Food Drive Update

   Primrose Hill Elementary School 

Weekly Newsletter

November 23, 2022

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,

I wish your family a wonderful and safe holiday. May the memories and stories of those who are not around the table with you bring smiles and comfort. Enjoy your time together and if you are not celebrating here in Barrington, safe travels. I look forward to seeing you again on Monday. 

With gratitude,

Coleen Smith 

First grade parents in Arts Alive-Just a reminder that the performance will be after school on Monday, November 28th. Looking forward to seeing our students share all they learned this fall!

Lost and Found: As you know the lost and found continues to grow. I sent a photo on Monday to families in hopes that you would notice and collect your child’s belongings. If you know of any missing items, please let us know. For your convenience, we will continue to have the lost and found out in the front entryway this week in hopes that families will claim their items. On December 7th, any of the remaining, unclaimed items will be donated to the needy. 


Last week I shared a link with you as a way to collect your thoughts of gratitude for our school community.  I wanted to share some of the responses with you and once again share the link in hopes you will take a moment to complete this quick form.  Note of gratitude link

Notes of gratitude from staff and families:

The amazing teachers and staff that work together and always put children's needs first and foremost! PHS students feel loved, seen, and heard, what more can we ask for?


I am grateful that the teachers and staff get to know my children and look to educate and nurture the whole child and not just academics. I also appreciate the kind and friendly smiles


Kindergarten Turkey Recipe-2022

  1.  Go to the store to buy a turkey.  If you don’t know where to go, ask a worker which aisle you can find the turkeys.

  2.  Once you bring it home, get the middle out and take some of the bones out too.  

  3.  Wash it with water and the oven will dry it off.  

  4.  Seasoning—garlic; mix butter with eggs and make kind of an oil, squeeze it on to the turkey; sesame seeds; salt & pepper; different oil (corn oil)

  5.  Put it in the pan and put vegetables around it because that is what real people do.  Put stuffing in it to make it sweeter.

  6.  Heat oven to 13 - 43 degrees.  Cooking time is a long time or at least 2 shows.  Cook it for just enough so it doesn’t get fiery.  

  7.  Peek in the oven to see if it is ready, but don’t open the oven for too long.

  8.  Cook some more stuff for the party:  cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, corn casserole, rice, peas, mashed potatoes, broccoli, bread & butter, mushrooms, sweet potatoes with marshmallows inside, salad, kiwis, strawberries, chunky applesauce, and put some ketchup on the side for dipping the turkey.  

  9.  Set the table with plates, napkins, and cups.  Have some milk, orange juice and apple cider for the kids.   

  10.  Dessert:  apple pie, pumpkin pie, ice cream, caramel candy apples, chocolate pie with sprinkles and whipped cream, cranberry ice cream, blueberry pie, brownies, and lollipops.   🥰The chefs in Mrs Simard’s class

Traveling this weekend? Here is a link to some Thanksgiving themed audiobooks for the whole family to enjoy!

Food Drive Update: Thanks to your generosity the donations shown below were loaded up in our teacher’s car and brought to the food pantry yesterday in support of families in need. Thank you for your thoughtfulness! The Food Drive will continue through next Friday if you would like to contribute. Special thanks to Mrs Butler for her continued efforts to support the pantry and local families. Thanks also to her students for creating posters and for helping to load up these goodies for transport. 

Primrose Hill Food Drive:Nov. 16-Dec. 2

The East Bay Food Pantry

Needs YOUR Help! Thank you in advance for your kind donations………………………………

All donations will be collected in the front foyer starting November 16th to December 2nd

HOLIDAY FOOD:                                PANTRY STAPLES:

• canned vegetables                            • soup

• stuffing                                               • ravioli (canned)

• cranberry sauce                                 • cereal/oatmeal

• gravy                                                   • canned vegetables

• quick bread mix                                 • canned fruit               

• dessert mix                                        • granola bars

                                                              • pasta

                                                              • rice

                                                              • crackers


PRIMROSE PTO -Next PTO meeting: December 1 on zoom

Check out the PTO Newsletter to see great updates about money raised for our music program at Parents Night at the Guild, Paddy's Sneaker Drive donations, and the very successful Jog-a-Thon.

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!