Principal News

Family Newsletter for May 27, 2022   The counselor and I have been visiting classrooms to support if needed regarding the Texas shooting.  So far, many classroom teachers have reported that students are not talking about it or raising questions.  There is a LOT happening in June as we wind down the school year! Thursday, June 2nd:...
Family Newsletter for April 29, 2022 Thank you for all the outreach and support as we process Dean’s passing.  Here are some additional resources our counselor wanted me to pass along; https://childrengrieve.org/resources/10-ways-to-help-a-grieving-child  https://www.cooleydickinson.org/programs-services/vna-hospice/the-garden/frequently-asked-questions/...
Dear Hatfield Elementary Families, First and foremost, I’d like to formally introduce myself.  I am Melissa Pitrat ( pee/traw) {straw without the ‘s’}  the new principal of HES!  I started my educational journey as a classroom teacher for twenty two years in grades first through third in both Northampton and Greenfield schools.  I became the Assistant Principal of Sheffield...
1.  Mrs. Pitrat will be joining Hatfield Elementary School on March 14th.  This will be her first official day.   2.  We have a Professional Development Day on Friday.  All of our K -6 Teachers will be working with a presenter on writing skills.  Our special educators will be working with Director Bremner and our Pre School Teachers will be working on...
2/4/22 Happy Friday from Hatfield Elementary School.  As you know, this is my last update as principal of Hatfield Elementary School, as Monday will be my first day as principal of Smith Academy. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to be principal at HES for the last 18 months. Though the pandemic has been trying for the school and the community, I have been...
1/28/22 Good Afternoon and Happy Friday from Hatfield Elementary School!  I hope everyone has their snow suits and shovels ready for this weekend’s storm. It’s looking like a good one! Please note that there will be no play practice tomorrow, 1/29/22, for anyone in the play. It looks like a great weekend to hit the slopes and the sledding hills! Please note that this week, we have...
  1/21/22   Happy Friday from Hatfield Elementary,  As we are in the coldest part of winter, it’s helpful to have a reminder about cold weather. We generally use the 20 degree mark (including wind chill) to determine if it is too cold to go outside for recess and SEL breaks. Please make sure students are coming prepared to go outside in weather that cold. If they...
  1/14/22 Happy Friday from Hatfield Elementary School!  Please remember that Monday there is no school in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will not be in school on Monday, 1/17/22.  As you know, this will be my final full month at Hatfield Elementary School, as I will be moving to the principalship at Smith Academy after the first week of February....
1/7/22 Good Morning and Happy Snow Day!  I hope everyone is enjoying the snow and their day off. Yesterday, the 2nd grade did their snow day chant, and it worked! They get to keep the snow stick until the next storm!  It’s no secret that we have seen Covid-19 cases rising regionally and locally. Please see this week’s update from the town of Hatfield for local numbers.  At...
  12/22/21 Hello and Happy Holidays from Hatfield Elementary School!  It’s very hard to believe that this is the last update of 2021, but here we are! Please remember that today is a ½ day with dismissal at 11:45.  As you know, I was named the next principal at Smith Academy. I have received several questions about the transition plan and timeline. I will continue...

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