Upcoming Week
Monday, 9/23  - Day 3A

Tuesday, 9/24 -  Day 4A

Wednesday, 9/25 - Day 5A
Back to School Night for Grades K, 1, and 3 (6-8pm)
School Council 3:15-4:00 in the SES Conference Room

Thursday, 9/26 -  Day 6A

Friday, 9/27 -  Day 1B
Mark Your Calendar
Wednesday, 10/2
Early Release at noon for Parent Conferences
Lunch is not served

Wednesday, 10/16
PTO meeting @ 7pm

Friday, 10/25
SES Harvest Party from 5:30-7pm

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

Saturday, 11/23
South School 5k Family Fun Run @ 9am (Details to follow)

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

Support South Campaign
THANK YOU, to all of the families who have already donated to our Support South Check Writing Campaign. I'm happy to say that 37% of our families donate in the first week. Your donations are needed to help sustain the many Class Programs, Cultural/Academic Enrichment Programs, Services and School Wide Events provided by PTO. Our goal is to raise $30,000 by October 25th. Please take the time to read our impact sheet as this will help you better understand the scope of our efforts at South Elementary. Checks can be made out to the South School PTO and returned via your child's backpack. You also have the option to donate online on our South PTO webpage at hinghamsouthpto.org  

South School Family 5K Fun Run
Save the Date for the South Elementary 5K Family Fun Run on November 23 at 9:00 am. Registration will be open soon but we hope you will lock it down in your calendar today!     
Office Bulletin

Dear South School Community,

Thank you for all of your continued support during the first month of school! It is unbelievable that the next newsletter will be sent in a week that has the word October in it! Time flies when you are having fun!!!
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: A long, slow, calming breath is the finest gift of nature
  • We are doing a special "Start with Hello Week" with the other 5 HPS Schools starting Monday, September 23rd. We thought it would be a nice way to continue our welcome back routine. Of course we will keep it simple and elementary appropriate. On the announcements we will refer to "Hi to 5!" each day...This will encourage students to say hi to at least 5 different people each day. Monday, we will have "Welcome Bracelet Day." Children will decorate a bracelet that is the color of the grade level with their favorite greeting. Wednesday we will encourage them to show their HPS spirit by wearing red and white...and Friday, we will ask grades to wear their rainbow color. Thanks in advance for supporting these activities!!!
  • Fly South has begun for grades 1-5 and Homework Heroes has begun for grades 3-5. Kindergarten will be invited to join Fly South later in the year. We are grateful to all of the staff members who manage and teach in these extra programs! Please come in to the school to pick up your child at 4 PM when these programs end.
  • Dr. Austin will be visiting SES on Wednesday morning, September 25th .
  • As a result of the HTSS Task Force which has met for two years to explore how we can further support the Social/Emotional well-being of our students, all of the teaching staff was trained in Essential Toolbox. It is a wonderful program that can be easily integrated into daily instruction. Children will be taught the twelve tools for learning and life: Breathing Tool (hence the quote of the week), Quiet/Safe Place Tool, Listening Tool, Empathy Tool, Personal Space Tool, Using our Words Tool, Garbage Can Tool, Taking Time Tool, Please and Thank You Tool, Apology and Forgiveness Tool, Patience Tool, and Courage Tool. We know that you all already reinforce these life skills at home, but we wanted you to be aware that we will be talking about 2-3 tools a month as a school as the year progresses. We will also integrate this with our "Bee Kinder than Necessary" theme...
  • Math Olympics began recently! It will continue until December 5th. We thank Mrs. Tower, Mrs. Jacobs, and Ms. Finocchi and all of the many parent volunteers who make this enrichment program possible.
  • The South School Council will have its first meeting on Wednesday, September 25 at 3:15-4PM.
  • An email was sent out this week with details about registering for the Spelling Bee which has been set up for November 3. Times vary by grade.
  • The Back to School Night Flyer was sent home in backpacks in grades K,1,3 last week and is also attached to Friday's Parent Email. Those three grades will have their night on Wednesday, September 25th. Please note specific times for specific grades on flyer. It is also on the web site. Please plan ahead for parking.
  • FYI: The staff will park out back on the playground for BTS night on the 25th . If you live close and it is possible to walk, that would help out a great deal! Also, we are fortunate that the Lutheran Church which is diagonally across the street, is so generous in letting us use their parking lot any time. It would be a lovely stroll to school from there. (: You may also be able to find someone to carpool with or a parking buddy who lives close by. Thank you for NOT parking on Loring Hill Rd ever!!!
  • On Wednesday, October 2, we will have our first noon dismissal. This year ALL early dismissals will be at noon, and lunch will not be served. This particular one is set aside for parent/teacher conferences. If you would like to schedule a conference, please contact Mrs. Graham in the office. If your teacher's times are all filled up, please contact the teacher directly to find another mutually convenient time to meet.
Old/Still Relevant News:
  • BICYCLES: We had a wonderful Bike Rodeo for the third graders last Friday. We thank Officer John, the many parent volunteers, and the Third Grade Team as well as Mrs. Jacobs for making this happen!!! Many of the children have been taking advantage of the beautiful weather by biking to school. The child does need to have a note to be able to do this as it is a change in dismissal. Please be aware that only children in grades 3-5 are allowed to ride to school without a parent/guardian along as long as they have parent permission. Bike riders who live in Liberty Pole are asked to walk their bikes to the end of the sidewalk by the fire station, and then they can start to ride. All other children are escorted by a teacher down to the sidewalk/crossing guard near the bus loop. If they live on the school side of the street, they can ride after they cross the lower parking lot crosswalk. If they live on the other side, they are crossed by the guard and then they ride either north or south on Main St. depending where they live. This would also be true for walkers. This procedure will also apply on the way to school. Please go over this with your child. Main Street may be one of the prettiest streets in America, but it is also very busy. So, it will take our whole village to keep our children safe. Thank you for your help with this!!! Also, please ask your child not to arrive at the crosswalk before 8:40 when the crossing guard goes on duty and to follow the rules of the road and stay right unless crossing after looking...many children have been spotted riding their bikes in the middle of the road and crossing without looking in Liberty Pole....Thank you for helping ot keep our children safe!
Special note to parents of preschoolers: The Hingham Public Schools, in compliance with State and Federal disability law and regulation, is conducting a developmental screening for pre-school children ages 3, 4 and 5 years old on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at East Elementary, 2 Collins Street, Hingham, MA.  The purpose of this screening is to identify those preschool-aged children who may have a disability requiring further evaluation.
 
Screening will be done in speech and language, motor development, and pre-academic skills. At the parent's request, the nurse can do a vision and/or hearing screening as well.  This is a free and optional screening. If you suspect that your child may have a disability, please call Darcy Woodyatt at 781-741-1570 -prompt 4; then prompt 1, to schedule an appointment.
  • We thoroughly enjoyed the new students' lunch for children who have joined us in grades 1-5 this past Wednesday, September 18. We feel like they have been with us forever!
  • Please help us move dismissal at Special Dismissal and Liberty Pole Car Loop (only for those turning right in Liberty Pole) along smoothly:
    • Please come in single file at all times. If you cannot pull in, go down the street and turn around for another pass.
    • Please put a sign with your child's name in the window so we can move the lines along more quickly.
    • It would also be helpful if you stay in your car and let us bring the children to you. Please do not use cell phones in lines!
  • MCAS Dates for 2020 will be added to the end of the dates' section at the bottom or this email as soon as we have them finalized.
 Thank you for your cooperation. (:

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

South Shore Special Needs Athletic Partnership (SNAP)
SN AP is pleased to announce its Fall 2019 lineup of recreational and athletic programs for students who receive special education services. Our Fall programs will include: Boxygen fitness & boxing, flag football, learn-to-skate/learn-to-play hockey, soccer, and yoga/Zumba. Check out our Facebook page @southshoresnap for more information and our website www.southshoresnap.com .   Please direct any questions to

Hingham High Soccer Supports Cancer Research Through Maddie's Promise on October 4th
Hingham High Soccer will host a double header on October 4th beginning at 4:30pm to honor soccer player Maddie McCoy, 11, who lost a courageous battle with sarcoma. Please see the attached flyer for additional details.

Come meet Hingham's new superintendent,  Dr. Paul Austin!
Join us for coffee with the Superintendent on October 15th from 10am-12pm at the Community Center to learn about the person at the helm of our public schools and to have your questions answered.

Hingham Girls Basketball Association Announces Travel Team Tryouts
Hingham Girls Basketball Association will hold tryouts for their 2019-2020 travel basketball teams for grades 5-8 on Sunday, October 6th and Wednesday, October 16th at Hingham High School.  All athletes must be Hingham residents.  Anyone interested in trying out MUST pre-register for the tryout by visiting the Hingham Sports website at  hinghamsports.com .  Walk-in registrations on the day of the tryout will not be accepted.  Grade specific tryout times will be posted on the Hingham Sports website and emailed to all registrants prior to the tryout.  Prospective players should plan to attend both tryout dates.  Tryouts for 4th grade travel will be conducted at a later date, although any interested 4th graders should register for the tryout now.  For more information and to register, please visit  hinghamsports.com .

Taylor's Troppers
A Type One Diabetes Fundraiser for  Taylor Bello, South Shore Select AP 2009. Fundraiser to be held at the South Shore Sports Center on  Sunday September 29, 2019 from  5-6:30pm.  YOGA will from  5:30-6:15pm  on FIELD #1. $10 Donation to Type 1 JDRF at the door. Please RSVP to  kimbello2002@yahoo.com.

Hingham Community Center Fundraiser
Please join the HCC at our kick off fundraiser as we launch our Buy-A-Brick Campaign and move forward into 2020! Local light bites and cash bar. Featuring the local band  NOT TODAY  fresh off a gig at Levitate Music Festival and Mad Love Music Festival favorite,  TOAST ! Don't miss out, tickets are limited. Friday, October 4, 2019 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm. $50/pp. Go to  www.hinghamcommunitycenter.org  to purchase your tickets.
 
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. 

Hingham Girls Hockey Learn to Play
Hingham Girls Hockey is pleased to announce that registration is open for its popular Learn to Play program for the 2019-20 hockey season. The goal of the Learn to Play program is to introduce young girls to skating and hockey in a fun environment. The format for the sessions will include a variety of coach-led learning stations where small groups of girls learn skating techniques and puck skills followed by small area games. The schedule will include one skills session per week on Wednesdays and a "game day" on Sunday mornings on the middle rink at Pilgrim. The fall session will begin  on Wednesday, September 11th  and  ends Sunday, December 22. T o register, go to  www.hinghamgirlshockey.org . Jerseys are provided. HGH has a limited number of sets of protective equipment available for sale for $50 available on a first come basis. Sets include shin guards, shoulder pads, elbow pads, pants and helmet. Questions may be addressed to  HGH02043@gmail.com .

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