Sunday, March 12, 2017

Hakuna Matata

As part of her internship program, Ms. Sidra Tareen, our HGSE guidance intern, started a blog to house her learning as well as strategies and tips for managing worries. Please check it out and subscribe to it for updates.

Here is the link to: Hakuna Matata Blog

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Breath...Let's Calm our Brains

My favorite part of this video is the end, the strategies for repairing impact of stress on our brains.  Truth be told, I got more and more stressed watching the video until the end.  Let's breath together and take care of our brains!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 PreK/Kindergarten Information Night

Kindergarten/Prekindergarten Information Night 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
(snow date, Thursday, January 19th)

Cunniff School: 6:30-7:30pm
Hosmer School: 6:30-7:30pm
Lowell School: 6:30-7:30pm

Parents/Guardians of children entering Kindergarten and/or Pre-Kindergarten in the fall of 2017 are invited to attend this information meeting. You will…..
  • learn about early education in Watertown 
  • find out when to register your child 
  • learn how to register your child for school 
  • ask questions about early education and registration 
  • pick up registration packets* 

Parents should attend the session held at their neighborhood school. If you do not know your neighborhood school, please call the Registrar’s office at 617-972-4216.

Kindergarten Requirements:
  • Your child must turn 5 years of age before September 1, 2017** 

Full Day Pre-Kindergarten Requirements:
  • Your child must turn 4 years of age before September 1, 2017** 

Registration Dates:
  • Pre-Kindergarten (only) registration begins. 
    • January 19, 2017
    • Return completed registration packet to the Early Steps Preschool (at the Hosmer School) 
  • Kindergarten Registration Week. 
    • Monday, January 23rd through Friday, January 27th, 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Tuesday, January 24th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
    • Wednesday, January 25th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
    • Return completed registration packet to the registrar’s office located at 30 Common Street

* Kindergarten registration packets are available on the Watertown Public Schools website,

** Please note the age requirement date change per School Committee meeting of 12/7/15

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Kicking 2017 off with Kindness

Courtesy of Helen from UK:
To download your free copy, please click on this link: Kindness-Calendar-January-2017.pdf (8350 downloads)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Let Them Play, Let Them Struggle, Let Them Learn

"The adults observing the children look over at me with worried looks. I instruct them to observe but stay close and hidden among the trees. Secretly, I’m wondering if we should intervene now, but something tells me to wait."

An excerpt from Why adults have to stop trying so darn hard to control how children play by Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post, December 11th, 2015.  An oldie but a goodie about why we should supervise our children's play but understand that there is a balance between supporting and hovering.