Hello Foster’s Finest,
There are a few things I need to ask of you. There has been an increase in students being let out of the cars in the car loop before staff has come outside in the morning. Please refrain from doing this as it is concerning to think of a student being outside without staff supervision outside of the kindergarten wing. We also want to remind everyone that you should not be getting out of your vehicle to come around and open the door to the vehicle. We have staff along the sidewalk who can help with this. Finally, if everyone could please pull forward in the loop. It helps us get more students out of the vehicle and it helps us move the traffic off the street.
This is a gentle reminder that it is the rule of the district that you must be CORI checked before we can allow you to go down into the classrooms during school hours. This information has been in a prior communication from me. You never know when you might find yourself wanting to help in the classroom so please, take a moment to stop in and Mrs. Wanty will gladly help you. It takes two minutes to complete. Don't forget to bring your driver's license. There are lots of opportunities in the coming months to be a part of the school so please plan ahead.
There are a few important pieces of information that I need to communicate about next week. There was a misprinted calendar earlier in the school year that had an extra half-day. The only half-day next week is on Wednesday, February 1. Superintendent Adams will be joining us at our PTA meeting next Thursday at 6:00 PM. She will be presenting information about the budget and answering questions. The meeting is in the school library at 6:00 PM.
Finally, if you have not heard the news, Mrs. Quinlivan is our librarian here at Foster. She has been a parent of Foster Students, has subbed in our school, and has been a welcome addition as a member of our school community. We are fortunate to have her working with our team helping make our library a special place for our students.
Have a super weekend!
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.
2022-2023 HOMEWORK CLUB SESSION 2 SIGN UP NOTICE
We are excited to bring Session 2 of Homework Club to Foster School for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year. Homework Club sessions are designed to help students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade develop their study skills and build independence when completing homework. Homework Club is being offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:30-3:30pm, with Session 2 beginning the week of February 27th. Interested families of grades 3, 4, and 5 students should follow the link below to sign up their children by Friday, February 3rd at 3pm. Payments must be submitted by Monday, February 6th at 3pm. Please contact Jessica Sinanan at email@example.com if you have any questions about this program. Sign Up Form: https://forms.gle/wT5rX3FmCZigFUkN7
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.
Kids In Action Pre-Kindergarten Registration 2023-2024
KIA Pre-Kindergarten and Spanish Immersion Pre-Kindergarten registration will open on January 23. The programs are designed for children who will be 4 by August 31, 2023. Our Pre-K programs offer a 5-day schedule from 8:30-2:00. We are excited to pilot an extended day option for our Pre-Kindergarteners that will run from 2:00 – 6:00. We will also be hosting an Open House for families who are interested in either Pre-Kindergarten Program on February 1st from 1:00 – 2:30 at East Elementary.
For more information or to register please visit Kids In Action Pre-Kindergarten on the Hingham Public Schools website.
Save The Date: PTO Meeting is next Thursday February 2nd 6pm @ Foster School Library w/ Dr. Margaret Adams. Essential positions and resources are in jeopardy. Show up & stay informed! RSVP HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5u9TSFB3YDXuHbQdQYdppDhpMtkm3wQ0AASexcVhX7vy-5w/viewform
Upcoming School Budget Meetings (Dial in or attend in person):
2/1 (Wed) 6pm: Discussion of further budget reductions with building principals.
2/7 (Tue) 7pm: School Budget presented to Select Board and Advisory Committee (crucial opportunity for Select Board and AdComm to hear from PARENTS & CAREGIVERS).
2/13 (Mon) 7pm: Public Hearing on School Budget (this is essentially the LAST opportunity for parents & caregivers to voice concerns)
There are still spots left for Green Team – Starts next Wed 2/1:
Sign up here: https://forms.gle/mMNYqbgQMcdDBv2k9
GOT USED BOOKS?
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Math Olympics is coming back after February Break
More information coming soon. We need parent correctors for all grades! If you’re interested in getting involved please contact Caitlin Riley @ email@example.com
LAST WEEK FOR SWAG STORE
Place your orders now and check out the newest edition black camouflage Foster hoodie! https://hemlock-ink.printavo.com/merch/foster-elementary/
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:
Save The Dates: Dress Rehearsal Fri. May 5th & Talent Show Sat. May 6th Location: @ Hingham High School Auditorium
Please email email@example.com if you would like to help be a part of the planning committee.