Monday, April 30, 2018

News to Use - April 30, 2018

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Dates to Remember     
       ELA MCAS, Grade 4                                                                                 April 30 & May 1
Friends of Cutler meeting @ 9am, featuring Heidi Hebert              May 2
Math MCAS, Grade 4                                                                                May 7, 8      Math MCAS, Grade 5                                                                                May 10, 11
Math MCAS, Grade 3                                                                                May 14, 15
Science MCAS, Grade 5                                                                            May 17, 18
Memorial Day, No School                                                                        May 28
                                           
Conversation Starters 
This week's question for kids:  If you could have any job in the world – what would it be?

Placement for 2018-2019 School Year
Each spring we begin to think about the placement of students for next fall.
This process is complex and takes into consideration a number of factors.
Classroom teachers and I will soon begin to discuss the academic and
social/emotional progress of students and how this affects their placement
for next year.  Your child’s teacher has a wealth of knowledge about
each student. Consultation with the specialists gives us more information
about your child and how s/he interacts in different instructional settings.
We seek to create balanced groupings at each grade level. All of us recognize
this complex process as an important part of our professional responsibility
to your children.

If you would like to offer your thoughts about your child’s placement with us,
please respond in writing to the questions below and submit your response by
May 9 to your child’s teacher. This information will be helpful to us as we work
to create classes that best match your child’s learning style and personality. We
ask that you refrain from requesting a specific teacher by name especially because
our teacher assignments for next year are not yet final. Please understand that the
entire placement team will view the information you share.

We recognize that the partnership between home and school is vital to your
child’s educational success. Your continued support makes our school an
exciting and enriching learning environment. If you have any questions,
please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Clifford

  1. What are your child’s greatest areas of success in school?
  2. What are your child’s greatest challenges in school?
  3. What does your child like most about coming to school?
  4. How would you describe your child’s learning style?
  5. What type of learning environment would provide your child
with the best opportunity for success?

6. Is there anything else that you would like us to know about 
         your child?


MCAS dates:
Math MCAS, Grade 3                                                     May 14, 15

ELA MCAS, Grade 4                                                      April 30 and May 1* 
**May 1 is a new date due to technical difficulties!

Math MCAS, Grade 4                                                     May 7, 8     
   
ELA MCAS, Grade 5                                                      April 24, 26
Math MCAS, Grade 5                                                    May 10, 11
Science MCAS, Grade 5                                                May 17, 18

Please do your best to get students to school on time with a good breakfast to fuel their thinking for the day!

Melody Miles Road Race coming up!
The Hamilton-Wenham Friends of the Arts for the 23rd Annual Melody Miles 5k or 5mile road race is on Saturday, May 26! The fun run/walk begins at 10am at the Winthrop School and as the miles tick by you will be serenaded by some of our schools’ best musicians and singers. Registration is $25 and all proceeds help support arts education/activities in our communities. Please reach out to Lexie Riordan (Alexandra_riordan@hotmail.com) with questions. Register online at: www.melodymiles.org We look forward to running with you!

Camp Invention is coming to Hamilton-Wenham again this summer during the week of July 9-13 at the Buker Elementary School.  For more information you may also want to visit: www.campinvention.org.


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

                   
Meeting: Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 2nd at 9:15.  This will be a Principal’s Coffee with a special guest speaker, Heidi Hebert, Cutler’s library tech teacher who will be discussing digital footprints. 
Adult Social: Many thanks to the Adult Social Committee who organized a FANTASTICALLY FUN night!  The Corn Hole Tournament was a HUGE hit and a good time was had by all.  There are still a few spots left in some Great Gatherings for parents, as well as the Friday Movie Festival, hosted by teachers, for students.  A Sign-Up Genius for these opportunities will be distributed through liaisons and posted on Facebook soon.
Teacher Appreciation Week: Cutler will be celebrating our teachers the week of May 21st.  Be on the look out for volunteer opportunities and ways in which you as parents and your children can help to celebrate all of the amazing work done by our Cutler staff.
Screenagers:  Friends of Cutler, Winthrop and Buker are hosting Screenagers, Growing up in the Digital Age, on May 7th at 7pm in the Hamilton-Wenham High School auditorium.  
Screenagers is about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help them minimize harmful effects and find balance.  If you feel your children are already using a lot of technology and would like to learn about its effects and get helpful tips to limit screen time now and going forward into teen years in a healthy and constructive way this event is for you.  
For more information, visit www.screenagersmovie.com.  
Cutler Community Festival (also known as Family Fun Day/Night):  Thank you to the many parents who took the time to fill out the Survey Monkey about this event!  The majority voted in favor of amending the event to one held during school hours.  However, we listened closely to those of you who felt strongly about keeping the event as a family evening event.  So, in order to appease the entire community, the Friends of Cutler are committed to running BOTH events this year.  
We will be hosting the traditional Family Fun Night on Friday June 1st from 4:30-6:30pm.  However, we will be in need of volunteers in order for the event to be a success! Please consider signing up to help out once the committee puts out Sign Up’s – the event cannot be run without your help.
The Cutler staff will also be hosting a school-wide Wednesday morning of community building excitement towards the end of the year.  Working with their community groups (small groups with a mix of grade levels K-5) students will devote a morning to team building activities and contests.
We truly hope this decision makes everyone happy!
Buker Auction:  The Buker School will be hosting their online auction once again this year.  It is open until May 7th.  There are over 300 amazing items for you to check out: www.bukerinbloom.com

Monday, April 23, 2018

News to Use - April 23, 2018

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Dates to Remember     
      ELA MCAS, Grade 5                                                                                    April 24, 26
String Jam Ukelele Melee @ Cutler, Saturday 12-4:30pm                 April 28
ELA MCAS, Grade 4                                                                                    April 27, 30
Friends of Cutler meeting @ 9am                                                            May 2
Math MCAS, Grade 4                                                                                  May 7, 8        Math MCAS, Grade 5                                                                                  May 10, 11
Math MCAS, Grade 3                                                                                  May 14, 15
Science MCAS, Grade 5                                                                              May 17, 18
Memorial Day, No School                                                                         May 28

Conversation Starters 
This week's question for kids:  If you could only read or listen to one book – what would you pick?

Placement for 2018-2019 School Year
Each spring we begin to think about the placement of students for next fall.
This process is complex and takes into consideration a number of factors.
Classroom teachers and I will soon begin to discuss the academic and
social/emotional progress of students and how this affects their placement
for next year.  Your child’s teacher has a wealth of knowledge about
each student. Consultation with the specialists gives us more information
about your child and how s/he interacts in different instructional settings.
We seek to create balanced groupings at each grade level. All of us recognize
this complex process as an important part of our professional responsibility
to your children.

If you would like to offer your thoughts about your child’s placement with us,
please respond in writing to the questions below and submit your response by
May 9 to your child’s teacher. This information will be helpful to us as we work
to create classes that best match your child’s learning style and personality. We
ask that you refrain from requesting a specific teacher by name especially because
our teacher assignments for next year are not yet final. Please understand that the
entire placement team will view the information you share.

We recognize that the partnership between home and school is vital to your
child’s educational success. Your continued support makes our school an
exciting and enriching learning environment. If you have any questions,
please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Clifford

  1. What are your child’s greatest areas of success in school?
  2. What are your child’s greatest challenges in school?
  3. What does your child like most about coming to school?
  4. How would you describe your child’s learning style?
  5. What type of learning environment would provide your child
with the best opportunity for success?

6. Is there anything else that you would like us to know about 
         your child?


MCAS dates, please note highlighted changes:
Due to our many missed days of school this winter, we have decided to change a handful of our MCAS dates to allow for more instructional time in the classrooms prior to the assessments. Please note the changes highlighted in yellow below. 

Math MCAS, Grade 3                                                     May 14, 15

ELA MCAS, Grade 4                                                      April 27, 30
Math MCAS, Grade 4                                                     May 7, 8     
   
ELA MCAS, Grade 5                                                      April 24, 26
Math MCAS, Grade 5                                                    May 10, 11
Science MCAS, Grade 5                                                May 17, 18

Please do your best to get students to school on time with a good breakfast to fuel their thinking for the day!

UKULELE MELEE 2018 
This year's Ukulele Melee will be held at the Cutler Elementary School on  April 28th Noon – 4:30PM.  Ticket prices for adults are $10 and kids are $5.  Please see this flyer to get your tickets.   Also, please watch for more information this week about a new exciting raffle item! Thanks!

The Melee is Featuring award winning Amy Kucharik this year, along with Jeff Bellin, Jerry Dallal, Molly and Dan Lynn Watt, Anne Ku, and Paul Sedgwick.
 The Ukulele Melee is a festival of ukulele players, hosted by the Ukulele Union of Boston, Cutler School and String Jam.

The Ukulele Melee will include:

  • Workshops for all levels and interests.
  • Performance and song workshop
  • Software for creating song sheets
  • Playing Folk Songs by ear
  • Transpose to Compose
  • Fingerpicking and Claw Hammer
  • Strum Along Sessions:  Including1950's songs by Jerry Dallal and Island themed songs by Anne Ku
  • Raffle items
All net proceeds of the entire event will go to the Ukulele Kids Club which donates ukuleles to children in hospitals. 

Camp Invention is coming to Hamilton-Wenham again this summer during the week of July 9-13 at the Buker Elementary School.  For more information you may also want to visit: www.campinvention.org.


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

                   

Welcome Back Cutler!
Adult Social: Time is running out to sign up for our spring adult social event THIS Friday 4/27! This is a professionally run, double elimination style cornhole tournament. You don't want to miss out on a chance for a cash prize and other treats, plus a chance to socialize with the Cutler community in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. There will be a cash bar and complimentary food! If you want to play, please sign up by clicking here:
OR email Becky Sarvendram at rebeccanoll@hotmail.com. We need to finalize the list by Wednesday April 25th. Those wishing to attend and not play are welcome free of charge!  We hope to see you there!  

Please note: Adult Great Gatherings will be offered, as they have been in the past.  However, the teacher experiences will be somewhat different this year.  Due to end-of -year deadlines, etc. the teachers have decided to offer a Friday FILM FEST.  This will be held on Friday, June 8th from 3:15-5pm.  Students whose parent’s sign them up ($10 per student) can come and enjoy popcorn and popsicles with some of their favorite teachers and staff members.
Apparel:  The Spring Spirit Wear Order has been placed and items will be delivered this week.  If you missed the order, but are still looking for spirit wear...contact Sarah Olson at sarahpageolson@gmail.com or (978) 394-7673 for availability of limited back-stock items.  Thank you so much for your support!!
Meeting: Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 2nd at 9:15.  This will be a Principal’s Coffee with a special guest speaker. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

News to Use - April 9, 2018

Follow us on Twitter! @CutlerSchool

Dates to Remember     
      Spring vacation week, No School                                                             April 16-20
      ELA MCAS, Grade 5                                                                                    April 24, 26
String Jam Ukelele Melee @ Cutler, Saturday 12-4:30pm                 April 28
ELA MCAS, Grade 4                                                                                    April 27, 30
Friends of Cutler meeting @ 9am                                                            May 2
Math MCAS, Grade 4                                                                                  May 7, 8          Math MCAS, Grade 5                                                                                  May 10, 11
Math MCAS, Grade 3                                                                                  May 14, 15
Science MCAS, Grade 5                                                                              May 17, 18
Memorial Day, No School                                                                         May 28

Conversation Starters 
This week's question for kids:  If you could play with only one thing your whole life – what would you pick?

MCAS dates, please note highlighted changes:
Due to our many missed days of school this winter, we have decided to change a handful of our MCAS dates to allow for more instructional time in the classrooms prior to the assessments. Please note the changes highlighted in yellow below. Third grade will complete their English/Language Arts assessments prior to April vacation, but all other assessments will take place after April vacation.

ELA MCAS, Grade 3                                                                                              April 5,9
Math MCAS, Grade 3                                                                                  May 14, 15

ELA MCAS, Grade 4                                                                                    April 27, 30
Math MCAS, Grade 4                                                                                  May 7, 8     
   
ELA MCAS, Grade 5                                                                                    April 24, 26
Math MCAS, Grade 5                                                                                  May 10, 11
Science MCAS, Grade 5                                                                              May 17, 18

Please do your best to get students to school on time with a good breakfast to fuel their thinking for the day!

UKULELE MELEE 2018 
This year's Ukulele Melee will be held at the Cutler Elementary School on  April 28th Noon – 4:30PM. Get your discounted Advanced Family Tickets on Sale through 4/13 for  only $20 Per Family (6 People). On the day of the event, ticket prices for adults are $10 and kids are $5.  Please see this flyer to get your tickets. Thanks!

The Melee is Featuring award winning Amy Kucharik this year, along with Jeff Bellin, Jerry Dallal, Molly and Dan Lynn Watt, Anne Ku, and Paul Sedgwick. The Ukulele Melee is a festival of ukulele players, hosted by the Ukulele Union of Boston, Cutler School and String Jam.


The Ukulele Melee will include:
Workshops for all levels and interests. 
* Performance workshop
* Song Workshops
* Software for creating song sheets 
* Playing Folk Songs by Ear 
* Transpose to Compose 
* Fingerpicking and Claw Hammer 
Strum Along Sessions: Including 1950's songs by Jerry Dallal and Island themed songs by Anne Ku.

Raffle of great ukulele’s and a case.

More…

All net proceeds of the entire event will go to the Ukulele Kids Club, 

which donates ukuleles to children in hospitals. 

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

                   

Apparel:  The Spring Spirit Wear Order has been placed and items will be delivered in backpacks the week after April Vacation.  If you missed the order, but are still looking for spirit wear...contact Sarah Olson at sarahpageolson@gmail.com or (978) 394-7673 for availability of limited back-stock items.  Thank you so much for your support!!
Free Money: Last call for Crosby’s/Henry's receipts dated September 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, is this week.  Thank you so much for all the receipts sent into Cutler School this year!  Box-Tops clipping continues on!  
Adult Social: Save the date of Friday, April 27th from 7-11pm at the Hastings House in Beverly Farms!  The adult social is taking on a new twist this year – due to the continued success of our Ski Skate & Board event, this event will NOT be a fundraiser – rather just a FUN – RAISER!  Join us for a Corn Hole Tournament (you only have to pay if you wish to play – all other attendees may join in the fun for free).  Great Gatherings (for the adults) and Teacher Experiences (for the children) will be offered and as always, a cash bar will be available.  Ticket details forthcoming.   
Cutler Community Festival (previously known as Family Fun Day/Night):  Over the past few years, this event (as well as its name) has continued to change to meet the needs of our families.  As you might have heard, we are in the process of continuing the conversation of change for this year’s event.  At Open House, a survey should have been distributed, asking for your opinion. Unfortunately, we are afraid that the survey was not at all clear.  Hopefully this offers a bit more insight…
Over the past two years, this event has been held after school on a Friday evening in June or late May.  It included events such as the Cake Walk, Bouncy Houses for younger siblings, a photo booth, a craft station, karaoke and lawn games.  The event has always been fun and was a chance for students to congregate with Cutler friends after school.  However, this event has also brought challenges including but not limited to: scheduling conflicts for many families during a hectic time of year and a lack of parent volunteers to help organize the event and then “man” the stations. 
In an effort to make sure that ALL students are able to participate as well as to involve TEACHERS, we are strongly considering altering this event and making it a school-wide Wednesday morning of community building excitement.  The time would be devoted to team building activities and contests (to be held outside, weather permitting).  Students would be placed in their established Community Groups (small groups with a mix of grade levels K-5).  Parents who are willing and able to come during the day would be WELCOMED to join in the fun and work in tandem with teachers in running stations, etc.
While moving this event to school hours allows ALL students and teachers to participate, we certainly understand that not all parents will be able to attend due to other daytime commitments.  Happily, this year we have strived to create evening events such as Movie Night and Family Game Night/Book Fair among others, that have been enjoyed and attended by many. 
We hope that you will take the time to complete this survey in order to provide the Friends of Cutler with feedback in order to make a decision that best meets the needs of our Cutler Community.  We appreciate your time and attention to this matter! 
SURVEY MONKEY LINK: