The Pawsome Print
October 21, 2022
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Dear Pawsome Families,
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:
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
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
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 http://projectjustbecause.org/
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: https://globesanta.org/aboutreq.aspx#request
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 email@example.com or Karen Blumberg at firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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 email@example.com 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
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
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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