Monday, May 10, 2021

News to Use - May 10, 2021

Upcoming Important Dates:

Monday, May 31st                                        Memorial Day Holiday, No School

Wednesday, June 16th                                Anticipated Last Day of School (170 days)

MCAS Update 
We are starting this year's set of MCAS assessments tomorrow. This year's assessment schedule has been shortened to one day per grade level, per subject. Sessions are planned for the morning of each of these days, and students have the remainder of the day to finish if time is needed. 

English/Language Arts: 
Grade 5: May 11
Grade 4: May 13
Grade 3: May 14

Grade 5: May 18 
Grade 4: May 20
Grade 3: May 21

Grade 5: May 25

Placement for 2021-2022 School Year
Dear Families,

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. Your child’s teacher(s) 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 12th  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
  6. the best opportunity for success?
  7. Is there anything else that you would like us to know about your child?

Regular School Hours

ArrivalMorning supervision starts at 8:15 daily, with classes starting at 8:25 in the classrooms

DismissalMondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 2:57pm, 

WEDNESDAYS: 12:05pm (no lunch served at school, but a bag lunch option will be available for students to order and take home to eat, no eating on the bus will be allowed)

HW Health Office

Please click the link below for the latest health office updates from our HW Health offices.

HW Health Updates

Counselor's Corner

Cradles to Crayons
We continue to partner with Miles River 8th grade student and Project 351 leader, Aiden Holloran to collect lightly used and new clothing for Cradles to Crayons.  There is a drop box in the gallery, thank you in advance for any items you are able to donate!

Feelings Friday
Some of our fifth graders continue to lead our Feelings Friday whole school announcements. Last week Remy King reiterated once again that all feelings are OK, it’s how we manage them that is important.  She then introduced another strategy we might use when facing uncomfortable feelings- mindful breathing.  Lauren Spong then explained a little bit about what mindfulness is and how it helps us clear our minds and focus on the present moment.  Lauren let everyone know that mindful breathing can help us calm our bodies and mind.  Finally, Henry Waddell led the entire school through a simple mindful breathing exercise.  This week they will be sharing additional mindful breathing activities with students.  
I encourage you to continue this discussion about mindfulness and our previous week’s discussion about positive self-talk with your children at home.  In case you missed last week’s News to Use, below are some links for a list of positive affirmations as well as some you might consider printing and putting in your child’s lunch box. 

As always, I am available by email or phone for any questions or concerns you might have.  

Ann Creilson
Cutler School Adjustment Counselor

Bus Transportation

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

Incoming Kindergarten Registration
If you have an incoming kindergarten student, and haven’t already done so, please register them for kindergarten ASAP. Spread the word to your friends and neighbors. This will help with planning for our staffing needs for next year. 2021-2022 On-Line KindergartenRegistration information and link.

Lost & Found
If you notice any items, please email so we can send home with their owners.

Hamilton Wenham Edfund Golf Tournament




Dear Friends, 
Here’s a wonderful opportunity for you to support the Hamilton Wenham Edfund and our schools while enjoying a day of golf on the legendary Myopia Hunt Club golf course! 
Our golf tournament fundraiser will be a bramble format with plenty of additional contests to keep the spirit of competition high!  Registration begins at 10:00 a.m., with a shotgun start at 12:00 noon.
There will be prizes for the top three scoring teams, closest to the pin, longest drive, and a unique challenge featuring a grand prize trip for two to Pebble Beach.  
Our fun day of golf will be followed by an outdoor reception with light bites and drinks, raffle prizes and a silent auction all taking place next to Myopia’s iconic clubhouse overlooking the 18th green.  All safety guidelines will be followed to ensure everyone has an enjoyable, healthy day on the course. 
Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting the Edfund! 
Coastal Capital - Outdoor Reception Sponsor
J. Barrett & Company - Box Lunch Sponsor
Team Impact - Golf Cart Sponsor
MMB - Drinks at the Turn Sponsor
Institution for Savings - Golf Prizes Sponsor
Please follow the link below to register as a foursome or individual golfer.  The price to play is $1,800 per foursome, or $500 for an individual player. You will also find information on how you may become a family or corporate sponsor of our golf tournament fundraiser.  

All proceeds go to support the Hamilton Wenham Edfund’s mission to grant advantage to our students and teachers today and well into the future. 
We’re excited about our golf tournament fundraiser and looking forward to seeing you on May 17th!   
Ed Schatz                                                           Lia Wainwright
HW Edfund Co-President &                          HW Edfund Secretary &
Golf Fundraiser Co-Chair                              Golf Fundraiser Co-Chair 

Hamilton-Wenham Friends of the Arts

25th Annual Melody Miles Fundraiser May 26 - 31, 2021

Race details:

Calling all runners, walkers, and Saturday morning strollers! We invite you to join the Hamilton-Wenham Friends of the Arts (FOTA) 25th Annual Melody Miles fun run/walk! This year our race is virtual, allowing you six days in May to run, walk, or dance your way through any 5k or 5mi route in your neighborhood (or on your treadmill). 

Who will be crowned the FOTA school of the year? 

We’re excited to introduce school teams this year. This friendly competition will end in being “crowned” as our top participating school team. The school with the most participation will get a special shout out on our social media channels, as well as well-earned bragging rights.

But what about the music?

We have always been about fun, family, and music, and hope this year will still be the same. We will be releasing a YouTube playlist of local singers and musicians for you to enjoy during your run. 

Who does this benefit?

All proceeds benefit arts activities in our schools, including those here at Cutler. Show your support for the arts in our schools and join us for Melody Miles!

Sign me up!

Register to run/walk or donate to FOTA as a Melody Maker online at: Please reach out to Lexie Riordan with any questions. We look forward to running with you!