Wednesday's Words

June 8, 2022

What's Inside

- Family Letter

- Coin Drive for Ukraine

- Congratulations 2021-2022 NCTA honorees!

- Health and Wellness

- Year End PTO Meeting (In-Person)

- NPS Employment Opportunities

- Community News

- Classroom Happenings

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the 2021/2022 school year with less than 10 days left of school. Our schools are busy preparing for end of year celebrations, field days, finalizing projects, administering end of year assessments and preparing our students for transitioning to the next grade level. What makes this time of year so special is the opportunity to reflect and celebrate all that we have accomplished this past year.

Summer Reading and Math:

Summer vacation is a time for enjoying activities like playing outside, swimming, going to the zoo, and taking a family vacation. During the fun summer months children do tend to forget some of the academic skills learned during the school year. Research shows that a student can lose an average of 1.5 months of grade-level equivalency in reading and math skills during prolonged breaks. The most effective way to ensure that students retain the skills learned is to offer numerous and consistent opportunities throughout the summer for students to practice specific skills in these two content areas. Therefore, our Math and Literacy Specialists in partnership with our school Librarians are planning fun ways for your child to engage with reading and math this summer. Please click on this link for information about NPS Summer Math and Reading resources available for our families. Before the end of the school year, your child will be sent home with a math and reading log. As the letter indicated, you will be able to access all the resources on the NPS Homepage after June 20th. We hope to see high participation from our students in the fall.

Wishing you a wonderful end of the school year and a relaxing summer break!


Victoria Saldana,

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Coin Drive for Ukraine raises $3,901.74

We are happy to report that the Norfolk Public Schools raised a total of $3,901.74 from our Coin Drive for Ukraine! All funds with go directly to UNICEF to support the children of Ukraine by bringing clean drinking water to areas of need.

Thank you to everybody for your support! Excellent teamwork all around!

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2021-2022 NCTA honorees who were recognized and celebrated at last night's NCTA Annual Banquet!! Laura Mellick, Barbara DiGiacomo and Ann Hurley

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Health and Wellness

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

It's not too late to join in the summer reading of Thrivers, The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine, by Michele Borba, Ed. D., and for 2 scheduled discussion groups. Dr. Borba is an internationally known educational psychologist, parenting and child expert, author and speaker. Dr. Borba is also a former classroom and special education teacher. She shares solution-focused strategies for parents to support the development of character skills that support children's resilience.

Location of discussion groups will be determined based on the number of participants, with the first group in late June or early July. If you wish to join me, please complete the form by June 13th so books can be ordered. Summer Book Read Participation Form.


Norfolk Community Dinners

Held at the Norfolk Grange on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 6-7:30 pm. Free and open to all, RSVP with number attending to 339-298-9151, by 6 pm on the Tuesday prior


*If you are interested in supporting a committee to plan and support parent wellness education programming for the four districts, please email me at*

Don't forget to review the Summer Wellness News for summer activities and resources

Wishing all families a healthy, safe and enjoyable summer!

Take care,

Dot Pearl

Director of Wellness for Norfolk, Plainville, Wrentham & King Philip Schools

TONIGHT is the IN-PERSON Year End PTO Meeting!

We are excited that the last PTO meeting of the year will take place
IN-PERSON, this Wednesday, June 8th at 7:00pm in the Freeman Kennedy cafeteria. Please join us as we recap our successes (and lessons learned!) from the 2021-2022 school year and look ahead to the fall, where we hope to kick off new fundraisers and fill many open positions.

All are welcome!

Norfolk Recreation Programs!

Freeman Kennedy Art Show!!

Throughout the 2021-2022 academic year the Freeman Kennedy Art Program has focused on multicultural themes. The students have learned a great deal about culturally diverse celebrations and traditions. The school year began by exploring the students’ social identity and the graffiti artist Apexer by stylizing their name as a burner. During Hispanic Heritage Month, we created artwork inspired by Frida Kahlo and the Latin holiday called Day Of The Dead. During November, in addition to fall and Thanksgiving inspired projects, we learned about Diwali, which is the Hindu festival of light. December brought ceramic snow people and gnomes and the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. During January, we celebrated the African-American holiday called Kwanzaa, Martin Luther King, and the Chinese New Year by creating a tiger. In February we let our kindness shine through by adorning the students’ lockers with painted suns. We learned about several African American artists. Faith Ringgold, who wrote Tar Beach and makes beautiful quilts. Alma Woodsey Thomas was an African-American Expressionist painter. Kehinde Wiley is a portrait painter famous for his highly naturalistic style, who painted the official portrait of President Obama. In April, we learned about the Islamic holiday of Ramadan when Mulsims fast for a month and the Eid al-Fitr Festival which marks the end of fasting. We studied an Asian artist called Yayoi Kusama, who is obsessed with infinity and dots. Spring brought trees and flowers. We created flowers based on Georgia O’Keeffe expressionist paintings and trees for Arbor Day. The fifth grade students painted portraits for their Hall of Fame display boards. Lastly, we are going to test our pointillism skills by painting artwork inspired by George Seurat. It’s been a great year of learning, creating and exploring.

Enjoy your summer vacation,

Laura Mellick

FK Art Teacher

• 6th Grade Art Show:

5th Grade Art Show:

4th grade Art Show:

3rd grade Art Show:

(GOTR): Girls On The Runnnnn!!!

Girls On The Run send care packages to Ukraine