Haynes Happenings

News & Notes from Josiah Haynes Elementary School

January 9, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

HAPPY NEW YEAR! The start to 2020 has been a busy one here at Haynes. In classes throughout our building, students have been taking the opportunity that the new year brings to set goals for themselves, create resolutions for the year ahead and review and update shared class expectations. I shared with students how lucky we are in school to experience the start of a new year TWICE, which gives us the opportunity to renew our commitments to ourselves and one another. In all that we do, we are determined to do our best to live out the Haynes School Rules: BE RESPONSIBLE, BE RESPECTFUL, BE SAFE and BE KIND.


Jeff LaBroad


Car Line Reminders

For parents of students who arrive or leave by car, please note the following reminders:

  • Please pull ALL THE WAY UP TO THE FRONT of the loop before allowing students to enter or exit your car. The first spot is up by the red shed.
  • If your child requires assistance exiting or entering, please pull all the way up and put your FLASHERS ON.
  • The car line is a SINGLE lane. DO NOT PASS unless a car is parked (indicated by flashers on) or if a staff member directs you to pass.

Our goal for arrival and dismissal is SAFETY, not speed. We appreciate your support in keeping the start and end to our days successful for everyone.

You can read our complete arrival and dismissal plan here.

News from the Health Office

From Lisa Nigrelli, Haynes School Nurse

Please remember to keep your child home when they are ill.

Children should remain home:

  • Temperature 100.4 and greater

  • At least 24 hours after vomiting or diarrhea

  • At least 24 hours after a fever breaks (with no fever-reducing medication)

  • 24 hours after starting an antibiotic

  • Red eyes with crusty drainage (until MD has evaluated & cleared OR 24 hrs after starting antibiotic)

  • Rashes (until MD has evaluated and cleared for school)

We rely heavily on parents’ good judgment when sending their children to school. Please use your best judgment before sending your child to school with:

  • A green runny nose or red/itchy painful eyes

  • A persistent cough

  • A child who isn’t able to manage their secretions

  • Until your child is eating and tolerating a typical diet after being ill

  • A low grade fever(under 100.4 but above 99)

  • A persistent sore throat

  • Any persistent complaints that the child doesn’t feel well

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to contact the school nurse anytime but specifically for the following reasons:

  • A new medical diagnosis or change in your child's health status

  • A newly prescribed medication

  • A change in current medication

  • A serious injury, illness or hospitalization

  • A fracture, sprain, stitches or cast

  • Change in food allergies

Friendly Reminders:

  • Every year the health office requires an updated physical for ALL fourth graders
  • Children cannot transport medications. All medications need to be brought to the health office by an adult
  • Doctors' notes are needed for a child to stay in for recess. All children participate in outdoor recess.

Join us for Bowling This Sunday!

Haynes families are invited to a FAMILY BOWLING PARTY this Sunday, January 12 at Kings (Legacy Place, Dedham). Details below. Click here for more.
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Haynes School to Welcome Artist-in-Residence Bren Bataclan

Haynes will welcome painter/illustrator Bren Bataclan as an Artist-In-Residence the week of February 24-28. Bren has traveled across the country sharing his message of kindness through art. Most recently, Bren has completed installations at both Noyes and Loring Schools. Bren’s residency will be centered around his creation of original Haynes artwork that will showcase our four school rules, each on a large canvas which will be permanently installed in the main office. Bren will launch the residency with special hour-long School Meetings for grades K-2 and 3-5 on Monday, February 24, and will conclude with an unveiling at the end of the week. Students will be part of the planning and creation of the pieces, with fifth graders participating in an additional session during which students will create characters for inclusion in the work. You can learn more about Bren’s work at bataclan.com. Bren’s residency is sponsored in part by a HOP and a grant from the STARS Residency Art Program of the Mass Cultural Council.

School Store Kicks Off January 21!

School Store will begin on Tuesday, January 21st, and there will be so many exciting new items this year. Water bottle stickers, interesting erasers, fuzzy notebooks, and silly stress balls – you can find it all in the Fifth Grade School Store every Tuesday and Thursday morning until the second week of March. (Students may spend $5.)

Reading Buddies Returns

Would your child benefit from some one-on-one reading time? Does your child pick up a book reluctantly? Does your child get frustrated while reading?

Who: Open to all elementary school students who want to become more confident readers. Tutors are Lincoln-Sudbury High School Students.

What: 6 week tutoring sessions. Each session is 30 minutes and will include one-on-one reading, and games/activities to help improve fluency, comprehension, and overall confidence.

Where: Goodnow Library (in Children’s section)

When: Dates- Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12, Feb 26, March 4, March 11

Times- (choose one of the following time slots to come at each week for the full 6 weeks)

4:00-4:30, 4:30-5:00, 5:00-5:30, 5:30-6:00, 6:00-6:30

Signing Up: You can email us at lsreadingbuddies@gmail.com. In the email please include:

  • Your child’s name and grade
  • The time slot you wish to sign up for and any other ones that may work if your first choice is unavailable
  • Your name
  • A preferred way to reach you (if you don’t frequently check email)
  • Anything else you think may be useful for us to know about your child including learning needs, specific skills to practice, and preferences for a buddy if applicable

About Us: Our names are Maddie Stephan, Oliver Neale, and Lily Carlisle and we are all Seniors at Lincoln-Sudbury High School. We love reading and are very excited to help your children improve their skills while having fun!

Kickoff to Kindergarten Coming January 28th

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Friday, January 10

January Food Pantry Collection

"Backwards" Spirit Day

Sunday, January 12

3:30-5:30 METCO Family Bowling Party (Kings, Legacy Place, Dedham)

Wednesday, January 15

Staff Appreciation Breakfast (sponsored by Grade 1 families)

1:00-2:00 Grade 1 Winter Craft

Friday, January 17

9:05-11:10 School Meeting featuring The Fourth Wall

Monday, January 20

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, January 22

12:45 ILAP Early Release

Friday, January 24

2:15-3:15 National Geographic Geography Bee

Thursday, January 28

6:30-8:00 Kickoff to Kindergarten (Noyes School)

Wednesday, January 29

7:45-8:45 Haynes School Council Meeting (Conference Room)

12:45-1:45 Kindergarten Craft


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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.