Monday, February 8, 2021

News to Use - February 8, 2021

Upcoming Important Dates:

Mid-Winter School Vacation                                                                  February 15-19

No School, Professional Development Day                                         March 15

No School, Good Friday                                                                           April 2

Brrr! Winter is here! But we are still trying to get outside for recess as much as possible, as it really is an important opportunity for students to move during the day. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately to be able to spend at least 25 minutes outside each day. Students should wear BOOTS every day that there is snow on the ground. Thank you!

Bus Transportation
There are still some seats available on some bus routes. If you are interested in having your child ride the bus, please fill out the HWTransportation Registration form.

Out-of-State Travel Reminder
As our February break nears, we are again asking our families to share any travel plans they may have so that we can ensure that all protocols are properly followed. Please complete the February Family Travel Survey if you are planning on leaving the state over the upcoming vacation time. For weekend travel plans that include out-of-state travel, you will need to seek COVID-19 PCR testing and upload the negative results to the SNAP portal prior to your child returning to school. For instructions on how to upload to the health portal, see our how-to-video. If you have any difficulty, you can email a copy to Mrs. Baker. Thank you for all of your efforts to keep our school community safe!

Lost & Found

Missing any items?  Anything look familiar? We have set-up a lost and found table in the gallery.  If you recognize any items below, please email me at and we will send the item home with your child.


We have established a school picture re-take date with O'Connor Studios for Tuesday, March 2nd.  This will be for those families who wish to have their child's picture re-taken OR for families who may not have been present on the original picture date.

Several families have already let me know if they were interested in pictures/re-takes.  If you have not done so already, please email me so that I can establish a schedule for that date.

You can email me at  I will also send a reminder email as we get closer to the date.

Re-takes:  If you are having your child's photo re-taken, you will need to return the original photos and complete the back of the photo package you received them in.  Your child will hand this to the photographer on that day.  They will process the same package utilizing the new photo.  If you are looking to change the original package you ordered, you will need to contact O'Connor Studios Customer Service at 978-640-6250.

New photos:  For those families who did not get pictures taken on the original date, I'm waiting for O'Connor to mail me order packets. As soon as I receive them, I will send one home with your child if you emailed me you are interested in pictures.



Have questions or just need to chat? I am offering office hours for parents or students on Thursdays from 10-10:30 through Zoom.  To ensure privacy, I will have the waiting room feature enabled and will be sure to message anyone waiting.  I am looking forward to seeing you!  Ms. Creilson’s Zoom Link


And as always, feel free to call or email with any concerns or questions you might have.




Ann Creilson

Cutler School Adjustment Counselor




The Kids Community @ 284, sponsored by The Community House, offers safe and fun childcare options for students from kindergarten through 5th grade. Students will be engaged in a fun, hands-on learning environment where activities in the arts, science, technology, and recreation are offered. Programs offered throughout the year include baking, martial arts, lego club, crafts, sewing, knitting, music and theater arts.

For more information and registration, please visit the following link; The Community House.


Please join Early Childhood Partners CFCE for a series of FREE drop-in parent workshops to connect local families during these unprecedented times. Each week we will focus on self-care strategies, share parenting challenges & opportunities and discuss ways to better support our children. These workshops will be facilitated by Maryellen Collamore, MSW, LICSW, a local child & family clinician who specializes in parenting and childhood mental health.


Please register at to receive the ZOOM link. Feel free to join us for one or all of the workshops

Early Childhood Partners CFCE offers FREE storytimes, playgroups, workshops, community events, advocacy, connections, and support for families and children aged 0-8.

To learn more and to register, please go to our website or call 978-468-5489.

Funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care awarded to Hamilton-Wenham RSD. All educational and non-academic programs, activities and employment opportunities at Hamilton-Wenham RSD are offered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, homelessness, age and/or disability, and any other class or characteristic protected by law.