blank Mr. Jake Sheptyck
    Grade 4, Room 333 - Alden Elementary School
    Teaming with Ms. Wigmore and Ms. Theophilos
    Mr. Sheptyck

    Hello families!

    It is hard to believe there are only 3 weeks left before summer vacation! As I reflect on the 2021-2022 school year, I think back to how the year started - masked and 3+ feet apart at all times - to where we are now, and it seems like a lifetime ago. Being a student in the world of COVID has not been easy for any of the kids at Alden, and because of that I’m always impressed with their resiliency to adapt and overcome. This group, however, has really stood out to me. Not just because they were my students, but because no matter what part of the year we were in, they were consistently engaged, enthusiastic, friendly, and fun. I will miss them terribly. My hope for them as they get ready to enter the 5th grade is that the world keeps moving forward and they can have a normal school year without any of the craziness of this past one - they deserve that. I hope they visit often next year and in the future!

    Winding down the year, however, does come with many challenges, behavior being one of them. Please have regular discussions with students about “hanging in there”. We see many kids who are in full-tilt summer mode and it can be a lot to constantly be redirecting them or reminding them about appropriate behavior. 

    Swimming will conclude on Tuesday, June 6th. The next two weeks will be a regular PE schedule. 

    Our FIRST FIELD TRIP SINCE 2020 (!) is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14th. We will be heading to the Plymouth Planetarium for two presentations. On this day, the students will not be eating lunch in the cafeteria, so please send them in with a bag lunch in addition to their regular snack. We will be eating outside, weather permitting. 

    Field Day is scheduled for Friday, June 17th, with a rain date of Tuesday, June 21st. While the 4th grade is the first group of the day on the field, students must be prepared for what could be intense heat and sun already in the morning. That being said, all students should come to school already wearing sunblock, and they should plan on bringing a hat and sunglasses as well. 

    There is no school on Monday, June 20th in observance of Juneteenth. 

    The last day of school is an early release on Friday, June 24th! Report cards will also post on this day.

    There will be many other fun activities between now and the last day of school that I will be in touch about, so be on the lookout! 

    As always, please reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns. 

    - Mr. Sheptyck