November Newsletter

Principal Dangleis

Where Did October Go?

October definitely went by in a flash. It seems the leaves were just changing color and, just like that, they're now all over our lawns! On a personal note, sadly, my family suffered an unexpected loss in early October and, as I'm sure many of you understand, there was so much to do. So, my October Newsletter never got done. Sorry about that! However, in this newsletter, I will catch you up on important happenings from last month and inform you about the events to look forward to in November.

Our staff and students have enjoyed many shared experiences that have done wonders to build bridges - students building bonds and relationships, staff connecting with children outside of academic settings, new teachers being welcomed and mentored, families invited in for various fun and educational events, volunteers giving selflessly of their time, and leadership teams seeking ways to continually improve and innovate teaching and learning.

In my humble opinion, we have the most amazing group of educators and support staff at Stony Hill. But, as with any great organization, we never rest on our laurels, because we have the most important clientele there is - your precious children. Read on for some of the ways we show our Stony Hill pride and passion for education and community outreach.

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Stony Hill C.A.R.E.S.

As you know, our character education program focuses on the CARES traits of Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-Control. For each trait, we read a related story in class and hold several discussions on how we can show that trait. Then, teachers and their classes take turns presenting an assembly for the whole school that focuses on that trait. The assembly follows a Responsive Classroom structure where students come together to read a common message, greet one another, share personal experiences, and participate in an activity. By the end of November, we will have had assemblies for all traits. After all assemblies are done, we will continue to reinforce the traits throughout the year with celebrations and assemblies. Our mascot, Junior, will also make appearances to encourage children to continue showing the traits and making them part of their daily habits. Whenever possible, talk to your child about ways s/he has shown these traits at school or at home.

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Stony Hill Thanksgiving Festival

Friday, Nov. 16th, 5-6:30pm

675 Stony Hill Road

Wilbraham, MA

All of us at Stony Hill are thrilled to welcome families back for our second annual Thanksgiving Festival. This event focuses on two priorities, bringing the community and school together for a fun shared experience, and providing an opportunity for students to engage in community service learning. Families are invited to participate in a number of activities that will be run by staff members. Throughout our school, donation containers will be placed so that families can donate what they can. The money will all go to a local soup kitchen to help provide Thanksgiving dinner to those in need. I will be volunteering at the soup kitchen on Thanksgiving to help serve dinner and will bring the crafts that students will make to decorate the tables. Prior to the event, I will go to each classroom to read aloud the book, Maddie's Fridge, lead a discussion on hunger/poverty and empathy, and lead children to think about how to turn that emotion into action. This event is free. We only ask that you bring either one non-perishable food item or cash to donate. It is also very important that parents remain with their children at all times. Thank you to our PTO for providing the funds necessary to host this event. If you could please RSVP through this site, that would be very helpful. We look forward to seeing all of you and celebrating this season of generosity and gratitude together as a school community!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

PTO Updates

Stony Hill has the hardest working PTO in the world! Not to mention the many volunteers who make every PTO event and fund raiser a huge success. We are all so grateful for all they do. Here are just some of the things they've accomplished so far this year:

  • Book Fair
  • Mixed Bags Fund Raiser
  • Interskate 91 Party
  • Birthday in a Box
  • Prismatic Magic Laser Show - Anti Bullying

Important Dates

11/5 Picture Retake Day

11/6 Conference Day - no school for students

11/7 PTO Meeting 7:00

11/12 Veterans Day

11/14 School Improvement Council Meeting 3:00-4:00

11/16 Thanksgiving Festival 5:00-6:30

11/21 Early Release Day

11/22, 23 Thanksgiving Break