"Paw Prints"

Farley Elementary School's Weekly Family Update

THOUGHTS and THANK YOUS

Dear Farley Families,

The first week of November is a very meaningful and reflective time for me. Ten years ago today, I was waking up from a 12 hour surgery at Mass General Hospital. Diagnosed with a brain tumor in October 2012, a month later, on November 4th I was in the operating room. I had been a teacher in Hudson for 9 years and it was the first time I had ever missed more than a day of school in a row. The entire experience was surreal and scary. And yet, has had the most profound positive impact and influence on my life.


As you know, this past month, Farley began implementing the Choose Love Social Emotional Curriculum that was officially adopted by the district in August. There are four pillars of the Choose Love Curriculum: Courage, Gratitude, Forgiveness, and Compassion in Action. When I look back on 2012, I think of the courage it took my surgeons to graduate medical school, the compassion bestowed upon me by my support network, the forgiveness granted to me by my students for having to miss 6 weeks of school, and the undying gratitude I have to be alive and well. Through December, the students and staff will be focusing on the first pillar COURAGE. They will learn what courage means, what it looks like, what is sounds like, and what it feels like. To help us with this endeavor, please talk with your children about courage. Share ways you and other family members have been brave. Point out when they are being brave. Read stories with courageous characters. Help us show our students that being courageous is an every day occurrence. Remind them, you don't have to be a super hero to be considered brave.


Special thanks this week goes to Heather and Jay Johnston's non-profit, Kits for Kids. This organization supplied some Farley families which emergency packages filled with toiletries, blankets, stuffed animals, and Legos. Kits for Kids is located on Cottage Street if ever you want to help by donating time or supplies. For more information click the link: https://www.kitsforkids.org/


Don't forget to sign up for Caregiver Conferences next week. PTC Fast Sign Up Website will be open on Monday at 3:30pm. Please use this link: https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/C_A_Farley_Elementary_School See "Updates" below for a reminder of all the information. Have a sunny-filled weekend!


Read Always,
Rachel Scanlon (She, Her, Hers)

Farley Principal
rscanlon@hudson.k12.ma.us
978-567-6153

NEED TO KNOWS:

November 7th: Caregiver Conference Sign-ups Open

November 11th:

  • No School

November 16th and 17th:

  • Half Days for Caregiver Conferences-Dismissal at 11:40am

November 22nd:

  • Whole school PJ Day-reward for an amazing Fun Run!

November 23rd, 24th, 25th:

  • No School

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

MRS. SPADAFINO TEACHES FAMILIES TOO!

This Wednesday, Mrs. Spadafino, who is our language-based service provider, invited her current and past 3rd and 4th grade caregivers in to learn new strategies that she is using with her students in school. The focus of her first "Informational Night" was syllables. They learned how to decode multi-syllabic words which is a universal strategy used to access content vocabulary. She plans to

CLASS SPOTLIGHT

FIELD TRIPS ARE BACK!

Grade 3 students headed to Plimoth Patuxet last week. It looks like they had a blast! Thank you to all caregivers who volunteered and took a long journey down to Plymouth, MA.
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CULTURAL PROGRAMMING HAS ALSO RETURNED!

Last Friday, Home and School sponsored a presentation for all Grade 4 students. Mr. Quinn's friend, Judy Bloomberg, world traveler and author of: "Always a Traveler, Never a Tourist: In Search of People and Places on the Road Less Traveled" came to visit. She shared with us her amazing pictures and stories from her travels to Mongolia and Papua New Guinea. Students asked thoughtful questions and were in awe of the wonders she shared. Thank you Home and School!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY OFFICER MURF!

Officer Murf, our town's support dog, turned 1! Mrs. Belcourt's class surprised Office Murf with a birthday card and sang him Happy Birthday in his English and Portuguese. Office Murf was all smiles!
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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

STUDENTS STRIKE THEIR BRAVE POSES!

Some students have learned all about showing off their "Brave Poses" as part of this month's Choose Love Curriculum. A brave pose helps you build confidence, stay calm, and feel in control of the situation. Scarlett Lewis, the founder of the Choose Love SEL Curriculum strikes a brave pose before every speaking engagement. Click here to watch her video about Brave Poses: https://youtu.be/3g8Xtl3g05c
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FARLEY HOME and SCHOOL ASSOCIATION UPDATES

HOME and SCHOOL MONTHLY MEETING

Next month's Home and School Meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 7th, in LL27-Mrs. Belcourt's classroom. The board decided at this week's meeting to reinstate the virtual option. Feel free to join via Google Meet:


Meeting ID

meet.google.com/kyj-jsgf-abr


Phone Numbers

(‪US‬)‪+1 717-547-0535‬

PIN: ‪161 801 436#‬


Here is the link to Home and School's Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/FarleyHSA

OTHER UPDATES AND REMINDERS

#EXPLAIN YOUR BRAIN POSTCARDS

In an effort to continue to share the amazing ways our students are "Explaining Their Brains" (Farley's Instructional Focus this year), staff will be sending out postcards each month. Be on the lookout in the old-fashioned snail mail.

APSLEY STREET STAFF TO HOLD CLOTHING DRIVE

A message from the Administrators and Staff at the Apsley Street Building:


Dear Hudson Community,

With the cold weather season rolling in, we thought it would be a great idea to host a clothing drive for anyone in need. The clothing drive will be held on Saturday, November 12th (rain date November 13th) from 11:00-1:00 at the main administration building-155 Apsley Street, Hudson, MA. All clothing is free of charge. Linked below are fliers for the event. Please spread the word to Families, Friends and Members of the community!


If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to:

Emily Osborne, HR Generalist

Hudson Public Schools

155 Apsley Street, Hudson, MA 01749

Phone: 978-567-6100


Portuguese Flier

Spanish Flier

English Flier

IN NEED OF FOOD? HUDSON HAS YOU COVERED!

Greetings from the MetroWest Food Collaborative! Happy November!


WHO WE ARE

The MetroWest Food Collaborative (MWFC) is a regional effort that includes Framingham, Natick, Hudson and Ashland. The MWFC kicked off in October 2021, after a 9-month planning process and is composed of community members, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, farmers and funders throughout the MetroWest region. The MWFC is currently a project of MetroWest Moves, the regional Mass in Motion (MiM) for Framingham, Hudson, Northborough, and Marlborough. MiM is a MA Department of Public Health grant that is designed to reduce chronic disease and increase quality of life by improving people’s access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity. MetroWest Moves is housed in the Town of Hudson Health Department.

MISSION

Our mission is to actively join with the community to strengthen the local food system by advocating for policies and programs that support equitable access to nourishing, affordable, and culturally appropriate food.


You can find the Hudson Food Calendar here and attached. In addition to the food provider's information, the Find Food menu on the MWFC website offers information about other food resources, where to find SNAP & HIP retailers, local farmer's markets and CSAs. We are hopeful that this website will be useful to those in the MetroWest community, so please continue to provide us with your updates, feedback, and suggestions.


Thanks for sharing this resource and please feel free to send us an email if you think anyone should be added to this distribution list.


Thanks!



MetroWest Food Collaborative

Learn more about us at MetroWestFoodCollaborative.org

Follow us at MetroWest Food Collaborative Facebook

CAREGIVER CONFERENCES REMINDER

Caregiver/Teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 16th and Thursday November 17th. Both days will be an early dismissal from school for students at 11:40 am. Evening conferences will be held from 6:30 – 8:00 pm on the night of November 16th. If you would like a conference, you need to sign-up for a specific day and time using a third party website called PTC Fast. Walk-ins are not allowed. Here is the link: Here’s the updated link:

https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/C_A_Farley_Elementary_School. Conference sign-ups will open November 7th at 3:30pm. Families will have the option for either a virtual conference via Google Meet or an in-person meeting here at Farley. If you would prefer virtual, please indicate this when signing up for your conference--there will be a space for you to type in "virtual". Your child’s teacher will then send you the Google meeting link via email prior to and closer to the conference. If you choose to be in person for your child’s conference, please be sure to be on time. If you have a fourth grader or a student in our Dual Language Program, please be on the lookout for an email from those teachers with additional information about conferences.


As always, interpretation services will be made available to all families during conferences. If you are listed as needing an interpreter in Aspen, please be on the lookout for an email from Sandra Maiuri. She will help you set up a time for your conference.

MR. QUIIN'S NEWSLETTER IS HERE!

IT'S ALMOST BASKETBALL SEASON!

Registration is now open for our Grades 2-8 Youth Basketball programs. These grade-based non-competitive programs are intended to promote fun, exercise and most importantly the fundamentals of basketball. All Basketball Programs are open to Hudson Residents and/or Children who attend Hudson Public Schools. Information about our Kindergarten & Grade 1 Basketball Clinics & Unified Basketball programs will be announced later this fall.


For more information about Grades 2-8 Basketball programs, click HERE

TRADING CARDS CONCERN

Classroom teachers respectfully request that students not play with trading/Pokemon cards during our school day. Recently, we have had quite a few students get upset when their trading cards are lost, ripped, or shared and then not returned. While they understand that students may play with these types of cards at Chaps and Boys/Girls Club, they are asking you to support them in not having them out during the school day. Starting next week, classroom teachers will be asking students to keep their cards in their lockers. Thank you in advance for your help with this!

Change of date: A MESSAGE FROM STUDENT SERVICES

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This message comes to you on behalf of the Special Education Parent Advisory Council of Hudson (SEPAC-Hudson). SEPAC-Hudson will host Virtual Basic Rights in Special Education Meeting on November 8, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. PRE-REGISTRATION is REQUIRED so you receive a Zoom link and passcode for your workshop. Use this link to pre-register https://fcsn-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIlcOqpqzgtGNAC59xPEjEig605G5I_grgDIf you need assistance, please contact Sandra Maiuri at 508-615-7454. Interpretation is available upon request.


If you are unfamiliar with the Zoom platform, here is a quick video on how to use zoom:

· Intro to Zoom for Families: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIUVCxcew8M&t=30s

FARLEY'S STUDENT/FAMILY DIRECTORY IS READY!

Home and School has finished compiling all the contact information voluntarily submitted by Farley families for our school directory. The directory is linked below. Please note that this directory is published for the private use of Farley Elementary School Families only. This directory is for the personal use of the authorized reader and cannot be shared (including on social media), duplicated, or used for commercial purpose.


If you need to make any changes, would like to be added to the January edition, would like to be removed from the directory, or have any questions, please contact sarah.tracy97@gmail.com.


Link to Directory