MHS/WES Newsletter

August 2022

Welcome to another school year! - Mrs. Taylor

Welcome back to school! This year marks my 26th year in education and my 5th year as the Principal of Meetinghouse School and Westminster Elementary School. I am beyond grateful to be a part of this amazing community. We have seen lots of changes over the years with many lessons learned along the way. This year brings a fresh start with many new faculty/staff members and a brand new English Language Arts curriculum. The positive energy in our two buildings is amazing! We are ready for the arrival of our students and are more excited than ever to begin this school year!

Our Amazing School Secretaries are here to help!

Please reach out with any questions you may have. We are happy to help!

  • MHS - Kathi McCarthy 978-874-0163 ext. 0
  • WES - Liz Maillet 978-874-2043 ext 0

Important Dates

August 25: Sneak Peek for all MHS/WES students 4:00-5:00 PM

August 30: First Day of School, Grades 1-12

August 30-September 1: Kindergarten Screening

September 1: MHS Preschool Open House 9:30-11:00 AM

September 2-6: No School, Labor Day Weekend

September 6: First Day of School, Preschool & Kindergarten

September 7: WES Curriculum/Parents' Night 6:00-7:15 PM

September 28: Noon Dismissal, Professional Development

September 29: MHS Open House 6:00-7:00 PM

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School Hours, Grades K-5

ARRIVAL

8:20 - 8:30 AM


DISMISSAL

2:55 PM


HALF DAYS - DISMISSAL

12:00 PM

School Hours, Preschool

We are excited to welcome back The Learning Tree Preschool to MHS.


AM Sessions

8:45 - 11:10 AM


PM Sessions

12:00 - 2:30 PM

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MHS Car Rider Dismissal - 2:45 p.m.

Parents/Guardians of K & 1 students, please do not arrive to pick up your child until 2:45 p.m. We will be dismissing Preschool at 2:30 PM and your early arrival could cause some confusion. Thank you for your help.

Important School Information

Emergency Early Dismissal Policy

In the event of an unforeseen emergency that necessitates the dismissal of students prior to the end of the school day, parent notification will be provided through the automated phone and email system. Typical emergency situations that may precipitate an early dismissal include, but are not necessarily limited to, severe weather conditions, fire and absence of heat or water.


Since it is impractical for school officials to personally contact every parent in the event of an early dismissal, parents and particularly the parents of elementary age children, are encouraged to develop a clear and well-defined plan with their children in case of an early dismissal. Since children will be dismissed to their home, it is imperative that children know how to gain entry into their home and how and whom to call once they are there.


ABSENCES: Please call WES (978-874-2043) or MHS (978-874-0163) when your child will be absent or late for school. Please state your name, your child’s name, teacher, and the reason for absence. If you must speak to someone, please call after 7:45 AM. This system is to ensure the safety of your child. If we do not hear from you, we will contact you at home or work, and if we can’t reach someone we may send a school resource officer to the house to do a well child check. Absent notes are required when children return to school.


AM Arrivals: Bus drivers do not let children off the bus until 8:20 a.m. There is NO Supervision before 8:20 a.m. Walkers/students being dropped off should not arrive before 8:20 a.m. School starts at 8:30 a.m.


PM Dismissals: The school day ends at 2:55 p.m. The office needs to know your dismissal plan. If your child is a car-rider, you will be given a sign to display on your car dashboard to be used each day. Car riders will be dismissed to the cafeteria and called outside in the order cars line up. Please remain in your car. Signs will be posted. If you would like your older sibling to walk from WES to MHS pick-ups for dismissal in the afternoon, please send a note to the office and your child’s teacher.


If your child needs to be dismissed early, please send a note to his/her teacher stating the time and reason for dismissal. Early dismissals will be handled through the main office.


NOTES: Please use student’s (and parent’s) last names in all notes to the teacher/office. Please also date all notes so that we can be sure we are dealing with current messages. Notes are required for any change in dismissal. You may also email a note to kmccarthy@awrsd.org (MHS) or emaillet@awrsd.org (WES).


MEDICATIONS: ALL Medications must be brought to the nurse by an adult at the beginning of the day. Medication is NOT TO BE TAKEN by any child on his/her own. The school nurse under the following circumstances will administer medication:

  • A signed and dated note from a doctor and a parent is sent with the child’s name, dosage, reason for medication and time to be given.

  • The prescription bottle is sent with only the amount which will be needed for the administration at school. (Pharmacies will dispense in two bottles if you ask.)


School Announcements:

Please make sure all phone numbers and email addresses are updated throughout the school year to ensure you receive all messages sent from the school or district.


RESTRICTIONS: Please provide the office with any LEGAL DOCUMENT which indicates any legal restrictions on the release of your child as per district policy. These restrictions CANNOT be honored unless we have a copy of the legal documents in your child’s file. Please remember that it is MOST IMPORTANT that your child knows who he/she is allowed to leave school with and restrictions of the same.


TARDINESS: It is important that your child be at school on time. Tardy students need to stop at the office for a tardy slip when they arrive later than 8:30 a.m. If excessive tardiness continues, it will be necessary for the parent and child to meet with the Principal so that we may remedy the situation.

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MHS Tiling Project - Year 1

Out with the carpet and in with the Tile! This year, the carpet was ripped out in the MHS office, our specialists classrooms and our kindergarten classrooms. This was year 1 of a 3 year project. In the next few years we will be replacing the carpet with tile in our first grade classrooms and MHS hallways. Wow, the transformation is amazing!

NEW - English Language Arts Curriculum

Last year our classroom teachers piloted various English Language Arts (ELA) Curriculums. This year we are excited to begin the implementations of Amplify CKLA (grades K-2) and Wit and Wisdom grades (1-5). Both programs are based on the science of reading.


Amplify Core Knowledge Language Arts® (CKLA) sequences deep content knowledge with research-based foundational skills. For more information, click here.


Wit & Wisdom® is a comprehensive K–8 English language arts curriculum crafted to help students build the knowledge and skills they need to be successful readers, exceptional writers, and effective communicators. For more information, click here.

WES Science Garden - Led by Tiffany Davis

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4th Graders

Hey fourth graders! See America’s natural wonders and historic sites for free.


https://everykidoutdoors.gov/index.htm

Ashburnham-Westminster Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

General Ashburnham-Westminster Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) membership is open to all AWRSD parents/guardians of children with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Section 504 Plans and other interested parties. We need volunteers to help plan workshops, staff tables at local school and community events, become future leaders, assist other parents, and plan new activities and projects. Learn more about us and our work on our website https://sites.google.com/view/ashburnham-westminster-sepac. You can also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ashwestsepac.

Grade 5 Nature's Classroom

Grade 5 Nature's Classroom at Camp Cody 2023

Monday, May 22th - Friday, May26th


Each year our 5th grade students travel to Camp Cody in Freedom, NH for an outdoor classroom experience. The trip is 5 days/4 nights. Next year we are going the week of May 22-26th. We want to prepare families that the cost of this trip has increased and is estimated to be about $450-475 per student. Please note this trip in your calendars, more information will go home with students in a few weeks.
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