Page Hilltop Paws-itively News

January 16th, 2022


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Principal's Thoughts

Dear Page Hilltop Families:

As we continue to endure these difficult Covid-related times, life can pose frequent challenges for our students, parents, and school staff. For myself, I have chosen to remain optimistic about our future. When I think back on all that we have overcome these past couple of years, I am often reminded that the strength of our school community comes from the partnership between our school and our homes. We are all here to do what is best to support our students / your children.

I would like to share 3 messages of inspiration to hopefully help you all when you are struggling:

The first message comes from humorist Erma Bombeck: "Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere."

The second message comes from that lovable bear, Baloo, of Jungle Book fame: Forget about your worries and your strife and the bare necessities of life will come to you."

The third message comes from my dear friend & colleague, Barbara. She was also godmother to my son and we worked together in NH until her untimely passing at an early age. Her spirit remains with me always and I live by her favorite phrase often: "This too shall pass."

Covid will pass and we will get through it together. Lean on each other, support each other.

If you have any questions or confusion regarding Covid-related issues, I ask that you share them directly with either myself of assistant principal Matt Lutinski. Please do not send any questions to teachers or school staff directly as we don't want to risk you receiving any misinformation due to changing DESE / CDC protocols. Please do not accept what you may view on any social media platforms as current & accurate.

Stay healthy! Stay Safe! Stay Strong!

Fred Deppe, Principal

Matt Lutinski, Assistant Principal

ASRSD 2021 - 2022 School Calendar (revised - December 15th, 2021)

Please click here to see a copy of the revised school calendar.

Revisions include additional early release days on the following dates...

  • Wednesday, February 9th
  • Wednesday, March 9th
  • Wednesday, April 13th
  • Wednesday, May 11th

**Early Release Days -- Dismissal @ 1:45 -- Lunch is Served**


  • Monday, January 17th -- MLK Day -- No School
  • Friday, January 21st -- 1/2 Day -- Dismissal @ 12:15 -- NO LUNCH SERVED

January's Lunch Menu

Please click here to view the January lunch menu.

Monday -- MLK Day -- NO SCHOOL

Tuesday -- Chicken Nuggets

Wednesday -- BBQ Rib on WG Bun

Thursday -- Personal Pizza

Friday -- 1/2 DAY -- NO Lunch


Parents/Guardians can still enroll students in our weekly COVID safety checks (pool testing) by completing the consent form on the CIC website. Pool testing is completed every Monday (with the exception of holiday weeks) and parents/guardians are only notified if their child is positive.

Wednesday is the cutoff for enrollment to be in next Monday's pool testing.

Directions to provide consent for pool testing...

  1. Go to
  2. Click "Consent Now"
  3. Select your school district "Ayer Shirley School District"
  4. Select your school "Page Hilltop Elementary School"
  5. Click "Sign Consent Form for a Minor"
  6. Follow the following prompts

Page Hilltop's First Snow Day of 2022

Page Hilltop's First Snow Day 2022


Looking for something beneficial that your child can work on at home to continue their learning? Students, in grades K-2, have access to Lexia and can log in at home if they are looking for something to work on to improve their literacy skills. All students K-5 can also work on math lessons on Zearn.

Please find the links to these online tools below...

Students should have their usernames and passwords written down in their folders. If not, please email your child's teacher for this information.


Free virtual support for all caregivers of children who are receiving mental health support. CLICK HERE to check out the information on this program sponsored by the BRYT program.


Page Hilltop will be running a "Sock Drive" for the month of January. We are looking for pairs of NEW socks that will be used to help PH students & families in need throughout our community. If the staff and students of Page Hilltop can achieve our goal of 500 pairs of socks we will be celebrating with a "Pajama Day / Comfy Sock Day" sometime in early February. Thank you for your continued support!

PREDICT HOW MANY PAIRS OF SOCKS we will have collected by January 31st. Write your guess down on a piece of paper, with your name and homeroom, and send it to the office. The student(s) who come closest to the correct number of socks will win a prize from our school store.

Thank you everyone for your support. We will update you on our final collection totals at the end of the month.


Mrs. Daul's Classroom: Mrs. Daul's classroom has been very busy these past few months doing many hands-on projects. Check out the pictures and captions below that explain what students were working on.


The Great Kindness Challenge will be coming to Page Hilltop, beginning on Monday, January 24th. Keep watch next week for a special edition of SMORES, dedicated to all things KIND!


A School Resource Officer is often referred to as a SRO. What is a School Resource Officer? An SRO is a fully trained police officer who has gone through further training to become a certified School Resource Officer both within Massachusetts and on a national level. “NASRO developed the “triad” concept of school-based policing. It divides the school resource officer (SRO) responsibilities into three areas: teacher, informal counselor, and law enforcement officer. By training law enforcement to educate, counsel, and protect school communities, the men and women of NASRO continuously lead by example and promote a positive image of law enforcement to school children and school communities.” NASRO, National Association of School Resource Officers.

An SRO usually will work during school hours and be just that, a resource to the school community. An SRO will be a liaison between the school, the police department, and other agencies. An SRO will work with DCF and the court system to be a support to families in need.

Officer Jennifer Bigelow, from the Ayer Police Department, has been the SRO for the Ayer Police Department for approximately eight years. During that time she has assisted in the District’s Planning of Safety procedures, has planned Bike Rodeos, Halloween Safety talks, Car Seat Safety, and many other projects with the school to include D.A.R.E.


The D.A.R.E. curriculum for the fifth-grade students is a ten-week program. Each week, Officer Bigelow will meet with the class for approximately one hour for a lesson. The curriculum is focused on helping the students make good choices by utilizing a Decision-Making Model. The lessons will include education about drugs and alcohol which will help them make better choices when faced with the opportunities to make a choice to use or not. The curriculum also allows the students to learn about themselves and their own stresses and how to handle them best. Officer Bigelow appreciates the time spent each week with the students while engaging them in these important topics. Officer Bigelow and Page Hilltop are working together for each student to be the best citizen they can be.

This year's D.A.R.E program will on the week of February 2nd and end in the middle of April. There will be a graduation celebration held after April vacation. We are fortunate to be able to involve all of our fifth graders in this program. Most of the lessons will be held on Wednesdays / Thursdays of each week. We encourage parents to talk with their children about what they learn each week during D.A.R.E.


The Page Hilltop Clothes Closet will remain open throughout the school year, with a variety of clothing items (in all sizes) that are available, free-of-charge, to any Page Hilltop student / family in need. At the moment we are focusing on winter wear but will also offer spring attire later in the school year. If you are in need of any clothing items, please contact Mr. Deppe:


The "Panther Pride Shop" will re-open for business next week! Located right outside our school cafeteria, the grand re-opening will take place on Thursday, January 20th. The school store will be open for business during all lunch periods (11:00 - 1:30). Sherry Marshall, grade 2 special education teacher, and Fred Deppe, principal, will be coordinating store operations, with the assistance of several students. All kindergarten - grade 5 students are able to stop by the Panther Pride Shop to purchase an item or just browse for future shopping needs. Most of the items are available for purchase at a modest price of $1.00 or less. Students who have earned 10 PAWS slips may select an item from the store at no cost. Students must have finished eating their lunch and put their masks back on before they will be allowed to visit the store.


As you enjoy the extended weekend and a special holiday off from school on Monday, let's keep in mind the reason you are having this holiday. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day is a holiday in the United States honoring the achievements of Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister and civil rights leader who advocated for nonviolent resistance against racial segregation.

On January 17, 2022, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday will mark the 27th anniversary of the national day of service. This day was established to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, and to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. Americans celebrated the first official Martin Luther King Day, which is the only federal holiday commemorating an African-American, on Monday, January 20, 1986. In 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service, and marked the third Monday in January every year as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - a "Day On, Not a Day Off."

How might you volunteer, in some way, to help make your community a better place?


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