News & Notes from Josiah Haynes Elementary School
November 19, 2020
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.
Celebrating Haynes Speech and Language Pathologist Karen Condouris
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
Keeping Haynes Safe...and Open
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
First Friday Coffees Shifted to Evening Principal Forums
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.
When reporting an absence due to illness...
Hayneswear On Sale Through Sunday
Sudbury Neighbor Brigade and HOPEsudbury Launch Holiday Drive
HOP Virtual Book Fair
HOP Hayneswear Sale
November Food Pantry Collection
Tuesday, November 24
3:00-5:00 Remote Learner Material Exchange
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