Hansen Weekly Update

April 1, 2022

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Hi Hansen Students, Parents, and Families!

Welcome to April! We are hoping April brings some warmer temperatures than what we experienced at the beginning part of this week and are looking forward to the sunny days ahead! We have had an exciting week this week, as the Boosterthon team joined us here at the school as part of our Boosterthon fundraiser. As a reminder, we are planning our Fun Run for next Wednesday, April 6. We are keeping a close eye on the forecast, and hope to be able to have the run outdoors....more to come in the next few days!

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

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

MCAS Begins Next Week!

Next week, we begin MCAS with our Grade 4 students participating in two sessions of English Language Arts (one on Tuesday, April 5 and the other on Thursday, April 7). Students are prepared and we know they will put forth their best effort! MCAS serves as one data point for student performance and progress, and while important, we also do not want any of our students to worry about this! Give it your best, and we are proud of you!

As a continued reminder, here are the upcoming dates for MCAS testing (Grades 3 - 5 only)...

Hansen School

2021-22 MCAS testing dates

Grade 3

April 12 & 14 (ELA)

May 2 and 5 (Math)

Grade 4

April 5 & 7 (ELA)

May 9 & 11 (Math)

Grade 5

April 11 & 13 (ELA)

May 10 & 12 (Math)

May 16 & 19 (Science)

April is Autism Acceptance Month!

April is Neurodiversity and Autism Acceptance Month, and on Friday, April 8 we are inviting all students and staff to dress up in rainbow and your favorite colors to show your support!
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Canton Reads!

Please see the message below from the Canton Public Library, and we hope you and your family consider participating in this exciting opportunity!

Greetings from the Canton Public Library. We are kicking off our annual town-wide "Canton Reads" program in April!

This year we are excited to be reading "How to be a Good Creature: A Memoir in 13 Animals" by National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery. For younger readers, the companion picture book version "Becoming a Good Creature" is also available.

Attached is a list of free programs and events that we are hosting at the library in April. We are also including a flyer for an exciting New England Aquarium program that will be happening during April vacation and may be of particular interest to students and their caregivers.

We hope that you will help us promote Canton Reads and we look forward to seeing you at the library.

Best regards,


Andrea J. Capone, MLS
Director of the Canton Public Library

Canton Reads

Update From Nurse Bethany

Happy Spring!

So far this Spring has brought us all kinds of crazy weather including, sunny warm days, snowy cold days, and rainy days. In addition, Spring has also brought us an increase in a handful of viruses.

Although our Covid numbers are lower, which is great news, people are continuing to be infected. It is important that we continue to monitor for any symptoms and test as needed. However, Covid is not the only illness we are seeing. In the past few weeks we have seen many cases of strep throat, flu, and stomach bugs.

Even if your student tests negative for covid, if they are having symptoms of illness they should stay home until well enough to return and fully participate in their learning. Our bodies work hard to fight off illnesses and infections and it’s very important to give our bodies the rest and hydration it needs to fight off these illnesses and infections. Sending a student back before they are up to a full day of learning could potentially prolong the illness and symptoms.

Students should be without vomiting/diarrhea and fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication before returning to school. If your child is started on antibiotics they should be on them for at least 24 hours before returning to school.

Symptoms of Strep Throat:

A child with strep throat, may have some or all of these symptoms:

  • Sore throat, especially when swallowing

  • Bright red, swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus

  • "Strawberry" look to the tongue or tiny red spots on the back roof of the mouth

  • Fever

  • Swollen, tender glands in the neck

  • Headache, irritability or fussiness

  • Sleeping more than usual

  • Poor appetite, belly pain, nausea or vomiting, especially in younger children

  • A red rash on the body that "feels like sandpaper." It may appear 12 to 48 hours after the first symptoms. This is known as scarlet fever or scarlatina.

Strep throat needs to be treated with antibiotics. Call your child's pediatrician to discuss and make an appointment for an evaluation as needed.

Symptoms of Influenza

  • fever or feeling feverish/chills

  • cough

  • sore throat

  • runny or stuffy nose

  • muscle or body aches

  • headaches

  • fatigue (tiredness)

  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

Symptoms of Stomach bug/ norovirus

  • Diarrhea

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Stomach Pain

  • Fever

  • Headache

  • Body aches

Staying hydrated is very important with stomach bugs. Giving small amounts of fluids at a time increases the chance that they will be able to keep it down.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child's health or need them to be evaluated, always reach out to their pediatrician for further guidance.

If you have any questions about your child’s return to school or need to report an illness please contact their school nurse for assistance.

Parent/Guardian Conferences

We are looking forward to connecting with families at conferences next week! As a reminder, conferences are scheduled for Thursday evening from 5:30 - 8:00 and for Friday afternoon from 12:30 - 3:00. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have not yet scheduled a conference or if you have any questions!


We have had a fun and exciting week with the Boosterthon team joining our students and staff here at the Hansen in preparation for our Fun Run on April 6. The team, led by 'Astro Ally' and 'Alligator Andy' has brought some great energy, provided students and teachers with great character and content videos, joined classrooms to assist in activities, and brings tremendous fun and joy! Please see below for a few photos from this week's Boosterthon activities...

Children's Clothing Drive

As a reminder, The Hansen has once again teamed with some students from Canton High School in support of Cradles to Crayons and Project 351. These students are hosting a clothing drive from March 28-April 8, and will be accepting clothing in youth sizes 0-20 as well as adult small and medium. Donation boxes will be available in the lobby at the Hansen, and the students thank you for your consideration and support of their clothing drive!

This Week's Math and Computer Science Questions!

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

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?

  • Wednesday, April 6 - Hansen School Fun Run!
  • Thursday, April 7 - Parent/Guardian Conferences (5:30 - 8:00 pm)
  • Friday, April 8 - Parent/Guardian Conferences (12:30 - 3:00 pm)
  • Friday, April 15 - No School (Good Friday)
  • Monday, April 18 - Friday, April 22 - No School (April Vacation)
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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