The Pawsome Print

October 15, 2021

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Dear Pawsome Loring Families,

It was great to see some of you at our recent PTO meeting and our first Loring Coffee with the Principals! We appreciate the continued support from our family community.

Over the last few weeks, we have been practicing some common phrases in Spanish during our Daily Announcements. For families that do not speak Spanish, please talk with your children about these phrases and encourage them to use them when appropriate. Starting next week, we will be learning how to say these phrases in Portuguese.

muy buneo/a - very good

por favor - please

gracias - thank you

feliz cumpleaños - happy birthday

que tengas un buen día - have a good day

Vaccinations for Volunteers

In our continued efforts to keep our school community safe, all volunteers must be vaccinated. Here is the link to upload your vaccination card for us to keep on file or you can show your card to our front office staff upon arrival at school.

At this time, we can not have unvaccinated volunteers in the school building.

Attendance Policy and Letters

If your child is going to be out of school, please make sure to call our absence line at 978-578-0870 and press 1 or email the Loring office to report the absence giving a specific reason such as, "My child has a fever" or "My child will be out of town at a family wedding." While an email to the teacher is always welcome, it should not be the primary way to report your child's absence.

Each student's absence, tardy, or early dismissal will be coded as excused or unexcused.

An excused absence includes:

  • Documented illness or injury

  • Bereavement/family funeral

  • Major religious observances

  • Extraordinary family circumstances

An unexcused absence includes, but is not limited to:

  • Chronic absences or tardies without medical documentation

  • Truancy

  • Non-emergency family situations

  • Family vacations

By law, we are required to send attendance letters for students that have 5 unexcused absences and meetings will be requested. For students that have 10+ absences from school (excused or unexcused) letters will be sent and meetings will be required. Our hope is to work together with families to ensure that all of our students are in school regularly.

We understand that many students may have more absences than in previous years due to COVID requirements. We will be looking at each student and working with families to ensure students are in school as much as possible during this difficult time.

Smart Watches, Phones and Texting

Please know that cell phones and smartwatches that come to school need to remain in backpacks (in lockers or cubbies) during the school day. Cell phones and smartwatches are not allowed in the classrooms or at lunch/recess.

It is also important to mention that we have had several unkind situations this year that have started from a text. We are asking that all families that have children with cell phones be regularly monitoring their usage and continue to have conversations about appropriate texting and social media posts including the understanding that texts can be recovered even when erased from a cell phone.

Featured Artist at Loring!

I am excited to share the new ways I will be highlighting students and their artwork this year. Please click the link to view our October Featured Artist:

If your child would like to be considered for a future Featured Art spot, please see the criteria below:

  • Artwork must be something that was created outside of our Loring art class (at home, after school art program/camp or during other free time at school)
  • Your child should bring their artwork to their regular weekly art class to share & discuss with Mrs. Danielson (if something is too large or difficult to bring to school, a photo would be fine and can be emailed to me at
  • Art should show best effort, thoughtful planning & creativity
  • 1-2 artists will be chosen each month
  • Art will be put on display in the lobby, on my website and in a video on the morning announcements.

Thank you!

Mrs. Danielson

Updated Snack Procedures

As we look to a change in seasons and the continued low incident rate of COVID in schools, we have consulted with the Sudbury Health Department regarding eating snacks inside. Given the multi-layered COVID mitigation measures currently in place across Sudbury’s elementary schools (including high rates of adult vaccination, routine COVID testing, mask wearing and physical distancing), it is now feasible to permit students to eat morning/afternoon snack in their classrooms. This option allows for the reclaiming of time for academic and pro-social instruction.

Beginning Monday, October 18, students may eat snack in their classrooms under the direction of their classroom teacher. Students may be unmasked only for the time that they consume snack, and must remain seated at their desk. Students who are unmasked must be six or more feet away from the nearest unmasked individual, and three or more feet away from the nearest masked individual. All individuals will continue to be masked at all other times when indoors and not eating.

LS Football Games

Please see the letter from LS Athletic Director, Art Reilly regarding updated protocols for football games.

Food Pantry - October 22nd

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School Lunch Information

The Sudbury Public School Food and Nutrition Department is asking for your patience and support as we navigate new challenges. As you may be aware, we are currently faced with unprecedented shortages of food and packaging materials, massive delays or cancellations of deliveries, and department labor shortages. Nationwide shortages and delays have affected availability of certain food items, leading to substitutions of menu items we’ve been able to offer regularly in the past. These supply issues are occurring throughout the country and are especially challenging for school systems, due to the quantity of meals we serve and the nutrition standards we follow.

All of this means that we may need to make quick substitutions to our menus based upon what we are able to acquire. We know that this affects students, and we are doing our best to provide updates about menu changes when possible as soon as we identify an issue.

Please know that our number one priority continues to be providing healthy, nutritious, and appetizing meals for your children. We love seeing them every day and appreciate your support and patience as we continue to offer meals at no charge for all students. The good news is that free breakfast and lunch will continue throughout the school year, so please stick with us while we face yet another challenge. Your participation helps our program stay strong, and we look forward to serving you!

PTO Directory

The PTO Family Directory is a great way to get in contact with your child's friends from school. If you want to order one, click here. If you want your contact information to be part of the directory and you haven't joined yet, you can still do this. Please email with any directory questions.

Sudbury Girl Scouts

If any families with girls in Kindergarten on up are interested in information about joining Girl Scouts, please email, or visit their website (

Important Upcoming Dates - Please mark your calendars!

October 19 at 7:00 PM

Webinar - Building Cultural Proficiency

October 20

Early Release

October 22

Food Pantry

October 23 and 24

Pumpkin Walk

October 25

School Council - virtual meeting

November 3, 10 & 17

Parent Teacher Conferences

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

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