Monday, October 19, 2020

News to Use - October 19, 2020

Upcoming Important Dates:

Parent Coffee with Superintendent Mary Beth Banios and Jenn Clifford 
Friday, October 23rd, 10am **Zoom link will be emailed to families**     

No School: Professional Development Day                                  November 3
No School: Veterans' Day                                                                 November 11
No School: Thanksgiving Recess                                                    November 26 & 27
School Pictures, Cohort A & remote students                              December 1 
School Pictures, Cohort B                                                                December 3


To continue to fine-tune our arrival and dismissal procedures, please be sure to pull up all the way in the driveway to the farthest available spot. In the afternoon we will load the first four cars at a time, which is easy to do in a quick, safe manner to keep the line moving. Please remain in your car at all times. Thank you for your help!


Parents and guardians are welcome to join Jenn Clifford and Mary Beth Banios for a virtual coffee hour this Friday, October 23 at 10am. We will be able to have a casual conversation during this virtual coffee hour. The Zoom link will be emailed directly to families.


News From The Health Office:
As part of our mitigation strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in school, we are asking families to complete a daily symptom checklist for potential COVID-19 symptoms.  
For families whose children are part of the hybrid program, we ask that you submit a daily symptom checklist on your child(ren)’s in-person school days via our web-based parent portal.  You should have received log-in instructions and a password from 
noreply@studentehr.com.  Upon opening the portal the checklist will appear with your child(ren)’s names.  Passwords cannot be personalized, so please keep your password safely stored.  For forgotten passwords, you can contact your school nurse for it to be re-sent to you.  If your child is experiencing any of the listed symptoms, we ask that you keep your child home if it is their in-person learning day. 


If your child(ren) is experiencing symptoms, please contact their health care provider and inform your school’s nurse.  Prior to returning to school please view the following guidelines for returning to school after experiencing potential COVID-19 symptoms. 

Thank You All,
Lynne


Here is a great how-to video made by our MRMS nurse Maribeth Ting to help us use our new Symptom Checklist. Please remember to enter your child’s date of birth in this format    2digits/2digits/4digits example: 01/01/2007

 

Upcoming Flu Clinic, Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 -Winthrop School:  
Please click on the following link to schedule a visit;

A message from the Nutrition Services Department:
Did you know that we are providing lunches to all students at no charge?  The USDA has made funds available to cover the cost of lunches for all kids and teens from 2 - 18!!  Whether you are in school or learning remotely, we've got your covered.  Click here for more information or give us a call at 978-468-0398!

Contact Verification Reminder:
Please remember to update and verify your contact information and emergency medical information on the Aspen portal.  We want to ensure that all information is accurate.
Here is the link to show you how to update in Aspen.


Counselor’s Corner:

Please read click to view a message from our school adjustment counselor, Ann Creilson:

Counselor’s Corner


 
  

Week of October 19th 

Friends of Cutler 10/20 meeting Postponed: We hope everyone is staying safe and well. Unfortunately, we have decided to postpone tomorrow evening's meeting - we have some events/happenings in the works and dates still need to be solidified. We want to provide you with the most accurate and up to date information as possible, so please stay tuned for more information about the new meeting date!

 

Volunteer Opportunities: We apologize for the confusion, but last year's volunteer link was still available at the beginning of the year. If you still have not signed up for ways to get involved, please use the link below to join us in planning this year: 


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScGS72w3-D-t5S1i4f6zCAwjNr6LP_jmuj7BAc4hxON-ad-RQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Thank you, as always, and stay well!

Signs of Thanks:

As we enter the season of gratitude, we would like to show our thanks to the Cutler staff and faculty.  In addition to the November snack cart (a special treat for faculty and staff), The Friends of Cutler Hospitality Committee would love for Cutler students and families to make signs of thanks for our Cutler community. 

Please have your family or child(ren) create one or more 8x11 or larger thank you signs for all staff and faculty (not just a particular teacher, etc) 

Please drop your signs off by October 29th at:
5 Moynihan Road South Hamilton, MA (drop off bin in driveway) 
or email rsbarstow@gmail.com or stevensonka@hotmail.com for a pick up at your house! 

The signs will be posted in the building on November 2nd for staff and faculty to read! 

ALSO: If you would like to contribute to the November snack cart, please sign up here: 
All food donations can be dropped off at 5 Moynihan Road or a pick up can be arranged! 


Thank you,
Rachel Barstow and Karen Stevenson
Hospitality Committee Co-Chairs 


Opportunity for Elementary School Students:


What is Coding Club?

The Coding Club is a 45-minute weekly zoom meeting, in which high school mentors are able to connect with middle and elementary students as they learn coding and skills related to coding.

 

Why Participate in Coding Club?

Coding club is a great opportunity for students of all ages to form a community with peers and learn a new skill. Coding is becoming an increasingly important skill as technology advances and the future job market looks for coding literacy. Furthermore, coding can be a fun activity for children of all ages in which they improve their creativity, communication, and problem-solving skills. Given the current pandemic, we strive to form a virtual group in which children (both hybrid and remote) can have fun while learning outside of the classroom! 

 

Times: Monday and Thursdays,  3:30pm-4:15pm

 

Let us know if you are interested by clicking the following link to the survey: https://forms.gle/M3BytHLEaRcZPo2N9

 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

News To Use, October 13, 2020

Upcoming Important Dates
No School: Professional Development Day                                            November 3
No School: Veterans' Day                                                                           November 11
No School: Thanksgiving Recess                                                              November 26 & 27

Thank you for the support you have shown our teaching staff over the past few weeks as we have worked to establish our in-person learning model! The treats from the FOC Hospitality group were a special surprise and much appreciated.

Please remember to log in to our parent portal each morning that your child is coming to school in-person to complete our symptom screener. Your vigilance is essential to keeping our schools safe for our students and staff. 


A reminder that attendance is taken at morning meetings on remote days, including Wednesdays. Your child will be marked “virtual absent” if they miss the morning meeting or do not complete at least 50% of the remote day’s learning activities.


If you need to dismiss your child early from school, please call the office to let us know that you are on your way.  We will have your child ready at the door when you arrive.  978-468-5330

NEWS FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE:
For the latest questions regarding travel to other states please refer to this link.

Thank You,
Lynne Nardella

UPCOMING FLU CLINIC, October 20th, 2020 -Winthrop School:  
Please click on the following link to schedule a visit;



SIGNS OF THANKS:
As we enter the season of gratitude, we would like to show our thanks to the Cutler staff and faculty.  In addition to the November snack cart (a special treat for faculty and staff), The Friends of Cutler Hospitality Committee would love for Cutler students and families to make signs of thanks for our Cutler community. 

Please have your family or child(ren) create one or more 8x11 or larger thank you signs for all staff and faculty (not just a particular teacher, etc) 

Please drop your signs off by October 29th at:
5 Moynihan Road South Hamilton, MA (drop off bin in driveway) 
or
email rsbarstow@gmail.com or stevensonka@hotmail.com for a pick up at your house! 

The signs will be posted in the building on November 2nd for staff and faculty to read! 

Thank you,
Rachel Barstow and Karen Stevenson
Hospitality Committee Co-Chairs 

ASPEN VERIFICATION REMINDER:

Please remember to take a moment to update your Aspen student records, family information, and confirm understanding of our school handbook and district procedures. 

The following link will take you to the instruction sheet that will step you through the process.  


Be sure to sign by typing in your name and clicking the finish button when you are done.

Thank you!

Monday, October 5, 2020

News to Use, October 5, 2020

What a week! Having students back in the building has been exhilarating. We are all physically exhausted, but so much happier together. Students have done a fantastic job with the new COVID-19 guidelines. Please remember that masks should not have filters or be the 'gaiter' type of mask in order to comply with our policy. 

We are also outside much more than we have ever been and will continue to do so as much as possible. Please help your child dress for the weather. Warm layers, jackets, and appropriate footwear will make the days much more pleasant. Being outside when we take our masks off as much as possible is one of our ways to keep safe, as we eat under the tents picnic style (those towels were put to good use each day!).

Drop-off and pickup has been a challenge with so many families arriving by car. Morning supervision begins at 8:30 am and the end of the day is still 2:57 pm. Please be sure to stay inside the car during both times, as having a driver at the wheel is a safety factor and keeps the line moving. If your child needs assistance, please get them ready before lining up in the drop-off queue. We will continue to get our afternoon systems tightened up, with the hope of having students watch the pickup line and getting themselves ready when you arrive. The way we line up with social distancing on the grass is a new learning curve for all of us!

What to send to school with your child this week:

  • Face mask (and a spare if possible)
  • Completed work and other materials requested by the classroom teacher
  • Snack
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch (or plan to order school lunch)
  • Towel (to sit on to eat outside) Students will be under the tents for lunch as much as possible. Their own towels will be helpful to allow them to picnic and remain in one safe spot. 
  • Layers of clothing and appropriate footwear…we will be outside as much as possible!

News From The Health Office
As part of our mitigation strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in school, we are asking families to complete a daily symptom checklist for potential COVID-19 symptoms.  
For families whose children are part of the hybrid program, we ask that you submit a daily symptom checklist on your child(ren)’s in-person school days via our web-based parent portal.  You should have received log-in instructions and a password from noreply@studentehr.com.  Upon opening the portal the checklist will appear with your child(ren)’s names.  Passwords cannot be personalized, so please keep your password safely stored.  For forgotten passwords, you can contact your school nurse for it to be re-sent to you.  If your child is experiencing any of the listed symptoms, we ask that you keep your child home if it is their in-person learning day.
If your child(ren) is experiencing symptoms, please contact their health care provider and inform your school’s nurse.  Prior to returning to school please view the following guidelines for returning to school after experiencing potential COVID-19 symptoms.
Thank You All,
Lynne

Here is a great  how-to video made by our MRMS nurse Maribeth Ting to help us use our new Symptom Checklist. Please remember to enter you child’s date of birth in this format    2digits/2digits/4digits example: 01/01/2007

ASPEN VERIFICATION PROCESS:

Last year we piloted a Digital Verification process to update Aspen student records, family information, and confirm understanding of our school handbook and district procedures. After making some changes as a result of the pilot, we are continuing with this process to make it easier and more timely for families, save valuable time, and reduce paper use. 

The following link will take you to the instruction sheet that will step you through the process.  


Please follow the instruction sheet in order and be sure to sign by typing in your name and clicking the finish button when you are done.




“News to Use”
2020-2021

NTU Week of 10/5/2020: 


Hello Friends!  We hope that all the teachers, staff, and Cohort B students had a wonderful transition back to Cutler last Thursday and Friday, and we would like to wish Cohort A students lots of luck and fun with their return this week!  

 

Cutler Apparel:  Just a friendly reminder that the deadline for ordering Cutler School apparel is fast approaching! Order forms can be found online at www.friendsofcutler.com - you can send your completed order form, along with payment, back to school with your student; or use the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfn9Ik2fbfbNp5qHbo2YsEWHwRS10inNJ95KavmcyORksOtyw/viewform  

Order deadline is Friday, October 9th, so get those orders in! 


Volunteer:  Although things may be a little different/uncertain this year, there are plenty of ways to get involved.  We are still looking for volunteers in many areas and would love your participation.  Volunteer forms went home in welcome packets and can be sent back to school with your student.  You can also complete the volunteer form online at www.friendsofcutler.com.  Simply click on “Volunteer Opportunities” or use the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScGS72w3-D-t5S1i4f6zCAwjNr6LP_jmuj7BAc4hxON-ad-RQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please submit by Friday, October 16th!  Thank you and we look forward to another great year!  


Meeting: The Friends of Cutler will be hosting our first meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, October 20th at 7p.m.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend! This is a wonderful way to meet new families, reconnect with friends, and hear about how you can get involved this year. We hope to see you there! RSVP and Zoom information to follow, closer to the date. 

Monday, September 28, 2020

News to Use, September 28, 2020

We are so excited to have students start in the building this week! Students in Cohort B will attend on Thursday and Friday of this week. Students in Cohort A will start on Monday and Tuesday in person next week.

We will be sharing a lot of information this week about logistics. Today, please review our arrival and dismissal procedures. We will share bus transportation information as soon as we have it. We need to change a few things this year to make sure we keep everyone safe. Thank you for helping us with this!

Important arrival changes:

  • Arrival will now be from 8:30 to 8:40am. Students should not enter the playground area prior to 8:30am.
  • Students must wear a mask when they arrive on school grounds, by car, bike, or on foot.
  • Students will not be playing on the playground when they arrive but will line up directly at their assigned entrances.
  • Students in kindergarten will line up by the blue door to the cafeteria ramp, while students in 1G, 2A, and 2B will line up on the hardtop. All other classrooms will line up at their exterior classroom doors. Teachers will share their door numbers with students and we will have plenty of staff to direct students on the playground until they feel comfortable finding their assigned entrances. 

Information for students arriving and leaving by car:

Arrival by car

Arrival this fall will not look terribly different than in the past, aside from the 15 minute time change and need for social distancing. Cars should still enter only in the lower driveway (closest to Woodland Mead; please do NOT enter the front bus loop) and pull up on the left parallel to the grassy area of the playground to let students out of the car. Please pull all the way forward and do not let your child out until a staff member indicates that it is safe to do so. Please have your child ready with his/her belongings to exit the car once you arrive at school. Parents and caregivers must stay in their cars if dropping off, do not park the car and exit.

Dismissal by car

For dismissal, students will be socially distanced and lined up by grade levels along the grassy area next to the sidewalk. If you arrive in a car, please stay in your car and line up in a single queue.  Do not park your car and get out during this year’s dismissal time. There will only be one live pickup line this year to start. Please use the laminated sheet distributed over the past two weeks with your child’s last name, displaying it on your driver’s side visor. If you do not yet have one of these sheets, please make your own sign to display. We are going to try to line students up by the grade level of the youngest sibling (if a 1st grader and 3rd grader are siblings being picked up, both will be in the 1st-grade line). Please remind your oldest child(ren) that they will be joining their youngest sibling in the pickup line of the youngest grade level. Again, all parents and caregivers must stay in the car during this time to ensure quick dismissal.

Information for students arriving and leaving on foot or bicycle:

Arrival on foot or bike

If walking or riding with your child from the North (Woodland Meade side), we ask that you say goodbye to them below the rocks and bike rack area of the playground. If you are walking from the South (1A side of Asbury Street), please walk your child to the Cutler School sign area to say goodbye, we will assist them as they cross the driveway and proceed to the playground. We are attempting to limit the number of people on the playground area in the morning for supervision and social distancing purposes. Please do not allow younger siblings to play on the equipment during this time.

Dismissal on foot or bike

These same two areas (rocks/bike rack and Cutler sign) are where we will reunite you with your child at the end of the day as well. Please keep yourself socially distanced, wear a mask on school grounds, and wait in these two areas. Students will walk to meet you once they are dismissed. We will have a staff member receiving them in both of these areas who will make sure they identify you as they always have (“I see my mom” or “I see my grandfather”) before we let them go to you.

What to send to school with your child this week:

  • Face mask (and a spare if possible)
  • Completed work (depending on classroom) and other materials requested by the classroom teacher
  • Snack
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch (or plan to order school lunch)
  • Towel (to sit on to eat outside) Students will be under the tents for lunch as much as possible. Their own towels will be helpful to allow them to picnic and remain in one safe spot. 
  • Layers of clothing and appropriate footwear…we will be outside as much as possible!

Daily Home Symptoms Checklist:
Each morning prior to participating in in-person learning, parents will conduct a daily symptoms check to prevent illness and transmission spread in the school. Information on how to log into the Health Care Portal will follow from the school nurses.

Below is the full list of symptoms for which caregivers should monitor their children, and staff should monitor themselves:

❏    Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills (CDC has lowered the temperature from 100.4 to 100.0)

❏    Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)

❏    Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

❏    New loss of taste or smell

❏    Sore throat

❏    Headache when in combination with other symptoms

❏    Muscle aches or body aches

❏    Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

❏    Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms

❏    Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

In addition to the symptoms, if your child has traveled outside Massachusetts to a state that is not considered a low-risk state by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health,  your child is required to comply with the COVID-19 Travel Order either by:

Remaining in quarantine for 14 days or producing a negative COVID-19 test that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts.

Other important information from our school nurses



“News to Use”
2020-2021
NTU Week of 9/28/2021:

Hello Friends! FoC 2020-2021 Executive Board here: 
Lauren LoMonaco, Marie Hersey, Shannon deForest, Jenna Chiarenza, 
Erin Bilenchi, and Mariel Souza.

We hope that the transition back to school has gone as smoothly as possible for you all. We are so excited to welcome everyone back to Cutler on October 1, 2020!

Although things are a bit different this year, we have been working behind the scenes to provide support to our wonderful Cutler community as best we can.  Please stay tuned as we continue to plan and update our "Friends of Cutler" website, where you can find lots of information, including our 2020-2021 Meeting Schedules, 2020-2021 Calendar of Events, "News to Use", Volunteer Forms, Apparel information, and many other resources – www.friendsofcutler.com

Meeting: The Friends of Cutler will be hosting our first meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, October 20th at 7p.m.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend! This is a wonderful way to meet new families, reconnect with friends, and hear about how you can get involved this year. We hope to see you there! RSVP and Zoom information to follow, closer to the date.

Volunteer: One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time!  The Friends of Cutler would love your involvement.  Volunteer forms went home in welcome packets but can also be completed online at www.friendsofcutler.com. Simply click on “Volunteer Opportunities".  Although things may be a little different this year, there are many ways to be involved, and we look forward to another great, and unique, year!

Cutler Apparel: Is your child new to Cutler and wanting to show his/her school spirit? Has (s)he grown out of that Cutler t-shirt that was way too big just a year or two ago? Or does (s)he need some comfy school wear on those remote days?  Whatever the reason, if you are looking for a new Cutler t-shirt or some loungewear, now is the time to order! Order forms can be found online at www.friendsofcutler.com or use the following link: (https://forms.gle/wsEmpCGMe6DTb6NZ8). The order deadline is Friday, October 9th, so get those orders in!

Monday, September 21, 2020

News to Use, September 21, 2020

We hope your child had a great first week of school! This has certainly been a different pace and feel for all of us here at Cutler. It is great to see smiling faces on Zoom. We know there are still some technology glitches that we are working through, and we learned what we need to do when the power goes out unexpectedly on Friday! Please reach out to your child's teacher with questions and concerns, they appreciate your feedback and have been working hard to incorporate your suggestions into their plans for this week.

We will continue to offer a Friday pick up/drop off each week that we are in the remote mode. Besides the untimely fire alarm last week, the process went smoothly. We will organize this week's 9am-1pm pick up/drop off session similarly. Having friends or neighbors pick up is helpful, and we can arrange for a Monday morning pick up if that's better for your schedule. Your child's classroom teacher will remain the point of contact to let you know what to pick up and what to drop off.

As Mary Beth Banios noted in her most recent district newsletter, the COVID Response Team will meet later this week to determine if a move to hybrid learning is possible for October 1. To prepare students that will be attending school in-person soon, please make note of our mask guidance which was shared earlier in the month. 

Mask Requirements

○  All students and staff are required to wear cloth face masks at all times inside the building with the exception of eating and mask breaks, per the Hamilton-Wenham School Committee policy.

○  Masks should be worn in the hallways on arrival, departure, and traveling between rooms.

○  Students will not be permitted to board the school bus unless they are wearing a mask. Students are expected to wear a mask at all times on the school bus.

○  The mask should fit snugly over the nose and mouth and be secured under the chin. Bandanas, gaiter scarves, or masks with valves are NOT permitted since they do not prevent respiratory droplets from transmitting into the air.

○  It is the responsibility of the wearer to make sure the mask is labeled, kept clean and washed daily.

○  Best practice when storing a mask: fold the mask so the sides facing the nose and mouth are touching. Masks can be stored in a brown paper bag when not in use and clearly labeled on the front of the bag with the owner’s name.

○  Mask breaks will be scheduled outdoors as long as six feet of social distance is maintained.

○  During recess students need to wear masks when six feet of distance cannot be maintained if not running around. If students are running around, students must wear masks when 10 feet of distance cannot be maintained. This is in line with state guidelines for physical education activities.   


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Materials Pickup and Meet the Teachers: This Friday, September 11

Due to the changing virus metrics of our communities, we will not be able to hold in-person school visits this week as we hoped. Instead, we will coordinate opportunities for families in all grades to pick up student materials and meet their teachers outside on Friday, September 11. 

Please wear a mask, park in the school parking lot, and follow signage to pick up your child’s set of materials that they will need for the first week of school. Please bring an empty backpack to fill with school supplies. If you are unable to make this time, please let us know and we can make other arrangements.


11:30-12:00         Cohort A      Last names A-F

12:00-12:30         Cohort B      Last names A-F

 

12:30-1:00           Cohort A      Last names G-M 

1:00-1:30             Cohort B      Last names G-M 

 

1:30-2:00             Cohort A      Last names N-Z

2:00-2:30             Cohort B      Last names N-Z