Tuesday, August 14, 2018

August 14, 2018

Dear Cutler Families,

The summer is flying by and we are finalizing our preparations for the opening of school on August 29. I hope this note finds you enjoying the last few days of summer with your children. It was a summer of learning again in my own family this year as my kids learned how to ride waves, swim in deep water, and each graduated to a bigger bicycle. Each of these activities required me to let go a little bit and allow them to test their independence, which was a growing experience for me, too!

I cannot wait to hear about your children’s learning this summer.  I am guessing that some students learned to fish, make a campfire, dive to the bottom of the pool, or even how to tie their shoes. We are all learners at Cutler School. Some of us had organized classes over the summer, such as our teachers who participated in intense mathematics learning. Several Cutler teachers also read many different professional books, meeting to share their thinking and new ideas with each other. This summer I spent a lot of time reading and learning myself, focusing on how to best support learning inside and outside of our school walls. I believe Cutler School is a special place, and I can’t wait for everyone to come back soon so we can learn from and with each other!

One event that we are looking forward to again this year is our Ice Breaker evening on September 17 which includes both parents and students. We know that the children are longing to introduce their parents to their teachers and want to show off their classrooms. All teachers will be in attendance and ready to greet students and their families in classrooms from 5-6:15pm. The classrooms will be open for all, with plenty of information to share about the upcoming year. At approximately 6pm, ice cream will be available on the playground and all are welcome to stay to enjoy the social aspect of the evening. As usual, the ice cream is free and provided by the Friends of Cutler. We sincerely hope that every family will attend.

We look forward to greeting students in first through fifth grade on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 29. We will welcome students at 8:15am on the playground. Kindergarten students will join us for visits on August 30 and September 4, with their first official day of school on September 5.

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Jenn Clifford

End of Summer Reminders

 Please remember:
§  Adult supervision on the playground begins daily at 8:15am
§  School begins at 8:25 am
§  Dismissal is at 2:57pm. Wednesday dismissal is at 12:45pm.

If your contact information has changed over the summer, please contact Katie Parker at the Cutler office as soon as possible (k.parker@hwschools.net). We will need updated street and email addresses as well as phone numbers to use in case of emergencies. It is very important that we have multiple emergency contacts to use in case we can't reach parents directly.

Please note that updated bus routes and stops will be posted on the district's website (www.hwschools.net) under the district information tab. If you have any questions, please contact the district at transportation@hwschools.net.

The Absent/Tardy line is: 978-468--8472. Please leave a message each day if your child is going to be absent or tardy for school. Lynne Nardella, our school nurse, tracks attendance each morning.

We publish the Cutler School News to Use at the start of each week here at cutlerschool.blogspot.com and will email the link each week. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. We are all here to help!

Monday, June 25, 2018

News to Use - June 25th, 2018

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Dates to Remember     
Last Day of School, early release @11:15am, no lunch served       June 26
First Day of School, Grades 1-5                                                            August 29th
Kindergarten Visit                                                                                   August 30
Kindergarten Orientation                                                                      September 4
First Day of School-Kindergarten                                                        September 5
Conversation Starters 
This week's question for kids:  What relative do you love seeing the most?

Leadership Day
Last Wednesday, June 20, we held our first Leadership Day! Students in fifth grade served as leaders for almost 30 different groups of students from all grade levels for two 45 minute sessions. Students learned how to play baseball, solved the Rubik's cube, studied Harry Potter and played card games! We are looking forward to this new activity becoming a favorite yearly tradition, and are even exploring how to do more sessions!

Class Lists
Cutler students met with the teachers that are teaching their grade levels last week, with an opportunity to learn not only a little about the upcoming grade but also about the individual teachers.  We are hoping to have the last day of school focus on bringing together this year's learning communities in a culminating fashion, without focus on next year. Report cards will be released on the afternoon of June 26th and will indicate the name of each student's assigned teacher for next school year. Due to the school district’s privacy policy, Cutler School is not able to share class lists with families. Therefore, The Friends of Cutler is putting together a Google Doc to help families share this information with each other, if they choose to. Please be aware that anyone who has the link to the Google Doc can view it. Feel free to share as much or as little information as you would like, and please only input information for your own child. Look for the tab at the bottom of the Excel Spreadsheet and click on your child's teacher for next year to begin filling in the appropriate information.  We hope this helps students find new connections even before the school year starts!  2018-2019 Cutler School Class Lists

A Message from Mrs. McIlvaine
Calling all Cutler Families!!!  Please consider becoming a "Welcoming Family" as we think about helping new students and families join our school community for the 2018-19 school year.  This is a fun way to get involved with a minimal commitment.  In mid August, Welcoming Families will be assigned a family who will be new to Cutler School next year.  The primary role of a welcoming family would be to reach out via phone and email to offer help in getting settled in at Cutler and the greater Hamilton/Wenham community.  There will also be a few meetings scheduled throughout the year that we would ask you to attend as you are able.  

If you are interested, please email Dolly McIlvaine as soon as possible at d.mcilvaine@hwschools.net with the following information:
Parent Name(s)
Current Students and grade level
Home and cell numbers
Email address

Please contact Dolly if you have any questions:  978-468-8475
School Supply Ordering: SchoolKidz 
The Friends of Cutler have partnered with SchoolKidz in an effort to take the shopping for school supplies off your plate!  These kits are ordered online and will be hand delivered to your child’s classroom for the first day of school.  Get your supplies ordered with 5 easy steps!  Order forms with more information will also be sent home in backpacks.

1)    Go to www.shopttkits.com
2)    Enter in Account No. 86130
3)    Choose the kit you need based on your child’s grade they are entering next year
4)    Enter your child’s first and last name
5)    Add kit to cart; confirm order and check out; (the default shipping address is the school; keep that selection as the kits will be delivered directly to your child’s classroom)

Please direct any questions regarding this program to Leslie Jorgensen at leslie@supportingstrategies.com.

Ultimate Frisbee
If you like Ultimate Frisbee....check out H.W. Ultimate this summer on Fridays @6:15pm behind the library. Gr 3 girls and boys, free to check it out! Find us on Facebook.

Please check out the information about the Acord Summer Food Program