Harmony Grove Elementary School

A Global Academy

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169 Leland St.

Framingham, MA 01702

508-626-9164

https://www.framingham.k12.ma.us/harmonygrove

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter @HarmonyGroveFPS

Week of October 18, 2021 newsletter


Thursday, October 21: Early Release - Parent Conferences (virtual)
Thursday, October 28: Early Release - Parent Conferences (virtual)

Monday, November 1, 6:00-7:00pm: Virtual Community Gathering Meeting

Tuesday, November 2: No School (Professional Development Day)

Thursday, November 4: Early Release - Parent Conferences (virtual)

Friday, November 5: School Spirit Day: Color Day by Grade


  • Kindergarten-Red
  • First grade -Orange
  • Second grade-Yellow
  • Third grade-Green
  • Fourth grade- Blue
  • 5th grade-Purple

Message from Principal DeMorais

Dear Harmony Grove Staff and Families,


It is with mixed emotions that I am writing to let you know that I have accepted a principal position with the Tewksbury Public Schools. It has been an honor to serve as Principal for the past three plus years. My time at Harmony Grove has provided me with a myriad of memories that I will cherish in my new journey ahead. I am thankful for the support of my colleagues, the district and the staff as we worked to create positive experiences for our students. Although I have cherished my time here, this new experience will allow me to take what I have learned and continue to grow professionally. My last day at Harmony Grove will be October 29, 2021. As a result of this decision the District will be posting for an Interim Principal for Harmony Grove and will begin a formal search process.


First and foremost, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support throughout my journey in Framingham. I have enjoyed working collaboratively with district and school staff to assist students, families and staff and helping to positively shape the school into the place it is right now. As a team we have created strong structures that aim to support the diverse needs of students through high social-emotional and academic expectations and a resolve to work hard, reflect and grow professionally through data driven instructional practices. We truly have made a great team! Harmony Grove teachers, staff and community members are a testament to the high level of commitment and dedication offered to students each and every day. Your passion, care, and patience as educators will always be remembered. I know our students will continue to thrive and reach the milestones they deserve to cross. I truly wish you the best of health, happiness and success at every level. At the end of our life-long journey, it is the relationships we have cultivated that we will remember, look back upon and smile. Thank you, Namaste and Obrigado!


With warm regards,

Purnima DeMorais,

Principal, Harmony Grove Elementary School

Important reminders from the Harmony Grove Front Office

508-626-9164

Press 0 for the main office

Press 1 for the absentee line

Press 3 for the nurse


Anita Chaves - Office Manager

achaves@framingham.k12.ma.us

Jackie Goff - Assistant Office Manager

jgoff@framingham.k12.ma.us


  • Remember to always leave a message on our voice-mail in either English, Portuguese or Spanish if no one is able to answer the phone. Someone will return the call as soon as possible. Please remember to leave all the important information so we know who to call back.

    • Name

    • Phone number

    • Child’s name

    • Teacher’s name

    • Room number

    • Reason for the call

  • All dismissal changes need to be communicated through the front office at the above numbers. We must have prior notification of any dismissal changes including any early dismissals.

  • School begins at 9:05 a.m. If you bring your child in after that time, they are considered Tardy. Being on time for school is very important for both the student and the classroom. If a bus arrives late, the children are not marked tardy and they will still have a chance to get breakfast.

  • If you haven’t filled out the Pool Testing Consent form for your child, please do so as soon as possible. It is important to be able to test as many individuals as possible when the pool testing happens. Please ask your child’s teacher for a form if you didn’t get one or fill out this consent form online.

  • Remember to check the school calendar for early release days and holidays.

COVID safety- pooled testing

FPS Smore of COVID19 Reminders & Updates


We encourage all students and staff to participate in our weekly COVID testing program.


Information on the testing program including the online consent form was included in the Smore the district sent on Friday August 27th and is summarized below.


Letter to families explaining the testing program: Testing Overview English; Testing Overview Spanish; Testing Overview Portuguese


All families must complete a new consent form to participate in the testing program this year.

Below is some additional information on the testing program:


  • The testing program will include Routine COVID Safety Checks (weekly pooled testing) and the Test and Stay Quarantine Protocol

  • All students must have a new signed consent to participate this year

  • There is no cost to participate

  • Participation is voluntary but highly encouraged for both unvaccinated and vaccinated students

  • Participation is required for students in after school extracurricular sports, marching band, jazz band, chorus and theatre performances

  • To learn more about the testing program, families can visit the district COVID website

  • If families have questions regarding the COVID testing program, they can contact the FPS Call Center at (508) 782-6633 or email COVID@framingham.k12.ma.us

Kindergarden's Garden of Good Manners

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Kindergarten classes are learning about good manners during their "Who We Are" IB Unit of Inquiry. The Central Idea for their unit is that "People in our community work together" and students have been reflecting on the guiding question "How do we work together within a community?" Students are demonstrating the IB Learner Profile attributes of being Caring and being Communicators. They show respect when they use good manners such as saying "thank you," "please," and "I'm sorry." Look at the beautiful garden of good manners that they created together!

A message from our Librarian Ms. Salinger

Dear All,

Library books can go home for one week to read and enjoy.

Please return the book on the day your student has Library.

Literacy Tip: Look at the pictures or the book’s cover: What can they tell you about the story?


If you would like to volunteer in the school library, please contact Mrs. Salinger.


Thank you,


Mrs. Salinger

October Character Traits of the Month = Respect & Communicator

Information from Curriculum Night

If you were unable to attend the virtual Curriculum Night, you can still view the information that was presented at each grade level by clicking on the links below. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions!



Looking for PTO Officers & School Council Representatives for our school

October 4th was our first Community Gathering meeting of the school year. Click here to view the information presented to families at that virtual meeting. Every month our Community Gathering meeting will focus on a different topic to help you support your family and your children’s education. Interpretation will be provided.


Community Gathering Meetings are held the first Monday of every month 6:00pm - 7:00pm

October 4th, November 1st, December 6th, January 3rd, February 7th, March 7th, April 4th, May 2nd, June 6th


We are looking for parents to help plan future Community Gathering meetings and to volunteer to help lead the Harmony Grove PTO. Click here to learn more about the officer positions of PTO

President, Co-President (optional), Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer


What is a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)?

The role of the PTO is to help our school become a stronger community where families, students and teachers can connect and help to make the school a better place.


Fundraising: The PTO helps raise funds for our school through events like dances and family fun nights. Past events have included: book fair, picture day, dances, bingo nights, Springfest, movie night, etc.


We are also looking for parents who are interested in serving on our School Council. A school council is a representative, school building-based committee composed of the principal, parents, teachers, and community members, required to be established by each school.


The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) summarizes the legal responsibilities of School Councils as four major areas of responsibility. School councils are to assist principals in:

  1. Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards.

  2. Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school.

  3. Reviewing the annual school building budget.

  4. Formulating a school improvement plan.


Email our principal, Purnima DeMorais, at pdemorais@framingham.k12.ma.us if you are interested in helping our school by being a PTO officer and/or School Council representative!

Join the Harmony Grove Walking School Bus!

The Harmony Grove Walking School Bus is a great success so far! Thank you to our fabulous PE teacher, Ms. Duffy, for organizing this opportunity for our school community.


Did you see the WCVB newsstory about it? Click here to watch it!


Click here for the Metrowest Daily News article about our Walking School Bus


There are 3 walking school bus routes for Harmony Grove students. Look for a Harmony Grove teacher wearing a yellow vest and holding a sign!


There are SO many benefits to a walking school bus such as:

  • less traffic around the building

  • easier for parents with little ones at home

  • less anxiety/problems walking to school

  • safety in numbers

  • opportunities for 4th/5th graders to show leadership

  • growing community, etc

If you would like your child to walk to school on the Harmony Grove Walking School Bus, here are the routes and the pick up times are noted on the photo below:


Red Route: Walk with Blue Route and cross at 2ndstreet, go up Marian and down Beaver Park to link back up with the Blue Route at 2nd Street to then cross at the flashing crosswalk across Kendall Ave


Blue Route: Walk with Red Route and cross at 2ndstreet, go up 2nd Street, loop around Beaver Terrace, and come back down 2nd to link back up with the Red Route, then cross at the flashing crosswalk across Kendall Ave


Yellow Route: Walk down Leland and loop through Weld Street

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Celebrating our new name!

We are so glad that many students, families, and community partners could attend our Renaming Celebration on Saturday August 28th! It was a wonderful event to honor the historic occasion of the renaming of our school and a fun way to come together as a school community to start this school year!


All Harmony Grove students who attended the event received a free backpack with school supplies, a souvenir t-shirt, a car magnet, and a card with their classroom teacher’s name for the upcoming school year. We have distributed those materials to any students who could not attend the event as well and will give those materials to any new students who join our school community.


Check out these great short videos by Access Framingham about the event:

Highlights from the Renaming Celebration video

Backpack distribution by JFS at the Renaming Celebration video


Here are some newspaper articles about the event:

The Metrowest Daily News article

Framingham Source article


Click here for the Renaming Harmony Grove newsletter and to learn more about the story behind our school's new name.


Have you heard our beautiful new school song yet???!!! Click here to listen to the song "Our Harmony," written and performed by our music teachers Jade Espina and Matt Zettler.

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The Framingham History Center is letting us borrow some historical signs for our display in the foyer of the school to teach about the history of Harmony Grove park.
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Land Acknowledgement & call to action

The City of Framingham is part of the ancestral homelands of the Nipmuc, the Fresh Water People. We acknowledge and honor the traditions of all people indigenous to what is currently known as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Nipmuc as well as the Pennacook, Pocumtuck, Mahican, Massachusett, Nauset, and Wampanoag.


We call on all members of Harmony Grove Elementary School- A Global Academy to learn more about the history, culture, and traditions of the Nipmuc Nation and indigenous peoples who have lived on this land for thousands of years.


Click here for a video of Andre Gaines StrongBearHeart from the Nipmuc Nation leading the community in a traditional dance at the Indigenous Peoples' Day Ceremony


Let's come together as a school community as leaders to "stand up to hate and spread love" and to promote our IB mission to "create a better and more peaceful world!"

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About Harmony Grove Elementary School - A Global Academy

The school was established in 1928 as Woodrow Wilson School and renamed Harmony Grove Elementary School- A Global Academy in 2021. In June 2015, the school became an authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP) World School. It is one of four IB PYP schools in Massachusetts and part of a network of about 2,000 IB PYP schools in over 110 countries. IB PYP schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education. Learning experiences focus on the development of the whole child as an inquirer and a life-long learner. The school values international-mindedness and students strive to demonstrate the IB Learner Profile every day. The Elementary School offers three strands of general education and language development in Portuguese and English through Dual Language Education, Transitional Bilingual Education, and English Immersion with Portuguese as a World Language.