Peter Noyes Friday Flyers
Week of September 6th
From The Desk of Annette Doyle
Dear Noyes Families,
We are off and running now! Students are adjusting well to the school routines, making new friends, and giving their best effort.
For those of you new to Noyes, we share newsletter information with you weekly on Fridays. Sometimes, I will send separate e-blasts on other topics that need their own attention or must be shared immediately, such as a COVID-positive case. Thank you very much for taking the time to read all of these communiques.
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHTS
Since we as a district are hosting virtual Back to School Nights this year, we are scheduling each grade level at a different time on two different nights so that families can attend each of their children’s classroom sessions.
Tuesday, September 28
6:00-6:40 pm -- Kindergarten
6:45-7:25 pm — Grade 1
7:30-8:15 pm — Grade 2
Wednesday, September 29
5:15-5:55 pm -- Preschool
6:00-6:40 pm — Grade 3
6:45-7:25 pm — Grade 4
7:30-8:15 pm — Grade 5
Your child's classroom teacher will share a Google Meet link with you prior to the session's scheduled time. Other information typically shared at traditional Back to School Nights will be shared at the start of that week. As always, please reach out to any member of your child's teaching team with questions or concerns. We also look forward to identifying opportunities for you to join us in person soon.
SPS COVID TESTING FORM AND THE COVID DASHBOARD
A key element of our COVID mitigation strategy is weekly COVID testing. We encourage the participation of all students and staff members. In order to take advantage of the free, weekly pool testing, families need to grant permission. Please click here to sign up for testing.
The district has recently posted a COVID Dashboard on the SPS website. This shows the number of cases per building, as well as the percentage of vaccinated staff and the percentage of students who are participating in weekly COVID testing. We have 99% of the Noyes staff vaccinated and 93% of Noyes students participating in the weekly testing. The dashboard has not been updated with today's student participation percentage, but it will be soon.
FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION ON SEPTEMBER 24
This summer I received an email from the Director of the Sudbury Food Pantry and it was a powerful reminder of the critical role we play in supporting those in need. The message talked about a mother who was distraught because the Food Pantry was not open (it closes one week in the summer) and she had driven from another town to find help there. She saw a person on site who she knew as a regular Pantry volunteer and pleaded for his help. He was working a summer camp and told her that he would do what he could when he had time to check the Pantry. She waited in her car for a long time and the volunteer was able to secure food for her. The volunteer said he knew she was really counting on this food for her family because she told him she had no idea what she was going to do if he couldn't help her. Most of us are blessed without the fear of food insecurity. To those of us who can support others, please make it a monthly practice to contribute to the Sudbury Food Pantry through our school drives. Students bring in cans/boxes of non-perishable food items (no glass) anytime during the week of September 20. Volunteers will collect the food on Friday, September 24 and deliver it to the Pantry. We see this as a way to live our Core Value of Caring for others.
NEW LITERACY TOOLS FOR K-5
This year Sudbury is implementing two new literacy assessments for all K-5 students. Both of these assessments will track students’ progress over time AND provide educators with relevant and timely data that will help inform instruction. Students in grades K-2 will participate in DIBELS literacy screener four times per year to assess letter and word reading skills. Students in grades 3-5 will participate in the Track My Progress online assessment four times per year, which will assess comprehension, vocabulary, and language skills. The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment will continue to measure reading K-5.
DESE LAUNCHES BACK TO SCHOOL WEBSITE
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has launched a back-to-school website for parents. Click here to explore the new DESE website.
HOPE TREES TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF HOPE SUDBURY
A message from HOPESudbury:
HOPEsudbury was created after the tragic events of September 11, 2001. We are a committed group of residents, town employees, and business people working to help those in need of support, encouragement, and financial assistance.
The HOPE Fund
Our signature program, The HOPE Fund, is a valuable source of short-term financial assistance for local individuals and families with emergency or unexpected financial need. The Fund has distributed more than $850,000 since it was established in 2002. Each year 60-70 Sudbury families who have fallen on hard times turn to The HOPE Fund for support.
Giving Beyond Our Borders
Each year we direct a portion of our charitable giving to nonprofit organizations across the state, the country and the world serving people struggling to meet basic needs. We also support agencies engaged in rapid response to natural disasters.
Our mission is to create opportunities for Sudbury citizens to work together for the common good. Through our popular Telethon & Auction and our various community drives and events, HOPEsudbury encourages residents from all walks of life to share their time and talents to support others in need.
To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we are asking the schoolchildren of Sudbury to draw or write about what hope and helping in the community means to them. These leaves will be displayed in the schools until our telethon, November 6th.
Thank you for encouraging your child to participate in this project.
September 15.....Early Release Day Dismissal 11:45
September 16.....No school- Yom Kippur
September 18.....Noyes Night Out at Mooyah - All Day
September 28.....Back To School Night K - 2
6:00-6:40 Grade Kindergarten
6:45-7:25 Grade 1
7:30-8:10 Grade 2
September 29......Back To School Night PreK & 3-5
6:00-6:40 Grade 3
6:45-7:25 Grade 4
7:30-8:10 Grade 5
October 6.....Early Release Day Dismissal 11:45
October 7.....Coast & Country Noyes Day - All Day
October 11.....No School - Indigenous People's Day
October 20.....Early Release Day Dismissal 11:45
October 23.....Peter Noyes Fall Festival 3:00-5:30 PM More details soon!
Please utilize our late arrival/early dismissal form when coming to Peter Noyes! Bring your phone when arriving tardy or dismissing your child and scan the QR code after ringing the buzzer.
Car Pick-Up 101
- Have your car placard on the passenger side dashboard visible to all staff.
- Please turn your hazard lights on as you enter the blacktop and then turn them off once you have your children in the car and are ready to go.
- We load the outside lane first (lane 2). Please follow the instruction of the staff member at the gate.
- Please do not get in line before 2:12 PM.