The Pawsome Print

September 9, 2022

Dear Pawsome Loring Families,

We had a great week here at Loring School! Our kindergarten students joined our community and they all did a pawsome job! Throughout the week, students were getting to know new friends, listened to new books, and learned the class and school expectations. Please ask your child about our Core Values or have them recite the Loring Pledge to you.


As a school, we are all reading and discussing the book All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman. At Loring, we are working to ensure that all students, staff members, and families are a part of our community and we want everyone to know that ALL Are Welcome.


Here is the link to a read-aloud of the book if you would like to enjoy the story at home with your child.

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Family Information Forms

Teachers sent out a Google form to help us gather more information about your child and your family. This information has really helped all staff members build connections with our students. Whether it is information about important people in your child’s life, cultural connections, or any traditions that your family has this feedback provides us with a more complete picture of your child. If you have not already filled one out on your child, please take a few minutes to do so by next week. Here is a link to the form. We have the form translated into Spanish and Portuguese as well.

​Welcome to the Loring Library


All Loring students have Library class once a week. Students will check out books, listen to read-alouds and discuss ideas.


I'm looking forward to a great year with your students!


For information about the library, please visit the Loring Library website.


Thank you,

Amy Stout


Librarian

amy_stout@sudbury.k12.ma.us

Car Drop Off Friendly Reminders

Please note these three important reminders as we continue to work together to get each of our students into school safely and efficiently.


  • When leaving the school parking lot in the morning, you turn left. There is signage posted.


  • Cars should not be entering the front of the school to drop off unless the gate is closed and you are tardy. This area needs to be clear for buses and visitors.


  • When dropping off, pull up to the sign that says "first car stop here". This allows us to unload the most students at one time.


Thanks in advance for your willingness to follow our drop off procedures.


If your family is still in need of a car placard for pick up please fill out this form and we will get it to you right away!!

Reporting an Absent, Tardy or Dismissal change

We are so glad to see so many of you embracing our new google form https://bit.ly/LoringAbsent for students who are going to be absent, tardy, dismissing early or you are changing their dismissal plan. Mrs. DiBona and Mrs. Saliga worked out a few kinks this week but it is saving valuable time in the office with the many absences and changes we have each day.


Please know you will still need to scan your child in if they are coming in tardy or out if they ae leaving early when you arrive to school. Look at the first form as our notification system and the second as our sign in/ sign out system.


If you have any questions or suggestions on making this process run smoother feel free to email loring_office@sudbury.k12.ma.us.

Back to School Packets!

We just want to say THANK YOU to everyone for completing your back to school packets. We are at 98.8% of back to school packets complete. This is the earliest in the school year we have ever been that far along, so from everyone in the office, THANK YOU for making this a priority!

Update on Covid-19 Isolation and Exposure Guidance for Schools

As we return to school, many of the Covid-19 protocols have been relaxed. The Department of Public Health (DPH) and The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) are no longer recommending universal masking, surveillance testing of asymptomatic individuals, contact tracing or quarantine after exposure. While masking is not required, many students and staff are continuing to wear one. Masks are available in school, and will be encouraged during periods of high transmission. Mask wearing is also a proven mitigation measure for reducing the spread of all illnesses as we saw last spring when masking was no longer required. If your child is experiencing illness symptoms but is testing negative for covid, it would be helpful if they would wear a mask at school. Masks are required while in the health office.


Individuals who test positive must isolate for 5 days. To count the 5 day period: Day 0 is the first day of symptoms, or if asymptomatic, the day of the positive test. Day 1 is then the next day. Individuals are allowed to return to activities on day 6 as long as symptoms are resolving and they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. During days 6-10 they must wear a mask if they are able. If they have a negative test after day 5, or are unable to wear a mask and have a negative test after day 5, they do not need to wear a mask.


If students become symptomatic at school they can remain in school if they have mild symptoms and have a negative rapid test. A second test within 48 hours is recommended, especially if symptoms continue. If the symptomatic student is not tested, they will be sent home and can return if symptoms remain mild and they have a negative test result or an alternative diagnosis from a medical professional.


Quarantine is no longer a requirement after exposure to someone who is positive for covid, regardless of vaccination status. Students may continue to come to school as long as they are asymptomatic, but masking is strongly recommended for those who are able to wear one. Testing on day 6 after exposure is recommended, but even if the result is negative, monitoring for symptoms and wearing a mask for the full 10 days after exposure is strongly recommended. Covid-19 continues to spread very efficiently within families, so if a family member has tested positive, to reduce the risk of transmission in the classroom setting, we would ask that the student wear a mask during the school day.


Loring School Council

We are looking for one parent/caregiver representative to join our School Council this year. If you are interested, please submit your name and a short bio for us to use in the election at Open House on September 21st.


The first meeting will be on October 17th at 2:45 p.m. in our Learning Studio.
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Little Lending Library

The little library that is located in the front of the school below the flagpole has been renovated. Our neighbors Julie Weinstein and her husband worked hard on making the library more accessible and engaging for our students and families. We have added many wonderful books for your child to borrow, but you can add some more as well. We really appreciate all of the work that Julie and her husband put into the library.


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Loring Open House - September 21st

6:15-7:00

Grades 3-5 Presentations

Head to your child's classroom to hear from their teacher.


6:15-7:00

Specialist Teachers in the Library

Stop by the library to meet our specialist team (Music, Library, Art, P.E., Spanish)


7:05-7:25

Sara Harvey and David Gaita

Join us in the Cafeteria to hear from Mrs. Harvey, David Gaita, our PTO Co-Chairs, and our SERF Liaison.


7:30-8:15

Grades K-2 Presentations

Head to your child's classroom to hear from their teacher.

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.


I am respectful


I am responsible


I am caring and kind


I show best effort


I am part of the Pawsome Loring Community

Important Upcoming Dates - Please mark your calendars!

September 14

Early Release Day - 11:45 Dismissal


September 19

School Pictures


September 21

Early Release Day - 11:45 Dismissal


September 21

Open House


September 23

Book Fair - 2:30 - 5:00pm


September 24

Leopard Festival


September 26

Rosh Hashanah - No School


October 5

Yom Kippur - No School

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