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Linda Boyd                                 Chelsea Hunnewell                
Principal Linda Boyd               Assistant Principal Chelsea Hunnewell            

Deb Setterlund             
     Director of Special Education Debra Setterlund


February 21, 2020


Upcoming events:


***************Winter BreakFebruary 24 –  28 ***************


***************Dress like a Dr. Seuss character! – Friday, March 6**************


Town Election Day Tuesday, March 10, LHS Gym – NO SCHOOL

Girls on the Run – Starts Monday, March 16

PTA Book Fair Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20

Family Book Fair Night Thursday, March 19

Family Snow Tubing Sunday, March 22, 9:00 – 11:00AM, McIntyre Ski Area


Dear South School Families:


Our fourth graders wowed us this morning at the All-School Meeting with lively voices singing The Fourth Grade PBIS Song, a rewrite of Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus’ Old Town Road, accompanied by slides displaying the verse and photos of our fourth grade learners. The song showcased PBIS expectations for the classroom while choosing love, persevering, and practicing! 


Ms. D’Avella, Mrs. Fisher and the People to Paws Club presented our pet supply donations to Jinelle Hobson from the Salem Animal Rescue League. Jinelle thanked our South School community for the generous donations for homeless animals. She shared that South School always has the greatest response to this outreach! Thank you, South School families!


Our Mystery Hawk amused the audience with some sassy dance moves and nominated 3 stellar classes, Mrs. Harrison’s, Mrs. Cutuli’s, and Mrs. Daron’s, for the PBIS Certificate of Merit. He also nominated the BINGO Bus for the bus of the month. The Mystery Hawk was Mr. Swanson with the voice of Mr. Freed!

The Student Council presented another video segment for the IGYB (I’ve Got Your Back) campaign, showing how one can be kind and respect others while being a voice for those who need one in the classroom. 

Congratulations to our Golden R and i-Ready awards recipients! Jacob Palmieri, Aubrey O’Donnell, Addison Doyle, Harper O’Shea, Jackson Cornwell, Mary Fegan, Caleb Dupes and Camryn Odachowski received Golden R’s for being caught showing respect day in and day out! Connor Fucile, Dominic Frasca, Jacob Casimiro, Samuel Rolfe, Joseph Dygd, Brody Altri and Ashlyn Proulx received i-Ready recognition for completing 2 punch cards during the month of January. Stephen Cossette (gr. 1), Kaylee Metivier (gr 2), Steven Koehler (gr. 3), Mary Fegan (gr. 4) and Grace Melaragni (gr. 5) were the i-Ready raffle prize winners whose names were drawn from the office bowl of completed punch cards deposited there since the last All School Meeting. We are very proud of all our learners who are working so hard to build their stamina for time on task in reading and math, and also building their fluency, accuracy and problem solving at the same time.


Also during the meeting, fifth grader Connor Beaudet shared his passion for saving the earth from global warming. He showed some slides from his science project and encouraged our school community to be even more mindful about shutting off lights when we leave a room. Connor shared that, “Global warming is a sequence where air pollutants like carbon dioxide and greenhouse gasses get trapped inside the Earth’s atmosphere and make it hotter. While global warming takes place in the atmosphere, the side effects spread across the world. We have an Energy Star program that asks us to only use the energy we need. That means whenever someone leaves the classroom, offices, common areas (like the gym and the MPR), teachers room or work room, we shut off the lights. Even though we use 35% less energy, there's still 65% more we could reduce by generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions through these efforts.” Thank you Connor, for taking action!


Expect BIG literacy happenings when we come back from February vacation! First, it’s Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2. We will celebrate on Friday, March 6! Please have your child dress as their favorite Dr. Seuss character. There will be some special Dr. Seuss happenings all week! Then, the PTA Book Fair will be held Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20. The Family Book Fair Night will be held on Thursday, March 19 from 6:00 – 8:00PM in the MPR. More information will be sent home as the date gets closer. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact TJ O’Loughlin at


A new South School PTA family event is coming in March! Family Snow Tubing, sponsored by the PTAs of South School and Matthew Thornton School, will be held at the McIntyre Ski Area on Sunday, March 22, from 9:00-11:00AM. Children need to be at least 5 years old and 44 inches tall. Parents must accompany their children. This is not a drop off event. The cost is $17.00 per person. Please RSVP by March 13. Registration forms will be sent home after vacation.

Thank you for your generous contributions to the American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge! There was boundless energy in the building Wednesday when your children participated in a variety of fitness challenges. With your help, South School raised over $9,000! We want to thank Jen Cutuli and Scott Lohnes for their organization of this annual event, and also extend our regards to our faithful volunteers who ran stations and tallied forms! Your donation forms will still be accepted after vacation.

We wish everyone a safe and relaxing vacation! If you’re cleaning up around the house, please keep an eye out for any overdue library books!


We Choose Love!                                       



Linda Boyd