The Pawsome Print

October 7, 2022

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Dear Pawsome Families,

I wanted to acknowledge and thank the parents and caregivers that volunteered this week at recess and lunch. It was a great success! Our teachers were able to meet together as teams while volunteers were able to be at recess and lunch with our students. Team collaboration time is so precious during the school day and having our volunteers has allowed us to make this time happen for our pawsome educators. If you haven't signed up yet, there is still time and we have plenty of openings, Just click here! Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated annually on the second Monday in October. This year it will be observed on Monday, October 10.


Indigenous Peoples’ Day honors the histories, cultures, and perspectives of Indigenous peoples and their ancestors who lived on the land now known as North America. They existed in these areas thousands of years before the first European explorers arrived.


Possible Ways to Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day:

  • Learn more about the land on which you live and the history of its Indigenous peoples.
    If you’re unfamiliar with the Indigenous peoples who live or have lived in your area, there are plenty of online tools available to help you to easily learn more. A good place to start is this map that outlines an approximation of the Indigenous territories in North America.
  • Attend an Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration.
    Check locally to see if there are any celebrations that you can attend in person. There are also numerous opportunities to experience the cultures and perspectives of Indigenous peoples online, including virtual powwows, workshops, and podcasts.
  • Learn about native plants and their traditional uses.
    Plants that are native to a particular area or region support healthy ecosystems and habitats for insects, birds, and other wildlife. Indigenous peoples’ traditional gardening techniques—such as the well-known Three Sisters method—were used to cultivate native plants for medicine and food.
  • Visit a museum that recognizes Indigenous history.
    There are a number of museums across North America that include or focus on the perspectives, history, and/or art of Indigenous peoples. Some of these include the National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, DC; New York City, NY), Burke Museum (Seattle, WA), Sen. John Heinz History Center (Pittsburgh, PA), The Journey Museum and Learning Center (Rapid City, SD), Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ) and the Museum of Native American History (Bentonville, AR), among others.


Here is a local event I found that I am planning to attend with my family.

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October Menus

As you may have seen on the news, there is a driver strike within Sysco New England. Whitsons is working hard to keep menu's the same but there may be some last minute changes and we thank you and your children for your flexibility.

National Digital Inclusion Week

October 3-7 is National Digital Inclusion Week, which celebrates programs that promote more equitable student access to technology. One program highlighted by the state of Massachusetts is the federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which offers eligible households a $30 monthly discount for internet services and a $100 discount off certain devices. Please visit the ACP website to see if your family qualifies and how to sign up.
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Food Pantry

Our next Food Pantry is Friday, October 21st. There is a bin at Loring for any Food Pantry donations before then!

Important Websites

Please bookmark our websites. These websites will provide useful information you may need as we start the year.


Loring School

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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.

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Important Upcoming Dates - Please mark your calendars!

October 10

Indigenous People's Day - No School


October 19

Early Release - Dismissal 11:45 a.m.


October 21

Food Pantry


October 22-23

Pumpkin Walk


October 24

Diwali

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