Haynes Happenings

News & Notes from Josiah Haynes Elementary School

November 5, 2020

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Haynes, Friday, October 30, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

We know that our children thrive on structure, consistency and predictability. While we have celebrated in particular everyone's flexibility this year, we as parents and educators continue working to provide expected circumstances when possible. By and large, we've been quite successful.

This has been a challenge at best in 2020, and perhaps over the last week in particular. We got plowable snow in October. Halloween was either canceled or significantly modified. The clocks changed and the sun is now setting at about 2:45 each day (okay, I'm being a bit hyperbolic there). We are watching a close election with uncertain results, and likely have strong feelings no matter which candidate we are backing. News reports are warning of a winter that might require us to once again be more isolated than we may be comfortable with.

Against this backdrop, I'm reminded that our children are listening and watching us to seek signals of what to do. They see what we do and hear what we say. Of equal importance, they see what we don't do and hear what we don't say. They spot our joy, feel our stress, sense our anger and are aware of our uneasiness. Really, they don't miss much.

In what likely continues to be a difficult time, I invite you to continue to take care of yourself and find moments of joy and normalcy--even when it takes extra effort to create either.


Jeff LaBroad


TONIGHT! Principal Forum with Mr. LaBroad

Join Mr. LaBroad for the first Haynes Principal Forum Thursday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. via Google Meet. This virtual meeting will provide an opportunity for parents to ask questions and share feedback on our year so far, reflecting on where we've been and discussing what's ahead. Join the Meet using the link: meet.google.com/dyc-xsuk-nug. (Please note, this Principal Forum will take the place of November's previously-scheduled First Friday Principal Coffee).

Car Line Reminders

Thank you to everyone for continuing to keep our arrival and dismissal car line a safe and efficient system for all our families.

Attendance Matters

Students are expected to be present for all remote synchronous class time. Please contact your child's classroom or specialist teacher and the office (haynes_office@subury.k12.ma.us) if a student will be absent. This assists with planning and with our attendance record keeping.

Haynes Receives SERF Grant to Fund Early Literacy Texts

Haynes has received a SERF grant to fund the purchase of books for take-home book bags for early readers. Our school has been in the process of organizing surplus texts for students to use at home for independent reading time. We were in need of titles for our youngest readers. The generous grant we received from SERF will allow us to purchase a supply of just right fit texts for our early readers, thus enhancing their at home reading experience. We look forward to buying these books and getting them into the hands of readers soon! Our thanks to Haynes Literacy Specialist Megan Ring for organizing this initiative and to SERF for their generous support!

HOPEsudbury Auction Returns Saturday

HOPEsudbury stands ready to help Sudbury residents during these unprecedented times. The HOPE Fund, our signature program, provides emergency financial support for any Sudbury residents in need. Since 2002, The HOPE Fund has helped hundreds of Sudbury residents and distributed over $700,000. If you are in need of assistance, please reach out the Bethany Hadvab, Sudbury’s Town Social Worker. She can connect you to The HOPE Fund as well as other resources.

Click here for the 19th Annual Telethon & Auction Guide which offers a preview for our largest fundraising event and highlights the incredible talent and items our community has offered in support of neighbors in need. Our website, Hopesudbury.org, will be continually updated with information as well. Bid online beginning Nov 6 at 7 PM and tune in to SudburyTV on November 7 from 3-9 PM.

HOPE you can join us and demonstrate what The Power of Community can accomplish!

Questions? Email info@hopesudbury.org

Sudbury Food Pantry Seeks Operations Manager

The Sudbury Food Pantry is looking for an Operations Manager. This person will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the SCFP and will be the point person for the acquisition, distribution, and logistical needs of the food pantry. This part-time position comes with a stipend. For more information, please contact Pat Mullen at p_mullen@msn.com.

Sudbury Neighbor Brigade and HOPEsudbury Launch Holiday Drive

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Thursday, November 5

Staff Appreciation Breakfast (hosted by grade 5 families)

7:30-8:30 p.m. Haynes Principal Forum (via Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/dyc-xsuk-nug

Wednesday, November 11

Veteran's Day -- NO SCHOOL

November 16-20

HOP Virtual Book Fair

Wednesday, November 18

Parent Conferences (by appointment)

November 18-20

November Food Pantry Collection

November 26-27

Thanksgiving Break -- NO SCHOOL

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Haynes Happenings

Haynes Happenings is the parent and family newsletter of Josiah Haynes Elementary School, published every other Thursday and distributed to families via email and shared at sudbury.k12.ma.us/haynes.