September 2, 2022
From the principal
Please revisit bus and road safety expectations with your bussers. Remind students to practice road safety; looking both ways, waiting for traffic to stop, waiting for the bus driver to tell them to cross as well as bus safety; sitting in seat, body and belongings to self, using appropriate language. Our shared expectations help students stay safe and success during bus rides.
I was hanging out with a 2nd grader this week and she asked to read a book to me (awesome!) and was reading aloud beautifully. I gave her a couple of pointers, like rereading to match the punctuation. At one point, she really embodied the character and added her own expressive flair to the story. I complimented her on this, noting that good readers use the illustrations and their understanding of the character to add to their reading. She said, "I know. All my teachers do that. Mrs. Spizz did that all the time." What a great reminder that 1-our students are amazing and pay attention to everything their adults do and 2-our teachers are incredible! Happy reading!
See you all next week,
A poem for the start of our year
I dwell in Possibility – (466)
I dwell in Possibility –
A fairer House than Prose –
More numerous of Windows –
Superior – for Doors –
Of Chambers as the Cedars –
Impregnable of eye –
And for an everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky –
Of Visitors – the fairest –
For Occupation – This –
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise –
- 9/5 - Holiday, no school
- 9/7 - School Committee Meeting 4:30. Link. Phone: (US)+1 216-367-9542, PIN: 171 306 488#
- 9/15 - Open House 4:30-6 Flyers going home to rsvp to the Wicked Awesome BBQ!
- 10/7 - Picture Day
- 10/8 - Apple Squeeze at the Little Red School House
September early release dates:
1:50 dismissals: 9/21, 9/28
Permissions form and Handbook
Here is a link to the Handbook as well. Please take a moment to read through this with your student. If you would like a paper copy, please let the office know.
5th Grade News
Fifth Grade News:
5th grade has had a great start to the school year. Students are adjusting well to routines and showing GRIT throughout the day. We worked on our silhouette pictures, Zones of Regulation cards, Hopes and Dreams, Growth Mindset posters, as well as diving into Science, Math, and ELA. I thought it may be helpful to know when 5th grade specials are so your child can plan accordingly.
Wednesday, morning chores and HAY
News from Ms. Devon
I am so excited to be back at Hawlemont this year serving as the School Adjustment Counselor and BRYT Clinician. For those new to the Hawlemont Community I look forward to meeting you and your children. To all families, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns regarding your children's social-emotional well being; this includes any major changes within your household or family that may impact your child's ability to learn.
BRYT - Invitations for the BRYT Program have been sent home; please sign and return for the enrollment process to begin! If you think your child would benefit from BRYT and you did not receive an invitation, please contact me so we can discuss how to best support your student at school. For anyone wanting more information on the BRYT Program, please feel free to contact me or I would be happy to chat with you at the upcoming open house!
In School Counseling services- Student's identified for school based individual or group counseling will be receiving a welcome letter home with a release that needs to be signed and sent back in. If you feel that individual or group counseling would benefit your child and you do not receive a letter by the middle of next week, please reach out and we can discuss your student.
Other News- Hawlemont continues to look for new ways to best support our students and make sure everyone feels included, comfortable, and safe at school. In this vein, when our upper students requested gender-inclusive bathrooms, we heard them. Moving forward the third floor single occupancy bathrooms and Nurses' Office single occupancy bathroom will be labeled as gender neutral. Students wishing to will continue to have access to gender specific bathrooms. Nurse Sherry and I spoke with 5th and 6th graders about the change to the third floor bathrooms. We discussed that port-a-potties and bathrooms at home are gender neutral and how everyone can be respectful when using the bathrooms.
As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions!
K. Devon Kelleher, MS, LSWA
School Adjustment Counselor & BRYT Clinician
5th & 6th Grade Bake Sale Fundraiser:
5th and 6th graders are hoping to go to Nature's Classroom this spring. Mr. Bechtel and I are going to run our first fundraiser of the year.
Tuesday, Sept 6th Hawlemont 5th and 6th graders will set up a bake sale to be sold at the Charlemont town meeting. All proceeds will go to our Student Activities account.
Please send a bake sale item in with your child Tuesday morning. These should be individually wrapped.
Thank you and we will have more information to come regarding Nature's Classroom.