Goodyear Newsletter

February 26, 2021

WPS Return to In-Person Instruction Survey

Last week, Governor Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education asked schools to begin the planning process to bring students back to school full-time this spring. To help in this planning process, please fill out this survey (one per student) by Monday, March 1st at 3:00pm.
WPS Return to In-Person Instruction Survey

Click here to access the survey

March 2nd is Read Across America Day

We are celebrating Read Across America Week this week. Check out the National Education Association website for more information and activities. Click the button below to see the themes for the week.
Goodyear Read Across America Week

Click here for each day's theme

National School Social Work Week

This week, we recognize our school social workers, Mrs. Amanda Benitez and Ms. Christina Santorelli. Beyond their work with students and supporting the GAIN program, Ms. Santorelli and Mrs. Benitez also participate in school and district events that support the community. We appreciate everything they do to impact our students and families.

Safe Traffic Reminders

With spring approaching and a possible full-return to in-person instruction, I want to remind all families to please use caution when driving around the school at arrival and dismissal.


In addition, please note the following:


  • The drop-off lane should be accessed from Orange Street via Pine Street or Hawthorne Street. Vehicles that enter through the outlet at Montvale Congregational Church cause a two-lane funnel effect which is unsafe for students who are exiting vehicles.

  • The drop-off lane is designed to keep vehicles moving. Should you need to park or exit your vehicle for any reason, please park on Utica Street across from the school and walk your child to the front door.

  • The front bus loop and parking area is closed to traffic between 8:00 – 9:00 am and 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Students should not be dropped off or picked up in the front bus loop. Please use the drop off lane or park on Utica Street.

  • The side parking lot next to the gymnasium is closed to traffic between 8:00 – 9:00 am and 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Only vehicles that use the handicap-accessible spaces in the side parking area should enter.

  • Due to the limited amount of parking at the school, we ask that parents park on Utica Street so that staff members may access the school parking lot in the morning.

  • Please observe all traffic and no parking signs on Orange Street and Central Street. All information in this letter is marked on signs around the school.

Schools are the Heart of Our Community

The Goodyear, along with the other WPS elementary schools, donated several boxes and bags of canned and non-perishable food items to the Woburn Council of Social Concern Food Pantry during February vacation. Thank for your generous donations.


Families can track their community service hours on Y.E.S. forms (office staff can sign to confirm the entries).


Goodyear Y.E.S. Form


The Council of Social Concern is also offering a virtual Active Parenting class. See the button below for more information.

Coming Soon: Literacy Curriculum Update

Our Program Selection Committee, made up of elementary administrators, central office staff, and teachers from K-5, are working together to learn about different literacy programs to find the best fit for our district. We have come up with a Literacy Vision & Values document to guide our selection, and are working with a rubric to grade each program. We will be in contact with families when the selection is complete and will be implementing this in September 2021.
WPS Literacy Vision and Values

Click here for more information

News from the Physical Education Department

The Elementary Physical Education Department wanted to share an update on grading. Click to see the criteria for each of the different indicators. Any questions, please feel free to reach out to child’s Physical Education Teacher


2020-2021 Virtual Physical Education Grading Rubric

SEL News: March Trait is DILIGENCE

The character trait for February was CITIZENSHIP. We are recognizing students for the character award this week and will announce the student's in next week's newsletter.


The character trait for March is DILIGENCE:

  • carefulness
  • persistent effort
  • strong work ethic


Would you like to help support our work on DILIGENCE? Here is a good resource:

Character Counts

MCAS Update

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has informed all Massachusetts public schools that the MCAS assessments for grades 3 - 5 will take place this Spring with some modifications.


Most importantly, DESE will significantly reduce testing time for students in grades 3 - 8 through a session sampling approach. In-school test sessions will be offered for fully remote students if they wish to participate. (MCAS cannot be done remotely).


We will continue to update families on the upcoming MCAS administration. More information can be found on the DESE MCAS site.

News from WPS Food Services

The Goodyear will provide free meals for all students between 11:00am and 12:00pm daily when school is open. Contact the school office if you have any questions.


WPS Food Services


More information is available below:


English

Español

Português

Haitian Creole.

March Breakfast & Lunch Menu

Click here to view the menu

News from the School Nurse

In January, Dr. Crowley sent notification of changes to the district's COVID-19 quarantine protocols. Letters with the updated information are available in English, Spanish (español), Portugese (português), and Haitian Creole (kreyòl ayisyen).


If you have been exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive, please contact Nurse Doherty (kdoherty@woburnps.com) to review the protocols for attending or returning to school. In addition, you can find COVID-19 Testing Sites in Massachusetts here. Students who must quarantine or miss school due to medical reasons may participate in remote learning classes with the approval of the school principal. Contact Mr. Kessaris (kkessaris@woburnps.com) if you need more information.


All students in grade four must submit documentation of an up-to-date physical to the school nurse's office.


Massachusetts has updated its COVID-19 travel order. Use the link to access the current information.


Thank you for helping to keep our schools safe!

Early Childhood Program (Preschool) - Free Screening

Dear Goodyear families,


This flyer is intended to be shared with Woburn families and to serve as a reminder that the Woburn Early Childhood Program conducts screenings for children who have turned 3 years old by September 1, 2020 who present with concerns in one or more areas of her/his development.

What is Preschool screening? Pre-school screening is a brief assessment procedure designed to assess children's developmental levels and to identify children who, because of potential learning disabilities, or cognitive, communication and/or social challenges, may require a referral for a special education evaluation which is a more intensive level of diagnostic assessment.

Who is eligible for screening? Children living in Woburn who have turned 3 years old by September 1, 2020 are eligible to participate in the preschool screenings.

More information is available in English, Spanish (español), and Portuguese (português).

Attendance Reminders

We are still taking attendance full-remote days. If your child is out sick for any reason, please call the main office and report the absence.


If your child is home quarantining due to a directive from the Woburn Board of Health, please contact Nurse Doherty (kdoherty@woburnps.com) If your child is home quarantining, they may join remote classes, but please email Mr. Kessaris (kkessaris@woburnps.com) and your teacher so we are aware.


If your child is staying home for any other reason and you wish for them to join remote classes, please email me directly for approval. I am prioritizing virtual learning for students who are quarantining we must maintain appropriate class sizes in remote classes in each grade.

Woburn Community Education Foundation

The WCEF is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, founded in 2014 with a mission to increase private investment and community involvement in the Woburn Public Schools.


The WCEF hosts many events throughout the year, including the Teacher Tribute, Woburn Hall of Fame, Women's Forum, and Holiday Door Decorating Contest.


Thank you to everyone who participated in the Winter Raffle.


Please consider participating and thank you for supporting the WCEF and Woburn Public Schools.

Woburn Recreation Department

The Woburn Recreation Department offers programs for children and adults throughout the year. They also post a weekly Activity list for families. Visit their website to view a list of the current programs being offered.

Support for Remote Learning

Remote learning can be challenging for students and families for different reasons. Mr. Dandrea has created a resource for families to address common issues that make remote learning difficult: Support for Remote Learning. Please contact the school if we can help in any way.


Remember these quick tips for remote learning classes:
  • set up a work area with only the items you need for class
  • keep any beverages or liquids away from your electronic devices
  • know your schedule ahead of time so you don't feel rushed
WPS Online Learning Support for Families

Click here to go to the WPS site

Goodyear Enrichment: Change is Simple

Change is Simple will once again visit the Goodyear, thanks to support from our PTO. This year, lessons will be scheduled remotely and they will visit all grades kindergarten through grade 5 for both Hybrid Learning Model and Virtual Academy students.


Hybrid Learning Model Schedule:

Wednesday, November 4th

Wednesday, December 9th

Wednesday, January 27th

Wednesday, March 24th


Virtual Academy Schedule:

Friday, November 20th

Friday, February 5th

Friday, April 9th

Friday, June 4th

Goodyear PTO

The PTO is also asking 5th grade families for photos of the class from any year and for baby pictures of students to include in the yearbook.


President: Kristina Peitzsch

Vice President: Patrice O'Keeffe

Treasurer: Rachelle Packard

Secretary: Andrea Hanley

Member-at-large: Tricia Avery

Enrichment Chair: Sharon Crispo


You can help by downloading apps for the Target RedCard and Box Tops for Education.

Important March Dates

  • March 1 - 5: Read Across America Week & School Social Worker Appreciation Week
  • Friday, March 5th: 100th Day of School
  • Saturday, March 6th: School Maintenance Worker Appreciation Day
  • Friday, March 19th: Trimester 2 Ends
  • Wednesday, March 24th: Early-Release Day (independent work until 12:30pm)
  • Wednesday, March 24th: School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
  • Wednesday, March 24th: Goodyear Enrichment - Change is Simple
  • Monday, March 29th: Trimester 2 Report Cards posted to Portals
  • Tuesday, March 30th: Virtual Family Conferences (2:50pm - 4:50pm)
WPS School Calendar 2020 - 2021

Click here for the complete district calendar