Hansen Weekly Update

December 2, 2022

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Hi Hansen Students, Parents, and Families!

I hope that everyone enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving last week and that December is off to a good start! Students and staff returned from the mini-break with awesome energy and excitement and we have had a great week. We have a lot of fun learning and events scheduled over the course of the next three weeks, and are looking forward to a strong finish in 2022!

Please enjoy some of this week's highlights below...

Creating a Culture of Equity, Achievement, Inspiration, and Joy!

Hansen School Podcast!

We are excited to share that the Hansen School has started a podcast! Our Digital Learning Specialist, Mr. Martin, along with some Grade 4 students are collaborating on this project, and we are excited to share the first episode below where students share about thankfulness and gratitude. Give it a listen!

Hansen School Podcast

Fall Book Fair Raffle Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of our Fall Book Fair! For buying a new book and donating it to our library students were placed into a raffle for a chance to win $25 in credit towards books at our full Spring Book Fair.

Kindergarten - Marc Lopilato

1st Grade - Alyssa Zhang

2nd Grade - Luke Czarnecki

3rd Grade - Ben Close

4th Grade - Liam Phan

5th Grade - Drew Brown

Thank you for all the support of the Book Fair, and see you again in the Spring!

Reading Corner with Literacy Specialist Ms. Coyle!

Reading Corner

brought to you by Suzanne Coyle, Reading Specialist, Title 1 Coordinator


Great Books Make Great Gifts!

If you’re wondering what books would be good for your little reader, check this out:

The Children’s Choices Book List

This list was last published in 2020 and has some great recommendations of books that kids voted for as their favorite new books! (A 2023 update is coming!)

Also, there’s these lists from the Children’s Book Council, if you’re looking for “must haves” in your home library:

Building a Home Library for kids ages 0-3

Building a Home Library for kids ages 4-7

Building a Home Library for kids ages 8-11

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!

Winter Health Update from Nurse Bethany and Nurse Kathy

The cold weather has arrived and that means an increase in cough and cold symptoms. We are seeing a lot of stuffy noses and sore throats. If you’re able, please send your child in with an extra box of tissues for their class. Also, please remind your student the best way to cough is into their elbow like a vampire and good hand hygiene includes washing all areas of hands for 20 seconds.

Canton Public Schools guidelines regarding required absences can be found here (p.71-74), but we’re including them below for your convenience.

Illness Requiring Absence from School

Upon return from any absence, students must provide a note describing the reason for the absence. If your child is out of school for five days or more you should notify the school nurse. Any school absence for five or more consecutive days requires a note from a health care provider which should be presented to the school nurse before the student returns to school. Without medical documentation these are considered unexcused absences.

When you call the absentee line of your school, please specify the nature of the illness. *Hansen absentee hotline is (781) 821-5085 x1

Here are some guidelines to follow. Keep your child home if he/she/they:

● Has evidence of a newly developed cold (runny, stuffy nose, coughing, sneezing). The greatest period of contagion is the first 2-3 days after onset of symptoms.

● Has Covid-19 or Covid-19 symptoms.

● Has the flu or flu symptoms.

● Has an elevated temperature, over 100° (degrees) within the past 24 hours.

● Has a suspicious rash.

● Has pain or discharge from eye(s) or ear(s).

● Has had an upset stomach, vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours.

● Has a contagious disease (i.e. strep throat, tonsillitis, bronchitis, conjunctivitis, etc.) until he/she/they has been seen and treated by a doctor with at least 24 - 48 hours of treatment, is fever free for 24 hours, and feels well enough to be able to participate in school activities.

If your child should develop any of these or other symptoms hindering the child’s ability to learn during school hours, the school nurse will notify you and the child will be dismissed.

Nurse Bethany and Nurse Kathy

Hansen Musical - December 9 and 10!

The Hansen 5th Grade Musical is right around the corner! Grade 5 students have been working hard during rehearsals for several weeks, and we are excited to see them perform 'Beauty and the Beast' on Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10 in the Canton High School Auditorium. The Friday show will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the Saturday show will begin at 3:00 p.m.
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Tickets $8/Advance @ Beauty and the Beast JR

$10.00 limited tickets at the door.

Online ticket sales will end at 2 pm Friday 12/9/22.

Only cash and check accepted for at door ticket sales.

Hansen Holiday Shop is Coming!


The Hansen Holiday Shop is coming soon during school hours on Thursday, December 15.

All Hansen students will be able to visit the Holiday Shop with their classmates to buy fun gifts for their loved ones, all priced from $5 and below.

Before the big day, we’ll send home budgeting envelopes so that student shoppers can plan with their families.

A huge THANK YOU to all the parents who have signed up to volunteer, but we still have plenty of time slots open! Please sign up using the link below and keep an eye out for more information coming soon!!


And if you can't donate your time, don't worry - there are other ways to help out! Please consider donating gift bags and wrapping supplies by visiting our Amazon wishlist:


We're getting excited for this very special event for our students!

You can contact Erin Bosco (erothepb@hotmail.com) with questions any time.

Canton Wellness Newsletter!

Please find the first ever issue of the Canton Wellness Newsletter, which is attached at the bottom of the update. We hope you take a moment to check-out all that is occurring across the district in the area of Wellness!

Community Connections

Canton Public Schools has a Community Resources and Information Page on its website titled Around Town. This page lists resources and events taking place in our community. To access the information on this webpage, use this link: About/Around Town.

This webpage will be updated periodically.

What's Coming Up?

  • Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10 - 5th Grade Musical 'Beauty and the Beast' at the CHS Auditorium
  • Friday, December 9 - Early Release for Students (Dismissal at 12:20 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, December 14 - Discovery Museum meets with Grade 2 at the Hansen
  • Thursday, December 15 - Holiday Shop at the Hansen
  • Thursday, December 15 - Llama Llama character reads with Kindergarten
  • Friday, December 16 - Report Cards emailed home to families
  • Friday, December 23 - Early Release (Dismissal at 12:20 p.m.
As always, do not hesitate to reach out to any of us at the Hansen if we can offer any support or assistance! We look forward to a wonderful year of partnership and growth!
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