HYMAN FINE NEWS FLASH
September 4, 2022
Dear Hyman Fine Families,
What an amazing first week of school. While it was nice to have kids back in the building, something felt like it was missing. We are excited to welcome Kindergarten students and families to Hyman Fine this week.
Tuesday, September 6th - Kindergarten Orientation
Wednesday, September 7th - First day Kindergarten
The staff at Hyman Fine are excited to have a full building again.
Noah B. Collins
Make sure to like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/hymanfineelementaryschoolpto where you can find updates on all PTO events, meetings, fundraisers, HF spirit wear, and school related information.
Next PTO Meeting: Thursday, September 8, 6:00pm, Hyman Fine Library
2022 - 2023 PTO Board Members:
Co-Presidents: Jenn Rosa and Ben Chalot
Vice President: Ashley Niland
Co-Secretaries: Bonnie Standring and Michelle Lewin
Co-Treasurers: Denise Desrosiers and Kelli Costa
Questions? Please contact: HymanFineElementaryPTO@gmail.com
1) The PTO funded the blue Hyman Fine folders that each student brings home every week.
2) The PTO also funded a number of books, book bins, magnetic hooks, rubber stamps, magnetic letter kits, laminating sheets and various other supplies for the Hyman Fine library.
Important Dates & Upcoming Events:
September 6: Kindergarten Orientation
September 7: First Day of School for Kindergarten
September 8: PTO Meeting 6:00pm, Hyman Fine Library
September 16: Picture Day all grades
September 29: Welcome Back Night
October 7: Early Release Day
If your returning student still has their school ID from last year, please send it in with them on the first day.
BREAKFAST, LUNCH, and SNACK
BREAKFAST & LUNCH
You can access our food menus on our website or by clicking on the link below. You will also be getting a paper copy for easy reference.
Please remember - Breakfast and Lunch will continue to be free to all students this year, therefore, you do not need to send in any money. However, we still need free and reduced lunch forms completed and turned in.
Lunch applications can be found on the Food Services website, including the online application, a downloadable version in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and a link to access all other languages. Please note that even the online application can be completed in many languages. Direct link can be found here: https://www.attleboroschools.com/page/food-services
Arrival & Dismissal - REMINDER
Doors open for arrival at 8:30 each day. School begins promptly at 8:45 and dismissal is at 3:25. On the early dismissal days, the school day will end at 12:25 p.m.
We will be asking you to confirm how your child will be getting home on most days or if they will be attending ABACUS. It is important if you make any changes to your child’s typical dismissal procedure to notify the school in writing. Without a note, children will continue with their regularly established dismissal. In the case of an emergency a phone request may be honored.
Dismissing a student
If you need to change your child's dismissal routine (e.g. change from taking the bus to getting picked up, dismiss early for doctor's appointment, etc.), please send in a note.
While we prefer a note for change of dismissal plans we do understand there are times when life happens. If you need to change dismissal plans please follow the guidelines below.
If you are not able to send in a note you may email our office staff and your child’s teacher prior to 10:30.
If you do not receive a confirmation email please call the school to confirm receipt of transportation change. 508-223-1560
Transported via vehicle by Family/Other and walkers
Walking or by car – please plan for your child to enter the school between 8:30 & 8:40
CAR LINE DROP OFF - Take a left turn when you reach the driveway before the parking lot. Your child will enter through the side gym door. If there is a line, pull as far to the right as possible behind the car directly in front of you and wait. Please do not block the driveway openings, do not pass another car in the queue or stop and leave your vehicle. Drivers should remain in the vehicle, staff will be waiting there to signal the start of drop-off time and to direct traffic. Students can be let out when you have come to the drop off area only. Students should get out of the car on the passenger’s side of the vehicle when signaled by staff. Three cars can let off students simultaneously making for a quick and easy drop off. Children should be ready to exit their vehicle with all their belongings in their bags and shoes tied for a safe arrival. Drivers should be cautious of walking/biking students and those in crosswalks.
After dropping off your child pull ahead to turn-around and then continue down the driveway back to Oak Hill Ave.
PARK AND WALK: There are places to park in the lower circle if you want to park, and walk your child to the front door. Cars should proceed past the front of the building to the lower circle. Please – Do not pull into or park in the staff parking lot.
If there is a line, pull up behind the car directly in front of you and wait. Please do not pass another car in the queue or stop and leave your vehicle until you are in a parking space. Drivers should be cautious of walking/biking students and those in crosswalks.
If you arrive with your child after 8:45, please pull in front of the school, park along the curb and enter the school through the front door to sign your child in as tardy.
Students who walk to school from Handy Street will enter through the front door. Students walking to school from Oak Hill Avenue will enter through the side gym door. Students are expected to follow crossing guard and parking lot staff directions. There is NO supervision before 8:30am.
CAR LINE PICK UP: If you are picking your child up at dismissal time you will take a left turn when you reach the driveway before the parking lot. Your child will be dismissed through the side gym door. If there is a line, pull as far to the right as possible behind the car directly in front of you and wait. Please do not block the driveway openings, do not pass another car in the queue or stop and leave your vehicle. Drivers should remain in the vehicle. Please place a sign with your child’s last name written in large, bold, capital letters on your passenger side visor and flip it down when you approach. Staff will call children using the name on the sign. If you pick up infrequently and do not have a sign please roll down your passenger window and tell the staff member the last name of the child/children being picked up.
PARK AND WALK: There are places to park in the lower circle if you want to park, and walk up to meet your child. Children being picked up by parents on foot and children walking home will be dismissed through the door at the kindergarten playground on the right side of the school.
For safety reasons, cars are not permitted in the driveway in front of the school during regular arrival and dismissal times; this area is reserved for buses. Please NO cell phone use while dropping off or picking up your children.
Arrival and dismissal-
Bus students will be met by staff at the front of the building at arrival and supervised during arrival unloading and reloading at dismissal.
When the bus routes are ready, they may be viewed on the district’s website http://www.attleboroschools.com (Central office/ transportation/ school bus routes). Questions about bus stops, the fee for service program, or routes should be directed to the transportation office at 508-222-0012 ext. 4.
A reminder that the first 2 – 3 weeks of the bus route, times may be off by 5-15 minutes or more as everyone adjusts to more traffic on the roads. It will be beneficial for students to be at their bus stop at least 10 minutes prior to the estimated time of pick up/drop. Once three full weeks have gone by, you will have a more realistic idea of the regular time that the bus arrives/drops off at each stop.
Early Dismissal Pick up:
If you are picking up your child early for an appointment, please notify the classroom teacher in writing. Please pull in front of the school, park along the curb and ring the bell. Your child will be directed to meet you at the door once you arrive. We ask that all early dismissals are planned for before 3:00.
How We Will Communicate
In the upcoming weeks, we will be transitioning away from email as a primary communication platform. We will be using our new website and its communication features to share messaging with students and families. If you haven’t already done so, please download the app designed for mobile devices.
We will also continue with our S’more newsletter.