Monday, May 3, 2021

News to Use - May 3, 2021

Upcoming Important Dates:

Monday, May 3rd - Friday, May 7th        Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 31st                                        Memorial Day Holiday, No School

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

MCAS Update 
This year's assessment schedule has been shortened to one day per grade level, per subject. These dates have changed a few times since we started scheduling this spring, but we hope that this schedule is set! 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
Meaningful May
Being a part of something bigger than ourselves and focusing on things that we value is key to our wellbeing. I wanted to share this printable Meaningful May Calendar that encourages us to take time to reflect on what we care about this month.  At Cutler, one of the things we truly care about is helping others.  With that, we have partnered with Miles River 8th grade student and Project 351 leader, Aiden Holloran to collect new and lightly used clothing for Cradles to Crayons.  Our fifth graders will be taking the lead with this and explaining to all of our students what the mission of Cradles to Crayons is as well as how all of us can help.  There is a drop box in the gallery now, thank you in advance for any items you are able to donate!

Feelings Friday
Last week during our Feelings Friday whole school announcement, two of our fifth graders, Quinn Daly and Henry Waddell, reiterated that all feelings are OK, it’s how you manage them that is important.  They went on to explain that our thoughts can be a very powerful tool in increasing our ability to manage uncomfortable emotions and overcome challenges.  The idea is that by changing your thinking, you can better control your emotions and your actions.  Positive thinking skills often start with positive self-talk, which means using the voice in your head to say positive thoughts about yourself or a situation.  Another word for this is positive affirmations and could be something like Henry shared, “I am proud myself” or “I can do this.”  He also encouraged students to think of kind things they might say to themselves and in case anyone had a difficult time coming up with ideas, lists of possible positive affirmations were passed out to classrooms.  I encourage you to continue this discussion with your children at home and have included 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.

Friends of Cutler

Teacher Appreciation Week is here (May 3-7), and we are excited to celebrate our “Out of This World” Cutler Staff! Information regarding activities for each day can be found in your email and on the Friends of Cutler Facebook group. Thank you for your support!

Spring Plant Sale-Buker School - May 7th & 8th
Click below for more details

Hamilton-Wenham Human Rights Coalition Virtual Meeting, May 8th

Is your family interested in having more conversations about social justice and acceptance? Join the Hamilton-Wenham Human Rights Coalition Family Book Club. For more information regarding this meeting, click here: HWHRC May Meeting

HW Girls Basketball Team Electronics & Appliance Recycling Fundraiser 

Saturday, May 8 - 9:00am - 1:00pm @ Winthrop School
For a nominal fee electronics and appliances will be taken for environmentally safe recycling. See flyer for details.

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!