Monday, November 6, 2017

News to Use, November 6, 2017

Dates to Remember     
School picture re-takes                                                                        November 7
Veterans Day, No School                                                                     November 10
Ski, Skate & Board Sale                                                                       November 18 & 19
Early Dismissal, Thanksgiving recess, no lunch served               November 22, 11:15
Thanksgiving, No School                                                                    November 23 & 24

Reminder: No School this Friday, November 10, in observance of Veterans Day.

Conversation Starters
Last year we had positive feedback with sharing weekly conversation starters for families. We'll start that idea again this week, for our first family conversation starter: If you were a teacher, what rules would you make?
Morning Dropoff
Please keep in mind that our morning drop off line is an active queue; if you would like to say goodbye to your child and get out of the car or watch them walk to their class line, please park in a space in the parking lot. The drop off line needs to move safely and quickly as students exit their cars and make their way to the playground. Please be sure to exit the line as soon as your child is a safe distance from the car. Thank you for your assistance!

Connecting with New Cutler School Parents 
As part of our ongoing efforts to be intentional in supporting new families as they transition into our school community, we will be hosting a New Parent Gathering on Monday, November 6th from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Cutler School Learning Commons.  Any parent and or guardian who is new to Cutler School is welcome to join us.  This will be a time to check in to see how everyone is adjusting to their new school as well as to ask any lingering questions that you haven’t had answered yet.   It would be helpful for planning purposes if you could rsvp to d.mcilvaine@hwschools.nethowever, this is not necessary.  If your plans change and you want to drop in, please do so… Hope to see you there.  

Take Time Tuesdays
Beginning in November and continuing for each Tuesday until our December break, our School Counselor, Dolly McIlvaine will be hosting an alternative lunch recess for any student, or staff for that matter…. entitled, “Take Time Tuesdays”This alternative lunch recess activity will take place in the Cutler gymnasium and will be a time for participants to slow down and develop more of a practice of mindfulness, self-calming strategies, and self-reflection.  If students are interested, they may sign up each Tuesday morning in their classroom.  This will be a week to week sign up with no long-term commitment required, however, if a student signs up, he/she must remain with the group for the entire recess period that day.  If students would like to bring in a mat or a blanket on Tuesdays to use during this time, they are welcome to do so, although we will have a few mats available each week for student use.  Please contact Dolly McIlvaine at 978-468-8475 if you have any additional questions.

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

Hamilton Wenham Integrated Preschool Open House this Wednesday, November 8. Please see this flier for more information.

Zones of Regulation
All students at Cutler School participate in The Zones of Regulation curriculum.  Attached please find the link to the Cutler OT Parent Blog written by Nancy Perkus, OT to learn more about this program. 

Request from the Health Office
Cleaning out your child(ren)'s drawers as the weather gets colder? Our health office is in need of donations of gently used clothes for students to use. Some days bring accidents, and many students rely on Lynne's extra clothes to get them through the day. If you have extra clothes, especially pants, that could be used in the office, please send them in. Thank you!


Please use this flier to help spread the word about the Ski Skate and Board Sale.

School Store: The School Store will be next week Monday, November 13 – Friday, November 17. Find us selling notebooks, pencils, pens, erasers, etc. in the Dining Room from 8:15-8:30.  Students may spend up to $3 – small bills and coins please! 

Meeting: The next Friends of Cutler meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 17 at 9:15.  The meeting will be very brief as we will use the time to quickly touch base and then help in the set-up efforts for Ski, Skate, & Board. 

Ski Skate & Board:  You have donated your winter gear…you have helped spread the word…now we need your TIME!!

In order to make our Ski Skate & Board event a success, we need your help!  We promise you this is more FUN than work AND you get a pass to the pre-sale for volunteering only 2 hours. Another bonus is that you are entered into the raffle (gift certificates, ski passes, and MUCH more) for each shift you volunteer for – so, sign up here:

Tuesday 11/14 & Thursday 11/16 & Friday 11/17:

Saturday 11/18:

Sunday 11/19: