Winning drawing for US Hockey magazine

   Primrose Hill Elementary School 

Weekly Newsletter

January 20, 2023

Primrose Pandas are Respectful, Responsible and Safe

Mission: Barrington Public School’s mission is to empower all students to excel in character, citizenship, collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking, so that they may positively impact the future.

Vision: Together we inspire, learn, love and grow.

Dear Primrose Families,

It was wonderful to see so many students and staff celebrate kindness during our spirit week. So many creative ways to show us your creativity and positive energy for our school community. We will certainly schedule more spirit days in the coming months to enjoy. If you are still interested in purchasing and PHS gear from the PTO, I have added the details below for the online purchasing option. 

Speaking of the PTO, they are busy working with our Green Squad and planning our next family event. On Friday, February 10th they will be hosting a Sweetheart Dance at the high school. Students can bring a sweetheart from home (parent, grandparent etc) to enjoy dancing, games and more. Details are on their website and in the flier posted below. I hope that you will be able to join us for this fun family outing. As always, if you are interested in volunteering to help with this or any of our events, please reach out to our PTO. Many hands make light work.

We are several steps closer to achieving the occupancy for the modular classrooms. The phone lines are connected and programmed with our intercom system and work on the two bathrooms is completed as well. We have appointments and service work scheduled for next week for the fire safety and building inspections. We are excited to set up these two new spaces and what it will offer our school. As soon as I have a set date for its opening, I will certainly share it with you all.  Grateful for all the coordination and open communication with our facilities department and central administration for this project. We are getting close to launching this new space here!

Our Fastbridge midyear assessment window opened last Friday and I am so pleased with how focused our children are to show what they know and can do. We will be meeting as grade level teams to review the data in the next several weeks to review the growth, progress and areas of needs for all of our elementary students. As I asked last week, any volunteers coming to school in the next week, please be mindful that these are taking place if your work here requires you to enter the classrooms. We try as best as possible to reduce distractions and interruptions so our students can do their best. It is also important that we reduce any interruptions and distractions during instruction and student work time as well. 

RIDE has opened the annual Surveyworks School surveys for the state. We are targeting the middle of February as our window to get as much participation and feedback as possible. This information not only helps the department of education determine how we are progressing, but as a district and a school, we use the results and feedback to set goals and make decisions for our students and school communities. It is vital that we get as much participation as possible from our staff, families and students grades 3-12. I will share more as the time approaches for the survey here at Primrose. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey and share your thoughts. 

Educationally yours,

Coleen Smith 

If you follow hockey you know that the Bruins are having a great season and have some very talented players, including #88. I am very excited to share that one of our students here at Primrose entered an online drawing contest for USA Hockey magazine and was selected as the online winner this month. Congratulations to Samuel Hardison for your drawing of David “Pasta” Pastrnak! 

Fun Questions To Ask Kids, Part 2: It is always a treat to hear how our children think about the world and what they would do if they were in charge. Here are another set of questions from MomsHack101 that you can use at dinner time or part of your commute home or when out on errands. If you come up with any interesting questions of your own or want to share the fun responses you hear, please don’t hesitate to share. Who knows, you might see them in an upcoming newsletter. 

  1. What would life be like if no one had a phone?

  2. If you could make a new animal, what would it be?

  3. What do you look forward to when you wake up every day?

  4. What is your favorite dessert?

  5. If you could meet one famous person, who would it be?

  6. If you could meet someone from the past, who would it be?

  7. Has there ever been a question you wanted to ask but didn’t?

  8. If you could only eat food that is the same color for a whole week, what color would it be?

  9. What is the worst thing you have ever eaten? Why was it so bad?

  10. If you could put anything on the top of your pizza, what would you pick?

  11. If your toys were like the ones in Toy Story and could talk and play when you weren’t around, what do you think they would do?

  12. If you were as small as an ant, how would you describe our house?

  13. What is your favorite word?

  14. If you could invent something to make life easier, what would you invent?

  15. What are 4 things your friends would say that you are really good at?

  16. If you could pick one really nice thing to do for someone, what would it be and who would it be for?

  17. What nice things have your friends done for you?

  18. If you could be the parent for the day, what rules would you have?

  19. When was the last time you felt really lucky that something good happened to you?

  20. What smell brings back a memory for you? What is that memory?

Chartwells: Just a reminder milk only purchases are not covered by the free or reduced lunch program. This is considered an ala carte purchase and students must have money on account in order to purchase milk only. Please remember that there is always portable water available in all schools.

Firearm Safety Reminder: We would like to take this opportunity to remind families of the importance of firearm safety and gun storage. Evidence strongly suggests that secure firearm storage is essential to any effective strategy to keep schools and students safe. Research also shows that secure firearm storage practices are associated with up to an 85 percent reduction in the risk of unintentional firearm injuries among children and teens. Barrington Public Schools is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for all students and urges families to read the linked information regarding firearm safety and storage so that we may partner in keeping our community safe.


  • Please click the REGISTER NOW button at to register for this youth lacrosse program serving Grades K-8 in the East Bay area. 

  • Registration CLOSES March 1st (or when divisions are full and some teams are just about full).


  • Sharks (K & Older Pre-K): $100

  • Grades 1/2: $195

  • Grades 3/4, 5/6 & 7/8: $270 

  • Sibling discounts are available this year - $25 off for the second child and thereafter in the family to register. 

  • Scholarships are available upon request and application. 


Erika Farrell

East Bay Lacrosse Administrator


Spring Family Fun Event Planning Committee

The PTO is looking for a few volunteers to help with planning for our Spring Family Fun event on May 19. This planning committee will research and coordinate activities and materials, and provide support during the event. Please sign up on the PTO website or contact Liz Giordano at with questions. Thanks!

PTO Website: Please take a quick moment to log into the PTO website and opt into the family directory at Once this is done, you’ll be included in the Room Parents' list to be informed when class parties, events, and fundraisers are being planned.

Support the Primrose Hill PTO through Box Tops for Education and Amazon Smile!


Box Tops for Education:  No more clipping! All you need to do is download the app and scan your receipts. The new and improved Box Tops mobile app finds participating products on your receipts and instantly adds money to the school's earnings online. Box Tops works with paper receipts and digital receipts. 

 Here's how to sign up for Box Tops for Education:

1. Download the app for iOS or Android

2. Sign up for an account

3. Choose: Primrose Hill School Elementary School

4. Buy Box Tops products at the store

5. Scan your receipt to submit Box Tops within 14 days of purchase

  => Open the app

  => Tap scan receipt


Amazon Smile: Amazon will donate 0.5% to Primrose Hill Elementary School for your eligible  Amazon Smile purchases.   AmazonSmile works just like the Amazon you already know; same products, same prices, same service.  AmazonSmile can even be used with your Prime membership. 


Here's how to sign up for AmazonSmile:

1. Visit

2. Sign in with your credentials

3. Choose: Primrose Hill School Parent Teacher Organization

4. Add a bookmark for to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile

4. Start shopping!

Turn on AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping app

1. Make sure you're signed up for AmazonSmile (use your web browser to visit

2. Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app for iOS or Android

3. Open the app and find “Settings” in the main menu (☰)

4. Tap on “AmazonSmile” and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile in the app.

If you are interested in helping out with any events at school, please reach out! New software helps parents connect with other parents (great for planning play dates and birthday parties), pre-register for events (and avoid standing in line!), learn about volunteer opportunities (YOU make Primrose the amazing school it is by your participation and support), and so much more!

Have a wonderful weekend!