Welcome Back Letter
August 10, 2022
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope that you have been enjoying the summer and have had an opportunity to relax with family and friends! It has been an action-packed summer here at Hobomock as we hosted our extended school year, literacy, YMCA, and Camp Invention programs.
The Hobomock staff is ready to kick off another exciting year of learning for our students! Our office support staff and custodians have been busy preparing for another exciting year since the students left in June. The school is in pristine condition with newly waxed floors, painted walls, and landscaped grounds. I would like to thank our custodians for all of their hard work over these past several weeks in making our school building an environment that fosters learning.
We have also been busy planning schedules, curriculum, and classroom assignments since the students left for vacation. A letter was sent on August 10th and enclosed you will find your child’s classroom placement along with a list of students assigned to the classroom. The list of classmates may be useful in helping your child make new friends prior to the start of school. Students in grades kindergarten through five are assigned one core academic teacher for the school day. Students in grade six are assigned a homeroom teacher and are placed on a grade-level team where their homeroom teacher will teach them science or social studies as well as ELA or math. If your child is in the band or orchestra (grades 5&6 only), we have also enclosed that schedule with that mailing.
Please register your child for school if you have not already done so. All new and returning students must register for school using our online registration portal. For those students returning to us, you should have received an email from the district on July 19th with your child’s “snapcode”. This code will be required for you to access all parts of the registration portal. You can find the link to the registration portal on our district website under “Enrollment and Attendance”. If you have any questions, please contact us.
We are excited to announce a few new staff members that will be joining our school community this year, as well as some teacher assignment changes that were made in preparation for the new school year.
Mrs. Marybeth Cornwall comes to us with extensive experience from the Pilgrim Area Collaborative program where she has consulted with multiple teachers and staff on special education programming. She will be taking over as Ms. Karsarjian’s position since Ms. K. is exploring new opportunities in a nearby district. We are thrilled to welcome Mrs. Cornwall to our Hobomock team!
We are also happy to expand our special education program by adding a fifth classroom this year based on student enrollment. We are happy to welcome Ms. Amanda Mazolla to our Hobomock team! She comes to us from the Whitman-Hanson Regional School District with a strong background in special education instruction. She has already met many of the students that she will be servicing this year since she has been working over the summer at our extended school year program.
As a result of the school committee’s decision to increase the reading specialist position to a full-time position at each of our elementary schools, we were fortunate to find and hire Ms. Cheryl Kelly. Ms. Kelly comes to us from the Abington Public Schools where she has taught special education for the past nine years. She has also received extensive training in reading instruction, which made her the perfect fit for our newly expanded reading specialist position.
We also had an opportunity to hire a new paraprofessional to assist us this school year. Ms. Jocelyn Ingram also comes to us from the Whitman-Hanson Regional School district where she was a learning coach in grades one and two. Jocelyn will be a wonderful addition to our skilled paraprofessional staff.
In addition to these exciting additions to our staff, we welcome back our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Cross. You may remember Mrs. Cross as Ms. Pierce. She was married at the end of the school year and waited for the new school year to let the students know of her name change. Congratulations, Mrs. Cross!
Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) and answers as you begin to prepare for the start of school.
Is the school day the same as last year? Our school day for students has remained the same for the upcoming school year. The day starts at 8:15AM and ends at 3:00PM. Students are able to be dropped off at the back of the school no earlier than 8:05 AM . If parents wish to utilize the YMCA before or after-school program, information can be picked up in the main office.
Where can I find the supply list for the new school year? To see the supply list for a grade level, go to our school website and click on “Students&Families”. There are other important parent resources on the site that you may find helpful as the new school year gets underway.
Where do I find a copy of the Student/Family Handbook? The Student/Family Handbook will not be distributed at school. It is available on our website under the “Parents and Students” tab and then by clicking on “Family Resources”. This document will be updated soon once the School Committee approves the document. If you need a printed copy, please contact our office.
Am I able to send in food for classroom celebrations? We have many children with food allergies. In order to protect our children, our school district has a policy that food and drinks may not be traded or shared at school. This is also the reason why we do not allow food to be brought into the classroom to celebrate special events such as birthdays and holidays. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
What days are notices sent home? Thursdays are our“Communication Days” in our school. We use these days to send home newsletters and announcements in paper format. We have also been trying to reduce our paper consumption in the district and we have been pushing out digital building updates. If you have provided us with your email through the registration process, you will receive these updates automatically. You can sign up for district broadcast emails by visiting the link below.
Below are some important dates to note:
August 31 First Day of School for Grades 1-12
Kindergarten Student/Parent Orientation @ 9:30AM
If you are a parent of a Kindergartner, you will receive additional information via email on what to expect at orientation. This is a parent and student event.
Sept. 1 First Day for Kindergarten
Sept. 2 No School
Sept 5 Labor Day – No School
Sept 8 School Photo Day (Please be sure to mark this date on your calendar). We
have contracted with Coffee Pond this year as our contract with Lifetouch had expired. You will be receiving information about school pictures during the
the first couple of days of school.
Sept 15 Open House 6:30-8:15 PM
More information about our Open House will be sent to you when school begins.
Sept. 28 Early Release Day with dismissal at 12:45 PM
Enjoy these last couple of weeks of summer and we will see you soon!
Mr. Murphy, Principal Mrs. Cross, Asst. Principal