The Pawsome Print

November 12, 2021

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Oil Pastel and Watercolors - 5th grade

Dear Pawsome Loring Families,

We have made it through the first quarter of the school year and what a great start it has been! It has been so wonderful to see parents in the building for conferences. Our families are the piece of the school community that we have been missing. We know you were there supporting us from afar and now we have the opportunity to have you in person. I can't thank you enough for everything you add to our Pawsome Loring Community.

The above picture shows some of our 5th graders' Oil Pastel and Watercolors. Every time I walk by this display, I am so proud and impressed by the work our students do here at Loring School. A big thanks to the teachers that make it all happen each day!

Coffee with the Principals!

Please join us in the lunchroom on December 3, 2021 8:00-8:30 a.m. for our second Coffee with the Principals! This is a casual opportunity to meet together and have a cup of coffee! We will provide the coffee, please bring your mug!

Playground Update

Unfortunately, I do not have much of an update on the playground since the last time I shared. We have been waiting for some materials that are essential in order to move forward. Those materials have not arrived. With the temperatures dropping, it looks like a spring opening for our new Pawsome Playground! As we have all learned over the last year or so, we can only focus on what we can control and need to leave what we can't. I know our students are disappointed but the adults in their lives can continue to help them see the positives in all situations and help them continue to learn how to deal with disappointments that they encounter.

With that being said, our staff and students have been amazing in finding ways to get their energy out. They have been playing cooperative games, making up new ones and still having lots of fun during recess. Our PTO has helped to organize recess equipment donations and also purchase things for students to use during recess. If you or your child has something in mind that would be a fun addition to recess, please let us know!

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School Picture Retakes

School Picture Retakes are this Monday, November 15. If your child was absent or is new to Loring, they will automatically have their photo taken.

If you were unhappy with your child's school picture please send the entire packet back with them on Monday and we will have their photo retaken.

Please reach out to with any questions.

Daniel W. Vandever celebrates release of second children's book, Herizon.

Daniel Vandever, a Navajo from Haystack, NM, comes from a long line of educators and is the grandson of Navajo Code Talker Joe Vandever Sr. Currently, he works as the Communications Director at Navajo Technical University (NTU) in Crownpoint, NM where he also serves as an adjunct instructor.

In 2021, Daniel Vandever started South of Sunrise Collective where he self-published his second children's book "Herizon" which follows the journey of a young, Diné girl as she is asked by her grandmother to help retrieve a flock of sheep. She is aided in her adventure across land and water by a magical scarf that will expand your imagination and transform what you think is possible.

In 2017, Salina Bookshelf published Vandever's first children's picture book "Fall in Line, Holden!", about a young Navajo boy named Holden surviving a day in boarding school. The book is a 2017 Honor Book by the American Indian Library Association.

Salina Bookshelf will host a live reading and conversation with Daniel W. Vandever, November 18th at 4PM MST. You can register for this free event by clicking Register for Webinar.

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 an annual 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, transportation, and/or other essentials. This year gift cards from retailers like Target and Wal-Mart are in the greatest need. Examples of other retailers that have also been helpful for families in the past are Stop & Shop, Shaws, CVS and gas station gift cards.

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 3rd.

Please contact Loring School Counselor, Karen Blumberg at or 978-579--0870 ext. 4246 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!

Birthday Book Club

Celebrate your child's birthday and support the Loring PTO with a Birthday Book! Have your child choose a book that they'd like to donate to the Loring Library in their honor. There will be a sticker on the inside cover that notes who it is from, so everyone who checks it out will know who picked it for years to come. The PTO will also give a shout-out in their newsletter each month to those who have participated.

Click Loring Birthday Book List to access the list. You can search on the recommended grade level books from Ms. Stout by searching either Grade K-1, Grade 2-3 or Grade 4-5.

Please select "this is a gift" and put your CHILD'S NAME and BIRTHDAY MONTH in the gift note section of your order. Ship directly to the provided address, and we will then label and deliver the books to the library.

Scholarships are available. Contact Karen Blumberg for more information.

MCAS Dates

Below are the MCAS dates for this year, please mark your calendars to ensure no planned absences happen during these testing dates.
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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

As the school year continues, there may be opportunities to volunteer in your child's classroom. To make sure you are prepared to do so, you will need to have a valid CORI form with the Sudbury Public Schools and be fully vaccinated in accordance with CDC Guidelines.

Please stop by the office during teacher conferences to return your completed CORI form and so we can make a copy of your identification and click here to verify your vaccination status.

As a reminder, a CORI is only good for 3 years so if you are questioning your CORI status please email and we will check into it for you. A CORI on file with another town organization such as Basketball or Scouting does not take the place of the need for this CORI.

Lunch Menu Changes

As stated before, due to supply issues the lunch menu may change from the menu previously issues. Please note the following changes to the November Menu:

Monday, November 22 - Bagel Melt (Bagel with American Cheese toasted) or Garden Salad with Cheese Entrée all served with Grape Tomatoes, Organic Applesauce and Fresh Pear

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, at recess, and all around our 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 our daily announcements. Loring students embody our pledge and we hope this stays with them not only when they are at school but home as well.

I am respectful

I am responsible

I am caring and kind

I show best effort

I am part of the Pawsome Loring Community

Important Upcoming Dates - Please mark your calendars!

November 15 - Picture Retake Day

November 17 - Early Release - Teacher Conferences

November 17 - Title One Night, 5:30 p.m.

November 19 - Food Pantry

November 24- Early Release

November 25-28 Thanksgiving Break