Haynes Happenings

News & Notes from Josiah Haynes Elementary School

June 18, 2021


Dear Families,

We started off this year with cautious optimism about what the year could and would bring for our students. Today, on the other end of 170 school days, we are able to look back and see all that was. I look back on the year proud to be part of a community that worked together to solve problems, support each other and push forward. I see patience, understanding, creativity and success. I see radical compassion for one another. Most of all, I see a school of students who, despite working their way through in the midst of a global pandemic, had a productive, enriching, rewarding school year.

The end of the year brings with it the departure of some staff members, all of whom have made our school a better place for students. Each of these individuals has contributed greatly to all that makes Haynes School an exceptional place to learn. MARION BEARDSLEY sets off for retirement with the close of school this year, having served for many years as Physical Therapist here at Haynes. Occupational Therapist ORISSA LAWRENCE begins a new adventure outside of education with the close of school this year, while continuing to contribute to the field in new ways. Special Education Learning Center Teacher PAM RADLER will join the team in the language-based learning program at Loring School next year, where students will benefit from her kindness and skill. Haynes first grade teacher STEFANIE BURRELL will return from a year leave of absence as a teacher at neighboring Nixon School, where she'll bring her expertise and skill to students there. Haynes first grade teacher ANGELA SPIRITO will move from grade 1 to kindergarten this fall. School Counselor VERONICA ROGERS concludes her year with us as a member of the Haynes School mental health team, supporting students, families and staff through a most-challenging year, and transitions to a new role as SPS Adjustment Counselor. CAROL SARANICH concludes her time with us as Speech & Language Pathologist, having supported students across Haynes with incredible dedication and care. SAM COURNYN leaves his role as a Partners ABA Tutor to complete his special education student teaching practicum as he pursues licensure as a special educator. Teaching Assistant JENNIFER GREATSINGER will join the team at Loring School after supporting the students at Haynes School for the past three years. KELLY LEANZA and ALICE-LEIGH FARAMARZPOUR end the year having served as members of our Building Substitute team, providing instruction and support across our school building every day. ANNA VELOUTSOS and CAYLEIGH MCMULLAN conclude their time as Health Office Assistants; Ms. McMullan prepares to enter the workforce as a Registered Nurse, and we look forward to continuing to benefit from Ms. Veloutsos' loving support of our students in various ways across our school. Finally, Interim Assistant Principal BETH MURRAY ends her time at Haynes School, but will continue her work in Sudbury as the Assistant Principal at Nixon School.

Congratulations to BRIDGET RIESENBERG who wraps up her two-year term as HOP Co-Chair, and to KATHY GIBSON, who ends her two-year term as Parent Representative on the Haynes School Council. Thank you both for your leadership and dedication to Haynes School.


One of the greatest fears I heard as we prepared to come back to school was that this would be a lost year. Nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, we learned more this year than we ever could have imagined. At the same time, this year provided (or perhaps, forced) the opportunity to prioritize what matters most. It is my hope that we carry these lessons forward as we plan for what's ahead.

Wishing you the best for a summer of rest, rejuvenation and peace.


Jeff LaBroad


Report Cards Released Today

Report cards will be released electronically on Friday, June 18th at the end of the day. Given the shortened school year, you may notice that some standards have been marked with an “x,” meaning that the standard was not addressed in sufficient depth to ensure that students are able to achieve mastery. Please know that the curriculum team is working closely with classroom teachers, coaches and specialists to adjust next year’s learning scope and sequence in order to address any unfinished learning.

Check Out the SPS Summer Literacy Website

To support students’ literacy skills this summer, the Sudbury Literacy Department has created a summer reading website. The website contains resources such as digital literacy notebooks, book recommendations, and summer writing ideas. The additional resources link highlights activities being offered by the Goodnow Library.

2021-22 School Supply Lists Now Available

Families can access each grade's school supply list for the 2021-22 school year now on our website and here.

School Supply Kits Now Available For Purchase Through HOP

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Sudbury, Lincoln, LS partner to host free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Sudbury Preschool opens additional seats

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Haynes Happenings

Haynes Happenings is the parent and family newsletter of Josiah Haynes Elementary School, published every other Thursday and distributed to families via email and shared at sudbury.k12.ma.us/haynes.