The Pawsome Print

October 21, 2022

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Dear Pawsome Families,

We had a pawsome week here at Loring! Fall is definitely in the air with lots of pumpkins, colorful leaves, and autumn stories being shared around the building. This weekend is our 5th grade annual Pumpkin Walk which is a wonderful event for the whole family. I have been the last two years and can't wait to go again this weekend. We also hosted our second Food Pantry collection today! A huge shout out to our school community for our food pantry donations. This month we collected 46 boxes which is 9 boxes more than last month. Finally, Thank you to all of the volunteers who have been helping out at lunch and recess. I know we have said it but it is worth saying again, your help is giving our teachers valuable time to collaborate and plan with their grades. There are always spots available so we would love to have you come in if you are free.

Teacher/Family Conferences

In our elementary schools, we share student progress formally with families at four points during the year, at conferences in November and March, and through report cards that are released in the middle and end of the year.

Teacher/Family Conferences will be held in person in the classroom unless you request a virtual meeting with the classroom teacher. The district dates for conferences are:

November 2

November 9

November 16

If you do not have a fall conference scheduled at this time, please reach out to your classroom teacher. We look forward to welcoming you for conferences and hope you find this one on one time with your child's teacher valuable and informative.

Blocked Emails and Aspen

It has come to our attention that some families have been missing communications from teachers and the school. Currently, Aspen is flagging our emails to Hotmail and some Yahoo email accounts as spam. We have been told this has been resolved within the last 24 hours but if Hotmail or Yahoo is your primary email account, you should check your SPAM folder or consider creating a new Gmail account to use for school communications. We do not want you to miss important information coming from your child's teacher or the school. If you update your email at any time please make sure to share that information with the office via email or update it on the ASPEN Parent portal.

Reading Buddies

Please take a look at the flyer below for a reading opportunity that you may be interested in for your child.
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School Council

On Monday, we met for our first School Council meeting. I am happy to share that we welcomed three new members to our council this year. During our first meeting, we talked about the equity work we have been doing and plans for moving forward, our partnership with the Coolidge, and our hope of getting parents/caregivers and community members into our schools to provide learning through class presentations. The complete minutes can be found on our school website.

Council Members

Sara Harvey - principal

David Gaita - assistant principal

Rachel Heckler - parent

Jacki Sousa - parent

Jordan Vetstein - teacher

Katie Nikolich - teacher

Pat Drobinski - community member

Pathways of Change - 2nd Grade Pilot

I am excited to share that this year we partnering with The Children’s Room to offer a social emotional learning curriculum called Pathways of Change for students in 2nd grade. Our hope is to expand this partnership into other grades in years to come.

The Children’s Room is the leading non-profit organization in Massachusetts providing caring grief support for children, teens, and families. For over a decade, The Children’s Room has been partnering with schools to offer support and education to children and teens where they live and go to school. Pathways of Change is an educational and supportive curriculum focused on helping students understand, normalize, and cope with change, loss, and grief and is presented in the context of our school’s social and emotional learning program.

Lost and Found

If your child is missing belongings, please have them check the Lost and Found. We have collected lots of items over the 34 days we have been in school. These items are located in the lobby and will be out for Parent Teacher Conferences. Please stop by and take a look

October Menus

As you may have seen on the news, there is a driver strike within Sysco New England. Whitsons is working hard to keep menu's the same but there may be some last minute changes and we thank you and your children for your flexibility.

Holiday Help

Dear Parent or Guardian,

The holidays are fast approaching, so we have identified a few agencies that offer Holiday Help programs. Their contact information is below. If interested, please contact them as soon as possible as the programs do fill up. The options are more limited this year. Please be sure to read all the details and pay attention to deadlines.

1) Project Just Because

This program fills up very quickly. Their first phase is full, but they are accepting names for phase 2. Here is the link. If interested, please complete the application as soon as possible because it may fill up and they’ll stop accepting requests.

This program is open to families with children from birth up to age 18 (unlike some others), so it may be the best option for those with kids over age 12.

You can self-refer for this assistance and you will need to be able to pick up the items in Hopkinton, MA.

2) Globe Santa:

How to request gifts for your family:

Everyone needs a hand every now and then. If your family could use assistance this holiday season, follow the instructions below so Globe Santa can help.

Globe Santa does not accept family letters without a holiday gift verification form.

Families who have children 12 years old or younger and live in Globe Santa's delivery area can submit a holiday gift verification form from the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) or another approved agency. Follow these steps to request holiday gifts for children:

1. Tell us your story. Write a letter to Globe Santa describing your situation or telling us why you’re seeking holiday gifts for your children. Do not include a wish list or gift ideas.

2. Finish your forms. Complete and sign your Holiday Gift Verification Form from the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) or another approved agency. Sudbury Public Schools is an approved agency to provide a Gift Verification Form. Please contact Jennifer Vlacovsky at or Karen Blumberg at for one of these forms before you apply.

3. Check envelope contents. Before you send your request, confirm your family letter and verification form are included in the envelope. Letters received without a verification form cannot be processed!

4. Mail your request. Send your letter and completed verification form to the following address by November 4th, 2022:

Globe Santa

39B Teed Drive

Randolph, MA 02368-4201

About DTA Holiday Gift Verification Forms

• DTA families who live in our coverage area and have children 12 years old or younger can submit to Globe Santa a Holiday Gift Verification Form. If you have not received your verification form, contact the DTA at (877) 382-2363.

• Please call Globe Santa at 617-929-2002 if you have any questions.

3) Other resources:

If you receive assistance from DCF or DTA, ask your worker about other assistance.

If you are looking for other holiday assistance ideas, please email or contact your child’s school counselor. There may be options that school staff and I learn about as it gets closer to the holidays.

Wishing you all the best and a peaceful holiday season!

Jennifer Vlacovsky, LICSW

School Social Worker/School Adjustment Counselor

978-579-0870 x4005

Important Upcoming Dates - Please mark your calendars!

October 22-23 - Pumpkin Walk

October 24 - Diwali

October 25 - Loring Eats - Lotus Blossom

October 25 - Preschool Information Night

November 2 - Early Release Day Dismissal 11:45 (Teacher Conferences)

November 9 - Early Release Day Dismissal 11:45 (Teacher Conferences)

November 11 - No School - Veteran's Day

November 16 - Early Release Day Dismissal 11:45 (Teacher Conferences)

November 23 - Early Release Day Dismissal 11:45 Thanksgiving Recess

Important Websites

Please bookmark our websites. These websites will provide useful information you may need as we start the year.

Loring School



Loring Core Values

At Loring School, we are PAWSOME because we show our Core Values! These values are part of everyday life at Loring and reinforced in the classroom, on the playground and all around school. Students are taught the meaning of each word and how they make us better students and citizens.

Respect ~ Responsibility ~ Caring ~ Best Effort

The Loring Pledge

The Loring Pledge is said every morning during announcements. Loring students embody our pledge and we hope this stays with them not only when they are at school but home as well.

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