Haynes Happenings

News & Notes from Josiah Haynes Elementary School

September 9, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

As I write to you I am tricked into thinking that the school year is well underway, when in actuality we are only now beginning ouf fifth day of school. As we start day five today, we continue to lay the foundation for an impactful school year ahead. Teachers continue to model expectations and walk students through systems and routines, while at the same time introducing students to the topics and themes that will run throughout the curriculum all year.

In the days before we opened our doors to students last week, the Haynes staff collaborated on readying both our spaces and ourselves to begin the new school year. This year, we are focused on the theme:

Reconnecting, Reestablishing, Reenvisioning and Renewing

after a year of disrupted learning.

The necessary shift in practice, procedure and priorities necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to reflect on our work as educators, on what we have done in the past, what we have learned and grown through in the past year and a half, and how this experience may shape our tomorrow.

With this, as a school community, we have three goals for our continued growth that will serve as the pillars of our work this year. We aim to be a school that is Welcoming for All, where there is Learning for All and that is Safe & Accessible for All. You will see these goals actualized in our forthcoming (nearly finalized) School Improvement Plan and in the work we do as a team this year in support of our students. There will be opportunities for you to contribute to this work, and we invite you to join us. In the meantime, my thanks to you for your supportive partnership in launching yet another school year together.


Jeff LaBroad


Virtual Back to School Nights to be held September 28 & 29

Mark your calendars! Sudbury elementary schools will host virtual Back to School Nights, scheduled by grade across the district:

Tuesday, September 28

6:00-6:40 — Kindergarten

6:45-7:25 — Grade 1

7:30-8:15 — Grade 2

Wednesday, September 29

6:00-6:40 — Grade 3

6:45-7:25 — Grade 4

7:30-8:15 — Grade 5

Your student's classroom teacher will share a Google Meet link with you prior to the session's scheduled time. Other information typically shared at traditional Back to School Nights will be shared by the principal at the start of the week. As always, please reach out to any member of your child's teaching team with questions or concerns. We also look forward to identifying opportunities for you to join us in person soon.

Spirit Day Returns September 17

Join in the fun for our first Haynes Spirit Day of the year. This month's theme: crazy hair and hats! Come show off your wildest hairdo or wackiest hat—or both!

Support this month's collection for the Sudbury Food Pantry

One of Haynes' longest-standing traditions, plan to bring a contribution for the Sudbury Food Pantry on Friday, September 24. Items will be collected at morning arrival. Thank you in advance for your support of this worthy cause!

Call for Members for the Haynes Equity Leadership Team

This fall, the Haynes School Equity Leadership Team will begin its work. The team will consist of educators, parents and administrators. Several of you signed up to participate last spring. Parents interested in serving on the team but who haven't signed up are welcomed to join ahead of the initial meeting. Email Mr. LaBroad (jeffrey_labroad@sudbury.k12.ma.us) if interested.

SPS introduces two new literacy tools for K-5 students

This year Sudbury is implementing two new literacy assessments for all K-5 students. Both of these assessments will track students’ progress over time AND provide educators with relevant and timely data that will help inform instruction. Students in grades K-2 will participate in the DIBELS literacy screener four times per year to assess letter and word reading skills. Students in grades 3-5 will participate in the Track My Progress online assessment four times per year, which will assess comprehension, vocabulary, and language skills. The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System assessments will continue to measure reading K-5.

REMINDER — Snack signup still open

Again this year the Sudbury Public Schools are making a snack available to all students at no charge. If you would like your child to receive a snack from the school during the class’ scheduled snack time, click here to complete the one-time opt-in form. You can learn more about Sudbury Food Service here.

Reminder — Complete the SPS COVID Readiness Form for Each Student

COVID testing will continue to be a vital element of our mitigation strategy. In order to participate in regular COVID testing, families need to grant permission for the new school year. Please click here to sign-up for COVID testing at Haynes.

DESE Launches Back to School Website

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has launched a new back to school website for parents. You can visit the site at https://www.doe.mass.edu/backtoschool/.

HOPEsudbury launches hope trees in SPS schools this fall

Submitted by HOPEsudbury

HOPEsudbury was created after the tragic events of September 11, 2001. We are a committed group of residents, town employees, and business people working to help those in need of support, encouragement, and financial assistance.

The HOPE Fund

Our signature program, The HOPE Fund, is a valuable source of short-term financial assistance for local individuals and families with emergency or unexpected financial need. The Fund has distributed more than $850,000 since it was established in 2002. Each year 60-70 Sudbury families who have fallen on hard times turn to The HOPE Fund for support.

Giving Beyond Our Borders

Each year we direct a portion of our charitable giving to nonprofit organizations across the state, the country and the world serving people struggling to meet basic needs. We also support agencies engaged in rapid response to natural disasters.

Our mission is to create opportunities for Sudbury citizens to work together for the common good. Through our popular Telethon & Auction and our various community drives and events, HOPEsudbury encourages residents from all walks of life to share their time and talents to support others in need.

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we are asking the school children of Sudbury to draw or write about what hope and helping in the community means to them. These leaves will be displayed in the schools until our telethon, November 6th.

Thank you for encouraging your child to participate in this project.


Wednesday, September 15

ILAP Early Release Day

Thursday, September 16

Yom Kippur - NO SCHOOL

Friday, September 17

Haynes Spirit Day - Crazy Hat and Hair Day!

Monday, September 20

2:45-4:00 School Council Meeting

Friday, September 24

Food Pantry Collection

Tuesday, September 28

Back to School Night:

6:00-6:40 — Kindergarten

6:45-7:25 — Grade 1

7:30-8:15 — Grade 2

Wednesday, September 29

Back to School Night:

6:00-6:40 — Grade 3

6:45-7:25 — Grade 4

7:30-8:15 — Grade 5

To Be Announced

7:30 p.m. Haynes Principal Forum

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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.