Hello Foster's Finest,
We have had a great first full week of school. I wanted to give a shout out to all of our staff and students for making the Curriculum Night a success. It went flawlessly and was well attended. The students, in particular, looked really excited to be bringing their parents to Curriculum Night. I am looking forward to next week's Curriculum Night to continue the fun.
I want to clarify a little bit of confusion around lunches that has happened across the district. Everyone is entitled to one free lunch/breakfast. Anything added on is extra, so if your child wants a second helping, there is a charge. Students who bring their lunches from home but order any of the extra items listed below are charged for the items. I hope this helps clarify how this all works.
Snack-$.50 this would include fruit, veggies (if they didn't buy lunch) or whole grain snack like goldfish.
Thank you so much for your help over the last week with my request to not peek into the windows. It has helped make the end of the day a smoother transition for the students in those classrooms.
We have had two safety issues that I want to bring up:
One relates to parents driving into the parking lot area and dropping the students off in the parking lot instead of in the loop. Parent drop off should only take place in the loop, not the parking lot. This is a safety issue and we need your help following the procedures. The loop is where we have staff stationed to keep our children safe. The vehicles are moving through the loop and are almost completely done in less than ten minutes. Not using the loop adds to traffic problems when people are exiting the parking lot. The traffic pattern has been specifically designed to help students safely and efficiently exit their vehicle, as well as keep Downer Avenue traffic moving efficiently for buses to get to their next destination.
The second area of concern is our bicycle riders. Yesterday, I met with the students who ride their bikes to school. We have had students riding all the way up to the school on sidewalks and up the ramp as students are walking to school. I am asking that, during drop off and dismissal, they walk their bikes when they reach the school. Our walking students are almost getting run over, so I want to make sure we are keeping everyone safe. The other request that I have is that the students not ride their bikes through the crosswalk coming from Planters Field Lane. We had a student walking through the crosswalk almost get struck by a bicycle. Students have been awesome at making this correction, please reinforce with them how proud I am that I only had to ask one time.
Thank you for supporting me in making these changes.
We are excited to welcome grades 1-5 students and their parents/guardians to Foster. We ask that you do not bring siblings to the event as we have limited space in the classrooms. We want to make sure every family is included and fits comfortably in the classrooms. Please come to your assigned grade level at the start of the assigned time slot. We have staggered the times so that you could be in the grade level at the beginning of each session if you have children in multiple grades.
Kindergarten is slightly different in that we ask that you come without your child. Families had the opportunity to visit the classroom with the children at orientation. We want to be able to answer any new questions that you may have, especially for families who are new to Foster Elementary School. If you have a sibling who is coming for their grade level event, they are welcome to go to Kindergarten with you. The Kindergarten teachers will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Curriculum Night.
We are rescheduling one of the Grade 3 nights - tentatively we are planning on it happening on September 21. More information will be sent to that classroom next week.
The remaining Curriculum nights will be held on September 21, at the following times:
Grade 1 (6-7 PM)
Grade 4 (6:30-7:30 PM)
Kindergarten (7-8 PM)
Foster Building Update
This link (Building Project Information) will bring you to the information sheets, the dates of the upcoming Open House sessions and the Foster Tours. Please share this information with family and friends who reside in Hingham. This is a great opportunity for the public to get information about the project and provide them with the information needed to make informed decisions.
September 19 @ 7 PM will be our first PTO Meeting of the school year. The meeting will be held at the Greenside Grille, 274 South Street, Hingham. Please RSVP to Melissa Sadler at email@example.com so we have a head count of those who will be in attendance.
A reminder to buy your tickets for the Foster School Parent Social - September 30th 7-10pm @ The Paragon Beer Garden in Hull. Tickets $50/each Venmo @Foster-PTO and please put “Parent Social” in comments.
Room Parents Needed for Grades 1-5 - Please email Anna Mancuso if you are interested: firstname.lastname@example.org
Save The Date: Thursday, October 6th - Foster School Bike/Walk/Roll to School Day: More info to come
Save The Date: Tuesday 11/1 @ 7pm, HHS. Attend The Town Meeting where there will be a special vote held to approve funding for the New Foster School. Two-Thirds of the Voters at the Town Meeting have to vote yes in order to move this project forward.
Social Media Update:
Follow the PTO on Instagram: @Foster_PTO_02043, Facebook: @Foster PTO
Be sure to join our Facebook Group too: Foster PTO News
It was a great first five day week of school! Enjoy your weekend, we will see everyone on Monday.