TMS Weekly Update 2022-2023

November 18th, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving

Can't believe we are in the middle of November. This is the last weekly update before Thanksgiving. Enjoy the holiday with your family.

Book Fair Information

Book Fair is on! We are selling during advisory and lunches. Help support TMS classroom libraries with your child's purchase.

Update from the Health Office

Wellness update- Overall reports of student illness at TMS are improving . We are seeing some Covid cases, the common cold and gastrointestinal illnesses. Flu season is starting up and I would expect we start to see more cases of influenza soon. Kindly review the TPS General Illness Protocols for school attendance. The current Covid guidelines for K-12 students can be found here. Please note that we are no longer conducting Covid testing in the school setting. The Tyngsborough Board of Health has provided the schools with test kits that we can give out at no cost to any family that would like them. Please contact the school nurse via email if you would like free covid testing kits .


If your child tests positive for Covid-19 we are asking that you contact your child’s pediatrician for an excuse note and for return to school dates.


Additionally, please keep the health office notified of any changes in your child’s health status to include fractures, sprains, concussions, etc.


Mandated Vaccines and Physical Exams- In accordance with Massachusetts Code of Regulations 105 CMR 200.000, prior to entering the 7th Grade, all students must provide a copy of a current physical (signed by an MD and dated within one year) and proof of immunization according to the Massachusetts School Immunization Requirements 2022-2023. This means all current 6th grade students must turn in a physical to the Health Office with proof of the required immunizations before the first day of 7th grade. It is best practice to send in a copy of your child’s current PE after each well visit or immunization. If obtaining a physical exam for your child is a hardship, please contact the health office.


Mandated Health Screenings- Vision and Hearing Screenings are underway for our 7th graders. Please keep an eye out for any referral letters that may get sent home with your student. Once complete, we will begin our postural screening as required by MDPH for all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Substance Use Preventative Screening for Grade 7 will take place after the new year. Please keep in mind that these screenings are State mandated and are not diagnostic. It is recommended that if you receive a referral letter, to contact your child’s pediatrician for further guidance.


If your child is screened during their well visit, you may wish to send in a copy of the exam to the Health Office so we may update your child’s records. Additionally, if you choose to refuse to have your child screened in school, a written parental note is required along with proof that your child has been evaluated by a physician for each screening refused.

As always if you have any questions or concerns regarding the health and well being of your child, please contact me at the number below.

Michelle Riley MSN, RN, NCSN

978-649-3115 (option 2)

michelle.riley@tyngsboroughps.org


Update from the Department of Health Attached

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Lunch Menu for November

Student Information Forms still needed


STUDENT INFORMATION FORM


Each year all students must have an updated Student Information Form submitted through the parent portal. The information form, accessible through the parent portal, is used to collect items such as family information, emergency contact data, and medical permissions. It is crucial that you complete this form as soon as possible. Failure to submit this form will affect your student’s ability to attend field trips, participate in after-school activities, and receive medications from the school nurse.




7th graders will be attending the Christmas Carol production at the North Shore Music Theater on Tuesday, December 20th. It is imperative that you have your student's Student Information Form completed on the Parent Portal prior to your student attending this field trips.


Please log into your Parent Portal on the website: powerschool.tyngsboroughps.org.


In the left-hand column, please select "Student Information Form." Please complete the form and make sure you select "Submit" so that the information is recorded back to your student's Powerschool account.

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TMS ATTENDANCE EMAIL

If your child will be Absent, Tardy or will need to be Dismissed during the school day, please call the school at 978-649-3115 and use prompt #1, or you may email tmsattendance@tyngsboroughps.org, our new attendance email address. Thank you!
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Upcoming Dates to Remember

NOVEMBER 2022:

Tuesday, November 22 - NO LATE BUS

Wednesday, November 23 - Trimester 1 Grades Close

Wednesday, November 23 - Early Release Day (all students dismissed at 10:55am)

Thursday, November 24 - Friday, November 25 - No School


DECEMBER 2022

Friday, December 2 - Trimester 1 Report Cards posted to parent and student portals

Wednesday, December 7 - Early Release Day, all students dismissed at 10:55am

Tuesday, December 20 - 7th Grade Field Trip - "A Christmas Carol" production at North Shore Music Theater

Friday, December 23 - Early Release Day, all students dismissed at 10:55am

Monday, December 26, 2022 - Monday, January 2, 2023 - Winter Break (return to school Tuesday, January 3, 2023)

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Translation

The official text is the English version of this communication. Any discrepancies or differences created in the translation are not binding and have no legal effect for compliance or enforcement purposes. If any questions arise related to the accuracy of the information, refer to the English version of this communication, which is the official version. Please contact Tyngsborough Public Schools if more help is needed.
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About TMS

Tyngsborough Middle School has 390 students from Grades 6-8. TMS is promotes the following core values: Perseverance, Originality, Independence, Respect, Collaboration, and Responsibility.


“We value all people in our school community and are committed to continuous growth.”