Haynes Happenings

News & Notes from Josiah Haynes Elementary School

March 12, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Earlier this week I shared with you information about a shift to our lunch and recess schedule in order to guarantee our students the opportunity to wash their hands before they eat. I'm happy to report that this transition has proven highly successful and that many students have described that this swap to me as either inconsequential or, for some students, an improvement to their daily schedule.

Beyond handwashing before eating and at other points during the day, as a school we have continued to review and model for students good hygiene practices that include covering coughs/sneezes with a shirt or arm, and staying home when you are sick. I have also issued all classrooms an approved disinfectant for use on surfaces and on device keyboards. Our custodians continue to wash and disinfect with increased frequency high-touch surfaces throughout our building.

At this time, I am carefully evaluating each scheduled activity relative to any potential and unnecessary risks each event poses to students and their families on an ongoing basis, at this point, one week out. We will be in touch if any events or activities are postponed or canceled. This Friday's third grade field trip to the Boston Museum of Science and next week's Family Math Night have both been postponed.

If you are interested in learning more about talking with your child(ren) about this pandemic, I invite you to review this resource for talking to your children about COVID-19 and/or this informative video.

I want to thank our exceptional instructional, custodial, health, kitchen and administrative teams for their collective efforts in taking care of our community. As always, please reach out to us with any questions or concerns.


Jeff LaBroad


Bren Bataclan Visits Haynes School

The Haynes lobby and hallways welcomed some new editions recently, thanks to the work of our students and Artist-in-Residence Bren Bataclan. Coming with his message of positivity, Bren worked with our students to learn his distinctive illustrative style. Fifth grade students worked with Bren to help visualize our four school rules, which inspired our brand new mural collection, now on display in our front office. While at Haynes, Bren also enhanced our water stations, making getting a drink that much more fun. Thanks to HOP and the Massachusetts Cultural Council for their support of this residency.

Cell Phones and Smartwatches: Off and In Backpacks

In line with our expectations around student cell phones, Haynes students are expected to have any personal two-way communication devices such as smartwatches to be powered off and kept in backpacks during the school day. Teachers will remind students of this expectation as needed. Ideally, such devices will remain at home as not to present risk of damage or loss.

School Bus Registration is now open for the 2020-2021 School Year

All families who choose school bus transportation, whether no-fee or fee-based, must register and pay (if applicable) by March 31, 2020.

Incoming students in Kindergarten through grade 6 living more than two miles from their districted schools are eligible to receive no-fee transportation. Incoming students in Kindergarten through grade 6 living less than two miles from their districted schools are eligible for fee-based transportation, based on space availability.


Transportation fees can be paid online through the MySchoolBucks.com portal with a credit or debit card. Please note, there is a processing fee of 3.95% assessed at check out, and is noted in the program fee line. You may also pay by check, payable to Town of Sudbury and mailed to:

Sudbury Public Schools

Transportation Department

40 Fairbank Road

Sudbury, MA 01776

Envelopes with payments must be postmarked on or before March 31, 2020.

Registration will shut down on April 1, 2020, and will reopen on April 27, 2020. All registrations from that point on will be charged an additional $75, and passes will be granted based on availability.

Registration is done thru MySchoolBucks.com. If you have not already created an account on MySchoolBucks for school lunch, you will need to do so and register for transportation thru that portal.

How to create a MySchoolBucks account:

Start by choosing state/district (Sudbury Public Schools), entering your name and email address, creating a password, and answering two security questions. After clicking Create Account, enter your student’s name and student ID. You will find your student ID information on the Aspen Family Portal under MySchoolBucks ID. You will then be able to register your child for transportation.

Late registration is subject to the availability of space regardless of no-fee or fee-based status. Bus routes and bus stops are based on registrations and payments received by the March 31, 2020 deadline. Bus passes will be issued by the end of August 2020.

For the safety of all, student riders will be asked and must present bus passes to drivers before boarding.

Students moving on to Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School will need to register for transportation with LSRHS.

Please direct any questions to the Transportation Department to transportation@sudbury.k12.ma.us or call 978-639-3215.

Reading Buddies Returns April 1

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Spring Registration Now Open for Sudbury Girls Softball

Sudbury Girls Softball (SGS) welcomes new and returning players from Lincoln and Sudbury to join us for an exciting spring season. Girls of all experience levels are encouraged to play in our spring recreational league that emphasizes skill development and having fun!

For more information and to sign up, please visit


Sibling Discounts: Save $25 on your second child’s registration and $50 on your third child’s registration.

(Financial assistance for registration may be requested by emailing the registrar at softballsudbury@gmail.com)

Clothing Drive for Massachusetts Children in Need

From Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 3, Ephraim Curtis Middle School and the elementary schools are hosting a clothing drive to benefit needy children in Massachusetts. All items collected will be donated to Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit organization that provides essentials to Massachusetts children who are homeless or in low-income households.

The collection drive has been organized by ECMS 8th grader Maggie McLeod, with help from the Curtis Angels. Maggie was chosen to represent Sudbury this year at the annual statewide community service and leadership initiative, Project 351. As part of her role as a Project 351 Ambassador, Maggie has been asked to coordinate a clothing drive in her own community.

Cradles to Crayons is requesting gently used or new clothing and shoes for children ages 0 to 12 years old. For health reasons, the charity is asking that donated socks, pajamas, and underwear be new. Collection bins for clothing and shoe donations will be located in the Curtis lobby and the lobbies of the elementary schools. If you would like to offer a cash or check donation, it will be used to purchase new children’s clothing. Checks should be made payable to Cradles to Crayons. Cash and check donations can be left at the ECMS main office.

If you have questions about the collection drive, please contact Ivar Henningson, Curtis Angels Faculty Advisor, at ivar_henningson@sudbury.k12.ma.us


Thursday, March 12

10:45-11:15 Kindergarten Craft

1:15-3:15 Grade 3 Silhouette Craft

Friday, March 13

Food Pantry Collection

Spirit Day

Monday, March 16

Report Cards Released on Aspen

Wednesday, March 18

Staff Appreciation Breakfast hosted by Kindergarten Families

Friday, March 20

Grade 2 Physical Changes Workshop

Wednesday, March 25

Grade 3 Colonial Festival

7:45 School Council Meeting (Conference Room)

12:45 Early Dismissal


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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.