Monday, December 9, 2019

News to Use - December 9, 2019

Dates to Remember   
Absentee/Retakes School Picture Day  (tomorrow)                  December 10 
Friends of Cutler Principal's Coffee                                              December 11, 9:15am
Elementary Band & Chorus Concert at Buker School               December 16, 6:30pm
Make a Difference Club, 3-4pm                                                     December 17
Winter Holiday Recess, regular dismissal at 2:57pm               December 20
Winter Recess, No School                                                               Dec 23rd -Jan 1st
School resumes, Thursday                                                              January 2nd

School Photos
The absentee/retake day for school pictures is tomorrow, December 10.

Cutler School Crossing Guard on Asbury Street (near Mark's Pizza) needed!

Please check out Schoolspring.com for the posting.


Principal's Coffee and FOC meeting
This Wednesday at 9:15, join Jenn Clifford and Christine Fichera, our elementary math coordinator, as they share about the way our students learn math today. Specifically, they will talk about mathematical fluency as accuracy, flexibility, and efficiency. Come learn how and why students learn their math facts, it's different than when we were in school!


Report Cards
Students in grades 1-5 will have their first trimester report card released into the Aspen family portal on Friday, December 13. Please take time now to practice logging into the Aspen portal. If you need assistance, you may reach out to aspenhelp@hwschools.net 

We value report cards as one of our important ways to communicate progress with families.  The students' performance connected to a specific learning standard is evaluated on an academic performance indicator scale, ranging from N (student is not yet demonstrating progress toward the standard), B (student is beginning to progress toward standard), P (student is progressing toward consistent and independent proficiency of the standard) and M (student consistently and independently demonstrates mastery of the standard)

Each child will receive evaluative marks from their classroom teacher in social skills, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.  Teachers will continue to comment on students' progress in social areas as well as the academic areas in this text box each term.  In addition, specialist teachers will provide marks and comments in each of their respective disciplines. As has been our practice in years past, Kindergarten students will receive their first report cards in at the mid-year mark.

A note about report cards from the Elementary Math Coordinator

Dear Families,
When report cards are made available in Aspen on December 13th, you will notice that the grading in
the math section is different than in other sections. The district adopted a new math program last
year, Investigations 3, and the pacing of the program spirals, which means that many standards,
particularly those having to do with number sense and algebraic thinking, come up again and again
throughout the course of the school year. Students won’t be fully mastering these standards until the
end of the year. Therefore, a grade of “M” in the math section means that a student is meeting the
term expectations and making adequate progress towards mastering the full standard by the end of
the year. This is different from the other sections in which an “M” denotes “mastery of/proficiency in
the grade level standard.”
As an example of the spiral nature of Investigations 3, grade 3 has three units that focus on
multiplication. The Term 1 benchmark for “Demonstrates fluency with multiplication facts through
10 times 10,” which is one of the rows on the report card, is that students will know their 1, 2, 5, and
10 times tables. Students will receive an “M” for Term 1 if they know those four tables. By Term
students will receive an “M” if they know all facts through 10 times 10. 
Additionally, the links below describe the mathematics in each grade level and list
the benchmarks
that are incorporated into the Investigations 3 program. All grades have taught
Unit 1 and Unit
during Term 1, with the exception of Grade 4 which has taught Unit 1 and Unit 5.
Overall, we are thrilled to have adopted Investigations 3 last year and are
committed to supporting all students in their development as mathematical
thinkers. Please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher should you have any
questions regarding the report card.
Many thanks, 
Christine Fichera 
Elementary Math Coordinator 


A message from Mrs. Leary's Kindergarten classroom
December is mitten month in Mrs. Leary’s kindergarten.  With colder weather and the holidays upon us we are collecting mittens to distribute to children north of Boston through our partnership with Department of Children and Families.  Drop your mittens in the collection box in the Gallery.  We are warming tender little hearts all over the North Shore two hands at a time… thank you in advance for your donation.


 Early Childhood Partners of Hamilton, Wenham, Manchester, and Essex
Join us for FREE Parent/Caregiver-Child Playgroups, Story Times and Parent Enrichment.  Groups include play, songs, stories, hands-on activities, and opportunities to connect with other families from your Community.  We offer age appropriate books and interactive experiences, with a focus on early literacy, child development, and social/emotional development.  Early Childhood Partners is funded by the Massachusetts Coordinated Family & Community Engagement (CFCE) grant awarded to the Hamilton-Wenham RSD and serving Hamilton, Wenham, Manchester, and Essex. 
To learn more, please go to www.EarlyChildhoodPartners.weebly.com or call 978-468-5489.





Friends of Cutler Meeting/Principal’s Coffee WEDNESDAY: Our next Friends of Cutler meeting will be on Wednesday, December 11th, at 9:15. We have lots of exciting events coming up in the New Year, including the Scholastic Book Fair and Family Game Night! Please join us to learn how you can get involved and to share ideas you may have! These meetings are open to all parents of Cutler students – they are a great way to find out about FOC activities and events and to get involved. We hope to see many new and familiar faces there!

School Store: The School Store will be open NEXT WEEK – 12/16-12/20. Students may spend up to $3 – small bills and coins please.

Cookie Swap: We can hardly believe it but it’s that time of year again the Annual Teacher / Staff Cookie Swap! This is an event that the teachers look forward to every year and we would greatly appreciate any help you could give us to make this a success again this year! 

The swap is scheduled for Thursday, December 19th! Please consider signing up to bring cookies, etc. to the teacher lounge on the morning of December 19th. Cutler staff will then take home a platter or container of all varieties to share with their loved ones over the holidays. (If possible, please include a label with your goods. Teachers often ask for recipes, too, so please consider printing out copies to share.) Sign up link is:


Free Money: With the holiday season upon us, please remember that you can help Cutler School by using Amazon Smile when shopping on Amazon. The Friends of Cutler earn a percentage of these sales on Amazon. Please see the following link: Earn free money for the Friends of Cutler




When you are on Amazon, you should see a line under the search bar that says “Supporting: Friends of Cutler Elementary School Inc.”

Monday, December 2, 2019

News to Use - December 2, 2019

Dates to Remember    
Cutler Apparel Order forms due on Tuesday                              December 3
Absentee/Retakes School Picture Day                             December 10 
Make a Difference Club, 3-4pm                                                     December 17
Winter Recess, No School                                                               Dec 23rd -Jan 1st
School resumes, Thursday                                                              January 2nd

Spirit Wear
Cutler spirit wear apparel forms will be going home tomorrow.  The order deadline is Tuesday, December 3rd. If there is a snow day, the orders will be due WED. 12/4.

School Photos
The absentee or retakes day for school pictures is now Tuesday, 12/10.

Music Notes from Mrs. Clark-Family Music Mornings are back!
The music students from grades 2 & 3 look forward to sharing some of their favorite songs with their families on:
Wednesday December 4, 2019
8:45 - 9:30 AM
Cutler Cafeteria

A message from Mrs. Leary's Kindergarten classroom
December is mitten month in Mrs. Leary’s kindergarten.  With colder weather and the holidays upon us we are collecting mittens to distribute to children north of Boston through our partnership with Department of Children and Families.  Drop your mittens in the collection box in the Gallery.  We are warming tender little hearts all over the North Shore two hands at a time… thank you in advance for your donation. Joanne 


Electronics Drive to help support HW Regional High School Class of 2022!

December 7th from 10:00-2:00 at the Hamilton Wenham Regional High School.
All profits go toward the Class of 2022.

We accept:
Cell phones, video games and systems
Plastic and Wooden TV’s
CPU boxes, laptops, computers, monitors
Household Appliances
Freezers and Refrigerators
Camera’s
Basically anything Electronic!

There is a fee to dispose of items.


 Early Childhood Partners of Hamilton, Wenham, Manchester, and Essex
Join us for FREE Parent/Caregiver-Child Playgroups, Story Times and Parent Enrichment.  Groups include play, songs, stories, hands-on activities, and opportunities to connect with other families from your Community.  We offer age appropriate books and interactive experiences, with a focus on early literacy, child development, and social/emotional development.  Early Childhood Partners is funded by the Massachusetts Coordinated Family & Community Engagement (CFCE) grant awarded to the Hamilton-Wenham RSD and serving Hamilton, Wenham, Manchester, and Essex. 
To learn more, please go to www.EarlyChildhoodPartners.weebly.com or call 978-468-5489.



December Friends of Cutler Meeting: Our next Friends of Cutler meeting will be on Wednesday, December 11th, at 9:15. These meetings are open to all parents of Cutler students  they are a great way to find out about FOC activities and events and to get involved. We hope to see many new and familiar faces there!

Apparel: Winter Spiritwear Orders Due TOMORROW DEC 3RD!!!: Please take note, this is a very hard deadline for the order forms to be received so that we can guarantee delivery before the holiday break!!  Want an easy (and cozy) way to support you child's school?  Consider ordering some apparel!  All profits go directly to funding all of the fun and educational support provided by the Friends of Cutler - not to mention our current goal of replacing and upgrading the Playground Equipment at our school!! Any questions you have can be directed to Sarah Olson - sarahpageolson@gmail.com or (978) 394-7673 *texting is preferred...  If you are ordering gifts - and do NOT want items sent home in your child's backpack - please be sure to indicate so on your order form!!  Thank you for your support and stay cozy!!

School Store: The School Store will be open the week of 12/16. Students may spend up to $3  small bills and coins please.

Cookie Swap: Please be on the lookout for information about our annual cookie swap! Each year, the Cutler families donate cookies for the teachers and staff to“swap” in the teacher’s lounge before the holiday break.  This year the swap will be held on Thursday 12/19.  The Sign-Up Genius will be coming home soon.  We hope that you consider baking (or buying) for this fun holiday event.  

Monday, November 25, 2019

News to Use - November 25, 2019

FRIENDLY REMINDER:
Wednesday early release @11:15am, no lunch served       

Dates to Remember    
Make a Difference Club 2nd meeting, 3-4pm                             November 26
Wednesday early release @11:15am, no lunch served               November 27
Thanksgiving recess, No School                                                     November 28 & 29
Cutler Apparel Order forms due on Tuesday                              December 3
Absentee/Retakes School Picture Day                                         December 3 
Make a Difference Club, 3-4pm                                                     December 17
Winter Recess, No School                                                               Dec 23rd -Jan 1st
School resumes, Thursday         
                                                     January 2nd
REMINDER: Students will be dismissed on Wednesday at 11:15 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Lunch will not be served.

Spirit Wear
Cutler spirit wear apparel forms will be going home tomorrow.  The order deadline is Tuesday, December 3rd.

School Photos
The absentee or retakes day for school pictures is coming up on Tuesday, 12/3.

A message from Mrs. Leary's Kindergarten classroom
December is mitten month in Mrs. Leary’s kindergarten. They are warming hands and hearts over the holidays. With colder weather and the holidays upon us we are collecting mittens to distribute to children north of Boston through our partnership with Department of Children and Families.  Drop your mittens in the collection box in the Gallery.  We are warming tender little hearts all over the North Shore two hands at a time… thank you in advance for your donation.  Joanne

Music Notes from Mrs. Clark-Family Music Mornings are back!
The music students from grades 2 & 3 look forward to sharing some of their favorite songs with their families on:
Wednesday December 4, 2019
8:45 - 9:30 AM

Cutler Cafeteria

Greetings from the Learning Commons! 
We will be starting the Massachusetts Children’s Book Awards Book Club in December. Fourth and fifth grade students will be invited to read a minimum of five of the 25 nominated books. Then, we will meet at two lunch groups in the Gallery, where we will talk about the books we have read. In March, students will be voting for their favorite books. Then, the winning book will be announced in April. in previous years, Fourth and Fifth graders loved being part of this wonderful book club and contest.

Also, if your child is in fourth or fifth grade, please remember to order Scholastic Books from the link below. They make great holiday gifts. Plus, the Learning Commons earns points toward free books. If you order, use the library class code to be sure points go to the Learning Commons. In the October order, I was able to order two book series sets, plus some other popular books. If we earn enough points, we will be able to order multiple copies of some of the MCPA books for the book club. Also, students are making lists of the books they feel we need to purchase. I use those lists when ordering Scholastic Books. I want to be sure everyone has books that they love to check out, here in the Library. 


Class Code: JC38P

We’ve been busy in the Learning Commons. This month in the Learning Commons, K-2 students have been learning how to use Book Creator. They have been having so much fun creating books of their own and learning to take risks and make mistakes. Students in 3-5 have been learning how to use Google Slides. Each grade is using Slides in a different way. Third grade is creating presentations, fourth grade is creating animations, and fifth grade is using Slides to create virtual field trips. Many of their projects will be shared in the Cutler Blog in December. 

In December, students will start learning about code. They will be using block-based computer languages, such as Blockly and Scratch. Block-based computer languages turn code into colorful blocks. If they want a character or figure to move forward, they choose the forward block. If they want their character to repeat a movement, they can use a loop block. Kids love coding this way, and it prepares them for text-based computer languages. 


Please take the time on Sunday nights to remind your student to put his/her library books in their backpack. Many elementary students still need parent coaching on how to care for and return library books.  If you just make it a routine on Sunday nights to put library books back in your child’s backpack, they will remember the routine and eventually start putting them there on their own. Thanks for your help.

Holiday Assistance Fund information:
As the holiday season is approaching, we want to notify families of the Hamilton-Wenham Holiday Assistance Fund. This confidential program is coordinated by a dedicated community volunteer and is supported by the generous donations of many community members. The Holiday Assistance Fund has been established to assist Hamilton and Wenham residents and their families who have experienced hardship due to unemployment, illness of a parent or some other unusual circumstance. Due to limited funds, it is not intended to be a long-term assistance program or for families to use repeatedly unless there are extenuating circumstances. If your family meets the criteria stated above and you would like to request assistance, please contact Ann Creilson, School Adjustment Counselor, to discuss this program and eligibility in further detail. Ann can be reached at 978-468-8475 or via email at a.creilson@hwschools.net. Assistance will be in the form of gift cards for winter clothing and/or food or in some instances, gifts of essential clothing such as winter coats, hats, pajamas, socks etc. Requests for assistance should be made before November 20th. If you would like to donate to this fund, please made checks payable to: Hamilton-Wenham Holiday Assistance Fund. Thank you!


Electronics Drive to help support HW Regional High School Class of 2022!

December 7th from 10:00-2:00 at the Hamilton Wenham Regional High School.
All profits go toward the Class of 2022.

We accept:
Cell phones, video games and systems
Plastic and Wooden TV’s
CPU boxes, laptops, computers, monitors
Household Appliances
Freezers and Refrigerators
Camera’s
Basically anything Electronic!

There is a fee to dispose of items.


 Early Childhood Partners of Hamilton, Wenham, Manchester, and Essex
Join us for FREE Parent/Caregiver-Child Playgroups, Story Times and Parent Enrichment.  Groups include play, songs, stories, hands-on activities, and opportunities to connect with other families from your Community.  We offer age appropriate books and interactive experiences, with a focus on early literacy, child development, and social/emotional development.  Early Childhood Partners is funded by the Massachusetts Coordinated Family & Community Engagement (CFCE) grant awarded to the Hamilton-Wenham RSD and serving Hamilton, Wenham, Manchester, and Essex. 
To learn more, please go to www.EarlyChildhoodPartners.weebly.com or call 978-468-5489.



Movie Night – Thank you!: Thank you to all who joined us this past Friday for Movie Night! The children enjoyed popcorn and snacks as well as watching the movie with their friends. A special thank you to Movie Night’s chairperson, Marie Hersey, who did a great job ensuring a fun and successful event! 

December Friends of Cutler Meeting: Our next Friends of Cutler meeting will be on Wednesday, December 11th, at 9:15. These meetings are open to all parents of Cutler students – they are a great way to find out about FOC activities and events and to get involved. We hope to see many new and familiar faces there!

Winter Apparel Order Forms due Tuesday DECEMBER 3rd!!!: Happy almost winter everyone! Want an easy (and cozy) way to support your child's school? Consider ordering some apparel! All profits go directly to funding all of the fun and educational support provided by the Friends of Cutler - and not to mention our current goal of replacing and upgrading the Playground Equipment at our school!! Order forms will go into backpacks this week (or can be downloaded from our website: www.friendsofcutler.com ) Please return the forms ASAP as this deadline is very strict in order to guarantee delivery of items before the holiday break! Be sure to get the order form in by TUESDAY Dec 3rd at the latest!! Any questions you have can be directed to Sarah Olson - sarahpageolson@gmail.com or (978) 394-7673 *texting is preferred... Thank you for your support and stay cozy!!














Monday, November 18, 2019

News to Use - November 18, 2019

Dates to Remember    
School Council, 11am                                                                      November 20
Family Movie Night: new date                                                  *November 22* 
Make a Difference Club 2nd meeting, 3-4pm                             November 26
Thanksgiving early release @11:15am, no lunch served           November 27
Thanksgiving recess, No School                                                     November 28 & 29
Absentee/Retakes School Picture Day                                         December 3 
Make a Difference Club, 3-4pm                                                     December 17
Winter Recess, No School                                                               Dec 23rd -Jan 1st
School resumes, Thursday                                                              January 2nd

Thank you!
Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers who came together to make this year's Ski, Skate and Board Sale such a success! This event continues to grow in amazing ways, bringing together the community while funding the Friends of Cutler's yearly budget. Special thanks to everyone who has worked for months especially chairpersons Jeannine Ryan and Dabney Smith to make this event so successful.

School Photos
School pictures were sent home late last week.  Please check your student's envelope as some were given the wrong class photo.  You could send those back to school in a homework folder, and we will get you the correct class photo.  If your student was missing their pictures altogether, I've sent an email to O'Connor Studios, but you could also reach out to them at: https://oconnorstudio.com/. Thank you for your patience while we straighten this out, and sorry for the inconvenience.

Make a Difference Club with Mrs. Ahearn and Mrs. Grassin is meeting again next week. Tuesday, Nov. 26 Make a Difference Club meeting 3:00-4:00. December meeting is December 17 from 3-4pm.

REMINDER: Students will be dismissed early on Wednesday, November 27 at 11:15 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Lunch will not be served.

A message from the Health Office
With the upcoming holidays, a reminder that if you are aware of your student’s planned absence and notifying teachers, please also inform the nurse via the safe arrival line (978)468-8472.  The nurse is responsible for attendance and absence investigation.  Ensuring the nurse is informed of planned (and unplanned) absences will prevent any calls home to you to check on the safety of your student. Thank you for your help with this!

Music Notes from Mrs. Clark-Family Music Mornings are back!
The music students from grades 2 & 3 look forward to sharing some of their favorite songs with their families on:
Wednesday December 4, 2019
8:45 - 9:30 AM
Cutler Cafeteria

An update from the Learning Commons on accessing the blog
The Learning Commons new Cutler Blog is off to a great start! Fourth and fifth grade students have been working diligently to share interesting Cutler news, as well as create artistic and inspiring content. In addition, they are visiting other grades to capture important moments in the younger classrooms as well. Check out the new Cutler Blog at the following link. Use the guest code to access the blog and select "follow". Thanks!

Guest Code: 8st93y5

Holiday Assistance Fund information:
As the holiday season is approaching, we want to notify families of the Hamilton-Wenham Holiday Assistance Fund. This confidential program is coordinated by a dedicated community volunteer and is supported by the generous donations of many community members. The Holiday Assistance Fund has been established to assist Hamilton and Wenham residents and their families who have experienced hardship due to unemployment, illness of a parent or some other unusual circumstance. Due to limited funds, it is not intended to be a long-term assistance program or for families to use repeatedly unless there are extenuating circumstances. If your family meets the criteria stated above and you would like to request assistance, please contact Ann Creilson, School Adjustment Counselor, to discuss this program and eligibility in further detail. Ann can be reached at 978-468-8475 or via email at a.creilson@hwschools.net. Assistance will be in the form of gift cards for winter clothing and/or food or in some instances, gifts of essential clothing such as winter coats, hats, pajamas, socks etc. Requests for assistance should be made before November 20th. If you would like to donate to this fund, please made checks payable to: Hamilton-Wenham Holiday Assistance Fund. Thank you!


Electronics Drive to help support HW Regional High School Class of 2022!

December 7th from 10:00-2:00 at the Hamilton Wenham Regional High School.
All profits go toward the Class of 2022.

We accept:
Cell phones, video games and systems
Plastic and Wooden TV’s
CPU boxes, laptops, computers, monitors
Household Appliances
Freezers and Refrigerators
Camera’s
Basically anything Electronic!

There is a fee to dispose of items.


 Early Childhood Partners of Hamilton, Wenham, Manchester, and Essex
Join us for FREE Parent/Caregiver-Child Playgroups, Story Times and Parent Enrichment.  Groups include play, songs, stories, hands-on activities, and opportunities to connect with other families from your Community.  We offer age appropriate books and interactive experiences, with a focus on early literacy, child development, and social/emotional development.  Early Childhood Partners is funded by the Massachusetts Coordinated Family & Community Engagement (CFCE) grant awarded to the Hamilton-Wenham RSD and serving Hamilton, Wenham, Manchester, and Essex. 
To learn more, please go to www.EarlyChildhoodPartners.weebly.com or call 978-468-5489.




Ski, Skate and Board: Ski, Skate and Board was a huge success! It’s been incredible to see this event grow so much over the years. It is the main fundraiser for the Friends of Cutler, and it is also a great event for the community. A sincere thank you to everyone who volunteered, donated and shopped, and a special thank you to the event’s chairs, Jeannine Ryan and Dabney Smith! 

Movie Night: It’s finally here! After being postponed in October due to weather, our 3rd annual Movie Night will be this Friday, November 22nd! Doors open at 5:45 and the family friendly movie will start promptly at 6:00. We will show a shorter movie for younger kids in the library. A donation of $20 per family is suggested and popcorn, waters and snacks will be provided. Please feel free to wear pjs and bring a blanket to sit on.

We hope you can join us, and also that you are able to help out with donations or by volunteering your time at the event! Please see the following link: Friends of Cutler Movie Night - Volunteers and Donations!




We will also be collecting donations for Acord Food Pantry. Any non-perishable items are welcome, but at this time of year, they are especially looking for the following:
Coffee/Hot Chocolate
·         Baking Items (brownie, cookie, bread mixes, oil, etc.)
·         Meals in a can (chili, beef stew, hearty soups, etc.)
·         Cereal (hot or cold)

School Store: The School Store is open THIS WEEK - Monday, November 18th – Friday, November 22nd.  Students may spend up to $3 – small bills and coins please! 

December Friends of Cutler Meeting: Our next Friends of Cutler meeting will be on Wednesday, December 11th, at 9:15. These meetings are open to all parents of Cutler students – they are a great way to find out about FOC activities and events and to get involved. We hope to see many new and familiar faces there!