Summer has arrived! The school is being cleaned, materials are being ordered, and the hallways are quiet. As the new principal of the Hatherly School, I am anxiously counting the days until Wednesday, September 5, the day I get to welcome back all of my new friends.

Over the past nine years, I have prepared for my new role at Hatherly by serving as the Principal of the John H. Duval School in Whitman. Prior to that I worked in Weymouth as the Title I Director and the Assistant Principal of the William Seach School. I started my career in the Holbrook Public Schools as a classroom teacher. My journey has allowed me to strengthen my skills, develop my leadership style, and gain an appreciation for a supportive community. After doing some research, I knew Hatherly was the right place for me.

As the Hatherly Principal, I plan to continue to follow the same values I have had throughout my career. My goal is to be the smile students see when they arrive in the morning, the person students can seek out when they need help, the support teachers require, and a resource to families. I look forward to being an active member of the Scituate community for many years to come.

As you settle into your summer mode, there are a few reminders. First, the school is open this summer during the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. until July 13 and will re-open Monday, August 13. The parent portal will open Monday, August 20th at 5:00 p.m. so you may view class assignments. The first day of school for Grades 1 through 5 is Wednesday, September 5. We will welcome our youngest students, kindergarteners, to school on Thursday, September 6th.

Summer is time for fun in the sun with friends and family but it is also important to keep skills sharp. The following two links will help your student do just that. One link contains the summer reading information and some great ideas for getting your child to enjoy reading this summer. The other link is a calendar filled with quick fun activities designed to keep those math skills from getting rusty. Both of these links are sure to help your student start the school year strong: http://www.scituate.k12.ma.us/images/hatherly/docs/Summer_Reading_2018.pdf http://www.scituate.k12.ma.us/images/hatherly/docs/mathcalendar_for_1-2_studentsJune2018.pdf

The Scituate Public Library also has lots of ways to foster your child’s love of reading this summer. For instance, Monday, July 9, high school volunteers will serve as reading buddies with any student kindergarten to Grade 3. In addition, you could join the library for a star party at the lighthouse. You may sign up for these and many more fun activities by visiting the library website at: http://www.scituatetownlibrary.org/ChildrensPrograms.html .

I wish you and your family a relaxing and pleasurable summer!

Sincerely,

Julie McKillop

 

 

Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice

June 8th

We know there are many lacrosse enthusiasts at Hatherly by the number of lax sticks that come in for recess and how much the upper grades loved the lacrosse unit they just finished up in PE. TONITE, at 5PM at Scituate High Mr. Puzzangara will be leading the SHS Lacrosse team in the Division 2 South Sectional Quarter Finals! So lacrosse lovers can go cheer on the Sailors!

Thanks to the Hatherly PTO Hatherly students were excited to welcome back children's author, Victoria Coe this week. Ms. Coe led students through various writing tasks while incorporating a Writer's Workshop model. Students were very engaged in their writing activities and eager to share when they completed their assignments. Students were glad to hear that there will be a fourth Fenway and Hattie book published next summer. Ms. Coe led Kindergarteners through a brainstorming session about descriptive sentences. Students were challenged to share as many descriptive words as they could based on a visual scene that was projected on the white board. Students shared more than 25 descriptive words that they used while writing descriptive sentences in their Writers' Notebooks.  Ms. Coe worked with first graders to discuss the structure of writing paragraphs. Students brainstormed ideas for writing paragraphs and then wrote their own paragraphs in their Writers' Notebooks.  Topics included everything from pizza and ice cream to animals and Pokemon. Students were able to share paragraphs before the session ended and Ms. Coe was amazed by the writing produced by first grade authors. Ms. Coe introduced second graders to using dialogue in their writing. Students were shown visual scenes and students captioned them in their Writers’ Notebooks. Students were hard at work during the crafting session. Grades 3-5 each had an hour writing lesson with Ms. Coe. Her emphasis was on point of view (using Fenway as her example) and "showing not telling". She reminded the students the importance of making their writing "POP”! After reading a short scene together and analyzing character driven scenes, students created fictional characters using her "character sketch outlines" that included their character's thoughts, strengths, weaknesses, and background knowledge. Students had the opportunity to share their creative character sketches.

We started the week with Kindergarten Orientation for the Class of 2031. They were delighted to come and see Hatherly School and get a glimpse of kindergarten. Students returned for K screenings Thursday and are welcome back on June 11th, 15th, and 18th for Preschool Story times. Entering K Parents, or any parents of young students, are invited to learn about readiness in math, reading, and speech during the sessions. Call the school for more information.

Field Trips galore happen these last weeks. Fifth grade students were fantastic as they traveled to Boston by train and walked 4.7 miles of the Freedom Trail. Third graders climbed Lawson Tower, visited the Library, and Cudworth House and walked back to school! District wide 4th and 5th graders competed in the SPS Track Meet. Miller Shea, Joe Gibson, Tricia Gibbons, and Declan Dupre all placed in the top 4!

After a yearlong analysis and work by a district committee we will be keeping this years’ No Food Just Fun for school day events. This will apply to all end of year school day events. Anything scheduled 30 minutes after the school day may include food, but it is requested to have allergen free items available. Please see attached letter from the Assistant Superintendent, Mrs. Jennifer Arnold.

Bike to the Beach is next Friday. It is a huge event and always a lot of fun. However, to keep the event safe, we will ONLY allow students to participate if their permission form is in by Thursday. Flyers went home yesterday and is attached to this newsletter.

                                  Hatherly School Important Dates

                                                June Dates:

Monday 6/11/18-Friday 6/15/18: Free For A Day Week & Used Book Sale Week

Monday 6/11/18: Pre K Storytime @ 9:30 a.m. Early Number Sense

Monday 6/11/18: Grade 4 Walking Field Trip to Scituate Library 9:30-11:00 am

Monday 6/11/18: Sun Safety Presentations

Tuesday 6/12/18: Grade 4 Field Trip: Mass Audubon/Blue Hills @ 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday 6/12/18: Grade 5 Field Trip: Gillette Stadium @ 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday 6/13/18: Grade 3 Field Trip: Scituate Historic Sites @ 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday 6/13/18: Farewell for Mrs. Fitzmaurice from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. PTO Meeting

Thursday 6/14/18: Grade 5 Wax Museum @ 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Friday 6/15/18: Kindergarten Teddy Bear Picnic @ 9:00 a.m.

Friday 6/15/18: Pre K Storytime @ 9:30 Early Literacy

Friday 6/15/18: Grade 2 & 3 Bike Safety Presentation with Wayne Ross 2:00 pm

Friday 6/15/18: Bike to Egypt Beach @ 3:15 p.m.

Monday 6/18/18: Pre K Storytime @ 9:30 Speech & Language

Monday 6/18/18: Grade 5 Gates Jazz Band Visit 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday 6/19/18: Grade 2 Field Trip Minot Beach @ 10:00 a.m.

Thursday 6/21/18: 5th Grade Recognition Night @ 6:30 p.m.

Friday 6/22/18: Softball Game @ 1:30 p.m.

Friday 6/22/18: 5th Grade Yearbook signing

Monday 6/25/18: Step Up Day

Monday 6/25/18: Last Day of School Dismissal is at 11:15 a.m. No lunch served

Monday 6/25/18: Last Day of School Dismissal is at 11:15 a.m. No lunch served