Haynes Happenings

News & Notes from Josiah Haynes Elementary School

November 19, 2020


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Dear Families,

2020 has both inspired and at times challenged our capacity for gratitude. As we head into the Thanksgiving season, I am mindful of all that I am grateful for as the leader of our exceptional school.

I am thankful for our STUDENTS who come to us each day, either in person or through a virtual connection, with questions, ideas, creativity and courage. I am thankful for our PARENTS who partner with us to support our students and sustain our community. I am thankful for our TEACHERS who don't shy away from long hours or outside-the-box thinking to deliver world-class instruction to students in the midst of a crisis. I am thankful for our CUSTODIANS who have not wavered in their dedication to our school facility and the health and safety of our students and staff. I am thankful for our FRONT OFFICE STAFF who keep the operations of our school humming. I am thankful for our SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS who provide exceptional instruction and care for our students. I am thankful for our SCHOOL NURSE AND MENTAL HEALTH TEAMS for their exceptional leadership during this time of crisis. I am thankful for my ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM colleagues across the district who work tirelessly to support the best interests of our students, staff and families. I am thankful for the SPS TECHNOLOGY TEAM that has made amazing things happen as technology has become a lifeline for teaching and learning. I am thankful for the PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE SUDBURY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION AND THE SUDBURY SCHOOL COMMITTEE as they collaborate with the best interest of students in mind. I am thankful for the inclusion by such community organizations as HOPEsudbury, SUDBURY FOOD PANTRY and NEIGHBORHOOD BRIGADE that help our schools be true partners in supporting community members. I am grateful for the financial funding support of HOP and SERF which help our school realize exciting new endeavors. I am grateful to our FACILITIES AND MAINTAINANCE DEPARTMENTS for their efforts to not only keep our buildings operating and looking great but constantly improved as well. I am grateful for the droves of VOLUNTEERS who contribute their time and talents toward the betterment of our school. I am grateful for the support of the SUDBURY BOARD OF HEALTH AND PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT for their ongoing support as we continue to open our doors each day.

With acknowledgment that this is only a sampling with many more that I have omitted, I encourage you and your families to think of all of those who help make life a little easier through their contributions and commitment.

I wish you a meaningful and safe Thanksgiving holiday.


Jeff LaBroad


Celebrating Haynes Speech and Language Pathologist Karen Condouris

Haynes will lose one of a kind when Speech and Language Pathologist Karen Condouris begins her well-earned retirement on November 30. Ms. Condouris started in Sudbury fifteen years ago, and has been at Haynes for more than a decade. In that time she has provided masterful instruction to countless students, support to dozens upon dozens of families and coaching and collegial partnership to colleagues across the district. Beyond her role as a Speech and Language Pathologist, Ms. Condouris has served as a Special Education Team Chairperson and has been a driving force behind Sudbury's Partners and Steps programs, along with being a researcher and author in her field. A positive presence, cheerful problem-solver, technology expert and invaluable resource to many, Ms. Condouris has made Haynes a better place with her presence.

The Haynes School community congratulates Ms. Condouris on this milestone and wishes her the best as she begins her next chapter! Thank you, Karen!

Marking National Education Support Personnel Day

Yesterday schools across the country marked the annual National Education Support Personnel Day. Haynes is lucky to benefit from numerous professionals who fill the ranks of teaching assistants, tutors, clerical support and more. To all our support professionals, THANK YOU for all you do to enhance the lives of our students!

Keeping Haynes Safe...and Open

The Sudbury Public Schools and Haynes, in particular, have seen the results of vigilant adherence to recommendations to keep one another healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been able to stay open because of our community's response to guidance from local, state and national authorities.

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, there is great concern that relaxing these norms and "letting our guard down" may have negative consequences for our school and community's health.

Please note best practices that the Department of Public Health has outlined:

  • Limit gathering size: Indoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 10 people, and outdoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 25 people.
  • Individuals should stay within their household: For a lower-risk celebration, people should limit in-person holiday gatherings to only people they live with or limit the gathering to a small group of individuals with whom they are regularly in contact.
  • Avoid travel: Anyone considering travel should review and abide by Massachusetts travel orders, and people who want to travel to another state that is not a lower-risk state should be aware of the quarantine requirements involved with such travel.

A Shift in Approach in Social Studies

Amidst our pandemic schooling, our curriculum advancement continues in Sudbury. This year our educators are introducing Social Studies units, lessons and methodologies. Sudbury has adopted a belief statement and continues to shift practice in a manner that focuses on exploration, examination and application. This paired with careful analysis of historical truths ("tough history") and present-day implications is part of the ongoing curricular work taking place in this area.
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First Friday Coffees Shifted to Evening Principal Forums

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to rethink how we've previously done many things, and this reflection has created new opportunities. With a necessary shift to remote meetings, we're pleased to share that following a successful launch, we will move our First Friday Principal Coffees to monthly Principal Forums, scheduled for the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. on Google Meet. Haynes parents are invited and encouraged to log in to discuss questions, share ideas and offer feedback in conversation with Mr. LaBroad. Our next Principal Forum will be Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Thank you, Sudbury Police and DPW!

You may have already spotted an enhancement for our walkers and bikers -- signage drawing attention to the crosswalk across Haynes Road at North Road/Route 117. This installation is part of Haynes School's ongoing work to keep students safe, both at school as well as on their way traveling to and from. Our thanks to the Sudbury Police and Sudbury DPW for their assistance in installing this signage.

Attendance Matters

Students are expected to be present for all remote synchronous class time with their classroom teachers, specialists and service providers. Please contact your child's classroom or specialist teacher and the office (haynes_office@subury.k12.ma.us) if a student will be absent. This assists with planning and with our attendance record keeping.

When reporting an absence due to illness...

In addition to providing your child's name, teacher and cohort, please be sure to include your child's symptoms in detail. As our Health Office continues to track and trace illness during this pandemic, knowing this will help us avoid needing to reach back out to you for clarification.

Hayneswear On Sale Through Sunday

Sudbury Neighbor Brigade and HOPEsudbury Launch Holiday Drive

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November 16-20

HOP Virtual Book Fair

HOP Hayneswear Sale

November 18-20

November Food Pantry Collection

Pajama Day

Tuesday, November 24

3:00-5:00 Remote Learner Material Exchange

November 26-27

Thanksgiving Break -- NO SCHOOL

Monday, November 30

2:45-4:00 Haynes School Council Meeting

Thursday, December 3

7:30-8:30 p.m. Haynes Principal Forum

Tuesday, December 8

Staff Appreciation Breakfast hosted by Grade 3 Families

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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.