Moreau's Monthly Messenger - M3

January 2018

Moreau Hall Elementary School

Positive Attitude





A Message from Mr. H.

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you welcomed 2018 in a wonderful way. This morning, during student arrival, I heard the best words a principal can hear, "I missed you!" We may be experiencing record breaking cold outside, but my heart is warmed by these simple interactions. A high-five, hug, or fist-bump goes a long way to making our students feel comfortable here at MH. I wrapped up 2017 by visiting with each class to read The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors and have an epic Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament (see pics below). I hope your students shared stories about the fun we had. We are off to a great start in '18, already making one #GoodNewsCallOfTheDay (see below for details). It's shaping up to be a great year!

Kindergarten parents, you will be receiving your child’s report card on Tuesday, January 30th. As you know, much work goes into reporting your child’s progress towards end of year standards. We know that you may have some questions once you receive the report card. Please know that we are always available to help clarify information and answer any questions you may have. Have a wonderful start to your new year.

Mr. Higgins

Hawk of the Month - Respect

We celebrated our November Hawks of the Month on Wednesday, December 20th. These students were selected because of their respectful approach. We are so proud of the bucket filling attitude they possess each and every day. They take care of themselves. They treat others as they want to be treated. They take care of our school. And, they embrace new ideas. Our November recipients include Angelika, Lily, Kloe, Michael, Vivian, Benjamin, Dominic, Adam, Gia, Nathan, Nicholas, and Achard. Our Hawks and their guests were treated to a breakfast celebration ceremony thanks to our friend Mike Asack at North Easton Savings Bank.

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Good News Call Of The Day

Our first Good News Call of the Day in the new year went to Maison! So proud of this Hawk for his focus and progress since the beginning of Kindergarten. We celebrated with a phone call to mom and some selfies. I think we look pretty good! Way to go Maison!

Holiday Sing Along

On Tuesday, December 19th Moreau Hall students, faculty, and staff participated in our annual Holiday Sing Along. The songs, poems, music, and movement had everyone in the holiday spirit! Thank you to Mr. Dennison for the planning and preparation that went into such a wonderful school event. Check out the videos below!
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Principal Read Aloud - The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt

During the month of December I had the privilege of reading this amazing and truly epic book to each class. We also had a legendary tournament for each class and crowned a Rock, Paper, Scissors Champion for each group. Teachers were able to have an hour to catch up on planning, correcting, collaborating, etc. while I was able to do what I love the most, hang out with kids! It was a win-win! I hope you enjoy just some of the many pictures we took!

Rock, Paper, Scissors, HUG! There is a principal under there, somewhere!

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Upcoming Events

Click here for the calendar on the school website

Tuesday, January 2

Schools re-open

Wednesday, January 10

Sheep Pasture visits Grade One

Friday, January 12

Sheep Pasture visits Grade Two

Monday, January 15

No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 16

No School for students - Professional Development Day for Faculty/Staff

Thursday, January 18

Author Kate Hanscom visits Grade One

Tuesday, January 23

Grade One Family Literacy Night, with special guest Keith Munslow - 6:00 pm

Wednesday, January 24

PAC Meeting - 7:00 pm

Thursday, January 25

Author Virginia Sands visits Grade Two

Tuesday, January 30

Sheep Pasture visits PreSchool

Tuesday, January 30

Kindergarten Report Cards Distributed

Grade 1 Family Literacy Night

Our annual Grade 1 Family Literacy Night will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Look for an invitation in your first grader’s folder soon.

Reading with your children everyday is invaluable to their growth as a student. We will have learning activities and games set up in the gym. These fun activities stress literacy, teamwork, and a love of learning.

At 7:00 pm we have the pleasure of being entertained by storyteller, illustrator, and musician Keith Munslow! We hope the time spent at this special event helps to build a life-long love of reading for all!

PAC News - Parent Advisory Council

Executive Board Members

Kristen Finch and Colleen Pantazelos – Co-Chairpersons

Michelle Greco – Vice Chairperson

Chrissy Sierra – Treasurer

Eve Reed – Secretary

The fourth meeting of the Parent Advisory Council will be held on

Wednesday, January 24th at 7:00 pm

in the Moreau Hall Library.

All are welcome!

Mark your calendar now for PAC Meeting dates...

January 24 @ 7:00 pm

March 15 @ 6:30 pm (Combined meeting with Center and Parkview)

April 11 @ 7:00 pm

May 16 @ 7:00 pm

Email PAC at

Follow PAC on Facebook at

Mrs. Silverstein's Reading Corner

Is reading aloud to children important once they are able to pick up a book and read on their own?

The answer is a resounding YES! There are many reasons to read aloud to your school aged children:

• Time spent reading together is a pleasant, valuable, and exciting experience between you and your child

• Reading aloud gives children background knowledge, which helps them make sense of what they see, hear, and read

• Their listening, speaking, reading and writing vocabulary grow larger as does their understanding of what words mean when used in context

• Through reading aloud to your child, you are able to introduce them to new genres of literature such as poetry, short stories, biographies that they might not choose to read on their own

• Reading aloud lets children visualize what is happening in their mind and use their imaginations to explore people, places, times, and events beyond their own experiences.

• Discussing a book with your child supports reading, writing, and thinking skills

• When reading aloud to your child you become a role model for fluent reading

• Your child is exposed to more formal language that is found in books and tends to be grammatically correct versus spoken language that is much more informal.

• Reading aloud is fun and gets your child motivated and excited to read

If you are interested in learning more about reading aloud to your child or would like a list of possible books to read aloud for your family please feel free to contact me at

Core Values

Moreau Hall students, teachers, parents, and community members take P.R.I.D.E. in being a “bucket-filling” school. In order to provide a positive child-centered learning experience for all students we will follow our five core values:

Positive Attitude, Respect, Involvement, Determination, and Excellence

Be a “bucket filler” and show your Hawk P.R.I.D.E.!

Positive Attitude

Believe in yourself and your abilities and those of your classmates

Believe that effort will improve your future

Stay motivated, even when things don’t go well

Be excited and energized about learning


Take care of yourself

Treat others as you want to be treated

Take care of your school

Embrace new ideas


Be present

Help your Moreau Hall family

Make a difference in your community

Share your talents


Show enthusiasm and actively participate

Finish what you start

Stay committed to your goals

Keep working hard even when you feel like quitting


Kindness matters

Strive to be your personal best

Listen to understand

Show gratitude for all you have

Created with student input by the Moreau Hall School Council - January 2015

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Moreau Hall Mission Statement

The mission of Moreau Hall Elementary School is to provide a positive, child-centered learning experience for all students.