PAWS Postings and Updates 9.25.19


September 25, 2019


Dear P.A.W.S. Families,

Just a reminder that tonight is Back to School Night at the preschool!

5:30-6:00 for PK4

6:00-7:00 – for PK1.2 and PK1.3, PK2, PK3, PK5 and PK6.2 and PK6.3.

Back to School Night is a time to visit your child’s classroom.  You will see some of the materials and curriculum your children will use throughout the school year.  You will also learn about our new Preschool Standards Based Report Card and learn about what your child’s day looks like. This is an event for grown-ups only.

We look forward to seeing you tonight!

Tomorrow is the PAWS day at California Pizza Kitchen!  Place your order for dine-in or take-out and PAWS will receive 10% of your bill back as a PTO fundraiser!


A message from Katherine Hala, Library Coordinator for P.A.W.S. PTO:

The P.A.W.S. PTO is very happy to support co-curricular activities for our children, including the opportunity to borrow books from the P.A.W.S Library!   

Library Parents volunteer to facilitate the program in each classroom (with the exception of PK7 and PK8 classes who use the Fiske Library).  They visit their child’s classroom every 2-4 weeks to help everyone choose a book to borrow. We are still looking for volunteers for two classrooms, so if you are interested in getting involved, please email!

Books Will Come Home in your child’s backpack with a slip of paper indicating the due date.  We encourage you to read the book with your child – several times if you like it! – and then send it back to school.  Classrooms will have a designated bin for returned library books.  

Book Selections are made with the P.A.W.S. curriculum in mind.  Right now, there are books about self and family, school and home routines, and making new friends – with favorite characters like Pete the Cat and The Pigeonalongside classics such as Goodnight Moon and new titles including Alma and How She Got Her Name.  In a month or two, we’ll swap those out for books about fall studies, neighborhoods, and winter traditions.  We always try to think about a range of age levels and genres and to include stories that represent many cultures and identities, and ultimately we hope there will be something in the big pile that will spark your child’s interest!

You Can Get Involved by volunteering to be a Library Parent if there is still a spot in your classroom, by volunteering to re-shelve and repair books and organize the Library space, or by donating books to the P.A.W.S. Library.  Please email for more information about getting involved or with any questions you might have about Library! 


Katherine Hala, 

Library Coordinator for P.A.W.S. PTO 

As of today we are still looking for three room parents PK2, PK4.2, and PK8 and two library parents PK2 and PK6.2.  Please support your child’s classroom by helping out if you can! Just let me know, or reach out to Katherine Hala. We will get you connceted!


Resources to Share:

Mum’s the word when mom asks questions about preschooler’s day – The Boston Globe Article

How you talk to your child changes their brain – World Forum Article – “In a study of children between the ages of 4 and 6, cognitive scientists at MIT found that such back-and-forth conversation changes the child’s brain. Specifically, it can boost the child’s brain development and language skills, as measured both by a range of tests and MRI brain scans. This was the case regardless of parental income or education.”



‘Becca Z.


Important Dates:


  • Thursday, September 26th – CPK Day fundraiser! Eat in or take out! Bring in this flyer to give 10% of your bill to PAWS!

  • Monday, September 30 – No School – Rosh Hashanah

  • Tuesday, October 1 – School Picture Retake Day

  • Wednesday, October 9 – No School – Yom Kippur

  • Monday, October 14 – No School – Columbus Day

  • Wednesday, October 16 – PJs and PTO evening meeting, 6:00pm at PAWS

  • Thursday, October 17 – Tea With ‘Becca


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