The Pawsome Print

November 4, 2022

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Dear Pawsome Families,

Where did October go? It is hard to believe that we have already completed one-quarter of our school year. This Sunday, Daylight Saving Time ends and we turn your clocks back one hour. This is the time of year when it starts to get dark before most people are home for the day. As the weather starts to get colder, please make sure your child is prepared for outside recess. We plan to get our students outside for fresh air as much as possible.

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month or also referred to as Native American Heritage Month is celebrated in November each year. The month is dedicated to honoring indigenous peoples, the culture, and learning and understanding the true history of Natives in America.


It is important to honor and celebrate the rich culture and history of indigenous peoples who were the first people in America and their contributions to society. Additionally, it’s important to understand the true history and educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.


Here are a few websites that can help you support learning at home. If you have resources or books that would enhance our school's learning, please let us know.


https://www.ncai.org/initiatives/native-american-heritage-month


https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/


https://www.aianta.org/nahm/


https://www.twinkl.com/teaching-wiki/native-american-heritage-month


https://www.readingrockets.org/calendar/native-american-alaska-native-heritage


https://www.zerotothree.org/resource/celebrating-native-american-heritage-month/

Upcoming Webinar: "Braiding Sweetgrass" with Kids

https://www.embracerace.org/resources/braiding-sweetgrass-with-kids

Notes from the Nurse

Dear Families,


The Department of Public Health in conjunction with the MA Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics has shared the attached letter with suggestions for respiratory illness prevention for infants and children this fall and winter. We are seeing increased numbers of students ill with colds, coughs, RSV, strep throat and gastrointestinal illness already this fall. Last month there were 9 cases of Covid-19 as well. Please remember to keep your child/ren home if they are ill so we can reduce the spread of these viruses within our classrooms.


Thank you,

Tina

The Coolidge At Sudbury

We have continued our partnership with The Coolidge this year. Here is some artwork displayed in their community room. The artwork was created by some of our third graders. Mr. Gaita and I met with the coordinator to brainstorm some other ways we can develop an intergenerational partnership between our Loring students and the residents at the Coolidge. As our partnership grows, we will share more of the exciting things happening between our two communities.
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Picture Retake Day

If you child missed picture day, you were unhappy with your photos or are new to Loring School, Please make note that this Wednesday, November 9th is photo retake day!
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Teacher/Family Conferences

It was great to see parents/caregivers in the building on Wednesday for teacher conferences. If you haven't signed up for one yet, it is not too late. Please reach out to your classroom teacher to set up a time in the next few weeks to meet with your teacher to hear about the start of the year. It is also a great opportunity to check out our overflowing Lost and Found!


Teacher/Family Conferences will be held in person in the classroom unless you request a virtual meeting with the classroom teacher. The remaining district dates for conferences are:


November 9

November 16

Lunch & Recess Volunteers

We cannot say how thankful we are for our Lunch and Recess Volunteers! With that being said, we still need you!! The PTO and Loring staff are looking for volunteers to help during student recess so staff can meet for curriculum planning. Although covering recess is the main priority, if you are able to help move the students into the cafe and stay through lunch, that would be great!


We are looking for 2 volunteers per grade on Tuesdays and Fridays. Dates and times are listed in the signup genius on the volunteer page of the PTO Website. If you are not able to stay for lunch, please state that in the notes.


To SIGN UP, please click here. Please click MORE for additional details.


If you have any questions, please email Kerri Brien at kerriapatrician@gmail.com.

Professional Learning This Week

Educators that were not part of scheduled teacher conferences spent this past Wednesday afternoon participating in some district-offered professional development. Our ILAP days are always full of educator learning and this week was no different. Here is some information about the great professional development opportunities that happened on ILAP Wednesday.


"Creating a Trauma Sensitive Classroom" by Allegra Taylor M.Ed.: This in person MPY workshop will examine the misconceptions about trauma, the effect trauma has on the brain, and review common challenges when working with students impacted by trauma.


De-escalation Strategies by Student Services/BCBA Team: This workshop will share strategies to support the de-escalation of students when managing challenging emotions.


Math Strategies by SPS Math Team: This elementary workshop will provide professional support staff with mathematical strategies and tips to support students with their use of math manipulatives and concept development when using the Bridges curriculum.

Loring Apparel

The Loring PTO Pop Up Store is open! This is a unique opportunity to grab items that are not typically available in our PTO store, including sizes for adults! Click here to place an order for some pawsome gear. The store will close on Monday, November 7th, so get those orders in!

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MCAS Dates

It’s hard to believe that we are already planning for the Spring MCAS tests! Your children are scheduled to take the tests on the dates outlined below. Please avoid scheduling appointments or trips on your child(ren)’s scheduled test dates.


Grade 3

ELA - April 10th & 11th

Math - May 4th & 5th


Grade 4

ELA - April 3rd & 4th

Math - May 2nd & 3rd


Grade 5

ELA - March 30th & 31st

Math - April 26th & 27th

Science - May 8th & 9th

Important Upcoming Dates - Please mark your calendars!

November 9 - Picture Retake Day


November 9 - Early Release Day Dismissal 11:45 (Teacher Conferences)


November 11 - No School - Veteran's Day


November 16 - Early Release Day Dismissal 11:45 (Teacher Conferences)


November 16 - Food Pantry


November 23 - Early Release Day Dismissal 11:45 (Thanksgiving Recess)


November 24 & 25 - No School Thanksgiving Recess


December 14 - Early Release Day Dismissal 11:45


December 26 - January 2 - No School - Winter Break

Important Websites

Please bookmark our websites. These websites will provide useful information you may need as we start the year.


Loring School

SPS

PTO

Loring Core Values


At Loring School, we are PAWSOME because we show our Core Values! These values are part of everyday life at Loring and reinforced in the classroom, on the playground and all around school. Students are taught the meaning of each word and how they make us better students and citizens.


Respect ~ Responsibility ~ Caring ~ Best Effort

The Loring Pledge

The Loring Pledge is said every morning during announcements. Loring students embody our pledge and we hope this stays with them not only when they are at school but home as well.

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