Nov 01

October Squantum Newsletter

This is an electronic copy of the October newsletter:

October2012 Newsletter

Upcoming Events:

  • Report Card Conferences Tuesday, November 13th (day & evening) & November 20th (day)
  • Kids Vote Tuesday November 1st
  • Election Day 11/6 (no school   (PTO Bake Sale)
  • Veteran’s Day Assembly Friday November 9th
  • Veteran’s Day November 11th (no school)
  • Book Fair November 7th to November 13th
  • PTO Meeting November 15th 7pm Media Center
  • Tis the Season 12/4 (details to follow)

Squantum School Community Helps to Build  21st Century Classrooms

Over the summer, thanks the PTO and monies raised from our Multicultural Celebration last school year, we were able set up many of our classrooms with supportive technologies and materials that will work to enhance the teaching and learning taking place across all the grade levels in our school.  We were also able to  add six EInstruction MOBI teaching devices as part of this effort.  These devices help teachers to be more accessible in the classroom by allowing them to move around the room while interacting with their computer and helping students at the same time.  The combination of all these supportive technologies is certainly preparing all our students for learning in the 21st century.  We also want to let you know that we are continuing to build on these efforts with many of our teachers setting up projects to further increase the amount of technological resources in their classrooms.  We have had two projects fully funded so far and, to date, have three more projects waiting for funding.  Please check out  these projects when you get the chance and Special Thanks to our PTO and school community for supporting our school

 “Check—Out” the Squantum Media Center!

With the help of some parent volunteers Squantum students will have the opportunity to borrow books again this year and to participate in the always popular Reading Counts Program.

Students in all grades will be visiting the library with their classes once every two weeks to borrow books.  Special thanks to parent Christine Hollatz for coordinating volunteers to help with the borrowing and shelving of books in the library.    We are also thankful to parent Jen Bergin for coordinating the Reading Counts Program this year.  Reading Counts is an independent reading program that motivates and encourages students to become better readers.  The program is used as a supplement to our reading curriculum which allows students to monitor their own progress and set goals to improve their overall achievement levels in literacy.

Bus Helpers are Role Models

The following students have been serving as Bus Helpers to the Kindergarten classes for the start of the school year.  These students were chosen because they have demonstrated mature and responsible behavior in their 5th grade classrooms:  Amy Cluett, Aoife O’Donovan, Michael Adamson, Ainsley Walsh, Shannon Boylan, Courtney Ross, Rachel Capone, Isabella Enbar-Salo, Nathan McPhee

Safety First:  Just a few reminders to help us out !

Now that the school year is underway we just wanted to remind you about some important safety matters at the school.

  • First, it is very important that we maintain a consistent car traffic pattern for any students dropped off and/or picked up at the beginning and end of each school day.  We kindly ask that during these times you travel up Huckins Avenue towards the fire station and that your children get out of your vehicle on the residential side of the street and then cross to the school at the crosswalk with the crossing guard.  Parents and students walking to school should also cross the street at the crosswalk. the school at the crosswalk with the crossing guard.  Parents and students walking to school should also cross the street at the crosswalk.
  • Second, we would appreciate that you walk your child to the front door of the building and not enter the school and proceed to your child’s classroom.  We are trying to maintain a safe climate during these times and having parents in the corridors and/or the classrooms makes it difficult to manage the school’s safety.  If you need to get a message to your child’s teacher or need to drop something off please report to the main office and sign in and we will make every effort to assist you.
  • Finally, please remember to send in a note if you have plans to have your child picked up by someone else or if there is a change in their bus, after school or walking plans for the day.  It is very important for us to be aware of this change as we will not make any changes to your child’s dismissal plans without appropriate confirmations.   Thank You !

Squantum’s Home Reading Program

The Home Reading Program is up and running again with the simple goal to encourage pleasure reading for our students.  To have your child participate in the program please complete and return the time card  that was sent home recently, follow the directions, and then enjoy the rewards of reading for pleasure.   Special thanks to Ms. Hourin and Ms. Walsh this year for coordinating this great literacy program.

Brain Pop!

Thanks to the PTO we are happy to announce we have renewed our subscription to the online educational resource BrainPOP.  This program supports many of our classrooms and is also available for a limited time after the school day (until 5:30 p.m.).  The password is squantum and  the username is squantum09

Caught Being Good!

Mr. Sylvia is proud to recognize the following students for outstanding character and citizenship this month:

  • Su Su Shulman (5th Grade)
  • Nicholas Brink (4th Grade)
  • Abigail Coughlin (3rd grade)

Connor Walsh:  showed excellent manners and consideration by holding the door in the hallway.

Nathan McPhee:  has demonstrated outstanding empathy and understanding with our Kindergarten students as part of his Bus Helper role.  He is a leader in the school.

Please ask your child about the JAMmin’ Minute

 Math Word of the Week is back!

Math Word of the Week is a school-wide activity organized by 5th Grade Teacher Dr. Bloom that works to enhance the MATH Vocabulary of Squantum Students.     Many of the words are from the Common Core Curriculum and each classroom teacher explains and uses the word in a grade appropriate way as part of their weekly lessons.   The goal is for students to build and recognize a strong base of math words over the years.

 Math Word of the week September /October Winners!


  • Charlotte Airosus
  • Piper Henderson
  • Aidan Manning
  • Julia Ryan
  • Loukas Fehan
  • Angelica Anousis

Thank You !

Proud Business Partner

We are once again proud to call New York Life a business partner.  Please contact Tim Libby at or by phone at 781-398-8561 to learn more about planning the educational future of your child.

Monster  Mash

Special thanks to the Coughlin Family and all the parent volunteers for making the annual Monster Mash a scary success.  The event is sponsored by the PTO and all proceeds from the night benefit the school.

Recess Supplies

Special thanks to former PTO President Debbie Riley for her generous donation to our recess supplies.  Debbie and her family have always been supportive members of our school community.  Debbie can be reached at 617-447-3591 or by email at Deborah.riley09@gmail .com if you or friends need guidance about selling or buying a home in the area.

Picture Day

Thank You to Parents Tanya Adamson, Maureen Geary, Debbie Dyer, Andrea Coughlin, Trish Murtagh, Catharina Enbar, Suzanne Toland, Christina Feeney for all the help on Picture Day!

Don’t forget to Register your Stop & Shop card online at  ID Code: 07202







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