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June 2023

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Important Dates

Monday, June 5

Kindergarten Field Day

Students & Scheduled Volunteers Only

Tuesday, June 6

First Grade Field Day

Students & Scheduled Volunteers Only

Wednesday, June 7

Kindergarten Orientation

Parents / Guardians of Future Kindergarteners

Marathon Cafeteria

6:30 - 7:30 pm

June 7 & June 8

Field Day Rain Dates

As Needed

Monday, June 12

Kindergarten Night*

See below for the schedule

6:00 - 6:30 pm

Tuesday, June 13

Kindergarten Night*

See below for the schedule

6:00 - 6:30 pm

Thursday, June, 15

PreSchool: Last Day

Monday, June 19

No School


Wednesday, June 21

Last Day of School: Kindergarten & First Grade

Early Dismissal. 12:20 pm

No Lunch Served

Notes From the Principal

A Time to Celebrate

June is a month full of mixed emotions. We celebrate the growth, tremendous for our students, made over the course of the year. We relish accomplishments and the smiles that accompany them. While excited about the prospect of moving on to a different class and different teacher, students often feel a sense of loss as the familiar routines will soon change. For many students and parents (teachers too), this can be unsettling.

Children respond differently to this transition. To support a positive school year end, acknowledge your child’s feelings. Discuss but don’t dwell. Plan a summer get-together while school is still in session. Knowing that you’ll see a friend that you currently see most every day is comforting for a young child who is developing the concept of time, and ‘next year’ seems so very far away.

We, educators and families, share a common goal: supporting whole child growth. We facilitate multiple areas of development including academic, physical, and social emotional. You experienced that this year, with the staff that supported your child, and will again ‘next year’ which is mere months away.

I thank you for your continued support of our school, our staff, and your child.

Best wishes for a wonderful summer.

Lauren Dubeau, Proud Marathon Principal

Kindergarten Night

First Grade Nights were fantastic. Kindergartners, it's your turn! We can’t wait to see you and your parents/guardians at school!

Please do not bring siblings or extended family members to this event as it is a special time to visit your child's classroom and meet their teacher as they show you where they have been spending their school days. Staff will welcome you into the building through multiple doors for easy access.

Classrooms will be crowded so it is truly only an evening for your kindergartener and parents/guardians.

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June Farewell

This year, we bid farewell to school counselor Kelly Pickens as she begins the next phase of her life: Retirement.

Mrs. Pickens began her career in Hopkinton as a school psychologist and then became the school guidance counselor at Center School. Over the course of her career in Hopkinton, she has positively impacted the lives of hundreds! We will miss her and wish her well.

We asked some students what Mrs. Pickens should do when she retires. Perhaps some of these suggestions will be acted upon!

Mrs. Pickens should:

  • Chill

  • Be a singer

  • Go to an aquarium

  • Be a real estate agent like my mom

  • Stay on the couch

  • Find a new job

  • Go to her family

  • Be an ice skating teacher

  • Stay home

  • Get new make-up

  • Go to Dunkin’ Donuts and get snacks and donuts

  • Be a roller skating teacher

  • Go to Target and get new clothes

  • Sleep in

  • Be at another school

  • Go to Urban Air

  • Play with her kids

  • Go do fun things

First Grade Music Celebration

The First Grade Music Celebration featured many of the song selections the students have learned with Mrs. Moran over the past two years. As students move through the grades, this celebration lays the foundation for future music programs. It all starts here!

Kudos to Mrs. Moran for putting this program together and Music Department Subject Matter Leader Craig Hay for his support in planning this performance.

Great job first graders! Here’s the link to the program: Marathon Grade One Music Celebration

PBIS at Marathon

Last week the PBIS Team completed a TFI (Tiered Fidelity Inventory) with our PBIS Trainer. This inventory helps calibrate the effectiveness of the PBIS systems we have in place at Marathon. A cross-section of our staff and students were asked three questions.

The students were asked:

What are Marathon’s Schoolwide Expectations?

Have you been recognized for meeting expectations (gotten a Cubby Paw)?

What were you recognized for?

Staff were asked:

What are Marathon’s Schoolwide Expectations?

Have you recognized students for meeting expectations (given out a Cubby Paw)?

Have you taught the Schoolwide Expectations?

We received a score of 100% for both students and staff. Yeah! We are SO excited that the systems we have in place are being used consistently across our school.

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Summer Reading 2023

Hello Marathon Families,

This year the Public Library's Summer Reading theme is Find Your Voice. The program will continue to be online. Families can register beginning Wednesday, June 21st. 2023.

Summer Reading Recommendations for Future First Grade students

Summer Reading Recommendations for Future Second Grade students

Marathon Library has online resources (eBooks & PebbleGO) available all summer!

Username: Marathones

Password: school

If you have any questions please let us know!

Donna Mason, M.Ed LMS

Susan Mello, MLIS

Getting Ready for Kindergarten!

Preschoolers practiced getting on and off a big yellow bus. They learned about bus expectations and how to be safe on the bus as they rode around the parking lots.

This was a great bus experience as we prepare our students for the transition to kindergarten!

Screen Time

How does excessive screen time affect the development of young children?

Such questions have troubled many caregivers since the introduction of the smartphone more than 15 years ago turned a once-shared video experience—watching TV—into primarily solitary experience. On the flip side, manufacturers often extol the “educational” value of their apps, devices, and so-called learning systems—leaving many caregivers to feel their children will fall behind if they don’t provide these materials.

Many of us working with children 0–5 often see our clients far exceeding recommended screen time guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics and World Health Organization. At the same time, we are seeing more children with language delays, social communication challenges, and behavioral or emotional difficulties over the past few years.

Read more of this ASHA (American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association) article by clicking below!

Be Tech Wise With Preschoolers! Full article

Be Tech Wise With Preschoolers! PDF
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Dear Hopkinton Parent/Guardian,

We invite you to take this opportunity to recognize your child(ren)’s teachers in a unique way -- by making a donation to the Hopkinton Education Foundation. Each teacher honored by a donation receives a personalized card with artwork from a Hopkinton student, thanking the teacher for their work and including the name of your child (although not the amount of the contribution). Contributors receive an online receipt for tax purposes.

The Hopkinton Education Foundation has been advancing innovation in the Hopkinton Public Schools for over 25 years. During that time, we have awarded over $1,500,000 to fund over 350 grants to Marathon, Elmwood, Hopkins, HMS, and HHS.


To participate in the Thank-A-Teacher program, donate online at Please complete your donation by June 9. Thank you for your support!


Chris Fredericks, President

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Hopkinton Special Education Parent Advisory Council: SEPAC

Hopkinton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

Welcome To Holland - By Emily Perl Kingsley

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this......

When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The flight attendant comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."

"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."

But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away... because the loss of that dream is a very, very significant loss.

But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland.

Kingsley, Emily Perl. “Welcome to Holland.” 1987. 23 May 23,

Dear Marathon Families,

My name is Erica Seekell and I am the Marathon Elementary School Parent Liaison for SEPAC. SEPAC stands for Special Education Parent Advisory Council. Our mission is to create a strong, collaborative relationship between parents, caregivers, and schools for the benefit of students with special needs and disabilities, thereby improving education for all students. Membership is open to all parents, caregivers, and allies.

Do you want to make a positive difference in the lives of families and children with disabilities and special needs? Join the SEPAC advisory board! Worried you don’t know enough about special education to serve? – Don’t worry! What matters most is your enthusiasm and passion for helping families and children with disabilities. If these issues are close to your heart, we need you! See events calendar below for details.

Please contact me for more information about SEPAC at or


Erica Seekell

June / July SEPAC Events

Hopkinton SEPAC End of Year Dinner for Parents and Caregivers

Parents and caregivers, you’re invited to SEPAC’s year end dinner at Mazi Kitchen and Bar. Take the evening off to meet other parents and special education staff. Dinner is on us. You deserve it!

Elections will be held for Secretary and Media/Communications at this event. Please contact us by June 5th at 5pm at to get on the ballot.

When: Tuesday, June 6, 2023 at 6:30pm
Where: Mazi Kitchen and Bar, 320 Pond Street, Ashland, MA 01721.

Hopkinton SEPAC Coffee Hour: Dyslexia

Hopkinton SEPAC in partnership with Hopkinton Parents of Dyslexic Students (HPODS) would like to invite all parents, caregivers, and allies with an interest in discussing dyslexia to our coffee hour. We will have a Q&A session with Kate Shade, PhD, Director of Education for the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program at Boston Children's Hospital. We will be serving coffee and donuts.

When: Friday, June 9, 2023 at 10am
Where: Hopkinton Public Library, Betty Strong Room (Large Event Room)

Hopkinton SEPAC Summer Family Bowling Day

Let’s go bowling together! Bring your family for a fun day of bowling and pizza at PINZ. Stay connected with SEPAC over the summer and join us for this free event. Space is limited, please RSVP.

When: Saturday, July 8, 2023 at 12pm -2:15pm
Where: PINZ at 110 South Main Street, Milford, MA 01757
RSVP by June 30th to

Building Addition Update

  • Owner's Project Manager (OPM): Colliers Project Leaders
  • Architect: Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc. (DRA)
  • Construction Company: Mill City

Current Status:

  • Interior framing in progress
  • Exterior masonry near completion
  • Concrete stairs poured

Report Card Access

Report cards will be available for parents to access on the last day of school, June 21, through the PowerSchool Parent Portal at 3:00 pm. It is strongly suggested you promptly print or download a copy for your records. Please be aware that the Portal will be disabled for a few weeks beginning August 1 as we prepare for the 2023 - 2024 school year.

We are asking parents to be mindful to have a report card on hand as it is often requested for athletics, camps, or other student activities. The school office will not be able to provide a printed copy of report cards for these circumstances.

Viewing Elementary & Middle School Report Cards


Families that are moving out of the district should notify the office to facilitate enrollment in their new school district. If you know now that your child will not be attending school in the Hopkinton Public Schools, please fill out the withdrawal form so that records will be sent to the new school by the end of June. This allows receiving schools that close for the summer to receive records in a timely manner.

Get to Know Marathon

We will host a transition event for incoming kindergarteners, times assigned by class, as well as first graders new to the district. An August tour of the building, as well as a bus experience, will introduce students to Marathon. Details will be shared over the summer. Students and one adult will attend at the assigned time.
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For people experiencing homelessness, the need for new, white socks is critical. Spending hours on their feet, with walking as their primary mode of transportation, and exposed to extreme weather conditions, too often, the people served by BHCHP face painful infections and avoidable health complications when unable to access new, clean socks. Each day, BHCHP relies on donations of new, white socks to distribute to the more than 10,000 patients served by our more than 30 shelter-based clinics and through the outreach care of our Street Team. By participating in this sock drive, you will be providing patients with a basic essential to protect their health and giving them the gift of comfort and dignity.

Please Join the Jochim Family in donating new, white socks for the Red Sox Foundation. You can also donate by Venmo to @DianneJ10 with “Sox for Socks” in the message tab. We will be collecting until June 9th and then will deliver all the New, White Socks to Fenway in August when they have their Sox for Socks drive. A collection box is in the Marathon vestibule.
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Our community donated over 2,000 pairs of shoes for Ukrainian refugees. The need is still great. There are collection boxes at every Hopkinton school.

Right now, Soles4Souls is accepting new or gently used shoe donations of any kind and any size. Shoes should be bound together, if possible. Soles4Souls accepts single shoes for amputees as well. (There are many.) Shoes may have small blemishes that will be professionally mended.

HHS Sophomore Evan Fitzpatrick is a Global Ambassador for Soles4Souls, one of the top-rated non-profits in the country. Soles4Souls is focused on making a measurable impact in our world providing shoes and textiles directly to those in need. In addition to their work in developing nations and with homelessness in our country, Soles4Souls is actively providing disaster relief to Ukrainian refugees. The Hopkinton Administration and Hopkinton Principals are proud to support Evan in this endeavor.