Haynes Happenings

News & Notes from Josiah Haynes Elementary School

May 27, 2021


Dear Families,

When I was a teacher I taught a lot of literacy skill development through poetry. One of my students' favorite poems to devour was Carl Sandburg's "Fog." It is simple in language but deep in imagery. If you're familiar with the piece you know that the first stanza reads, "The fog comes/on little cat feet."

As we approach Memorial Day Weekend in a year with many starts and restarts, I can't help but feel like the end of this year has crept up on those little cat feet. When we return next Tuesday we'll be in the final three weeks of a most memorable school year. Those three weeks will be packed with many of the rites of the end of the school year, which, thanks to an ever-improving public health situation, will look more "normal" than we initially hoped. Haynes and SPS continue to follow the lead of a world that is reopening. We're proceeding cautiously, but full of optimism for what's ahead.


Jeff LaBroad



The Haynes School Council is a representative committee composed of Haynes staff members, parent representatives and one or more community members. The Council operates in accordance with and under the provisions of the Education Reform Act of 1993 (MGL Ch. 71 Section 59C).

The Council serves as an advisory body to the principal, with particular emphasis on supporting the development of the School Improvement Plan. The eight members of the committee include staff representatives elected by the staff, parent representatives elected by the parent community through the Haynes Organization of Parents, and one or more community members, appointed by the principal. All members (except the principal) serve two-year terms. The School Council is co-chaired by the building principal and a Council member. Meetings are held monthly on Mondays from 2:45-4:00 p.m.

The Haynes School Council is seeking to fill THREE Parent Representative seats, each for two-year terms beginning with the 2021-22 school year. Self-nominations are due Friday, June 4, 2021. To apply, submit a letter of interest to Annie Serafim, HOP Co-Chair at HaynesHOPCoChairs@gmail.com. Include a short biography and statement of interest that will be used on the voting ballot. The election will be held from Monday, June 7 to Monday, June 14, with all ballots due by 5 p.m. on June 14.

Walk & Bike to School Day Tomorrow

The fifth grade Girl Scout troop invites you to walk or bike to school with them tomorrow, Friday, May 28 during Haynes Walk & Bike to School Day. They would like to encourage the Haynes community to help save the environment and start the day off with some exercise. So, skip the drop off and pick up lines and walk or bike to school! Raindate is scheduled for next Friday, June 4.

Help us Stock the shelves for summer with the Sudbury Food Pantry!

This week marks the last collection for the Sudbury Food Pantry this year. As a result, we're hoping to make it our biggest collection yet! That's why we expanded our drive date from one day to three! If you haven't already (or, even if you have!), consider bringing a contribution to school Friday morning. Together, a little can be a lot!
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HOP Spring Book Fair On now through May 30

Fifth Grade Fun Night Returns

The end of the year is already upon us and we are busily preparing to celebrate our graduates with a 5th Grade Fun Night on Friday, June 4 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The tropical-themed party will be held on the Haynes playground and will look different from years past.

This party is for the Haynes 5th grade students ONLY! However, to make this event a success, we’ll need your help! There are volunteer opportunities including decorating and set up, leading and monitoring games, and clean up. To volunteer, please click on this link. Another way to help is to make a donation to the 5th Grade Activities Fund. The money will be used to help supplement the expenses of Fun night. Donating is completely voluntary and we only ask you to donate whatever you can; even the smallest donation makes a difference. To make a donation, click this link.

Thank you for your support! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Laura Broderick, Natali Ciaramella, or Melissa Mahoney.


May 24-28

HOP Virtual Book Fair

Monday, May 24

MCAS - Grade 5 Science

Friday, May 28

Food Pantry Collection

Walk & Bike to School Day

Monday, May 31

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, June 2

1:30-2:30 Kindergarten Orientation (Virtual)

Thursday, June 3

7:30-8:30p Principal Forum (meet.google.com/dyc-xsuk-nug)

Friday, June 4

6:00-8:00 Fifth Grade Fun Night

Friday, June 11

Fifth Grade Fun Day

Monday, June 14

2:45-4:00 School Council Meeting

Tuesday, June 15

Step Up Day

Wednesday, June 16

9:30 Grade 5 Moving On Ceremony

Friday, June 18

Last Day of School

Report Cards Released on Aspen

10:45 Grade 5 Clap Out

11:45 Early Dismissal

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Haynes Happenings

Haynes Happenings is the parent and family newsletter of Josiah Haynes Elementary School, published every other Thursday and distributed to families via email and shared at sudbury.k12.ma.us/haynes.