Monday, December 10, 2018

News to Use - December 10, 2018

Dates to Remember      
Elementary Band & Chorus Concert at Buker School     December 17, 6:30pm
Winter Holiday Recess, regular dismissal                         December 21
No School, Winter Holiday Recess                                      December 24-January 1

Chorus Concert
Our fourth and fifth grade Elementary Chorus and Ensemble are performing on Monday, 12/17 at 6:30pm in the Buker School Gym. All are welcome!


Safe Arrival Notification 
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!

Special message from Mrs. Leary's kindergarten class
December is mitten month in Mrs. Leary’s kindergarten, 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 Lahey Health, In Home Therapy Services.   Drop mittens into the “mitten tree” in the gallery any school day December 3 through December 14.  We are warming tender little hearts all over the North Shore two hands at a time… thank you in advance for your donation. 

Report Cards
Report cards were released to the Aspen parent portal last week. Please be sure to view your child's progress. Contact aspenhelp@hwschools.net if you have trouble accessing the parent portal. Beyond technical difficulties, all other questions about report cards can be directed to your child's teacher.

                    


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 20! Please consider signing up to bring cookies, etc to the teacher lounge on the morning of December 20. 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:


Thanks in advance for your help and Happy Holidays!

Giving Back: This holiday season we have been asked if we would help support Pathways for Children's Holiday Store. Doing so will help spread some holiday cheer to other less fortunate families in our community that are in need this Christmas. And while we know there are a lot of options at the holidays, this organization helps local families in Hamilton and Wenham and 11 surrounding communities and provides parents the ability to actually go in and “shop” for gifts for their own children free of charge.  Your donation helps supply the "store" with all sorts of great items a child may be hoping for this season.

If you would like to join in the joy, please deliver unwrapped gifts to the box placed outside the office by 12/14.  OR you can do it all online.  Details including wish lists and online shopping links are below
AMAZON WISH LIST AND ONLINE ORDERINGhttp://a.co/cIw3XgB

Thank you so much for your consideration and helping us spread the JOY! 


School Store:  The School Store will be next week Monday, December 17– Friday, December 21. Stop by and get your holiday and winter pens, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, notebooks, etc. We will be in the Dining Room from 8:15-8:30. Students may spend up to $3 – small bills and coins please!  

Principal Coffee:  Please join us on Wednesday 12/12 at 9:15am for our 2nd Principal Coffee of the year!  We will be learning about our new math program. We hope you will make every effort to attend!

Free Money:  Please remember to use the Amazon Link on the bottom of the Friends of Cutler website when shopping through Amazon this holiday season.  It’s one extra click, but it is a super easy way to help contribute to our school. 
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/G/01/img16/associates/1008705_us_associates_sep20_468x60.jpg

Monday, December 3, 2018

News to Use - December 3, 2018

Dates to Remember      
School Council, Conference Room                                      December 5, 11 am
Elementary Band & Chorus Concert                                   December 17, 6:30pm
Winter Holiday Recess, regular dismissal                         December 21
No School, Winter Holiday Recess                                      December 24-January 1

Special message from Mrs. Leary's kindergarten class
December is mitten month in Mrs. Leary’s kindergarten, 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 Lahey Health, In Home Therapy Services.   Drop mittens into the “mitten tree” in the gallery any school day December 3 through December 14.  We are warming tender little hearts all over the North Shore two hands at a time… thank you in advance for your donation. 

Report Cards
Students in grades 1-5 will have their first trimester report card released into the Aspen family portal on Friday, December 7. 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 7th, you will notice that the grading in the math section looks different than in past years. The district has adopted a new math program this 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. A grade of “M” on this year’s report card 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 a change from last year when an “M” denoted mastery of the complete standard.
As an example of the spiral nature of Investigations 3, grade 3 now 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 3, 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. Most grades have completed Unit 1 and Unit 2 during Term 1, with the exception of Grade 4 which has also completed Unit 3.
Overall, we are thrilled to have adopted Investigations 3 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


National Honor Society Kids' Night Out
Kids can enjoy a fun night with our HWRHS National Honor Society students while parents have their own night out!
Friday, December 7th from 6-9pm
Location: High School Cafeteria 
Cost: $10 per child 



                    


Free Money:  Please remember to use the Amazon Link on the bottom of the Friends of Cutler website when shopping through Amazon this holiday season.  It’s one extra click, but it is a super easy way to help contribute to our school. 
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/G/01/img16/associates/1008705_us_associates_sep20_468x60.jpg


School Store:  The School Store will be Monday, December 17 – Friday, December 21. Stop by and get your holiday and winter pens, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, notebooks, etc.We will be in the Dining Room from 8:15-8:30. Students may spend up to $3 – small bills and coins please! 
Principal Coffee & Friends Meeting: Save the date ofWednesday 12/12 at 9:15am for our next meeting.  We'll be talking about our new math program! These are always amazing opportunities to better understand different academic and/or social topics that impact our children.  We hope you will join us!

Teacher/Staff Cookie Swap:  Each year the Friends of Cutler and volunteers bake a plethora of 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 12/20.  The Sign-Up Genius will be coming home soon.  We hope that you consider baking (or buying) for this fun and giving holiday event. 

Giving Back: This holiday season we have been asked if we would help support Pathways for Children's Holiday Store. Doing so will help spread some holiday cheer to other less fortunate families in our community that are in need this Christmas. And while we know there are a lot of options at the holidays, this organization helps local families in Hamilton and Wenham and 11 surrounding communities and provides parents the ability to actually go in and “shop” for gifts for their own children free of charge.  Your donation helps supply the "store" with all sorts of great items a child may be hoping for this season.
If you would like to join in the joy, please deliver unwrapped gifts to the box placed outside the office by 12/14.  OR you can do it all online.  Details including wish lists and online shopping links are here:   AMAZON WISH LIST AND ONLINE ORDERINGhttp://a.co/cIw3XgB
Thank you so much for your consideration and helping us spread the JOY! 

Monday, November 26, 2018

News to Use - November 26, 2018

Dates to Remember      
School Council, Conference Room                                           December 5, 11 am
Elementary Band & Chorus Concert                                        December 17, 6:30pm
Winter Holiday Recess, regular dismissal                              December 21

No School, Winter Holiday Recess                                           December 24-January 1

Special message from Mrs. Leary's kindergarten class
December is mitten month in Mrs. Leary’s kindergarten, 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 Lahey Health, In Home Therapy Services.   Drop mittens into the “mitten tree” in the gallery any school day December 3 through December 14.  We are warming tender little hearts all over the North Shore two hands at a time… thank you in advance for your donation. 


Report Cards
Students in grades 1-5 will have their first trimester report card released into the Aspen family portal on Friday, December 7. 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.


News from the Health Office
Now that the chilly weather is upon us, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately. Please try to label jackets, hats snow pants and mittens if possible, so that they can be returned to you if lost. Remember to check our lost and found periodically for your child’s missing belongings. Our Lost and Found is located in the dining hall along the windows. Please remember to dissemble and wash water bottles daily or run them through the dishwasher, if possible to reduce the spread of germs and mold that collects in them. Thank You!

National Honor Society Kids' Night Out
Kids can enjoy a fun night with our HWRHS National Honor Society students while parents have their own night out!
Friday, December 7th from 6-9pm
Location: High School Cafeteria 
Cost: $10 per child 

Please check out the Early Childhood Partners website for lots of special events.  www.EarlyChildhoodPartners.weebly.com

                    

Apparel:  The Winter Spirit Wear Order Forms are coming home in backpacks soon!  Orders will be delivered to your children’s backpacks.  Please be sure to indicate if you want to pick up your orders so that you can keep any gifts secret!!  If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Olson at: sarahpageolson@gmail.com or (978) 394-7673.

Grounds and Gardening Club:  The GGC is still looking for spring bulb donations.  There is a collection bin the Cutler Gallery. 

Free Money:  Help Cutler School earn cash by clipping Box Tops from products and sending them to school! Each one is worth 10¢ and our school can use the cash for whatever it needs.

Winthrop School:  The Friends of Winthrop will be hosting their annual holiday boutique on Saturday, December 1st from 9-3pm.  Enjoy unique holiday items, food, kids’ holiday shopping store, silent auction, Santa and more!  Be on the lookout for a raffle entry in your child’s backpack!

Important December Save the Dates (more info to follow):
School Store Week: 12/17-12/21
Principal Coffee & Friends Meeting: Wednesday 12/12 @9:15 am
Teacher/Staff Cookie Swap (be on the look out for a Sign Up Genius): Thursday 12/20