September 2020 Newsletter
A Letter from the Co-Presidents
Hello & Happy Fall!

We are so happy to be back in action as we kick off our 2020-2021 club programs this Fall. We hope you all were able to enjoy some much-needed sun, fun and safe socializing after what was a trying – to say the least – Spring. Despite some inherent challenges that need no introduction, our entire council has been hard at work developing ideas and programs that will allow us to engage safely and meaningfully. While we’ll especially look to take advantage of the weather when possible to conduct some outdoor events (compliant with all current guidelines), we will also be sharing information and coordinating virtual events to continue to provide value, enrichment and connection. Be sure to review this month’s newsletter in its entirety (whenever the chance is afforded to you) to get a sense for all we have planned and what might be most relevant to you and your families. Our Facebook Group and Instagram account will also be great sources of information and inspiration, so make sure to find and follow us at Hamilton Wenham Mothers’ Club (Facebook) and @hwmothersclub (Instagram).
 
In addition to welcoming several wonderful new council members this year, we also recognized a need for a new role altogether. It’s become more critical than ever to be aware of and engaged in the decisions made relative to our local towns and school districts, yet it’s often challenging to track down and keep up with important info, upcoming meetings and critical decision points. Additionally, some of the Enrichment events coordinated last year put us in touch with local decision makers in a way that provided tremendous value through direct, 2-way communication – and we want to continue to facilitate this type of connection. It’s for these reasons we’ve established a Civic Engagement council chair, which Lauren Schonberger will be heading up in its inaugural year. Her efforts will initially be focused on Hamilton, Wenham and Beverly, as these three towns index highest with our membership. Please don’t miss the important information she’s pulled together at the end of the newsletter! If you’d like to coordinate with Lauren on having your town included, and would be willing to share dates and info with her on a monthly basis for inclusion in our newsletter, please feel free to reach out to her at lischonberger@gmail.com
 
Finally, we’ve developed a quick **MEMBER SURVEY** designed to inform upcoming programs and communications. We’d love to hear from as many of you as possible to ensure we are providing as much value and relevancy as we can – so please take a moment to complete it at your convenience.
 
We look forward to seeing and meeting many of you throughout the year whether in person or virtually, and we wish everyone luck in navigating the complexities of the upcoming school year. Remember to lean on your fellow members whenever you need to – it’s what we’re all here for!
 
~Emily Grimes & Mugsy Asadorian
Co-Presidents, 2020-2021
Upcoming Dates and Soon to Resume Groups:

9/10 - MNO: Paddleboarding on the Essex River
9/16 - MNO: Outdoor Yoga
9/23 - Book Club: “Clap When You Land” by Elizabeth Acevedo
TBD: Return of Tight Tush Group Hikes (get on the list, see details below!)
TBD: Toddler Group Meets (get on the list, see details below!)
TBD: Baby Group Gathers (get on the list, see details below!)

Keep up with us on Facebook and Instagram 
Mom's Night Out
Thank you so much to everyone who joined us at the Beauport Hotel to paddleboard on our first Moms Night Out event in months. The weather was perfect and it was so nice to see so many familiar and new faces after the long break. Many of you asked and we listened- so we'll be adding on a second paddleboarding event on September 10th. This time down the scenic Essex River. While we can take advantage of the warmer temperatures to offer socially distanced events, we've also planned an outdoor yoga class on September 16th. Keep an eye on your email for registration for both of these events this week.

Cheers!
-Courtney & Kelly
Enrichment Events

Welcome “back”!

Hopefully you found a way to include some summer fun the past few months. We snuck away to Maine, and a different four walls was just what this mama needed.

I recognize that nothing feels very normal these days, and it certainly doesn’t feel like we are “back” to anything we can completely recognize as we approach the fall and this upcoming school year.

I want HWMC Enrichment to be a return to fulfilling moments that you can depend on to provide some separation from the rest of whatever it is that you are facing.

If you’re like me, your current world and responsibilities aren’t fulfilling all that you need to thrive: there’s stress and anxiety, lack of fun independent time for you and your girlfriends, a need for self-care, some big, unanswered questions about our world and how to make it a better place for our kids, etc.

I have plenty of ideas of how to bring programming to you virtually and in safe, socially distant ways that will begin to address these gaps, but I’d value your input on what is highest priority for you today. Please take the survey included in this newsletter to tell me what’s on your mind (or email me at molly.d.lawrence@gmail.com). And keep your eye out for awesome enrichment invites soon!

Best wishes to all of you and your families!
-Molly

Book Club News

Hello to all my book clubbers! Thanks to those who joined our August conversation about “All Adults Here." Our September book will be “Clap When You Land” by Elizabeth Acevedo, and the discussion will be held in person on September 23 at 7:45pm. Our fire pit gathering will be outdoors, socially distanced, with all state COVID guidelines respected. Bring your own drink/cup/chair/bug spray/mask. More details to come as we get closer to the date.

Our October book will be “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert, date and location TBD. This year, book decisions will be made through a monthly survey, so be sure to keep an eye on your email if you want to vote! Please send any book requests or recommendations to hwmcbooks@gmail.com. As always, all are welcome to join our discussions even if you haven’t read or finished the book. If you would like to join but are not yet on the book club distribution list, please email me at hwmcbooks@gmail.com.

Best,
Becky
Children's Corner
Welcome to Children’s Corner!

Here we will be highlighting family-friendly events in the community as well as sharing children’s enrichment activities and resources.

This month we encourage families to visit our local farms and enjoy one of New England’s most beautiful times of the year. The following locations will be open for Apple Picking this season- please pick responsibly and refer to their websites below for COVID safety protocols prior to visiting:

  • Russell Orchards, Ipswich: 
  • Connor Farm, Danvers:
  • Brooksby Farm, Peabody (beginning Sept. 12th):

Looking for something to do with your surplus of apples? Choose from one of the dozens of apple-themed children’s learning activities found on the website below. From recipes to math, crafts, and science experiments, no apple will go to waste ;)


And to help your kiddos get excited, consider singing along with this fun song about apple picking or listening to a book about two mice who make a giant apple pie after going apple picking with their class called "The Biggest Apple Ever" by Steve Kroll.

Back to School

Have a little one going back to school and reluctant to wear a mask? We are here to share some easy tips on how to help your child adapt. See below!

Also check out these printable COVID-19 related short-stories, appropriate for young children:

Wearing a Mask

Coronavirus, What is it?

Whether you are choosing to send your child back to school this year or opting for a stay at home plan, we are in it with you and hope to provide some support and resources along the way! Stay strong mamas!

-Katie & Julie
Community Outreach
HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) is a domestic violence agency serving more than 2,500 North Shore families each year. This September, the HWMC will be helping to fulfill items for families transitioning from abusive relationships to a more secure situation. Please consider making a purchase off of their Amazon Wish List and shipping it directly to: HAWC, 27 Congress St, Suite 204, Salem, MA.

In addition to your contributions, the Mother’s Club will be donating a Chromebook to support children transitioning to remote learning while also to a more secure environment. As always, we appreciate the support of our members in helping to assist those in need in our communities!

Keep up with our Facebook page for updates!

Thanks Mamas,
-Di and Hadley
Weekly Playgroups
Toddler Playgroup 

Welcome back Moms and Tots!  

We are excited to get back to a little bit of normalcy with the Toddler Playgroup. We will be hosting a playgroup every week, alternating between Tuesdays and Thursdays to help accommodate hybrid school schedules. We will adhere to COVID guidelines, maintain social distancing and ask that caregivers/children wear masks.  We will be outside as much as we can while the weather is nice and offer virtual options when the weather doesn’t cooperate. We understand this model may not suit everyone, but we hope it will provide a healthy social outlet for our children during these challenging times. 

If you would like to join this group please email us: hwmcplaygroups@gmail.com.

Can’t wait to play with you all soon!
~Tanya & Sarah


Baby Group

We are excited to start another year of Baby Group! Although this year may look a little different, we plan to continue weekly outdoor activities and socially distanced meet-ups. We also hope to gather via Zoom as well for all of us moms to connect, share issues and ideas, and commiserate on all the beautiful but sometimes trying things that come with new babies!

If you would like to join the Baby Group contact list to receive updates regarding our weekly meet-ups please email me at hwmcbabygroup@gmail.com. In addition, if you'd like to join our HWMC Baby Facebook group, please click here. We'll be working on the best ways to communicate in the next month or two for this year's mamas.

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! 

-Erica
Women's Wellness
Self-care is more important than ever and once school starts, I’m sure the need for self-care and some “me time” will be even more vital to our physical, mental and emotional health.  I plan to remind you all of available virtual fitness options, so we can keep up with our health & fitness goals while keeping our social distance. I'm also looking into local fitness studios that offer outdoor in-person classes that meet all the COVID-19 safety restrictions. If there is enough interest from HWMC members, I will work on coordinating an outdoor, in-person fitness class(es) for us to meet up and exercise together. Keep an eye out for the HWMC member survey to show your interest/comfort level with the outdoor class opportunity.

Tight Tush
For those of you that are new to the club, Tight Tush is a group of moms that get together on a weekly basis for a hike/walk. The hikes are usually about 3 miles. It's very important to keep these hikes safe for all during the current COVID-19 pandemic, so all adults will be wearing face masks/coverings until further notice. Kiddos are welcome in a stroller or baby carrier. On the days that we hike on a more woodsy or non-paved trail, a stroller with bigger wheels (like a jogging stroller), may be required. I'll give you a heads up when that's the case! Some of these hikes will be at Appleton Farms (and maybe Greenbelt Property Sagamore Hill, South Hamilton) on days that mosquitoes are less of a concern. On days that we're worried about EEE and/or West Nile, we'll move the hike to a less woodsy location. 

I'm sure a lot of you can relate, but this has felt like the longest summer of my life and I'm super excited for the start of another year with the HW Mother's Club and the Tight Tush Group! I understand that for many of you your fall schedules are up in the air right now. I plan to send out a doodle poll to all of those that have shown interest in the Tight Tush Group through email toward the end of the first week of September to find out which day of the week works best for the majority. I will also be coordinating with the weekly Toddler Playgroup in hopes to not conflict with that group's day/time, so members will have the opportunity to attend both groups if they wish. I think the Tight Tush Group will start around 9:15/9:30 AM (after I drop my son off at preschool). Keep an eye out for the doodle poll email - and don't forget about the survey!

If you'd like to be added to this year's Tight Tush group, please email me at HWMCTightTush@gmail.com.

I look forward to seeing all the familiar faces that I've missed so much during this time and welcoming all the newcomers as well! 

Take care and be well,
-Erin
Meals for Moms
I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize and support new moms! It's important, now more than ever, to celebrate new mamas in those first hazy weeks. If you know of anyone in the Mother's Club (including yourself) who has had a baby recently, please let me know by emailing me at hannahdendas@gmail.com. We’ll continue to adapt our tradition and recognize moms with a gift card to a local restaurant in lieu of asking people to deliver meals during social distancing.

With thanks,
-Hannah
Welcome Wagon
Dear North Shore families,

Though this year has brought some unexpected changes, it appears that families are continuing to find new homes on the North Shore! If you know a family who has recently moved to the area or is planning on moving soon, please let us know by sending an email to Katie Hashim at hwmcwelcomewagon@gmail.com! We would love to safely drop off a non-edible welcome gift and some information about the Mothers' Club! 

If you aren't new to the area but would still like to view our list of family activities, please visit it on our website by clicking here. The family fun guide includes suggestions from HWMC members on their favorite playgrounds, farms, kid friendly restaurants, and other indoor and outdoor activities on the North Shore.

We hope you are staying healthy and safe!
-Katie
Civic Engagement
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS

Tuesday, September 1
Primary Election Day 

Thursday, September 3
Covid-19 Public Health Forum, 7:00-8:30PM via zoom
Zoom Meeting ID: 860 4808 2879
Join via phone: 1-929-205-6099 and enter meeting ID
The panel will also be broadcast live on HWCAM (Comcast channel 8 and Verizon channel 36)
Forum will feature representatives from the Towns of Wenham and Hamilton, the Hamilton/Wenham School District, Gordon College, and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary 


WENHAM IMPORTANT EVENTS

Saturday, September 5
Electronic Waste, Metals and White Goods Collection at Highway Department, 91 Grapevine Road. 8am -12pm 


HAMILTON IMPORTANT EVENTS

Saturday, September 19
Electronic Waste Day at E-Waste DPW Yard 577 Bay Road, 8am -12pm 


HAMILTON/WENHAM SCHOOL DISTRICT INFO

Wednesday, September 2
School Committee Meeting, 7-9pm 
Webinar ID: 935 5551 0794; Passcode: 560108
Join via phone: (312) 626-6799 or (646) 558-8656
Agenda items include a fall reopening update, vote on school sports, and health and staffing updates. For more information and the full agenda, click here.

Monday, September 14th 
First day of school 

Note: Additional School Committee Meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, September 16 and Wednesday, September 30. No additional information has been posted at this time, including time of meeting, how to virtually join, or agenda. Click here for the HW School Committee Information Page, which should be updated with more information closer to the meeting dates. 

Other helpful links: 
COVID-19 Reopening Information, including hybrid and remote options, health and safety, transportation, food service, and athletics 


BEVERLY IMPORTANT EVENTS

Wednesday September 2
Open Space and Recreation Committee Meeting by Phone 
1 (307) 240-9755‬ PIN: ‪524 258 082‬#

Saturday September 12
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal, 8am - 12pm at Salem High School


BEVERLY SCHOOL DISTRICT EVENTS AND INFO

Wednesday, September 9
School Committee Meeting, 7-9pm

Wednesday, September 16
First day of school Pre-K and 1-12

School Committee Meeting, Finance and Facilities, 7-9pm

Wednesday, September 23
School Committee Meeting, Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7-9pm

Thursday, September 24
First day of Kindergarten 

Other helpful links: 
Beverly School Fall Reopening including remote and hybrid options, health and safety, transportation etc.