What's the Buzz?
Upcoming Week
Monday, 1/7 -  Day 1B

Tuesday, 1/8 -  Day 2B

Wednesday, 1/9 - Day 3B
Early release @ 12pm - No lunch is served

Thursday, 1/10 -  Day 4B

Friday, 1/11 -  Day 5B
PTO meeting @ 9:15 in the cafeteria
Mark Your Calendar


Tuesday, 1/15 
Survival Parenting work shop hosted by HMS 
*5th grade parents invited

Friday, 1/18 
Voyage of Odysseus: Josh Feinmanc presentation
Spirit Day "Wear your favorite sports Jersey".

Monday, 1/21 
NO school Martin Luther King Day

Wednesday, 1/23
3:15-4:00: School Council Meeting in the Conference Room

Friday, 1/25
Buzz Assembly to honor Math Olympic Medal winners

Wednesday, 2/6
 Early Release

Friday, 2/8
PTO meeting 9:15 in the cafeteria

February 18-22
No School February Break

Saturday 3/2- 
Dr. Seuss Breakfast

  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


I hope that your holidays were very special and wish you a very happy and healthy 2019! I would like to express our sincere gratitude towards all who helped out South during the holiday season. The classroom holiday parties, the amazing donations for local charities, the beautiful cards made for Childrens Hospital, and the delicious holiday lunch and cookies for the teachers and staff to enjoy. Thank you for making South feel so special during the holiday season.   
 
Mini-Grant approval
The PTO is pleased to announce that this winter we are able to fund ten mini-grants totaling just under $4,000.  This is just one example of your dollars at work for your school. Thank you!!
Additionally, we want to express our extreme appreciation to Danielle Messina who single-handedly coordinated the mini-grant application process. 

PTO Meeting January 11th
This month's PTO meeting will be held on Friday, January 11th at 9:15 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Please join us to discuss our calendar of events for the second half of the school year. Coffee and fruit will be served.
 
Curious About How the Superintendent Search is going?  
Updates on the search process will be posted at https://hinghamschools.com/schoolcommittee/superintendent-search/. Additionally the  superintendent  candidate interviews that took place on December 10 and 17, 2018 are available through Harbor Media's YouTube channel   Superintendent Interviews Night 1 and Superintendent Interviews Night 2. 
 
Parenting Teens Workshop: open to 5th grade parents
The HMS PTO is hosting an informative presentation for parents about raising teens and pre-teens on Tuesday January 15th, 2019 from 7-9pm at the HMS. They would like to extend the invitation to all 5th grade parents.
 
A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens, January 15 from 7-9pm at HMS
Come join us on Tuesday, January 15 for a parenting workshop and gain invaluable information from Joani Geltman, MSW, who has a unique brand of "infotainment," using humor, storytelling, and will send parents home with a "goody bag" of helpful techniques in understanding and navigating adolescence.  Ms. Geltman is an author and a child development and parenting expert and has over 30 years of experience working with parents, children, schools, and community groups.  As an expert in teen-parent relationships, she has developed a unique and effective approach to help parents understand the specific physical, cognitive and emotional/social issues that arise in adolescence. The many changes that occur during adolescence can often be a challenge for parents. Understanding these developmental changes are the key to successfully navigating this stage and maintaining a close, loving relationship between a teen and their parents. 

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,
As we start 2019 at South Elementary, we all want to wish all of you a happy, healthy, and peaceful new year! Thank you for all of your support, holiday wishes, and lovely treats to all of the staff. You were all so much "kinder than necessary" and we greatly appreciate all that you do for us! We are especially grateful to the special PTO gift that all staff received this week! What a great way to start off the new year!!!
 
Everyone at SES hit the ground running this week as we are getting close to the second half of the school year! The children came back VERY ready for school life after a great holiday break! There are so many exciting events to look forward to, and the curriculum is in full swing. It is so wonderful to see the great progress that all of our children have made so far. Thank you for continuing the strong support system which exists in all of your homes. Our village continues to thrive due to all of your efforts as well!  
Quote of the week:   Thank you for using the right words in the right way!( week two: using our words tool this week)
News for you...Just a reminder that new and still relevant items are bold italics. Old news items will also be bulleted but will not be bolded italics, but left on for reference:
  • A huge thank you goes out to the PTO for providing us with a guest speaker at our monthly staff meeting. Maria Trozzi is the director of Joanna's Place and a recognized expert on Social/Emotional Wellbeing.
  • As you know, Ann Thompson, our long time Administrative Assistant, is retiring in early February. We will be honoring her long career in the HPS for the next month and especially the week of February 4th, her last week. We are so grateful for ALL she has done for the HPS and most especially, SES! We will miss her!
  • I know you will all give our new Administrative Assistant, Pam Graham, a wonderful SES welcome. Pam will be starting soon so that she can work with Ann for a while before Ann leaves.
  • The PTO Spirit Committee are inviting students to wear their favorite sports jersey to school on Friday, January 18th!
  • Fifth grade parents are invited to a special program put on by the HMS PTO: A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens - Tuesday, January 15 from 7-9pm at HMS
  • The next early release day is this coming Wednesday January 9th. This early release day is set aside as a Professional Development day for staff. Just a reminder that ALL early Releases are at noon with no lunch served this year! Please send in a substantial snack.
  • 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.
  
Hingham Special Education Update 
Dr. Suzanne Vinnes, HPS Director of Student Services, recently sent out a "Dear Special Education Community" outlining the ongoing work of the special education department. To learn more ( attachment).


Holly Hill Farm
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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