Haynes Happenings

News & Notes from Josiah Haynes Elementary School

May 21, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

The weekend ahead traditionally heralds the unofficial start to the summer season. Of course, there is nothing traditional about our world right now. Nonetheless, the challenges many of our students (and we as adults!) face in school this time of year is now on full display at home. The end is in sight, the warm weather is beckoning students outdoors, and the exhaustion of work is ever-present. This, of course, is all against the backdrop of a global health crisis. I continue to be grateful to the partnership that exists between home and school. The regular, meaningful home/school communication between teachers and parents allows us to maximize learning and support on both ends of the computer screen.

Plans are underway for celebrating the accomplishments of our graduating fifth graders, while teachers at all levels are starting to plan for meaningful virtual experiences for students as we approach the close to the school year. I look forward to the opportunity for us to come together as we can in these remaining weeks.

At the same time, as a district we are working to adjust curricular pacing for next year, while at the same time planning for an uncertain reality surrounding our return to school in September. From instructional approaches, content planning, resource preparation and space configurations, we are actively receiving guidance and considering how can make learning the most impactful for all of our students.

As we take time this weekend to remember all of those who have sacrificed in service to our country, I wish you rest, rejuvenation and plenty of sun.


Jeff LaBroad


Sign-Up for Student Belongings Pick-Up

Haynes will return students' personal belongings and collect school-issued materials (library books, classroom materials, technology devices) during a curbside exchange at Haynes on Monday, June 15 and Wednesday, June 17. Each family will sign-up for a window to come through our car line, receive students' belongings and return any items needed to come back to school.

Over the next two weeks, Haynes staff will be organizing students' belongings and preparing them for your pickup. Materials will be organized by appointment for easy pickup. Only one appointment per family is necessary. When you arrive, we will place items in your trunk or backseat. In that spot, you should have any devices, books or other materials for us to receive from you. Our transfer will be contactless. Our staff will have masks and gloves on during this process.

Please click here to sign up for a time to pick up your students' belongings.

Lost and Found items will be distributed as they are able to be identified. Items of unknown owners will be kept until parents and students have the opportunity to visit the Lost and Found upon our return.

Student Medication Pickup

Haynes School Nurse Lisa Nigrelli will be in touch with the parents of students who have medication at the school to invite to a pickup on Thursday, May 28. You can contact Mrs. Nigrelli directly at lisa_nigrelli@sudbury.k12.ma.us.

Meet Ms. Traversi's Baby Girl!

The Haynes family has grown by one! Cristina Marie Whalen was born on May 6 to Haynes School Counselor Kristyn Traversi. Baby, mom and dad are all doing well.

Thank You, HOP!

During our time away, our facilities and technology teams have continued to move ahead when it has been safe to do so to maintain and enhance our building. Recent weeks saw the installation of an interactive screen in our Learning Studio. Similar to screens being installed in other parts of our building, this panel is essentially a giant tablet computer, with capabilities for control remotely and interacting with other devices. Additionally, a voice-amplification system was installed to allow for universally-accessible access for the hard-of-hearing. Earlier this year you learned about our acquisition of Cubettos, Ozobots and Bee-Bots -- coding tools that many of your children have already had the chance to experience. They will be among the materials available in our Learning Studio. The upcoming planned addition of a green screen and dynamic, movable furniture will allow this space to be one of a kind environment for 21st-century learning.

These enhancements are the direct result of funding provided by the Haynes Organization of Parents. This year HOP has generously contributed nearly $10,000 toward the establishment of this teaching space. This would not have been able to happen without your generous contributions to our school on behalf of our students. THANK YOU!

Reminder For Students Not Returning to Haynes

Parents of students entering grades 1 through 5 not returning to Haynes in September 2020 are asked to notify the Haynes office in writing of their intention to unenroll. Please email Marcy Sawin (marcy_sawin@sudbury.k12.ma.us) if you are not planning to attend Haynes next year.
Sudbury Comprehensive COVID-19 Resource Guide

Resources from the Town of Sudbury


May 18-29, 2020

Virtual Book Fair

Monday, May 25

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, May 28

Student Medication Pickup

Wednesday, June 3

Virtual Kindergarten Parent Orientation

Monday, June 15

10:00-3:00 Student Belongings Pickup & Materials Dropoff (by appointment)

Tuesday, June 16

10:00 Fifth Grade Beep-Out at Curtis Middle School (Grade 5 families only)

12:00 Virtual Moving On Ceremony

Wednesday, June 17 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

10:00-3:00 Student Belongings Pickup & Materials Dropoff (by appointment)

Friday, June 19

June Food Pantry Collection


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Haynes Happenings

Haynes Happenings is the parent and family newsletter of Josiah Haynes Elementary School, published every other Thursday and distributed to families via email and shared at sudbury.k12.ma.us/haynes.