Husky Highlight

March 19, 2020 - Homebound Edition

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We will continue Facebook Live read-alouds and also post some more fun activities, so keep checking!

Note from Ms. Moulton

Greetings, Hosmer Families,


I hope that you and your children are all doing well. Let's just say that this is not a situation that we learned how to handle in "Teacher/Principal School". I am so appreciative of the hard work of my colleagues throughout the district. I also want to thank the many of you who have reached out to offer support and/or gratitude. Watertown is indeed a special place!


This morning the Hosmer faculty and staff held a virtual meeting to plan for the coming week. Our first priority is checking in with you and your children. Please respond to the email you receive from your child's teacher with the answers to the questions regarding technology. If your child does not have access to a device, please email me directly at erin.moulton@watertown.k12.ma.us.


At this point, you should have received communication from the district with links to Extended Learning Opportunities. Many fun and engaging activities and ideas can be found there. For those of you who would like hard-copy materials, we have made copies of the iready math and reading packets that are linked to the website. These packets have been placed in rubbermaid bins outside of the main entrance at Hosmer. If you choose to pick these up, please take only the packets assigned for your child's current grade. We also ask that you maintain social distancing while doing this and that you ensure that the lids are properly replaced so that materials are kept protected from the elements.


Teachers will be checking email daily and will be in touch with additional activities next week.


Finally, I want to be clear that we are not expecting that families are homeschooling children. It is not realistic to think that you can create a full day's worth of academic learning at home every day for three weeks. Our resources are meant to provide you with options and opportunities for making a challenging time a little bit easier. We also understand that you are managing a household, caring for family members, working (in or out of the home), and also dealing with all of the emotions and difficulties of our current situation. Please be kind to yourselves. Don't compare yourself to everyone who is posting amazing and creative ideas online. This is a marathon, not a sprint.


As always, thank you for your support of our fantastic school!

Erin Moulton

Hosmer Faculty and Staff had a Virtual Meeting Today

Here are some screenshots of us saying hi! We miss you!

What Did the Husky See?

Howl-O, Hosmer Huskies!


This week I am spending lots of time with Ms. Moulton. She took me home so that I wouldn't get lonely at school. It's really quiet there without all of the kids and teachers!


Here is a picture of me looking up how many students have done iReady lessons so far this week. As of right now, 204 students have done reading lessons and 248 have done math lessons. Wow! Ms. Moulton thought we might hit 250 this week and we are close. I think we're going to do even better than she thought we would!


I'm also helping Ms. Moulton choose her next facebook read aloud, but I'll keep it a secret until Tuesday. We hope you will join us!

Storytime with Ms. Moulton - Next Tuesday and Friday at 10:30am on Facebook Live

Head to the HosmerSchool Facebook page

Tuesday 3/24 and Friday 3/27 at 10:30am

to join Ms. Moulton for an online read aloud!

Please consider adding this to your family schedule.

Food Support for Students

We have worked with our school nutrition department to develop essential services for students experiencing food scarcity and/or insecurity to have access to meals that will comply with social isolation expectations. Meals will be distributed in the faculty parking lot on Barnard Ave behind Watertown High School, Monday - Friday from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Please note that all meals must be taken and consumed off-site. If assistance is needed to access the food station, please contact lunch_line@watertown.k12.ma.us or call (617) 926 7766. Additional food resources can be found at https://www.watertown-ma.gov/250/Watertown-Food-Pantry.

Watertown Food Pantries

The Watertown Food Pantry is located at:
Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church
80 Mt. Auburn Street (Rear)
Watertown, MA 02472


Hours of operation are Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 11:30 am and Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Proof of Watertown residency is required. For more information about the Watertown Food Pantry, eligibility or to volunteer, call the Watertown Council on Aging/Senior Center at 617-972-6490.



Watertown Catholic Collaborative of Sacred Heart & Saint Patrick

St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Pantry is located at:
Sacred Heart Rectory (Basement)
770 Mount Auburn St.
Watertown, MA 02472


St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Pantry serves individuals from Watertown. Proof of residency (driver’s license, utility bill, or receipt) is required to register. Hours of operation are Tuesday and Thursday, from 10:00 am to 11:45 am. For more information call Beverly Concannon, Coordinator, at (617) 926-7121

Online Resources from Watertown Public Library

Watertown Library Increasing Numbers of Titles Available Online, Find Out How to Access them

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Plans for Building Usage 2020-2022

At the PTO meeting last week I shared information regarding the ways that building use will be impacted during the two years of construction. In keeping with my commitment to share this information via Husky Highlight, you may use this link to access it. Once we are back at school together, we will create further opportunities for dialogue. I am also working on a more "student-friendly" version to help students prepare for the coming changes.
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