Haynes Happenings

News & Notes from Josiah Haynes Elementary School

February 6, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Like many of you, I am often asked what Haynes School "is like." It's hard to capture an entire school in a concise answer, but recently, I saw a snapshot that embodies who we are.

On January 24, 10 fourth and fifth graders participated in Haynes School's National Geographic Geography Bee championship during Friday School Meeting. This came on the heels of a weeklong preliminary competition that included the entirety of our fourth and fifth grade. From 10 students we narrowed it down to two who competed in a championship round. From start to finish, what we hope for of our learners was on display. Students took a risk. Students weren't afraid to fail. Students celebrated one another. Students celebrated learning. Students felt good about themselves for trying. Students had fun.

Students who were competing against one another applauded when their peers got an answer correct. Students who stepped off the stage after being eliminated were met with uproarious applause. The runner up stepped aside, but only after shaking the hands of the winner. And the winner, upon recieving his championship trophy, shared, "It was an honor to compete."

This is Haynes School!


Jeff LaBroad


Introducing Haynes Hawk Sightings

Last year Haynes introduced four school rules:


Last week, we introduced HAYNES HAWK SIGHTINGS, a brand new way to celebrate our students who are demonstrating these expectations at Haynes. In case your student hasn't told you already, here's how it works:

  1. Our teachers and staff spot a student displaying a school rule and give a "Hawk Sighting" card. The card includes the reason for the sighting.
  2. Students bring the cards to the office. After sharing with office staff, the Hawk Sightings are placed into a container.
  3. At our Monday School Meeting, students who were "sighted" last week stand and are recognized.
  4. One Hawk Sighting card is drawn each week. At Monday School Meeting, that student is recognized as our "Hawk of the Week" and presented with a special certificate.
  5. All students who received a sighting get their names on the digital screen in the front office.
  6. Hawk Sightings are returned to students so they can bring them home to share with their families.

While we celebrate our students with Hawk Sightings, we also remind them that verbal recognition from a teacher may come instead. We also learned that often, no one will see the good things we do, but that it is important to do them just the same.

The Haynes staff and I are excited to recognize our students and in doing so, highlight and affirm how important our shared community expectations are in making our school a special place to learn and grow!

JOIN US TOMORROW! Fostering Mathematical Thinking at Home

First Friday Principal Coffee, Friday, February 7 at 9 a.m. Join Mr. LaBroad and Haynes Math Specialist Julie Whitehead to learn more about mathematics education at Haynes School and how parents can support mathematical thinking outside of school. Understand what math looks like in your child's classroom, and how you can extend this learning at home.

Happy National School Counselors Week

February 3-7 is National School Counselors Week, dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the important work that School Counselors do in helping students achieve success every day. At Haynes, we thank School Counselor Kristyn Traversi for all she does to support students, teachers and families. Thank you, Ms. Traversi!

Health Office Update

Haynes School Nurse Lisa Nigrelli shares the following reminder about what students should stay home, and when they are ready to return to school.
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Spring MCAS Schedule Reminder

Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 across Massachusetts will participate in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) testing this spring. The assessment is one measure of how students, teachers and schools are performing throughout the state. Tests consist of two days each of English Language Arts and Math, and two days of Science/Technology/Engineering for grade 5 only. Students will answer multiple choice, short answer and open response questions.


Grade 4: March 30 & 31

Grade 3: April 1 & 2

Grade 5: April 6 & 7


Grade 3: April 28 & 29

Grade 4: May 4 & 5

Grade 5: May 6 & 7


Grade 5: May 12 & 13

As always, student attendance is crucial. Students who are absent on any of the dates testing dates will take makeup tests upon their return. It is essential that appointments or vacations not be scheduled during these days. If your child is sick and cannot attend school, please notify our office as soon as possible.

More information on testing will be shared as administration dates approach. You can visit the official Massachusetts MCAS parent information site at doe.mass.edu/mcas/parents/

Welcome Sarah Mathews!

Please join me in welcoming Sarah Mathews to the Haynes team as our newest Special Education Teaching Assistant in third grade. Ms. Mathews comes to us from the Nashoba Regional School District. While there, Ms. Mathews served as an instructional assistant, long term substitute in third and fourth grade, and as a teaching assistant in grades K-5 since 2011. Prior to this work, she served as a lead special education teacher in the Medford Public Schools. Ms. Mathews holds Massachusetts licenses in elementary, early childhood and special education. She is a graduate of Wheelock College with a Masters Degree in Education.

The Haynes School Store is Open for Business

There are still wonderful and exciting items to purchase in school store! Come shop with the fifth graders on Tuesday or Thursday morning.

Dr. Gotthelf to Speak at Curtis Middle School

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Friday, February 7

9:00-10:00 First Friday Principal Coffee

Monday, February 10

100th Day of School

Tuesday, February 11

9:15-10:00 Mrs. Demarest Learning Celebration

Wednesday, February 12

Staff Appreciation Breakfast (hosted by Grade 2 families)

9:30-11:00 Grade 3 Living History Museum (Snow Date 2/13)

12:45-1:15 Kindergarten Craft

Friday, February 14

Food Pantry Collection

Pajama & Stuffed Animal Day

9:00-9:30 Mrs. Murray Writing Celebration

February 17-21, 2020

February Vacation - NO SCHOOL

February 24-28

Bren Bataclan / Artist-in-Residence

Wednesday, February 26

7:45-8:45 School Council (Conference Room)

12:45 Early Dismissal

Wednesday, March 4

Parent Conferences

12:45 Early Dismissal

Friday, March 6


9:00-10:00 First Friday Principal Coffee


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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.