What's the Buzz?
South Elementary School Newsletter
February 5, 2015
In this issue:
Don't Miss It!
PTO Committee News
Notes from the School Office
School Happenings
Around Town
BOKS Kid of the Week

Don't Miss It!    

PTO Meeting: Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the library

Doctor Seuss Breakfast: March 7, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

South Spring Auction: 
March 9-15

From the President 

Dear South Families,

Do you wanna build a snowman? (Sorry, I couldn't resist)!

While I am a huge fan of the latest and greatest Super Bowl Champions-- The New England Patriots -- I must admit I am not a fan of the enormous amount of snow we have received in the last 10 days. However, we do live in New England and this is par for the course. I would like to suggest an oasis to those looking to get out with their preschool and kindergarten-aged children. Join South Elementary School's 1,000 Book Club! Preschool children will develop a familiarity with their future school while the kindergarteners become more comfortable. Whether you choose to visit South to check out a new bag of books or for a scheduled story time with our principal, assistant principal, or another guest reader, the 1,000 Book Club will whisk you away to another place through the magic of literature. The purpose of the program is to instill a joy of reading in children and introduce them to many genres of literature.

The 1,000 Book Club offers:

*Story time on the following Fridays:

Feb. 27, March 30, April 10, and May 29

*Lunch Bunch after 11:30 a.m. before story times in the conference room. Please email if you wish to attend and bring a peanut/tree-nut free lunch.

*Dr. Seuss Breakfast on Saturday, March 7 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Cafetorium

Please contact our PTO chair Jessica Greenwood at with any questions about how to get started in this incredible program.

Enjoy the snow and drive safely!

Helen Bias
PTO President


Visit the South PTO website! 

PTO Committee News

BOKS Kids Trainer Wanted 
Do you like working with kids, having fun, playing games and getting a little morning exercise? Then BOKS Kids is for you!


The next 6 week session of BOKS Kids is starting on March 9 and we are looking for a 4th trainer. Trainer hours are 7:40-8:50 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. While the pay isn't great (there isn't any), the rewards are plentiful: seeing the kids having fun and getting stronger, helping to build positive feelings toward a lifetime of good nutrition and fitness habits, and best of all your kid(s) automatically get into the program. 


If you are interested, please contact one of the BOKS Kids Trainers:

South Spring Auction 
March 9-15
Thank you for your support this year and for all your efforts to make South School an even better place for our children. Remember we appreciate your donations no matter the type or size. 

Contact Lynn Adams oKay Praschma with any questions or with donation ideas.
Notes from the School Office

Dear South School Community,


We hope you are surviving all of this snow!!! Our playground looks like a stop at the North Pole!!! Can you believe we have officially passed the halfway point in the school year? It is so wonderful to see how much all of the children have grown and changed over the past few months. Their reading, writing, and math skills have soared, and they are all displaying such wonderful behavioral skills. It is so great to experience the smiles and happy hellos as we walk down the hallway each and every day!!! Now if we could just get them in for a five day week, things would be even better!!!


Preschool (@East) Openings: If you are interested in the HPS preschool lottery, contact


Books for Brockton Preschool and Adult Learning Center: We are once again collecting books for this learning center. A paper flyer came home with the details and a bin has been set up in the lobby. We thank you in advance for your generosity. It never ceases to amaze us how kind and generous our village can be!!!


Cyber Safety and Bullying Presentation March 26: Dr. Englander, a well-known presenter on cyber safety and bullying, will give a presentation at the Middle School thanks to our PTO Cultural Committee, The Hingham Education Foundation, and Kristyn Burm, our adjustment counselor. She is very informative and really understands that daily lives can be busy and challenging!!! She gives great parenting advice.


HPS Budget Meetings: We are currently in the budget process for 2015-2016. We know that many of you are very interested in this process. You may want to attend meetings at the Town Hall regarding the budget. Times (usually 7:00 or 7:30) and exact room locations/nights may vary, so please check the HPS website for more information. On Thursday, Feb. 5, the entire budget will be presented to the Board of Selectmen and the Advisory Board. You may find that meeting very interesting and comprehensive.


MCAS: The month of March and MCAS will be here before we know it. MCAS is given to third and fourth graders in the areas of math and ELA. Fifth graders are tested in math, ELA and science. The summary sheet about MCAS itself was attached to a recent parent email. If you did not receive it, feel free to request one. You will find the dates of the individual tests in the "Dates" section of this newsletter article.


Chinese New Year Celebration: In celebration of Chinese New Year, (Sunday, Feb. 10) fourth grade students will do the traditional Dragon Dance in the halls during the week of Feb. 9!


Important Note About Electronic Devices: We know that electronic devices are amazing tools when used properly. They can, however, cause major problems during the school day. Please have your children leave their recreational electronic devices at home. There are so many wonderful activities, not to mention friends to play with, at school. Also, these devices are very valuable and could possibly get lost. We do understand that some children read books on these devices (that use is fine!) or need a cell phone for after school communication. Cell phones should be off and in backpacks during the school day. Thank you for your help with this!



Did you know...

...that parents of fifth graders were sent a letter via backpacks introducing Mrs. Leeann Turnak as a long term substitute for Mrs. Emily Toney who will be having a baby in March?


...there is a Full Day Kindergarten question and answer document as well as a Power Point that was presented to the Advisory Committee on the HPS website on the Superintendent's page under Administration?


...that we are fortunate to have a Safety Officer for the elementary schools to share? His name is Officer John and he is always around in our buildings as during the school, as he is part of the school staff. He often sits in on meetings with children, teaches classes about safety, and has even been known to serve lunch in the cafeteria...


... that on Wednesday, Feb. 11, Mrs. Burm and Mrs. Kerr (our counselors) will present at the PTO meeting at 7 p.m.. They will discuss many of the programs that we use for Social Development here at SES. It is a way to learn about the common language that we use with all the children.


...that on Monday, Dec. 8, we started the new term and new chances at winning Nooks. We know the boys and girls are going to keep it up and even beat term one's 50,000 minute total in term two! The coupons have been pouring in!!!A new form was sent home in the backpacks and is also posted on the web site.


Outerwear Recommendations: When the weather is cold, thank you for sending your children to school properly dressed and ready to go out to recess. We go out on any day that is above 25 degrees. Please also note that children always need snow pants and boots to play on the snow. This prevents them from having to sit in class in wet clothes and socks when they come back in.


Weather Cancellation Note: In the event that school needs to be cancelled due to weather, please tune in to television channels: 4, 5, 7, 25, or 56 or radio stations: 1030 AM, 680AM, 90.9 FM. You may also sign up for text alerts from channels 4, 5, 7, and 25. Please do not call the police or fire stations to ask about cancellations as they can be very busy during storms. Thank you!


Lost and Found: Please encourage your children to check the big Lost and Found basket in the cafeteria hallway if they are missing items.  


No Idling/Dismissal Procedures:

Please do not idle your car while waiting in the Special Dismissal/Liberty Pole Car Loop lines before the children come out. Also, please do not get out of your car if possible as this will allow us to move the line along quickly. The lines should only be one car-wide, especially in the front driveway in case someone needs to get through. Please also be prepared to have a sign with your last name so we can move the line along more quickly.


Important Dates:


Wednesday, Feb. 11: Mrs. Burm and Mrs. Kerr will present at the PTO meeting at 7:00 p.m. They will discuss many of the programs that we use for Social Development here at SES (reprise from Jan. 14).


Thursday, Feb. 12: Harriet Tubman Presentation for students (Thank you, PTO Cultural Committee!!!)


Tuesday, Mar. 10: South School Scoop Night at Nona's


Thursday, April 30: Hobby Night 6:30-7:30 p.m. (note date change!!!). This will occur as part of our annual "Celebrate South Evening!"


MCAS Dates:

Grade 3 ELA: March 23 and 25
Grade 4 Long Composition: March 24
Grade 4 ELA: March 30 and 31
Grade 5 ELA: March 26 and 27
Grade 5 Math: May 4 and 5
Grade 4 Math: May 7 and 8
Grade 3 Math: May 11 and 12
Grade 5 Science: May 13 and 14

Have a great weekend! 

Mary Eastwood and Lori Jacobs : )
School Happenings
Labels for Education
Congratulations and thank you to the following big contributors during the months of December and January: Dylan Drew (438), Kate Peterson (316), Finn Bias (120), Kate McBride (107), Nikolay Cannon (80).  They have all won gift certificates to the Cracker Barrel. Other gift certificate winners include: Brendan Enright, Darya Baker, Patrick McGonagle, and Daniel Linnehan. Our next collection deadline is Tuesday, March 31.  Keep clipping!

KidsArt "Fun"raiser

The KidsArt "Funraiser" through Silvergraphics has begun! Check your child's backpack for his or her personalized order form which includes two free 3.5x4" prints. You can order fun, personalized products including cards, notepads, and tote bags imprinted with your child's artwork. The products will come home at the end of March and make unique keepsakes or wonderful Mother's Day or Father's Day gifts. If your child did not have time to complete artwork in class, you can still participate by submitting artwork that meets the Silvergraphics guidelines along with this order form. The original artwork will be returned. All orders are due by Feb. 9. Please contact Kerry Ni with any questions.

Around Town    

HMS Sponsored Parent Education Program - Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children

Feb. 24 at 7:00 p.m.

The Hingham Middle School is sponsoring a parent Education Program, hosted by Lynn Lyons: Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hingham Middle School Auditorium. This program is free. All community members welcome.

Family Concert
March 11, 7 p.m.
Come enjoy an incredible night of music as Ezekiel's Wheels takes the stage at the Hingham Middle School on March 11 at 7 p.m.
Ezekiel's Wheels is an internationally-recognized klezmer band, performing with "the intimacy of chamber music and the intensity of a dance band."

Hingham Music Parents Association is proud to underwrite this  community-wide concert. A donation of $5 is suggested.



Bonus Box Tops for Education Program - Hannaford

Feb. 1 - Feb. 21 

Do you want to earn money for your school? Starting Feb. 1, Hannaford is partnering with General Mills to host a Bonus Box Tops for Education program! Box Tops is one of America's largest school earnings loyalty programs. From Feb. 1- Feb. 21, buy any 5 General Mills Box Tops products and get 20 BONUS Box Tops at checkout. Look for the shelf tags in-store to help you find the participating products.

Dr. Seuss Breakfast:  Please join us Mar. 7 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the cafeteria for the annual Dr. Seuss Breakfast.  


Upcoming 1,000 Book Club Story Time dates:  Fridays at 12:10 p.m. Feb. 27, March 20, April 10, and May 29.  

For more information email Jessica Greenwood at

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Hingham Integrated Preschool
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Holly Hill Farm News
Click here for the latest happenings at Holly Hill Farm, including an upcoming Valentine's cooking class at the farmhouse. 
Kids in Action: Pre-Kindergarten
KIA is now accepting applications for our Pre-Kindergarten program for the 2015-2016 school year. The program is designed to prepare 4 and 5 year old children for kindergarten in Hingham Public Schools. 
Contact for details or send your application to: 
220 Central St
Hingham, MA 02043
BOKS Kid of the Week

Congratulations to Teddy Sumner, our BOKS Kid of the Week! Teddy was awarded this certificate because his feet performed a F.E.A.T. Teddy was Friendly, showed good Effort, had a good Attitude, and was a Team-Player. Excellent job, Teddy!