Husky Highlight

Sunday, June 6, 2021

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Note from Ms. Moulton

Greetings, Hosmer Families,


Happy warm-weather weekend, everyone! Yesterday I was able to take part in the graduation of our students from Watertown High School. I could not help but juxtapose the images of proud high school graduates with those in my mind from the previous day when we held our kindergarten screening. So much growth happens in 13 short years and we at Hosmer are so proud to be a part of your child's journey.


We are going to have a hot few days at school this week, so please plan accordingly by dressing in light-weight clothing and bringing a water bottle with you to school. We will be doing our best to make accommodations as we can and will very likely be having lunch using the "rainy day" plan of eating in the small gym if that proves cooler than being outside.


PTO Huskies DanceFit Fundraiser

Did you know that the Hosmer PTO:

  • funds enrichment activities in all grades?
  • sponsors community-building events (including our recent International Week)?
  • shows appreciation for teachers/staff multiple times throughout the year?
  • funds purchasing of items like jackets/snow pants for us to provide to those in need?
  • reimburses teachers for classroom materials?


Our PTO enriches our school in so many ways (and I know I haven't even captured them all here!) Much of this support requires that they fundraise, something that they have not been able to do as much of this year. Please read the note below from the PTO regarding registration for the DanceFit challenge. This event will be full of fun and is a fundraiser replacing the Fun Run we have had in previous years. All students can and will participate in the excitement, regardless of how much money they raise. Stay tuned for more information!


Thank you for your continued support of our wonderful school.

Erin Moulton

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, June 8th - 7pm Watertown Elementary Parent Math Night


Wednesday, June 16th - 12:15 Dismissal - No Lunch is Served


Thursday, June 17th - 6:30-7:30 - Hosmer Diversity Council


Tuesday, June 22nd - Move-up day - tentative date


Tuesday, June 22nd - Last day of school - 12:15 Dismissal (bag lunch will be sent home for students who order one in the morning)


Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, June 10th - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, June 15th - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wednesday, June 16th - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


DanceFit Events

June 7th - June 15th

Watertown Public Schools Visual Art Show

As our community transitioned from remote to in-person this school year, our students, our projects, the way we taught and the way we interacted adapted. Throughout all those changes, the common thread of creative engagement persevered. Our amazing students came to art classes ready to engage, challenge themselves and learn new skills and concepts. Our artistic community is resilient and creative! The Watertown Fine, Applied, and Performing Arts Department believes in the power of art to heal, empower, and inspire. In this spirit, we present our second virtual WPS Art Show!

Note From the PTO

Registration for the Huskies Dance Fit Program is open! Go to funrun.com, create a free account & search for our school name! Make sure to register your student(s) under their classroom teacher. The program includes activities for all in-person and remote students regardless of registration. Support our school by entering donations and sharing your sponsor link with people you know. Funds raised will support next year's PTO activities. More information about the program to come soon!


As students register, the whole school will celebrate!

- 20% Enrollment - Hosmer Hat Day

- 40% Enrollment - Ms. Moulton & Mrs. Fitzpatrick will play "Pie Face" live over Zoom

- 60% - Totally 80's Day (because we are "totally" going to hit 80% registration)

- 80% - Fun in the Sun "Beach Party" Day (summery attire and outdoor games/activities by grade level)


We need you--join the PTO Board for the 2021-2022 year! Open positions: Vice President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Assistant Treasurer...more info: https://www.hosmerpto.org/about-us

Watertown Elementary Parent Math Night

Tuesday, June 8th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Virtual Event: Zoom Link


Please join the elementary math coaches and the math coordinator to learn about how your students are developing their math skills.


  • Overview of the elementary math program

  • Essential skills and concepts taught at each grade level

  • How to support your mathematician at home and throughout the summer



Attendees will receive a copy of the book: Adding Parents to the Equation by Hilary Kreisberg


Please let us know if you will be attending by filling out this brief Google Form


Contact Elizabeth Kaplan, K-7 Math and Science Coordinator with any questions

elizabeth.kaplan@watertown.k12.ma.us

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Borrowing Chromebooks for Summer Learning

This summer students will have access to online learning resources, like i-Ready and Zearn math. If you would like your student to access these resources AND you do not have a device at home for them to use, please fill out this form to reserve a Chromebook for summer. One form needs to be filled out per student.

Please note that there are limited devices available so families that have a device at home should not request a school-issued Chromebook.


All students will be required to pick up the device on June 22nd between 1:00 and 2:15 at the Hosmer School, 1 Concord Rd. When you pick up the Chromebook, you will be required to sign a technology agreement.

Elementary Summer Technology Reservation Survey

We're celebrating Juneteenth by learning from read alouds

As Juneteenth approaches we look forward to sharing books with each grade level in K-5 around this important holiday. Texts such as All Different Now by Angela Johnson and Juneteenth for Maizie by Floyd Cooper, will be read aloud. Students in grade 5 will study Juneteenth through their current Social Studies unit as well.

  • “Described as a second independence day, June 19th or Juneteenth marks the day that emancipation reached slaves in the furthest reaches of the South. While the Emancipation Proclamation proclaimed that all slaves held within the rebellious states were freed, plantation life continued as though no change had occurred in many parts of the slaveholding South until this day. Juneteenth is a time to reflect upon this history, including the steps toward freedom that have been achieved and the forces that continue to undermine the freedom of African Americans.”

~ From Facing History & Ourselves, Reflecting on Juneteenth by Kaitlin Smith on June 18, 2020

Parent-Teacher Conferences - Remember to sign up!


Parent-Teacher conferences are an important time for parents and guardians to hear about the progress their child has made during the school year.


We will be holding them at the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, June 10 - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, June 15 - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 16 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

You can sign up by going to the following link and clicking on your child's teacher's name.

https://sites.google.com/watertown.k12.ma.us/hosmer-parentconferences/home


The webpage to sign up for conferences will open on Tuesday, June 1st.

Gr. 5 End of Year Celebration

Each year fifth-graders enjoy many end-of-year activities and events that culminate their elementary years at Hosmer. Being that this year has been a unique year, so will our celebrations! This year students will enjoy an afternoon Block Party with music, food, and games.


Thank you to the parent volunteers who have recently been working diligently with teachers and administration to plan and organize the exciting upcoming events for the fifth-grade class during these ever-changing times!

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Are You Planning to Ride the Bus Next Year? - DEADLINE June 15th!

2021-22 Bus Information for Hosmer Elementary School and the Middle School


School bus transportation is available to the Hosmer School and the Middle School from shared pickup points throughout Watertown. All students must register for the bus each year, even if the student rode the bus in a prior year.


Bus ridership determination is based solely on walking distance (as determined by the business office) to the school that the child attends. Please note that other criteria apply: transportation is not available to students who live less than 0.75 miles' walking distance from their school, or to out-of-neighborhood students (email or call for details).


All registrations received by June 15th will be processed by the WPS Business Office in early July to determine the walking distance. Registrations that are received after June 15th will only be considered if space allows. Depending on the number of registrations we receive, we may have a waitlist for seats even if the registration is submitted by June 15th. Bus routes and scheduled pickup times will be determined based on actual ridership.


Use this online form to register for the 2021-2022 school bus. If you are unable to complete the online form you may mail the registration however we are not responsible for mail that is misdirected or arrives after June 15th, regardless of postmark date. You can also leave completed forms in the black mailbox located next to the right-side stairs in the Phillips Building Parking lot located off of Marshall St.


More information regarding timelines, fees and routes can be found here.


School Meals Program

School meals will continue to be free for all families through this year and next! Students have the choice of two different packaged lunches, one of which will always be a vegetarian option. They will make their choice during morning homeroom. Menus can always be found here. The menu options for this week are pictured below for your convenience.
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