Haynes Happenings

News & Notes from Josiah Haynes Elementary School

March 26, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate this new terrain together. In all this, it has been wonderful watching the exchanges our educators have had virtually with their students and you, be it through email, written exchange or virtual teleconference meetup! I applaud our teachers for the efforts to support our students and keep learning alive. I also commend all of you at home for your partnership in supporting and expanding upon what has been shared and provided to this point from the district and your child's teachers. I know that it is not easy.

Governor Baker announced Wednesday that all schools will remain closed through at least May 4. This change in scheduled anticipated return date and change in the guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will cause a shift in Sudbury's approach to teaching and learning during this closure. As a district, we will begin to move from an extension model of learning to a more directed distance learning model. You can look forward to more information from SPS soon with regard to planning for our students and families.

The information stream is steady and in many cases the direction shifts with each new day. In the midst of this global health crisis, keeping our students feeling cared for, supported and safe is paramount. Please let us know what we can do to further this goal.

Please read on in today's Haynes Happenings for a slice of normalcy in this abnormal time.


Jeff LaBroad


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School Bus Registration is now open for the 2020-2021 School Year

All families who choose school bus transportation, whether no-fee or fee-based, must register and pay (if applicable) by March 31, 2020.

Incoming students in Kindergarten through grade 6 living more than two miles from their districted schools are eligible to receive no-fee transportation. Incoming students in Kindergarten through grade 6 living less than two miles from their districted schools are eligible for fee-based transportation, based on space availability.


Transportation fees can be paid online through the MySchoolBucks.com portal with a credit or debit card. Please note, there is a processing fee of 3.95% assessed at check out, and is noted in the program fee line. You may also pay by check, payable to Town of Sudbury and mailed to:

Sudbury Public Schools

Transportation Department

40 Fairbank Road

Sudbury, MA 01776

Envelopes with payments must be postmarked on or before March 31, 2020.

Registration will shut down on April 1, 2020, and will reopen on April 27, 2020. All registrations from that point on will be charged an additional $75, and passes will be granted based on availability.

Registration is done thru MySchoolBucks.com. If you have not already created an account on MySchoolBucks for school lunch, you will need to do so and register for transportation thru that portal.

How to create a MySchoolBucks account:

Start by choosing state/district (Sudbury Public Schools), entering your name and email address, creating a password, and answering two security questions. After clicking Create Account, enter your student’s name and student ID. You will find your student ID information on the Aspen Family Portal under MySchoolBucks ID. You will then be able to register your child for transportation.

Late registration is subject to the availability of space regardless of no-fee or fee-based status. Bus routes and bus stops are based on registrations and payments received by the March 31, 2020 deadline. Bus passes will be issued by the end of August 2020.

For the safety of all, student riders will be asked and must present bus passes to drivers before boarding.

Students moving on to Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School will need to register for transportation with LSRHS.

Please direct any questions to the Transportation Department to transportation@sudbury.k12.ma.us or call 978-639-3215.

Open Curtis Parent Organization (“CPO”) 6th Grade Co-Chair Position (3 year term)

Co-Chair on the Curtis Middle School Parent Organization is a wonderful opportunity to serve the Curtis community and stay abreast of all that is happening at the school. This position has a three-year term. The CPO Board meets monthly and also holds an additional two to three general membership meetings per academic year. Co-chairs are also invited to attend monthly meetings at Mr. Crozier’s office with other district co-chairs and SERF representatives, where a new topic, such as budget, technology, or curriculum is discussed. The Co-chair will also be the contributor to the Curtis Messenger and the Curtis Connection for 2-3 months and will be the CPO Board contact for 2-3 committees. Specific responsibilities of the 6th Grade Co-chair include:

  • Organizing a team to run the 6th Grade Social.

  • Organizing snacks for an end of year celebration.

  • Speaking for a few minutes at 6th Grade Back to School Night about the CPO and ways to become involved.

If you are interested in serving as the 6th Grade CPO Co-Chair next year or would like additional information, please email Emily Hayes (8th Grade Co-Chair) at emily.fantasia.hayes@gmail.com.
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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.