January 2020 Newsletter

Smith Academy As Schools Match Wits team

Dear Students, Parents/Guardians and SA community members,

I hope that you are enjoying the holiday season. Please find information and upcoming events for the month of January. 

Best wishes

Chris Buckland


Grade 8 Washington Trip

An information evening is scheduled for January 8th, 6 - 7pm in the library for parents and students in Grade 8 interested in going on the trip. In addition to sharing information about the itinerary, permission to travel and basic medical forms will be distributed and must be returned completed by January 15th, in order that we are able to calculate an exact cost per head. At the moment, an approximate cost per head is $580-00. A draft itinerary can be found, here.

In advance of the January 8th meeting, Parents/Guardians who wish to have their 8th grader participate must make a $150.00 down payment on or before Feb 10th, 2020.  The remaining balance, and any outstanding class dues from 7th and 8th grade, must be paid in full by April 10th, 2020. The annual class dues amount is $60.00 per year.  Mrs. Kristy Dadmun can answer questions you may have regarding class dues and whether you may be eligible for a reduction in the price based upon financial need. If you need a reminder as to whether you paid your dues for this year or last year, please call us. 

Basketball  concession stand

The Booster Club (and StArHS) run the concession stand at the home basketball games every winter. This is one of their major fundraisers. They heavily rely on volunteers to run the concession stand. If there are no volunteers, then there's no concession stand. Please CLICK HERE to access the SignUp Genius for volunteering to sell concessions and/or 50/50 raffle tickets at home basketball games this winter. 

Hatfield 350

We are in the first month of the Hatfield 350 anniversary celebrations. To find out more information on activities planned for the year and how you can help, please click the link, here.

Rehearsal Schedule for 110 in the Shade

Myka and Frank are working out weekday and after school, rehearsals specifically for leads and individual scene work.These will take place at Smith Academy.  

Saturday, January 11th 1:00pm - 5:00pm - Full cast rehearsal at HES, Tech and Crew meeting & Parent Check-In 

Saturday, January 18th 1:00pm - 5:00pm - Full cast rehearsal at HES & Parent Check-In 

Saturday, January 25th 1:00pm - 5:00pm - Full cast rehearsal at HES & Parent Check-In  

Saturday, February 1st 1:00pm - 5:00pm - Full cast rehearsal at HES. 

Parents will be receiving a more detailed email in the coming days. 

Parents/students can access a live rehearsal calendar, here: 110 Rehearsal Calendar and schedules/updates/changes will also be emailed to them regularly. 

Students with conflicts on these dates should email the producers as soon as possible:HatfieldPSMusical@gmail.com  

Important Dates and Events:

  • Wednesday 1/ 8 - 6-7pm, Commons, Washington DC Trip info meeting

  • Wednesday 1 / 15 - Deadline for return of permission forms for Washington DC trip

  • Wednesday 1/ 15 - Athletic Booster club meeting, Smith Academy Library: 6:30-7:30pm

  • Wednesday 1/ 15 - Wellness Committee meeting, 2:45-3:30pm

  • Friday 1/15 - Final day for make-up work 

  • Monday 1/20 - School Closed - Martin Luther King Day

  • Tuesday 1/ 21- HEADS up meeting - 6pm @ HES

  • Friday 1/24 - Term 2 Grades Closed

  • Friday 1/31 - Report cards uploaded to Portal by 2pm


Save The Date:  Feb. 11 (snow date:  Feb 12).  6:30-8 pm.

"Beyond Gun Laws:  A Conversation about Keeping our Community Safe & Preventing Gun Violence".

Moderator:  Western Mass. District Attorney David Sullivan will lead a panel of regional and local community leaders.

Sponsored by:  Hatfield HEADS Up Mental Health Awareness Organization.  Location:  Hatfield Elementary School.

Department Updates: