Marathon Memo

May 2023

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Important Dates

Friday, May 12

Early Release, lunch served

No PM PreSchool

Dismissal 1:00 pm

Tuesday, May 16

HPTO Spring Book Fair

Marathon Gymnasium

5:00 -7:30 pm

Tuesday, May 16

BINGO for Books

Marathon Cafeteria

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Friday, May 19

Marathon School Council via Zoom 8:00 M

Agenda with Zoom link

Wednesday, May 24

First Grade Night*

See below for the schedule

6:00 - 6:30 pm

Thursday, May 25

First Grade Night*

See below for the schedule

6:00 - 6:30 pm

Friday, May 26

Early Release, lunch served

No PM PreSchool

Dismissal 1:00 pm

Monday, May 29

No School

Memorial Day

Notes From the Principal

A Special Visit: Team Hoyt

Later this month, we will have a special visit from Russ and Rick Hoyt. They will be presenting Marathon Elementary with a Team Hoyt lithograph designated for our school. The lithograph is signed and numbered by Dustin Neece, the artist. Even more meaningful is that Dick Hoyt signed it for "our friends at Hopkinton's Marathon School." He did so less than a week before he passed.

Accompanying this will be a personal presentation of Rick’s Story, The Story of Rick Hoyt. Mottos that he lives by Yes You Can, You Can Do Hard Things are an inspiration. Rick can’t use his hands to write but wrote a book. Rick can’t talk but can use a computer to communicate. When Rick got home after his first race he typed on his computer: “When I’m running it feels like my disability disappears!” The “Yes You Can” message is one of great importance to all of us.

Click for information about the Dick Hoyt Memorial Yes You Can Run Together.

This 5 Mile Run will be held in Hopkinton at EMC Park on Saturday, May 27. It is to honor the same distance as the first race Dick Hoyt ever ran with his son Rick. There will be a 2 Mile Walk to show that "twogether" we can all participate. A Kids Fun Run will take place on the baseball field at EMC Park following the walk and run. There is no cost for the Kids Fun Run as it is being sponsored by DICK'S SPORTING GOODS.

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First Grade Night

We can’t wait to see first graders and their 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 first grader's classroom and meet their teacher as they show you where they have been spending their school days.

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

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Kindergarten Nights

Looking ahead, Kindergarten Nights are June 12 and 13!

Monday, June 12:

B122 - Burgess/Stanton

B104 - Jensen

B117 - Kern

B107 - Homan

B106 - Gadson

B118 - Volent

Tuesday, June 13:

B119 - Caffrey

B108 - Chagnon

B121 - Dauphin

B103 - Ferguson

B101 - Kirby

B105 - Muphy

B120 - Robinson

PBIS at Marathon

As we highlighted in the April Marathon Memo we have had much success with our Tier 1 PBIS implementation. PBIS stands for Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports. Tier 1 implementation means that all students are receiving the same instruction around our schoolwide expectations. At times, students may need some added instruction or support to fully understand the expectations or might need information taught in other ways. This added support or reteaching falls under Tier 2.

The PBIS Coaches have been attending training this year that will align with the Tier 2 supports already in place at Marathon. We are in the planning stages of these supports and look forward to sharing them with staff and families as we move forward.

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Pumpernickel Puppets

Kindergarten students enjoyed wonderful puppet shows, The Lion and the Mouse and The Three Billy Goats Gruff performed by Pumpernickel Puppets last month. After the show, the puppeteer showcased some of the puppets and how they work. Students moved their hands as the puppeteer 'moved' the mouse puppet. This is a favorite part of the presentation!

Thank you, HPTO for sponsoring this fantastic enrichment!

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Hopkinton Special Education Parent Advisory Council: SEPAC

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.

I am a mom of 2 children. My daughter attends Marathon Integrated Preschool on an individualized education program (IEP) because she is a medically complex child. Please contact me for more information about SEPAC at or

Please take a moment to fill out our SEPAC Survey.

You are invited to attend our monthly events! We would love to meet you!


Erica Seekell

May SEPAC Event

Hopkinton SEPAC Parent / Caregiver Movie Event: “Champions” (2023)

“A former minor-league basketball coach is ordered by the court to manage a team of players with intellectual disabilities. He soon realizes that despite his doubts, together, this team can go further than they ever imagined.”

Come watch a movie with us! We will be serving popcorn and refreshments.

When: Tuesday, May 16th at 10 am

Where: Hopkinton Public Library, Betty Strong Room (Large Event Room)

Building Addition Update

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

Current Status:

  • Masonry at stairwell complete
  • Duct work installed
  • Interior framing in progress

We are Writers

We write for a variety of reasons and students do too!

Kindergartners write back to their pen pal in another kindergarten class. Orders are taken while in a dramatic play center. First graders read the non-fiction books they wrote about animals with each other.

Written language is a powerful tool. Reading and writing are complementary relationships, growing tremendously at our level. Writing can be a challenge for many children who perceive it as an arduous task. There are so many things to remember including grammatical structure, spelling, spacing, word choice, and of course the ideas your child wants to put into print. Parents often ask how to support written language development at home. A way to do that is to have fun with writing!

Basic Materials: writing utensils and record form. Simple things to infuse fun: use a pen (colored ink or click pen, no cover to drop) and call your paper a journal or a field log (very scientific). Add a magnifying glass - - draw observations, note what you see where, and when. This time of year is great as the seasonal changes are evident. Others might prefer sitting in a comfortable spot and doodling. Before you know it, doodles turn into words, perhaps even poetry.

Free writing, the open choice, may be uncomfortable for some children; especially those that like to know what to do, what it should look like, and when to do it. Sometimes we, the adults, need to foster independent thinkers. This is often a challenge for us to let go of the pressure of perfection.

Have fun and enjoy time with your budding authors.

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Dear Parents and Families:

Get Ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming our way (YAY!). Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them to become Bolder, Prouder, and Stronger Readers. AND—as always—every book they buy earns rewards for our school.

Here’s what you need to know about the book fair, which will take place on Tuesday, May 16, from 5:00 pm-7:30 pm at the Marathon Elementary Gym.

What is the Book Fair? Our Book Fair is an opportunity to buy age-appropriate, quality books, and products at affordable prices. It gets our students excited about reading, builds classroom libraries, and provides funds to our school and the HPTO programs that support and enrich our school's curriculum. With every sale made during the book fair, the school gets to keep a portion of the profit. With that profit, our school chooses items such as books and other educational materials that are used by the teachers and children enrolled at Marathon School.

If you can’t make it to the fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. The online book fair will be open and available for purchases from May 15-May 28, 2023, only.

Check out some of the books that will be available during our Book Fair now!

Volunteer: Must be CORI cleared. Please call the Marathon office to check if you have a current CORI on file. Sign up to volunteer and learn how to get CORI cleared by visiting . Volunteer opportunities include helping with book fair set up, running cash registers, assisting parents and children with selecting books, and helping with book fair clean up.

Support your child’s classroom: Help to increase classroom libraries by donating books to your child’s classroom in your family or child’s name. The titles are handpicked by each teacher as desired library selections for their rooms – look for the buckets at the fair! Your child can sign and hand-deliver it to their class.

Additional All for Books donations can be made during the fair to help children in the district to purchase books who may not otherwise be able to.

The countdown to more Bookjoy is on! Catch you at the Fair!

Happy reading,

HPTO Book Fair Committee & Marathon Staff

Please contact a Book Fair Chairperson with any questions:

Laura Kelliher

BINGO for Books

We hope to see you for BINGO!

Stop by the cafeteria during the Book Fair to play a game or two with Mrs. Morarity, Elementary ELA Director, and Mrs. Dubeau, Principal. BINGO winners will choose from a great selection of books for the prize.

BINGO opens at 6:30!

Looking Ahead: Field Day 2023

Kindergarten: June 5

Morning Session: 9:10 - 10:55 - volunteer arrival 8:45

Burgess / Stanton







Afternoon Session 1:05 - 2:50 - volunteer arrival 12:40







First Grade: June 6

Morning Session: 9:10 - 10:55 - volunteer arrival 8:45








Afternoon Session 1:05 - 2:50 - volunteer arrival 12:40







Yazdi / McDermott

General raindates: June 7 & 8

Our Wellness Teachers in collaboration with the HPTO coordinate station rotations for Field Day fun each June. This is a student event with parent volunteers facilitating the different station activities. Field Day is not a spectator event.

The HPTO will coordinate volunteers and the sign-up will open Wednesday, May 3, at 9 pm.

Volunteers need a CORI on file with the Hopkinton Public Schools by May 31. If you plan to volunteer, check to see if your CORI is up-to-date at or stop by the Marathon Office with your driver’s license between 10:00 am - 1:00 pm to complete your CORI application.

Questions? Email