Monday, September 25, 2017

News to Use, September 25, 2017

Dates to Remember      
School Picture Day                                                                                September 26
Parent Meeting about Kids and Company                                       October 2, 6:30pm
No School, Teacher Professional Day                                  October 6
No School, Columbus Day                                                        October 9
Early Dismissal, Parent Conferences, no lunch served                 October 24 & 31, 11:15am
Halloween Parade, grades K-2                                                           October 31, 9am

Reminder: School Picture Day is tomorrow!  Please remember to fill out the envelope 
and send it back to school with your child tomorrow.

Attention Gr 4/5 Parents!

The Elementary Instrumental Program is offered to 4th and 5th grade students.  We have had great success with this program, offering group lessons in a variety of instruments, and an elementary ensemble for students with previous musical instruction, and an elementary chorus. 

As your child pursues his/her musical education, they will have the opportunity to participate in the Middle School and High School bands and choral groups. The BCW Elementary Ensemble is directed by Michael FerreiraKendall Clark is the director of the BCW Elementary Chorus.  
Lessons and Ensemble start next week! Don't miss out.  Follow this link to see the instrument demos and to register!

Kids and Company Program

Kids & Company Together for Safety
Parent Forum Night 

On Monday, October 2nd from 6:30 –7:30 pm, we will hold a parent forum at the Cutler School in the dining hall to discuss the district's safety curriculum, Kids and Company: Together For Safety.  This is a comprehensive program taught in grades K-2 that provides children with the skills, information, self-confidence, and support necessary to guard against abduction and sexual abuse.  The program takes a positive and constructive approach in helping children respond to various situations and make safe decisions.  
Kids and Company has been taught in the district for the past sixteen years.  The forum will provide parents, who are unfamiliar with the program, an overview of the skills that are taught and a chance to view the materials used.
If you have any questions about the program or the forum, please contact Dolly McIlvaine @ 978-468-8475.  

Permission Slips
We have a handful of students that need to submit the permission slip for things like: walking field trips, school and public release of photos or videos and transportation plans.   Please check your children's back packs today for this permission slip.  Please email or call Katie Parker if you have any questions.  Thank you!

Ice Breaker Night
Thank you for attending our Ice Breaker Night last week. We were thrilled to visit with nearly every family and to see students sharing their learning environments with all of you. Our hope to build a foundation for a strong home-school partnership begins with this important event. We hope you also had a chance to visit with each other on the playground and enjoy each other's company as well. 

Thank you!
A special thank you to our parent volunteers who spent many hours sprucing up our school yard in anticipation of Ice Breaker Night. With renewed energy and enthusiasm, this year's grounds and garden club have worked hard to clean up our entry way and have special plans for the garden plans around the school that will involve our students and families. Thank you again to Meg Brady, Kristen Degnan, Kristine Ellis, Val McCormack, Dalene Lapointe, Wendy Glidden and Leslie Jorgensen!

Request from the Health Office-Nurse Lynne Nardella
If you have small, elastic waist pants for changes of clothes, please donate to the health office.  Please remember to send medications and EpiPens with a trusted adult and finally please be sure to check your student for head lice regularly and check them for ticks daily, especially after outside play time.  
Thank you for your cooperation.  Lynne

Please see the following link regarding student voluntary insurance.

Please see this link from the Hamilton Wenham Library about some upcoming children's programs.


Mobile Fingerprinting: Event hosted by the Friends of Buker, Cutler, and Winthrop at the Hamilton-Wenham Library THIS Thursday, September 28th.  The service will be available from 8:30am-3:30pm.  You must register in advance to participate!  More information/directions can be found 

As a reminder, all school volunteers must follow through with a CORI screening every three years, located on our parent page of our school website. In addition, volunteers who will be chaperoning field trips or alone with students in any capacity, must be fingerprinted.  At this time, fingerprinting is a one time requirement while CORI screenings are required every three years. Many parents have found it beneficial to go through the fingerprint process as their children enter the school system, as it ensures your availability to participate as a chaperone or volunteer. If you are unsure of your status or have further questions, please contact Katie Parker at for clarification.

Fund Drive:  Our 1st tri-school Parent’s Night Out was a HUGE success.  It was SO wonderful to see so many new and familiar faces.  If you attended and haven’t yet made your donation, please do so at:

Hospitality Committee: Teachers Lounge Replenishment:  One of our favorite ways to show appreciation to the amazing Cutler staff is to replenish the Teachers Lounge for them throughout the year. If you are able to participate this round, please aim to deliver your item(s) by Friday, September 29th. You may drop them in the lounge - table, refrigerator or cabinets. Please adhere a "courtesy label” which can be found in a manila folder on the bulletin board so that the recipients know they are for communal enjoyment, compliments of the Friends! :-) 
Thank you in advance for your help!
Spirit Day: Our 1st Spirit Day will be THIS Friday, September 29th.  Please wear your Cutler apparel or RED to show your Cutler School Spirit!

Gardening & Grounds Club (GGC): Did you notice the beatification efforts of our GGC at Ice Breaker Night?  The entrance to the school and the school sign looked so festive and welcoming!  Many thanks to the committee for their hard work and time!  Part of our efforts this year will to be further enhance Cutler’s grounds.  Want to get involved?  Email Kristen Degnan at to be added to committee.  

Movie Night:  Save the date – Friday, October 13th (spooky!) for Cutler’s 1st Family Movie Night! More information to follow!

Modell’s Team Weeks Program: Modell’s will be giving the Cutler School 5% back on all purchases made from the coupon that was sent out in your welcome packet.  If you’ve misplaced it, don’t worry – it can found on the Friends of Cutler Facebook page as well.  The coupon will expire on 10/5/17 so hurry and get all of your sporting goods!

Free Money: So many ways to help!!
§  Box Tops: The Summer/Fall Box Top deposit is due by October 31st.  Cutler earns 10 cents a top and they add up fast!  Put them in an envelope/baggie marked with your child’s name and classroom teacher and send them into school.
§  Crosby’s/Henry’s Receipts:  Every receipt counts towards free school equipment. Please send them into Cutler in your child’s backpack at any time.  There is a collection box in the school’s front entrance foyer. 
§  Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards: Time to register your Stop & Shop card online and select Savings & Rewards.  Follow the prompts.  You’ll need your 13-digit S&S card number and the School ID is #09092.  No need to register again if you have already done so.  The program begins October 6th.
§ When shopping Amazon (and who doesn’t?!) first and click on the Amazon Logo from our page.  An Amazon window will open  - shop  you normally would, but now you’re also supporting Cutler! 

Ski, Skate & Board Event: Save the date for our BIGGEST fundraiser of the year! Our Ski, Skate & Board consignment event will be taking place on November 18th & 19th.  We will be sending out information in the upcoming weeks on ways that you can help contribute to this amazing weekend.