Hello Foster's Finest!
I have a very important request of our parents who are dropping off in the loop in the morning. This request is about student and staff safety. Please follow the directions of the staff in the loop and pull forward if they ask you to. Your child should only be exiting out of the right side of the vehicle. Students should not be getting out into the interior of the loop. We do not want students to walk between vehicles. If a staff member reminds you of this, please respond with kindness as they are doing their jobs to keep everyone safe. Your response to staff is a teachable moment for your child. Please put your vehicle in park while students exit. All it takes is for one student to walk between a car and a foot to slip off of a brake pedal for a tragedy to happen. This is about student and staff safety. We are starting to see concerning habits make their way into our drop off as the year is progressing. Your attention to this is very much appreciated.
As we head into the Thanksgiving Holiday there are so many things to be thankful for here in our school community. Last week, our own Fifth Grade Student Council recognized our Veterans. What an incredible assembly driven by our students. One of the great things about my job, is I am able to get into classrooms. I had the benefit of seeing our students learning at multiple grades in multiple classrooms learning about Veteran's Day and I saw them working to prepare for the assembly. Simply incredible to see from start to finish how they reached their final product!!!
I am also excited to announce that our student council has also created the first issue of "The Foster Chronicles" our official newspaper driven by our students! Now that is something to be thankful for. Students who are excited about writing and the news. As if this principal could be any more proud of these future journalists. Please click on the link and enjoy our inaugural edition.
There are many things for us all to be thankful for. Our students, our staff, and our community here at Foster are doing great things. The charity that I see in our community through our Kindness Club, Foster Gives, the time parents give to the PTO to fundraise, organize events, and make things special for our students and staff is overwhelming. It is appreciated and needed for the success of our school community.
Have a terrific weekend!
Thanks to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), The Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Public Health, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has provided at-home COVID-19 tests at no cost to school districts. These tests are intended for use by students and staff to support the return to school process after Thanksgiving and Winter breaks.
We are able to provide every student with two tests. It is recommended tests be used no sooner than 24 hours prior to returning to school after these holiday breaks. The tests are Flow Flex (single kits) which expire on January 20,2023. We will send these home via backpack with students on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Testing is only a recommendation and meant as an option for families to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. We ask that families continue to follow COVID guidelines from the state to ensure the safety and wellness of our school community.
To keep things streamlined, each student will receive two test kits unless you opt-out using the form below..
Please use the following form only if you wish to opt-out of receiving the tests by Monday, November 21.
Foster Cares Gift Card Drive
Support our Foster families in need this Holiday Season by signing up to donate here:
FOSTER SWAG NEW ONLINE STORE NOW OPEN UNTIL 12/2
Ordering your SWAG just got a whole lot easier! – Direct Shipping to your house now available! START YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING TODAY.
Shop Local & Support Foster:
11/29 – Toy Box Shop Day: 9am – 6pm
Shop all day in store and online. 20% of sales are donated to Foster PTO
Online Shopping works too just use Coupon Code “Foster ” at checkout.
12/1 – Acquire Good Shop Day: 10am – 6pm
Shop all day in store and online. 15% of sales are donated to Foster PTO
Online Shopping works too just put “Foster Shop” in the comments.
Save The Date: Foster Annual Harvest Lunch Thursday 12/8 (Prep Day 12/7)
Harvest Lunch is a special lunch in December where each Hingham Elementary School gets to celebrate their school garden Harvest. PTO volunteers will prepare & serve a local & organic garden snack with produce that has been planted, grown, and harvested by K-5 students during their yearly Holly Hill Farm Gardening Program. If you’re interested in volunteering to help prep the food and serve the lunch please email: firstname.lastname@example.org & Caitlin.email@example.com
Save The Date: Holly Fair Saturday 12/10 – 9:30-12
The Holly Fair Is a wonderful giving tradition in which 5th grade elves help younger ones select their gifts. Parents wait outside to allow the shopping to remain a secret. We will also have gift wrapping, a bake sale and a hot chocolate bar! Come join us! See attached flier here.
We are bringing back the K-5 Foster Talent Show – APRIL Date TBD – Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help be a part of the planning committee.
Would you like to see BOKS at Foster? (A Before school FREE exercise program for K-5)?:
We have school approval but need passionate Moms, Dads & Caregivers to Run it. Minimum 2 parents per morning session. Could run 6 week Winter Program and 6 week Spring Program...
K-2nd on Mondays/Wednesdays 7:30-8:10am
3rd-5th on Tuesday/Thursdays 7:30-8:10am
Capped at 30 kids per session. Sessions are already planned by BOKS - you just need to show up and execute…name tags, warm up drills, “skill of the week,” relay games etc…if you’re interested in volunteering please email: email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
More info here:
Upcoming Community Events:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 FROM 9AM - 3PM: The St. John’s holiday boutique. The St. John’s Holiday Boutique brings a curated selection of amazing vendors offering everything from homemade jam to exquisite hand-crafted jewelry to outdoor apparel! This year, we are pleased to welcome Santa back from 10am-1pm for visits and photos! Our cafe will offer coffee, tea and a selection of sweet treats. https://www.stjohns-hingham.org/holiday-boutique/
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 FROM 9AM - 4PM: Hingham High School Holiday Fair http://www.hinghamholidayfair.com
Browse the website to view vendor lists and pictures - 'click' on the picture or name and you are on your way to that vendor's website or other contact information. Even more fun, you can reach vendors now! Back by popular demand - order your fresh holiday wreaths through DeVaughn's Ridge (www.devaughnsridge.com/shop) or click on the wreath pictured on the next page of this website!
December 1st-3rd at 7:00pm and Dec. 4th at 2:00pm. HINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA PRESENTS: Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. Tickets on sale NOW! All performances will be at the Hingham Middle School Auditorium. Come see this musical theatre classic! Students will LOVE seeing what they can do on the stage in high school! For more information and to purchase tickets click here: