What's the Buzz?
Upcoming Week
Monday, 12/3 -  Day 1A

Tuesday, 12/4 -  Day 2A

Wednesday, 12/5 - Day 3A

Noon Dismissal for Parent/Guardian Conferences - No lunch served 

Thursday, 12/6- Day 4A

Friday, 12/7 - Day 5A
PTO meeting @ 9:15am in the cafeteria
Mark Your Calendar
Tuesday, 12/11
Harvard Acapella Group Visits SES

Monday, 12/17
SES Holiday Concert @ 9:15

Monday, 12/24 - Tuesday, 1/1
Winter Recess

Wednesday, 1/2  
School Resumes Full School Day

Wednesday 1/9 
Early Release

Monday 1/21 
No School, Martin Luther King Day
PTO News

Thank you!
The PTO board would like to thank Jen Reid and Karen Monti for chairing a fabulous Winterfest event, as well as Moriah Rogers and Mary Kate Paris for running the book fair and Danielle Deeb and Mrs. Rollins for putting together the art show.  A huge thank you to all of the parent volunteers who helped set up and ensure that the events ran smoothly!
Outerwear Drive
Outerwear drive to benefit the Quincy Family Resource Center and the Lower Cape Outreach Council. We are asking for donations of NEW hats, mittens/gloves, and scarves for children and GENTLY USED coats for all ages to help keep everyone in warm this winter! Please send your donations in by December 7th. Bins will be in the front hall. Thank you in advance for your generosity! Questions? Contact  Alexis Lefort.

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,

We had a fantastic after Thanksgiving week at SES!!! The children were very much looking forward to two wonderful South School traditions: the Winterfest and Book Fair! A huge thank you goes out to all the parent volunteers who made this all happen on this past Saturday, December 2nd, especially Moriah Rogers, Mary Kate Paris, Jen Reid and Karen Monti. These events were a smashing success again this year and are such important events in our village! We are also grateful to Alison Chamberlain and Holly Enders who co-chair the Cultural Committee and the PTO for their sponsorship of the South Shore Ballet on Thursday. All of the students enjoyed seeing other students from SES and other schools dance various scenes from the famous holiday ballet, The Nutcracker. The director even had over 500 students up and dancing some of the steps of the show!

Quote of the week:   Because I care for myself, I care for others! (empathy tool again this week)

NEW News for you...
  • This week, December 3-7, at South School we are participating in Inclusion Week, an annual international event that acknowledges the hard work and commitment of teachers, administrators, students and families in making their schools more inclusive, and thereby significantly contributing to the development of a more inclusive society. This is a time when our village can continue the journey toward providing a quality education to all children regardless of differences in ability, gender, ethnicity, language, and health status. In addition to what we usually do to be sure all students feel included and welcomed, we are calling this the Rainbow Kaleidoscope of Kindness Week. Students will be doing various additional activities (depending on grade level), and all classrooms will continue to celebrate differences and discuss the special qualities that each and every child possesses. We will culminate the week by wearing our grade level colors on Friday, December 7, which will represent our special kaleidoscope of kindness.
  • Last Wednesday, the fifth graders were an excellent audience at the Company Theater's production of Oliver which happens to star former SES student, Matthew O'Conner.
  • On Thursday, December 6, we will have our first parent Focus Group from 9-10. Parents/guardians who were invited were chosen completely at random. We will also have a student focus group later in the month. We always love to hear what everyone has to say!
  • Outerwear Drive: Thank you for all of the donations to the Outerwear Drive this week! Your kindness is greatly appreciated! We are grateful to the Community Outreach Committee and three fourth graders: Sidney Schneider, Chloe Mankes, and Brooke Lynch who helped to organize this drive!
  • This Wednesday, December 5, early release day is set aside as a Conference Day for teachers /parents and guardians. Please contact Mrs. Thompson in the school office to schedule a conference if you wish. Please be aware that it is also possible to meet with teachers at any other time, just contact them directly to find a mutually convenient time. Just a reminder that ALL early Releases are at noon with no lunch served this year! Please send in a substantial snack.
  • Report Cards: Grade five (on three terms) will come home on December 7 and Grades K-4 (on two terms) will come home on February 1.
  • On Friday, December 14th we will have a Patriots' Spirit Day.
Have a great week!!!  ME and LJ (:
For the the entire Office Bulletin, please click  here.
Around Town

Kids In Action Pre-Kindergarten
Kids in Action will begin accepting Registration Forms on January 2. Classes run 5 days a week. You may choose to send your child from 8:30 - 11:30 or 8:30 - 1:00. Children must be 4 years old by August 31, 2019.
Please join us for an Open House on Wednesday January 9, 2019 from 12:30 - 1:30 at the East Elementary School.
For more information please contact;
Jackie Sansone  jsansone@hinghamschools.org

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).

Hingham Girls Hockey Announces Learn to Play Program Registration
Hingham Girls Hockey is pleased to announce that registration is open for the Winter session of its popular Learn to Play program. Introducing young girls to skating and hockey in a fun environment, coaches will include learning skating techniques and puck skills following USA Hockey's ADM model. Small area games will conclude each practice. The Winter session will begin on Wednesday, January 2rd and will run to early April. The schedule will include one skills session on Wednesdays and a "game day" every Sunday morning. 
For girls interested in trying hockey, we will hold a Try Hockey for Free Day on Wednesday, December 19th at 6:15pm. Girls must have skates, stick, helmet, elbow pads, shin guards and hockey gloves. A limited amount of protective gear will be available at the rink for use that day.
Registration is open at  www.hinghamgirlshockey.org. Some equipment is available for rental. A jersey will be provided. Questions may be addressed to  HGH02043@gmail.com.

Hingham Women's Club Annual Festival of Trees
The Hingham Women's Club proudly presents its annual Festival of Trees  on Friday 12/7 and  Saturday 12/8.  The Hingham Community Center will be filled with over 30 themed trees available for silent auction and dozens of raffles. All proceeds from the event support the Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore and the HWC Scholarship Fund. Don't miss the obstacle course with My Gym  on Friday night and pictures with Santa, professionally photographed by Irish Eyes Photography,  from noon - 1:30pm on Saturday! Pleas e visit www.hinghamwomensclub.org/festival-of-trees or email FOT@hinghamwomensclub.org for more information.

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 Nov. 27th - 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.

Holly Hill Farm
Click here for information about Holly Hill Farm.
SSBT Visits for Nutcracker Excerpt

SES Winterfest & Book Fair

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