Monday, April 9, 2018

News to Use - April 9, 2018

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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!

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.


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.


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 Sarah Olson at 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!