Husky Highlight

October 7, 2019

A Note from Ms. Moulton

Greetings Hosmer Families,

This week's newsletter includes a good deal of important information about our upcoming ALICE Drills, traffic and Drop & Go reminders, PTO information and a call for volunteers. Of course, no edition of the "Husky Highlight" would be complete without the inclusion of "What Did the Husky See?"

Thank you for your continued support!

Erin Moulton

ALICE Drills/ Emergency Preparedness

We will be holding an emergency drill on Thursday, October 24th, using the principles outlined in the A.L.I.C.E. Program brought to us by Sgt. Grady Watertown Police Department. A.L.I.C.E. stands for ALERT, LOCKDOWN, INFORM, COUNTER AND EVACUATE. This drill prepares staff and students for an incident involving an intruder at the Lowell school.

Students will be provided with the particulars of the drill. Here is an outline of the information students are being given:

  • We will be practicing a drill to keep you safe in the event that an intruder enters the Hosmer School.

  • This procedure, called ALICE, has been in place across Watertown School District.

  • This way of responding to threats gives our teachers choices about how best to keep our children safe based on how close they are to the threat.

  • During the drill, teachers will have two choices: lockdown or evacuate.

  • If the teacher chooses to lockdown, he/she will turn off the lights and lock the door. They may also barricade the door as necessary. They will move students away from the door and out of sight, but the students and teacher will remain prepared to evacuate should the situation change.

  • If the teacher chooses to evacuate, students will follow their teacher swiftly and silently to the nearest exit. Teachers and other staff will be positioned around the outside of the building, and students will proceed directly to them and wait for the "all clear" to return to the building.

  • During this drill, students must follow the directions of their teacher throughout the drill.

All school personnel and students will participate in the A.L.I.C.E. Drill. When the drill begins, classroom teachers will make a decision based on the proximity of the would-be intruder and students will be asked to follow that direction, whether the decision is to lockdown and barricade in the classroom, or evacuate the building if it is safe to do so.

After we practice the ALICE drill we will practice an Off-Site Evacuation. In the event of an emergency, we may need to relocate to an alternative site. Our secondary site is the St. James' Church.

There will be Watertown Police present to assess our performance and to provide helpful feedback to our staff. Preparing students and staff by running drills of all types during the school year, including fire drills, medical drills, and bus evacuation drills, is a necessary part of our safety and security program at Hosmer.

Thank you in advance for your attention and cooperation, and communication with your child around this important drill.

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This book is one of many resources that you may consult when talking to young children about these drills.

Drop & Go

I've been happy to see steady improvements over the past week in the Drop & Go process! Please continue to help us keep this safe and moving along by assisting in the following ways:

  • Always move your cars to the end of the Drop & Go zone, even if your kids enter through the flagpole entrance.
  • Please do not get out of your car. Teachers are there to help assist with opening and closing doors for students.
  • Never park your car in the Drop & Go zone.

As always, please also drive slowly and carefully whenever you are travelling around the school.

What Did the Husky See?

Each week the Hosmer Husky will live in a different classroom. Here is what he has to report about his adventures!

Hi Hosmer Huskies! This week I enjoyed learning and playing in Mrs. Hinds’ Class! The second graders showed me all of the class routines and expectations, as well as their hard work throughout the school day. This class works hard and plays hard!

We started every morning in a circle on the rug. I loved seeing all of the smiling faces and learning everyone’s name during the one-minute greeting! The best was when the students pet me and passed me around the circle while sharing about their weekends, things they are getting better at in math, favorite weather and words they want to use during Spanish class. I chose perro!

I was so excited to find out that the second graders were learning how to use their senses to make observations in science. I really got to put my super canine senses to use! My favorite station was the smell station. I think the students like that one the most too! We all made funny faces smelling the second cup which was garlic. Pee-ew!

These students are serious about their work in literacy and math! I learned that English has many rules and rule-breakers for spelling. We used magnet tiles to spell words with the /k/ sound. Did you know there are THREE ways to make the sound /k/? The students helped me to understand when to use C, K, or CK, so I learned how to spell the word STICK! I also made a new animal friend named Baby Echo!

Reading was so quiet and calming. These students LOVE to read! I got to buddy read and share my thinking with two second-grade friends. Math was busy with the students in different groups using place value blocks, cubes, and numbers bonds to add numbers. I can tell these second graders are going to have a successful school year!

All of the learning and hard work made me really hungry! Lunch was full of great conversations and great smells. I couldn’t resist the smiley fries and chocolate milk! Recess was full of laughter, friends and running (my favorite)!

Well, it is time for a new experience in a new grade level. Mrs. Hinds gave me and her dog Sammie a bath before my adventure in third grade with Mrs. DeBaie and Mrs. Nickl’s class! Until next time…..

PTO Update

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Volunteers Needed - 10/22 and 10/23

Tuesday, October 22nd

The PTO will be holding our 2nd annual Fun Run with the children during the school day on Tuesday, October 22nd. It takes many hands to run this event. If you can help, please go to the link and sign up.

Wednesday, October 23rd

Safe Routes to school will be doing a pedestrian safety training with our 2nd graders on Wednesday, October 23rd from 8:00 - 11:30 am. We need parent volunteers, to make this program successful. Volunteers can be from any grade. If you can help, please go to the link and sign up.

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Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, October 8th - PTO Meeting - 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Hosmer Library - Come learn about all the exciting things the Parent Teacher Organization has planned for this year and how you can help.

Monday, October 14th - No School - Columbus Day

Wednesday, October 16th - 12:15 Dismissal - lunch is served - Extended Day and Boys & Girls Club are open.

Tuesday, October 22nd - 2nd Annual Fun Run - All students will participate in the fun run during the school day. More information will be coming home in backpacks. If you can volunteer to help, please go to the link to sign up.

Wednesday, October 23rd - ELPAC Meeting 7:00 -8:00 pm - Phillips Building, Rm 204 We will be discussing dealing with attendance issues and preparing for parent-teacher conferences, as well as answering any questions about Halloween.

Tuesday, November 5th - No School

Monday, November 11th - No School

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