Claypit Hill School News and More                      August 20, 2018
“People pigeonhole creativity as belonging to a single individual or a group of geniuses. They don’t realize that each and every human has this incredible capacity to imagine and to change things.”  Agustin Fuentes


Yesterday, I enjoyed speaking with a few Claypit Hill children who were attending soccer camp on the fields adjacent to the school. It was music to my ears to hear that they share my enthusiasm for the upcoming school year. Very soon, our doors will open for the 2018-19 school year, and I thought that you might enjoy an update about what’s happening here at school. Now that Pegasus has ended, the custodial staff is doing an amazing job of polishing every corner of the building in preparation for opening day.

Our current enrollment is 539 students, and we will eagerly welcome 27 new students in grades 1-5! We have four sections of grades K, 3, 4, and 5 and five sections of grades 1 and 2. As you probably know, one of our kindergarten classrooms will be a Spanish immersion classroom in which all of the academic content will be taught in Spanish. Because this cohort of students will be in class together through fifth grade, we will expand their social networking opportunities by providing opportunities for kindergarten students to intermingle during lunch and specialists’ classes such as physical education, music, art, and library. 

School Hours  
We ask for your cooperation in minimizing tardy arrivals and early dismissals so that we may maximize time on teaching and learning for all students.
8:30 AM – Doors Open / Arrival
8:50 AM – Morning Announcements & Exercises
8:51 AM – Students Arriving are Marked Tardy
3:15 PM – Dismissal Begins (M, T, Th, F)
2:05 PM – Dismissal Begins (Wednesdays)

Arrival and Dismissal
  • Adams Lane is one-way at these times:
  • M-F               8am-9am
  • M,T,Th,F       3pm-4pm
  • W                  1:30pm-2:30pm
  • We operate a live drop-off and pick-up line. Caretakers must remain in cars at all times. Only under special circumstances such as illness, injury, or large item delivery should a caretaker park and walk into the building during arrival and dismissal.
  • During the first 5 days of school for kindergarten students, students will congregate with teachers outside the building and then walk into the building together. This will be the case for both car riders and bus riders.
  • Please nurture independence by helping your children learn to buckle and unbuckle themselves independently and by positioning carseats so that school-age children can easily exit and enter the car on the passenger side of the car closest to the sidewalks. 
  • During morning arrival, buses enter the main circle in front of the building. Cars will utilize the u-turn drop-off area by the soccer fields. When the buses have finished unloading, cars will be able to enter the main circle for drop-off at the front doors. 
  • During dismissal, walkers and bike riders will exit the kindergarten doors with the first round of bus riders.  
  • During dismissal, the car line will follow the buses, looping once through the staff parking lot to minimize traffic disruptions on Adams Lane. 
  • Car riders will receive name tags for adults to display in car windows to help with pick-up efficiency at dismissal. If you have your tag from last year, please use it beginning on day one.
  • For bus routes, times, and information, please see the Transportation tab on the Wayland Public Schools website under “Administration”.

New Staff Members 
Once again, I feel confident in saying that we have hired the best of the best to fill our open positions. Please join me in welcoming each of these talented and enthusiastic new staff members:

  • Donna Cavanaugh will serve as reading specialist filling in for a maternity leave as we begin the year. Donna is a retired first grade teacher from Belmont, and she worked as a teaching assistant in the EL program at Happy Hollow last year.
  • Kerry Davis is our kindergarten teacher in the Spanish immersion program. Kerry is a native of Framingham who has most recently been teaching first grade in Arizona.
  • Shawn Gregoire is a new evening custodian who has been working with Hugo and John to prepare the building. 
  • Susan Lee is our new adjustment counselor who comes to us from Manville School at Judge Baker Children’s Center.
  • Liana Parsons will be our full-time EL teacher. Liana previously worked at Happy Hollow and Wayland High School, and she has most recently been teaching in Marlborough.
  • Federica Ponce will be the teaching assistant in the Spanish immersion kindergarten class. Federica comes to us from The Children’s Way where she served as a lead teacher. 
  • Anne Powell will be traveling over from Loker to teach a few library classes each week.
  • Meghan Sullivan is a special educator who will serve as the 5th grade liaison. Meghan comes to us most recently from California and has experience in all aspects of special education in grades 2-8. 
New Staff at the District Level
  • Parry Graham, Assistant Superintendent
  • Richard Whitehead, Director of Student Services
  • Heidi Paisner, EL Coordinator

New District-Wide Curriculum Initiatives
  • Fundations phonics and handwriting instruction – grade 2
  • FOSS Science Program – kindergarten and grade 1

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
As a parent or caretaker of a Claypit Hill student, you are automatically a part of the PTO! Please plan to join the meetings and to participate in all activities and events. Stay tuned for information.

Important Dates

Thursday, 8/30     
1:15am – 2:00pm – New families (grades K-5) are invited to tour the school
2:00pm – New families are invited by PTO to a popsicle playdate on the kindergarten playground
6:00pm – 6:45pm – Additional new family tours
Friday, 8/31, and Monday, 9/3   
No School – Labor Day Weekend

Tuesday, 9/4
First day of school for grades 1-5 (Dismissal at 3:15pm)
Tuesday, 9/4, and Wednesday, 9/5
Kindergarten Meet and Greet (by appointment -- see recent mailing)

Thursday, 9/6                                 
First day of school for Kindergarten (Dismissal at 3:15pm)
New Family Coffee/PTO Meeting 8:45am (Cafeteria)
Grades 3-5 Curriculum Night 7:00pm – 8:00pm (Guardians Only, No Students)

Monday, 9/10
No School – Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, 9/12                           
Grades K-2 Curriculum Night 7:00pm – 8:00pm (Guardians Only, No Students)

With two weeks of summer vacation left, now is a great time to begin to transition to a school schedule, as the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children ages 6-12 should sleep 9-12 hours per day for optimal health. Look for additional updates as we near the opening of school. I look forward to seeing you and welcome you to stop by or call with any questions or concerns.

Warm regards,

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