September 17, 2018   •   Issue 6 

"Dear God, we thank you for your everyday gifts including family, friends, food, health, and shelter. We ask you for your blessing on those in Heaven, those with illness, those in prison, those who serve our country, and the leaders of the world, especially Pope Francis and all religious leaders. We are grateful for your endless love and we pray for our mother Mary to intercede in these intentions and all those within our hearts. We pray to the Lord. Amen."

~ JP Martin, Grade 5 ~

Dear Parents,


I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend. We look forward to seeing you this Thursday evening, September 20th at 6:30 p.m. for our Back to School Night. We will begin in the Kennedy Center (gym) and after a few short presentations you will move on to the classrooms to meet with the teachers.


We concluded our second fabulous week of school with the Opening School Mass hosted by the eighth-grade students from MHMS. It is always wonderful to have the school community gather in prayer and song together. The children were well behaved and reverent, and it was great to see so many of you at the Mass as well. Grade five will be hosting our October Liturgy.



As you can see, things are moving along with the playground. We are hopeful that the trees and shrubs will go in to the ground this week, that the matting for below the playground will be installed this week, that the fencing around the MHMS patio will be installed on Friday, and that the benches for the outdoor classroom will arrive shortly. I am hopeful that children will be playing in the playground before we change the calendar to October. In the meantime, we continue to be grateful for the opportunity to use Greene's Field. That truly has made all the difference for the students and the teachers.


Believe it or not, beginning October 1st, we will begin accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. Your children roll right up so we are accepting applications for new students. We always accept siblings first. Our Open House will be on Monday, October 15th, so if interested in enrolling your children, please do so before then. As you know, we will be opening a preschool for three-year-old children, three years old by September 1st.  We already have heard from about 22 families that are interested in this new program, so we are excited!


The band demonstration was fantastic! Children in grades three-five may take any instrument lessons, and band will be held on Thursdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Students will not be present for the whole time, but we need to know how many students are interested in certain instruments and then we will put a schedule together. Miss Murphy will be supervising the students and will deliver them where they need to go. Applications are due by this Wednesday.


We are excited to announce that our K-5 classrooms are beginning to use a new online fact fluency program called Reflex Math. This adaptive and individualized tool allows students to master their basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Reflex stands out among other sites because of its quality reporting for educators and parents, making it easy to monitor student progress. Last year, Miss Larson's 4th grade class piloted the program and saw wonderful results! Students gained confidence in math across the board and had so much fun using the program both at school and at home. The teachers will be introducing the site to students at school and information will go home in the coming week. We are looking forward to helping our students master their facts!


The dismissal at Mary's Garden seems a bit congested so we are going to try something this week. If your children are dismissed from the May Street door with a sibling, they will continue to cross over to Mary's Garden. If they are the only child being dismissed for Mary's Garden, please stand in front on the MHMS door marked #19 on the school side of the street. We will begin that today.

  • Brendan Walsh will be speaking at the Leadership Speaker Series on Friday, September 28th at 8:30 a.m. not on the 27th. Please make note of this if you are a fifth-grade parent.
  • Liz Sheehan is happy to report that we are at 81% for lunch supervision, so we are getting there.
  • All the before and after school clubs filled up quickly. We are happy to provide these clubs for our students.
  • A reminder that Aftercare payments will automatically be withdrawn on the 19th this month.
  • Teacher send their blasts on Fridays or Saturday mornings before noon. If you are not receiving your blasts because of our new Ren Web system, please check your junk or spam mail. If you still don't have the blast, please email your child's teacher.
  • We are looking forward to the Street Hockey Tournament on Friday evening. Even if your child is not participating please come and watch and pick up dinner at the food trucks. Students participating will receive their t-shirts on Thursday and may wear them on Friday with their shorts or skorts.
  • Students in grades 2-5 should have brought home information regarding Student Council elections in the Friday folder.
  • Future Problem Solvers tryouts for grades four and five are this Wednesday and Thursday afterschool. You should have received information via the Friday folder as well as from the classroom teachers attached to their blasts. Please make sure to let Miss Larson or Miss Sullivan know if your child will be participating.
  • Thanks to Maria McNamara, Lindsay Wands, and the pizza teams. The kiddos do love Friday lunch and the first pizza day went very well.
  • Thanks to all who attended the first PSA meeting last week. It was good to see all the parents and I could feel their energy and enthusiasm for a great year ahead. Thanks to Susie Mitchell and Meghan Sutherland.
  • The Yard Sale is fast approaching and we need your treasures. You have received a flier about drop off days and times for next week. The Yard Sale is on Saturday, September 29th. We just installed new cubbies in the hallway outside the first-grade classroom so the old cubbies will be on sale as well as the gym equipment from the faculty room, so that gives you an idea of what kinds of things will be offered.

September 18th

Early Release at 12:15 p.m. – children signed up for Aftercare go there


September 19th

Picture Day – students may wear what they would like as long as it is appropriate for school.


September 20th

Back to School Night at 6:30 p.m.


September 21st

Rebecca Ping from Needham Emergency Department speaks about emergency bags for your home and car at 8:30 a.m. in the HUB


Street Hockey Tournament from 4:30-8:00 p.m.


September 24th

Student Council Posters are due


September 25th

Student Council Speeches are due


September 26th

Student Council Elections


September 29th

Yard Sale


Needham Girls Youth Lacrosse is pleased to offer instructional clinics this fall for players in grades 3-8 through the Blue Devils Lax Academy (BDLax).  All experience levels are welcome! 

Clinic details below:
Dates: Sundays: 9/30, 10/14, 10/21 and 10/28

Grades 3/4:  9 am - 10 am
Grades 5/6:  10 am – 11 am
Grades 7/8:  11 am – 12 pm

Location: High Rock field


Cost: $160 per player for full session (10% sibling discount) or $50 for a single session

If you have any questions, please email 

Finally, I saw this story on the news and thought how our girls can do anything and everything now. The Mississippi homecoming queen of Ocean Springs High School also kicked the game wining extra point at the football game. She traded her tiara in for her football helmet and was the hero of the game! You have to love it!


See you Thursday!


Warm regards,

Charlotte Kelly



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