Hello Foster’s Finest,
What a beautiful day outside today! We have received some excellent news from the project manager about the playground: The new playground equipment has arrived and been installed. The bolts that needed to be replaced from the equipment that was moved from the old playground have been installed as well. Our new basketball hoops have been installed and the turf is no longer saturated with water. I am anticipating recess being on the new playground starting on Monday if the installation passes inspection. If not Monday, we will be on the playground on Tuesday. I cannot stress how incredible the students have been with all of the adults outside. They have followed directions and played well with each other. I also want to acknowledge the work of the staff to keep everyone safe.
We are holding a Cyber Safety & Wellness forum for elementary school parents. This program is being held in conjunction with the Hingham Police Department. Our School Resource Officer along with school guidance counselors and adjustment counselors, will be providing parents with important information about raising children in a digital age. It is being held on March 1, from 6:30-7:30 PM at Hingham Middle School. Our hope is that this program will provide parents with the support needed to keep our students safe in the digital age. Please see the attached flyer.
I hope you all have a great weekend! Let's hope this weather holds up.
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
The Hingham Public Schools is convening a team of school staff, school and district leaders, students, and caregivers to serve as members of a screening committee for the position of Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. The time commitment will be two to three evenings in late February for review of resumes and interviews of candidates. If you might be interested, please send an email of interest to Susan D'Amato, Director of Human Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your contact information, some background information on yourself, and reasons for your interest in serving on the screening committee.
Please note if you are not able to join the screening committee or are not chosen, there will be opportunities for families and the community to meet the finalists.
Program of Studies Night
Hingham High School will deliver its annual “Program of Studies Night” on Monday 2/13 at 7 PM. After introductory remarks about course selection in the auditorium, parents will have an opportunity to meet with department directors and coordinators in the school cafeteria. Student volunteers will provide building tours for any interested parents.
Pre-School Spanish Immersion Classroom
HPS is excited to announce the opening of the Spanish Immersion PreK pilot program coming this fall. This is a full day program running 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM from September 2023 to June 2024. The program will operate under KIA (Kids in Action).
For more information on the program, visit: https://hinghamschools.org/spanish-immersion-prek/
Registration for the program opens on Monday, January 23, 2023. The enrollment deadline for the program is February 15, 2023.
Next General PTO Meeting:
Save The Date Thursday March 16th, 6pm @ Foster Library
RSVP to Sadler.Melissa@icloud.com
Upcoming School Budget Meetings
On Monday, February 13 @ 6pm School Committee will hold a public hearing before they vote on the school budget.
On Thursday, February 16 @7pm School Committee will present the budget to both the Select Board and the Advisory Committee.
Can’t make it to Town Hall? Simply Zoom in! Meeting agendas, including Zoom details, are posted to the Town of Hingham’s website 48 hours in advance of the meeting at: https://www.hingham-ma.gov/
Don’t Forget to Register Your Math Olympians!
It is that time of year. Math Olympics is back! The Math Olympics is a ten-week program designed to be a fun and engaging math challenge which will enhance the development of your child’s problem-solving skills. The program is open to all children in grades K-5. The goal of these Olympic Games is participation and perseverance. Parents are encouraged to help and get involved.
To register your student(s), click here.
To volunteer as a corrector (we need your help!), click here.
Thank you for your participation and support. If you have any questions about the program, please reach out to Caitlin @fostermatholympics.com
GOT USED BOOKS? – WE NEED THEM!
We are bringing back the very popular used book section to our Scholastic Book Fair March 13th - 17th. Please drop any gently used age-appropriate books for K-5 in the Foster Lobby now until March 3rd. If you’re looking to volunteer to help with this great event please reach out to Ally Forrest @ email@example.com
Save the Date: March 29th = 5th Grade Family Bingo Night @ Foster
Boosterthon Glow Run Save The Dates: March 22nd – 31st
For our spring fundraiser the PTO is partnering with Boosterthon to transform Fosters gym into a glowing, neon racetrack with rope lights, disco balls, tents, flags, cones, and tunnels. During the week leading up to the run students will learn & focus on a different theme each day (Gratitude, Stewardship, Bravery, Perseverance & Wonder). Students who wish to participate can work to get pledges for how many laps they can run and receive awards/prizes for achieving milestones. At the end of the week students who want to participate will run up to 35 glowing laps to fun, high-energy music. Special accommodations will be made for any student that may require them. We are looking for volunteers. Please contact Meg Tomasello for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out: Glow Run Video
K-5 Foster Talent Show UPDATE:
We are getting ready to welcome Foster’s Finest to the stage for The 2023 Foster Talent Show!
About the Show
The Foster Talent Show celebrates the performing arts. Examples of student performances include but are not limited to – vocal, dance, and instrumental talent, both solo and ensemble. Other examples may include stand-up comedy or drama/ improv/poetry. Acts featuring sports or other similar skills must be a choreographed routine not a skills demonstration.
Save the Date for the Show and Other Important Events
Saturday, May 6 @ Hingham High School Time, 2:30 PM
Auditions: Monday, March 5 & Tuesday March 6 @ Foster Elementary, 2:30-3:30PM
Mandatory Dress Rehearsal: Friday, May 5 @ Hingham High School, 4 - 6:30PM
The “audition” process ensures your child is comfortable performing in front of others and will be successful on stage. It also gives our parent volunteers a chance to see each act which helps as we plan the order of the show. More information about auditions will be sent home next week.
Want to Get Involved?
Do you love the performing arts or just want to help out? We would love the help or any interested parent, grandparent or caregiver! Volunteer work can be done on your own schedule or just as a day of volunteer for auditions, rehearsal or the day of the show. If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions about the show, please email: email@example.com
5th Grade Spring Dance:
Save The Date: Friday May 12th 5-7pm
Location: The Hingham Community Center, 70 South Street.
More details to follow from The 5th Grade Committee.
For the latest information on all things PTO please remember to follow the PTO on Instagram @Foster_PTO_02043, Facebook: @Foster PTO & Be sure to join the PTO Facebook Group too: Foster PTO News.
Please check out our website: www.fosterpto.com
Spring Registrations are LIVE for 2023 – Softball & Baseball Links Below:
Hingham Girls Softball. Open for all girls from Kindergarten through 8th Grade!
Sign up before February 10 and get 15% off by using the code EARLYBIRD15 at checkout. The season runs from early April through mid-June, with girls second grade and older playing 2 games during the week. Younger girls (Kindergarten and 1st grade) will play on Saturdays. Divisions are based on the 2022-23 school grade.
Hingham Little League Baseball Registration is OPEN until March 17th.
Open for ages 5 – 12!
REGISTER HERE: https://www.hinghamlittleleague.org