Update 6/12/2020

Dear HES Families,

Hello everyone!  As we see our final day of the 2019-2020 school year on the horizon, I hope your family is heading into the weekend happy and healthy.  This remote learning experience has been a trying one for all of us.  You, as parents, became your child's teacher as well as their parent while trying to work from home.  We, as educators, tried to figure out a whole new way to do school, while we were doing it.  And students had to navigate this new way to do school while not seeing friends, and not having the usual support from teachers.  All this while dealing with the reality that a pandemic was raging around the world, and the need to take care of the health and welfare of our families.  It hasn't been easy, and I dare say, we aren't out of the woods yet.  As we finish this phase, I'd like to thank all of you for your dedication, care, and support for your children.  I thank you for the support and words of encouragement many have you have provided our staff members.   I'd also like to thank our staff.  They have done a remarkable job reaching out to children and creating a strong remote learning environment.  I'm very proud of our staff.

This will be my last update for the school year.  I want you to know how much I have enjoyed my time at Hatfield Elementary.  We have a wonderful school community, with fabulous children, a vibrant community, and a wonderful staff.   It's been a pleasure and an honor for me to be part of this beautiful place for the year.  I have had the opportunity to work some with our new principal, Conor Driscoll, and as I get to know him I feel more and more confident that he is an excellent fit for Hatfield Elementary.  I wish him the best of luck, and all of you good luck.  

There is lots of important info below so please read on.  

Please let your child know that I will will miss seeing him or her.  I'll definitely be back for a visit next year.  I hope your family has a safe and enjoyable weekend and summer!  See you Monday, I hope! 

Take care, 

Tim

HES REVERSE PARADE- The staff at Hatfield Elementary would like to invite all families to attend a reverse parade on Monday, June 15 from 11:00-11:30, at Hatfield Elementary School. Staff members will be lined up around the bus circle and driveway leading to the school to wave a final good-bye for the school year. Families can drive by, honk their horns, and wave to all the staff members. We hope you are able to come to this festive end to the school year.  Our new principal, Conor Driscoll, will be in attendance!

REPORT CARDS - In place of a traditional report card for the third tri-mester, we will be sending home an email to families next week outlining the work that students focused on during remote learning.  

CONGRATULATIONS - Monday marks the last day of school, and the last day at HES for our sixth grade students.  The students will be having a move-up ceremony in late August.  Congratulations sixth graders, and best of luck next year!

RETURNING CHROMEBOOKS - If your family borrowed a chromebook from the district during remote learning, we ask that you return it to Smith Academy between June 16 and 19.  Thank you!

DISTRICT PLANNING FOR THE FALL - The district has established a team representing district administrators, and staff from both schools to make plans for the opening of school in the fall.  The team thanks so many of you who completed the survey from last week's update.  That information, combined with input from teachers, and guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Education, will guide the decisions of the team.  Whatever things look like in the fall, your child's health and safety will be the top priority.

FROM THE PTA - The PTA will be sponsoring a can and bottle drive at HES.  Beginning Tuesday, June 16, there will be a dumpster near the bus circle to collect returnable bottles and cans.  ALSO, sadly, the annual Strawberry Festival has been cancelled this year.  

THANK YOU - Special thanks to district food service director, Amy Hutchins, who orchestrated the preparation and distribution of over 1,400 meals to Hatfield families during remote learning.  

HATFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY SUMMER READING - The library has a great summer of reading and activities planned!  A flyer is attached, and you can access information by looking at their website