The DiPiet Beat

February 3 - 7, 2020

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About this week and some more....

Happenings for this week:


  • 6:45 - School Committee Meeting: Please consider attending if you are interested in how our budget looks for next year.


  • 7:00 - 8:00: PTO Meeting


  • 6:30 - Kindergarten Information Night for incoming Kindergarten parents.


  • 9:00 - 9:45 - All School Assembly (staff and students only)

Looking Forward:

  • 2/11 - 2/14: K registration from 9:30 - 12:00 each day
  • 2/13 - Cupid's Ball

From the Principal's Desk

Dear DiPietro Families,

Happy February! Thank you so much for all of your donations. Mrs. Bell, our Nutrition Director, shared that the DiPietro students brought in 720 items for our Soup-er Bowl Friday morning. Thank you Mrs. Bell for organizing this event. Thank you to our parent volunteers who came to pass out beads and count, collect and organize all of the food. We had a special lunch with soup thanks to our amazing cafeteria staff. And....we had lots of fun sports gear that staff and students wore. My favorite memory to share....I was walking down the hall with one of our first graders. He was coming from grabbing a snack and I was heading down to visit a classroom. He made a connection with me since we were both wearing Patriots shirts. He then told me he is "not a football guy, he's a soccer guy". When I asked him why he was wearing a Patriots shirt his response was, "Oh, my mom made me." It made me laugh because I am sure many teachers of my sons heard that same statement.

Please take some time to use the Ask Me About questions with your children. They are listed below. These will help you guide your children to tell you about what they are learning. Our goal is to set the stage for later years...students will be used to explaining details. The more our students read, and describe as they speak, the stronger their vocabulary and writing skills become.

Have a wonderful week.

Your principal,

Mrs. Friedman

Ask Me About....


  1. ...What does an author do?

  2. ...Ask me to show you a number tree for the number 4.

1st Grade

  1. …counting by 10’s, both forward and back, up to 120.

  2. …how I showed kindness within my first grade community?

  3. ...what new glued sounds we learned this week?

2nd Grade

  1. How many inches are in 1 foot?

  2. What are the 2 r-controlled syllables we learned this week? (-ar,-or)

  3. What is one way you showed kindness to your friend(s) this week?

3rd Grade

  1. ...strategies I use to estimate

  2. …what find the evidence means when reading

  3. ...the different types of nouns


  1. ...In Art, ask your child the name of the artist that paints the cakes.

  2. ...In Art, ask your 3rd grader how you create shades and tints.

  3. ...In Music, ask Kindergarten to sing you a musical scale. (Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do).

  4. ...In Music ask Grade 1 to sing Country Road.

  5. ...In Music ask Grade 2 about the job of a conductor.

  6. ...In Music ask Grade 3 how they remember the space and line notes.

  7. ….In Physical Education (M, T, TH) What is “Human Hungry Hungry Hippos”?

  8. ...In Technology, ask Grade 1 where the Home Row keys are on a keyboard.

  9. ...In Technology, ask Grade 2 about the PowerPoint they created.

Indoor Recess Guidelines

Indoor Recess Guidelines

Winter and snow are upon us, perhaps a bit earlier than expected. We prefer to have students go outside for recess whenever possible and will continue to go outside when there is snow on the ground. See below for clothing expectations for playing in the snow.

There will be days when it is not safe or comfortable to have outdoor recess. As general rules, we will have outdoor recess unless (1) the actual temperature is 20’F or below, (2) the “real feel” temperature is 20’F or below, or (3) it is actively precipitating. In addition, we will have indoor recess if we deem the playground unsafe for ice or other reasons.

What to wear to play in the snow and a Request from Nurse Barros

For OUTDOOR RECESS we will use the Rule of 5 when it comes to playing in the snow. All of these items must be on, but can be sent to school in a bag:

1. Hat/hood must be worn.

2. Gloves/Mittens

3. Winter Coat

4. Snow pants

5. Winter boots

Request from Nurse Barros:

Winter is here and the best practice to keep your children safe and warm is to provide snow pants, gloves, and a hat at recess time for your children. When they are playing at recess, they may get wet, so PLEASE pack an extra pair of socks, underwear, pants, and shirt in their backpack in the event that they may need to change after recess/lunch. They can keep these items in their backpacks all year long as a backup if needed. Thank you!