May 12, 2019
ACCEPTANCE AND OPEN MINDEDNESS
In this issue:
|From Principal Nardelli|
|Teacher Appreciation Week: Thank you to our wonderful PTO for your efforts to provide teachers with several special days last week. The salads, treats, and snacks, were welcome and much needed throughout the week; the love and appreciation came through loud and clear. The superhero theme was fun and inspiring and helped to promote a positive atmosphere. Thank you from all of the staff at HM!|
Ruby Bridges Visit: The following message is from the PTO:
"This past Friday, we were very fortunate to have a remarkable historical figure visit Horace Mann and speak for two hours with the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. Ruby Bridges, the first African American student to integrate an elementary school in the South, led a memorable two-hour Q&A with the students about her experience. A condition of her visit was that it not be publicized in advance. We were also asked to not record the event. In addition to Creative Arts & Sciences funding through your PTO donation, parents applied for and were awarded a grant through the Harmony Foundation in Newton in order to help bring Ms. Bridges to the school. Be sure to ask your child to share the message of Ruby Bridges' presentation!"
One added note from me...classrooms in grade 3, 4, and 5 all did a fair amount of preparation leading up to Ms. Bridges' visit. Classrooms had some hard conversations about segregation, the Civil Rights Movement, and about how we treat one another. Because of this preparation, the students did an amazing job engaging with Ms. Bridges and thinking through the tremendous efforts that people engaged in to racially integrate the nation’s schools. I want to thank all of our teachers for taking the time to preview and prepare our students to talk about these important historical events.
Nevada St. Update - Since I last wrote, we have made several changes to our crossing guard and busing plan. Below is a very brief update. I am working on a much more detailed update that I will send to all families prior to our meeting on May 30th. I encourage as many of you to attend as possible.
Updated Crossing Guard Locations (please disregard any previous postings):
Please look for a more comprehensive explanation by next week. You can review these materials in preparation for the meeting on May 30th.
Fitness for Life
Friday, May 24
3rd Grade Math - May 13th
5th Grade Science/Tech - May 15th and May 16th
Transportation Update Meeting
May 30, 6:30 p.m.
5th Grade Graduation
Tuesday, June 11, 1 p.m.
End of Year Picnic
Horace Mann Playground and fields
Monday, June 17
Last Day of School
Tuesday, June 18
Visit the entire Horace Mann Calendar at www.horacemannpto.com
|From the PTO|
SAVE THE DATE! The End of Year Picnic will be on Monday, June 17. (Weather Permitting) 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy games and music with DJ Mike Pride Dessert from Cabot's Ice Cream Bring your dinner and enjoy one last night with friends before school ends.
Don't forget to use our rewards programs when you shop! Money raised goes towards the PTO. Thanks!
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