The Pawsome Print

October 29, 2021

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Dear Pawsome Loring Families,

I wanted to share a few pictures that I took on the Pumpkin Walk last week. It was such a wonderful experience and look forward to it again next year! Thanks to all of our fifth graders who created pumpkins and all of our volunteers that worked to make this such a wonderful event. The pumpkins have been displayed all week at school and even in the rain, they really looked Pawsome!

For families that celebrate Halloween, I hope you have a fun night! We will see everyone again on Monday as we welcome November!

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American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month or also referred to as Native American Heritage Month is celebrated in November each year. The month is dedicated to honoring indigenous peoples, the culture, and learning and understanding the true history of Natives in America.

It is important to honor and celebrate the rich culture and history of indigenous peoples who were the first people in America and their contributions to society. Additionally, it’s important to understand the true history and educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

At Loring School, we will be learning about some very important people, cultures, events, and histories during the morning announcements and at other times throughout the school day. Also, our generous PTO purchased some books and Amy Stout has identified books we have in our library to help support our learning.

Here are a few websites that can help you support learning at home. If you have resources or books that would enhance our school's learning, please let us know.

Purchase books and support the Loring Library!

The Loring Book Fair will take place online from November 8 - 13 and be hosted by The Silver Unicorn bookstore in Acton.

Please see the Loring Library website for more information!

Thank you!

Amy Stout

Loring Librarian

Go Through Your Library Week

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Reading Buddies

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Our Work to Support All Students

As you know, teachers use interventions (a set of teaching procedures and practices) with any student to help them succeed in the classroom. These interventions are part of our multi-tiered system of support to help improve outcomes for all students. This year we have a new educator on our staff, Nicole Poutasse, our School Support Specialist to help support this work. Nicole Poutasse is working closely with our Literacy Specialist, Melissa Coffaro and our Math Coach, Chris Grigsby, together this team of educators is working closely with classroom teachers to support students in Math and Literacy. Our School Support Specialist, Literacy Specialist, and Math Coach will be supporting students in classrooms throughout the building during literacy and math times. You may start hearing your child share that they had Ms. Poutasse, Ms. Grigsby, or Ms. Coffaro helping them! These supports and interventions are short-term and skill-focused. We are regularly reviewing student work and data as we make decisions about the supports each student needs.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

As the school year continues, there may be opportunities to volunteer in your child's classroom. To make sure you are prepared to do so, you will need to have a valid CORI form with the Sudbury Public Schools and be fully vaccinated in accordance with CDC Guidelines.

Please stop by the office during teacher conferences to return your completed CORI form and so we can make a copy of your identification and click here to verify your vaccination status.

As a reminder, a CORI is only good for 3 years so if you are questioning your CORI status please email and we will check into it for you. A CORI on file with another town organization such as Basketball or Scouting does not take the place of the need for this CORI.

Respecting School Property

We have seen a recent uptick with students not respecting school property including the bus. As you can imagine, this is very upsetting to staff and students. Mr. Gaita and Mrs. Harvey have discussed these concerns on the daily announcements and also have visited some classrooms across the school to have more direct conversations about what we are seeing.

We are asking for your help. Please have conversations with your child at home about respecting school and student property and our Loring Core Values. The Loring Core Values and Loring Pledge are included below for your reference.

Loring Core Values

At Loring School, we are PAWSOME because we show our Core Values! These values are part of everyday life at Loring and reinforced in the classroom, at recess, and all around our school.

Students are taught the meaning of each word and how they make us better students and citizens.

Respect ~ Responsibility ~ Caring ~ Best Effort

The Loring Pledge

The Loring Pledge is said every morning during our daily announcements. Loring students embody our pledge and we hope this stays with them not only when they are at school but home as well.

I am respectful

I am responsible

I am caring and kind

I show best effort

I am part of the Pawsome Loring Community

SERF Student Grant Initiative - Extension

SERF is extending the deadline by 1 week - so applications will now be due by Friday, November 5th. This means that all students have an extra week to turn in their grant proposals. I can't wait to review all of these great ideas!

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November Lunch Menu

Below are the November Breakfast and Lunch Menu's. Please check back on a weekly basis as shortages may require a last minute menu change.

Also, if you want your child to receive breakfast either before school (Drop off at 7:35 a.m. at the front door) or as a snack in their classroom, please fill out this form.

Important Upcoming Dates - Please mark your calendars!

November - American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

November 3 - Early Release - Teacher Conferences

November 10 - Early Release - Teacher Conferences

November 11 - No School - Veterans Day

November 15 - Picture Retake Day

November 17 - Early Release - Teacher Conferences

November 19 - Food Pantry

November 24- Early Release

November 25-28 Thanksgiving Break