Back to School Information

August 27, 2021

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Dear Pawsome Loring Families,

We are ready and so excited to welcome back our wonderful students next week! Whether you are new to Loring or have been with us for years, you will find lots of information related to the start of the school year in this Newsletter. Please take a moment to read ALL of the information to help start the year smoothly for you, your student and our entire Pawsome community.

As a reminder, school starts for students in grades 1-5 on Wednesday, September 1st and September 8th for our kindergarten students.

School Hours

7:45 a.m. - 2:25 p.m. (early release dismissal is 11:45 a.m.)

Please make sure to review the district's COVID-19 Resources before the first day.

Back To School Packets & COVID Readiness

Student placement and the Back to School Packet both became available for parents in the Aspen Family Portal on August 16. Please click on the Follett Aspen button on our main website or go directly to our Aspen welcome page to get started.

Families should complete the Back to School Packet before the start of the new school year. Newly enrolled families have already submitted the same information as part of the registration process and will receive mailings with placement information and Aspen login information. Please email if you encounter any issues.

We also ask that families complete the COVID Readiness Form before school starts. In order to participate in regular COVID testing, families need to grant permission for the new school year. In addition to testing and masking, the district is also following student vaccination rates for students enrolled at Curtis.

School Calendar

Please take a moment to review and print out the 2021-2022 SPS School Calendar. Of note, this year every Wednesday is NOT an early release so it will be important for you to mark those on your calendar.

Also, there is no school on September 6th, 7th, or 16th, and Wednesday, September 15th is our first early release (11:45 a.m.)



Students walking/biking to school should arrive with a mask, ready to put on to enter the building. Students will enter the front of the building starting at 7:45 a.m. Only students who are eating breakfast at school are allowed in earlier and Breakfast starts at 7:35.

Please aim for a 7:45-7:55 arrival and not earlier. If a student arrives before 7:45 a.m. they should find a pawprint under the awning and stand on it. Siblings can share a paw. Once the doors open, students should proceed straight to their class. Many staff members will be in the hallways to help students that need support finding their classroom and to remind students to stay socially distanced.

Any student arriving after 7:55 a.m. will be considered Tardy and will need to be signed in at the front door by a parent or guardian.


Students will meet families on the hill near the baseball field or near the flagpole, depending on which way you walk home. Please remind your child to check out with the staff member before meeting up with their adult or walking home.

All students are designated an Independent walker, an Accompanied Walker, or a Walker With Sibling. All students should check out with the assigned Loring staff member who will confirm if they can leave on their own or if someone should be with them.

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To ensure a smooth arrival, please make sure your child is prepared and ready (with mask and backpack) to get out of the car on the passenger side when it is your turn. Staff members will be outside on the sidewalk between the library door and the basketball court at 7:45 a.m. ready to welcome students. Please do not let your child out of the car until you have cleared the "Car Drop Off Unloading Zone" sign and you see staff members present.

When you enter near the baseball field you will be waiting in two lanes, this allows us to get more cars off of Woodside Road. When you get to the second gate, you will need to respectfully merge into one lane. Please be mindful of the cars around you as you are taking turns to merge into the single lane.

You should pull your car up as close to the library door as possible. There will be a sign indicating where the first car should stop. Please pay attention to the cars in front of you. Once cars are stopped from the library door to the basketball court, we will unload that group. Once the group is unloaded, we will motion cars to leave the parking lot and have the next group pull up. Please do not leave the line or go around the car in front of you as staff cars will be entering the parking lot through the same entrance you will be leaving.

NEW THIS YEAR: When exiting the parking lot, you will be required to take a left (new signage is posted) Cars will not be allowed to turn right out of the parking lot during our school arrival time.

Any student arriving after 7:55 will be considered Tardy and will need to be signed in at the front door by a parent or guardian.


The gate will open at 2:00 p.m. each day. Please do not arrive before 2:00 p.m. as you will not have a safe place to park and wait in front of the closed gate. You will enter the car pickup line near the baseball field. You will proceed around the school and end up along the sidewalk with the first car stopping at the library doors. We will be loading a group of 15 cars at a time. You want to always pull up as far as you can with the first car stopping at the Library door (there will be a staff member motioning you to pull up).

For pick up, you will be lining up in two lanes as you will for morning drop-off. The first cars to arrive will stay to the right, closest to the building, the later cars will go to the left, closest to the field. We will release the cars in the right lane first, and then the cars in the left lane. We ask once you have a place in line you do not switch lanes to keep everyone safe.

Please remember to have your Yellow Dismissal Card displayed in your dashboard before entering the Car Pick Up line. If you are new to Loring, one will be sent home to you on Wednesday or Thursday with your child. If you have misplaced your Yellow Dismissal Card, please email and provide your child's name and teacher. The front office will make you a new one to be sent home. Until you receive your Yellow Dismissal Card, please make one. You should include your LAST NAME in ALL CAPS and the first name(s) of your child(ren).

Car pick up ends at 2:35 p.m. All remaining students will be brought to the front office to be picked up there. If you are running late, it would be helpful for you to call the office so we can let your child and staff know.

Bus Riders

Updated bus routes and transportation information can be found on the SPS Transportation Site. Loring Bus Routs can be found here.

Remember, the first few weeks bus times can vary as our drivers work out their routes. Please plan to be at your stop early.

Buses will be unloaded one at a time beginning at 7:45 a.m. Students will proceed through the front doors and proceed directly into their classrooms.

In the afternoon, buses cannot let students in grades K-1 off without an adult or older sibling present. If there is no one there to get your child they will be brought back to school and you will need to pick your child up.

Please remind your children to wear their masks and to remain in their seats for the entire bus ride.

Coming in Late or Leaving Early?

If your child is tardy for any reason or you need to dismiss them early you will sign them in or out using our new electronic Sign in/Out form. Please make sure you ring the buzzer and you can use your phone to scan our new QR Code to access this form. We are excited to help streamline this process!!

Dismissal Changes

Please use this email address to let the office know of dismissal changes prior to 1pm.

An email to the teacher is always welcome but it should not be the primary way to change your child's dismissal. A morning reminder to your child about their dismissal change is always helpful.

You can also call the office at 978-579-0870 and press 0. Dismissal changes should not be left on the Absentee Line.


If your child must be absent please make sure to call the school everyday before 7:45am at 978-579-0870 and press 1. We ask that you leave your child's name, their teacher name and the reason, including illness symptoms along with your name. It is important that all absences are called in each day. Failing to call your child in means our office staff must call you or your emergency contacts to ensure your child is accounted for.

Breakfast, Lunch, Snack and Water Bottles

If your child is bringing lunch from home, it must be nut-free/peanut-free, along with the snack they will bring. Please make sure that your child can open everything in their lunchbox.

If your child is having lunch provided by the school, there is no cost again this year. Your child will select their lunch option in the classroom each morning.

If you would like for your child to have breakfast at school, they need to arrive at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast will be each morning from 7:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. in the cafeteria. There is no cost for breakfast. Your child can also have a breakfast/snack delivered to the classroom to eat during the class snack time. If you want your child to have that, you need to sign up here.

Even though Breakfast & Lunch are provided at no cost this year, in order for our school to continue to receive funding multiple programs it is important you still fill out the Financial Assistance forms and return them to school or the Business office as soon as possible.

Please pack a water bottle for your child each day. Water fountains can be used if a student forgets a water bottle and water bottle filling stations around the school are available to refill their bottles.

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Playground Update

Unfortunately, there has been a delay with some of our playground equipment and materials. We are working hard to get the playground ready as soon as possible. Until then, we will have lots of fun games and activities for students at recess.

Take a look....

New Loring Playground
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Anxiety, Executive Functioning, and School Performance


A Presentation by Dr. David Gotthelf


Monday, August 30, 2021

7:00PM – 8:30PM

Anxiety not only challenges academic progress, but also significantly affects behavior and executive function. This workshop will review how anxiety affects student behavior and performance, and strategies that can be employed to help students effectively manage the demands of school and home.

Participants must pre register to receive the login information.

When: Aug 30, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Per Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth, this webinar will not be recorded.

Important Websites

Please bookmark our websites. These websites will provide useful information you may need as we start the year.

Loring School



Loring Core Values

At Loring School, we are PAWSOME because we show our Core Values! These values are part of everyday life at Loring and reinforced in the classroom, on the playground and all around school. Students are taught the meaning of each word and how they make us better students and citizens.

Respect ~ Responsibility ~ Caring ~ Best Effort

The Loring Pledge

The Loring Pledge is said every morning during announcements. Loring students embody our pledge and we hope this stays with them not only when they are at school but home as well.

I am respectful

I am responsible

I am caring and kind

I show best effort

I am part of the Pawsome Loring Community

Important Upcoming Dates - Please mark your calendars!

August 30, 7 p.m.

Anxiety/Executive Functioning Presentation: Dr. David Godhealth

September 1

First Day of School (grades 1-5)

September 1, 2, 3

Kindergarten Visit Days (by appointment)

September 6

Labor Day - No School

September 7

Rosh Hashanah - No School

September 27

School Pictures