Wednesday's Word

February 9, 2022

What's Inside!

- Family Letter - 100th Day of School!

- State Mask Mandate Update

- COVID-19 Vaccination Status

- School Committee Public Budget Hearing March 2, 2022

- Kindness Week Feb 14-18th

- June 17 - updated last day of school due to snow days

- 5/6th Grade Promotion Committee Fundraiser

- Classroom Happenings

Dear Families,

Today we are celebrating our 100th Day of School at HOD. This year, we have even more than usual to celebrate. We have had 100 days of being strong and being resilient. Our students have been so very happy to be back together with a full class of friends and a full day of school.

It has been a year for our school family to get back into school routines and to work hard to complete unfinished learning - masks on, but hearts connected! Though we couldn’t celebrate our 100 days of learning and growing together in the auditorium with our traditional 100th Day Assembly, our students came through our 100th Day walkthrough that was decorated by Mr. Reilly and his young artists, then walked through hallways decorated with brightly colored balloons. Once inside their classrooms, they had many different learning activities to celebrate the day as a community of learners. Many thanks to our teachers and assistants who made today a memorable day of celebrating both our academic and social emotional learning at the H. Olive Day School. We hope you enjoy the photos that truly give just a small snapshot of everything that took place today! Look for the Norfolk Community Television schedule for the video of our students entering school this morning. We thank our families for their continued support of their children and our teachers and staff. We look forward to the next 80 days of school! We have only just begun. Hooray!


Linda Balfour

Principal, H. Olive Day School

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State Mask Mandate Update

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Earlier today Governor Baker and Dr. Jeffrey Riley, Massachusetts Commissioner of Education, announced that they would be lifting the state mask mandate for public schools in Massachusetts effective February 28, 2022. This decision was made in consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Department of Education’s medical advisory team. The Governor and the Commissioner explained that their decision was based on state data that shows significantly declining case counts, low rates of hospitalization and high rates of vaccination across most Massachusetts communities. In addition, the Governor and Commissioner spoke about the widespread availability of Covid 19 testing in schools, including both surveillance testing and symptomatic testing, that can help mitigate the spread of Covid 19 in educational settings. In light of this announcement, the Norfolk School Committee has scheduled a special virtual School Committee meeting for Wednesday, February 16th at 7:00 p.m. The meeting agenda and meeting link will be sent out to parents on Monday, along with information about how to sign-up if you are interested in speaking during the public comment period. This topic will not be voted on at tonight’s School Committee meeting, as we are required by open meeting law to provide 48 hours notice to the public of any topic that the School Committee will be deliberating on. Please note that all students in Massachusetts will continue to be required to wear masks while riding school buses or accessing school transportation. This is part of a federal order and not under the jurisdiction of the state.


Dr. Ingrid N. Allardi

COVID-19 Vaccination Status

If your child has been fully vaccinated (completion of either the Pfizer or Moderna series or two weeks following a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson Janssen vaccine) please send a photocopy of your child’s vaccination card in a sealed envelope to your child’s school nurse. Fully vaccinated students are exempt from test and quarantine requirements. Having a record of each child’s vaccination status will support our nurses with future contract tracing efforts.

H. Olive Day School Nurse- Ann Hurley

Freeman-Kennedy School Nurse- Barbara DiGiacomo

Norfolk School Committee Public Hearing on the Budget

In accordance with Chapter 71 (Section 38N) of the Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) a public hearing, for the purpose of discussion of the proposed FY2023 Annual School Budget, will be conducted by the Norfolk School Committee on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, commencing at 7:00pm, in the Freeman-Kennedy School Media Center located at 70 Boardman Street, Norfolk, MA.

Budget documents will be available for review and/or public inspection in the office of the Superintendent of Schools during business hours (8:00am to 4:00pm) on Monday, February 28, 2022, and Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Any questions may be directed to Dr. Ingrid Allardi, Superintendent at 508-528-1225.

Kindness Week is February 14th-18th!

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Update: Last day of School!

Reminder: June 17th - noon dismissal is our updated last day of school due to snow days.

5/6th Grade Promotion Committee invites you to Freeman Kennedy Craft Workshop Fundraiser!

When: Thursday, February 17 @ 7:00pm

Where: The Norfolk Grange, 28 Rockwood Rd, Norfolk

Craft Workshop Fundraiser- Signup Genius

(For adults only)

Click here for more info

H. Olive Day Students celebrating 100 days of school!!!

Norfolk Public Schools