October 13, 2021
October is off to a great start for our students and teachers. It is wonderful to see students playing outside during these beautiful fall days, their laughter and joy can be heard throughout our buildings' open windows. Our staff just completed the first full professional development day of the school year this past Tuesday. We came together as a district to learn from experts in the field who helped us add best practices to our toolboxes that will help us support our students on their learning journey this year. Our specialists had an opportunity to partner with their counterparts from Wrentham and Plainville in a shared professional development session within their respective content areas.
Teamwork is a theme that permeates our town as was demonstrated this past Friday, October 8th, when the Norfolk Fire Department partnered with the Food Service Department and the Department of Facilities to deliver 211 cases of food to our regional elementary schools. Recently there have been numerous news reports about a national issue the Food and Nutrition Department is facing with being able to fulfill orders due to the following issues: department labor shortages, massive delays or cancellations of deliveries, and unprecedented shortages of food and packaging materials. These supply issues are occurring throughout the country and are especially challenging for school systems due to the quantity of meals that are served and the nutrition standards that are followed. Despite these challenges all six schools in Wrentham, Plainville and Norfolk received their long awaited food supply deliveries. This was made possible by Matt Haffner, Director of Maintenance, who drove to Connecticut to pick-up the cases of food from the food supplier. Shelly Bernardini, Food Service Director, Lisa Luce, Assistant Food Service Director, and the many helping hands in the Norfolk Fire Department were on standby and helped off load the supplies. Many of the items were slated to fill the October lunch menus. Ms. Bernardini and Ms. Luce have been working tirelessly to overcome these challenges in order to offer our students well balanced lunches.
As we continue to navigate these obstacles, we appreciate the community's patience and support. We are still in need of substitute cafeteria servers on an as-needed-basis. If you have any availability please consider applying through the posting in SchoolSpring on the Norfolk website.
Left to right:
Luke Barney, Deputy Chief Peter Petruchik, Kate Howarth (kneeling), Jamie Masterson, Lisa Luce, Matt Haffner, Shelly Bernardini, Alexa Bethoney, Thomas Newman
Dear King Philip Families,
I am writing to inform you of a new requirement that has been put in place regarding student attendance at varsity football games on Friday nights. Effective immediately, all non-high school students, including middle school and elementary school students, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the duration of home varsity football games.
In the past, it has been a routine practice for parents of elementary and middle school students to drop their kids off at the games, but not attend the games themselves. In recent weeks, there have been several instances of young students exhibiting unruly, inappropriate, disrespectful, and unsportsmanlike behavior during games. This behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. At King Philip, we pride ourselves on our sportsmanship and integrity for all student-athletes and the student body.
We have all been enjoying cheering on our team this season and wish for their continued success. We ask that parents and guardians talk to their children about their behavior during sporting events and we are hopeful that this issue will subside with this new rule in place.
SEPAC 7th Annual Trunk or Treat!
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Norfolk Recreation Sign-ups!
Hands on MATH!
Teamwork from Mrs. Zollo's class to save Fred!
Students have 30 minutes to save Fred in this STEM Challenge!
Students work together to save Fred from his capsized boat by using only 4 paper clips to retrieve - and secure Fred - in his life preserver!