"Paw Prints"

Farley Elementary School's Weekly Family Update


Dear Farley Families,

Gratitude this week goes to all of the Farley families and students who joined the fun during Home and School's Playground Meetups! It was so wonderful getting to meet new families and catch up with "veteran" Farley Foxes. I loved seeing all the students playing and connecting with new friends. During the Grades 1 and 2 Meetup on Tuesday, we got cooled off by the rain and Mother Nature gifted us a beautiful rainbow (pictured below). It was magical. Sadly, we will have to cancel tonight's Grades K and 4 Meetup as the weather is not going to cooperate.

Other thanks this week goes to all the caregivers who joined our "Coffee with the Principals" on Thursday and Friday. We had families attend both virtually and in-person. Participants had great questions, shared funny stories, and got to meet new faces. Special thanks to Lauren Grover for helping set up!

This weekend, my wife and I are attending an extra special wedding in Cambridge, MA. Two of my wife's former students, who met in one of the classes she teaches at MIT -Massachusetts Institute of Technology are getting married. Although she had these students in class over 10 years ago, she is still a part of their lives. We are beyond honored to get to part of their special day!

I hope you soak up every minute of fun during this last weekend before school starts! I can't wait for the school year to officially begin! If you have any last minute questions feel free to reach out!

Read Always,
Rachel Scanlon (She, Her, Hers)

Farley Principal

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August 29th:

  • Pre K and Kindergarten Meet and Greet with Teachers from 2:00pm-2:30pm

August 30th:

  • First Day of School for students

September 14th:

  • Home and School's First Meeting-more info to come-(just for September they will meet the 2nd week of the month. The rest of the year, they will meet the FIRST Wednesday of each month)

September 15th:

  • Farley's Open House-Welcome Back to School Night. Be on the lookout for more details to come.

September 21st:

  • Half-Day for Students and Farley Fun Run
  • Choose Love Family Presentation 7:00pm at the High School


Throughout the year, we here at Farley like to celebrate our staff members whenever we get the chance. At the start of the year, new staff will be introduced and highlighted in each new Paw Prints. Once all new staff has been welcomed, we will use this "spotlight" to highlight other amazing things our staff is doing or has accomplished.


Ms. Catherine Schopp is an ESL teacher working with fourth grade this year! While this is her first year at Farley Elementary, she has been working in the Hudson School District for the last five years at Forest Avenue Elementary School. She is so excited to join the Farley family this year! Ms. Schopp grew up in the Berkshires, and currently live Waltham, MA. She adores the outdoors, and especially loves growing both indoor and outdoor plants. She also enjoys trying new recipes and spending time with friends and family. Some of her favorite things are… giraffes, the color purple, Reese’s cups, mystery novels and swimming!

She has always had a passion for learning language and exploring communities and cultures different from my own. A world traveler, Mrs. Schopp can communicate in Spanish, as well as in Portuguese! She is super excited to meet her students and our entire Farley staff next week! Welcome Ms. Schopp!


Farley is now in need of a few more staff. We are looking for a month-long Music Sub, a Reading Paraeducator, and a Language Based Paraeducator. Farley is also in need of substitutes. We are looking for both day-to-day subs and two permanent building subs. Day-to-Day subbing offers employees a flexible schedule. Our Permanent Building Substitute works every day but in a variety of classrooms. The Permanent Building Substitute job is a salaried, benefit eligible position. If you are interested or would like more information, please click the job below to be directed to the School Spring job posting. You can then create an account and apply online. Feel free to call the office is you have any questions.

Music (Month-Long) Sub

Reading Paraeducator

Language Based Para Educator

Permanent Building Substitute

Day-to-Day Substitutes



As you can imagine, transportation is quite complex at Farley Elementary. Dismissal, especially can take longer than usual during the first few weeks of school. Our staff kindly asks for your patience and understanding as we get all our kiddos home safe and sound. If possible, please review with your child how they will be getting home (bus, walker, car pick-up, Chaps, etc.).

Boys and Girls Club does not start until September 6th. Thank you to all families who have already contacted the office to let them know of the alternate dismissal plans for Boys and Girls Club students. If your child is planning to attend Boys and Girls Club and you have not let the office or their teacher know how they will be getting home during the first week of school, please do so by Tuesday! Thank you!


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The current school lunch menus listed online for the next week are incorrect. Here is a list of the lunch options for the week:

8/30-Option 1: Crispy Chicken Patty Sandwich, Option 2: Deep Dish Cheese Pizza

8/31-Choice 1: Classic American Cheeseburger with Tater-tots, Choice 2: Cheesy Stuffed Breadsticks

9/1-Choice 1: Classic Cheese Pizza with seasoned carrots, Choice 2: Popcorn Chicken

In addition, we want to update you with exciting news about universal free school meals. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has decided to extend free school meals for all students through the 2022-2023 school year! This means that breakfast and lunch will continue to be served at no cost to all students.

Please note that even though meals will be free for all, it is very important for families to still complete the household Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals for the 2022-2023 school year. You can view and complete the application here: https://www.hudson.k12.ma.us/departments/food_services/food_services_documents. We strongly encourage ALL families to submit this form as it allows us to establish eligibility for P-EBT benefits and serve families most effectively. Eligible students may also receive discounts on athletic fees.

In addition, please consider applying for SNAP, the federal nutrition program that provides eligible residents with monthly financial assistance to purchase groceries. More SNAP information can be found at gettingsnap.org or by calling Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.

The food and nutrition department at Hudson Public Schools thanks you for your patience awaiting this news! As always, we are grateful for the opportunity to provide nourishing and healthy meals to all Hudson Public Schools students so please reach out to us with any questions or concerns.


Hudson Public Schools

Food Service Department

English Form

Portuguese Form

Spanish Form


Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Wright wanted to share a few reminders:

  • Any new students and all incoming grade 4 students need to provide the nurses with a physical.
  • Any medication, both prescribed and over-the counter, must be brought to the nurse by the legal caregiver with a medical doctor's order.
  • For your child's comfort, feel free to provide a complete change of clothes to be left in student lockers in case of spills, accidents, etc.
  • Please make sure to email or call Mrs. Hill if there are ever any medical changes that occur throughout the year.
  • Vision, Hearing, and Height/Weight (Grades 1 and 4) will take place in September. Email Mrs. Hill if you do not want your child to participate in the screening.
  • Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast (at home or at school) and gets lots of sleep!

Nurses' Contact Information:


Our teachers worked together in grade level teams to create these RECOMMENDED supply lists. These supplies are NOT mandatory and the brands suggested are preferred brands due to allergies. Again, these supplies are NOT required. Many of the items will be shared within the classroom community.

Please click HERE for the specific lists. Thank you!

CHOOSE LOVE: District-Wide Social Emotional Curriculum

CHOOSE LOVE -A Message from the Superintendent's Office

Courage+Gratitude+Forgiveness+Compassion in Action=Choose Love

Save the Date:

September 21, 2022- Come learn about the social emotional learning curriculum Hudson Public Schools is implementing this school year. The program is called Choose Love and will be taught in preschool through grade 12. Attend the in-person Choose Love Kickoff-Keynote for Parents by Scarlett Lewis, founder of the Choose Love Movement. Scarlett Lewis will present at the Hudson High School auditorium from 7:00-8:30 in the evening. Parents will learn the researched benefits of the four character values of the Choose Love Formula and understand how vital they are to implement in our daily lives. The four units of Choose Love are Courage + Gratitude + Forgiveness + Compassion in Action =Chose Love. Scarlet Lewis founded Choose Love after the death of her son, Jesse Lewis, in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Scarlet Lewis turned the pain of her loss into developing a social emotional program that provides strategies and tools to students. Choose Love helps children manage their emotions, feel connected, and have healthy, meaningful relationships.


FUN RUN UPDATES from Home and School

This year’s theme is GRAND LAND ADVENTURE; a national parks theme all about building character through the rugged beauty and wild wonders of the great outdoors. By exploring some of the most iconic national parks in America, students will learn how to live a life of adventure and character.

C A Farley families!

Our Farley Fun Run fundraiser will kick off in just 3 weeks on 09/12/2022. Our goal is to raise $25,000 to update our library and to support amazing school events that strengthen our community. ️

Key dates to remember:



Farley Fun Run Kick Off - 09/12/2022

Event Day - 09/21/2022

Donations will go directly toward supporting our school and can be given throughout the entire experience. There is no pressure to give, but we invite you to help our school by sharing our fundraiser with your family and friends!

Thank you for supporting C A Farley through the Farley Fun Run. Please reach out to Tara Sagor at tara.sagor@gmail.com if you would like to help at school the week before the event or the day of the Fun Run and do not forget to follow us on Face Book for nightly challenges and pictures!

In case you missed last week's Paw Prints, here a history and a more detailed description of the Boosterthon Fun Run:

Home and School has asked that I share an important message from them about our ONE and ONLY fundraiser of the year:

Greetings from Farley Home and School!

For the past three years, Farley Elementary School’s Home and School has partnered with Boosterthon experts to hold an exciting, school-wide Fun Run. This FUN RUN event is the ONLY MAJOR FUNDRAISER of the year. This Fun Run is a healthy alternative to traditional product sales that raises much-needed funds for our school. Family and friends anywhere in the world can support Farley by giving pledges to our student runners!

Typically held on Farley’s baseball field, the Boosterthon Fun Run event is a high-energy day, full of enthusiasm from students, staff, families, friends, and of course, Boosterthon team members. Each grade assembles on the field and has a blast running laps while our community cheers them on, waving homemade signs and snapping pictures. Upbeat music plays continuously through the speakers as Boosterthon team members join the students around the Boosterthon Speedway, dancing and running to themed laps. You may see students laughing in a conga line, whipping lassos around their heads, driving a racecar, or racing a Boosterthon team member. The goal of this event is to provide an enjoyable experience that builds community and school culture, while including fitness in the students’ school day.

So, you may be wondering, “What exactly happens during the Boosterthon Fun Run Fundraiser?” Here’s a quick run-down of what you can expect as part of our fitness, leadership, and character-based fundraiser.

About two weeks before the Boosterthon Fun Run event begins, students will learn about this year’s character-based theme. Each day brings new learning and another day closer to the Boosterthon Fun Run event. Our fun, fitness event will encourage your children to let loose, be active and play with their classmates! All caregivers, staff, and community members are invited to join us by attending the event and cheering on students as they run an average of 30-35 laps around the “Boosterthon Speedway”. The Boosterthon Fun Run event is designed to celebrate every student learning valuable character and leadership principles while helping their school.

Home and School is excited to kick off our Farley Fun Run on 09/12/2022. Our goal is to raise $25,000 for updated library resources and to support student events (like last year’s incredible cultural programs) throughout the school year to strengthen our school community.

Our school relies on this ONE and ONLY fundraiser for the year to provide exceptional opportunities to enhance student learning. We need YOUR HELP to make it successful. What can you do now? You can start by registering your student (register on MYBOOSTER.COM) and by sharing with friends and family. Mark your calendars for the Farley Fun Run fundraiser. It will be kicking off soon!


Home and School's first meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 14th @ 6:30pm at Farley. Each month after that, Home and School will meet the FIRST Wednesday of every month, same time and location. Last year we also offered a Google Meet option. Below is the link if you would like to join from home. At this meeting, the Home and School will decide if they will continue to offer virtual meetings.

Meeting ID:


Phone Numbers

(‪US‬)‪+1 252-499-0238‬

PIN: ‪278 026 070#‬


Home and School is putting together a Farley Family Directory! A directory comes in handy when trying to connect with other families outside of school. If you would like your contact information included in the directory please fill out the Google Form online which can be accessed using the QR code on the right. If you prefer, we have included a hard copy of the form in your Welcome Packet being mailed out on the 15th. Just fill in the information and return the hardcopy to the main office. The hardcopy form is linked below. You will need your child's teacher's name so please wait to fill out the form until after you receive the placement letter. Special thanks to Lauren Grover and Fabiana Hummel for creating the forms!

Home and School Family Directory Google Form


Here is the link to Farley's Home and School Facebook page. Make sure to check it out for regular updates!




Click the flyer or the link below for more information about joining Boys Scouts this year!

Boys Scouts Flyer


Over the summer, I asked Buildings and Grounds to work on a few projects for us. Here is a list of the improvements. They are still working on getting these items and may need through September to accomplish them all!

  • Repair the stone wall up the hill near the Farley staff room
  • Repair or replacement of the chain link fence around the Farley playground
  • Removal of the unused metal bike rack in the playscape area
  • Landscape the corner areas of the playscape so that it is a usable space--maybe for some picnic tables

FARLEY AWARDED $3,000 from McGovern Subaru!

For new families to Farley, special thanks goes to McGovern Subaru in Acton for selecting Farley as the recipient of their $3,000 educational donation! Subaru has teamed up with Adopt-A-Classroom.org to grant schools across the United States with funds to use next year. Six teachers have volunteered to be in charge of the $3,000 and to help figure out what our staff needs. We feel incredibly lucky to have been chosen. Thank you McGovern Subaru!


To help students get excited for the start of the school year, I have found an online library full of picture books related to the beginning school. Click the link below to be directed to the library document Then click each book. This will bring you to a YouTube video of each book read out loud! I hope you enjoy the selections.