Hansen Weekly Update

February 18, 2022

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Hi Hansen Students, Parents, and Families!

Welcome to February break! No matter your plans, I hope that next week provides each of you an opportunity to rest, relax, and enjoy many fun moments with those closest to you. As hard as it may be to believe, upon our return we find ourselves on the doorstep of March, with just a few short weeks before Spring.

As you may have heard, at last night's School Committee meeting, the committee voted to follow the most recent guidance around masking from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and beginning when we return from break on Monday, February 28, students and staff are no longer required to wear masks while in school. Anyone that wants to continue to wear a mask will absolutely be supported and is most definitely able to do so. This is a big shift from where we have been in the past two years, and we recognize that this step is exciting for many and also may cause some discomfort for others. Please make the decision that is best for your student and family, and know that we are committed to maintaining an inclusive school community where each circumstance and individual decision will be respected and supported.

Please note, as part of the policy there are three situations where face coverings are still required, which are outlined below:

● By DESE and DPH protocol, students and staff returning from 5-day quarantine following a positive COVID test must follow strict mask use, other than when eating, drinking, or outside, and conduct active monitoring for symptoms, through day 10 of exposure.

● By state public health order, masks will be required in all school health offices.

● By federal public health order, all students and staff are required to wear a mask on school buses.

The full, updated Face Covering Policy can be viewed here: Face Covering Policy

Please enjoy some of this weeks' Hansen highlights through the pictures below...

Creating A Culture of Achievement, Equity, Inspiration, and Joy!

Changes to Start and End Time at Hansen

As some of you may know, the three elementary schools are in a rotation regarding start and end times, with each school being designated as the 'late school' for a two year period. For planning purposes, we wanted to share that beginning next year (the 2022-2023 school year), the Hansen School will be the late elementary school for two years.

Our start time will become 9:10, with student drop off beginning at 8:50 each day. Our dismissal time will be 3:25. Again, this switch will take place at the beginning of next school year, and please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions!

Upcoming Canton Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CDEI) Events!

Please take a moment to review two important attachments at the bottom of this message from the Canton Diversity Equity and Inclusion (CDEI) Committee. The first is regarding CDEI's Black History Month Celebration on February 28, and the second contains information regarding a Canton Community Quilt Project. This information is also posted on the website under About/Around Town.

Girls on the Run!

We are excited to once again offer Girls on the Run to students in Grades 3-5 this Spring! If your student is interested in participating, please review the program flyer that is attached at the bottom of this message.

Boosterthon is Coming!

The Boosterthon is returning to the Hansen School! Beginning in the end of March, Boosterthon will join our school for some excitement and school fundraising opportunities, culminating in a whole school Fun Run the first week of April.

We have partnered with Boosterthon twice before, and they help bring some great energy and excitement to our building and our students always have a blast. We are looking forward to this, and there will be more information coming in the upcoming weeks!

Boot Drive

Recently, two students from the Luce organized an adult winter boot drive to collect boots for those in need. They have dropped off a bin at the Hansen, which is located outside our main building entrance. If you have any adult boots you are looking to clear out, please consider bringing them in and dropping in the bin. They will be donated to local individuals in need.

Continued Reminder - Spring MCAS Testing Dates

Each Spring, students in Grades 3-5 participate in MCAS testing. Each grade level will be participating in two sessions of ELA and Mathematics, while Grade 5 students will also be participating in two sessions of Science. For planning purposes, please see the planned testing dates for the Hansen below...

Hansen School

2021-22 MCAS testing dates

Grade 3

April 12 & 14 (ELA)

May 2 and 5 (Math)

Grade 4

April 5 & 7 (ELA)

May 9 & 11 (Math)

Grade 5

April 11 & 13 (ELA)

May 10 & 12 (Math)

May 16 & 19 (Science)

Re-Sharing: February STEAM Connection

The February issue of The STEAM Connection is now available!

This newsletter provides fun information, resources, and activities to engage families in conversations about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math at home. Be sure to check out the CPS STEAM for Students website for more resources and past issues of The STEAM Connection.

This Week's Math and Computer Science Questions!

See if you can solve this week's challenges in math, computer science, and engineering!

Grades 3 - 5 Math Challenge Problem

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Grades 3 - 5 Computer Science Problem

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Engineering Challenge

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Our Current Hansen Math Hall of Famers!

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Our Current Hansen Computer Science Hall of Famers!

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Community Connections!

Canton Public Schools has a new Community Resources and Information Page on its website titled Around Town. This page lists resources that are available in our community for families and students. Information on this page will be updated periodically.

This site can be reached at this link: About/Around Town.


Canton Board of Health is pleased to be offering the following COVID-19, Vaccination Clinic:

Pfizer Vaccine for 5-11 Year Olds Friday, February 25, 2022 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 79 Pleasant Street

Preregistration is encouraged. Walk-ins allowed while supplies last


Working together, the Town of Canton and the MA Department of Public Health, Mobile Vaccination Unit are pleased to be offering the following COVID-19, Vaccination Clinic:

Pfizer Vaccine for 5-11 Year Olds & Pfizer Booster Vaccine for 12+ Year Olds Saturday, March 5, 2022 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Canton High School Cafeteria

Pre-registration is encouraged. Walk-ins allowed while supplies last


Please call Canton Board of Health 781 821 5021 if you have any questions.

What's Coming Up?

  • Monday, February 21 - Friday, February 25 - No School (February Vacation)
  • Tuesday, March 8 - Thursday, March 10 - Kindergarten Registration
  • Friday, March 11 - No School (Staff Professional Development)
  • Friday, March 25 - Report Cards Emailed to Families
Continue to stay safe and, as always, do not hesitate to reach out to any of us at the Hansen if we can offer any support or assistance!
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