Monday, October 19, 2020

News to Use - October 19, 2020

Upcoming Important Dates:

Parent Coffee with Superintendent Mary Beth Banios and Jenn Clifford 
Friday, October 23rd, 10am **Zoom link will be emailed to families**     

No School: Professional Development Day                                  November 3
No School: Veterans' Day                                                                 November 11
No School: Thanksgiving Recess                                                    November 26 & 27
School Pictures, Cohort A & remote students                              December 1 
School Pictures, Cohort B                                                                December 3

To continue to fine-tune our arrival and dismissal procedures, please be sure to pull up all the way in the driveway to the farthest available spot. In the afternoon we will load the first four cars at a time, which is easy to do in a quick, safe manner to keep the line moving. Please remain in your car at all times. Thank you for your help!

Parents and guardians are welcome to join Jenn Clifford and Mary Beth Banios for a virtual coffee hour this Friday, October 23 at 10am. We will be able to have a casual conversation during this virtual coffee hour. The Zoom link will be emailed directly to families.

News From The Health Office:
As part of our mitigation strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in school, we are asking families to complete a daily symptom checklist for potential COVID-19 symptoms.  
For families whose children are part of the hybrid program, we ask that you submit a daily symptom checklist on your child(ren)’s in-person school days via our web-based parent portal.  You should have received log-in instructions and a password from  Upon opening the portal the checklist will appear with your child(ren)’s names.  Passwords cannot be personalized, so please keep your password safely stored.  For forgotten passwords, you can contact your school nurse for it to be re-sent to you.  If your child is experiencing any of the listed symptoms, we ask that you keep your child home if it is their in-person learning day. 

If your child(ren) is experiencing symptoms, please contact their health care provider and inform your school’s nurse.  Prior to returning to school please view the following guidelines for returning to school after experiencing potential COVID-19 symptoms. 

Thank You All,

Here is a great how-to video made by our MRMS nurse Maribeth Ting to help us use our new Symptom Checklist. Please remember to enter your child’s date of birth in this format    2digits/2digits/4digits example: 01/01/2007


Upcoming Flu Clinic, Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 -Winthrop School:  
Please click on the following link to schedule a visit;

A message from the Nutrition Services Department:
Did you know that we are providing lunches to all students at no charge?  The USDA has made funds available to cover the cost of lunches for all kids and teens from 2 - 18!!  Whether you are in school or learning remotely, we've got your covered.  Click here for more information or give us a call at 978-468-0398!

Contact Verification Reminder:
Please remember to update and verify your contact information and emergency medical information on the Aspen portal.  We want to ensure that all information is accurate.
Here is the link to show you how to update in Aspen.

Counselor’s Corner:

Please read click to view a message from our school adjustment counselor, Ann Creilson:

Counselor’s Corner


Week of October 19th 

Friends of Cutler 10/20 meeting Postponed: We hope everyone is staying safe and well. Unfortunately, we have decided to postpone tomorrow evening's meeting - we have some events/happenings in the works and dates still need to be solidified. We want to provide you with the most accurate and up to date information as possible, so please stay tuned for more information about the new meeting date!


Volunteer Opportunities: We apologize for the confusion, but last year's volunteer link was still available at the beginning of the year. If you still have not signed up for ways to get involved, please use the link below to join us in planning this year:

Thank you, as always, and stay well!

Signs of Thanks:

As we enter the season of gratitude, we would like to show our thanks to the Cutler staff and faculty.  In addition to the November snack cart (a special treat for faculty and staff), The Friends of Cutler Hospitality Committee would love for Cutler students and families to make signs of thanks for our Cutler community. 

Please have your family or child(ren) create one or more 8x11 or larger thank you signs for all staff and faculty (not just a particular teacher, etc) 

Please drop your signs off by October 29th at:
5 Moynihan Road South Hamilton, MA (drop off bin in driveway) 
or email or for a pick up at your house! 

The signs will be posted in the building on November 2nd for staff and faculty to read! 

ALSO: If you would like to contribute to the November snack cart, please sign up here: 
All food donations can be dropped off at 5 Moynihan Road or a pick up can be arranged! 

Thank you,
Rachel Barstow and Karen Stevenson
Hospitality Committee Co-Chairs 

Opportunity for Elementary School Students:

What is Coding Club?

The Coding Club is a 45-minute weekly zoom meeting, in which high school mentors are able to connect with middle and elementary students as they learn coding and skills related to coding.


Why Participate in Coding Club?

Coding club is a great opportunity for students of all ages to form a community with peers and learn a new skill. Coding is becoming an increasingly important skill as technology advances and the future job market looks for coding literacy. Furthermore, coding can be a fun activity for children of all ages in which they improve their creativity, communication, and problem-solving skills. Given the current pandemic, we strive to form a virtual group in which children (both hybrid and remote) can have fun while learning outside of the classroom! 


Times: Monday and Thursdays,  3:30pm-4:15pm


Let us know if you are interested by clicking the following link to the survey: