MHS/WES Newsletter

September 17, 2021

School meals are still FREE!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended school meal waivers, allowing universal free school meals to continue throughout the state through the end of the 2021-22 school year. Families in need of food assistance can also consider applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a program administered by the Department of Transitional Assistance. SNAP outreach materials are available online in 11 languages.

First Grade News

First grade has had a fun filled first two weeks! We are so excited to have everyone start the year in person. We have spent time getting to know each other and making new friends. First grade is a year of routines and independence. We have been learning and practicing classroom routines. Having a routine at home is good practice for school.


Back to school and the beginning of first grade can make kids very hungry and very tired. It will help your children be at their personal best if they get to bed early and have a healthy breakfast. We know it’s hard to get the kids to eat breakfast when they are tired. Try putting them to bed 30 min early and waking them 30 min early. This will ensure they get the rest they need. It will also give them time to wake up a bit before breakfast so that they are ready to eat. Our lunchtime isn’t until 11 and we have an afternoon snack not a morning snack. So please make sure your child gets a protein filled breakfast. One frozen waffle won’t hold them over until lunchtime at 11 or give them the energy they need to learn. Try to sneak in some eggs, oatmeal or yogurt. We appreciate your help and partnership in learning. We can’t wait to meet all the First Grade families at Open House on Tuesday, October 5th.


From our school nurses:

The school nurse can always use clothing donations! We are in desperate need of pants/bottoms for both boys and girls in all sizes (grades K-1). Leggings, sweatpants, and gym shorts are a great option for children to change into if they have an accident! Packages of t-shirts are also great for students to change into if they need to change their shirt. Boys underwear sizes 4-8 and socks of all sizes are also running low and would be greatly appreciated!


Please continue to bring in medication that is needed for your child while in school, including daily and emergency medications. The parent/guardian consent and physician orders can be found on our district website or by clicking this link. The forms can be found at the very bottom of the page.



Finally, please continue to routinely check our website for the most current information related to COVID 19 protocols COVID 19 Health Services Page

Second Grade News

Second graders have done a wonderful job adjusting to the “big school” and have worked hard to learn many new routines. Each classroom is spending extensive time building their classroom communities.

On Wednesday, we celebrated International Dot Day. The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to make her mark. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper, becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing. Second graders spent the day creating colorful dot art and focusing on what makes them special and unique.


Meet Mrs. Luibil our new PE Teacher

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I hope everyone had a happy, healthy, fun-filled summer. I am very excited to be the new PE teacher here at WES/MHS. Classes have been going great so far. The first few weeks we have been establishing classroom routines and working on cooperative games with all grades. Starting next week, we will be getting into our first units. Grades K+1 will be working on Throwing and Catching while grades 2-5 will start Flag Football. In the Throwing and Catching unit, students will learn how to throw underhand and overhand, how to throw different distances, how to throw with accuracy and the proper form for catching. This unit will help develop students' hand eye coordination, gross and fine motor skills, as well as their spatial awareness. In the Flag Football unit, students will learn proper throwing and catching techniques, throwing lead passes, strategies for creating space on offense/scoring, and defensive skills. Students will work on skill development and we will also play small sided lead up games at the end of the unit. This is a great opportunity to develop teamwork, communication and problem solving skills.


I encourage you and your family to be active at home, after school and on the weekend; play pass, jump rope, go for a bike ride, shoot hoops, go swimming, throw a Frisbee, dance, or go for a walk. Be active together! Your encouragement and involvement will really make a difference!

I am looking forward to a great year filled with lots of movement and physical activity!

Meet Mr. Weinberg! Our new School Adjustment Counselor and SEL teacher

Hello, my name is David Weinberg and I am so excited to be a Guidance Counselor for students at Meetinghouse & Westminster School! I have been a licensed Guidance Counselor for eighteen years and I have previously worked at Petersham Center School and at Oak Bluffs School on Martha’s Vineyard.


During my experience as a Guidance Counselor, I have also taught Social Learning (SL) classes to students in various grade levels. I am thrilled to inform you I am teaching Social Learning curriculum to students in Grades K-3 at Meetinghouse & Westminster School.


In May 2000, I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Western New England University. In May 2003, I earned my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College.


I welcome the opportunity to meet you! Please feel free to contact me during the school year.


Sincerely,


David Weinberg, M.Ed.

Guidance Counselor

Meetinghouse & Westminster School

Office: Room 113 (MHS)

Email: dweinberg@awrsd.org

Phone: (978) 874-0163 X113

Social Learning Class: Grades K-3

The Meetinghouse & Westminster Schools (Grades K-3) have begun utilizing exciting social and personal wellness curriculum during a weekly class called Social Learning (SL). Your child(ren) will continue to have opportunities to participate in lessons through curriculum programs, such as (but not limited to) Second Step and GoZen! The curriculum programs are designed to develop students’ social responsibility and life-long health habits.

The following topics will be taught over the course of the 2021-2022 academic school year by David Weinberg (Guidance Counselor) one time weekly in the classroom:

  • Skills for making and keeping positive relationships with friends and family.

  • Skills for making good behavior choices and solving real-life problems.

  • Safety rules and strategies to promote good decision-making.

  • The short and long-term benefits of being physically active.

  • The importance of being physically active.

  • Personal health habits to cope with stress (i.e., communicating with friends & family, exercising, playing outside, reading and drawing, etc).

The lessons are designed to provide your child(ren) information and opportunities to foster skills that can be utilized during various real-life experiences. However, your help is needed since you are a significantly important teacher in their lives, too! Schools and families need to work together to successfully foster students’ good behavior choices and personal wellness.


I look forward to working with you to help foster your child’s decision making skills and life-long health habits. Please contact me with any questions, concerns or comments.


David Weinberg, M.Ed. Guidance Counselor

Email: dweinberg@awrsd.org

Phone: (978) 874-0163 X113

EXTENDED DAY UPDATE!!

We are excited that Heidi Sharron is officially on-board as Extended Day Director. Feel free to send any and all extended day questions to Heidi at extday@awrsd.org or 978-914-5143.


Please email the school AND extended day any time a change in schedule is happening.

ASHBURNHAM WESTMINSTER SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL

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News from the PTO!!

Inviting all MHS & WES Families to visit our new website and join the Westminster PTO. For $5 you can become a member and access the Student Directory.

Follow this link or scan the QR code below: https://westminster.ptboard.com/ Email westminsterpto@gmail.com with any questions.


We hope to see you at our next meeting on October 13 at 6:30. You can join us in the WES Library or virtually.

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