Nixon Elementary School

Nixon Notables

10/20/21 Discussion Forum Zoom Webinar Link- 7:00-8:00

In addition to PTO Meeting attendance, I will hold discussion forums that will involve the partnership of some religious leaders in our Town of Sudbury and Greater Boston communities. This meeting is developed to touch on cultural perspectives.

Cultural Discussion Forum Idea Share Form

Share your ideas to assist in the greater understanding of what our Nixon School community is seeking in broader communication via the live forum discussion.

The 2020-2021 school year offered a nice candor of conversation about curriculum, current events, learning structures, and other topics during the "Principal Coffee Talk". This school year, I will attend some PTO meetings and also hold opportunity for chats throughout the school year.

In addition to the PTO meetings, I will hold discussion forums that will involve the partnership of leaders in our Town of Sudbury and Greater Boston communities. The panel will consist of religious leaders, fellow educators, parents, and SPS administration from time to time.

The goal of the discussion forums is to share the commitment to informing the community and also increasing communication around topics such as anti-Semitism. The hope for the forum is to also share with the community and also learn of needs by way of:

  • Share background information about our panelists
  • To answer the requested need for larger discussions at Nixon School that was shared forward from the Nixon families last school year
  • Address the request for greater dialogue for culture and experiences for our children at the elementary school level

To start, I am hosting live in-person and virtual discussion forums for the Nixon community to participate. The first discussion forum will be held on October 20 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ( ) virtually.

The panelists on October 20th are:

  • Rabbi Josh Breindel of Congregational Beth El of the Sudbury River Valley
  • Rabbi Lisa S. Eiduson EdD of Congregation B'nai Torah
  • Rabbi Yisroell Freedman of Chabad Center of Sudbury
  • Minister Kevin Bryant Chaplin of Harvard University Baptist Church
  • Susan Woods, Principal of Nixon School

Other discussion forums will be held in December, March, and June with dates and times to be announced.

Thank you.

News From Guidance

Dear Nixon Families,

As we have settled into the school year, the Nixon School mental health team wanted to reach out to share the variety of school-based social-emotional supports available for all students and families.

School Counselor

Georgia Mulgrew is the full-time school counselor at Nixon. She consults with parents and staff about the social emotional needs of students. She runs groups for children in need of support with friendship/social issues, provides individual student check-in visits as needed, and teaches whole class lessons. Georgia is the 504 coordinator for the building as well.

School Psychologists

Maureen Acton (full-time) and Joy Kazarian (part-time this year while Lauren Ross is on leave) are the school psychologists at Nixon School. They work with individuals and groups of children with social-emotional needs and consult with parents and staff on a range of student needs and developmental issues. Maureen and Joy also provide psychological evaluations for students as part of the special education and/or 504 evaluation process.

The mental health team appreciates hearing from parents when there has been a significant family issue that might worry or affect your child at school, so we can inform the teacher or provide school supports for your child when appropriate. The team is available to discuss your questions or concerns on a wide variety of topics such as a significant illness or death in the family, separation or divorce, or challenging home behaviors. Also, they are also able to share community resources and information when needed. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns regarding your child.


Occasionally, when a student needs social support in order to settle into school and/or make social connections in the classroom, the school counselor or school psychologist will have this student invite a classmate ("buddy") to the guidance office to engage in a game or activity for roughly 15-20 minutes. During these buddy meetings, the children will discuss school-related topics. Typically the children are happy to visit and ask when it will be their "turn". Children will not miss essential instruction and will be invited at a time scheduled with the classroom teacher.

If you are not comfortable with your child being invited to be a buddy/guest, please email Georgia Mulgrew at or Maureen Acton at

School Lunch Message

Dear Families,

The Sudbury Public School Food and Nutrition Department is asking for your patience and support as we navigate new challenges. As you may be aware, we are currently faced with unprecedented shortages of food and packaging materials, massive delays or cancellations of deliveries, and department labor shortages. Nationwide shortages and delays have affected availability of certain food items, leading to substitutions of menu items we’ve been able to offer regularly in the past. These supply issues are occurring throughout the country and are especially challenging for school systems, due to the quantity of meals we serve and the nutrition standards we follow.

All of this means that we may need to make quick substitutions to our menus based upon what we are able to acquire. We know that this affects students, and we are doing our best to provide updates about menu changes when possible as soon as we identify an issue.

Please know that our number one priority continues to be providing healthy, nutritious, and appetizing meals for your children. We love seeing them every day and appreciate your support and patience as we continue to offer meals at no charge for all students. The good news is that free breakfast and lunch will continue throughout the school year, so please stick with us while we face yet another challenge. Your participation helps our program stay strong, and we look forward to serving you! "

Thank you!

Gail Eng

Business Office

Sudbury Public Schools

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