Haynes Happenings

News & Notes from Josiah Haynes Elementary School

May 13, 2021


Dear Families,

Spring is in full bloom in and around Haynes School. Trees are blossoming, flowers are blooming and there is a flavor of the excitement that comes with spring in school that we have missed.

The outpouring of appreciation for our educators last week was felt across our building. From the sundae truck and Starbucks treats to the flowers, cards and more, you made our educators feel so special. We appreciate the appreciation!

The season of gratitude continues as we are on the heels of National School Nurse's Day yesterday. We are so incredibly lucky to have Lisa Nigrelli leading our health and safety efforts each and every day, and perhaps never more so than this year. Her leadership, expertise and care continue to contribute to the safe, loving place that is Haynes School.

This week students in grades 3, 4 and 5 are working through ELA MCAS testing. Students will continue next week with Math, and fifth graders will take the Science test the following Monday. As a staff, we are thinking about how to maximize the learning--both academic and otherwise--as our students enter their final weeks of the school year.


Jeff LaBroad


IMPORTANT Car Line Reminders for Parents

Haynes continues to experience a lengthier-than-usual car line at the beginning and end of our day. We are grateful for the continued partnership of Sudbury Chief of Police Scott Nix and the Sudbury Police Department for their assistance in traffic planning and monitoring. To assist everyone with a safe and efficient start and end to the day, please note the following:

  • The car line lightens substantially after 7:50 a.m. and 2:25 p.m. Consider timing your arrival for after those times; you will wait in the car line a fraction of the time!
  • Students may exit from the PASSENGER side of the car only.
  • Our traffic is single-lane following the right turn merging along Haynes Road. DO NOT PASS another car unless directed to do so by a staff member or if a car's flashers are on.
  • During our elongated car line this spring we will enforce a NO LEFT TURN INTO HAYNES expectation. All vehicles arriving for arrival or dismissal should approach from the north so that they turn RIGHT to enter the property.
  • Please pull up as close as possible to the car ahead of you. Keeping these spaces tight adds up quickly and provides additional space in the car line.
  • The Massachusetts "Hands-Free" law is in effect. Do not use a handheld device while moving in the car line.
  • The walker line continues to be designed for students who are walking/biking directly home. Car pickups should use the appropriate car line pickup system.


Students who are able to have well-fitted masks are able to focus on learning better. Please check to make sure all of your child's masks fit snuggly on their faces. Students should also have a few extra masks available each day.

Check out next year's calendar

SPS has released our 2021-2022 School Year Calendar. Take a look here.

Clothing Drive for Massachusetts Children in Need

From Monday, May 10th to Friday, May 21st, Ephraim Curtis Middle School is hosting a clothing drive to benefit children in need in Massachusetts. All items collected will be donated to Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit organization that provides essentials to Massachusetts children who are homeless or in low-income households.

The collection drive has been organized by ECMS 8th grader Bella Newbern, with help from the Curtis Angels. Bella was chosen to represent Sudbury this year at the annual statewide community service and leadership initiative, Project 351. As part of her role as a Project 351 Ambassador, Bella has been asked to coordinate a clothing drive in her own community.

Cradles to Crayons is requesting gently used or new clothing and shoes for children ages 0 to 12 years old. For health reasons, the charity is asking that donated socks, pajamas, and underwear be new. Collection bins for clothing and shoe donations will be located in the Curtis lobby and the lobbies of the elementary schools. If you would like to offer a cash or check donation, it will be used to purchase new children’s clothing. Checks should be made payable to Cradles to Crayons. Cash and check donations can be left at the ECMS main office.

If you have questions about the collection drive, please contact Ivar Henningson, Curtis Angels Faculty Advisor, at ivar_henningson@sudbury.k12.ma.us

hopeSudbury to sponsor 'DASH FOR HOPE'

Get your family and friends together and Dash away to support neighbors in need! This is a fully virtual, do it your way, Dash – perfect for people of all ages and groups of all sizes. Show your school spirit, wear your team colors, silly walk with your besties, etc - you choose who, how, and when to Dash!

Register online, pick your route, and Dash anytime between May 29-June 5, 2021. $20 registration fee to honor 20 years of HOPEsudbury. The first 100 registrants will receive some special swag!

REGISTER HERE: https://www.runreg.com/dash-for-hope

Follow & tag us on social media -- FB/Twitter: @HOPEsudbury, Instagram: @hopesudbury1. Use #dashforhope to share photos of how you dashed!


Thursday, May 13

MCAS - Grade 3 ELA

Monday, May 17

MCAS - Grade 5 Math

Tuesday, May 18

MCAS - Grade 4 Math

Wednesday, May 19

MCAS - Remote Math

Thursday, May 20

MCAS - Grade 3 Math

Saturday, May 22

9:00-2:00 Grade 5 Car Wash

(Rain Date May 29)

May 24-28

HOP Virtual Book Fair

Monday, May 24

MCAS - Grade 5 Science

Friday, May 28

Food Pantry Collection

Monday, May 31

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, June 2

1:30-2:30 Kindergarten Orientation (Virtual)

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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.