Tuesday, October 30, 2018

October News

Summer Readers Recognized!

We were very pleased that close to 70 students participated in our summer reading challenge by completing all of the activities on their reading Bingo boards.  These included reading to a pet or stuffed animal, reading under a tree and at the beach, and reading a recipe or the directions to a game.  The children who participated were awarded a certificate, bookmark, Super Star Reader button, and a voucher to use at O-Yo Frozen Yogurt.  We are very grateful to O-Yo for generously donating the vouchers and to the Hadley PTA for contributing a portion of the funds.  Here is a photo of our summer readers:

Fourth Grade Student Leaders - Helping at Recess:

Mr. Knowles has started a new initiative this year.  He is working with our fourth grade Student Leaders to promote a fun, safe, and inclusive recess for our first and second graders.  All fourth grade students are participating. Each week, Mr. Knowles has lunch with a small group of fourth graders to discuss strategies for supporting our younger students while playing outdoors.  Then he monitors their interactions with students and provides feedback.  Some of the strategies include reminding students of Four Square rules, inviting students who may be playing alone to join an activity or game, and teaching the children how to play new games.   Fourth grade students are enjoying their time helping our younger students and are doing a great job!

Fire Safety:

This month, Lieutenant Vousboukis and Firefighter Oxton from the Swampscott Fire Department gave a presentation to our third grade students on fire safety and prevention.  Our first grade students just learned about fire safety when they visited the Fire Station for a tour and pizza lunch!

October Assembly:

On Friday, October 26, we held our first all-school assembly of the year.  Students had reviewed assembly expectations in their classrooms and did an excellent job of listening and participating!  I read the story I Am Human by Susan Verde which focuses on the choices we can make to show kindness and empathy.  Then we talked about ways in which students can be caring members of the Hadley community.  The children had many great ideas which included helping a classmate if they drop something on the floor, asking a friend to join in a game during recess, and wishing a peer happy birthday to make them feel special.  We closed the assembly by singing the Hadley School song, One Big Hadley Family.  It is an adaptation of the song One Big Happy Family, which was a favorite song taught by Mrs. Gotlib.  We are so happy that the joyful song she brought to our community continues on. 

Monday, September 24, 2018

September News

We were excited to welcome 321 students to Hadley School this year!  During the first weeks of school, I have enjoyed watching the children engage in new learning experiences, become familiar with classroom and school  routines, and make new friends. I am very pleased that our students are settling nicely into the school year.

This year we are very pleased to have the following new staff members at Hadley:
  • Wendy Chalek - Wilson Reading tutor
  • Allison Draper - Kindergarten teacher
  • Silvana Lika - Permanent building sub
  • Tahira Peralta - ABA tutor
  • Tim Ressler - Band teacher
  • Meghan Wilson - ELL teacher
  • Denise Wirth - Library/Media teacher

Tony Hyde returned to Hadley as the part-time evening custodian. We have also added a Literacy Specialist position this year with Megan Crowe who taught kindergarten last year, serving in this role.  

I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our custodians Mike Carberry and Leroy Lowry, as well as members of the district maintenance staff  for all they did to clean, repair, and beautify the building and grounds over the summer. Special thanks to Janell Cameron for coordinating so many logistics from the main office for a smooth start to the school year!

We very much enjoyed  meeting with parents and guardians on Curriculum Night on September 6 and hearing about the Hadley PTA’s exciting plans for the year at the Meet & Greet afterwards.  Thank you to all who attended.

We are very grateful to have received more technology for our school this year, as have the other elementary schools.  With the addition of another Chromebook cart (25 devices) and multiple sets of iPads (30 in all), more students will have the opportunity to use technology daily for writing, research, math and reading practice, and to work on a variety of projects.

It was wonderful to come together as a community at the Pinwheels for Peace event on Friday, September 21.  The colorful pinwheels spinning in Linscott Park were a vibrant symbol of peace and hope! Special thanks to all of the volunteers who made the event possible and to Rachel Eisenberg, Clarke and Hadley's art teacher, for her vision and efforts in bringing Pinwheels for Peace to Swampscott.  

Monday, August 20, 2018

August 20, 2018

Dear Hadley Families,

We are looking forward to welcoming our students to school next week! The first day of classes for students in Grades 1-4 is Tuesday, August 28.   Kindergarten students begin on Tuesday, September 4. There is no school on Friday, August 31, and Monday, September 3, for the Labor Day Holiday.   Please also note that school will be closed on September 10 and 11 for the Rosh Hashanah holiday.

We are holding an Open House on Friday, August 24, at 3:00 p.m. for new students who registered over the summer. We will meet in the gym to share information about the school and then take everyone on a tour of the building. Following the Open House, we'll gather for Popsicles in the Park, sponsored by the Hadley PTA.

Curriculum Night is being held on Thursday, September 6.  This is an opportunity for parents and guardians to meet with your child's classroom teacher.  Our first PTA meeting of the year will take place following teachers' presentations.

The Hadley School office is open daily from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Enjoy the final week of summer and see you soon!

Ms. Bebchick

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