Hansen Weekly Update

May 20, 2022

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Hi Hansen Students, Parents, and Families!

We are officially in the homestretch of the 2021-22 school year with just 20 school days remaining before summer vacation! There remains lots of exciting learning to occur, as well as some fun and exciting enrichment opportunities. This week, our Kindergarten students met with the Norfolk County Sheriff's new comfort dog, and Grade 4 attended a virtual program with the Museum of Fine Arts.

Next week kicks off the district-wide Art Show, with every student in the district having a piece of artwork displayed! This takes place at Canton High School, and more information can be found below in the update.

Students across grade levels have enjoyed or are looking forward to field trips, Field Day, and our 5th Grade Unity Day, and our upcoming Hansen School Picnic. Lots of excitement in the days ahead!

Please enjoy some of this weeks' Hansen highlights through the pictures below...

Creating A Culture of Achievement, Equity, Inspiration, and Joy!

Food Drive Next Week!

The Hansen School is teaming up with two students from Canton High School, who are hosting a food drive for the Canton Food Pantry as part of the National Honors Society Service Project. We will have a box available next week in our Main Lobby, and welcome any non-perishable food donations. Please click the link below for more information!

Food Drive Flyer

Field Day!

Field Day is coming soon and is scheduled for Thursday, June 2 with a rain date of Tuesday, June 7! This is always an exciting and fun day for our students, and thank you to those that have volunteered to assist!

If you are not signed up as a parent/guardian volunteer, we kindly ask that you not attend field day. Thank you for your support, and please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. We are looking forward to a day of friendly competition and joy!

New Stair Decals!

Thank you to our awesome CAPT and parent volunteers that are assisting with kindness projects around the school! As part of their support, this week, they installed some new stair decals that added some brightness and positivity. We love them, and thank you for helping promote good energy for our students and staff at the Hansen!
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Garden Club Looking for Volunteers!

The Garden Committee is looking for volunteers next week. They need help dismantling the existing beds, removing crushed stone, preparing ground with new wood chips and eventually assembling new beds and planting.

They will be meeting after school on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 4-6. If you can make it please email mooneyl@cantonma.org to let them know you will be available.

They also encourage you to bring gloves, shovels, rakes(metal) and a wheelbarrow if you can. Really any yard tools are welcome.

Update from Nurse Bethany

Spring has sprung!.... And so have the pollen levels!

If your student(s) suffer from seasonal allergies they are likely feeling the effects of the increased pollen levels right now. Here are some suggestions on helping to manage their seasonal allergy issues:

  1. Take your medication regularly.

Allergy medication works best when taken consistently and before your symptoms start. It can take up to 2 weeks of taking your allergy medication to feel the full relief of allergy symptoms.Allergy medication should be given at home and is not available in the school health office.

Using a cold compress on the eyes can help reduce swelling and itching and prevent your child from rubbing eyes and causing increased redness and irritation.

Some common symptoms of seasonal allergies include:

  • Runny nose and nasal congestion.

  • Watery, itchy, red eyes (allergic conjunctivitis)

  • Sneezing.

  • Cough.

  • Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat.

  • Swollen, blue-colored skin under the eyes (allergic shiners)

  • Postnasal drip.

  • Fatigue.

**Some allergy symptoms are also consistent with Covid symptoms. If you have these symptoms please do not assume they are just allergies and check for Covid as well.**

  1. Shower after coming in from playing or being outside and change your clothes

Removing pollen from your body, especially your hands and face is very important when coming inside. Changing your clothing will also prevent you from spreading pollens throughout the house.

  1. Minimize indoor pollen by keeping windows closed

Use air conditioners if possible

  1. Monitor the weather

Be aware of when pollen levels are high and if possible adjust plans or activities accordingly.

If you have any additional questions or concerns please reach out to your child’s physician for additional advice and guidance.

MCAS Make-Ups

Congratulations to all of our students in grades 3-5 for their awesome effort and hard work during the Spring MCAS testing window. Our students put forth their very best, and we have completed all of our scheduled sessions!

Next week, we will be offering make-up sessions to students that have previously missed one, and we will then be ready to close the 2022 MCAS testing window!

IMPORTANT REMINDER: 2022 - 2023 Hansen School Hours

As a reminder, next year, the Hansen transitions to the 'late elementary school', and our start and end times will be a half hour later than they are currently. We will keep these hours for the next two school years.

Next year, student drop off will begin at 8:50, with classes starting at 9:10 a.m. Student dismissal will be 3:25 p.m.

Please reach out with any questions!

REMINDER: CAPE's Honor Thy Teacher Campaign

Honor Thy Teacher

A donation to CAPE's Honor Thy Teacher program is a wonderful way to recognize a specific teacher, staff person or administrator who has helped make a student's school year brighter. All donations support CAPE grants.

There are so many people in our schools who have a positive impact on our children every day. We are happy to honor them!

Visit CAPE to learn more or make a donation.

REMINDER: The Spring STAR Window Is Now Open

We have been using the STAR 360 Benchmark Assessments this year as our universal screener. This assessment is designed to help us identify students who may need additional support and/or intervention in reading and math.

The Spring STAR window is currently open and runs from May 9 - May 27. Students will need to bring their school issued ipad or chromebook to school on days that they are testing. These specific testing days will be shared by teachers. Parent Reports will be sent home in June.

More information about STAR Assessment is available on the Renaissance parent page.

REMINDER: Canton Art Show is Back!

After two years on hiatus because of Covid protocols, I am excited to share that we are able to host our annual spring art show once again in the CHS gymnasium. As always, the show will include artwork from every art student in the district, PreK-12. The show will be open for students and their families to visit from 6-8pm on Monday, May 23 - Thursday, May 26.

Each evening we will be hosting open studio activities for all ages in the CHS art rooms. This year's show will also feature a silent auction of artwork with proceeds benefiting the work that Doctors without Borders is doing to help Ukrainian refugees. All are welcome!

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CAPT Corner - May 20 Update

Please click here for the latest news from the Hansen CAPT!

This Week's Math and Computer Science Questions!

See if you can solve this week's challenges in math and computer science!

Grades 3 - 5 Math Challenge Problem

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Grades 3 - 5 Computer Science Problem

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Community Connections!

Canton Public Schools has a new Community Resources and Information Page on its website titled Around Town. This page lists resources that are available in our community for families and students. Information on this page will be updated periodically.

This site can be reached at this link: About/Around Town.

What's Coming Up?

  • Monday, May 23 - Grade 4 virtual visit with Museum of Fine Arts
  • Monday, May 23 - Grade 1 Trip to Brookwood Farm
  • Tuesday, May 24 - Author Kate Hanscom visits with Kindergarten
  • Wednesday, May 25 - Grade 4 Trip to Treetop Adventures
  • Monday, May 30 - No School (Memorial Day)
  • Tuesday, May 31 - Grade 1 Trip to Franklin Park Zoo
Continue to stay safe and, as always, do not hesitate to reach out to any of us at the Hansen if we can offer any support or assistance!
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