The Pawsome Print

November 18, 2022

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Dear Pawsome Families,

Throughout the month of November, I continue to think about all of the things in my life that I am grateful for and Loring School is a big one of these things. I want to express my sincere gratitude to all of our staff members, our students, and our Pawsome families. Our Loring community continues to impress me with its kindness and caring actions, and I am very grateful to be the principal of such a wonderful school community.


On Wednesday we celebrated Education Support Professionals Day which is a day we give special thanks to all of our support professionals that work with our children each day. Our fabulous PTO also provided some tasty snacks to thank all staff at Loring for the continued hard work they do each day. We couldn't have a more supportive PTO, a special thanks to all of you!


I encourage you to discuss gratitude at home with your children and to think about all of the things you are grateful and thankful for. I have included a few links that may be helpful.


https://www.firstthingsfirst.org/first-things/teaching-young-kids-about-gratitude/


https://theeverymom.com/7-ways-to-teach-your-kids-to-be-grateful/


https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/83565/best-way-teach-kids-gratitude/

Food Pantry - Pawsome Job!

As a school community, we collected 57 boxes for the Food Pantry. This is two more boxes than we collected last November which means we met our schoolwide goal.


To celebrate this accomplishment, we will have a Schoolwide PJ Day on Wednesday! Pawsome Job!

A Rainbow boa constrictor, a Brazilian 3-banded armadillo, and a red kangaroo walk into Loring School......

Today our 2nd graders got to participate in an amazing creative enrichment from the Southwick zoo. Big Thank you to the PTO for bringing these great programs to us and when your 2nd grader comes home and says "There was a Kangaroo at school today" they are not making it up.
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Loring to Loring Gift Card Drive

We are currently collecting gift cards to help out families in need right here in our own Loring School community. The Loring-to-Loring Gift Card Drive is a school-wide social action program designed to help Loring families who are experiencing financial difficulty.


Gift cards will be given to families for necessary items such as groceries and other essentials. This year gift cards from retailers like Target and Walmart are in the greatest need. Examples of other retailers that have also been helpful for families in the past are Stop & Shop, Shaws, and CVS.


If you wish to contribute, please click here to sign up.

You can send your gift card(s) to school via red folder in an envelope labeled "Loring-to-Loring/Attn: Karen Blumberg". Please send in your gift card(s) by Friday, December 2nd.

Please contact Loring School Counselor, Karen Blumberg at karen_blumberg@sudbury.k12.ma.us or 978-579--0870 ext. 4011 with any questions or if your family would benefit from help through the Loring-to-Loring Gift Card Drive.

All inquiries and gift card distributions are kept confidential.


Thank you for your generosity!

Building Support Teacher

We are looking to hire another building support teacher (building substitute). If you know of anyone that would be interested, please have them reach out to Mrs. Harvey or Mr. Gaita.

Sudbury’s Social Studies Curriculum

I wanted to make sure you saw this short video that was sent out last week in the communication from Brad Crozier. Sudbury has implemented new curricular units aligned with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education standards and practices for Social Studies, including the grade eight Civic Action Project and Washington DC trip and elementary units. If you have had a chance, I encourage you to watch this short video.

COVID Tests

Your child(ren) will be coming home with COVID tests in their backpacks Monday or Tuesday. Please make sure you look for these. As Superintendent Croziers email stated, we are asking families to use these tests prior to returning to school after Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks.

Cold Weather is here!!

As a reminder, We go outside every day if at all possible. Students need fresh air and to run around. Of course, we don’t want it to be dangerous. If the “feels like” temperature is below 20 degrees OR if the conditions are too treacherous (the playground is a sheet of ice, for example) OR if it’s actively raining/snowing, we have indoor recess. If it’s just mist or light snow, we go outside.


However, for students to enjoy being outside when it’s cold, they need the right gear – hats, gloves/mittens, snow pants, snow boots, and warm coats. If there is a financial hardship securing these items, please reach out to me.

If the playground is full of snow, which is quite common in the winter, students have to have boots and snow pants on to play there. Otherwise, they play on the blacktop. This is because students have a hard time learning if their feet and bodies are wet from being in the snow without the right gear.

Lunch & Recess Volunteers

We cannot say how thankful we are for our Lunch and Recess Volunteers! With that being said, we still need you!! The PTO and Loring staff are looking for volunteers to help during student recess so staff can meet for curriculum planning. Although covering recess is the main priority, if you are able to help move the students into the cafe and stay through lunch, that would be great!


We are looking for 2 volunteers per grade on Tuesdays and Fridays. Dates and times are listed in the signup genius on the volunteer page of the PTO Website. If you are not able to stay for lunch, please state that in the notes.


To SIGN UP, please click here. Please click MORE for additional details.


If you have any questions, please email Kerri Brien at kerriapatrician@gmail.com.

Reporting Students Absent, Tardy or Changing Dismissal Plan

We are finding when parents fill out the online Absence, Tardy or Dismissal change form it is making attendance and dismissal go much smoother. Please consider using it when you need to report any of these to the office. https://bit.ly/LoringAbsent


If you want to email Loring_office@sudbury.k12.ma.us please make sure to include your child's full name, teacher, and all pertinent information.


Please know that you will still need to scan your child in if they are coming in tardy or out if they are leaving early when you arrive at school. Look at the first form as our notification system and the second as our sign-in/sign-out system.


If you have any questions or suggestions on making this process run smoother feel free to email loring_office@sudbury.k12.ma.us.

Reading Buddies

This wonderful opportunity may not happen if they don't have more students to sign up. If your child is interested, please consider signing up.
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Loring Lost and Found

Thank you to everyone who has picked up their items from lost and found. We still have many things wanting to go home so please take a look and stop by any time. All left over items will be donated over Thanksgiving break.
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MCAS Dates

Your children are scheduled to take the tests on the dates outlined below. Please avoid scheduling appointments or trips on your child(ren)’s scheduled test dates.


Grade 3

ELA - April 10th & 11th

Math - May 4th & 5th


Grade 4

ELA - April 3rd & 4th

Math - May 2nd & 3rd


Grade 5

ELA - March 30th & 31st

Math - April 26th & 27th

Science - May 8th & 9th

Important Upcoming Dates - Please mark your calendars!

November 20 - Loring Crafternoon, 3-5 p.m.


November 21 - School Committee 7:00 p.m.


November 23 - Early Release Day Dismissal 11:45 (Thanksgiving Recess)


November 24 & 25 - No School Thanksgiving Recess


December 14 - Early Release Day Dismissal 11:45


December 26 - January 2 - No School - Winter Break

Important Websites

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


Loring School

SPS

PTO

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.

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