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.


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!

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:

Please check out the Early Childhood Partners website for lots of special events.


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 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 Sarah Olson at 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.