Wednesday's Words

August 31, 2022

What's Inside

- Family Letter

- Message from Dr. Allardi

- Car Drop off reminder

- COVID Vaccination Clinic

- No School reminder

- School Pictures

- Open House Dates

- 2022-2023 Free Lunch program

- NPS Employment Opportunities

Dear Families,

We hope your children had a wonderful first couple of days of school and are off to a great start! It was such a pleasure to have our students back in the buildings and to hear their voices and see their excitement as they settled into classrooms and got to know their new teachers and classmates.

This past Monday, we as a staff had an opportunity to come together as a school community to engage in some learning in preparation for this school year. We had the pleasure of hearing a presentation from Dr. John D’Auria about creating a learning environment that fosters a growth mindset so that students see challenges as opportunities for learning and not a measure of their intelligence. His presentation centered around the importance of framing children's thinking in a way that error is welcomed as a path that leads to understanding. This way, when our children are faced with challenges, their question becomes “How do I do this?” not “Can I do this?” This approach ensures that students have the confidence to seek out different and better strategies when faced with challenges. Dr. D’Auria quoted research from Carol Dweck that showed a direct link between how we frame success for our students and the impact it has on their achievement.

We look forward to a rich, rewarding new year of learning with our students and our families.

Wishing you a wonderful long weekend.


Victoria Saldana

Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction

A Message from Dr. Allardi

Dear Parents and Community Members,

I will be out on a brief family medical leave during the month of September. During that time any questions or concerns you have should be directed to the following:

H. Olive Day School: Mrs. Linda Balfour, Principal

Freeman Kennedy School: Mrs. Lisa Altham-Hickey, Principal

Special Education programming or services: Dr. Anna Tupper

District: Ms. Victoria Saldana, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment will be the lead contact for any district-wide issues and can be reached at 508-528-1225 or by email at

Dr. Allan Cameron, Wrentham Superintendent and Mr. Paul Zinni, King Philip Superintendent, are both available to provide support to our administrators should any emergency arise. Our outstanding team of educators, support staff and administrators will make sure that things run smoothly and your children are well cared for during my absence. I wish everyone the best for a great new school year and look forward to returning to school in October.


Ingrid N. Allardi

Reminder: Freeman Kennedy Car Drop-Off Procedure

As the school year begins please remember the following at car drop-off:

• Students cannot be dropped off prior to 8:45am

• Students may not exit cars until staff members are outside on duty

• Cars may not pass around other cars unless a staff member initiates it

• No Idling is permitted in the drop-off circle

Regional COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

King Philip, Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham Schools are hosting

a local clinic in partnership with Cataldo ProEMS.

When: Tuesday, September 13, 2022 @ 3:00-6:00pm

Where: King Philip Regional Middle School, 18 King Street, Norfolk

For more information on the clinic got to:

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Please click on this link to register in advance and consent for minor students being vaccinated.

No School Reminder

Reminder there is no school:
  • Friday, September 2, 2022
  • Monday, September 5, 2022

SMILE....picture day is coming!

  • Freeman Kennedy School: Friday, September 9th
  • H. Olive Day School: Friday, September 16th

Open House

  • Freeman Kennedy School:
    Gr. 3 & 4: Wednesday, September 21st
    Gr. 5 & 6: Wednesday, September 28th
  • H. Olive Day School: Thursday, September 29th

MA Extends Free School Lunches for 2022-2023!

Massachusetts has extended free school meals for all students through the 2022-2023 school year! Even though meals will be free for all, it is very important for families to still complete the household application for next school year, which allows our district to establish eligibility for P-EBT benefits and other school programs.

Directions on how to apply for free and reduced lunches

Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals

NPS Employment Opportunities

Please click on Employment Opportunities to join our team!

We are always in need of:

  • Substitute Teachers
  • Lunch Monitors
  • Food Service Assistants

Staff Opening day with guest speaker John D'Auria!