Upcoming Week
Monday, 10/21 - D ay  4B

Tuesday, 10/22 -  Day 5B

Wednesday, 10/23  - Day 6B

Thursday, 10/24 -  Day 1A

Friday, 10/25 -  Day 2A
SES Harvest Party from 5:30-7pm
David Coffin Recorder Player visits 3rd grade
Mark Your Calendar
Monday, 10/28
Picture Retake Day

Wednesday, 11/6
Noon Dismissal

Friday, 11/8
Winterfest planning meeting @ 9:15am

Monday, 11/11
Veterans Day No School

Friday, 11/15
Plimoth Plantation Grade 1 classroom visits at SES

Thursday, 11/21
SES Thanksgiving Feast

S aturday, 11/23
South School 5k Family Fun Run @ 9am

Thursday, 11/26
3rd Grade Powwow @ 1pm

Wednesday, 11/27
Noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving Break-
No lunch is served 

Thursday-Friday, 11/28-29
No School Thanksgiving Break

Friday, 12/6
PTO meeting in the cafeteria at 9:15am

Saturday, 12/7
SES Winterfest  and Book Fair from  9am-12pm
PTO News

Support South Campaign
WE CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH!! We are so touched by all of the families who have already donated to our Support South Check Writing Campaign.  65% of our families have donated and we are $1,500 away to reaching our goal.   Keep it up South School parents! Your donations are needed to help sustain the many Class Programs, Cultural/Academic Enrichment Programs, Services and School Wide Events provided by PTO.  100% of your donation benefits 100% of South students! How can you donate? You can send a check in your child's backpack marked south school or click Paypal.  Please take the time to read our  impact sheet  as this will help you better understand the scope of our efforts at South Elementary. 
  
Thank you!
Thank you to Rebecca Baker for her amazing work on this year's PTO school directory. We anticipate the directories to be coming home next week.

South Skulls Haunted Harvest
Our South Skulls Haunted Harvest Committee is busy preparing for our Halloween Party on Friday, October 25 from 5:30-7:00. Please note that this is NOT a drop off event. Please consider volunteering your time to this spooktacular event. Sign up at:  https://signup.com/go/VBoRdsP

South School 5k Fun Run
The South Elementary 5K Family Fun Run on November 23 at 9:00 am. Registration has just begun. Please click here to register. Please contact Jill Leahy with any questions. 
 
Winterfest Planning Meeting
The Winterfest Committee will meet on Friday, November 8th at 9:15 am, in the South School cafeteria. Winterfest is a wonderful holiday shopping tradition for SES students. There are many volunteer opportunities for our festive event! We would love to see some new faces and little ones are welcome!  
 
Volunteer Opportunities
Thanks to everyone who has already signed up via our Red Volunteer sheets. There are still opportunities available, if you would prefer to sign up online please check out our online sign up at https://signup.com/go/rioZCPw.  To see description of all committees please go to the PTO website https://www.hinghamsouthpto.org/volunteer.html.  
 
Helpful LINKS
Volunteer ONLINE:   Sign Up. 
PTO Website :  hinghamsouthpto.org
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Office Bulletin


 
Dear South School Community,

October is flying! We are so grateful to all of you and the PTO board for everything you all do!!! We are looking forward to our Haunted Harvest Party on Friday!!! A huge thank you to Helen Bias and all parent and high school student volunteers who are working hard to make all of this happen!!! Thank you for remembering that the Harvest Party is not a drop off event and that we do not allow masks or props for safety reasons! If you would like to volunteer to help at the party, please contact Helen Bias at helenbias@comcast.net. We are so GRATEFUL to Mrs. Bias who has headed the Haunted Harvest Committee for MANY years. Since her youngest child is in grade 5, this will be her last...

Remember... new and still relevant items in either the principal's email and/or the Office Notes section of the weekly "What's the Buzz ?" (our PTO newsletter), will continue to be in bold font. Old news items that are still relevant will also be bulleted but will not be bolded, but left on for reference.

·         Quote of the Week:  Listen more than you talk and think about where there the other person is coming from!

·         On Wednesday, November 6th,  all families are invited to a Night Sky Observation at Hingham Middle School, hosted by the South Shore Astronomical Society.  Members of the South Shore Astronomical Society will give a brief presentation in the HMS Distance Learning Theater at starting at 6 PM, followed by a telescopic viewing of the moon, planets and stars on the athletic fields.   Please dress warmly for the outdoor portion of this event.  Rain date is TBD.  Contact HMS science teacher Tim Ciolkosz (tciolkosz@hinghamschools.org) with any questions.

·         When you get a chance ask your child what The Listening Tool is???The quote of the week reflects the tool of the week. There are 12 tools total. We will be covering two a month as a school, and many classrooms have gone ahead to others.  See old news (below) for an explanation of Toolbox...

·         MCAS Dates for 2020 have been added to the end of the dates' section at the bottom of this email as they have been finalized.

·         Harvest Party:  The PTO will sponsor the Harvest Party on Friday, October 25th from 5:30-7:00. This party is extremely well organized and run by the PTO volunteers. Please be aware that all children must be accompanied by an adult as this is not a "drop-off" event. We also do not allow masks and props like plastic swords etc...Please make sure to follow all parking restrictions on Independence Lane and Loring Hill Rd. and follow safety rules when crossing Main St. on that evening as it can be quite dark and many drivers do not stop at the crosswalk when they see pedestrians even though it is a state law. It might be a great idea to bring a flashlight along!

·         Please note that all students will be eating lunch in their classrooms this Friday, October 25, 2019, due to set up for Harvest Party in the cafeteria during lunch time.  If your child is in a peanut/tree nut free classroom, please DO NOT send in any peanut and/or tree nut foods for lunch with your child on that day.  Students will still be able to buy lunch and school lunches are peanut and tree nut free.  Thank you for your cooperation!

·         You may/may not have heard that Mrs. Cheung organized a Staff Chorus for the lst Buzz Assembly. We serenaded the students with "We Are Going to be Friends."

·         Our own Mr. B, Physical Education Teacher at SES and Coach of the High School Girls' Basketball Team, has been named Coach of the Year by the MA Basketball Coaches' Association. We are so proud of him!

·         Third Grade Field Trip to Plimoth Plantation: Last Friday, October 18, the third grade enjoyed a field trip to Plimoth Plantation. A huge thank you goes out to the PTO for funding this trip as part of the cultural enrichment for grade 3.  This trip fits nicely into their study of Massachusetts History. How lucky are they to live so close to where European Settlement began in this area! A huge thank you goes out to the grade level team and all of the parents who volunteered to chaperone!!!

·         Pedestrian/Halloween Safety: Officer John, our school resource officer, will present lessons on Pedestrian Safety to grades K-2 later in the month. Thank you also for your help by talking to your children about safety!

·         Veteran's Day Assembly Invitation:South School holds an annual Veteran's Day ceremony to honor all Veterans especially those Veterans who have a connection to South School. The fifth grade will present a school-wide program explaining the history of Veteran's Day. Please invite any Veteran in your familyor your neighborhood to be part of our ceremony. It will take place on Friday, November 9th from 2:00 o'clock to 2:30 (This may change to 9:10TBA by 10/25). The fifth graders are busy learning a special song. We hope that the special Veterans in your life can be a part of this annual ceremony. Please email Pam Graham

·         The next early release day is Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Dismissal is at noon.  Lunch is not served. It is a Professional Development Day for staff.  Just a reminder that ALL early Releases are at noon with no lunch served this year! November 27th will also be a noon release day as it begins the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend.

·         Picture Retake Day is Monday, October 28.

·         Dr. Austin will be visiting SES on Wednesday morning, October 23rd .

·         We are grateful to the Girl Scouts who are once again organizing a Food Pantry Drive to coincide with the SES Annual Feast. It will run from Thursday, November 14 to Thursday, November 21. 

Have a great week!!! ME and LJ (:
 
For the entire Office Bulletin, please click  here.
Around Town

SEPAC 
On Tuesday, October 22, SEPAC will be presenting an interactive adaptive technologies presentation - where you can learn about how technology that can help differently-abled individuals accomplish certain tasks. Be sure to bring your mobile devices. The presentation will be at 7:00 pm in the Middle School in the Distance Learning Theater. For more information about these events or about Hingham SEPAC, visit our website at HinghamSEPAC.org

Take the HHS Crew Challenge!  
A fun family event on Nov 2 between 10am and 3pm at the Hingham High Track/Field facility.  K-12 and adults learn to erg (stationary rowing machines) and partake in some friendly racing competition!  Also enjoy a Mass MVMNT workout and instruction, live music provided by local band "Not Today" and yummy food! Tix $20 in advance or $25 day of event. Money supports the HHS Crew Team with 10% going to the Allison Clarke Memorial Fund. Rain date is Nov 3.  Purchase tickets from an HHS Crew Team member, at Mass MVMNT(211 Lincoln St) or at the event! Signed waiver necessary - please visit  hinghamhighcrew.com for more details and waiver.

Artist-in-Residence Open House
The Hingham Public Library is very pleased to be launching an Artist-in-Residence pilot program connecting the arts with literature. Children ages 5-10 and their families are invited to meet the inaugural artists, Nikki Hu and Guy Van Duser, at our open house on Saturday, October 26th from 9-10:30am and sign up for the Artist-in-Residence series, which will begin in January.

Hingham Women's Club's Festival of Trees
The Hingham Women's Club proudly presents its annual Festival of Trees which will be held during Christmas in the Square. Over 40 beautifully decorated trees and dozens of items, made up of donations by individuals, groups and businesses, will be on display to the public and available for silent auction and raffle.  The money raised at this event benefits the Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore and the Hingham Women's Club Scholarship Fund. The 2019 Festival of Trees will be on Friday, December 6th from 5 pm to 8:30pm and Saturday, December 7th from 10 am to 1 pm at our NEW LOCATION, the Hingham Historical Museum (34 Main Street, Hingham. Don't miss pictures with Santa, courtesy of Irish Eyes Photography, on Saturday from 10:30am - 12:30pm! Bidding on all trees ends Saturday, December 7th at 12:45pm. 
For more information on the event or if you would like to attend our next meeting on October 23rd, please visit  www.hinghamwomensclub.org/festival-of-trees or  www.hinghamwomensclub.org.

Hingham Civic Music Theatre - SEUSSICAL The Musical
Hingham Civic Music Theatre presents SEUSSICAL The Musical! Kids and kids-at-heart are invited to experience this wild musical ride hosted by The Cat in the Hat and featuring some of your classmates, as well as adult actors and singers from throughout Eastern Massachusetts. Limited run at Sanborn Auditorium in Hingham Town Hall on October 26th at 7:30pm, with a matinee on October 27th at 2pm. Tickets are $15 for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult; $20 for students and seniors; and $25 for adults. To purchase tickets call (781) 749-3400, or visit  https://hcmtseussical.bpt.me

Hingham Youth Wrestling, K-8th Grade
Learn how to wrestle, build strength, flexibility and balance, and most of all have fun. No experience necessary, anyone can join. Sessions start Dec. 3rd - March, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 5:30-7:30pm at the HHS Wrestling Room. Please contact Damien Bogle at  hinghamyouthwrestling@gmail.com to sign up or call 508-889-5201.   Click here  for more info. 

Holly Hill Farm
Click here for information about Holly Hill Farm.
PTO Contact Information
Jen Benham    President   jenlbenham@gmail.com  
Lexy Lefort    Co-Vice President     alexis.lefort@compass.com
Jennie Donegan    Co-Vice President     jhb1976@gmail.com
Sue McDonald    Secretary      susanpkelly22@yahoo.com  
Faith Peak   Treasurer    faith_peak@yahoo.com