Haynes Happenings

News & Notes from Josiah Haynes Elementary School

October 22, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback through our recent parent feedback survey. We received more than 150 responses. This information will help us focus on what is working well, and where we can grow and adjust. While there are many takeaways, three rise to the top, both at Haynes and across the district: in-person learning is highly preferred, remote learning is working well given the circumstances, and our parents are so appreciative of the hard work our teachers are putting in each and every day (and night) to create meaningful learning each week.

Fall Parent Conferences are scheduled to take place over the course of the next several weeks. As with everything at the moment, these conferences will take place remotely. Your child's teacher will invite you to sign up for a conference if you haven't recieved one already. While scheduled as usual, given our delayed start, the conferences are occurring earlier in the school year than ever before.

More than ever before, our team of teachers is eager to learn from you how your child is doing. Given that our students presently spend more time learning outside of the school building than in, hearing what is working well at home is essential. Your teacher may likely start your conference by asking, "How's it going?" When we ask that, we really want to know. The conference conversations will provide us great information on what’s working and where we can adjust when possible.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership. As always, please be in touch with questions and concerns.


Jeff LaBroad


COVID Testing Update from the Health Office

If your child has any symptoms from Group A or two or more symptoms from Group B (listed below), consult with your pediatrician for a testing referral.

Please note, Sudbury schools will only accept negative results from a PCR test for return to school after students exhibit any illness symptoms.

There are multiple tests available, however a molecular diagnostic test (PCR) detects the presence of the virus and is the gold standard for detecting active infection. PCR test results are coming back within 24-48 hours in most cases. A second method is the antigen test. Although these antigen tests are faster to run, they are less sensitive and less specific and results must be confirmed by a molecular test. Antigen testing has a false negative rate of close to 50%.

Please note that we will need a copy of the PCR results before your child can return to school.

Questions? Contact Haynes School Nurse Lisa Nigrelli at 978-443-1093 or lisa_nigrelli@sudbury.k12.ma.us.

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Food Pantry Collections Return to Haynes

The commitment of Haynes families to supporting those in need continues this month! We will launch the return of our monthly drive to benefit the Sudbury Food Pantry on October 28, 29 and 30. Students and families can bring items to the remote material exchange on Wednesday, or drop off items at tables by the entrance doors at arrival on Thursday or Friday.

The following items are requested this month:

  • Full size snacks (crackers, cookies, chips)
  • Boxes of cereal
  • Pasta
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Taco kits / shells
  • Tomato products (sauce, diced, paste)
  • Cans of soup
  • Canned green beans
  • Canned beans
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Boxes of rice
  • Baking products

Thank you for your support!

SPS hosted a virtual parent workshop on Google Classroom

Sudbury recently hosted a workshop on how to navigate Google Classroom, just for parents. Those who have viewed or attended have shared the helpfulness it provided. You can view a recording of the workshop here.

Halloween Guidance from the Sudbury Board of Health

Taking Attendance in the Age of COVID

Of the many things that are different this year is recording student attendance. Please note, to assure the safety of all of our students and in line with relevant state laws, student attendance is taken each morning. When learning outside of the building, student presence at virtual sessions is used to log attendance. Students who are not present for any particular part of the remote learning day will be marked as tardy or dismissed early. Your help in supporting students' timely and focused participation in the full day of school (in-person or at home) along with letting us know of any absences, late arrivals or early dismissals is greatly appreciated.

Sick at home but able to learn

When students are at home sick, the most important thing for them to do is rest so that they can recover and return to school as soon as they can. When students are home on their in-person days but are well enough, they are invited to join in their class' synchronously-scheduled connections, such as Morning Meeting.

Sudbury Preschool Info Session Scheduled for October 29

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Go Sudbury! Taxi Rides Program Launches

A new transportation service in Sudbury that offers fully subsidized taxi services for eligible Sudbury residents. This program is expected to run through February 2021. To get more information and to register for the program click HERE!


Friday/Saturday, October 23/24

HOP Movie Night (Camp Sewataro)

Monday, October 26

2:45-4:00 Haynes School Council Meeting

Wednesday, October 28

Parent Conferences

Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, October 28/29/30

Food Pantry Collections

Tuesday, November 3

Professional Development Day -- NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, November 4

Parent Conferences

Thursday, November 5

Staff Appreciation Breakfast (hosted by grade 5 families)

Friday, November 6

8:30 a.m. First Friday Principal Coffee
(Via Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/dyc-xsuk-nug)

Wednesday, November 11

Veteran's Day -- NO SCHOOL

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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.