What's the Buzz?

Upcoming Week
Monday, 2/25 -  Day 6B
Reading Incentive Week "Read Across America" through 3/1
Welcome Back; Guess the Book and Seuss treats at lunch

Tuesday, 2/26 -  Day 1A
"One Fish, Two Fish, dress in red and blue

Wednesday, 2/27 - Day 2A
Museum of Science StarLab visits grade 1
Yertle the Turtle, dress in green

Thursday, 2/28 -  Day 3A
Fox in Socks, dress in mismatched socks

Friday, 3/1 -  Day 4A
Jessie Chris, anti-bullying advocate/author visits
Cat in the Hat Day, dress in Red and White
Mark Your Calendar
Saturday, March 2
Dr. Seuss Breakfast for preschool and kindergarten students

Monday, March 4
Getting to Know You Coffee for incoming Kindergarten parents in cafeteria 9:15-10:15

Wednesday, March 6
(Noon release for Professional Development/ Lunch is not served)
Social/Emotional Program Toolbox Training for Interested Parents 
6:30 PM  Distance Learning Theater at the HMS

Thursday, March 7 
Social/Emotional Program Toolbox Training for Interested Parents 
10:00am  Distance Learning Theater at the HMS
Shop for South at Bertucci's 11am-9:30pm

Friday, March 8
PTO Meeting, 9:15 in the Cafeteria

Tuesday, March 12
William Alberti Poetry Speaker visits grade 2

Friday, March 15
Bay Colony Educators visits grade 5

Monday, March 18
BU Irish Step (Step up Boston) performance at SES
Wear Green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day
South School Night at Nona's 4-8

Wednesday, April 10
PTO Meeting, 7:00 in the Library/Guest Speaker Mr. Derek Smith from HMS

   MCAS DATES:
  Grade 3 ELA: 4/1; 4/2
 Grade 5 ELA: 4/4; 4/5
  Grade 4 ELA: 4/8; 4/9
  Grade 5 Math: 5/6; 5/7
  Grade 3 Math: 5/8; 5/9
 Grade 4 Math: 5/13; 5/14
  Grade 5 STE: 5/16; 5/17
PTO News  

Personal Hygiene Product Drive
The Community service committee is running a personal hygiene product drive all of February for the Wellspring Multi-Service Center. For more information please see flyer.
 
Shop for South at Bertucci's
March 7th from 11:00 am - 9:30 pm. Get out of the cold, and warm up with some brick oven pizza at Bertucci's!  On Thursday, March 7th, dine in, take out, or even have your meal delivered via GrubHub, and 25% of your purchase will go directly to our school! Valid from 11:00 a.m - 9:30 p.m.  Be sure to download and show this coupon when you order, either on paper or on your smartphone!  
 
be ready. be active. join BOKS
Our next session of BOKS will begin on Wednesday  February 27, 2019 and run until April vacation.  Students who signed to participate were picked by lottery and notified via email. Please contact Danielle Deeb (danyeldeeb@yahoo.com) for questions.
 
Newsletter Co-Editor Needed
We are looking for a co-editor for the weekly "What's the Buzz" e-newsletter. This is a great way to stay up to date with South school and PTO events and is ideal for someone who would like to volunteer from home. Training will be provided. If you have questions or would like to help out, please email  Meghan Wadleigh or Jen Benham.
 
5th Grade Linden Ponds Sign up
As part of the 5th grade leadership opportunities, we now have visits to Linden Ponds.  Our first visit on this past Thursday was a big success.
 
The dates available for sign up are on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30. If you would like to sign up your 5th grader sign up at: http://signup.com/go/KqGzhJQ  There are 7 dates from which to choose. Please start with only one so that many kids will have an opportunity to attend. If the spots don't fill up then you may choose another date later. Additionally, we need help with driving and supervising the kids. If you are interested on driving the day your 5th grader is signed up please sign up at: http://signup.com/go/ATOMgRH Please email Rachel Shields at rachshields@comcast.net for questions. 
 
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION RACE TO EXTRA RECESS!
Rules:
1. Bring in your box tops labeled with your name, teacher, and grade. 
2. Put your box tops in the bins inside the front door of school.
3. We will collect, count, and graph the box tops.
4. The grade with the most box tops turned in earns an extra recess in the spring!
Contest dates: begins January 2, 2019 and runs until March 29, 2019  
Each box top earns 10 cents for South Elementary!  Our goal this year is to earn $1200.00. 

Helpful LINKS
Volunteer ONLINE:   Sign Up.
PTO Website :  hinghamsouthpto.org
Amazon donates .5% back to South every time you purchase an eligible product. Amazon Smile.
Shop Stop & Shop  every time you use your Stop & Shop card. Register card at  Stop & Shop .
Office Bulletin

Dear South School Community,

Thank you so much for your kindness over Valentine's Day!!! The kind messages, treats, and volunteers who helped with the classroom celebrations were all greatly appreciated!!! We hope you had a nice break last week, and we thank you for sending your children back to school refreshed and ready to learn!!! You all certainly have once again illustrated the quote of the week for this week:
Always treat others with kindness and appreciation! (Week two of Please and Thank You Tool)

Special Notes:
This note came from Ann Thompson, our school Secretary who retired on February 7th after 35 years in the Hingham Public Schools.
I would just like to say thank you to each and every parent at South. Thank you for the many lovely gifts, cards, kind words, and hugs on my retirement.  I will miss seeing you and your children every day, but I am looking forward to spending time with my newest grandson.  Hope to see you when I drop by South for a visit.
Again, thank you for being in my life every day...you will be missed! Ann Thompson

Red Sign: Thank you for pulling up to the red sign in the front driveway if you are the lead car at morning drop off. This facilities drop off which is especially important as the weather has changed and more students are being dropped off not to mention the complications that snow banks can cause. It also helps alleviate the traffic on Main St.
Single Line: Thank you also for making sure there is a single line in the driveway at all times. This is especially important in case of emergencies and also passage when we have snow piles. You might need to pass the school and come back if there is no room when you arrive...We will take care of your children if they are waiting so no worries! PLEASE DO NOT PARK AND LEAVE YOUR CAR EMPTY IN THIS LINE AT DISMISSAL TIME...thank you!

NEW News for you:
  • Caroline McCormick (grade 2 teacher) gave birth to her second son, Jack, on Sunday, February 10. Mother and baby are doing fine!
  • February 25-March 1 - Reading Incentive Week "Read Across America" We have many events planned as well as visits from authors and our State Senator. We thank Mrs. Swanson, our reading specialist, for many of the plans. Monday: Welcome Back; Guess the Book and Seuss treats at lunch; Tuesday: "One Fish, Two Fish, dress in red and blue; Wednesday, Yertle the Turtle, dress in green; Thursday: Fox in Socks, dress in mismatched socks; Friday: Cat in the Hat Day, dress in Red and White.
  • The Dr. Seuss Breakfast will take place on Saturday, March 2 from 9:30-10:30 in the SES cafĂ©.
  • We are also grateful to the PTO Cultural Committee for bringing us "Jessie Chris" who will perform an assembly with an anti-bullying message on Friday March 1.
  • Mark your calendars for South School Night at Nona's. It will take place on Monday, March 18 from 4-8. A huge thank you to Ms. Campbell for arranging it.
  • The early release Wednesday for March is Wednesday, March 6, 2019- Early Release for Professional Development. Dismissal is at noon, and lunch is not served.
  • Calling all inventors... CAMP INVENTION Returns!!! We are bringing Camp Invention back to Foster School this summer, the week of July 8th through the 12th. From 9:00 AM until 2:30 PM students entering grades two through five will have the opportunity to participate in this national program. Inquiry-based, hands-on activities focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This will be our 7th summer hosting camp at Foster School, and every year it gets better! This summer we will be offering the SUPERCHARGED™ Program - click here for a sneak peek at this year's program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoEMaz1g9ZE&disable_polymer=true
Registration is open! The price for the week is $285. More information & registration can be found on Foster's Camp Invention Website:  http://fosterinvents.weebly.com/
 
  • Preschool (@East) Openings for 19-20: If you are interested in the HPS preschool lottery, contact Liz Costanza, our Preschool Coordinator, at ecostanza@hinghamschools.com.
  • The trainings for interested parents/guardians who want to learn about our wonderful new Social/Emotional Program called Toolbox have been set for Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30 PM and Thursday, March 7 at 10 AM. They will both be at the DLT at the Hingham Middle School.
  • Please Help US!!!! Please let all of your friends and neighbors know that the kindergarten registration period for 2019-2020 is coming soon (details to follow). This is also the period during which children who are in kindergarten elsewhere should be registered for first grade. We would accept registration for new students in all other grades as well. Thank you for helping us to spread the word as knowing our numbers by early May really helps planning class sections for September. Registration forms will be made available at our office and on the website on February 25, 2019. They can be printed and filled out before the visit to the office during which children need a birth certificate and proof of residence to make the registration official. Registration will extend through March and all kindergarten orientation activities will take place between May 1 and 17, 2019 (more information to come). Please be aware that there is a late registration fee applied after March 29, 2019. Thank you for getting forms back to us before then! Please feel free to sign up your pre-schooler for our Thousand Book Club and also to attend the Dr. Seuss Breakfast on Saturday, March 2, 2019 @ 9:30-10:30 in the South School Cafeteria We will also be hosting a Getting to Know You Coffee for incoming kindergarten parents on March 4 @ 9:15 in the SES Cafeteria from 9:15-10:15. (Thank you PTO!)
  • On Monday, March 18, we are inviting the students to wear green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and we thank the PTO Cultural Committee (Alison Chamberlain and Holly Enders) in advance for arranging the visit of the BU Irish Step Dancing Team . We also invite any of our students who do Irish Step to dance that day. Please contact Carrie Prindeville at Carriehowlett@yahoo.com if your child is interested in dancing that day.
  • Outerwear Recommendations: When the weather is cold, thank you for sending your children to school dressed properly and ready to go out to recess. We go out on any day that is above 25 degrees. Please also note that children will need snow pants and waterproof boots to play on the snow when it arrives this winter. This prevents them from having to sit in class in wet clothes and socks when they come back in. It might also be a good idea to send in a set of dry clothes/socks for the lockers just in case.
Have a great week!!! ME and LJ (:

For the entire Office Bulletin, please click here.
Around Town

SOUTH SHORE SPECIAL NEEDS ATHLETIC PARTNERSHIP (SNAP) WINTER PROGRAMS
SN AP  is pleased to announce its Winter 2018-2019 lineup of recreational and athletic programs for students ages 4 - 22 who receive special education services. Our Winter programs will include: basketball, bowling, fitness & boxing, hip-hop dance, swimming, and yoga/Zumba. Registration information will be available on our website:   www.southshoresnap.com . Please direct any questions to southshoresnap@gmail.com.

Join SEPAC this Wednesday, Feb. 27th at 7:00 p.m. at Hingham Public Library for an informal discussion on the Middle school evaluation (and especially the proposed changes to special education) that may arise out of it. Suzanne Vinnes, Hingham's director of student services will be there to explain her proposals and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served.

Mark your calendars and save the date! A fun night out at  Paragon Boardwalk  in Hull to benefit HEF is in the works for Friday, March 29th! Stay tuned for more information.  www.hinghameducation.org

Holly Hill Farm
Click here for information about Holly Hill Farm.
Kindergarteners making macchia bowls for the GSAA art show on May 1st. 



PTO Contact Information

Jen Benham    President   jenlbenham@gmail.com  
Emily Kelly    Co-Vice President     emilykelly15@gmail.com
Betsy Crouch    Co-Vice President    ecrouchlaw@aol.com

Jennie Donegan    Secretary    jhb1976@gmail.com

Faith Peak   Treasurer    faith_peak@yahoo.com