PHT Paws-itively News
March 21st, 2022
Dear Page Hilltop Families:
Sunday, March 20th will mark the official first calendar day of spring. I was so happy to enjoy spring-like weather last Thursday and Friday. We know that the temperatures will still fluctuate up and down. Hopefully (with apologies to all you skiing enthusiasts) we will not experience any more snowstorms. I find that the coming of spring does well for the body and soul. Warmer sunlight fills us with vitamin D and feels good.
It seems like it was so very long ago that we declared third grader Teaghan B, as the winner of the "1st snowfall challenge". We will soon be declaring two more winning students: one student for picking the last day that there is any snow left on the school grounds and one student who correctly forecasted how many total inches of snow we received this winter. I have all your entries ready for review - stay tuned!
Thanks, as always, for sharing your children with us!
Fred Deppe, Principal
Matt Lutinski, Assistant Principal
SPIRIT DAY - SPRING Day - Monday
Monday, March 21st - Welcome to Spring Day
Wear lots of bright sunshine-y colors. Wear clothing with butterflies, birds, ladybugs and other "signs of spring". Wear your favorite spring hat.
BUILD A PANTHER AND PANTHER PALS
You can build a...
- Panda (Sold Out!)
- German Shepherd
- Black Bear
- Sponsor a Kit!
BE ON THE SAME SCHEDULE AS YOUR STUDENT?
Page Hilltop is looking for people interesting in providing coverage for classroom teachers and paraprofessionals (on an interim substitute basis). Interested applicants must submit a copy of this application. Applicants, if hired, will need to complete a CORI in the main office and also be fingerprinted. Please email Fred Deppe, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Current Employment Opportunities can be found on SchoolSpring -- CLICK HERE
ALL students are invited to participate in the Pi Challenge during Monday's lunch times.
For now, I ask that you save this date, especially if you are a member of the military (past or present). Please share this information with all friends & neighbors.
- Students should always be prepared for changing weather. Even if it predicts to be a warm day, it doesn't hurt to have a light jacket, sweater or sweatshirt with them in case the temperatures cool off during the day.
- Students are to follow basic guidelines for safe play at all times.
- We are an all-inclusive school and no child should ever be excluded from any group game.
- If a child chooses to bring their own ball, etc. to recess, they should be prepared to share it with other students.
- We have been reminding students of the "Whistle Rules":
- At the conclusion of the recess period, they will hear a SINGLE whistle blast. At this time all children should stop playing and freeze.
- A few seconds later they will hear a SECOND whistle blast. At this time they walk safely into line.
Who: All 4th-graders
What: Nature's Classroom -- website
Where: Grotonwood, 167 Prescott Street, Groton, MA
When: Monday, May 16th and Tuesday, May 17th --- 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
Why: Outdoor Education and Science Curriculum Connection
Registration Packet: CLICK HERE -- DUE BY FRIDAY, April 29th
Cost: $80 cash or check (made payable to Page Hilltop)
FROM OUR DISTRICT SOCIAL WORKER...
As we begin to have more daylight and warmer weather, I’d like to share some ideas and resources to encourage your kids to get outside. The benefits are endless, and include improved motor skills, cognitive, social and emotional development, as well as improving sleep challenges! What caregiver doesn’t want their child to have a better night’s sleep?!?!?
During the continuing challenges we’re facing due to the pandemic and our political climate, I also want to extend some resources provided by our Assistant Superintendent, Charlie Caliri. Conversations around the events occurring between Ukraine and Russia might be hard for elementary-aged students to understand and make sense of. I hope these resources can serve as a guide for those who wish to engage in a family dialogue.
Resilience in a time of war: Tips for parents and teachers of elementary school children: This article from the American Psychological Association can help adults guide their young children beyond fear and to resilience.
Child Mind (general resource): How to Help Children Cope with Frightening News
Should you or your family need any additional support or resources, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com
3RD GRADE SEL LESSONS
4TH GRADE SEL LESSONS
5TH GRADE SEL LESSONS
RECENT STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
SCHOOL STORE UPDATE
GRADE / AGE CORRECTION
INCOMING PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS
Preschool Registration Slide Deck -- CLICK HERE
Preschool Registration Packet -- CLICK HERE
Kindergarten Registration Slide Deck -- CLICK HERE
Kindergarten Registration Packet -- CLICK HERE
FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE
5th GRADE POSTURAL SCREENING
AT HOME COVID TESTING PROTOCOLS
To opt into this new testing program use the link to this Google Form -- CLICK HERE
Testing kits will be sent home with students every other Tuesday. Students will need to test at home by 6:30 pm every Tuesday and report positive cases only using the QR code to the Google Form provided with testing kits.
SPRING MCAS DATES (Revised)
- Grade 5: April 4 & 6
- Grade 4: April 12 & 14
- Grade 3: April 25 & 27
- Grade 4: May 10 & 12
- Grade 5: May 16 & 18
- Grade 3: May 17 & 19
STE MCAS (5th-Grade Only)
- Grade 5: May 23 & 25
NEXT PTO MEETING: Thursday, April @ 7:00 PM via ZOOM
PTO Website -- LINK
PTO Facebook Page -- Link
Are you an Amazon shopper?
Did you know just by shopping with smileamazon.com you can help support PH!?
Create a FREE SMILE ACCOUNT and link it to Page Hilltop.
Share with family and friends so they can help support PH too!
YES, Page Hilltop can still earn with Box Tops!
Here is a video on how to Scan with the Box Tops Mobile App YOUTUBE BOXTOP
SCRIPS YEAR ROUND
The PHT PTO scrip program is a simple and effective fundraising program.
Please email Amanda Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the Scrip Program.
Go to: https://www.shopwithscrip.com/how-to-enroll and click Join Your Existing Program
1. Enter the Enrollment Code: 298736BL13535
2. Complete the Family Registration page
3. Start Shopping!