Archive for May, 2017

2017-18 Open HOP Committee Positions  

Posted on: May 30th, 2017 by webmaster

HOP has open committee positions to fill for the 2017 – 2018 school year.  Whether you have a lot or a little time to give, there’s something for you. Now is a great time to get involved!  You can even join together with a friend – all positions are easy to share! If you are interested in hearing more, please contact Dayna Buckley or sign up HERE.

  • Haynes Community Picnic– Looking for 2 parents to lead this fun event to celebrate the first day of school.  The Co-chairs work to get food truck vendors and organize activities for the evening picnic the first day of school.
  • Bingo Night – Looking for 2 parents to co-chair Bingo Night!  You would be in charge of posting for Bingo Night volunteers, publicity, and managing the budget.
  • SchoolKidz Supply Kits – Looking for 1 more person to join our existing co-chair coordinating this voluntary program to purchase your child’s/children’s school supplies in advance for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Field Day – Looking for 2 parents to lead next year’s Field Day!
  • Hospitality – Looking for 1 more person to join our existing co-chair coordinating the Back to School Teacher Luncheon in August, refreshments for Back to School Night, the HOP Holiday Cookie Swap and the Spring Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.
  • School Improvement Council– Looking for 2 parents to join our existing co-chair.
  • 2nd Grade Craft Centers – Looking for 1 to 2 volunteers for each grade 1, 2 and 3 to coordinate grade wide crafts.
  • Kindergarten Festival – Looking for 1 parent to coordinate Chicken Festival.
  • 1st Grade Festival – Looking for 2 parents to coordinate Japan Festival.
  • 2nd Grade Festival – Looking for 2 parents to coordinate Mexico Festival.
  • 3rd Grade Festival – Looking for 1 parent to coordinate Colonial Festival.
  • 5th Grade Festival – Looking for 2 parents to coordinate the Science Investigation Festival.


Placement Information for 2017-2018

Posted on: May 22nd, 2017 by webmaster

Dear Families,

With the summer fast approaching, we are sharing updated information about how we will be communicating your child’s teacher assignment for the 2017-2018 school year.  As you are aware, SPS utilizes Follett Aspen as our student management system.  This is where you currently find your child’s report card information and where you update your demographic information.  

One of the many benefits of Follett Aspen is the ability to assign next year’s teacher to each student, which is then visible to the family.  In years past, we have communicated with you via the U.S. Mail.  This was costly and laborious and many of you were away during the summer, so notification was delayed.  With the capacities of Follett Aspen, we will now notify families through the Student Information System.  We are planning to have teacher assignments viewable to families by 4 p.m. on June 28th.  Please know that class lists will not be available via Follett Aspen and will not be provided going forward.

If you have not logged on to your Follett Aspen account, please click on this link from the SPS homepage for instructions and FAQs for the Family Portal: rtal/

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out.  


Sharon MacDonald

Field Day is June 14th!

Posted on: May 17th, 2017 by webmaster

This year we will once again be celebrating the closing days of the school year with Field Day. Field Day will be held Wednesday, June 14th. View the Field Day Volunteer Page and sign up!  For planning purposes and for those new to Field Day, here is an overview of the day:



9:00-11:30 a.m. – Students in kindergarten and grades 1 and 2 will rotate through a series of game stations.



Lunch will be served in the café/auditorium and enjoyed in the courtyard. Students and parents will have the option to bring or buy a bag lunch.


Haynes administration will distribute and collect lunch order forms. Stay tuned!


11:30 a.m.- 12:05 p.m. Students in grades 1 and 2 will have lunch. Following lunch, students will return to their classrooms for a regular academic day.

12:10-12:45 p.m. Students in grades 3 through 5 will have lunch. Following lunch, students will be dismissed to the field for Field Day.


12:50-3:15 p.m. – Students in grades 3 through 5 will rotate through a series of game stations located on the field. Following Field Day, students will return to their classroom for regular dismissal.


The school’s goal for Field Day is to engage students in fun, cooperative games that reinforce the school’s core values of respect, community and caring. Field Day builds upon the problem-solving skills taught at the elementary level through the social competency curriculums, Open Circle, Quit It, and BullyProof, and reinforced through daily class work and specialized events. A team of parent volunteers and teachers has been working to ensure that Field Day is accessible, engaging and non-competitive.

Looking forward to another fabulous Field Day!

Tara Illiano, Rich Magazu & Yachun Lin

Field Day Coordinators

HOP General Meeting – Friday, June 2nd

Posted on: May 8th, 2017 by webmaster
The last HOP General Meeting of the year will be held in the Haynes cafeteria on Friday, June 2nd at 9:30 a.m. We will be voting on the 2017-2018 HOP budget, voting in the new Board Members and updating everyone on all HOP happenings at this meeting.  Jenn Stone will be stepping down next year and there has been some shuffling of the board and nominees for next year.  Dee Tupta will be replacing Jenn Stone. 
2017-2018 HOP Board Nominees:
Co-Chair: Nalini Luthra
Fundraising Co-Chair: Colleen Whalen
Treasurer: Ojas Tamhane
Secretary: Christina Phaneuf

Spring Book Fair to Benefit the Haynes Library – June 5th-8th

Posted on: May 7th, 2017 by webmaster

The trees are leafing out and the lilacs are in bloom which means that spring is finally here AND that the Annual Spring Book Fair is just around the corner! Please stop by the Haynes library Monday-Thursday, June 5th-8th and browse the great selection of books for summer reading. Pick up some titles for your children or help them choose their favorites.

Please consider volunteering for a 40-minute time slot HERE during your child’s class visit to the book fair.  Extra hands are essential to make the fair a success.  Volunteers for grades K-2 will mainly help the students make selections and/or write titles on their wish lists while those for grades 3-5 will also help with the register if needed.  

Proceeds from the book fair provide vital support to our wonderful library for the acquisition of new books and more.  This is also an opportunity to purchase City of Orphans by Avi, the “one school, one book” required reading for 5th graders attending Curtis next year.

SEPAC Event- Basic Rights in Special Education

Posted on: May 1st, 2017 by webmaster

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Basic Rights in Special Education


Wed, May 3, 2017, 7:00 PM


Fowler School Library

3 Tiger Drive

Maynard, MA 01754


A representative from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will present this Basic Rights workshop for parents and professionals. It provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Massachusetts Special Education Law. The workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child’s school to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school.

This presentation is co-hosted by the SEPACs of Acton-Boxborough, Maynard, and Sudbury with support from their school districts.

This presentation is FREE and open to the public. RSVP is suggested, but not required.

Register to be notified of updates & changes (optional) at

Walk or Ride to School Day – this Wednesday!

Posted on: May 1st, 2017 by webmaster

We will celebrate “Walk or Ride to School Day” on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. We will have stickers for you as you arrive at Haynes School in the morning!

Please remember to:

  • Walk or ride with your children to school
  • Children must wear helmets when riding their bikes
  • Remember the rules of the road when walking or riding.
  • Please have a dismissal note for children who will be walking or riding home 

Thank you – See you Wednesday!