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Linda Boyd                                 Chelsea Hunnewell                
Principal Linda Boyd               Assistant Principal Chelsea Hunnewell            

Deb Setterlund             
     Director of Special Education Debra Setterlund

December 13, 2019


Upcoming events:


Operation Snowflake Snow Clothes Drive (see below) – ends Friday, December 20

Holiday Vacation December 21, 2019 – January 1, 2020

Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021 Mondays - Thursdays, 9:00AM – 3:00PM, starting 1/13

Reflections Exhibit Saturday, January 11, 4:00 – 6:00PM at LMS


Dear South School Families:


Our lucky winners of the ride to school in a fire truck (Katelyn Haughton) and police car (Bianca and Jayden Medugno) 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. Our fifth graders will be hosting the meeting. They will be sharing the expectations for winter gear to play in the snow.


This morning, Mrs. Dolan, Mrs. Hunnewell and I met with our Dining Services staff and custodians to share the message of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. Mrs. Dolan, our teacher leader for the Choose Love Movement, encouraged them to recognize that even their brief interactions with our learners can have a positive impact on their well-being. She also talked about the common language of Choose Love and strategies with which the children are familiar for calming and accessing “the thinking part” of their brain, the “human brain”. We showed them Scarlett Lewis’ introductory video:


Mrs. Hunnewell shared the pride we have in the State of New Hampshire for the proactive steps taken to make our schools safe. In discussing the “Cycle of Violence” (adapted from the Department of Justice), Chelsea showed how Choose Love fits into the recommendations of the New Hampshire School Safety Preparedness Task Force Report 2018. “Changing school culture and instituting social emotional learning (serves) to undermine the causes that start someone down the path to violence…” In regards to this, Scarlett Lewis often shares “the importance of changing an angry thought into a loving thought”.


We also discussed the neuroscience behind the pillars of Choose Love. For example, did you know that placing your hand on your heart actually causes the release of a chemical in the brain called oxytocin? Author Susan Verde (I Am Love, I Am Human and I Am Yoga) shares that oxytocin is the “hormone of safety, bonding and connection. This gesture is extremely soothing to the nervous system.”


This past week, School Resource Officer Adam Lane visited fourth and fifth grade classrooms to discuss Internet Safety & Cyberbullying. His presentation is based on a slide show created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and includes a few brief videos found on These age-appropriate videos and activities help teach children how to be safe online with the goal of helping them to become more aware of potential online risks. We hope that by empowering them with knowledge of possible risks, it will prevent possible victimization on or offline.


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. We want to thank our orchestra directors, Mr. Villiard and Mrs. Salviati and our band and chorus director, Mr. Freed, for fostering our young musicians’ fluency and confidence in performing for a real audience!


Operation Snowflake is a snow clothes drive sponsored by Londonderry Girl Scout Troops 51150 and 59133 and friends. Look for the collection boxes in the South School lobby, as well as at North School, Matthew Thornton School, Moose Hill School and the Town Hall. They are looking for donations of children’s new or gently worn winter wear. Thank you in advance for your donations. The collection ends on Friday, December 20.


Winter Clothing:  We are thrilled to see so many children coming to school with a shopping bag filled with snow pants and boots! Thank you! Please encourage your child to wear all five pieces of outerwear to school – hat, mittens/gloves, boots, jacket and snow pants. Children may only play in the snow if they wear all 5. Otherwise, they will be restricted to the blacktop area.


Important Notice from Moose Hill Kindergarten:  If you have a child who will turn 5 years of age by September 30, 2020, please schedule an appointment (see below) to register your child for Kindergarten at the District Office at 6A Kitty Hawk Landing, Suite 101. Appointments can be made Monday through Thursday, 9:00AM - 3:00PM (last appointment at 2:30PM) for the month of January, beginning on January 13. If you are unable to schedule an appointment during January, the district is offering one other day:  Thursday, February 20, 1:00 – 7:00PM.


The Kindergarten registration packets are available online at Select the information tab on the top menu bar. Scroll down to New Student Registration and then select Kindergarten Registration. Please complete the two packets:  New Student Registration Forms and Kindergarten Questionnaire. These packets are in a template format. Please type directly on the form. Print them single-sided and where applicable. You MUST bring all required paperwork listed on the checklist in order to register your child. To schedule an appointment, please contact Theresa at 603-432-6920, extension 1112.


*If your child currently attends Moose Hill, you do not need to register them for Kindergarten.


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


We would like to thank the PTA for the delicious Holiday Luncheon they provided to the staff today. Thank you to the many parents who donated goodies and supplies! It was much appreciated during this busy time of year! Kudos to Brandi Roy for organizing this event and to Sue Raymond for overseeing the luncheon.


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!


We Choose Love!



Linda Boyd