Hansen Weekly Update

March 25, 2022

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Hi Hansen Students, Parents, and Families!

Happy Spring! It seems hard to believe that we just wrapped our final full week of school in March as we prepare to welcome in April at the end of next week! We have had a busy and exciting week here at the Hansen, filled with celebrations and highlights that exemplify the strength of our Hansen School community. Please be sure to read more below about three highlights in particular...the work of our Grade 4 students in Ms. Mahan's class for their role in leading our school-wide fundraiser in support of Ukraine, the work of our CAPT, parents, and students in helping to transform our building restrooms through the addition of positive messaging and decals, and Hansen's very own, Ms. Naomi Akan, being recognized as the Massachusetts Teacher Association's Educational Support Professional of the Year!

Please enjoy some of this weeks' Hansen highlights through the pictures below...

Creating A Culture of Achievement, Equity, Inspiration, and Joy!

Celebrating Ms. Naomi Akan as the MTA's Educational Support Professional of the Year!

We are excited to share that Hansen ABA Tutor, Ms. Naomi Akan, was recently announced as the 2022 Massachusetts Teacher Association's Educational Support Professional of the Year! This honor and recognition are so well deserved, as Ms. A. works tirelessly to support all students and staff and is such a positive force within our school and Canton community.

On Tuesday morning, members from MTA, local officials, School Committee, friends and family, and District Administration joined our Hansen School community to hold a surprise assembly of recognition in honor of Ms. A. earning this distinction and we could not have had a better start to our day!

Congratulations to Ms. Naomi Akan, the 2022 MTA Educational Support Professional of the Year!

Update on Our Ukraine Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone for your support of our recent fundraiser to benefit Ukraine. Led by Ms. Mahan's Grade 4 class, we have raised $1,500, which will be donated directly to Americares, a charity to support those in need in Ukraine. In addition to the money raised, students also learned that the national flower of Ukraine is the sunflower, and throughout our building, students created their own sunflowers that are proudly displayed in classrooms, hallways, and common areas.
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New Restroom Decals and Positive Messages!

Thank you to our wonderful Hansen CAPT and parent and student volunteers for bringing forth and following through on a wonderful idea to spread positivity and boost student self-esteem within our building! Awhile back, an idea was hatched to decorate our building restroom spaces with large decals that promote positivity, kindness, and student confidence and self-esteem. Earlier this week, a few parents and students volunteered their time and added these decals throughout the restrooms, and we are incredibly grateful for this! The decals add brightness and great messages for our students!
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Our Lt Peter M Hansen Fun Run kicks off on Monday, and we are thrilled about this year’s program!

We’ve asked the fundraising experts at Booster to power our Fun Run program, making our

fundraising simpler, more profitable, and more FUN. Our Fun Run event includes EVERY student in a fun, fitness event that focuses on character while helping our school raise some much-needed funds.

This year, our entire school is raising funds for Enrichment Programs! Our goal is to raise

$17,000 and, if you’d like to, we are inviting YOU to help!

Here’s how you can support Lt Peter M Hansen:

● Register your student on MYBOOSTER.COM by searching “Lt Peter M Hansen Fun

Run.” Then, use MYBOOSTER.COM to log donations for your student(s).

● Reach out to family and friends by SHARING your Student’s Pledge Page. With

MYBOOSTER.COM's smart sharing tools, reaching out to sponsors is easier than ever.

The easiest way to get donations is to simply click the Facebook share button on your

student’s pledge page. Plus, with a few clicks you can create a custom Student Star

Video to share on social media. You can also use the Easy Emailer to connect with

friends and family.

● Ask your child about the Sports City Worldwide Character Lesson of the Day! It’s a

fitness theme all about inspiring students to be active and activate their character.

Students will travel the world learning how to live and play with more character from

REAL kid-athletes. Our dynamic, documentary-style videos will teach your students

about Curiosity, Practice, Confidence, Humility, and Endurance. Join along by watching

the fun character videos with your student(s) on MYBOOSTER.COM.

Thank you for supporting our school, regardless of financial participation. We can’t wait for our Fun Run on 4/6!

News from the Rodman Early Childhood Program!

The Canton Public Schools integrated preschool program is opening a new classroom later this month and are looking for community peers to join!

If you are looking for a preschool for your child, or know someone who is, please reach out to Mrs. Kilday, our Early Childhood Coordinator at the Rodman Early Childhood Program, at kildayd@cantonma.org.

Students must live in Canton and have been three years old by September 1st.

Children's Clothing Drive

The Hansen has once again teamed with some students from Canton High School in support of Cradles to Crayons and Project 351. These students are hosting a clothing drive from March 28-April 8, and will be accepting clothing in youth sizes 0-20 as well as adult small and medium. Donation boxes will be available in the lobby at the Hansen, and the students thank you for your consideration and support of their clothing drive!

CAPT Corner

Please be sure to check out the latest newsletter from the Hansen CAPT!

CAPT Newsletter

Re-Sharing! March STEAM Connection

The March issue of The STEAM Connection is now available!

This newsletter provides fun information, resources, and activities to engage families in conversations about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math at home. Be sure to check out the CPS STEAM for Students website for more resources and past issues of The STEAM Connection.

Continued Reminder - Spring MCAS Testing Dates

Each Spring, students in Grades 3-5 participate in MCAS testing. Each grade level will be participating in two sessions of ELA and Mathematics, while Grade 5 students will also be participating in two sessions of Science. For planning purposes, please see the planned testing dates for the Hansen below...

Hansen School

2021-22 MCAS testing dates

Grade 3

April 12 & 14 (ELA)

May 2 and 5 (Math)

Grade 4

April 5 & 7 (ELA)

May 9 & 11 (Math)

Grade 5

April 11 & 13 (ELA)

May 10 & 12 (Math)

May 16 & 19 (Science)

This Week's Math and Computer Science Questions!

See if you can solve this week's challenges in math, computer science, and engineering!

Grades 3 - 5 Math Challenge Problem

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Grades 3 - 5 Computer Science Problem

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Community Connections!

Canton Public Schools has a new Community Resources and Information Page on its website titled Around Town. This page lists resources that are available in our community for families and students. Information on this page will be updated periodically.

This site can be reached at this link: About/Around Town.

What's Coming Up?

  • Friday, March 25 - Report Cards Emailed to Families
  • Monday, March 28 - Wednesday, April 6 - Boosterthon at Hansen (Fun Run on 4/6)
  • Thursday, March 31 - Shakespeare Guyz Meet with Grade 5
Continue to stay safe and, as always, do not hesitate to reach out to any of us at the Hansen if we can offer any support or assistance!
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