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Linda Boyd                                 Chelsea Hunnewell                
Principal Linda Boyd               Assistant Principal Chelsea Hunnewell            

Deb Setterlund             
     Director of Special Education Debra Setterlund


January 24, 2020


Upcoming events:


South School Diverse Family Day – Wear BLACK & WHITE Monday, January 27

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

PTA Meeting Monday, January 27 at 6:30 in the Library

Let’s “Glow” Dance RSVP’s Due – Tuesday, January 28

Fifth Grade LMS Book Fair Family Night & Ice Cream Social - Wednesday, January 29, 6:00 – 8:00PM

Talent Show Applications Due – Wednesday, January 29

5th Grade KEY Project Showcase Night - Thursday, January 30, 7:00 – 8:00PM

Let’s “Glow” Dance Friday, January 31, 6:00 – 8:00PM

Girls on the Run - Registration Opens Saturday, February 1

Registration Due for Valentine’s Day Kids’ Night Wednesday, February 5

Deliberative Session - Friday, February 7 at 7:00PM, LHS, Babysitting provided until 10:00PM

Valentine’s Day Kids’ Night Friday, February 14, 6:00 – 9:00PM (for children 3 – 12), LHS


Dear South School Families:


We started our day today with a delightful All-School Meeting hosted by our second graders. They shared an important message about Choose Love to the tune of The Beatles’ All You Need Is Love!


The Mystery Hawk entertained our audience by arriving all decked out in a Choose Love sign and nominated 4 stellar classes, Mrs. Murphy’s, Mrs. Gray’s, Mrs. Hamilton’s and Mrs. Dolan’s, for the PBIS Certificate of Merit. The Mystery Hawk was Mrs. Massahos with the voice of Mrs Lees. During the meeting, the Mystery Hawk also appeared in a “You’ve Got Mail” video describing the steps for writing a Mystery Hawk Letter.


The Student Council presented a 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 hallways. Well done, Student Council!


Speaking of Student Council, Talent Show audition forms were sent home to third, fourth and fifth graders earlier this week. The Talent Show will be held on Friday, March 6, from 1:30 – 3:00. Application forms are due back on Wednesday, January 29.


Congratulations to our Golden R and i-Ready awards recipients! Kendell Cimeno, Arya Sharma, Abigail Alkhamis, Elisia Richmond, Sara Mghazli, Emerson Dodge, Lexi Adams and Jack Collins received Golden R’s for consistently showing respect day in and day out! Brody Brockway, Brandt Hayford, Gavin Perry, Raymond Blethen, Bianca Medugno, Jocelyn Dutil, Nate Hodgkis, Brody Altri, Alex Grages, William Catino, Jack Pope, Cooper Gingras, Danica Jeffries and John Coles received i-Ready recognition for completing 2 punch cards during the month of January. 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.


During the All-School Meeting, we also had a special presentation from sixth grader, Isabella Devine. Last year, Isabella helped us establish Diverse Family Day at South School. She shared how it was hard for her to live in two houses, as her parents are divorced, and how this made her feel different. She shared her story of how she built up her resiliency (through magic) and how she came up with this idea. Her goal was to highlight differences among families and that “no family is perfect”.


This year, Isabella came back with an expanded message. During her presentation, she shared that, “Going through a divorce is challenging for kids. Feeling different and alone is scary. It’s important to talk about your thoughts and feelings during this time with someone you trust.” She highlighted other types of diverse families. “On Diverse Family Day, we celebrate people like me with divorced parents or different kinds of families. We give them a chance to be proud of their differences, because the kindest thing you could do for someone is listen without forming an opinion or judgment. During Diverse Family Day, we see that many of us come from diverse families and we are not alone.” She proclaimed Monday, January 27, Diverse Family Day and reminded us to wear black and white on Monday to support and celebrate all of our unique families.


Don’t miss the opportunity to hear all the details about the articles on the School District Warrant, as well as respond to and ask questions, at the Deliberative Session on Friday, February 7 at 7:00PM in the cafeteria at Londonderry High School. Babysitting will be provided until 10:00PM. At the close of the meeting, the final version of these articles will be placed on the ballot for voting on Tuesday, March 3. Also, the Town Deliberative Session will be held the next day, Saturday, February 8 at 9:00AM in the LHS cafeteria.


People to Paws is kicking off their 12th Annual Food for Furry Friends Drive. Posters around school will detail the Wish List of items needed for a local animal shelter. Please go to the following Amazon link for a complete list of supplies wanted for donation: In addition, non-clumping, clay type cat litter is always needed, and of course, paper towels! The collection will take place throughout the month of February. We want to thank you all in advance for your generous donations for homeless animals!


We enjoyed our TIGER friends Wednesday morning! The theme this year was Kindness Counts:  Celebrating the importance of showing kindness to yourself and others.” This very meaningful and timely program was sponsored by the South School PTA. TIGER is Plymouth State University’s professional theater company (Theater Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility). TIGER also stands for the message of the production:  T – Think before you speak; I – Include everyone; G – Give of your heart; E – Empathy matters and R – Respect The delightful performance delivered a powerful message to our learners. Students seemed to really connect with the characters and the situations portrayed. Please ask your child about this wonderful production. We are the only school who has hosted them for every one of the seventeen years since their establishment.


Our next big family event is coming next week! Don’t miss the Let’s GLOW Dance, sponsored by the PTA, on Friday, January 31, from 6:00 – 8:00PM. Wear your bright colors or white shirt to decorate (Glow in the Dark theme)! Come enjoy snacks and drinks, dance and glow face painting with your family and friends. The cost is $10.00 per family. Reservations are due on Tuesday, January 28; however, we will continue to take them up to and including the night of the event. For planning purposes, we ask that you please RSVP as soon as possible.


Fifth Grade Parents:  The LMS PTO will be sponsoring the Middle School Scholastic Book Fair the week of January 27 – January 31. The LMS PTO invites all fifth grade students and their families to join them for their LMS Book Fair Family Night and Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, January 29, from 6:00 – 8:00PM. The administration will be providing building tours for those who would like to take a walk around the middle school. If you have any questions, please contact the Middle School main office at 432 – 6925.


Enjoy a quiet weekend before a busy Super Bowl Sunday on February 2.


We Choose Love!                            



Linda Boyd