Haynes Happenings

News & Notes from Josiah Haynes Elementary School

April 29, 2021


Dear Families,

As we enter the heart of spring in a normal year, we find that the days speed by even faster than usual with all the goings-on in and around school. Pair that with the added energy around our return to in-person learning this year, and it amounts to a spring unlike any other. There is much ahead, much to do and much to celebrate!

Next week we will mark National Teacher Appreciation Week. What a great opportunity to thank our educators who have shown steadfast dedication to our students throughout this school year.

Students in grades 3-5 will take part in MCAS testing beginning Monday, May 10. All students, including students who are learning remotely, will participate. You can visit the official Massachusetts MCAS parent information site at doe.mass.edu/mcas/parents/.

As a school staff we are continuing to celebrate students demonstrating expected behaviors with Hawk Sightings. In the weeks ahead our teacher teams will begin drafting recommended class placements for the 2021-2022 school year.

Carrying our weekly pool testing on top of our other mitigation strategies continues to safeguard our students, staff and families. All along, we continue to monitor evolving health and safety guidance from local, state and federal agencies to guide how we continue to keep our community safe.

Thank you for all you do to support our students, staff and one another!


Jeff LaBroad


Click here to sign your child up to for pool testing

All students must have prior parent permission to be tested.

Haynes Recieves 2021 Flutie Foundation Grant

Haynes is honored to share that the school has been named a Doug Flutie Foundation 2021 Allison Keller Technology Program grant recipient! Haynes was awarded a grant in the amount of $5,096.00 for the purchase and installation of a 75” TouchView mobile interactive board in our Partners program. Our sincere appreciation to the Flutie Foundation for their support of our work educating our students!

Food Pantry Collection this Friday

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Haynes Baby News!

Haynes School is excited to welcome two new members to our extended family!

Haynes Head Custodian GLEN HINES became a grandfather on April 24 when his daughter gave birth to Benjamin Mathew Devine.

Haynes Band Teacher KEVIN DONEGAN became a father on March 24 with the arrival of his son, Thomas Patrick Donegan.

Congratulations to Mr. Hines and Mr. Donegan and your families!

Haynes Celebrates National Poetry Month!

Haynes has been celebrating National Poetry Month! Throughout April, one of our main bulletin boards has been featuring a weekly poem and poet. Additionally, the library has had many poetry anthologies on display. We encourage students to continue to check out these titles!

To end National Poetry Month, students will be participating in Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 29th. This day helps bring recognition to different poets and exposes students to various poetic forms. Poetry is best when shared! Therefore on the morning of the 29th, students will pick up a poem to keep in their pocket for the day. They can share their poem with others at school and at home.

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Clothing Drive for Massachusetts Children in Need

From Monday, May 10th to Friday, May 21st, Ephraim Curtis Middle School is hosting a clothing drive to benefit children in need in Massachusetts. All items collected will be donated to Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit organization that provides essentials to Massachusetts children who are homeless or in low-income households.

The collection drive has been organized by ECMS 8th grader Bella Newbern, with help from the Curtis Angels. Bella was chosen to represent Sudbury this year at the annual statewide community service and leadership initiative, Project 351. As part of her role as a Project 351 Ambassador, Bella has been asked to coordinate a clothing drive in her own community.

Cradles to Crayons is requesting gently used or new clothing and shoes for children ages 0 to 12 years old. For health reasons, the charity is asking that donated socks, pajamas, and underwear be new. Collection bins for clothing and shoe donations will be located in the Curtis lobby and the lobbies of the elementary schools. If you would like to offer a cash or check donation, it will be used to purchase new children’s clothing. Checks should be made payable to Cradles to Crayons. Cash and check donations can be left at the ECMS main office.

If you have questions about the collection drive, please contact Ivar Henningson, Curtis Angels Faculty Advisor, at ivar_henningson@sudbury.k12.ma.us

Leaving SPS?

Families of students entering grades 1-5 who are not planning to return to the Sudbury Public Schools next year should notify the school office in writing as soon as possible. Accurate figures related to enrollment allow us to best plan for the upcoming school year.

Free School Meals Extended through Next School Year

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended school meal waivers through the end of the 2021-2022 school year, allowing the continuation of universal free school meals at any school district throughout the state for the rest of this school year, through the summer, and through next school year. Schools nationwide will be allowed to serve meals through USDA’s National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option, which is typically only available during the summer months and which allows schools to serve free meals to all children. More information is available online.


Friday, April 30

Food Pantry Collection

Spirit Day - Wear All One Color!

May 3-7

National Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 3

2:45-4:00 School Council Meeting

May 10-14

National School Nurse's Week

Monday, May 10

MCAS - Grade 5 ELA

Tuesday, May 11

MCAS - Grade 4 ELA

Wednesday, May 12

MCAS - Remote ELA

Thursday, May 13

MCAS - Grade 3 ELA

Monday, May 17

MCAS - Grade 5 Math

Tuesday, May 18

MCAS - Grade 4 Math

Wednesday, May 19

MCAS - Remote Math

Thursday, May 20

MCAS - Grade 3 Math

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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.