Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice

December 22, 2017

Hatherly has been extremely spirited this week with tall socks and or slippers, sports gear, and holiday cheer!   Our fifth grade chorus wowed the crowds at Barnes & Noble on Tuesday and made a special appearance at the Scituate Public Safety office!  Online sales for our Barnes & Noble Book fair will be on until December 24th at 11:59 p.m.  Clips of their amazing cabaret performances are below. Kindergarten celebrated Polar Express on Thursday and our Room Parents, at all grades, out did themselves in Holiday parties with crafts and stories on Friday!

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The circus also came to town this week.  Every student had the opportunity to try out plate spinning, juggling, unicycles, cup stacking, pogo sticks, and stilts.  The selection of Friday’s performers was very challenging. Hatherly has so much talent!  In the end, 48 students were selected and performed on Friday morning.  It was incredible!  My heart jumps each time Gary the Silent Clown chooses a kindergartener or a first grader this year to go on his shoulders for a ride on a six-foot unicycle.  This year Rylan Alten was riding high!  Thank you to the PTO for bringing this much awaited event.  Scituate Community Television came to film our special event so watch for our circus to be on Channel 8.

Teachers and staff had a wonderful day with their “For A Day” students throughout the week.  The following students experienced the busy schedules of our custodians, teachers, secretaries, and principal. Mrs. Berton: Tatum, Tucker, and Emily McDonald; Mrs. Richter: Carter, Scout, and Regan Fussell; Mrs. Flaherty and Mrs. Piatelli:  Gillian & Zoe Harrington; Mr. Puzzangara: Fritz and Otto Brenner, Emma, Maddie, Molly Quirk, Calvin, Harper, and Isla Anderson; Mrs. Bartlett: Noah and Cameron Roy; Mrs. Burns: Alma and Halsey Wade; Mrs. Sturges: Sydney Catlender; Mr. Mundt: Maeve Lynch; Ms. Huntress: Alice and Mollie Rowland;  Mrs. DeMello: Cooper and Wyatt Westort;  Mr. Tarpey: Tessa Lynch; Mrs. Arruda: Savana Garabedian; Mrs. Fandel: Jack Romano; Mrs. Fitzmaurice: Alex Romano. The “For A Day” winners were auctioned off at the Parents Night Out PTO fundraiser back in October.  

We are off to our annual singalong to close our day.  Enjoy our photo collage – it’s been such a busy week!  Happy Holidays to all and a Peaceful New Year too!

Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice

Building A Better World One Student At A Time

Future Dates

Monday 12/25/17-1/1/18 Winter Vacation No School

Tuesday 1/2/18: School opens with Annual Reading Challenge: We will read for 2018 Seconds- so bring your favorite new book to school J

Friday 1/5/18: PTO School Store during lunches

Tuesday 1/2/18: School back in session

Tuesday 1/9/18: PBIS Assembly

Wednesday 1/10/18: 1 Hour late start school starts @ 9:45 a.m.

Monday 1/15/18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No School

Wednesday 1/17/18: School Council Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday 1/17/18: PTO Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. Ron Griffin Attending

Tuesday 1/23/18: Learning Center Parents program “Bridge the Gap” @ 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday 1/30/18: Learning Center Parents program “Make it Take it” @ 9:30 a.m.

Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice

December 15, 2017

Please join us at Barnes & Noble at the Derby Shoppes at 9:45 a.m. on, Tuesday the 19th, for a Grade 5 Concert and Book Fair. The Barnes and Noble Book Fair will be in the store on Tuesday, but it is also on-line until Sunday the 24th at 11:59 p.m.  Go to: BN.com/bookfairs and use this code at checkout: 12263034. If you still have some book or technology shopping keep in mind the Ozbots that Ms. Dorgan our new Technology teacher, has used. We purchased them at Barnes & Noble to build creativity and computer programming skills. They also carry littleBits, Sphero, and Makey Makey games. All great programming learning toys - a great educational value. 

As the Holidays approach our Life Threatening Allergy and Wellness Committees continue to work on the issues of Allergies and a Safe Snack list.  At this time the Wellness Committee has not developed a “Safe Snack” list.  Therefore we will have “No food just fun” again at our Holiday Celebrations.  Classrooms can have games, crafts, and stories at their celebrations.

As part of the Scituate Educational Experience and the Scituate Public School’s commitment to the health and well-being of all students, the School Counseling Department is delighted to announce a collaborative effort with the district’s School Resource Officer, Officer Sarah Arseneau.  Our elementary School Adjustment Counselor, Linda Nathan, will team up with Officer Arseneau to deliver a safety awareness lesson to elementary students, K-5.  Students will meet in the following grade-level assemblies:  K-1, 2-3, and 4-5 during the month of January to attend the 15 minute presentation. Linda Nathan and Officer Arseneau,  will explain to students the many ways that police officers can be helpful, as well as some of what her role as a police officer entails in the school setting. The students will learn when it is appropriate to call 911 and what happens when the feature is utilized. Counselors will also talk about the ways in which they help students in the schools.  This lesson is aligned with the American School Counselor Association’s standards for School Counseling in the personal/social domain that students will acquire personal safety skills. We hope that parents/caregivers will reinforce these important safety skills with your students at home.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Linda Nathan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Student Government Spirit Week will kick off next week. On Wednesday the 20th wear fun socks or slippers, on Thursday the 21st wear Boston sports gear, and on Friday the 22nd wear holiday spirit clothes and or colors. 

To accompany Hatherly's Spirit Week, the 5th grade Upstander Alliance along with the Student Government would like to encourage all students and staff to participate in Boston's Operation Sock Drop. If you are wearing crazy socks or slippers on Wednesday's spirit day, we encourage you to bring in a pair of new socks to be donated to the Friends of Boston's Homeless.  Socks can be any size and color-- cotton and wool are best. Everyone deserves to have warm and cozy toes this winter!  For more information check out the link below:

https://fobh.org/operation-sock-drop-2/https://fobh.org/operation-sock-drop-2/

The Circus is coming to town- Hatherly!  Yes really.  Every other year our fabulous PTO brings Gary, The Silent Clown, to Hatherly.  Gary brings his props and skills from his years at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Baily Circus and co-teaches every P.E. class that week with Mr. Puzzangara.  Students from K-5 have the opportunity to find their inner juggler, unicyclist, gymnast, and clown.  Our older students will culminate the week with a full fledge circus performance under the big top of our gym.  The circus will perform form 10-11:30 a.m. Parents of the circus performers are welcome, though be forewarned it is tight quarters!  Scituate Cable will be filming and will show on channel 8 for those who can’t make the greatest show at Hatherly.   (FYI channel 8 is currently airing our winter concert). 

Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice

Building A Better World One Student At A Time

Future Dates

Monday 12/18/17-Friday 12/22/17:  Gary The Silent Clown Circus Week

Monday 12/18/17-Friday 12/22/17: For A Day Auction winner’s week

Tuesday 12/19/17: Grade 5 Concert/Book Fair @ Barnes & Noble in the Derby Street Shoppes, Hingham 9:45 a.m. 

Wednesday 12/20/17: PTO Morning Meeting @ 9:15 a.m. Hatherly Cafeteria

Wednesday 12/20/17: Slipper/ Sock Day

Thursday 12/21/17: Kindergarten Polar Express Party @ Hatherly 9:30 a.m.

Thursday 12/21/17: Grade 4 Immigration Presentation @ Hatherly 9:45 a.m.

Thursday 12/21/17: Boston Sports Day

Friday 12/22/17: Holiday Spirit Day

Friday 12/22/17: Circus Performance @ 10:00 a.m. in the Hatherly Gym

Friday 12/22/17: All School sing-a-along @ 2:30 p.m. in the Hatherly Cafeteria

Monday 12/25/17-1/1/208 Winter Vacation No School

Tuesday 1/2/18: School back in session 

 

Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice

December 8, 2017

On Wednesday our fourth and fifth graders dazzled their morning and evening audiences by performing many choral numbers directed by Mr. Mundt and many band selections directed by Ms. Teague and Ms. Gilman. Some of the fourth grade choral numbers included: “Octopus’s Garden” by Lennon and McCartney and “You are my Sunshine” by Davis and Mitchell.  Some of the fifth grade choral numbers included: “Sha-Boom” by Keyes, Feaster, McRae and Edwards; “One Day” by Matisyahu, and “A Place in the Choir” by Bill Stains. Ms. Teague directed the fifth grade band in: “The Little Drummer Boy” arranged by Gerald Sebeskey; “Holy Jolly Christmas” arranged by Michael Sweeney; “A Chanukah Festival” arranged by John O’Reilly: and “Diary of a Grumpy Elf” arranged by Timothy Loest. We also had a solo hip- hop dance routine for the first time this year performed by Dah’kye Garner.  Dah’kye rocked the stage dancing to the song “Sweet Pea” by Amos Lee.

Looks like we may get our first snow, so just a reminder: All students are expected to go out to recess. The following clothing items are required when snow is on the ground: grades in K-4 need coats, snow pants, boots, hats, and mittens/gloves; grade 4 (if they only have boots they stay on the blacktop and if they only have sneakers and its clear, they can stay on the blacktop); grade 5 needs coats, boots, hats, and gloves.   When there is no snow on the ground snow pants are still required for your children in grades K-3 to keep them warm.  Only unsafe conditions such as ice or temperatures below 25 degrees with wind chill will keep us inside.  Even when it is 25 degrees or below hearty souls are challenged to do a “Polar Bear” walk of 10 minutes outside. Temperatures change from 8:00 a.m. to recess, so it is good to send students prepared for outdoors every day! Be sure to LABEL all their clothing because they “wander” from their coat hooks. Thank you for your assistance in sending in clothing your children need so they can get the fresh air and activity they need! 

Report cards will go home today for students in grades K-3 and available in the Aspen portal for students in grades 4 & 5 by 4pm.  Conferences are this Monday December 11th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  You may still sign up until 11:00pm Sunday night for a conference here: http://www.scituate.k12.ma.us/index.php/hatherly  and click on the “2017-18 Parent Teacher Conferences” RED BUTTON.

Last Saturday’s fair was a delightful family event with music, crafts, face painting, games, baked goods, breakfast and shopping.  Thank you to Julie Long and Allison Harrington for taking the lead coordinating the annual Hatherly Holiday Fair.  Janet Taylor and Amy Linnell wrapped up a very successful Book Fair week and everyone, including students and staff, are thoroughly enjoying their new books.   The finale of the fair is the much anticipated Raffle Basket drawing.  Eighteen families left with fabulous themed baskets and for the rest of us there is always next year!  Thank you to all our families for their donations, time, and attendance. 

If you still have some book or technology shopping Hatherly is participating in a Barnes & Noble Book Fair from December 19th through December 24th .  Ms. Dorgan our new Technology teacher, has used Ozbots we purchased at Barnes & Noble last spring to build creativity and computer programming skills.  They also carry littleBits, Sphero, and Makey Makey games. All great programming learning toys - a great educational value.  Hatherly will get 20% of every purchase made at Barnes & Noble and online with the attached coupon and or code 12263034.  Please share this will family and friends! The highlight of the Book Fair will be a cabaret performance of our 5th grade chorus at the Barnes & Noble Store at the Derby Street Shoppes at 9:45 a.m. on December 19th

The Student Government spirit week will be the week of December 20th –December 22nd.  On Wednesday the 20th wear fun socks or slippers, on Thursday the 21st wear Boston sports gear, and on Friday the 22nd wear holiday spirit clothes and or colors.  We also are anticipating the amazing circus that week!

Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice

Building A Better World One Student At A Time

Future Dates

Monday 12/11/17: Parent Teacher Conferences 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday 12/13/17: One Hour Delayed Start School starts at 9:45 a.m.

Monday 12/18/17-Friday 12/22/17:  Gary The Silent Clown Circus Week

Monday 12/18/17-Friday 12/22/17: For A Day Auction winner’s week

Tuesday 12/19/17: Grade 5 Concert/Book Fair @ Barnes & Noble in the Derby Street Shoppes, Hingham 9:45 a.m. 

Wednesday 12/20/17: PTO Morning Meeting @ 9:15 a.m. Hatherly Cafeteria

Thursday 12/21/17: Kindergarten Polar Express Party @ Hatherly 9:30 a.m.

Thursday 12/21/17: Grade 4 Immigration Presentation @ Hatherly 9:45 a.m.

Friday 12/22/17: Circus Performance @ 10:00 a.m. in the Hatherly Gym

Friday 12/22/17: All School sing-a-along @ 2:30 p.m. in the Hatherly Cafeteria

Monday 12/25/17-1/1/208 Winter Vacation No School

Tuesday 1/2/18: School back in session 

Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice

December 1, 2017

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break!  We were very busy in that short week.  Our 5th grade Speak Off Finalists did an outstanding job on Monday morning. Fourth and fifth graders and many families got to enjoy the fifth grade Speak Off Finals.  Adair Routh, Ollie Buckley, Calvin Anderson, Otto Brenner, Jake Linnell, Maryn Noble, Jane Ryan, Fiona Kendall, Savana Garabedian, Cici Griffin, and Danny Reforsado presented their memorized poems, and responded to an impromptu topic in front of an audience of 120.  Hatherly is home to some creative and confident public speakers.  The "Speak Off" experience is a foundation to that success of our students. On Monday evening, our Student Government presented a summary of their "Hatherly Helps Hurricanes" event to the Scituate School Committee. Our Hatherly community raised $1,145 to help two schools, one in Texas and one in Florida. The following students participated in running the fabulous fundraiser. 5th Grade Student Government Officers, Presidents: Oliver Buckley & Jane Ryan; Vice President: Bradley Bossey; Secretary: Emily McDonald; Treasurer: Katie Gill;  Student Homeroom Representatives: Shayla Bernabel, Deryn Collins, Tricia Gibbons, Jake Linnell, Piper Crotty, Akheerah Rahman, Grace Taylor, Bailey Young, Danny Reforsado, Adair Routh, Cici Griffin, Kerry Gibbons, Courtney Goyette, and Savana Garabedian. Additionally the following non student Government members participated in the fundraising event:  Rachel Greenwood, Maddie Quirk, Lydon O’Brien, Fiona Kendall, Sylvie Levesque. It was a wonderful and proud evening honoring our 5th grade students who took the initiative to help others in need.

Thank you to all of the families who helped at the can and bottle drive this past month!  The Davenports, Longs, Bacarellas, Lynches, Neikirks, Sheas, Stoneses, Harrison-Borkoskis, Swindlers, Keefes, Spaths, Toomeys, Bacons, Buckleys, Dockendorffs, Taylors, Flahertys, Roys, Hugueses, Humphreys, LaFleurs, Levesques, Rowes, Sabetis, Garofolis, Chisholms, Schneiders, Sousas, Withrows, Andersons, Bells, Bellistris, Blinds, Bresnahans, Caristis, Collinses, Coogans, Everetts, Fussells, Garabedians, Harringtons, Kendalls, Wades, Lanes, Charlsens, Quirks, Rama-Poccias, Taylors, and Whittakers. The homeroom with the most shifts at the Bottle and Can drive who won an iPad for their homeroom is Ms. Grace’s class!  Thank you to Karen Shea for donating her many, many hours coordinating this fundraiser and manning shifts!  

Don’t forget to register your family for a School Appointment on-line account. Every family must register every year. You may register your family by going to the following link on our homepage: http://www.scituate.k12.ma.us/index.php/hatherly  and click on the “2017-18 Parent Teacher Conferences” RED BUTTON.   Report cards will go home on Friday December 8th for students in grades K-3 and available in the Aspen portal for students in grades 4 & 5 at 4pm.  Conferences are on Monday December 11th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

As the weather begins to get colder we want to remind you that all students are expected to go out to recess. The following clothing items are required when the temperature is 40 degrees or below, long pants, jackets or coats (Leggings or tights under shorts).  The new “style” is leggings or tights under shorts!  As long as their skin is covered those are acceptable! All skin must be covered! Temperatures change from 8:00 a.m. to recess, so it is good to send students prepared for outdoors every day! Be sure to LABEL all their clothing because they “wander” from their coat hooks. Thank you for your assistance in sending in clothing your children need so they can get the fresh air and activity! 

Tomorrow is our much awaited Hatherly Holiday Fair!  Visit the fair between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. This fun family event will include crafts, games, photos with Santa, a bake sale, a basket raffle, the Scholastic Book Fair and much more!  In addition, the Original Works art can be picked up in the Art room anytime during the fair.  This is a Not to be missed event!

We also look forward to our fourth and fifth grade chorus and fifth grade band concerts this Wednesday! The holiday season is definitely kicking off quickly! 

Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice

Building A Better World One Student At A Time

Future Dates

Saturday 12/2/17:  PTO Holiday Fair @ Hatherly 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Wednesday 12/6/17: Grade 4 & 5 Winter Concert @ Hatherly 8:50 a.m.

Wednesday 12/6/17: Grade 4 Winter Concert @ PAC 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday 12/6/17: Grade 5 Winter Concert @ PAC 6:45 p.m.

Friday 12/8/17: PTO School Store during lunches

Wednesday 12/13/17: One Hour Delayed Start School starts at 9:45 a.m.

Monday 12/18/17-Friday 12/22/17:  Gary The Silent Clown Circus Week

Tuesday 12/19/17: Grade 5 Concert/Book Fair @ Barnes & Noble in the Derby Street Shoppes, Hingham 9:45 a.m. 

Wednesday 12/20/17: PTO Morning Meeting @ 9:15 a.m. Hatherly Cafeteria

Thursday 12/21/17: Kindergarten Polar Express Party @ Hatherly 9:30 a.m.

Friday 12/22/17: Circus Performance @ 10:00 a.m. in the Hatherly Gym

Friday 12/22/17: All School sing-a-along @ 2:30 p.m. in the Hatherly Cafeteria

Monday 12/25/17-1/1/208 Winter Vacation No School

Tuesday 1/2/18: School back in session 

Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice

November 17, 2017

On Monday morning, all fourth graders had the opportunity to participate in a PTO funded program from the New England Aquarium about Engineering and Erosion.  This is the first year the New England Aquarium presented at Hatherly and the students loved this hands-on learning experience! The students designed possible solutions to solve the problem of coastal erosion.  Then students used supplies such as sponges, cloth, suction cups, rocks, and more to create their plan!  

Thank you to all of the families who helped at the can and bottle drive this past week!  The Rowes, Toomeys, Blinds, Neikirks, Caristis, Coogans, Withrows, Davenports, Swindlers, Stones, Buckleys, Longs, Bacarellas, Harrison-Borkoskis, Keefes, Wades, Garabedians, Sousas, Dockendorffs, and Collinses. The homeroom with the most shifts at the Bottle and Can drive will win an iPad for the class.  As of today, Ms. Grace’s homeroom is in the lead with 15 shifts and Mrs. Gillen’s and Mrs. McGrath’s classes are in a close second with 13 shifts!

We are looking forward to our grade 5 Speak Off Finals on Monday. The finalists will perform their poem of choice from memory and then will respond to an impromptu topic in front of their classmates, families, and grade 4 students.  This will allow our fourth graders to get excited about their Speak Off next year.  Thank you to Ms. Henderson and Mrs. Sturges for teaching this great life skill to our fifth graders.

It is now time to register your family for a School Appointment on-line account. Every family must register every year. You may register your family by going to the following link on our homepage: http://www.scituate.k12.ma.us/index.php/hatherly  and click on the “2017-18 Parent Teacher Conferences” RED BUTTON.  The second step is to select your teacher conference time beginning at 7:00 p.m. on November27th when the teacher appointment calendar will open.  Fifth grade families you may make one appointment with their homeroom teacher. Specialists attend conferences for students they work with.  Parents may email specialists directly if you want to set up a conference with them. We look forward to meeting with you to further our partnership in the education of your child!

Take a peek of a sample of a grade 2 lesson on how the heart works:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1g5BLZ6Fd9auFBVMwPEXk-eepVwbMeBBQ/view?usp=sharing

On Tuesday our fourth graders will build an active Native American tipi in our gym.  Students in K and 2 will visit the tipi during the day and learn about the life of Native Americans.  This is a great way to set the stage for Thanksgiving.

With the weather turning colder more winter jackets and sweatshirts are coming to school with your children. Be sure to label them so they go home with your children as well!  We have a coat rack in the lobby with many “nameless” jackets and sweatshirts up for claiming. Next time you are in volunteering remember to check the coat rack for your children’s belongings.  

We have a very short week next week.  Please don't forget that on Wednesday school dismisses at 11:15 AM and no lunches are served.  On behalf of the entire staff at Hatherly, all 68 of us, we wish your families a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice

Building A Better World One Student At A Time

Mark your calendars for the PTO Annual Holiday Fair on Saturday December 2nd from 9-11:30.  We have the favorite and amazing raffle baskets, book fair, crafts, and games!  You can pick up your Original Works also.  Not To Be Missed!

Future Dates

Monday 11/20/17: Gr. 5 Speak Off Finalists Presentations @ 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday 11/21/17: Gr. K, 2, 4 Native American Perspectives program

Tuesday 11/21/17: Learning Center Parent Program “Bridge the Gap” @ 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday 11/22/17: Early Release @ 11:15 a.m. (No lunches served)

Thursday 11/23/17: Thanksgiving No School

Friday 11/24/17: No School

Tuesday 11/28/17: Learning Center Parent Program “Make It Take It” @ 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday 11/28/17 - Saturday 12/2/17: Scholastic Book Fair

Wednesday 11/29/17:  Scituate High School’s Fathom Literary Magazine Club

Saturday 12/2/17:  PTO Holiday Fair @ 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice

November 9, 2017

Hatherly students hosted over 35 Veterans for Lunch today.  What a festive day! We had grandparents, uncles, aunts, friends, and moms and dads join their student for a patriotic lunch topped off with a red white and blue parfait.  Our Student Government greeted our Veterans and helped seat them for lunch.  They also created a beautiful bulletin board where we posted photos of Veterans who served our Country.  In addition, students wrote notes and cards thanking the Veterans for their service. Many Veterans wore their uniforms from the 1940’s to current day.  You can honor our Veterans by attending the town ceremony sponsored by the Scituate American Legion Post #144.  The ceremony begins at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the flagpole at the Scituate Country Club, 91 Driftway, Scituate, MA.  Enjoy a few of the photos attached!

Thank you to all the hard working parents who volunteered for the first week of the PTO Can and Bottle Drive, the Longs, Bacarellas, Sheas, Spaths, Charlsens, Davenports, Humphreys, Taylors, LaFleurs, Dockendorffs, Toomeys, Quirks, Andersons, Roys, Fussells, and Lynchs. You can sign up online to volunteer here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094ea4ad2ea4fe3-hatherly1.

This Wednesday Ms. Pescatore, Mrs. Dorgan, and Mrs. Foley will help parents learn all about Google Classroom- get up to speed to your children!  Come to the Hatherly café from 6-7 pm (right before the PTO meeting).

The Scituate High School’s Fathom Literary Magazine Club is hosting a writing and art workshop for elementary students, grades 1-5. They will be offering various stations including both art and writing activities suited for this age level. Students are encouraged to bring in their own work to be critiqued by high school students, though there will be an opportunity to create as well! It will be held in the high school library on Wednesday, November 29th from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Report cards will go home for grades K-3 on Friday December 8th.  They will also be available to view in the Aspen portal for students in K-5 that same afternoon.  Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, December 11th from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Yes conferences are on a Monday.) The first step in order to select a teacher conference time is to register your family.  This is done fresh every school year.  You may register your family beginning on November 17th by going to the following link on our homepage: http://www.scituate.k12.ma.us/index.php/hatherly  and click on the “2017-18 Parent Teacher Conferences” RED BUTTON.  The second step is to select your teacher conference time beginning at 7:00 p.m. on November27th when the teacher appointment calendar will open.  Fifth grade families you may make one appointment with either homeroom teacher. Specialists attend conferences for students they work with.  Parents may email specialists directly if you want to set up a conference with them. We look forward to meeting with you to further our partnership in the education of your child!

Reserve your yearbook early at the early bird pricing of $16.00 until December 16th. Below is the link to make your reservation.

https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/SelectStudent?isAdvertisementOnly=False&jobNumber=11258618&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Thanksgiving_Campaign&utm_campaign=PUB18YBTC_I

Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice

Building A Better World One Student At A Time

Future Dates

Friday 11/10/17: Veteran’s Day Observed: No School

Monday 11/13/17: Gr. 4 N.E. Aquarium Presentations @ 9, 10, & 11 a.m.

Wednesday 11/15/17: 1 hr. late start. School begins @ 9:45 a.m.

Wednesday 11/15/17: School Council Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday 11/15/17: PTO Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.

Monday 11/20/17: Gr. 5 Speak Off Finalists Presentations @ 10:00 a.m. (Note Date & Time Change)

Tuesday 11/21/17: Gr. K, 2, 4 Native American Perspectives program

Tuesday 11/21/17: Learning Center Parent Program “Bridge the Gap” @ 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday 11/22/17: 11:15 a.m. Early Release (No lunches served)

Thursday 11/23/17: Thanksgiving No School

Friday 11/24/17: No School

Tuesday 11/28/17: Learning Center Parent Program “Make It Take It” @ 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday 11/29/17:  Scituate High School’s Fathom Literary Magazine Club

Open Circle:

In a recent Open Circle lesson, we talked about what it feels like to be calm and we learned two calm breathing techniques to help us get calm. Students have also been practicing breathing techniques through our Calm Classroom curriculum. One is called the I Am Calm technique:

  • As your feel the air moving in through your nose, silently repeat the word “I”
  • As you breathe out, silently repeat the words, “Am Calm”.
  • Repeat this procedure for 20-30 seconds
  • Notice how you feel      

We also talked about ways to get calm when you feel upset. We discussed what happens in our bodies and brains when we feel strong emotions. We learned how different parts of the brain, such as the frontal cortex and the amygdala, control how we feel, think and act. When we are upset, it is difficult to think clearly. We learned that calm-breathing techniques can help us calm down. Spending time with people who care about us also helps us feel calm. Calming down helps us think and make decisions.

Ask your child to teach you some calm breathing techniques he/she learned in school. Practice them together. Share with your child some times when you might want to use one of the calm breathing techniques. Talk about times he/she might want to use them to calm down. Make a habit of using calm breathing yourself and encourage your child to use one of the techniques whenever he/she needs to calm down.

Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice

November 3, 2017

We have survived one of the two big challenges of fall, Halloween.  This weekend when the clocks fall back is our second challenge!  The students were wonderful on our extra spooky Halloween day in the dark!  Thank you to all our teachers and staff for keeping our typical school routines for the majority of the day even without technology. Mrs. DeMello praised your children’s flexibility and memories knowing their food pins during lunches. We all became very aware of how dependent we are on electrical power as we lost internet, lights, and even pencil sharpening! Thank you to our Room Parents for their fun Halloween activities.  We all enjoyed the sight of our Kindergarteners parading throughout the school.  I know you will enjoy the attached photos.

On Thursday we had our second PBIS Assembly and our third grade presented on many ways to be kind. To view their presentation, click on the link below.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0QPrHptsvzuWkx4amhRVERkZW8/view?usp=sharing

Our fifth graders have been working diligently on their annual Speak-Off.  The Speak-Off is an opportunity to develop their public speaking skills.  Each fifth grader completes a 2 part process.  The first, they memorize a poem of their choice and recite it in front of their class.  The second is impromptu where they speak spontaneously for one minute on a topic they are given.  This year’s finalists are: Calvin Anderson, Maryn Noble, Danny Reforsado, Adair Routh, Jane Ryan, Otto Brenner, Savana Garabedian, CiCi Griffin, Ollie Buckley, Jake Linnell, and Fiona Kendall.  They will perform for their families and the fourth and fifth graders at 9:35 a.m. on November 20th.  Congrats to all fifth graders who learn this very important life skill!  Thank you to Ms. Henderson for leading this opportunity with the support of Mrs. Sturges and Mr. Wigman.

Veteran’s Day is next week. As a sign of Hatherly’s appreciation, our Student Government is again dedicating a lunch to all of our brave Veterans on Thursday, November 9th. If you have a relative, neighbor, friend, or know anyone who proudly served our country, we are pleased to invite them.  Make sure to arrive for your child’s normally scheduled lunch time.  Please call the office or send in a note with your child if a guest is attending. If your Veteran is unable to attend you may send in a photo with their name to honor them. 

Lunch Times

Grades K & 1: 12:00

Grades 3 & 4: 12:30

Grades 2 & 5: 1:00

Hatherly School collected 6,631 box tops which equals $663.00!  Great job!  The homeroom winners are Mrs. Cramer with 431 box tops and Mrs. Flynn with 796 box tops.

Thank you to the Hatherly PTO and Arthur Shannon of Shannon Flooring of Scituate for the beautiful carpet in the music room.  We greatly appreciate the PTO for funding it and Shannon Flooring for donating it to us at cost. 

Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice

Building A Better World One Student At A Time

Future Dates

Wednesday 11/8/17: Picture Retake Day # 2

Wednesday 11/8/17: Gr. 4 & 5 turkey trot @ SHS Track 5-6:30 p.m.

Thursday 11/9/17: Bring a Veteran to Lunch Day

Friday 11/10.17: Veteran’s Day Observed: No School

Monday 11/13/17: Gr. 4 N.E. Aquarium Presentations @ 9, 10, & 11 a.m.

Wednesday 11/15/17: 1 hr. late start. School begins @ 9:45 a.m.

Wednesday 11/15/17: School Council Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday 11/15/17: PTO Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.

Monday 11/20/17: Gr. 5 Speak Off Finalists Presentations @ 9:35 a.m. (Note Date & Time Change)

Tuesday 11/21/17: Gr. K, 2, 4 Native American Perspectives program

Tuesday 11/21/17: Learning Center Parent Program “Bridge the Gap” @ 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday 11/22/17:11:15 a.m. Early Release (No lunches served)

Thursday 11/23/17: Thanksgiving No School

Friday 11/24/17: No School  

 

Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice

October 27, 2017

Fifth grade was very busy on Tuesday participating in the Water All Around You program facilitated by the North South Rivers Water Shed Association and Greenscapes.  While half the grade was on a field trip to Scituate's Water Treatment Plant, the other half stayed at Hatherly rotating through six stations led by very insightful parent volunteers! The stations taught students about water pollution, water usage, natural filtration, watershed locations in Scituate, and the different tastes and smells of bottled water, tap water, and distilled water.  Our tour of the Water Treatment Plant was led by Scituate's very own water chemists. The students visited the town's reservoir, learned about the Herring ladder, and witnessed where and how their water is treated using both filtration and chemical processes.  The students were engaged and thoughtful throughout the day, and they have emerged as water conservationists and enthusiasts! Thank you to Erin Blind, Staci Carey, Michelle Levesque, Laura Griffin, Lisa Buckley, Ariel Hurley, Terie Seymour, Cammie Cook, Andy Gill, Sara McSweeney-Ryan, Shari Young, Emily Anderson, and Jessica McDonald for volunteering to run the stations.

Tuesday was INTERNATIONAL FOOD DAY.  Students at various grade levels have harvested potatoes, carrots, sunflower seeds and more from our school garden. Mrs. DeMello prepared the carrots and potatoes from the Hatherly garden and served them at lunches! One parent commented, “My 4th grader is all excited this week about the food Mrs. D is cooking for them from their very own Hatherly Garden…they tasted their carrots (high marks from the kids).”  On Wednesday our own garlic was used for the garlic bread with our pasta! See the attached collage with a picture of Tuesday’s fresh and delicious lunch!

Packets for Original Art Works will be in your child’s backpack this afternoon.  Orders for Original Art Works are due to school on November 3rd and they will be mailed out on November 9th. Products will be back for the Holiday Fair on Saturday, December 2nd. This is a great opportunity to get quality gifts with your child’s own art work.  They are truly amazing.

We've re-engineered this year's STEAMteam!  This year, students from grades 4-8 will gather together for a JUNKBOX WARS challenge, where they will be given a box of random materials and asked to build a creative solution to solve a number of tasks. This year's challenge will surely blow students away, but don't despair, hope floats! (hint hint hint!!) Register Now!! Space is limited to 25 students!  Registration is open now at: https://www.scituatesteamcollaborative.com/steamteam

Mondays: 11/6, 11/13, and 11/20 Time: 3:30-4:45 pm (4th and 5th) at Gates Middle School. See the attached flyer for more information.

This coming week will feature Halloween on Tuesday, with a Kindergarten costume parade at 9:00 a.m.  All the rest of us celebrate wearing black and orange. For this year, our Halloween parties will be NO FOOD, JUST FUN.  Thank you to all our Room Parents for abiding by this. 

On Monday we did picture retakes for those who were absent or those who were unhappy with their first photos.  However many photo packages arrived late.  If you got a late package and want a retake please email Mrs. Piatelli @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If needed, we will do retake number 2 on 11/8/17.

Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice

Building A Better World One Student At A Time

Future Dates

Tuesday 10/31/17: Kindergarten Halloween Parade @9:00 a.m. NOTE: Only Kindergarten students wear costumes, everyone else wears black and orange to school that day.

Wednesday 11/1/17: Grade 3 Field Trip to Plimouth Plantation

Thursday 11/2/17: PBIS Assembly @ 8:45 a.m.

Friday 11/3/17: PTO School Store during lunches

Wednesday 11/8/17: Picture Retake Day # 2 (if needed)

Wednesday 11/8/17: Gr. 4 & 5 turkey trot @ SHS Track 5-6:30 p.m.

Thursday 11/9/17: Bring a Veteran to Lunch Day

Friday 11/10.17: Veteran’s Day Observed: No School

Monday 11/13/17: Gr. 4 N.E. Aquarium Presentations @ 9, 10, & 11 am

Monday 11/13/17: Gr. 5 Speak Off Finalists Presentations @ 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday 11/15/17: 1 hr. late start. School begins @ 9:45 a.m.

Wednesday 11/15/17: School Council Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday 11/15/17: PTO Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.

Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice

October 20, 2017

Even though the temperatures dropped on Monday afternoon there was a steady stream of students getting ice cream from their favorite teachers at Nona’s Scoop Night!  Everyone including all the students and teachers were smiling and enjoying the event. Thank you to Cammie Cook for coordinating this event and to Krissy Donohue from Nona's for donating the proceeds of $473.00 in ice cream sales and $70 in teacher tips!  So, that’s a total of $543 to the Hatherly School PTO.  

Thank you to the PTO for running the election for School Council!  We had two well qualified candidates, Tara Kostek and Carey Borkoski.  Carey will be joining Julie Long, Andy Gill, and Katie Labadia on the council as our new parent representative. All School Council meetings are open to all interested parents.  We meet one Wednesday each month from 6-7 PM.  We all had a productive meeting this past Wednesday night.

Students are really excited about tonight’s PTO sponsored Halloween Party.  The party is from 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. with a $5.00 student admission or a family cap of $15.00.  D.J. Melissa Trainor is returning for fun in the cafeteria.  Games and crafts will be available in the gym. Costumes are encouraged, but masks and weapons are not allowed.  Students must be accompanied by an adult; it is not a drop off event.

Our student government elections were held last week. Many fifth graders ran for office and gave speeches to their peers.   No easy task. Our Student Government this year is made up of the following students:  Class Co-Presidents, Oliver Buckley and Jane Ryan;  Vice President, Bradley Bossey; Secretary, Emily McDonald; Treasurer, Katie Gill; Fifth Grade Homeroom Representatives are:  Ms. Pescatore’s class: Shayla Bernabel, Deryn Collins, Tricia Gibbons, Jake Linnell and Piper Crotty.  Ms. Henderson’s class: Akheerah Rahman, Grace Taylor, Baily Young, Danny Reforsado, and Adair Routh. Mrs. Flynn’s class: Cici Griffin, Kerry Gibbons, Courtney Goyette, and Savana Garabedian. Thank you to Ms. Pescatore and Mrs. Sturges for being our Student Government Advisors. Fifth graders are also welcome to join the Upstander Alliance to work towards building a positive school climate as part of our Student Government.  Mrs. Flynn will be leading that group as part of the student government. Their first big school-wide event will be our third annual Bring a Veteran to Lunch on Thursday, November 9th.  Any student in the school will be able to bring a family member, neighbor, or friend who is a Veteran to lunch!  Student Government will honor their service during each lunch. 

Anton’s Cleaners will be collecting coats for kids (and adults).  Coats are accepted at all Anton’s Cleaners, Enterprise Bank, Jordan’s Furniture, & Hatherly School between October 16th and January 7th.  See the attached flyer for more information.

Here is a sample of the great music that will be at our Winter Concert on December 6th at the Performing Arts Center with Cici, Liam, and Savana. Be sure to save the date on your calendar 12/6/17.  This is only a sample of the great band and chorus talent at Hatherly.

Tuesday is INTERNATIONAL FOOD DAY.  Students at various grade levels have harvested potatoes, carrots, sunflower seeds and more from our school garden and will be serving them at lunches! Mrs. DeMello will no longer be serving the full salad bar on Fridays; she will only be serving them Mondays through Thursdays.  If your child wants a salad on Friday’s please have him/her notify their teacher in the morning and Mrs. DeMello will happily make up an individual salad. Additionally, there are new snack prices as follows:

  • $0.50:  4 oz. Yogurt, Sunflower Seeds, Cheez-Its, Scooby Snacks, Graham Crackers, Elf Grahams, Animal Crackers, Pretzel Goldfish and Cheddar Goldfish
  • $0.75: Smartfood Popcorn, Chips (all varieties), Grandma's Cookies, Cotton Candy, Fudge and Orange Dream Bars, Sherbet Cups, Vanilla and Chocolate ce cream cup    
  • $1.00: Nutrigrain Bars, Fruit Snacks, Pushpops

Mark your calendars for November 15th from 6-7 PM.  Our Cracker Jack tech gurus, Ms. Pescatore, Liz Dorgan, and Darlene Foley, will be leading a workshop on GOOGLE CLASSROOM for parents!  It's right before the PTO meeting.  Parents will be able to get up to speed on this great platform that our students are using daily.  It's a new world out there...come get schooled!

We had two field trips this week where Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade children were able to tour the new Scituate Library. The message to each grade was this beautiful new library belongs to you! Kindergarten visited the Police Station and Fire station as well! See the attached photos!

Picture retake day is this Monday. If you want a retake for your child, please have them bring their photo package to school so they can hand it to the photographer.  We are aware that several families are still missing their photo packages.   We have been in contact with the company, LifeTouch, and they are continuing to send packages to us early next week.  Once you receive your package if you would like a retake we can set up an additional retake day later this fall. 

Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice

Building A Better World One Student At A Time

Future Dates

Friday 10/20/2017: PTO Halloween Party @ 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 10/21/2017: Come cheer on 6th-12th Graders at the S-GAMES located @ the Gates Art Plaza from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Monday 10/23/17: Picture Retake Day

Tuesday 10/24/17: Grade 5 Water All Around You program and Field trip

Tuesday 10/24/17: Learning Center Parent Program “Make it Take it” @ 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday 10/31/17: Kindergarten Halloween Parade @9:00 a.m. NOTE: Only Kindergarten students wear costumes, everyone else wears black and orange to school that day.

Wednesday 11/1/17: Grade 3 Field Trip to Plimouth Plantation

Friday 11/3/17: PTO School Store during lunches

Thursday 11/9/17: Bring a Veteran to Lunch Day 

 

Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice

October 13, 2017

Thank you to all our community helpers and school staff in their work to keep us safe and in our normal school routine as much as possible on Tuesday.  We appreciate the support of all our families as we followed our safety protocols.  Our district administration should be commended for their timely updates to the community.  We have, and will continue to, review these protocols and both improve them and practice them to focus on safety of your children.

Social emotional learning is ongoing in our daily practice.  Students have two OPEN CIRCLE lessons a week and we are using Calm Classroom exercises at least once a day to help students clam and focus.  Each month we will attach parent information from Open Circle to keep you apprised of the curriculum. See below!

The Pilgrim, Mistress Winslow, visited each grade 3 homeroom today.  She retold the story of the Pilgrims’ experiences of the troubles with the ship Speedwell and subsequently their crowded journey on the Mayflower.  The third grade will travel to Plimouth Plantation on November 1st.  Thank you to the PTO for funding this great learning experience. 

Halloween is fast approaching and the homerooms in grades K-4 will be having class parties on Tuesday, October 31st.  SPS voted a new Life Threatening Allergy Policy in August and it is again under review at this time. Therefore, the Safe Snack List requirements have not yet been developed.  For this year, our Halloween parties will be NO FOOD, JUST FUN.  Thank you to all our Room Parents for abiding by this.  We will endeavor to have a Safe Snack List set by December.  Thank you for your patience and support again, though in a different way from my first paragraph, in keeping all our student’s safe.  Don't forget to wear your costumes to the PTO Halloween Party Friday, October 20th from 6-7:30 PM.

Teachers will be scooping ice cream at Nona’s Monday night.  Hope to see you there!

Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice

Building A Better World One Student At A Time

Future Dates

Monday 10/16/17: K Field Trip: Police, Fire Stations & Library 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Monday 10/16/17: PTO Nona’s Scoop Night from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday 10/17/17: Learning Center Parent Program “Bridge the Gap” @ 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday 10/18/17: One Hour Delayed Start School starts @ 9:45 a.m.

Wednesday 10/18/17: PTO Day Meeting @ 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday 10/18/17: School Council Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.

Friday 10/20/2017: PTO Halloween Party @ 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Monday 10/23/17: Picture Retake Day

Tuesday 10/24/17: Grade 5 Water All Around You program and Field trip

Tuesday 10/24/17: Learning Center Parent Program “Make it Take it” @ 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday 11/1/17: Grade 3 Field Trip to Plimouth Plantation

Friday 11/3/17: PTO School Store during lunches

Thursday 11/9/17: Bring a Veteran to Lunch Day

At the beginning of the year in Open Circle, we discussed and developed some classroom rules that will help to keep our classroom safe, make it a place where students feel cared about and where we can do our best learning. Students also learned that some rules are non-negotiable. This means “no choice.” They may ask to have these rules explained, and they may ask questions about them, but they cannot be changed.

In another Open Circle meeting, we talked about nonverbal signals. A nonverbal signal is a way of communicating without using words. We tried out many nonverbal signals that we already know, such as the signals for okay, no, good effort, and let’s be quiet. We talked about why it might be helpful to have some nonverbal signals in the classroom that everyone agrees to and is clear about. The class chose several nonverbal signals that we agreed to use this year in the classroom.

We have been getting to know each other better. In order for students to become friends and work well together, it is important for them to learn about each other. We did an activity called “Stand Up/Sit Down” to find out ways we are the same and ways we are different.

Some ways to reinforce these lessons at home would be to ask your children about some non-negotiable rules and nonverbal signals that exist in their classrooms. Perhaps there are some non-negotiable rules in your home for mealtimes, bedtimes, and responsibilities.You might encourage your child to get to know a classmate they do not know very well during recess or lunchtime. We talked about how much we can learn from people who are different from us.

Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice

October 5, 2017

We have had beautiful weather this week that has really enhanced our activities!  The sun was shining on Monday as we practiced rear door school bus evacuations.  Students all went outside to practice after meeting with teachers and bus drivers to discuss Peaceful School Busses.  We all need to work together to have a peaceful and safe school bus and enjoyable ride for all.  Ms. Glenda Paige (bus #6), Mr. John Bartkus (bus #14), and Mrs. Bonnie Palm (bus #11), all led their own bus evacuations.  Walkers and Car Riders met with Mrs. Fitzmaurice and our crossing guard, Mrs. Concannan, to discuss safe ways to school and then we had extra bus drivers to assist students in practicing the evacuation drill to be prepared for field trips.

Wednesday was our annual WALK TO SCHOOL DAY... and the weather was perfect again!  Teachers met over 150 students at three spots and we all walked to school.  Many families, dogs, and strollers joined us also.  It was an energetic way to start our school day.  You could see the positive effect all morning in classrooms.  Some teachers enjoyed it so much they thought we should do it monthly!  We had a visitor, Moss Lynch, from the Department of Transportation Safe Routes To School program that funded the Hollett street sidewalk that meets Gannett.  He really was impressed with the Hatherly participation in this international event.  Hatherly photos should make their next newsletter.

We also had fire safety presentations on Tuesday and Wednesday for students in grades K-3. Elena Cheverie and Lt. David Bortolotto from the Scituate Fire Department presented to each homeroom about the importance of fire safety. They discussed; stop drop and roll, how to call 911 in an emergency, and making sure each family has a meeting space in case there is a fire. All very important topics!

Registration for AlphaBEST Explorations Enrichment workshops is currently open and workshops are filling up. We will be unable to add additional students once a workshop reaches maximum enrollment and registration will close on October 8, 2017. There are still spots left in many of our workshops so please visit www.alphabestexplorations.com and follow the registration link at the top of the page to register your child today. If you have any questions, please contact Michael Cappelli, Enrichment Manager (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Correction from last week: GREG TANG WAS FUNDED BY PTO’s!  Thank you to our Hatherly PTO; it was a great event for all.  See Ms. Huntress' note to families (inserted below) about Greg Tang and how his math philosophy relates to what we do every day.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice

Building A Better World One Student At A Time

Future Dates

Friday 10/6/17: No School: Teacher Professional Development Day

Monday 10/9/17: No School: Columbus Day

Monday 10/16/17: K Field Trip: Police, Fire Stations & Library 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Monday 10/16/17: PTO Nona’s Scoop Night from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday 10/17/17: Learning Center Parent Program “Bridge the Gap” @ 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday 10/18/17: One Hour Delayed Start School starts @ 9:45 a.m.

Wednesday 10/18/17: PTO Day Meeting @ 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday 10/18/17: School Council Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.

Friday 10/20/2017: PTO Halloween Party @ 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Monday 10/23/17: Picture Retake Day

Tuesday 10/24/17: Grade 5 Water All Around You program and Field trip

Tuesday 10/24/17: Learning Center Parent Program “Make it Take it” @ 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday 11/1/17: Grade 3 Field Trip to Plimouth Plantation

Friday 11/3/17: PTO School Store during lunches

Thursday 11/9/17: Bring a Veteran to Lunch Day

From Ms. Huntress:

During the summer our district math assignment for elementary students was to take the Greg Tang Summer Math Online Challenge. This proved to be a great preview for our Fall Math Fact Fluency Frenzy kick-off featuring the acclaimed, Greg Tang. 

Special thanks to our amazing PTOs for organizing and funding a spectacular 1st Annual District Math Night on September 26, 2017! The energy was flowing and the neurons were firing from the eager adults in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) to the enthusiastic kids in the cafeteria.  

Facilitator, Greg Tang, referred to as a "Math Missionary," shared his dedication and passion for math with parents. It was evident from the responses that the audience was captivated by these nontraditional math methods. Greg Tang Jr. kept things moving for the students with interactive fluency centers for budding mathematicians.

Mr. Tang’s philosophy is to engage students in a fun, exciting way to break apart numbers and see patterns that emerge. By practicing these mental math skills and manipulating numbers rather than staring at them, he hopes children will develop abstract thinking skills necessary for higher level math reasoning.  To be good in math requires lots of practice with these foundational skills.

Math Specialists are taking advantage of this enthusiasm and continuing the Fluency Frenzy at home.  Grades 2 and 3 will start their own fact Fluency Challenge in October.   The challenge is to work on fluency for just 6 minutes each night. We will be graphing our progress and cheering our classmates on. 

Be sure to check out www.gregtang.com/games for more information, resources, and ways to engage your child with many opportunities for math practice.

 

Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice

September 29, 2017

"Kindness is a Muscle" was the theme of our first Hatherly Hornet Assembly on Wednesday.  Ms. Fine presented a video from sprout, https://youtu.be/tP4gLX8FBDA, to introduce” Kindness is a Muscle” that we need to build and flex.  It was followed up with a Hatherly video showing all our students flexing their muscles! To watch the video clink the link below: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0ZVw5Acc3kMYUR6blB0dzRid1U/view?usp=sharing. Everyone enjoyed rocking to the beat and seeing themselves. The assembly wrapped up with the raffle drawing for the Hatherly themed basket from our Hatherly Helps Hurricanes fundraiser.  Congratulations to Piper Crotty who won the basket!  Thank you to all our families who demonstrated kindness by donating to the fifth grader’s efforts. Also on Wednesday, grade one had a special visitor, Superintendent Ron Griffin, who read a story on doing kind acts. Change The World Before Bedtime, a collaboration by, Mark Kimball Moulton, Josh Chalmers, and Karen Good. It tied in perfectly with our school theme.

Math was the theme on Tuesday night when Greg Tang presented to 90 Scituate parents and teachers in the Scituate PAC while more than 100 students enjoyed math games in the cafeteria. Thank you to Scituate Educational Foundation for funding this great opportunity to hear about another way to build foundations of number sense. Erin Blind was our PTO coordinator and many parents and teachers helped with the math games.  Thank you all!

October begins with Peaceful Bus Meetings on Monday morning.  Students meet with their bus drivers and teachers to review bus safety.  Car riders and walkers will meet with our School Resource Officer, Sarah Arseneau, and Crossing Guard, Mrs. Concannon, to review walking and bike safety.  All students will then practice a rear door bus evacuation.  Students in 1st-5th grades saw a video on the bus evacuation this afternoon as a reminder.  By the way, our buses routes are settled with all three busses arriving to school between 8:33-8:41 each morningJ.

On Wednesday, October 4th, we will celebrate International Walk to School Day!  At 8:15 teachers will meet students at Woodland Rd., Three Ring Rd., or Purple Dinosaurs Playground and walk to school together.  It is always a fun morning for all!  Come join us if you can. The rain date will be held the next day, Thursday, October 5th, at the same time and places.

This Saturday is the PTO’s Parents Night Out.  Besides the annual auction items of the “FOR A DAY” at school (Principal for a day, PE teacher for a day, Art Teacher for a day, etc.) the PTO has secured some other great items.  Be sure to get there to bid on the following items plus more; a custom Scituate long board being donated again (A $400 value). A certificate for four tickets to a 2018 Cannons game, a pre-game locker room tour, and pre-game field access to watch the teams warm up (A $250 value). Just a few tickets left!  People can buy by clicking on this link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=qpx9w6tab&oeidk=a07eek8xp1u28275d4f

Do you shop at Stop & Shop?  Is your Stop & Shop card registered for Hatherly at A+ School Rewards?  If yes- thank you!  We received anywhere from $500- $900 in donations throughout the past years. If you haven’t signed up or don’t know there are three easy ways you can register.  You can email Lisa Garabedian This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with you last name, 13 digit Stop & Shop card number and telephone number.  You can log on to www.stopandshop.com/aplus to register online (ID# 06394) or next time you are shopping you can ask Stop & Shop to sign you up!

Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice

Building A Better World One Student At A Time

Future Dates

Monday 10/2/17: Peaceful School Bus Meetings and bus evacuations

Tuesday 10/3/17: Fire Safety Presentations for Grade 3

Wednesday 10/4/17: Fire Safety Presentations for Grades K, 1 & 2

Wednesday 10/4/17: Walk to School Day

Thursday 10/5/17: Bay Colony Educators Presentation for Grade 3 @ 9:00 a.m.

Friday 10/6/17: No School: Teacher Professional Development Day

Monday 10/9/17: No School: Columbus Day

Monday 10/16/17: PTO Nona’s Scoop Night from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday 10/17/17: Learning Center Parent Program “Bridge the Gap” program @ 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday 10/18/17: One Hour Delayed Start School starts @ 9:45 a.m.

Wednesday 10/18/17: PTO Day Meeting @ 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday 10/18/17: School Council Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.

Friday 10/20/2017: PTO Halloween Party @ 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 11/9/17: Bring a Veteran to Lunch Day 

 

Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice

September 22, 2017

We are wrapping up our third week of school and the students are working very hard already.  You can see their confidence grow in class and throughout the school. They are active in their learning and taking it very seriously.  We hope they are feeling safe and settled.  A full week of outdoor recess will help us all!

The Fifth Grade is proud to announce that Hatherly School raised $1,145.04 in our Hatherly Helps Hurricanes campaign.  Our Back to School Night’s collections brought in $572.84. Students purchased $183.20 worth of Hatherly pencils and erasers.  Thanks to the efforts of several fifth graders who ran a lemonade stand, an additional $100 was donated.  Finally, we sold 289 raffle tickets for our basket raffle.  Thank you to the Hatherly PTO, Ms. Pescatore, and Mrs. Sturges for making donations to help create the basket.  The winner of the basket raffle will be picked next Wednesday, September 27th at our first PBIS assembly.  The Fifth Grade team would like to thank everyone who participated in this fundraising event.  What a kind way to start the school year!

Don’t miss the family math night now open to all grades with Greg Tang on Tuesday, September 26th from 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center!  Learn, play, and enjoy fun new games you can do with your children that will improve math skills.  Registration is required! *Event is limited to 50 students from each school.

Please email Erin Blind at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your student(s).  See the attached flyer for more information.

Collect your Box Tops!  The contest between classrooms starts on October 2nd.  Please send your child/children in with box tops!  Box tops will be placed in designated boxes in each homeroom.  There will be a winner for the lower wing and a winner for the upper wing. Winners will get to choose a special treat for the class from the cafeteria.  The deadline is Friday, October 27th.  Any questions please contact Lisa Garabedian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you to all the parents who came to our PTO meeting on Wednesday.  We are off to a great start for another successful year.

Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice

Building A Better World One Student At A Time

Future Dates

Monday 9/25/17: Grade 4 & 5 Instrumental Rental Night @ 6:30 p.m. Cushing School

Tuesday 9/26/17: Learning Center Parent “Make it take it session” at 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday 9/26/17: Family Math Night with Greg Tang @ 6:00 p.m.- 7:15 p.m. Performing Arts Center @ SHS

Wednesday 9/27/17: PBIS Assembly @ 8:50 a.m.

Tuesday 10/3/17: Fire Safety Presentations for Grade 3

Wednesday 10/4/17: Fire Safety Presentations for Grades K, 1 & 2

Wednesday 10/4/17: Walk to School Day

Thursday 10/5/17: Bay Colony Educators Presentation for Grade 3 @ 9:00 a.m.

Friday 10/6/17: No School: Teacher Professional Development Day

Monday 10/9/17: No School: Columbus Day

Monday 10/16/17: PTO Nona’s Scoop Night from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday 10/17/17: Learning Center Parent Program “Bridge the Gap” program @ 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday 10/18/17: One Hour Delayed Start School starts @ 9:45 a.m.

Wednesday 10/18/17: PTO Day Meeting @ 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday 10/18/17: School Council Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.

Friday 10/20/2017: PTO Halloween Party @ 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 11/9/17: Bring a Veteran to Lunch Day 

 

Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice 

September 15, 2017

Thank you to all our families for participating in our Open Houses this week.  Sharing what we do every day and our goals for the year is a great way to keep our partnership in educating the children of Hatherly alive and growing!  As you could see, education has changed a lot since you were sitting in elementary school classrooms.

To keep family connections to school alive when your child gets home, instead of asking, "What did you do in school today?" and get nothing back, try a variety of questions.  These questions will build up kids who love challenges, are intrigued by their mistakes, and keep on learning.  Ask different questions from the suggested list below that give you a better picture of your child's day:

What did you learn in Reading today?  (Switch up Math etc. different days)

What is the coolest thing that happened today? What wasn't so cool?

What made you laugh?

How were you kind today?

Carol Dweck, the guru of Growth Mindset, proposes questions like:

What mistake did you make today that taught you something?

What did you try hard at today?

What was the fun part of your day?

Also research shows that children who regularly eat meals with their families tend to do better in school and avoid risky behavior.  No one says it has to be a “made from scratch meal”... but it is the quality family time and interactions that are important! Eating dinner together is great, but other meals count too such as a family breakfast or picnic lunch on the weekend.

HATHERLY HELPS HURRICANES collected $575 at the Open Houses this week, and $183 selling pencils and erasers.  On Tuesday and Wednesday we will be selling $1.00 raffle tickets for a Hatherly themed basket!  We will be sending the funds to two schools; one in Houston, Texas and one in Immokalee, Florida.

Three Hatherly students were also very prosperous running a lemonade stand this past Saturday to support hurricane victims. Savana Garabedian, Tricia Gibbons and Kerry Gibbons are so excited to have raised $100 in donations. A customer gave them the idea to give the lemonade away and let people decide how much they wanted to donate.  They found so many people that wanted to help and were happy to have found a way to do it!  After just a few hours of yelling “Free Lemonade” and telling people where their donations would go, they were able to raise $100.

As mentioned at open houses we will have rotating trimesters of health classes this year.  Please see the attached letter introducing the health classes by Mr. Mark Puzzangara.

Please take a few moments to fill out the Hatherly Parent Technology Survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uxTcsAdLlwfdpf8DWapDZEjcqJ2J24Bt4ge3q3PwV8Y

Clink on the link to see a video of kindness and excitement starting the school day at Hatherly. Enjoy!  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0ZVw5Acc3kMSUxJMWxMMXJXbVU/view?usp=sharing

School Pictures are on TUESDAY!  Be ready to SMILE!

Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice

Building A Better World One Student At A Time

Future Dates

Monday 9/18/17: Grade 4 – In school instrumental demonstration @ 9:15 a.m.

Tuesday 9/19/17: School Picture Day

Tuesday 9/19/17: Learning Center “Bridge the Gap” program @ 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday 9/20/17: School Council Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday 9/20/17: PTO Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.

Monday 9/25/17: Grade 4 & 5 Instrumental Rental Night @ 6:30 p.m. Cushing School

Tuesday 9/26/17: Learning Center “Make it take it session” at 9:30 a.m.

Thursday 11/9/17: Bring a Veteran to Lunch Day 

 

Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice

September 8, 2017

What a smooth opening this week, it is like we never left!  All of our returning students got right back into their routines embracing the new expectations of their new grade.  They all should feel very proud of themselves as they undertake the challenges of the new grade.

This year our school will emphasize kindness using the theme:

Be Kind...

To Yourself

To Others

Every school year we begin with a focus on school climate and how students can be successful in creating a positive school experience for themselves and others.  Teachers will be having daily Open Circle lessons during the first couple of weeks of school to set clear expectations for school behavior.  We emphasize the steps to problem solving using the Open Circle stoplight.  It may be worthwhile to print this out and put on your refrigerator to help solve sibling problems!  The emphasis is on kindness, the antithesis of bullying.  The more we are kind the less likely bullying occurs.  You may see the SPS Anti-Bullying Policy at this link http://scituate.k12.ma.us/images/Policy_JICFB_Bullying.pdf. Parents are encouraged to help students learn to build their problem solving skills to help them in difficult situations.  Please keep your child's teacher apprised of any challenges they may be having at school, academic or social.  We aim to help students build positive relationships before we get to a bullying situation; a situation with repeated actions that cause physical or emotional harm to the victim.

There are exciting changes to the daily schedule at Hatherly beyond the 15 minutes later start and dismissal times.  Most grade levels will have their special block at the same time every day.  Grade 4 will have 3 first block specials MWF and T TH last block specials, and the fifth grade will be the opposite.  General Music class will increase from 30 minutes to 45 minutes.  Monday classes will be taught by Mrs. Richter; Tuesday and Wednesday classes will be taught by Mr. Mundt.  They will coordinate and align the class lessons.  Students will also have special classes on Thursday and Fridays that will change each trimester.  By the end of the year students will have had two trimesters of library class, one trimester of a new Technology Engineering/Design class, two semesters of Health and one additional trimester of Art class!  You will get more information on these new classes soon.  See the attached photo of Mr. Tarpey's Kindergarteners learning about STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics with Mrs. Dorgan!

We are starting lunch groups (or sometimes snack groups) in kindergarten through fifth grade. The purpose of these groups is to help all children get to know each other and develop friendships. These groups are a great way to foster the development and mastery of a variety of social skills that can be utilized in the classroom, playground, and home environment. The children learn how to work cooperatively together, handle difficult situations (i.e., teasing), and treat each other respectfully.

In the older grades, lunch groups provide a way for the children to spend their lunch time in a small group talking and playing games.

Lunch groups will be facilitated by Jennifer Fine, school psychologist or Linda Nathan, school adjustment counselor. Lunch groups will be available to all children in kindergarten through fifth. If you would prefer your child not to participate in a lunch group, please email Jennifer Fine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

School picture day is on Tuesday, September 19th.  Order forms will be sent home this coming Tuesday.  Please fill out the order form and send it in with your child on picture day or you may order online at mylifetouch.com.  The picture day ID number is: MV227268Y0.  Please remember if you choose not to have your child’s photo taken, they will not have a headshot in the yearbook. 

* If interested in obtaining a Chromebook for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)  for your student or for home use, SPS has collaborated with Unified Networking Solutions to offer Scituate families an 11” Chromebook at a discounted price of $164.00.  Please see the attached flyer.

Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice

Building A Better World One Student At A Time

Future Dates

Wednesday 9/13/17: One Hour Delayed Start: School beings at 9:45 a.m.

Wednesday 9/13/17: Grades K-2 Back To School Night:

                                K - @ 6:00 p.m. Grades 1-2 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday 9/14/17: Grades 3-5 Back To School Night @ 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday 9/15/17: PTO New Family Welcome @ 9:30 a.m.  Location changed to Laurie Withrow’s home @ 62 Ann Vinal Road

Monday 9/18/17: Grade 4 – In school instrumental demonstration @ 9:15 a.m.

Tuesday 9/19/17: School Picture Day

Tuesday 9/19/17: Learning Center “Bridge the Gap” program @ 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday 9/20/17: School Council Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday 9/20/17: PTO Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.

Monday 9/25/17: Grade 4 & 5 Instrumental Rental Night @ 6:30 p.m. Cushing School

Tuesday 9/26/17: Learning Center “Make it take it session” at 9:30 a.m.

Thursday 11/9/17: Bring a Veteran to Lunch Day