Haynes Happenings

News & Notes from Josiah Haynes Elementary School

September 5, 2019

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Haynes School, Opening Day 2019

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

We're back! What a wonderful start to the new year we've had! Throughout the halls of Haynes, students are learning new routines, practicing new skills and making new friends. It has been so wonderful to see everyone back, and to welcome the many new students who are now part of our Haynes family!

While the weather didn't allow us to come together for a kick-off picnic, I'm hoping you'll put two dates on your calendar to help us launch the year together. Friday, September 6, I invite you to join me for our September First Friday Principal Coffee at 9 a.m. in the Haynes Library. This will be an informal opportunity for us to connect, and for me to share some of the work ahead this year at Haynes.

Next, be sure to save Thursday, September 19 for Haynes Back to School Night. Doors open at 6 p.m. and we'll get started at 6:30 p.m. More details to come next week!

I look forward to seeing you in and around Haynes School!


Jeff LaBroad


Summer Construction Work Enhances Haynes Campus

The Town of Sudbury and Sudbury Public Schools maintenance teams were hard at work throughout Haynes this summer, as we carried out a number of facility upgrades to enhance teaching and administrative space and functionality throughout our building. Here is a sampling of what happened at Haynes while you were away...

  • CONSTRUCTION OF NEW OFFICE SPACE -- New Assistant Principal and Special Education Team Chair offices were built in the former multipurpose office in the front of our building.

  • CONSTRUCTION OF NEW PSYCHOLOGIST OFFICE -- The former library office is the new School Psychologist's office, including a new door with direct hallway access.

  • LIBRARY STORAGE INSTALLATION -- A countertop and cabinetry are now in place in the library, providing additional library material storage.

  • CONFERENCE ROOM UPDATE -- Our conference room has received a modest makeover this summer, including the installation of a digital display, removal of cabinetry/shelving and a fresh coat of paint.

  • HEALTH OFFICE UPGRADE -- New cabinetry was installed, along with new tile to replace carpet in the health office.

  • RECONFIGURED PARTNERS CLASSROOMS -- The adjustment of partition installation and room layouts creates a more dynamic and collaborative learning space that continues to provide structures needed for students in the program.

  • PHONE SYSTEM UPGRADE -- Our phone system is receiving an upgrade this summer, and additional phones are being installed in spaces to enhance safety and communication throughout our building.

  • NETWORK SERVER ROOM UPGRADE-- The space that houses and controls all of our internet access, internal networks, phone systems and more has been cleaned out, updated and upgraded with a new switcher and climate control unit.

Our thanks to the Town of Sudbury for its ongoing support of our school. The enhancements to our facility will assist our staff in continuing to provide exceptional instruction and care to our students and their families.

Tech Enhancements in Place for the New Year

Over the summer the Sudbury technology department replaced more than six dozen new Chromebooks for student use throughout our building. In the year ahead our remaining Chromebooks will be replaced with updated devices. Our students benefit from a greater than 2:1 ratio for laptop devices in our classrooms and learning spaces!

In addition to personal devices, Haynes is installing six new Clevertouch boards in classrooms throughout our school. This device was piloted in our library last spring with great success. The new screens are essentially "giant iPads" that allow teachers to lead interactive lessons by mirroring their own computer screens or using the Clevertouch's own computer to display virtual interactive teaching tools. Students and teachers write on using a stylus--or just a finger!

A Shimmering Haynes Greeted Students!

While school was out of session, Sudbury’s facilities and maintenance teams were hard at work with various maintenance projects across our school. The task of providing the building its summer makeover is no light lift, and requires intense effort all summer long. Our most sincere thanks to Mr. Hines and Mr. Flynn for their exceptional work providing Haynes with a well-earned refresh. The building looks great!

Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

Click here to read the Haynes School Arrival and Dismissal Procedures.

Please review these guidelines carefully. Your cooperation with this plan ensures the safety of all students and an efficient drop-off and pick up each day.

The goal of arrival and dismissal is safety, not expediency. Thank you for your patience with us, especially in the opening days of school and during inclement weather. Please adjust your morning and after school plans accordingly to allow for a procedurally safe dismissal.

REMINDER: No Passing!

Please note, our car line is ONE LANE ONLY. Cars in our live drop-off and pick-up lines SHOULD NOT PASS STOPPED CARS unless a car has its flashers on or a staff member directs you to pass. Thank you for helping keep our students, staff and families safe as we start and end our days together!

Volunteer to be a Room Parent

Submitted by Lisa West, HOP Room Parent Coordinator

We are currently looking for room parents for each of the classes from K-5 for the 2019-20 school year. If you would like to volunteer to be a room parent, please submit this Room Parent Form before Friday, September 13, 2019. Room parents will be selected and notified soon thereafter. If you have any questions about serving as a room parent and the responsibilities required, please contact the Room Parent Coordinator, Lisa West (lisamwest@gmail.com).

Volunteer to Help on Picture Day

Submitted by Allison Riquier, HOP Photo Day Coordinator

The Robbs Photography will be taking student photos on Tuesday, September 17th (rain date: Tuesday, September 24th). The photography will take place outdoors, at the Haynes school. Photo order forms will be sent home with your child this week and should be returned to school on or before September 17th.

We are seeking volunteers to assist the photographer. Please click here to sign up. As a thank you for your time, volunteers will receive a free medium size portrait package, compliments of The Robbs.

Please contact Alison Riquier (princeal99@yahoo.com) with questions about School Photo Day.

Volunteer job descriptions:

2 time slots available - we will need one volunteer for each job, per session.

Session 1: 8:50am (for briefing) - 11am

Session 2: 10:50am (for briefing) - 1pm

  • School Photo Day - Retrieve Classes
    Retrieve classes from their rooms, collect order forms from the teacher, determine if there are any absentees, direct class to the group photo area. Ask the teacher if there are any special requests for the photographer. Report info to groomer for that class (requests could be for grooming, clothing or positioning).

  • School Photo Day - Recorder
    Works closely with photographer to confirm that the correct student is posing based on alphabetized list, recording absent or new students, noting a brief description of their clothing to help identify them, and recording any staff or teachers that pose in between the students in each class. Each class has its' own shoot sheet.

  • School Photo Day - Poser
    Situates the child before their photo is taken. They should also check child for details (i.e., necklace position, straighten collars, tuck in shirts, etc.) Poser should also be ready to assist the groomer as needed.

  • School Photo Day - Groomer
    Volunteer is there to fix/comb hair, straighten collars, button shirts, clean faces, etc. The Robbs provide new combs to use for each student, along with hair spray, mirrors, tissues and face wipes. Retrievers will notify groomers of any special requests made by parents for hair style, etc. prior to photo.

  • School Photo Day - Group Photo Volunteer
    This volunteer would assist the group photographer with positioning students for their group photo; then line each class up in alphabetical order and escort them to the individual photo location, based on availability of the photographer.

Welcome Olivia Jones

Haynes School is excited to welcome Olivia Jones to our team as our METCO Program Coordinator, working at Haynes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ms. Jones most recently served as a Learning Assistant at Weston Middle School. Prior to that, she worked as a Program Coordinator and Developmental Specialist in West Roxbury. Ms. Jones holds a BS in Human Development from Wheelock College.

Chess Club at Haynes School Returns

Submitted by Dmitry Frenklakh

Join the popular Chess Club taught by Chess Master Dmitry Frenklakh, held at Haynes School. Any level and age are welcome! This fall semester runs 8-weeks every Wednesday from 7:45am - 8:45am, starting September 11 and ending on November 6th. There will be no Chess Club on September 25th. Fee for the semester: $150 (checks to be made payable to Dmitry Frenklakh and delivered during the first class on September


Our Chess club provides children with a solid foundation on which to build and grow their skills of visualization and deductive reasoning. We have all ages from kindergarten to 5th grade. A child who is introduced to chess at a young age is likely to do better in school for years to come. Research shows that playing chess improves a child’s thinking, problem-solving, reading, and math scores. Educators and chess experts generally agree the first grade is the ideal time to introduce children to chess, although some as young as four or five may be ready to learn and play. It really helps children in building self-confidence. We hope to have your child join us! Payment is due at the first class on September 11. Please make check out to Dmitry Frenklakh. If you have any questions or for further information, please contact Dmitry Frenklakh by email using dima.frank@gmail.com or if you have any questions, please call him at (617) 823-6865.


Friday, September 6

9:00-9:30 First Friday Principal Coffee (Library)

9:30-10:00 HOP New Family Orientation

Friday, September 13

Spirit Day

Food Pantry Collection

Tuesday, September 17

Picture Day

Thursday, September 19

6:00-8:30 Back to School Night


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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.