involved in these ongoing conversations? We would love to hear from you over the summer. Please email us at

Community Events
Clifton Library Discover Summer

The Library's free Discover Summer program starts next month. Kids and teens in Hamilton County can set and complete their own goals to earn prizes! Starting June 1, stop by a library location to pick up a free activity booklet (for kids) or a journal (for teens) and a book to keep.

Earn prizes as you reach your goals and enter to win awesome grand prizes including: Beats Flex Wireless Headphones, Magna-Tiles, Lego Klutz kits, Cincinnati Museum Center tickets, and more!


The Clifton Branch Library will have a kickoff party on Saturday June 3rd, 11am – 1pm, featuring games on the front lawn, refreshments and more.

Teens and ‘tweens are invited to: Airbrush Art on June 6, Taylor Swift Bingo on June 20, and Escape the Bakery on July 18.  Registration required online or by calling 513-369-4447.

Clifton CRC Update
  • Before/After School registration will begin on July 10th for priority families and open to the public on July 17th at 9am. 

  • Improv classes will begin June 7th-12th from 5-6pm at the price of $175


  • Art Mini Camp will happen on Mondays - We will have a variety of art clubs that kids can sign up for. 
Clifton Performance Theater After School Fall 2023

See flier below for details:

What’s Happening at CCAC?

Wednesdays in the Woods: May 31 – August 9

Celebrate the summer at the Clifton Cultural Art Center’s FREE, weekly concerts presented by the Louis & Melba Schott Foundation, Fifth Third Bank Trustee. The fifteenth annual Wednesdays in the Woods concert series celebrates art, music, community, and connection at the historic Burnet Woods bandstand! 


The Burnet Woods Bandstand is a picturesque venue with ample parking and allows for a festive atmosphere, including food trucks serving both sweet and savory treats each night, beer for purchase from HighGrain Brewing, and a Kids Art Corner sponsored by The Scripps Howard Fund where children can work on a free project overseen by a certified teaching artist.


Concert lineup:

  • May 31: Comet Bluegrass All-Stars
  • June 7: Daglio
  • June 14: Positive Vibe Band
  • June 21: Tracy Walker
  • June 28: The YOLO Band
  • July 5: Raquel & The Wildflowers (Grill Out)
  • July 12: Burning Caravan
  • July 19: Dayton Salsa Project
  • July 26: Sound Body Jazz Orchestra
  • August 2: Jake Speed & The Freddies
  • August 9: Remember (Dog Days of Summer Dog Parade)

Saturdays in the Park: June 3 – July 22

Celebrate the summer at the Clifton Cultural Art Center’s FREE, weekly concerts! Saturdays in the Park celebrates art, music, community, and connection at Inwood Park. Gather up friends and family, BYO Brunch or pick up breakfast from our on-site food vendor, then settle in next to the park shelter at Inwood Park (or head over to the PNC Grow Up Great Playground!) for a musical morning!


Concert Lineup:

  • June 3: Josh Strange Trio
  • June 10: Daven Roberson Trio
  • June 17: Jump 'n' Jive Big Band
  • June 24: Ti & D Band
  • July 1: Mill Creek Drifters
  • July 8: Zak Morgan
  • July 15: AprinasRevolutionaryLove
  • July 22: The Twi-Lites

Summer Family Workshop Series

Spend Saturday mornings artmaking with your family! Each workshop presents a different art project that the whole family can work on together or indivudally; everyone will leave with a completed project to display at home. Family members of all ages are invited to attend; children must be accompained by an adult.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, May 24
Field Day
Thursday, May 25
Last Day for Students
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