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Linda Boyd                                       Chelsea Hunnewell

                               Principal Linda Boyd Assistant Principal Chelsea Hunnewell                            

December 15, 2017


Upcoming events:

South School Ski Club Sign-Ups Due - Monday, December 18 (Prices rise after this date.)

Hawk Shop –Wednesday, December 20, grades 1 & 5

Hawk Shop – Thursday, December 21, grades 2, 3 & 4

**5th Grade Drama Club Christmas Play – Thursday, December 21, 7PM (All are welcome!)

Operation Snowflake Snow Clothes Drive (see below) – ends Friday, December 22


Dear Parents and Guardians,


“Latkes, latkes, good to eat. Cook me up a Chanukah treat!” This was the chant that Herschel, Hillel, Hayim and the baby Max used to make sizzling latkes in Sadie’s magic frying pan. They got themselves into a fix, however, when they couldn’t remember the words to make it stop! “A great miracle happened here!” For the past 18 years, former Superintendent Nate Greenberg has joined us in a special story hour with our precious first graders. Yesterday, Nate rejoined us to share this humorous twist on a Jewish holiday tradition. To the delight of the first graders, a life-sized gingerbread girl (Mrs. Hunnewell) brought to life Mrs. Boyd’s reading of the Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett.


Our lucky winners of the ride to school in a fire truck (Eli, Pacey and Emmitt Parece-Grogan) and police car (Austin and Alicia Richmond) will arrive at school next Friday during our All-School Meeting! Their dramatic arrival will be shown live on YouTube to all the viewers inside, while they disembark and hold “Man on the Street” interviews with Student Council members Elizabeth Roy and Nathan Beaulieu. Our fifth graders will be hosting the meeting. They will be sharing how to show positive behavior on the playground during the cold weather.


The Student Council will be sponsoring their annual Talent Show in February. Third, fourth and fifth graders are invited to audition for the show during the second and third week of January. Permission slips will be available after the break. Please be aware that this event will be videotaped and be shown on YouTube and our district website. Your child’s participation permission slip signifies that you agree to this publication of your child’s image. Over the vacation, students may want to begin planning for their performance. Some examples of talents include dancing, singing and playing an instrument.


Our musical groups charmed us with a magical Winter Concert on Monday! We want to thank parents for their dedication in getting their children to the early morning practices for band and the evening rehearsals for orchestra. Our chorus members give up a recess each week to pursue their musical talents. Our new director for orchestra is Mr. Villiard. Mrs. Salviati is mentoring him in her position as assistant director. He has some big shoes to fill! Ms. Morgan, our band and choral director, did some pretty fancy piano playing herself to everyone’s delight.

Our Student Council raised $324.55 for the “Gift of Warmth”. Thank you for your contributions! We are pleased to be able to bring warmth to local families.

Registration is still open for South School's Learn to Ski Program at McIntyre. The program will begin on Thursday, January 4, from 4:30-6:30PM, and run for 5 weeks. To register, go to The price will go up for registrations after December 18. If you have any questions about the program, please email

**Nineteen 5th grade members of our Drama Club have been hard at work for two months preparing a short, yet whimsical, Christmas play entitled So, Who Cares About Christmas? There will be an evening performance on Thursday, December 21 at 7PM in the MPR. Admission is free, but we will gladly accept donations at the door! You won’t regret taking time out of your busy schedule to come see it!

Doubles at Lunch: All learners (gr. 1 – 5) are permitted to have double lunches provided they have eaten their first portion and have money in their accounts.

Even our learners enjoyed Ugly Christmas Sweater Day today! Thank you for joining in our fun!

This week, Riley Doyle, Alexia Charalambous, Gavin Doughty, Colin Philcrantz, Tristan Villeneuve and Mrs. Gray’s class were awarded the GOLDEN “R” for their authentic acts of respect. When the chorus was transitioning to the MPR for their concert, Riley and Alexia walked silently through the halls and reminded others to do the same by sharing the quiet sign. Gavin, Colin and Tristan saw a first grader drop her water bottle and it leaked on the floor. They immediately went to get paper towels to clean it up. Mrs. Gray’s class noticed that the mobile lab mice were all tangled and neatly rewrapped them and delivered them to Mrs. Murphy’s class so that they could get on i-Ready on time, even though they were not the ones who tangled them. Thank you, Riley, Alexis, Gavin, Colin, Tristan and Mrs. Gray’s class, for your genuine respectfulness and kindness.


Please be aware that we will be donating all items in the Lost and Found to charity over the vacation.


Enjoy the last weekend before the holiday break! Winter officially arrives on Thursday!




Linda Boyd