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December Newsletter


Teaticket Elementary School

December 2020 Newsletter



Hello Teaticket Families,

The Holiday season is upon us and we are looking forward to celebrating with the students! Tomorrow is an early release day and  students are invited to wear their Teaticket colors and spirit wear! On December 22nd, we are planning a holiday stroll through our decorated courtyard and on December 23rd we will have a community read aloud with a special snack. Students will be invited to wear their pajamas on December 23rd!


Just as a reminder, if your child is currently learning in-person and you decide to go remote temporarily around the holiday due to holiday travel plans, bringing loved ones into your home, or hosting family gatherings,  please let me know so we can accurately account for your child’s attendance. Thank you for your support, as you know the holidays bring an additional risk to our community and we are trying hard to keep everyone safe. 


We are not sure yet about how much snow we will get on Thursday,  please be advised that we will no longer have “snow days”. As per the Superintendent's letter home on December 11th, on days when school buildings are closed due to inclement weather or other emergency circumstances where asynchronous remote instruction is still possible, schools will open with a one-hour delay as a remote learning day for all grades. These days will be counted as time on learning and be counted as a school day that will not need to be made up at the end of the school year.  Days where asynchronous remote instruction is not possible (i.e. power outages) will be made up at the end of the year.


Report cards for students in grades one through four will be issued on Friday, January 8th, so please make sure to check your child’s backpack for the envelope. Students who are learning remotely can come pick up their report cards at the Teaticket School on Monday, January11th. If the report cards are not picked up on the eleventh they will be mailed home.  If you have not had a chance to schedule a parent teacher conference please do as this would be a great opportunity to discuss how your child performed during the first trimester of the school year.  Our ability to collaborate with you to support your child’s education is of utmost importance!  I hope everyone has a happy, healthy holiday! 


Warm regards,

Sandy Kapsambelis, Principal


Calendar of Events





December  16th


Teaticket Spirit Day!

Early Dismissal

No PM preschool

Asynchronous Instruction for the afternoon

See staggered dismissal schedule on the school website

December 23rd


Pajama Day!

Early Dismissal

No PM preschool

See staggered dismissal schedule on the school website

December 24th-Jan 1st

Winter Break

No School

January 4th

School Reopens

See staggered arrival schedule on the school website

January 8th

Report cards issued for students in grades 1-4

At dismissal

January 12th

Early Dismissal

No PM preschool

See staggered dismissal schedule on the school website

January 18th

Martin Luther King Day

No School


News from the Front Office

Once again, we would like to remind families that students will be going outside even as the weather gets colder. Therefore, students need to be dressed appropriately when coming to school since they will go outside in the clothes they were sent to school in. Here is the link to the  Child Care Weather Watch chart we use each day to make a decision regarding time outdoors. If your family is in need of assistance with winter clothing, please reach out to the school adjustment counselor or the principal. 

Nurse’s Corner

For families who are traveling, please follow the advice from; Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders. The Commonwealth has made great progress to slow the spread of COVID-19 and gradually re-open the economy, and all visitors have a responsibility to help us keep transmission levels as low as possible.  All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:

Students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020 for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. This new flu immunization requirement to enter school in January is in addition to existing vaccine requirements for all those attending child care, preschool, K-12, and colleges and universities in Massachusetts. Elementary and secondary students in districts and schools that are using a remote education model are not exempt.

Please send a copy of the record to school when your child receives their flu vaccine. 


If you have any questions/concerns, please email me at 


Counselor’s Corner

Hello Families!


This time of year can be extra busy with holidays, time off from school, and  changes in routine. Although exciting, all of this can also significantly add to stress levels in both children and adults. Last month we talked about connection and relationships being important aspects of resilience. Another aspect of resilience, which goes hand in hand with the importance of connection, is being able to ask for help and support. It is important that we teach children that it is okay, and even brave and courageous, to ask for help. Part of building resilience in children is finding a balance between encouraging problem solving and independence, while at the same time letting your child know it is okay to make mistakes and seek assistance. For example, if your child is struggling with homework, can you encourage them to talk to their teacher.  Rather than solving the problem for them, you will be empowering your child to seek help on their own.


We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and finds some time to relax and refresh before the new year! 


Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns! Ms. Poole’s email address; or Ms. Margolin’s email address;

Reading Corner with  Mrs. Chicoine & Mrs. Cleary

We realize that many times a child may need to be absent for a variety of reasons, but can still attend school remotely.  We have the ability to support children in reading who are not able to be in the building by using Zoom and Google Meet!  We hope that if your child is not in school, but is still well, that you will help them log into our Google Classrooms and attend during their typical reading service time.   Third and fourth grade students can do this by using Mrs. Cleary’s Google Classroom.  It has been shared with them and is also available through the Teaticket landing pages.  Then you will see a “meet link” under my name, which looks like this:.  Click on the link and I will be there to work with your child.  If your child has students who attend through Zoom, your child can use that link, which are in the “Classwork” tab at the top of the page under the heading “Meeting Links”.

When learning remotely, first and second grade students can meet with Mrs. Chicoine on zoom as well. Using my landing page, students can click on the appropriate grade level link. The link will take you to the Playlist for your grade level, which contains links for both zoom meetings and Google Classroom.

Consistent daily practice at home or in school will help your student become a better, more confident reader.  We can’t wait to see your children, even if we can’t be together!

Art with Ms. Crane

This month students in kindergarten & fourth grade will be focusing on “what is” pop art, printmaking, self portraits, & still life drawing with a focus on emotions, creativity and what art means to them. We are learning about our classmates and ourselves through self reflection. By reflecting and critiquing we get a sense of how emotions can convey our feelings through our art work. We will continue these skill techniques for the month of December and throughout the school year. Our imaginations, memory and creativity will feed our artwork. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”! Let’s keep our minds open....

Please feel free to contact me at anytime with questions or concerns, 

Library and Technology with Ms. Rodriguez and Ms. Sheid

For the last few weeks I have been absent from school due to non-Covid related health issues. and Ms. Joanne Scheid has been substituting for me.  I will be absent indefinitely, and we are fortunate that Ms. Scheid is able to continue in the role of Library and Technology teacher.


While recuperating at home, I have enjoyed reading books aloud while recording videos to share with Kindergarteners and first graders on the weekly playlists. The books that I have chosen to read come from a list that I have compiled over the years, and contain Caldecott Award winners, classics, popular authors and illustrators along with recently published books by new authors. As always, the students participate in discussions before and after reading the books, which focus on plot, predictions, character development, and the message or moral of the story, to assess the students’ comprehension. 

Kindergarten and first grade students have also been becoming more familiar with their Chromebooks and using the mouse during the Technology part of each class, through the use of educational activities, such as ABCya. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Joanne Scheid at


Music with Ms. O’Neil


Starting in January, I will be seeing students in Grade 2. I will be giving them materials that we will use during our 6.5 weeks together that will remain at school (not to be shared with anyone else). I wish you and your family the safest and happiest of holidays. 

Please contact me by email:


Physical Education with Mrs. Shanahan

Thank you to all the families who participated in the VIPS  Fun Fitness Challenge. Teaticket had a great turnout. Thank you for posting a photo or video on the padlet page. It's not too late to share them.  The money raised from sponsors helps to provide critical programs that VIPS offers in our district.  I am finishing up with grade 2 students and Mrs. Greene’s class. We have worked on fitness activities, running, obstacle courses, soccer skills and we have done some hiking to Teaticket Park. After the holidays I will start with grade 3. Because of the weather and the field becoming muddy from heavy use I will be doing some things on the black top. We have had generous donations of razor scooters, so grade 3 students should bring their bike helmets to school after vacation. I have a drawstring bag for each student to keep their helmets in. If your child does not have a helmet please let me know. The 4th graders will also use the scooters and they will start PE March 4th. 

If you have any questions regarding Physical Education class please contact me at


Math Coach Corner with our elementary coaches Robin Bowerman & Stacey Strong - 

Board Games that engage and inspire mathematical thinking - without feeling like math!

When a board game is presented as a math game, we are always excited to try it out!


Try these games to encourage your student to develop skills such as:


  • multi-step problem-solving,
  • spatial reasoning,
  • pattern recognition,
  • resource management
  • develop deeper mathematical thinking,
  • HAVE FUN with the whole family!


"CLICK HERE" for a list of Board Games that are math-y, not Boring!