Wednesday, February 7
4:00 PM Live via HCAM
Thursday, February 8
Family Game Night
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Friday, February 9
Marathon School Council 8:00 AM via Google Meet
Friday, February 9
Term 1 Report Cards issued
Access via PowerSchool Parent Portal
The parent portal opens at 3:00 PM
February 12 - 16
Winter Recess - No School
February 19 - February 23
Wednesday, February 28
Parents / Guardians of Future Kindergarteners
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Thursday, February 29
Parents / Guardians of Future Kindergarteners
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Notes From the Principal
Children Discovering Justice
Kindergarten and First Grade teachers have recently begun to pilot a Massachusetts standards-based K-5 civics curriculum, Children Discovering Justice (CDJ). A pilot means we are trying this curriculum, implementing aspects of it, to determine if this meets our needs.
The CDJ curriculum engages students in topics such as community, rules, leadership, and equity while answering the essential question, What is justice and how do I use my voice to advocate for it? The curriculum provides students with the foundational knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be engaged, critical, compassionate, and active leaders of our democracy. It provides teachers with the culturally responsive scaffolds and tangibles to explore critical topics and conversations.
To start, students are learning about community, listening to other ideas and perspectives, and how to agree or disagree respectfully.
The letter below is an example from a kindergarten lesson on injustice. How do you feel? What can you do? Imagine the reaction to that letter! It would be unjust if I wrote such a letter to our kindergarteners at Marathon. CDJ provides the entry points and tools to facilitate critical thinking, rich civil discourse, and active engagement around justice, community, and advocacy.
More will be shared about CDJ from Jeff LaBroad, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Professional Development in the weeks ahead.
Family Game Night
We are hosting our first Family Game Night on February 8th. This is a free family event from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Stop by school, play a game or two as family, and have some laughs as you enjoy time together. We have classic games students enjoy playing such as Hedbanz and Ants in The Pants as well as oversized versions of Candy Land and Left, Right, Center.
We hope to see you at Game Night!
Spirit Week: February 12 - 16
February 12 - 16 will be Spirit Week at Marathon. Spirit Weeks are a fun way to encourage school spirit, a positive culture, and unity among students and staff. Note, the Friday before break is a regular, full day, of school.
Monday, February 12: Favorite Color Day
Wear your favorite color!
Tuesday, February 13: Winter Fun Day
Wear blue, white, anything snowy!
Wednesday, February 14: Kindness Day
Wear red/pink to spread kindness and love for our Marathon Community!
Thursday, February 15: Marathon Day
Wear your Marathon School gear or Hopkinton colors!
Friday, February 16: Comfy Cozy Day
Wear your comfy pajamas or clothes to enjoy your last day before break!
Future Kindergarten Families
Children who will be 5 years old by August 31 are eligible for kindergarten.
We invite future kindergarten families to Kindergarten Orientation to learn all about kindergarten on February 28, February 29, or June 6 (attend one night). This is an information orientation for adults, not intended for children. Parents and guardians will meet Principal Lauren Dubeau and Assistant Principal Eric Mitchell to learn all about kindergarten routines and procedures.
Kindergarten students will have an opportunity to tour the school in August.
Kindergarten Orientation for Parents and Guardians
February 28, February 29, or June 6 (attend one night)
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The district will open registration for the 2024-2025 school year in late February / early March. This includes registration for students entering kindergarten. Please share this with your neighbors and friends that live in Hopkinton who have children that will be 5 years old by August 31 as they are eligible for kindergarten.
Kindergarten Screening will be held on March 4, 19, and 28 at Marathon School for students entering Kindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year.
Click this link to complete a survey for kindergarten screening. You will then receive a screening date and time via email. Note: screening appointments are scheduled manually. You will not have an immediate response to this survey.
If you are unable to attend a March screening, your child will be screened during school in September.
Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth (MPY) is pleased to announce its new, free MPY Parenting Solutions Library. Parents, guardians, and caregivers can watch or just listen to experts who get right to the point solving big and small challenges.
Each Library includes 10-minute videos and handouts. Tap into the power of the brain-body-behavior connection to gain clarity and confidence to help your family thrive.
Kindergarten and First Grade News
In a recent project, the kindergarten students practiced painting skills and mixing colors by painting the background for a mitten picture. Then they cut out mittens and decorated them to add to the background. In another project they learned how to use paper fasteners so they could make a robot puppet with moveable parts. Also, students created a snowman collage picture. Currently, they are learning about architecture and using printing techniques to make pictures of buildings.
Recently, the first graders created winter landscape pictures. They painted the background and then added foreground details with oil pastels. In another project, students were taught how to draw a 3-D mug of hot chocolate. Also, they made robot puppets with paper fasteners so the puppet could have moveable parts. Currently, they are working on a collagraph printmaking project. First, they create a textured printing plate with foam shapes. Then they use paint and brayers (rollers) to print their design multiple times to create their picture.
Health Class News
Mrs. Lewinsky, Ms. Lyons, Mrs. Ryder
In January, Health classes have been learning about the importance of good nutrition and regular physical activity. Students explored the five food groups using MyPlate. MyPlate is the United States Department of Agriculture’s illustration of the five food groups (Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, Protein, Dairy), which are set up on a place setting for a meal. MyPlate encourages us to think about what goes on our plate, and in our cup or bowl, before we eat. The recommendation is that half of our plate should be fruits and vegetables.
In these Health lessons, students practiced identifying the food groups and giving examples of foods in each group. We talked about healthy food choices and ‘sometimes’ food choices. Students assembled their own MyPlate guides on a paper plate. Kindergarten classes read, D.W. The Picky Eater, by Mark Brown. This book sparked a lively discussion about picky eaters, taste buds, and how taste buds change over time. Students are learning about the most common food allergies and what students can do to help make our school a safe place for all students, including students who have food allergies. As a part of this unit, Kindergarten students read, My Food Your Food, by Lisa Bullard. This book teaches that families have different food traditions. First grade students participated in a class ‘picnic’ where they shared and described foods they like, and in many cases, foods from different countries. We will explore Body Systems in our next unit!
In February we will be continuing our lessons with many fun and challenging musical experiences: Dancing, Interpreting music through creative movement, Listening to famous music, Learning about well-known composers, and Listening to musical stories. Of course we do a lot of singing - often in a variety of languages!
All the Marathon Children are delighted to learn the German Valentine Dance for the upcoming holiday. This is a spirited partner dance by which the children sing, “Will you be my Valentine?” (ending with “maybe ja and maybe nein” as they turn to their new partner) Kindergarten students are learning this at a relaxed tempo, while the children in Grade One are challenging themselves as they keep up with the music of a German band - at a lively tempo! Kindergarten students love movement activities and singing games. We are blowing like the north wind, imitating the snowflakes with our fingertips and we hide our heads ‘under our wings’ like the robin in the rhyme: ‘The North Wind Doth Blow’. We’ve wound up into a spiral shape like a snail and learned how to unwind while we silently acknowledge our friends as we pass them, with the ‘Snail Song’. We’ve acted out ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’. Your children are demonstrating their understanding of rhythm, while proudly writing out the rhythm of this rhyme and many others.
Kindergarten musicians recently started to learn about the composer, Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), and his musical setting of the folktale, Peter and the Wolf. They are becoming experts at identifying the instruments representing each character in the story. (The flute is the bird; the clarinet is the cat; the French horn is the wolf, etc.) After completing our study of the story, all the classes will be shown an assortment of illustrated books depicting this musical story. They will then color their own creative interpretation - including the characters, the instruments, the various scenes and even some music notes and rhythms. First Grade musicians are learning about French music. They are delighted by the ways in which Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) expressively depicts various animals in his Carnival of the Animals. As they listen, we discuss the instruments, the meter, and conducting patterns. They are learning to describe what they hear using common musical Italian terms: legato, staccato, adagio, piano and forte. Your children are enthralled with the ways by which this famous composer depicts animals (donkeys, chickens, wild horses, turtles, a lion and many more.) For some selections, they move to the music while imitating the staccato vs. legato, the meter, and unique motions suggested by each animal. For other selections, they will create colorful pictures based on this music.
Recently, all the children experienced playing instruments as I introduced them to our beautiful xylophones, metallophones and glockenspiels. Our many musical experiences contribute to making your children into well-rounded musicians.
Recess is snow much fun!
2024-2025 PreK Lottery
The lottery for the Hopkinton Integrated PreSchool will be held on February, 7th at 4:00 PM. HCAM will stream the lottery live. Lottery results will be posted on the PreSchool website within 24 hours.
Applications for the lottery were due February 1st. Families must be residents of Hopkinton at the time of the lottery. Families will have one month from the notice of lottery acceptance to secure their preschool spot with a non-refundable deposit. This deposit will serve as the first month's tuition.
Applications received after the February 1st deadline will be added to the waitlist generated in the order received. Applications received after February 1st will not be part of the lottery.
If you have any questions about the application, lottery, or general preschool information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller
Dear Marathon Families,
I am very pleased to announce that ALL the books from the Marathon Elementary School special needs awareness book wish list have been purchased! Together we have donated over 40 books to the school library! Thank you Marathon families and everyone in our community who donated and recognized the importance for all children to see their stories reflected in books. The outpouring of support for this project has been incredibly moving and inspiring. I am humbled by the amazing support of our community. As a mom of a special needs child, sometimes it can feel like your child gets left out or forgotten a lot, but through this project you all showed up for families like mine and said, “I see you and you matter too.” This is why I love our town and I am so grateful to have such kind neighbors that care.
Thank you to everyone that donated and included messages of encouragement with your gift. Thank you for connecting with me and sharing your own personal story behind the donation. It has been a privilege to hear about your own family’s journey. Thank you for seeing the heart and true purpose of why SEPAC created this project.
I would also like to thank Marathon Elementary librarians who understood SEPAC’s vision and invested so much of their time and energy in researching books to add to the school library’s collection. We are so grateful for this collaboration and our community is a better place because of it. We look forward to showcasing these books on display at the school library in March.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!
March 16th: HopSwap, Hopkinton Middle School, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
This is a community-wide tag sale event to reuse children's clothing and items. Including children's clothing, baby gear, toys, sports equipment, books, bikes and so much more!
April 2: Harlem Wizards vs Hopkinton Hillers Basketball Game
Game starts at 7pm at Hopkinton High School
Tickets go on sale Monday Feb 5th for PTO members and Wednesday Feb 7th for all
April 6: HPTO 30th Anniversary Birthday Bash
Join us for a live 90s cover band, cocktails and desserts to celebrate the PTOs 30th year of supporting the Hopkinton schools. Tickets available on the PTO website: https://hopkintonpta.membershiptoolkit.com/