Dear Upham and Hunnewell Families,

   Wow! What an outstanding beginning to a wonderful year! I have witnessed many smiling faces each day. We are working through our arrival, dismissal, and bus issues daily. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Our new Hunnewell friends are settling in and fitting in very well. A huge “Thank You” goes out to Ms. McQuade, Mrs. Murray, Ms. Perregaux, and Ms. Morrisey (Hunnewell teachers). They have stepped up to provide support in every area of the school day. Maddie Smith in 1JM said, “This is the best first grade…EVER! P.J. in 1H said, “Well…it’s kinda cool.” Maddie Cortez in KB is always smiling and excited, which is a positive sign. So, you can see we are!


“What in the world is this thing, Mr. Dees?” Well, let me tell you. At the end of last year, we developed an SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) Committee to re-establish our behavior rubrics (rules of conduct) for our school. We developed an acronym to help remember the most important rules for behavior. Since we are the Eagles, we found it fitting to develop an acronym that reflected our mascot, Ernie the Eagle.

S. Safety

O. Outstanding Effort

A. Always be Kind

R. Respect

We have posters in all our learning spaces reflecting our S.O.A.R. theme. We will be making a huge emphasis on following the Safety, Outstanding Effort, Always be Kind, and Respectful pieces as we move throughout the year. Since Hunnewell’s mascot is a Hawk, we feel the acronym will fit nicely for them. Here is my ask. Please emphasize this with your children. Encourage them to S.O.A.R. Thank you!

Pick-Up Patrol

Once I get passed calling this new application Paw Patrol, we will be ok. So, Pick-Up Patrol is our new system for absences, early dismissal, and changed dismissal. Please sign up here  Absences and Early Dismissal must be placed by 8:00 AM and dismissal by 2:00 PM. If you have any questions, please contact our wonderful secretary Ms. Robin.

Back To School Assembly

Please join us next Friday, September 9, at 8:45 AM for our Back to School Assembly. We will have a ton of fun celebrating birthdays, singing songs, and celebrating our return to school. We look forward to seeing you!

Important Dates

Monday, September 5- NO SCHOOL Labor Day

Friday, September 9- All School Assembly (8:45-9:15)

Thursday, September 22- Picture Day (8:45-11:30)

                                          Back-To-School Night (6:30-8:30)

Monday, September 26- NO SCHOOL- Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, September 28- K and 1st Apple Picking Field Trip (8:45-11:45)


Have a fabulous long weekend. Thank you for your continued support. Be safe in your travels.

Dare to Dream,

Mr. Dees

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