Wednesday's Words

September 28, 2022

What's Inside

- Family Letter

- Open House Dates

- Bren Bataclan - Artist in Residency Mural Reveal!

- Calendar Reminders

- Parent/Caregiver Wellness Education event

- PTO News

- SEPAC Trunk or Treat

- Do You Qualify for Free Internet?

- 2022-2023 Free Lunch program

- NPS Employment Opportunities

- Classroom Happenings

- Norfolk Recreation Programs

Dear Families,

It has been a busy couple of weeks at our school buildings! If you have a third or a fourth grade student at the Freeman-Kennedy School, we hope that you enjoyed meeting your child’s teacher last week and having the opportunity to learn more about the curriculum, special subjects, and classroom procedures during the open house. We are eager to welcome grades 5 and 6 families tonight at the Freeman Kennedy School and all our grade K through grade 2 families tomorrow, Thursday 29th, at the H. Olive Day School. We look forward to these events every year, as is evident by the time and effort that our teachers and administrators put into preparing for these evenings.

Our goal as a district is to create an inclusive, safe and welcoming learning environment for our students. We are driven by the belief that all children are capable of learning and achieving at high levels. Our educators strive to deliver lessons that challenge students, scaffold their experiences to ensure all students are able to engage in the learning and teach our children to think critically. As you visit the classrooms, you will see all the learning that has already taken place in the first couple of weeks.

If you are interested in learning more about our curriculum, the K-6 Curriculum Highlights brochures provide a quick overview of what our areas of focus are for each content area as well as a brief description of the standards that are measured by our report cards. You can find this information on our Norfolk Public School website under the Curriculum Tab (link).


Victoria Saldana

Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction

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Bren Bataclan - Artist in Residency - Unveiling!!!

Bren was excited to share a 15 minute unveiling assembly with each of the grade levels on Friday morning to explain the process and to let the students ask lots of questions. The assembly took place in the cafeteria where students could see their ideas shared with Bren come to life. Watch the unveiling here!

Once again a great thank you to Bren for his inspirational art, the Norfolk PTO for funding this exciting experience and to Laura Mellick for bringing it all to the FK!

Calendar Reminders

NO SCHOOL Monday, October 10, 2022

Parent/Caregiver Wellness Education event

How to Raise Strong, Resilient Kids in an Uncertain World

with Educational Psychologist, Michele Borba, Ed. D.

Internationally renowned educator, author, and parenting child expert (Bio)

Please join us to watch this virtual presentation together. For those attending in-person, child care will be available and an opportunity for discussion following.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022 6:45 pm

King Philip Middle School

Please register in advance to take advantage of child care, or if you wish to watch from home. Form

Parent/Caregiver Wellness Education Event- Internationally renowned speaker

Wednesday's Words

Reminder: Wednesday's Words is moving from a weekly to a bi-weekly newsletter!

Our next issue will be: Wednesday, October 12th

Norfolk PTO News

SPONSORSHIP: 2022/2023 Sponsorship is open. Thank you gifts this year include PTO event tickets, a Norfolk water bottle, and Scholastic Book Fair dollars. Please consider making a donation here:

OPEN HOUSE BAKE SALES: Please stop by the bake sale tables at the FK and HOD open houses this week! All items are only $1, cash and Venmo accepted.

OCTOBER PTO MEETING AND SOCIAL: Our next PTO meeting is taking place Wednesday, October 5th at 7:00pm at Cillas. This will be a more informal meeting to connect and brainstorm ideas for the 2022-2023 school year. All are welcome to come and enjoy some food and drinks and share ideas for the year ahead!

Norfolk PTO - Providence Bruins Group Outing

Sunday, October 23rd 3:05pm vs WBS • Amica Mutual Pavilion

Click on flyer for more info!

Kids can wear their costumes!



SEPAC 8th Annual Trunk or Treat!

When: Friday, October 21, 2022

Where: H. Olive Day School Rear Parking Lot * 232 Main St. Norfolk

SEPAC Families: 5:30-6:00pm

Pre-K - Grade 3 Families: 6:00-7:00pm


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Do You Qualify for Free Internet?

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new federal benefit to help households pay for high-speed internet and devices.

You qualify if someone in your household participates in at least one of these programs:
• Free and reduced-price school lunch
• WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) • Medicaid, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), Federal Public Housing Assistance
• Lifeline and more

Learn more at: or call (877) 384-2575

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

Classroom Happenings!

Working on a steady beat in music class with Mrs. Musial! Click on pictures for videos! Mrs. Raider's class shown here.

Norfolk Recreation upcoming programs! Click on the pictures for more information and links!