Husky Highlight

September 11, 2021

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Note from Ms. Moulton

Greetings Hosmer Families,

It is just wonderful having our Huskies back in the building! Students (and adults) are adjusting well.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the K/1 Playdate and Popsicles with the Principal event such a success. Pictures are posted on our school facebook pager.

TODAY, Saturday, September 11th, is the day of the ESL family picnic/potluck. Please join us at Filipello Park between 2-5pm!

A reminder to those that utilize Drop & Go along Chauncey St that you should not park or get out of your car. Staff members are present from 8:05-8:15 to open doors, assist students, and keep things moving. Thanks you for your cooperation on this. It really makes a big difference when everyone follows this procedure. Even one parked car makes the process more challenging.

With a grateful heart,

Ms. Moulton

Hosmer Family Survey - FINAL WEEK!

Thank you to those who have already completed the survey. Your feedback is important as we seek to continually improve. Thank you in advance for giving us feedback to help make our school an even better place for everyone in our community!

Mark Your Calendar!

Tuesday, September 14th - 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Instrument Rental Grades 4 and 5 - Watertown High School

Tuesday, September 21st (Evening) "Open House" - This will be over zoom but will be done from classrooms.

Thursday, September 23rd - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm - PTO Welcome Picnic

Wednesday, September 29th - 12:15 Dismissal

Thursday, September 30th - 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - PTO Meeting

Friday, October 8th and Monday, October 11th - No School

ESL Potluck Picnic!

Join us at the ESL Family on Saturday, September 11th for the

ESL Potluck/Picnic at Filipello Park from 2-5pm.

4th and 5th Grade Students - Learn to Play an Instrument

Music makes you smarter and makes our community a better place!

Free lessons during the school day! All you need is an instrument!! Join us!

Want more information:

We will be hosting an Instrumental rental night for any student interested.

Tuesday, September 14th

3 pm - 7 pm

Watertown High School

For students who have financial needs, there are school instruments available.

In band you can play:

Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, or Percussion

In strings you can play:

Violin, Viola, Cello, or Bass

If you are interested in band, please email Mr. Thew at

If you are interested in strings, please email Ms. Byham at

Lunch and Snack is Free for All Students

Breakfast snacks and lunch will be available to all students free of charge. Breakfast snack replaces our traditional breakfast program; last year, more students took advantage of our snack program, which is offered during the school day.

Students will have the opportunity to order a snack or lunch each morning during Morning Meeting. Students are still welcome to bring a snack or lunch from home.

Some of you may be wondering why free/reduced lunch forms have been sent home. The number of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch is used to determine the distribution of grant money and other state/federal funding available to schools. These forms are important to ensure this continued funding.

This Week's Menu

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i-Ready Diagnostic Time!

For the fourth year, we are implementing i-Ready diagnostic assessment in Reading and Math. Below, you will find information on the program and how we will be using it in the classroom.

What is i-Ready?

i-Ready is an online program that will help us determine your child’s needs, personalize his or her learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child exactly where he or she is and provides data for us to increase your child’s learning gains.

The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on his or her answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade, but instead to determine how best to support your child’s learning.

What can I do to help?

To help prepare your child for the i-Ready Diagnostic, please encourage them to:

  • Get a good night’s sleep and eat a full breakfast the day of the assessment.

  • Try their best on each question - try not to rush, but if the question is really too hard, don’t spend too long trying to figure it out.

  • Try not to worry about questions they do not know—remind them that it is expected they will get about half of the questions correct.

  • Use paper and a pencil to show work for math questions

What happens next?

The i-Ready Diagnostic will provide results that help teachers identify what your child already knows and determine next steps for instruction. Teachers look forward to sharing these results with you throughout the year and to providing a learning experience that will attract and hold your child’s interest while teaching important skills and concepts.

If you have any questions about i-Ready, please do not hesitate to contact me or your child’s teacher. You can also learn more about i-Ready by visiting

As always, thank you for your continued support and for being a partner in your child’s learning! It is much appreciated.

Life-Friendly Garden Tours this Weekend

Welcome to Watertown’s 23rd Life-Friendly Garden Tour

Sunday, September 12, 2021

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Visit the Hosmer Garden to learn from Farmer Judy!

At the intersection of Chauncey St. and Hancock St, the Hosmer Elementary School garden is in its 7th year. This year we have planted corn, beans and squash as well as tomatoes, husk cherries and potatoes and more. Perennials include a raspberry hedge, a grape vine and some herbs and flowers. As the school is rebuilt, this garden will remain as a new outdoor learning area. In addition, a new raised bed garden is being installed at the front of the new building. When finished, this will more than double the area of learning gardens at Hosmer!

Outdoor learning at Watertown Public Schools was designed in to all this construction to keep up with the new curriculum topics: where food comes from, local ecosystems, human impacts on our environment and environmental stewardship.

Additional stops throughout Watertown can be found in the pamphlet and map below.

Recreation Department Programs Begin Next Week

The Recreation Department is offering many programs this Fall. Attached below is the Fall Program Brochure. Programs next week, September 13th, and there are several offerings for the elementary school students - specifically, the Junior All Sports, All Sports, Creative Crafts, and Flag Football Programs!

Arrival and Dismissal

Hosmer Traffic Pattern

Please review the map below for the traffic pattern around the Hosmer School.

  • Winthrop & Hancock Streets are closed except for abutters and school employees.
  • from 7:30-3, Chauncy Street in one way with traffic flowing from Mt. Auburn toward Concord Rd. The Drop & Go location is along the garden side of Chauncy St.

Drop & Go
If you use Drop & Go:
  • PLEASE pull as far up on Chauncy as possible before stopping.
  • There is NO parking or live parking in this area.
  • Do not get out of your car.
  • Students will exit out the passenger side door. Staff will be there to open the door and direct students where to go.
  • Masks must be on!
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--- Dismissal from School ---

We will be conducting a staggered and strategic dismissal to allow for continued social distancing. Teachers will bring their students to specific locations and will hold up signs with their names for the first week or so.

We ask that you to wear a mask and that adults picking children up remain on the sidewalks and wave to students and teachers. (Kindergarten families, you should wait on the grass but away from the kindergarten doors.) The teacher will send the child to you. Please do NOT come directly to the area where the class is waiting. This helps keep children safe by exposing them to less adults.

Here is the map of where each class will be standing during dismissal.

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WPS Curriculum Brochures

Curious about what is taught in each grade level? Check out these informative curriculum brochures that can be found on our website:

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