PHT Paws-itively News

May 2nd, 2022

Principal's Thoughts

Dear Page Hilltop Families:

Each weekend we send out a new edition of the SMORES newsletter. We include news and photos of all that is going on at Page Hilltop, as well as what will be coming up soon. Our goal is simply to keep all of our families informed and involved in the Page Hilltop School community. We hope that you enjoy reading the SMORES as much as we enjoy putting them together.

We also hope that parents are reading the SMORES with their children so that, together, you can talk about school events, look at the photos included, and learn about your child's interests.

Special SMORES project for this week: After you have read through this week's edition of SMORES, please write a simple note describing your favorite part about the SMORES for this week. Parents and children should then sign the note and send it to Mr. Deppe.

All students who bring in a note will receive a special prize along with 3 "Grand Prize Winners" (chosen at random).

Prize winners will be chosen on Friday.

Thanks, as always, for sharing your children with us!

Fred Deppe, Principal

Matt Lutinski, Assistant Principal


  • May 2nd-6th -- Book Fair
  • May 5th -- PTO Meeting ZOOM LINK
  • May 9th -- T3 Progress Reports Issued
  • May 10th -- 4th Grade Math MCAS Session 1
  • May 11th -- Early Release Dismissal @ 1:45
  • May 12th -- 4th Grade Math MCAS Session 2
  • May 16th & May 17th -- 4th Grade Nature's Classroom
  • May 16th -- 5th Grade Math MCAS Session 1
  • May 17th -- 3rd Grade Math MCAS Session 1
  • May 18th -- 5th Grade Math MCAS Session 2
  • May 19th -- 3rd Grade Math MCAS Session 2
  • May 23rd -- 5th Grade MCAS STE Session 1
  • May 25th -- 5th Grade MCAS STE Session 2
  • May 27th - Spirit Day: Wear "Red / White / Blue"
  • May 27th -- Memorial Day Ceremony @ 9:30 am


CLICK HERE to see the May lunch menu.


Friday, May 27th -- Red, White, & Blue Day to celebrate Memorial Day

Rainbow/Color Day

Click on the rainbow to see some of the class pictures from our Rainbow/Color Spirit Day that we held on Friday, April 29th.


Our annual spring book fair will be held this week - May 3 - May 6. Students will have the opportunity to attend the book fair during their usual library time. There will be evening shopping hours prior to Thursday's monthly meeting.

You will receive additional information with a separate PTO news flyer.


This past Friday was a special day for one of Ayer Police Department's finest - Jennifer Bigelow. As School Resource Officer Jen Bigelow, she hosted our annual DARE graduation ceremony for all of our fifth graders.

That same afternoon ASRSD leaders and staff got together to congratulate Jen on her recent promotion to Deputy Chief of the Ayer Police Department.

"Officer" Bigelow has been our SRO for nearly 9 years and is a valued member of our school community. We look forward to future collaborations with our new Deputy Chief.

CONGRATULATIONS, Deputy Chief Bigelow!

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Mrs. Dayna Kendall was a special guest visitor at our recent meeting of the Panther Power student leadership group. Mrs. Kendall led a restorative circle discussion on how to be a positive leader and respectful school community member.


Our 3rd grade students enjoyed a presentation of Arabic music, language, clothing & culture with Kareem Nagi. It was a wonderful educational experience for all of our students.


Our Gallery of Gratitude, created by art teacher Heidi Cowley, continues to grow. Students are welcome to take a strip of paper and write a statement that tells us who / what they are "thankful" for. We encourage all of our parents and families to join in this SEL project. As a family, discuss things that you are all grateful/thankful for. Write them on a piece of paper and send it to school with your child(ren). They will then be able to copy your idea onto a paper strip and add it to our mural.


If you have not had a chance to visit the Little Bee Bookshop at 40 Main Street, you should really consider stopping by. Owner Deb Rivera is an avid lover of literature and has become a good friend of the Page Hilltop School community.

As you walk into her downtown shop, you will be amazed at the collection of books and other pieces of art that lies within. Deb is always running various literacy-based special events and is always happy to chat about books of all genres.

Deb will be visiting our school this month as a special guest reader.


Thanks to the ASRHS Student Council, many of our students & families enjoyed a delicious pancake breakfast compliments of the student council. After enjoying their yummy breakfast, students were able to take part in some arts and craft activities.


Please take time this week to recognize & appreciate all of our amazing, outstanding, hard-working, passionate, inspirational Page Hilltop faculty & staff. Please consider sending them a note, email, and/or card to let them know how much you appreciate all that they do, each and every day, on behalf of our students & families!


Preschool and Kindergarten registration is now open for the 2022 - 2023 school year. Check out our website -- CLICK HERE

Preschool Registration Slide Deck -- CLICK HERE

Preschool Registration Packet -- CLICK HERE

Kindergarten Registration Slide Deck -- CLICK HERE

Kindergarten Registration Packet -- CLICK HERE




  • Grade 4: May 10 & 12
  • Grade 5: May 16 & 18
  • Grade 3: May 17 & 19

STE MCAS (5th-Grade Only)

  • Grade 5: May 23 & 25


NEXT PTO MEETING: Thursday, May 5th @ 7:00 pm ZOOM LINK

PTO Website -- LINK

PTO Facebook Page -- Link

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