Hosmer Elementary


You have reached the old Hosmer website.  This site will remain available through the end of the 2019 school year. The new Hosmer website can be located at https://hosmer.watertown.k12.ma.us/


   Hosmer Mission Statement

       The Hosmer School provides an active, versatile, and  challenging learning environment which helps each student develop  to their  fullest academic, social, physical, and  emotional potential.   We aim to foster individual responsibility and to develop understanding of others,  the community, and the world.  We  promote  a cooperative and interactive partnership between the school and  the home.


Assistant Principal

Contact Info.
1 Concord Road
Watertown, MA 02472
Main Office
617 926-7740
School in Session:
8:15am - 2:30pm

Frequently Asked Questions regarding our extended day program for both our elementary and preschool program.

2018 - 2019 Handbook

Hosmer Calendar

Registration: Please call the Registrar at 617-972-4216

WPS Online 
Payment Center

Questions?  Please contact the Webmaster

Principal News                                                                                                            

Principal News

  • Principal Memo 9/10/18
    Follow this link to the Principal memo for 9/10/18.

    Posted Sep 10, 2018, 4:51 PM by MaryKatherine Fitzpatrick
  • Welcome Back

    August 29, 2018

    Hello Hosmer Families,

    While some can’t believe it’s time for school again, others might feel that it is about time! Wherever you fall in that spectrum, it is time to return to school!

    I trust that you’ve enjoyed the past couple of months with your children and had great adventures. We in education, also use this time to decompress and recharge for the work that everyone puts in to providing a safe and productive learning environment. Most educators continue with professional development over the summer months through a variety of experiences. Some travel, some read, and other participate in organized instruction where they are the students. Watertown offered a number of opportunities for our staff members and all of the classes were well attended. From literacy and social emotional development to the structure of a kindergarten day, we saw it all. The progress is evident in all areas and if we can maintain this progress, we are on our way to realizing fantastic gains.


    As is always the case, some staff members move on to new careers or settings and others leave work for family reasons. This brings about the opportunity to hire people and we have done just a little bit of that this summer.

    ·      One of our special educators, Monica Constantine decided to stay home with her new baby boy Milo. We will miss Monica and are happy for her; we also welcome the teacher who will take over her role. Ms. Mary Izzo was chosen by the interview committee and will work with children in grades kindergarten through three this year. Mary is a product of the Watertown Public School system and we are excited to have her rise through the ranks of Instructional Assistant to teacher. Mary is certifies as an elementary teacher as well as in special education.

    ·      Another special educator Beth Fried has decided to retire and pursue a variety of interests. We again, are happy for her and welcome her replacement. Ms. Kathy Santolucito will go from half time to full time and work with students who have individualized education plans.

    ·      In our ESL program, Ms. Linda Tam has moved to New York and her replacement is Ms. Maria Fortunato. Maria has held long term substitute positions at the Cunniff School and comes highly recommended.

    ·      Due to an increase in enrollment we have expanded our second grade from four to five classrooms.  Ms. Alyssa McCarthy has moved to second grade after being in first for the past year. The vacant spot in grade one has then been filled by a transfer from the Lowell School in Ms. Christine Talamus. Christine is an excellent teacher and we are lucky to have her.

    ·      We also will have the full time services of a Reading Coach and her name is Ms. Christine Hill. She will work closely with our classroom teachers to address all of the reading needs of our students.

     Some of the things that our teachers will be working on that you will notice are

     Responsive Classroom, iReady, and FLES.

    ·      Responsive Classroom is a program to develop skills in the area of social and emotional development includes a Morning Circle and a Closing Circle. More information will be coming your way through your child’s teacher and also at PTO meetings and Principal Chats.

    ·      iReady is an online program that assesses students three times a year in Math and Reading. It identifies the level of the student and makes suggestions for homework and instructional focus to help differentiate lessons.

    ·      FLES has been in the elementary schools for the past two years but will expand up to grade two this year. Children in grades kindergarten through second will learn Spanish for thirty minutes three times per week.

     A good deal of attention was paid to the kindergarten schedule this summer. There will be more clearly identified components that were mostly in effect but are now uniform throughout the district. More information on that when you meet with the kindergarten teacher on September 4th.

    Start and end time

    Grades one through five will start on Tuesday September 4th and the hours of the school day are 8:15 AM – 2:30 PM.

     Road Construction

    As you know there has been a good deal of roadwork done this summer supported by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The purpose of which is to improve the walking routes around and to school. This involved widening some sidewalks, narrowing some roads, increasing green space, and shortening the distance of a crosswalk from one side of a street to the other. The great news is that work around the Chauncey, Hosmer, Boylston street area will be finished by Tuesday September 4th!

    ·      I would recommend that if at all possible park a block away and walk your child to the entrance if you are dropping off. If you need to get close to the school I recommend coming down Boylston, stay right on Boylston then circle around onto Concord Road so that you are facing the right way for drop off. Continuing on towards School Street would lead you in to the next phase of roadwork and you may not have access.

    ·      Students who walk should be fine.

    ·      The buses will come down Winthrop Street, go left on Hancock, and out to Mt. Auburn via Chauncey.

    ·      Kindergarten parents should drop off on Chauncey, Boylston, or Concord as close to the Kindergarten Entrance banner as you deem appropriate.

    Where do students enter the school?

    We have a slight change this year in the location where grade levels enter the school in the morning. This is mostly due to congestion that may be made more difficult by road construction. 

    ·      Grades 3 and 5 will come in through the lobby at the Stamatakis Playground.

    ·      Grade 1, 2, and 4 will come in through the flagpole doors.

    ·      Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten will come in through the lower courtyard.

     Kindergarten will be appointment only meetings on Tuesday September 4th.

    On Wednesday September 5th kindergarten will run from 8:15 AM – 12:00 PM.

    On Thursday September 6th kindergarten will run from 8:15 AM – 2:30 PM.

     Extended Day

    Extended Day services will start on Tuesday September 4th for grades one through five, but not for kindergarten. Kindergarten extended day will begin on their first full day of school, which is September 6th.

    I will be holding my first Principal Chat of the school year at 8:40 AM on Monday September 10th in the cafeteria. Please stop by to say hello, ask a question, or hear about some of our plans for the new academic year.

    It continues to be an honor to be the Principal of the Hosmer School and I appreciate your support and confidence in our mission to educate your children.

    Thank you,

    Bob LaRoche 

    Posted Sep 10, 2018, 4:52 PM by MaryKatherine Fitzpatrick
  • Have a great summer!
    Posted Jun 1, 2018, 11:14 AM by MaryKatherine Fitzpatrick
  • School Improvement Plan
    Posted Jun 1, 2018, 11:17 AM by MaryKatherine Fitzpatrick
  • Building News
    Please open the link below to details about potential option for renovations to the Hosmer School.

    Posted Jun 1, 2018, 11:17 AM by MaryKatherine Fitzpatrick
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Upcoming Events                                                                                                         

NEW SCHOOL HOURS - 8:15 - 2:3

Doors open for students at 8:05. Learning begins promptly at 8:15.
  • PreK and K students enter the building through the lower courtyard door. (corner of Chauncy and Boylston)
  • 1st and 2nd students enter the building by the flagpole door. (corner of Concord Rd and Boylston St.)
  • 4th grade students enter the building through the lower courtyard door at door 13. (corner of Chauncy and Boylston)
  • 3rd and 5th grade students enter the building through the main entrances by the Stamatakis Playground on Concord Rd and the “Big” Playground at the corner of Winthrop and Hancock Streets.
Cafeteria begins serving breakfast at 7:45 – children enter through the main door and sign in with the door monitor. Coming soon – online payment for breakfast/ lunch

Upcoming Events:
Tuesday, September 11th -  4th and 5th grade Chorus begins8:00 am - Hosmer Auditorium. Children must be registered for this program – please contact Ms. Patashnick in you have any questions - sara.patashnick@watertown.k12.ma.us

Wednesday, September 12th  – PTO meeting  –
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Hosmer Library

Thursday, September 13th – 3rd and 4th grade students only
Instrument demonstration – this will happen during the school day – please contact your child’s teacher if you need additional information

Thursday, September 13th – PTO Welcome Back Picnic
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Hosmer Field

Friday, September 14th – 2nd and 3rd grade Huskies in Harmony begins
8:00 am - Hosmer Auditorium. Children must be registered for this program – please contact Ms. Patashnick in you have any questions - sara.patashnick@watertown.k12.ma.us

Monday, September 17th – Grades 3/4/and 5 only - Instrument Distribution Night
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Watertown Middle School Cafeteria

Tuesday, September 25th – Open House – 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

This is an opportunity for parents to meet their child's teacher and hear about what they will be learning this year.

Wednesday, September 26th  – 12:15 pm dismissal
 Lunch will be served - Hosmer Extended Day and Boys & Girls club open

Wednesday, October 3rd – Picture Day
– more information to follow

Watertown Recreation Afterschool classes begin Tuesday, September 11th and Wednesday, September 12th – you must be registered for these classes – please visit their website for more information - https://recreation.watertown-ma.gov/

Boys and Girls Club does not open for after school care until September 24th. For more information you can contact them at:

Phone: 617-926-0968

Hosmer Happenings                                                                                                   

Hosmer Happenings

  • Morning Drop off Locations

    NEW SCHOOL HOURS - 8:15 - 2:3

    Doors open for students at 8:05. Learning begins promptly at 8:15.
    • PreK and K students enter the building through the lower courtyard door. (corner of Chauncy and Boylston)
    • 1st and 2nd students enter the building by the flagpole door. (corner of Concord Rd and Boylston St.)
    • 4th grade students enter the building through the lower courtyard door at door 13. (corner of Chauncy and Boylston)
    • 3rd and 5th grade students enter the building through the main entrances by the Stamatakis Playground on Concord Rd and the “Big” Playground at the corner of Winthrop and Hancock Streets.
    Cafeteria begins serving breakfast at 7:45 – children enter through the main door and sign in with the door monitor. Coming soon – online payment for breakfast/ lunch
    Posted Sep 10, 2018, 4:45 PM by MaryKatherine Fitzpatrick
  • Future Instrument Dates
    9/13/18 - 8:35 am - Instrument Demonstration for 3rd and 4th grade students - Hosmer Auditorium
    9/17/18 - 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Instrument Distribution Night - Watertown Middle School Cafeteria
    12/20/18 - 8:35 am - Winter Music Concert - Hosmer Auditorium
    3/11/19 - 3:00 pm - 4:00 pmBand-A-Rama Rehearsal - location tbd (time tentative)
    3/12/19 -7:00 pmBand-A-Rama - Watertown High School Gym
    6/6/19 - 8:35 am - Spring Music Concert - Hosmer Auditorium
    Posted Aug 30, 2018, 8:20 AM by MaryKatherine Fitzpatrick
  • Supply Lists
    Below are the links to supply lists for the 2018 - 2019 school year:
    Posted Aug 27, 2018, 10:09 AM by MaryKatherine Fitzpatrick
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Bus Registration                                                                                                      

The end of the school year is almost here... so it's time to make plans for next year, specifically in regards to student transportation. School bus transportation is available to the Hosmer School and the Middle School from shared pickup points through Watertown. (Please note that other criteria apply: transportation is not available to students who live less than 0.75 miles' walking distance from their school, or to out-of-neighborhood students.)

Why pre-registration?
Bus routes and scheduled pickup times will be determined based on actual ridership. Obtaining pre-registrations allows us optimize the efficiency of our bus routes. It will also help us determine the number of seats that will be available for non-mandatory, fee-based riders.

If this is pre-registration, when will my child be considered registered?
Once the bus routes have been set, pre-registered mandatory riders will be assigned to bus stops and their registrations will be considered confirmed. (Families will be mailed a confirmation letter providing the bus stop location and pickup/dropoff times.)

All other pre-registered students will be considered on a space available basis and will require payment of the transportation fee in full prior to final confirmation. Provided additional seats are available, those pre-registered families we are able to accommodate will receive an invoice with instructions for making payment as well as details on how to apply for a need-based fee waiver. These pre-registrations will become confirmed registrations only when payment is received or a fee waiver is approved. Fee waivers are based on eligibility for the federal school lunch program's free or reduced meal assistance.

How can I get other questions answered?
Please check out the School Bus FAQ's on the WPS Transportation webpage. You may also reply to this email with additional questions, but please allow 5-7 days for a reply.


Bridget O'Brien
Admin. Asst. for Facilities & Operations

2018-19 School Bus Registration Timeline

June 7-30

Pre-registration open

July 1-15

Bus routes and stops determined

July 16-31

Registrations confirmed for pre-registered mandated distance riders

Invoices mailed to other pre-registered families on a space available basis (preference given to those who reside the furthest from the school)

August 1-31

Registrations confirmed for pre-registered families

- when payment is received, or

- when fee waiver application is submitted and approved

September 4

 Bus passes distributed to registered bus riders in school

News From Nurse Sabrina                                                                                        

News From the Nurse

  • Cold and Flu Season Dear Families,  We have come to the time of year to expect cold and flu symptoms.  Some of these are unavoidable, but there are several things you can do at ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2018, 8:29 AM by MaryKatherine Fitzpatrick
  • Protocols for Keeping Sick Children Home When to keep your child home from school:24-Hour Rule: A child should stay home for at least 24 hours to rest if the following symptoms are present the ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2018, 8:34 AM by MaryKatherine Fitzpatrick
  • Recess Weather Chart Below is the link we use to determine if it is safe to go out to recess.Child Care Weather Watch
    Posted Jan 9, 2018, 8:23 AM by MaryKatherine Fitzpatrick
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