Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday Memo 5/22/17

Good afternoon!

Field Trip

We are scheduled to go on our field trip on Friday, but the weather is not looking good.  We will let you know on Thursday if we decide to postpone the trip to the rain date of Friday, June 2.  

Officer Bowles Visits

Office Bowles does read aloud
We were lucky to have Office Bowles, Wayland's youth officer, read to our class on Friday.  We were also able to interview him, as he is an important community worker.


We were delighted to see the high school band, orchestra, and chorus perform on Thursday.   Tomorrow, we get to see the fifth grade play!  

Have a great week!


Monday, May 15, 2017

Monday Memo 5/15/17

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend.

Thank you so much for attending our Second Grade Celebration on Friday.  The children were so excited to perform for you and show you their hard work.  We had such fun preparing.

Important Dates:

Friday, May 26:  Field trip to the North End

Monday, June 13 5:30PM  Happy Hollow Picnic
(Come a few minutes early to see our Community model)
Raindate:  Tuesday, June 14

Wednesday, June 7:  HH Field Day at WHS
Please contact Dan O’Connor, physical education teacher, to volunteer.  This event is not possible without your help!

Monday, June 20:  Move-Along Day (Your child will meet their third grade teacher that day--say it isn’t so!  Look for a letter from her in your child’s backpack that day.)

Wednesday, June 22:  Last Day of School

Penpal in China!

Did you know Happy Hollow teacher Ms. Bergeron is teaching in China right now?  She is there as the Wayland exchange teacher in a six week program and will return to HH in June.  Ms. Bergeron sent Happy Hollow a video of her adventures in China.  Many of my students had Ms. Bergeron in first grade, as did many of our fourth grade buddies.  With our buddies, we watched her video, and then generated lots of good questions.  We wrote her letters online via Google Drive and sent her photos, and she wrote back!  I have printed out the letters, and we read them together.  Your child will have their copy in their portfolio.  Do you love it???? I was so excited about this. 

 Have a great week!  Please contact me with any questions or concerns.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday Memo 5/8/17

Good afternoon!

I received a lovely bouquet of tulips on Friday for Teacher Appreciation Day.  Erin Mueller brought it in on behalf of the whole class, which was very thoughtful.  Thank you so much.

Open House

Hope to see you 8:30-9 on Friday for our Open House.  In addition to seeing their fabulous work, the students will also perform a little presentation for you, which they have written in collaborative groups.  We can't wait!

Yard Sale Proceeds

The students decided we should donate the proceeds from our yard sale to the Mass General Hospital for Children, to support Callie's service learning project.  We counted and rolled the coins during math, and the total for the whole second grade was $130.00!  How awesome!

Permission Slip

The North End permission slip is due today.  Thank you to all who sent it in.  We are still waiting for a few more.  If you need another copy, please click here.

Community Worker Interviews

We started sharing the interviews today, and it is so much fun!  We heard about a nurse, a driver, a pet groomer, a neuroscientist, and a librarian.  Such variety.  Thank you so much for supporting your child with this project.  A few child said they lost the interview paper, so I gave them another copy today.  Please click here if you need another copy.

No spelling this week!

Thank you for all of your support.  Please contact me with any questions or concerns.  Have a great week.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Monday Memo 5/1/17

It's the merry merry month of May!

Open House 

Please mark your calendars for our Open House on Friday, May 12, from 8:30-9.  We hope you all can make it to celebrate our fabulous second grade year.


There is a special homework assignment this week for the whole second grade.  Please click here for the Community Worker Interview.  This assignment is a fun kick-off to our culminating unit of the school year:  Communities!  

Yard Sale Fun

Thank you for helping your child find items to sell and count change to bring in.  We had so much fun at our yard sale!  This week, we will count the money and donate it to the service learning project led by a group of second graders who are raising money for Mass General Hospital for Children.

North End Field Trip

A permission slip is going home for our final field trip of the year to the North End.  It's Friday, May 26.  We would love to have as many chaperones as possible.

May Homework Calendar

The May Homework Calendar will be sent home tomorrow.  Click here to view it.

Mindfulness Night

It was great to see so many of you at Mindfulness Night.  Your children did a wonderful job.  It was really informative and a lot of fun.

Changing Family Group

From the Guidance Counselor

Dear Parents,

I am offering a six-session Changing Families group this spring for children whose parents are separated or divorced.  We will meet for one half-hour per week during the school day, reading books together, writing, drawing, and talking in a semi-structured format.  I have found these groups to be enormously powerful for kids.  Even if other students’ situations and responses do not mirror their own, it is healing and comforting to know that peers have had some similar experiences.  If you are interested in having your child participate or you have further questions, please contact me at (508) 358-8650 (my direct line) or at

Thank you,

JoAnn S Kline, Ph.D.
School Psychologist/Guidance Counselor

Florence Adler Road Race

Have a great week.  Please let me know of any questions or concerns.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday Memo 4/23/17

Welcome Back!

Spring Reset:  Mindfulness Night this Thursday, April 27

Hope you and your family can join us this Thursday at 6:30PM for a light dinner and information about how we are using mindfulness at Happy Hollow School.  Students in our class have been asked to do a meditation demonstration with me and Mrs. Socha.  I would love as many students in our class as possible to join me!  Thank you.

Open House Friday, May 12

Please mark your calendars for our Open House on Friday, May 12 from 8:30-9.  It's important for each child to have a special guest at this end of the year event. 

North End

Our field trip to the North End will be Friday, May 26 all day, weather permitting.  We would like as many parents to chaperone as possible!  This is a super fun day.

Yard Sale

Did you hear?  We will have a yard sale this week in our classroom!  A notice went home with your child today about what they need to bring to school.  Please click here if you need another copy.

Library Fun

Thank you to Sawyer and Maereg for meeting me at the library!  We had so much fun.  I hope everyone read a lot over vacation.  

Butterfly Release

Our Painted Ladies are now flying free!  Check out these photos of our butterfly release ceremony.

Butterfly Place

Thank you so much to our fabulous parent chaperones who accompanied us on our field trip to The Butterfly Place.  We had a great time.

Farewell, Ms. Wood

 We bid a fond farewell to our excellent student teacher Ms. Wood.  She cried when we read her the book that we wrote.  She also loved the song the students sang to her.

Butterfly Place

Thank you so much to our fabulous parent chaperones who accompanied us on our field trip to The Butterfly Place.  We had a great time.


23 Flat Stanleys are on their way to California!  We sent off the box of the wonderful photos and Flat Stanley journals.  Thank you for your help with this project.  We know our penpals will love receiving our mail.

Flat Stanley

Our own Flat Stanleys have returned from their world travels, and we enjoyed hearing about their adventures today!  So far, three children have shared, and our class loved seeing the photos and asked great questions.  Outside our classroom is a huge world map and United States map where the second grade is displaying their Flat Stanley travels.  Check it out!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday Memo 4/10/17

Good morning!

Penpal Project

Thank you for sending in the Flat Stanley pictures and helping your child complete the Flat Stanley Travel Journal.  I am so excited to put the package together for our penpals.

Flat Stanley

The Flat Stanley Project (the one your child sent off) is due Thursday.  Thank you so much for all of your help with this project.

Field Trip Thursday

We are looking forward to our journey to The Butterfly Place on Thursday.  Thank you so much to our parent chaperones.  You will receive a separate email later with detailed instructions about the schedule for Thursday.

Speaking of butterflies, we have a plethora of Painted Ladies in our atrium in our classroom.  These amazing creatures have emerged from their chrysalids and are flitting around their pavillion, sucking on clementines with their proboscis and getting stuck in the sugar water.  This is fodder for endless fascination.  And distraction, but a joyful one.

Farewell, Ms Wood

Lucky us to have had Ms. Rachael Wood this semester!  She is a fantastic teacher and has done an unbelievable job taking over these last two weeks.  We will bid a fond farewell to her on Thursday and wish her all the best as she embarks on what is sure to be an illustrious teaching career.

Vacation Fun

I'm going to the Morse Institute Library in Natick on TUESDAY of vacation week, not Wednesday, as I had written in the April Homework Calendar.  Hope you can join me!  If you can't, please consider bringing your child to the library one day over vacation week.  Regular library visits are really important in creating life-long reading habits.  Click here to read a great Huffington Post article about public libraries.  As an added bonus, I consider patronizing public libraries a critical practice in today's uncertain political climate.  Bastions of learning and literacy and art like libraries need our support.

Talent Show Superstars

Congratulations to Maereg, Elle, Skyler, Alyssa, Sawyer, Noah, and all of the other fabulous Happy Hollow performers at the Talent Show.  It was awesome!

Have a great week and a fabulous vacation!


Monday, April 3, 2017

Monday Memo 4/3/17

Good morning!

I hope you had a lovely weekend.  I am thrilled that the sun is out!

Field Trip

Thank you so much for the timely return of permission slips for our field trip next week.  We had so many people generously volunteer to be chaperones.  It would be so great to have ALL of you join us, but they only allow a certain number of people into the venue at a time.  I will email you today to let you know if you have been chosen.

April Homework

Thank you for your thoughtful feedback regarding homework.  As a result, here are fewer assignments in April.  Feel free to enrich your child using the links on the Happy Hollow home page if you feel your child needs more work.  Click here for the April Homework Calendar.  Your child will come home with a paper copy of it today.

Flat Stanleys from California

Our penpals sent us ANOTHER package on Friday, as you may have discovered when your child came home from a lollipop from See's Candies.  Our penpal's teacher, my aunt Miriam Hopkins, enjoys spreading the love through candy.

Your child will come home today with a Flat Stanley from their penpal AND a special assignment.  Click here if you need another copy.   They will need your help as they need to take two photos of the Flat Stanley their penpal sent them and complete a journal about the Flat Stanley's adventures.  Please help your child complete it and be sure it is returned on Friday.  Thank you for your help.

Service Learning
Lauren and Maddie proudly display their books

We are very proud of Lauren and Maddie for collecting so many books for the teacher in Louisiana whose book collection was damaged by flooding.  Thank you to everyone who contributed.

In other service learning news, Callie and friends are collecting Target gift cards for MGH Children's Hospital, where Callie's little brother is being treated.  Did you know that Callie's mom Tarrah is running the Boston Marathon to benefit MGH?  She is awesome.  Click here to learn more.

Have a great week!