The DiPiet Beat

January 20 - 24, 2020

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About this week and some more....

Happenings for this week:


  • No School: MLK Jr. Day


  • Grade 1: Sound Program


  • Mrs. Young-Foster and Miss Michaud/Mrs. Jeans' classes will be visiting Plimoth Plantation


  • Mrs. Donahue-Boddy and Mrs. Haynes' classes will be visiting Plimoth Plantation

Looking Forward:

  • 1/25 - Chinese New Year
  • 1/31 - Sports Day!

From the Principal's Desk

Dear DiPietro Families,

I'd like to encourage you to read further down each week and use the Ask Me About questions with your children. Often parents are asking us about what can be done at home to support school and something as simple as giving your child your full attention and asking these guiding questions not only supports their learning, but also helps build connections. Maybe something your child shares will spark a memory. I encourage you to tell the story and let your child ask questions. Feeling connected is so important and students having to imagine you as children not only helps provide that connection, but is fun!

Several of us have been learning a lot about the research around the impact of excessive screen time. [Thank you to Mrs. Paterson for sharing.] I was disappointed in myself to not have been able to define excessive. It's lower than most of us think...and the reasoning makes sense. I must admit that I thought I knew a lot...I was shocked by what the current research shows. I did not know as much as I thought I did. While I am not "there" when it comes to systematically sharing out the articles we have been reading, I encourage you to start looking some of this information up and discussing it as families/parents. I would be happy to have a "coffee time" with if there is interest and starting to discuss some of this information and have you share your thoughts/concerns etc.

I encourage our 3rd grade families to keep a lookout for what Mother Nature will bring on the days of the field trips. Layering up would be a good idea. I'm excited to hear about their experiences when they return. In preparation the students have been completing 3-D homes and learning key vocabulary, listened to a visiting Pilgrim who came this week, and more. Thank you 3rd grade teachers for making this a well-rounded experience. The students are actually experiencing their Massachusetts history. :)

I hope all of you enjoy your four day weekend and see you Tuesday!

Let's have a great week!


Mrs. Friedman

Mrs. Cavossa's Bedtime Stories

Ask Me About....


  1. ...what does the symbol for greater than and less than look like?

  2. to tap out the word c-a-t and h-o-t.

1st Grade

  1. …what are three new pieces of information you learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?

  2. … what is the value of a penny and a dime?

  3. ... what two sounds does the suffix S make?

  4. ...(ON TUESDAY) tell me two things you liked about the Sound Program and one thing that didn't make sense to you.

2nd Grade

  1. … what are the 3 States of Matter?

  2. … what are the 3 sounds that the letter y can make?

  3. … can you show one or more strategies to solve 34 + 25

3rd Grade

  1. …our special classroom visitor from Plimoth.

  2. my life now is different from a pilgrim living in 1620..

  3. ...the things I need to bring for my upcoming field trip.


  1. ...In Art, ask your student what it means to be the “Art Star”.

  2. ...In Art, ask 1st grade what the 3 secondary colors are and how we make them?

  3. ...In Music, ask Kindergarten about High, Medium and Low sounds.

  4. ...In Music ask Grade 1 to clap a steady beat.

  5. ...In Music ask Grade 2 to hear their concert songs.

  6. ...In Music ask Grade 3 how a composer signs their music.

  7. ….In Physical Education (M, T, Th) What is the difference between a “toss” and a “throw”. Which arm and leg do you use?

  8. ...In Technology, ask students how they celebrated Hour of Code week.

Indoor Recess Guidelines

Indoor Recess Guidelines

Winter and snow are upon us, perhaps a bit earlier than expected. We prefer to have students go outside for recess whenever possible and will continue to go outside when there is snow on the ground. See below for clothing expectations for playing in the snow.

There will be days when it is not safe or comfortable to have outdoor recess. As general rules, we will have outdoor recess unless (1) the actual temperature is 20’F or below, (2) the “real feel” temperature is 20’F or below, or (3) it is actively precipitating. In addition, we will have indoor recess if we deem the playground unsafe for ice or other reasons.

What to wear to play in the snow and a Request from Nurse Barros

For OUTDOOR RECESS we will use the Rule of 5 when it comes to playing in the snow. All of these items must be on, but can be sent to school in a bag:

1. Hat/hood must be worn.

2. Gloves/Mittens

3. Winter Coat

4. Snow pants

5. Winter boots

Request from Nurse Barros:

Winter is here and the best practice to keep your children safe and warm is to provide snow pants, gloves, and a hat at recess time for your children. When they are playing at recess, they may get wet, so PLEASE pack an extra pair of socks, underwear, pants, and shirt in their backpack in the event that they may need to change after recess/lunch. They can keep these items in their backpacks all year long as a backup if needed. Thank you!