The Pawsome Print

October 1, 2021

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Dear Pawsome Loring Families,

It was great seeing so many families at our Leopard Festival last weekend! Thanks to all of our volunteers and families, it was a Pawsome Event to kick off the school year.


Back to School Nights happened this week and conferences are coming up. It is really great to be back in the swing of things.


Don't Forget - Wednesday, October 6th is an Early Release Wednesday!

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Loring Library Announcements

Hello Loring Families!


The Library will be sponsoring an online book fair in November. Read more here: Loring Fall Book Fair


The Library is preparing for a Summer Reading Fair in June. Do you have new or gently used children's books you would like to donate to the Library? Read more here: Summer Reading Book Fair


Thank you and feel free to contact me anytime!

Amy Stout - Librarian

amy_stout@sudbury.k12.ma.us

New Literacy Assessments

This year Sudbury is implementing two new literacy assessments for all K-5 students. Both of these assessments will track students’ progress over time and provide educators with relevant and timely data that will help inform instruction. Students in grades K-2 will participate in the DIBELS literacy screener 3 times per year to assess letter and word reading skills. Students in grades 3-5 will participate in the Track My Progress online assessment 3 times per year, which will assess comprehension, vocabulary, and language skills. The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessments will still occur as usual. All of these assessments give us information about student learning and how we can be support all of our learners.

Quarantine Learning Plans

There have been some questions coming in about Quarantine Learning Plans and I wanted to share a little bit of information. When a student is placed in quarantine/isolation as a result of exposure to/contraction of COVID-19, the school will develop a Quarantine Learning Plan. The development of the plan will take 1-2 school days once we know the child will be out for the extended amount of time. This plan will outline the learning priorities and modalities for a continuation of learning while a student must remain at home. Each plan will be developed with several factors in mind such as the specific student, the grade level content and curriculum, the duration of the quarantine, and other circumstances.


If a student is sick, they should focus on rest and recovery. If a student is asymptomatic, we expect them to remain connected to the classroom community and learning.

We STILL Need Help!

We are still looking for a crossing guard. Please spread the word as this is an important person in our Loring Community in keeping our kids safe! The timing is 7:30 - 8:00am and 2:15 - 2:45pm (11:30 - 12:00 on Early Release Wednesday's) and if hired this is a paid 5 day a week position.

Why & How to Talk to Young Kids About Race | Talking Race & Kids Webinar

Here is the link to the recent Webinar I attended. "Why have these conversations early? "Why have them at all?" In the webinar, guest Dr. Russell shares, "The longer you wait, the harder they become."

SERF Student Grant

Please talk with your child about this amazing opportunity to bring their ideas of making our school cool to reality! Information has been sent home in red folders, please review that as well. Here is the video that students watched as part of our morning announcements this week. The application window is October 4-29 and they can pick up forms in the office.
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Coffee with the Principals!

Please join us for our first Principals' Coffee on Friday, October 8 from 8:00-8:30 a.m. under the tents. This will be a chance to say hello in person and to talk about our Pawsome Loring School.


Please bring your coffee mug and we will have coffee!

October Lunch Updates

Below are the October Breakfast and Lunch Menu's. As of this week, lunch will be able to be brought home for any students requesting it. Also, if you want your child to receive breakfast either before school (Drop off at 8:35) or as a snack in their classroom, please fill out this form.

Sudbury Girl Scouts

If any families with girls in Kindergarten on up are interested in information about joining Girl Scouts, please email sudburyGS@gmail.com, or visit their website (www.sudburygirlscouts.org).

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.


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!

September 15-October 15

Hispanic Heritage Month


October 6

Early Release Wednesday

PTO Meeting


October 8

Coffee with the Principals!


October 11

Indigenous Peoples' Day - No School