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Karen Lipski

Maple Street School

November, 2019

To Keep You Informed


Mark Your Calendars

11/5- No School Election Day

11/7- Standards Based Report Card Meeting and PTO 6:00

11/13- Grade 4 Air Museum

11/15- Grade 2 Science Center

11/22-Student of the Month lunch- invitations will follow

11/22- Picture retake day

11/27- Early Release 12:45

11/28-11/29- No School Thanksgiving Break

We are thankful, grateful and blessed to get to work with your children every day.  Have a happy Thanksgiving!


A Message from Our New Social Worker

Dear Maple Street School Families,

I would like to take the time to introduce myself, my name is Heidi Macchi and I am the new social worker at Maple Street Elementary School. This is my 11th year as a school social worker. I have worked in schools in Torrington, Manchester, and most recently in the New Britain schools system. I have experience working with students of all ages. Prior to being a school social worker I worked in residential programs and private special education school for over 10 years.

I enjoy watching my two daughters play soccer and on weekends you can find me on the sidelines cheering them on. As a family we love traveling. My husband, my girls and I spent this summer visiting our families in Greece and Italy. On my spare time I enjoy reading and watching Marvel and DC movies with my family.

As your school social worker I want to assure you that I will work to support the whole child by reaching out, collaborating with families and community supports. I believe that all children are capable of success and one caring adult can make a difference.

I am excited to be joining Vernon Public Schools and looking forward to meeting all of you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me about anything at all.


Heidi Macchi, MSW- “I became a school social worker because you are all worth it”

Mrs. Macchi first day is on November 11th


Weather Alert

The cold weather will be here upon us soon.  Please note that students do go outside for outdoor recess if the temperature is above the real feel of 27 degrees Fahrenheit.  Please make sure your children dress appropriately and label all belongings. 


A Fun Craft to do with your child over Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving is a holiday that doesn’t require gifts and extra things.  It is simply a time to reflect on and be grateful for the things that we have.  These Gratitude Pumpkins are a great craft to help kids remember to be thankful for the things that they have.

Supplies needed to make Gratitude Pumpkins:

Step 1: Cut the orange paper into 1″ strips.  You will need about 8-10 for each pumpkin.

Step 2: Have children write something they are thankful for in the middle of each of the paper strips.

Step 3: Cut the cardboard roll as tall as you would like your pumpkin to be.  The shorter the roll, the wider the pumpkin will be.  Then cover the roll with a strip of orange paper and use tape to secure it into place.

Step 4: Tape one end of the orange paper strips inside to one of the ends of the roll.

Step 5: Repeat with the other end of the paper strip and roll.

Step 6: Cut out a green leaf and tape it into the hole at the top of the pumpkin.

Step 7: Wrap a strip of paper around a pencil and hold it until it holds a curl and tape it next to the leaf.


Student of the Month Lunch

Thank you to all the students who were October’s Student of the Month.  We are so proud of each child’s accomplishments.  Students who were recognized for this achievement had a special lunch in the gym with a special family or staff member.