PHT Paws-itively News

March 21st, 2022

Principal's Thoughts

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

UPCOMING MARCH DATES TO REMEMBER

  • March 21st -- First Day of Spring -- Wear your spring colors!
  • March 31st -- 1/2 Day (Preschool - 5) for PTC Dismissal @ 12:15

SPIRIT DAY - SPRING Day - Monday

All students and staff are encouraged to participate in the following spirit day.


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.

BLOOD DRIVE

On April 3rd the Ayer Shirley Regional Middle School will be hosting a blood drive to benefit a school community member who is in need. See poster below:

ST. PATRICK'S DAY FUN!

Click on the four-leaf clover to the left to see some photos of how we celebrated St. Patrick's day at Page Hilltop!

BUILD A PANTHER AND PANTHER PALS

Our PTO is sponsoring a "Build a Panther and Panther Pals" fundraiser event. Use this link to purchase your stuffed animal kit and build it together via ZOOM on April 6th! Limited quantities still remain.


CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOURS!


You can build a...

  • Panther
  • 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 fdeppe@asrsd.org if you have any questions.


Current Employment Opportunities can be found on SchoolSpring -- CLICK HERE

CLASSROOM SHOWCASE

Mrs. Godin's & Mr. Whittemore's Classes: On Monday, 3/14 (aka Pi Day), Mrs. Godin's & Mr. Whittemore's students enjoyed some pie and talked about the mathematical significance of Pi.


ALL students are invited to participate in the Pi Challenge during Monday's lunch times.

CLASSROOM SHOWCASE

Ms. Gruskowski, Mrs. Reilly & Mrs. Colello: Grade 2 classes are participating in the March Madness Reading Challenge. Each class received 16 different books to read and are trying to narrow it down to their favorite book. All books are DEI in nature, either through a topic or by the author. Take a look at their bracket and see where the books stand so far...


March Book Madness Website

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CLASSROOM SHOWCASE

Mrs. Daul's Class: Mrs. Daul's class took some time during health class this week to learn more about the human body and how it works. Ask your kids what they learned this week in school and allow them the opportunity to share something with you!

CLASSROOM SHOWCASE

Mrs. Fitzgerald's Class: Mrs. Fitzgerald's class took part in some interactive math activities for St. Patrick's Day. William the Leprachaun did a good job acting out the word problem for the class. Take a look at the video linked below...

CLASSROOM SHOWCASE

Mrs. Bezerra's Class: We were learning about how fossil dinosaur tracks reveal how quickly a dinosaur was running. In the activity, outrunning CeeLo (one of the dinosaurs), students figure out if they could have won a race with a dinosaur that was just their size. To determine the winner, students compared the length of their running steps with the dinosaur’s steps.

CLASSROOM SHOWCASE

Mrs. Less's Class: We explored properties of matter and created a sun hat for if we were stranded on a deserted island. Students had a great time creating their hats and wearing them home!

CLASSROOM SHOWCASE

Mrs. Thebeau's Class: Mrs. Thebeau's fourth-grade students learned about "Non-Renewable Natural Resources" during a recent science lesson. Mrs. Thebeau and high school intern Isabella Cody engaged all of the students in an exciting hands-on activity that involved "mining" for different resources (made from various types of pasta)!

MEMORIAL DAY

Looking ahead to May, we will be hosting our annual Memorial Day Program on Friday, May 27th. We have observed this special day, in some form, every year since I came to Page Hilltop. I do not have details yet as to how this year's program will look but will provide you all with additional information as it becomes available.


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.

SPRING RECESS

As Spring approaches and the weather gets nicer, our students will have more and more opportunities to go outside for group play during recess periods. Please review the following guidelines with your children:

  1. 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.
  2. Students are to follow basic guidelines for safe play at all times.
  3. We are an all-inclusive school and no child should ever be excluded from any group game.
  4. If a child chooses to bring their own ball, etc. to recess, they should be prepared to share it with other students.
  5. 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.

NATURE'S CLASSROOM

We are excited to share that our 4th-graders have been invited to attend Nature's Classroom this Spring. The trip will take place on Monday, May 16th and Tuesday, May 17th. This is not an overnight trip. Students will leave Page Hilltop each morning at 9:00 am and take a school bus over to Grotonwood in Groton, MA. Students will return to Page Hilltop after dismissal at 4:45 pm and a parent/guardian will need to pick up students.


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 dmoran@asrsd.org

3RD GRADE SEL LESSONS

In 3rd grade we have learned about a variety of topics including Self Control, Growth Mindset, Feelings, Tattling vs. Reporting, and Career Interests. Students were engaged in many different types of learning including whole class reading, group discussions, card sortings, and partner games.

4TH GRADE SEL LESSONS

In 4th grade, we have learned about a variety of topics including Friendship, Self Awareness, Gratitude, Kindness, and Careers. Students had the opportunity to listen to many stories, play a whole class Scoot Game, and participate in partner work across various lessons.

5TH GRADE SEL LESSONS

In 5th grade, we have learned about a variety of topics including Empathy, Rumors and Gossip, Gratitude, and Careers. Students worked together on several projects including making vision boards, creating acrostic poems, and holding group discussions.

RECENT STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY AND WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY

In promoting World Down Syndrome Day on March 21 and World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 we are asked our families the following...


What does inclusion mean?


Here is what you said...

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SCHOOL STORE UPDATE

Our Panther Pride Shop is a busy place every Friday as lots of students stop by to select some treasures to purchase. Thanks to all of the students and staff who volunteer to help with the running of the store. We would like to announce that there will be special "spring-theme" items on sale this upcoming Friday.

GRADE / AGE CORRECTION

We try our best to provide you all with exciting and accurate news info about Page Hilltop. In a recent edition of SMORES, we included an article about two wonderful students, Hannah & Lacey, who began their own recycling initiative. We listed them as 3rd graders when, in fact, they are 4th graders. My apologies, girls. All I can say is that my brain was tricking me into thinking that I could keep you at PH for an extra year.

INCOMING PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS

Preschool and Kindergarten registration is now open for the 2022 - 2023 school year. Check out our website -- CLICK HERE


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

Nurse Naughton and Nurse Barter want to remind parents/guardians that students with Epipens and/or inhalers are required to have a doctor's order on file in the health office. As we start to think about possible field trips these orders need to be in place, and medications sent in to the nurse in order for students to attend.

5th GRADE POSTURAL SCREENING

Postural (scoliosis) screening is one of the State’s mandated health screenings for 5th-grade students. This screening is to check for deviation of the normal curve of the spine. We have scheduled this for all 5th-grade students during the week of March 21-25, while in gym class.


If you are opting out of having your child screened for scoliosis, you must fill out this form or send an email expressing your desire to opt-out to Nurse Ashleigh Barter (abarter@asrsd.org).

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)

All parents of 3rd, 4th and 5th-grade students should have received a copy of the spring MCAS testing dates. We ask that you do your best to avoid scheduling any appointments on those dates. Please review carefully and note any changes in testing dates.


ELA MCAS:


  • Grade 5: April 4 & 6
  • Grade 4: April 12 & 14
  • Grade 3: April 25 & 27



MATH MCAS:


  • 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

PTO UPDATES

NEXT PTO MEETING: Thursday, April @ 7:00 PM via ZOOM


PTO Website -- LINK

PTO Facebook Page -- Link



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SCRIPS YEAR ROUND
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2.
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