Monday, May 14, 2018

News to Use - May 14, 2018

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Dates to Remember     

Math MCAS, Grade 3                                                                                May 14, 15
Science MCAS, Grade 5                                                                            May 17, 18
Memorial Day, No School                                                                        May 28
Last Day of School, early release @11:15am, no lunch served         June 26
Conversation Starters 
This week's question for kids: What is your most favorite memory so far?

MCAS dates:
Math MCAS, Grade 3                                                     May 14, 15
Science MCAS, Grade 5                                                May 17, 18

It's OK to Take Time to Slow Down!
It's that time of year when everything is moving at warp speed and we need to remind each other to slow down in order to speed up! End of year events, spring activities, and the longer daylight hours means we are trying to fit it all in. Please find time to unwind with your children. If that means you need to take an extra day to complete a homework assignment, just let your child's teacher know. Long nights make for difficult days. We want everyone to be able to finish the year on a positive note, and sometimes slowing down is just what is needed.

Gently Used Books Wanted
We are hoping to start a new end of year tradition this year with a Cutler Book Swap! Please consider sending in your gently used books that can be enjoyed by other students. During the last week of school, students will be allowed to peruse the used books and bring home 'new to them' books for summer reading and enjoyment! All donations can be brought to the front office. Please limit your donations to books appropriate for students in K-5. Thank you!

Cutler Health Office News
Please remember to check your child for ticks after outdoor activities. Ticks can transmit Lyme and other diseases. Information on Lyme disease can be found here on the CDC website:

Avoid Direct Contact with Ticks 
Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter. 
• Walk in the center of trails. 
Repel Ticks on Skin and Clothing 
• Use repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin for protection that lasts several hours. 
o Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding hands, eyes, and mouth. 
• Use products that contain permethrin on clothing. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents with products containing 0.5% permethrin. It remains protective through several washings. Pretreated clothing is available and may be protective longer. 
• The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has an online tool to help you select the repellent that is best for you and your family. 
Find and Remove Ticks from Your Body 
• Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within 2 hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you. 
• Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair. 
Examine gear and pets
 Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs. 
• Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing  If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed.

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 ( with questions. Register online at: We look forward to running with you!

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


School Store: The School Store will be open THIS week from Monday, May 14th – Friday, May 18th from 8:15-8:30.  The store is set up on the stage in the dining hall, selling notebooks, pencils, pens, and erasers.  Students may spend up to $3 in small bills and coins. 

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.
Family Fun Night:  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. Click here to volunteer: Family Fun Night- June 1, 2018 (4:30-6:30)
Tickets will be sold at the door, for a $10 suggested donation per family.  Cake walk tickets will be $1 each, and get 5 free if you bring a cake to donate!  Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at the event.  There will be arts and crafts, lawn games, and a photo booth for all to enjoy, so please volunteer and attend!  

Cultural Enrichment: The Cultural Enrichment committee is excited to bring Brett Outchcunis to the Cutler School. Brett is a professional entertainer, motivator, dancer and DJ rolled into one, compact package. On May 23rd he will be presenting to the Cutler students his show entitled, “How to Make a Mistake.”
To err is human. What we DO with our mistakes is what's TRULY important. So if we all make mistakes, why not be good at them? In this presentation Ooch will talk to Cutler students about becoming 'good' mistake-makers by taking the fear and guilt out of mistakes. If mistakes help us learn, then making them on a regular basis is a good thing. However, there are a few guidelines to becoming 'good' mistake-makers. Ooch's 'How to Make a Mistake' show centers around what to do once a mistake is made, such as:
1.      Admitting it
2.     Owning it
3.     Cleaning it up
4.     Forgiving yourself
5.     Learning from it
6.     Then making new ones...
Although this show is about becoming graceful mistake-makers, Ooch also discusses the importance of honesty, courage as well as not making excuses. More information about Brett can be found on his website:
Have a conversation with your child about mistakes. What mistakes have you made? What have you learned from them? How can you be good at making mistakes?
Great Gatherings: Each year, as part of the Adult Social, many of our families donate their time and resources to provide a way of socializing with other Cutler families.  These events are always such a fun way for parents to get to know each other outside of school.  The Gatherings are first offered to those attending the social and then, if spots are available, extended to the school as whole.  A few of the Gatherings reached capacity the night of the social, but we’d like to offer those with remaining spots. This is a first come, first serve Sign Up Genius.
Teacher Experience:  The Friday Film Fest will be held on Friday, June 8th from 3:15-5pm.  Students whose parents sign them up ($10 per student) can come and enjoy popcorn and popsicles with some of their favorite teachers and staff members.  Sign Up Genius to follow shortly.
Community House:  The Community House is offering some wonderful experiences for 4th and 5th Graders in early June.  Check out the two attachments to get your child involved!