Haynes Happenings

News & Notes from Josiah Haynes Elementary School

November 4, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

This week and in the weeks ahead, as the days grow quickly cooler and rapidly shorter, we look forward to welcoming you into our hallways and classroom for fall parent/teacher conferences. These conversations are an essential element of our home-school partnership. Our educators look forward to sharing the latest on your child in school and answering your questions.

Against the backdrop of conference season, please read on for the latest news from in and around Haynes School.


Jeff LaBroad


A Personal Message from Haynes School Nurse Lisa Nigrelli

With a heavy heart and excitement for what’s ahead, I am letting you know that I will be retiring at the end of the school year. It has been an absolute pleasure being your school nurse at Haynes for the last 14 years. I’ve truly enjoyed getting to know you and your children and watching them grow through the years. I look forward to this next chapter in my life and want to thank you all for the support and kindness you have always shown me.

REMINDER: Volunteer Vaccination Verification

Sudbury has established an expectation that each school verifies the vaccination status of any volunteer (as well as outside vendors) prior to any in-person volunteer experience in one of our school buildings.

There are three easy options in place to verify a volunteer's vaccination status:

▪️ EMAIL a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card to haynes_office@sudbury.k12.ma.us. You'll receive an email back confirming receipt,


▪️ STOP BY the front office with your card. A member of our team will review your card and log confirmation in our system,


▪️ BRING your card with you when you come to volunteer. When you check-in at the front office, you'll present your card to a member of our front office team.

Whichever way you choose, you'll only have to do it once! While you're at it, you can also verify your current CORI status. All volunteers must have a current (within three years) CORI authorization on file with the school.

Parents invited to explore "healthy screen time" for students

Assistant Principal Beth Murray and I invite you to join us for the November SPS Community Webinar, "Healthy Screen Time," Tuesday, November 9 at 7 p.m. on Zoom.

Increasingly, data suggests that exposing youth to large amounts of time in front of screens (TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone) can have negative effects on physical and mental development including issues with memory, attention, and language skills. This workshop is designed to provide the tools and vocabulary needed for children and adolescents to make wise choices about balancing daily screen use while focusing more attention on exercise and nutrition.

The presentation will feature Cory Mashburn, M.Ed., in association with The Massachusetts Partnership for Youth. Cory has over 20 years’ experience working with youth and people with disabilities, as well as over 10 years of expertise in the field of prevention services. As the father of two young children, he understands the importance of equipping youth, their parents, and their communities with the knowledge and skills to enable young people to become the best version of themselves.

Access the webinar here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82438037029?pwd=UUIvdWVadWFlZ3BBOUpjM1dyUXpMdz09

Haynes introduces new recess activities

Last week Haynes School unveiled a brand new set of games and activities available for use by students during recess. These activities, available to students outdoors each day, are designed to facilitate cooperative engagement off the sports field for those interested students. Thanks to SERF for their generous funding of a grant that provided for these items, to Haynes Special Educator Erin Kehew for developing and organizing the program, and to our fifth grade Safety Patrol for setting up and storing the games at the beginning and end of each day.

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Conference Season Is Underway

Our specialist team is also available to meet with you. To arrange a conference, connect with your child's specialist teacher directly:

Art: Colette Saheley (colette_sahely@sudbury.k12.ma.us)

Music: Suzanne Friedman (suzanne_friedman@sudbury.k12.ma.us)

Library: Dorothy Kramer (dorothy_kramer@sudbury.k12.ma.us)

Physical Education: Jeff Ilg (jeff_ilg@sudbury.k12.ma.us)

Spanish: Katie Pallotta (catherine_pallotta@sudbury.k12.ma.us)

School Lunch Available Every early release day

Thanks to the continued full subsidy of school lunch cost from the USDA, school lunches continue to be available to all students daily at no cost. This includes on early release days. On these days, classroom teachers will collect lunch orders, and a to-go lunch will be provided to students who order them. Please contact your child's classroom teacher if you would like to indicate if the student is or is not allowed to order lunch on those days.

Book Fair Returns November 15

From Laura Broderick & Shelle Crandall, HOP Book Fair Co-Chairs

We are excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. Hosted by HOP, this event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. We hope to sell and distribute 1,000 books to our students! As always, each purchase helps support our school, so it’s a win-win.

The book fair will take place in the library during the children’s regularly scheduled library class the week of November 15-19. There are opportunities for volunteers. Click here to sign up.

The students will be able to purchase books and create a wish list for future purchases! If you can’t join us in person, there will be online shopping during the event. Your purchases will still support Haynes school as long as you shop from our web page! This is a great opportunity to get some holiday shopping done for all the readers on your list!

Students may use cash or e-wallet. Parents/Guardians can use cash, credit card, check (made out to HOP) and e-wallet. In order to set up an e-wallet, you must use our homepage as your starting point, so follow the link below. One of the great things about e-wallet is that your child can shop independently and you can send it to extended family to help support your student and school!

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with e-wallet.

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School Picture Retake Day November 18

If your child was absent for photo day or if you would like a retake for whatever reason, we will be offering a Retake Photo Day on Thursday, November 18. Please complete the RETAKE REQUEST FORM by November 16. Please plan to return the original photo package to school on retake day.

If you did not receive the digital download or do not receive your print photos by this Friday, please reach out with your child's name to info@stuartbeeby.com. You can also reach out to that email if you would like to order more photos or if you have any issues or questions.

October's Principal Forum with Mental Health Team Now Available

Miss the October Haynes Principal Forum? Visit the presentation here!

LS Launches Reading Buddies Program

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Supply Chain Challenges Continue to impact food services

Please continue to visit our virutal school lunch menu for the latest, up to date information on what is available in our school cafeteria: www.fdmealplanner.com

Welcome (Back) Jennifer Brinigar

Please join us in welcoming back Jennifer (Greatsinger) Brinigar to Haynes. Mrs. Brinigar is joining us as fourth grade long term substitute teacher in Ms. Skahan’s class while Ms. Skahan takes a leave of absence. Mrs. Brinigar is a familiar face in and around Haynes; she served as a Special Education Teaching Assistant in grades 3-5 from 2018 through this past June. Since the start of the current school year, Mrs. Brinigar has been supporting students as a Special Education Teaching Assistant at Loring Elementary School here in Sudbury. Welcome, Mrs. Brinigar!

MCAS Schedule Announced

Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 take part in MCAS testing each spring. Sudbury has established our testing schedule for March and April 2022.


Monday, April 4, 2022 - Grade 4 ELA

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 - Grade 4 ELA

Thursday, April 7, 2022 - Grade 5 ELA

Friday, April 8, 2022 - Grade 5 ELA

Monday, April 11, 2022 - Grade 3 ELA

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - Grade 3 ELA


Tuesday, April 26, 2022 - Grade 5 MATH

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 - Grade 5 MATH

Monday, May 2, 2022 - Grade 4 MATH

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 - Grade 4 MATH

Monday, May 9, 2022 - Grade 3 MATH

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - Grade 3 MATH


Thursday, May 12, 2022 - Grade 5 SCI

Friday, May 13, 2022 - Grade 5 SCI

Holiday Opportunities for Sudbury Families Now Available


HOPEsudbury offers gift cards to families who may need assistance around the holiday season. For information and to sign up to receive, visit https://www.hopesudbury.org/holiday-drive-request-form. With any questions, contact info@hopesudbury.org. Those interested in donating to HOPEsudbury should email HOPEsudbury for a link.


Learn more by visiting https://www.projectjustbecause.org/holiday/.

Go Sudbury! Uber Rides Program

The Go Sudbury! Uber Rides Program is a grant-funded, temporary transportation program provided via Uber and partially subsidized by the Town of Sudbury, for rides to non-urgent healthcare and vaccination appointments, work, shopping, and accessing community resources. Please CLICK HERE for additional information.

The program is for Sudbury residents who meet one (1) of the following qualifications:

  • 50 Years of age or older
  • 18 years of age or older with a disability that limits driving
  • Active duty military or veteran of the armed forces
  • Resident with financial need
  • Essential worker requiring transportation for work

In order to register for this program, please complete the application form at the following link:


There are three geographic areas in which transportation can be provided, each with a nominal copay per one-way ride:

  1. Within Sudbury ($1 per ride)
  2. To/From towns contiguous to Sudbury ($2 per ride)
  3. To/From destinations up to 25 miles outside of Sudbury ($10 per ride)

The ride service area is within Sudbury and up to 25 miles outside of Sudbury. All rides must begin or end in Sudbury. Service is provided to the Logan Express Shuttle in Framingham, but not to Logan Airport.

You must have a private account with Uber on your smartphone for this service. An Uber Clinic Technology Support volunteer will assist participants with issues relating to downloading and using the Uber application on your smartphone for this program.

For more information please contact Ana Cristina Oliveira, Outreach Specialist, Sudbury Senior Center, at OliveiraA@sudbury.ma.us or 978-639-3268.


Friday, November 5

Student SERF Grant Applications Due

Tuesday, November 9

7:00 p.m. Sudbury Community Webinar: Healthy Screen Time

Wednesday, November 10

Parent Conferences

11:45 Early Dismissal

Thursday, November 11

Veteran's Day — NO SCHOOL

November 15-19

HOP Book Fair

Monday, November 15

2:45 Haynes School Council Meeting

Wednesday, November 17

Education Support Professionals Day

Parent Conferences

Thursday, November 18

School Picture Retake Day

3:00-7:00 HOP Bookfair Open

11:45 Early Dismissal

Friday, November 19

Food Pantry Collection

Spirit Day

Wednesday, November 24

11:45 Early Dismissal

November 25-26

Thanksgiving Break—NO SCHOOL

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Haynes Happenings

Haynes Happenings is the parent and family newsletter of Josiah Haynes Elementary School, published every other Thursday and distributed to families via email and shared at sudbury.k12.ma.us/haynes.