Welcome to the 2022-23 School Year, August 8th, 2022
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A Message from the Principal
Friday, December 23rd, 2022
We hope this letter finds you healthy and happy as you ease into the Holiday Break! This time of year is a great opportunity for rest, relaxation, and quality time with your loved ones. As we look forward to the new year, we want to thank you for your support and participation in our school and community. Your help has been invaluable and has continued to make Hemenway an amazing learning environment for our students. As you celebrate the holidays, please remember to take care of yourselves and your loved ones. We wish you all a safe and joyful holiday season filled with peace and love.
Here are a few updates as we close out the last week of the 2022 school year.
Today is school-wide pajama day! We will all be cozy on this rainy, windy day! We have community meetings to honor the TIGERIFFIC Community we all know and love!
Safety: We recognize that mornings are incredibly busy as students are dropped off to school and families have other obligations following drop-ff. With that said, it is incredibly important that the morning valet drop-off run as safe and smoothly as possible. Please follow the following procedure:
- Remain in your vehicle
- Hemenway staff will assist your child exiting the vehicle.
- Whenever possible, have children exit on the driver's side of the vehicle.
- Wait until the front car exits before you exit. It is critical that the line exit in order.
- Please do not pass on the right in the valet drop off.
- Allow the staff traffic director to support the safety and crossing off all persons and vehicles.
Parking: Hemenway community that Bacon Rd is a residential neighborhood and parking is only permitted on alternating sides of the street. Even years, parking is permitted on the even side of the street, and Odd years the odd side of the street. Come January, please be mindful of the change in year and park on the side of the street with the odd numbered houses.
Lost and Found: Please take a look at the materials and belongings that are in the front foyer of the school. Many items have been misplaced over the course of the fall and anything not claimed before Friday December 23rd will be donated. Thank you!
Once again, we wishing you a wonderful holiday season! May your time off be filled with joy, laughter, and lots of cheer. Enjoy some quality time with your family and make wonderful memories together. Have a happy and safe holiday break! We look forward to ringing in the new year on January 3rd when we return to school!
Miss O'Brien and Mrs. Napierski
Cold Weather & Recess
We will be going out for recess as often as possible! Students must be properly dressed in winter coats, hats and gloves. On days that there is snow on the ground (and in instances where it has not completely melted) students must have on snow pants and boots in order to go in the snow. You may send your student into school with these items on a daily basis, or you may keep a set in school if you have spare pairs.
Students who are not properly dressed will still be going outside, but they will have to stand in areas that are not covered in snow or puddles.
Please ensure that each morning when your student leaves the house they are dressed properly for the day’s weather. If you need any assistance with winter clothing please contact your student’s classroom teacher.
Attendance and Reporting your child absent:
Absence line: 508-626-9149
Call between 4:00 P. M. and 8:30 A.M. if your child is to be absent OR tardy.
Late students must report directly to the office upon arrival.
Dismissing a Student Early
A written request from a parent is necessary for ANY dismissal changes. Requests should be emailed to the classroom teacher and email@example.com or brought into the school office before the start of the school day. No requests will be taken after 2:30pm unless it is an emergency. No student will be dismissed based on a telephone request.
1st Grade Curriculum Highlights!
Mrs. Procacini/Mrs. Hannigan- Room 4 Miss Angers- Room 5 Mrs. Cavanaugh- Room 6 Ms. Jachowicz- Room 7 We follow a workshop model for our reading, writing and math blocks. The workshop model follows the structure below: Mini Lesson- Teacher teaches a new strategy or skill to the whole class.
2nd Grade Curriculum Highlights!
We follow a workshop model for our reading, writing and math blocks. The workshop model follows the structure below: Mini Lesson- Teacher teaches a new strategy or skill to the whole class. Independent Time- Students are independently reading, writing or practicing math skills. During this time, teachers are meeting with students 1:1 and in small groups.
4th Grade Curriculum Highlights!
Please help your child read at home by... Having a quiet spot for your student to read every day Encouraging your child by showing that you value and love reading Helping your child get into the routine of reading and getting their book baggy back in their backpack every day Be a cheerleader for your child!
Curriculum Overview for Mrs. Brockman
October 6th, 2022 6:30-8:00 p.m. Mrs. Brockman grade 2/3 LLD Room 10 We have a 90 minute reading block. Within that block we focus on: decoding and encoding using the Wilson reading program comprehension using Geodes decodable books high frequency words using the Fry Sight word list fluency with Wilson passages phonics using Heggerty.
Curriculum Overview Mrs. Chirichiello
We have a 90 minute reading block. Within that block we focus on: Decoding and encoding using the Wilson reading program Comprehension using Geodes decodable books High frequency words using the Fry Sight word list Fluency with Wilson passages Phonics using Heggerty.
Curriculum Overview Mrs. Simpson
We have a 90 minute reading block. Within that block we focus on: decoding and encoding using the Wilson reading program comprehension using Geodes decodable books high frequency words using the Fry Sight word list fluency with Read Naturally or Wilson passages phonics using Heggerty.
It is very important to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated throughout the day. All of our classrooms have water bottle fill stations. Please send your child to school with a water bottle, so they are able to fill their bottles and stay hydrated. If you are unable to provide a water bottle, please contact your child's teacher, and the office will provide a water bottle for your child.
The character trait of the month for December is “Cooperation”. We have defined cooperation as getting along with others and working hard to accomplish a goal. This month students will participate in morning meetings, focused read-alouds, and social-emotional learning blocks in their classrooms where they will learn new strategies to help them work cooperatively with one another. They will learn how to work together by sharing their ideas, listening to others ideas, and compromising to achieve a common goal. Cooperation is a skill students can utilize in all areas of their lives - with friends, members of their class, the larger school setting, family and the community at large. Families are invited to practice cooperative problem solving at home to further enhance the skills learned at school.
Character Trait of the Month: Gratitude
Learning and Life Competency Skill Sets
- I know myself.
- I am aware of skills, behaviors, and attitudes that help me.
- I identify, express, and manage emotions.
- I exhibit self-regulation.
- I demonstrate perseverance and resilience.
- I communicate and problem solve effectively.
- I demonstrate empathy and respect.
- I foster healthy relationships.
- I am assertive and I self-advocate.
- I cooperate and participate.
- I demonstrate civic responsibility.
- I invest in quality work.
- I organize to learn and study.
- I set goals and self-assess.
Here are some conversation starters that we are working on in class
- Discuss a time you used cooperation to reach a goal.
- What does cooperation look and sound like in a classroom?
- How can working together make things easier?
- What can be challenging about cooperating?
- What happens when people do not cooperate?
- What could you say or do to help others cooperate?
Save the Dates
FPS & Hemenway Calendar:
- Friday, December 2nd: 7 pm - Grade 5 Performance of Beauty and the Beast
- Saturday December 3rd: 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm - Grade 5 Performance of Beauty and the Beast
- Thursday, December 8th: Early Release & No Homework 1:05 pm Dismissal
- Wednesday, December 14th: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - PTO Meeting - Hemenway Cafe
- Thursday, December 22nd: 2:15 -2:45 Grade 5 Writing Celebration
- December 26 - 30: No School - Winter Recess
Parent Teacher Organization:
The mission of the PTO is to enhance and support the educational experience at Hemenway for all students, to develop a closer connection between school and home by encouraging caregiver involvement, and to improve the community environment at Hemenway through volunteer and financial support. Sign up for the PTO newsletter to learn more about the happenings, volunteer opportunities and more: https://hemenwaypto.membershiptoolkit.com/create_account
The PTO meets monthly to plan events, discuss PTO business, and work to achieve its mission. Join a meeting. Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7:00-8:00 pm at the Hemenway Cafe.
- Wednesday, September 14th: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Wednesday, October 12th: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Wednesday, November 9th: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Wednesday, December 14th: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Wednesday, January 11th: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Wednesday, February 8th: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Wednesday, March 8th: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Wednesday, April 12th: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Wednesday, May 10th: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Wednesday, June 14th: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm