PHT Paws-itively News

Week of September 18th, 2022

Principal's Thoughts

Dear Page Hilltop Families:


With the return of the preschool students this week, we now have all of our student grade levels in school and just completed our first 5-day week. As we get ready to close out the summer season and begin the fall season, lots of exciting things will be happening at Page Hilltop.


ALWAYS REMEMBER that you are our valued partners in your child's journey of learning. Please share your voices with us - your questions and your suggestion.


  • We hope you take the time to read this newsletter each week, as a family!
  • Watch for specific classroom news coming from your children's teachers
  • You may follow Mr. Deppe on Twitter: @PageHilltopSch


Thanks, as always, for sharing your children with us!


Fred Deppe, Principal

Matt Lutinski, Assistant Principal

SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER DATES TO REMEMBER:

September 23rd -- Spirit Day / Panther Pride Day

September 28th -- Welcome Back Family Picnic & Open House

October 6th -- PTO Meeting (7:00pm)

October 10th -- No School (Indigenous Peoples Day)

October 12th -- 90-minute Early Release (Preschool-12)

October 19th -- 1/2 Day (Preschool-12)

October 24th -- Progress Reports

UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS

There are several upcoming events that we cordially invite our parents to attend:

  • Literacy Live parade
  • Veterans Day program
  • Turkey Trot

Stay tuned for exact dates/times. We welcome you to join in the fun!

2022-2023 Approved School Calendar

SEPTEMBER 2022 LUNCH MENU

LUNCH MENU -- CLICK HERE

BREAKFAST MENU -- CLICK HERE

SPIRIT DAY - PANTHER PRIDE DAY

Our first "Spirit Day" of the school year will take place this Friday - September 23rd. It will be Panther Pride Day at Page Hilltop. All students are encouraged to come to school on Friday, displaying pride in their school community. If you have any attire that shows "Page Hilltop", "Ayer", or "ASRSD", please wear it.


If you do not have those specific items, wear something with the school colors of maroon & white. Let's start off with a spectacular spirit day event!

FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE...

To families with children who have documented asthma or allergies, please send in the appropriate medication in the box labeled from the pharmacy and have your doctor fax an order to the nurse's office. 978-772-0681


If your child has had a physical in the last year and you have not sent a copy to the school nurse, please do so as soon as possible.


Reminder, if your child is not feeling well in the morning, please keep them home to rest and recover.

WELCOME TO PAGE HILLTOP!

All students who were new to Ayer-Shirley received a Page Hilltop t-shirt and water bottle on Friday, September 16th. We will be holding our first spirit day next Friday, September 23rd which will be Panther Pride (Maroon and White). All of our new students will be able to wear their new Ayer-Shirley gear next Friday for spirit day. Our kindergarten students also received their own "Kindergarten Superstars" shirts last week. We hope that these small gifts help our new students feel a sense of belonging to the Page Hilltop and Ayer-Shirley community!
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CLASSROOM SHOWCASE

Mrs. Daul's Class: Mrs. Daul's class enjoyed a story during health class with Mrs. Robbins.

CLASSROOM SHOWCASE

Mrs. Pucillo's Class: Our 5th-graders work on a science experiment during science class with Mrs. Pucillo.

CLASSROOM SHOWCASE

Mrs. Gear's Class: Students in Mrs. Gear's 4th-grade class review their school expectations as a class before breaking off to complete partner work.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS

Now that we are hopefully moving past the challenging pandemic years, we hope to have parent volunteers return to Page Hilltop. If you have some time during the week that you would like to volunteer at school, please contact Mr. Deppe so that we can discuss available options.


  • Mrs. Anderson is always looking for help in the library.
  • Teachers are sometimes looking for people to read with their students or practice their math facts.
  • There is sometimes a need to prepare class projects so as to help teachers.
  • If you are unable to come to school but would like to help out from home, that is also an option.


Please see Gail or Peggy in the main office if you would like to volunteer to fill out a CORI form.

AFTER-SCHOOL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

Student engagement/learning can sometimes go beyond the typical school day. We are always looking to promote after-school enrichment activities. We will soon begin such activities as Chorus, Lego Robotics & Student Leadership Groups. Our local scouting troops will also be starting up soon.


Parents will have the opportunity to speak with representatives of these groups during our upcoming Open House.


We are always looking for new ideas for enrichment activities to offer our students. I would like to recognize the Duci family who recently approached me regarding the possibility of a cooking class for students. We are looking into this.


IDEAS? We encourage our families to discuss possible options for any activity group that you would like us to consider and share your ideas with Mr. Deppe.

OPEN HOUSE & PICNIC

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a live Open House event again this year. We will also be bringing back our "Family Welcome Back Picnic" to start the evening's festivities.


Mark your calendar for the evening of Wednesday, September 28th!


All Page Hilltop families are invited to assemble on the front lawns (next to the cafeteria) to enjoy a family meal and meet other families & school staff. Families should bring their own meals with them. At 6:30 you are cordially invited to enter the school for the Open House.


Preschool Open-House:


  • 4:30-5:30 Classroom Open House with students / Parent presentation @ 6:30
  • 5:30-6:30 Family Picnic on the front lawn


Grades K-5 Open-House:


  • 5:30-6:30 Family Picnic on the front lawn
  • 6:30-8:00 Classroom Open House

10th ANNUAL DANCE FOR KINDNESS - TAKE PART IN THIS GLOBAL EVENT

The worldwide Dance for Kindness will return live on Sunday, November 13th! The event will be held at 1:00pm downtown on Main Street. We are so excited about the return of this awesome community event.


Dance registration goes live this week. Watch for special notices coming home. We hope you all will consider taking part - either as a dancer or a spectator.

COMMUNITY DONATIONS

We would like to thank the guests and patient families of Great Road Veterinary Hospital who generously donated school supplies for our Page Hilltop students.

PTO UPDATES

Upcoming PTO activities / events: Opening meeting: Thursday, October 6th @ 7:00 pm


PLEASE JOIN US FOR THIS INITIAL MEETING OF THE PAGE HILLTOP PTO - there will be:

* Informative Discussions

* Opportunities to connect with other families

* A chance for you to share your voice on how to keep our school awesome

* Entertainment for the children - childcare provided by high school students

* Fun Raffle Prizes


* Special Guest Speakers Evelyn Cubero & Tracy Hebenton - School Adjustment Counselors


PTO Website -- LINK

PTO Facebook Page -- Link



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