Haynes Happenings

News & Notes from Josiah Haynes Elementary School

January 13, 2022

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Our start to the new calendar year has provided no shortage of information from school to home, and we have unfortunately focused almost exclusively on COVID news and updates. Mrs. Sawin, Mrs. Nigrelli and I are mindful that our three names are not always welcomed in your email inboxes at the moment! That said, we will continue to keep you up-to-date with the latest news, information and changes as it relates to keeping our community healthy and safe, and our students in school and learning.

Sudbury has instituted a temporary pause on in-person volunteers, and I know this is not a welcomed development for those of you who had planned to volunteer at Haynes in the weeks ahead. This has also necessitated a delay in some planned events, such as the annual Fifth Grade School Store. I look forward to being able to relax these restrictions ahead and return volunteer opportunities and community events and celebrations.

While we continue to live amongst and work to mitigate COVID, our students and teachers continue to move forward with incredible teaching and learning. The winter months are often those filled with some of our deepest learning, and this continues to be the case. We are navigating the need to reschedule calendars and events, shuffle units, and find different ways to deliver targeted instruction. Teachers are leading students through rich explorations of topics, students are honing skills and building upon prior knowledge to add and create new understandings.

As a school, we continue to commit to our improvement targets, which include a review of our facility's accessibility for all, exploring our growth through an equity and anti-racist lens, creating universal access for all students providing opportunities for even more meaningful, authentic learning experiences.

Here's to all that's good, and all that's good ahead in 2022!


Jeff LaBroad


January Principal Forum Welcomes Sudbury Police Chief Scott Nix

Thursday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. on Google Meet

A Conversation with Sudbury Chief of Police Scott Nix

Join Mr. LaBroad and Chief Nix for a conversation and Q&A about school and community safety.

Winter Recess Returns to Haynes

Winter recess is in full swing at Haynes. Students are outside for recess daily, except when the temperature (with the wind chill factor) is below 20 degrees, or there is precipitation. Please continue to send your child(ren) to school daily with clothing that will allow them to be outside comfortably.

Below please find our expectations for safe play at recess during the winter months.

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The Importance of On-Time Arrival


In our family, my husband lives by the expression, "If you are early you are on time. If you are on time you are late and if you are late you are fired." If only it were that simple.

As a working mother, I know how difficult punctuality can be for our family as kids, pets, and adults can be so unpredictable. I also know the importance of being on time for school. Being punctual with students' arrival times sets each of them up for academic and social-emotional success during the school day. If a student arrives 2-3 minutes late each day, think about how much instructional time is lost throughout the school year.

Punctuality at the Haynes Elementary school means students are physically in the building doors by 7:55 AM at the latest. If students arrive later than 7:55 AM at any set of doors they will be marked tardy.

Our staff and Haynes families continue to work to ensure the car drop-off line happens at an efficient and safe rate. Please make sure to allow enough arrival time in the drop-off loop for students to promptly exit cars and safely walk into the building by 7:55 AM.

No one family is perfect (certainly not The Murrays) and there will be days that can be a struggle. However, it is worth the extra effort to be organized and have your child(ren) arrive at school on time to help maximize minutes of learning for your children.

Below are some helpful tips to access if you are looking for ways to streamline your family's morning routine and as always be in touch with the school if you need additional assistance or resources to arrive on time.

1. Wake Up Earlier - Set the alarm for not only yourself but for your children at least 15 minutes earlier than you would wake up. If you find that you need a little more time for your morning routine, add an additional 5 minutes to your alarm.

2. Layout Clothes the Night Before - What to wear seems to be one of the most time-consuming tasks in the morning. Have your child pick out his or her clothes, including socks and shoes, the night before.

3. Pack Backpacks and Lunchboxes the Night Before - Have your child put everything back in the backpack each evening. Getting a head start on lunches is easy. After dinner, have your child help pack his or her lunchbox. This could be as easy as putting fruits and vegetables in sealed containers and preparing water bottles for tomorrow’s lunch. If you can't finish meal prep the night before, you'll just need to make the sandwiches as your child brushes his or her teeth.

4. Create a “Last Stop” Area - The ideal place for your last stop area is near the door you leave from each morning whether it’s your garage door or front door. This is where you’ll place your keys, backpacks, or musical instruments each evening. It’s a good idea to have a spot for other seasonal items such as jackets, sweaters, or umbrellas.

5. Pack the Car - Once you’ve finished putting the final touches to your child’s lunch, it’s time to pack the car. Since everything you have to pack is in the last stop area, you won’t be running around the house looking for the items.

New England Center for Children Releases Video featuring Haynes School

Our colleagues from the New England Center for Children, the coordinators of our Haynes Partners program, recently released a promotional video highlighting their public school partnership model. This video featured Haynes School and its students and staff. Click below to see the great inclusive, dynamic work taking place in our Partners program and across Haynes School!
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Welcome Baby Regnier!

Baby makes three! Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the Haynes family! Tegan Regnier arrived in late November, born to Haynes Steps Tutor Jonica Regnier and her husband Ryan. Baby, mom and dad are all doing well.

Change in Report Card Release Date

Please note, elementary report cards will now be released one week later, on Monday, January 31 on the Aspen Family Portal.

Kickoff to Kindergarten Returns January 25

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SPS Preschool Enrollment Now Open


Thursday, January 13

3:15-4:15 Haynes Equity Leadership Team

Monday, January 17

Martin Luther King Jr. Day — NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 18

Pool Testing

Friday, January 21

Food Pantry Collection

Hat Day!

Tuesday, January 25

Pool Testing

Wednesday, January 26

Professional Development Day — NO SCHOOL

Monday, January 31

Report Cards Released on Aspen Parent Portal

2:45-4:00 School Council Meeting

Wednesday, February 2

Staff Appreciation Breakfast (hosted by Grade 2 families)

World Read Aloud Day

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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.