Haynes Happenings

News & Notes from Josiah Haynes Elementary School

May 7, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Over the last two weeks, Sudbury has been committed to continue making meaningful learning experiences available to our students. At the center of our work and as a way of prioritizing the most important pieces, we are reflecting on guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

Move all students toward consistent engagement in remote learning, with a focus on connectedness and on the content standards most critical for success in the next year.

This will continue in the form of weekly instructional content coming from both teachers and our Sudbury curriculum office. Two live scheduled class connection opportunities are now available for students each week in whole-class and/or small group settings, in addition to educator office hours. Next week our specialist team will launch grade-level connection opportunities so that students can see specialist teachers, too.

In all of this, my message to you as you juggle all of this is to do the best that you can. If your family needs to hit pause at a moment, that is okay. The work is designed to be flexible, so please treat it as such.

Haynes and our Sudbury colleagues will continuing meaningful learning experiences for students in the weeks ahead, while also looking toward how we will land what has been a most interesting plane ride. This includes coordination to provide students their personal belongings in school, collecting school-issued materials you may have at home, and celebrating our outgoing fifth grade class. More to come on all of this.

Finally, thank you to everyone for your help in recognizing and celebrating our educators during this most unique Teacher Appreciation Week. Please know how much it is appreciated by our talented and dedicated staff.


Jeff LaBroad


Thank You Haynes Families

Your "Three Words Back" video touched our hearts this week. Getting to see and hear from our students reminds us of why we do the work that we do. Your expressions of gratitude throughout this week have provided such inspiration, and another reminder of why we do the work we do. We are so grateful for your thoughtfulness during this most unique Teacher Appreciation Week!

Haynes Awarded Two SERF Grants

Earlier this spring, Haynes was awarded two grants from the Sudbury Education Resource Fund. Congrats to Erin Kehew for her grant for new recess activities and equipment for students seeking a quieter recess experience. Congrats to Kristyn Traversi and the Mindfulness Staff Working Group for their successful application to provide mindfulness toolkits--including chimes and breathing balls--to classrooms and offices throughout our building. We look forward to adding these resources this fall. Our thanks to SERF and all its supporters for helping enhance our students' school experience.

For Students Not Returning to Haynes

Parents of students entering grades 1 through 5 not returning to Haynes in September 2020 are asked to notify the Haynes office in writing of their intention to unenroll. Please email Marcy Sawin (marcy_sawin@sudbury.k12.ma.us) if you are not planning to attend Haynes next year.
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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.