Wednesday's Words

October 12, 2022

What's Inside

- Family Letter

- Unity Day 10/19/22- Wear Orange

- Katie Greer- Internet Safety Presentation

- FK/HOD Yearbook orders

- National School Lunch Week

- PTO News

- Henry Carr Walk/Run

- SEPAC Trunk or Treat

- Do You Qualify for Free Internet?

- 2022-2023 Free Lunch program

- NPS Employment Opportunities

- Classroom Happenings

Dear Families,

What a beautiful start to the week! It has been a pleasure seeing all of our students outside enjoying the sunshine and final warm days of fall. I am pleased to be returning to the district following a brief leave of absence and am thrilled to see children settled into their new classrooms and actively engaged in learning. I look forward to working with our families and our talented team of educators this year as we strive to continue to provide an outstanding educational experience for all of our students.

This year we will be beginning the process of developing a new long-range strategic plan for the Norfolk Public Schools. In order to develop this plan we will be looking at multiple sources of data including achievement data, demographic data, data from district program reviews, parent and staff feedback, budget history, district baseline and benchmark reports and focus group interviews. We will be analyzing data to identify district strengths and opportunities for growth and will use this data to drive the development of new long-term goals.

Over the next few weeks we will be assembling a district strategic planning committee composed of educators, staff members from various departments, parents and community members. The committee will meet bi-weekly after school from November-February. If you are interested in serving on the strategic planning committee, or would like more information, please contact my office at 508-528-1225.

Have a great week!


Ingrid Allardi

UNITY DAY October 19th

We are excited to share with you that our school community will be celebrating Unity Day on October, 19th this year. Unity Day is an annual event occurring during National Bullying Prevention Month in October that promotes joining together to create healthier communities through kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. It was started by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in 2011 and is now celebrated around the world. As a school community we will wear ORANGE on the 19th to show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion and to send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying.

We encourage all of our students to wear orange on Wednesday, October 19th.

We hope you’ll take this opportunity to talk to your children about bullying prevention and all the positive things we can do to make healthier communities. For more information on the history of Unity Day and its impact, please go to

For more resources on this important topic please go to this website:

Katie Greer: Internet Safety Presentation for Parents and Guardians

Please join Katie Greer for a presentation on empowering students on how to use technology in a healthy and safe way. Katy will cover the topics of internet safety, privacy, social media, trends, health, and more.

When: Thursday, November 17 @ 6:30pm

Where: Freeman Kennedy Cafe

Thank you to the Norfolk Community League for bringing this opportunity to our schools!

For more information click on: Katie Greer

H. OLIVE DAY Yearbook Orders!

Order by October 31st and get 5% off!

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FREEMAN KENNEDY Yearbook Orders!

Order by October 31st and get 5% off!

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Norfolk Schools Celebrate National School Lunch Week October 11 -14, 2022!

To recognize the importance and impact of our National School Lunch Program that serves nearly 30 million children each day, the Norfolk Public Schools will celebrate National School Lunch Week. The week highlights how a healthy school lunch contributes to a student’s success both in and out of the classroom. The fun and creative campaign theme established by the group this year is “Peace, Love & School Lunch” as you can see on our October lunch menu.

Throwback Thursday October 13th: To celebrate National School lunch week, we invite your child to participate and dress in ‘groovy’ 70’s themed clothes. As always, participation is completely voluntary and optional. Please remember to adhere to school dress code while participating in this fun theme.

The “Peace, Love & School Lunch” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association and the Kellogg Company.

For more information on National School Lunch Week, please visit

Norfolk PTO News

Front Row Raffle!

The Norfolk PTO is excited to once again offer the chance to sit in the front row for all of the HOD and FK planned performances of the 2022/2023 school year. If you remember any of these events from pre-covid times you know how packed the audience gets! We will be raffling off two sets of two front row tickets to year end performances as well as chorus and band. More information and the electronic form to enter the raffle can be found here: All proceeds go right back to our Norfolk schools. Please contact with any questions.

The PTO will draw the winners at the November PTO meeting on November 2nd at 7:00 PM at the Freeman/Kennedy Cafeteria. You do not have to be there to win - but we welcome everyone to our PTO meetings. We will contact all winners by Friday, November 4th.

Thank you!

Norfolk PTO - Providence Bruins Group Outing

Sunday, October 23rd 3:05pm vs WBS • Amica Mutual Pavilion

Click on flyer for more info!

Kids can wear their costumes!



SEPAC 8th Annual Trunk or Treat!

When: Friday, October 21, 2022

Where: H. Olive Day School Rear Parking Lot * 232 Main St. Norfolk

SEPAC Families: 5:30-6:00pm

Pre-K - Grade 3 Families: 6:00-7:00pm


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Do You Qualify for Free Internet?

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new federal benefit to help households pay for high-speed internet and devices.

You qualify if someone in your household participates in at least one of these programs:
• Free and reduced-price school lunch
• WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) • Medicaid, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), Federal Public Housing Assistance
• Lifeline and more

Learn more at: or call (877) 384-2575

MA Extends Free School Lunches for 2022-2023!

Massachusetts has extended free school meals for all students through the 2022-2023 school year! Even though meals will be free for all, it is very important for families to still complete the household application for next school year, which allows our district to establish eligibility for P-EBT benefits and other school programs.

Directions on how to apply for free and reduced lunches

Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals

NPS Employment Opportunities

Please click on Employment Opportunities to join our team!

We are always in need of:

  • Substitute Teachers
  • Lunch Monitors
  • Food Service Assistants

Classroom Happenings!

Grade 5 AIMM painting on canvas

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Mary Williamson's 5th grade class learning a beat-keeping game from Holland in music class!

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