Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice

October 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice

Building A Better World One Student At A Time

Future Dates

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

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

Monday 10/23/17: Picture Retake Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice

October 13, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice

Building A Better World One Student At A Time

Future Dates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday 10/23/17: Picture Retake Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice

October 5, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice

Building A Better World One Student At A Time

Future Dates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday 10/23/17: Picture Retake Day

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

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

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

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

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

From Ms. Huntress:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice

September 29, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice

Building A Better World One Student At A Time

Future Dates

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

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

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

Wednesday 10/4/17: Walk to School Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice

September 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice

Building A Better World One Student At A Time

Future Dates

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday 10/4/17: Walk to School Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice 

September 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

What made you laugh?

How were you kind today?

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

What mistake did you make today that taught you something?

What did you try hard at today?

What was the fun part of your day?

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

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

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

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

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

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

School Pictures are on TUESDAY!  Be ready to SMILE!

Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice

Building A Better World One Student At A Time

Future Dates

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

Tuesday 9/19/17: School Picture Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Hatherly Happenings

From Mrs. Fitzmaurice

September 8, 2017

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

This year our school will emphasize kindness using the theme:

Be Kind...

To Yourself

To Others

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Mari-An M. Fitzmaurice

Building A Better World One Student At A Time

Future Dates

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 9/19/17: School Picture Day

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

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

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

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

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

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