May 17, 2013
Wednesday’s dark and dreary weather could not dampen the glowing enthusiasm of Scituate students sharing their art work and music with their families at the Spring for the Arts.Every single Hatherly student had a piece of art work on display.A wide variety of mediums were showcased that would rival the MFA.In the auditorium, due to the inclement weather, one could sit and hear selections from the entire districts chorus and band ensembles from grades 4 – 12.The fourth grade bands performed together for the first time with four conductors! Our fifth and sixth grade band, fourth grade chorus and fifth and sixth grade chorus all performed a couple of their favorite pieces. We are truly fortunate to have the talented Mrs. Berton, Mr. Mundt and Ms. Gilman inspiring our students to develop their love, talents and joy in the arts. I hope you enjoyed the Spring for the Arts as much as I did!
Our students have completed all the Math and Science MCAS exams demonstrating both diligence and determination. I can’t wait to see what a fantastic job they did. We have a few make ups to do and Iwill be thrilled to ship them off to the state on Tuesday.
With MCAS over, we start wrapping up this school year and planning for next year. A flyer from the PTO to order school supply kits for the fall will be going home on Monday and will be due back on June 7th.
Next year, many faces at Hatherly will change also…I am both proud and sad that the Duxbury Schools will have Mrs. Donna Moffat as their new Assistant Principal at the Alden School. If I had an opportunity to have an assistant principal I would love to have Donna! We will miss her and wish her well in her new endeavor.I am also proud of Mrs. Sousa, who has been chosen as the new Reading Specialist at Wampatuck School. She also will be missed, but thankfully she will still be close by.I am also hoping for district approval for my request for an additional fourth grade teacher. I am actively searching for some new great teachers to fill these spots at Hatherly.
Our student government has reached out to the Scituate Animal Shelter to see what their needs are. They have created a homeroom contest to see who can collect the most items for the Animal Shelter’s Wish List. The animal shelter will visit Hatherly School on June 6th and we will surprise them with our donations.The wish list consists of:
Cat Litter, any variety
Canned Kitten Food
Iams canned Dog Food
Friskies canned Cat Food
Fancy Feast canned Cat Food
Cardboard Scratching Pads
Our fifth grade girl scouts are also helping our greater community with their “Cradles to Crayons Drive.(Please see the notice at the end of this Happening)
The PTO is looking for a treasurer and some committee chairs for the upcoming school year. Please check out their emails and contact either Cammie Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dianna Block at email@example.com if you are interested in helping our PTO.
We had some beautiful spring weather this Thursday and Friday, what a joy! Since fashion styles tend to be contrary to our dress code, I wanted to bring to your attention a few items from our Scituate Public School Handbook on Dress Code:
· Unsafe footwear such as flip-flops, sandals, shoes without back and shoes with high heels are not safe for running or using playground equipment when earing this type of footwear.
· Halter tops
· No “spaghetti strap” jerseys or tank tops or any shirt or jersey which exposed the midriff
· Strapless, backless, see-through garments, tube tops and muscle shirts
· Shorts and skirts that are shorter than mid thigh in length
Enjoy the weekend!
Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice
Together We Make Our School A Success
The Week Ahead:
June 11th -Grade 5 Wax Museum
June 13th -Grade 5 Freedom Trail
June 14th - Grade 2 Concert AM only – 9:15 a.m.
June 14th - Kindergarten Teddy Bear Picnic – 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
June 14th - Bike to the Beach after school event
June 19th -ALL SCHOOL FIELD DAY! (raindate the 21st)
June 25 and June 26 Early Release dismissal at 1:00 PM
June 25th -Grade 6 Recognition Night 7PM
June 27th -LAST DAY DISMISSAL AT 11:30 AM
Cradles to Crayons Collection at Hatherly May 13th - May 24th
The fifth grade Hatherly Girl Scout Troop 73526 will be collecting items for Cradles to Crayons again this year. Please support this effort by starting (or finishing) your spring cleaning and finding a few items that you can donate. A list of items for donation is provided below.
A LARGE Cradles to Crayons collection bin will be available in the front lobby for collection of clothing* and small items such as puzzles and board games. Larger items such as baby equipment (especially strollers and car seats within five years old) can also be donated but not at Hatherly. Drop them off to Barbara Lydon's house at 65 Hollett Street or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for pick up.
*Please note: Cradles to Crayons only accepts gently used clothing (free of stains etc.) and it is a HUGE help if you label the bags with the gender and size(s) of the clothing you donate. The girl scouts will sort all of the clothes before we drop them off to them at the end of the month.
If you are not familiar with Cradles to Crayons (C2C), they collect new and like-new children’s items which are provided to homeless and low-income children who need them. Volunteers do the sorting, cleaning and packing of these items so it is a true community effort. Our troop visited C2C last year and it is a truly amazing place! Their website is www.cradlestocrayons.org .
Suggested Items for Donation:
May 3, 2013
The cafeteria at Hatherly was buzzing this week with over 100 parents enjoying lunch with their children and their friends. Mrs. DeMello and Mrs. Bartlett are such great cooks that some parents were seen at two or three lunches a day or seen several times during the week.Parents were able to see all the fruits, vegetables and whole grains that we offer every day. Next year, even more healthy improvements are planned, hopefully including our much anticipated salad bar.
Math vocabulary was our focus during Math Week this week.Our classrooms were full of wonderful examples of geometric shapes, parallel lines, perpendicular lines and prime numbers.It is amazing to hear kindergarteners talk about prime numbers!The top three classrooms with the highest percent of participation this week were:
Mrs. Sousa’s grade two class came in first place with a percentage of 97.66
Mrs. Sheahan’s grade four class came in second place with a percentage of 94.82
In third place, Mrs. Leet’s third grade class with a percentage of 94.28
Our sixth grade students had one of the best weather weeks on record at Camp Bournedale! We are very proud of all the wonderful reports of their behavior during the week.They were studying ponds, beaches, lobstering and dissecting sharks. They made Hatherly proud! A good weekend of sleep will be in order, I am sure.
On Monday, grades 2, 4 and 5 enjoyed the Geography Game Show, which was an amazing interactive presentation by Neal Nichols funded by the PTO Cultural Enrichment. The presenter drew free hand the entire USA map for grade 4, the 13 colonies for grade 5 and a map of the world for grade 2 which were all supported by significant names, facts and history. Thank you PTO! Opportunities like these are made possible by events such as last Saturdays Parents’ Night Out and Sunday’s Run 4 Scituate.
Thank you to Sheila Chaisson, Suzanne Moon, Audrey Melanson, Marty and Dianna Block for all their help with the Parents’ Night. I would like also to thank Margaret Springer and Emily Anderson for their help with the Run 4 Scituate road race, too.
Last weekend we also had our annual Talent Show directed by Mrs. Deb Sullivan in an encore performance. I heard that the “Bobble Head” act brought down the house along with many other talented acts.
Kindergarten orientation was held on Tuesday for the graduating class of 2026. They were so adorable and more were very eager to start school!
I want to remind you that math MCAS begins this Tuesday and will continue will until May 20th. Please be sure that your child gets a good rest, eight to ten hours of sleep and a healthy breakfast every day but especially on their test days! Send them off with a positive message on how well they will do.The MCAS schedule and many May and June events are listed below.
After this active past seven days, I want to wish you all a quiet weekend!
PTO Meeting -7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 15:-Spring for the Arts
Thursday, May 23:-Grade 3 Spring Concert -9:15 a.m & 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 29:-Grade 5 & 6 Track Meet at SHS
Thursday, May 30:-Grade 4 & 6 Spring Concert – 9:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
@ Scituate High School
Tuesday, June 11:-Grade 5 Wax Museum
Thursday, June 13:-Grade 5 to Boston’s Freedom Trail
Friday, June 14:-Kindergarten Teddy Bear Picnic
Friday, June 14:-Bike Ride to Egypt Beach
Wednesday, June 19-Field Day
Tuesday, June 25-Sixth Grade Recognition Night
Hatherly HappeningsApril 26, 2013
Well, I think that spring finally have arrived in Scituate and just in time for a very busy couple of months for Hatherly students.The PTO is sponsoring a "Parents' Night Out" on Saturday evening at the Knights of Columbus at 7 p.m., …this sounds like a fun way to raise money for our many PTO sponsored programs while enjoying food, wine, and an auction where you can bid for your child to be "Principal of the Day", Physical Education Teacher for the Day, etc., and wonderful camaraderie with friends! Ticket will be on sale at the door for $20.00.On Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in front of Gates School, the students in grades four, five and six from Cushing and Hatherly will sing the Star Spangled Banner to kick off the Run4Scituate Road Race. Hatherly will have its annual Talent Show on Sunday afternoon at Scituate High School as 1 p.m. We have many future American Idols that will be performing. I want to share with you our newest member of the Hatherly family; Mrs. Dianna Huntress has welcomed into the world a beautiful baby girl, Jenna Faith. We are very fortunate to have Miss Katherine Darche as Ms. Huntress' substitute for the remaining of the school year. On Thursday, the sixth graders were privileged to participate in "Allies not bystanders" run by Scituate High School's Anti-Defamation League students on an anti-bullying workshop. This is a wonderful program designed to combat bullying in our schools. I was very impressed and proud of our high school students, a few of which were Hatherly alumni; you may know some of these high school leaders:Johnny Ricci Cassie Twohig Carolyn MaloneGina Collari Rob McDonald Ellie QuenzerEmily Richard Savannah HayesAlong this same subject, I would like to let parents know about the "Friends, Frenemies, and All that Drama" program which will take place on Thursday, May 2nd at Jenkins School Library at 7 p.m. Katy Shamitz, founder and director of Skills for Living, will lead parents through a discussion on true friendship as opposed to "frenemies". She will guide parents on how to help their children learn how to manage conflict, senseless drama, and set the stage for positive, healthy friendships. For more information go to: www.scituatespedpac.orgI would also like to remind you that next week is our Healthy Lunch Week. Don't forget to send in your reservation to have a healthy lunch with your child and enjoy a delicious lunch made by our very own talented Mrs. DeMello and Mrs. Bartlett! On Monday, our sixth graders will be going to Camp Bourndale for a week of fun-filled adventures, exploring science, and games. Let's hope that the weather stays as nice as it is today! I know that our sixth graders will make us very proud!With only forty something days left to school, I want to mention that there is still a lot of learning going on in the classrooms. We will be having our Math Week starting on Monday, April 30. Look at the calendar below to see the theme for each math day! We will be well prepared for the Math and Science MCAS tests which will start on May 7th.Enjoy this busy weekend and I hope to see you at one or more of the Hatherly School program this weekend!Upcoming Calendar of Events:Math Week: April 29 – May 3Monday, April 29 - Grade 6 students will be9:30 a.m. dropped off at Little Red School HouseHealthy Lunch Week beginsTuesday, April 30- Geometric Shape Day – wear circles, (polka dots) squares, triangles, rhombuses, or rectanglesKindergarten Orientation 9: 30 a.m.Wednesday, May 1- Parallel Line Day – Wear your stripes proudlyEarly Release Day - 1:00 p.m. dismissalThursday, May 2- Perpendicular Line Day - Wear plaid or a checkerboard pattern and show off those right anglesGrade 4 Spring Concert 9:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 3- Wear a number day, as a bonus, if your number is a prime number then you will get a prize Grade six returns from Camp Bournedale
Hatherly HappeningsApril 12, 2013
If the spring cleaning bug hits you during school vacation week, please put aside any gently used books for the Hatherly Library Second Hand Book Sale.Donations are welcome!Just drop the books by the school office and we will deliver them to Mrs. Tompson.Over the past few years a new rug and new bookshelves have been purchased for the library from the funds received from this book sale. This year’s Second Hand Book Sale will be held during the week of June 17-21.
Our teachers will begin working on class placements for the fall after the vacation break.We are excited to have three sections of first grade next year! In kindergarten to grade 3, our class sizes will be 20 students or under, which is fantastic.We will have bigger class sizes in grades 4, 5, and 6 with only two sections in each grade.The placement team will work to create heterogeneous balanced classes and will be able to incorporate MCAS and other data in June and July.I want to remind you that parent input for class placement should be in my inbox by the Monday, April 22nd.(You may email, or send a hard copy).
Please drop by the school to see our front lobby, Mrs. Berton displays amazing student art work continuously.Last week kindergarten painted owls, and the PLC and ILC students had ceramic owls hanging off trees.This week grade two drew giraffes from the book Giraffes Can’t Dance and third grade’s ceramic coil pots are on display.Our lobby would rival any Newbery Street Art Gallery.
Have a restful vacation week!
o Thursday, Eric Carle Program in Kindergarten (funded by PTO)
(Remember: Funds for these great enrichment programs are raised at events like the Parents’ Night Out on April 27th! …so be sure to go and support your PTO!!!)
o Saturday, April 27th – Parents’ Night Out – 7 p.m. Knights of Columbus
o Saturday, April 27th – Dress Rehearsal at SHS Auditorium 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
o Sunday, April 28th – Talent Show, 1 p.m. at SHS Auditorium
Sunday, April 28th - Second Annual Run 4 Road Race, Starts at 9 a.m. with a Kids Fun Run, 10 a.m.10K/5K Road Race- Start and finish at Gates Intermediate School
o Monday, April 29 – Friday, May 3rd – Camp Bournedale Week- Drop off 9:30 a.m. at Central Field
Tuesday, April 30th Kindergarten Orientation 9:30 a.m.– 11:00 a.m.
April 5, 2013
Aprils Fools is always an interesting day in schools as every event and statement is taken with caution so as not to be fooled.This was true in our modular classrooms when the sixth graders reported seeing a mouse scampering the hallways.However, this Aprils Fools mouse was a reality!So the mouse succeeded in fooling us all and fortunately on April second Mr. Bartlett, with the assistance of Mrs. Nathan, was able to relocate him to the lacrosse field.
Tuesday Hatherly School joined President Obama and the White House wearing blue to recognize Autism Awareness day.You may not know that In 2011, President Obama became the first president to issue a Proclamation recognizing World Autism Awareness Day. This week, he signed his third Presidential Proclamation to commemorate this year's World Autism Awareness Day, which stated in part: "Today, public health officials estimate that 1 in every 88 children in America is growing up on the autism spectrum. It is a reality that affects millions of families every day, from the classroom to the job market. And while our country has made progress in supporting Americans with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), we are only beginning to understand the factors behind the challenges they face. On World Autism Awareness Day, we recommit to helping individuals on the autism spectrum reach their full potential." We all learned a lot through the many stories, questions and discussions on Tuesday.Hatherly is truly an inclusive school community which benefits all adults and students.
On Wednesday Scituate High School was sizzling with Science!The spectacular work of many Hatherly students was on display.Our students presenting their work included: Aidan Chaisson, Ainsley Routh, Alexis Hine, Alexis Ricard, Brooke Goyette, Declan O'Neill, Elijah Anderson, Gavin Chaisson, Jahnvi Trehan, Maia Block, Olivia Ricard, Paige Humphrey, Riley Nidositko, Sarah Hyde, Wesley Hine and Zachary Nidositko.The mentor support from our high school students was one of the best features of the science spectacular.Mrs. Deb Dakin had great support from many many parent volunteers and I am sure this will become an annual event!
Mrs. O’Reilly, our school nurse, reported to me that she had recently seen several students in her office complaining of headaches and not feeling well. In talking with student she is discovering their symptoms are from fatigue. They are reporting staying up past 10:00 or 11:00 p.m. playing on iPads, itouches and computers. They are also reporting getting home late from practices and feeling tired from their activities. As we continue into spring and summer months these activities will increase as will the length of days.Both Mrs. O’Reilly and myself are asking for parents to please monitor screen time and to keep all screens out of bedrooms. Be aware that our upper grade students are using instagram in a lot of their communications with their peers too.As the spring sports season is upon us and we will be in school through the end of June please try to keep a regular bedtime routine and schedule, as this is what children thrive on. On another note…she removed 3 ticks early this week…so keep your eye out when your children come in from their outside activities.
Have a great weekend!
HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK:April 29th to May 3rd note: May 1st is still an early release day lunches are earlier that day.Reservation information will be out April 22nd.
March 28, 2013
The English Language Arts MCAS tests are finished and ready for UPS pickup! The students did an outstanding job, especially our fourth graders who had three days in a row of testing this week. Our sights now move to the math MCAS May 7 through May 14 for third through sixth grades and fifth grade science MCAS on May 15th and 16th.Speaking of science, the field of science is growing and growing in job opportunities now and for the future, so Scituate high school is ready to ignite interest in this growing field by hosting the first town-wide Science Spectacular will be Wednesday, April 3rd from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. All Scituate students are invited to go to experience many varied science experiences. There will be students presenting their own projects as well as professional science demonstrations from community members and organizations. Be sure to go and participate, enjoy and learn. Autism Awareness Day will be Tuesday, April 2nd throughout the country. Our Hatherly community includes many children with autism. This weeks' Project Wisdom encouraged our students to continue to reach out to all the students in our community, as we all are unique. I encourage everyone to wear blue this Tuesday as part of our awareness. I hear that many buildings in Boston will be lit up in blue too.A new PTO After School flyer went home this week. Our School Council has been actively exploring offering foreign language instruction to our students, initially in an after school format, with the goal to bring it into the school day. This spring a Spanish class is being offered on Wednesdays with a new company that has a well-supported program. They have secured a Spanish teacher from Scituate high school to teach it. This would be a great opportunity for all the sixth graders who have signed up for Spanish for next year to get a head start.I would like to Thank you to Jackie Collari, for this and ALL the After School coordination she does for us during the year. She is being assisted by Katie Cutler too! Be sure to check out the After School Flyer!I would like to remind parents that any time there is a change in your email addresses or cell phone numbers, to please call the office. The new ASPEN program generates all the emergency calls and emails to your homes therefore; we want to keep it up to date. Thank you. Our Hatherly family welcomed a beautiful baby boy this past week - Luke Joseph Arruda arrived to his proud parents, Ashley and Joe Arruda. He has a very excited sister, Caroline, too. Luke will be ready for the Boston Celtics very soon arriving at 9 pounds 7 ounces and 22inches tall! We all wish the Arruda family well!Have a wonderful weekend.Sincerely,Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice
The Week Ahead:• Tuesday: Autism Awareness day: wear blue to show your support• Wednesday: FULL DAY OF SCHOOL: NO CONFERENCESo 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. - Science Spectacular at SHSo 5:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. - Kindergarten Room 11 Meet Ms. Henderson (substitute for Mrs. Arruda) • Thursday: FULL DAY OF SCHOOL: NO CONFERENCESFUTURE EVENTS:GRADE SIX PARENTS: Monday, June 24th Step up day to GatesTuesday, June 25TH 7:00pm – Sixth Grade Recognition
March 22, 2013
Spring is here finally but it continues to be a winter that will not end. We were only 2 hours short this week and we took advantage of every minute we were here. It was unprecedented that the state rescheduled the MCAS Long Compositions for grades 4, 7 and 10 due to the forecasted snow.With our 2 hour delay we were fortunate the compositions were moved to this Monday, they are called “LONG COMP” for a reason!Let’s hope Mondays weather is clear and we have a full day!Our third, sixth and fifth graders applied all their strategies and tools to their English Language Arts tests this week to the delight of all our teachers.They are wonderful students who take their education with a unique seriousness of purpose and make us all proud.We are sure our fourth graders will do the same this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.They will be MCAS MAVENS too!
On Pi Day, March 14, 29 sixth graders participated in the annual Pi memorization contest.The sixth grade students were challenged with the task of memorizing Pi out as many digits as possible.The results are incredible.In sixth place, Maggie O’Donnell memorized Pi out 75 decimal places.In fifth place was Charlotte Falvey who memorized Pi out 100 decimal places.Tristan Smith came in fourth place by reciting Pi out 110 decimal places.Jill Ross was our third place winner who memorized Pi out a staggering 118 decimal places.In second place, Callie Habegger recited Pi out a whopping 125 decimal places.And our unbelievable first place winner, Drew Schneider memorized Pi out an astounding 188 decimal places.So if anyone needs help with PIN numbers and logins please contact these sixth graders. Way to go to all our participants!
In music classes, fifth grade students have been performing shadow puppet shows of Prokoviev's "Peter and the Wolf" for all Kindergarten classes. They did a wonderful job! Grade 1 students have started learning about the early beginnings of rock'n'roll music, while 6th graders are studying the history of classical music. Third grade is doing a fantastic job learning to play the recorder, while fourth grade has been studying Beethoven and composing music on their own!
There have been a lot of questions, speculation and opinions on how to deal with making up our 8 snow days.School Committee voted Monday night to move the Early Release days for parent conferences in April to full days of school to increase time on learning for students.Parent Conferences will not be held on April 3 and 4.These early release days were moved to June 25and 26 when the building is apt to be a little uncomfortable with the heat. Students will be dismissed at 1:00 those days. The last day of school, barring any more snow days, will be Thursday, June 27 with dismissal at 11:30, no lunches will be served. Report cards are coming home today with students. After reviewing the report card you feel a need to conference with a teacher please email the teacher directly and you can arrange a conference time in person or by phone.
· Thursday:MCAS MAKE-UPS if needed
A NOTE FROM GATES TO SIXTH GRADE PARENTS:
Dear Grade 6 Parents/Guardians,We found out this morning that the link we provided you to the Google Form for choosing a language and a music was not working. We believe we have solved this problem. Please use this link moving forward:http://tinyurl.com/gates-2013-selectionYou should be able to either click directly on the link and have it take you to the website or copy and paste the link into your browser's window and hit "ENTER". Just a reminder that this process needs to be completed by Thursday, March 28th so that we can move forward with the scheduling process. Please call us at Gates if you have any problems completing this process.Thank you.Sarah Shannon, Principal Gates School
HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK APRIL 29to MAY 3 come enjoy a healthy school lunch with your children. Kindergarten 12-12:30, Grades 2 & 3 12:30-1:00, Grades 1 & 4 1:00-1:30 and Grades 5 & 6 1:30-2:00. More information on making reservations to come.
GRADE 4 SPRING CONCERT MAY 29:30 AM AND 6:30 PM at Hatherly
March 15, 2013
I send this Hatherly Happenings to you after five very busy school days! We are all thrilled to have had a full school week. On Monday, our fourth graders did a fabulous job on their mock MCAS long composition. They are so skilled at entertaining beginnings, vivid verbs and definitive words and phrases. We know that they are all ready and will "wow" the whole state on Tuesday!
On Tuesday, Hatherly started a "Word of the Day" lesson, where students try to use and find these words throughout the school day. The words we have highlighted are:
1. analyze: think through, figure out, study something closely, break down into parts
Analyze the main character and list two character traits.
2. distinguish: tell apart, how are they different Distinguish between the characteristics of a mammal and a reptile.
3. elaborate: give more information or details, expand Elaborate on the themes of each poem.
4. differentiate: how are they different Differentiate between the clothing worn by Pilgrims and what we wear today.
5. contrast: tell how they are different Contrast Scituate's weather to the weather in Hawaii.
6. excerpt: a section or part of the story What is the main idea of the excerpt?
See if you can use these words this weekend!
We will be starting the English Language Arts MCAS exams on Tuesday, March 19th for grades three, four, five and six and the testing will continue until March 26th. Please check for your child's MCAS dates and ensure that they get a good night sleep, eat a good breakfast, and are on time for school. Remember we always welcome our students into the building at 8:40 a.m.! It goes without saying that any screens; televisions, iPads, cell phones, computers, should never be on in your child's bedroom as they are not conducive to a well-rested child.
Mrs. O'Reilly wants to remind all families that any inhalers or medications must be delivered by an adult and given to an adult at school, not in backpacks or lunch bags.
Another sign of spring is conversations about class placements. A letter from all four elementary principals is attached and posted at the end of this Happenings.
I know there are many conversations out there about making up our eight snow days. This will be on the School Committee Agenda for Monday night, March 18 with many other important topics such as school budget, new proposed "enVision math program. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. (not 6:30 p.m. as I stated at the PTO meeting) at the SHS library.
Today, we celebrated St. Patrick's Day at school by wearing green! The student government sponsored a class competition for the most articles of green worn, the lucky shamrock and an estimation jar. The student who found a lucky shamrock under his/her desk or chair was given a prize and the class with the most green will be given an extra recess…at the teacher's discretion. Hatherly School's St. Patrick's Day celebrations will terminate at the ever-popular parade. I reminded students that Monday will be a typical school day, no hats, green hair or face painting, etc.
Also, parents interested in seeing Mr. McCarthy's kindergarten power point presentation can view it on the Scituate Public School website under "News and Announcements".
Enjoy your weekend!
Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice
Together We Make Our School a Success
Tuesday: Grade 4 MCAS Long Compositiion
Grade 3 ELA MCAS
Grade 6 ELA MCAS
Wednesday: Grade 3 ELA MCAS
Thursday: Grade 5 ELA MCAS
Friday: Grade 5 ELA
Report Cards Go Home!
Monday, March 25 - 7 p.m. Conference scheduling window opens!
Tuesday, March 26 - Grade 4 ELA MCAS
Wednesday, March 27 - Grade 4 ELA MCAS
Friday, March 29 - No School – Good Friday
Scituate, Massachusetts 02066
As we approach the end of our school year, faculty and administration are beginning to plan for the 2013-2014 academic year. We would like to inform you of the process employed to determine the placement of students.
In making placement decisions, the building principal works with all professional staff members (such as the classroom teacher, guidance counselor, school psychologist, school social worker, reading specialists, mathematics specialist, and special education teacher, if applicable). This group will take into account all pertinent student data in addition to any information received from parents as described below. We carefully consider each child's individual learning style, reading/mathematics ability, developmental readiness, and the amount of support services needed. Additionally, class lists will address the need for an appropriate balance of ability levels, gender, sociability, and behavior styles. Specific requests regarding placement are not accepted as they result in unbalanced classes, creating a less than desirable teaching and learning environment. The principals, along with the placement teams, strive to form viable learning communities that are heterogeneous and well balanced.
Decisions are made fairly, sensitively, and with integrity. Ultimately, as stated in the policy manual for the Scituate Public Schools, placement of a student in a classroom shall be determined by the building principal. If you have extenuating circumstances that should be brought to the attention of the placement team, please forward a letter to your building principal no later than April 12, 2013. We ask that you confine such comments to the following areas and that you keep within one page:
- Type of environment within which your child tends to excel
- Your child's personality
- Family issues that impact learning
- Exceptional strengths
and/or special needs
- Past school experiences
Please do not request a specific teacher by name or by a physical description of a teacher in your correspondence. Letters containing requests for a specific teacher or a physical description of a teacher will be returned.
It is our belief that this placement process results in the best possible learning environment for all students. Notification of class placements will take place during the summer to ensure equitable class configurations. Thank you for your continued support in your child's education.
Mary Ohrenberger Mari-An Fitzmaurice Jennifer Arnold Linda Whitney
Cushing Principal Hatherly Principal Jenkins Principal Wampatuck Principal
Snowstorm Edition March 10, 2013
We were only in school two and a half days last week but they were busy ones!Go to our homepage and see a video montage of our Read Across America Day celebration under the green video button on the right of the page. At last count our lobby “Literacy Bookshelf” was full with 491 book spines with narratives and illustrations of our students’ favorite reads this winter. On Tuesday our students shared reading with their upper grade Book Buddies.Then the snow started falling!
Kudos to Mr. McCarthy for his thorough and timely no school notifications to all of us!The ALERT NOW phone call system has saved the staff hours of implementing a phone tree and saved families hours in front of the TV hoping you don’t blink when Scituate is due to scroll by.
I want to invite all THIRD GRADE or other NEW PARENTS to learn more about MCAS tomorrow, Monday, either at 9:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.If this is your first child to take the MCAS, either as a third grader or if you are new to Massachusetts, I will explain the test, the testing process, and how the results are used.
Sixth graders will begin their transition to Gates on Tuesday when the Principal, Mrs. Sarah Shannon, and Assistant Principal, Mr. Matthew Meehan, visit Hatherly and answer any questions they may have. Their parents are invited to Gates to get a glimpse of seventh grade life the same day from 8:45-10:30 a.m.
Let’s hope for a full five days of school THIS week!No matter what…MCAS start on Tuesday March 19th with grades 3, 4 and 6 testing.
o 7:00 p.m. PTO Meeting: Supt. McCarthy returns
MARCH 1, 2013
I can’t believe today is March 1! We only had eleven (11) days of school in February! Both the teachers and I would like to have the month of February back minus the snow and power outages. Needless to say we are very busy at Hatherly with lots of learning to do!!
Our Annual Read across America Day is Monday, March 4. We will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with an assembly for students in K-3 and enjoy a reading of Horton Hears a Who by the Cat in the Hat (aka Mrs. Fitzmaurice). We will celebrate literacy with visits from guest readers throughout the grade levels. Students have completed their book spines with great descriptions and illustrations of stories they have enjoyed these past two months. Our literacy committee would like you to take a look on our website for the Literacy Wiki to access computer games, additional book spines and the schedule for Read Across America week. Hatherly’s celebration will culminate on Tuesday as upper and lower grades read to each other as Book Buddies. It’s been such a joy to learn about Super Heroes through books.
Upper grade parents should not miss the Internet Safety Program on Tuesday, March 5 at Wampatuck School at 6:30 p.m. Steve Maguire, a Scituate High School teacher, will alert you and update you on the many sites and programs parents should be aware of in this day and age of ever-changing technology.
If MCAS testing is new to you and/or you have any questions regarding these tests, please join me on Monday, March 11 at 9:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.at Hatherly for a Principal’s Coffee on the topic of “What is MCAS?” No reservations are required!
On March 19, the English Language Arts MCAS tests begin. The schedule for grades 3-6 is below. Students have been reading and writing exceptionally well and preparing to show the State of Massachusetts all that they are capable of. Please be sure that your child is in school on time and well-rested on their assigned testing days. Students tend to rush through make-up sessions and lose the energy they would have if participating with their class, therefore, absences for vacations or routine appointments are strongly discouraged.
Flyers are going home today about a great summer science opportunity. Club Invention will be offered for one week at Jenkins School this summer. Please check out the information below. This is a wonderful summer enrichment opportunity.
Have a nice weekend!Sincerely,Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice
The Week Ahead:• Monday: Read Across America• Tuesday: Book Buddies
Internet Safety Program – Wampatuck School 6:30 p.m.
· Wednesday: EARLY RELEASE – Dismissal @ 1:00 p.m.
· SUNDAY: TURN CLOCKS AHEAD “SPRING FORWARD” FOR DAYLIGHT SAVINGS
FUTURE EVENTS: March 13 - Hatherly School Council Meeting 6 p.m.
Hatherly PTO Meeting 7 p.m.
April 3 – Science Spectacular – deadline to register has been
extended to March 15th
April 27 -Hatherly PTO Parent’s Night Out – 7 p.m.– 11 p.m.
Scituate K of C
MCAS DATES LISTED BY GRADEGRADE 3: March 19 & March 20 – ELAMay 9 & 10 – MathGRADE 4: March 19 – Long CompositionMarch 26 & 27 – ELAMay 9 & 10 - MathGRADE 5: March 21 & March 22 – ELAMay 7 & 8 – MathMay 15 & 16 – ScienceGRADE 6: March 19 & 20 – ELAMay 13 & 14 – Math
A program of Invent Now
The Club Invention program is a weeklong, nationally acclaimed summer science and creativity day experience for elementary school children. This is a unique opportunity to help cultivate the ideas critical to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by encouraging exploration and curiosity through exciting, hands-on activities. Helping to instill the understanding that science is everywhere, this inquiry-based approach fosters “whole systems” thinkers
K through 5th Grade – At the Club Invention Program this summer, children will learn how to think like inventors, problem-solve, collaborate, and create – all while having tons of FUN!
Feel free to contact the Invent Now home office at 800-968-4332, if you have any questions.
Friday, February 15, 2013
I hope everyone is warm and secure back in their own homes after the blizzard of 2013 descended upon us leaving us without power and we saw firsthand the destructive power of Mother Nature. Many Hatherly students can now relate to the life of the 1800’s with no power, television, computers, etc., and understand better what the Bay Colony Educators have taught your children over the years.
Scituate is very fortunate to have a disaster organization Scituate Alliance for Natural Disaster Services (SANDS) to help out during times like these. If you would like to get more information about SANDS, go to www.sandshelps.org.
I want to thank Ed and Lori Bartlett for their very hard work shoveling this past week to get us ready to open. Thank you again it is very much appreciated.
Due to the loss of four days, today is the 100th day of school. Next week is February vacation week! Please keep your children reading and working on their math facts.
We’ll see everyone back on Monday, February 25th.
Where:Wampatuck Library: Time 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Description:Our kids are growing up in a whole new world of communication and unless adults are keeping up; it can have devastating effects on them and their families. Come join Scituate’s own teacher and professional speaker Stephen Maguire, M.Ed for this engaging and eye-opening presentation about the internet and your child. Parents will learn some easy and practical ways to ensure their child’s safety while at same time being able to balance those with their child’s privacy. The topics will include safety, internet predators, setting up some easy to use/parent friendly controls and how to have the difficult conversations with your kids about the internet. There will also be plenty of time for questions and answers.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Timing is everything!So hopefully everyone is home safely, snug in their houses and reading their new books from our very successful Book Fair.Thank you to Suzanne Russell and Kim Burns and all their volunteers for staffing the fair this week.Our lobby was full of students thrilled to purchase and own some great books.The book selection at this fair was exceptional.Our teachers are all grateful for the generous allowance the PTO gave them to purchase new books for their classrooms.Thank you to our Student Government members and other student volunteers, Charlotte Falvey, Olivia Ricard, Maggie O’Donnell, Maria Collari, Nicky Kenney, Paul Hofmeister, Billy Burns, Eric Russell, Ian Russell, Sophie Patterson, Isabella Burns and Abigal Russellwho along with Mrs. Sturges, Mrs. Beaudette provided fun science experiments for those who attended the evening book fair to complement the fairs’ Science theme. Mrs. Leet, Mrs. Molla, Mrs. Burns and Mrs. Sheahan were also helping at the fair!
FASTT math is another great activity if you are snowed in!Log on and practice those facts. Students are limited to two sessions a day in FASTT math so teachers also wanted me to remind you that good old fashioned FLASH CARDS are still a proven way to build fluency with math facts.They can even be put in the car or your pocketbook for car rides or long waits at a doctor or a restaurant.Just practice the ones your child finds challenging.
Stay warm and stay safe.
MARCH 5th : INTERNET SAFETY PROGRAM All parents grade 3 and up should attend!More information coming.
Grade 6 Parents:Some very important dates for your transition to Gates
February 26th: Parents may visit and get a Glimpse of Gates during the School Day
March 12th: Gates Principal, Mrs. Sarah Shannon, visits our sixth grades
March 13th: Parents Night at Gates
March 15-19 Gates Course selection
June 7th: Step Up to Gates Day
Friday, February 1, 2013
Despite the tremendous winds this Wednesday and Thursday, Hatherly School stood strong minus one street light in the parking lot.Yesterday, the building was warm with the innocence of childhood as our first graders performed their memorable and heartwarming “I Am Special” Concert for family and friends…and a lot of staff who couldn’t resist watching, too. (If you missed this wonderful event, go to Hatherly’s web page and click onto “I Am Special”). This coordinated program of music and art was made possible by the hard work and creativity of Mr. Peter Mundt and Mrs. Laura Berton.We are so lucky to have such great teachers!
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming next Tuesday, February 5th to Thursday, February 7th in the Hatherly School Lobby. Mrs. Suzanne Russell and her committee will staff the book fair for three days, including a special family night on Thursday, February 7th from 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.Teachers and student government members will be leading a few science experiments during the evening to enhance the science theme for the Book Fair.Students will visit the book fair during their regular library time and those students with Monday library time will be assigned another time during Tuesday through Thursday.
The Hatherly Talent Show is returning!Our PTO has brought Mrs. Debbie Sullivan out of retirement to direct and produce the Hatherly Talent Show.Watch for information coming home on Monday. Registration packets are due back by February 13th with an information session to be held on Wednesday, February 27th.Rehearsals are scheduled for Wednesdays in March and April and the show will go on stage at the high school on Sunday, April 28th.
Valentine’s Day is only two weeks away. Mrs. O’Reilly and our Health and Wellness Committee want to remind all our families that it is best NOT to give out the Valentines that come WITH candy attached and also remind our room parents that our party policy is ONE treat and ONE drink per child.Thank you for helping build healthy habits for our students.
We are still looking for kindergarteners to register for the upcoming school year. Scituate Public Schools will have one more open registration day on Thursday, February 7th at Jenkins School from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
I would like to welcome Mrs. Tina Davin to Hatherly School as our new cafeteria hostess.She joins Mrs. Karen Burkhart in supervising your children in a safe and enjoyable lunchtime every day.Mrs. Davin will be working mainly with kindergarten, second and fifth grades.
This year, our student government will be selling Jolly Rancher lollipops for 50 cents during lunchtime on February 12, 13, 14th as long as the supply last.Students may purchase these lollipops to give to a friend but are to be enjoyed at home.
· Monday:Science Department Chair, Ms. Deb Dakin, speaks at lunches onthe Science Spectacular to be held April 3rd
· Tuesday: BOOK FAIR
· Wednesday: BOOK FAIR
· Thursday:BOOK FAIR
1:00 p.m. EARLY RELEASE
FAMILY NIGHT 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Hatherly HappeningsFriday, January 25, 2013
I hope this weekend finds you somewhere warm and cozy with a hot cup of chocolate—that’s where I am planning to be after the freezing cold bus duties of this week! We have survived the frozen tundra of 72 Ann Vinal Road and we all are looking forward to a warming trend hopefully soon. The teachers, as well as the students, are sick and tired of indoor recess due to these frigid temperatures and wind chill. Twenty-five degrees will feel balmy!Our front lobby bulletin board is filling up with lots of books students have read - so they are putting their indoor time to good use. The Book Fair will be held February 6th through 8th - just in time for some new books to read for our literacy challenge. On Thursday, February 7th the book fair will be open in the evening. This year the theme for that evening will be science. Science excitement and opportunities are everywhere. Students should have brought home information on the first town-wide science extravaganza where the high school will host an afternoon and evening of interactive science fun. The Scituate Public School Science Spectacular is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3. 2013. The information is out early to encourage students to participate in a science and complete and return the entry form found on the back of the information sent home. I have attached a copy of the entry form for your convenience. We can’t forget to talk about Math at Hatherly! By the end of third grade, the Common Core State Standards call for students to be fast and accurate with math facts in all four operations. We are very fortunate to have FASTT Math, a computer based adaptive instruction that enables students to develop math fact fluency and automaticity so that they can focus on higher math skills.Because FASTT Math can be implemented at home, teachers can spend their time on addressing the rigorous skills needed to help all students become college and career ready. It is recommended that students log on and do at least one lesson, preferably two, each day. They must do the lesson and then play at least one game to get credit for their session. Here is how to access this at home.To access Fastt Math from home go to http://scit.org/appsUsername: firstnamelastname (no spaces or capital letters; ex, josephsmith) Password: hath12Have a nice weekend!Sincerely,Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice
Together We Make Our School A Success
The Week Ahead:• Wednesday: Hatherly Hornet Assembly• Thursday: First Grade - ‘I Am Special Concert’o 3:30 PM Mrs. Gillen’s classo 4:45 PM Ms. Steele’s class• Friday:FUTURE EVENTS: March 13th Sixth Grade Parent Night at GatesMCAS DATES LISTED BY GRADEGRADE 3: March 19 & March 20 – ELAMay 9 & 10 – MathGRADE 4: March 19 – Long CompositionMarch 26 & 27 – ELAMay 9 & 10 - MathGRADE 5: March 21 & March 22 – ELAMay 7 & 8 – MathMay 15 & 16 – ScienceGRADE 6: March 19 & 20 – ELAMay 13 & 14 – Math
Friday, January 18, 2013
Please check out our Hatherly School webpage at http://hatherlyschoolliteracy.wikispaces.com/home
There is a new wiki on the Hatherly Literacy Celebration which allows students to access extra book spines as they finish reading their books. The front bulletin has a display of book spines of the books the students have completed and illustrations that would make our author/illustrator in residence jealous.
As you probably have noticed the front doors of the school have been locked during the school day and after dismissal in respect to all the afterschool staff, YMCA, scouts and PTO programs. The school office is staffed until 4 p.m. , so if you forget a book or paper you need to get back to school by 4 p.m. You are welcome to come back at 7 a.m. when the school doors open. The doors will be open for evening events, i.e., PTO meetings, concerts and if the gym is being used for basketball or softball. On the topic of security, the teachers have been meeting and working with the Scituate Police Department to improve our lockdown procedures. The staff will have a lock done drill with the police department prior to any being done during the school day. You and your children will be alerted prior to any school wide lockdown drill. We are working very hard to make sure that this experience is both safe and developmentally appropriate. Thank you for understanding.
I would like to invite any interested parents to join our Hatherly Health and Wellness Committee as we brainstorm and plan school wide physical activities. We have some ideas that are in the planning stages, such as a walk to and from school, and a ride your bike to Egypt Beach activity. If you have any other ideas you would like to share, please join us on January 23rd at 3:30 p.m. in Ms. Pescatore’s room 22. Babysitting will be provided by our capable student government representatives. Please let us know if you will need a babysitter by contacting Mrs. O’Reilly at email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you.
Unfortunately I have been hearing from our fifth and sixth grade teachers that your children did not come back to school in January with the effective effort needed for them to be successful. I am encouraging you to log on to ASPEN and check your child’s grade book and their missing assignments and quiz and test scores. The teachers are offering extra help before, during and after school. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this extra help. If there are any questions please email the fifth and sixth grade teachers.
We had a great school council and PTO meeting this Wednesday night! Thank you to all the parents who came to listen to our new superintendent. He has a very clear vision for the future of Scituate Public Schools and it is very exciting to be part of it! Have a great weekend!
Save the early release day April 3rd from 2:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. for a Science Spectacular at SHS!
Friday, January 11, 2013
Hatherly, like most of the country, is battling this years’ winter cold and flu season. On Thursday 15% of the school staff and 15% of the students were absent.We are emphasizing good hygiene throughout the day, reminding students to wash their hands with soap, before eating, after the rest room, and after coughing or sneezing.Most students have mastered covering their cough with their elbow, not their hand! Please assist us by adhering to the school guidelines that students stay home until they are fever and vomit free for 24 hours.Mrs. O’Reilly is seeing students come to her complaining of a stomachache or headache then they get sicker and often develop a fever very quickly thereafter.One student, sitting in the nurse’s office waiting for her Mom to pick her up, asked Mrs. O’Reilly, “Why don’t you ever get sick?” … It must be all the vitamin C I have been giving her!
Follow these tips to stay healthy!
· Get plenty of rest
· Wash those hands regularly
· Drink plenty of fluids
· Wear warm clothing to school appropriate for this chilly weather
· Get a flu shot if your doctor agrees
We have been busy all week celebrating literacy.Our first through third graders have enjoyed working with Jana Dillon, our Illustrator/Author in Residence this week. The students have listened to her many books read aloud and have learned to illustrate as well.The students are finishing writing some wonderful Super Hero stories which will be bound. There will be two hard cover copies for the school and town library and one individual copy of their story for each child to have. This has been an enriching experience and another great example of our PTO supporting the educational mission of our school.Tina Greene of the Enrichment Committee has done a fantastic job making this event happen.Thank you Tina!
Jana Dillon with Grace DeSmet in Mrs. McGrann's class
Our students are reading and reading, enriching their own vocabularies and completing book spines for our wall of books that will grow in the lobby starting next week.
Zoe D'Onofrio in Mrs. Sousa's class ponders her closing event!
Next week there are several opportunities to come and ask questions and talk about Hatherly School now and the future.I will be hosting a PRINCIPAL’S COFFEE on Monday, January 14th at 9:30 AM.On Wednesday, January 16th, the School Council will meet at 6:00 p.m. and Mrs. Kate Cuilla, the foreign language department chair will be there to speak about how to enrich our students with foreign language experiences.At 7:00 p.m. Superintendent John McCarthy will attend our PTO Meeting to meet with our parent community.PLEASE come be a part of any or all of these meetings next week.
I also want to let you know that our school will be locked after school hours upon the request of the YMCA, and our after school program staff members. The instructors of the afterschool programs will walk your children out the front door at 4:30 p.m. The YMCA parents/guardians are to call the Y supervisor’s cell phone and she will walk your child to the front door. Thank you for keeping safety as a high priority.
· Wednesday, January 16- 6:00 p.m. Hatherly School Council Meeting, 6 p.m. PTO
- 7:00 p.m. Hatherly PTO Meeting with Superintendent John McCarthy
A reminder from last week’s Hatherly Happenings: The cold weather is coming!!
The cold weather will be arriving again, so here are just a few recess reminders. We do go outside every day it is safe and the temperature, with wind chill, is 25 degrees or above. When we have snow, children in kindergarten through grade four will need snow pants, boots, hat and mittens, and of course, a coat. Students in grades five and six may go out in the snow if they are wearing boots. Fifth and sixth graders who do not have boots will have to stay on the blacktop! All families are encouraged to LABEL all outerwear. It is a shame to see the volume of clothing in our lost and found every year. Children wearing shorts may not go out to recess if the temperature is below 40 degrees. Please be aware that temperatures and weather conditions often change between morning arrivals and recess time, so come prepared for outdoor recess everyday this winter.
Hatherly HappeningsFriday, January 4, 2013
Happy New Year to all our Hatherly families! Though September is really the new year at school, we did welcome back everyone on Wednesday with new energy and dedication in our educational journey. We kicked off our Annual Literacy Celebration by reading the first 2013 seconds of the year. Take a look at our website and see many Hatherly students engrossed in a good book http://www.scituate.k12.ma.us/.There were some great titles and a lot of excitement about books that were gifts over the holidays. I shared with the upper grades that the book I was reading, That Used To Be Us by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum, and really alerted me to how hard we need to work in school to compete with students around the globe. With globalization our Hatherly students will be competing with students in Finland, China and Singapore, we need to be sure they are learning 21st Century skills. It is a very enlightening read, one that was recommended by Frank Locker, from Educating Planning, and who will be working with Scituate Public Schools on our District Vision for the future of our schools as part of the Massachusetts School Building Association process. Another great read for parents is Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner which has QR codes embedded in the text to access video interviews of the different experts!We will be building a wall of books in the lobby as students complete their reading as part of our literacy challenge. Parents can be a great role model…you can complete a book spine for a book you have read and send it in to our Book Wall!!! … younger siblings too. Reading IS a family affair!First, second and third grade will have an author in residence next week, thanks to the hard work of our PTO Enrichment Committee. Jana Dillon, children's book author/illustrator, will be working with each homeroom to create and published their work. She will be here all week and will help guide the students through the entire writing process. The PTO will publish and bind these stories for each child and one for our school library. What a great opportunity to work with a published author.We have a new Food Service Director, Mr. Shaun Hubbard. Mr. Hubbard has over twenty years' experience working in the restaurant and catering industry. Mr. Hubbard's goal is to "produce high quality, fresh and tasty foods with nutritional integrity". You may want to look at our January menu for some changes that have already started, for example; clam chowder on today's menu. Kindergarten Registration is next week! If you know of a neighbor or friend who has a child who will be 5 years old by September 1st of this year please pass the following information along to them.
The 2013-2014 Scituate Public Schools' Kindergarten Registration will take place January 8 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, and again on January 9 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM. Kindergarten Registration will be centralized (for all schools) and will take place in the Scituate High School Library. Our goal is to keep students in their neighborhood or "home" school, although potentially some students could be placed in other schools to maximize the efficiency of our Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) and Half-Day Kindergarten (HDK) programs. • The following materials are required for registration: o Birth Certificate o Proof of Residency o Immunization Record • When registering your child, the following materials must be completed before you leave the registration area. To expedite the process, the forms can be downloaded and completed ahead of time at http://www.scituate.k12.ma.us/o SPS Registration Form o Transportation Form o Home Language Survey/DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) Form o Kindergarten Application – Attachment A: FDK/HDK Indication o Developmental History I would like to remind you that the Helping Hands committee will be ending their Anton Coat Drive on January 15, 2013, so if you have cleaning your closets as a new year resolution you have time. Thank you to all who have already donated their extra coats.The cold weather has arrived so here are just a few recess reminders. We do go outside every day it is safe and the temperature, with wind chill, is 25 degrees or above. When we have snow, children in kindergarten through grade four will need snow pants, boots, hat and mittens, and of course, a coat. Students in grades five and six may go out in the snow if they are wearing boots. Fifth and sixth graders who do not have boots will have to stay on the blacktop! All families are encouraged to LABEL all outerwear. It is a shame to see the volume of clothing in our lost and found every year. Children wearing shorts may not go out to recess if the temperature is below 40 degrees. Please be aware that temperatures and weather conditions often change between morning arrivals and recess time, so come prepared for outdoor recess everyday this winter.Sincerely,Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice
The Week Ahead: • Jana Dillon, Author in Residence - all week in Grades 1-3!FUTURE EVENTS: • Monday, January 14th 9:30 a.m. Principal's Coffee – All are welcome• Tuesday, January 15th: Early Release Day (1:00 dismissal)• Wednesday, January 16th:o 6:00 p.m. School Council (Foreign Language Dept. Chair visit: Kate Ciulla)o 7:00 p.m. PTO (Supt. John McCarthy visit)
Friday November 30, 2012
Crocodiles were rocking at Hatherly School Tuesday morning as our fourth through sixth grade choruses performed to a packed house.The entire troop performed to a standing room only crowd on the high school stage with lights and orchestra seating.Both the band and chorus filled all in attendance with joy.Mr. Mundt will be taking the sixth grade chorus to its annual cabaret performance at Barnes and Noble at the Derby Shoppes in Hingham at 10:00 AM on Thursday December 13th . Hatherly performs every year in a benefit performance for Wellspring Social Service Agency.
Today your children will be bringing home some very impressive report cards reflective of their hard work of this first term.I have read them all and am impressed at their efforts and successes.We always stress that continued reading builds future success.Attached is a graphic that really demonstrates the huge benefits of daily reading for students. readingimage.jpg Hopefully your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night, thus accumulating 1,800,000 words read this school year! You will have plenty of opportunity to purchase books reflecting their current interests and their growing reading levels next week.Our PTO will host a small scholastic book fair during school and conferences Wednesday, Thursday and Friday AND at the Holiday Fair Saturday morning December 8th.
Parent Conferences are Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and Thursday evening next week. (fifth and sixth grade also have an block of time on Friday afternoon).This is a very important opportunity to meet with your homeroom teacher and enhance the home school connection.If you haven’t already, go to the Hatherly homepage and click on the RED conference button to schedule a conference.
FUTURE EVENTS:Thursday December 13th: 10:00 Sixth grade chorus sings at Barnes & Noble at Derby Shoppes
Friday November 16, 2012
As the days get shorter, the nights longer and the cold weather sends in it’s chill it is a time to reflect on the year past and count all the things we are thankful for.So as we plan our turkey dinners and gatherings with family and friends I want to thank you for sending us such wonderful children and providing so much support to myself and the faculty at Hatherly.We are truly blessed to be part of such a close knit school community.
Students have been learning about the first Thanksgiving at all levels in the school and ways to be thankful.This week my Wisdom Wednesday message was about respect for one another and that is a foundation for the Peace On Earth we talk about during the holiday season.
Tuesday nights’ special town meeting approved funds for a Feasibility Study to look at Gates School and the future of the Scituate Public Schools.Then on Wednesday Scituate was invited into the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) pipeline!Amazing things will be happening in the future for the students of Scituate.Thank you to the many Hatherly families who have worked so hard on this mission, especially Jen Morrisson.Things like this do not happen without a lot of sweat and toil.
The hallways and classrooms of Hatherly were full of parents on Wednesday also enjoying a glimpse of their children’s school day.I heard many great comments about the quality of instruction our teachers offer and a lot of amazement on the current technology such as the smart board use in classrooms.Hatherly hornets are buzzing about learning every day!Thank you all for coming.
Hopefully everyone has registered at http://hath.schoolappointments.com.We have added a RED button on our Homepage to access the site directly at anytime. If you have had any trouble please call the school office and Jeanne or Nancy may assist you.Monday November 26at 7:00 p.m. the parent conference appointment window will open. Conferences for students K-4 will be in one schedule and directly below it will be the schedule for conferences for students in grades 5 and 6.The two fifth grade teachers, Mrs. Moffat and Mrs. Suddath will meet with fifth grade parents, the two sixth grade teachers, Mr. Fitzgerald and Ms. Pescatore will meet with sixth grade parents.The teachers will be grading the report cards together and will be able to speak to all the subjects.There are not enough time slots for families to visit with all four teachers in the conference days, even with an extra hour added on Friday afternoon.If you need to speak to any teacher you are not scheduled to see you may email them and schedule a conference at another time.
School Council met on Wednesday evening we are seeking input on two items: budget priorities and Friday movies at lunch.Please contact your parent representatives if you would like to share your thoughts.Parent Representatives are: Audrey Melanson (firstname.lastname@example.org) , Duncan Routh (email@example.com) , Kim Burns (firstname.lastname@example.org) , Lisa Buckley (email@example.com) .
Everyone should have received their Hatherly School Directory by now.It is THE social directory of North Scituate!Thank you to Sheila Chaisson for her patience and diligence in getting these out to everyone.
We are looking forward to our Winter Concert on our return from Thanksgiving Break.The fourth, fifth and sixth graders have some spirit filled songs for us to enjoy.The fifth and sixth grade band is fine tuning several selections for our enjoyment.There will be a morning concert at Hatherly and the evening event at Scituate High School.Please join us and kick off the holiday celebrations.
A note from our Superintendent:
Dear Parents of Incoming Kindergarten Students:
The Scituate Public Schools is currently reviewing and revising its kindergarten registration process. Therefore, we have postponed kindergarten registration until the week of January 7, 2013. Please check our website in mid-December for additional information on kindergarten registration. Thank you.
John E. McCarthy
Superintendent of Schools
Scituate Public Schools
(781) 545-8759 ext. 311
The Week Ahead:REMEMBER BOTTLE AND CAN DRIVE ALL THIS MONTH!HELP IS NEEDEDcontact Duncan Routh (firstname.lastname@example.org) ….we are approaching the $3000 mark!
Friday, November 9, 2012
American Education Parents’ Day is Wednesday, November 14 at Hatherly School Parents are welcome to come and see a glimpse of their child’s school day.Many Hatherly families have more than one child in our school and we know it is difficult to be in more than one place at a time.You may visit additional classrooms up until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday if need be.We look forward to seeing you!
The lesson start times for American Education Day are:
Kindergarten through Grade 3 - 9:30 a.m.
Fourth Grade - 9:10 a.m.
Fifth and Sixth Grades - 9:20 a.m.
If you have a child in third or fourth grade, go to our Hatherly homepage on the left side under News &Announcements and listen to the song they recorded in music class! Third grade students recorded a song called "Don Gato" and fourth grade students recorded "Crocodile Rock". Every child in the classroom who attended music class is singing a portion of the song. They did an amazing job! You are welcome to download these songs directly from our website or have your child bring a CD to Mr. Mundt and he would be happy to make you a copy!
As stated in my parent letter of October 9, the administrators at all the schools are trying to align our attendance policies. I know there was a lot to assimilate in that lengthy letter, therefore, I would like to remind you that I will need a note from you for every day your child is absence or tardy. When your child is absent for 1-4 days a parent note is sufficient for excusals but a doctor’s note will be needed anytime your child is out for 5 days or more.Our “Note to School” template will suffice for a note from you and is available on our webpage to download, (we will send home a sheet for you next week) - you can always find copies available in our lobby as well. Please remember to always include date of absence, child’s first and last name and your signature. Thank you for your assistance with this new record keeping.
Our new school pictures company, Lifetouch, includes a special SmileSafe kids program…this is one of the reasons the PTO decided to use this company. Students will be bringing home their Safety ID cards today or Tuesday- (an informational letter is attached to the bottom of this Happenings).
Our third graders field trip to Plimouth Plantation on Wednesday was a memorable one with very gusty and stormy weather.Thank you again to the PTO for funding this program. Students were able to see and learn so much, ate lunch indoors, and then were on the bus back to school before the rain started.They now truly appreciate the hardships of the Pilgrims.
This Thursday, as the storm continued, our students made thank you cards for the firefighters, policemen and veterans in Scituate during their indoor recess.The hurricane, nor’easter, a house fire in Humarock and the elections have made for a very challenging month had a memorable trip for our first responders.We want to thank them and our veterans for keeping us safe this holiday weekend.Remember there is no school this Monday!
· Monday: No School …please remember to thank a veteran for their service!
Lifetouch NEW CHILD SAFETY PROGRAM
Dear Parent or Guardian,
In our continuing commitment to support the safety of our community, Hatherly School is pleased to announce our participation in SmileSafe Kids®, a new child safety program developed in partnership by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Lifetouch National School Studios.
With this letter you should find a pair of Safety ID Cards, provided free of charge, featuring your child’s current portrait and an introduction to the program. For additional information, please visit www.smilesafekids.com.
According to the Department of Justice, nearly 800,000 children are reported missing each year. While most missing children are found within a few hours, we know that any time apart from your child can be a stressful and terrifying experience. The SmileSafe Kids program will help your family in three ways:
At Hatherly School, the health and well-being of your child are top priorities. We’re proud to be a partner in the SmileSafe Kids program, one of the nation’s largest child safety initiatives.
Hatherly HappeningsFriday, November 2, 2012
I started last Friday's Happenings with a comment about the beautiful weather…well just wait a minute in New England and the weather will change! Luckily all our families endured the hurricane and power was returned much quicker than hurricane Irene. Thank you to Maureen Hunnefeld and Margaret Springer for creating a spooktacular evening last Friday. Everyone enjoyed the Halloween Party. A BIG THANK YOU to the Sheskey family of Harbor Scoops for donating the ice cream for the party. They are always so generous to Hatherly School. October's Spooktacular LABELS FOR EDUCATION monthly drawing took place at the Halloween party. Congratulations to the October's winners; Cameron Reardon and Mick Dockray. These lucky winners won a Hatherly Hornet's sweatshirt which will be perfect for Spirit Day and the cool weather. I would like to remind parents, with the holidays approaching, to cut out labels for the LABEL FOR EDUCATION UPC off all your cooking and baking ingredients and submit them to the BIG RED bucket in the lobby for your chance to win next month's drawing.If you have a chance, please check out our homepage for a quick video of the annual kindergartener's Halloween Parade and this week's Scituate Mariner for the great pictures of our Hollett Street Sidewalk dedication and Safe to School Walk. Hatherly is making news!Mr. Fitzgerald has enlisted our sixth graders to run a mock presidential election on Monday. This morning the lower grade students were taught about the three branches of government from the sixth grader students who visited their classrooms. Our sixth graders will also man two precincts, voter lists, and election officials on Monday during the voting…results will be announced at dismissal.We will be doing our Parent Conference scheduling online again, it was such a huge success last year. There are two steps to the process; first, families will register on the system by going to http://www.hath.schoolappointment.comcreating a family account for your children at Hatherly - this will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, November 9, then secondly, you will schedule your individual conferences (that window will open at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 26th). Conferences will be held on the afternoon on December 5th and afternoon and evening December 6th.I am always available by phone or email, however; face to face is always a pleasant way to get questions answered. I will be hosting three coffees during the school year. Please join me for the first "Coffee and Conversation" on Monday, November 5th at 9:30 a.m. Kindergarten parents are especially encouraged to come and ask any questions they might have about Hatherly School! Also, the elementary school principals will be presenting this year's School Improvement Plan at the Scituate School Committee Meeting on Monday, November 5 which begins at 7 p.m. for anyone who is interested in attending.Here are a few upcoming items I would like to bring to your attention: 1. Don't forget this is the month for Hatherly School's Bottle and Can drive at the Scituate transfer station! 2. Ms. Fine and Mrs. Nathan are offering their much acclaimed Social Thinking Language class starting again this year on November 13th. These classes will run for five (5) Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Please email Ms. Fine email@example.com more information. 3. Watch for the PTO order form for the NEW Hatherly T-shirts. These order forms are due back to school by November 13th. The new t-shirts will be in for the holidays.Sincerely,Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice
The Week Ahead:• Monday: 9:30 a.m. Principal's Coffeeo Hatherly students mock election for President of the United Stateso School Improvement Plan will be presented to the School CommitteeMeeting which begins at 7 p.m. • Tuesday: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY NO SCHOOLo Remember to bring your child to the polls to participate in KIDS VOTE• Wednesday: Bay Colony Educators visit grade 5o Grade 3 field trip to Plimouth Plantation• Thursday: Hatherly School Library Volunteer Coffee 9:00 a.m.• Friday: Parent Conference Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.FUTURE EVENTS:
Scituate METCOElementary ProgramPlay-dateMETCO STUDENTS WILL HOST THEIR SCITUATE
Friday, October 26, 2012
This beautiful weather has brought a lot of recess fun and classroom fall activities including the fourth grade family pumpkin decorating. Every year I marvel at the creativity of our Hatherly families. This year we even have a video attached to one of the pumpkins…how’s that for using the newest technology! We have received the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Report Card on Hatherly School. I have attached a letter explaining where to find our report and what the data means. I am proud to report that Hatherly has achieved the Level 1 status, the highest level. If anyone would like a hard copy of this letter or report, please feel free to give me a call.
On Wednesday, Ms. Fine held an assembly for students in kindergarten through grade three. At the assembly, she talked about the Helpful Hornets and reviewed the playground and bathroom expected behaviors of Hatherly School. All students listened attentively and are ready to earn Helpful Hornets!
Our PTO has offered a wonderful program each year called “Lunch Around the World” where we bring the various customs, food and people of other countries to an assembly during your child’s lunchtime.Students really benefit and look forward to these special lunches.We are looking for one person to coordinate this program; our goal is to have four Lunch Around the Worlds from January to June.Melissa Boynton has chaired this committee for many years and will assist anyone interested in coordinating. Let me know if you are interested! There are many volunteers signed up to assist you.
On Monday afternoon, the fifth and sixth graders from each elementary school competed in the annual Monster Dash held at the Central Field.We had two third place winners: Molly Gould in the sixth grade girls’ race and Nick Disano in the boys’ sixth grade race. Thank you to all the boys and girls who competed for Hatherly School!
Mr. Mundt would like you to ask your first and second grader,“What can you tell me about Louis Armstrong?” First graders have been learning biographical information about his childhood years and how he learned to play the trumpet. Second graders have learned to sing "Wonderful World" and have discussed Civil Rights issues that were happening at the time. Louis Armstrong refused to play in any hotel where he couldn't stay as a guest because of his race.
The Scituate Public Schools are in need of substitute nurses.You may contact Dr. Jill Proulx at 781-545-8775 ext. 320. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org get more information.
Remember to WATCH FOR Original Works ART COMING HOME on Monday, October 29th.
Tonight is the PTO Halloween Party!Put on your costume and be here from 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.!!
· Wednesday:HALLOWEEN: wear orange and black: no costumes except for kindergarteners
American Education Week Parents Day visitation morning of November 14th
Friday, October 19, 2012
On Tuesday morning, which was a beautiful fall morning to walk to school, Hatherly School officially opened the Safe to School Sidewalk on Hollett Street with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Mrs. O’Reilly, Mr. Puzzangara, Mrs. Sturges, Mr. Tarpey, Mr. Kilduff, Mrs. Molla, Mrs. McGrath and I joined more than sixty (60) students and their families in a brisk walk to school.We were joined by Superintendent John McCarthy, State Representative Jim Cantwell, Selectman John Danehey and representatives from the Safe Routes to School program, Mass Department of Transportation and TEC, the design company.Chief Brian Stewart and several other police officers stopped traffic while Hannah and Paige Lydon cut the ribbon to dedicate the new sidewalk on Hollett Street.I will be looking forward to seeing many of our students walking to school on the new sidewalk.We have noticed that the students who walk to school arrive with rosy cheeks invigorated and ready to learn! The sidewalks on Captain Pierce Road are quickly taking shape also.I would like to thank Barbara Lydon for her leadership on this project and I hope that someone will volunteer to continue her Safe Routes to School work… it will be easy now…the sidewalks are done! The Safe Routes to School program has many great ideas and offer support to school based programs for anyone who is interested in helping out with arranging more walks and incentives for walking to school.
If you haven’t logged onto the ASPEN program yet, please do so… more and more information is becoming available to you as the school year progresses.Please email Steve deProsse, Information Manager, at email@example.com, if you are having trouble with your login.
Progress notes are being mailed home today for fifth and sixth graders who may need a little more attention to their work.If your child receives a progress report, please be sure to sign it and return it to school.There is a spot for any comments or questions too.
Mr. John McCarthy, our new superintendent, visited Hatherly School this morning, his second visit this week!He will visiting schools and observing the teaching and learning once a month.He will also be at our January PTO meeting, January 16, to talk about his vision for our schools.Please mark your calendar; the meetings begin at 7:00 p.m.
On Wednesday, we held two assemblies, one for the upper wing grades and one for the lower wing grades, to review the expected behaviors and bring the Helpful Hornets back to Hatherly School! In this second year of the Helpful Hornets Program, students will have to work extra hard to earn a Helpful Hornet, so there may not be quite as many yellow Helpful Hornet certificates coming home!
We also have a new and exciting plan for students who have earned Helpful Hornets! Monthly, all of the Helpful Hornets that have been earned will be placed in a “hive.” There will be one “hive” for the upper wing and one “hive” for the lower wing. At a monthly assembly, Mrs. Fitzmaurice will draw five students’ names from each hive, and those students will earn a certificate and a special pencil. A group picture will also be placed on the bulletin board in the front lobby.
October is Fire Safety month.Our kindergarten through third graders had presentations on fire safety by our very own Scituate firefighters the end of last week, and by now I am sure you have all practiced Stop Drop and Roll.We hope each family has also discussed their emergency exit plan.Our students did a superb job during our third fire drill on Tuesday, exiting the building quickly and quietly. Yesterday our kindergarteners had an informative field trip to the Police and Fire Stations.
I am sure this weekend the creative juices as well as pumpkin juices will be flowing at all fourth grade homes as they prepare for the amazing Family Pumpkin Project.The variety and beauty of these pumpkins is always truly amazing.I am hoping that the rest of the Hatherly families will be preparing their costumes for the Annual Halloween Party which will be held on Friday, October 26th.This party is a great way for students to show off their Halloween costumes, remember that at Hatherly School ONLY kindergarteners wear their costumes at school for the Halloween Parade, everyone else wears orange and black, but no costumes.
Have a wonderful fall weekend.
(Raindate October 25th)
NO SCHOOL NOVEMBER 6th ELECTION DAY
Friday October 12, 2012
It is time to celebrate that the Hollett Street sidewalk is finished!Thanks to the hard work of many and Safe Routes to School funds, a large number of our students can now walk safely to school which is beneficial to their health and fitness.Please join us this Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. as we walk from Three Ring Road, down Gannett Road and Hollett Street.We will stop at the corner of Hollett Street and Ann Vinal Road for a ribbon cutting, then walk down Ann Vinal Road to school.The Safe Routes to School program has provided pencils for every Hatherly student to celebrate the big event. A little drizzle will not deter us, however, heavy rain will defer the walk to Wednesday.
Mrs. Berton is collaborating with our PTO for an EXCITING new “Original Works” Fall Fundraiser! Soon all students will be bringing home a piece they created during their weekly art class along with a brochure from Original Works.Through this fundraiser you will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of products incorporating your child’s artwork from “Original Works”. Items include travel mugs, note cards, drawstring tote bags and cell phone covers. Your children are very excited about this and are creating amazing works that display their unique personalities! This is a perfect occasion to get a start your Holiday shopping with a truly one of a kind gift.
The PTO also has the month of November for the Bottle and Can collection at the dump.This is a huge fundraiser for our school.Last year we raised $4000 from the hard work manning the collection by our dedicated parents.Please start saving your bottles and cans for November!
Mr. Mundt is excited that the fifth and sixth grade students have been making homemade xylophones in music class!This is a great activity for your child to demonstrate at home when you take a stroll at the beach or if you happen to have some scrap wood at home.This activity is linked to the science curriculum on sound energy.Ask your child about pitch, vibration and ostinato.Monday music classes have not yet started this activity due to the Columbus Day holiday but will be working on this on the 15th.
I am also pleased to share information from Mrs. Dakin, Science department chairperson, about a Family Science Fair town wide.She is looking for parents to join a steering committee for the event in April.Her note is under “future Events” below.
The Hatherly School Council had its’ first meeting last Wednesday.All meetings are open and parents and community members are welcome to attend. The council accepted with regret the resignation of Mrs. Ann Zona, community representative, after seven years on the council.Mrs. Burns and Mrs. Melanson are talking to different members of the Scituate Community who could join our council. Mr. Rich Hebert was welcomed as the new School Committee Liaison. Discussions about the school performance and planning the next School Improvement Plan were the main topics. Parents are represented on the School Council by four parents: Audrey Melanson (since 2007), Duncan Routh (since 2008), Kim Burns (since 2009), and Lisa Buckley (since 2011).All are willing to continue serving.The PTO is charged to run an annual election for parent representation on the council. Anyone interested in running for a parent representative position please contact Mrs. Diana Block, PTO co-President at firstname.lastname@example.org October 19th and an election will be held.
Please note that ALL volunteers, employees, service providers, etc. who are working with or around students at any time are required to complete a CORI form accompanied with a photocopy of your drivers license on an annual basis.You may find the form at the SPS website under District Information/ forms and fees http://www.scituate.k12.ma.us/Collateral/Documents/English-US/JM%20CORI%20(2).pdf.These may be sent to the school attention to the principal.
·Monday:PHOTO RETAKE DAY (return any photos you were unhappy with for a retake,children absent on photo day will be photographed)
o Sara Levine science educator visits grade 5 (PTO funded)
o Start of Antons Cleaners Coats for Kids Collection
Tuesday:SRTS WALK to School Celebration (meet at Three Ring Road at 8:00 a.m.)
Wednesday:EARLY RELEASE dismissal at 1:00 p.m.
Thursday:Kindergarten Field Trip to Police and Fire stations
Friday:Progress Notes mailed home grades 5 & 6
Hello All Interested Science Family Night Folk!
This year, as part of a district-wide initiative, Cushing, Gates, Hatherly, Jenkins, Wampatuck and the High School are joining forces for the first ever town-wide Science Family Night! Instead of every school coming up with their own plan, we're bringing together all our ideas, resources, and volunteer power to collaborate on a one night Science extravagance that will help showcase all our local Science talent including students, parents, and community partners and businesses. Of course, we'll need your help to make it happen.
Please join us for a kick off meeting at the High School at 9am on October 16th at the office of Deb Dakin, room 101A, where we can begin discussing ideas and planning out a schedule. Sounds like fun, right? Don't worry, coffee and donuts will be provided.
-The Science Family Night Committee
Deborah L. Dakin
Science Department Chairperson, K-12
Scituate Public Schools
606 Chief Justice Cushing Highway
Scituate, MA 02066
Friday October 5, 2012
It is truly amazing that October is already here.This morning the entire school participated in Peaceful School Bus programming and we were very lucky it was such a beautiful morning.Students met with their bus drivers in small groups led by a teacher.This demonstrates to the students that the bus driver is a member of our school team. The students introduced themselves by family and street and the Peaceful School Bus rules were reviewed. They are remembered by the acronym: SAFETY
Stay seated at all times; the driver may tell you where to sit.
Always respect others, the bus, and yourself.
Flinging things in or out of the bus is not allowed.
Eating, drinking, and smoking on the bus are not allowed.
Talk quietly; no hurtful words.
You are responsible for your actions.
Car riders and walkers met with Officer Dom D’Arcangelo to review pedestrian safety. All the students then practiced a rear bus evacuation, which is similar to a “fire drill” for buses.They all did a fantastic job and we were back to work in class by 9:45!
Friday lunchtime was the first “School Store” of the school year.Anne Doherty and her team of shop clerks open the school store on most first Fridays of the month.Snazzy pencils, pencil sharpeners, pens, notebooks and other school trinkets are available for a dollar or less.Keep your eye out in the future for an email from the PTO about new Hatherly T shirts and gear!We have designated our first Fridays as School Spirit days.
First grade traveled to Holly Hill Farm on Tuesday and couldn’t have had a better day.They learned all about the organic farm, gardening, composting and parts of the plants.Mrs. Gillen and Ms. Steele were very proud of their students. By all reports, and seeing the tired and slightly dirty faces, this was a fabulous trip.
Don’t forget to login to the ASPEN Parent Portal and let us know if there are any corrections needed to your family information.Have a great long weekend!
FUTURE EVENT: Monster Dash grades 5 & 6 Tuesday October23rd 4PM Central Field
Friday, September 21, 2012
The Hatherly Sports Hoopla is finally here and the countdown has ended. Mrs. Dupre and her committee have been planning on this event since last spring and are very excited to bring an evening of fun to all our families. This is a great way to reconnect and celebrate the beginning of a school year.There are still many spots open for parents to supervise a game for an hour or so. Please email Mrs.Dupre at (Betsydupre@me.com) to volunteer, (especially upper grade parents who do not need to shadow their child around the Hoopla).With only 217 families we need everyone to pitch in!
The district and school MCAS scores were released on Wednesday.Our students did a fantastic job and Hatherly is rated as a Level 1 (highest level of the new rating system).Parent reports will be arriving soon and will be mailed later next week.Teachers have been working since August analyzing our performance, making improvements in their instruction and aligning our curriculum. We are committed to a cycle of continuous improvement!
The first PTO meeting of the year was well attended on Wednesday night.The teachers who attended commented on the amazing array of activities the PTO engages in to enhance our school.They were very impressed!This small school rose over $26,000 last year which provided many fabulous enrichment programs, new technology, a new playground and fun filled school community events.Thank you for all your hard work it is much appreciated! I would like to thank Mrs. Carol Humphrey, for organizing the school kits; Mrs. Cammie Cook and Mrs. Diana Block for the Teacher Welcome Luncheon; Mrs. Audrey Melanson, for the teacher SCRIP cards and School Pictures; and Mrs. Laurie Withrow, for the New Family Welcome Coffee.
Don’t miss the opportunity to continue the character education conversation at home every Wednesday by listening to my Wisdom Wednesday podcast.It can be found on the Hatherly webpage:http://www.scituate.k12.ma.us/schools-hatherly-ourprincipal-podcast.htm.
We are very excited to announce the arrival of Mr. Fitzgerald’s twin boys.Late Sunday night, it was almost Monday, he and his wife welcomed Ryan and Sean to the world, both weighed in over 5 pounds!They are one happy family!
Enjoy the Hoopla tonight from 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.!!
Friday September 14, 2012
Thank you to all our Hatherly families who attended the annual Open Houses!It is such a wonderful opportunity to start the new school year renewing our partnership in your children’s education as we continue our mission to foster serious learning in a safe and nurturing environment. It is so beneficial for the teachers to introduce themselves and their expectations for the school year ahead.Wednesday night, I believe we broke the record for a flash mob of elementary students dancing in the gym to the Wi while their parents listened to their teachers in the classroom!Thursday night, the fourth graders and siblings also used the Wii while fifth and sixth graders sat with their parents listening to their teachers’ presentation.
We ended the week with an assembly sponsored by our METCO program.Valerie Tutson, a well-renowned story teller. She enthralled the students at Hatherly with folktales from African cultures.All our students truly enjoyed the audience participation parts!
Mr. Puzzangara and Mrs. O’Reilly are looking for interested parents to join the Healthy School Task Force.They meet before school several times during the school year to help assess and plan our wellness policies. Please contact them at email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org you are interested.ALSO…a safety note from Mrs. O’Reilly: Children love to run around with their friends at recess, however; those who are not wearing proper footwear such as flip flops, water shoes or sandals are at risk for injury and need to choose a quiet activity.
Be sure to bring your appetite and energy to the Hatherly Hoopla on Friday, September 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. .This is great time for families to reconnect with old friends and to meet new ones!There also will be a Used Sports Sale in the gym at the same time!
HATHERLY FUTURE EVENTS (mark your calendar!):
Mr. Mundt’s 2012-2013 Concert Schedule for Hatherly
November 27, 2012Winter Concert for Grades 4, 5 and 6
9:00 AM @ Hatherly6:30 PM @ SHS Auditorium
April 26,2012 Grade 2 Concert 9:00 AM @ Hatherly
May 2, 2012 Grade 4 Concerts 9:00 AM and 6:30 PM @ Hatherly
May 23, 2012Grade 3 Concerts9:00 AM and 6:30 PM @ Hatherly
May 30, 2012Spring Concert for Grades 5 & 6
Michaud Family Fund
Jonathan Michaud, is a freshman entering Scituate High School. He suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, a chronic lung disease. He is currently at Children’s Hospital being treated. His status has been elevated to Number #1 on the lung transplant list.
Please send a donation on behalf of the Michaud Family at Scituate Federal Saving Bank. Checks may be sent to: Michaud Family Fund
C/O Scituate Federal Savings Bank
72 Front Street
Scituate, MA 02066
Friday September 7, 2012
School opened Tuesday for 280 first through sixth graders! On Thursday 46 kindergarteners joined us full of smiles!The only tears shed were from a few mothers as they walked away. We are the late school this year so please be sure your children are here by 8:45 a.m. so they are settled and ready to start learning right at 9:00 a.m.We have been fortunate that the buses have been very timely for a late school schedule, however please remember it usually takes two weeks for the bus schedules to completely settle in.School dismisses at 3:20 p.m.
We will be starting lunch groups in kindergarten through grade six. 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, the school psychologist, Jane Beaudette, the speech and language pathologist, and Linda Nathan, the social worker and some of our special education teachers. Lunch groups will be available to all children in kindergarten through grade six and often change throughout the year. If you would prefer your child not to participate in a lunch group, please email Jennifer Fine at email@example.com.
My staff and I are looking forward to seeing you next week to begin our partnership in your children’s education.Back to School Night is an opportunity for you to hear about the classroom expectations and the curriculum your child will be learning this school year.Parent support is an integral part of student success.Your children are excited to show you their new rooms and introduce you to their new teacher so be sure to bring them with you.The format for the evening for grades 1-6 will be a brief meeting in the cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. the parents and teachers go to the classrooms for a 30 minute presentation, students join their parents for meet and greet time.Kindergarten classrooms are open for students to visit from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.Check the listing below for the different days.We look forward to seeing you!
Scituate sped pac meeting with our New Superintendent Mr. John Mccarthy and new special education director ms. Dianna mullen, Wednesday September 19th 7:00 pm in the gates library
American Education Week Parents Visit Day -Wednesday, November 14th