DAVIS HILL COMMUNITY UPDATE

March 23, 2020

Dear Davis Hill Community,


Thinking of everyone during this uncertain time. I am hoping that all are doing well and managing these changes. I understand that this is a complex situation that is new for all of us. I wanted to try something new this week and have done my first 'Video Message' as a way to reach out to our students. Please share with them! As I say in the video, I'll be looking for ways to connect with our DHDragons.


As I stated last week, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions/ concerns. We may not have all the answers, but we will do our best to stay connected. We are in this together and we will get through this together.


I have once again posted the Superintendent's message from last week with the link for enrichment ideas/ resources. I have also added the Social-Emotional Resource links in the section below.


In addition, please note that the front page of the WRSD website has resources available that may help to answer questions (www.wrsd.net).


Kindly,

Jay C. Norton, Principal

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Dr. McCall's Email


Dear Wachusett Families,

As you are aware, all schools in Massachusetts are closed until April 7, 2020 as part of the mitigation strategy to control the spread of COVID-19. In the hope of supporting students and families as everyone works through these challenging times, our curriculum team has compiled the list of resources linked below, that students may use while school is not in session.


Online Learning Resources


There has been much discussion in the news about the concept of online learning and questions from families about whether or not we will be moving in that direction. The state has made it clear that, due to inequities in access to materials, districts should not assign or grade new learning experiences or mandate participation in distance learning at this time.


While we await additional guidance and support from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, we would like to clarify learning expectations during this unprecedented time in education:

  • Students will not receive mandatory or graded assignments.

  • Any resources shared by the District, schools, or teachers are merely suggestions for engaging students in enrichment opportunities from home. No evidence of engagement in these activities will be asked of students upon their return to school.

  • All resources shared are FREE, but may require parent support to create accounts.

Please remember that sustained reading, family read-alouds, board games, and puzzles are also great options for enrichment. Allowing for choice in selecting activities, encouraging regular exercise and monitoring screen time are always good ideas.


On behalf of everyone at Wachusett Regional School District, I want to express my appreciation for your patience, support, and understanding.


Darryll McCall, Ed.D.
​​​​​​​Superintendent of Schools

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Social-Emotional Resources:

  1. How to Talk to Children about the Coronavirus (click here for link)

  2. Talking to Teen/Tweens about Coronavirus (click here for link)

  3. A Comic created from NPR based on interviews with experts (click here for link)

  4. The NASP released a resource for parents (click here for link)

  5. Massachusetts 2-1-1 (call 24/7 to learn about coronavirus in 150+ languages) (click here for link)

  6. Resilience and Routines for Families During the Pandemic (click here for link)

  7. Autism Central Family Resources (click here for link)

  8. CDC- Helping Children Cope with Emergencies (click here for link)



For Parent Well-Being:

  1. Coping with Coronavirus Related Anxiety (click here for link)

  2. New York Times Article: Parents Need Stress Relief Too (click here for link)

  3. CDC Resource: Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 (click here for link)

  4. CNN Op-Ed: Parenting Through The Coronavirus Lockdown (click here for link)

Video Message

My first attempt at a video message for our DHDragons. Click the link below. Try not laugh too hard :)
Video Message "Hello"
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Spirit Week

Once again the awesome Davis Hill PTA has put together a spirit week for our DHDragons! Thank you!
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Butter Braid Information

As you know the Butter Braid order form is due on March 23rd, but as COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve both delivery and submission dates are postponed. Once we have a definite re-open date, I will update everyone with the new submission and delivery dates. We are privileged to be part of such a wonderful community and thank you for all your support. We will continue to be thoughtful about the extraordinary circumstances that currently face us. Stay safe!!

-Davis Hill PTA

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